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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 20/11/2020

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

Dalat, Hue, Saigon, Hanoi! Across the Junior Campus reverberated the chants of each house this week as each and every student competed proudly for their houses during Sports Days.


Sport day

In fiercely fought battles, children ran their fastest, leaped into the air, threw quoits and javelins and all the while cheering their houses, supporting their friends and making wonderful memories. When we as adults reminisce about school, these are the events we remember, slightly different from our day perhaps, but a morning outside, with pals cheering and shouting till our voices hurt, is a pretty good day.

My sincere thanks to the PE department for running these Sports Days for all.  It takes a huge amount of organisation and planning and I am sure you will agree; they did a magnificent job.  A full report, with results will be shared next week.

Teacher Day

Today is Teacher’s Day and we were well and truly spoilt by the amazing PTG. Catering for over 200 on the Junior Campus, parents, teachers and teaching assistants enjoyed a delicious lunch and the opportunity to come together to share food, get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company.  Big thanks to the amazing PTG and all the parents and local businesses that supported this wonderful occasion.

Last night I had the privilege of attending the winter concert at the Secondary Campus.  Mr O’Neill pointed out that it was the first concert that had taken place in the auditorium in 2020.  The concert itself was magnificent and it was amazing to see some of Year 7 students taking part as recent arrivals to the Secondary Campus.  We do not take for granted, any of the amazing opportunities that our students have at the moment, compared to many of their peers in our home countries and elsewhere around the world due to COVID. With upcoming expeditions for Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 and other events planned, we are in a fortunate position here in Vietnam.  I would like to say a very sincere thank you to you the parents for your continued support and adherence to our Health and Safety guidelines which allows us to move forward in this manner.

Year 5 New Arrivals

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At BIS, HCMC, we have welcomed, and continue to welcome, new students whose first stop in Vietnam has been quarantine, and second stop has been BIS! How do our students feel about this demanding transition? Our Year 5 team have been asking new arrivals in their year group all about their transition. Read more in this post by Ms Jude Handscombe, Year 5 Leader.

EAL in Year 3

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Is your child in Year 3? Do they access EAL? Find out what they have been up to in Year 3 during EAL lessons in this post by Mr Rob and Mr Jon, Year 3 EAL teachers.


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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 EIS.

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.


Christmas biszaar 2020

Our secondary PTG are busy organising the Christmas BISzaar. It is different to previous years so please take note of the key information below. It takes place on Saturday 5th December from 4pm to 8pm.

Entry for students is free and if they are attending with parents, they do not need a ticket.

Parent Entry tickets are 50,000vnd and can be purchased at the following locations.

  • Junior Campus at afternoon pick-up time near Gate A.
  • Early Years & Infant Campus at morning drop-off & afternoon pick-up
  • Secondary Campus Reception during office hours 7.30am to 4pm and at parent events
  • Entry for all BIS students is free.  Tickets are also not required for volunteer helpers or Parent Vendors and sign-up links for both are below.
  • Plans are well underway, and we are looking forward to a great evening with plenty of Christmas Spirit bathed in Christmas Lights, with Hot Chocolate, Santa, Live Performances and other Christmas traditions, along with a smaller number of stalls.  Of course, we will also have our amazing student and community stalls and activities.

 Please remember the following guidelines

  • The event is open only to the BIS Community of Parents, Students and Staff
  • There will be a limited number of Parent Entry tickets available 
  • Stalls are only available to BIS Parents and BIS student vendors
  • Most of the event will be outside including Parent & Student vendor stalls.

Raffle tickets are 100,000vnd for a book of 5 tickets, the team will start sharing more information about the raffle prizes over the next couple of weeks via various methods. 

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

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Dates for your diary


25/11/20              Intl WK meeting 2

25/11/20             Year 5 Speech Final

26/11/20              Year 6 Debate Final

26/11/20              Open Morning at Juniors for Prospective Families

27/11/20              T1 Vietnamese classes finish

29/11/20              T1 Clubs finish

3/12/20                PTG Disco

3/12/20                Year 4 Sleepover 1 

5/12/20                PTG Christmas BISzaar

8/12/20                Primary Carol concert

10/12/20              Year 4 Sleepover 2

14/12/20             CCAs Booklet Term 2-3 online

15/12/20              Term Finishing 12pm

6/1/21                   Term 2-3 Clubs sign up opens

15/1/21                 Term 2-3 Clubs sign up closes

And Finally…

A reminder that next week is the last week of clubs for this term.  We hope that your children have enjoyed each activity.  Information and Sign Up details for Term 2 and 3 clubs will be shared with you in the coming weeks.

Have a lovely weekend,

Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus