Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
It seems a long time ago since we welcomed new and returning children and parents back to school in August. As I said at the time, we really enjoyed the positive reaction to our renovated facilities, especially the upper Primary/Secondary library. Ms Sivanandan has really made this area an integral part of the school since the start of term and it is great to see students using it so well. We are very excited about the next stage of our building which we announced at a recent Parents Information Evening. If you weren’t able to attend photos are available on our parent portal. We were really pleased to welcome Mr. Bull to the school as our new Head of Secondary and he has wasted no time in meeting as many of the DCIS Secondary community as he can and sharing our vision for the development of this area of the school.
We are about a third of the way through the Council of International Schools self-study process as part of our accreditation with them. I’m grateful to parents who have contributed to various surveys and questionnaires we get our whole community involved in our review of every aspect of school life.
We had an excellent set of iGCSE results at the start of term with students being rewarded for their hard work over the last few years. Joseph in Year 13 was recognised by EDEXCEL, our examination board, for gaining 1 highest iGCSE mark in the World and 2 in Singapore in the Summer 2017 examinations. He and 9 other students are well over half of their way through their IB Diploma Programme with examinations next May and our first Year 13 graduation ceremony at Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner to Singapore’s residence, later that month.
The BritCham Annual Business Awards took place last month and we were very excited to attend as two of our Year Group Leaders, Charlotte Prince – Year 6 YGL and Monica Dolan – Year 2 YGL were nominated for a Future Leaders Award. We were delighted that Monica was announced the winner. As well as being a prestigious award in the country it also demonstrates the great work we do on staff development, coordinated by Mr. Rinaldi.
As part of Nord Anglia Education’s collaboration with MIT the inaugural regional STEAM Festival was held at Northbridge International School in Cambodia last week. Nine of our Year 8 and Year 9 students were lucky to travel to Phnom Penh to attend the festival together with Mr. Northridge and Mr. Kinsella. The festival was a huge success and our students arrived back very enthusiastic and inspired.
I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting classrooms over the last two weeks to see the various IPC exit points in each Primary year group. The watch that reminded students where they should be next on their timetable was one that caught my attention in the Year 6 Dragon’s Den.
The weather was slightly uncooperative this last week when we were having our House Sports Days. We do understand the pressures of work commitments so we’re grateful to parents for coping with the enforced changes due to heavy rain or thunder and lightning. The Sports Days were seamlessly organised by the PE department who coped admirably with the changing weather situation and who managed to finish the last event on Friday afternoon, just in time for our half term break.
Today we saw a very successful bake sale being organised by a group of Year 7 students. After having learned about earthquakes during their geography lessons they picked up the news about the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, very quickly and came to me suggesting a charity bake sale, to support those affected. I enjoyed seeing their enthusiasm and dedication, their great collaboration skills, them being reflective, caring and showing what global citizenship is all about – incorporating the vision we have for all our students.
In line with the bake sale, we are very proud to announce that Nord Anglia Education are establishing a charitable foundation and a global campaign centre to help transform not only our students, but also the community, both on local and a global level. These initiatives will be rolled out over the coming months and we are very excited to soon be part of them.
We have had a very busy and successful first half term and I wish you all an enjoyable break.