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SCHOOL GUIDING STATEMENTS Senior School Parent Handbook 2017 - 2018 Dulwich College (Singapore) Definition of Learning: Good learning is a meaningful experience where students enjoy making connections between new and existing knowledge, skills and understanding. Students are engaged, challenged and are able to reflect independently and collaboratively on their progress.
SCHOOL GUIDING STATEMENTS Contents GUIDING STATEMENTS 6 WELCOME TO THE SENIOR SCHOOL 7 SENIOR SCHOOL STAFF 8 WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD... 10 TERM DATES 11 SCHOOL CALENDAR 12 THE SENIOR SCHOOL DAY 14 STUDENT SERVICES 14 ILLNESS 15 ATTENDANCE 16 COMMUNICATION 16 REPORTING OF STUDENT PROGRESS 17 LUNCHTIMES 17 APPEARANCE 18 HOUSES 20 LOST PROPERTY 22 EQUIPMENT 22 REWARDS AND INCENTIVES 23 BEHAVIOUR 24 STUDENT COUNCIL 26 FRIENDS OF DULWICH 27 THE PARENTS LOUNGE 28 PARENT REPRESENTATIVES 28
DULWICH COLLEGE (SINGAPORE) SCHOOL GUIDING STATEMENTS 6 GUIDING STATEMENTS Detur Pons Mundo –Let there be a bridge to the world Dulwich College (Singapore) aspires to be respected internationally as a community committed to developing individuals who seize and act ethically upon the breadth of opportunity the world presents. COLLEGE GUIDING STATEMENTS Children come first when: 1. The College educates the whole child 2. The College provides a safe, secure and stimulating environment 3. The College recognises that we gain knowledge and understanding of the world by questioning and actively solving problems 4. The College emphasises the benefits and responsibilities of working collaboratively together 5. The College values awareness of the natural world and its resources 6. The College prepares children to live their lives honestly with a spirit of respect for themselves and others 7. The College understands that meaningful, lifelong learning involves taking risks 8. The College challenges each child to be the best that they can be and supports them in this COLLEGE SONG MAJULAH SINGAPURA Liberi Alleynienses, Vivit Fundatoris nomen, Mari kita rakyat Singapura Dengan semangat yang baru Quotquot annos, Unicae virtutis omen. Sama-sama menuju bahagia Semua kita berseru Quotquot menses. Cita-cita kita yang mulia Majulah Singapura Detur soli, Deo gloria. Berjaya Singapura Majulah Singapura Fertur principum memoria, Detur soli, Deo gloria. Marilah kita bersatu Fertur principul memoria.
SCHOOL GUIDING STATEMENTS WELCOME TO THE SENIOR SCHOOL The purpose of this booklet is to provide parents with a range of useful information to help them support their son/daughter as they enter and move through the Senior School. For the Academic Year 2017-18 the Senior School will be classed as Years 7 to 11. Students in Years 6 to 8 will be following a curriculum which is a blend of the National Curriculum of England and Wales and the Common Entrance and will be taught by subject specialists. Year 9 students will be embarking on a 3-year IGCSE set of courses and Year 10 will be in their second year of this programme. Year 11 students will be working towards our first set of IGCSE exams. As a school our door is always open. If parents have any worries about school, we would like to know about them as soon as possible. It is always easier to sort out a minor problem before it becomes a major one. The first point of contact should normally be through the Form Tutor – either through a note in your son/daughter’s school diary, by telephone, or by making an appointment through the Senior School Office. If the Senior School Office is unable to give an instant answer to your question, they will soon find someone who can. Graham Wilson Head of Senior School SENIOR SCHOOL DETAILS Senior School Reception: Naomi Chan +65 6890 1075 email@example.com Senior School Administrator: Theresa Abdullah firstname.lastname@example.org/ +65 68901072 PE office: +65 6890 1040 Staff email: email@example.com School Address: Dulwich College (Singapore), 71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8 Singapore 658966 Website: www.dulwich-singapore.edu.sg
PARENT HANDBOOK SENIOR SCHOOL STAFF SENIOR SCHOOL 8 Senior School Leadership Team Faculty Staff Name Teaching Areas Head of Senior School Graham Wilson Physics Deputy Head, Middle School Melanie Ellis Chemistry Deputy Head, Lower School Richard Lee English Assistant Head (Enrichment) Dom Massarella History IBDP Coordinator Alan Perkins Computer Science/DT Senior School Staff by Faculty Area English & Drama Ruth Taaffe Head of English Katrina Hegarty Head of Drama Richard Lee English, Deputy Head, Lower School Aisling Hewett English, Assistant Head of Year 7 Corin James English & Drama, Head of Year 9 Kehinde Fadipe English & Drama Amy Meyrick Assistant Head of English Sophie Taylor English Sarah Habergham English, Head of Mandela House Mathematics Lynn Wilson Head of Maths Chris Savvides Maths, Head of Year 7 Thomas Lees Maths, Assistant Head of Year 9 Martha Rowan Assistant Head of Maths Polly Sinnett- Jones Maths, Head of Community Service and CAS John Bennett Maths Kathleen O'Regan Maths Science Helen Evans Head of Science Melanie Ellis Chemistry, Deputy Head, Middle School Graham Wilson Physics Ian Walker Head of Physics Helen Roff Physics Lauren McAlpine Biology Heather Shaw Biology Emily Walker Head of Biology Alex Murphy Science Sufiana Ithinain Science - Assistant Teacher/Lab Technician Humanities Stuart Clayton Head of History Dom Massarella History, Assistant Head, Enrichment James Brooke History, Head of Year 10 Jonathan Tinney Head of Geography Paul Murphy Economics Kevin Huntley Geography, University Counsellor Sophie Sparks Geography, Head of Global Skills Languages Charles Claxton Head of Languages Jocelyn Torres Head of Spanish Richard Taylor French, German Alex Pilgrim French Alex Pineda Spanish Cheng-Han Wu Head of Senior School Mandarin Victor Bao Mandarin Chen Hua Mandarin Na Li Mandarin Na Li
SENIOR SCHOOL STAFF Senior School Staff by Faculty Area Faculty Staff Name Teaching Areas IT/Computer Science Kieron Norris Director of IT Colin McAlpine Computer Science, Firefly Coach Alan Perkins Computer Science, IBDP Coordinator Music Malcolm Godsman Director of Performance Faye Hill Head of Senior School Music Alan Quadros Head of Academic Music Darren Postema Music Fida Latiff Music Assistant Physical Education Kevin Shaw Director of Sport Laura Bebbington Head of Senior School Sport Mathew Hillyer Head of Academic PE Michael Massey Head of Swimming Natalie Carter Assistant Head of Year 8 Stuart Hanlon PE Emma Evans PE, Head of Shackleton House Philip Clare PE, Head of Lee House Dan Munns PE Assistant Nazri Saifel Assistant Teacher Art & Design Technology Maria Jenkins Head of Art Jeffrey Fuller Head of DT Nicola Cases Art, Extended Essay Coordinator Kathryn Hall DT, PSHE Coordinator Nicolas Mainiero DT, Head of Year 8 Aparna Khanna Art - Assistant Teacher Phil Carley DT - Assistant Teacher AEN Teresa Waldin AEN Librarian Jane Hayes Librarian Shellai Andy Library Assistant Student Services Lynne Millar Head of Student Services Mike Heywood Counsellor
PARENT HANDBOOK SENIOR SCHOOL 10 WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD Is unable to come to school phone the Senior School office on 6890 1075 by 8:30am Is late to school by more than 10 minutes go straight to the office to sign in and then report to your class teacher Has been absent bring a note for the form tutor in your diary Becomes ill at school report to the nurse. If you are in class, ask your teacher for permission and report to the nurse Has an accident report to the nurse Has a request for leave take letter to or email Mr Wilson Needs to go to an appointment take note to form tutor and sign out at the office Needs to make an urgent phone call gain permission from class teacher and then go to the office Loses something check lost property in Senior School office Loses something valuable inform your class teacher or form tutor immediately Changes address, phone number or email take information to the Campus Administrators Wants music tuition see your music teacher or the music assistant Is worried about anything speak to your teacher, Head of Year, Mr Wilson, Mrs Ellis, Mr Lee or Mr Magnus Change of bus during the day report to the bus office by the end of break. You will not be allowed to change after this time
TERM DATES Michaelmas Term: 21st August to 15th December 2017 Half Term: 16th October to 20th October 2017 Lent Term: 8th January to 29th March 2018 Half Term: 12th February to 16th February 2018 Trinity Term: 16th April to 29th June 2018 Mini Half Term: 28th May to 30th May 2018
PARENT HANDBOOK THE SENIOR SCHOOL DAY SENIOR SCHOOL 12 The Senior School day is organised into six lessons a day with each lesson being 55 minutes long. This means that there are 30 lessons in a week. All Senior School students have a 15 minute registration/ tutorial session at the start of the day. After school activities start at 15.45 and finish at 16.45. Late buses for students depart at 16.55. 8:30 Students are expected to go to form rooms 8:40 Registration 8:55 Lesson 1 9:50 Lesson 2 10:45 Morning break 11:05 Lesson 3 12:00 Lesson 4 12:55 Lunch 13:45 Lesson 5 14:40 Lesson 6 15:35 School finishes 15.40 Early buses depart 15:45 Extra Curricular Activities start 16:45 Extra Curricular Activities finish 17:00 Late buses depart STUDENT SERVICES There are a range of emotional, health, and guidance support structures available for Senior School students. These various structures are in place to facilitate a welcoming and safe learning environment for all students. The Senior School teachers with responsibility for Student Welfare are the Head of Senior School, Mr Graham Wilson, Mr Richard Lee, Deputy Head Lower School (Years 7 and 8) and Mrs Mel Ellis, Deputy Head Middle School (Years 9, 10, 11). They oversee the provision of this support, coordinate with the Head of Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 and work closely with the form tutors to ensure student needs and concerns are attended to. The School Nurse addresses immediate health issues that arise during a school day, provides basic health and first aid services, and coordinates any required external or emergency medical assistance; the Nurse also oversees efforts to prevent the spread of contagious infections or conditions. Mike Heywood Lynne Millar Counsellor Head of Student Welfare firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
SENIOR SCHOOL HEALTH AND SAFETY The Senior School Health Centre is situated on the ground floor of the Senior School on the corner of the quad, Room SS1-06. It is staffed with two registered nurses. Phone number: 68901055/56 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Opening hours are: 08.00-18.00 Medical form: Parents are requested to update the school of any medical conditions/ allergies their child may have at the start of each school year. The parent also signs this to give the nursing team/teacher permission to administer over the counter medication should it be required. Medical authorisation form: This is filled in by a parent if a student requires administration of a regular or prescription medication. Students are not allowed to carry medication in their school bags or lockers. Emergency contact details: It is important that both parents supply a current Singapore mobile number and a designated emergency contact persons details to the school, other than their helper. If both parents are travelling outside the country a designated guardians details must be supplied to the school. Head Lice: If the school is informed or discovers a case of head lice, all DUCKS parents are informed and linked to the Head lice advisory on the parent portal. Students are not sent home if found to have head lice during the school day however parents are informed and advised. They can return to school once treatment has been started. College Contagious illness policy:
SCHOOL YEAR PARENT HANDBOOK SENIOR SCHOOL 14 CALENDAR 2017-2018 Month M T W TH F SAT SUN Event 2017/ 1 2 3 4 5 6 1-18 August: School Holiday August 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 9 August: National Day 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 10-11 August: New Staff Induction 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 14-15, 17-18 August: Teacher Planning 28 29 30 31 16 August: Professional Learning Day 21 August: First Day of Michaelmas Term 1 2 3 September 1 September: Hari Raya Haji 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 October 1 16-20 October: Half-Term 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 18 October: Deepavali 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 November 9-10 November: Professional Learning Days - 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 School Closed 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 December 15 December: Last Day of Term 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 18-31 December: School Holiday 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 25 December: Christmas Day 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 2018 1January: New Years Day 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 January 2-5 January: School Holiday 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 8 January: First Day Lent Term 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 12-16 February: Half-Term 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 February 16-17 February: Chinese New Year 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Month M T W TH F SAT SUN Event March 1 2 3 4 29 March: Last Day of Lent Term 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 30 March: Good Friday 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2-13-- April: Half-Term April 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 16 April: First Day of Trinity Term 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 May: Labour Day May 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 28, 30 May: Mini Half-Term 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 29 May: Vesak Day 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 June 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 15 June: Hari Raya Puasa 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 29 June: Last Day of Trinity Term 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30` School days: 181 First/Last Day of Term Term 1: 77 Public Holidays Term 2: 54 School Holiday Term 3: 50 Professional Learning Days Teacher Planning Days New Staff Induction
PARENT HANDBOOK ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES SENIOR SCHOOL 16 The school environment is best placed to support learning and students are expected to maintain the highest possible levels of attendance of lessons. However, learning takes place in many places, and enrichment activities form a key part of the Dulwich approach. To help students maintain a balance in all that they do, the following guidelines are applied: Every student is expected to maintain an attendance of 92% throughout the school year. This is the equivalent of 15 days absence. To ensure consistent attendance in each term, students would not usually be absent more than 6 days in Term 1, 5 days in Term 2, 4 days in Term 3. Absence from lessons includes any absence that is not required by a compulsory whole class learning activity and includes illness, compassionate leave and family holidays in term time. These guidelines are designed to help students uphold the Dulwich Values, enjoy a range of commitments, make good choices, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SCHOOL & HOME To ensure that there is a systematic way in which information is shared with parents the following procedures are in place: 1. Parent Portal: all parents will have access to our Parent Portal which will serve as a one stop shop for key information pertaining to school life at Dulwich College in Singapore. 2. A College newsletter is produced on a weekly basis and is available on the Parent Portal. This newsletter includes information from all areas of the College as well as important dates for the week ahead. 3. Letters to parents regarding their son/daughter and specific learning activities are generally sent home during the week as the need arises. 4. Every student has a student diary, which contains essential information and staﬀ email addresses. The student diary facilitates two-way communication between teachers and parents. 5. All staff, both academic and administrative, are available via email and will aim to reply within 24 hours in order to help answer queries, solve any issues and to celebrate success. Face to face meetings are welcomed but must be arranged with 24 hours notice. 6. For Senior School students the first point of contact would normally be either their tutor or specific subject teacher. 7. There is a College-wide Facebook account (name: Dulwich College Singapore) which provides daily updates on the goings on across the College.
REPORTING OF STUDENT PROGRESS Student progress in each subject area is reported to parents regularly throughout the year through a mixture of written reports as well as parent/student/teacher conferences. The types of reports are: • Attitude/organisation reports with tutor comments – to give an overview of attitude and organisation with a comment from the form tutor. • Attainment Data reports with tutor comments – to show a snapshot of attainment with a comment from the form tutor. • Full written reports – Current attainment data, end of year exam results and a comment from each subject teacher. The following table gives an overview of when these will occur for each year group: Michealmas Lent Trinity Year 7 Attitude/ Mid Year Data Report Full End of Year Organisation Report PTSC Report PTSC Year 8 Attitude/ Mid Year Data Report PTSC Organisation Report PTSC Data Report Full Report Year 9 Attitude/ Mid Year Data Report PTSC Organisation Report Full End of Year PTSC Report Year 10 Attitude/ Full End of Term PTSC Organisation Report Report Full End of Year PTSC Report Year 11 Attitude/ PTSC Examinations Organisation Report Data Report Full End of Term Report LUNCH TIMES We encourage students to attend the PTSC meetings so that they are part of the conversation and can take responsibility for their learning. Actual dates are available on the Senior School calendar which can be found on the Parent Portal.
PARENT HANDBOOK APPEARANCE SENIOR SCHOOL 18 School uniforms must be worn correctly at all times in school, on buses, and when on a school trip unless permission has otherwise been given. For formal occasions blazers and ties are required. • Sports kit may be worn to school if PE lesson is timetabled for lesson 1. School uniform should be brought to change into, including correct uniform shoes and socks. • Students may wear a white undershirt beneath their uniform top; however it may only be visible at the neck line. • Students may wear a watch and girls may wear one silver or gold stud in the earlobe of each ear. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings or studs. No other jewellery may be worn unless this is for religious purposes. • Hair must always be clean and tidy, worn off the face and styled so as not to invite comment for any reason. Boys hair should be of a reasonable length neither excessively short or long. Girls with hair longer than shoulder length are required to have it tied, using red or navy blue ties. Hair may be coloured if of a natural colour, discrete and appropriate to a school environment. Boys must be clean shaven. • Make-up is not permitted. This includes nail varnish. • Black polished shoes are a uniform requirement. Training type shoes, high heels, wedges, open toed sandals, sling backs or any type of fashion shoe are not permitted. • Kilts and skorts must be no more than three inches above the knee. Boys Girls Grey trousers/ Grey shorts College kilt or skort White College shirt White College blouse Boys College tie Girls College tie Grey socks that cover the ankle Grey stockings or knee-length grey socks Black leather school shoes Black leather school shoes College blazer College blazer Students are only required to wear blazers and ties for assemblies and other special occasions. Blazers and ties will be stored in each form room so that they can be accessed and worn at any time. The PE and swimming kit/uniform are to be worn for all PE lessons. House kit is to be worn for all Inter- House competitions and activities. Inappropriately dressed students may be sent home to change.
PARENT HANDBOOK SENIOR SCHOOL 20 HOUSES Each child is allocated to a House. There are four Houses at Dulwich College (Singapore): Lee, Mandela, Shackleton and Earhart. Siblings automatically join the same House. During the course of the year, there are a number of Inter-House competitions. The House uniform (shown below) should be worn on these occassions and is available from the uniform supplier. Please note that House shorts will be white for all Houses and the House shorts are also available from the uniform supplier. The Senior School Heads of House are Jocelyn Torres (Lee), Natalie Carter (Mandela), Natasha Carley (Shackleton) and Thomas Lees (Earhart). Lee Mandela Shackleton Earhart
PARENT HANDBOOK LOST PROPERTY SENIOR SCHOOL 22 Whatever comes to school must be clearly named. All students are responsible for their own belongings. This helps the students (and us) find mislaid clothing and belongings. The Campus Administrators will centrally store lost property and attempt to reunite articles of clothing with their owner. Lost property may be retrieved before the start of school, at break times or at the end of the school day from lost property, which is located in the main Reception area. EQUIPMENT THAT STUDENTS REQUIRE Senior School students are expected to come to school prepared for the school day. They are responsible for their own personal organisation. This means that they need to ensure that they have the relevant books, stationery and writing materials with them in their school bag and their PE kit if it is required. All Senior School students are issued with a locker where they are expected to keep their school bag during the day, along with any books and materials that they do not immediately require. It is the individual students responsibility to keep their locker tidy and locked at all times. • PE and Swimming On PE/Swimming days students should bring their PE kit. This consists of College PE shorts or skirt; House coloured shirt and a sun-hat and trainers. For swimming, students need to bring a College swimming costume and towel. Swimming goggles may also be brought along with sun protection cream. If a student is unable to do PE or swimming for any medical reason, they should have a written note from their parent or doctor giving the reason. • Stationery All students should have their own equipment.This includes their own writing equipment and stationery. Parents are asked to make sure that pencil cases are clearly marked. From Year 6 , students should also have a Mathematical Geometry Set and a scientific calculator that will accept fractions. We recommend the Casio FX85 GT or similar. • School bags These should be clearly marked with the student’s name. • Mobile Phones and Personal Electronic Devices Mobile phones and personal electrical devices are permitted for students in Years 7 and above. On arriving at school, all mobile phones and electronic devices are to be switched off and left locked in lockers for the day. Students who bring these items to school do so at their own risk; The College takes no responsibility for them. If a teacher sees or hears, a mobile phone or electronic device in the classroom, hallway, library or in the Courtyard the following consequences might apply: 1. The item will be confiscated and handed to the Senior School Offce and a warning will be issued. On a first offence the item may be collected at the end of the day. 2. With second or subsequent offences a student’s parents will be contacted and an after school detention may be issued. • Use of Computers and Devices We value ICT within our College and encourage our pupils to experience different ways of accessing technology. From desktops, laptops and tablets, our pupils are able to access a wealth of resources and explore different technologies to suit their learning styles. The eSafety of our children is of paramount importance to the College and something that we monitor and revisit regularly. Alongside eSafety units, taught during computing lessons, we also make digital literacy a key focus within our PSHE curriculum. Furthermore, we seek to invite various qualified representatives to talk about eSafety to our pupils, parents and staff. Parents and their children are required to read and sign a Pupil Digital Rights Charter, a copy of which can be found in your child's Student Diary. The Pupil Digital Rights Charter highlights the responsibility of our pupils to be good digital citizens and have a positive and safe online experience. Pupils enrolled on the Bring Your Own Device scheme are expected to have familiarised themselves with the expectations set out in the digital information available to them online. The BYOD Scheme relies on a partnership in trust between the student and the School. Without this partnership the scheme will not work. Students are expected to become Ambassadors to those that follow.
REWARDS & INCENTIVES Recognising success and establishing and maintaining boundaries At Dulwich College (Singapore) we aim to find every opportunity to encourage our students to embody the Dulwich values. Targets and rewards play a key role in developing self-motivated, confident and polite students. Our schools rewards recognise and celebrate all forms of social and academic achievement and progress. Rewards are typically given for effort, helpfulness, participation, appropriate behaviour and for good work. We celebrate the work and behaviour of students on a day to day basis in a variety of ways including: Verbal acknowledgement – through subject teacher Written acknowledgement during marking 'Shout Out' in a Year or House Assembly Tutee of the month (card home) House points – signed off in the back of the student planner Referral to Heads of Year/Leadership teams for verbal acknowledgement Written commendation through Dulwich College postcard Contact with parents. More formal rewards include: House Point certificates – bronze (50), silver (100), gold (150), platinum (200) Subject/event specific certificates and awards. Dulwich Challenge (see more details on next page) Speech Day prizes for specific subjects; tutor prizes for consistently upholding the Dulwich values and the Headmasters Award for outstanding overall contribution to the College The House Competition runs throughout the academic year between our four College Houses- Lee, Mandela, Shackleton and Earhart. A monthly House Point Competition is held, where House Points gained by the individual students are collated within their tutor group in determining the winning house.
PARENT HANDBOOK SUMMARY OF DCSG BEHAVIOUR POLICY SENIOR SCHOOL 24 All members of the DCSG Senior School community are working towards the following aims: • To maintain a caring and supportive environment, based on courtesy and consideration for others. • To maintain a positive atmosphere in which students can learn and teachers can teach. • To ensure that good relationships between all community members are promoted and fostered. • To develop respect and empathy across the whole community. • To ensure that we all develop a sense of personal responsibility To meet these aims, DCSG Senior School has clear standards of behaviour, based on the four key values of: Respect Empathy Responsibility Integrity Students will: • Treat others with respect and consideration. • Keep school a safe place to learn by following safety rules and being aware of what is going on around them. • Be respectful of property and school facilities. • Take responsibility for their actions. • Be ready to learn and behave in a way that allows others to learn. Staff will: • Treat others with respect and consideration. • Keep the school a safe place by providing effective supervision • Be supportive when working with students. • Provide environments and resources for learning to take place. Sanctions and Follow Up: • In the case of a low level incident, reflection time would usually involve a short meeting with the subject teacher or tutor in order to make it clear to the student what has gone wrong and how to avoid this in future. • In the case of a medium level incident, the student would usually be given a lunchtime detention in the pastoral office. During this time, the student would complete a reflection sheet and then discuss this with the member of staff supervising. Parents would be informed of the incident and follow up actions. • In the case of a serious incident, the student will complete the reflection sheet as part of an after school detention with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This would involve a more extensive discussion with the student and parents will be informed.
On the Buses All students should know the following rules for the buses: • Follow the instructions of the bus monitor at all times; • Wear a seatbelt at all times; • Stay in the bus seat until the bus has stopped moving; • Treat others with respect; • Show care and consideration for others at all times; • Be safe and keep others safe through considerate behaviour. If a student chooses to break a rule on the bus the following actions will be taken. • In the first instance the student will be told that their behaviour is not acceptable and what the next sanction will be if there is no improvement. • If the unacceptable behaviour continues, the bus monitor will fill in a behaviour referral sheet and pass it to the Senior Teacher(Pastoral Care.)
PARENT HANDBOOK THE DULWICH CHALLENGE SENIOR SCHOOL 26 The Dulwich Challenge unites our extra-curricular activities, community service and outdoor education opportunities into one challenging award that students work towards achieving throughout the school year. The Dulwich Challenge awards are open to all students in Years 7 – 11. To successfully complete the Challenge, each student would have to: • Demonstrate full attendance in their chosen extra-curricular activities, in a range of categories (Creativity, Activity and Service) throughout the year. • Carry out a specific Community Service activity • Complete a specified Outdoor Education Adventure activity Extra-Curricular Activities The wide range of extra-curricular activities that we offer are categorised into Creativity, Activity (including sports teams) and Service (community events/charities support). Academic clubs and societies also fall beneath one, or more, of these three main categories. All students must take part in at least one activity from two or more of the main categories over the course of the school year. Community Service Community involvement and international-mindedness are an important part of a young person’s commitment to making the world a better place. The dedication of their time and energy to make a meaningful difference to the lives of others, whilst building sustainable relationships with people and organisations, is the key to demonstrating a significant impact within the community they serve. The College is dedicated to providing Service opportunities for all students, in all year groups. Service projects are run both on and off site; these may be through ECAs, Enrichment Days, organised trips or projects initiated by independent student action, year groups or Houses. It is the aim of the College that every student participates in at least one Service project a year. Outdoor Education & Adventure A range of outdoor education trips are undertaken by our students in February of each school year. These involve a participation in a variety of adventure-based activities in a range of locations both in Singapore and the surrounding regions. In the Senior years, our students will begin the first stages of preparation for Singapore’s National Youth Achievement Award. Levels of Award There are three levels of achievement in the Dulwich Challenge: Dulwich Challenge, Challenge Extra and Challenge Elite. Badges are awarded to those who complete each level of the Challenge. Each level is represented by a different colour badge; a symbol denotes the extra achievement. The more activities a student participates in, across a broad range of categories, the higher the level of challenge they are eligible to receive (please see the ‘Achievement Criteria’ for details). Before students can complete the award, they are required to complete a personal reflection on their participation in the Dulwich Challenge, to consider their involvement, the challenges they have faced and their personal learning during the process. We hope that every student will take on the Dulwich Challenge!
SUMMARY OF DCSG BEHAVIOUR All members of the DCSG Senior School community are working towards the following aims: • To maintain a caring and supportive environment, based on courtesy and consideration for others. • To maintain a positive atmosphere in which students can learn and teachers can teach. • To ensure that good relationships between all community members are promoted and fostered. • To develop respect and empathy across the whole community. • To ensure that we all develop a sense of personal responsibility To meet these aims, DCSG Senior School has clear standards of behaviour, based on the four key values of: Respect Empathy Responsibility Integrity Students will: • Treat others with respect and consideration. • Keep school a safe place to learn by following safety rules and being aware of what is going on around them. • Be respectful of property and school facilities. • Take responsibility for their actions. • Be ready to learn and behave in a way that allows others to learn. Staff will: • Treat others with respect and consideration. • Keep the school a safe place by providing effective supervision • Be supportive when working with students. • Provide environments and resources for learning to take place. Sanctions and Follow Up: • In the case of a low level incident, reflection time would usually involve a short meeting with the subject teacher or tutor in order to make it clear to the student what has gone wrong and how to avoid this in future. • In the case of a medium level incident, the student would usually be given a lunchtime detention in the pastoral office. During this time, the student would complete a reflection sheet and then discuss this with the member of staff supervising. Parents would be informed of the incident and follow up actions. • In the case of a serious incident, the student will complete the reflection sheet as part of an after school detention with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This would involve a more extensive discussion with the student and parents will be informed.
PARENT HANDBOOK SENIOR SCHOOL 28 STUDENT COUNCIL AND STUDENT LEADERSHIP The Dulwich College (Singapore) Student Council is run by the students, for the students. The main goal of the council is to reassure students that their voice in the College community is heard. All students are allowed to share their opinion and the Student Council makes sure that those ideas reach the right people. At the beginning of each academic year, one student is appointed by each tutor group to represent their class on the council. The Student Council and the members of the student leadership will form into student created action groups who will work on specific projects throughout the year and liaise with other students to get them involved - projects will be focussed on issues such as events and activities, community service and environmental issues. Being part of the Student Council is an amazing opportunity, making sure that the students really do get to play a part in the development of the College. The Student Council will identify specific areas of the school for improvement. Action groups will be formed in line with these areas and all Senior School students are invited to join.
FRIENDS OF DULWICH The Friends of Dulwich Executive Committee plays an active role in the community at DCSG. The object of the Friends of Dulwich is to sustain and support the College, in particular by: • Enhancing/enriching the life of the pupils at the College through financial and other support; • Strengthening the links between the College and the local community; • Assisting the College by providing voluntary help and advice.
PARENT HANDBOOK SENIOR SCHOOL 30 PARENT REPRESENTATIVES A parent representative body will be created to support Senior School events with the Head of Senior School. These are normally appointed on a volunteer system. The primary function of the 'Parent Rep’ is to facilitate communication between school and parents in relation to volunteers for the classroom or special events. The Parent Reps also facilitate the social interaction among families in the school community. Their role is not to have involvement in the day-to- day teaching at the College but to be the liaison between the school and existing families and to meet and support new families joining the College. These representatives form the backbone of our parents’ association or FoD.
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Dulwich College (Singapore), Senior School, 71 Bukit Batok West, Avenue 8 Singapore 658966 www.dulwich-singapore.edu.sg CPE Registration Number: 201027137D Period of Registration: 09 January 2016 to 08 January 2020
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