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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 12/06/2020

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Deirdre Grimshaw (104 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Our campus was definitely busier this week as end of year events began to take place.

Y6 transition day

Our campus was definitely busier this week as end of year events began to take place.  On Wednesday, our Year 6 students crossed the bridge for their ‘Transition Day’ and were given the opportunity to try out many exciting lessons such as DT, Art and ICT. Assisted by the current Year 7 students, there was high excitement as they got a taste of secondary school.  My sincere thanks to Mr Mc Loughlin, Head of Year 7, Ms Debs and all the teachers from Year 6 and the teachers from secondary that were involved in making this day so special for the Year 6 students. Click on this link to view a video of their time at secondary with an introduction from Mr McLoughlin and input from Mr Sean O’Neil, Headteacher, Secondary August 2020.  

Our Year 13 students from secondary have their graduation today and we are delighted that they have the fitting end they deserve to a tumultuous year for them.   Our sincere congratulations go to all the graduates, their families and the staff at the secondary campus and indeed those at primary that will have taught many of them here at BIS.

Next week our younger students begin their transition programme and we are looking forward to welcoming the Year 2 students from the EY&I campus to the Junior Campus for their transition mornings.  Taking place across the whole week, the students will visit the campus with their class teachers, take part in some activities with their Year 3 friends and explore their new environment with a treasure hunt!  More details and pictures of the event to follow next week but my thanks to Ms Clare, Ms Aziza and Mr Mike for organising the week for our students. Further on you will see details of the webinar for parents that marries with this transition visit for the students.

Below is a roundup of what has been happening across our school including exciting news from the NAE Virtual Young Musician of the Year and details of some of our upcoming events.  Please do read on!


Our Student Council committee have been extremely busy this week.  Not only have our executive committee been assisting me with interviews for the current Year 5 students to take their seats on the exec committee, they have also been working with Ms Sacha, Ms Aziza and both student councils across the 2 primary campuses to prepare for Wellbeing Day.  Wellbeing Day will take place next Friday 19th June 2020 and will support all our students and teachers.  More information can be found by accessing this post by Ms Aziza and Ms Sacha, PSHE Leaders for Primary.

Year 2 to Year 3 Transition Webinar

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In order to make it easy for children to move to the next year group, teachers plan a programme which involves activities and a lot of discussion so that the children are prepared, and the teachers are ready when the new term starts.  This is particularly important for children in Year 2 rising to Year 3 as they move campus.

Normally, we would host coffee mornings to provide more information about transition, but due to the current restrictions, we are unable to do this, this year.  Instead we will be hosting a webinar where presentations will be given by the Year Group Leaders and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.  We look forward to greeting our Year 2 parents on Monday morning!

Nord Anglia Virtual Young Musician of the Year

Virtual music

With so many events cancelled across all schools due to the COVID Pandemic, NAE launched the Virtual Musician of the Year. We were delighted to learn this week that two of our students from Year 6 did extremely well.  Kunho Jang was awarded 2nd place in the 10 – 14 age group and Dolly Nguyen was given special mention.  Find out more by reading this article by Ms Beth Bown, Performing Arts Leader.  Congrats to these two wonderful musicians and all that took part.

Year 5 EAL Learning

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Mr Josh and his students have been working very hard since returning to school using the text ‘Wonder’ to provide stimulus for their writing.  Find out more by clicking on this link.

BIS Hosts SENIA Meeting

SENIA Meeting

At BIS we are fortunate to have an excellent Learning Support Department at both Primary and Secondary.  Forging links with other professionals in the city to support our students is critical and we were delighted to host the first SENIA (Special Education Needs in Asia) meeting here in HCMC for Learning Support teachers.  Find out more by clicking here to read the article.

Black Lives Matter

Black Life matter

The last few weeks have seen upheaval around the world and global issues brought to the forefront in homes and schools across the world. Our students have been asking insightful questions and raising their concerns and teachers have been addressing these discussions in classrooms across both primary and secondary. Read more here in this article.

Primary Headteacher’s Coffee Morning.

headteacher coffee morning

On Wednesday 17th June, we will have a Primary Headteacher’s Coffee Morning at the Early Years and Infant Campus.  Due to social distancing and stricter regulations with regards to parents on campus, we will have limited spaces and will need to know who is coming in advance. Thank you to all that have signed up to attend.   The Coffee Morning will focus on a review of the year, staffing (departing and new staff arriving) and some updates from our PTG Committee.  We hope you can make it.

Moving On Workshop

Moving on workshop

This Tuesday 16th June, we will host a ‘Moving on Workshop’ for our families leaving BIS. With members of the leadership team, admissions department and counselling team, it is aimed at supporting those transitioning from our school.  We hope you can make it.  If you would like to attend, please email Huong.Tran1@bisvietnam.com  and register as we will need to know who is on site for this workshop.

BIS Summer Holiday Camp

We have had a great start to the sign up for our BIS Summer Holiday Camp.  Some clubs are already full but there is plenty more fun to be had. Sign up continues this week and below you will find details of the camp for all students at BIS. Run by our Co-Curricular providers, we are pleased that they will have the opportunity to recoup some of their income due to the cancellation of Term 2 and Term 3 activities. BIS are providing all facilities free of charge to our providers for their clubs.

summer clubs

The British International School HCMC are delighted to announce a special super-sized Summer Holiday Camp with a wide range of activities for our students to enjoy over the summer holidays. This proves to be the most action packed and exciting programme offered to date and will be held for four weeks in July. We have well known and loved staff from our very own BIS teaching and TA teams, as well as external providers from our paid CCA programme, to teach activities and sports that will keep children happy and busy this summer.  

Spaces will be limited and we anticipate a high demand so please look through the programme carefully and plan the sessions you would like your children to take part in. Sign up will be on a first come first serve basis. Please see an overview of the activities on offer below here and use the following link  to print the reply sheets needed to secure your child’s place. Sign up continues this week and will finish on Friday 19th June.

Health and Safety

COVID – 19 Precautions

Masks must be worn to and from school and whenever the children leave the classroom, and safer distancing needs to be practised by everyone in accordance with government guidelines.  Children will need to bring their own named mask and carry a spare in their bags.

if your child has any symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties) that could possibly be linked to Covid 19, keep them at home. 

We thank you for following our new routines for morning drop off and afternoon collection of the children.  We are aware that families with children in different year groups are having to wait longer to collect their children in the afternoon, however we must keep to our procedures to ensure every child is safe and is collected by their correct adult.  We thank you for your understanding with this decision.

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. 

16/06/20 – Moving On Workshop for leaving families @ Black Box Theatre 8.15am

17/06/20 -  Primary Headteacher’s Coffee Morning @EYIC Sports Hall 8.15am

19/06/20 – Wellbeing Day at both primary campuses

19/06/20 – End of Year Reports Emailed to Parents with new classes

23/06/20 – Class Swap Day - Children will meet their new teachers

23/06/20 – Year 6 Prize Giving @Secondary Auditorium 9.30am

24/06/20 – Year 6 Leavers Assembly @ Secondary Auditorium

26/06/20  - Leaver’s Assembly at the Junior Campus

26/06/20 – Term ends

29/06/20 – Paid Summer Program begins for Students.

And Finally,

School reports will be issued next Friday 19th  June via ISAMS. Please do make sure you have downloaded the APP so you will be able to access the reports successfully.

Warmest wishes,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus