Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
The first half of Term 3 has been as packed as ever and students in the secondary school have been given a great number of activities and events to take part in. At the start of term we celebrated all things literary with our Book Week. Students were given the opportunity to dress up as their favourite book characters and then spent time in English lessons devising monologues based on those characters. Carla (Year 8), Adith (Year 9) and Maylis (Year 10) all won prizes for their great writing – well done!
At the beginning of term we also held our inaugural DCIS Futures Fair and had the great privilege of over 40 industry professionals come in to school to speak to our students about their career pathways. This was a great opportunity for our students to begin to consider the next steps of their lives after they will leave Dover Court at the end of their IGCSE or IB studies.
We have also had a number of residential trips depart from DCIS this term already. Our Life Skills class went on their residential to Tioman Island, Malaysia, and had fantastic time. Students have been to Brunei for a FOBISIA Environmental Conference and the ESS and Biology IB students have also been to Tioman on a curriculum fieldwork trip. Next half term we wave goodbye to our Alpine Adventure students as they depart for the snowy mountain tops in Switzerland on the Global Campus Worldwide Exhibition.
Local trips this term have included a performance of ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ and an art exhibition at LASALLE, with more scheduled to go out next half term.
Two years of preparation for the Year 11 students is now being put into practice as the IGCSE exams begin. Students have been working extremely hard preparing for these exams and we wish them the best of luck. We had an excellent Year 11 Leavers celebration to look back on their time at Dover Court and reflect on their accomplishments. Fortunately, many of the students are returning to begin our IB programme so it is not ‘Goodbye’, but ‘See you soon!’
It’s been a challenging and productive half-term for the IB cohort as they’ve been progressing towards their mock exams in June. They’ve also been working on their university applications by drafting their personal statements. Several Internal Assessments (IA) have been started, and many of the cohort are ending the half-term with their science IA trip to Tioman for fieldwork. With the Extended Essay deadline in the first week after half-term, they have time to add the finishing touches to their work.
This half terms brings us to the end of our ACSIS Season 3 fixtures. We have seen children compete in Division 1 for the first time, play new sports and win many medals. Congratulations to all teams entered. We have seen a variety of sports being played, including basketball, swimming and a brand new Gaelic football team. Special mention goes to the Under 16 Girls Netball, Under 14 Boys Football and Under 12 Boys Football teams who achieved gold this season and the Under 11s Rugby team who won bronze in the Division 1 Finals yesterday. We look forward to seeing what our secondary students will achieve next academic year.
A great half term has been had by all. Thank you as always to parents that have been so supportive throughout all of these activities. The end of the year is fast approaching but there is still lots to look forward to in the final half term of the year.
Mrs. Carla Hyland
Acting Head of Secondary School