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Week Beginning 14th September 2020

Simon Mann
Simon Mann (10 posts) Principal View Profile

The classrooms are abuzz with activity and in many cases innovation, I had the pleasure of engaging in learning at all levels over the past week. Our first IPC topics launched with the entry point designed to create excitement and positive emotions – both drivers of high-quality learning. It ranged from redesigned classrooms to Year 1 playing traditional playground games, to whole year dress-up in the case of Year 6.

In Year 6 this was followed up in the class I visited by creating news articles about the day and converting these reports into graphic presentations on their laptops.
 
At the other end of the school, learning was equally varied, our Year 13s were reviewing their recent exam scripts and working with their teachers to identify any gaps in learning they will need to fill over the coming months. The changes to the breadth of the coverage this year to the IB Diploma course helping offset any loss in learning that may have occurred over the period of distance learning. While this was happening, a group of Year 11s were planning and executing an entrepreneurial project planning processes, designing and sourcing materials to produce face masks. A timely project and I am eagerly awaiting my leopard skin patterned mask this week.

Tomorrow our youngest children in Nursery and Reception will be celebrating International Dot Day. On Wednesday 16th September, 1.00pm, the Introduction to EAL workshop will take place and 8.00pm on Thursday, 17th September, the Dover Court Association Annual General Meeting will take place. To attend the DCA AGM in person, please register here by 9.00am on Wednesday, the meeting will also run virtually. Links to the EAL workshop and the DCA AGM can be found below. 

The biggest whole school event in the DCIS calendar is our annual UN Day, which usually takes place in October. The day celebrates the rich diversity of our community and is a festival for the eyes, the ears and the taste buds. We have taken the decision to postpone the event for the time being, in the hope that we can run a fuller event later this year. We could have adapted the day to make it classroom based but feel that this would not allow us to really appreciate the togetherness that it deserves. 

It may not be school exactly as we know it – yet, but it is great to see the classroom experience being as rich as ever for our students of all ages.