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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 21/06/2019

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

As we enter our final week of term there are a number of events and occasions when we celebrate the end of year, the hard work of our students, the staff that will leave us and our Year 6 students bidding their final farewell to primary school.


It has been an amazing year for all and we are excited to see what the future will bring. Last night the PTG organised amazing discos for all and we enjoyed seeing the children (and teachers) letting their hair down! We are looking forward to the Year 6 Farewell this evening where the beginning of the goodbyes and celebrations for our students happens.

Next week we say goodbye to our departing staff that will bid farewell to the students for the last time next Friday.  We have 16 amazing staff leaving the school (both primary campuses) and they will be missed.  While we will be sad to say goodbye, we are excited for them as they embark on their next adventures and this cohort of leaving teachers have some wonderful trips planned. 

Our Leaving Teachers – Where are they off to?

Leaving teachers

To find out more about where are teachers are off to and what they will be doing please click here.

We also have some families leaving us and we too will be very sad to say farewell. In the ‘Moving On Workshop’ held last Wednesday, Ms Kim McWilliam, our school counsellor spoke about the importance of saying goodbye to friends, family, favourite places and people.  We do hope to get the opportunity to say goodbye to all our leaving families over the next week so please do pop in if you can.

Next week we have our class swap days when students will visit with their new teachers and find out more about what they will be learning and experiencing in their next year group. Our Year 6 students will have PE activities at that time and students that are leaving will be in the dreams lab for some fun activities.

Our Year 6 Students will have their Presentation Assembly on Monday, their Exhibition on Wednesday evening and our Final Leavers’ Assembly next Friday.  A busy week for them but an important week in marking the end of their primary years.

Today reports are available for you.  You will have received a letter outlining how to access the reports and some translations in Vietnamese and Korean.  Should you have any questions or concerns about the reports, please do contact your child’s class teacher. 

Your child will also bring home a paper copy of their class list and teacher for next year. New students have yet to be added so the classes will be a little different when they return in August.

On Tuesday afternoon, a reminder that we will have an open afternoon for all classes. You are invited to visit your own child's class and for children in Year 3, 4 and 5 you can then pop to visit your child's new teacher for next year.  We hope to see many of you on Tuesday. 

New Members of Staff for 2019 - 2020

As we bid farewell to some teachers, we will of course be welcoming our new staff to school in early August.  Each new class teacher has created a presentation all about themselves for the class swap day on Tuesday but you can read more about each of the teachers by clicking on this link.

BIS/BVIS Writing Workshop

Writing 10

On Monday last week, some of our best writers attended a writing workshop at BVIS. It was an exciting day for all and the children enjoyed many different activities.  Find out more about this great opportunity for our students by accessing the post here.

Primary PTG Fundraising 2018 – 2019

Mai Am Foster Home - Primary PTG BIS HCMC

Our amazing PTG have worked extremely hard all year to support not only our BIS School Community but also our Community Partners. Find out where the money raised at the Spring Fair has gone in this post by Ms Reem Mahanna, Community Service Manager

Year 3 Art Mentoring

Y3 Art Mentoring

Our Year 3 students have been very fortunate to have had mentoring from some of our Year 10 students. Read more about this amazing experience here.



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.

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. 

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.

Primary PTG Update

PTG 0706 It’s almost the end of the year and the PTG continue to keep us informed.

 Primary PTG Update: 21/06/2019

Dates for your Diary...

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

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.

Thursday 27th June                                          Namrunsnam Day – Children to wear sportswear. Optional 50,000 donation to Namrunsnam charities

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