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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 07/12/18

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

It has been a week of sport at the Primary campus with a visit from Mike Gatting last Friday who shared his cricketing expertise and skill with the students.

Our Nord Anglia Team arrived home safely on Monday evening following a successful trip to Cambodia where they competed in the Nord Anglia Games and some members of our Swim Team departed for Bangkok this morning to compete in the Bangkok Feeding Frenzy taking place this weekend. We wish them all the very best and look forward to hearing all about their adventures next week.  More details of the Nord Anglia Games and the Mike Gatting visit can be found by accessing some of the links below.

Next week is our last week of term and what a term it has been so far but we are not finished just yet! We look forward to welcoming you to our Christmas Concert on Tuesday evening at 6pm on the small field.  It really does promise to be a ‘December to Remember’. We had a taster of some of the music in assembly today and I can promise you, you are in for a treat.  Tomorrow is the Christmas BISzaar at the secondary campus, a chance to get into the festive spirit and perhaps do a little Christmas shopping too!

Class parties, Christmas pantomime (children only!) and other events planned will, I am sure, make this last week of this term a memorable one for our students and staff.

Tet Collection Begins

Our annual Tet Collection begins

Our annual Tet Collection began on Monday.  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.

Mike Gatting visits BIS

Mike Gatting visits BIS HCMC Secondary and Primary School

We were delighted to welcome Mike Gatting, OBE to our school last Friday to share his knowledge and expertise of Cricket with the children.  Click on this link to read more about this wonderful visit.

Mary’s Story, Becoming an International Teacher in Vietnam


Have you ever wondered what brings teachers to International Teaching? Have you ever thought about teaching overseas yourself? In this article, we hear from Mary McAloon, Deputy Head Teacher at the Early Years and Infant Campus who shares with us, her journey and why International Teaching is so rewarding.

Nord Anglia Games!

Primary students compete in Nord Anglia Games 2018

We were delighted to welcome back our athletes who competed in the Nord Anglia Games last weekend in Cambodia. They were amazing ambassadors for our school both on and off the field and we were very proud to hear how successful they were in assembly today.  Read more about their amazing trip in this article by our PE department.

BIS Winter Sports Programme

Winter Sports

BIS are delighted to announce another action packed Winter Holiday Sports Programme during this year's Christmas holidays. Camps will run for the full first week before Christmas and the final two week days before school starts in January. The camp this holiday includes sports and activities such as Skills Factory, Basketball, Football and Swimming. Providers working with the school this year include BIS’s own PE and Swimming staff, RSFA and SSA coaches. 

Please click on this link to access the 'Winter Holiday Camp 18-19 Overview' for the full list of activities and prices for all three campuses. If you would like to sign up for a camp, please print off the relevant letter and reply slip and pay at the cashier of your school before WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER. Please stick to this deadline so that relevant organisation can be made with providers. 

Final Learning Skills Challenge of 2018!

BIS HCMC Aide Memoir is at the heart of all we do.

It's the last one this term. Can you crack the code set by Mr Chandler and open the safe?! Click here to find out more.

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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.

Primary Christmas Concert

Primary Carol Concert

‘A December to Remember’ is the theme of this year’s Primary Concert that will take place on the 11th of December at 6pm here at the Junior Campus.  We have no doubt that it will also be a concert to remember and we look forward to welcoming you all to watch and I’m sure join in with a song or two!

PTG Update

PTG Photo

We have a brand new dedicated PTG page with all the information relating to PTG events and how to be involved. Primary PTG Update: 14/12/18

Dates for your Diary...

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

Friday                   7th December                    Interim Reports to parents

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

Tuesday               11th December                 ‘December to Remember’ Christmas Concert 6pm small field

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

Monday 7th January 2019                             Term 2 Begins


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.


Today you will have received your child’s first term’s report. We hope you will celebrate your child’s efforts, progress and achievements as well as looking at their targets for next term and how you can help. If you have questions or queries regarding your child’s report, please do get in touch with your child’s class teacher next week.  They will be happy to meet with you to discuss.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Head Teacher Junior Campus