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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

The school was a “splendiferous” place this week with many “wondercrump” events taking place.  Magical words and storytelling were a particular focus in the primary school as the children celebrated the writing of the much-loved author, Roald Dahl. Encouraging a love of reading was also the focus during a very successful virtual interview with the author of the Alex Rider, The Diamond Brothers and The Power of Five books, Anthony Horowitz. The meeting provided more than 200 children and parents with the opportunity to gain an insight into the world famous author’s creative mind and writing processes. I would like to thank Mr. Jonny Haines and the English team for their “scrumdiddyumptious” work this week, as I know they will have inspired many children to read more. I also wanted to thank John Ling in Year 7 for initiating the school’s connection with Anthony Horowitz and for enabling us to stage such a special event.

The children taking part in the primary student elections this week are also worthy of high praise. All the children who gave speeches as part of the process to become House Captains or Ambassadors spoke incredibly well and impressed everyone in the lunchtime audiences.  I was also very impressed by the maturity and commitment of our new secondary student council during their first meeting of the year. Our new school-wide approach to student leadership promises to be a hugely important development, and I’m looking forward to its impact as the year progresses.

Looking ahead I’m very pleased that DBIS will be hosting the FOBISIA Orchestral Festival between September 23-26. I know the array of workshops will provide our students and those of our visiting schools with outstanding opportunities to learn and develop as performers. We would also be delighted if you could join us for the orchestral performance on Monday, September 26. Taking part are over 100 students and teachers from nine other FOBISIA schools as well as DBIS musicians and educators. The concert will be just over one hour in length, and will include music by Sibelius, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Grieg. For more information, please see the following link:

FOBISIA Orchestral Festival

During the last seven days, the School Council met to discuss a range of issues that included curriculum developments, staffing, finance, examination results, school accreditation and school expansion.  The last meeting of the current School Advisory Committee also took place this week. The committee includes eight members (six parents and two teachers), and their role is to give me advice on the school’s operation and development. Membership of the committee is a two-year commitment, and you will be aware that I recently asked for volunteers to replaced two current members who are stepping down after completing their period of service. I would like to thank both Natacha Holbourn and Sam Parsons for their commitment and wise counsel over the last two years. Eight parents have volunteered to fill the two vacant positions and hopefully I will be in a position to announce the new committee members next week. 

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the above and best wishes for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Paul Tough

Head of School


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