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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

The Chinese New Year is fast approaching and last week’s annual Flower Market was a brilliant success.

Thank you to my colleague Amy Lo, the Music Department, the PTSA and participating staff and students for starting our week of celebrations so colourfully. We are now looking forward to today and tomorrow’s various assemblies across the school where students and staff will herald the New Year with Chinese drumming, dragon and lion dances. Thank you to the school’s Chinese Department for leading the celebrations.
The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents regarding last weekend’s ISTA Festival. Many of the participating schools noted that their experience at DBIS was the best ISTA Festival to date. Events such as this cannot be organised without the help of all sections of the community and we are especially grateful to  the parents who hosted visiting students in their homes and our general staff who worked many hours of overtime during Saturday and Sunday.
Feedback from last night’s parent workshop with Bronwyn McLeod, the educational consultant aiding the school to develop its “gifted and talented” provision was also overwhelmingly positive. There have certainly been many "aha moments" this week as Bronwyn has worked with staff and parents to deepen our understanding of this important area of the school’s provision.
The school’s recent teacher recruitment process has been very successful with an outstanding group of teachers appointed to the various positions across the school ready for August. We have one or two posts left to fill and I’m confident of completing the process soon after Chinese New Year.
I know you will all want to join me in sending the Castillo family and in particular John Paul Castillo of Y6AK all our very best wishes this week. JP will be flying to the United States to undergo treatment for a recently diagnosed illness.  JP is an incredible student and is much loved by his teachers, classmates and peers. I was incredibly impressed by the support shown to JP over the last few weeks by students in our Primary school.  The maturity, care and kindness showed by Year 6 students in particular was incredible to see and underscored their wonderful nature. I know the students and all of us look forward to seeing JP and the whole family back in Discovery Bay very soon.
Finally, I would like to wish our Australian families happy Australia Day today and all members of the school community happiness, prosperity and good health in the year of the rooster. Gong Hey Fat Choy!
Paul Tough
Head of School

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