Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
We are coming to the end of a very busy and exciting term that has been packed with opportunities for our students. I have been delighted with the levels of participation and the increasing number of positive comments we are getting from students and parents about our academic and non-academic provision.
We have just completed our Family Health Week at DCIS. Students have been involved in a number of activities, covering such topics as healthy eating, the importance of sleep and the importance of exercise. Our Year 5 students used mindyeti.com, focusing on mindfulness. They used this to help focus their minds at the start of the day and also did some mindfulness colouring in the mornings. The results were relaxed and happy children. In addition to this, Mrs. Taylor’s class has been doing yoga each day.
Our various sports days took place last week. Year 5 and 6 participated in athletics and secondary students were involved in a rotation of activities including athletics, dodgeball, volleyball and basketball. We were encouraged by the enthusiasm of our students and delighted with some wonderful examples of sportsmanship throughout the different days. There was a great turnout from parents, although a questionable victory was theirs during the secondary staff vs. parent tug-of-war. Ultimately, the weather got the better of us at the end, but this did not diminish the enjoyment had by all.
Our Year 8 and Year 9 students are continuing the preparations for their Les Martinets Alpine Expedition. They are currently improving their levels of fitness by climbing 40 flights of stairs in a local HDB (first thing in the morning!). They are embracing the challenge wholeheartedly and are thoroughly looking forward to travelling to Switzerland next term.
We are pleased to let you know that Catherine (8C) has represented DCIS in the International Chinese Proficiency Competition (Singapore & Malaysia). She participated in ‘Chinese Bridge’ and we are proud to announce that Catherine achieved the outstanding award, receiving a cash prize of SGD200 and a Certificate of Achievement. Congratulations to Catherine!
As well as the many in-school activities our students are involved in, they also get involved in many different activities and initiatives outside of school. The DCIS blog recently gave details of Aerin (Year 7) and her Gold and Silver medal winning performances in the Singapore National Gymnastics competition. I am also delighted to announce that Joshua and Hugh (Year 7) have been selected to play rugby for the unbeaten Singapore BaaBaas for their tour of Perth in June - congratulations to both.
Carlos (INGR) has recently been involved in Swim4autism, a 5-hour swim event that challenges people to swim as far as they can, from a few laps to the whole 5 hours. The event is arranged by Carlos’ parents and raises money for Giant Steps Sydney, a charity that runs a specialist school for children with autism. It was great to hear that Carlos swam 400m at the event and managed to raise an amazing A$14,600. The whole event raised over A$65,000 for the charity, so congratulations to Carlos and his family.
Finally, my thanks go to Mrs. Price and all the DCA parents involved in running the Secondary School Disco on Friday. It was a very well organised event and was enjoyed by everybody who attended.
In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last two terms and wish you all a pleasant and relaxing break.
Mr. John Smith
Head of Secondary School