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Enterprise Day 2018 (24)

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 19/10/18

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Deirdre Grimshaw (104 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

We have come to the end of a busy half term and I am sure that everyone is looking forward to the holidays. It has been a real pleasure watching everyone settle here at the Junior Campus, in particular our new students that have joined us this term.

There have been many highlights for me; yesterday, watching our students in action at Enterprise Day was a real treat, the culmination of their learning over the last few weeks. Other highlights included The Young Musician of the Year Final. Well done to all the musicians that participated at every stage. It was a magical evening.  Book Week took place a couple of weeks ago and what a wonderful way to celebrate the written word.  With our Visiting Author, Adam Bushnell, alongside all of the other book related events and competitions, our students had lots of opportunities to explore and foster a love of books.

Moon Festival allowed us to celebrate our wonderful host country and everything it offers us as well as community events such as the BBGV Fun Run and Clean Up Thao Dien meant our whole school community coming together to support important causes.

In between all of this were the wonderful class assemblies and amazing learning happening daily in the classrooms. Seeing our children excited by their learning and engaging in so many different ways of learning has been a true highlight for all teachers across the school.

Finally, it has been wonderful to see parents involved in learning.  Through the introduction of Seesaw, parents have ‘virtually entered’ their child’s classroom and we have been delighted by the positive interactions by all.  We have also been encouraged with the number of parents attending the various workshops since August and we look forward to seeing more of you at upcoming workshops in the next half term.

Academic Success at BIS

Graduation Hero

We're proud to announce that BIS HCMC won the prestigious honour of “Best International Baccalaureate Results” tied this year with Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong with an average score of 36.4 points on the IB Diploma Programme. Find out more about this prestigious award and others in this post

Enterprise Day at Juniors

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Yesterday was a magical day at Juniors with our students coming together to be part of Enterprise Day. Enterprise Day is the culmination of learning across a range of subjects, predominantly Maths. Click here to view the amazing photo gallery and watch the highlights in the video below:

Can studying the performing arts create successful students?

Young Musician of the Year

There are lots of opportunities for children to perform at BIS such as class assemblies, festivals and productions.  These are great opportunities for our students to perform but there are other added benefits of drama and performance throughout the curriculum. Find out more in this article written by Laura Rea, Music Teacher and Southeast Asia Regional Lead for the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme at the British International School, Hanoi 

BIS Young Musician of the Year 2018

Primary Young Musician of the Year 2018

What a spectacular evening Tuesday night turned out to be with the final of the BIS Young Musician of the Year taking place. With young musicians from BIS, BVIS and ABCIS, it was a great occasion to come together and celebrate the students and their fabulous music. Congratulations to all that took part, not just on Tuesday but from the audition stages and semi-final.  Read all about it in this article by Ms Frances Amos, Music teacher and organiser of this fantastic event.

The Latest News from Year 3 EAL

Newsletter year 3

Year 3 have been extremely busy in their EAL lessons.  Find out what they have been up to in this article by Mr John Lee and Mr Rob Glover, Year 3 EAL Teachers

EAL Parent Presentation

EAL Parent Presentation

We were delighted to see so many parents join us for the EAL parent presentation last Friday.  Aimed at parents whose children access EAL lessons, it provided information to help parents support their children’s learning at home. Read more about the presentation in this article.

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PTG Update

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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. 

  • Friday 19th October                                                  Half Term Holiday for all 3 campuses.
  • Monday 29th October                                              School reopens after the half term holiday
  • Thursday 1st November                                         Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning MPR 8.30am
  • Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th November       Specialist Parent Teacher Student Conferences


School Identification Badges

With so much happening across the three campuses, we see 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.

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.

Mobile Phone Numbers have Changed

According to Decision 798/QD-BTTTT dated 25th May 2018, which was issued by the Ministry of Information and Communications, from 15th September 2018, 11-digit phone numbers have changed to 10 digits.  It is the first part of the number that has changed, the remaining digits will stay the same.

The changes are based on the following rules:

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If your phone number has changed, please contact Ms Nhi our receptionist, Nhi.Mai@bisvietnam.com to inform us of your new 10-digit number.

Please can you let us know as soon as possible as the old numbers will stop working on Wednesday 14thNovember.

Thank you

Stay Vigilant

As in all major cities petty crime does occur, as a reminder to all of us please always take care of your personal belongings, especially when walking across roads and along the pavements.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility


It is every parent’s wish to capture memorable moments on camera of their child at school either performing in an assembly, on their birthday or simply playing with their friends on the playground before the start of the school day.  Any photos that are taken by parents on personal devices must be kept private.  They must not be shared publicly on social media or between non-family members such as, other parents in the school.  By following these guidelines, we ensure our BIS safeguarding policy is adhered to and that our children are kept safe. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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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.


Today we launched our Poppy Appeal. Poppies and other items are available for purchase at reception.  It is our way to remember all victims of war and honour their memory and support those affected.

Thank you to all for your engagement and support of your children and their learning this half term.  We wish all our BIS families a wonderful half term holiday.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Head Teacher, Junior Campus