Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
As you all appreciate, life in a school is very busy. Academic years pass by very quickly and this one has not been any different. It is fair to say that this has been a transformational year and I have been delighted with the progress we have made. It is difficult to give details of everything we have achieved so here are some of the highlights:
- We have carried out a full review of the curriculum and have introduced a new, cutting-edge, assessment system. This has fed into our re-designed school reports, which are based on UK best practice.
- Our participation in external sporting events has increased dramatically and we have experienced a great deal of success. Our annual swimming gala and inaugural water polo tournament were great events and congratulations to all participants.
- All students have had the opportunity to participate in a residential trip this year. Students from Year 7 to 11 visited the Loola Adventure Camp in Bintan, Year 6 visited the Rustic Pathways Ricefields International Service Base in Udon Thani, Thailand and Year 5 also spent two nights at the Loola Adventure Camp.
- In addition to these trips we also had a cohort of students attend the Nord Anglia Alpine Expedition in Switzerland.
- The Student Council has been a great success and has given our students the opportunity to have their say on certain aspects of school life. All participants have benefitted from this experience.
- The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme has allowed all students from Year 5 to Year 9 to access this high quality music curriculum. We have a wealth of talent and many of the students have performed in assemblies and at DCIS events.
- The opening of the DCIS Café has given students from Year 7 to 11 an exclusive social space for break times and lunch times. This will be developed further for the next academic year with the addition of outdoor furniture.
These are just a selection of achievements from this year and there have been many more.
Next year will be just as exciting. I am pleased with the increase in student numbers and we will be creating many more opportunities for our students as the year goes on. We will continue to focus relentlessly on the quality of teaching and learning and I feel very privileged to work with such a talented group of teachers. The new colleagues joining us next year are of the highest calibre.
We will also see the introduction of more opportunities for outdoor education including our participation on the Nord Anglia Tanzania Expedition and there will be new ECA opportunities including the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.
Finally I would like to thank parents and teachers for their support this year. None of this could have been achieved without a high level of support. I hope you have a restful break and I look forward to welcoming everybody back for another ambitious year.
Head of Secondary School