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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

“From small seeds grow mighty oaks" – Geoffrey Chaucer. 

One of my predecessors as Principal, Ann-Marie Naughton, often used Chaucer’s words to describe the development of DBIS aptly. The relevance of the quote was underlined this week as the opening of the Senior School at our third campus in the North Plaza coincided with the discovery of the attached commemorative plaque at the Residents Club in the South Plaza HERE. The opening of the new centre for senior school students is also timely as we begin to plan celebrations for the school’s 35th anniversary in 2018. Thank you to everyone involved in the development of the Senior School at DB North. I am very confident that the 15 classrooms that have been created will be an excellent learning environment for Year 12 and Year 13 to study.

Reports from Phuket where our Under 15 team is competing in the Secondary FOBISIA Games have been very positive. DBIS students are giving their all as they compete with teams from six other international schools from the region. Staff and returning parents have confirmed what a valuable experience FOBISIA is for them and how much they learn from it, not just in their development as athletes but also as young adults. I’m sure you will want to join me in congratulating the DBIS team on their successes (HERE). DBIS achieved the following final standings at the Games:

Swimming - 1st
Athletics- 1st
Girls Football - 1st
Boys basketball - 6th
Girls Basketball - 2nd
Boys football - 1st

Last night the school hosted a very successful Secondary open evening with many parents and children from across the school in attendance. It was brilliant to see Secondary students showcasing their learning in a range of curriculum areas and for staff to explain the uniqueness of the Secondary school experience at DBIS. We are now looking forward to the upcoming (I)GCSE and A Level Options evenings later this month.

Thank you to Samantha Murray, Sarah McLean, Jemma Parsons, Alex Parsons, Oliver, Angus and Morgan McLean for all their hard work in helping the school commemorate Remembrance Day on November 11. In return for a donation, hand made poppies can be collected from the school gates before the start of school.

I wanted to make you aware that I meet on a monthly basis with Mr. Mark Beach Principal of Discovery College. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss school developments, to plan collaboratively and to talk through relevant community issues. At our most recent meeting, we discussed the incidents of vandalism and graffiti which have taken place in the wider DB community over the last few weeks. Hopeful that these events have nothing to do with the young people of our schools we will, however, revisit the issue of community responsibility with students over the coming weeks. If you have any questions about this or any of the other issues above, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Finally, best wishes to all the students performing at this weekend’s Big Picnic in Discovery Bay. I know DBIS will be very well represented in this excellent community event. 

Best wishes for the weekend ahead.

Paul Tough
Head of School

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