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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

“Many cultures, one community.”

One of the areas we are revisiting as a school this year is the idea of many cultures forming one community as this is one of the defining characteristics of DBIS and our home, Hong Kong. Year 5 children were exposed to this concept during their visit to the Hong Kong History Museum on Wednesday and already it has been interesting to hear their thoughts on how people from different cultures have settled in the city and influenced its development. It is also pleasing to see the children gain an understanding of historical evidence, to critically evaluate primary and secondary sources and to make links between the past and present events. The next step will certainly be intriguing as the children use their historical wonderings to help create this year’s Year 5 show.

This week the Secondary school welcomed representatives from Elevate Education. The Elevate team worked with students in Years 9 to 12 on a range of techniques to aid memory mnemonics, study skills and personal organisation. The feedback from students, staff and parents has been incredibly positive, and we will be keen to evaluate its impact on academic performance as the year progresses. 

On Monday teachers and educational assistants from all three phases of the school met to discuss our new child protection procedures and policy. We also enjoyed a very informative presentation on current child safeguarding issues from the Director of St John’s Cathedral Counselling Service, Dr. Mark Gandolfi. Dr. Mark has worked with DBIS and a broad network of international schools in Hong Kong for many years and his advice has been invaluable. We will be inviting Dr. Mark back to run some parent forums later in the term. A detailed summary of these forums can be accessed at the following link HERE.

I wanted to remind everyone of the upcoming PTSA Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 26 in the Globe Theatre at 7pm (refreshments at 6:40pm). As stated in previous newsletters, we would encourage as many parents as possible to attend the AGM as the group plays a significant role in the success of the school and the committee is always in need of extra help. 

Finally, thank you to the parents who have already volunteered to join the School Advisory Committee (SAC) for this school year. If anyone else is interested in finding out about the SAC’s work or joining the group, please contact me directly at or feel free to arrange a meeting with me via the school office.

Best wishes for the weekend ahead.

Paul Tough
Head of School


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