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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 31/08/18

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Deirdre Grimshaw (104 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

At BIS we encourage our children to take risks and view failure as the first step to success. Mistakes will be made, there will be frustration and fear at times for children (and parents!), but perseverance is key and as we work together to support our children’s learning, I encourage you to be patient and understanding when learning is difficult. Praise your child’s efforts not just their achievements.  Seek guidance from us if needed and work in partnership with your child’s class teacher. 


A positive learning climate in a school for children is a composite of many things. It is an attitude that respects children. It is a place where children receive guidance and encouragement from the responsible adults around them. It is an environment where children can experiment and try out new ideas without fear of failure. It is an atmosphere that builds children’s self – confidence so they dare to take risks. - Carol B Hillman, 1989

This week saw Year 5 students on a Mission to Mars and Year 6 students venture to Africa as they embarked on their new topics for IPC. The quote above I believe was demonstrated very aptly in these two different experiences and allowed our students to take risks and be excited about their learning.

I would like to thank all the parents that attended our Parent Information Evening on Wednesday. It was wonderful to see so many of you there. Two key messages from Wednesday’s presentation will go a long way in supporting a positive learning climate. Reading and Sleep.  Reading daily with your child is a MUST. Even independent readers need to be heard and texts discussed to improve comprehension. 10 minutes per day is vital.  Children at this campus, according to their age need 10 – 11 hours of sleep per night. Any less and it impacts on their concentration and ability to absorb information the following day. Finally, I would like to encourage you strongly to keep electronic devices out of your child’s bedroom. There should be at least 30 minutes before bedtime that is screen free for your child. This will help them wind down and improve their quality of sleep. We look forward to a positive year for your child and working alongside you as parents to achieve it.

Today you will have received a letter about our upcoming Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs). They take place on Tuesday and Wednesday 11thand 12th of September. Sign up opens on Tuesday and we look forward to 100% attendance at these meetings.

Updates at the Junior Campus

JC Library

The campus is taking shape! Click on this link to read more about what developments have taken place over the summer at the Junior Campus.

Year 5 and 6 Adventures in IPC

As mentioned earlier, our Year 5 and 6 classes went beyond the classroom to begin their new topics. Year 5 students launched themselves into space on a ‘Mission to Mars’ and Year 6 ventured to Africa:


🚀 Today Year 5 attended the #BISHCMC NASA training camp as their entry point for their IPC topic ‘Mission to Mars’. The purpose was to stimulate interest and fascination in space exploration. This involved working out tough obstacle courses whilst wearing a blindfold, defying gravity in the BIS swimming pool, using our new green screen space to create animated photos as well as using a variety of apps to increase their knowledge of space. We will use the next few weeks to further develop their understanding of various missions and projects that humans have undertaken to visit other planets and systems A fantastic way to start the year! #ToInfinityAndBeyond #MissionToMars #NASA #IPC #PrimaryCurriculum #PrimarySchool #NordAngliaEducation

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BIS Learning Skills Challenge - Can You Crack the Code?

Rube Goldberg Global Challenge – We WON!

We are delighted to announce the launch of the BIS Learning Skills Challenge! Treasure Hunts, Escape Rooms, Crystal Mazes, Puzzles, Riddles the list goes on. What do these activities have in common? They are all fantastic fun while at the same time a great opportunity to create and provide exciting educational experiences for its players.

Find out more about what this means for students at the Junior Campus and how they can get involved by accessing this post by Mr James Chandler,  STEAM Coordinator and Teacher of Design and Technology.

Be Involved...

BIS Community Choir

Community Choir

This year will see the launch of the BIS Community Choir, an ensemble for all experienced, amateur and beginner singers. Rehearsals will take place at the Secondary Theatre, 7.00-7.45am each Thursday morning with coffee available to help wake you up (starting Thursday 20th September). If you’re interested please complete this short survey!

PTG Updates

PTG Coffee Morning - BIS HCMC

For the latest news from our PTG including class, country and event representatives, upcoming important dates, the latest from our uniform upcycling team and an urgent message regarding Saturday football, please click here.

PTG Social Evening

PTG Social Evening

The first PTG social evening of the year is coming up on Thursday 20th September at a brand new restaurant in District 2 - Flying Pig. For all the events details please click here. We look forward to seeing you there!

World Clean Up Day 

Clean Up Thao Dien

Join us on Saturday 15th September to celebrate international  #WorldCleanUpDay by helping us clean the streets of Thao Dien! Click here for further information. 

BBGV Family Fun Run

BBGV Fun Run 2018 BIS HCMC

It's once again time for the BBGV Family Fun Run for Charity! This annual event allows you to have fun with your co-workers, friends and family and also participate in an event which raises much needed funding for disadvantaged people throughout Vietnam. At only 4km long, the race can be run, walked, hopped or skipped and is suitable for any age.

We always have a great turnout from the BIS community so let's make this year even bigger! For all the details please click here.

Dates for your Diary...

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

  • Friday 21st August 2018                 12 noon               Term 1 Club Sign Up closes
  • Tuesday 4th September 2018       8.15am                 Settling In Workshop for Parents
  • Monday 3rd September 2018                                   SCHOOL CLOSED – PUBLIC HOLIDAY.
  • Saturday 8th September               6.30pm – 9pm   ABRSM High Scorers Concert
  • Tuesday 11th September              3pm – 6.00pm   Parents’ Evening (pastoral) – class teachers
  • Wednesday 12th September       3pm – 6.00pm   Parent’s Evening (pastoral) – class teachers
  • Saturday 15th September             8.30 – 1pm          World Clean Up Day
  • Thursday 20th September                                            PTG Social Evening
  • Friday 21st September                                                   Moon Festival Celebrations.
  • Sunday 30th September                                                BBGV Family Fun Run


Managing our Traffic Together

We would like to remind all parents about our Drivers Code of Conduct and once more ask for your assistance and cooperation in helping to make the BIS traffic flow with ease between the campuses and in the general vicinity of the school. Using the Code of Conduct, with key information in both English and Vietnamese, we aim to further educate our drivers to make better choices when they enter the areas around our school campuses and within the Thao Dien area as a whole.

Click here for the BIS Drivers Code of Conduct in both English and Vietnamese.

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.

Remember school is CLOSED on Monday for the Public Holiday. Enjoy the long weekend and we look forward to welcoming you all back to school on Tuesday 4th September.

Finally, all of us here at the Junior Campus  wish you all an enjoyable holiday weekend.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Head Teacher, Junior Campus