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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 14/12/18

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Deirdre Grimshaw (87 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

We cannot believe we have reached the end of the term.  It has been a real pleasure to work alongside the staff and students here at the Junior Campus for the last 5 months and we think everyone deserves a rest now!

In the last week we have had a huge Music Concert here at the Junior Campus. Bringing students together from both the Early Years & Infant Campus and Junior Campus, we were treated to a magical evening of Music. Read more about this lovely event further on.  We also had class parties, staff panto (oh yes we did!) and Secret Santa in various places. Our school is never, ever dull!

Our school is also, we feel, a very special place. I tell many new parents when I meet them, that although we are a big school, we have a small school feel. I believe the reason for this is the people. The staff, students and parents who build great relationships with each other, always putting the children at the heart of their thoughts and actions.  

Here at the Junior Campus, Mr Chris and I are extremely fortunate to entrust our students to a dedicated and hard working group of staff. Both teachers and teaching assistants are always striving to provide an enriching and exciting learning environment for our students.  Our support staff ensure our environment is safe and secure, thereby ensuring a healthy school for our students.  Our admin staff are dedicated to making sure parents and teachers have the information and resources they need to carry out their roles effectively.  It is a large school with over 600 students and yet the smiles, hellos and friendship means it feels much smaller.

We would like to thank you the parents for supporting all of us throughout the term.  For getting your children to school on time, ensuring they are well rested and ready to learn and for working with us to provide the very best education possible to your children.

Primary Christmas Concert

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‘What a magnificent event we had on Tuesday evening at our Primary Concert, ‘A December to Remember’. Despite the mammoth storm that engulfed us on Tuesday morning, our amazing concert went ahead and what a concert it was! Find out more about this wonderful event and view the photos from this lovely evening in this post by Ms Beth Bown, Primary Music Leader.

A Christmas Higher Maths Club Celebration

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Students came from across the school to celebrate Christmas together. The link? They have all been part of the Primary Maths Club at one point or another. Last week they celebrated all things Christmas and Maths with a special club get together.  Read more about this fabulous event in this post by Mr Andy James. Maths Subject Leader.

Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

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Last weekend saw students from both Primary and Secondary attend the Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Swim Meet hosted by Bangkok Patana School.  Find out more about how our swimmers did in this post by Ms Emily McClelland, Aquatics Leader at BIS

Thien Phuoc Christmas Party

Thien Phuoc BISHCMC Christmas Party 2018

It was wonderful to be part of the Thien Phuc Christmas Party this week.  A great opportunity to come together as a community and share time with our community partners.  Read more about this lovely event in this post by Ms Samantha, our Community Service Leader.

Canteen Taster Sessions at Primary

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This term we have held a number of canteen taster sessions for parents so they could see first-hand and taste what has been served this term to their children.  The sessions have been extremely well attended and  the feedback excellent.  We have one more session at the Junior Campus on January 18th and an invite will be sent in the new year. It is for those parents that have not yet attended a session.  Read more about the sessions to date in this post by Ms Mary, Deputy Head, Early Years and Infant Campus

Community Service this Term

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Our school is always busy and often working alongside our community partners.  Find out more about what Community Service has looked like this term in this post by Ms Reem, our Community Service Project Manager.

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Tet Collection at Juniors

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Our annual Tet Collection has begun.  This school wide project invites parents and students to ‘give back’ by donating various items to our Tet Collection.  At the Junior Campus, we will be collecting Rice.  Please leave any donations of rice (new and sealed bags only please) at the Tet Tree collection point at the top of the stairs near Gate A.  We thank you in advance for your generosity and support of our Annual Tet Collection.

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.

Friday   14th December  2018                                       School Holidays. School finishes at 11.30am.

Monday 7th January 2019                                             Term 2 Begins

Monday 7th – Friday 11th January 2019                   Club Sign Up and PTSC Sign Up

Monday 7th January 2019                                             Term 2 Coffee Morning @ Junior Canteen

Tuesday 15th January 2019                                           Primary PTSCs

Wednesday 16th January 2019                                    Primary PTSCs

Monday 21st- Friday 25th January 2019                   International Week Begins

Tuesday 22nd January 2019                                          Global Cafe

Wednesday 23rd January 2019                                    Global Café

Friday 25th January 2019                                               Parade of Nations @ Junior Campus


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

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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.

Health and Safety people

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.


We wish you all a very happy Christmas and holiday break.  For those travelling, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you all back on January 7th, hearing of the children’s adventures and catching up with your stories too.

Happy Holidays!


Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Head Teacher

Mr Chris McKelvie, Deputy Head Teacher