Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
Over my career, I have often been asked by parents, teachers and school leaders, “What does great learning look like?” Sometimes it is hard to define in precise terms, without losing some of the sense of magic that every great learning experience entails. One thing I do know: you will know when you see it. Students’ faces will be aglow with excitement or brows furrowed in concentration or mouths agape in wonder. Also, it will occur at different times, in various places and settings, sometimes seemingly unexpected (although not really) whilst at other times, painstakingly prepared for and cued up.
What I have learnt over the years, is that great teachers can create great learning moments in many, many ways. This is what we endeavour to offer your children here at Dover Court International School. Of course, primary parents will be aware of our various programmes to enhance learning, such as Reading Fundamentals, or our online Maths, English and Mandarin programme Skoolbo, and all parents will be aware that their children are enjoying our amazing facilities such as the Animation Studio, Red Dot Radio station and school TV studio. But great learning certainly isn’t all about gadgets and the latest gizmos.
The Juilliard programme affords a wonderful opportunity for children to express themselves musically, with the support of a world class musical learning experience. The introduction of our new forest school area will offer fantastic learning experiences for children that enjoy learning through movement and in natural environments. The Global Campus offers our older students a wonderful insight into the many activities they can undertake away from devices, whilst still allowing them to share their work with students from Nord Anglia Education’s family of 42 schools across the world.
Great learning can take place anywhere, in an amazing array of different and exciting ways. They key, I have learnt, is to stay curious, open to new ideas and eager to take part.
Wishing you all a Happy Deepavali.
Dr Neil Hopkin