Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
It was great to welcome back happy and refreshed children (and teachers) after the half term break. I hope you had a good break if you managed to get away. We welcomed new children to the school in the last two weeks and also a new teacher: Mr Josh Irving joins the Music Department from New Zealand.
I spent part of the holiday at the Nord Anglia Education Senior Leaders conference in Tanzania. We stayed in the same camp our students use for the Global Campus expedition so it was nice to sleep in a tent for the first time in a few years. The main aim was for all 43 Principals and other Senior Leaders to meet but we were also able to experience aspects of the students’ visits including community service in a local school and a mini safari. It was a very successful week.
It has been very busy on campus over the half term break. The most visible work is the resurfacing and widening of our internal roads and parking area. This will make drop off and pick up easier for car and taxi users. We have made it clearer where cars may park especially in the morning. There will shortly be new signage and arrows to support our request to turn left as you exit the school, and I am meeting the LTA his week to look further at this and other road safety concerns. We made some changes in Lower Primary to give better play space outside the new classrooms including an expanded play area which opened last week. Unfortunately we have had some technical problems with the shading over the swimming pool and double court but we hope to have this resolved and these in position by the start of next term at the latest. We have made substantial investments in the campus over the last two years and this will continue over the coming years as we move into Year 12 and 13 and expand our DSE provision.
As you know at DCIS we ask parents and helpers not to make lunches containing nuts as he have a number of children with severe nut allergies. The Primary and Secondary schools are running awareness campaigns for this but I want to share with you a poem written by the DCA Chairperson, Zoe Hancock.
When you’re choosing what to bring
Do the decent thing
Think about your friends
And those with epi-pens
So please don’t be a klutz:
DON’T BRING NUTS
Next year DCIS turns 45. To celebrate this important milestone we will hold a special celebration, an event where we will also launch our new partnership with MIT and the IB Diploma Programme.