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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

It’s difficult to know where to start this newsletter following the incredible series of events that have taken place at DBIS since last week. 

Last Friday was an extraordinary day with the school gathering to witness the first ever RockMob performance at DBIS.  Hundreds of students, staff and community members performed a rendition of  “Song 2” by Blur on the Primary playground. We’re now eagerly waiting for the RockMob video to be published to the world very soon.  Thank you to all the students, staff and parents who contributed to the success of the event, and in particular Lauren De Jager and Nick Flavell for their outstanding support. 

Last Friday was also very special as upper Primary school children gathered on DB Beach to say farewell to our environmental campaigners Mr Haines and Mr Tait as they embarked upon their paddle around Lantau Island. I am pleased to report that the 98.9km paddle was completed in spite of the cold temperatures and high winds. I know you will want to join me in congratulating both staff members on their inspirational efforts.

I also wanted to congratulate our outstanding students Pia Bolger, Thomas Smits, Keira Phoebus, Sam Harries and Mathijis van Buuren for competing on behalf of the school in last week’s Sports For All Softball tournament in Kowloon. The students represented the school with distinction and we are very proud of them all.

This week I met with the School Council where we discussed the school’s operation in a range of areas. In a very long and productive meeting, we evaluated plans for the school’s continued facilities development, next year’s budget, the upcoming CIS accreditation visit, staffing recruitment and curriculum development across the school. During the meeting, we also touched upon some of the significant outcomes of the stakeholder survey and how to embed these into a new school development, improvement and operations plan. 
This week also marked the anniversary of our highly respected colleague and teacher Mr Mark O’Reilly’s death. As a staff, we spent a moment reflecting upon Mr O’Reilly’s contribution to the school and sent the community’s best wishes to the O’Reilly family in Ireland. 
Finally, I wanted to thank our Primary School and Early Years parents for their understanding and cooperation this week. The education department’s directive relating to influenza has created a problematic set of circumstances for us all, however, the decision to close Hong Kong schools, is clearly in the best interest of our young people. 
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the above.
Best wishes for the weekend.
Paul Tough
Head of School

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