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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and are now ready to focus on the seven weeks of learning taking place this term.

On Saturday teachers and educational assistants were in school working with a group called Seeds Training. Seeds are supporting the school with aspects of our social, emotional and well-being programme especially at the key transition points such as Years 6 to 7, Years 9 to 10 and Years 11 to12.
It was a great pleasure and privilege to see over a hundred Year 7 to 9 students contributing to last week’s excellent secondary production. Every aspect of the show was of such a high standard with the cast and crew of Year 7 to 9 students achieving excellence over the course of three nights. The school is very fortunate to have so many talented students and such an outstanding drama department as educational research increasingly validates the importance of creative arts subjects in the curriculum of schools.
In the same vein, I was very pleased and proud to see this week that two DBIS secondary students, Sienna Bertamini and Janice Ho, have made a shortlist of three in the "Around DB and Life on Lantau Young Writer’s Competition 2017". I would encourage you to read Sienna and Janice's writing and show your support for their efforts by voting before May 8 using the following link:

Teacher recruitment is now nearly complete and as promised you can access the list of teaching staff leaving DBIS in June and the new teachers joining from August at the following link HERE. I am sure you will want to join me in acknowledging the enormous contribution made to DBIS by the twelve departing teachers. We will always be very grateful for their commitment to the school, and we wish them the very best for the future. Please note that twenty new teachers will be joining the school in August. Seven of these positions are new due to increased student numbers and the school’s expansion into Year 12 and Year 13.
We are now looking forward to Digital Citizenship Week and the return visit of Professor Peter Sullivan from Monash University. Professor Sullivan will be working in Primary and Secondary Mathematics lessons to further develop the problem-solving skills of our students.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the above, in the meantime, best wishes for the weekend ahead.
Paul Tough
Head of School

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