Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
It has been a busy holiday with building work in the Year 1 corridor and the shading of the Single Basketball court completed, staff training day and an induction day where we welcomed over 50 families into the DCIS community. It was brilliant to have children back on the campus this morning as a school is really only a school when it has the buzz and enthusiasm of young enquiring minds on site.
Term 2 was an extremely eventful term and Term 3 will continue this trend. Please make sure you have the updated list of calendar dates as there have been some changes from the version printed in the Parent Handbook – we do understand that parents plan around the dates so we try to keep changes to a minimum and give plenty of notice when events do need to move. Please note that we had to change the Swimming Galas which are now towards the end of this term. We look forward to welcoming you to support your children in these fun and competitive events.
Term 3 is an important term for our Year 11 and 12 students as they complete their iGCSE examinations. This will be the culmination of many years of hard work that will give them the results to go onto the next stage of their education; either the IB Diploma with us or elsewhere. We wish all students sitting their external examinations all the best at this important time.
We are very pleased to celebrate our 45th anniversary this term. We are proud to have served the Singapore community for a significant amount of time while remaining a dynamic learning environment ensuring that we prepare students for the rest of the 21st Century. We continue to invest in this campus to ensure it supports our desire to offer the very best inclusive education in South East Asia. We welcome Jayne Bennion, our Director of Quality for NAE and Jane Egerton, a UK Special School Headteacher who will visit us next week to support us in the next stage of our development in ESL, DSE and mainstream education. A development away from the classroom is our continuing security arrangements: we will start the process to change the blue temporary parent passes into IDs showing the parent’s photos.
We are very pleased to once again welcome Kathryn Anderson from Juilliard to the school. Kathryn has been a frequent visitor to the school and works closely with Mr. Dwyer and the Music team on the best implementation of the Juilliard programme for all our students. We are awaiting final confirmation but we plan to have another Juilliard alumnus with us also this term – please watch our communications for this. The DCIS proms concert will take place in June and is a fantastic opportunity to see a wide range of musical talent perform across the campus, further details will be available nearer the time.
The DCA continue to do a brilliant job of supporting the school community. Fresh from the success of the Secondary School disco last term, this term the DCA will organise discos for children in Years 3-6. In June we see the return of the the DCA Family Sports weekend.
We have three big trips for students through the Global Campus. Four students head off to MIT in Boston next week to represent DCIS at a STEAM (Science, technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) festival. Later in the term a group of students head to Les Martinets to explore the Swiss Alps. This is a very challenging expedition and the group have been getting in some serious training to ensure they are ready for the mountains. In the summer holiday two of our students are joining a group from the NAE South East Asia schools as UN Ambassadors to represent the region at a High Level Government meeting at the United Nations in New York.
All these events, as well as those of Term 1 and 2 will be captured in our Year Book. These will be issued to families at the end of term. We have removed the charge for this as we feel it is important that every family gets a memento of all the great activities that have taken place in 2016-17.
Finally, if you are leaving Singapore or your child needs to leave DCIS for any other reason we do require you to fill in a formal Withdrawal Form and submit it before the deadline (Monday 1 May). This is to allow us to plan for student recruitment (and the required resources for this) for the next academic year. To ensure we treat all family the same we are very strict on this deadline and we will be forced to apply the Term 1 fees for next year for parents who miss this deadline.
Mr. Christopher Short