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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 30/08/2019

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Deirdre Grimshaw (104 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Each week at the Junior Campus there is something new and exciting going on. This week was no exception.

Fossils Found At BISHCMC 1

Learning at BIS HCMC is not confined to the classroom, and providing rich and engaging learning experiences for our students is always top of our agenda. 

The focus this week was Entry Points for our International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC encompasses History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and some science skills to ensure a cross-curricular and meaningful approach to learning.

In Year 3, our students become palaeontologists and discovered dinosaur bones as they begin their first topic ‘Dinosaurs’.  In Year 4 ‘The Active Planet’ is being investigated and the power of natural disasters was explored for their entry point. Our Year 5 students took themselves to space in their ‘Mission to Mars’ topic, becoming astronauts for the day to find out what life would be like beyond our planet. ‘The Great, The Bold and The Brave’ is the unit of study for Year 6 and it focuses on the different civilizations that came before us.  Wonderful learning opportunities for all and taking learning beyond the classroom. More information about some of the entry points can be found further on.

Parent information Evening

Parent evening

On Wednesday evening it was wonderful to welcome so many parents to the campus for our Parent Information Evening.  With standing room only in the Gym, we were delighted to see so many parents taking an active role in their children’s education.  The focus for the presentation was Communication, Collaboration and Community. We want to work closely together with you the parents to ensure a happy and successful year for your children. Our dedicated teachers shared what happens in individual year groups and we look forward to a successful year for all our children and families. If you were unable to attend the evening, year groups will share their presentations with you and click on this link to access the presentation given in the gym and the Vietnamese version can be found here.

Parent Teacher Student Conferences (PTSCs)

On the 10th and 11th September we will have our first PTSCs for the academic Year 2019 – 2020 with class teachers. These conferences are an excellent opportunity to share information with the class teacher about your children. This partnership between home and school will support your child’s well-being and learning this year. Please make sure you sign up for these conferences.  A letter was sent to you today with more details about signing up.  We look forward to seeing all parents on the 10th or 11th September.

Community Choir

BIS Community Choir

If you enjoy singing and would like to join Community Choir rehearsals start in very soon this term.

  • Thursday 19th September 7am in the Secondary Theatre
  • Friday 20th September 1:15pm in Room 110, Junior Campus

We will be performing at the Christmas Concerts in December.

ISAMS and Digital Citizenship Workshop

digital citizenship

I would like to highlight a very important parent workshop taking place next week.  The ISAMS and Digital Citizenship workshop for parents takes place on Thursday 5th September at 8.30am in the Theatre at secondary. This is a great opportunity to hear from Mr Luke Dyer, Learning Technologies Leader about how to protect your child online and also to hear Mr Steve Porter talk about ISAMS and how this will further improve and enhance parent communication. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sports at BIS

PE and Sports - CCA | BIS HCMC

There are many opportunities for our students to participate in sports teams and activities at BIS. Please click on this link to an article by Mr Phil Husband, Director of Sport to find important information with regards to Co-Curricular squads, teams and trips across Juniors and Secondary.

Year 3 Dinosaurs

Fossils Found At BISHCMC 3

Our Year 3 students became explorers and palaeontologists this week as part of their new IPC topic ‘Dinosaurs’. Find out more about what they got up to in this post by Mr Mike Martin.

Year 6 The Great, The Bold and the Brave

Year 6 IPC Entry Point 4

In Year 6 this year, the children will be learning about many ancient civilizations. Their entry point this week gave them a taster of some of these.  Find out more in this post by Ms Deborah Spencer, Y6 Leader.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) at BIS

English as an Additional Language  (EAL) - BIS HCMC

In this article, Ms Shaheena, our EAL Subject Leader outlines what EAL provision is offered at BIS and introduces the fantastic team of teachers that may be working with your children.  Please click on this link to read more.

PTG Weekly Update


Our PTG Committee for 2019 – 2020 is up and running and they are now looking for willing volunteers to help on various subcommittees and to act as parent class reps and country reps.  Please do consider joining the team. Click here to access their weekly post with more details.

Junior Library - Parents Needed!

Book Week

If you have some time to spare and make a difference, the Junior Library needs you!

We promise not to unleash a pirate on you if you can’t help but we do need some help to cover our new books so we can get them on the shelves for our students.

A chance to come in, perhaps meet some new friends and have a chat while preparing the books for the shelves.

Days and times are as follows: -

Thursday – 8.00am -9.00am

Friday – 8.30am -9.30am or 1.30pm -2.30pm

Monday to Thursday 2.30pm -3.30pm

Please email susan.lloyd@bisvietnam.com if you would be interested in helping.

Thank you in advance, your help will be greatly appreciated by all!

Contact Details for School

If you have any reason to contact the school, please find below a list of contact details for the various people you may need. I have included the Early Years and Infant Campus details for your reference.




Academic/Pastoral Issues relating to your child

Class Teacher

or Year Leader

Via email, In person, school diary.


Ms Trang, Bus Manager



Ms Van, EY&I

Ms Thanh, Juniors



Campus Issues

Or for anything else


Ms Mary

Ms Sarah

Mr Ian


Mr Chris


Mr Neil

Ms Dee









Managing our Traffic Together

Drivers Code of Conduct

We would like to remind all parents about our Drivers Code of Conduct and once more ask for your assistance and cooperation in helping to make the BIS traffic flow with ease between the campuses and in the general vicinity of the school. Using the Code of Conduct, with key information in both English and Vietnamese, we aim to further educate our drivers to make better choices when they enter the areas around our school campuses and within the Thao Dien area as a whole.

Please take time to talk to you drivers about the this and ensure that it is visible in your car at all times. This will serve as a reminder about our expectations for all drivers when they are bringing our children to school in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

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.

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

  • Friday 30th August 2019                                 12 noon          Term 1 Club Sign Up clos
  • Monday 2nd September 2019                      All Day                  School Closed Public Holiday
  • Wednesday 4th September 2019               8.15am                 Settling In Workshop for Parents@ EY&I
  • Thursday 5th September2019                     8.30am                 ISAMS and Digital Citizenship Workshop for Parents @ Theatre, Secondary Campus
  • Tues 10th and Wed 11th September         3pm – 5.30pm   Parents’ Evening – class teachers
  • Thursday 12th September                            8.15am                 Moon Festival Celebrations @ Juniors
  • Monday 23rd September                                                              Clubs start for students
  • Tuesday 24th September                              8.15am                 Vietnamese Coffee Morning @ Juniors
  • Tuesday 24th September                                                               Vietnamese classes for students
  • Friday 4th October                                           8.30am                 EAL Workshop for Parents
  • Wednesday 9th October                                3pm – 5pm         Young Musician Semi Final @ Black Box Theatre
  • Business and Enterprise Day                       All Day                  Junior Campus

Have a wonderful long weekend and we look forward to seeing you back at school on Tuesday.

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus