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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 17/05/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (56 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Primary and Secondary Annual General Meeting.  Listening to presentations from both the primary and secondary PTG representatives, I was in awe of all that they do to support our school.

Primary Production of Mulan Jr. - BIS HCMC

The many and varied events provided afford our students, staff and parent community the opportunity to come together both socially and in support of our community partners, our students and the school. It was mentioned more than once last night that our school is much more than a place to educate students in academics. It is a place where students can and are encouraged to find and develop their interests, where they can be actively part of community service and it is where they will take their first steps as Global Citizens. Our PTG groups support not only our students on this path but also our parent body, and I would encourage all parents to consider playing a more active role. Please do click on the PTG page for more details of how to be part of this amazing team.

At the top of the page, you will see a poster for Mulan! Highly anticipated, this is the culmination of months of hard work from students and teachers. With children from Years 3 – 6, it is a visual feast and promises to be a great evening for all the family. Please do come along and support the students. It is suitable for all ages and takes place in the secondary auditorium at 6pm next Thursday 23rd May 2019. No advance tickets needed, just turn up!

As we are all aware, Thao Dien is presently undergoing  some major roadworks which  are now close to the main entrance of the  EY&IC. As a school, we have  tried very hard to communicate with the construction company  to delay any work close to the school until the summer holidays. However, the work needs to be completed within a particular timescale and will carry on.  I would ask for everybody’s patience and understanding whilst this work is ongoing. Hopefully, it will benefit everyone in District 2 in the future.

Year 4 Walkabout

Y4 Local Area Walks 10

Our Year 4 students have been investigating the local area as part of their IPC topic. In classes they have been walking the streets of Thao Dien, and have been tasked with collecting data about a range of things. Find out in more detail what they have been up to in this post by Ms Jude Handscombe, Year 4 Leader

Year 6 Minh Long Pottery Trip

Y6 Minh Long 4

Year 6 have also been on day trips, this time to Minh Long Pottery as part of their Vietnamese Culture lessons.  They had ‘hands on’ experiences and all enjoyed trying their hand at making something. Read more about it in this post by Ms Deborah Spencer, Year 6 Leader.

Special Guest this week!

Once Upon a Saga visits BIS HCMC

This week our Year 5 and 6 students were fortunate to meet a special guest in their assembly.  Currently, travelling around the world, visiting every country and without the use of planes, Thor from Denmark visited BIS and shared with us some of his amazing adventures. Read more about it in this post by Mr Luke Neville, EAL Leader and Thor Fan!

Be Involved...

17th-18th May - International Choir and Orchestra

International Choir and Orchestra | BIS HCMC

A number of our teachers and parents are taking part in this amazing concert taking place tonight and tomorrow night.  If you are interested, please click here for more details. Tickets available on the door.

Before 19th May - Photography Exhibition

BIBI - Photo Exhibition

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. Be sure to pop along before the 19th to enjoy the event.

23rd May - PTG Parent Lunch

PTG Parent Lunch

  • Thursday 23rd May @ 12:00pm
  • Junior Campus
  • All parents and teachers welcome to enjoy a tasty lunch organised by our PTG.

23rd May - Disney's Mulan Jr.

Primary Production of Mulan Jr. - BIS HCMC

  • Thursday 23rd May @ 6pm
  • Secondary Campus Auditorium
  • Admission is free, no tickets or reserved seating

2nd June - Pre-Loved Fair

PTG Pre-Loved Fair | BIS HCMC

  • Sunday 2nd June @ 9am - 12pm
  • Secondary Campus Auditorium
  • Relocating? Having a spring clean? Or perhaps just looking for a bargain? Join us on Sunday 2nd June at the BIS Pre-Loved Fair to buy and sell second hand/used items! Click here for more details.

5th June - Night of the Arts

BIS Night of the Arts

  • Wednesday 5th June @ 6:30pm
  • Secondary Campus
  • A fantastic chance for you and your child to find out what to expect from design, music, drama and art lessons once they move up to the Secondary Campus. 

8th June - BIS Triathlon/Aquathlon

Well done to all our parents, teachers and children who took part in last weekend's IRONMAN competition in Da Nang:

If you didn't get a chance to compete, not to worry as Saturday 8th June sees our BIS Aquathlon return to primary and the brand new BIS triathlon launch over at Secondary for our older students, parents and teachers. More details on sign up for both events to follow soon. For now, save the date!

Primary PTG Update

PTG Coffee Morning 1

Our Primary PTG shared with us in detail all the events they support at last night’s AGM. Still looking for volunteers, we hope you will get in touch and be part of this amazing group. All the details can be found by clicking on this link to their weekly update.

Dates for your Diary...

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

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 6pm

Thursday 23rd May                                        PTG Parent Lunch @ Junior Campus

Friday 24th May                                              SISAC U11 Table tennis

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

Thursday 30th May                                        Year 2 – Year3 Transition Coffee Morning @ Juniors

Wednesday 5th June                                     Year 6 Transition Day to Secondary in the morning

Wednesday 5th June                                     Year 6 Transition Parent Information Evening @secondary

Tuesday 11th June                                         Junior Summer Music Concert @ Secondary Auditorium

Sunday 16th June                                           Clubs finish

Thursday 20th June                                       PTG Term 3 Disco

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

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.

Safeguarding 3

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,

Our children do look very smart but we occasionally see some children wearing their trainers to school.  Please be reminded that all children should be wearing black leather shoes and girls and boys with long hair should have it tied back neatly. Jewellery should be limited to small stud earrings and nothing else unless for faith purposes. Thank you for supporting our school.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms Dee

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