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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 22/02/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (87 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

This week we hosted ‘Pret a Portrait’ to take our school photographs.  They have done a wonderful job and we look forward to sharing the photos with you in due course.  

As mentioned last week, we had 2 great sporting events this week.  Our swimmers were in action over at the secondary pool at the BIS Invitational Swim Gala and they did extremely well.  More information about that event can be found in the post by Ms Emily, Aquatics Director, further on in this update. On the field on Sunday, we welcomed students from Year 5 – 7 for the Community Football Tournament. It was a lovely occasion and an opportunity for our students to come together with the community partners for a wonderful morning of competitive but friendly football.  More about this event can be found in the post by Mr Luke Neville below.

We have been very busy in recent weeks with recruitment for our primary campuses.  In Term 3 we will share details of new teachers joining our school, but we did want to announce one leadership appointment now.

It is my great pleasure to announce that Mr Neil Gorton has been appointed as the Assistant Head Teacher at the Junior Campus.

Neil Gorton  - BIS HCMC

Neil qualified from Coventry University with a BA in Business Administration and received his PGCE from Birmingham City University. Neil is currently working at Dulwich College Seoul. During his time in Korea he has been a Year 2 Leader and is currently Year 6 Leader as well as leading Data and Assessment and co-leading Maths. Neil is interested in educational research and won a British International Teaching Award last year for implementing an interleaving strategy into the Maths curriculum. Previously Neil has taught in Egypt and in Coventry in KS1 and KS2 where he had curriculum roles leading Science and Maths. Neil’s wife, Victoria, is also a primary school teacher.

Neil will work alongside myself and Mr Chris at the Junior Campus as well the wider primary leadership team including Mr Ian, Ms Mary and Ms Sarah at the Early Years and Infant Campus.  We look forward to welcoming Neil and his wife Victoria to the school.

Trips picture

It was great to see so many Year 5 and 6 parents attend the Trips Information Evening yesterday as well as FOBISIA parents on Wednesday evening.  If you were unable to attend, these presentations will be shared via email.  Please do take a look and if you have any questions, please do let your class teacher/PE department know or take a look at our Expedition Site.

The weather has been extremely hot in recent weeks. As mentioned in last week’s update, please make sure your child is coming to school with their hat and water bottle.  It is important that students stay hydrated.  There is plenty of shade available for the children if they would prefer to stay out of the sun at lunchtimes.

Tet Collection  - Thank you

Tet Collection Junior BIS HCMC

Our sincere thanks to all who generously donated to our Annual Whole School Tet Collection.  Read this article to find out where your donations went and who we were able to support.

Year 3 – Learning in Action

Y3 Update 6

Our Year 3 students have been exploring some very tricky Maths this week! Never shy, they rose to the challenge and have produced some amazing work. Well done Year 3! They have also been Maths Rock Stars! What is that I hear you say? Read more in this post by Mr Mike Martin, Year 3 Leader, to find out!

Year 4 EAL Learners

EAL Update 1

Our Year 4 EAL students have been extremely busy learning across a wide range of topics all linked to their learning in class. In this post by Ms Rachel and Mr Josh, find out in more detail what they have been up to.

Community Football Tournament

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What an exciting day on Sunday when BIS students and community partners came together to play in our Community Football Tournament. Read more about this super event in this post by Mr Luke Neville from our Community Service Team.

BIS Invitational Swim Gala

Invitation Swim

It was an early start for our swimmers on Saturday and Sunday but oh so worth it for the fantastic BIS Invitational Swim Meet.  It was a roaring success for our team, click on this link to find out all the details from this nail biting event.

Julliard at BIS

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Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Mr Paul Murphy from Julliard.  He sat in on some of our Music lessons and also provided inset to our Music teachers.  Our links with Julliard are so important and you can read more about this great collaboration in this post by Ms Beth Bown, Music Leader at primary.

Inspired to Teach!

Inspired to teach

We recently had a visit from Ms Helen Kinder who was with the school a number of years ago as a Music Intern.  Inspired by her experiences at BIS, she returned to the UK to train a s a teacher and is now working internationally! Find out more about her story by clicking on this link.

PTG Update

Bake Sale (1)

Lots of exciting events have been taking place including a very successful Bake sale at the Early Years and Infant Campus. Our next big event is the Spring Fair.  Please make sure you take a look by clicking on the 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.

Curious Minds in High Demand!

Personalise learning

Promoting curiosity and exploration is crucial to help achieve more effective problem solving.  Read how school do this effectively in another great article from our Nord Anglia Community.

Dates for your Diary...

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

Tuesday and Wednesday 26th & 27th February    Y3/4 Live Lunches

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

Monday 4th March 2019                                                Trips Week 1 

Thursday 7th March 2019                                              Year 3 Sleepover Group 1

Monday 11th March 2019                                              Trips Week 2

Thursday 14th March 2019                                            Year 3 Sleepover Group 2


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.


Next week an important medical form will go to all parents in primary.  Please can you ensure that you check the details on the form and fill in or change any sections that need updating and send it back to school as possible.

Have a great weekend.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher