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Secondary School October Highlights from Mr Smith

07 November 2016

Parent workshops, Teacher Parent Consultation Evenings, IB Consultancy Visit, sporting results, upcoming trips and the re-launched Student Council are but a few of the goings on in Secondary School

  • Secondary School October Highlights
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  • Secondary School October Highlights
  • Secondary School October Highlights

Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,

Following the half term break we have had a busy start to the term. Thank you to those parents who were able to attend the Approaches to Learning presentation. This was a useful opportunity for me to be able to talk in more detail about the great work going on in Years 7 to 12. We also had our first Parent Consultation Evenings of the year. They were very well attended and it was pleasing to receive so many positive comments regarding the organisational arrangements. I am currently looking into an online booking system to make the planning smoother for parents and teachers.

During the Thursday and Friday before half term we had the IB Consultancy Visit from our IB consultant. This visit had a detailed look at our preparations for offering the IB Diploma in August 2017. I am delighted to inform you that the visit was very successful and there were only a few minor items for us to work on ahead of the official IB Verification Visit in January. Following this visit we hope to gain official agreement that we can offer the IB Diploma from August 2017. I am grateful to Mrs Heather Rinaldi (our Deputy Head of Secondary and IB Coordinator) for all the hard work she has put into this project.

The improvements at DCIS continue with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. As well as significant and continuing improvements to the quality of teaching and learning, we are also making huge strides with our sporting participation and are experiencing some tremendous success. Congratulations go to the following:

  • Indira (Year 10): 1st place in the ACSIS Secondary Cross Country Championships (Indira beat the next competitor by 2 minutes)
  • Boys’ Under 9 Boys Football Team were Division 3 Champions
  • Boys’ Under 12 Rugby Team were crowned ACSIS Champions
  • Girls’ Under 12 Netball Team (silver medal winners)
  • Year 5 Girls’ Cross Country Team (bronze medal winners)
  • Girls’ Under 16 Football Team (bronze medal winners)
  • Boys’ Under 16 Football Team

I am sure you will join me in congratulating everyone who is involved in the teams and for Mr Holmes and the PE team for helping them achieve such impressive results.

Thank you to all parents for your tremendous support for all the trips that are taking place in Years 5 to 11. Our Year 5 pupils will be the first to go on their trip and will leave on Tuesday 6th December. For the Rustic Pathways trips, the second deposits have now been paid and we will be able to give you further details of the flights very soon. On Friday 18th November we will be giving our best wishes to a groups of students from Year 9 to 11, who are attending our inaugural expedition to the NAE Tanzania camp. This is an amazing opportunity for those involved and we will be updating the DCIS website with more details of the activities they will be undertaking as the week progresses.

From 28th September to 4th October a selection of secondary students were involved in the worldwide Vocab Express League of Champions 2016. In the Mandarin Genius Cup I am very proud to announce that DCIS was ranked 4th in the world: a tremendous achievement for all involved.

Finally, we have re-launched our student council in Years 5 - 12 for the 2016-2017 academic year, using the Smart School Councils model. This model is different to a traditional school council model as it includes all students in the school. As a consequence, every student can benefit from developing a range of important skills for work and life, rather than just a small group. There are three elements to the structure: class meetings, action teams and a communication team. We have asked students to apply for the communications team and are making our selections this week. Their role is to ensure that the whole school community is kept informed of the work of the DCIS School Council.

Kind regards,

Mr John Smith
Head of Secondary School