Dear DCIS Parents and Carers,
With the Christmas break just around the corner it great to look back over a busy and exciting term, and to highlight some of the events we have had going on in the primary school. It has certainly been busy with never a dull moment – just how a school should be!
Since half term there has been much to celebrate across the school, with students taking part in our very successful UN Day which is one of our biggest and most popular events of the year. As well as this, we had a week of collaborative work during our STEAM Challenge Week, which saw students involved in designing wearable technology with their class mates. Our second ever Cross-Country House Day went down a storm and it is lovely to see that now featuring as an annual event in the calendar, encouraging team work, healthy competition and fitness for all. Those who came to the DCA Halloween Event will know what a huge success it was; I particularly enjoyed bumping into some scary, and in some cases some quite gruesome, looking students around the school – thank you for spooking me! As well as these events, we enjoyed Deepavali in school – a day of bright clothes and celebration for all. Linking with the Global Campus, we had our first ever World Children’s Day at Dover Court this term, thank you to Mr. Handley and Mr. Winkley for the work they put into preparing the activities across the school for this. To top it all off, our first primary residential of the year headed off to Telunas. I know Year 5 had a fantastic time because the children, the staff and the parents have told me that. The children themselves returned with great stories of their time away and I know they benefitted hugely from the experience. A great big thank you to Mr. Odey for planning the trip down to the finest detail, and to all the teachers, TAs and not forgetting our school nurse for attending and supporting the children.
It has been lovely to see the Cooper Hall in action with lower primary rehearsals for their Christmas productions going on. Although it has been very tempting to do so, I have tried my hardest not to pop in for a sneak preview! It takes a lot of collaboration and patience to put a performance together so a very big thank you to the teachers and TAs for their work on this over the last few weeks, and also to the parents for their support with costumes and learning lines.
You may have noticed the lovely Christmas tree and decorations popping up here and there around the campus. Watch out for the cheeky elves, the gingerbread men and the reindeer as you take a walk around school. Thanks to the DCA for their continued support in keeping the campus up to date with the calendar!
As the term draws to an end, I wish all our primary students, and their families, a lovely relaxing break. For those moving on to new adventures, a fond farewell from me and best of luck with the journey ahead. To everyone else, I look forward to seeing you rested and refreshed in January 2019 for Term 2.
Happy holidays everyone!
Ms Kara Lebihan
Head of Primary School