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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 15/03/2019

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

The campus is almost full once more. Our Year 6 classes on expeditions returned this afternoon and the Year 5 children are expected imminently.

Year 4’s Expedition to Long Hai 11

It is fair to say that it has been quieter without them but we know that all students have had a fantastic time on their various trips to Long Hai for our Year 4 students, the Mekong for our Year 5 students and Cat Tien National Park for our Year 6 cohort. 

Once again, my sincere thanks to all the Year Leaders and Trip Leaders that have spent many, many hours arranging these trips so they are truly amazing (and safe!) experiences for our students. 

This week, we welcomed Dr Olivia from Family Medical to talk to us on Pollution in HCMC and what we can do to protect our children.  My thanks to her for supporting our BIS Community. We also welcomed some Nord Anglia Education staff led by Mr Graham Witte who carried out a comprehensive Health and Safety Audit across all three campuses.  Today they were on the Junior Campus and we will be sharing the outcome of this audit with parents at the Head Teacher’s Coffee morning for primary parents next Thursday 21st March 2019 at 8.30am.

BIS Headteachers' Coffee Morning

We will be taking the theme of ‘Quality Assurance’.  As school leaders, how do we know we are providing an education of the highest quality? We will be sharing the procedures we have in school, and more about the external accreditations that we have from the British Schools Overseas (BSO) Inspectorate and the Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation process.

Spring Fair 2019 | BIS HCMC

A reminder that our Spring Fair is fast approaching. 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. Entry tickets and raffle tickets are now available at drop off and pick up from all campuses and there are over 300 amazing prizes up for grabs!

Can you help out on the day?

We need parent helpers for the Spring Fair on the day between 4pm - 7pm. If anyone can spare half an hour (or more!) please email your name and mobile to

To find out what else the PTG has been organising this week please click here:

Primary PTG Update: 15/03/19

Primary Expeditions 2019

Year 4’s Expedition to Long Hai 10

Our Year 4 and 6 students have been enjoying their trips and if you click on the links below you can read and see what they have been up to!

Year 4 Trip to Long Hai

Year 6 Trip to Cat Tien

Be Involved...

Community Book Swap

Community Book Swap - BIS HCMC
The Community Book Swap event will take place on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March.  We encourage your child to bring in two or more of their unwanted books from home and take them to the library from March 11th. They will receive a token which can be used to swap for a new book on the swap days. All leftover books will be donated to our community partners who would love to develop their own library resources.

Coffee & Cake Fundraiser

PTG Coffee and Cake Morning 2019 - BIS HCMC

After the huge success of last year's Coffee and Cake Fundraiser in aid of Thuy's Dreams that supports children with cancer in Ho Chi Minh City we will be holding another fundraising morning on Thursday 11th April, 8:30 -10:30am. Click here to find out more about how you can get involved with baking or selling a cake to support this fantastic cause:

Event: Coffee and Cake Fundraiser

Dates for your Diary...

Dates for the Diary

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

Thursday 21st March 2019                                            Book Swap Day

Saturday 23rd March 2019                                            BIS Primary PTG Spring Fair


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.


Thank you to all the parents for supporting our recent expeditions and sleepovers with the students. We hope you enjoyed hearing about their adventures and see the value of these trips.  I think all our children here at the Junior Campus have grown up a little more and are standing a little taller after their adventures.

Have a great weekend.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher