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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 31/05/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (87 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Today we welcomed back to school our FOBISIA Games athletes and their coaches.


Today we welcomed back to school our FOBISIA Games athletes and their coaches.  We are extremely proud of all their achievements, the haul of medals and trophies earned, the sportsmanship demonstrated both on and off the field and the wonderful ambassadors they were for our school.  More details will follow next week but suffice to say with strong podium finishes in all events possible, it was a very successful event for our young athletes.

Graduation pic

I was delighted to attend the Year 13 Graduation last Saturday for our eldest students. It was a beautiful morning and it celebrated the hard work, perseverance that all the students have shown in their time at BIS. With some of the students having started in Fundinotots, it highlighted for me the important journey our students take from the moment they start school and the opportunities that they have here at primary that prepares them for their secondary journey.  It was great to watch some of own Junior Campus students imagine their own future journey!!

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We were delighted to share the British Schools Overseas (BSO) report with all parents and staff this week.  We are already beginning to think about the actions mentioned and we would be delighted to share more about this in our Headteacher’s Coffee Morning taking place this Wednesday at the Junior Campus.  Open to all primary parents, it will focus on the theme of School Improvement and what our next steps are here including the recent BSO Inspection and what that means moving forward, future communication tools for parents to make accessing information even easier and an overview of the next phase of developments and improvements on both primary campuses. It will start at 8.30am in the Black Box Theatre, on the 2nd floor above the canteen.  We do hope you can make it.

We have a number of other events coming up, please do read on to check dates in the diary as well as ensuring you are reading the Learning letters from each year group weekly.  These contain important information regarding specific dates and times for events relating to your child’s class.

Library Arrangements for the End of the Year

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, The Library team will be busy collecting in all the library books from students, teachers and parents, in preparation for the yearly inventory.

To enable this process to run as smoothly as possible, we need your help in ensuring that all library books are returned as soon as you have finished with them. The final date for the return of all library books is Monday June 17th 2019.

Thank you very much for your cooperation in assisting us during this extremely busy time of the year.

Anne Broughan


Long standing members of the BIS community will remember Anne Broughan. Anne was a popular primary teacher in AP1 amongst children, parents and staff from 2006 until 2013. Unfortunately, Anne passed away in the early hours of last Friday having succumbed to an aggressive form of cancer.

For Anne the suffering thankfully was relatively short and she was well supported by friends and family from New Zealand as well as staff from her school in Oman.

 Her daughter Aliyya, now 18 has just finished her IB exams and will return to New Zealand with her aunt and her mum’s best friend.

 Anne radiated an incredible warmth. She will always be remembered for her unique laugh, the way she brought people together as well as her direct, no-nonsense approach to life. 

Our thoughts are with Aliyya and her family.

Junior Production of Mulan!

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What a magnificent evening last Thursday when our Junior Campus Production Club entertained us with a fabulous production of Mulan!  Read more about the show and see the great photos of some of our youngest stage stars here.

Year 4 Lessons – Co Teaching with EAL

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Our Year 4 teachers along with our EAL teachers have been co – teaching in the last term focusing on English grammar.  It’s been extremely successful.  Find out more in this article.

Primary Campus Aquathlon

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Our Aquathlon is fast approaching. The Primary Aquathlon is coming up in just 1 week! We hope you can join us.

Primary PTG Update

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It’s almost the end of the year and the PTG are still working hard! We are still looking for volunteers to join the committee – Your support is very much appreciated. 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.

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

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

Saturday 8th June                                             BIS Aquathlon

Monday 10th – Thursday 13th June           Year Group Swim Galas

Tuesday 11th June                                            Junior Summer Music Concert @ Secondary Auditorium

Sunday 16th June                                             Clubs finish

Thursday 20th June                                          Digital Down Day

Thursday 20th June                                          PTG Term 3 Disco

Friday 21st June                                                Reports to parents

Tuesday 25th June                                            Class Swap Day – Visiting New teachers

Tuesday 25th June                                            Open Afternoon for Parents

Wednesday 26th June                                    Y6 Exhibition – A celebration of their learning.

Friday 28th June                                                Leaver’s Assembly for Y6 students

Friday 28th June                                                Last day of school.  School finishes at 11.30am


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

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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


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.


Our school campus will be undergoing a massive renovation project this summer so we will be unable to host our usual array of summer clubs.  I am sorry for any inconvenience caused but we must put the health and safety of the students first.  Thank you for your understanding.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus