We spoke to Imelda Bonnett to learn about her daughter's experience at Dover Court International School and why her family's so happy with their decision.
For many expat families, finding a school with a strong sense of community is at the top of their list. After all, moving to a new country is stressful enough — especially on kids. Why not make it easier for them? This reason, among many others, is why Imelda Bonnett and her husband decided on Dover Court International School for their daughter, Elizabella. Here’s what else we found out…
What the Bonnetts were looking for in a school
According to Imelda, it was important that the school had a good mix of nationalities and offered a wide range of facilities. They also wanted a school with small class sizes, preferably with a teacher’s assistant so Elizabella wouldn’t feel lost or overlooked. Budget was also a factor, but value for money was more important than cheaper fees. Upon stepping into Dover Court’s campus, the family realised that it was exactly what they were looking for. “It didn’t feel like a big school, even if it has a secondary school,” shares Imelda. “There is a strong sense of community and we loved the fact that it has a strong performing arts program and a variety of ECAs.”
Elizabella was immediately made welcome through the school’s orientation program for new students. It also organises a buddy system for new students so they can look forward to seeing a familiar face on their first day of school — they really think of everything!
How Dover Court International School has exceeded their expectations
“Elizabella has really flourished at the school; she has never refused to go to school,” explains Imelda. “The school appears to be more academically rigorous than the schools back in Melbourne (where the Bonnets are from).” In fact, Elizabella herself says that the teachers make subjects like Math easy — pretty impressive, considering most kids aren’t fond of it! “We also value the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, their responsiveness in addressing our concerns, individualised learning and the way they nurture Elizabella’s love for music and performing arts,” she adds.
The clincher? Seeing the school’s now ex-principal and teachers gathering at the school’s driveway to wave goodbye to the kids on the last day of school. For Imelda, seeing this warmed her heart and cemented her family’s choice.
After touring six different international schools, it’s safe to say that the Bonnetts are more than happy with their choice. For them, Dover Court International School has proven to be the best fit for their daughter.
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This post is in partnership with Dover Court International School