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This year KICS celebrated Book Week much earlier than previous years  from 19-23 November 2017 and was a mix of old and new activities for students. We started each day with Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R) where everyone across the school spent 15 minutes reading anything of their choice.  It has become a tradition in Primary to have the Extreme Reading competition and there were more entries this year than previous years and many of the students used the GreenScreen  app to make very extreme photos.  Congratulations go to Sofia and Charlie for winning the competition.  We continued the tradition of the Guess Who is Reading competition again this year.  The winners of both competitions were given book vouchers so there were some happy readers in Primary that day.
 

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In the Seniors we had competitions for  Decorate a Chair and Guess the Book in the Jar but the most visual event was the murder mystery competition where students had to guess who ‘killed’ Mr Lawrence.  Mr Lawrence’s ‘body’ was a crime scene all week on the cafeteria lawn as students wondered who was the murderer.  Clues were placed on KICSlearns for students to discover who the murderer was.  Teachers were warned in advance about the ‘body on the lawn’ so they could deal with  younger students  who were convinced there was a real body on campus!  
 
Students  across the school had fun during lunchtimes with lots of activities  to celebrate Book Week including guess the flags of different countries – this activity in Primary and Seniors had the libraries packed with students.  
 
On the final day we celebrated book characters across both sections of the school and students were encouraged to come dressed as a book character. Primary students met on the field and walked to the Senior Section where they walked around the Senior Library and onto the World Map area.   Each class went onto the stage to have a class photo. Over 95% of students dressed up this year so well done students.
 
A big thanks to all those who helped make Book Week a success this year.

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The Year 11s went to Afra Mall today to do fieldwork for their IGCSE paper 4.  They did traffic surveys, floor plans of 2 floors of the mall, questionnaire and environmental surveys.

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On Sunday 15th October the Year 10 Geography students went to Ailafoun farm in Khartoum to create a case study on a large scale commercial farm as part of their food production unit. Aliafoun is the largest dairy farm in Sudan, comprising 500 hectares with 3000 friesian cows.  The students began the day by watching the cutting-edge milking parlour where hundreds of cows can be milked simultaneously and without distress. They then went on to see the sheds where the cows live a life of luxury, which includes shaded areas, regular showers to cool off and massages. As always, some students weren’t too keen on the smell! The next phase was seeing the alfalfa fields, which are irrigated using a centre pivot system, which turns like the second-hand on a clock. This wastes 70% less water than other systems and the alfalfa goes into fodder for the cows. The final stage took the students to the nursery where they saw the pristine rows of vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, courgette and sweetcorn. Shrubs, ornamentals and fruit trees are also grown at the farm which all end up at places such as Ozone and KICS cafeteria.

 

 

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The Primary Swimathon was a great success. Students from Little KICS to Year 6 did a fantastic job swimming laps to raise money for the Kids for Kids charity. The Swimathon was a culmination activity for the PYP Swimming unit this semester. It was evident that the endurance and techniques exhibited by our students have improved a great deal. The total distance swam was 103 kilometers. A big thank you to the students, teachers, support staff, as well as the parents and sponsors.

 

 

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KICS Spirit Week is an opportunity to help bring different groups of students together and to unite as a school. KICS students will celebrate their school pride by participating as a community so they can feel connected to their school.

 

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This year we held a clothes drive as part of our on-going commitment to community service. Students donated an item of clothing or shoes that they have outgrown. All donations collected were donated to the Sotra nitiative. The local Sudanese charity collects new or used clothes and gives to people who are in need.

 

 

 

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NIKKI SHEEHAN VISITED KICS 8-12 OCTOBER 2017-10-15


We have just finished another successful week with the visiting author for  this year, Nikki Sheehan.  Teachers and library staff worked hard to make sure the students knew who Nikki was before she arrived and it has been wonderful to see students  recognize her and say hello as she walked around school.
 
Nikki  was busy with classes and  activities in the Senior section but also  taught the Year 6 students in Primary .  In some classes,  students had fun imagining what it would be like to change into another animal – students found out that turning into a porcupine is quite painful!  Some Senior students who had read Nikki’s books had the opportunity to join her for lunch and discuss her books and ask the author some interesting questions. In the Infant section students had to use their imagination as they were read a story about a naughty invisible cat.  Nikki made the story all the more exciting by stroking the invisible cat as she read the story.
 
Many parents attended the workshop “How to help your child write creatively” and were very enthusiastic about  what they learnt at the workshop.  Nikki explained the  baseline of every story  is a character and what they want to do and the job of the writer is to make it as difficult as possible for the character to achieve  their goal.  Parents had fun creating obstacles for a character  who really wanted a coconut.     Teachers didn’t miss out as they had the opportunity to learn from her ways to support students investment in writing and reading.   Nikki finished her week at KICS with an assembly.  Senior students had fun voting on which combination of words they liked and together they created a poem as a whole group.
 
We recently learned that a previous visiting author Nicky Singer was inspired by her visit to Sudan and  has recently written a book where part of the setting is in Sudan,   perhaps Nikki Sheehan might get inspired to write about Sudan as well!

 

 

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The whole of  year 8 were given an opportunity to visit one of Sudan’s well known institutions, regarding art and history. The National Museum of Khartoum, holds a fantastic collection of artifacts that cover the rise and fall of the kingdoms of Kerma, Kush and Meroe. There's some stunning royal statues and perfectly preserved 3500-year-old artifacts from Kerma. The year 8’s had the opportunity to sketch from first hand observation and to learn a little about the history of Sudan. A good time was had by all.

 

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Since 2012 each year, children everywhere around the globe,  take part in the Cardboard Challenge. It all began following the overwhelming success of the short film, 'Caine's Arcade’, the story of a 9-year boy and his elaborate cardboard arcade.


This year in Kics, the year 9 spent the day designing and making their own cardboard creations, from refrigerators to foosball. We also made the day a little more competitive with house points available, and the cardboard challenge cup presented to the best creation this year the scorpions were triumphant.

 

 

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Thank you to all the distinguished guests, parents, friends of the school and students for joining us on the International Peace Day and Flag Raising Ceremony on the 20th of September 2017.

We had our fourth Flag Raising Ceremony whereby our world’s future leaders, the students of today, who respects and understand the values of unity, not division and global Stewardship, raised 55 flags from different nations.

 

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This is very special annual event at KICS as we celebrate our diversity and recognize how very international our student body is at KICS.

 

 

 

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This April we took 29 KICS swimmers to the annual MEUC Swim Meet in Dubai.  Last year there were 521 swimmers in total and this year a massive 804 participated in this event, representing 33 different schools!


It was easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of competitors and the size of the swimming arena, but our KICS Rhinos showed a lot of determination and fighting spirit.  After 7 months of preparation, they were ready to give it their all!


Our swimmers were also the talk of the town with their outfits; each swimmer wore a Rhino onesie when they were in the arena and on the pool deck.  Everyone wanted to know where we were from!  And once again our swimmers were incredible ambassadors for KICS and Sudan, inside and outside of the pool.  The way they represent our school and country makes us extremely proud and it also makes other people take notice of the fact that there is a proper international school in Sudan.
 
Thank you to all the parents who have been supporting the team over the season and for those who also supported us in Dubai.

A huge thanks have to go out to Mrs Simona, Mr Zach and Mrs Stephanie who spent the last 7 months training this squad and helping them improve as swimmers.
 
Congratulations to all!

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