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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 12/10/18

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Deirdre Grimshaw (115 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

We are delighted that our campus is in use at all hours of the day and weekends too. Such is our commitment to the students and the holistic approach to education that we have extended our club provision as much as we can and brought in more specialist providers to meet the needs of our students. 

It does mean an increase in parents and visitors on site and as such we need to be more vigilant about campus security both during the school day and at weekends.  We would like to remind all parents that school identification badges must be worn even on the weekends when attending school activities.  If not, you will be asked for some form of identity and asked to wear a visitor’s badge.

If you are sending a nanny or driver, please ensure they have the school identity lanyard or some form of identity card. We thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students and school site safe and secure.

Please note that there has been a country wide increase in cases of Hand Foot and Mouth disease, dengue fever and Influenza A. Here at school we are taking all the necessary precautions including encouraging extra handwashing, providing extra hand sanitizers and more deep cleaning of classrooms and learning spaces. Please can we encourage you to take the necessary precautions at home also and if your child does become ill, please keep them at home until symptoms have passed.  Please see the flyers in the Health and Safety section for more details.

U11 Football Match Reports

Football Fixtures (3)

Our footballers have been in action this week with away fixtures for our 4 teams at AMIS. Read more about these exciting matches in this post by our PE department.

Enterprise Day at Junior Campus

Business anda Enterprise Day

Next Thursday our campus will come alive as all our Junior classes take on the roles of CEOs, CFOs, Advertisers, designers, sellers and buyers as our Business and Enterprise Unit culminates in a whole campus market.  We will welcome Year 2 students to also be part of this exciting event. For more details, see the letter from our Maths department sent earlier this week or details that have been shared in Learning Letters and on SeeSaw.

Education in an ever changing world

Lord David Puttnam

The education system and teachers must quickly adapt to deliver the learning students deserve to thrive in an uncertain future. This was the key message delivered by Lord Putnam at the recent Senior Leaders Conference for NAE leaders in Switzerland. Read more about his Key Note speech and what he shared with NAE leaders here.

Teacher Wellbeing

Teach Meet (10)

We often say that if children are happy, they will learn more. The same goes for teachers. Teacher wellbeing is extremely important and this year we have created the Well Being Leader post specifically to look at how we can support teachers.  This week saw our first Wellbeing Teach Meet for teachers across all three campuses. It was a fantastic event. Read more about what it entailed in this post by Ms Rachel Stewart, Wellbeing Leader.

Embracing Digital Technology in the DREAMS Lab

Dreams Lab (9)

Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is more excited in our Dreams Labs, the teachers or students.  It is certainly making us all think differently and drawing out creativity in unexpected ways. Find out more about what is happening across primary in this post by Mr Luck Dyer, ICT Leader.

October Sports Camp

A reminder of our upcoming October Sports Camps that will take place during the half term break.  You will have received a letter this week from Ms Duyen.  Forms are available from the cashier and the deadline for payment is Friday 19th October. Please click here for more information.

PSHE – Student Council Updates


Student leadership is extremely important and we are delighted that our leadership opportunities for students are growing. Read about our student council here at BIS HCMC and what they have been doing since term began.

T4W Workshop

T4W Workshop

Thank you to all the parents who attended the ‘Talk for Writing’ workshops at the Junior and Early Years and Infant campuses this week. We had a brilliant turn-out of Parents! Everyone had a fabulous time learning what Talk for Writing is all about! The Parents played games to spark some creativity and get their imaginations working, before being taught a story, where they had to join in with different voices and actions! Parents were able to watch videos of their children in action. They looked at some story maps close up and typical displays and activities you would find in the classrooms. Everyone left with some ideas to take home and excited about hearing their children’s Talk for Writing stories.

BIS Learning Challenge

Rube Goldberg Global Challenge – We WON!

We can’t keep up with the number of people solving puzzles this week! We’ve had some technical issues with our safe but hope to be up and running again on Monday.  It’s Week 7 – Can you be the first to solve it this week? Check out the link here!

Juilliard Drama Curriculum Specialist Visit

Juilliard Drama Curriculum Specialist

This week saw a visit from Juilliard Drama Curriculum Specialist Stephanie Cunningham. Working with students in Years 7, 8 and 9, Stephanie saw our Drama programme in action and ran workshops for parents and teachers. We are excited to welcome Stephanie to both primary campuses in January when students and teachers will have the opportunity to work with her and begin our journey with the Juilliard Drama Curriculum. Find out more here.

Share a Dream

NAE are establishing a charitable foundation and a global campaign centre and BIS HCMC are at the heart of it.

NAE have recently launched a charitable foundation aimed at giving back to others, and a seperate online platform called 'Share a Dream' where students will be able to champion philanthropic causes.  As a pilot school, we are already very proud of how are students have always embraced our community programme and taken it a step further by being part of this new project. We look forward to seeing how this new platform can further enhance opportunities for our students to be global citizens and helping them to become the change makers of tomorrow. Read more here

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Young Musician Final

BIS Young Musician 2018 - Final

Next week sees our young musician finalists enter the final of Young Musician of the Year.  Having competed at the audition stages and semi-final, they will now compete against musicians from ABC and BVIS, it promises to be a fantastic evening. We wish all the finalists from every school the very best of luck and look forward to hearing them all on Tuesday 16th October at 6pm in the Secondary theatre. Please do come along to support these fantastic musicians!

PTG Update

Family Fun Evening

We have a brand new dedicated PTG page with all the information relating to PTG events and how to be involved. Please make sure you click on this link weekly to stay up to date with what’s happening.

Dates for your Diary...

Please take note of some upcoming important dates for the diary. Some are hyperlinked for more information. 

  • Tuesday 16th October                                                   Young Musician Final, secondary theatre
  • Wednesday 17th October                                            U11 boys and girls football fixture at SSA
  • Wednesday 17th October                                            Year 5 “Blast Off” Rocket Launch
  • Thursday 18th October                                                 Basketball game - Primary NAE Team against Year 7/8
  • Thursday 18th October                                                 Enterprise (Market) Day at Juniors
  • Friday 19th October                                                         Half Term Holiday for all 3 campuses
  • Monday 29th October                                                     School reopens after the half term holiday


Managing our Traffic Together

Drivers Code of Conduct

For more information about how we can work together to improve traffic around our campuses, please access this post.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

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If, during your visit to school, you have any reason to be concerned about the safety of a young person, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Person.

Please note that CCTV cameras are in operation at all times across the campus.

Health and Safety Updates

Disease Outbreaks Poster


A reminder of our online parent handbook which has, we hope, many of the answers you need on a day to day basis about curriculum, learning, systems and routines in our school. It includes links to recent presentations including the fantastic Talk 4 Writing workshops that took place this week. The presentations can be found on the English Curriculum Page. Find the link here to the parent handbook.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Head Teacher, Junior Campus