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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 18/10/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (111 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Our amazing students wowed us once again yesterday as Enterprise Day transformed the front playground and astro turn field into a magnificent marketplace.

Enterprise day

Our amazing students wowed us once again yesterday as Enterprise Day transformed the front playground and astro turn field into a magnificent marketplace.  Every class, a business and each student played a role in their class company. The students exceeded expectations with their wondrous selection of products, services and games. 

In preparation for half term, at the market place, I purchased homemade bookmarks for the many books I plan to read, some suduko puzzles to help me relax along with a homemade stressball. I have some beautifully designed and decorated stones that I plan on using to keep papers in order on my desk and some puzzles to keep me busy in the evenings.  During the hot morning, I paused for some lemonade, some watermelon lemonade, a cookie or two and I also enjoyed a massage and some games to win prizes.  Where else would you find such a magnificent array of products and services? The enthusiasm and energy demonstrated by all was immense and I, along with all the teachers were extremely proud of the students.  A huge amount of money was raised for our community partners and we will share more details of where that money will go after the holidays.

Thanks to all the teachers, TAs and in particular Mr John, Mr Andy and Mr Rob for organising such a fabulous event and brilliant learning experience for our students.

Blast off 6

This morning Our Year 5 students took some fantastic contraptions to the field for their ‘Blast Off’ Exit Point for their unit of study ‘Mission to Mars’. The creativity and designs were ‘out of this world’ (pardon the pun!) and it was clear they enjoyed making them along with their parents.  Please do click on this link to find out more.

Helmet Heroes

Helmet hero

Our Helmet Heroes were launched at our Junior Assembly last week.  The health and safety of the children has to be of the highest priority, in school, at home, and on the way to school.  Children (and adults) riding on motorbikes without a helmet is a sight that we see far too often in Ho Chi Minh City.  With the help of Helmet Hero, at BIS, we are committed to helping reduce the number of serious accidents on the road, and we would like to see every member of our community wearing a helmet every time they get on a motorbike.  Ms Mary explains more in this post.

EAL Workshop

EAL Workshop

Most of the children at BIS speak more than one language – what an amazing group of students we have.  All our teachers are aware that when they are teaching they need to be aware of the fact that for most of the children in their class, English is an additional language; they for do not speak English when they get home.  There are multiple learning benefits for bilingual children, but also challenges.  During our parent workshop today, the EAL team explained more about the EAL programme and also gave some really useful tips about how to support your children whether they are receiving EAL support or not.

Young Musician of the Year

Primary Young Musician of the Year 2019 | BIS HCMC

On Tuesday evening, it was a real pleasure to sit back and enjoy the wonderful performances from this year’s final of Young Musician of the Year.  It is a firm favourite event for most staff and last Tuesday was no exception.  Children from ABC International School, BVIS and BIS, performed at such a high standard, the judges were once again left with the very difficult decision of choosing just one winner. Find out more by clicking here.

October Holiday Sports Camp

During the upcoming holiday, there are a number of sporting opportunities available for Junior Campus children:

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If you would like your child to attend one of these activities, please click on the link below for more details: October Holiday Sports Camps

Desford Colliery Brass Band Concert

Award Winning Desford Colliery Brass Band

The Desford Colliery Brass Band has performed all over the world, recorded award winning albums and continues to be at the forefront of British music making.

Don't miss the fantastic opportunity to see this ensemble LIVE in concert featuring our KS3 and community choir at the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City on Friday 1st November 2019. The concert will start promptly at 4:30pm in the Secondary Campus Auditorium.

Everyone welcome. No tickets required.

Poppy Appeal 2019

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The Royal British Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. A Century on from that conflict, we’re still helping today’s Service men and women, veterans and their families, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

So please join us in showing that we REMEMBER on the 11th of November by purchasing a Poppy or Poppy stationery.

Available at Reception from Monday 28th October until 8th November 2019.


BIS HCMC are looking to recruit to expand our current team of exam invigilators. We are looking for reliable and confident people to assist throughout our busy examination periods of January and May/June each year. 

Your role will include invigilation at IGCSE and IB level during both internal and external examinations. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing the examination venue prior to examinations in accordance with regulations;
  • Distribution of scripts and strict supervision of students during examinations.

We are looking for:

  • Team players and people who are flexible in their approach.

You do not require experience as full training will be provided, and the position is on a casual basis with days/hours being variable depending on examination demands. You will, however, need to meet our safer recruitment policy by providing an up-to-date police check and completing our online safeguarding training.

If you are interested and would like further information about how to become an invigilator, please contact Abbie Astbury (Examinations Officer) on abbie.astbury@bisvietnam.com

Community Choir

community choir

If you enjoy singing and would like to join the Community Choir, rehearsals have started, but it is not too late to join:

  • Every Thursday at 7am in the Secondary Theatre
  • Every Friday at 1:15pm in Room 110, Junior Campus

We will be performing at the Christmas Concerts in December.


We would like to remind all parents that the weekly update is available on the online iSAMS portal and app. There are some fantastic features of the app including;

  1. We are now able to send you 'push notifications' to the iSAMS iParent App. In order to subscribe to these notifications, please follow the instructions attached sent via email on Wednesday October 9th 2019.
  2. You can now log into CHQ using exactly the same username and password as your iSAMS Parent Portal account- Instructions sent via email on Wednesday October 9th 2019.
  3.  You can now view links to important information (eg Parent Campus handbooks, options booklets, etc) - just navigate to the 'Info.' tab and tap on 'Bookmarks & Web Links'

If you have not signed up for the portal and app yet, please follow the registration email sent on Wednesday October 9th 2019. Remember, this is the only way you will be able to view your child's academic reports. In addition, there is a wealth of information for you to view on the portal and app.

Collecting Children Safely

Keeping our children safe is extremely important.  From Monday 7th October, we will ask all students, teachers and parents to walk along the corridors when visiting the school between 2pm and 3pm instead of walking across the main playground which will allow us to get the buses on site carefully and the children on the buses in a safe manner. Thank you for your kind support.

 Gate C Exit and Entry

If you are a parent that uses Gate C to enter or exit from school or who has a nanny or driver that takes your children that way, please can we remind you that you need to use the footbridge if you want to cross the road. We do not have guards on duty there to help people cross and with a lot of traffic coming around that corner quite quickly, we must keep the area clear. Please can you heed the requests from staff when they ask you to use the bridge to cross. Thank you for your support.

 PTG Weekly Update

PTG Update

Our PTG are busy organising the next big event – Family Fun Evening on November 16th.  We’ll have more details after the holidays but be sure to keep the date reserved in your diary for a fun evening! Find out more in this blog post.


Health and Safety


Please take note of the school’s policy regarding photographs.  Photographs shared privately through our online journal, Seesaw, must be kept for personal viewing only; they must not be shared publically on social media.  Any photos taken in school on personal devices must be of your own children only and must not have other parents’ children in the photograph.  All photos taken of your children at school 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.

Head Lice

We would like to remind all parents about the procedures if your child has head lice. Many thanks for your cooperation.

1.            Please inform the class teacher immediately.

2.            All children in the class will be checked by the Nurse.

3.            A letter will go home to parents to inform them if their child has head lice or that there is the case in the class.

4.            The parent is responsible for treating the child.  We recommend treating your child if another child is found to have head lice in the class.

5.            All children should be treated on the day the letter is received.

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 between campuses and across roads.

Managing our Traffic Together

Drivers Code of Conduct

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.

Please take time to talk to you drivers about the this and ensure that it is visible in your car at all times. This will serve as a reminder about our expectations for all drivers when they are bringing our children to school in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

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.

Dates for your Diary...

And finally,

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

  • Friday 18th October                                         2.30pm                 School closes for Half term
  • Monday 28th October                                                                     School reopens after half term
  • Friday 1st November                                                                      Desford Brass Band Visit
  • Tuesday 5th November                                  3pm – 6pm         Specialist PTSCs
  • Wednesday 6th November                           3pm – 6pm         Specialist PTSCs
  • Monday 11th November                               8.30am                 Year 6 Sports Day @big field
  • Tuesday 12th November                               8.30am                 Year 5 Sports Day @big field
  • Wednesday 13th November                        8.30am                 Year 4 Sports Day @big field
  • Thursday 14th November                             8.30am                 Year 3 Sports Day @big field
  • Saturday 16th November                              4pm – 7pm         Family Fun Evening @ Juniors   
  • Wednesday 20th November                                                      World Children’s Day/Teachers’ Day
  • Thursday 21st November                              8.30am                  Moving On Workshop
  • Friday 29th November                                                                     End of Term 1 Vietnamese Classes
  • Sunday 1st December                                                                     End of Term 1 Clubs

We have made it to the end of a very busy half term.  The progress our students make is a direct result of the partnership between home and school and we are very grateful for your continued support and encouragement of our school and community. Have a wonderful and well deserved half term holiday.  We look forward to seeing you all in just over a week.

Warmest wishes,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus