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Visiting CIS consultant, Susie March spent 3 days with the members of the KICS community last week. She met at length with the Child Protection Team on her first day before delivering two excellent presentations to parents on the 7th. Both presentations referred to the value of a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum as a prerequisite in guiding our young to face potential life skill challenges that include moral, ethical choices and decisions. Her underlying theme was how the digital world shapes our communication, social interactions and behaviours and how the adults need to catch up with its pace and the threats posed.

 

She led classes with students in Years 6/8/9/11/12/13 on various topics ranging from proactive safeguarding to sexual violence; all at appropriate developmental levels. The sessions were interactive and students were engaged and learning in a fun way. Students learned how to set personal boundaries and deal effectively with unwanted situations. Others were given a clear understanding of the semantics of CSE; most took away something in the way of knowledge, skills, values or attitudes needed to make informed choices about and for themselves.

 

On the PD day, Susie led a thought-provoking exercise with all staff on the Code of Conduct followed by a sobering session with Secondary staff on highly sensitive topics that can impact our young adults as they maneuver through the social highway of adolescence.

 

Finally, Susie was able to share some insights into developing a solid CSE curriculum for KICS, advising on how we need to tailor it specifically to meet the unique blend of needs of our students and keep it culturally embedded for our special community.

 

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Day 1: The Hike and the tent
 
We left school at 9:30 and everybody was excited to finally go on ODE. They did not look forward to the 10km hike, which was actually only 3.4km. Despite the complaining and the "suffering” they all made it.
 
After a nice little lunch, the tents went up pretty quickly. Of course the girls won and their tents were up before the boys stopped yelling a each other. Once they realized that screaming and yelling is not the way to work together, they also managed to put up their tents.
The kids enjoyed their down time and played some volleyball, read, talked and relaxed at the river side. At around 5 they started to prepare their meals. The students have improved in their cooking as I could not spot any instant noodles! I saw French fries, buttered chicken, delicious beef, boiled potato and some more tasty stuff. Well done Year 10!
 
It came to my attention that many students had brought their phones with them even though they knew this was not allowed. I took all the phones during our  reflection in the evening and talked about the reasons why we do not allow them on all of the ODE trips.
 
Ten o’clock was lights out. It did turn quiet pretty quickly but after a while noise started to come out of different tents and at 1:15 some students were still a wake. I am sure they will feel sleepy today.
 
 
Day 2: The morning
 
Most students are awake very early. Some slept really well while others struggled a bit and heard all kind of noises in and around their tent. Accompanying staff and I slept pretty well. 
 
Breakfast was consisted of pancakes, corn flakes, bread with Nutella, even noodles passed by. 
 
The whole morning the students were busy with group challenges and untangle the “Human knot”. Fishing was a big success as well but unfortunately the fish would not bite. Only a few students managed to catch some small fish, none of them was big enough to put on the BBQ.
 
In their free time students had mud fights, flipped kayaks( while being pirates and others build a big sand castle, in mu eyes it was just a pile of sand (chuckle).
 
This time dinner was prepared by the accompanying staff. Burgers, hotdogs and watermelon were on the menu. Students really enjoyed it and it became a very pleasant evening with long jump competitions, fire dances, and enjoying the camp fire and the million stars, which you miss if you never leave Khartoum. 
 
The night fell fast and by 11pm all the students were in a deep sleep.
 
 
Day 3: Packing up
 
The next morning was packing up the tents and clearing up the campsite. A quick 45m walk to the bus and our trip to Escape had come to an end.
 
 
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Good morning all,

 

Yesterday was an extremely important day for all of our delegates. Both Ahmed and Nada in their Human Rights Commissions worked well and although at times they were frustrated how the debates progressed – they can both be proud of their efforts. Tobi and Ahmed continued to be a force to be reckoned with in the Historical Security Council. They work well as a team and are very well prepared, allowing them to dictate policy and be key figures in the resolutions that have passed. Yomna has continued to work well in GA5 (possibly the most tedious council – finance and budgeting). Yomna is a silent assassin who waits for her moment and then speaks very well and asks detailed and often difficult questions of those around her. Maznie and Barsoum both held the floor in the Environmental Commission and can be pleased with how they spoke and handled the questions they received. Osman continued to be a key figure in the resolutions that have passed in Special Conference 1 and has enjoyed many opportunities to speak both for and against clauses. Amel has grown in confidence and it was pleasing yesterday to see her speaking and having amendments passed. Yesterdays was definitely Tawfeegs day! After being frustrated due to the size of his council (GA3 – the biggest), he was finally able to speak for his resolution and under heavy fire from other delegates (especially India) he held himself with poise and confidence – even receiving a round of applause. During the lunch break, HRH Princess Mabel also gave a speech regarding the treatment of women around the world – it was very educational and focused on not only third world countries but many Western societies also also. Last night we all headed into town for some late night shopping and judging by the amount of bags that came back to the hotel, all parents should be receiving some lovely gifts!

 

This morning our delegates are in their final sessions of debate, followed by this afternoons closing ceremony. Oncer this is finished, its onto the bus back to Amsterdam airport and on the way home via Dubai.

 

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Good evening from a cold, wet & windy Hague,
 
This morning our delegates were again in the thick of some heated and at times controversial debate. Zaki managed to persuade his council to vote against a resolution, Yomna totally discredited another delegate, taking him to point over a lack of knowledge and understanding of his topic, and Barsoum, Waleed, Summer, Nora, Ayah, Amel and Nada were all able to take the floor and defend clauses they had tabled as co-submittors in working papers. It is impressive to see our students stand strong and effectively communicate their thoughts and opinions, especially when put on the spot. Wednesday councils are always shortened to a half day, allowing schools to travel Amsterdam for the sightseeing however, unfortunately the weather is very unfavorable so we have decided to give the students some quiet time to finish off school work (teachers - there will benoexcuses when students get back). This evening we went to an indoor activities center where our students played Laser Tag and attempted go carting.Manyof our students need driving lessons – no need to say anymore.
 
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Good evening all,
 
Sadly there was no royalty to report of today,  however we are pleased to say our students contributed a great deal to some exhausting debate and can be pleased with their overall efforts. Both Tobi and Ahmed again starred in the Historical Security Council and were co-subbmitors on a resolution aimed at assisting displaced civilians during the Vietnam conflict. The rest of our delegates begun debate today, following yesterdays lobbying and merging. Highlights included opening speeches from Waleed & Summer,  Ayah working hard to dismantle a working paper she was opposed to, Noon and Yomna taking an extremely aggressive approach to sway their councils and Mazine and Osman delivering fine speeches in favor of working papers. Although we were not able to see everyone holding the floor in council (there are five stories in the World Forum which involves a lot of running) we hope to be able to see all of our other delegates in action tomorrow. After sessions ended, we all ventured into China town to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a different side of this wonderful city. Later this evening we discussed some of the challenges our students are facing given there are over 3,000 students in attendance with the main being the issue of being heard and getting the attention of the secretariat when in council. Given the size of the conference compared to KICSMUN, it is a welcome challenge that we are sure our students will rise to. 
 
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Good evening everyone,

Today started with an early breakfast followed by Tobi and Ahmed heading off to begin their work in the Historical Security Council. We were fortunate enough to see both of them in action, holding the French delegate to account for the situation in Vietnam. Shortly afterwards, the rest of our delegates joined their respective councils for a morning of informal lobbying and merging. This is an important time as it allows delegates to find their allies, create working papers and push their policies. 
 
After lunch we prepared for opening ceremony in which Tawfeeg, as ambassador carried the flag of Pakistan. After being treated to Dutch football royalty yesterday, today we were honored  to be in the presence of His Royal Highness, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands who officially opened this years conference in its 50th year. Many of our students were able to get very close to him and take videos and photos – memories they will never forget.
 
Tomorrow our delegates will commence debate and begin the serious task of solving the global issues they face. They have been again working well, discussing and sharing ideas and focusing on talking like they are correct and listening like they are wrong!
 
Tot morgen,
 
 
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Good evening everyone, Today started with an early breakfast and students then finishing all working papers and opening speeches. We enjoyed a good debate/discussion regarding our approach to this years conference, especially given that we are presenting Pakistan. Having listened/mediated their discussions, I am proud to say both Mrs. Wendy and I believe we have an exceptionally talented group of young adults ready to tackle all of which lies in front of them this week!
 
After lunch, we boarded a tram, then bus, then train and made our way to Rotterdam for the match between Feyenoord and Den Haag. It was a amazing experience (even for our non football fans). We were seated behind the goal amongst the local supporters and needless to say,by the end of the match, everyone was suddenly able to chant in Dutch and we enjoyed a good game ending 3-1 to Feyenoord. The highlight was seeing Robin Van Persie come off the bench – an amazing footballer who treated the crowd with a lot of respect. (We hope you enjoy the photos attached from the match).
 
After making our way back to The Hague and enjoying dinner, I’m happy to report all students are back in the hotel, tired but prepared and ready for what awaits them tomorrow morning in their lobbying and merging sessions. 
 
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Instead of going to the CAPO farm we went to the stables. There is major construction going on at CAPO farm so it would not have been safe to go there.

 

Despite the small setback we managed to have a great and meaningful experience at the stables. The students had to work together during several challenges, had to figure out how a compass works and learned and discovered many types of handshaking. Ask the students about the lumberjack of fisherman handshake.

 

Working together at this age is sometimes a challenge and students needed some more directions as desired. Following and really listening to instructions is a point which I had to bring up at several occasions.

 

Overall it was another successful experience for the students and for the teachers as well. It is always nice to see the students in a different environment and interact with each other outside the school walls.

 



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Shadow Theatre

 

Y10 IGCSE drama students telling stories with light, shadows and paper cut-outs. With multiple overhead projectors and shadows cast by live but silent actors, all enhanced by evocative sound effects and music, can generate riveting drama.

 

Mr. Lawrence Espinosa

 


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Y9's #kicslearns using Forum Theatre to address gender issues with visiting artist Evan Hastings. The group watching is encouraged to stop the action when they think it necessary, to suggest a different action. At other times, the actors themselves can stop the action, and ask for help. Sometimes someone else can step in and take over a role - or even introduce a new one.

 

 

 

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