07 March 2016
KICS has celebrated yet another wonderful Book Week. This year we had a theme for each day of Book Week and there were activities connected with the themes. On the Sunday we celebrated Reading Around the World. This year, 2016 is Shakespeare 400, celebrating Shakespeare’s influence on the word so on the Monday we celebrated all things Shakespeare. On the Tuesday we recognized the importance of non- Fiction which helps us learn about the world. On the Wednesday it was Word Day and we celebrated words. On the final day, which was World Book Day celebrated across the world, we celebrated reading and book characters.
One important part of Book Week is Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R). Everyone across the school spent 15 minutes reading anything of their choice. Some people read e-books, other people read books or magazines. Even though it was only 15 minutes daily for 5 days some students and staff expressed sadness that they couldn’t do it every day. Now that is good to hear!
Primary students were so excited about World Book Day as students dressed up as their favourite character. The whole of Primary went to the World Map area and each class went onto the stage to show who their character was. Over 95% of students dressed up this year so well done students. Afterwards the teachers performed a play called Giraffes Can’t Dance which the students enjoyed. Miss Maria then called out the winners of the Extreme Reading competition. We had photos of students reading on horses, upside down and in the bath! Now that is some extreme reading. Miss Mal organized the Guess Who is Reading competition and the winners were announced by Miss Maria as well. Winning students were given a book voucher so there were some happy readers in Primary that day.
In Seniors, World Book Day was celebrated with each homeroom choosing their own theme connected to books and reading. Some homerooms showed great creativity and demonstrated that you only need some imagination and paper and you can have a costume. Some of the themes chosen were Alice in Wonderland (Ms Imogin’s class), Noughts and Crosses, a book year 9 are studying (Ms Melinda’s class) and Roald Dahl characters (Ms Natasha’s class).
Students had fun during lunchtimes with lots of activities to celebrate Book Week. In Primary we had story telling with Mrs Jenny, a word snake game with Ms Jacklyn, book mark making with Mrs Tanya, the continuing story with Miss Lucy and we celebrated authors with Mrs Barbara reading the book she wrote called Elvis the Camel. Miss Isla held a movie event after school of a book that was turned into a movie.
In Seniors we had the competitions for scattegories, a word game, a general knowledge quiz and on Word Day students were given prizes for the longest word, the most interesting meaning of their word and the most interesting sounding word. There were some interesting words on display that day and Joshua had a word with more than 40 letters in it!
A special mention for reading must to the Year 7 students who demonstrated their love of reading when they started the Battle of the Books (B.O.B) in December. B.O.B is an initiative designed to get students enthusiastic about reading around the world. This year KICS trialed B.O.B with the Year 7’s. Students were asked to read the same 4 books and in teams answer questions about the books. There was one practice battle and then students moved to the real battles – three in total. At the end of the second battle the teams Juniper Jokers and the Maniac Readers were eliminated. Going into the final battle were the following teams: Book Warriors, Book Worms, Abominators and Incredibooks. Students were extremely excited to battle the books. After a very close battle the Incredibooks were the winners. Congratulations Tamara, Alex, Karim and Amin. In second place were Waai’l, Amna, Qatra, Diego and Polly. The winning team received certificates, vouchers and books.
29 February 2016
The KICS Open Camus day was held on Sunday, February 14th 2016.
This annual and major event on the KICS calendar gives existing families as well as prospective parents considering KICS as an option for their children’s education, in addition to other members of the community, to come and see what a typical school day is like at KICS
allowing parents and visitors to go into different classrooms and experiencing the unique learning opportunities given to KICS students.
The KICS Open Campus Day this year was also part of Celebrate Sudan Week- a whole week of celebration and recognition of Sudan.
The campus looked fantastic all over with the displays highlighting the school programmes, activities, student work as well as displays for the KICS Horse Riding School, Water Sports, Child Protection, Guidance Counseling and Celebrate Sudan Week. The World Map area was brought to life with flags, traditional Sudanese Souq, handcrafts, tea and coffee lady and music playing the World Map Area.
Most students, staff and visitors were dressed in national dress and enjoyed the traditional Sudanese Fatour that was served on the World Map area during the first break. This was followed by a Sudanese singer and a band singing and dancing on traditional songs.
It was wonderful to see many parents and visitors on campus!
11 February 2016
Nicky Singer, visiting author, 31 January – 4 February
What a wonderful week with visiting author Nicky Singer! Students reacted very warmly to Nicky as they interacted with her for writing workshops, drama classes and learning about her books. Some lucky students had lunch with her and had the opportunity to ask her why she wrote her books. It was interesting finding out how she gets ideas for her books. She got her idea for her book Gemx when she was in New York and there was a very large and long power cut.
Nicky has a passion for helping young writers improve and she held a writing workshop on Sunday afterschool for a number of students. From this group a small number of students were lucky enough to work with Nicky for 4 more afterschool sessions. One of our students who was unable to go to the workshop and is a very talented writer was complemented by Nicky on her writing and she said to her “You are a better writer than me when I was 15!”
Not only did we have Nicky on campus but her son Roland, a fluent Arabic speaker, accompanied her. Roland spoke to the Arabic classes about his experience learning Arabic in England and Cairo. This was a good opportunity for students to practice their Arabic in a natural setting. Roland also gave a very interesting career talk about his university experience at Oxford and his career since. Roland had always thought that Oxford University students would be all very knowledgeable and interested in connecting with world issued but in fact he found that many students just didn’t care at all! The room was almost packed full of students and the Year 12 students were so impressed with Roland that they met with him again and asked him some rather hard questions!
Nicky’s community lecture on Tuesday discussed publishers restrictions on authors. We learnt how in many publishing companies it is not the editors who choose which books that get published but the marketing people. The book may be very well written but if it is not what the marketers want then it won’t be published! In particular, American publishers are very demanding , wanting many things changed especially if the author is not writing in American English. Nicky is convinced that publishers are ‘dumbing down’ the language in children and young adult’s books and deliberately not allowing difficult/uncommon words to be part of the text. This made all of us present wonder how this is influencing our students vocabulary development!
Nicky’s impression of KICS , in her own words was “I loved the school and I loved the kids”.
Thank you Nicky!
10 February 2016
On Monday 8th February the sun was shining and the weather was cool enough to hold our Primary Sports Day. It was a big event with lots of moving parts, but thanks to KICS Community for working together to make it a successful day. KICS parents participations during the final 50 metres race also added a lot of excitement. Well done to all the students and thank you to the teachers and assistants for their support and hard work.
08 February 2016
A special night of the Primary students performing in the 10th Arabic Evening. It was an opportunity for the students to share their learning and celebrate the Arabic culture.
The students’ performances were varied and well executed. Year 3 sang songs which were linked to their units of inquiry. The Y4 non native speakers students performed a song for the famous Egyptian singer Sayed Darwish. While Year 4 native speakers performed a play called “The Friends”. Year 5, acted, sang and danced scenes from the Jungle Book. Year 6 non- native students did a beautiful Egyptian folklore dance called "The Stick Dance”, while Year 6 native speakers sang a song from East Sudan. All in all the night was a big success.
04 February 2016
This year 21 students represented KICS at The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Conference in the Hague, Netherlands. This annual conference is the largest in the world and hosts 3,500 students from some of the finest schools in the world. This year our students represented Nigeria and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This year, for the first time in KICS history, we were given a Security Council country with Ziad Hashim and Basil Saeed being our representatives. Our students were split over 12 councils, including General Assembly, Disarmament Commission, Environment Commission, Human Rights Commission and Special Committees. We also had one student, Ilham Tagelsir appointed as a Judge on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Rithe Arnold was involved with the Media team in producing the conference newspaper.
During the course of the week our students were involved in negotiations, fierce debate and attempts to problem solve through diplomacy. It is fair to say, from both Mrs. Reem and myself, that our students were exceptional. They were well prepared and entered their councils (some with over 300 students) aggressive in their approach. They all spoke well and made good points and defended their draft resolutions and amendments with conviction. Throughout the week, often our students found themselves frustrated given some of the stereotypes that they faced, especially when dealing with topics relation to Africa and in particular women’s rights, however they stood up for what they believed in and by the end of the week, had done a fine job in educating many of the other students. Special mention must be given to Basil and Ziad in the Security Council who managed to pass an un unanimous resolution in council regarding the political instability between Sudan/South Sudan. To pass a resolution in their first time in this council is a marvelous achievement and certainly put KICS on the map amongst the other international schools attending. To perform so well at the largest MUN gathering in the world is a reflection of our students’ passion and hard work, which starts with KICSMUN in November and carries through to this conference. We look forward to seeing more fantastic performances next year.
21 December 2015
We have done KICS Infant Shows for the last 10 years. We love them!
Our Little KICS, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children did a wonderful job on Tuesday 15th December 2015 when they took part in the performance. This year’s show ‘The Drum’ was a beautiful story that talked about two important messages: generosity and kindness. The play was written so appropriately for the kids to both understand and memorize and had a Sudanese and cultural theme too. The children’s singing and acting were fantastic! Thank you to the teachers and parents for helping to instill a love of theatre at such an early age in our students.
15 December 2015
On Sunday, December 13th, Fenti Golf Club hosted over 300 KICS students, 10 KAS students, teachers and parents for the annual KICS Cross Country Run. Students in years 3-11 have been training in class to improve their aerobic and muscular endurance while setting goals for personal achievement. Many of our students set personal bests and overcame both physical and mental hurdles to cross the finish line, showing admirable heart, determination and perseverance. For our Senior students, this run was the final component of their unit assessment and we were pleased to see such positive results.The year 12 & 13 students also ran and took part in teaming up with the Primary students for added encouragement. It was wonderful to see such energetic and committed performances from all and the additional support from our KICS parents was much appreciated. Overall, it was an enjoyable morning and our students should be proud of their accomplishments.
Top achievement and special mention goes to the following students:
Year 3 & 4 Girl:
1st place - Farah Abdellatif
2nd place - Tamara Amin Gabbani
3rd place - Ema Serizawa
Year 3 & 4 Boy:
1st place - Martin Ronnie Makram
2nd place - Shixin Zhang
3rd place - Sharif Amir Abdelmutaal
Year 5 & 6 Girls:
1st place - Aya Hisham Abualella
2nd place - Eman Tarig El Nefeidi
3rd place - Antonia Lehnert Malagon
Year 5 & 6 Boys:
1st place - Marek Ulicny
2nd place - Larry Odong
3rd place -Mark Nashaat Louis
Seniors Personal Challenge Race
1st place - Amir Malik; Hala Tantour
2nd place - Ziad Malik; Milkee Adane Bekele
3rd place - Ali Nagi Yousif; Valentina Banayoti
Seniors Competitive Race:
1st place - Yasin Ibrahim, Rula Ammar
2nd place - Ahmed Yousif, Leticia Malagon
3rd place - Daan Freijsen; Alia Ibrahim
Thank you to all students, staff and parents for a fantastic morning. We look forward to celebrating similar success at our next Athletics event on Monday, January 25th for Primary Sports Day and Thursday, February 25th for Senior Athletics Day.
06 December 2015
Another year, another show, another list of performers, hosts, and technicians. Seems all too routine after a while. If this were a weekly radio broadcast, the routines would be very well established. This is the Fifth Edition of the KICS Radio Show LIVE!!! for 2015. For many performers and audience members, it would be difficult to find many individuals who attended all five shows much less performed in all of them. While a certain routine has evolved and predictability in place-- the chirpy melody of the Radio Show Theme Song, the Band Brownie Commercials, Hosts trying to tell jokes-- still each show had a character and charm all its own.
The five playlists of each show totals an excess of one hundred pieces of music and songs. That is roughly four hundred minutes of music or six and half hours of music, each piece chosen by an enthusiastic performer and given to an even more enthusiastic audience. As you enjoy these photos and maybe even recall the music these musicians presented, please remember that each performer wanted to give something special to others; that each performer spent hours preparing their piece of music; that each performer exhibited a lot of courage to do this in a public venue; that each performer wanted to share something special with each member of the audience; that each performer wanted to share their love of life with others. Please continue to share your love of life in your own way!
30 November 2015
Sunday October 25th 2015
‘Sunday Fun Day’ This afternoon is dedicated for the beginners who ride with us on a Sunday. All these young children are on a lead rein. We set up a mounted obstacle course of 10 different disciplines, egg and spoon, hoops, a stop box, bending poles, get off and lead, ride under a hoop etc.
The finale is the ever popular musical crates. This year it was won by Elisa, second was Ayman, Mustafa third and Nils was fourth.
Saturday November 28th 2015
The 5th annual show was held in the grass paddock for the first time. Two sections competed in a ‘clear round’ competition, every rider who jumped a clear round won a special rosette. After that warm up and nerve settler we held a traditional show jumping competition where only clear rounds went forward to a timed jump off over a shortened course. Results in section one were 1st George, 2nd Coco, 3rd Leticia and 4th Amin. The second section was won by Jana, 2nd David and 3rd Ahmed.