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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 11/01/19

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

A warm welcome back to all our returning families and an equally warm welcome to all our new families that have joined us this term. 

We hope that everyone has settled back into the school routines after the holidays.  It has been lovely to hear tales of where children have been and what they have been up to.  It certainly sounds like our students have been all over the globe!

Ahead, lies a busy term.  In just over a week, we kick off with one of our biggest events of the year; International Week.  This is such an exciting week not only for our students but also for our parent community to come together at the Global Café and parades. More details about the week itself will follow from Mr Chris and Ms Mary shortly.

Beyond International Week, we have Tet festivities to look forward to. Our super Teaching Assistants are busily working with some students in preparation for our Tet assemblies and they are also preparing our Tet Fair.  Again, more details will follow shortly. 

After the Tet holiday, we will have school photographs for the children. In addition, all of our students will also be participating in residential expeditions. Our Year 3 students will be staying overnight in the gym; our Year 4 cohort will venture to Long Hai for 2 nights. Year 5 students will head to the Mekong for 3 nights and our Year 6 students will explore Cat Tien for 4 nights. These expeditions are part of the curriculum and create a really valuable learning experience for all our students.  It is always lovely to hear the children’s excited, albeit tired, voices on their return, sharing their most special moments, in particular those students that may have been worried about attending to begin with. In an article further down, you can read all about the importance of expeditions and why we continue to place such an important value on them.

Below, please see a short message from Mr Anthony with regards to a professional photographer (not school photos that we do every year as mentioned above) that will be visiting our school in a few weeks.

Mr Paul Pacey, NAE School Photographer will be in school on 25th and 28th January

Mr Pacey will be taking pictures of our school and students across these 2 days during selected lessons and sports activities.

We believe it is important to be able to share the achievements, activities and events our students participate in, and taking professional photos is a great way to capture these special moments.

Our priority though – as ever – is to ensure the safeguarding of our students by applying appropriate measures. In this regard, all images will only be used in line with the school policy as per our terms and conditions.

We will always take all necessary steps to ensure that children are in a safe and protective environment and that the privacy of children and families is protected.

Tet Collection at Juniors

Tet Collection Junior

Our annual Tet Collection began last term.  This school wide project invites parents and students to ‘give back’ by donating various items to our Tet Collection.  At the Junior Campus, we will be collecting Rice.  Please leave any donations of rice (new and sealed bags only please) at the Tet Tree collection point at the top of the stairs near Gate A.  Sincere thanks to all for the generous donations to date. We have had some large single donations including 500Kg of rice and over 100 Litres of milk! We thank you for your generosity and support of our Annual Tet Collection.

Swimming Lessons and Water Safety


Water safety is extremely important as is the ability to swim for all our students.  As we begin our weekly swim lessons for all students here at the Junior Campus, please take a moment to read this excellent article by Ms Emily Mc Clelland about the importance of both water confidence and the ability to swim.

Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard | Geneva

Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard is an immersive experience enabling students to engage deeply in dance, drama, or music and to make powerful connections with like-minded students from across the world. The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education and this programme represents a unique opportunity for students ages 10 - 18 to study with Juilliard artist faculty. Find out more on the Nord Anglia Education website:

The Importance of Expeditions in a Digital Age

School Trips and Expeditions | British International School Ho Chi Minh City

Now more than ever schools are being asked to provide an education for students that expands their learning beyond the classroom. A greater need for experiential learning has emerged, where it’s important that students face real-world problems that cannot be simulated at school.

Expeditions offer these types of unique opportunities where students can develop key skills like flexible thinking, resourcefulness and resilience — highly valued opportunities as we continue to progress into a more digital world. Read more from this great article by David Wall, Head of Expeditions at Nord Anglia Education  

The Goal of Playing the Game

International school sports | BIS Ho Chi Minh City

Sport for all is an important message that we impart regularly and standby.  The importance of competition should also be highlighted. As our students are trying out for FOBISIA Games and Athletics teams at the moment, the article here is a good reminder as to why ‘healthy competition’ is good for students also.

Be Involved...

PTG Update

PTG Photo

There is a lot going on this term on our PTG calendar and they need your help! Please make sure you take a look by clicking on the link! Please make sure you click on this link weekly to stay up to date with what’s happening.  Please remember, if we don’t have enough volunteers, we won’t be able to run events.

Dates for your Diary...

Please take note of some upcoming important dates for the diary.

Monday 14th January 2019                                           Vietnamese Classes take place today instead of Tuesday 15th.

Tuesday 15th January 2019                                           Primary PTSCs 3pm – 6pm In your child’s classroom

Wednesday 16th January 2019                                    Primary PTSCs 3pm – 6pm In your child’s classroom

Thursday 17th January 2019                                         Settling In Workshop for new parents 8.30am Black Box Theatre, (MPR)  Junior Campus

Monday 21st- Friday 25th January 2019                   International Week

Tuesday 22nd January 2019                                          Global Cafe

Wednesday 23rd January 2019                                    Global Café

Friday 25th January 2019                                               Parade of Nations @ Junior Campus

Tuesday 29th January2019                                            Last day of Vietnamese classes before Tet

Tuesday 29th January 2019                                           Tet Assemblies for Junior Campus

Wednesday 30th January 2019                                    Tet Fair for Junior Campus

Wednesday 30th January 2019                                    Last Day of school, Tet holiday commences.


School Identification Badges

With so much happening across the three campuses, we see an increase in parents and visitors on site and as such we need to be more vigilant about campus security both during the school day and at weekends.  We would like to remind all parents that school identification badges must be worn, even on the weekends when attending school activities.  If not, you will be asked for some form of identity and asked to wear a visitor’s badge.

If you are sending a nanny or driver, please ensure they have the school identity lanyard or some form of identity card. We thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students and school site safe and secure.

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.

Stay Vigilant

As in all major cities petty crime does occur, as a reminder to all of us please always take care of your personal belongings, especially when walking across roads and along the pavements. This is particularly important in the coming weeks as we approach Tet.

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.

Child Protection

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.


Please take the time to read all about our Tet Collection. This is an incredibly valuable way for our school community to give back and support our local community.  We hope to see our Tet boxes full to brimming in the coming weeks with donations.  Perhaps the children can do some jobs at home like washing the car to earn some money to buy the rice for the box!

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher Junior Campus