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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

I think we would all agree that this week’s global events have been historic and momentous.

The election of the 45th President of the United States is of significance to us all wherever we may live in the world. Events such as this remind me that one of our most important functions as a school is to help children make sense of the world and to understand how as members of a global community our lives are interconnected. Our task is to help develop healthy, curious, informed young people who can critically think, ask questions, problem solve, debate and discuss with an open mind. 

The United States election also underscores the importance of active participation in all its forms of life whether in school or the community at large. Without a doubt, active participation is a defining characteristic of our school as exemplified by our students, staff and parents on a daily basis. Over the last seven days alone DBIS students have made significant contributions to the local community and school through “The Big Picnic”, the school’s “Music Soiree” and the Lantau Buffalo’s "Duathlon". I know you will want to join me in congratulating all the students who took part so successfully in these events.

Active participation by DBIS students will be a feature of next weekend too when our U15 FOBISIA team participates in the Shanghai Games and when over 200 students from DBIS take part in the hugely anticipated "Team Fear" event. We wish all the students involved all the very best as they compete next weekend.

I think it was Thomas Jefferson the 3rd President of the United States who said, “Education is the foundation of democracy.” This week’s historic events therefore, remind us that one of our most important roles as a school is to help our students understand their place in the local and global community while also helping them to develop the skills, attitudes and dispositions needed to "fulfil their individual potential in a rapidly changing world.”

Best wishes for the weekend ahead.

Paul Tough
Head of School

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