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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

I hope everyone enjoyed the half term break whether here in Hong Kong or further afield.

The first few days of this half term has seen students and staff make a smooth transition back with final preparations for next week’s Secondary Week Without Walls and Primary’s carnival of sport taking place. 

During the holiday we heard sad news from the UK where Mia Keene a former DBIS classmate of our current Year 10 students passed away after a long battle with Wilms cancer. Mia had moved back to the UK several years ago to continue treatment but still holds an exceptional place in many of the hearts of her friends and classmates. On Sunday morning friends and family members gathered wearing the blue and white of DBIS to pay tribute to Mia on the Discovery Bay beach. This has been a very emotional time for all concerned, yet is another illustration of the strong bonds of friendship and support that underpin our school community. I know I speak on behalf of the entire community in extending our condolences to the Keene family. Photographs of last weekend’s service can be accessed at the following LINK

As we look beyond next week and towards the term ahead I wanted to remind the school community that we will be hosting the School’s first Remembrance Service at the DBIS flagpole lawn on November 9 at 7.15am. We would be pleased to see as many families in attendance as possible as we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and in the spirit of internationalism, honour the memory of all those who have died in other conflicts. Details of the Service can be accessed at the following LINK.

Finally, as many of our Secondary School families will be aware, a group of students and staff will be travelling to a local tea growing community outside Haputale in Sri Lanka during Week Without Walls. As part of the visit, DBIS will be setting up a Computer Science / ICT laboratory for a local school. Much work has already been done by my colleagues Marin Davies, Graham Lewis and the students with many reconditioned computers ready to go. That said, the group are missing some crucial parts which could further boost their efforts. With this in mind, we would be very grateful if any families from across the School were willing to donate IT hardware (in working and presentable condition) that may no longer be needed. In particular, the team are hoping to add to their current inventory by gathering six computer monitors, ten keyboards, ten mice and as many USB sticks as possible. If you can help, please drop off the donated equipment at the Secondary School Office today or on Friday.

Best wishes for the weekend ahead.

Paul Tough
Head of School

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