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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

Many great minds, including the philosopher Aristotle, have concluded that “experience is the best teacher.”

The author C.S. Lewis, for example, cheekily wrote that “experience can be the most brutal of teachers, but you learn. My goodness, do you learn.” Thankfully last week’s successful visit to Yangshuo in China was not a brutal experience for Year 6 students as the group had a brilliant week away and learnt a great deal. I have often written and commented that trips such as the annual China trip provide learning experiences with real meaning and purpose for students. The real educational value of overseas or overnight school trips is apparent when seeing the impact that they can have on individuals; students often acquire transferable skills that can be used back at school or in everyday life. Moreover, I firmly believe that the trips in all phases of the School help students develop resilience, as well as grow in confidence and adapt to different social situations. With this in mind, I want to congratulate Year 6 for embracing the learning opportunities provided by their week in China and thank all the staff, and Ms Hones in particular for supporting the students while away. A selection of China Trip photos can be found HERE

This week I also wanted to acknowledge the brilliant achievement of a group of Year 12 and Year 13 students who recently received their certificates as part of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards Ceremony. This  represents significant success for the students as the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards are a group of awards issued by Cambridge Assessment International Education which recognise exceptional learner achievement in Cambridge examinations around the world. I know you will want to join me in congratulating the students for their achievement and very well deserved recognition. Link to the names and awards HERE

Finally, I hope we all share the same level of pride in our school community. DBIS is an exceptional School, there is no doubt. I’m delighted therefore that we have published the 4th edition of our Annual Report and I’m confident that it captures the vibrancy of the “DBIS way” and most importantly the achievements of our fantastic learners. I hope you enjoy reading the report, which can be accessed using the following LINK.

Best wishes for the weekend.

Paul Tough
Head of School

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