DC Staff Update

15 November 2015

tragedy in paris

Our hearts go out to the victoms of the Paris atrocities, their family and friends, and to all French communities around the world, including of course our own families here at DC. Evonne contacted me over the weekend to remind me how tragedies such as this can be persuasive in that they impact feelings of grief and loss on us all. Please encourage conversations if they come up, and remind students that Evonne and Kate are there if needed.
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I'm grateful this week for...

Our music staff for another wonderful Recital Evening last Wednesday.


The huge amount of time, effort and energy by staff and players that went into the ACAMIS Volleyball Tournament, and in particular the role played by Lawrence as our Sports Coordinator to put on such a well organised and fun competition. It was great to be able to pop up to the gym and see some of the games, and I was pleased to see so many DC classes up there supporting all teams. Our girls won again for the second straight year, with Emily Choi serving a 25-nil set in one of the games ...almost unheard of. Boys team came 4th after some very close games.


All the staff who are off this coming week on No Boundaries or assisting on the Y7 HK Hustle - the work involved in planning, preparation and leadership over this week. Good luck ...I look forward to hearing the amazing stories upon your return.


Staff supporting the Junior MUN Conference this weekend at Victoria Shanghai Academy.


And finally to the wags who sent me this photo ...more good luck than strategic placement, I assure you ....and the sign is talking about the DC staff and not me!!!

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MYP Evaluation Visit

Thanks again to Kirsty, Andy, SLT, Self-study Chairs and all staff who played a part in this important process. The Evaluation Team are not allowed to tell us what Commendations, Recommendations or Matters to be Addressed are included in their report, however, from the verbal feedback they gave us on departure, we believe we will have a strong report with some commendations and recommendations. The report has to go to the IB Office in Singapore to be ratified and this may take 4-6 weeks.


Andy summarised below the points the Evaluation Team did mention in their verbal feedback:

  • Level of knowledge of staff around the MYP is excellent. Dialogue had with staff was of a high level and showed great insights
  • Quality of teaching & learning is high
  • Students are highly engaged, very pleasant and very happy to be at DC
  • Student knowledge of the MYP is very high
  • The support for and knowledge of the MYP by Library staff was significant
  • Variety of methods used to house curriculum material is diverse and difficult to navigate
  • Written curricula is comprehensive
  • ATL and IDU work needs to be developed further
  • Service as action arising from the curriculum could be more prevalent

Developing a flourishing DC community

A final request to please complete the Wellbeing surveys:

1. Positive Leadership & Emotions

2. Positive Communication & Behaviour

3. Positive Relationships & Strengths

Recruitment 2016-17

A very big thank you to those of you who have contacted me to either confirm that you will be accepting a contract for 2016-18 or to chat about alternative plans. This is very helpful as we are into planning our staffing needs and recruitment processes for next year. Can I ask everyone to please continue doing this.

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Singles' Day or Guanggun Jie (Chinese: 光棍节; pinyin: Guānggùn Jié; literally "bare sticks holiday") is a day for people who are single, celebrated on 11 November. The date is chosen for the connection between singles and the number '1'. This holiday became popular among young Chinese people.


In recognition of the day, young singles organize parties and karaoke to meet new friends or try their fortunes. It has become the largest online shopping day in the world, with sales in Tmall and Taobao at US$9.3 billion in 2014, and over US$14.3 billion in 2015.

tickets on sale from monday

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This week

It will feel like a very quiet week next week with so many students out on No Boundaries and the HK Hustle. There is no staff briefing next Friday as a result.


David Whalley, our new ESF Education Director, is making his first visit to DC on Monday. David will be meeting with primary and secondary so please say hi to him if you see him around the school. David has a blog on the ESF web site.

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