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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

Happy New Year and Welcome Back. 

A very warm welcome to the start of the Spring Term and an especially warm welcome to the new families who have joined us. It has been wonderful to see lots of happy faces this week, and we have enjoyed a smooth start so far.

DBIS is a very special place of learning, where the emphasis is on the development of the whole child, with strong pastoral support and care for all members of our community being important to us. We enjoy being here and trust that you will feel welcomed as soon as you and your child step through the door!

We are excited to be beginning the new term with a celebration of Internationalism. The week so far has been a great success as it has provided us all with an opportunity to celebrate our unique identities and recognise the diversity of cultures that exist at DBIS. We will be hosting a parent forum in early February on the same theme, and I’m sure it will provide much food for thought.

I also wanted to make you aware that before the Chinese New Year holiday, the school will be hosting the ISTA Drama Festival. The festival is very prestigious and will provide our secondary students with an opportunity to collaborate creatively in a series of workshops with students from around the world. Nikki Malcomess, the Creative Arts Faculty, and the PTSA have worked tirelessly to organise the event, and I know it will be a memorable occasion for our students. 

I’m also very pleased that the school will be hosting Bronwyn McLeod from the University of New South Wales during the last week in January. Bronwyn is an internationally recognised expert on gifted education, and our students and staff will gain significant benefit from her working week with us. Additionally, our Mathematics teachers in Primary and Secondary are very excited to be hosting Professor Peter Sullivan from Monash University in February. Professor Sullivan will be working with staff and students across the school with a view to further developing problem-solving approaches in Mathematics. 

We are now looking forward to our Chinese New Year celebrations and various school shows plus, of course, our fabulous community Food Fair on February 25. More information on these events will appear on the parent portal in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, I want to wish you all a healthy, joyful and prosperous 2017.

Paul Tough
Head of School


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