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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 10/05/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (57 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

It has been a busy week once more at BIS with a host of different activities and events taking place.

This week our Year 4 classes have been exploring the local area as part of their IPC topic and for most, the rain has held off, just! Our swimmers have not minded getting wet at the various SISAC swimming events taking place this week.  Our teams have done extremely well and we will hear more details next week about all these events including the ISHCMC invitational taking place this weekend. I would like to wish all our swimmers the very best of luck for this exciting tournament.

Yesterday, we welcomed parents from across both primary campuses to the Junior Campus gym for a Digital Citizenship workshop.  Hosted by Mr Luke Dyer and Mr Chris Ms Kelvie, it was an excellent presentation on keeping our children safe online.  If you were unable to attend, more details about the event along with the presentation can be accessed by scrolling on through this update.

Another event fast approaching is the PTG Annual General Meeting (AGM). Taking place next week this event is for both the primary and secondary Parent Teacher Groups and the committee will share what events have been run this year, what monies have been raised and how this has been distributed. The PTG committee will need new volunteers next year so should you be interested in stepping up, please email bisvnptgap1@gmail.com">bisvnptgap1@gmail.com or speak to current committee members, Lily, Nicky G, Nandini, Eng Wan, Dawa and Ruchika to express your interest.  We are keen for new volunteers to come on board and help to build an even stronger school community.

Music FOBISIA Jaws

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Last Friday and Saturday we welcomed a large group of teachers from various FOBISIA schools in the region to take part in a Job Alike Workshop. It began with a wonderful concert from students across the three campuses and this was followed by a range of workshops delivered by the participants. Read more about this great professional development opportunity for our staff in this post by Ms Beth Bown, Music Leader.

Digital Citizenship Workshop

Digital workshop 1

As mentioned above, this week we hosted the digital citizenship workshop for parents. An important event, it promoted lots of discussions and gave parents ideas on how to help their children navigate the online world.  If you missed the workshop, click on this link to read an update from Mr Chris McKelvie, Deputy Headteacher about what was discussed and access the presentation delivered.

Community Service Hummingbird Award

Hummingbird

In the last assembly before the holidays, the Hummingbird awards for Term 2 were announced. These awards are presented to the children that have demonstrated great efforts in their Community Service Learning.  Read more about the awards and recipients in this post by Ms Samantha Baker and Mr Luke Neville, Community Service Leaders.

Year 3 Rainforest Learning

Rainforests 2

Year 3 have begun their new IPC topic – Rainforests.  They are already learning lots of exciting facts and information.  Read more about their learning in this article by Mr Mike Martin, Year 3 Leader. 

Year 5 Postcards from Peru!

Year 5 have been in touch with new friends from Peru!

Photography Exhibition

Punk Dragon

One of our parents, Bibi Humbert has been involved in a wonderful photography exhibition at the Noirfoto Gallery here in Thao Dien.  Bibi has designed many of our amazing products for our upcycle uniform project and I am sure her exhibition will be equally as amazing.  All details are on the picture above. Be sure to pop along before the 19th May to enjoy the event.

Primary PTG Update

PTG AGM 2019 - BIS HCMC

Our Primary PTG have been busy once more preparing the last few events before the end of the school year. As mentioned above, the PTG AGM is one and we hope to see many of you there.  Click on this link to read the latest news from the Primary PTG.

Dates for your Diary...

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

Saturday & Sunday 11th and 12th May     ISHCMC Invitational Swim Meet

Thursday May 16th                                          PTG AGM, 5.30pm Secondary Theatre

Monday 13th May – Friday 24th May        Junior Campus Assessment Weeks

Tuesday 14th May                                            U11 SISAC Football

Monday 20th May                                            SISAC Basketball @ AIMS

Thursday 23rd May                                          Junior Campus Production, Secondary Auditorium

Thursday 23rd May                                          PTG Parent Lunch

Friday 24th May                                                 SISAC U11 Table tennis

Sunday 26th – Friday 31st May                     FOBISIA Primary Games, Phuket.

Reminders...

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.

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.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

Photographs

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, the rainy season has arrived and with it, more traffic issues.  Please can you remind drivers to be respectful to our school neighbours and not block driveways and paths while waiting for you.  We all need to do our part to ensure traffic flows smoothly around the campus.  Thank you for your continued support.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher

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