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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 01/11/2019

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

A warm welcome back to all our families after the half term break.

We hope everyone had a great holiday and enjoyed their first week back at school.  We look forward to another busy term ahead with many exciting events and opportunities for our students and teachers.  One such opportunity is our Maths training for staff in the coming weeks. Professional Development at BIS is extremely important and we are always evaluating where we are and where we need to get to.  Our focus this year is Maths, specifically developing problem solving and Maths Reasoning skills and all class teachers are involved.

"You cannot teach the same way you did yesterday to prepare students for tomorrow." - John Dewey

Next week, we will have Fran Watson from Nrich joining us from the UK for Maths training for staff.  Our Maths Leaders have been working with Fran to prepare the training for our staff which we know will enrich our teaching and learning as we develop Maths reasoninng skills across the curriculum.  Fran will observe lessons, teach lessons and provide feedback to teachers at all stages.  We have teacher workshops and parent workshops planned and we are excited to see the impact this will have on student learning and outcomes.  We will share more with you in the coming weeks.

Specialist Parent Teacher Conferences

We look forward to seeing many of you at Specialist Parent Teacher Student conferences next week.  Please do make sure you sign up to meet your child’s specialist teacher. All conferences will take place in the gym at the Junior Campus.

SISAC Cross Country Success for our BIS Athletes

Cross Country

On Tuesday our athletes took the bus to D7 where they competed in the SISAC Cross Country event with many other International School across the city.  Find out how they did alongside their secondary friends in this post by Ms Lindsey Shuttleworth.

Primary Sports Day

Sports Day

The week after next all week all our athletes get to compete in our Primary Sports Days. More details in Learning letters but we look forward to seeing many parents joining us to cheer on our young athletes.

IPC Learning Across the School


The International Primary Curriculum encompasses a range of subjects and is taught in an enquiry/topic-based approach. Entry and Exit points build excitement and celebrate learning and the children have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of learning experiences.  Find out more by clicking on the link to read this post by our IPC leaders.

BIS joins the Plastic Diet Challenge

Re think plastic VN

Are you up for the Challenge???

BIS is teaming up with Rethink Plastic Vietnam for the November Plastic Awareness Month. The Plastic Diet Challenge starts with a ‘baseline’ survey and will be followed by 3 weekly surveys and “tips & tricks” over the course of the month of November. Find out more in this post by Rethink Plastic Vietnam.

Remembrance Sunday and Poppy Appeal 2019

All BIS families are invited to attend the inaugural Commonwealth Remembrance Service in HCMC on Sunday 10th November, 12.15pm, in Mai Khoi Church, 44 Tú Xương, Phường 7, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh. The Junior Harmony Choir will be supporting this event and no tickets or advanced booking is required if you would like to attend. However, there is limited parking near the church.

If you require any more information about the service,  please contact Ms Beth directly at Elizabeth.Bown@bisvietnam.com

The significance of the Poppy on Remembrance Sunday

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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

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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.

 PTG Weekly Update

Family Fun Evening

Our PTG are busy organising the next big event – Family Fun Evening on November 16th.  Please do make sure you save the date.  More details in the PTG section – Read on!


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...

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

  • 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 look forward to seeing many of you at Specialist Parent Teacher conferences next week.  Please do make sure you sign up to meet your child’s specialist teacher. All conferences will take place in the gym at the Junior Campus.


As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Ms Naomi, a former BIS teacher (who left Year 2 last year), has taken up the challenge of running from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City to raise money for some of our community partners and to draw attention to some of the issues facing Vietnam today.  She has made great progress already as you can see by clicking on the link: NamRunsNam Progress Update

If you would like to donate to the charities that Ms Naomi is running for, or would simply like to follow how she is doing, you can do so through her website: www.namrunsnam.com

Warmest wishes,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus