Dear DCIS Secondary Parents,
We have always been proud of how strong and positive the Dover Court Community is and how it is this, which makes our school special. This has never been more important than most recently and as we approach the end of the academic year, I would firstly like to thank you and your children for your support. I have been overwhelmed by the kind and compassionate messages I have received this year but particularly over the last few months. I also appreciate that it has been a challenging time for parents and carers too so thank you also for your support of your children’s learning this year.
We are so happy to have been able to invite students back into school this term. It was fantastic observing the students evolve back into ‘normal’ school life and to watch their faces (well, their eyes) as they saw their friends for the first time in three months.
Whilst many events this term in particular have been impacted by the global pandemic, we have been pleased to share new and innovative ways of working, in particular the virtual Parent Teacher Conferences which seem to have been very well received and have given us some food for thought about how we could do things differently in the future.
We have also held our Year 11 Celebration and a Year 13 Graduation which we were extremely pleased could be held in school, albeit socially distanced and a different version of what we had planned but no less important or special. We await the GCSE and IB results and know that our students and staff worked extremely hard and I am confident that these will be realised in the results this summer.
Outside my office in the Secondary building I have a cabinet full of special awards, cups and trophies which have had a small plaque in front of each of them reading “your name here?” for the past year. Today, we held our inaugural Prize Giving event where these prestigious awards were given out to our winners. The plaques finally now have the names of the winners on them and will remain on them until the end of the 2020/21 academic year. Congratulations to all our winners!
In my Prize Giving speech I spoke about how if the recent events around the world have taught us anything about education, it is that schools are about much more than just the imparting of knowledge and that interaction, relationships, the development of personal, social and emotional skills and care are equally important. I am extremely proud of DCIS for exactly these reasons.
As always, at this point, we have to say goodbye to some of our families and staff. We wish you all well with your next adventures. I hope you all take away happy memories and remember that you will always be Doverians so please stay in touch!
Have a wonderful, restful break and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. Take care and we look forward to welcoming you back in August.
Head of Secondary