The first term at DCIS for students and staff has been extremely busy and highly productive. I have written about the many new initiatives and changes we have implemented to improve the learning experiences of our students. I am delighted with the progress we are making with all the improvements to the Secondary School; the students and teachers have worked hard and are looking forward to a well-earned break.
Thanks to the many of you who attended the Coffee Mornings and Parent Workshops throughout this term. They have been a great opportunity to talk through our vision for Years 5 to 11 and have provoked some useful discussions. We will be running a repeat of our Year 5 and 6 Transition to the Secondary School workshop as detailed below, but please do get in touch directly via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific questions.
We will be hosting a number of Parent Workshops in the new term to talk through some of the further improvements we will be making. Below are brief details and I would encourage you to come to all that are applicable:
Wednesday 13th January (6.30 p.m.) – Introduction to Assertive Mentoring
This is for parents of students taking IGCSEs in Year 10 and Year 11. It is an opportunity to find out more about our 1-1 Assertive Mentoring Programme designed to support students through these crucial academic years. As well as finding out information about the programme, you will also be able to meet the mentor of your son/daughter.
Wednesday 27th January (8.30 a.m.) – Homework in IGCSE (Year 10 / Year 11)
We will be giving details of how we intend to further support our Year 10 and 11 students with the introduction of Skills and Knowledge Organisers, designed to supplement and strengthen the existing homework provision.
Wednesday 24th February (8.30 a.m.) – Year 5/6 Transition to Secondary
This is another opportunity to hear about the approaches to learning in the Secondary School and how we are supporting and preparing students for the transition into Year 7.
Wednesday 2nd March (8.30 a.m.) – Assessment in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)
Throughout this term we have been busy re-designing our assessment system to ensure our students make outstanding levels of progress throughout Key Stage 3. It is designed to promote the concept of a growth mindset and fully prepare our students for IGCSE and beyond.
Monday 7th March (6.30 p.m.) – Year 9 Options Evening
This is one of the most important dates in our calendar. We will be giving details of the available subjects and the process for choosing those that are optional. We will also be giving details of our Assertive Mentoring Programme that provides 1-1 support to ensure each student can maximise his/her outcomes.
Thank you to everybody for your support and I wish you and your families a restful holiday and, if applicable, a Merry Christmas.