Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
I do hope that you have had the opportunity to look through the 2017/18 DCIS Year Book with your children, it really has been an amazing year and this will serve as a great reminder. Because of print timings, some of the later events this term haven’t been included. These include Year 3's first ever Residential trip outside school, where the children got to spend an exciting night at Singapore Zoo, as well as Years 8 and 9's Global Campus trip to the NAE expedition centre in Les Martinets, Switzerland. The 20 students that participated in this opportunity had an excellent time and were definitely challenged as they hiked and climbed in the Alps. After a week of team-building and making connections with students from our family of NAE schools, the students came back beaming, some with ambitions to graduate to the next level of mountaineering.
After country heats earlier in the year, five secondary students headed to Kuala Lumpur last week to compete in the regional final of the World Scholar’s Cup. For the uninitiated, the World Scholar's Cup is an academic competition in which schools from all over the world take part. After a week of intense competition we are delighted to announce that three of our students have qualified for the grand finals which will take place at Yale University, USA, in November. Congratulations to all who participated.
This term MIT challenged our primary students to investigate self-driving vehicles. This STEAM project focused on recent developments but also asked them to question both the safety and ethical aspects of this ground-breaking technology. A selected group of students from years 3-6 also visited Nanyang Technological University this week to witness driverless buses in action. We are very grateful to one of our parents, Dr. Agarwala who both came into school to talk to the students about her work as a researcher and organised the exciting and educational visit to NTU for our students.
Last week we were delighted to support our Year 12 IB students as they organised our first Model United Nations. The MUN delegates had a timely debate on the refugee crisis and proved that if DCIS students were in charge of the world, things would be better.
Mr Holmes’ magic control of the weather continued with the swimming galas running almost to schedule. They were the final opportunity for the houses to earn points in this year's House Competition.The new house system is now well and truly embedded in DCIS life and it was great to see staff and children wearing their house shirts through the week and really getting into the house spirit. We have already started to plan the house activities for next year, which again will be a mix of social, academic, creative and sporting events and will further instil the sense of belonging in our students.
Thank you to those of you who supported our DCIS Proms on Wednesday evening. It is a unique format for a school performing arts celebration and it gave a fantastic opportunity to the performers to hone their craft in front of a revolving audience. I am grateful to all our staff who continue to go above and beyond to create these brilliant opportunities for the young people at the school. We are providing further staff support for PE and Music to ensure the expansion in these areas continues, so we look forward to even more success next year.
On Monday the DCA hosted a Teacher Appreciation Tea. As last year, this was organised as a surprise for teachers and teaching assistants, who were delighted to be applauded as they entered the Cooper Hall. As well as some delicious sandwiches and pastries, each teacher was presented with a booklet of notes from their students. It was a truly magical afternoon. The DCA plays such an important part in the life of the school and I am indebted to Karyn and Efe, our co-chairs, the committee and the army of volunteers who help run fantastic events and support the school in such diverse ways, from organising second hand uniform sales to serving drinks at school events.
As you may have noticed already, the summer will be busy as we improve some of our shared facilities. The library is being expanded and improved and will create separate areas for Secondary, Upper Primary and our IBDP students. The medical centre is also being extended to improve our care facilities as it will now contain shower facilities and additional beds. The office is being remodelled to help manage visitors to the school more easily and house our admin staff more efficiently. We are building a new science laboratory which will ensure that all our science lessons continue to be conducted in a lab environment as our Secondary School grows. We are improving the acoustics in Cooper Hall which will improve our drama and music productions as well as our weekly assemblies. We are building a new play area for our Pathway 4 students and are putting in decking in the Lower Primary playground. We are creating a new music room and a new ICT suite as well as adding more computers to both libraries. We are renovating 10 classrooms and by October we will have 2 new sensory rooms. As you can imagine we also have some less exciting but important work happening over the summer on our infrastructure and ongoing security enhancements.
I would like to personally extend my thanks to you for your continued support of your children and our staff as we complete another successful year at DCIS. I hope all members of the DCIS community have an enjoyable holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back for the 2018-19 academic year. I wish children and staff leaving all the best in their new ventures and countries.