16 August 2019

Each year our school theme reflects some aspect of academic and personal excellence that remains a compelling focus for the school year.

For each of the last thirteen years, Dalat has chosen a theme to focus on together as a community. Previous themes include:

It’s Not About Me – Life is not just about what you can get out of it, but what you contribute to it.
What’s the Difference? You! – Every person can have a positive impact on the people around them.
Walk the Talk – Being a school and community of strong character.
Satu Dalat (One Dalat) – Striving for unity and even a stronger school community.
Do Hard Things – Challenging the cultural mind-set that teenagers are to focus on selfish goals of fun and little responsibility, and instead encourage them to pursue big goals.
Road Less Travelled – Life is about choices, their consequences, and following your principles not the crowd.
DISconnect: Relate, Recharge, Reconnect – In today’s world we need to remember that the most important things in life come through relationships not technology.
Radical: Living a Life of Conviction – Encouraging our kids to be unusual and extraordinary – to be radical.
First Things First – Learning the importance of being able to set and keep priorities.
GRIT: Growth, Resilience, Integrity, Tenacity – What is “grit”, why is it a crucial trait for success, and how to develop it in our students?
Spark: Power to Ignite – The power of ideas, the power of passion, and the power to inspire.
It’s Still Not About Me – A revisit to our very first theme to encourage our students to be givers and not just takers in this world.
Setting Sail – Theme highlighting a new era in regards to our new buildings as well as our Flagships (Scholarship, Citizenship, Discipleship, and Relationship).

This year our theme is “Focus 2020” and has three aspects to it:

Focus on Focus:
Helping our students learn to focus in a very distracted world.

Focus on Others:
Teaching our students that life is not just about themselves. That a fulfilled life is one where they invest in the lives of others.

Focus on Jesus:
Encouraging our students to pursue and understand who Jesus was and is.
In the coming weeks and months, we will bring the theme alive in our classrooms and in other activities around the school. 

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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