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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 08/03/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (116 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

I write this week’s update form Long Hai where I am very fortunate to be spending a few days with our Year 4 students on their expedition.

Long Hai 2019

I write this week’s update form Long Hai where I am very fortunate to be spending a few days with our Year 4 students on their expedition.  It has been a truly wonderful experience, getting to know children outside the classroom environment and watching, many for the first time, children away from home and developing their confidence and independence. I am sure some parents will see a difference in their children on their return.

It has been fantastic to hear from the Year 5 and Year 6 teams who are also away and hear of their many adventures.  Our Year 3 students did not miss out either and enjoyed a very successful overnight stay at school last night with fun and exciting activities, an outdoor picnic and of course the big sleepover in the gym.  They were all very excited I hear and I am looking forward to hearing their tales of adventure next week.

The remaining classes that have yet to take trips will venture out next week and I am sure they will have an equally memorable time.   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.  The planning and preparation requires a huge commitment as does being on the trip and I am grateful to all of the class teachers and specialists who have given up their weeks and time with families to provide such an enriching opportunity for our students. Thank you all.  Please keep an eye out in future weekly updates for trip posts from each of the year groups.

Year 5 and 6 Speech and Debate Competition

Y5 Speech Competition - Y6 Debate - 19 - 25

Last week our Year 5 and 6 students entertained us all with a fantastic Speech and Debate competition. Having worked extremely hard in class, the finalists performed in front of all the Year 5 and 6 students  and parents and were very impressive. Find out more by reading this post by Mr Jonathan Smith, Year 5 teacher.

Managing Behaviour and Creating a Healthy Home Routine

Managing behaviour

As a parent I am often asked how do you manage parenting? What is the magic trick? Are your children really well behaved?  There are no black and white answers to these questions. I certainly don’t have all the answers and I definitely don’t get it right all of the time and nor do my children! Managing behaviour and creating routines takes time and effort and patience and our Learning Support Department have put together a great article to guide us all.  Click here to read it.

Saigon Enterprise Challenge 2019

SG Enterprise challenge 2019

What do you get when you take a group of Year 12 students who, as part of their studies create some fantastic products?  You get a wonderful array of items that you can buy! Find out more about this exciting competition and how you can be part of it by clicking here.

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Head Teachers' Coffee Morning

I would like to invite all of you to join Mr Ian and myself on Thursday 21st March when we are having our termly 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.

Also, next Friday, we have visitors in school who will be carrying out our annual health and safety audit and we would like to share with you what they report. The Coffee Morning will take place at the Early Years and Infant Campus, starting at 8.30am.

Spring Fair

Spring Fair 2019 | BIS HCMC

A reminder that 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. Entry tickets and raffle tickets will be available at pick up on Monday at pick up time and every day after that at drop off and pick up times till the event itself.  For the event to be a success, we will need willing volunteers to help run some of the stalls and activities.  We need parent helpers on the day at the event ( March 23rd) between 4-7pm, if anyone can spare half an hour (or more!) please e mail your name and mobile to bisvnptgap1@gmail.com

PTG Update

Community Book Swap - 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 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

Thursday 14th March 2019                                            Air Quality Talk @MPR, 8.15am

Friday 15th March 2019                                                  NAE Health & Safety Inspection @ Junior Campus

Thursday 21st March 2019                                            Book Swap Day

Saturday  23rd March 2019                                           BIS Primay 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.


On Thursday 14th, we welcome Dr Olivia from Family Medical who will talk about Air Quality in HCMC. She will give some top tips on protecting our children.  The talk will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room at 8.15am.  We look forward to seeing many parents there.

Have a great weekend.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher