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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 12/11/2021

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Deirdre Grimshaw (118 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

The final work is being completed on the Junior Campus.

The drills and hammering have gone and we are in the final stages of preparing the campus ahead of students returning. Our staff are excited to be back in school too!

PE Dept

Next week sees the majority of our staff coming back on site to work full time from school.  As a school, it is exciting to see the campus coming to life again and we look forward to seeing children on site very soon too.  Our Health and Safety teams, led by the Deputy Headteachers, the Campus Facility Managers and the Senior Leadership Teams across all three campuses are putting together a comprehensive plan to ensure all of our  systems and processes are in place to meet the needs of all of our BIS community returning to the school campus. On Tuesday 30th November we will host a webinar for parents to help them prepare the children for a return to  face to face learning. More details will follow next week.

ICT team

Remembrance Sunday - The future our students will play in our world

Remembrance Sunday takes place on Sunday, commemorated all over the world, it is our chance to remember the lives lost due to conflict.


In today’s assembly we took the time to remember those that gave their lives for us but also those caught up in wars who were lost.  In a community such as ours, with huge cultural diversity, our children are well placed to be part of the future generation that recognises and celebrates differences and diversity, they will sit down beside, next to, opposite others, with different ideas, opinions and ideals. But, they will talk and more importantly listen and I hope act with integrity and respect, two of our Aide Memoire Attributes. 

Daily, I am proud of the interactions I see amongst our students.  The care, compassion and respect shown is incredible and often, when I am reading about or watching the news of conflicts and political disconnect, I am comforted by the fact that students around the globe, particularly International students, are more closely connected and aligned in their values and I hope, more committed to bringing peace and unity to our world. Today we remember the fallen but we also look to the future and the part our students will play in making it a more peaceful world for all.

Congratulations to all our Young Musicians that have performed over the last 7 days. It has been a delight to hear students from Year 1 to Year 6 performing and showcasing their hard work and talents.  Equally, it was wonderful to listen to some of our Year 6 performers that took part in the Year 6 live lunch on Wednesday.  There are more live lunches to come for all year groups.

Year 6 Live Lunches

Live lunch

A relaxed and entertaining lunchtime on Wednesday, when some of our Year 6 students performed on their instruments or sang to their friends. We had performances from Zoe from 6V, Wei Lin from 6C, Han from 6I, Dhanvin from 6N and Mouky from 6I.

They were all wonderful, and every performance put big smiles on the faces of those in attendance, and each performer earned rapturous applause from the audience. We hope to continue to host these events that encourage students, no matter what level of ability they are, to perform to their peers in a comfortable and safe environment. Thank you to those in attendance, and an even bigger thank you to the students who bravely shared their skills and talent with all of us who were lucky enough to be there to listen.

Mr Rhys Barker, Assistant Primary Music Leader

Young Musician of the Year

Virtual Young Musician of the Year 2022 Poster

NAE Virtual Young Musician of the Year Competition 2022:

Calling all musicians!

To enter students are invited to perform pieces for any of the 11 different categories, encompassing all styles of music and instruments! The categories are split into two sections, Classical/Art Music and Popular Music, so it doesn’t matter if students  love Bach or Beyonce, Mozart or Miles Davis, there’s a category to showcase their musical talent in. The competition closes on 25th January 2022, with winners announced w/c 8th March 2022. It is open to all NAE students from age 7-19 across all schools and students can win Global Campus badges for entering. The winning entries will be showcased on Global Campus and receive winners’ certificates.

Any questions regarding this competition please email anna.hogan@bisvietnam.com

Ms Anna Hogan, Primary Music Leader

Community Service - Luv Project


We would like to thank the BIS school community for your generous contributions to the Luv Project so far. We have managed to raise over 75 million VND to provide food packages and basic sanitary products for 186 different families with vulnerable children under 6 across Ho Chi Minh City. This would not have been possible without your support!

As a team, we have made the collective decision to keep this fundraiser open for several more weeks. If you have yet to make a donation or would like to contribute further, now is a great time to get involved! This month, PE&D will be setting up an emergency fund, of which any contributions made will go towards paying the rent, education, electricity, as well as other necessities for the families of the children we support in these dire times.

To donate, please visit PE&D’s dedicated donation page. Alternatively, by visiting the Donate Now page on our website, you will find all the relevant information which you can use to participate in this fundraising effort.

We are also proud to announce our participation in the BIS community donation box, located outside the Junior Campus Guard House (Gate A, 225 Nguyen Van Huong Street). If you happen to be in Thao Dien, feel free to visit the campus and make a cash donation to help support these vulnerable children in any way possible.

As always, any donation, no matter the size, will be greatly appreciated and we are truly grateful for your support. Should you choose to donate, you will receive a letter of gratitude to acknowledge your valuable contribution and kindness during these difficult times.

For more information about our organization please feel free to contact us through our website or our Instagram page (@theluvprojectvn)!


Thank you for your time and consideration.

Adit Jacob, Sidhant Dhawan, Cody Burke, York Fang, Geon Hee Kim, Henry Pham, Peter Kang

Creative Curriculum Day – coming soon on Wednesday 24th November

Curriculum challenge

Following the success of our Rube Goldberg Global Campus Day, we’re pleased to announce the next whole primary enrichment day.

  • What is it? A creative challenge to create as many penguins as we can across the Primary School. Each student can make a penguin in whatever creative format they choose, and they may choose to further their learning in a range of ways. At the end of the day, we will see how many penguins we have made in the school. We’re basing the day around the book 365 Penguins, a story and picture book filled with creative maths problems.
  • How? Children will watch an assembly video after their morning check in call to see the book being read and some teacher guest appearances with ideas about what they might do.
  • Children will access the learning through an activity on Seesaw.
  • In the afternoon, students will celebrate the day’s learning with their class teachers and count how many penguins they have made as a class/how many as a school/what other penguin fun has been had.
  • Families can work together as in the Rube Goldberg Global Campus Day.

This is to give you advance notice of the theme of the day, to confirm that no special equipment or materials are needed – but you might like to save some junk modelling materials for example, for your child to create their penguin or penguins with.

We are looking forward to another day of seeing children’s creative ideas.

Ms Maria and Mr Neil

(Assistant Headteachers)

Novelicious Book Club

Book club

How is your reading going?

We thought we would give you a little bit of notice before our next catch-up so that if you haven’t had the chance to read the selected book.

  • A Place for Us, Fatima Farheen Mirza 

.. there is still some time for you to find a copy and read with us. We’d love you to join us.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 2nd December

Time: 9.30am

Register to join the Zoom Meeting here 

PTG 2021 - 2022

Primary PTG Teachers Day Lunch Banner

Teachers Day Celebration

Potluck Lunch (Staff only) - Monday 22nd November - EYIC & Junior - 11-1pm

What better way to show our wonderful BIS teachers how much we appreciate all their hard work than with another legendary potluck lunch! No event is possible without the generous support from our parent community and there are lots of ways you can get involved!

 1. Volunteer to help run the event, Limited number of parents allowed

(No children allowed)   10am-1.30pm

 Please sign up here.


Whether you cook it or buy it, please show your appreciation by donating food that will help us host a feast for lunch!

 Please sign up here to donate food. All instructions are included.

EYIC Sign Up.

Junior Sign Up.

Teachers Day Lunch Video: Thank you messages for the Video Montage

As we are unable to invite parents to join the lunch, we would love to make a special Thank You video to play during our Teachers Day lunch, using your Thank You messages, drawings, videos etc.

If you would like to contribute, remember to add your child/rens name and class.  Please share your message/image/video by *Wednesday 16th November *

1. Send to your class rep

2. Email primaryptgbis@gmail.com

3. Save in PTG Google drive here.

If you have ideas to share or would like to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our email  is primaryptgbis@gmail.com 

 Thank you,

Gayatri Shankar, Primary PTG Coordinator

Health and Safety

Please remember the 5K to keep safe.

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Dates for your diary

10/11/21              MFL Year 2 Webinar - Postponed - New date to be confirmed

11/11/21              Remembrance Day

22/11/21             Teachers Day

24/11/21              365 Penguin Enrichment Day for Primary

30/11/21              Preparing your child to return to campus - Webinar for Y1 to Y6 parents

01 /12 /21           December Dash - 12 Days of Sporty Madness begins.

And Finally,

Staff Coffee

It was lovely to catch up with teachers this week in our new BIS Garden.  We look forward to welcoming all of our BIS community to this beautiful new space.  Have a wonderful weekend and we hope to see you all very soon.

Deirdre Grimshaw, Head of the Junior Campus