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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 18/09/2020

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

Thanks to all the parents that joined us for our Parent Teacher Student Conferences this week.

Thanks to our parent community for visiting their children’s class teachers this week for our Parent Teacher Student Conferences.  We were delighted with the turnout of parents and the opportunity for you to share with your child’s class teachers how they can best support your children.  If you were unable to make an appointment this week, please let your child’s class teacher know when you are available to meet.  We can schedule virtual meetings if this is more convenient.

Next week our clubs begin at the Junior Campus.  It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to take part in actvities beyond their own classroom, learn new skills, make new friends and perhaps find something that they really love! The majority of clubs run from 2.40pm to 3.40pm and children are expected to picked up promptly afterwards.  The same pick up arrangements are in place with parents waiting by Gate A and then moving to the small field and basketball court.

As some clubs will be happening on the basketball court and Astro Turf Field, parents will not be allowed on these spaces until the club has finished.  Please can you remind drivers and nannies of this arrangement also.

World CleanUp Day 2020

This weekend, on Saturday 19th September from 8.30-11.30am BIS HCMC will be cleaning up Thao Dien as part of World Clean Up Day! This is where all members of the community do their bit to help keep our part of the world tidy. And even better, you gain House Points for participation! There are two ways that you can join our clean-up event: come along and join us on Saturday, or run your own clean-up in your local area.

To join us on Saturday at BIS please follow the link HERE, then input this code: CL34NB1S

Please make sure that any primary students are accompanied by a supervising adult at all times; our staff will be joining the clean-up as participants and not as supervisors.

Vietnamese Workshop for Parents

PTG 1809 Xin chào!  We are so excited to announce our first Primary PTG event of the academic year! 

Perhaps you are new to Vietnam and want to understand more about the language and local culture and customs of this wonderful country? Or maybe you have been here a little while already and have decided it is time to finally learn some basic Vietnamese words and phrases to help get you around?  Then this workshop is for you! Please click HERE to find out more and how to sign up.

Year 4 In Action!

Y4 1809 1 Our Year 4 students have been busy exploring natural disasters. They created cities in their classrooms only to find them destroyed after one breaktime. What was going on? Find out more in this article by Mr. Oliver Bone, Year 4 Leader.

New Teacher Profiles

We would like to welcome all of our new staff to the school. This week we introduce Ms Mary Carson, Year 4 Teacher and Mr Darragh Glynn, Year 5 Teacher.

A chat with Ms Mary Carson, Year 4 Teacher


Pick the first 3 words you think of when I say Vietnam:

Motorbikes, vibrancy and heat!

What are your first impressions of BIS?

My first impressions are great! It is a far bigger school than I have ever worked in before and I am enjoying being part of such a large and busy community. While I was in the UK and preparing to move to Vietnam, I looked at the school website and saw a colourful, vibrant school; the truth is, it is even brighter and bolder in real life! I feel very lucky to be working at BIS and teaching such fantastic students.

What new experiences have you had since you arrived in Vietnam?

Too many to count! Perhaps the most significant is using Grab Bikes to get around the city. I had never been on a motorbike or scooter before moving here and I told Mr Anthony that I would be too frightened to do so in Ho Chi Minh. Now, however, I get bikes everywhere! I am looking forward to getting my own in the (hopefully) not too distant future!

If you were writing a postcard to friends back home, what would it say?

It would say:

‘Hello! I am having a great time in this new city and at my new job – can’t wait for you to be able to visit so I can show you everything (book street is my favourite place, so far). I have never lived somewhere so large or busy, and it is brilliant! But, at the same time, there is an easy-going simplicity about life here that I am enjoying most of all. Hopefully see you soon! Mary J’

A chat with Mr Darragh Glynn, Year 5 Teacher   


Pick the first 3 words you think of when I say Vietnam:

Food, heat and traffic.

What are your first impressions of BIS?

Although technically this year is my second impression of BIS (as I was a supply teacher here last year), my first impression of the school as a full time class teacher has been different. I’m amazed by the amount of planning and preparation each year group goes through to provide the very best lessons for each student. The standard of digital learning has also surpassed my expectations and I’ve already learned so much in the first few weeks. I’m also very grateful for the helpful nature of all of the staff and all the friendly advice and in-house training I’ve already received. 

What new experiences have you had since you arrived in Vietnam?

The experience I’ve been most pleasantly surprised by is my commute to work. Living in D1, I drive my scooter about twenty minutes to get to work. Coming from Ireland where I spent my cold, dark mornings defrosting my windscreen before driving through traffic at a snail’s pace, I couldn’t appreciate my drive in the morning any more. It wakes me up and puts me in a good mood even on Mondays (weather permitting). Might sound like a boring choice but I had anticipated most of my new experiences, this one caught me by surprise.

If you were writing a postcard to friends back home, what would it say?

‘Get out here.’

The majority of my friends back home are teachers so I’m regularly telling them about the fantastic teaching opportunities out here and encouraging them to join me. Just like I’ll always be grateful to ‘Mr Eoin Meade’ for convincing me last year.

Health and Safety

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.


Our PTG Volunteer Coordinators (from L-R): Gayatri, Lily, Pamela, Jana, Ai, Vivian and Thomas (not in the photo)

Our PTG as mentioned above are busy organising events.  We look forward to welcoming some parents on site next week for the workshop.

Primary PTG Update: 11/09/2020

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  primaryptgbis@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support!  

Primary PTG Coordinators 

Dates for your diary

19/9/20 – Clean Up Thao Dien

21/9/20 – Term 1 clubs begin

24/9 /20 – Parent Drama Workshop 8.30 – 9.30am Black Box Theatre

24/9/20 – PTG Moon Festival Vietnamese Workshop. 10am Black Box Theatre

25/9/20 – Junior Campus EAL Workshop for Parents 8.15am Black Box Theatre

30/9/20 - Young Musician Semi Final

1/10/20 - Moon Festival Assembly Juniors Campus Parents of performers only.

2/10/20 – Junior Campus Dragon Dance  - Students only

1/10/20 - Moon Festival Assembly EY&I – Parents of performers only.

6/10/20 - Young Musician Final @BVIS

And Finally…

Moon Festival is approaching. We look forward to celebrating this important time in Vietnam.  All children are invited to come dressed in their Ao Dai  on Friday October 2nd as part of our celebrations.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Dee Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus