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Community Exchange 10

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 16/11/18

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Deirdre Grimshaw (83 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Over the next few weeks we have a multitude of events happening across all 3 campuses. From concerts to Family Fun Evenings, Sports Days to our Grand Opening of the Early Years and Infant Campus, the school will be at its busiest.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our school staff and parents for their ongoing commitment to our school.  In particular, the teachers who along with teaching, report writing and assessments are managing all the ‘extras’ that make BIS HCMC what it is.  The maintenance guards and cleaners who will be extremely busy in the coming weeks with the myriad of events, some mentioned above and you the parents, for your support of these events and of our teachers, teaching assistants and support staff.

We have had a great response to our Canteen Taster Sessions and have capped it now at 100 people.  We will run another session in the New Year for anyone that did not get a chance to attend this term.

A plea please to parents in 3V and 4B. We still need class reps for these classes. If you are a parent in either of these classes, please ask Ms Nicole or Ms Jude how you can help or get in touch with the PTG. Many thanks. 

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Family Fun Evening tomorrow. Starting at 4.30pm it promises to be a fun and relaxed way to spend a Saturday afternoon. With vendors providing plenty of food, you won’t even have to cook! Tickets are available at the entrance (Gate B) on the day so please do come along and join us.

Gifts Policy at BIS HCMC  – A message from Mr Anthony Rowlands, Principal, BIS

As we approach some significant events in our school year such as Teachers’ Day and Tet, I would like to take this opportunity to outline the school’s position on the receiving of gifts. As an organisation we take our responsibilities very seriously and we must ensure that at all times we protect the integrity of our community.

Our general school policy is that no one in the school should accept any form of cash as a gift. I would therefore respectfully request that you comply with this.

It is normal practice sometimes for a parent or child to buy a member of staff a gift in appreciation of their work and efforts. It is a kind and very thoughtful thing to do and is appreciated by our staff. This is perfectly acceptable and happens in every school I have ever worked in. However, the gift provided must be of a small value and not exceed 500,000VND in value. If any member of the school is offered a gift in excess of this amount, then they may choose to decline the gift or declare the gift to me.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support on this matter.

Let’s Think in English

Let's Think in English

Last week we welcomed Michael Walsh back to HCMC from King’s College London for more staff training and observations of our Let’s Think in English.  We are delighted not only at the response from teachers and students, but also at the impact that the program is having on our student learning and outcomes.  Read more about this here.

Live Lunches in Year 5 and 6

Live Lunches

It was great to see our year 5 and 6 students entertain their peers and teachers during our live lunches this week. Performing in front of an audience is never easy but we were thrilled with the children’s performancesRead more in this post by Ms Linden from the Music department.

Community Exchange in Year 4

Community Exchange 10

Our Year 4 students recently concluded their visits with our community partners. Read all about what they have been up to in this post by Ms Jude, Y4 Leader.

Language Perfect Northern Championships


The competition is finished! Find out more in this post from Ms Sophie, MFL Leader

BIS Learning Skills Challenge - Week 10

NAE STEAM Festival

Can you crack the code and be in with a chance of winning some exciting prizes? Click here for this week's challenge.

Hints and Tips on Behaviour Management

Behaviour Management

On Thursday morning, 6th December, the Learning Support Department welcomes parents to the ‘Hints and Tips on Behaviour Management’ coffee morning on the Junior Campus (8.30-9.30am). It is open to all parents at both the Early Years & Infants and Junior Campuses.

The presentation will cover reasons behind negative behaviour, practical strategies to help change this to positive behaviour, and how to create and maintain a healthy home routine. Some of the topics we will also discuss include the importance of sleep, limiting screen time, how to use behaviour charts, dealing with tantrums, boosting self-esteem, reading, homework and encouraging learning through play.

We look forward to seeing you then.

World Children’s Day – Schools take over the world!

World Children's Day 2018

Find out what is happening across the Nord Anglia family of schools for World Children’s Day on 20thNovember . In partnership with UNICEF, there are many and varied learning experiences for our students. Click on this link to read more.

Partnering with world-leading organisations transform learning

World Leading Partnerships - BIS HCMC

As part of Nord Anglia, we have partnerships with not only UNICEF mentioned above, but many other institutions such as Julliard and MIT. Read how these partnerships really do benefit our students in this post by Ethan Hildreth, a school leader in one of our sister NAE schools.

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Family Fun Evening

Family Fun Evening

One of the most eagerly awaited events on the PTG Calendar, the ‘Family Fun Evening’, is just around the corner. This event will take place on the Junior Campus tomorrow, Saturday, the 17th of November, from 4.30pm until 7.30pm. Come in and enjoy the cool part of the evening with some fabulous snacks from our vendors, as well as regular favourites such as face painting, the bouncy castle and the crazy maze. New families are free (as are adults), and all other children pay just 50,000vnd to enter.

Christmas BISzaar 2018

Christmas BISzaar 2018

Our Parent Teacher Group (PTG) are busy organising our annual Christmas BISzaar to be held on Saturday 8th December 2018 at the BIS Secondary Campus. Click on this link for more details.

PTG Update

Family Fun Evening

Visit our PTG weekly update to find out the latest news from our PTG. This week contains important information on the Family Fun Evening and the PTG Discos. 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:

Saturday              17th November                 PTG Primary Family Fun Evening 4.30 – 7.30pm @ Juniors

Tuesday               20th November                 Teachers’ Day, World Children’s Day

Tuesday               20th November                 Year 4 & 6 Sports Day @ Field

Wednesday        21st November                 Year 3 & 5 Sports Day @ Field

Friday                   30th November                 Canteen Taster Session for parents 10am @ Junior Canteen

Sunday                 2nd December                    Clubs Finish

Tuesday               4th December                    Vietnamese Lessons PTSCs  3 – 6pm @ Junior Campus

Thursday             6th December                    PTG Disco @ Juniors Y3&4 2.45pm –3.45pm, Y5&6 4pm – 5pm

Thursday             6th December                    Hints and Tips on Behaviour Management @ Juniors  8:30 - 9:30am

Saturday              8th December                     Christmas BISzaar 9am – 1pm @Secondary


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.

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.


Please be reminded that all children should have a hat and water bottle at school.  The sun is strong and children must be careful to stay cool and hydrated. Please label hats, water bottles and other items with children’s names and classes to avoid losing them.  Thank you for your support.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Head Teacher