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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 15/11/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (56 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Having attended a leadership conference last weekend and unable to attend the Remembrance Service, I was very proud to hear how well our Junior Campus Harmony Choir performed and represented our school at the UK and Commonwealth Remembrance Sunday Service.

Their beautiful singing, along with a poignant reading of ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Amaya in Year 6 contributed to a very moving occasion.

Despite the rain on Monday, and although we had to postpone our Year 6 Sports Day, spirits were not dampened and Sports Days for Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 went ahead successfully for the rest of the week. It was also wonderful to see our Year 1 and 2 classes in action on the field today!  Nail biting at times, action packed, thrilling and exciting are some of the words to describe the fantastic efforts by all our students who participated.  Having learnt and mastered their jumping, throwing, catching and running skills in PE lessons, it was great to see them demonstrate these on their special days. Year 6 Sports Day has been rescheduled to Monday 25th November and no doubt will be another magnificent spectacle of hard work, grit and determination.

Year 5 and 6 live lunches

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Our wonderful Year 5 and Year 6 performers delighted the audience with their songs, violin and piano pieces. What a fabulous way to celebrate the talent at our junior campus! Prizes, quiz questions and music were the order of this two-day event staged in the Black Box theatre. Thank you to all our performers – remember to sign up next time! Special thanks to Mr Vu for the sound and set up.

This morning I had the pleasure of taking Mr. Chris Fitzgerald from CIS on a tour of the school as part of our accreditation visit.  Mr. Fitzgerald is the Chair of our visiting team and he was impressed with our facilities, students and staff and I know that the rest of the team will be equally impressed during their visit next week.

Family Fun Evening

Before that though, we have our PTG Family Fun Evening. It promises to be an amazing evening with plenty to do for all the family.  Great food vendors, amazing activities and a chance to mix and mingle with friends and perhaps make some new ones!

Nrich Maths Training

 

The staff and students at BIS have had a brilliant experience with Ms Fran Watson from Nrich who was with us for a week of Maths training. Developing problem solving and reasoning skills is critical in Maths and Fran has not only inspired our teachers but also guided us with wonderful ideas and resources to make this happen.  Find out more in this very in-depth article by Neil Gorton, Assistant Headteacher.

UNIS Hanoi Swim Meet

UNIS Hanoi

On Friday 8 November a team of 28 BIS Barracudas travelled to Hanoi to compete in the UNIS Invitational. This swim meet is one of the most competitive meets in Vietnam, with 20 International Schools and over 500 students competing over 2 days of high quality competition.

The BIS Barracudas have been training hard since returning to school in August. For most swimmers, this was their first competition for the competitive season. Find out they did in this article from Ms Emily, our Aquatics Leader.

Minecraft & Cake

Minecraft & Cake 1

In recent weeks Year 3 have finished a unit of science work that focused on rocks, their properties and how they are formed. Last week Year 3 were lucky enough to have a visit from a working geologist. Mr Nick came to talk to the children all about rocks and how he has spent his career travelling the world using his scientific knowledge of rocks to help companies find the specific rock types they need to produce many of the products we all use every day. Find out more in this post!

Bonjour, Ni Hao, Hola!

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Last week, BIS students took part in the Language Perfect Northern Championships which ran from the 6th to the 13th of November 2019. This was an online competition in which students from more than 20 countries were challenged to compete for personal and school glory.

From this celebration of language learning and achievement competition, we came in 9th overall globally out of 159 schools, beating last year’s performance by 3 ranks! Find out more in this post from our MFL department.

Launching Julliard Dance at BIS!

Launching Juilliard Dance at BIS 2

Earlier this week, our Juilliard Curriculum Dance Specialist, Salla Saarikangas, made her first visit to BIS to help guide us in creating a bespoke Dance curriculum for our students. Find out more about the wonderful lessons provided to our students during her visit in this post by Ms Beth, Performing Arts Leader.

Poppy Appeal 2020

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A big thank you to everyone who supported with this year’s Poppy Appeal. Across all three campuses we raised 8,945,000 VND 

EY&IC – 1,646,000 VND

Junior Campus – 3,783,000 VND

Secondary Campus – 3,516,000 VND

This money will go to The Royal British Legion which is a charity that provides financial, social and emotional support to veterans and members of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants.

Upcoming

PTG – Family Fun Evening

Family Fun Evening

The final preparations are well under way tomorrow’s (16th November) PTG Family Fun Evening.  It is going to be a super event with many food and beverage stalls and lots of activities for the children to enjoy.  If you haven’t got your tickets already, they are available on the gate. Entrance through Gate B.

Click here to access the PTG update for this week.  

Support Services Coffee Morning

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Next Tuesday 19th November there will be a chance to meet some of the many support services that are available in our community. You will be able to learn about who they are and what services they offer. For example: what does an Occupational Therapist do? What is a Speech and Language Therapist, a Behaviour Specialist or an Educational Psychologist?  You will also have a chance to meet our school counsellor and her team. In addition, you can find out more about the how the Learning Support department supports children in school and what you can do to support your child at home.  The coffee morning will take place at 8:30 am in the Black Box Theatre on the Junior Campus.  All are welcome.

Moving On Workshop

Moving on workshop

This workshop is aimed at any families that might be leaving our school in the next couple of months.   The workshop will take place next Thursday 21st November in the Black Box Theatre on the Junior Campus at 8.30am. This is located on the 2nd floor of the canteen block.  Our Admissions team, counselling team and school staff will give a short presentation and there will be time for questions along with refreshments.  Many families in the past, have found this workshop useful from both a practical and supportive side particularly when supporting children with transition. We look forward to see you many of you there.

BIS joins the Plastic Diet Challenge

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Are you up for the Challenge???

BIS is teaming up with Rethink Plastic Vietnam for the November Plastic Awareness Month.

Single-use plastics are a big threat to our health, our environment and to the world. So we all have to join hands to reduce the use of these plastics!

Rethink Plastic Vietnam has created an online competition which will give participants an insight into their current use of single-use plastic and encourage each and every one of us to make easy, but very important, steps towards reduction and positive behavioural change.

Be part of the change you want to see in the world and inspire others!

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. Your task is to try to reduce the amount of single-use plastic you use each week.

When the Plastic Diet Challenge is completed, we will announce the winners and we can find out which BIS House is our biggest reducer!

So are you up for the challenge???  If so, please click on this link to start.

Sincerely,

the ReThink Plastic Vietnam team

iSAMS App

This week we started using the Push Notifications on iSAMS. In otfer to receive your child’s report, you will also need to download iSAMS. 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. 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.

Health and Safety

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. 

  • 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
  • Thursday 21st November                              1.00pm                 Year 5 & 6 Speech and Debate Final
  • Monday 25th November                               8.30am                 Year 6 Sports Day @big field
  • Monday 25th – Friday 6th Dec                                                      Tet Box Filling/Collection
  • Wednesday 27th November                        8.30am                 International Week Meeting 2
  • Thursday 28th November                             8.30am                 Headteacher’s Coffee Morning
  • Friday 29th November                                                                    End of Term 1 Vietnamese Classes
  • Sunday 1st December                                                                     End of Term 1 Clubs
  • Tuesday 3rd December                                  All day                  Year 6 Minh Long Pottery Visit
  • Thursday 5th December                                2.45pm                 PTG Year 3 & 4 Disco
  • Thursday 5th December                                4.00pm                 PTG Year 5& 6 Disco
  • Friday 6th – Monday 9th December                                           Nord Anglia Games
  • Saturday 7th December                                 9am                       Christmas BISZaar
  • Tuesday 10th December                                All day                  Year 6 Minh Long Pottery Visit
  • Tuesday 10th December                                6pm                       Primary Carol Concert
  • Friday 13th December                                    11.30am               Term 2 /Christmas Holiday begins

And Finally

In assembly today, the Tet Box collection was launched!  Our Year 12 students, assisted by our community leader Ms Rachel, explained that all children will have the opportunity to fill a Tet box for one of our community partners in the coming weeks.  During their Vietnamese Culture lessons, the children at the Junior Campus, will decorate the boxes and write a note to accompany the boxes.   Each child is encouraged to bring in 200,000 VND to buy the products that will fill the boxes. A letter explaining all the details will be shared on Monday.  We would encourage all the children to do some tasks at home to ‘earn the money’ they would like to donate towards the boxes. Jobs such as washing the dishes, taking out the rubbish, washing the car, sweeping the floor are great ways to let the children see what their hard work can do to support others.

I hope to see many of you tomorrow at our Family Fun Evening!

Warmest wishes,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus

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