Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
As you will be aware, this has been my first half term at Dover Court and you are probably all wondering how it has gone! Firstly, I am very grateful for the warm welcome I have received from teachers, parents but most of all, the students. I already feel ‘at home’ here at DCIS and this has helped me hit the ground running in what has been a very busy half-term.
I have really enjoyed visiting lessons and seeing learning first hand. I have had the pleasure of observing every teacher in the Secondary school over the past few weeks and I am impressed by what I have seen. I am also very proud of our students, their readiness to learn and the progress they have made this half term.
The number of trips and visits has provided students with excellent opportunities to enrich their learning outside of the classroom. This half term has seen trips to the Lion King at MBS for Performing Art students, China Town for Geography students and Cambodia for the Nord Anglia Education regional STEAM event. We are really looking forward to the year group residentials next term. There have been really enjoyable house days with the Literacy house day competition being the big focus. It was brilliant to see so many students enthused in the activities that the English team created, earning well-earned points for their houses.
As a former PE Teacher, I always enjoy seeing students partaking in sporting activities and I have been very impressed by our students’ commitment and performances for our teams and sports activities. It was fantastic to see so many of our students taking part in Sports Day last week but I was most impressed by the level of sportsmanship I witnessed, with students cheering each other on regardless of their ability, year group or house. I would like to wish our FOBISIA teams the best of luck for the competition next term. I will be coming to Phuket to cheer you all on!
We have selected our Head Boy and Head Girl and the Student Council have been mobilised and are already putting ideas into action including developing an urban roof top garden, bamboo straws to rid the school of plastic ones and a ‘bring your own cup’ reward scheme in the Café. We have also had a more recent ‘bake sale’, raising money for the recent Indonesian earthquake led by Year 7 students.
Our Sixth Form Open Evening was a great success with 100% of students in Year 11 who expressed an interest in joining our Sixth Form next year attending the event. Both parents and students thought it was a really useful event to learn more about the IB, the increased choice of subjects available and the content of of the courses on offer. It was also fantastic to see our Teachers and our current Year 12 and 13 students speaking so passionately about the IB subjects they are studying.
We have also announced the exciting new Secondary building which is due to begin construction from January 2019 and we are already working really hard to ensure this happens and the building can be ready for the start of our next Academic year in August 2019.
Mr. Craig Bull
Head of Secondary School