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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 13/12/2019

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

We have arrived at the end of an incredibly busy and productive term.


We have arrived at the end of an incredibly busy and productive term.  It’s been a whirlwind of activity since day 1 with some of the highlights including Enterprise Week culminating in Market Day and Sports Days for each year group. Trips to Thailand for swimming and MIT events, Hanoi for swimming and across to D7 for Nord Anglia Games took place and closer to home for Year 6 as they travelled to Minh Long Pottery.  Here at school we had the 2019 Young Musician of the Year, Speech and Drama competition for Year 5 and 6, Entry and Exit IPC points for each year group and our amazing Christmas Carol Concert this week. That is the tip of the iceberg and to list everything would make for a very long weekly update this week!

Brilliant learning experiences are part and parcel of what our teachers and teaching assistants do on a daily basis to support our students. We are very lucky to work with such a dedicated team and I would like to offer my sincere and personal thanks to all the teaching staff, office and admin staff as well as the support staff for ensuring that great learning can take place in a safe and secure environment. 

Today we waved goodbye to the students and families that are leaving BIS to move further afield. Please take with you our best wishes for your next adventure and please do keep in touch. 

For those families that are returning we look forward to seeing you on January 6th.  A reminder that PTSCs take place that very week on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th January and sign up is open now. Please ensure that you sign up to meet with your child’s class teacher. Children are also invited to attend these important meetings and it is a great opportunity to discuss your child’s interim report.

Sign up for clubs is also live and it is really important that this happens in the next few days so we can begin the process of setting up clubs for all students. Details about sign up is below and staff are available in both offices next week should you need assistance. Please note you will need to have accessed ISAMS to sign up for clubs.

Welcome Back Coffee Morning

I would like to invite you all to our ‘Welcome Back Coffee Morning’ that will be taking place from 8.00am in the Canteen at the Early Years and Infant Campus.  This event is very informal and provides an opportunity to welcome new families to BIS, as well as catch up with all the news from over the break.  Members of our PTG will be there to answer questions about how you can get more involved in the life of the school and regarding forthcoming events including the Primary International Week.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Interim Reports

Your child’s interim report is now available through both the new iSAMs 'Parent Portal' and 'iParent App'.  Should you require any assistance with this process, please do visit the main office and we will be happy to help.

If you have any questions with regards to the report, please do bring these with you to the Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs) in January.  The Parents’ Evening System is open for booking appointments now until Sunday 15th December.  Please sign up here to book an appointment.

Term 2 Clubs

The sign up for CCA sign up now live and the Club Booklet is available for you to read! We have extended the sign up until the middle of next week so please ensure that you sign up as soon as you can!  If you need assistance, please drop into Reception at the Junior Campus up to Wednesday next week.

U11 FOBISIA Games Trials

FOBISIA Games Trial

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.

Primary Carol Concert


What an amazing night under the stars with twinkling lights all around us! Our amazing Music department and students did a magnificent job of entertaining us on Wednesday evening and putting us in the Christmas spirit.  Click here to find out more and see some of the photos from this lovely event.

Hummingbird Award 2019

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Each term we award one student the Humming Bird award for their contribution to Community here at BIS. This term’s winner was Phin from Year 4.  Find out more about his amazing contribution to our community programme by clicking here.

Thien Phuoc Christmas Party

Thien Phuoc

It was a pleasure on Monday afternoon last to attend the Thien Phuc Christmas party. Students and staff from BIS sang Christmas carols and played with the children. What a wonderful way to start the week of Christmas festivities.  Click here to find out more.

Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 2019

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Some of our Junior Campus swimmers joined with secondary last weekend to represent BIS at the Bangkok Feeding Frenzy.  Always a highlight on the swimming calendar, it was a great weekend of PBs and medals in the pool.  Click here to read more.

Nord Anglia Games


Our Year 5 and 6 students competed at the Nord Anglia Games closer to home in District 7 last weekend and were extremely successful with podium finishes for all events.  Click here to find out more about these great athletes and their success on the basketball court and t-ball field.

PTG Weekly Update

It’s been a really busy term for our PTG and they gear up for the biggest events in Term 2 International Week and the Spring Fair.  Click on this link that will bring you to the last PTG update of 2020. Our sincere thanks go to all involved in making these events happen for our students.

Health and Safety

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.

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

Monday               January 6th 2020                                                School reopens after the holiday.

Tuesday               January 7th 2020                                               Vietnamese classes resume

Wednesday        January 8th 2020                                               PTSCs 3pm – 6pm

Wednesday 8th - Wednesday 15th January 8th 2020            Year 5 and Year 6 FOBISIA Trials

Thursday              January 9th 2020                                                PTSCs 3pm – 6pm

Thursday              January 9th 2020                                                Year 5 and Year 6 FOBISIA Trials

Monday 13th –    Friday 17th January 2020                               International Week

Tuesday               January 14th 2020                                              Global Café

Wednesday        January 15th 2020                                             Global Café

Thursday              January 16th 2020                                             Settling in Workshop for parents

Friday                    January 17th 2020                                             Parade of Nations

Friday                    January 17th 2020                                             Club Confirmation email will be sent

And Finally

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our BIS Community a very Merry Christmas and we hope 2020 brings happiness and good health to all.  Have a wonderful holiday and we look forward to welcoming you all back to school on January 6th 2020.

Warmest wishes,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus