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A week in the life of DBIS

Head of School

"Students may not remember what we made them learn, but they will remember how we made them feel ... great teachers and great schools make a difference. They provide opportunity, passion and give time to learners. Great teachers are dream builders, not dream stealers." - Sir John Jones.

In his book, "The Magic-Weaving Business", the leading educationalist, Sir John Jones, reminds us that an emotional connection to learning is as valuable as getting the curriculum "right" and that each school day there is opportunity for another piece of "magic to be woven into the lives of children".

Having previously read Sir John’s work, I was fortunate recently to hear him speak in person. This experience emphasised for me the powerful impact teachers have on young people and how learning can make a profound difference in their lives.

Lifelong memories were certainly created for many of the children at DBIS this and last week. Indeed, wonderful moments of learning took place across the school and beyond the campuses. All the children involved in Secondary’s Week Without Walls, the Year 5 Disney experience, the Diwali celebrations and countless lessons across the school, will have experienced brilliant learning opportunities, as of course, will the children involved in this week’s Year 6 Camp. Thank you to all who contributed to these experiences and may the "dream building" and "magic weaving" long continue at DBIS.

Finally,  on a practical note, I wanted to make you aware that the school’s Annual Report and Draft Calendar for 2017-2018 have now been published. Please click the links to view.

The calendar has been constructed to allow:

·      One week mid-term break in Term 1

·      One week mid-term (CNY) break in Term 2

·      A three week break at Christmas

·      A two week break at Easter

·      Three professional development days for teachers 

Please be aware that the 2017-2018 dates remain provisional until the Government gazettes general holidays in April/May 2017. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.

Best wishes for the weekend ahead. 

Paul Tough
Head of School



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