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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

The rhythm of life at DBIS has picked up over the last seven days with Secondary students enjoying a wide range of activities as part of Week Without Walls and Primary children involved in a series of successful swimming Galas. 

While watching the students on the camp at Pui O Beach or swimming in the DBIS pool, I’ve been reminded that one of the most important parts of an educator’s role is helping children develop resilience and supporting them in overcoming challenges by not fearing failure.  My mantra this week to all the children who found camping tough or a particular stroke difficult has been that real satisfaction and happiness comes from overcoming the inevitable challenges that life brings. I am pleased to say that I’ve been incredibly proud of our student’s ability to embrace this idea and to persevere through difficulties. Moreover, it was also wonderful to see Primary students and Secondary students support each other in their efforts, irrespective of the problems encountered as this indeed highlighted the school’s values of commitment, support, individuality, and responsibility.

I wanted to extend, on behalf of the school community, our very best wishes to Órlaith McCarron (Year 3), Aisling McCarron (Year 7), Aoife McCarron (Year 8) and Seren Fuller (Year 9) as they take part later this month in a qualifying competition for the World Irish Dance Championship. Equally, best wishes to my colleagues, Mr. Jonny Haines and Mr. Tim Tait, who will be paddle boarding later this year around Lantau Island to raise awareness of increasing sea pollution  - (

Please be aware that there are still places available for Dr. Eeqbal Hassim’s upcoming parent workshop on Internationalism in Education at DBIS. I am delighted that Dr. Hassim will be working with staff and parents during our Internationalism week and I would encourage as many parents as possible to register attendance (HERE) for the October 24 session as it promises to be a fascinating event.
Finally, we have published the school’s draft calendar for 2018-19. You will notice from the following link that I have extended term three by one extra week with the aim of maximizing teaching and learning across the school. I have also done this to ensure that DBIS meets the statutory requirement for the number of school days stipulated by the Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Government. I have also been aware  that the start of each school year has gradually crept closer to the beginning of August. To address this issue and to maintain the length of the summer holiday I’ve pushed the start of the school year for 2019-2020 back by a week to August 20. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions about this.

Best wishes for the weekend ahead and happy Diwali. 

Paul Tough
Head of School 


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