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Communication is key at British International School HCMC

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 07/09/18

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Deirdre Grimshaw (115 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

A focus for us as a school this year is communication. We want you, as parents, to be involved as much as you can be in your child’s education.  While we cannot bring you in to the classroom every day, we have invested in the tools that will allow you to ‘virtually’ be there.

A focus for us as a school this year is communication. We want you, as parents, to be involved as much as you can be in your child’s education.  While we cannot bring you in to the classroom every day, we have invested in the tools that will allow you to ‘virtually’ be there.

See Saw

See Saw has been mentioned to you at various points already this year and will be launched officially later this month. The teachers and students are busy learning more about this tool which will allow you to see what your children are up to in real time.

Another addition to our suite of communication tools is our Parent Handbook. It is housed on a google site which means all information is relevant and up to date.  It is a ‘One Stop Shop’ for all parents to find the information they need regarding school routines, rules and expectations as well as curriculum links for each year group and subject so you know what your child is learning.

We encourage you to explore this great site by clicking here.

BIS HCMC Primary Parent Handbook

Next week we look forward to seeing you all at our Parent Teacher Student Conferences. It is a great opportunity for you to work with the teachers in your child’s education and hear how they have settled in to their new class. 

Finally, our PTG group is a wonderful way to become involved in the school. We still need lots of support for class reps and country reps. Please click on the links below to sign up and offer your support to our school. 

In order to ensure that you receive notifications from the class and country reps, please click the Green Yes tab on the letter that was sent to all parents yesterday, 06/09/2018, which gives your permission to us to share your contact details with class and country reps. Details will not be shared with anyone else.

Class  Rep Sign Up

Parent Country Rep Sign Up

Event / Sub Committee Sign Up Link


Mr Stink

Mr Stink

Today in assembly, we were joined by actors from Dragonfly Theatre who talked to the children about respecting people from all walks of life, including those who were less fortunate than ourselves.  This led to them introducing “Mr Stink” from their upcoming production about a little girl called Chloe who makes friends with a tramp and finds out that there is more to him than meets the eye… or nose!

The children were encouraged to ask Mr Stink questions about what it is like to not have a home and what they could do to help people who lived in poverty.  Fortunately, Mr Stink was as interesting as he was smelly!

Tickets for the upcoming show are available at Go Dog (29 Thao Dien) and Eddie’s Diner (71 Thao Dien) as well as Ticketbox (https://ticketbox.vn/event/mr-stink-72729/49429).  Parents and students are able to get a 50,000 VND discount when booking through Ticketbox by entering the code STINK50.  Proceeds from the show will go towards helping children in Ho Chi Minh City who live on the streets.

September - Read a New Book Month

JC Library 2

Our new library has just opened and what perfect timing as September is ‘Read a New Book Month’ and we are encouraging all our young readers to get involved. Please click on this link to read more about it in this post by Ms Susan Lloyd, Junior Librarian

BIS Barracuda’s Swimming Squads – A message from Ms Emily

British International School, HCMC, Swim Team

Thank you to all students who have participated in the BIS Barracuda swimming trials over the last two weeks and thank you to all parents for your support during this time. Parents will receive an email early next week if your son/daughter has been selected or not selected for one the BIS Barracuda squads.

BIS Learning Challenge

Rube Goldberg Global Challenge – We WON!

Just in case you missed it last week, we are delighted to announce the second 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 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...

World Clean Up Day

World Clean Up Day  | BIS HCMC

BIS HCMC 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


Job Vacancy

Part Time Primary Chinese Teacher (equivalent to 2 days per week)

We are looking to recruit someone with a strong desire to work for a growing organisation who has an affinity with, and an interest in, teaching Chinese to Primary children.

The person appointed will work at the Junior Campus, must hold a full degree, qualified teaching certificate and have previous teaching experience within either Primary or Secondary education.

If you are interested please forward a letter of application and full CV which must include a recent professional photograph and the contact details of two referees, one of whom must be your current employer, to bis.recruitment@bisvietnam.com by Friday 7th September.

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. Some important upcoming events are listed below

PTG Social Evening

A reminder from our Upcycle Uniform Group.

PTG Uniform Upcycling

Repeated because of success! Invitation for 2nd sorting day Saturday 8th of September

Thank you for all parents and students that supported the school’s first Uniform Sorting Day at Saturday the 25th of August. A great job with > 60% of the beginning of school year sorting is done!

On Saturday the 8th of September (from 9:00am to 4:00pm) in classroom 208 we will be happy to welcome parents and students again to support the sorting (even half an hour is helpful) ……

We’ll take care of some drinks and snacks. Looking forward to meet you! Any questions, please feel free to contact us (onemorereused@gmail.com)

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/player, you just need to have a love for football and enjoy working with the children.  For further information please do contact    bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

BBGV Family Fun Run - Sunday 30th September

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!

Dates for your diary...

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

  • Saturday 8th September               6.30pm – 9pm                   ABRSM High Scorers Concert
  • Tuesday 11th September              3.00pm – 6.00pm             Parents’ Evening (pastoral) – class teachers
  • Wednesday 12th September       3.00pm – 6.00pm             Parent’s Evening (pastoral) – class teachers
  • Saturday 15th September             8.30am – 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


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.


Our thanks go to all parents that have ensured that their children are coming to school in the correct school shoes and are adhering to our school uniform policy. We are delighted at how smart our students are looking.  A reminder to make sure your child has a hat and water bottle every day.  It is extremely hot and children need to stay cool and hydrated.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Head Teacher, Junior Campus