Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
Year 11 students are about to embark on the most important period of their school year as they leave DCIS and begin their external IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations. This is a culmination of 2 years study for our students and I am sure you will join me in wishing them all the very best. All of the hard work of both students and teachers will pay off over the next few weeks. The results are published in August.
To support our Year 10 and Year 11 students in their studies we have worked with Elevate Education to provide a tailored programme for revision and examination techniques. The seminars took place at the beginning of this term and the students were overwhelmingly positive about the impact this has had. I am looking forward to continuing to build on this partnership in the future for the benefit of our students.
Our Year 9 students are finalising their option choices for the 2016 – 2018 IGCSE examinations period. Following an information evening and the publication of our IGCSE Options Booklet they are making important choices for the next two years and beyond.
As you will be aware there are many advantages to being part of the Nord Anglia family of schools. The opportunities presented to our students are significant and a great example is the alpine trip to Les Martinets. There are a number of students who are training hard with Mr. Lim and Miss Morley to make sure they are well prepared for the challenges ahead. In addition to this, we will have representatives from Year 10 attend a leadership conference at one of our sister schools in Ho Chi Minh City. There are a number of exciting opportunities on the horizon and I will communicate these when I am able to, including the launch of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award in the next academic year.
Last week was particularly exciting for our Year 6 students. On Thursday we had our first induction day, where students followed a timetable similar to the one they will follow next year. There was much excitement as they made their way around the school and we were all delighted with the mature and responsible attitudes they displayed. The feedback from the students was really positive and they had a great day. On Friday we had a visit from a group of students who attend the Nord Anglia International School in Hong Kong. Again, our students made us very proud as they took part in a series of activities with our guests.
Finally, I would like to remind you about the Year 7 – 11 Parent Conferences next week. A letter is being sent home with all the details. As we will be issuing a full written report at the end of this term we have moved the parent conferences to the new dates. This will help you to support the progress of your son / daughter and make further improvements to home-school communication.
Head of Secondary School