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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 22/05/2020

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Deirdre Grimshaw (115 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Our students have been wonderful this week, even with the extended day, their enthusiasm and energy is boundless.

Our students have been wonderful this week, even with the extended day, their enthusiasm and energy is boundless. They have adapted extremely well to the new routines and procedures that have been put in place to ensure their health and safety.

Thank you to you, the parents, for adhering to our new procedures for drop off and pick up.  It has certainly, from our end, gone smoothly and we know that is as a result of all of you supporting and sticking to the new procedures.

Around the campus, the students are delving into new topics and units of study and seeing the collaborative work going on once more is a real joy.  On Fridays we have some classes in the gym for our assemblies, the rest watch via video link as we try to keep as much of the routines and events that shape us as the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City.

Student Council and House Captains are meeting once more and already putting ideas into action. Playground monitors are supporting children in the playground, Eco Monitors are ensuring we are turning off lights and House Captains are supporting assemblies and collecting the dozens of house points earned in recent weeks by all of our students.

Various things are happening across year groups and I would remind everyone to read the ‘Learning Letters’ weekly for specific information regarding your child’s learning and weekly routines.

Extended Day and Swimming

A reminder that the extended school day continues to the end of term. On Fridays, students can be collected at 2.30pm as usual unless your child is taking Vietnamese classes. These classes will finish at 3.40pm on Fridays.

Next week, starting Monday, May 25th, swimming lessons will commence on the Junior campus as part of the PE curriculum.  We will maintain very strict health and safety protocols to ensure the health of all.

Class Mixing

This year, we will not be class mixing on the Junior Campus for Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5.  The classes are very stable and as with every year, where we have students leaving the school, we will replace them with new students.  This will be done carefully, as always, to ensure a careful balance of gender, nationality and ability. Our Year 6 students will be mixing as they move into secondary.

Uniform Measuring

During the week beginning May 25th, we will measure all returning students for their new uniforms. These will be collected by students in August.

School Photographs and Yearbook

Unfortunately, this year, we will be unable to offer official school photographs.  The company we use, ‘Pret a Portrait’, is based in the UK and our original and revised dates all fell within the time the school was closed. At this time, it is impossible for us to have the company return to Vietnam to take photos. As such, we have made the difficult decision not to have official school photos this year. 

However, we are pleased to say that the school ‘19 – 20 Yearbook’ will go ahead with photos that teachers have either taken or those that have been sent in by you.  This year, the yearbook will reflect both our traditional learning and the virtual school experience our students have had.

Year 5 Puzzle Solving in IPC

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Our Year 5 team have definitely been thinking ‘outside the box’ to come up with creative ways to teach topics and still adhere to social distancing! Find out about the amazing opportunities our children have had over the last couple of weeks by reading this article by Mr Greg Wilde, Year 5 Leader.

Virtual Discovery Meets

Virtual school

At this time of the year we have many families visit our campus when deciding on a school for their children.  This year, we know that it is trickier. Many families are referred to us by you, as parents.  We are still very happy to support families moving to Vietnam and can do it virtually.  Find out more by clicking on this article. And please do pass this on to any families still overseas that would like to know more.

Active April

Active April

During the month of April, our BIS community got active! In answer to lockdown, the PE department arranged daily challenges and encouraged everyone to get active! Led by Ms Emily McClelland, the whole community smashed the target! Find out more by accessing the article here.

Musical May

Musical May

From April to May, the Music department took on a challenge and Musical May was born.  Still ongoing, it is not too late to get involved.  Find out more by clicking on this link to read the article by Ms Beth Bown, Primary Performing Arts Leader.

Virtual Film Festival

In the first of its kind at BIS, the Virtual Film Festival was launched and now looks set to be a permanent fixture on the school calendar.  With entries from students across the Junior Campus, whole families, pets and others got involved. Click here to find out more and see some of the movies submitted by our talented BIS community.

BIS Community Service

Community Service

During the recent COVID crisis, our BIS Community and PTG teams have been supporting our community partners.  Find out more by clicking on this link to read an article by Ms Tracey Brownrigg, Community Service Project Manager

Health and Safety

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. 

Week Beginning May 25th Swimming lessons at the Junior Campus commence
Week Beginning May 25th School Uniform Measurements for Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5

And Finally,

Some parents have been asking if we will be running summer sports and activities programs

as we have done in previous years. More information will be shared with you in due course.

Warmest wishes,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus