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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

“The only constant in life is change” - Heraclitus

I think we would all agree that change is an inevitable part of life.  It happens whether we are ready or not. One of the secrets of living successfully is to learn to handle the changes we find coming our way. As a result, over the course of the coming weeks, one of the School’s main priorities will be to ensure a smooth transition for students as they move from one year group to another or different phase of the School.
The process of transition is a crucial time for all students, their families, staff and the broader school community. Students who make a smooth school transition and experience early success at the start of the school year tend to maintain higher levels of happiness and academic achievement as the year progresses. At DBIS, we view transition as a process, not an event, and the process is thoroughly planned for and discussed extensively with students and parents to ensure everyone is able to adjust to new surroundings and expectations quickly. With this in mind, I wanted to thank the Reception parents who attended last night’s session with Mrs. Cook and the Year 1 team. The evening was a great success and I’m sure will help ease the process of moving from the Early Years to Primary. Additionally, Year 6 students experienced a day of lessons in the Secondary school yesterday. Feedback from the Year 6 was incredibly positive, and I know many will have enjoyed their experience in Technology and Science lessons in particular.
DBIS staff has also been evaluating a range of factors and evidence to ensure class groupings are carefully formed for the start of the next school year while the transition from Primary to Secondary will be in sharp focus as staff prepare to welcome nearly 100 students (a record number) into Year 7 for the first time. Without doubt, change can be daunting for adults let alone for young people. However, it is amazing how young people and DBIS students in particular have an innate resilience and ability to recover from or adjust quickly to change.
Finally, best wishes to our U11 FOBISIA squad travelling to Phuket this weekend. The commitment shown by the students in preparing for the competition has been admirable and shouldn’t be underestimated. Thank you to all the team members for their dedication and pride in representing the School, list of the names of the team HERE

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. 

Paul Tough
Head of School

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