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At DBIS, we recognise the importance of supporting students in their growth towards becoming independent, confident and globally aware citizens.

This is coupled with the development of social and emotional skills needed for our students to be prepared for their futures beyond DBIS.

Here in Primary, alongside the ongoing pastoral care from class teachers, we follow the Personal Goals from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the Virtues program. There are 8 personal goals and we use 12 Virtues to complement these. Each week there is a Virtues Assembly for each of the key phrases; Year 1 and Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. As well as the discussions, stories and role play that happen in these assemblies, there is recognition for students who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate these virtues, ‘Our Shining Stars’. In class the virtues are reinforced by a series of activities and parents have access to this via Moodle.

Throughout Primary we have well established peer mediating programe, Cool Schools. The Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme is a whole school programme that teaches essential life skills for peaceful conflict resolution. It is suitable for all members of the school community; students, teachers and parents. The skills taught empower individuals to build positive, caring relationships with others especially when conflict arises over differences.

Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of our children in DBIS’s specific international context, including the rich cultural and religious diversity of Hong Kong. Throughout our school calendar we celebrate a range of festivals prevalent to our school and setting.

Student’s PSHE learning takes place across a diverse range of topics, from building positive relationships to special event days such as International Day and Friendship Day. Student’s also have extra opportunities to develop friendships within and between the schools through regular meetings. Kindergarten and Primary have ‘buddy’ classes and meet throughout the year or week to co-operate and complete practical challenges.