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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

I think we would all agree that one of the most important dispositions families and school help children develop is kindness.

It is also a truism that at the heart of genuine kindness is the act of giving (not necessarily something material or financial) to another without expecting anything in return. It was incredibly pleasing therefore to see the entire school exhibiting kindness last week to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Thanks to the combined efforts of the school over $30,000 was raised for the Hong Kong Childhood Cancer Foundation. I would like to thank and congratulate in particular Samantha Hudgins, Gemma Ferguson and Jessica Hudgins for leading the school's efforts on the day and for genuinely displaying the values of care, kindness, and compassion.

An outstanding FOBISIA music festival hosted by DBIS also was also a distinguishing feature of the last seven days. Over one hundred students from eleven schools attended a three-day workshop lead by the award-winning professional conductor Ken Hseih from Canada. An intense weekend of creative endeavour culminated in an inspirational gala concert, which included a challenging repertoire to over 250 guests at the North Plaza Community Hall. Parents, staff and the Principals present agreed that the performance had set a new marker for FOBISIA. The DBIS students who participated are certainly worthy of high praise, and I’m personally grateful to the school’s general staff, PTSA committee and incredible music department team for providing the students with such a fantastic occasion to shine. I know you will want to join me in congratulating DBIS students Pihla Antila, Grace Bedford, Tyler Ikeda, Remi Karlin, Anthony Verweij and Yue Yu for representing the school with such distincton. Please find the video link to the concert HERE.

The pace of school life certainly isn’t abating as we head towards half term. Tonight the PTSA will be holding their annual general meeting, and I know they will be delighted to see as many parents in attendance as possible. While next week the secondary swim gala, Y3 open morning and a Y10 parents evening are taking place. Additionally, we will be welcoming Ms. Anne-Marie Naughton back to DBIS for a visit. As many of you are aware, Ann-Marie was Principal at the school for over 20 years, and much of her legacy remains as part of the essential culture of the school.

I also wanted to make you aware that teachers in Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y2 will be working with Julie Robertson next Tuesday and Wednesday. Juliet is an internationally recognised authority on learning outside the classroom. Juliet’s ideas have shown that, whether you are in a field, a beach, a local wood or in a school car park, great ideas relating to literacy, numeracy and the rest of the curriculum can be brought to life for learners. I would highly recommend Juliet’s recent book “Dirty Teaching: A Beginners Guide to Learning Outdoors”. Juliet will also be hosting a talk for parents and teachers in the Globe Theatre between 6pm and 7pm on October 5. We would welcome as many parents and guests in attendance as possible.

Finally, please remember that Thursday, October 6 is the last day of school for all children. Teachers and educational assistants across all three phases of the school will be working collaboratively on Friday, October 7 with a focus on challenging all learners in the classroom.

As ever, please let me know if you have any questions about the above. In the meantime, I would be very grateful if you could respond to the stakeholder questionnaire if you haven’t already done so at the following LINK.

Best wishes for the weekend.


Paul Tough
Head of School


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