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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 05/06/2020

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Deirdre Grimshaw (83 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

Today we said thank you to the Guards, Maintenance and cleaners here at the Junior Campus for helping us to keep our campus safe and ready for the students.

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Today we said thank you to the Guards, Maintenance and cleaners here at the Junior Campus for helping us to keep our campus safe and ready for the students.

Borne out of an idea put forward by Ms Suzannah Breen, Year 4 teacher at the Junior Campus, our students across all three campuses have come together to say a collective ‘Thank You/ Cảm ơn’ to all our front line workers both at school and in our community.



The students created wonderful cards and posters and distributed them to the guards, maintenance teams and cleaners at all three campuses to show their appreciation for the wonderful care and hard work that has been undertaken to keep our campuses, safe, clean and ready to welcome students in these challenging times.  

A beautiful mural was also created as a collaboration between primary and secondary students.  Located at the International Walkway on the Junior Campus, it is an international  ‘Cảm ơn’ to the many frontline workers across the globe that have supported our international community. Co-ordinated by Ms Tracey Brownrigg, it truly is a wonderful way to honour and thank the many that have worked, and continue to work tirelessly in the fight against Covid 19.

My sincere thanks must go to Suzannah and Tracey for all their hard work on this project.

BIS Summer Holiday Camp

We know that this summer, most of us will remain in Vietnam. Keeping our children busy and active will be a priority for many of us.  Below you will find details of our Paid Summer Program for 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. Details can be found here and you will also have received a letter today. BIS are providing all facilities free of charge to our providers for their 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 and use the following link to print the reply sheets needed to secure your child’s place. Please follow the special instructions carefully for safe sign up from Monday 8 June.

Primary Headteacher’s Coffee Morning.

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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. We will send a sign up letter early next week.  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.

Women’s Wellness Morning

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Our secondary PTG committee would like to invite all mums to special Women’s Wellness Morning. Details on the flyer above, it’s a lovely way to connect with others with wellbeing at the core.

Moving On Workshop

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On 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  and register as we will need to know who is on site for this workshop.

The School Uniform Shop at the Secondary Campus

If any parents would like to visit the Uniform Shop, you are very welcome, however we need to register all visitors to the campus and to limit the number of visitors to at one time.  If any parents would like to visit the Secondary Campus, please contact (Katie) or (Nguyen) at Secondary Reception who will very happily help to make an appointment.

 Due to the registration process please allow an extra few minutes to complete the entry process. This includes temperature check, sanitise hands and Health Declaration form.

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. 

08/06/20 – Sign Up for BIS Paid Summer Program begins @ JC Canteen 8.30am

11/06/20  - PTG Women’s Wellness Morning at Yoga Vietnam

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 available on iSAMS

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.


School reports will be issued shortly 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