Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
Once again it has been a fantastic half term. The number of activities continues to grow each term. A new addition to the calendar this year was Year 6 and 7 boys going to Cambodia last weekend to visit our sister school there, Northbridge International School to play football and then be involved in community events. Please have a look at the Blog Posts on the trip.
Our IB Diploma Programme cohort have settled in incredibly well. Both existing and new students have enjoyed the challenge of starting the Diploma course. They are using their dedicated base and library area to great effect and relishing the challenge both in class and out of class lessons and activities. One of the core components of the IB programme is the CAS (Creativity, Art and Service) aspect and so these young people have been involved in supporting the school in a number of different ways. Two of our students have been appointed as Head Boy and Head Girl and join our Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy as our student leaders for the school. This provides valuable opportunities for both the school and the students.
One of the great features of DCIS is that many of our assemblies are lead by students. I have been privileged to observe thought provoking assemblies on a wide variety of issues. Recently, two of our Year 1 classes did an assembly on Fairy Tales while Year 9 ran an assembly on the danger of labelling people. We also have assemblies around a wide range of festivals and how various members of our community celebrate them.
We have continued to be successful on the Sports field which is very pleasing as a number of teams have been promoted in the ACSIS league. As well as sport in Singapore it has been great to hear of DCIS students sporting success in club and representative sport in a number of sports including rugby and gaelic football. As mentioned above we have started to add regional opportunities to our sporting calendar and the FOBISIA sports teams are already training ahead of their competitions in Phuket early in the new calendar year.
Dover Court prides itself on providing an inclusive education. We are well known throughout the region as a school that respects learning differences and facilitates support for children with a wide range of educational needs. It is equally important to us that we also showcase and celebrate the opportunities there are where our students are challenged, whether this is in the classroom, sports field or in education outside the classroom. Our inclusivity is partnered with academic excellence.
Consciously showcasing these activities throughout the school underpins that our reputation is as strong for extending children of all abilities, as it is at supporting children of all abilities. To exemplify this, we have students who gain A* and A grades in academic subjects, which is common in many schools in the region, while at the same time being the only school in Singapore to run the UK certified ASDAN qualifications.
If you follow us on social media you will see the #dcischallenge hashtag as a way of highlighting our varied school activities. Examples this term are our new Challenge ECAs, the visit of James Grime, the code-breaking mathematician, as well as the regular mix of Global Campus activities, sporting opportunities and access to Julliard alumni workshops. As part of our investing in people initiative, four students and three staff made 2 separate trips to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, USA last year. We will shortly be launching STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) projects in school in collaboration with this prestigious university. While I was away in Europe recently, I was delighted to see photos on twitter of the staff STEAM activity, where teams had to design a machine to identify when I was in their areas of the campus!
We’ve recently revamped the house system and all students and staff (apart from myself, Mrs. Rinaldi and Ms Lebihan – to allow neutrality) have been placed in new houses. Children are aware of their new houses and so you may have heard them talk about these at home. The whole school community was involved in picking the new house names which hopefully better reflect our place as a long term member of the Singapore community. We are doing a ‘soft launch’ of the new house system this term with our first house event on the 7 (EYFS – Y2) and 8 (Y3 – 6) November. We encourage children to wear something with the colour of their house on this day if they can. We will do a formal launch of the House System next term once we have house T shirts available at Lims. We will also have monthly house days so that staff and students can develop a house identity as well as one as a DCIS student. If you are not familiar with the house system they are a way to arrange students form different year groups for sporting and other competitions. The word initially came from UK boarding schools where children were literally placed in houses to live and the term has survived in a wider sense in many schools ever since – houses were more recently made famous by the Harry Potter series of books and films.
Our conversations with the LTA on the crossing outside the school continue and I will update you when I have more information on this and the red zone they have already agreed to install. To assist to make the entrance way as safe as possible between 2:50pm and 3:20pm could I ask members of our school community to:
Please not park on the road downhill from the school entrance. This requires parent waiting to manoeuvre around parked cars and into the second (fast) lane
Please do not cross the road directly in front of the school as we have cars moving in multiple directions
Please don’t get taxis or private hire cars to stop or pick up directly in front of the school
I hope you have a pleasant half term and if you do get away a welcome holiday. I know the second half of term will be just as energising and busy so I hope all children get a good rest ready for the next 8 weeks of term. For our families celebrating next week we wish you all a very Happy Deepavali.