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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 13/11/2020

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Deirdre Grimshaw (84 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

It has been a hive of activity around the Junior Campus as students and teachers prepare for a number of upcoming events.

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It has been a hive of activity around the Junior Campus as students and teachers prepare for a number of upcoming events.  From Sports Days to Speech Competitions, Christmas concerts to Virtual Swim Galas, our students are certainly going to be very busy in the coming weeks.

We are delighted that we will be able to welcome parents on site for some of these events. We would ask you to check Learning Letters and School Announcements on Seesaw carefully in the days ahead, for specific details on each event.


This week we also had a number of special events taking place.  On Wednesday, we were delighted to welcome Joon from Year 7, to play ‘The Last Post’ to mark Remembrance Day. An important day for all of us to take time to reflect, on all who have gone before us, in the hope of creating a more peaceful world.

We also welcomed Student Council members from the Early Years and Infant Campus and BVIS on Wednesday, for our Whole School Student Council Workshop.  More details can be found below.  It was a wonderful occasion and so important for students to have their voice heard.  We place great importance on Student Voice here at BIS and were delighted to have this opportunity to bring so many students together to listen and work together.

Sports Days

Sport day

Next week we look forward to welcoming all our parents to join us for Sports Days! Beginning on Monday with Year 6, Tuesday sees Year 5 in action, followed by Year 4 on Wednesday and Year 3 on Thursday. All events start at 8.15am and entrance for parents is via Gate C only. 

Brim coffee will be on hand to keep you hydrated (parents only, please do not buy drinks etc for children that are participating in their Sports Days).

A reminder to make sure your child has their hat, water bottle and PE kit on their Sports Day. Please also apply sunscreen before they come to school.  It promises to be a fantastic week!

BIS/BVIS Student Council Day

Student council

As mentioned earlier, we were delighted to welcome EY&I and BVIS students to the campus for Student Council Day.  There were many activities and opportunities to share ideas and plans. Read more about the day, in this post by Ms Helena and Ms Sacha, who did a brilliant job or organising and hosting the day.

What is your child doing at home?

Digital Citizens

We live in a digital world and it definitely has a place but how much time is your child spending on a device? Who is monitoring the content and safety? Year 6 have been focusing on this in recent weeks. To find out more about how you can support your child and understand more about Digital Citizenship, please access this very important post by Mr. Mike Martin, Year 6 Leader.

Cycle Training Begins

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With Term 2 fast approaching, this means that expeditions are on the horizon. As such, we have begun our preparations including cycle training for Year 5 and 6 students. With our expedition partners, Asia Motions, the students have had the first of 2 sessions to develop their cycling proficiency.   Find out more in this article.

MFL – Lessons in Action

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Our students at primary are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn a Modern Foreign Language.  Making it real for the students, brings the language alive and our MFL department go above and beyond to make this happen.  Read more about what happens in lessons in this post by Ms Sophie, MFL Leader.

Language in Focus

LIF Tetris Champion

In last week’s assembly our new Language in Focus was launched.  Russian takes centre stage and we look forward to learning some facts and fun language in the coming weeks.  Read more about it in this post from our EAL department.


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Match report time! Find out how our young players have been getting on in this post from the PE department from their recent matches against ISHCMC.

Blue Swim Squad Update

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Last week we heard about the White Squad. This week let’s find out what the Blue Squad have been up to.  Read more in this post by the Aquatics Team.

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 PotLuck

Friday 20th November is Teacher’s Day in Vietnam and the PTG is organising a lunch for all the teachers in primary.  We need you support to make this a successful event, so if you are able to get involved, please see the details HERE. Please use this link(EYIC) or this link (Junior) to register or email with any questions.

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

Thank you for your continued support! 

Primary PTG Coordinators 

16/11/20             Sports Day Week Begins

16/11/20             Sports Dear Year 6

17/11/20              Sports Day Year 5

18/11/20              Sports Day Year 4

19/11/20              Sports Day Year 3

25/11/20              Intl WK meeting 2

25/11/20             Year 5 Speech Final

26/11/20              Year 6 Debate Final

26/11/20              Moving on Workshop @ BBT

27/11/20              T1 Vietnamese classes finish

29/11/20              T1 Clubs finish

1&2/12/20           EAL PTSCs

3/12/20                PTG Disco 

5/12/20                PTG Christmas BISzaar

7/12/20                T2&3 Club sign up

8/12/20                Primary Carol concert

11/12/20              Club sign up end @ 12pm

15/12/20              Term Finishing 12pm

And Finally…


I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our families that celebrate, A Happy Diwali! Wishing you all a wonderful celebration this weekend.

Have a lovely weekend,

Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus