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A week in the life of DBIS

Whole School
This half term has been incredibly successful at DBIS as we’ve welcomed many new families and teachers into the school community, launched new curricular and upgraded facilities for learning in all three phases.
Above all, it has been a joy to see our students' continued commitment to the school and their passion for learning both inside and outside the classroom. I wanted to thank everyone for contributing to the positive energy and culture present across the school during the first part of the year. We are now looking forward to a variety of exciting events taking place next half term including Secondary’s Week Without Walls, Year 6 China Camp, Internationalism Week, whole school Swim and Athletics competitions and the opening of our new Senior School at DB North.
The last meeting of the current School Advisory Committee also took place this week. The committee includes teachers, parents, and members of the School Council, and their role is to give me advice on the school’s operation and development. Membership of the committee is a two-year commitment, and you will be aware that I recently asked for volunteers to replace those who are stepping down after completing their period of service. I would like to thank Lauren de Jager, Kitty Bay and Marcos Bertamini for their work on the committee over the last two years and extend my thanks to James Ford, Thomas Chevalier and Dawn King for agreeing to be part of this year’s committee.
Additionally, the PTSA’s Annual General Meeting was held this week in the Globe Theatre. A good number of staff and parents were in attendance and the following were elected as committee members for this school year.
Chairperson - Elizabeth Hemmings
Treasurer - Manon Castonguay
Company Secretary - Rosanna Nongdhar
Ex-officio members - Head - Paul Tough - Head Boy & Girl - Steven Keating & Ailie Ikeda
Staff members - Alison Wyatt, Rebecca Hoskin, Kate Basford & Helen Harries
Parent Members - Lisa Hazen, Kylie Wilson, Susan Pearson, Caroline Martyn
The PTSA work tirelessly in the interest of the school and I’m very grateful to everyone who is involved, notably Sara Shaw, the departing Chairperson. Last year the PTSA raised significant funds for the school and this was distributed in response to a series of bids from staff that included Google Expeditions, African and Chinese drums, Chromebooks, microscopes and air purifiers. This year I have asked the committee to consider making one large donation to help the school upgrade the Globe Theatre with new flooring, seating and sound.
If you have any questions about the above, please don’t hesitate to contact me. In the meantime, best wishes for the Mid-Autumn festival and half term break. 
Paul Tough
Head of School 

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