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Mr Simon Higham: Weekly Update 22/06/18

22 June 2018

Each year, all of our 3 BIS HCMC campuses celebrate both the similarities and differences of our cultures by coming together as one to learn and understand the importance of diversity.

  • Open Classrooms 2018 (18)

What makes our school community unique and special is the mutual understanding that difference is a positive attribute. From the different flags at our Opening Ceremony on Monday, to the food at the Global Café on Tuesday and Wednesday – difference is great. From the decorated classrooms across the campus to the national costumes at Friday’s Parade of Nations – difference is respected.

Our thanks to all of the children and teachers who came dressed in their national costumes today and all of the parents who have helped in making this week a festival of learning opportunities. Well done to all and we hope that these moments in time will be with you for years to come.

Read about 3 of our main events this week and access the many pictures in the posts below:

Parade of Nations

Parade 2018 (8)

Global Café

Global Cafe 18 (20)

A Journey Around the World – Global Citizens Learning Together

Open Classrooms 2018 (2)

Class List

Today, the children who are currently in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 have brought home with them the finalised class lists for the next academic year that include teachers, names and room allocations. We would like to thank all parents for their input into this process and as a school team, we are very happy with the balance of gender, ability, nationality, behaviour, learning support, language competency and social groupings that we have achieved.

Class Swap 

On Tuesday morning the children will get to meet their new teacher, either in person or via a presentation if the member of staff is joining us in August.

Classroom Drop-in

All parents are invited to a classroom drop in to join us on Tuesday 26th June, between 2:30pm-3:15pm. This will be an opportunity to drop in and informally meet your child’s new class teacher for next this year’s (if they are a current member of staff).

Inter House Swimming Gala – 2018

Swim Gala (1)

Results and New House Records

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who participated at the recent Mile Post 2 and 3 Inter-House Swim Galas. A great spectacle of individual swim strokes and team relays were witnessed, with every swimmer winning house points, and tallying to an overall house team total for the event.

 Read more about this event in this post by Mr Simon Grimshaw

BIS Grand Prix

BIS Grand Prix 2018

On Friday 8th June 2018, our F1 in Schools World Finalists Nam Phong Racing successfully hosted the inaugural BIS Grand Prix. The event engaged both primary and secondary students aged 9-12 years old. Their task was to design and manufacture the fastest miniature F1 car possible, emulating the design and engineering processes employed by real F1 racing teams.

Read more about this event in this post by Nam Phong Racing.

Global Campus Photographers of the Year 

Photograph comp

Have you got what it takes to be a great photographer?

Simply choose the theme that best represents what Global Goal 16 means to you:

  • PEACE: Safety & Calmness
  • JUSTICE: Leadership & Fairness
  • STRONG INSTITUTIONS: Family & Friendship

Once you've chosen a theme, think about how you can capture it visually.  Plan and practice your shots. You can visit the Composition Course page on Global Campus Online to help you with your photography skills!

  • Photographs entered must be your original work.
  • You may only send in one entry.
  • The digital file must be 20MB or smaller
  • Do not use a filter on your photograph
  • All the required information must be submitted with the entry, including:
  • The title of the photograph
  • Location of the photograph
  • Chosen theme - A 50 word explanation of the photograph
  • Your school house

If the photograph you took is of a person, you must ask them for permission to use their picture in the competition. By entering the competition, students agree that Nord Anglia Education can publish their photographs online and in the ‘Global Campus Photographer of the Year’ calendar.

DEADLINE – 1st October - Please email all entries to Sarah Curran Assistant Headteacher.

Good luck!


Clean up

The Global Goals Club would like to invite you to join them in their second Thao Dien Clean-Up event. The clean-up will take place on Saturday 23rd June, from 8.30am - 11.30am. You do not have to sign up for the whole time but choose time slots.

  • 8.30 - 10.00am
  • 9.00 - 10.30am
  • 9.30 - 11.00am
  • 10.00 - 11.30am

This clean-up is in support of the Clean-up Vietnam movement and will encourage both participants and members of the local community to be more aware about waste production and disposal. We want to keep our local environment clean and we need your help to do it!

Why should we care?

  • To make the environment around us cleaner.
  • To get involved in community services.
  • To pick up the rubbish that doesn’t end up in the bins.
  • To become aware of the amount of rubbish produced in this area

Further information will follow after sign up closes on Wednesday 13th June. If your child is interested, then they need to be accompanied by an adult.  Please click here to complete the google form.

End of Year Uniform Collection

Uniform Upcycling

Do you currently have old uniform that you no longer use or preparing for next year and need somewhere for all of this year’s old uniform to go?

Our thriving upcycling project needs your old uniform. Simply bring it into school and deposit all uniform items in the collection bins provided. These are situated along the office corridor and outside of the Canteen.

Together, we can continue to make a difference!

Managing our Traffic Together

Drivers Code of Conduct

Please take time to talk to you drivers about the this and ensure that it is visible in your car at all times. This will serve as a reminder about our expectations for all drivers when they are bringing our children to school in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility


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.

PTG Update

Global Café

Global Cafe 2018

A huge thanks to Lily and her team for leading this year’s Global Cafe - Leanne, Andy, Adrian, Elinor, Gayatri and all the Country Reps for arranging 2 days of wonderful food, music and superb looking country tables.  A great time was had and we certainly didn't go hungry this week!

We really appreciate the time and effort that is put into these 2 days in order for our children to really taste the fabulous food from all around the world. 

End of the Year for the PTG

Another school year is ending and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for your valuable help, however small it all makes a big difference - 'nobody can do everything but everyone can do something.'  It really is rewarding working on the school PTG - keeping busy, making new friends, seeing people enjoy themselves at events and of course raising money for our very worthwhile community partners.   

I'd like to say a huge thank you to our immediate team:

  • Leanne (Class and Country reps Co Ordinator)
  • Nandini (Assistant Co Ordinator)
  • Kate (Treasurer)

who have worked so hard all school year to keep things afloat.  It's been an absolute pleasure working with you all!  As you know we are all standing down from the Committee and the new main Committee is being finalised at present and will be announced very soon.  

We still need Sub Committees for the various events that run throughout the year to be filled. Also Class and Country Rep positions are still to be filled - watch this space for sign up genius links (SUG) to follow in order to sign up for these positions. 

For more information in the meantime please contact Leanne at

PTG Orange T Shirts

Any orange PTG t shirts not now required (in case you’re sadly leaving) please return to either campus Reception (Ms Phuong at Juniors or Ms Palm at EY&IC) to be collected by PTG. Many thanks for your valuable contribution this school year and good luck to you with your new adventure!  

This will be our last PTG Newsletter item for the school year 2017/18.  We've thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward very much to the next school year and continuing to contribute to the PTG.  

We wish the new main PTG Committee a great year for 2018/19 and look forward to supporting you all throughout the year.    

Have a great summer everyone!

Saturday Football


Our FINAL SATURDAY FOOTBALL session is on Saturday 23rd June.

Yr4/5/6 train from 8-9am and Yr2/3 train from 9-10am.

Please ensure your child wears long socks and shin pads, a number of children have not worn these over recent weeks.

We sadly say goodbye to Andy and Nandini who’ve Coached and organised SMF this last school year.

Many thanks to them both for all their hard work, they will be missed. Of course thank you to all the parent/student coaches who have also given up their time on a Saturday morning to help Andy.

If you’re interested in getting involved (no experience necessary!) please do contact for more information. Thank you!

We hope that SMF can continue in the new school year – we just need your help.

Key Dates for Your Diary

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  • Tuesday 26th – Class Swap morning (children only)
  • Tuesday 26th – Junior classroom drop in: 2.30pm – 3.15pm. Come along and informally meet your child’s class teacher for 18/19.
  • Friday 29th – Year 6 Leaver’s Assembly: JC Gym (10.30am)
  • Friday 29th – Term 3 ends: school finishes at 11.30am

And Finally………

BIS HCMC – Social Wall

Social Wall

To keep in touch with all of the events that are occurring across our 3 campuses, take a look at our Social Wall that can be located in the ‘News and Insights’ section of our website.

You will be able to look through the many pictures that have been posted on our social media channels in order to get a flavour of opportunities that are on offer at BIS HCMC.

Are you part of our Social Media in school?

Take a look of what we have on offer through the links below:





On behalf of all of the Junior Campus team, we would like to wish you a very pleasant weekend ahead.

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Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher, BIS HCMC, Junior Campus