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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 28/09/18

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

This week I was extremely proud to share our campus with 2 visiting members of the Accreditation Team from CIS (Council of International Schools) who have come to re-accreditate our school as part of the CIS 5-year cycle.

All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think. Sir Ken Robinson

Many of you will have heard the Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson where he puts the point across that ‘Schools Kill Creativity’.  The quote above comes from this Ted Talk and as educators, many of us have watched and learned and taken something away that we can do to improve what we offer our students.  

This week I was extremely proud to share our campus with 2 visiting members of the Accreditation Team from CIS (Council of International Schools) who have come to re-accreditate our school as part of the CIS 5-year cycle.  They spoke to students, teachers, parents and support staff and visited many classes.

We were delighted to hear excellent feedback from them before they departed. They outlined strengths to be celebrated in many areas. Risk taking, innovation challenge and engagement were some of the terms used to describe our students and our teachers.  We are excited to continue working with them to build on our strategic vision for our school in the coming years.

It was wonderful to hear our accreditation team recognise these qualities in our staff and students. I am proud of our students and indeed our teachers. I believe Ken Robinson would also be proud and recognise that the young learners he talks about above, continue to develop their imaginations, continue to take risks and with the guidance of our BIS staff, are encouraged throughout their education.

Please continue to read on to see how some of this learning has been unfolding across our school this week.

Moon Festival at the Junior Campus

Junior Moon Festival 2018 (10)

What a wonderful Moon Festival celebration we had at the Junior Campus last Friday. It was fantastic to see so many parents on campus celebrating this great Vietnamese festival with us. Please read more about the day and access some great photos in this post by Ms Phuong Pham, our Vietnamese Co Coordinator.

Book Week at Primary!

Junior Book Week 2018

Book week begins on Monday! We are excited to welcome Mr Adam Bushnell to our campus on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and we invite all children to come dressed as a book character on Wednesday 3rd October. We are looking forward to seeing many fantastic costumes. 

Please read this important note about the Book Fair from Ms Susan, our school librarian;

From Monday October 1 to Friday October 5, the Fahasa Book Fair will be held in the Junior library between 7.30am to 4.00pm each day.

All classes will come to the library at an allocated time on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

During that time the students will be given a ‘Book Fair Wish List’ on which they will write the titles and price of up to 5 books they would like to purchase.

They will then bring the ‘Wish List’ home for you to view. You are very welcome to visit the Book Fair with your child either before or after school to buy the books.  Alternatively, the students can bring the money to school and buy the books themselves either before or after school.

The students are very excited about the Book Fair.

Thank you for your continued support.

An Exciting Start for Community Service

Community Service

The campus came alive this week with clubs and we look forward to welcoming our Community Partners on site next week as part of our club programme. Our links with community programmes have already begun within classes and new primary staff had the opportunity to visit one of our community partners last week, experiencing first-hand what our school is all about. Find out more about our amazing Community Service Programme in this article by Mr Luke Neville, Community Service Leader, Primary.

The Benefits of Making Music Together

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This week saw the start of our extra-curricular activities and instrumental lessons programme across the Junior and EY&I campuses. Find out about how joining a Performing Arts club can prove hugely beneficial to your child’s social and physical development by reading this article by Ms Beth Bown, Primary Music Leader.

BIS Young Musician


Auditions for this event are taking place next week. 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 Skills Challenge

Welcome back to the BIS Learning Skill Challenges. It has been fantastic to see so many students getting into the safes over the past few weeks and watching the excitement of cracking the codes! Congratulations to Rishi from Year 6 who was the Junior Campus winner this week. It has been especially pleasing to have conversations with students and to hear how they have had to apply their BIS skills to crack the codes. PERSERVERANCE was definitely at the top of their applied skills!

It’s Week 5 – Can you solve it before Rishi this week? Check out the link here!

This year MIT challenges YOU to be a STEAM Superhero!

Superhero STEAM Competition

Alongside our Learning Skills Challenges, we are also working on our MIT collaboration as part of Nord Anglia Education. Find out more details about what’s in store for the children this year in this post.

BIS Barracudas

Congratulations to the BIS Barracudas who were the overall winning team at Saturday’s SSIS Swim Relay Meet

The Learning Never Stops

Professional Development

Our teachers are committed to their students but also to their own professional development. In this post, Inderjit Dehal, Director of Professional Learning at NAE shares how Nord Anglia’s excellent professional development programme helps teachers help students achieve excellent academic results year on year.

Launch of Safe Motorbike Riding Campaign

Road Accident Prevention

On Thursday, HM Consul General, Mr Ian Gibbons, hosted an event at the Early Years and Infant Campus to launch the Safe Motorbike Riding Campaign. There were a variety of speakers, from doctors who see victims of accidents every day, to Mr Minh from the National Traffic Safety Committee of Vietnam in Hanoi.  The message from all of them was very simple, whenever you ride a motorbike, make sure that you are wearing a helmet that fits correctly.  Although the law currently only requires children 6 and over to wear a helmet, Mr Minh explained that that is soon to change to make it compulsory for all children to wear one. 

Aside from the legal reasons, Dr Dai, from Cho Ray hospital, explained how accidents, even at slow speeds, cause head traumas and brain injuries from which many patients never fully recover.  The statistics speak for themselves – every hour, someone dies in Vietnam from a motorbike accident!

Please, please, please make sure that every time you get on a motorbike you and your children wear helmets!

The evening ended with the following pledge being signed:

‘I will play my part in reducing road accidents in Vietnam, by making safety a priority and encouraging others to do the same.’

If you would like to join me in making this pledge, please come and sign the poster which can be found on the PTG Board at gate A next week.

Sleep – it’s impact on learning

Importance of sleep banner

The two most important things a parent can do to ensure that their child succeeds in primary are to read with them every day, and to ensure they get enough sleep.  In this post, Mr Steve highlights the impact of not having enough sleep, and provides guidance about how parents could manage this aspect of a child’s routine.

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BBGV Family Fun Run - Sunday 30th September

BBGV Fun Run 2018 BIS HCMC

It’s finally here! We look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday. Here is a reminder of the schedule:

  • 7:15 am Welcome from the BBGV
  • 7.30 am BIS Group Photo on the Start Line
  • 7:50 am Call runners to the Start Line
  • 8:00 am Start the run
  • 8:10 am Games/activity booths begin. Food & drinks are ready for runners
  • 8:45 am Present prizes to the winners and the Lucky Draw

See you there!

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.

Dates for your Diary...

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

  • 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 signing after school
  • Tuesday 2nd October                                                      Reading Workshop for parents by Mr Adam
  • Wednesday 3rd October                                                Book Week Dress Up Day
  • Tuesday 9th October                                                       English Workshop for parents
  • Wednesday 10th October                                             Young Musician Semi Final
  • Thursday 11th October                                                   PTG Pot Luck Lunch for parents in the MPR
  • Friday 12th October                                                         EAL Overview Workshop for parents
  • Tuesday 16th October                                                     Young Musician Final, Theatre at secondary
  • Thursday 18th October                                                   Business and Enterprise Day at Juniors


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

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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.


I look forward to seeing many of you at the BBGV fun run on Sunday! It’s a fantastic family morning and we are always delighted by the amazing support of our BIS Community.  Go BIS!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Head Teacher, Junior Campus