Dear DCIS Parents and Guardians,
We are delighted to welcome your children back to school after a long summer holiday and extend a warm welcome to all of those students and families who have joined our community this term.
Here is a list of the main events happening this week (do check our website calendar for events over the year):
|Monday, 21st August
||ECA Term 1 Online Registration Open (Closes 1st September)
|Monday, 21st August
||DCIS CPE Student Contracts Due via Docusign for All Students
|Tuesday, 22nd August, 8.45am – 9.30am in Cooper Hall
||Parent Workshop: DCA Transitions
|Wednesday, 23rd August, 3.00pm – 4.30pm in Swimming Pool
||DCIS Swimming Trials - Year 3 and BELOW
|Wednesday, 23rd August, 3.00pm – 4.30pm on Football Pitch
||DCIS Girls Football Trials, Year 7 through
Year 11 ONLY
|Thursday, 24th August
||August/September Welcome Newsletter Published Online
|Thursday, 24th August, 3.00pm – 4.30pm on Basketball Court
||DCIS Netball Trials - Year 5 and ABOVE
|Friday, 25th August, 8.45am – 9.30am in Main Cafeteria
||Nursery Parent Coffee Morning
|Friday, 25th August
||Sixth Form IBDP Parent/Student Conferences - Individually arranged
|Friday, 25th August, 3.00pm – 4.30pm in Swimming Pool
||DCIS Swimming Trials - Year 4 and ABOVE
|Saturday, 26th August, 4.00pm – 7.00pm
||DCA Family Picnic
Opening tonight, parents will be sent a link for sign-ups for all ECAs (Extra Curricular Activities). The link will be closing on Friday, 1st September at 5.00pm. Visit our ECA page on the DCIS website for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org" target="_blank">email@example.com.
DCA Class Parents
DCA Class Parents are needed for classes across the school, so we have created an online survey to recruit volunteers for this critical role in our school. If you are interested in becoming a Class Parent, please take our survey or contact firstname.lastname@example.org" target="_blank">email@example.com.
Forms and Communication
We thank you all for taking the time to complete the required forms via Docusign. Our Admissions Office is busy updating our database and we will have a clean list of contacts in the next week. However, as a reminder, it is extremely important that we are kept informed of updated information. Should your child be taken ill at any stage, we need to be able to contact you. If, since completion of the Family Contact and Information Form, your number or address has changed, please notify the school office immediately.
Lunch Service: Sodexo
By now all parents should have received an email from Sodexo, our on-campus catering service. The email will read like this:
You can access the Campus Online page at this link.
For more information, please contact Sodexo at:
Tel.: +65 9125 5551
Reading Volunteer Programme
After a successful start with our Reading Volunteer Programme last academic year, we are delighted to be able to let you know that we are again looking for parent volunteers to come into school to listen to children read on a weekly basis. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to become involved in the life of the school – we will of course give training to our volunteers.
‘Reading Volunteers' will be a regular commitment of approximately 1 hour per week and will be scheduled at the same time each week for those who would like to take part. If you are interested then please could you email the information below to Mrs. Norsheila Abdul: Norsheila.Abdul@dovercourt.edu.sg">Norsheila.Abdul@dovercourt.edu.sg
- your name
- your phone number
- your own child/children’s class(es)
- the year group you are interested in helping with
- the day that best suits you
It will take a couple of weeks to collect the information and allocate times and classes to parents, so do bear with us on this. I would like to point out that while we can schedule you to work with your child’s year group the commitment would be with a class other than that of your own child.
If you were a reading volunteer at DCIS last academic year and would like to continue then we would be delighted to have you. Please could you also email the above information as we are aware that some details may have changed.
We are pleased to welcome several new teachers to our school this term who bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise which they will share with that of the existing team of professional, experienced and specialist staff in the interest of your children. Information on our teachers can be found on the Our Staff section of the website where you will find profiles of all our teachers.
We have also welcomed over 300 new students this terrm. We trust they will be happy, successful and will discover new friendships and activities at DCIS. Differentiated learning is essential to the programme at DCIS. During the first few weeks of the term, our teachers work with all the students to review and assess their knowledge and individual abilities so as to differentiate their learning.
We would like to remind new parents who have not returned their child's Medical Form to do so as soon as possible as it is crucial that the school has this information in order to ensure the well-being of your child. If you are returning and have had any changes to your medical status, then please complete the form and submit it to our School Reception.
Transport - Safety Rules
The well-being of our students is the starting point, the centre and the end of all school policy decisions. Ensuring the safety of your children is of paramount importance to us. Please bear with us as we embed a safe procedure for the students. To effect this we need your collaboration and cooperation. Please adhere to the saftey rules and Arrival and Dismissal Traffic Management Plan outlined from page 31 in the Parent Handbook.
Reminder: Please note that further details on weekly events and student achievements are also highlighted on the DCIS school blog, homepage, and on Facebook.
As students settle in to their new arrival and dismissal routines, please be rest assured that our staff is committed to answering your questions about the new school year, from class locations to sports teams, from parent forms to bus schedules. The first line of enquiry is your child's class or form teacher. If any questions remain unanswered, please refer to the relevant Year Group Leader.
We look forward to seeing you at all the events scheduled for Term 1 and wish your children a happy and successful academic year.
Mr. Christopher Short
DCIS August Calendar Events:
|Term 1 Dates
||Detailed Calendar Events
Term 1: 2017-2018
|Monday, 28th August, 8.45am – 9.30am in Main Cafeteria
||Reception Parent Coffee Morning
|Monday, 28th August, 6.00pm – 7.00pm in Cooper Hall
||Year 6, Secondary School (Years 7 - 13) and GC Tanzania Residential Trip Information Meeting
|Tuesday, 29th August, 8.45am – 9.30am in Cooper Hall
||Parent Workshop: Year 6 - Year 11 Approaches to Homework
|Tuesday, 29th August, 8.45am – 9.30am in Main Cafeteria
||Year 1 Parent Coffee Morning
|Tuesday, 29th August, 3.00pm – 4.30pm in Swimming Pool
||Swim Team Begins - Year 4 and ABOVE (INVITATION ONLY)
|Wednesday, 30th August, 8.45am – 9.30am in Main Cafeteria
||Sixth Form/ IB (Year 12) Parent Coffee Morning
|Wednesday, 30th August, 3.00pm – 4.30pm in Swimming Pool
||Swim Team Begins - Year 3 and BELOW (INVITATION ONLY)
|Wednesday, 30th August
in Cooper Hall
|Primary Parent Curriculum Evenings: 2 Sessions 5pm - 6pm and 6pm - 7pm
|Wednesday, 30th August, 7.15pm – 8.15pm in Cooper Hall
||DCA Parent Association Meeting
|Thursday, 31st August, 8.45am – 9.30am in Main Cafeteria
||Year 7 Parent Coffee Morning
|Thursday, 31st August, 3.00pm – 4.30pm on Basketball Court
||DCIS Netball Trials - Year 5 and ABOVE
|Friday, 1st September: NO SCHOOL
||Singapore Public Holiday (Hari Raya Haji)
|Friday, 1st September
||ECA Term 1 Online Registration: Closes at 5pm