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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 28/06/2019

Deirdre Grimshaw
Deirdre Grimshaw (115 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

We have made it to the end of the 2018 – 2019 academic year!

Our sincere thanks to you for your support during this very busy year, full of quality learning experiences at BIS HCMC. Quality learning can only effectively take place with the partnership, support and trust between school, home and the individual child. We are all very proud of what we have achieved this year, most notably the BSO inspection which rated us outstanding in all categories.  Our sincere thanks to you the parents for your input and support throughout.

For those that are leaving BIS, on behalf of our school, we would like to wish you all the very best of luck for the future and encourage you to stay in contact with us. Please remember to follow us through our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube in order to keep in contact with the many different events that take place across BIS, HCMC on a regular basis.

To our Year 6 students, heading over the bridge to secondary, or elsewhere, we wish you all the very best.  We have had a number of events to ‘see you off’ and we are very proud of all you have achieved in your primary years.  With the graduation party on Friday night, the presentation assembly, the Year 6 exhibition and leavers assembly, it has been a jam packed week full of ‘lasts’ and emotions.  We are excited for your next adventures.  Keep in touch!

For all of you who we will see again on Wednesday 21st August, we look forward to hearing about the many adventures that the children will have over the summer months.

Thank you

Thank You

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the BIS Junior Campus staff for their hard work and dedication to our students this year.  From the teachers and teaching assistants, to the guards, maintenance teams, the cleaners, resource and AV staff as well as the administration and admissions teams, we have had an incredible year.

One of the most important factors in our success as a school is the staff and the fact that they put the children at the heart of every decision that is made.  This ensures that staff work together to ensure that we are always striving to support the children and their learning. 

Hummingbird Competition


A competition was held recently to come up with a new story and logo for the Humming Bird, our mascot for Community Service.   There was a wide range of entries from across primary and the winning entries can be viewed by accessing this post by Mr Luke Neville, Community Service Leader.



On Thursday we hosted Namrunsnam Day, Children and staff came to school dressed as their favourite sports person, sport or sports team. There was fitness and wellbeing activities running throughout the day, to promote health for body and mind.  There will a further post in August about this event when we invite Ms Naomi Skinner, Y2 teacher and inspiration for this event, back to school to launch her run.

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.

E books

Dear Parents,

We have had a wonderful year in our new Junior Library J. The students have enjoyed their new, quiet space very much!

Now the holidays are almost upon us and library book borrowing has ceased for the long, end of academic year holiday. This doesn’t mean that the reading has to stop!!

Wherever you may be, as long as you have the internet, you can take advantage of our extensive e-library! We have a variety of e-books in our junior e-library, with a variety of genres to choose from. If you or your child would like to read ‘on- the- go’, then this is your solution. All you need to do is follow the link below, choose the book you would like to read and enjoy!

How to access eBooks

The eBooks can be accessed by downloading the Destiny Discover app on the iPad or tablet.

Then type in ‘bis’ and choose BIS HCMC Junior Campus Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


Log in using your normal school log in. Happy reading!!

Alternatively, go to ‘https://library.bisvietnam.com’. Click on BIS HCMC Junior Campus  . This will take you to Destiny Quest. In the ‘Find:’ box, type in ‘eBooks’.

They will show up on the screen with the Lib symbol 1 or lib symbol 2 symbol on the book cover. Click on the book you wish to read, then click on ‘Open’. You will need to log in using your child’s usual user name and password, to read the book.

You may also be interested in buying some new books for your home library and summer reading. There are many suggestions on the internet. Choose books that are of interest to your child and also at the level they are currently reading, this will make reading more enjoyable for them.

We in the library, wish you and your family, a fabulous, safe holiday!

Ms Susan and Ms Van

Dates for your Diary...

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

Friday 28th June                                                Leaver’s Assembly for Y6 students

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

Wednesday August 21st                                First day of school for 2019 – 2020 Academic School Year.


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 summer Safe travels to all leaving us and taking holidays.  

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus