Dear Students, Staff and Parents,
Welcome back to school – the start of another academic year 2021-22. Today, DBIS is all of seven years old, of which one entire year has gone in lockdown. We were unable to have any physical classes, though we started some sports in January but had to shut down as soon as the second wave of the virus began. Thanks to the combined and coordinated effort of the Principal, Core team and every staff member, we sailed through smoothly with online teaching.
The school had opted for the May/June IGCSE series for all the subjects except Hindi; unfortunately, these were called off by CAIE. Instead, schools had to switch from Board exams to school assessed grades by submitting three substantial pieces of work for each student for a fair and unbiased assessment. We are glad that a number of our students will be continuing with us in the IBDP. We wish those transitioning out of DBIS all the best as they journey further in their studies.
Our new section of the IBDP has completed one successful academic year. I wish to thank the IBDP coordinator along with her team of staff and students for a great start. In spite of the lockdown, they have managed to complete the curriculum and activities planned for the year. We wish them well for the final year.
The ‘Strenna’ for this year is “Moved by Hope”. In the situation we are in, Hope is the only thing we can hold on to. Let us move forward in the coming year in Hope that this pandemic will be over and our children will be back in school. This will also be the theme for the coming academic year.
This year too is going to be a year of uncertainties. We are not sure when our children will start coming to school. One area of concern is the mental health of all our stakeholders, especially our children. The school has a very good counseling department. We assure you we will reach out to everyone in need of assistance.
The handbook is a tool that guides us as the months go by. A lot of effort goes into planning this book. I request everyone to go through it and be supportive of all that is planned for the coming year. May we always be a vibrant community of learners, innovators and transformers who build a just and caring global society.
My good wishes to all as we begin the new academic year.
Fr. Crispino D’souza, sdb