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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 29/03/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (115 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Our campus is returning to normal after the excitement of last week’s Spring Fair!

Spring Fair 2019 - BIS HCMC

Our campus is returning to normal after the excitement of last week’s Spring Fair! What an amazing afternoon and evening we had here with over 1800 people coming through the gates for our PTG Spring Fair extravaganza! Thank you to everyone that came along to enjoy the many and varied activities that were on offer. Thanks to the parents and teachers that gave up their evenings to help man a stall. The biggest thanks must go to the PTG that have been busy organising this event for the last few months. Ably led by the fabulous Phuong Nha Bach, the team put together an evening that none of us will forget.  Along with Nicky Green and Nandini Varma who co-ordinated the amazing raffle, Mr Chris who coordinated the school side of things and the team of volunteers behind the day, we are truly grateful for your time, energy and commitment to providing such an unforgettable evening.  Please click here to read more about the event in this post by Mr Chris McKelvie, Deputy Head Junior Campus. You can also find out more in the PTG's latest weekly update, by clicking here.

FOBISIA Primary Music Festival 2019 at British School Manila 4

This week we also welcomed back our performers from the Primary FOBISIA Music Carnival in Manila.  Accompanied by Ms Beth and Ms Linden, 20 performers were superb ambassadors for our school as they performed in Thriller in Manila! To read more click on this link for a post by Ms Beth Bown, Music Subject Leader.

This weekend, we wish our young swimmers the best of luck as they compete in the AIS Invitational Swim Meet.  I am sure we will hear wonderful things on Monday! It is not only our swimmers that have been in action. This week our young gymnasts represented the school in the BIS Gymnastic Invitational 2019.

Gymnastics Invitational 19 - BIS HCMC

It was, at times, terrifying to watch as our gymnasts leapt and vaulted high into the air! Read more about their great performance in this post by Mr Phil Husband, Director of Sport.

Year 4 community partner visit at Huynh Van Ngoi School

Year 4 community partner visit at Huyen Van Ngoi School 11

Year 4 have been busy in the last few weeks visiting their community partner schools.  Read more about their visits and what the children have been learning in this post by Ms Gemma Hobbs, Y4 Teacher.

EAL Parent Coffee Morning

EAL Parent Coffee Morning 1

On Thursday morning, our EAL department delivered an excellent talk for parents about how best to support children at home. There were some fantastic tips for parents.  Please click on this link to read this post from Ms Shaheena Pall, EAL Leader.

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

So good, I’m leaving this post in for another week, if you haven’t already, please click on the link below and have a read. 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 think about.  To find out more, please click on this link to read this extremely important article by Mr Luke Dyer, Primary Learning Technologies Leader.

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Coffee and Cake for Cancer

PTG Coffee and Cake Morning 2019 - BIS HCMC

Our annual Coffee and Cake Morning in aid of Thuy’s Dreams is fast approaching!

On Thursday 11th April, 8:30am to 10:30am at the EY&I Sports Hall, we invite all parents from EY&I to Secondary to join together for coffee and cake in recognition of the importance of our school’s link with Thuy’s Dreams.  Thuy's Dream provides support for children with cancer, including scholarships, hospital fees and blood donations.  During the event we will hear from students who are currently working with the children in the cancer wards and from a volunteer of the organisation.  We will also hear our Primary Harmony Choir, instrumentalists and Community Choir sing and play.  Come and join this great event with your purse or wallet full as Thuy’s Dreams needs your support!

For this event to be a success, the PTG need your help!  The PTG are asking parents to donate cakes and other savoury items for our community to buy and enjoy.  Homemade or bought donations are both great but please, no nuts.  Money raised for cakes and coffee during the event will go directly to Thuy’s Dreams to support the children with cancer. 

If you intend to donate a cake or savoury item, please complete the google form at this link here. (https://forms.gle/RyB4SMfaA569ZMvr7):

The PTG appreciate your support in helping to raise donations for this very special community partner.

Dates for your Diary...

Dates for the Diary

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

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

Friday 5th 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


Some important reminders below – Please do read on!

Using the Bridge

We have noticed a number of parents, nannies and drivers using the road instead of the bridge to cross between the Junior Campus and the Secondary Campus.  Please can we urge all of our community to use the bridge particularly at drop off and pick up times. It keeps you safe and also allows the traffic to flow more easily at these busy times.

Earth Day

Today in assembly the children heard about Earth Day from our Student Council. Next Friday at the Junior Campus, we will celebrate Earth Day and focus our thoughts and actions on what we can do to protect our Earth and raise awareness of environmental issues. Children are invited to come to school in blue/white or green clothing or a mixture of all! Thank you for your support, The Student Council.


The Early Bird discount for photos for the Junior Campus has been extended to the 15th April. Make sure you order your photos via the Pret a Portrait site.  Email reminders were sent from the office earlier this week.

End of Term 2 Clubs

Please note that all clubs will finish for this term on Sunday April 7th. There will be no clubs or Vietnamese lessons the week beginning April 8th. 

PTSCs for Specialists and Vietnamese Classes

Please can you read through the attachments with this week’s weekly update as they contain important information regarding sign up for our Specialist Parent Student Teacher Conferences the week after next.

Spring Fair Raffle Prizes

Prizes are to be collected from the Reception on the Junior Campus, please remember to bring your winning tickets with you.

Term 2 Finish Time

Please remember that that Term 2 will finish on Friday 12th April at 11.30am.  School reopens on Thursday 2nd May.

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.


In the week beginning April 8th (the last week of term) we will have some visitors to our school for our British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspection.  We are excited to share our wonderful school with the inspection team and we look forward to sharing with you how we get on.

Have a great weekend.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher