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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 15/02/2019

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A warm welcome back to all our returning families and an especially warm welcome to new families that have joined us this week. We hope that your children have settled in well to school.

We have certainly hit the ground running this week with all of our students actively involved in their learning.  Year 6 have had a typhoon warning yesterday as part of their entry point to their new IPC topic. More information can be found in the post below by Ms Debs, Year 6 Leader.

This weekend we host 2 huge sporting events. Our swimmers will be in action over at the secondary pool on Saturday and Sunday at the BIS Invitational Swim Gala.  This is a huge event and we wish all our swimmers the best of luck. 

On the field on Sunday, we welcome students from Year 5 – 7 for the Community Football Tournament. Players from BIS will play alongside our Community Partners in this friendly competition. Be sure to come along and support all of our teams!

Our new Aide Memoire focus for this half term is Integrity. The children have been learning about this in class and it was also launched in assembly today.  Be sure to ask your children how they demonstrate integrity in school and at home.

School photos at the Junior Campus

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Next week our school photos will be taken across the Junior Campus.  We welcome ‘Pret-a-Portrait Photography’ this year to manage our photos and we are excited about the great pictures they will take.  Please check learning letters and seesaw so you know what day your child’s photograph will be taken.  Family photos will also be taken if you have signed up for a session. Please see the flyer above.

Year 6 Entry Point

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Our Year 6 students were part of an exciting entry point for their new IPC unit this week. Remaining calm was key as they were part of a typhoon warning. Read more about their entry point and learning in this post by Ms Deborah, Year 6 Leader.

Global Library Launch at Juniors

NAE Global Library 2018

Next week Ms Susan, our Junior Librarian will launch the Global Library with all the students at Juniors.  This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a Library Community across all the Nord Anglia schools. Read more about this project here.

Great Articles from Nord Anglia

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Being part of a Global Organisation means we can reach beyond our school to help guide, learn and inspire our school community.  Read through some of the fantastic articles below from fellow Nord Anglia Teachers and Global Nord Anglia Leaders.

Being in the discomfort zone. Challenging situations can provide opportunities for us all to grow.  An article by David Wall, Head of Nord Anglia’s Global Expeditions. 

Students learn better when they learn together Teamwork and collaboration are key skills that students must develop to thrive in the future. In this article, Nord Anglia Education’s Education Team programme manager Stacey Carmichael, highlights why this is important and the opportunities we can provide to make this happen.

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Making Education Personal. Mr Andy Puttock, Education Director for Nord Anglia talks about how teachers are leaving the traditional model of education behind and focusing on the individuals and giving them greater control of their own learning. 

Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard | Geneva 

Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard is an immersive experience enabling students to engage deeply in dance, drama, or music and to make powerful connections with like-minded students from across the world. The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education and this programme represents a unique opportunity for students ages 10 - 18 to study with Juilliard artist faculty. Find out more on the Nord Anglia Education website.

PTG Update

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Our PTG have lots of exciting events coming up this term including the Bake Sale and Spring Fair. Please make sure you take a look by clicking on this link to find out exactly what is happening and how you can take part.  Please remember, if we don’t have enough volunteers, we won’t be able to run events.

Dates for your Diary...

Dates for the Diary

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

Monday 18th February 2019                                         Clubs and Vietnamese Classes start

Monday 18th February 2019                                         School Photographs Week begins

Wednesday 20th February 2019                                  PTG Bake Sale @ EY&I Campus. 3pm

Thursday 21st February 2019                                       Year 5 Trip Information Evening 5pm@Dreams Lab

Thursday 21st February 2019                                       Year 6 Trip Information Evening 6pm@Dreams Lab

Thursday 28th February 2019                                       Community Talk – Air Pollution 8.30am @ EY&I

Thursday 28th February 2019                                       Y5/6 Public Speaking/Debate Final @ Juniors.


School Identification Badges

With so much happening across the three campuses, we see an increase in parents and visitors on site and as such we need to be more vigilant about campus security both during the school day and at weekends.  We would like to remind all parents that school identification badges must be worn, even on the weekends when attending school activities.  If not, you will be asked for some form of identity and asked to wear a visitor’s badge.

If you are sending a nanny or driver, please ensure they have the school identity lanyard or some form of identity card. We thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students and school site safe and secure.

Managing our Traffic Together

Drivers Code of Conduct

For more information about how we can work together to improve traffic around our campuses, please access this post.

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 across roads and along the pavements.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility


It is every parent’s wish to capture memorable moments on camera of their child at school either performing in an assembly, on their birthday or simply playing with their friends on the playground before the start of the school day.  Any photos that are taken by parents on personal devices must be kept private.  They 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.

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.


The weather is definitely getting warmer. Please ensure that your children come to school with a labelled hat and water bottle.  It is important to stay cool and hydrated while enjoying the outdoors. Our lost and found is overflowing with hats and bottles. If you are missing one, please take a look.

Have a great weekend.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher