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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 29/11/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (116 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

With two weeks to go before we break up for the holidays, we have plenty still planned for the students and it promises to be a busy few weeks ahead.  

Headteacher coffee morning

Yesterday we were delighted to welcome a good number of parents to our Headteachers’ Coffee Morning.  Perhaps we should have labelled it Primary Leadership Coffee Morning as all of the leadership team attended to share the Primary Campus Priorities and what has been taking place over the last few months and future plans for our school.  It is exciting to see the journey we have been on and the progress we have made as a school in recent years.  It is also exciting to plan for the future and begin to put together the next phase of our journey to remain as an Outstanding school but even better!

With two weeks to go before we break up for the holidays, we have plenty still planned for the students and it promises to be a busy few weeks ahead.  We are very much looking forward to our Carol Concert on Tuesday 10th December and hope to see many of you there. Ahead of that, we will wave off our Nord Anglia Games athletes from Year 5 and Year 6 who will represent BIS at the NAE Games being held close by in District 7.  Hosted by BVIS, the games will be at RMIT and all support is welcome on Saturday and Sunday as they compete.

This week Term 1 clubs finished.  Please ensure that next week you collect your children at the end of the school day (2.30pm). Sign up for Term 2 clubs will open shortly and there are a few changes to this. Please read this important section by Mr Chris which gives more detail.

Term 2 Clubs

CCA sign up is just around the corner and the Club Booklet is in the final stages of completion. Lookout for the email informing you of available CCAs by the end of next week, and then the official opening of sign-up begins of Monday the 3rd of December at 5pm and remains open until 12pm on Friday the 13th. Don’t miss out! There will be a number of changes this coming term to make sure that the sign-up process is more transparent and fair to all. The dates that have been set will be strictly enforced, and once CCAs have been signed up there will not be an opportunity for changes. All club allocation completely automated using the CHQ platform. By doing this, we are better able to ensure that those who miss out on a preferred CCA choice will have the opportunity when the next round of CCAs begin. Payment for those CCA which charge fees will also be streamlined and will only be available over a 3-day period. Bank transfers are available, and certainly make life much easier for you, the parents, when it comes to making payments. We have an amazing array of CCAs ready for your children in Term 2, so get them ready!

Mr Chris McKelvie, Deputy Headteacher

Year 5 and 6 Speech and Debate Finals

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Highly anticipated and very much worth the wait, the Year 5 and 6 Speech and Debate Finals took place last Thursday to a packed audience over at the Secondary auditorium. It was a brilliant culmination of the hard work and effort shown by the students in both year groups.  Find out more about the event in this post by Mr Gary Fyles, Year 5 teacher who along with Mr Oliver Bone from Year 6, organised this year’s event.

Junior Campus Sports Days!

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Over the course of 4 days and 8 different sessions, we completed the Sports Days for the Junior Campus. It was a brilliant few days and the children did a great job in all events.  Find out more and see pictures of the children in action in this article by Mr Mark Jones from the PE department.

U11 FOBISIA Games Trials


In January the trials for Year 5 and 6 students wishing to participate in the FOBISIA Games take place. If would like to know more about the games and details of the trials, please click on this link to find out more in this article by Mr Simon Grimshaw, PE Leader.

EAL – Language in Focus Let’s Celebrate the Culture and Language of the Philippines

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Kumasta! Find out about this half term’s language in Focus. Last week in assembly it was launched and as BIS encourages us to be global citizens learning together, and we love finding out about the rich variety of cultures in our world. This time; The Philippines! Read more in this article from our EAL team.

Year 5 Using Games in IPC

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Our Year 5 students have been playing games in IPC lessons to explore real life issues.  Find out more about what they have been up to in this post by Mr Greg Wilde, Year 5 Leader.

Tet Box Appeal

BIS Tet Gift Box Collection

Our community programme is an integral part of what we do here as a school. The Tet Box appeal is in full swing.  Please ask your children about what they have been doing at school and how we have asked them to help. This is a wonderful way to support our community partners at this most important time in Vietnam. Click here to find out more.

PTG Weekly Update

Our PTG are gearing up for the next two events; The highly anticipated Disco and… International week! Find out more by clicking here to access their weekly update.

Coming Soon...

Community Talk

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On Wednesday 4th December, Dr Linh from Family Medical Practice will lead a community talk on the topic: Reflux in children. He will discuss both the causes and how it can be treated. This talk will take place in the Fundinotots room in the EY and I campus and will start at 13.30pm. Please note that this talk will be delivered in Vietnamese and all primary parents are invited to attend.

Trào ngược dạ dày ở trẻ

Trào ngược dạ dày-thực quản rất thường gặp ở trẻ nhỏ và làm cho bố mẹ lo lắng. Đây có phải là bệnh lý và khi nào bố mẹ cần đưa trẻ đi khám?

Hãy tham dự buổi hội thảo ngày 4/12/2019 và cùng bác sĩ Nhi khoa Nguyễn Hữu Lĩnh tìm hiểu trào ngược dạ dày là gì cũng như phương thức điều trị.

Ngày: Thứ 4 ngày 4 tháng 12

Thời gian: Lúc 13h30 đến 14h30 ( quý phụ huynh có thể đến lúc 13h15 để uống trà hoặc cà phê)

Địa điểm: Lớp Fundinotots EY&I

Clean Up Thao Dien

Join us as we clean up Thao Dien! It’s a great opportunity to support our local community.

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BIS HCMC Winter Sports Camp 2019

BIS will once again be running a Winter Sports Camp for our students during the first week of the holidays (Monday 16th – Friday 20th December). This will include a wide range of age specific activities such as Swimming, Multi Skills, Multi Sports and Football. These exciting activities will be taking place on the EYI and Junior campuses. Sign up on a first come first served basis.

Please print a copy of the letters previously sent via email and hand in at the cashier of your school, along with full payment, before Wednesday 11th December.

Winter Holiday Camp 2019



Reports will be issued soon – Have you downloaded the APP and signed in?

This week we started using the Push Notifications on iSAMS. In order 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 the diary...

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

  • 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

We hope to see some of you tomorrow for our Clean Up Thao Dien event. From 9am to 11am. We’ll meet at the EY&I campus.  More details earlier on in this weekly update.

Warmest wishes,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus