Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
Over the two weeks we have been delighted to welcome a number of new staff to our existing team in the Secondary School in order to prepare for the eagerly anticipated return of our students on Monday.
The following teachers are joining the Secondary School:
- Joanne Long - Maths
- Ciaran Mainstone -Maths
- Nicola Bennett - English
- Olivia Eaton - English
- Adam Goold - Science
- Aidan Jones - History
- Alexandra Milton – French/ Spanish
- Annabel Hooper - Drama
- Sally Eades – History/ Geography
- Marania Gkioka – Pathway 3 Science Specialist
In the Secondary School, the majority of our new staff are not replacements but rather additions to the existing team, due to both the growth of the school and the launch of the IB Diploma Programme. I am delighted with the growth in student numbers we continue to witness and build upon.
The launch of the IB Diploma Programme this week is an exciting step in the development of the Secondary School. We are pleased to be welcoming existing DCIS students back to start the programme as well as students from a range of schools in Singapore and around the world. The IB teaching team have been working hard to put the final touches to their planning for the launch this week and we are looking forward to supporting the students as they begin this challenging but exciting journey.
The theme of challenge has been utmost in our minds as we completed our staff preparation week. We continued to work on our simple, yet highly effective, teaching and learning strategy, of which challenge is a key element. Teachers at DCIS strive to ensure that students are constantly challenged to be the very best that they can be. We want our students to believe that, through hard work, perseverance and reflection, the sky’s the limit for their experience here at DCIS.
In terms of trips, we certainly believe that there are a plethora of opportunities for students to participate in. Our Secondary School Trips evening on 28 August will outline our residential trips taking place during the period 11th to 17th March 2018:
- Year 6 - Rustic Pathways: Udon Thani, Thailand
- Year 7 - Rustic Pathways: Luang Prabang, Laos
- Year 8 & 9 - Little Planet: Tioman Island, Malaysia
- Year 10, 11 & 12 (IB) - Gapforce Education: Borneo
We will also be providing further details about our Nord Anglia Education Global Campus trip to Tanzania taking place between 17th and 25th November 2017. We look forward to welcoming as many parents as possible to hear about the amazing opportunities that these trips provide.
I look forward to working with staff, students and parents throughout this academic year and I will be delighted if you get in touch with any feedback or questions.
Mrs. Heather Rinaldi