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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 12/04/2019

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

We have come to the end of an extremely busy term culminating in the British Schools Overseas Inspection this week.

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In a letter from Mr Anthony Rowlands that you will have received this morning, he outlined the verbal feedback we have received from the Inspection team. As a school we are delighted and know that we have a very special school.  As Mr Anthony said, we look forward to receiving the full report and moving forward to further improve.

I would like to say a very big thank you to our wonderful teachers and teaching assistants for their wonderful work since the beginning of the year which was recognised this week.  We know that day in, day out they do a wonderful job for our students but it is lovely to have that recognised by BSO.

Such is their commitment that we had a wonderful Art Exhibition yesterday by Year 3. It showcased their learning in their topic Visual Representation in IPC and what learning has taken place. Scroll down to read more about this event and see some wonderful pictures. 

Yesterday, I was also delighted to attend the Coffee and Cake for Cancer in aid of Thuy’s Dreams.  A beautiful event organised by the PTG and Community Department, it brought all three campuses together to support this wonderful charity. Thank you to the amazing PTG for their wonderful organisation of this event.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing PTG committee, sub-committees and volunteers for the amazing events we have had this term.  We do appreciate the time and effort that goes into all these events and we are very grateful for all that you do.

Thank you to all the parents that attended Parent Teacher Student Conferences with our Specialist and Vietnamese Teachers this week. It was great to see such a huge turnout and we hope that you found these meetings valuable in helping your child to move forward.

Unleash your Creativity

Unleash your Creativity

Educators believe creativity is a way of thinking that leads to imaginative and unique solutions to all types of real-world problems. In this great article by Mr Dan Griffiths, STEAM & MIT Programme Manager, Nord Anglia Education, he tells us more. Read more in this post

Year 3 Art Exhibition

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What a magnificent end to the term with a wonderful Art Exhibition by our Year 3 students.  Colourful, creative and inspiring, their depth and understanding of the artists and their work was incredible.  Read more about this lovely event in this post by Mr Mike Martin, Year 3 Leader.

Year 6 Climate Change Summit

Year 6 Climate Change Summit 2

This week saw each Y6 class meet to present information about a specific biome they have studied in the very first Year 6 Biome Summit! They also suggesed ways in which we can help to protect each biome. Please find more information here.

Thuy’s Dreams Coffee and Cake for Cancer

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Yesterday we came together to support a wonderful charity, Thuy’s Dreams. The PTG event was lovely and it was great to see such support for this event.  PTG Coffee and Cake Morning 2019.

Read the latest update from our PTG here.

Dates for your Diary...

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

Thursday May 2nd            School Reopens after the holidays.

Monday May 6th               Clubs and Vietnamese Classes begin.

Thursday May 16th          PTG AGM


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.


School photographs

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.  

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.

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.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday and thank you sincerely for all your support this term.  It is a real privilege to work here at BIS with such wonderful students and such a supportive community of teachers and parents.

Have a great holiday and we look forward to welcoming you all back to school on May 2nd.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher