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Junior Moon Festival 18

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 21/09/18

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What a wonderful round off to our week with our superb Moon Festival celebrations this morning! 

Dragon Dance

The campus was alive with the sound of beating drums, children’s gasps and excited roars as our dragon dance crew weaved their way around the field. Later on we were treated to two fantastic assemblies that captured some of the amazing traditional Vietnamese culture such as dance, song and of course food in the form of moon cakes! Well done to all our Vietnamese Teaching staff that have worked so hard to put this wonderful event together. There will be a post next week with more details and some great photos of all the action from today.


Communication was the key message for our teachers at the beginning of the term and with parents also. One of our most important tools for communication has just been launched and we are delighted to have seen so many parents engage already with ‘Seesaw’.

Please click on this link to a great article written by Mr Chris, Deputy Head Teacher to find out how ‘Seesaw’ has been working across the school and what you can do to interact successfully with your child’s learning.

Another wonderful element of our school that supports communication between home and school is our PTG - Parent Teacher Group.  This year the PTG has a committee made up of Lily Gutuerrez, Nicky Green, Nandini Varma, Dawa Anh, Ruchika Rao and Eng Wan Ng. They work closely and lead some of the subcommittees for various events. Huge thanks to all for being such a valuable element of our school community and we are very grateful for all that they do.

On behalf of the PTG committee, I would like to ask for your help and support in filling the last few spots for class reps and country reps.  With International Week now scheduled for the week beginning 21st January at the 2 primary campuses, we will need to ensure all country reps are in place.  Currently we need reps for Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.  Please click on the link below if you would be willing to be a country rep for any of the countries listed.

Parent Country Representative Sign up Link 

We hope that many of you will consider signing up to help.

Book Week at Primary!

AP1 Book Week 17-0968-min

Book week will soon be upon us and we are excited to welcome back Mr Adam Bushnell, author extraordinaire, to our school. This week you will have received a letter with details of the events planned and the children will hear more next week in class and from our English Leaders. In the meantime, check out the letter for more details and in the section below for key dates during the week.

MFL at the Junior Campus

Modern Foreign Languages at Primary (6)

There is always some amazing activity going on in MFL lessons. Be it singing or dancing, acting or puzzle solving, our students are taught in a variety of ways that engages them and makes learning fun! In this article by Ms. Sophie, our MFL Leader, she has some great suggestions for ways to help your child at home with learning a language.

U11 Football Match Fixtures

Primary Football Match Report

The football season has begun and what a great start BIS have had! Read about our U11 Boys and Girls A and B Teams who have been in action this week both at home and away in this post from our PE department.

BIS Young Musician of the Year 2018


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 - Week 4

Rube Goldberg Global Challenge – We WON!

It’s Week 4! How many challenges have you solved already? The teachers are finding them tricky, are you? 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!

F1 in Schools World Finals Crofty

Our Nam Phong F1 team have arrived back from their very successful trip to Singapore. They have had the experience of their lives and have inspired others to take an active role in STEAM projects. Read about their experiences here.

World Clean Up Day

World Clean Up Day 18

I was delighted to be part of the BIS World Clean Up Day last Saturday. With over 200 people participating, it was a wonderful collective effort to improve our local area and raise awareness of our responsibility to the environment. Please read more about this great event in this post by Ms Lauren Binnington, Assistant Head Teacher, Secondary Campus.

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BBGV Family Fun Run - Sunday 30th September

BBGV Fun Run 2018 BIS HCMC

Preparations are now fully underway. Bibs and t-shirts are now available for collection from the Junior Campus cashier. 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 5km 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!

Launch event for motorbike safety in Vietnam

Motorbike Safety

Join us for an open discussion on how we can together better protect yourself, your family and your friends on the road in Vietnam at our #KnowSafetyNoAccidents launch event hosted by the British Consul General, Ian Gibbons held at the Early Years and Infant Campus next Thursday 27th September at 17:30. Register here.

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 fields

Parents 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:

Dates for your Diary...

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

  • Monday 24th September 2018 - Clubs begin at Primary
  • Tuesday 25th September 2018 - Vietnamese Classes begin
  • Wednesday 26th September 2018 - Y5 (5pm) and Y6 (5.30pm) Trip Information evenings
  • Thursday 27th September at 5:30pm - Launch event for motorbike safety in Vietnam
  • Sunday 30th September - BBGV Family Fun Run
  • Monday 1st – Wednesday 3rd October - Junior Campus Book Week
  • Monday 1st - Friday 5th October - Fahasa Book Fair in the Library
  • Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd October - Book sign up after school
  • Tuesday 2nd October - Reading Workshop for parents by Mr Adam
  • Wednesday 3rd October - Book Week Dress Up Day


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


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 that clubs start on Monday 24th at both primary campuses. Please ensure that your child is picked up from the club venue/room. Children will not be allowed to meet parents at the office or on the playground. We appreciate your support with this as we try to keep all our students safe.

And last by not least farewell to Ms Phuong, our receptionist at Juniors who will take up her new role as PA to Ms Mary at the EY&I campus from Monday.  We will miss her but we are excited for her and her new role.

We welcome Ms Jenny who will join our office team full time from Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Head Teacher, Junior Campus