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Week Beginning 2nd November 2020

Simon Mann
Simon Mann (13 posts) Principal View Profile

Last week was another busy but productive week at DCIS. The significant focus was the run up to Halloween, which we celebrated on Friday. The event was led by our wonderful DCA who rolled up their sleeves, mustered the troops and made sure all areas on campus were decorated in preparation for Friday.

The gravestones, spider webs and suspended ghosts immediately caught the attention of our younger students with them flocking off the buses and into our suitably grim garden. The Secondary school had mice scuttling up the stairs, a grave yard outside the Red Dot Restaurant and witches galore. The decorating of the campus set the scene for the arrival of our students in fancy dress on Friday. There was a buzz of excitement and a general feeling of fun which was added to, in no small measure, by the PE team who organised our own DCIS Zombie Run. Halloween on Friday was a long anticipated opportunity for our whole community to be involved in a DCIS event. These have been in short supply since the beginning of the Circuit Breaker in Singapore and I thank the DCA for initiating a fantastic day and reminding us of our collective sense of community and supporting us to collect over $2,200 for charity. What a wonderful finish to a great day!

The Parents' Support Network's monthly meeting will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, 9.30-11.00am. The speakers are Team Crunch Teeth, a social enterprise established to provide training and employment opportunities for autistic young adults to learn to become more independent. The meeting link can be found below.

The students in Year 6 will have their first Transition to Secondary day on Wednesday, where they will experience lessons delivered by our Secondary subject teachers. A reminder to all Year 6 parents to sign up to the Secondary tours, led by Mr Bull and his team. More information and sign-up links can be found in the transition letter, available in the Year 6 folder on the Parent Portal.

On Thursday, 5th November, the Year 9 Parent Teacher Conferences will take place, for any questions regarding these, please contact Miss Zaayman

On Friday, 6th November we invite all students to come to school in red and black clothes as we reflect on the meaning of Remembrance Day. British Legion poppies will also be available for purchase in the school office. The children in Primary will also make a poppy in school which they will bring home; please use this as prompt to encourage your child to talk about what they have learnt. 

In November every year, the British High Commission in Singapore and its partners organise a Remembrance Sunday service, to remember those who have died in past wars. This is held on the Sunday nearest to Remembrance Day on 11 November, which marks the official end of the First World War on 11 November 1918.

This year, the Remembrance Sunday service will be held virtually, to ensure that as many people as possible can observe this meaningful ceremony, despite the current Covid-19 restrictions. Dover Court students will participate in the joint British school choir, along with students from the other FOBISIA schools in Singapore and Marlborough College in Malaysia. Please note that there will be no formal ceremony at Kranji Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery this year.

The online broadcast on the UK in Singapore Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ukinSGon 8 November will be from 10.40am and will finish at 11.10am, everyone is welcome to join.  To show our solidarity in Singapore and around the world in honouring the fallen, the British High Commission encourages using the hashtags #VirtualRemembranceSG and #RemembranceSunday for any social media postings and photos you may be putting up in connection to the event. This will help them spot public ones so they can amplify them from their @UkinSingapore accounts.

Finally, another reminder not to park along the road in nearby Medway Park. There are a lot of children living in the area and this creates a very unsafe situation for them getting to school and home as the road gets blocked. We understand that it is frustrating that the carpark at the Polytechnic is not open to public, but we ask you to please adhere to the traffic rules.