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Primary Parent Handbook


PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16

Values, Mission & Aims

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Welcome To DBIS Primary School

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Staff Directory

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A-Z Handbook

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A-Z Handbook

Assessment, Recording and Reporting

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Attendance

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Awards

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Behaviour Modification Steps

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Bicycles, scooters and skateboards

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Cafeteria

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Change of address and contact details

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Communication

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Curriculum Overview

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Digital Citizenship Education

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Early Dismissal

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Extra Curricular Activities (ECA)

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Educational Trip/Field Trip Guidelines

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Fire Drills

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FOBISIA

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Guest Visits

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Home Learning

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House System

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Key Dates and Events

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Leave of Absence During Term Time

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Lost and Found

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Map of Primary Building

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16

Medical Care

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Parental Absence

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PE Uniform

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Permission Forms

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Personal Information

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School Cancellation

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School Leadership

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School Google Account

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School Hours and Contact Details

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Uniform

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Valuables and Toys

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Withdrawal of Students

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16

OUR CORE VALUES • • • • • •

We respect the needs and rights of each member of our community. We show care, kindness and compassion to others. We are supportive of each other. We embrace diversity and celebrate individuality. We are responsible and honest in our actions. We promote a sense of personal identity and a global mindset.

OUR MISSION We provide an outstanding holistic international education to students in an inclusive and nurturing learning environment. We seek to inspire and empower students to succeed in fulfilling their individual potential as global citizens in a rapidly changing world. OUR AIMS • • • • • • • • •

To promote a culture of excellence in teaching and learning. To provide a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects the international nature of the DBIS student community. To encourage internationalism, providing students with the skills, dispositions, and knowledge to participate in an increasingly interconnected world. To ensure a supportive, happy and secure environment for learning. To develop leadership skills and a sense of service to others through a range of extra-curricular opportunities locally and internationally. To encourage the physical and emotional wellbeing of each individual. To use innovative pedagogy and technology to enrich learning. To work in partnership with parents, alumni and the local and wider community in the ongoing development of the school. To foster a learning community where every student, teacher, staff member, parent and DBIS alumni has an ongoing passion for learning.

The DBIS Community - Revised in 2014 and 2017.

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16

Welcome To DBIS Primary School Dear Parents Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) is very different to other international schools in Hong Kong. Centred in the wonderful community of Discovery Bay on the beautiful island of Lantau, the school derives much strength from its tranquil location and its surrounding active community. Establishing and maintaining strong, caring, respectful, and supportive personal relationships is key to the DBIS ethos. Our approach allows DBIS’ outstanding teachers to work in tandem with supportive and aspirational parents in focusing upon the individual. It also allows students to concentrate on the challenging task of learning, growing, and developing as individuals. I do hope that the contents of this Parent Handbook is useful for you. It has been designed to answer many of the questions that you may have regarding the day to day experiences of your children. The handbook contains a wealth of information about daily school life at the school. Paul Tough Head of School Discovery Bay International School

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 Staff Directory The Primary School at DBIS is managed by specific teams, each of which takes responsibility for an area of the phase’s operations. The list below provides some information about the relationships within, and the organisation of the Primary School. The Primary School team is responsible to the Head of School, Mr. Paul Tough. PRIMARY SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM Deputy Principals Primary: Mr Ben Loran, Ms Hannah Cole, Mrs Eleanor Loran WHOLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM LEADERS Mrs. Clare Lambert

Head of Creative Arts

Ms. Jacqueline King

Head of Languages

Mrs. Angela Moriarty

Head of ICT/Computer Science

Miss Susanne Chambers-Hatherly –

Head of Physical Education

Mrs Carol Chapman

Head of Inclusion

YEAR GROUP LEADERS Year 1 - Mrs. Angharad Cook Year 2 - Mrs. Lisa Mori Year 3 - Mrs. Liz Tait Year 4 - Mr. Travis Purnell Year 5 - Mr. Daniel Philo Year 6 - Mrs. Anna Knox TEACHING STAFF Year 1 - Ms Courtney Cloake, Mrs Courtney Harris, Ms Rebecca Robertson Year 2 - Ms Emily Cooper, Mrs Helen Reid, Mr Jack Hoskin Year 3 - Mr Russell Moriarty, Ms Sarah Beattie, Mrs Sophie Purnell Year 4 - Mrs Helen Kavanagh, Ms Jane Meredith, Ms Sarah Sullivan 5


PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 Year 5 - Mr Jonny Haines, Mrs Joan Loader, Mrs Karen Willder Year 6 - Mrs Joann Buntine, Mr Jason Broderick, Mrs Rachel Ashcroft SPECIALIST STAFF Music - Mrs Cristyn Draper, Mr Euan Kilpatrick ICT - Mrs Angela Moriarty, Mrs Katie Cornes PE - Ms Susanne Chambers-Hatherly, Mr Tim Tait, Mandarin - Ms Carol Li, Ms Morna Shum Art - Mrs Nilangi Thotawatte Inclusion Department - Mrs Tracey Smal, Ms Linda Roxborough, Mrs Kristine Wills, Mr Aaron Harris SUPPORT STAFF Year 1 - Mrs Brenda Dauz, Mrs Linda Taylor, Mrs Jean Capito, Mrs Sue Rice Year 2 - Ms Rosie-Marie Shock, Mrs Jeana Dingley, Mrs Fiona Ieronimo, Mrs Lisa-Marie Mastroianni Year 3 - Mrs Sue Biggins, Mrs Tracey Murray, Year 4 - Mrs Maria Nord, Mrs Jenny Reid Year 5 - Mrs Poonam Malhotra, Mrs Julia Owens Year 6 - Mrs Vanessa Ameresekere, Mrs Grazyna Bobrowska Music - Mrs Gill Bredbury, Mrs Daniela Poon, Mrs Lucy Sealey ICT - Mr Jonny Healy, Mr Austin Robertshaw PE Mrs Winnie Yeung Mandarin - Ms Joyce Tan, Ms Kris Wan Inclusion Department - Mrs Fatima Barghane, Mrs Gita Sherpa, Mrs Marlien Brink, Mrs Mihaela McKenzie, Mrs Helen Harries 1-1 Support Staff Katie Day, Kylie Malikin, Denise Robertshaw, Louise McGurgen, Stefan Schear, Jane Sinclair, Miriam Thondon, Mylene Goudie

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 Assessment, Recording and Reporting Great emphasis is placed on the value of teacher assessment to ensure that students have an accurate understanding of their achievements and targets. Students complete formal assessments during terms 1, 2 and 3 the purpose of which is to support and inform teacher tracking of progress and intervention. Assessment is a critical part of learning at DBIS with students continually having the opportunity to reflect upon their learning and discuss future targets with their peers and teachers. Our students are encouraged to be independent thinkers and learners therefore great emphasis is placed on students identifying areas of success as well as deriving their own learning targets. Students will experience a range of methods for receiving feedback including verbal, written comments on their work and marking codes which are consistent and developmental throughout the Primary School. Assessment for learning is a paramount to our teachers not only in terms of providing information on students’ current attainment levels but also in ensuring future planning is tailored to meet the needs of individual students. An effective home-school partnership is essential for ensuring we collectively give our students the best opportunity to reach their potential at school. To this end the Assessment, Recording and Reporting cycle is structured to allow for productive communication between parents and teachers. Each term parents are invited to an open morning where students can share their learning and celebrate their acheivements with their parents. Parents receive a short report in the middle of term 1 and 2. These short reports provide parents with a comment and target regarding the students personal and social development along with relevant attainment grades. The purpose of this short report is to inform parents of their child's current stage of development in each subject but more importantly to provide parents with information to discuss at the Parent-Teacher Conferences that follow. Students make the best progress when the student themselves, the parents and teachers are all engaged in onging dialogue concerning the students future personal, social and academic developments. A longer written report will also be sent to parents towards the end of term 3.

Attendance Studies in the United Kingdom Department of Education relating to attendance in school have produced alarming figures for those students whose attendance drops below 90%. Students who miss up to seventeen days of a school per year will be likely to drop one full grade at GCSE level. At DBIS, students with just 90% attendance over the whole school year will have actually missed nineteen days of teaching time – almost four weeks. Our school’s attendance policy states that we expect students to have a minimum of 95% attendance, that is, a maximum of 9 days off per academic year. At DBIS we believe that each and every lesson matters towards helping your child attain their full potential and we hope that you will support us to achieve our goals.

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 Awards Each year the school celebrates the achievement of our students through an awards ceremony in June. The exact date is communicated to parents early in the academic year 2015 – 2016. In addition to academic and achievement awards, the following whole school awards are handed out to students from different years: School Spirit Award Awarded to one student from each year group for having a positive attitude, working to potential, demonstrating courtesy, cooperation, and consideration towards others, and for participating in a wide variety of school events. Head of School’s Award Awarded to one boy and one girl student in Year 6 for demonstrating leading attainment, ability or behaviour in both cultural and sporting aspects of our school and has distinguished themselves in most/all areas of the curriculum. The recipient has set an example to all at our school in citizenship through social interactions, showing consideration, cooperation, and courtesy to others. Behaviour Modification Steps DBIS Behaviour Guidelines School principles and values - Every member of our school is important and valued. - We each have an important contribution to make to the school community. - We value effort, hard work and good behaviour. - We value ourselves and each other. - We value teamwork. Boundaries of acceptable behaviour - We strive for consideration, cooperation and courtesy at all times. - We strive to try our best and to work hard. - We look after our school, classroom, our friends and ourselves.

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 School/class rules - We act with consideration, cooperation and courtesy at all times. - We help to make our school a happy and safe place. - We speak politely to everyone. - We always try our best. - We consider our actions and our words. - We help others to learn and to teach. Behaviours we like to see at DBIS -

Consideration Cooperation Courtesy

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Kindness to others

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Tidiness

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Thoughtfulness

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Being Better than Before

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Helping those in need

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Our Personal Goals

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Trying hard

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Care of our school

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Doing our best

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Punctuality

Rewards at DBIS We welcome the opportunities to recognise pupil and staff achievement. We do so with the following:

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House Points

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Stickers

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Verbal praise

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School Spirit Awards

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Certificates (BTB, EEE)

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School assemblies

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Note in school diary


PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 The rewards are given for a wide range of achievements. These include the following: -

Trying hard

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Excellent behaviour

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Helpfulness

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Good work

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Diligence

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Consideration

Consequences Sometimes a student’s behaviour is inappropriate. At such times, consequences are applied. These include the following: -

Verbal warning

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Report the incident to class teacher early

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Referral to a SLT member

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Working apart from peers in class/working with another class in the Year Group

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Informing parents

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Exclusion from certain activities

Bicycles, scooters and skateboards DBIS encourages cycling as a safe means to get to and from school with minimal environmental impact and with the health benefits associated with physical exercise. The ultimate decision and responsibility around students cycling is entirely up to parents. Parents/caregivers of students who cycle or scooter to and from school have a significant role to play in their safety, including accepting responsibility for their behaviour and safety. Disclaimer - the school is not responsible for any accident or injury arising from the students cycling to or from school - the school is not responsible for damage to, or loss of, bicycles, scooters or skateboards. Cafeteria Our school cafeteria is open before and after school and at morning break and lunchtime. Boardwalk CafĂŠ serves hot meals (including a vegetarian option), snacks, and drinks. Students can purchase a swipe card from the cafeteria manager anytime enabling a cashless option when purchasing meals. The cafeteria also accepts Octopus cards.

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 Change of address and contact details A change of address and details form can be found on our Parent Portal and on the DBIS website. Communication Clear communication between home and school is essential. There are several avenues we use to communicate with our parent community. They are as follows: Parent Portal – All communication to parents regarding up coming events and information should be found here. Any calendared event will have a parent bulletin for the forth coming 2 weeks. Student Diary – Student diaries are an effective means of communication between home and school. Students are expected to use their diaries to record their homework and home reading log. Parents and teachers may use the diary to communicate messages between home and school. Parents are requested to sign the student diaries each evening and teachers will check student diaries every day. Student diaries should not be used to discuss sensitive matters and parents are welcome to make appointments to meet with their child’s class teacher by emailing the school, should they wish to discuss any aspect of their child’s well-being or learning in greater detail. School Newsletter – Each Thursday the school’s newsletter is sent home and available on our website. The newsletter provides a snapshot into the weekly school events. Twitter – The main DBIS account is updated daily with calendar reminders, snapshots of classroom learning, and articles of interest. Reports – A total of two short reports and one long report are sent to parents each year with information pertaining to each student’s current and aspirational grades and targets. DBIS Website – The school’s new and improved website is a window into the school giving parents access to information on all aspects of the school’s operations and teaching and learning approaches. The website also provides parents with a link to the Parent Portal. Email Contact – For all general enquiries, parents can email the school office or individual staff members via dbis@dbis.edu.hk or by phone (+852 2987 7331). Curriculum Overview The Primary School is committed to ensuring that our students embark on their learning journey in an environment that provides stimulating and exciting experiences and where the strong pastoral ethos helps the students feel safe, secure and happy to learn. The Primary school is committed 11


PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 to ensuring that our students embark on their learning journey in an environment that provides stimulating and exciting experiences and where the strong pastoral ethos helps the students feel safe, secure and happy to learn. We value each student as an individual and work hard to nurture their personal strengths and interests. Our creative and integrated curriculum is underpinned by a structured approach to teaching the core subjects of English and Mathematics. Whilst our curriculum is guided and directed by the English National Curriculum, it also reflects our international setting and celebrates diversity. We are particularly proud of the breadth of our provision and the many opportunities for children to achieve. Outstanding specialist teachers are complemented by our impressive sport, technology and creative arts facilities. Students are taught by specialist teachers in the areas of Physical Education, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Mandarin and Music. For foundation subjects we use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The student’s are given a number of opportunities to be active members of the school community, with the recent addition of our whole school council. The student council representatives meet on a regular basis and work on whole school projects and support one local and one International charity. Outside the classroom, we aim to provide memorable experiences that foster a real love of learning and personal development. In addition to an exciting range of theme days and visitors, students from Year 5 and 6 participate in residential camps. From visiting Guilin in China and undertaking a series of team building, culture exploring activities to an outdoor educational Digital Citizenship Education Digital media and technology is evolving at such a fast pace, bringing with it extraordinary opportunities as well as difficult choices for our children to make. On the positive side, young people are using the immense power of the Internet and mobile technology to create, connect, explore and learn in ways never before imagined. On the negative side, harmful behaviours aided by digital technology from cyberbullying to digital cheating are surfacing in schools and in homes across the globe. Young people face ethical challenges daily without a road map to guide them. And many of us, parents and teachers alike, are struggling with how to help children thrive in this brave new world. Through ICT lessons, Digital Citizenship awareness days and the Learning for Life program, students regularly participate in a range of classroom discussions and activities based around issues of the Internet and social media safety. As part of these discussions, lesson topics include the following: protecting one’s online reputation, cyberbullying, internet chat and digital law.

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 At DBIS we take Digital Citizenship very seriously and believe in working together with parents to ensure we raise a generation of children who become smart, responsible, and respectful digital citizens. Early Dismissal All students are required to inform their class teachers and exit via the Primary School office where they must sign out. Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) Whatever the season, we aim to provide a rich variety of sports for our students led by our experienced and dedicated coaches. Creative Arts ECA’s - We have a comprehensive Creative Arts Extra-curricular program which provides students with a variety of musical experiences and well as performance opportunities within DBIS and the greater community. The aim of the program is to offer students a breadth of activities aimed to hone into students personal engagement and enquiry needs. General Clubs and activities - DBIS offers a wide range of other clubs such as computing, gardening, home learning and subject-based clubs. To find out more please read the Sport, Creative Arts and General Clubs Guide which can be found on the parent page of the website. Education Trip/Field Trip Guidelines Educational trips and visits can be made for a variety of reasons and have the potential to enhance learning in all curriculum areas. In planning school trips and visits careful consideration is given to the needs of our students and the safety of all concerned. An adequate adult / student ratio, usually 1:8, must be maintained throughout all trips. This ratio is lowered in certain situations including the age of students and high risk activities. School trips and visits can lead to students developing a greater appreciation of their own community and beyond, and contribute to their intellectual, social and emotional growth. Carefully planned trips and visits are encouraged as an integral part of our students' development. Fire Drills All procedures are made clear in our Emergency Procedures Policy. Fire drill procedures are carried out each term and involve all staff and students. In the event of a fire, all Primary staff and students are evacuated to the pitch whereby class rolls are taken.

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 FOBISIA The Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) is a regional group of the leading British International Schools in Asia and has been in existence for over 25 years. As an organisation it applies stringent entry standards to all schools who apply for membership and upholds these same standards for all members through a review cycle that requires an ongoing commitment to excellence and inspection or accreditation by recognised external agencies. The overall aim of the Federation is to promote excellence in education in our schools, and to provide opportunities for inter-school competitions and enrichment programmes. As a member of FOBISIA for over 4 years, we offer our students several unique opportunities to travel and represent our school in a variety of ways. Our gifted and talented students in the Primary and Secondary School are selected to travel to the international sporting competition, the FOBISIA Games each year, as well as participating in the Modern United Nations (MUN), drama and music festivals, and Mathematics competitions. Guest Visits All ex-students and family members of students attending DBIS must sign into the main reception and are required to wear a Visitor’s Pass at all times. Visitors are not permitted to attend classes with students to ensure learning is not disrupted and for insurance liability reasons. Visitors are permitted at break times and after school. Home Learning Home learning can be anything that students do outside of the normal school day that contributes to their learning, usually in response to guidance from our school. Home learning encompasses a variety of activities instigated by teachers and parents to support student learning. Students can benefit from home learning through the mutual support of parents and teachers in encouraging them to learn both at home and at school. Home learning can be a means of building successful dialogue between teachers and parents. One of the aims of our school is for students to develop as independent learners. Home learning is one way in which students can develop their independent learning skills. While home learning is valued, it should not prevent students from taking part in the wide range of extra curricular activities, clubs and organisations that play an important part in the balanced lives of our students. Students are encouraged to develop their skills, interests and talents to the full when parents and teachers encourage them to make maximum use of the experiences and opportunities that are available within and outside of our school.

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 Year 1 Home Learning • One RWI Book per week • Two guided reading books per week • One library book per week • Magic 100 words, one list per week • One maths challenge per month • Three IPC challenges Year 2 Home Learning • One RWI Book per week • Two guided reading books per week • One library book per week • Magic 100,200,300 words, one list per week • One maths homework each Monday • IPC challenges that relate to the current topic Year 3 Home Learning Homework is expected to take the students 20 minutes a night. The students are also expected to read for 30 minutes each night. Monday: 30 minutes reading plus English Tuesday: 30 minutes reading plus Maths Wednesday: 30 minutes reading plus IPC Thursday: 30 minutes reading plus IPC Year 4 Home Learning Homework is expected to take the students 30 minutes a night. In addition, the students are also expected to read for 30 minutes each night. Monday: 30 minutes reading plus Writing or IPC Tuesday: 30 minutes reading plus Maths Wednesday: 30 minutes reading plus Writing or IPC Thursday: 30 minutes reading plus Maths 15


PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 Year 5 Home Learning Homework is expected to take the students 45 minutes a night. In addition, the students are also expected to read for 30 minutes each night. Monday: 30 minutes reading plus English Tuesday: 30 minutes reading plus Maths Wednesday: 30 minutes reading plus IPC Thursday: 30 minutes reading plus Maths Year 6 Home Learning Homework is expected to take the students 45 minutes a night. In addition, the students are also expected to read for 30 minutes each night. Monday: 30 minutes reading plus Writing or IPC Tuesday: 30 minutes reading plus Maths Wednesday: 30 minutes reading plus Writing or IPC Thursday: 30 minutes reading plus Maths House System All Primary students are assigned to one of the four Primary houses: Lions (yellow), Wallabies (green), Eagles (blue) or Dragons (red). Students can compete in various disciplines to collect house points through the year. Each house has two Y6 House Captains who are voted in at the beginning of the school year. Key dates and events: Term 1 begins August 20 2015 Half term 19 October - 23 October 2015 End of Term 1 December 11 2015 Term 2 begins January 4 2016 CNY Break February 8 - February 12 2016 End of Term 2 March 24 Term 3 begins April 11 2016 End of Term 3 June 24 2016

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 Main Whole School Events: Carols on the Pitch - December 10 2015 DBIS Annual Food Fair - February 27 2016 Chinese New Year Flower Market - February 27 2016 Leave of absence during term time The Leave of Absence form must to be completed by parents prior to their child taking leave from the school during term time. If a family decides to take their child(ren) out of school during term time, the following online application form should be submitted: dbis.hk/1AzyI3d . Lost and found All lost and found items are kept in the cupboards in the covered area. We ask that all student clothing is clearly labelled with his/her name. At specific times throughout the year we will put all lost and found items on display and if unclaimed we will donate these items to one of our school charities. Map of Primary building The following illustrates the Primary and Secondary school buildings.

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 Medical care If a student becomes unwell while at school, he/she will need to take a medical card given by their teacher and take this to the school nurse. The school nurse will evaluate the student’s medical condition. The school nurse will decide as to when students are required to be collected from school, as directed by the Hong Kong Health Department. The time of handover to a parent or caregiver must be noted and the classroom teacher made aware. If a student has a minor complaint or accident, the school nurse will administer first aid and care in the school’s Medical Room. In the case of a more serious concern, the school will contact the parents and/or emergency services and will make the medical decisions based on the doctor’s recommendations. Parents will be systematically informed if the school contacts emergency services, but it may not always be possible to do this before we do so. Please note, the school’s nurse is not authorised to administer mild medications, such as paracetamol, to students. Prescribed medication can be administered on completion of the prescribed medication form. For more details, please refer to the Student Health page on the school’s website. Please note that while the school provides limited medical insurance for all students while they are in our care, the insurance may not cover all medical costs. Therefore, parents should make sure that the students have sufficient medical coverage in addition to what the school provides. Parental Absence Please notify the school if you are planning to take a trip out of town for more than a day. The school office will require details of appointed guardians and emergency telephone numbers. PE Uniform The following procedures should be adhered to in regard to wearing PE uniform at school: PE uniform can be worn to school if a student has an ECA or PE class before break. Students with PE lessons after break are to get changed at morning break. Those with a PE lesson after lunch must get changed during lunch break and may wear their uniform home. Students with an ECA or sports trip after school are to get changed at the end of the school day.

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 Permission Forms All new and existing parents will be sent an online permission form in term 3 or at the beginning of the school year. Parent need to electronically sign the form which gives students advance permission to attend all school trips. Personal Information It is very important for the school to have complete and up to date information about all of our students and those whom we may need to contact in case of emergency. Please complete the on line form in the Parent Portal to update your details. School Cancellation Please familiarise yourself with the school’s ‘Wet Weather and Weather Warning Policy’ regarding the closure of school. The school website will display weather warnings and notification of school closure where applicable. Student Leadership Student Council: The Primary Student Council is made up of representatives from Years 1- 6 who are voted in at the beginning of the school year. The students have the opportunity to represent the wider student body and discuss issues important to them including charity work and also working on specific projects in conjunction with the Secondary Student Council. Peer Mediators: The Peer Mediator Team is made up of students predominantly from Year 6, however Year 5 students are welcome to apply. Students are selected to be Peer Mediators by the Well-Being Team based on the merits of their letter of application. Peer Mediators must undertake one full day of training, led by the Well-Being Team. The Well-Being Team have responsibility for the Peer Mediators throughout the academic year, including running ongoing training and bi-weekly meetings. School Google Account At DBIS we use Google Apps for Education. This provides students with a Google account including email and an online storage facility. Students use these accounts from Year 2 onwards. The school will assign all usernames and passwords once a student joins the school.

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PRIMARY PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2015 - 16 School Hours and Contact Details Hours: 8:25am - 3:05pm Contact Details: Website - www.dbis.edu.hk Primary Phone - 2987 7331 Email - dbis@dbis.edu.hk Uniform Our uniform shop is located on the Primary campus and is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:15 am - 11:00 am during term time. If possible we ask you to please bring your own carry bag with you to take away uniform items. Jewellery: Watches and small stud earrings are permitted. Necklaces, bracelets and anklets are not permitted. School Socks: Day wear with regular uniform is navy blue ankle socks available from our uniform shop, PE wear is white ankle socks available from our uniform shop. Daywear Shoes: dark blue or black sandals for day wear (no adornments and not to be worn with socks) or black leather slip on shoes (girls) or black leather shoes (must be able to be polished, no coloured laces, adornments or sports shoes) and socks as noted above. Sports Shoes: Students should wear appropriate footwear that adequately supports their feet during physical education lessons and activities. Sun hats: It is of the utmost importance that we promote sun safety with our students. To assist in this, our Primary School compulsory uniform hat is a wide brimmed, well ventilated style that must be worn by all students. Primary students without a school hat will not be allowed to play outside. Valuables and Toys Students are asked not to bring valuables or toys into school. Occasionally, students may wish to bring items into school as part of a project or other piece of school-related learning. Under these circumstances, any items should be given to the class teacher for safe-keeping. Withdrawal of Students To withdraw a student, notice in writing by parents must be given to the Head of School not less than 60 days (excludes July and August) before the student leaves the school. If students are not returning to school after the summer holidays, official notice must be given on or before 30 April. The school will charge school fees if the above notice period is not adhered to. 20


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