14 January, 2022

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 14/01/2022

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 14/01/2022 - ms-deirdre-grimshaw-weekly-update-14-01-2022
Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 14/01/2022 Thank you to all our BIS families that took time this week to meet with class teachers for our Parent Teacher Student Conferences.

Thank you to all our BIS families that took time this week to meet with class teachers for our Parent Teacher Student Conferences. 

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We were delighted to see such a high turnout of parents and students for these virtual meetings and we hope that you found them valuable and informative in terms of supporting your children with their next steps in learning.

Preparing for School

We are looking forward to having children come and visit the school next week. The purpose of these visits is to collect their uniforms and belongings, meet their teachers in person and have an orientation with regards to routines, health and safety guidelines for the classroom, playground and canteen and have a tour of the campus including seeing some of the new developments that have taken place since the children were last in school.

In order to ensure that the visits are as safe as possible, all children must have taken a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to coming to school.  The test should be taken no earlier than the day before their visit to school.  We will not require the children to show proof of these tests.  We are working on the basis of trust and the shared responsibility that we all have to keep our BIS community safe. Thank you for your support in this.

For families that have arrived recently from overseas, please note that vaccinated children may come to school after 5 days, having taken the required PCR tests and RAT tests.  Unvaccinated children can return after 9 days having taken the required PCR tests and RAT tests.  If this affects your visit to campus next week, we will arrange another day for you to come to the school.


In Year 5 EAL, we have been talking nonsense. That is, we have been reading and writing nonsense poems! These unusual poems gave students the chance to be endlessly creative as they chose how to include strange and hilarious ideas into a poetic form. First, we read a range of nonsense poems and focused on reciting them. Students practiced using their voices and body language, rhythm and stress to perform our group poem, “Lullaby,” to their classes. Using the structure of this poem, the students then wrote brilliant, inventive nonsense poems on their own topics. Well done Year 5 for all your effort and for your wonderful poems.

NAE Virtual Young Musician of the Year Competition 2022

Deadline 25th January

To enter students are invited to perform pieces for any of the 11 different categories, encompassing all styles of music and instruments! The categories are split into two sections, Classical/Art Music and Popular Music, so it doesn’t matter if students love Bach or Beyonce, Mozart or Miles Davis, there’s a category to showcase their musical talent in. It is open to all NAE students from age 7-19 across all schools and students can win Global Campus badges for entering. The winning entries will be showcased on Global Campus and receive winners’ certificates.

Please log into Global Campus for entry details and to upload your performances, using this link: NAE Virtual Young Musician of the Year Competition 2022

‘Life in Vietnam’ Calendars

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It's not too late to purchase your edition of the BIS ‘Life in Vietnam’ Calendar!

If you were unable to collect your calendar before the holiday, we are delighted to let you know that there are still a limited number  available.  This truly beautiful selection of studies, created by Y10 and Y11 students as part of their Life in Vietnam Unit for IGCSE Art and Design are not to be missed. 

Additionally, all proceeds from the calendar sales will be donated to our local Community Partners, who too are an integral part of ‘Life in Vietnam’ for us as a school community.

For just VND 100,000 per calendar, you will be contributing to the support of children whom we value and care for as part of the BIS family.

To make a purchase, kindly click here to place your order here.

Should you need special arrangements made for collection, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Tracey Brownrigg - Co-Curricular Coordinator and  Community Service Project Manager

Parent Satisfaction Survey

Your feedback is so essential for whole school matters.  Our strategic plan is not fixed; one thing the pandemic has taught us is the importance of agility in school leadership.  We have had to adjust our priorities according to the current circumstances. Moving forward, we need your feedback to help us to adjust our priorities for the ‘new normal’.

Please take a moment to complete the survey as we work together to make BIS an even better place for our children to learn.

Here is the link: 

2021- 2022 Parent Satisfaction Survey

Health and Safety

Please remember the 5K to keep safe.


Dates for diary

17/01/22: Pre Visits for all classes begin

27/01-13/02/22: Tet Holiday

14/02/22: Term 2.2 begins

Term Dates 2022-2023

 Calendar 2023

And Finally...

Uniform shop

For parents that may need to exchange uniforms next week at the uniform shop, please ensure that you have the Covid PC App on your phone so you can show the guards on entry to the campus.  Masks must be worn at all times and we ask that you adhere to the guidelines laid out at school.   A reminder, uniforms must still have the tags on if you want to exchange.

Have an enjoyable weekend,

Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus