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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 22/03/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (79 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

On Thursday we hosted the Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning at the Early Years and Infant Campus.

The focus was on Quality Assurance and, how as a school, we ensure we are providing the highest standards of academic excellence alongside our focus on health, safety and well-being.  We shared details of our external quality assurance processes including our recent Nord Anglia Health and Safety Audit and our upcoming British School Overseas inspection.  Thank you to the many parents that came along. We look forward to sharing the details of the inspections with you as they happen.

For those of you that were unable to attend, here is a link to the presentation that was shared yesterday.

Spring Fair 2019 | BIS HCMC

It’s been a while in the planning but I am delighted that our Spring Fair is taking place tomorrow afternoon.  The PTG have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that we will all have a great evening this Saturday.  The event begins at 4pm and entry will be at Gate B (between the big field and the basketball court). Also, a reminder to pack the following: swimmers and a towel if intending to use the slip and slide, reusable water bottles, (bottled drinks will not be on sale in our continued efforts to reduce single-use plastics) and a sustainable bag to take home any items you might win or make.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Primary Expeditions 2019

MeKong 6

The last of our intrepid explorers returned last week and with many tales to tell of their adventures and experiences.  Some stayed close to home with a night in the gym for our Year 3 students.  Other ventured further afield. Our Musicians are out this weekend attending the Primary FOBISIA Music Festival in Manila. I am sure they too will have many stories for us when they return next week.

Click on the links below to see what Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6 have been up to on their various sleepovers and expeditions.

Sleepover 11

Read about the second of our Year sleepovers by clicking on this link Year 3 Sleepover.

Our Year 5s have been busy exploring the Mekong.  Read all about their adventure by clicking on this link  Year 5 Mekong Adventure.

And finally our Year 6 students visited Cat Tien again this week. Click here on this link to find out more. Year 6 Expedition to Cat Tien National Park.

Language in Focus – Japanese

Language in Focus at BIS Primary 6

We are proud to be global citizens learning together at BIS and we enjoy celebrating the languages and cultures of all our students. Each term we focus on a new language and its derived culture. This half term our language in focus is Japanese.  Click on this link to learn more about the language and what the children have been learning at school.

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship

 Technology continues to have a greater impact on our lives and this has enabled us to do things previously unheard of, but it has also opened a Pandora’s Box of issues we need to be aware of and thinking about.  To find out more, please click on this link to read this extremely important article by Mr Luke Dyer, Primary Learning Technologies Leader.

A Visit by James Goddard, Olympic and Commonwealth Champion Swimmer

James Goddard British Olympic Swimmer visits BIS HCMC

On Thursday we were very fortunate to receive a visit by UK star swimmer James Goddard. The three time Olympian, competitor at numerous World Championships and three-time Commonwealth Gold Medallist in the 200m backstroke and relay medley, visited BIS and imparted his skills and wisdom on our students. Read more about this inspiring visit for our students by clicking here.

Community Book Swap

Community Book Swap 2019 - BIS HCMC

This week, at both the Junior and Early Years and Infant campuses, the book swap was held to not only give our students a chance to swap old stories for new adventures but also to collect reading resources for our local community. Find out more in this post by Community Service Leader Luke Neville.

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PTG Update

Spring Fair 14

As mentioned above, the PTG are busily preparing for the Spring Fair. We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow at this exciting event. Find out the latest updates from the primary PTG in this blog post.

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...

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

Saturday 23rd March 2019                                            BIS Primary PTG Spring Fair

Thursday 28th March 2019                                            EAL Parent Workshop @MPR Junior Campus 8.15am

Friday 29th March - April 2nd                                        NAE Videographer in school

Friday 4th April 2019                                                        Earth Day at the Junior Campus

Monday 8th April – Wednesday 10th April 2019   British School Overseas School Inspection

Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April 2019         Specialist and Vietnamese PTSCs Junior Campus

Thursday 11th April 2019                                               Coffee and Cake for Cancer Event @ EY&I Campus

Friday 12th April 2019                                                     Progress Updates to parents

Friday 12th April 2019                                                     School holidays.  School finishes at 11.30am


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.


A reminder please to complete the family information sheet that was sent home to all students last week. The deadline to return forms is today, Friday 22nd March.  However, we have not received all forms.  Please can you return them to your class teacher as soon as possible. Thank you.

Have a great weekend.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher