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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!

 

As the curtain falls, the One Act Play Festival is one of the students’ favorite activities of the year. The students have explored topics such as self-respect, growing up, death and dying, sacrifice for others, and learning from your mistake, in addition to several mask shows.

 

As you may have heard by now, the drama students from Year 7-9 gave their performance on the 30th of March at 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM, Junior Hall. Admission was free.

 

Lastly, we would like to thank the parents & students, teachers and school administration & staff for your heartfelt support to all our drama activities. The take away from the homily: true gratitude is when you say "thank you, because of you I will try to be a better student/teacher/person/friend".

 

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The IB Art show took place on Sunday 2nd April. The exhibition this year displayed Y13 students Samantha Arnold and Bilge Genis’ work, who are about to finished their 2 year IB Visual Arts course. Both students showcased a strong body of work and made a quite an impression on the audience. This week the exhibition has been viewed by several members of staff and students and the over all opinion has been thoroughly positive throughout.

 

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On Thursday, March 9th, the KICS Sports Field was host to over 250 students from KICS, Nile Valley and KAS. It was an atmosphere filled with excitement and anticipation as students competed in our annual Senior Athletics Day. Events included Javelin, Discus, Shot Put, Long Jump and High Jump alongside various relays and races. Senior teachers and staff added enthusiasm and encouragement to each event as students lined up to run, throw and jump. Many students worked hard to overcome physical and mental challenges leading up to Athletics Day and it was inspiring to see their passion and commitment throughout the event. Congratulations to all for an incredible afternoon of athleticism, perseverance and achievement in spirit of healthy active living!

 

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Honorable mention goes to the following students for finishing first in their respective age group and event:

 

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This year, for the first time (March 25th-April 1st), we took thirteen of our KICS MUN students to Russia for the 21st Saint. Petersburg International MUN conference. SPIMUN is one of the United Nations Models affiliated with The Hague International Model United Nations and uses the same rules of procedure. This year the conference held 300 students from schools across the world, from Africa, to the Middle East, to Asia, to North America. For many of our students, this was their first international and sometimes it is easy to be intimidated for one’s first international conference however our students were able to fit right in and dove into lobbying and merging with the confidence that only KICSMUN could have given them. 

 

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Special congratulations went to three of our delegates who were recognised in their respective councils for Honorary Mention (Milkee Year 10 and Yomna Year 10) and Best Delegate (Tobi Year 12). In addition to an enjoyable conference, the students had the opportunity to see Saint. Petersburg in all its grandeur. We visited the famous Hermitage State Museum as well as some of the city’s most famous cathedrals and the students were blown away by the sheer size of the buildings, as well as the history behind them. After our week in Saint. Petersburg we took the speed train to Moscow, where we stayed for two nights. Here the students visited the Kremlin, the Red Square, and St. Basil’s Cathedral.  

 

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The students left the trip with some memorable experiences and new friends. Going to Russia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re so glad our students could enjoy it. They all did a fantastic job and we’re very proud of them. 

 

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Every year KICS holds a week where we celebrate Sudan with activities. The purpose is to strengthen school community's appreciation of local culture through a celebration of Sudanese history, society, music and art. It included events like Community lectures, art shows, music and food. This year’s Celebrate Sudan week has been absolutely fantastic. We have had distinguished speaker Dr. Atta El-Battahani visit us, giving a wonderful community lecture about the Future of Sudan and its readiness for a change. We have had singers from different parts of Sudan, a daily traditional Local market, a wonderful Tayeb Salih Awards evening, and a very enjoyable Sudanese shared fatour wearing national dress, where we all came together as a community. Students have enjoyed drinking tea and coffee from the Sudanese tea ladies as well as purchasing local jewellery, woven baskets and wares from the craft stalls. The week finished with fabulous school wide Arabic evening of “Yalla Sudan” where all Primary and Senior students sang and danced with songs and choreography from different parts of Sudan. 

 

 

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