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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 25/09/2020

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Deirdre Grimshaw (100 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

It has been an incredible week across the Junior Campus which has seen our students, teachers and parents involved in a huge host of events and activities across the campus.

World CleanUp Day

Clean up day

The week began last Saturday with all of our BIS community and friends joining together to support World CleanUp Day.  It was a phenomenal effort by all to give back to our local area and raise awareness of the part we all need to play in reducing our waste and in particular, single use plastic.  With well over 60 bags of rubbish collected, it was a timely reminder to all of us to do our bit to protect our environment and raise awareness in the local community. 

Read more about it in this post by Ms Lauren Binnington, Deputy Headteacher, Whole School.

Digital Citizenship Podcast and Post

Digital Luke

In the digital world we live in today, as parents, we all need to have an awareness of digital citizenship and what our responsibilities are and the expectations we have of our children and ourselves in this regard.  Please take the time to listen to this fantastic digital citizenship podcast by Mr Luke Dyer, whole school STEAM Leader and primary ICT leader and Mr Peter Cowen, Secondary Learning Technologies Integrator,  and access their informative post here.

Year 12 Readers at Primary

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The week continued to be busy as we welcomed our Y12 students from secondary over the bridge to read with our students here at Juniors. Organised by our Learning Support department, we are fortunate to have a group of students come and support our younger students. Read more in this post by Ms Sarah Battersby, Learning support Leader .

Roald Dahl Week at the Junior Library

 Susan Lloyd

There are not many people who haven’t heard of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, The BFG or Matilda. Last week all these characters were celebrated in the library as part of Roald Dahl Week, in honour of the genius author who brought them all to life.  Read more, in the post by Ms Susan Lloyd, Junior Campus Librarian about the activities that took place including the search for the Golden Tickets!

EAL at the Junior Campus

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Students at BIS come from many different countries and speak many different languages, some students speak two or more languages fluently. The language of instruction is English so ensuring that all children can access the curriculum successfully means a focus on English particularly for those needing additional support initially.  Our EAL department meets the needs of these students in particular and work seamlessly with class teachers to ensure the right levels of support are given.  Find out more in this article by Ms Shaheena Pall, EAL Leader.

Julliard Teacher Training

Juliard teacher We are very lucky as a Nord Anglia School to have links to Third Level institutions such as Julliard and MIT. Our teachers as well as students benefit from these collaborations and our teachers this week enjoyed some Julliard training. Also on Thursday our primary parents were afforded the opportunity to participate in a parent drama workshop run by Ms Cat Molloy, Performing Arts Director at BIS.  Read more about the event here.

New Teacher Profiles

We would like to welcome all of our new staff to the school. This week we introduce Ms Mandy, EAL teacher and Ms Ellie, Learning Support Teacher.

A chat with Ms Mandy Hibbert, EAL Teacher


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

Humid, Rice Fields, Traffic

What are your first impressions of BIS?

It’s so much bigger than primary schools back home. In my entire primary school, there were only 300 students! We didn’t have cool things like a swimming pool or a climbing frame either!

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

I’ve had some amazing experience while living in Vietnam. My favourite was travelling by motorbike from Hue to Danang through the Hai Van Pass.

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

I’d tell my friends back home that HCMC is a fun, fast-paced city to live. I’d also tell them all to come and visit me because there is so much to see in Vietnam!

A chat with­­­­ Ms Eleanor Keen, Learning Support Teacher

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

Tropical, Buzzing, Scenic

What are your first impressions of BIS?

Everyone seems so lovely and friendly. The staff, children and parents have been very welcoming which has helped me to settle in to my new lifestyle. 

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

I’ve been on a motorbike! I’ve also eaten lots of new food and joined new sports teams.

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

You have to visit Vietnam! The streets are vibrant and full of life, but there are also lots of places to relax and enjoy the hot weather.  I can’t wait to explore more of the country; I hope that I can visit the beaches and the mountains – they look beautiful!

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.


PTG Vietnamese workshop

Our first official PTG event took place this week with a wonderful Vietnamese Culture Workshop arranged for parents. With a capacity audience, much learning and enjoyment took place. Find out more in this week’s PTG update.

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

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’s on Friday October 2nd as part of our celebrations.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus