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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 05/04/2019

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

We have had a wonderful Earth Day here at the Junior Campus.

Blue, Green and White filled the playground as students wore colours to represent the Earth. Various activities took place including tree planting, ‘lights off’ and Vegan food in the canteen as well as class-related activities. Find out more about our Earth Day Celebrations in this post.

On Monday we will welcome an inspection team of 7 members to our school. They are accrediting our school under the umbrella of British Schools Overseas (BSO). This accreditation recognises that British Schools in overseas locations meet the high standards expected by the UK government and can, therefore, be classed as a British School. We were previously inspected in 2013 and 2016 and on both visits exceeded the standards expected. The team will look at a number of different standards including; Quality of Education, Welfare Health and Safety, Spiritual Moral, Social and Cultural Development of Pupils, Premises and Facilities, Staffing and Leadership and Management. As a school, we are excited to share our wonderful school with them and use their guidance to further improve. Our school has undergone many changes since the last inspection team visited including our primary amalgamation of AP1 and TX, the building and opening of the new Early Years and Infant Campus and the redesign of our Junior Campus.  

We will look forward to sharing with you next week, how the visit went and when the report is issued we will be happy to share this with all parents too.

Next week is also the last week of term. Clubs and Vietnamese lessons will not run next week so please ensure your children are picked up from school at 2.30pm every day.  We look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday and Wednesday for our Specialist Parent Teacher Student Conferences.  Please ensure you sign up before the booking window closes.

School will finish next Friday at 11.30am for the Term 2 holiday. 

Year 5 District 1 Surveys

Year 5 District 1 Tourist Surveys - 1

Our Year 5 students recently ventured into District 1 to talk to tourists! From their IPC Unit ‘The Holiday Show’, they wanted to ask tourists why they chose Vietnam for their holidays amongst other questions.  Read more in this post by Mr Greg Wilde, Year 5 Leader.

AIS Invitational Swim Meet

AIS Invitational

Last weekend our swimmers took part in the AIS Invitational Swim Meet.  It was a tough competition with strong swimmers from many other International Schools here in HCMC. Find out how our swimmers did in this post by Ms Emily McClelland, Aquatics Leader.

Year 5 EAL students in action

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Year 5 EAL students have recently been empowered by inspirational speakers and used this as motivation to reflect on important issues. Find out more about their writing and see some examples in this post by Ms Pauline.

What’s happening in MFL at the Junior Campus?

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It’s been a busy year to date for all the MFL classes and they have been enjoying some fantastic fun and creative lessons.  Read more about these lessons and what the children have been learning in this post by Ms Sophie Tighzer, MFL Leader.

Be Involved...

Are you interested in joining the PTG?

Spring Fair 14

After the recent success of our Spring Fair, the PTG are not standing still.  Next week sees our Coffee and Cake for Cancer event that will be held in the Early Years and Infant Campus. The PTG run many events but are always looking for more people to take part and join the committee. Find out how you can get involved and read more about other events in this week's PTG update.

Coffee and Cake for Cancer

PTG Coffee and Cake Morning 2019 - BIS HCMC

The PTG have an extensive schedule of events throughout the year which really do complement our school, supporting and encouraging our community to build. Last week their efforts were focused on the Spring Fair, and this week, they turn to the upcoming Coffee and Cake Morning in aid of Thuy’s Dreams. 

Thanks to many of you for registering your interest to come to the PTG Coffee and Cake Morning on Thursday 11th April. It will be a lovely social event for a wonderful cause! Not only will we have an array of delicious cakes, we will also have speakers including Secondary students who take part in weekly Cancer Ward visits, as well as music performances from our talented Primary students.

Important information about the event:

  • If you intend to donate a cake or savoury item, please complete the google form at this link:https://forms.gle/RyB4SMfaA569ZMvr7  
  • It would be fantastic if any parents could host a baking session with other parents – this worked well last year and lots of fun was had by all!
  • If you plan to bake a cake, please bring the recipe on the day so they can be shared with other parents
  • We are asking that you deliver your cake to the EY&I Campus Gym from 7.30am onwards on Thursday so the tables can be set up.
  • If you can, please donate the use of a cake stand. They can be left at any campus. Please label clearly with your child’s name and class so they can be returned to you after the event.
  • Please bring your Tupperware for takeaways!

For more information about the event please contact:

Mel (secondary)                 melanierowe1201@gmail.com

Niki (Junior)                        nikdiva@gmail.com

Gayathri (EY&IC)               gayatri.shankar29@gmail.com

Secondary Production of Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors - BIS HCMC

BIS is so excited to present the iconic Little Shop of Horrors! Come and watch Seymour Krelborn become an overnight sensation thanks to a ‘strange and interesting plant’. Rehearsals are well underway for this exciting production.

Event Details
Date: Tue 9th, Wed 10th & Thu 11th April
Time: 7pm
Location: BIS Secondary Campus, 246 Nguyen Van Huong, District 2

Tickets: 50,000vnd on sale at Secondary Campus Reception get them quickly as Thursday has already sold out!

Dates for your Diary...

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

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.


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.  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 Student Parent 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. The final day for collection is Monday April 8th at 4pm

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.

Finally, today Progress Updates went to all parents. These can be accessed via SLG and your login details will have been sent today also.  This is a great opportunity for you to talk to your children about how they are getting in school and what they feel they need to work on.

Have a great weekend.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher