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Junior Campus Book Week

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 05/10/18

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Deirdre Grimshaw (111 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

This week we have been immersed in books. As part of our Book Week celebrations, we have focused on reading or more specifically, fostering a love of reading.  As an avid reader myself, book week is a firm favourite and a reminder that time spent with a book, away from a screen can be the most relaxing thing to do. 

What has struck me most this week is that our children love to read and love to be read to.  The library has been full every day during lunchtimes with children enjoying stories by guest readers.

Mr Adam Bushnell, our visiting author, inspired our children to pick up their books and was equally inspiring in his parent talk on Tuesday afternoon. In a session about what we can do as parents when helping our children with reading, he too drove home the message about reading for pleasure, sharing books and taking time out to just enjoy a book, even if it’s been read 100 times before. Adam also emphasised the importance of the discussion that comes from reading books and allowing and encouraging children to talk about the books they have read, what they have learned and what they enjoyed about the book. Great advice for all of our parent community I am sure you would agree.

Book Week at the Junior Campus!

Book Week Adam Bushnell 2018 (4)

There were lots more Book Week events throughout the week making it an event to remember and my thanks to Ms Kirstine Sargent, Ms Alicia West and Ms Gemma Gotting, our English Leaders, for their time and effort in putting this wonderful week together.  Find out more about what has been happening in this article by our English Team.

Personalised learning and world-leading collaborations are key to a transformational education

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We are extremely lucky to have a staff of dedicated teachers and teaching assistants.  Our commitment to our students means we place great importance on tailoring learning for each student and trying to avoid a 'one size fits all' approach. This personalised student led learning provides a more meaningful experience for our students and meets their individual needs.  Mr. Andy Puttock, Education Director for Nord Anglia offers more reasons why this approach is so important in this article.

BIS Learning Challenge

Rube Goldberg Global Challenge – We WON!

Another week another challenge! More and more children have been cracking the codes which is great to see. It has been especially pleasing to have conversations with students and to hear how they have had to apply their BIS skills to crack the codes. PERSERVERANCE was definitely at the top of their applied skills!

It’s Week 6 – Can you be the first to solve it this week? Check out the link here!

BIS Holiday Sports Camp

Please click here for more information on another action packed Holiday Sports Camp to be held at BIS HCMC Junior and Secondary Schools. There is yet again an abundance of activities for all ages. Make sure to print and return the reply slips (attached to the email Mr Husband will send today) before Friday 19th October to reserve your child's place for one (or more) of the camps. 

BBGV Family Fun Run

BBGV Fun Run Rens

What a wonderful community event to be part of last Sunday. It was fantastic to see so many ‘BIS shirts’ running, walking, skating, cycling and skipping along the route. Congratulations to Rens in Year 6 who sprinted over the finish line to claim a trophy. Well done Rens!   Find out more and see if you can catch yourself in any of the photos from the run by clicking on this link.

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, your 11-digit phone number has changed to 10 digits.  It is the first part of the number that has changed, the remaining digits have stayed the same.

The changes are based on the following rules:

Telecommunications Service


Old Network Code

New Network Code







































If your phone number has changed, please contact Ms Duyen (Duyen.Tran@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 14th November.

Be Involved...

Talk for Writing workshop for parents

Parent Workshop Poster Junior

Our English Leaders continue to be busy and as one event ends they are already getting ready for the next. We are delighted to offer two workshops next week to parents on our Talk for Write programme here at school.  You will have received a letter yesterday and we would encourage you to attend these workshops to see how we teach English at school and how you can support your child’s learning at home. Details of the Junior workshop are in the poster above.

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 including details on the upcoming family fun evening! 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 9th October                                                       English Workshop for parents
  • Wednesday 10th October                                             Young Musician Semi Final
  • Thursday 11th October                                                   PTG Pot Luck Lunch for parents in the MPR
  • Friday 12th October                                                         EAL Overview Workshop for parents
  • Tuesday 16th October                                                     Young Musician Final, Theatre at secondary
  • Thursday 18th October                                                   Business and Enterprise Day at Juniors


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.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFM)

At this time of year, we often see a rise in the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease.  The symptoms of HFM are;

  • sore throat
  • high temperature
  • loss of appetite
  • mouth ulcers
  • red spots/blisters on the hands and feet

HFM is very common and cannot be cured with antibiotics or medicines, however, it is very contagious.  If you suspect your child may have HFM, please keep them at home whilst they feel unwell and go to see the doctor. It usually gets better in 7 to 10 days.

To help prevent the spread of HFM, the children should be washing their hands regularly, and using tissues which should immediately be put in the bin.

For more information about HFM please click on the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hand-foot-mouth-disease/


Find a quiet space, pick up a book, turn your device off and enjoy some reading.  I know what I am up to this weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Head Teacher, Junior Campus