Dear DCIS Parents,
The first half term in any school is always busy and this half term at Dover Court has been no exception!
We were delighted to welcome several news students and their families to the primary school; I have greatly enjoyed visiting classes and getting to know our newer children who have clearly settled in well. I have also had the great pleasure of meeting many of our new parents at the Coffee Mornings hosted earlier in the term, as well as at some of the Primary School events. Hopefully, you all feel welcome and your children are by now happy in their new school and familiar with their new routines.
We literally hit the ground running with our educational visits in the Primary School this term, with our very first outing to the National Stadium where Year 3 were invited to watch the Walking With Dinosaurs performance. The children (and the staff!) told me that it was a great show and a brilliant entry point for the Year 3 Project Work, Footsteps From The Past. Thank you to Mr Neeson and the Year 3 team for giving up their Saturday morning to take the children to the performance, I know this was greatly appreciated. Following this, Years 4 and 5 went to the theatre to see the Mandarin version of Fantastic Mr Fox. Thank you to Miss Hey and the Mandarin team for organising these trips. The children told me that they had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. As well as this, Year 2 have visited the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome at Gardens By the Bay, Year 4 had a great session at the Science Centre, Year 3 went to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Year 6 had a fantastic experience at the Forest Adventure at Bedok Reservoir Park and EYFS tested out many activities (and gained many skills!) at Kidzania. We have many more visits planned over the rest of the term and we will keep you updated!
As well as this, we have enjoyed our Primary Sports Days this term out on the track and field. It was a pleasure to see the children so engaged in their carousel of activities with everything from the long jump and the hurdles, to sprinting and shot put! Each child had the opportunity to shine and they were encouraged to do so by our amazing PE team. The events ran seamlessly, apart from the Singapore weather playing a trick on Year 1, and this is of course down to the prior planning on the part of the staff. A big thank you to each and every one of them for a super set of events and thanks also to the parents who managed to come along to support the children – it was great to see you there.
Over the half term we have seen some great class assemblies presented by the children themselves. Thank you so far to for all the staff and students concerned. You may also have heard that our very own Dover Court Superheroes made a guest appearance at our first Vision assembly of the year. This was a great opportunity to re-cap on the school vision and the characteristics we embody here at Dover Court. We have also been delighted to award our Care and Collaboration awards to some of our students this term. I know they were as proud to receive their pin badges and certificates in assembly as I was to award them.
We have some great events coming up over the next few weeks, so here are a few reminders to pop in your diary. UN Day will soon be upon us (25th October). Don’t forget to organise your country costumes – we look forward to seeing parents there to support the children. Another day to make note of is our Deepavali celebration which is happening on 1st November. Your children are invited to dress in Deepavali or bright clothes, I am already looking forward to the assemblies on that day! Halloween will also be soon upon us with the annual ticketed event which is run by the DCA. Watch out for more spooky details! And finally, during the week commencing 4th November, we will be sharing with the children information about the importance of Remembrance Day. We have some lovely activities planned for the week - more information to follow after the break.
So, all in all a busy half term to lead us to a relaxing break. I hope you all manage to have some special family time together and I look forward to seeing the children back, refreshed and raring to go, after the break.
Ms Kara Lebihan
Head of Primary School