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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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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.
Dear DCIS Parents, With Christmas just around the corner, and at the end of another busy term, it seems the perfect time to reflect on what has been happening in the Primary School. We returned from our restful half term break straight into our busy UN Day preparations which saw the children busily researching the country assigned to their class, as well as making and collecting artefacts for their displays. The culmination of the week was UN Day itself with our annual parade and spectacular country displays down on the field. A big thank you to the teachers who supported to the children with their work, the parents who also helped to set up the displays and of course the Mrs Gray and Mrs Hyland who once again came up with the grand plan for the day! We have had several other celebrations this term. Our Deepavali cultural dress-up day saw 2RB and 2SL, and 3CD and 3AS present their assemblies to staff, children and parents, sharing some interesting facts and stories with us all. Thank you to the students and staff for their collaboration and hard work on this. The DCA treated us to a spooky affair for Halloween, the school looked truly terrifying thanks to the creative decorations and gruesome costumes around the place. Thank you to the DCA for frightening us even more than last year! This year, we raised awareness of Remembrance Day across the school too. You may have noticed the sea of poppies in the corridors; our first ever red and black day was a huge success and we were proud to hand over a financial contribution to the British Legion. Kindness Week, which linked with House Day, got us all thinking of ways to look after each other and was a thoroughly thought-provoking week for us all. Thank you also to Miss Sanderson and Miss Lindars for planning World Children’s Day for us. It was fantastic to see the children take a lead with their learning as they became the teachers and shared skills with their friends in other classes. Our trips continued this term with Year 1 taking part in drama workshops at Centre Stage and Year 2 visiting the National Gallery. There was great excitement as Year 5 headed off to Telunas for their annual residential, with Mr Odey and the Year 5 team. We were delighted to also send a group of children off to Ho Chi Min City for the South-East Asia NAE games led by Mr Carswell and Miss Hughes. As well as this, Mr Baines and Mr Northridge chaperoned a party of Y6 and Y7 students to the NAE STEAM festival in Bangkok. I know the children loved it – they were praised for their innovation, creativity and their impeccable behavior. Trips such as these take a great deal of preparation and planning – a special mention goes to Mr Odey for his work on the Telunas trip and to Mr Carswell for planning the NAE games and to Mr Baines for all the prep with the STEAM trip.  A great number of staff have given up their time to support the children – a great big thank you to each and every one of them for their dedication to the school. We were delighted to invite our Year 6 parents into school for an Open Morning in which they found out about the transition to Secondary School. Our Year 6 children thoroughly enjoyed a day in Secondary, meeting the teachers and having a taste of secondary lessons and life as a secondary student. Christmas crept up on us and once again the DCA sprang into action with reindeer, elves and some very familiar faced gingerbread people popping up around the campus! The lower primary nativities were amazing and well-enjoyed by children, parents and some lucky grandparents too. Both nativities were absolute bonanzas and certainly got us all into the Christmas spirit! Wishing happy holidays to you all and for those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you enjoy the festivities.
Dear DCIS Parents, We have finally reached the end of a very busy and successful term and I am sure all members of the DCIS community are looking forward to a well-earned rest. The highlight of the half term was the visit by the CIS and WASC accreditation teams. As I write we are still waiting for the formal outcome of the process but we had some lovely feedback from the visitors and we eagerly await the formal reports. We are very proud of our achievements at Dover Court and (without getting too far ahead of ourselves!) therefore we are grateful of an external validation of this from two respected accreditation agencies. I will be in contact early next term with the official outcome of the visit and a summary of the commendations and recommendations the team makes. We have had some really interesting visitors to the school including Adrian Hayes, who holds the record for climbing Everest and visiting both poles in 18 months. He will be back next term to speak to more of our year groups. Zoe Griffiths enchanted our Secondary students with the wonders of the power of Maths and we had visitors from  Michael Ng and Esther Seah Hui En from The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) to support our students’ learning in History. We also enjoyed two very powerful visits from NAE Juilliard specialists in Drama and Dance. The UN Day was another wonderful success this year. It was fantastic to see our families representing and sharing information on the 55 countries and territories we have in the school community. I am grateful for the hard work of our UN committee led by Ms Hyland and Ms Gray for their great work pulling this together. One of my many regrets of not being at DCIS next year is seeing how the school continues to develop this lovely exposition of our diverse Dover Court community. Our choir have been involved in two high profile events this half term. The first was singing, with the choirs from the other British Schools in Singapore and southern Malaysia, at the annual Remembrance Service at Kranji. The second was providing the welcome entertainment at the Great British Ball organised by the British Chamber of Commerce and the British Club. We had a number of trips and expeditions this term. A group of intrepid Secondary students took part in the World Scholars Cup, firstly in Manila and then at the Grand Final in Yale, USA. The team came back with an impressive haul of medals. Year 5 started the year group expeditions with a four-day trip to Indonesia and came back with many an exciting tale of their adventures. In sport our first ever NAE games team made up of 19 boys and girls from Years 5 and 6 competed against 9 other NAE SEA schools in Vietnam. A great time was had with some good team performances. The ACSIS season 1 ended in November, with some fantastic results for DCIS. Our U16 boys football team won a bronze medal and our U12 netballers “cleaned up” with gold, silver and bronze medals in their respective divisions. There was also the Middle School Swimming Championships, with many swimmers setting personal records. It was really good to see over 90 runners from Years 3-12 representing DCIS at the ACSIS cross-country championships held at Pasir-Ris. A huge well done to our U14 Boys team who gained a bronze medal out of 19 schools. Within Primary PE it has been superb to see a record number of teams and students competing in a variety of sports in a non-competitive environment, with up to 15 teams playing each week. We have also been really pleased to introduce numerous new teams, including our first ever U11 boys and girls basketball teams, secondary girls contact rugby teams an U16 boys rugby team and several dance groups.
Dear DCIS Parents, The DCA Christmas Fayre was a fantastic way to start the Festive celebrations. I am very grateful to the DCA executive and volunteers for all their hard work organising the fayre. Our music concert in the Primary canteen was a lovely event and I am very grateful to Mr Dwyer and his team for their great work rehearsing the students and running the event. Mr Lewis deserves special mention for his resilience in keeping his MC role going with great distraction from the moving audience. We also had an inaugural dance recital in the Cooper Hall choreographed by Ms Hughes, but run on the day by Ms Robertson and Ms Torres as Ms Hughes was in Vietnam with our NAE Games team. I was very impressed with all dancers, it is hard to believe that they've only been dancing together for one term! There was no rest for the choir as they left immediately after the concert at school to head to the Shangri-La for the Great British Ball. They did a marvellous job of entertaining the 650 guests at this very high profile event. We had some lovely feedback from the people attending the Ball. We have a busy last week of term and I am very excited for the EYFS and KS1Christmas Performances on Wednesday and Thursday. I have seen a lot of farm animals, angels and even camels around school today as they are busy with their final rehearsals.  The Secondary school have their last PSHE Drop Down Day tomorrow, with a variety of activities going on in the different year groups, from a beach clean-up to preparations for university. Our Parent Satisfaction Survey is now live, we had a fantastic response last year, with a lot of valuable feedback. We want to give your child the best possible education and your feedback is vital to us. Access the survey here.  The Secondary Student Council are running a charity event all week, collecting books for the Salvation Army and money for ACRES. Any book donations can be left in the foyer, outside reception between 8.00 and 8.30am, money can be put in the charity boxes located in the reception and outside the offices in the Secondary block.  As per tradition, Friday will be a non-uniform day, we welcome a $2 donationthat will be shared between our school charities. The DCA are also collecting any outgrown uniforms in good condition, there will be a collection box outside reception. The Mandarin Department will, for the second year, organise a Temple Fair in celebration of Chinese New Year. The fair will take place on 23rd January and will be a cultural extravaganza featuring different activities as well as Lion Dances and musical performances. We are looking for parent volunteers to help support the department in running some activities for the students. If you would like to help out, please fill out the form attached below. More information will follow in Term 2. As Mr Williams said in his letter last week, I still have two more busy terms at Dover Court and look forward to my remaining time here.
Dear DCIS Parents, Last week was an action-packed week with STEAM activities going on across Primary and in some of the Secondary classes. A big thank you to Mr Baines and Mr Northridge for planning the activities. We also have a lot of IPC exit points over the last weeks of term, I enjoyed seeing some fantastic and very creative buildings in Year 2. We welcomed Juilliard dance curriculum specialist Donna Costello to Dover Court last week. I unfortunately missed the practical parent dance workshop, but the feedback from it was very positive. Donna also worked with our students across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, where the students were introduced to a series of movement based tasks and through improvisation they created their own choreography.   Last week also saw our students in Year 5 travelling to Indonesia for their Residential trip. We had over 160 very happy, sandy and quite tired children arriving back to our school on Friday afternoon, eager to share all memories made. Trips like these are wonderful experiences for both students and staff and I am very grateful to Mr Odey and his team for their hard work with the trip.  Tomorrow evening our counsellor Mr Moody will run the first Single Parents Network in The Lounge, 7.30pm. If you would like to participate, please sign up using this link.  Lice Lassies is giving a presentation filled with helpful advice and strategies for treating and preventing head lice effectively in a gentle and thorough manner, Thursday 5th December, 8.45am in The Lounge.   The Years 5 and 6 NAE team will travel to Ho Chi Minh City for the NAE Games on Friday, we wish them the best of luck as they will be competing in basketball and t-ball against the other NAE schools in the region. DCAs annual Christmas Fayre will take place this Saturday, 7th December, 3.00-6.00pm, I look forward to seeing you there! The Secondary Student Council is arranging a book donation drive during the last week of term. They will collect donations in the foyer, outside the reception, 9th to 13th December, 8.00-8.45am. Finally, a gentle reminder that Friday is the last day of ECAs.
Dear DCIS Parents, Last week we had a very successful visit from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation teams. The Chair and Co-chair spoke to staff on Friday and gave some lovely feedback on our children and the school. We will receive the full report once it has been ratified by the CIS and WASC boards. This week is STEAM week and the children in Years 4 and 5 have enjoyed taking on the second STEAM challenge of the year, set by MIT, today. The rest of Primary and some classes in Secondary will enjoy their STEAM days during the rest of the week. We are also very excited to have Juilliard dance curriculum specialist Donna Costello visiting us for two days. Donna is running a number of workshops across the year groups, as well as with members from our PE department. We look forward to welcoming parents to tomorrow's dance workshop. There are a few places left if anyone is interested, please sign up using this link. There has been a certain buzz among the Year 5 students today, as they will depart for Telunas on their Residential trip early tomorrow morning. We look forward to them telling us all about their adventures upon their return on Friday. Our counsellor Mr Moody will run two workshops this week. During the Navigating the Exams Rapid parent workshop tomorrow, 26th November, Mr Moody will go through how parents can support their children during the intense mocks and exam periods ahead. This workshop is aimed at parents of children in Upper Secondary and will take place 8.45am in The Lounge. On Thursday, 28th November, 7.30am the second Forum for Dads will run in The Lounge. This time Mr Moody will be leading a talk about Parenting Teenagers. All dads are welcome! The DCA Christmas Fayre is just around the corner. It is usually a lovely event that puts all in the festive spirit. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, 7th December at 3.00pm. Should you be able to support our parent association and help out during the event, please send them an email, I have heard that they are still looking for one Santa!
Dear DCIS Parents, We had a wonderful celebration of Kindness last week and the students participated in a range of activities and workshops across the year groups. The students in Secondary especially enjoyed the Kindness workshop led by Dover Court parent, author, educator and holistic well-being advocate, Mrs Forrester. I have mentioned our Council of International Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges membership and accreditation process a few times over the last two years. This process comes to climax this week as we have 8 visitors representing the two organisations with us this week for the final accreditation visit. The week started yesterday with a welcome function for the visiting team and all our staff. We will find out the outcome of the visit early next year. We performed this term’s lockdown drill last Thursday. As usual, the school community responded brilliantly – as you know, I’ve written before about my anguish on how easily we perform these drills, sad in the knowledge that we do need to do them. Wednesday, 20th November is World Children's Day and this year we will focus on the Convention of the Rights of the Child, that was signed 20th November 1989. Our Secondary Student Council has put together a fantastic video, with our students sharing what the declaration means to them. Watch it here: World Children's Day Video We have some exciting parent workshops coming up over the next weeks. Tomorrow, Tuesday 19th November, our PE team will lead the Health & Sports parent workshop. We look forward to welcoming you to Cooper Hall, 8.45am. Our counsellor, Ian Moody will talk about how to cope with the stress around exams in the Navigating the Exams Rapids workshop, Tuesday 26th November, 8.45am-9.30am. This workshop is aimed at Upper Secondary parents. Juilliard Dance Specialist Donna Costello and DCIS Dance Specialistand PE teacher Victoria Hughes will give an introduction to the NAE - Juilliard Performing Arts collaboration and the Performing Arts programme at Dover Court, Tuesday 26th November, 9.15-10.00am in Cooper Hall. Please sign up here if you'd be interested in participating. Mr Moody's Forum for Dads - Secret Dad’s Meeting will take placeThursday 28th 7.30am-9am.  This session will focus on parenting teenagers and is open to all DCIS fathers. More information to follow. The new initiative, a network for Single Parents, also led by Mr Moody, will meet in The Lounge, Tuesday 3rd December 7.30pm-9pm During the week beginning 25th November, Primary students and students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be participating the second MIT STEAM Challenge of the year. The theme is Extreme Exposure. Our STEAM coordinator Mr Baines is looking for oceanographers, aquarium educators, scuba divers, mariners, and other people with expertise related to ocean exploration, as well as roboticists, engineers, electricians, camera buffs, and tinkerers who can help us build imaging devices like underwater cameras. If you are able to support us next week, please send Mr Baines an email: Have a great week!
Dear DCIS Parents, I was sad to miss yesterday's Remembrance Day service at Kranji War Memorial as I was attending the annual FOBISIA leadership conference, I've been told that it was very moving and I have seen some lovely photos. Our choir did a fantastic job signing with the other British schools in Singapore and Johor. Today at 11.11 we observed a minute of silence, with a live playing of the ‘Last Post’. This was very moving and I am very grateful to Mr Dwyer for playing the bugle. This week is Kindness week in school, during the week our students will participate in a range of activities promoting kindness and awareness, including pledges of ‘pay it forward’ and random acts of kindness. Mr Burren and the Learning Support team look forward to welcoming parents to tomorrow's Pathway Strategies workshop, 8.45-9.30am in Cooper Hall. Wednesday, 13th November, is House Day. The theme for the Secondary day is collaboration and the students will participate in a series of dance workshops, whilst the Primary students will focus on Kindness. We ask that all students wear their house shirts, PE shorts/leggings and trainers. Well done to our Cross Country teams, who participated in the ACSIS Cross Country Festival last week. A special mention to Emma in Year 4 who finished 2nd in her race and to the Under 14 boys team who finished 3rd. Finally, the DCA is looking for classes or group of friends to run stalls at the Christmas Fayre, 7th December, please sign up here if you're able to support this wonderful event.
In GCSE music with Miss Jones, year 10s are exploring the different timbres of the orchestra and were asked to interview each other about the instruments they play as a homework task. Here is Ginny and Nakshatra interviewing Emilia, who talks with confidence and knowledge about her instrument, the flute. Prepare to be blown away!
Dear DCIS Parents, Many thanks to the parents that came along to the ‘Coffee with Chris’ session last week. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss some of the recent developments at the school and what is planned in the next 12-18 months. Parents were also able to give some feedback on critical areas like communication, buses and the canteen service and these are themes we will explore in more detail at future events. I would also like to thank the DCA for organising Friday's Halloween event, the campus looked fantastic. Events like these mean a lot to the Dover Court community and I appreciate the time and effort put in by all volunteers. Yesterday a group of Year 6 and Year 7 students left for Pattaya and the NAE regional STEAM festival together with Mr Baines and Mr Northridge, we look forward to hearing all about their experience once they return. Mrs Nesbitt, Mr Moody and the World Scholar's Cup team leave for NYC and Yale later this week for the final round of the World Scholar's Cup. We wish them the best of luck! Tomorrow, Tuesday, the Secondary School Open Morning for our Year 6 parents will take place and on Wednesday the Year 6 students will have their first transition day of the year. The DCA will be meeting on Thursday, 7th November, 8.45-9.30am in The Lounge. All parents are invited. Come and share your ideas and help shape the annual Christmas Fayre. We are very excited to be part of the IN exhibition held at the Australian High Commission. This is our second year participating in this collaboration between the international schools in Singapore and their visual arts departments, showcasing some fantastic pieces of art. The exhibition will be open to the public 7th November to 10th January. During the week we will be talking about the significance of Remembrance Day in school with the our students. On Friday 8th November, the theme of our assemblies will be Remembrance Day. On this day, we would like to invite the students to come to school wearing red and black, the colour of poppies and to make a donation of $2 which will be given to The British Legion Poppy Appeal. We would also like to invite parents to support our Secondary choir who will be performing at the annual Kranji Memorial Service on Sunday 10th November with students from Tanglin Trust School, Dulwich College Singapore and Marlborough College, Malaysia. Have a great week.
Dear DCIS Parents, I hope that you had a great break last week. We have a busy and exciting week ahead, with our biggest event of the year, UN Day, taking place on Friday. The school photographer is here Monday to Thursday, taking the official school photos. We ask that students come to school wearing their best uniform on the day that they have their photo taken. Please refer to the Parent Portal for the photo week schedule. Our parent association, the DCA, and the Secondary Student Council are running two charity drives this week. Caring for Cambodia takes toiletry donations and Toys from the Heart is looking for toys for 6-13 year olds, donations can be left at the main steps 8-8.45am until Thursday 24th October. For more information, please refer to the email sent out by DCA last Tuesday. For Primary students interested in being part of the Primary Student Council, the application deadline is Tuesday 29th October. We look forward to celebrating our diversity on Friday. We ask that all students wear an outfit that represents their home country or the commemorative UN Day t-shirt, arranged by the DCA. Parents are also invited to dress up! We kindly ask that students avoid wearing team football/sports kit, such as Premier League kits, they are however welcome to wear their national sports kit. As Deepavali will be celebrated next weekend, Monday 28th October is a public holiday and the school is closed. All Primary students are invited to dress in traditional or colourful clothes to celebrate Deepavali on Friday, 1st November. On Tuesday 29th October we will hold our Primary Maths parent workshopwhere we will share our approach to maths at Dover Court and explain how our curriculum is taught. We look forward to seeing Primary parents in Cooper Hall, 8.45am. The DCA's Primary and Secondary Halloween events will take place Friday 1st November. Please note that payment for tickets is due Wednesday 23rd October. Finally, a reminder that there are no ECAs on Friday due to UN Day. Have a great week, I look forward to seeing many of you on Friday.
Dear DCIS Parents, The first half term in any school is always busy and this half term at Dover Court has been no exception! We were delighted to welcome several news students and their families to the primary school; I have greatly enjoyed visiting classes and getting to know our newer children who have clearly settled in well. I have also had the great pleasure of meeting many of our new parents at the Coffee Mornings hosted earlier in the term, as well as at some of the Primary School events. Hopefully, you all feel welcome and your children are by now happy in their new school and familiar with their new routines. We literally hit the ground running with our educational visits in the Primary School this term, with our very first outing to the National Stadium where Year 3 were invited to watch the Walking With Dinosaurs performance. The children (and the staff!) told me that it was a great show and a brilliant entry point for the Year 3 Project Work, Footsteps From The Past. Thank you to Mr Neeson and the Year 3 team for giving up their Saturday morning to take the children to the performance, I know this was greatly appreciated. Following this, Years 4 and 5 went to the theatre to see the Mandarin version of Fantastic Mr Fox. Thank you to the Miss Hey and the Mandarin team for organising these trips. The children told me that they had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the performance.  As well as this, Year 2 have visited the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome at Gardens By the Bay, Year 4 had a great session at the Science Centre, Year 3 went to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Year 6 had a fantastic experience at the Forest Adventure at Bedok Reservoir Park and EYFS tested out many activities  (and gained many skills!) at Kidzania. We have many more visits planned over the rest of the term and we will keep you updated! As well as this, we have enjoyed our Primary Sports Days this term out on the track and field. It was a pleasure to see the children so engaged in their carousel of activities with everything from the long jump and the hurdles, to sprinting and shot put! Each child had the opportunity to shine and they were encouraged to do so by our amazing PE team.  The events ran seamlessly, apart from the Singapore weather playing a trick on Year 1, and this is of course down to the prior planning on the part of the staff. A big thank you to each and every one of the for super set of events and thanks also to the parents who managed to come along to support the children – it was great to see you there. Over the half term we have seen some great class assemblies presented by the children themselves. Thank you so far to for all the staff and students concerned. You may also have heard that our very own Dover Court Superheroes made a guest appearance at our first Vision assembly of the year.  This was a great opportunity to re-cap on the school vision and the characteristics we embody here at Dover Court. We have also been delighted to award our Care and Collaboration awards to some of our students this term. I know they were as proud to receive their pin badges and certificates in assembly as I was to award them.
Dear DCIS Secondary Parents, The first half term of any academic year is usually one of the busiest for parents, students and staff at the best of times and this year was no exception particularly when you throw in moving into a new building. I am exceptionally proud of our students and staff and the way they have settled into their new home at Dover Court. Over the half term we have listened and observed to make some subtle changes as the term has developed and we will make further changes in terms of infrastructure ready for the start of Term 1.2. We are very proud of our new facilities, and we recently held an official opening ceremony which was attended by the British High Commissioner, Kara Owen, Dr Bicky Bhangu, President of South East Asia Rolls-Royce, parents students and staff. Ayush in Year 7 who won the naming competition and designed the logo for the Red Dot Restaurant was invited to cut one of the five ribbons; he managed to do so with one clean cut, something which I did not. As you will have seen and heard about from my various other communications, we were extremely pleased with both our iGCSE and IB results this summer. It confirms that students at Dover Court achieve extremely well, and most importantly, that we take students further than they are expected to achieve. We have had a good number of trips and visits run already this term including two Duke of Edinburgh Trips, a Red Dot Museum trip, a Geography IB trip and the World Scholar’s Cup trip to Manila, where nine students made it through to the final round at Yale next month. A fantastic achievement. The STEAM challenge week was a huge success. This term’s challenge was called A Different Lens, featuring Felice Frankel and it asked students to explore communicating Art through Science. Felice Frankel is the Artist in Residence at MIT. Her job is to help Scientists, Engineers and Mathematicians communicate their discoveries through the use of beautiful, compelling images. Many of these images have been used on the front cover of science publications such as Nature Magazine. I was amazed by the photographs produced. We then held a STEAM exhibition in the Cooper Hall, where a selection of the most captivating images were displayed. Despite the Singapore weather, our Secondary Sports Day was a success. We had some very close fought races, with Mr Lindsay even winning the teachers’ race. With everything accounted for, including football and indoor athletics, Newton came out overall winners with Jurong and Ubin close behind in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. A huge thanks should go to the PE team who have managed and delivered Sports Days across the whole school recently, which is no mean feat. I have had the pleasure of inviting ten students from Year 7 and ten students from Year 8 to join me for a Hot Chocolate and a brownie as part of my monthly Headteacher Reward. I was particularly taken back to hear the stories of altruism that led to most of the students being nominated by their tutors. We are hosting the other year groups, one year group each month as the year progresses. We also held our first PSHE Drop Down Day this term. Students attended a day of workshops and lessons to focus on key issues appropriate to each age group, from Looking after ourselves and each other in Year 7 to Relationships in Year 9 and Getting Ready for Exams further up the school.
Dear DCIS Parents, This is the 19th Newsletter I have written at Dover Court and I think I am going to start this one in a similar vein to the previous 18. It has been an extremely busy but successful half term. Many of our teams worked through the summer to get the new Secondary Building and the Sports Hall ready for the new school year and we have been delighted by the response from students, parents and staff. There is still a little work to be done on the Sports Hall and this will be completed over the half term holiday. I’d like to thank all members of the school community, especially the PE team, for their flexibility and understanding while we worked around the logistics of our new buildings. The school year started with some phenomenal results from last year’s Years 11 and 13. As I wrote in my recent blog we do need to be wary of overall averages but we were delighted that we were above the World average for the IBDP and the UK average for GCSE. There are some great individual stories behind the headlines and our 10 graduates from Year 13 are now successfully onto their next exciting challenge. The new Sports Hall hasn’t impacted on our Sports programme yet but we have had a very successful start to the year. We have had record numbers of students attending the trials for the FOBISIA, NAE Games and other teams and we have had some great results in this season’s ACSIS fixtures to date. We sneaked in the Sports Days around the weather just before half term which were hotly contested in all year groups. We’ve had a full set of local trips already this half term. I have enjoyed talking to children about their exciting visits to local museums  and other areas of interest that Singapore has to offer. Our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition hit the first hazy weekend in 3 years but they managed to get through most of their challenges. Further afield our Secondary World Scholars Cup trip to Manila was extremely successful and 9 students have qualified for the final stage at Yale later in the term. We’ve recently partnered with International SOS who have augmented our staff training and provide crucial planning and back up for all our international trips. More details will be available in specific trip information. Our Performing Arts have really benefited from the new facilities afforded to them in the Secondary building. We have long had a track record of some outstanding pieces of work from drama, music and art and we look forward to seeing this continue. We introduced Dance with the support of Juilliard last year and Ms Dodson did a brilliant job of starting this development. Ms Hughes has taken this over and we welcome our second Juilliard dance artist to DCIS in November. It has been lovely to see so many parents at our various events; coffee mornings, information sessions, parents consultations or the Parent Support Network. We welcome (suitably badged!) parents to use our Lounge at all times and I’m really pleased that this is being used more extensively. The DCA AGM was extremely well attended and I continue to be grateful for the support of the co-chairs, the executive and the volunteers for the plethora of activities they run each year. The DCA have also been instrumental in the feedback they supply – the recent improvements in lost property management are based upon discussions with them.
Dear DCIS Parents, This last week before half term certainly is a busy one. Our Secondary students enjoyed their Sports Day last Friday. The afternoon weather was unfortunately unkind to us, the athletics finals have been rescheduled for Thursday, 10th October, 11.00am.  The Primary Sports Week started today with Year 6, congratulations to Newton for winning the inter-house competition! Please find the events for the rest of the week below. We ask that the students, Secondary included, wear their House shirt on their year group's Sports Day. Tuesday: 8.45am - 10.15am        Year 4 1.00pm - 2.30pm          Year 3 Wednesday: 8.45am- 10.15am        Year 2 1.00pm - 2.30pm          Year 1 Thursday: 9.00am - 10.30am         EYFS 11.00am - noon             Secondary Athletics 1.15pm - 2.45pm           Year 5 The Primary Parent Teacher Conferences take place this afternoon and tomorrow. These are a great opportunity for parents to discuss their children's progress with the teachers. Please remember to wear youparent ID whilst on campus. On Wednesday, 9th October we have our STEAM exhibition - Communicating Science Through Art. It is open to parents between 3.00pmand 4.30pm, do come by Cooper Hall! The Sixth Form Opening Evening will take place on Thursday, 10th October 6.00pm-7.00pm in Cooper Hall. MrBull and the Secondary team look forward to presenting the options available for Post-16study. We will hold our Charity Awareness Day on Friday, 11th October. The school has been working on a new charity programme, where we will be supporting charities within the four categories Children, Climate, Health and Human Rightsover the coming years. The charities chosen were selected by the students last academic year and will be supported through a range of activities in school. Friday is a non-uniform day and the students are invited to donate $2 to the charity of their choice. Students are encouraged to design an A4 poster that raises awareness of the charities and their causes. The deadline for designs is Thursday 10th October and the posters should be passed to the Class Teachers/ Form Tutors. Students should choose the charity group assigned to their house below. Please note that the houses are only assigned a charity group for this first charity day, moving forward, the school will support the listed charities for different events. Finally, a reminder that there are no ECAs on Friday. This allows those families who are going away for the break a chance to leave right after school. The ECAs will resume on Monday 21st October.  Have a great week and enjoy next week's break.
Dear DCIS Parents, It is hard to believe that we have reached the last day of September. We have two busy weeks ahead of us before the half term break. Our counsellor Mr Moody is looking forward to welcoming Primary School fathers to the launch of his Forum for Dads. Do join him tomorrow, Tuesday 1st October, 7.45am in The Lounge. This first meeting will focus on parenting younger children. The next meeting, after half term, will cover older children. At 8.45am tomorrow we will hold a workshop for parents of children in our English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme. We look forward to seeing you in Cooper Hall. Tomorrow evening, Tuesday 1st October, starting 6.00pm, Blue Phish will run their workshop Parenting in the Digital Age. Blue Phish joined us last year as well and the feedback I received from parents after the workshop was very positive. Blue Phish will cover topics such as threatening apps, gaming, social media, digital footprints, cyber bullying, online privacy and much more, topics that are most relevant when parenting young people today. We are very proud of our extensive Residential Trips programme and the first year group to go on their trip this year is Year 5, who will be travelling to Sugi Island in Indonesia in November. The Year 5 Trip Information Meeting will be held Thursday 3rd October 6.00pm-6.45pm in Cooper Hall. Students and parents in Year 9 and above that are interested in the the Global Campus Tanzania Trip are welcome to the information meeting Thursday, 3rd October, 6.00pm-7.00pm in the Music Room, by the Primary Canteen. For any questions regarding the Tanzania trip, please contact Mr Fisher: This year's Sports Week will commence on Friday, 4th October, with the Secondary Sports Day. Details about timings can be found on the Parent Portal, parents are invited to come along and cheer their children on! Friday 4th October is also Dyslexia Awareness Day, the day will be celebrated across the school. A gentle reminder to those passing through the Singapore Polytechnic that scooters must be walked when on campus.
Dear DCIS Parents, Last week's STEAM week was a wonderful experience for our Primary and Years 7 and 8 students. I would like to thank Mr Baines and Mr Northridge for coordinating the various activities. Our PE teacher and dance specialist Ms Hughes is in the process of developing the dance programme at Dover Court. Dance is taught in blocks in our Primary school and the feedback from the students participating in the first block has been extremely positive. I look forward to welcoming our Class Parent Representatives to school tomorrow. The meeting takes place in Cooper Hall, 8.45am. Our parent association, the DCA, welcomes all DCIS parents to their parent social, Thursday 26th September, 7.00-10.00pm. For more information, please contact DCA at Have a great week.
On Tuesday morning a group of interested parents, led by Mrs Gray, took part in a hands-on Phonics and Spelling session. Parents learned about the rationale for using the Read Write Inc scheme in school and the impact it has had on our students.  Mrs Gray shared more about what a Phonic or Spelling session looks like and how teachers reinforce new learning. We are very proud of just how well the Mums and Dads did in the session today!
Dear DCIS Parents, This week is the first STEAM week of the year. The NAE MIT STEAM Challenge this year is called REVEAL and is centered around the concept of communicating science through compelling images. The students in our Primary School and Years 7 and 8 will be looking at how images can tell a scientific story. They will use various imaging techniques as the art department and science department work together. I look forward to visiting the different year groups and see their work. The Year 10 students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award had their practice trip last weekend, paddling a dragon boat off the coast of Sentosa and practicing outdoor cooking. Thank you Mr Fisher and Mr Tuckley for arranging this. I would like to thank the students in 11ML for helping us set up and run the new Lost Property room. It is located in the E Block, by the turning circle and should make it easier for students to find any items they may have lost. To facilitate the process further we ask that all items sent to school are marked with the student's name and class. Tomorrow, Tuesday, Mrs Gray will lead a Primary Phonics Parent Workshop. We look forward to seeing you in Cooper Hall, 8.45am. The Secondary School Residential Trip meetings will take place tomorrow evening. More information can be found on the Parent Portal. Last Wednesday DCA held their Annual General Meeting, a meeting that was very well attented. I would like to thank outgoing Co-chair Aisling O’Leary and Secretary of four years, Ann Geehman for their hard work. Celeste Saunders and Karyn Pereira were re-elected as Co-chair and Treasurer. I am happy to welcome Rita Ransome as the new Co-chair and Joanna Ip as Secretary. JC Fulford is DCA's new Social Coordinator; Francesca Occhipinti, Social Media Coordinator; Deepti Mehra the DSE Coordinator and Tomoko Johnston the parent liaison Have a great week.
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