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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

Thank you to everyone who attended last Friday’s Remembrance Service.

It was humbling to see so many members of the school community (young and old) in attendance. Hopefully, the Service will become an annual tradition as it is essential for our students to remember that the freedom, liberty and quality of life that we all enjoy are the result of countless personal and collective sacrifices. Moreover, the service enables us to stress the School’s unwavering commitment to intercultural understanding and to the development of internationally minded young people, who recognise their common humanity and who wish to help create a better and more peaceful world. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the service, in particular, the Secondary Choir, Sam Barlow and Ashley Olsen (DBIS Head Students), Mr Chan, Mr Haggerty, Mrs Hoskin and Mr Hill. 

I also wanted to acknowledge and thank all the parents who helped make last week’s Diwali celebrations so special. I was particularly impressed with the traditional Primary Diwali Assembly, which yet again was a distinguished by a sea of colour and stunning performances. 
Additionally, last Thursday over 100 members of the community attended the PTSA quiz, which was won by the teachers’ team that included Ms Harris, Ms Cerrone, Mrs Murphy, Dr Murphy, Mr Sama and Mr Lewis! A brilliant evening of fun and a testament to the hard work of our outstanding PTSA Committee, Mr Haggerty (quizmaster extraordinaire) and Mr Lawrence (scorer). 

Last week our Early Years team hosted an excellent Nursery Induction morning for prospective parents. It was a delight to welcome over 100 new parents to the School and to showcase our enhanced Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Years learning. 

It was also a joy to hear how well our Secondary Under 15 team competed in the recent FOBISIA competition in Phuket. The School is very proud of all the team members, as their behaviour was impeccable throughout. They were never less than whole-hearted in their efforts, in the pool, on the track, on the football pitch and basketball court. What was most pleasing to hear from a parent of the team was how the students were supported by our staff in “striking that delicate balance between a determination to win and the ability to accept defeat with grace.” Link to team and final results HERE

The end of this week promises to be equally exciting with students and staff involved in the Year 6 China Camp and the Award for Young People Bronze and Silver expeditions on Lantau Island. I’m grateful to all the staff involved in these experiences as they will be demanding and rewarding in equal measure for the students.

I also wanted to acknowledge the work of our Inclusion Department who are hosting a series of workshops for delegates from other FOBISIA schools at DBIS this weekend. The conference is a testament to the School’s growing reputation in Hong Kong and throughout for the region for our inclusive approach to education. Link to Inclusion Handbook HERE.

Best wishes for the weekend ahead.

Paul Tough
Head of School

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