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Welcome to Dover Court News, where we share the latest updates from the Senior Leadership team to events happening in Dover Court International School.
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This webinar will explore the emotional experiences that have been brought about by the circuit breaker restrictions, the expectations of DOT and the general uncertainty that is prevalent right now. It will discuss approaches to helping oneself and helping each other through identifying, understanding and learning about controlling emotional responses.
Dear DCIS Parents, Many thanks to those who completed the second DOT questionnaire over the weekend. We are processing the results and will share them with you later in the week. Following my letter on the annual update of the contract I had a couple of questions around the removal of the vaccination clause. We still require children to have up to date vaccinations and require documentation on admission. However we aren’t able to reliably track children’s vaccinations against the Singapore standard as our families come from a wide variety of countries that all have their own vaccination schedule. We removed it from the contract to be clear on what we can require from families - essentially we didn’t want to be suggesting something we couldn’t deliver. Basic vaccinations are now also required for DP applications which also gives further cover. I also had a couple of questions around the Force Majeure clause. This is not a new clause, we are just making it clearer how we would deal with a Force Majeure in the future. I think this clarification will appear in a few contracts and terms & conditions in the coming months in a variety of areas. Condos, for example, will make it clear on when the use of shared facilities are suspended. Many thanks to all the parents who have returned their contract already. We received notice late last week about applying for dispensation to have specific groups of students in before the end of the Circuit Breaker - essentially those who are following courses leading to external examinations and those with specific learning needs (Pathway 4). We are currently finalising a plan that will allow us to have small groups of students on campus within the guidelines issued and we will contact parents in those classes once we have permission to do so. If permission is granted this will be after our long weekend. As you can imagine, although we have yet to receive formal guidance, we are also preparing for the main return to school after the end of the circuit breaker. Once this is confirmed we will be in contact with all parents.  Many thanks to those families who contributed to our Diversity Day video on Friday. It was a lovely exposition of the diversity we have within the Dover Court community. Have a great week. A reminder that we have a long weekend on Monday and Tuesday next weekend.
We are extremely proud of our Year 6 student Harriet who was a runner-up in this year's FOBISIA Short Story Competition. She was alone. Trudging through thick snow, each step she took she could hear the crunching of snowflakes beneath her ice cold feet. Her breath was a wispy white smoke, the kind you would imagine a dragon to breath. The branches of the trees around her were twisted, climbing high above the ground, the roots firmly anchored, spreading across the ground like a spider's web. An ear splitting bang grabbed her attention. She felt afraid but her curiosity got the better of her and she ran towards it. A tree lay dead and snapped in half, she climbed over the slowly rotting, splintered wood that lay scattered on the ground. She reached a clearing in the forest with a strangely engraved stone arch in the centre. “Protect yourself before it gets you” she read aloud. “What does that mean? Before it gets you? Before what gets you?” She mumbled to herself. A strong gust of wind hit her. She started to frantically look around “ before what gets me?” she screamed. This time she got a reply. A cold, raspy voice whispered in her ear, “me”. The blood drained from her face. She ran. Faster than she’d ever run before, then she tripped. The voice let out a laugh “look around you, look at what you just tripped over!” She looked down at the frozen body of a boy. He blinked and mouthed the words ‘help’. She screamed as she saw hundreds of other frozen bodies strewn across the ground. “Who are you?” she shrieked. The voice replied “I've been watching you, in fact I brought you here. Did you find those trees luring you in? And that bang, did that make you want to investigate?” she paused for a while. “ Yes” she replied, “but that stone, why didn't you freeze whoever wrote that?” “That is the last time someone was able to finish my little game. You see the date on there? That's right, 1824. If you can win my game, you will set all these people free, if you lose you are stuck here.” His laugh made the hairs on her neck stand on end. “I'll play.” “ The game is What am I? Here are the clues but listen carefully, I will not repeat. I am light in color but dark inside, I'm ice cold, a million years old, the forest is where I lie. You have exactly two minutes to answer” “Dark in my soul, light in colour, a million years old…” Sarah trailed off. She frantically tried to patch together the clues. Sarah could feel panic rising within her and hear her pulse, louder than ever. She could feel the foul beasts excitement growing. Then something clicked “You're a ghost!” she shouted. The voice shrieked like nothing Sarah had ever heard before. Then she saw it, a pale figure just visible. She turned her head in fear, he was young, maybe in his teens she thought, but this did nothing to diminish the terror when she looked into his face, contorted in rage. He looked like he was fighting against some bonds, perhaps bound by the rules of the game, but still trying to reach out and claw at her as he faded into the gloom. She was surrounded, lifted gently by strangers and embraced. Nearly 200 years of victims freed from their frozen state. She felt bewildered, confused but elated. She worked her way through the crowd surrounding her and set off to the safety of home, hundreds of freed souls trailing behind her. The ghost watched from the shadows, angry, furious, but he would start his collection of frozen souls again, as he had so many times before.
This webinar explores what individuals and families are having to cope with and how they might expand their coping strategies to help with their situation. Families Coping with the Curcuit Breaker and DOT Date: Wednesday 13th May Time: 8.00pm
Dear DCIS Parents, Many thanks to those of you who joined us this morning for the first of our forums on the DOT Plan. We started with EYFS and received some lovely feedback on the work teachers are doing and some great suggestions on how we can make the process easier for families, with the universal acknowledgment of the role parents need to play, especially with younger children. The forums continue this week for those who have signed up and we will send out a further questionnaire for all parents on Friday. We know that DOT can’t replace the full classroom based experience but we also know that our dedicated team of teachers will help bridge this current period of time and ensure children continue their progress over the coming months so that doesn’t impact on their continued development in any area of the curriculum. I have really enjoyed joining a variety of Zoom sessions over the last few days and seeing the enthusiasm shown by children in this challenging situation. A few of the other International School Heads and myself have been in contact with CPE about the possibility of small groups of students being back in the school next week. We have yet to receive any official guidance but I will update you once I do. Congratulations to Harriet in Year 6 who was Runner Up in the recent FOBISIA Short Story Competition with her story "In to the Woods". The registration for the Secondary Drama Festival is now closed and we look forward to seeing the entries during the Virtual Drama Festival later this month. On Friday we will celebrate Diversity Day, if you haven't submitted your poster there is still time. Please email our Communications Team, who are helping us compiling the material, by Wednesday the latest: I hope you have a good week.
Dear Parents, Many thanks to all of you who participated in our Well-being and DOT questionnaire over the weekend. We are currently analysing the results and will use this to keep making improvements to our virtual schooling. Our Virtual Book Day was a great success last week, many thanks to parents who sent in photos that we have shared in our Social Media posts. Thank you to our staff who read for classes or videoed themselves. I am also grateful for the general DOT videos and photos you have shared with us. It is lovely to see all the activities and learning going on. Wednesday is World Dance Day so please look out for our compilation of the dance activities across the Primary School. There may even be a cameo from a certain School Principal! Friday is a public holiday so please enjoy the long weekend as best you can within the Circuit Breaker regulations. The holy month of Ramadan started last week so Ramadan Kareem to all Muslim members of the Dover Court community. Finally, a huge thank you to all the families who were involved in the video sent to staff over the weekend. I have talked before about the strength of community shown within Dover Court especially over the last 5 weeks and even emails sent to me where someone doesn’t agree with a message I have sent out (it does happen!) are always very polite and respectful – given the stress and uncertainty at the moment I would understand the odd rant. The video really lifted our spirits as a staff body. As you can imagine we are all going through the same pressures and uncertainties as our families. Have a great week.
Dear DCIS Parents, We have entered another unusual week in our school. As you have read in my email sent out earlier today we have cancelled all overseas school trips for the rest of the academic year. It is never fun to disappoint children, but I am very proud of how well our students are taking the news. We have some very wise and understanding children in our school. I would also like to confirm that the Parenting Teen Workshop that was due to take place tomorrow has been cancelled, as well as the Year 3 Residential Trip Meeting. The Year 12: University Destination Workshop is still scheduled to go ahead tomorrow, 17th March, 8.15am, in The Lounge. The Secondary Environmental Committee are collecting clean, reusable cloth bags for an up-cycling project.  Any donations can be dropped off outside the School Reception between 8.00 and 8.30am this week. They are also selling bamboo straws in the Red Dot, this sale is open to all Secondary students. The straws cost $2 and the money will go towards inviting an environmental speaker.  On Friday we will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day and we invite all students to get their silly socks on! The message this year, that will also be discussed in our older classes, is ‘We Decide’, acknowledging “All people with Down syndrome should have full participation in decision making about matters relating to or affecting their lives. Effective and meaningful participation is a core human rights principle supported by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).”  Finally a message from our Medical Centre: Please ensure that all medications that are sent to school are in the original packaging, with the name of the clinic/doctor, student name and the dosage clearly shown. Our school nurses are not able to administer medication that is not in the original package. Have a great week ahead.
What is the IB Diploma? ▪ A challenging and balanced programme of education designed for secondary school students aged 16 to 19. ▪ The programme has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to over 2000 of the world’s leading universities and preparing them for success in further studies and life beyond. ▪ The programme is a comprehensive two-year international curriculum that is taught through a variety of languages in over 140 countries. The Diploma Programme incorporates the best elements of multiple national systems, without being based on any one. BTEC Level 2 Vocational Programme The IB Diploma is challenging and not appropriate or accessible to all learners. From August 2020 we are pleased to be able to introduce our new programme. • Two-year full time programme of study: ❖ BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business (equivalent to 4 GCSEs) ❖ Study to support Employability ❖ Functional qualifications for English, Math and ICT ❖ Opportunity to resit GCSEs as appropriate ❖ To include work experience and vocational opportunities ❖ Be part of IB CAS programme • Students will be taught as one class with Ms Pattie responsible for pastoral care and the vocational qualification, with specialist teaching in other curriculum areas.
In this second episode of the Dover Diaries podcast, we interviewed Carla Hyland, Deputy Head of Secondary School, and David Burren, Deputy Head - Inclusion regarding the BTEC International Level 2 in Business programme recently introduced in Dover Court International School.
Dear DCIS Parents, Our Year 13 students are half way through their IB Mocks, it is extremely exciting that our second cohort of IB students will graduate later this year. For those interested in our Sixth Form, Years 12-13, the IBDP/BTEC Parent Workshop will take place tomorrow, 10th March, 8.45-9.30am in Cooper Hall, we look forward to welcoming all who registered for this event. This week is British Science Week and the Science Department have created an exciting program of lunch time workshops for our Secondary students. Students interested in participating should see their science teacher to find out more. I have been extremely impressed by the resilience of our students during these unusual past few weeks, with trips and sports fixtures being cancelled and assemblies being run without parents in the audience. On Friday our students in the primary school performed two wonderful assemblies, our children in Reception taught us all about Holi and our students in Year 4 shared what they had learned through their IPC topic, Temples, Tombs and Treasures. We are very proud of how well they all did on stage. I was delighted to attend and participate in a tree planting ceremony led by our Year 4 students, it was wonderful to be part of such a meaningful event with such passionate global citizens. Have a great week, and as always, please get in touch if you have any questions.
Dear DCIS Parents, The DCA Quiz Night on Friday was a great success, even though my team was defeated by most of the parent teams. Thank you to the DCA for another well organised event and thank you to Victus for hosting us at Mason's Table. A special thanks to our Quizmaster, John Fox. I would also like to thank those who attended 'A Coffee with David Burren' this morning. We understand that these events are much appreciated and it is something that we will try to do regularly. Our Year 13 students have started their IB Mocks today, a very important part of the preparation for their final exams in Term 3. We wish them the best of luck and thank the Dover Court community in advance for respecting their need of a quiet environment around C-block. As you are aware, we have unfortunately had to cancel and reschedule many events this term, this includes the Pre-teen Parenting Workshop that was due to take place tomorrow, 3rd March. The Year 8 Parent Teacher Conferences will go ahead on Wednesday, 4th March. Please note that we will check temperatures of parents upon arrival and will have hand sanitiser available to use. We also request that only one parent attends the conferences with the student, as this will greatly reduce the number of people on site. The Parent attending must submit a signed Travel Declaration Form, which was sent out today by Mrs Hyland, or it can be filled in on arrival at the school. The Primary Parent Teacher Conference booking email for the meetings on the 16th and 17th March was sent out today. If you have any issues signing up, please contact Mrs Sheila Abdul. Have a great week, and as always, please get in touch if you have any questions.
Dear DCIS Parents, 
Welcome back, I hope that you had a lovely break. As I wrote in my email yesterday, we are restarting the ECAs today, something that I know our students are very happy about. We are also looking at options to reschedule postponed events, we will keep you updated. 

The Global Campus Visual Arts competition is open, the theme this year is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. To learn more, watch this video created by the Primary Global Campus Champions. A guide on how to access the Global Campus can be found here.

 Thank you to those of you who have already shared your dance videos with us! If you are yet to, please watch the tutorial by Ms Hughes and Mr Liperis and have a go at home. We'd love to see our Dover Court community dancing, so do share any videos with your class teachers. 

I am looking forward to the DCA's Quiz Night this Friday and hope to meet many of you there. The DCA are also planning their Family Movie Night that will take place on Saturday 28th March, the current situation permitting. The form to vote for the movie to be screened is now open and can be found here. 
 Many thanks to all the parents who have completed the new Student Travel Declaration, we ask all families to complete this, one per child, by Friday 28th February. Please note that this is a government requirement. As you know we have previously asked families to fill in Travel Plans on our Google Doc. These have proved very useful as other areas are identified as virus hotspots. As such we would be grateful if families could update the Travel Plans document (click here) as their travel is planned.

 As you may have seen, we have created a Health Advisory page on our website. All school communication regarding the COVID-19 virus can be found there, along with some useful resources. All this can also be found in the Health Advisory folder on the Parent Portal.

 Finally, do watch our hand-wash tutorial together with your children. We have been so impressed with how willing all children are to wash their hands and use the hand sanitisers that are placed around school. 
 Have a great week!

A busy and interesting term for our staff, students and parents; however, I have been impressed by our community’s ‘blitz spirit’ showing stoicism and determination during a difficult time. We kicked off the term back in January with our Progress Review and Target Setting meetings.  Our students have made excellent progress in and out of the classroom in the last term.  I also appreciate parent feedback on the event via our survey which we have already analysed and discussed improvements for next year as a Senior Leadership Team. I would like to congratulate our Year 11 and 13 students on a successful round of mock exams to prepare them for this year’s summer exam period.  We are very impressed by how the students approached them, which bodes extremely well for the summer exams. The DCA organised a Secondary disco which I know our students enjoyed immensely, and it was great to see so many staff and parents volunteering to support these events which couldn’t run without their help. The Year 13 students presented their Extended Essay’s in our annual ‘CoffEE’ morning, which were all very impressive.  They have worked extremely hard, and there were some interesting topics presented and discussed.  Thank you to all the parents that attended and showed their support. On the week beginning 21st January, the DCIS Secondary Art Department organised and ran an Arts Week to celebrate and explore creativity and artmaking in its various forms. The week involved lots of exciting opportunities such as Textile workshops, art industry discussions and printing workshops held by our very talented Artist Teachers. Year 9 GCSE Art students also received an extraordinary opportunity to work with Gill Saul, a visiting artist who worked with them on their current 3D sculpture project. Throughout the week, students were also invited to contribute to the ‘Big Draw’ outside of the DT room, which was also a huge success! We also saw our first ever staff performance on ‘The Spot’ this term.  Students had voted for the members of staff they wanted to sing a selection of student chosen songs in a karaoke-style show in the Red Dot Restaurant with all proceeds going to charity.  Myself, Mr Jury, Mr Mainstone, Mr Lindsay and Mrs Hyland topped the voting and took to the stage today at lunchtime.  Despite our performance, we raised nearly $500 for the Tanzania project.  A big thank you to the staff and Student Leadership team for their support.  I think we can safely say that none of us will be leaving the teaching profession to take up careers in music! As you will understand, there were more things planned for this term that I had hoped to speak of; however, we have all had to adapt and be flexible, given the current situation.  I would personally like to thank our excellent staff and students for their support during these new and challenging times. We hope to be able to re-arrange as many of the events and activities that have had to be postponed this term and will do our best to ensure our students do not miss out. I wish you all a restful and healthy half term.
It was lovely to see the children back at school after the Christmas break, and also to welcome some new families to the Primary School. I enjoyed meeting many of new families at Orientation Day and also at our more informal coffee morning. Hopefully, all our students are well settled into their routines now and are enjoying being a part of our Dover Court community. Despite having to cancel some events this term, due to the precautions we are taking around the Coronavirus, we have managed to enjoy some fun activities. The Years 3 and 4 swimming galas were a great success and certainly something to splash about! I enjoyed watching some of the races and was astonished at the speed and technique of our swimmers. The atmosphere at the galas couldn’t be beaten and I know the children (and parents!) enjoyed a good cheer. A big thank you (and an equally big cheer!) goes to the PE team and also to the year group teams who supported the smooth running of the day. Our next big event was the Temple Fair which our fantastic Mandarin Team spend many weeks preparing. This was a great way to celebrate Chinese New Year but also to share a range of cultural activities with the children. There was much activity and excitement in the hall and the children had a great time learning new skills and finding out about the festival. A great deal of work goes into an activity such as this so a big thank you goes to the Mandarin Team and also to the parents who gave up their time to support the event. We were delighted the host the children’s author Abie Longstaff this week. Abie presented many workshops across the school to our eager young readers and I know each one was well received. As well as this, our EYFS students enjoyed a series of mystery readers who popped by the share a book and a smile. Thanks to our mystery readers for sharing their passion for reading with the children; we are very grateful for your support. Our two librarians, Ms Rachna and Mrs Smart ensured everything ran smoothly, and we thank them for their preparation and attention to detail! We excitedly introduced ‘At the Splat’ this term. On Tuesday mornings a selected student will perform in our Garden, ‘At the Splat’. In the inaugural event, Kai played New York New York beautifully on the keyboard and this week we watched Haley play Beauty and the Beast on the violin. Any students interested in performing should see their music teacher for an audition. Sadly, we have had to postpone some of our activities this term; this has included our Thailand and Kota residentials for Years 6 and 4. Some of our day trips have also been affected – we know the children have been disappointed and we have been talking to them about this. We will let you know which events we are having to cancel as they come up on the calendar. As you know, we have been recording our class assemblies and sending the link out to parents to watch at home with their children. Although we can invite a limited number of children to watch the assemblies, we will continue to record them for parents. We are delighted that the children have still had the opportunity to perform and develop their presentation skills. As we roll into half term, I hope you all have a relaxing half term break. Safe travels for those heading overseas - please do remember to complete the Travel Declaration form. Rest up everyone, and I look forward to seeing you all back at school after the break. Best wishes.
We have had some lovely activities in this relatively short half term. There was some fantastic sporting success, including a bronze in the U10 Boys’ Football ACSIS finals, a gold in the U14 Boys’ Football and a gold in the U14 Girls’ Netball finals. Amazing results! We held our Year 3 and Year 4 swimming galas which were both hotly contested. Congratulations to Ubin for winning the Year 3 inter-house competition and to Jurong for winning the Year 4 competition. We had some lovely celebrations for Chinese New Year, including our second temple fair, arranged by the DCIS Mandarin department. It was lovely to see our children, all wearing festive clothes, enjoy the traditional activities run by our staff and parent volunteers. The campus looked beautiful, thank you DCA for decorating our school. The DCA also ran the Secondary disco, which was enjoyed by all who attended. As always, we are very grateful for the support of our parent community through the DCA. Our students in the exam years; Years 11 and 13 have successfully completed their mocks and are studying hard for their final exams later this year. A highlight of the IB journey, at least from a teacher’s perspective, is the presentation of the Extended Essays. Our Year 13 cohort shared their work with their peers, teachers and parents during a lovely CoffEE event. There was an amazing spread of topics, from The Fall of Singapore, to Exploring the Mind of Christopher Boone and Rap Music and its Evolution Through Time. The first House Day of this term was a great success. The Primary students had a fun filled day of dancing, whilst the Secondary students had a more reflective day, focusing on the theme Enquiry. We have seen numerous charity initiatives this half term, starting with the big fund raiser for those affected by the Australian bushfires and Indonesian flooding in the first week of term. This was followed by the Year 2 Charity Shops, where the children in Year 2 were selling baked goods and used toys and books to support the Red Cross’ work in Australia and Indonesia. 8MM and 11ML organised a Valentine Day’s Bake Sale, also raising money for the Red Cross and their work. I am very grateful to the Dover Court community for your generosity and willingness to help those in need. The Secondary lunchtime performances ‘On the Spot’ have been a great success this year, we have some incredibly talented students in our school. This has also been seen in the newly introduced Primary version – ‘At the Splat’, where Kai and Haley have set the bar high, with two wonderful performances. The Secondary students travelling to Tanzania to do service work, as part of the Global Campus, have been raising money for their trip through various initiatives. Inspired by the ‘On the Spot’ performances the students ran a charity vote, where teachers with the most votes were invited to participate in a karaoke style show in the Red Dot. Mr Bull, Mrs Hyland, Mr Mainstone, Mr Jury and Mr Lindsay did a much appreciated performance, singing ‘Into the Unknown’ from Frozen and the Backstreet Boys classic, ‘I Want It That Way’. Seldom have we seen such a supportive and enthusiastic audience! This past week we welcomed Abie Longstaff to the school to talk about her life as an author. Abie ran some fantastic workshops with the children in our Primary school, inspiring them all to become writers. Do listen to the interview with her in our podcast! As we had to rearrange a few things due to the current situation, I was honoured to be chosen to stand in as the Mystery Reader to read to one of our Reception classes. It was wonderful to see the excitement as the children discovered that Mr Shorts was joining them.
This is the first podcast in our Dover Diaries series where our students interview professionals that visits Dover Court International School. In this episode two members of our Upper Primary Student Council, Eva and Ian from Year 6, interview Abie Longstaff, author of more than 40 children's books. Abie is here in Dover Court to conduct a series of workshop for Primary students where she encourages children to think of themselves as creators and to overcome their fear of the blank page.
Dear DCIS Parents, This certainly isn't an ordinary week and I am very grateful for your understanding and cooperation during this unusual time. We have now created a Health Advisory page on the website, where all information related to the 2019-nCoV Virus will be collated. We also encourage parents to log in to the Parent Portal regularly. The highlight of the week is author Abie Longstaff visiting us. Today's much appreciated workshops included "Ideas into Books" with Years 3 and 4, "Nature in Fiction" with Year 1 and "Writing Interesting Characters" with Year 5. Abie will continue to work with the students in the smaller settings over the next two days. I also enjoyed talking to the Year 1 children today as they did their modified Litter Pick around the school. I asked one boy what he was doing, to which he replied proudly “I’m saving the World’! I hope that you have enjoyed listening to the The NAE podcast, A Little Bit of Genius, together with your children. The next episode, where Andrew Jack, Financial Times' Global Education Correspondent, is being interviewed will be available on Wednesday, 13th February. As always, please get in touch if you have any questions.
Dear DCIS Parents, I would like to thank you for your support last week and for being vigilant and understanding with regards to the current 2019-nCoV virus situation. On a lighter note, I would also like to thank Ms Hughes and Mr Liperis who arranged a wonderful House Dance Day for our Primary students. The energy and atmosphere on campus were fantastic and the action on the dance floor showed what our school is all about - a truly inclusive and supportive environment where every student gets the opportunity to shine. Primary parents should ask their children to share the choreography with them, for those who are brave enough, do share your family dancing with us in a video! During the Secondary Enquiry themed House Day the students enjoyed a range of enquiry based plenaries and activities during lesson time, such as a question matrix, gallery walk and collaborative reflection tasks. The Secondary disco took place last Friday and was a great success. Thank you DCA for arranging this event. Year 2 enjoyed running Charity Shops last week and did not only show some fantastic maths skills, but also managed to raise $400 for the Red Cross and their work in Australia and Indonesia. Well done! We look forward to welcome parents of children who are part of our English as an Additional Language programme to the EAL workshop that will take place tomorrow, 4th February, 8.45am in Cooper Hall. Elevate Education are joining us on Wednesday to conduct their much appreciated Ace Your Exams workshop for students Year 11. The Parent Teacher Conferences for Years 11 and 13 and the Secondary (Individual Learning Plan) ILP Meetings will also take place on Wednesday. Our Primary Head of ICT and Computing, Ms Cornes will run this year's Safer Internet Day, that takes place Tuesday 11th February. Ms Cornes and the ICT team are introducing the children to the concept Digital Citizenship. In class, the activities include discussions, videos, quizzes etc. Please continue the discussion about safe use of the internet at home. Finally, I would like to thank all of you who completed our Parent Satisfaction Survey. We managed to reach our target and our students might be slightly more excited than I was to hear that I will be taking guitar lessons with Mr Fernandez to be able to perform On the Spot and in the Primary assemblies.
Dear DCIS Parents, This week is another action-packed, albeit short week at Dover Court. We look forward to the Year 4 inter-house swim gala, that will take place tomorrow. Ubin took home the first place in the Year 3 gala and I know that Year 4 have been practicing both their strokes and their house cheering for theirs. All Year 4 parents are welcome to join in the cheering, as always, please remember to wear your parent ID badge when on campus. This week is Arts Week in our Secondary school, with many exciting workshops during lunch time. Today the students were experimenting with textiles. For more information on what's on, see Ms Kertrestel, Mrs Johnston or Ms Ryder! The Year 13 IBDP students are very excited about Thursday's CoffEE, where they will be presenting their Extended Essays, all Year 13 parents are invited to attend. The Primary school will be celebrating the Lunar New Year on Thursday with a Temple Fair. The children are invited to participate fully in the celebration of Chinese New Year by either wearing traditional Chinese clothing or festive red clothing. Children not wearing red or Chinese dress should attend school in school uniform, as this is not a non-uniform day.  As you might have heard, I have promised to learn to play the guitar if we reach more than 50% responses on the Parent Satisfaction Survey. Mr Fernandez will be my teacher and I hope that my experience as Major Resilience will help me! The survey is extremely important to us and I do hope that you take your time to complete it.   Have a great week and I hope that you enjoy the long weekend ahead. Please note that the school is closed on Friday 24th January and Monday 27th January. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Dear DCIS Parents, We had a wonderful first week of term last week and I am so proud of how well our new students have settled in. Friday's Charity Drive in support of those affected by the Indonesian flooding and Australian wildfires was very successful and I am proud to share that the Dover Court community raised $5600. The money is being transferred to the Red Cross, who are working hard in the affected areas.   There has been a fantastic buzz around the campus today, with the start of this year's swim galas. Well done to all children in Year 3 who did their very best in the water and thank you to all parents who helped cheer the children on. The Parents' Support Network and the Japanese Parents' Network had their first meetings of term this morning. Both these networks are parent initiated and supported by the school.  The Mandarin Department are very grateful to those who have signed up as Temple Fair volunteers. There are few slots left, if you are able to help support this wonderful event, please complete Temple Fair Volunteer form. The tickets for the DCA Secondary (Years 7-9 and 11ML) disco are now on sale. Please refer to the email sent out by the DCA for further information. The ECA confirmation email will be sent out this afternoon, the ECAs start on Friday, 17th January. Please note that ECA buses are only available to students in Year 2 upwards and that there are no ECA buses on Mondays. Finally, a reminder that our school campus is completely nut free. We have students in our school that are severely allergic, so no food or snacks containing any nuts, including Nutella, are allowed. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  Have a great week.
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