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The Year 11 IGCSE Geography class went into the field on Thursday, 9th December to investigate some important geographical concepts as part of their Paper 4 field work enquiry preparation. Students were divided into small groups and members of each group visited either the Marwa Centre or the Amarat 2 Centre in Riyad. The aim of this field trip was for students to conduct surveys on shopping patterns and the sphere of influence of each shopping centre. In order to do this effectively the students, in their groups, devised hypotheses and looked at the methodology they would use to test these hypotheses. On returning from the field trip, data was collated, presented and analysed. Each group will give a Powerpoint presentation after the Winter break where they will present their findings to the whole class including their conclusions and a full evaluation of the process. On behalf of the Humanities Department we would like to thank the management of both stores for their kindness in allowing us to conduct these surveys.

Mrs Natasha and Mr Peter

 

On Thursday, 25 November the KICS Senior School students welcomes Ms Hiba Salah, the Corporate Social Responsibility Supervisor at DAL Group.  The purpose of her role is to portray, advocate and promote goodwill of DAL Group to realize its representation as a socially responsible corporation to internal stakeholders and external community.

The title of her talk was’Responsible Leaders of Tomorrow: How Do I Become One? 

Ms. Hiba began by asking the students several questions about what they thought being a responsible leader was. The students responded very enthusiastically with statements such as ‘being fair’ and ‘being honest’. Ms Hiba added that responsible leaders today need to have a vision. They cannot just lead but know where they are going and why. And most importantly the people they are leading need to understand this goal as well.

A socially responsible corporation makes sure that its employees, managers and customers are represented fairly in decisions taken by the company. They are also encouraged to act responsibly towards their community and their environment. This means that for example, the employees are given opportunities to engage in projects which help protect the environment and/or help others in the local community.

Ms. Hiba finished her talk with some more questions from the audience. The students were very fortunate to hear about corporate responsibility and how it is it does and will continue to affect the way all leaders conduct themselves and their organizations in the world today. 

 

As the afternoon crept towards early evening and the shadows lengthened across the KICS tennis courts, players from Unity High School, Tuti Island Tennis Club and KICS itself began to arrive and warm up for the start of the 2010 KICS Tennis Tournament.
With only 4 competitors, the U18 boys and U14 girls competitions would be played in a league-style format while the U14 boys had the anxieties of a straight knock-out competition to cope with…

Come finals time, the U14 Boys had been whittled down to Karim Obada and Mohamed Ahmed; the girls final was between our own Azza Malik and Dena Osama, while the U18 Boys final would be between defending champion Chris Frattina and Ali Ahmed of Unity High School.

The results:

U18 boys                    U14 boys                        U14 Girls

1st: Ali Ahmed             Karim Obada                   Azza Malik
2nd: Chris Frattina      Mohammed Ahmed          Dena Osman
3rd: Omar Osama       Hiba Hassan

Well done to all competitors and we look forward to the tournament growing bigger and better next year…

Mr Chris

     

“Everybody loves that man... Bugsy Malone!”

The eagerly anticipated KICS production of the musical ‘Bugsy Malone’ thrilled two packed houses on the evenings of Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th November as the KICS Senior students and staff staged their first ever musical.

Under the direction of Eugene Barnaart, the countless hours of hard work and long hours of practice that went into putting together the singing, dancing, acting and staging of this production certainly paid off!  John Ashworth’s stunning set design recreated the world of rival gangs in downtown New York in 1929.  The two adversaries, gangsters Fat Sam (Krillus Masoud) and Dandy Dan (Alexios Limnios) proved to be great opposites, thoughtfully portrayed and equally as funny along with their respective gangs and girlfriends, Tallulah (Dena Osama) and Louella (Azza Malik). The boxing scene was also a ‘knockout’ and the performances by a magician, ventriloquist and the Down and Out gang to name a few, really showcased the great pool of talent that we have here at KICS.

The show was a visual feast inspired by the wonderful array of period costumes. The chorus girls, dressed to the nines in all colours of the rainbow, ‘flapper’ style, singing and dancing the night away at Fat Sam’s Grand Slam made the most of it. Mustachioed gangsters decked out in striped suits, hats, and carrying ingeniously made ‘splurge’ kept the audience had the audience in stitches with their comical antics as they waged custard pie war on each other. Not to be left out, one cannot help but mention the hilarious ‘comedy cops’ scenes that showed the hidden talents of Senior Staff members Morris Lando, Chris Collins and Darryl Davies.

Between all the comic acts, keeping the continuity, emotion and drama unfolding for us were characters such as Bugsy Malone himself (endearingly played by Abdulwahab Zubair), Blousey, Bugsy’s love interest (Raveena Retnakumar in feisty form), and poor Fizzy (played with pathos by Anna Maria Masoud) who just wanted the chance to dance. 

The backstage crew did a magnificent job collecting ‘dead’ bodies from the stage, filling custard pie plates and running around with props as needed and also filling in on-stage as ‘guards’. 

Those present in the KICS amphitheatre were treated to the memorable experience of the Senior students rising to the challenge of combining and coordinating the arts of singing, dancing and acting. We got to see some great talent in all areas and the whole cast and crew proved what can be achieved with dedication, hard work and no small amount of talent.

     

   

The date for this year’s KICSPA Welcome Picnic fell on November 5th which, in the UK, is the date of Bonfire Night – also known as ‘Guy Fawkes Night’. This annual event involves communities across the UK gathering around a bonfire, setting off fireworks and eating various traditional foods. This year’s KICSPA family picnic picked up this theme.  Following a somewhat humbling performance by the teachers at the hands of the parents in the annual Cricket match, hundreds of KICS family members gathered on the playing field for what was the best attended KICSPA picnic in the five year history of the event. Parents relaxed on cushions and rugs on the grass whilst their children ran around playing with their school friends. Typical ‘Bonfire Night’ food was on sale for those who chose not to bring their own picnic baskets. Fenti Catering provided Hot Dogs, Baked Potatoes with Chili con Carne or Baked beans and Toffee Apples. 

   

KICSPA’s Popcorn machine did brisk business as did the regular Picnic favourite Tutti Frutti Ice-cream. Other annual favourite events took place such as the Tug of War and the performance by the renowned Sudanese singer, Sharhabil Ahmed. But the highlight of the evening was, without a doubt, the KICS Bonfire.  A towering blaze, expertly set and carefully monitored by the site management team, was very impressive and had both adults and children awestruck whilst watching the inferno.  The decision had been taken not to include the burning of the ‘Guy’ on top of the bonfire- which is very much part of the tradition in the UK. The delighted children were given Sparklers and Glo Sticks, and a small fireworks display added to the spirit of the occasion. Further traditional Bonfire Night delicacies of Parkin (a sticky Ginger cake originating in Yorkshire), Treacle Toffee from the Lake District and everyone’s favourite - Home Made Vanilla Fudge - were distributed towards the end of the evening. Everyone went home happy after a thoroughly enjoyable family evening out. Many thanks are due to the KICSPA committee for the impeccable organisation of this favourite annual event.  

 

                               

 

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The Year 7 students are nearly finished their unit on Mapping Skills. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to have Mr Rush and Mr Ahmed from Daleelteq, a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) company, come to explain to the Year 7 students what GIS is all about. Many students (and teachers!) are unaware of the vast scope of this field of work and how it affects our daily lives. Khartoum State Government is using this technology as you read this to improve the infrastructure in our city. Companies are using the technology to increase their delivery efficiency and minimise expenses. Emergency Services are reducing their response times to emergencies. Soon we will have GPS available for our cars and phones in Khartoum too. No more getting lost downtown and we will be able to get to Ozone by the quickest route at any time of day. These are just some of the real time, practical applications of GIS that the Year 7’s discovered in the highly informative presentation.
Some student comments: Safa, ‘In the future GIS will be part of our daily lives, I didn’t know that.’ Omar,’ I learned that GIS is used much more than people know.’ Sazia, ‘I learned that Geography is useful to us in everything.’
We are hoping to have Rush and Ahmed return to the school again later in the year to inform our IB Geography students about career opportunities in this exciting and rapidly expanding field.

Peter McAinsh

        

The following students received Senior School Leadership Certificates in Assembly last Thursday

Year 13
Nafisa for being principled and taking the lead in communicating with the Head of Section on behalf of the Year 13 students. Mrs Reem

Khaldah for for being principled and taking the lead in communicating with the Head of Section on behalf of the Year 13 students. Mrs Reem

For the Year 13 girls for being principled and caring in establishing guidelines for Common Room behaviour. Mrs Reem

The MUN Secretariat (Nafisa, Attiat, Hind, Harrison, Mountasir, Sarya, Khaldah, Nadeen) for demonstrating that they are principled, reflective and caring while running MUN and the ECA. Mrs. Reem and Mr. Richard

Anavi for being principled and caring as Co-Chair of STUCO. Mrs. Reem and Mr. Richard

Year 12
Karim for being principled and supportive as Co-Chair of STUCO. Mrs. Reem and Mr. Richard

Year 9
Yasmin for demonstrating being principled and caring whilst helping at the Infant Swimming Gala Mrs Annie

Dena for the way she has led by example in what it takes to create a small business as part of the Year 9 Leadership Programme Small Business Enterprise Unit.
Mr Richard

Omnia for the way she has led by example in what it takes to create a small business as part of the Year 9 Leadership Programme Small Business Enterprise Unit.
Mrs Annie

Year 8
Nada for demonstrating student responsibility and leading by example in creating a clean environment in the Senior Section. Mrs Reem

Mr Richard for his commitment and leadership during Spirit Week. Dr. Darryl.

Congratulations to all students for taking the initiative to demonstrate and develop their leadership skills and to model leadership qualities to their peers and younger students at KICS. Mrs Natasha

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