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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges

It was brilliant to see the reaction this week of Primary and Secondary students to the new library. The flexible nature of the space allows for various approaches to learning taking place simultaneously, and I am hopeful it will become a well used resource for students, staff, and parents. Thank you to the School Supervisor, Julian Wyatt, and my colleagues Lolita Tupas, Melanie Foti and Ben Loran for all their hard work in creating our own “paradise” for reading at the heart of the school. 

I was delighted this week to welcome back the SEEDS team to the school. SEEDS have worked with teachers and students in our Primary and Secondary sections over the last two years. This week they facilitated a three day programme with Year 7, 10 and 11 students intending to develop resilience, perseverance and leadership. The team also ran a parent workshop during the week, which was received very positively. Thank you to my colleague Gareth Wills for arranging this week’s programme.

Web journals from the SEEDS sessions can be accessed at the following links:

Year 7:

Year 10:


On a similar note, I'm pleased that the school has been able to arrange a series of parent workshops this year which we hope will further strengthen our home school partnership. The parent workshop schedule can be accessed at the following link HERE and include sessions addressing teen pressures, listening and talking to children, screen time and social media, drugs and alcohol, building self-esteem, navigating puberty and sleep management. If you have any questions about these sessions, please contact Gareth Wills or me.

The  school will be hosting Dr Eeqbal Hassim from the Univeristy of Melbourne in October. Dr Hassim is a world renowned educationalist specialising in inter-culturalism and internationalism. Dr Hassim will be working with us to develop our understanding of DBIS as a single community which includes many cultures. I would encourage you to read more about Dr Hassim’s visit at the following link HERE and to join us for his parent workshop during the week.

You will be aware that this half term the school has reviewed and updated its Child Protection Policy and Procedures. We have done so as part of an ongoing evaluation of every aspect of the school‘s provision but also to ensure that we are compliant with the highest international standards for child safeguarding. I would appreciate if you could spare some time to read our updated approach HERE and let me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes for the weekend ahead.

Paul Tough
Head of School


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