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February Secondary School Highlights

03 March 2016

New opportunities for secondary students to 'Be Ambitious'

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This week marked the start of a new and exciting chapter in the ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy of DCIS. Mr. Rinaldi hosted an evening with the Year 6 parents and students to give details of the Year 6 trip to Thailand. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage in community-based projects in a stunning location in Udon Thani. There was much excitement and perhaps a little apprehension as this is the first time many of the students will have spent a significant amount of time away from their families. My thanks go to Mr. Rinaldi for the work he has put in so far.

At the beginning of this term, the Year 11 students had the opportunity to experience a formal examination environment when they sat their IGCSE mock examinations. The students collected their results in envelopes so they could experience how they might feel in the summer when they receive their results online. The teachers have now fed back to all students, detailing their areas of strength and where they need to continue to develop. All students are now working closely with their mentors as part of our Assertive Mentoring Programme so they can ensure they maximise their outcomes.

In support of our Key Stage 4 students, I am delighted to be able to tell you that we have secured the services of Elevate Education to run a seminar programme for all students in Year 10 and Year 11. The programme is designed to help with examination technique and gives guidance on how periods of revision can be highly effective. I will send out more details to the parents of those involved.

Our Student Council continues to be very active. The ECA and meetings have encouraged members to come up with a number of areas of concern and they have put plans in place to deal with them. The Student Council has a clear understanding of the importance of effective communication, and has recently begun to use a display board in the canteen area to help keep our school community informed of the important work they are doing.

This week I hosted a Parent Workshop giving details of our new assessment system in Key Stage 3. Throughout the first term we re-designed our assessment system to ensure students make outstanding levels of progress throughout Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9). It is designed to promote the concept of a growth mindset and fully prepare our students for IGCSE and beyond. The assessment system is now being used in subjects across the school to help support student progress. I will be running this workshop again next term and would encourage all Key Stage 3 parents to attend, together with parents of students in Year 5 and 6.

The ECA programme at DCIS provides rich and varied experiences through a wide range of activities. I am delighted to see more and more DCIS sporting success against other schools in Singapore and would encourage more secondary students to take advantage of the opportunities available. I would like your support with this.

Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of our Year 9 options evening which I strongly encourage you to attend, as below:

Tuesday 8th March (6.00 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 the aforementioned Assertive Mentoring Programme designed to provide 1-1 support to ensure each student can maximise his/her outcomes.

Best regards,

John Smith
Head of Secondary School