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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

I hope everyone enjoyed the Mid Autumn Festival and the extended weekend with family and friends.

Although a truncated week much has occurred at school over the last few days.

Last night the PTSA’s Annual General Meeting took place in the Globe Theatre. At the meeting longstanding members of the Committee, Rosanna Sarma (Secretary) and Manon Castonguay (Treasurer), stepped down from their posts. Both were instrumental in helping the school re-establish the PTSA three years ago and their dedication to their roles has been exceptional. Additionally, Alison Wyatt, Kate Basford and Rebecca Hoskin stepped down as staff representatives and I wanted to express my gratitude to all the PTSA Committee members for their hard work during a record breaking year. At last night’s meeting, the new Committee for this school year was elected and I am confident that the group will continue to be outstanding in their support of the School. Link to the new Committee membership HERE.

I also want to thank the parents who offered to serve as members of the School Advisory Committee this year. The Committee’s first meeting takes place on October 3 and I am delighted that existing members James Ford, Kristine Wills and Liz Hemmings will be joined by three new staff members and three parent members. The Committee meets with me every month and has provided wise counsel to me during my time at the school. Link to the new Committee membership HERE.

On a related note, the School Council have asked me to make the community aware that the international recruitment company, Perrett Laver, has been tasked with supporting their search for the next Head of School. Lucy Hayes, a partner at Perrett Laver, is currently visiting DBIS to meet members of the community and to gain an understanding of our unique School before starting the search officially from next week. Given Perrett Laver’s extensive network, professional approach and significant experience in helping to appoint educational leaders to the best schools in the world we are confident that the process of selecting the next Head is in good hands. The School Council are hopeful that following extensive international search and a rigorous interview process that an appointment will be made towards the end of this school term.

Finally, the School is seeking to appoint a part-time laboratory technician to join our Science team. No technical experience is needed as training and professional development will be provided. Please contact me or Mike Waller, Head of Secondary, if you are interested.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes for the weekend.

Paul Tough
Head of School

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