Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
It has been our pleasure to start the term by welcoming some new families to the school. Many new parents came along to our New Parents Coffee Mornings and it was great to meet up. The teachers tell me that the children are now well settled in and are fast becoming part of the school as they get used to the routines of DCIS. I look forward to welcoming our new parents to many more events over the next two terms.
The Primary School continues to be a busy and eventful place and Term 2 started with its usual buzz of activity. We have already enjoyed some fantastic events in Term 2 one of which was our Year 6 Transition Day where the children engaged in a variety of lessons including Drama, Science, Design and Technology and Art. The students had an excellent day and were full of exciting stories when they returned.
As well as this, every year group has been involved in our Sports Days this term, which our fantastic PE team pulled off seamlessly and somehow without a drop of rain! I know the children had a great time as many of them told me about it; thank you to the parents who joined us and helped us to celebrate the PE and sporting skills of the children, and also to the PE team for their time in organising the events.
Chinese New Year is of course on the horizon and there has been much excitement around the campus as displays have popped up, thanks to the Mandarin Department and the DCA. Mandarin lessons have focussed on the cultural aspect of Chinese New Year with the children learning about the Twelve Zodiac Animals. The students have been engaging in various activities such as the stories of ‘Nian’ and the race of the 12 animals, as well as learning songs and taking part in a range of art and craft activities. The children have been learning about the traits of different animals in the horoscope and finding out which animal represents the different years. The children have enjoyed finding out about the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year and have also learnt how to convey Chinese New Year wishes. We are looking forward to them applying the learnt conversations in the community in the run up to the celebration.
As well as this, the children have also enjoyed some fantastic trips so far this term, the most exciting one being Year 4’s 2 night visit to Kota rainforest. As the trip coincides with their Project Work unit on ‘Rainforest: Saving the World’ the children were able to apply the knowledge they have learnt in school to the real life experiences of exploring the rainforest. As well as this, the children developed their teamwork skills, leadership skills, resilience and independence. It was a wonderful trip for everyone and the children have returned with lots of fond memories of their time in Kota Rainforest.
Continuing the theme of trips, Year 5 children spent the day visiting the Omni-Theatre and Singapore Science Centre as part of our Project Work topic 'Space Explorers'. In the Omni-Theatre, they raced around space as they learnt about the different planets, the sun and the moon. The captain showed the children what it would be like to visit each planet and then they all flew back to Earth to spend some time exploring the exhibits in the Science Centre. We are now looking forward to Y6’s residential to trip to Udon Thani in Thailand and the adventures this will be sure to bring!
So, all in all a successful and busy half term!
As ever, do let me know if there are is anything I can help you with. Wishing you all a fantastic week ahead and an enjoyable Chinese New Year either here in Singapore or wherever your holiday plans may take you.
Ms Kara Lebihan
Head of Primary School