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Learning Technologies workshop

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 14/09/18

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It was ‘Back to School’ for many this week as we welcomed all parents to our Parent Teacher Student Conferences. Our thanks go to all of you for coming to the meetings which are first and foremost an opportunity to share with us information about your children so we can better support their learning.

It was ‘Back to School’ for parents this week as we welcomed all parents to our Parent Teacher Student Conferences. Our thanks go to all of you for coming to the meetings which are first and foremost an opportunity to share with us information about your children so we can better support their learning.

Parents also returned to school on Thursday morning for our Learning Technologies workshop. It was extremely well attended and we were delighted to see so many parents engaging in their children’s learning and understanding of online safety.  The slides for this presentation and more information is accessible via this post written by Mr Luke Dyer, Learning Technology Leader at Primary.  It is an excellent piece that every parent should read.


See Saw has also been launched and we are delighted to see so many parents engaging already in this great new communication tool. Class communication will come from this app moving forward, so please ensure you have downloaded the app and logged in. If you need any assistance, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Students at the Junior Campus have not stopped this week and you can find out more about what has been happening by accessing the following posts

Year 6 Dissect an Eye!

Year 6 Investigate How We See (6)

Year 6 are hands on in science lessons! Find out what they have up to – it’s not for the faint hearted. More details in this article written by Ms Deborah, Year 6 Leader.

Year 3 – Importance of play and fun!

Year 3 Progress Report 2018 from British International School HCMC.

Year 3 have also been busy and in this post by Mr Mike Martin Year 3 Leader, he stresses the importance of time spent reading and playing with your child. 

Community Clubs and Year Group Projects launched

British International School, HCMC, show committment to Community across the years

Our Community Clubs are in their final preparation stage and all are full which is a testament to our amazing students wanting to be involved.  Mr Luke Neville and Ms Samantha give us an insight into what is happening in this post.

BIS Young Musician


One of the loveliest events for our students is fast approaching. We encourage all budding musicians to take part in our Young Musician of the Year competition. For more details, please see Ms Frances Amos at the Junior Campus.

BIS Learning Challenge

Rube Goldberg Global Challenge – We WON!

There’s a new challenge to unlock! Mr Chandler has been busy creating new and exciting puzzles for everyone to enjoy. Find out what’s in store for you this week by accessing this post by Mr James Chandler,  STEAM Coordinator and Teacher of Design and Technology.

Nam Phong F1 Team Success!

BIS Grand Prix 2018

Our Nam Phong F1 Team have been in Singapore this week competing at the F1 Schools World Finals. More updates to follow but in the meantime check out these great videos outlining their very successful and exciting week.

Full playlist of Nam Phong Daily Update Videos 

Be Involved...

World Clean Up Day

World Clean Up Day  | BIS HCMC

World Clean Up Day is almost upon us. BIS are delighted to join communities around the globe on World Clean-Up Day to clean up our local area. This day links in with our Global Challenge entry last year focusing on Sustainable Cities and Responsible Consumption, and will be the 3rd BIS clean-up of the Thao Dien area. We are opening this event to students, teachers, parents, and members of the local community.

Event: World Clean-Up Day

Date: Saturday 15th September

Time: 8.30am (registration) – 1pm

Location: BIS HCMC Secondary Campus

If you’d like to join the clean-up team please complete this form: https://goo.gl/forms/dOqgE5UQVbq07Ghq1

BBGV Family Fun Run - Sunday 30th September

BBGV Fun Run 2018 BIS HCMC

Preparations are now fully underway. Bibs and t-shirts will be available for collection from the Junior Campus cashier from Tuesday morning. 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!

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 Update

PTG Coffee Morning - BIS HCMC

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.

Thank you to all parents who have already contacted the PTG with regards to offering help.

Saturday Football

Saturday Football


We are in need of help to keep Saturday Morning Football (SMF) going.  It is a parent-led activity for year 2-6 BIS children each Saturday during school term time.

Current schedule - 

8:00-9:00am       Boys and Girls Y4-6 

9:00-10:00am     Boys and Girls Y2-3

Place: Junior campus, outside football fieldsParents do not need to be professional coaches/players, you just need to have a love for football and enjoy working with the children.  For further information please do contact: bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

Dates for your Diary...

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

  • Saturday 15th September             8.30 – 1.00pm   World Clean Up Day
  • Thursday 20th September                                            PTG Social Evening
  • Friday 21st September                                                   Moon Festival Celebrations.
  • Sunday 30th September                                                BBGV Family Fun Run
  • Monday 1st – Wednesday 3rd October                    Junior Campus Book Week

                                                                                                (details coming soon!)

And Finally...


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.

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.


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.


A reminder about our upcoming Parent Teacher Social evening.

PTG Social Evening

It promises to be a great event and we look forward to seeing you there. Details are below.

Venue : Flying Pig Saigon, 97 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien, D2

Cost : 350,000 VND per ticket to include 3 drinks and canapés

Date/Time : Thursday 20 September, 7 pm until late

Tickets are now on sale every morning and afternoon at Gate A and the Canteen


Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Head Teacher, Junior Campus