28 March, 2024

Dover Court End of Term 2 2023-2024 Principal Message

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Dear Dover Court Families,

As we reach the end of another remarkable term, I am delighted to reflect on the incredible journey we have embarked on together as a school community. The past few months have been filled with an amazing number of events where our students have demonstrated all-round excellence through the core values that define us as a school: integrity, resilience, diversity, creativity and kindness. So much has happened this term that highlighting some events will naturally neglect others. I will take the chance, however, and pick out a few that were either new, or had wide-ranging impact.

One of the high points of this term was our first ever visit from a group of exceptional undergraduate and postgraduate students from MIT. Dover Court students had the opportunity to engage in stimulating discussions, explore cutting-edge innovations, and broaden their perspectives on all things STEAM. This experience not only showcased our students' intellectual curiosity but also their ability to adapt to new challenges and embrace the unknown with confidence.

Our students’ involvement in Model United Nations (MUN) conferences provided shining moments where they showcased their diplomatic skills, critical thinking and global citizenship. They tackled complex issues, debated with passion and respect, and proposed innovative solutions, demonstrating the UN’s core values of integrity and diversity and pushing forward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

I was immensely proud to see the successful completion of our first ever Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Silver Expedition. Our students displayed remarkable resilience, teamwork and outdoor leadership skills during this challenging adventure. The expedition not only tested their physical abilities but also fostered personal growth, self-reliance, and a deep appreciation for our natural environments.

Similarly, throughout the term, our students participated in residential trips, including the FOBISIA Games, which encouraged them to step out of their comfort zones, build meaningful connections and discover new passions. These experiences further nurtured creativity, independence and a sense of belonging within our school community. I am sure they returned home tired, but with great stories to tell.

There has been much, much more, of course.

As we head towards the end of term, we find ourselves marking the holy month of Ramadan, the approach of Easter and celebrating our community with a renewed appreciation of neurodivergence. Our efforts to promote understanding, acceptance, and tailored support for every student reflect our commitment to embracing diversity in all its forms.

None of these achievements would have been possible without the dedication, passion and hard work of our exceptional teachers and staff. Their unwavering commitment to student success, innovative teaching methods, and supportive mentorship have been instrumental in shaping our students into confident, compassionate individuals ready to make a positive impact on the world. And as our Year 11 and Year 13 students edge even closer to the season of external examinations, I wish them fortitude for a successful period of self-directed study in preparation.

Lastly, I extend sincere thanks to all our parents for your continuous support, partnership and trust in our school's mission. Your involvement in your child's education, encouragement at home, and active participation in school events are invaluable contributions to our collective success.

In closing, let us celebrate the accomplishments of this term, cherish the memories created, and look forward to students returning refreshed and inspired for the exciting opportunities that await us in Term 3.

Warm regards,

Richard Dyer