Dover Court News

Newsletter February / March 2019 - Primary School February / March Highlights from Ms Lebihan

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By Dover Court Int. School
Welcome to Dover Court News, where we share the latest updates from the Senior Leadership team to events happening in Dover Court International School.
Newsletter April / May 2019 - Secondary School April / May Highlights from Mr. Bull
We have had a short but busy penultimate half term in our Secondary School. The Inter-house swimming galas and water polo competitions kicked us off early in May. Well done to all who competed. We also saw our strong Athletics team compete in the ACSIS Middle School finals with some fantastic results. Congratulations to all athletes on your achievements!
May 24, 2019
Newsletter April / May 2019 - Primary School April / May Highlights from Ms Lebihan
We were delighted to welcome some new families to our Primary School this term. I greatly enjoyed meeting you all at the coffee morning and hope that you are all settling in well. Just a few weeks in, it is already hard to tell who was newly arrived - that can only be a good thing! It is amazing to see how quickly the children settle in to their new routines and make new friends. Well done, everybody!
May 24, 2019
Newsletter April / May 2019 - Letter from the Principal: April / May Highlights
With no full half term break this term the busyness to the term seems more concentrated – it seems no time since I was last writing my newsletter piece. Over the last 4 weeks we have had a number of fantastic activities. 4 intrepid Year 5 students, accompanied by Mr Baines, travelled to Boston for the 3rd Annual NAE MIT STEAM festival.
May 24, 2019
Week Beginning 13th May 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
I would like to congratulate the Primary FOBISIA Team on their achievements at the FOBISIA Games in Phuket last week. We are very proud of our athletes, who all did their very best. We saw some fantastic individual results, as well as a 1st place in U11 Boys’ football and a 3rd place in the U10 Boys’ football. I would like to thank our Primary PE teachers for their hard work in the preparations for the games and the parents who travelled to Phuket to show their support. 
May 14, 2019
Week Beginning 6th May 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
I would like to welcome Mr Baines and our Year 5 students Giulia, Sophie, Jaiveer and Jeongwoo, back from the Nord Anglia STEAM week at MIT in Boston. I have been told that it was an amazing experience and I look forward to hearing more about their adventure. We are very fortunate to be able to offer experiences like these to our students.
May 6, 2019
Week Beginning 29th April 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
We had a great first week of Term 3 and I enjoyed meeting some of our new parents at the coffee morning last Friday. Our first House Day of the term was very successful with a variety of Maths activities throughout the school. Congratulations to all the students involved in the ACSIS finals on Saturday.
April 29, 2019
Newsletter February / March 2019 - Secondary School February / March Highlights from Mr. Bull
What a fantastic term we have had in the Secondary school. I am very proud of our young people and their hard work and achievements. Anyone who follows my @dcisheadteacher Instagram or Twitter feeds will have noticed the exciting development of the new Secondary block which is certainly moving at a pace. The Naming of the new restaurant competition has been very popular and I am very much looking forward to picking the winner next term.
April 10, 2019
Newsletter February / March 2019 - Primary School February / March Highlights from Ms Lebihan
We have had a great half term in the Primary School and as ever it has been a hive of learning, activity and fun. There have been some fantastic events and trips, including the EYFS visit to Snow City, the Year 2 visit to the Insect and Butterfly Park on Sentosa and of course the Year 6 residential to Udon Thani in Thailand. I know each trip was well-enjoyed by the children and we thank the staff for their meticulous planning of these activities. 
April 10, 2019
Newsletter February / March 2019 - Letter from the Principal: February / March Highlights
This term has had a strange shape to it with a tightly packed short first half of term and an equally tightly packed but much longer second half of term. We have had the usual round of sporting success including an impressive haul of trophies and medals at the U13 FOBISIA Games in Phuket. We were delighted to host Olympic Triathlon medallist Jonny Brownlee and three other world class athletes who worked with a group of our children to explain the rigours of training to be a professional athlete.
April 10, 2019
Week Beginning 1st April 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
It was lovely to see so many of you at school on Saturday night for the DCA Family Movie night. Many thanks to Karyn, the DCA committee and all volunteers for organising the event – even the weather was perfect! One of my highlights during the evening was a Year 2 girl asking me if we could get rid of plastic at DCIS - I explained what we had done so far but we agreed that there is more still to do.
April 1, 2019
Week Beginning 25th March 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
We have had three groups of students out last week on a wide variety of trips and expeditions. Year 6 returned from Udon Thani in Thailand on Friday with a host of exciting stories and experiences to share. Our Global Expedition Team in Tanzania returns today and we look forward to hearing how they enjoyed their service learning and safari.
March 25, 2019
Week Beginning 18th March 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
It was a very early start for many of our year 6 students and their parents as they met at the airport eager to begin their adventure on their residential trip to Thailand, we look forward to receiving updates from them this week. Students from years 9 – 12 have also embarked upon their week-long Global Campus expedition to Tanzania, we are equally excited to hear about their experiences when they return next week.
March 19, 2019
Week Beginning 11th March 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
It was fantastic to see so many children and staff dressed up for our World Book Day celebrations on Friday. The staff went for the theme of ‘Where’s Wally’, which provided much amusement all day – several classes went on a ‘Where’s Wally’ hunt and were not disappointed. It is great to hear that sales of traditional books remain strong globally in spite of a digital assault and events like this help to foster a love of reading.
March 11, 2019
Week Beginning 4th March 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
Book Week has arrived! There is a whole host of activities, including our extreme reading competition, across the week culminating in the Book character dress up day on Friday, students may notice a number of Wally characters across the school on Friday!! There is also a Book Fair in the Main Library all week. Our Primary students will visit during their regular library session and parents are welcome to visit between 3 and 4pm, Monday to Thursday. In conjunction with International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March students from 6TH have been reading and discussing their favourite stories from one of the Global Campus Big Reads “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls”, do have a look at their videos which are being posted over the next few days.
March 7, 2019
Week Beginning 18th February 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
Many thanks to the parents who attended the Primary Parent Teacher conferences last week, we have received some very positive feedback from both parents and teachers. This week it is Secondary’s turn and we look forward to welcoming parents of students in Year 8 and above to Cooper Hall today and tomorrow.
February 19, 2019
Week Beginning 11th February 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
Gong Xi Fa Cai, Happy New Year to everyone, I hope that you had a wonderful break with friends and family. We are now looking forward to a fun packed second half of Term 2, which kicks off this week with a number of different events for our students.
February 12, 2019
Newsletter January 2019 - Letter from the Principal: January Highlights
As we have tied our Half Term break to Chinese New Year this year we have had a short but packed first half of Term 2. We have adjusted this for next year. Having said that, it seems a long time since we welcomed 70 new children to the Dover Court family at the start of January. It is amazing to see how well they all seem to have settled into life at DCIS.
February 1, 2019
Newsletter January 2019 - Secondary School January Highlights from Mr. Bull
A short but nevertheless busy half term for Dover Court Secondary beginning with the exciting sight of builders and diggers in school as our new Secondary Building begins to be erected. The  ground work is well underway and we are working as closely as possible with the project manager to ensure that this has as little impact on our school and student learning as possible.
February 1, 2019
Newsletter January 2019 - Primary School January Highlights from Ms Lebihan
Firstly, a big welcome to the new families that have joined us this term. I hope your children are now well-settled into school and that your family is enjoying being a part of the Dover Court Community. I know many of you came to the New Parent Coffee Mornings and I hope you have continued to make connections with other families from there.  Of course, welcome back also to our returning families – it’s lovely to see the children back. 
February 1, 2019
Week Beginning 28th January 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
I am just back from a very fruitful week in London meeting potential candidates for next year. Apart from interviewing our new teachers we also enjoyed the rare opportunity to meet with all NAE leaders and sharing ideas and visions. Our Academic Advisory Board gave presentations and Lord Puttnam, our Chair and the producer of Chariots of Fire, talked about digital education. It surely is a relevant topic and our student screening of Screenagers this week is well in line with Lord Puttnam’s speech.
January 31, 2019
Parent Workshop: Secondary PSHE by Carla Hyland, Deputy Head of Secondary
In our Secondary school we talk about PSHE - Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and Mrs. Hyland described how our Secondary school have regular PSHE-sessions throughout the year with different key topics specifically chosen for each year group and with the possibilty to customise the workshops, should there be any issues within the year.
January 24, 2019
Parent Workshop: Primary PSHCE by Kiara Gray, Deputy Head of Lower Primary
The workshop was led by Mrs. Gray and based on Primary PSHCE. PSHCE is an abbreviation for Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education and the interactive session included information about how we teach and what we teach.  It also discussed how PSHCE happens naturally throughout the school day and is part of our school Vision.
January 23, 2019
Week Beginning 21st January 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
I am in the UK this week, interviewing teachers for the 2019/2020 academic year. Each year NAE hosts a recruitment event in London so that our senior leaders can meet and handpick the staff who will be joining us in August. I will be back in school next Monday.
January 23, 2019
Week Beginning 14th January 2019 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
It was wonderful to have our children and students back on Campus last week. A school is an eerily quiet place when there are only a few staff around! We are very pleased with how well our new students have settled in and how welcoming our returning students have been.
January 15, 2019
Newsletter November December 2018 - Secondary School Highlights from Mr. Bull
Mr. Bull reflects on an action packed first term at DCIS.
December 27, 2018
Newsletter November December 2018 - Primary School Highlights from Ms Lebihan
Ms Lebihan looks back over a busy and exciting term.
December 27, 2018
Newsletter November December 2018 - Letter from the Principal
Our Principal Christopher Short celebrates 16 weeks of amazing learning and teaching.
December 27, 2018
Parent Workshop: Exams and Healthy Eating by Ian Moody, Counsellor
The Managing Exam Stress workshop was held on Thursday 13 December to discuss the reactions we may see in our students around exam time and look at some strategies to support parents in what can be a challenging time for the family.
December 13, 2018
Week Beginning 10th December 2018 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
It was great to see so many of you at the DCA Christmas Fayre on Saturday afternoon. The rain was a little more persistent that most afternoons at the moment but it didn’t seem to effect the general festive mood – in fact my sponge throwing appointment was cut short, so not all bad!
December 11, 2018
Week Beginning 3rd December 2018 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
The school was eerily quiet last week as most of the Secondary students were away on their annual residential trips. I saw the Gopeng group when they returned to school and there was a tangible buzz of energy from students and staff alike. The excitement as the students started to tell their parents about the amazing week they had was electric.
December 3, 2018
Week Beginning 26th November 2018 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
I often tell people I meet at functions in Singapore that I have the best job in the world. It's not a comment I make lightly, but to spend your working day surrounded by passionate staff and energetic and enthusiastic children and young people is truly inspiring.
November 27, 2018
Week Beginning 19th November 2018 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
Last week was our Anti Bullying and Kindness Week. There were a variety of activities taking place all week to promote this important area across the school. Mr. Tallet, our Primary ICT teacher, shared some excellent guidance on anti-bullying online and the guidelines that various social media companies give out.
November 20, 2018
Week Beginning 12th November 2018 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
What a lovely celebration of Deepavali we had on Friday. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the staff and children dressed in their new colourful clothes and celebrating the festival of lights.
November 13, 2018
Week Beginning 5th November 2018 - Christopher Short, DCIS Principal
Last week was another busy week in school. Our children in the Primary School and Year 9 participated in the first STEAM challenge of the year creating some very innovative and creative prototypes of wearable technology.
November 7, 2018
Week Beginning 29th October 2018
Many thanks to all the families who supported our UN Day on Friday. I am very grateful to everyone involved for making the day such a success, especially Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Hyland for coordinating the Primary and Secondary sections respectively. I am also grateful to the DCA for their support with the UN Day t-shirts and the country stamps. 
October 29, 2018
Parent Workshop: Internet Safety
Mr. Tallett, Mr. Kinsella and Mr. Bull gave an internet safety workshop aiming to educate parents about some of the relevant issues surrounding us today.
October 29, 2018
Week Beginning 22nd October 2018
DC Bear and Our Students Prepare for UN Day this Friday 26th October 2018.
October 22, 2018
Newsletter September October 2018 - Letter from the Principal
Our Principal Christopher Short celebrates a successful beginning to the new Academic Year.
October 12, 2018
Newsletter September October 2018 - Primary School Highlights from Ms Lebihan
Ms Lebihan reflects on a very busy and eventful start to the academic year in the primary school.
October 12, 2018
Newsletter September and October 2018 - Secondary School Highlights from Mr. Bull
Mr. Bull talks about his first half term at DCIS and the warm welcome he has received.
October 12, 2018
Week Beginning 8th October 2018
We had another successful House Day on Thursday and I’m grateful to Mr. Liperis and his team for the great work they have done building the house system over the last 18 months. The buzz around the school on House Days is great.
October 9, 2018
Week Beginning 1st October
We were delighted on Thursday that our Year 2 Year Group Leader, Monica Dolan received the Future Leaders Award at the 19th Annual BritCham Awards. We would also like to congratulate Charlotte Prince on being shortlisted for this category.
October 5, 2018
Week Beginning 24th September
We were delighted to open our new hydroponics garden last week. Saesha, 3JR, Kiara, 3JH and Lily, 3CS raised money at the end of last year, when they were in Year 2, for environmental projects for the school.
September 25, 2018
Parent Workshop: Primary Phonics and Spelling
Starting off with the phonics aspect of the programme, the workshop looked at the different sets of sounds and the order in which they are taught. #DCISsg #NAEBeAmbitious Dover Court International School
September 19, 2018
Week Beginning 17th September
Many thanks to those parents who attended our Secondary information session on Thursday evening. Mr. Bull and I were able to give more information on the plans for Secondary development including the new Secondary building and Sport Hall. #DCISsg #NAEBeAmbitious Dover Court International School
September 18, 2018
NAE-UNICEF Student Summit 2018 New York by Lola and Sarah
This year, Lola and Sarah from Dover Court International School, joined the event to share their thoughts on sustainability and to discuss what has been accomplished in their own school community. #DCISsg #NAEBeAmbitious Dover Court International School
September 15, 2018
Week Beginning 10th Sept 2018
Last week we held our first House Day of the new academic year. It was wonderful to see both students and teachers get into the house spirit and partaking in various events on campus. Our next House Day will be next week, Tuesday 18th September, when the students will participate in a house literacy event. #DCISsg #NAEBeAmbitious Dover Court International School
September 10, 2018
Parent Workshop: Settling in to Your New Home
Educational Psychologist Vivienne Scott and Counsellor Ian Moody led this morning's parent workshop about transitions. #DCISsg #NAEBeAmbitious Dover Court International School
September 4, 2018
Week Beginning 3rd September 2018
Congratulations to Ms Prince and Ms Dolan who are finalists in the British Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards in the Future Leaders Category. #DCISsg #NAEBeAmbitious Dover Court International School
September 3, 2018
Parent Workshop: Approaches to Homework in Secondary School
During this year's first parent workshop Deputy Head of Secondary, Mrs. Hyland outlined the key approaches we take and what parents can do to support their secondary children with homework. Mrs. Hyland explained how both the Tic Tac Toe homework and regular homework work and what we expect from the students. #DCISsg #NAEBeAmbitious Dover Court International School
August 31, 2018
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