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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 14/06/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (82 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Another busy week for our students, staff and families!

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Our Junior Campus Swim Galas took place this week.  We often hear of the successes of school teams which is wonderful but these swim galas offer an opportunity to all students to showcase their progress, improve their personal best times and showcase what they have achieved in their learning during swimming lessons.  The atmosphere at each gala was wonderful and it was brilliant to see the children supporting their houses and more importantly, supporting each other.

On Tuesday evening, we went over the bridge to the secondary auditorium for our amazing Junior Campus Summer Concert.  It was a fabulous evening of Music From Around the World.  The Music department and students were magnificent and it was a wonderful show.  More about this further on in this update.

Also on site this week, we have had visits from our Year 2 students as part of their orientation program. They have been enjoying working with Year 3 children on their treasure hunts and it has been great to see their excitement and joy at being here.

Last weekend also saw the amazing Aquathlon which had record numbers of students attending.  Sincere thanks to all involved in organising and running the event and also to you the parents for encouraging your children to take part and supporting them on the day.  Please scroll down to read more about it in the posts below.

I would like to remind all parents that clubs and Vietnamese lessons finish this week with the exception of swim squads.  There will be no clubs next week and children will need to be picked up promptly from the classes at 2.30pm.

BIS Moving On Workshop

We have a number of families leaving us this term and we would like to invite you to our Moving on Workshop.  This will take place in the Black Box Theatre (MPR) on the Junior Campus at 8.30am on Wednesday 19th June.

Nam Runs Nam

Nam Runs Nam Day - BIS HCMC

On Thursday 27th June, BIS are hosting ‘Nam Runs Nam Day’. Children and staff are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite sports person, sport or sports team. The suggested donation towards the ‘Nam Runs Nam’ charity is 50,000 VND. There will be fitness and wellbeing activities running throughout the day, to promote health for body and mind.  Find out more about why this event is taking place in this post by Ms Naomi Skinner, Year 2 Class Teacher and the inspiration behind this amazing day.

Junior Campus Summer Concert

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What a magnificent evening we had on Tuesday this week with our young musicians and choirs coming together for the Junior Campus Summer Concert.  Read more about this great event and view the gallery of photographs here.

EAL Update from Year 6

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The end of the year may be approaching but that is not stopping our young learners from continuing to challenge themselves in their learning. Find out what our Year 6 EAL learners have been up to in this post from our EAL department.

Seesaw Updates


Over the last year there are various amazing learning moment that have been captured on Seesaw. For those families that are leaving this term you will still have access until the 5th July 2019.  Some of you may want to download your child’s journal to keep. To do this follow the help sheet please click here. If you need any help downloading, please speak to Ms Sarah or Mr Chris for help. You must do this on a computer and not a mobile device. All Year 6 students should also download their journals as Seesaw is not used in secondary.

As we approach the end of term, we would like to get your feedback on Seesaw. Please could we ask you to take five minutes to fill in this short questionnaire about seesaw which will help us guide the future direction of how we use Seesaw.

Please note that next week will be the last week of posts from class teachers on Seesaw.

BIS Aquathlon and Triathlon

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Last Saturday, our students were up and out early to take part in the annual BIS Aquathlon for our younger primary students and the Triathlon for secondary students, teachers and parents. With record numbers in attendance it was a fabulous morning of sports, team work and sportsmanship.  Find out more about the events in these 2 posts from our PE Department.

Primary Aquathlon

Secondary and Parent Triathlon

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.

Toothbrush and Toothpaste Collection 2019

In support of an initiative by one of our Year 12 students, we will be collecting unused toothbrushes and toothpaste for underprivileged children in Vietnam.

There will be a collection box at Gate A for the next 2 weeks for children and our BIS Community to donate these products.  Find out more about this donation in this blog post by Alois Luong. Thank you for your support.

PTG Update

We continue to look for volunteers to come together to form our PTG for next academic year.  The role is an extremely valuable one where you help to coordinate events and bring teams together to run wonderful opportunities for our community such as, the Spring Fair and Family Evening. If we do not have enough volunteers, we will not be able to organize these fabulous events.  The children enjoy these events so much and it would be a terrible shame if they were cancelled because we had nobody to organize them. If you think you could help out next year, please, please, please speak to one of the existing committee members or let Ms Dee or me know.

PTG Update: 14/06/2019

Dates for your Diary...

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

Sunday 16th June                                             Clubs finish

Wednesday 19th June                                    Moving On Workshop

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

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


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.


A reminder that our school will be undergoing some major renovations and construction over the summer.  To that end, we will be unable to host any summer clubs as we must keep the Health and Safety of our students as our top priority.  We apologise for any inconvenience but rest assured that our holiday club programme will be up and running once more in the October break.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus