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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Firstly thank you to all for you support over the last half term.  There have been many memorable moments for us here at the Early Years Foundation Stage, DBIS.

The Nursery and Reception information evenings were very well received, with lots of parents attending and planning some very exciting challenges for their children.

We have welcomed all our Nursery children in full time and after their staggered start. It is very pleasing to report that all Nursery children are settling into school well and forming positive relationships with their teachers and peers.

We hosted a successful coffee morning for parents to share our intentions in relation to adopting a “forest schools” approach.  The Early Years phase of Discovery Bay International School will be the first forest school in action in Hong Kong. A forest school approach marries perfectly with our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and enhances more authentic learning experiences for our children here in Discovery Bay. Please see the link to the power point, for those of you that could not make it.

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Just to make sure you aware that during half term we will be removing the large fixed play equipment from the Early Years playground as its condition has recently deteriorated. The floor in the area will be relayed with rubber tiles to ensure bounce and roll as needed while the awnings will remain to provide ample shading for the children while they play.  We will be moving around our outdoor resources to support this.  Later in the term, we will be working with a consultant to redesign the Early Years playground to ensure a more natural environment for the children to play, create and enquire.  Our goal is to increasingly align the outdoor environment with the school’s philosophy for learning, particularly in the areas of enquiry, investigation, and the forest schools approach.

With this in mind and now looking forward, please take note of some important dates and events coming up next half term:

  • Nursery Open Morning Thursday 20th October 9:00am-10:00am
  • Nursery and Reception Leap Van visits the week beginning Monday 24th October and Monday 31st October
  • Diwali Festival celebrations, Friday 28th October (children to dress up with bright colours or traditional costumes)
  • Monday 31st October optional Halloween themed day
  • Early Years student photos Thursday and Friday 4th and 5th November
  • Internationalism week beginning Monday 28th November
  • Nursery and Reception Parent Teacher Conferences week beginning Monday 28th November
  • Carols on the Pitch the evening 8th December
  • End of term Friday 9th December

More information on all the above dates will be sent out nearer the time, via the Parent Portal, twitter and the weekly newsletter.

Lastly I would just like to thank you for all your continued support over the last half term. As you know our school derives much strength from the surrounding active community and establishing and maintaining supportive relationships is the key to the DBIS ethos. And our approach allows DBIS’ teachers to work in tandem with our supportive parents in focusing upon each individual child. 

Wishing you all a restful and safe half term break.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Loran
Head of Early Years







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