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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 18/01/19

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

Thank you so much to all of the parents that joined us for Parent Teacher Student Conferences this week.

Stephanie Cunningham - Juilliard BIS HCMC

We are delighted with the engagement of so many of you and your commitment to working with us in partnership for your child’s education.  If you were unable to attend either session, please reach out to your class teacher to make an alternative appointment.

This week our classes have been preparing for International Week. With a focus on our IPC (International Primary Curriculum) Units, they have been looking at various countries and particular elements, geographically, historically and culturally. Next week during International Week, this will continue and they will also have  many opportunities to visit other classes and share their learning.

Talking about visits, this week we welcomed Year 9 students back to primary school! As part of their Week without Walls, a large number of students crossed the bridge from secondary to come and work with our Year 4 and 5 students in various lessons.  It was a wonderful opportunity for our classes to be guided and mentored by older students.

We also had a visit from Ms Stephanie Cunningham, Drama Specialist from Julliard who worked with our students and teachers. We are looking forward to taking drama forward across the primary school with the support of Julliard specialists who will be returning to work with us in the next academic year.

We look forward to seeing many of you here at the Junior Campus next week for the Global Café and Parades as part of our International Week Celebrations. Sincere thanks to all the parents who have been involved. It promises to be another fantastic and memorable week for all.

Year 3 Learning in Action

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Year 3 have begun a new IPC unit with an exciting trip over the bridge to our secondary campus. Read more about their learning and what they got up in this post by Mr Mike Martin, Year 3 Leader.

Talk for Writing at BIS

Talk for Writing - International Primary School

Last week we welcomed Carol Satterthwaite back to BIS to support our students and staff with the embedding of ‘Talk for Write’.  Talk for Write, here at Juniors, has had a fantastic impact on our students’ ability and confidence in their writing.  Find out more in this article by our English Leaders who have worked closely with Carol in the successful use of Talk for Write across our school.

Community Service Humming Bird Award Winners

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Community Service plays an integral part in our students’ education.  Recognising what they do and the commitment some of our students make is extremely important and thus we have our Humming Bird Awards.  Read more about our Term 1 winners here and how they were awarded this great honour.

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:

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Tet Collection at Juniors – Extended!

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Thank you to all the children that have brought in rice for our Tet Collection. We have had to empty the boxes a number of times which is super. We are extending the collection until the end of next week so please do send in a bag of rice if you can. Imagine if every family on the Junior Campus contributed – what an impact that would have on our community partners!

PTG Update

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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 clickin on the link! Primary PTG Update: 18/01/2019  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 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. 2.30pm finish

Wednesday 13th February 2019                                         School re-opens

Monday 18th February 2019                                         Clubs start

Monday 18th February 2019                                         School Photographs Week begins


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

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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.


Our school photos will take place after Tet. They will begin on Monday 18th February at the Junior Campus. Please keep an eye out for an important letter regarding the photos which will be sent to all parents on Monday next, 21st January.  This letter contains important information regarding sibling photographs and sign up for these.

I wish you all a very enjoyable weekend.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher, Junior Campus