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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

Yesterday’s Secondary swim gala was a great success with record student participation and a significant number of family members in attendance.

The level of support, weather conditions and excellent venue provided a wonderful environment for our secondary swimmers to excel. Thank you to the PE department, secondary staff and parents for their contribution to the day. 

The use of the natural environment to enrich learning was the theme of the week in the early years and lower primary. Building on the success of the Forest School’s approach in the Early Years, staff and children had the opportunity to work with the educationalist and author, Juliet Robertson. Juliet’s ideas were very well received and will certainly support us as we look to increase the variety of outdoor learning opportunities available in all three phases of the school.

I wanted to thank all the parents and staff who have responded to the stakeholder survey. A significant amount of feedback has now been received and this now provides us with a real indication of what the school is doing well and what needs to be developed further. Following the half term holiday, I will be in a position to share the major outcomes with the school community and to indicate how we aim to address the survey's major themes. 

Finally, in a week which has included World Teacher Day, I wanted to stress how impressed I have been this half term by the range of lessons I’ve observed across all three phases of the school. In many instances and in a variety of different ways, I’ve witnessed staff making a real difference to the experience of students at DBIS. Equally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank parents and caregivers for their continued support for DBIS as we work together to offer the very best learning opportunities and experiences for each student.

Best wishes and I hope the half term holiday is an enjoyable one for everyone.

Paul Tough
Head of School

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