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Week Beginning 5th October 2020

Simon Mann
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Last week it was a focus on our Primary scientists and not to be outdone this week, their Secondary counterparts stepped up and added to a great two weeks in this subject area. Our DCIS learners took part in the FOBISIA Science Championship 2020, a competition where students compete against other students from FOBISIA schools across Asia, in an online science quiz on a vast range of scientific topics.

Points were gained for correct responses and along with school points students earned certificates and awards. No further incentive was required and both our teachers and students were carried along on the wave of demonstrating and enhancing their scientific knowledge. From the 39 schools that participated, we came 2nd overall (with 148,630 points) and 1st in our school category 251-500 students. It was a tight competition with the second/third spot exchanging places right up the last day – our resilience prevailed! In addition to this wonderful school achievement our students also racked up 28 Credit Awards (for 500 points), 24 Bronze Awards (for 1000 points), 3 Silver Awards (for 2000 points), 2 Gold Awards (for 3000 points), 5 Emerald Awards (for 5000 points) and amazingly 2 Elite Awards (for 8000 points). 

On Thursday I popped up to chat to the science team and congratulate them on their massive achievement and they looked exhausted from the excitement – it just goes to show how motivated teachers leads to motivated students. We look forward to the 2021 Championship and I am told we will be aiming for the top spot overall next time!

We have a busy last week of the first half term, with a lot of exciting learning happening in our school. This week we are supporting Dyslexia Awareness Week through various activities in class. Our Primary SENCo, Ms Singh shares some strategies in this blog post and on Friday 9th October we invite all students and staff to wear something red.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 6th October, we look forward to our Face Mask Charity Drive where we will collect masks for those workers who help keep us safe. Donations of a new reusable face mask will be collected by the class teachers. Our Secondary students have their first House and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) Day tomorrow and the Parents' Support Network (PSN) have a virtual meet-up at 9.30am. More information about the PSN and the session can be found on the Parent Portal.

The Primary Parent Teacher Conferences take place today and tomorrow, thank you to everyone who has signed up for these. The children in Year 1 are enjoying the first MIT challenge of the year, looking at Living in Space - we can't wait to see little astronauts and aliens invade the school on Friday! On Friday our librarian, Miss Doyle, will also lead a workshop on Reading, this will take place over Zoom, starting 9.15am, the description and meeting link can be accessed through the Parent Portal.

I wish everyone a great week and a restful half term break ahead.