Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
I’d like to start by saying many thanks for all your continued support over the term which has indeed been a busy one. There have been many achievements and much to celebrate with children continuing to give their very best and to be valued for all they do.
Some highlights from the term have included our trips, which have continued into Term 2, with our Year 4 Kota Rainforest residential as well as the Year 6 trip to Udon Thani in Thailand. Both were very successful and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the videos that staff so kindly produced, giving an insight into the activities at both. As well as that, Nursery and Reception children enjoyed visiting ‘The City’ and had a great time in their role-play activities there. Year 2’s visit to The Insect and Butterfly Park on Sentosa was also a huge success with the children thoroughly enjoying the experience. This Term, Year 1 took a slightly different approach and, instead of going out themselves, they invited the circus to come into school. I know the children (and staff) had a great time, and made some useful educational links with their Project Work back in class.
Another huge success that had all in primary buzzing was the LEGO challenge which Miss Vessey and Mr. Handley worked so hard to plan and implement. It was ‘LEGO Mania’ for a few days with each year group being responsible for a different part of a whole school model. The end product was our own DCIS LEGO sustainable city and what a fantastic result it was! Our thanks also go to the LEGO volunteers who came into school to judge the results and give out some well-deserved class and individual prizes.
Just a reminder that we have Diversity Day Today - children have been invited to wear silly socks for World Down Syndrome Day or blue clothes for Autism Awareness Day, or both. As our EYFS and Year 1 and Year 2 children are also invited to decorate and wear an Easter bonnet, there could be some interesting outfits around!
As the term draws to an end we have to sadly wave off some of our families and as always we do so with a heavy heart. I hope moves to new schools and countries go smoothly for you all. It has been a pleasure having you as a part of our DCIS community and I hope you will take happy memories of us with you.
I am equally sad to say goodbye to two great teachers. Mrs. Ganesh is moving on so she can spend more time with her family. Thank you Mrs. Ganesh for your work with our Year 2 children, they will miss you very much. We also say a fond farewell to Mrs. Castle. After 4 years at DCIS, teaching Year 3 and Year 5 Mrs. Castle is leaving for a very new adventure as she becomes a mum. Good luck to the Castle family - I know Mr. Castle will keep us up to date with the developments!
Of course, as two teacher leave, two more arrive. We look forward to welcoming Mrs. Pasha to Year 5 and Miss Torres to Year 2 at the start of next term.
That leaves me only to wish you all a well-deserved and restful break. I look forward to seeing the children back in school, refreshed and ready for Term 3 after the break.
As ever, do contact me if you have any questions I can help you with.
Ms Kara Lebihan
Head of Primary School