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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” Mahatma Gandhi

This term teachers in our Primary school have been working with the children to help set challenging goals with the aim of increasing achievement, self-esteem and self-efficacy. The early outcome of this approach has been encouraging to see around the school. It has also been great to witness adults within the school community modeling the process of setting challenging goals for themselves to the children. My own attempt at mastering the sport of wakeboarding is certainly a personal challenge, however, the children were particularly inspired at a recent assembly by their teachers embracing a variety of personal targets including learning how to play the piano (Mr. Loran and Mr. Hughes), play the ukulele (Ms. Cole and Mr. Moriarty), juggle (Ms. Lees) and walking a tightrope (Mr. Tait). As the term progresses it will be fascinating to chart the children and teachers continued commitment to their goals especially when inevitable difficulties emerge. I am hopeful that we will see self-efficacious children and teachers rising to the challenge!

I think we would all agree that the uniqueness of our school is founded upon community values. In particular, the close relationship that exists between home and school is central to the continued success of DBIS.  This is illustrated on a daily basis by the significant support and interest shown by parents in the academic, social and physical development of their children. This commitment is also exemplified by the contribution made by many parents to other aspects of school life such as the various school shows, school trips, school fair, as class parents and committee members. With this in mind, I would like to thank the current PTSA Chairperson, Sara Shaw, for her outstanding work on behalf of the school during the last two years.  Sara has come to the end of her term as Chairperson and will be standing down at the PTSA’s Annual General Meeting on September 26. Since its re-establishment two years ago, the PTSA has been unstinting in its support of the school and I am very grateful to Sara and all the current committee members for their outstanding work. The committee is now looking to increase its number and I would like to encourage as many parents as possible to attend the meeting on the 26th and to consider whether they would be prepared to join the committee’s ranks this year.

Best wishes for the weekend ahead.

Paul Tough
Head of School


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