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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 08/11/2019

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

It has been one of those weeks at Juniors when I could have written about any number of ‘events’ that have been taking place across the school. For staff and students alike, it has been incredibly busy, with meaningful opportunities for all.

It began last weekend when our U9 football teams competed in the Rising Stars Football Tournament. Finishing with silver medals, the team were fantastic in their efforts, considering many of them had not played as a team for long. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday our U11 footballers went off in different directions to take part in SISAC City Champs tournaments and once again, we were very proud of their achievements with podium finishes for every single team! More details in the article further on from our PE department.

Sunday morning saw some of our Year 6 students, along with some Year 7 and 8 students, board a plane with Mr Luke and Ms Erica bound for Thailand where they participated in the South East Asia Regional MIT Steam Festival.  They were excellent ambassadors for our school and had lots of fun along the way.

This morning we waved off some of the swimmers as they travelled to Hanoi to compete in the UNIS Swim Meet.  It’s one of the biggest events and the first for many of our younger swimmers. We look forward to hearing how they do next week.

Our teachers have also been extremely busy with our Nrich Maths training taking place at the Junior Campus. This continues next week at the Early Years and Infant Campus. Ms Fran Watson from Nrich has travelled from the UK and has worked with students, staff and this afternoon, parents. Each session has been really valuable for all and we look forward to continuing with Maths training throughout the year.  There will be an article in next week’s update all about it.

In the middle of all that, our students have been carrying out some assessments and more details as to how we approach assessment can be found further on.

The ‘busy-ness’ continues next week with Sports Days and our Family Fun Evening next weekend. The following week sees our CIS Accreditation visit.  It is true to say BIS never stands still, nor would we want to!


There are two main types of assessment; formative and summative.  Formative assessment is that on-going process of observing the children, questioning them and responding as they complete a task or given piece of work. Summative assessment is carried out at the end of a unit of study or at a given period during the school year.  The final exams in the International Baccalaureate (IB) that the students sit in Year 13 are an example of summative assessments.  The IB exams require a great deal of study and revision, but not all summative assessments carry quite the same weight.  

This week has been an assessment week at the Primary Campuses.  The children have carried out writing assessments and some other reading and Maths checkpoint activities.  These are not something that can be prepared for but provide the teachers with a check point, an opportunity to gauge whether or not the children are making the progress they should, and if they are at the level we would expect at this point in time in the school year.  The teachers will be combining their knowledge of the children through the formative assessments with the results of this week’s assessments, to provide an accurate all-round picture of how your child is getting on.  This forms the basis of the reports which will be shared with you in early December.

Eye Tests

It is our aim that the children at BIS flourish in all aspects of their development, so we were delighted when the European Eye Centre approached us to ask if they could support our BIS families by providing free eye tests for all the children in Year 1 and Year 6. Having had a successful week with our Year 1 students, they will join us here at the Junior Campus to support our Year 6 students next week.  I hope this is something that we can build into our calendar, as it goes without saying, that if a child is struggling to see clearly, it will affect their education.

SISAC City Football Champs

Football 16

The PE department were extremely proud this week of all the footballers that took part in the U11 Football City Champs. With podium finishes for every single team, most in the top spot, it was a fantastic week for primary footballers.  Find out more in this article from Mr G in the PE department.

Nrich at the Junior Campus


We have had a great few days with Fran Watson from Nrich this week at the Junior Campus. Our students and staff have been enthused and inspired and we are excited about next steps.  There are a few details here in this post by Mr Chris and more details to follow next week in a more detailed post.

MIT Steam Festival


As mentioned above, some students from Y6, Y7 and Y8 recently attended the MIT Steam Festival in Thailand. Find out more about their amazing experiences in this post by Mr Luke Dyer.

Desford Colliery Band

Desford Band Visit 8

Last Friday saw the Desford Colliery Band visiting BIS for the whole day to give a series of fantastic concerts across the whole school. Find out more by clicking here to read the full article and see some lovely photos.

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. 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.

Dates for your Diary...

Juilliard Dance Visit

Julliard dance

There are many benefits that come with being part of Nord Anglia Education, and one which all children benefit from is our affiliation with the Juilliard School of the Performing Arts.  For several years now, we have seen our music curriculum enhanced through Juilliard resources and visits from Juilliard alumni.  We are now moving into the next stage of the partnership with the introduction of the drama and dance programmes. 

On Monday and Tuesday, next week, we have Salla, a member of the Juilliard dance team in school, working with children and teachers.  There is also a session for parents which has proved to be very popular and so there are no spaces left available.  We look forward to finding out more next week.

Support Services Coffee Morning

BIS Ho Chi Minh Mr Simon Weekly Update - Learning Support

On 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 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 welcome.

PTG – Family Fun Evening

Family Fun Evening

The final preparations are well underway for next Saturday’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.  Please make sure you get your ticket to support this wonderful community event.  More details in the PTG Post.

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

  • 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 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.

Health and Safety

Helmet Heroes

  • Sungjun
  • Siyoon
  • Rihan
  • Nivi

Our Helmet Heroes campaign is now in full flow and proving to be a real success! Helmet Hero has spotted so many more children and adults making good choices and wearing their helmets when riding their motorbikes and bicycles. We received many Helmet Hero posters for the competition, which closed last Friday. Congratulations to all of the children who took part; there are so many wonderful ways that were used to help Helmet Hero pass on the important safety message to all.  Congratulations to our 8 winners from both EY&I and Junior campuses who will all receive 10 house points! The posters included a great tagline and clearly shared Helmet Hero’s important message. The winning posters from Junior campus are below.



Joeshe Kim


Shion Hattori


Gethin Pugh


Christina Lee


Nivi Gupta


Rihan Kim


SungJun An (Alex)


SiYoon Lee


As a reminder, we believe that everyone who rides a motorbike must wear a helmet irrespective of their age.  Helmet Heroes is a plea to all families to be responsible and purchase a helmet that fits and meets the ECE 22.06 standard (Economic Commission for Europe).  Please do continue to keep Helmet Hero’s message alive and remember to always wear a helmet and make sure your child, no matter what their age, wears a helmet, too.”

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.

And Finally,

This half term’s focus is Respect. It can take many forms; from being polite to others to reducing carbon emissions. This Sunday, in the UK and many countries around the world is Remembrance Sunday (Remembrance Day is always 11th November and we will be marking this in school). This is an opportunity to stop and show respect for the people in the past who have sacrificed to provide us with the freedoms and quality of life that we enjoy today.  This is as relevant in Vietnam as it is in the UK and if you are available, there will be a service of Remembrance at the Mai Cau Church on Tu Xuong Street on Sunday morning at 10.30am.

Warmest wishes,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus