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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 01/03/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (104 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to our Year 5 and 6 Speech and Debate finalists deliver some fantastic speeches and arguments in the culminating event of their English Unit.

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Speaking on behalf of the judges, Mr Gavin Donnelly, Head of English from the Secondary Campus, commended the students on their performances and was clearly impressed with the calibre of speeches prepared.  I was extremely proud of all the students that took part, but also all of the students in Year 5 and Year 6 for pushing beyond their limits and going out of their comfort zone.  We talk a lot about taking risks and the students yesterday demonstrated the fantastic results of doing just that.  Well done to all that were involved and sincere thanks to the organisers of the event Mr John Handscombe and Mr Jonathan Smith.

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Our Spring Fair is fast approaching and we look forward to seeing many of you on the evening of Saturday March 23rd when the event takes place here at the Junior Campus. Our PTG are working furiously to ensure this event is the biggest and the best yet.  An important element of the Spring Fair is how we can support the Community Partners as a result.  In this post by Ms Nicky Green from the PTG, she outlines the different community partners we support through this event.  Please do read this to find out how your attendance or purchase of raffle tickets impacts the lives of our community partners.  Raffle Tickets go on sale on March 11th 2019 at both Primary Campuses.  Further on, click on the PTG link to find out more about the event itself.

Next week and the week after, our campus will be quieter than usual as we wave off students from Year 4 – 6 on their residential trips.  Not to be left out, our Year 3 classes will spend a night at school which, judging by the meeting today with all of Year 3, is going to be the highlight of the year for most!

Y4 Trip

A huge amount of organisation and thought has gone into these trips. Our teachers and in particular the Year Leaders have been busily preparing everything for these special weeks.  Year 5 and 6 also had their  second cycling proficiency lessons on Wednesday to prepare them for their activities.


Please can I encourage you to read through all the information that has been sent and ensure that your child is well prepared for their trips.  If you are unsure of anything, take a look at our Trips Website.

I will be joining the second Year 4 group on their trip to Long Hai from Wednesday to Friday next week and I am excited to be part of their learning beyond the classroom. Please contact the office should you need anything while I am away.

School Photo 2019

A number of parents have asked when the photos will be ready to view.  We are delighted that parents are keen to see them.  The photographers finished their work at the Early Years and Infant Campus today and we hope to share the link to the site with you very soon.

Successful Teaching and Leaning makes Children Think

Successful teaching and learning makes children think

Here at BIS we have been successfully using the Let’s Think in English Programme for a number of years.  As the title of the post suggests, we are making children think with very positive results.  To find out more click on this link to read what Ms Shaheena Pall, LTiE Leader has shared.

SISAC Athletics Success!

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We are extremely proud of all our primary (and secondary!) athletes that competed in the SISAC Athletics Meet last Saturday.  It was a wonderful event with great success for BIS. Read more about their amazing performance in this post by Ms Lindsey, Assistant PE Subject Leader.

IPC in Year 4

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Our Year 4 classes have been busy with their IPC topic this term.  Learn more about their learning by clicking on this link to read an article by Ms Jude, our Year 4 Leader.

Year 3 and 4 Live Lunches

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Year 3 and 4 students livened up lunch times on Tuesday and Wednesday with some fantastic performances during our Live Lunches.  There was a queue of performers (over 30!) ready to entertain.  Ms Linden shares more details and pictures in this post.

Year 5 Geo Bee!

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What is a Geo Bee I hear you ask? Well think of a spelling bee, change the focus to geography and you’ve got an exciting event that challenges students to see who has the best knowledge of countries, capitals and all things map related! Who took part? Who won? Click here to find out in this article by Mr Greg Wilde, Year 5 Leader.

PTG Update

Spring Fair 2019 | BIS HCMC

As mentioned above, the PTG are busily preparing for the Spring Fair.  But that is not all.  Read about what else they are up to in the latest post from the PTG.

Dates for your Diary...

Dates for the Diary

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

Monday 4th March 2019                                                Trips Week 1 for Year 6 and Year 4 Group 1

Tuesday 5th March 2019                                                Trips Week 1 for Year 5 Group 1

Wednesday 6th March 2019                                         Trips Week for Year 4 Group 2

Thursday 7th March 2019                                              Year 3 Sleepover Group 1

Monday 11th March 2019                                              Trips Week 2 for Year 6 Group 2

Tuesday 12th March 2019                                              Trips Week 2 for Year 5 Group 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.


I mentioned last week that medical forms would be coming out soon.  We have decided to delay these forms till after trips.  The medical forms will go to all parents on March 18th.  Thank you for taking the time to fill in them in and return them to school as soon after that date.

Have a great weekend.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher