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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

The Secondary School has been an incredibly busy place during the last week.

Amongst other things students returned from a range of outstanding experiential learning opportunities both in Hong Kong and further afield as part of Week Without Walls, attended an inspirational talk by the poet Imtiaz Dharker as part of the Hong Kong Literary Festival and have competed in Phuket as part of the School’s Under 15 Squad. I wanted to congratulate all the Secondary students for their high levels of engagement in these events and thank their teachers for providing such a rich set of experiences on behalf of the School. 

In particular, I wanted to recognise the efforts of our Under 15 Squad members in Phuket. Mr Lemon has been keeping me posted on their daily exploits, and I’m pleased to report very strong performances thus far in the pool, on the track and in the football competition. All students showed a great team spirit and are representing the school impeccably. Link to Under 15 Squad members HERE.

Continuing with the theme of sport the School is hosting the second annual “Sports for All” day at DBIS on Wednesday 5 December.  The event is a day of activities to enable students with barriers to their learning to access a fun inter-school competition. We are anticipating significant attendance from various schools across Hong Kong. There are some costs involved in running such a day, and therefore we would like to appeal to businesses or individuals in the community to sponsor the event. Funds will go towards the provision of activities for the children and supplementing the souvenir t-shirts for the participants. Please contact me by November 23rd if you are an individual or your business would like to pledge an amount to the event.

Last weekend I attended the annual FOBISIA Heads' meeting and subsequent leadership conference  which this year had the focus of “leading inclusively.” The Heads’ meeting was the usual procedural affair with discussion around events, professional development, calendar and the organisation's constitution. The conference itself was very worthwhile, and the highlight for me was meeting and listening to the mental health, body image and inclusion campaigner, Natasha Devon from the UK. If you have not heard of Natasha, I encourage you to read some of her work and watch a few of her talks online as her campaigning on children and teenage issues is outstanding. Although not confirmed yet we are currently discussing with Natasha the possibility of a visit to DBIS and a small group of schools in HK next year.

Finally, I wanted to remind the school community again that the PTSA Quiz Night will be taking place tonight and promises yet again to be a fantastic evening, more information HERE. Also, the first ever DBIS Remembrance Service is being held at 7.15am on Friday 9 November at the flagpole lawn, and as an international community school, I encourage as many families as possible to join us for the ceremony. Link to the order of Service HERE.  

Best wishes for the weekend ahead and Happy Diwali to those families continuing to celebrate the Festival of Light this week.

Paul Tough
Head of School

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