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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hong Kong’s sub tropical climate has continued to present challenges for us all this week. Torrential rain and wind, replacing the intense heat of summer, has created a few difficulties for the Early Years section of the school and, more broadly, arrangements for our whole school Creative Arts Week. That said, in a time of adversity, the indomitable DBIS spirit has again come to the fore. The school’s fantastic amah team, general staff, teachers, parent helpers and students have met the challenge head on and overcome amongst other things, overflowing drainage, flooded classrooms and leaking pipes. In spite of these obstacles, it has been brilliant to see many of the events and workshops that comprise our Creative Arts Week continue regardless of the weather. Yesterday afternoon’s "Battle of the Bands" was fantastic, and I’ve been particularly impressed by the beautiful artwork which now adorns the external and internal walls of the Globe Theatre. I’m also very confident that tonight’s Creative Art Exhibition will be a beautiful showcase of the children’s creative talents. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the week and in particular to my colleagues Clare Lambert, Thomas Carrigan, Nilangi Thotawatte and DBIS artist in residence, Eleanor McColl.

The DBIS spirit was also writ large in Bangkok last weekend at the Primary FOBISIA Games. Our young competitors acquitted themselves very well and represented the school with distinction. Thank you to all the staff and parents who supported the children through testing circumstances. 

We are now looking forward to the end of term procession of events that will take place at the school over the remaining days of the term. These include Primary and Reception transition mornings, the Primary awards ceremony, the Secondary awards ceremony, the Year 6 graduation ceremony and the Year 11 graduation ceremony. Looking ahead to the end of next week,  please be aware that school will finish on Friday, June 23 at 1.30pm for Secondary and Primary and 12pm in the Early Years.

Best wishes for a dry and enjoyable weekend.

Paul Tough
Head of School

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