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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

Much research exists about the importance of parent participation in education.

The research overwhelmingly indicates that parent involvement not only positively affects student achievement, but it also contributes to a strong sense of community and a shared investment in a school's development. One of the reasons why DBIS is so special is because of the strength of our parent-school relationship illustrated on a daily basis by the significant support and interest shown by parents in the academic, social and physical development of their children. Also exemplified by the contribution made by many parents to various school shows, school trips, the school fair, as class parents, as PTSA and SAC committee members, contributions to graduation events and of course attendance at creative arts performances and sporting competitions. 

With this in mind, there are two events where parent participation is crucial over the coming weeks. In particular, we would be delighted to see as many parents as possible at the PTSA annual general meeting in the Globe on September 29 at 7pm. Equally, as part of the school's ongoing reflection process, I would be very grateful if you would spare some time to complete the attached stakeholder survey before October 7. Through this survey, we are aiming to find out about the impressions that parents, staff, and students have about the education provided by the school. As was the case two years ago when we first conducted the survey, the feedback from the process will help the school build on its strengths and inform our future planning. I also wanted to thank the parents who volunteered to be part of the new school advisory committee for 2016-2017. I wish we could have involved everyone on the committee, but the two spaces have now been filled, and I’m delighted to make you aware that Tanje Amate and Les Gordon will be joining Kitty Bay, Lauren De Jager, and Marcos Bertamini as members of the new group.

I’m sure you will want to extend your best wishes to the students, teachers and parents participating in this weekend's FOBISIA Orchestral Festival at DBIS.  I know they would be delighted if you could join us for the orchestral performance on Monday, September 26. Taking part are over 100 students and teachers from nine other FOBISIA schools as well as DBIS musicians and educators. The concert will be just over one hour in length, and will include music by Sibelius, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Grieg. For more information, please see the following link.

Finally, please remember we are supporting Childhood Cancer Awareness month tomorrow. Children and staff are encouraged to donate $10 and wear either gold or yellow clothing or buy a yellow ribbon which will be sold by secondary students in the morning. All proceeds from the day will be donated to the Child Cancer Foundation in Hong Kong, 

Best wishes for the weekend.

Paul Tough
Head of School 

ptough@dbis.edu.hk



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