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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 09/10/2020

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Deirdre Grimshaw (116 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

As we come to the end of the half term, I hope that all our new families that joined BIS this year feel they have settled in and have enjoyed this first 8 weeks in our community.

Enterprise day

I would especially like to welcome all of our families that have joined us in recent weeks from various places around the world. We have welcomed new and returning families from the UK, the UAE, Spain, Japan, the US, Turkey, Thailand, Korea and other destinations. While it was lovely to see you on screen during virtual lessons, it is super to have you all with us here at school now.  We hope to see the last remaining families back with us too before too long. 

Although this half term has been a little different to most and we haven’t been able to welcome parents on site nearly as much as we would have liked to, it has been extremely busy and the students have still had rich and varied experiences here at school culminating in a brilliant Enterprise Day yesterday. Always a highlight on the calendar, it was exciting to see the students become entrepreneurs in their own right and create fantastic stalls for their classes. It was a brilliant morning with a huge amount of money raised for our community partners. More details will follow after half term.

PTG cultural festival

This week, we also welcome the PTG on site for their Cultural Festival. It was another fantastic occasion with parents from various countries performing.  The first time this has been done, I have no doubt that it will become a permanent fixture on the calendar moving forward.  More details can be found by accessing the PTG post which is linked below.

Young Musican of the Year

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On Tuesday we travelled to BVIS to attend the Young Musician Final. It was a brilliant occasion showcasing the musical talents of students from BIS and BVIS. I was personally blown away by these talented young musicians who not only demonstrated their talent but their hard work, perseverance and dedication to their craft.    Our Year 6 student Chan Hyeok was the worthy winner this year playing a beautiful piece on his violin.  Read more about all the performances in this article by Mr Rhys Barker, Music teacher.

Moon Festival at the Junior Campus


What a wonderful Moon Festival celebration last Friday! The morning began with a spectacular Dragon Dance which we hope you managed to see as it was live streamed via Facebook.  Following that, our Vietnamese teachers and students from across the Junior Campus, produced a fabulous assembly which told the story of Vietnamese lanterns and showcased many of the traditions associate with Moon Festival. Click here to read more about it and be able to access the amazing photos on our Facebook Page.

Year 6 Learning Technology

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“Show me your learning” is a phrase that all parents should be using at home. Students at BISHCMC in Year 6 are extremely privileged to have access to their own laptop and use a variety of software packages to enhance their learning at school. This means that teachers from across all subject areas can consider how best to use this technology to enable students to collaborate both in the classroom and away when at home. Find out more about the technology used in Year 6 and how you can support your child in this article by Mr Mike Martin, Year 6 Leader.

Science at BIS

What happens in science lessons at school? How are students taught? How do they learn? What is a science investigation? Our Science Leaders have written a very informative post to help you, the parents, understand more about how science is taught at BIS. Click here to access the article.

BIS Community Service CCA

Our community clubs continue with all participants demonstrating flexibility and adaptability in this time when campus restrictions are in place.

Read more about what the students are up to in this article by Tracey Brownrigg.

Junior Red Squad Swim Gala

On Tuesday 06/10/2020 at the Secondary campus swimming pool, our Junior Red Swim Squad had their first Internal Swim Meet. There were 21 students participating in 3 individual events; 100 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke and 50 Breaststroke. Find out more about how the swimmers did in this article by Ms Emily McClelland.

Health and Safety

COVID Precautions

Just a reminder that all children should wear a mask to and from school, and when not in the classroom (moving between classrooms, playtime, etc.).  Please make sure the mask is named and that your child has a spare in their bag.

Children should be bringing a water bottle to school every day as part of their usual routine, but it is all the more important during the current coronavirus pandemic.  Please make sure that your child brings their water bottle, with their name clearly on it, every day.

Drop Off and Pick Up arrangements.

Sincere thanks to everyone for your support in adhering to the guidelines for drop off and pick up. In the afternoons for those exiting through Gate C, please do not cross the road to the secondary campus there.  Please go to Gate B where guards will assist you.  Please note that parents cannot cross the bridge at this time as parents are not allowed in to the secondary campus. Thank you for your cooperation.


PTG Cultural Event

This week, as mentioned above the PTG hosted a Cultural Event for parents. There was also a meeting of all the country reps in preparation for International Week in Term 2. Find out more by clicking on the PTG update this week.

Primary PTG Update: 09/10/2020


For more information about the PTG, to connect with us personally, or if you would like to support as a volunteer, please email us directly on  primaryptgbis@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support!  

Primary PTG Coordinators 

Dates for your diary

9/10/20 – Last day before Half Term Holiday

19/10/20 – School Reopens after Half Term

21/10/20 – International Week Meeting 1

27/10/20 -  Year 5 Live Lunches

28/10/20 – Year 6 Live Lunches

And Finally…

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy half term holiday.  We will be asking parents to fill in an online travel declaration form once you return so we can keep our community safe at this time.

Have a wonderful break.

Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus