9 August 2019

So what is new at Dalat this year? Quite a bit actually, as you will see in the list below.

For the first Dalat News article each year, I like to focus on “What’s New.” The first week of school is always an exciting one as the campus finally comes alive with students and activity. All the work that has been done in preparation of the new year starts to pay off as classes begin meeting and students get back to their studies. It’s fun to see our new students learning all about what makes Dalat a special and unique school, and our new staff beginning to understand why we are so proud of our students.

In North America, an expression that is used to say “hello,” or greet someone you know, is to ask the question, “What’s New?” So, at the beginning of each school year, that is a good question to answer in the first head of school’s message.

So what is new at Dalat this year? Quite a bit actually, as you will see in the list below.

New Students: Our enrollment for this year currently stands at 702 with students from 27 different countries, 115 students being new to Dalat.

New Staff: This year we have 16 new full-time staff and 3 part-time staff joining Dalat. Later in this Dalat News there is an article where you can learn more about who has joined our staff this year.

New Playgrounds: Dalat invested in creating two new play areas for our students. The ES courtyard was transformed into a wonderfully imaginative play spot for our younger students while the playground near the middle school was replaced with a new and improved play set to encourage our students to challenge themselves physically. Along with the new playground, the elementary got new lockers and our little-ones (pre-school) finally moved over from the middle school area to the elementary.

Renovated Middle School: Significant investment was made to renovate the classrooms, bathrooms, while adding more natural light with a new sky light.

Sports “Upgrades”: Three new basketball rims and backboards were installed near the CASTLE building so that more students can enjoy playing basketball while our gym got new bleachers to support our fans during home games.

Other New Things: For those rainy days we installed a covered drop off area for our ES families, new sound systems were installed in our MS classrooms, a new WiFi system was installed all over campus to improve connection to our network, new classes are being offered in the HS (Entrepreneurship, Web Design, Graphics and AP Micro-Economics), and there is new furniture in the student center.

The list could go on with a number of other changes, but I will stop there. A lot of things are new around Dalat right now, but my hope for our new families is that very soon it will no longer feel like a “new” school but instead will feel like “home.”

Have a great weekend and please make sure to join us next Friday for the Middle and High School Open House and then the following Friday for our Elementary Open House.

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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