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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 27/11/2020

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Deirdre Grimshaw (86 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Firstly, a belated Happy Thanksgiving to all our families that celebrated yesterday.  We hope you had a wonderful day.

After the excitement of last week’s Sports Days, we took things at a slightly different pace and moved indoors for the Year 5 Speech Competition Final and Year 6 Debate Final. The culmination of a unit of work for all students, saw students in both year groups, impressing their peers, wowing the judges and making their teachers and parents very proud, as they delivered wonderful speeches and impressive arguments over 2 afternoons.

Also, this week, we welcomed some prospective families to the primary campuses to share our wonderful school.  It allowed me to reflect on the last few years, as we shared the successes of our school, or brilliant students and the developments that have taken place over the last number of years.

IS awards

It was exciting to be able to share that we have been nominated for no less than 3 awards in the International School Awards; 

Teaching and Learning Initiative: Our SPLAT@Home Boxes in the EY&IC.

Digital Technology in Learning: Our school-wide Virtual School Provision

Wellbeing Initiative: Our Wellbeing Initiative initiated in Secondary

It reflects the amazing teaching and learning community that we have here at school.  We will hear the results in January, till then we wait!

Christmas concert

We have some very exciting events coming up in the coming weeks as we approach the end of Term One.  Not least is our Primary Music Concert – A Christmas Carol.  It will be held on Tuesday December 8th2020. This year, to allow for social distancing and limiting numbers, we will have 2 concerts, both will be held in the auditorium, one at 4pm and one at 6pm.  An important letter has gone to all students involved in the concert today including a link to reserving the tickets. Please read this letter carefully.

Sports Day at the Junior Campus!


As promised, please find the link here to the Sports Day Article from the PE department which includes the results of each Year Group’s Sports Days.  Hotly contested, the children heard today in assembly which house, for each year group had claimed victory.  Find out more in this article by Mr Simon Grimshaw, PE Leader including links to many fantastic photos.

Year 5 Speech Competition

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As mentioned above, this week our Year 5 students took to the stage for the Speech Competition. This is the culmination of a unit of study ‘Speeches’ in which they research, write and present a speech. One representative per class is selected to represent the class in the final which was held this week. Find out more about this exciting event by accessing this post by Ms Jude Handscombe, Year 5 Leader.

Tet Collection 2021

Tet Collection

Although we have yet to celebrate Christmas, preparations are already underway for the Tet Collection.  Tet, the most important event in the Vietnamese Calendar, is an opportunity for us, as a school, to support those less fortunate in our community.  Due to the success of last year’s Tet Boxes, we will continue with the same tradition this year. Information was shared with all children today at assembly and more information about you can get involved can be found by accessing this post.

Library - Supporting your children with reading and books at home

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Ms Susan from the library has some fantastic tips to guide you the parents in supporting reading at home and fostering a love of books. Please click on this article to read more about how you can help your children learn.  

Advent Story Calendars

Advent calendar

An exciting addition to our Christmas this year is the Advent Story Calendars.  A brilliant idea from Ms Helena means this year, starting on December 1st, a Christmas story will be available to listen to each day. The link will be pinned to the top of each class Seesaw page so you will be able to find it easily each day and enjoy a Christmas story as a family!


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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 ISSP. This concludes the friendly matches for this season.

U8 ISHCMC Swim Meet

Swim Meet 27.11.2020

Great success for our swimmers in the pool. Find out more in this post from our Aquatics Department.

BIS Winter Holiday Sports Camps

RSFA football

BIS are very excited to announce the return of our famed Holiday Sports Camps this winter break. BIS coaches will be delivering high quality and fun packed sessions in the following sports:

Week 1 = Wednesday 16th - Friday 18th December

Week 2 = Monday 21st - Wednesday 23rd December

Week 3 = Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th December

  • Multi Skills (F3-Y2)
  • Basketball (F3-Y10)
  • Football (Y1-Y10)
  • Volleyball (Y7-Y10)
  • Swimming (F2-Y13)
  • Judo (Y5-Y9)

Please see further information in this link, regarding the sign up and payment process.

Please be aware that sign up will open at 9.00am on Monday 30th November on CHQ only. There will be no sign up allowed at the school cashiers. Deadline for sign up will be Friday 4th December at 3.00pm.

Have a very active and merry Christmas!

Mr Phil Husband, Director of Sport

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 Primary Disco 2020 Poster

Another exciting event coming next week for our Y1-Y6 children and just in time to get them in the festive mood!   Ticket price is 50,000,VND and will be on sales at both EYIC & Junior campus eery day until the event!  There will be live DJ on each Campus from MUSE Inc.  Don’t forget to bring your water bottle. Keep the ticket till the event and present the ticket at the entrance.

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.  Tickets are limited but they are available for sale outside Gate A every afternoon along with raffle tickets!

For more information about the PTG and see some photos of our recent PTG Teachers Lunch, please access their weekly update here.

To connect with us personally, or if you would like to support as a volunteer, please email us directly on

Primary PTG Coordinators 

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                Headteacher’s Coffee Morning

8/12/20                Primary Carol concert

10/12/20              Year 4 Sleepover 2

15/12/20              Club Booklet online

06/01/21              Sign up for clubs Term 2-3 opens at 9am

13/01/21              Sign up for clubs end at 12pm

And Finally,


We will have our Primary Headteacher’s Coffee Morning here at the Junior Campus on December 8th.  This is an opportunity for you to hear how we approach Feedback and Marking and how we have updated our reports also.  We look forward to welcoming you to the campus.  Details are on the poster above.

A reminder that this is the last week of clubs and Vietnamese lessons 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