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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

“No act of kindness is ever wasted” – Aesop. 

I was delighted earlier this week to hear that ten Year 9 students and two members of staff, Mrs Prabhu and Mr Sama, completed the School’s first Kindness Walk last Saturday morning at Sham Shui Po in Kowloon. Link to the students' names HERE. The DBIS Kindness Walk programme has been recently launched by my colleague Mrs Amy Lee and involves the School working in partnership with ImpactHK (http://www.impacthk.org/), an organisation of volunteers who support members of society less fortunate than themselves. Last Saturday’s walk is the first of many as students from Year 9 to Year 13 will join staff and parents in completing a series of acts of kindness designed to help the homeless and poverty-stricken in Hong Kong during the next school year. 
 
The launch of the DBIS kindness walk programme is a further example that there is a real generosity of spirit at our school. The school community’s commitment to various charities which include Box of Hope Hong Kong, the Honey Project and Forever Angels is a testament to this spirit. While the recent Lantau Paddle, Crayon Run and work with the Crossroads Foundation is evidence of the school’s increasing desire to engage in active involvement in the interests of others. 
 
Without a doubt, as an international school, we must inspire and motivate students to take action as contributing members of society and a diverse global community. By dedicating time to serving others both inside and outside the DBIS community, students expand their view of themselves and the world, develop empathy, humility and leadership skills, and come to understand that through their actions they can positively impact the lives of others. As a result of this mission one of our main priorities as a school community next year will be to promote and provide structured opportunities for students, staff, and parents to become actively involved and engage in face-to-face community service. To aid this process, we will be establishing a DBIS Active Involvement working group which will include staff, students and parents with the aim of developing a range of opportunities for service such as tutoring, working with animals at a shelter, cleaning up a beach, supporting refugees or distributing food to the homeless. If you would like to become involved in the group or have any suggestions for service opportunities or connections with organisations, which the School could pursue, please contact me directly at ptough@dbis.edu.hk.
 
Finally this week I wanted to recognise the herculean effort of our U11 FOBISIA team representing DBIS in Phuket. Link to the students' names HERE. The team are still in the midst of intense competition and in spite of some challenges posed by the weather they have shown good levels of commitment and passion. I look forward to communicating their success to you in next week’s newsletter. In the meantime, we are looking forward to next week’s cavalcade of music, drama and visual arts events which comprise our fantastic Creative Arts Week, link to the schedule HERE

Best wishes for the weekend ahead.
 
Paul Tough
Head of School 
ptough@dbis.edu.hk



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