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KICS celebrated another wonderful Book Week from the 26th of February to 2nd of March 2017. On the final day, which was World Book Day, we celebrated book characters across both sections of the school. 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 and brave students told the audience who their character was.  Over 95% of students dressed up this year so well done students.  There were some imaginative costumes such as R2D2 made from a  plastic rubbish bin  and  the  student who dressed as the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. Afterwards the teachers performed a play called The  Yellow and Brown Club which the students enjoyed.  Mrs Pilar then announced the winners of the Extreme Reading competition.  We had lots of entries this year and many of the students used the GreenScreen  app to make very extreme photos. We had students reading in circles of fire, on killer whales and dinosaurs. Students enjoyed seeing all the entries on display by Mrs Rulas office. Miss Mal organized the Guess Who is Reading competition and the winners were given a book voucher so there were some happy readers in Primary that day.  

 

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! 

 

In the Seniors assembly  on the  Thursday students who made an effort to wear a quote on the Tuesday and  be a character  for the Thursday were recognized with skip the queue vouchers and winners were announced for the competitions: the Decorate a Chair;  If your Life was a Title in a Book, What Would the Title Be?, Guess Who is Reading and Guess the Book in the Jar.

 

The importance of words were celebrated with Wear a Quote on Your Clothes Day in Seniors.  This year we focused on how reading can help us with empathy and understanding others by pinning or taping quotes to clothing. Students chose some fascinating quotes to display. 

 

In the Infant Library there was: Fairy Tales Title Guessing Game in Arabic with Ms. Randa; Character Guessing Game with Ms. Steffi, story time with Ms. Barbara, Dr. Seuss’ "The Sneetches” with Ms. Natasha, Book Cover Jigsaw Puzzle with Ms. Simona and in the Junior Library there was: a book quiz with Ms.Fadwa and a music Story with Ms. Jacklyn and Miss Carley made the students laugh. 

 

A big thanks to all those who helped make Book Week a success this year.

This January we took another group of Year 12s to Thailand for their ODE and CAS trip. After the Christmas break, 17 students accompanied by 3 staff members travelled to Chiang Mai for ten days of adventure, fun, and learning. The students participated in various activities that tested their physical, emotional, and leadership strengths. Physical activities ranged from rock climbing, to zip-lining, to hiking, to kayaking. 

 

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Team-building and leadership activities  required cooperation and problem solving–for example, when everyone was set off to work on a construction site to build a new wing for an orphanage, with no previous building experience! Through these activities and others, such as over-night stays, feeding and washing elephants and building bamboo rafts, students received a wide scope of educational experience. The best part, as teachers, was watching the students come out of their shells and fulfil their potential as strong and capable leaders. It was wonderful to see the students so proud of themselves for excelling in activities they never thought they could do. Thailand is an essential learning experience for all students passing through the IB, and we are thrilled to confirm the completion of yet another successful trip. 

 

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This week has been full of excitement as Primary students have interacted with our visiting author David Bedford. Teachers and library staff worked hard to make sure the children knew who David was before he arrived and it has been wonderful to see children recognize him and say hello as he walked around school. The children have loved hearing him read his books and younger classes did activities based on his stories. Years 3-6 got to ask David the questions they wrote last week and got some interesting answers! David shared his love of writing with students in the writing workshops for older Primary students. Students learnt how to develop the different parts of a story and some students showed excellent writing talent when they read out their stories to the whole class.

 

 

Silver KICS Band Variety Show 2016

 

As the dust settled and the workmen moved out the instruments and equipment from the latest Variety Show to come to KICS, there was a sense in the air that something special had occurred only moments earlier. It was a special feeling of conclusion as well as success. After 9 years of Variety Shows, it might be easy to say this was the best one yet, but it might just be! The show started off with the first time appearance of the 10-member Bronze KICS Band in their smart looking red shirts and black trousers. Each piece was well presented and obviously well rehearsed.

 

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The programme continued with a number of young pianists, violinists and guitarists, each taking to their respective instruments with well-practiced and rehearsed pieces. Each performer had practiced performing their pieces in our weekly Fatour Recitals in the Senior Library.

 

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The first half concluded with Serge Prokofiev’s piano version of the "Theme from Romeo and Juliet” as performed by Yasin Ibrahim, whose performance was wildly received by an enthusiastic audience.After everyone had their Band Brownie for the evening, the Silver KICS Band out did itself in performing a wide repertoire such as "Eye of the Tiger", "25 or 6 to 4", Shostakovich’s "Waltz No. 2", Puccini’s "Nessun Dorma’ and the every popular “Mas Que Nada”.

 

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The band sounded particularly well this evening due to the improved concert venue, the KICS Gymnasium, which besides having air conditioning and a wind-free/ noise free stage, it also had lively acoustics which allowed all of the band members to hear each other. Following the band, the larger than usual, very cool and relaxed audience hear performances from a number of more advanced pieces such as Dvorak’s “Humoresque", performed on violin by Alia Ibrahim, who also performed on piano Mendelssohn’s "Venetian Gondola Man" Paloma graced the stage with her guitar solo "Spanish Romance".

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Her sister also performed Schubert’s “The Swan Dance”; Christian with "Ventus’ Theme”; Tony Wentao with the beautiful sounds of St. Saens “Romance on French horn. Now there is an instrument people do not hear enough of- the French horn! And Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor Op. 3 No. 6 as performed by Rithe Arnold concluded the second half with a very excited audience.

 

 

 

‘Communities need a variety of systems to ensure human and environmental survival.’

That’s how it started, with a concept!

 

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The exhibition gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in the PYP and to take action as a result of their learning. The focus every year is to ensure that the ‘action’ component is sustainable and meaningful. The students were also encouraged to make strong links with our community.

 

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The students have put in the hours at school, after school, at home and at the weekend.
They have:
•    Planned field trips to Alafoun farm, Al Assad recycling factory, WFP, EU.
•    Researched their topics, wrote reports of 1000 words
•    Learned how to cite sources
•    Surveyed to collect data
•    Reflected on their learning
•    Created brochures and ads to promote their action plan

 

A big thank you to all teachers who supported the students throughout this process, the parents for putting in the hours at home, coming into school as well as arranging field trips and guest speakers for the students. Without your help, enthusiasm and belief in the project that they were doing, it would not have been as successful and rewarding as it has been.
Congratulations to the all of the students for their commitment, enthusiasm and support of each other during this roller Coaster ride known as Exhibition.  As a result of this sustained focus and dedication, the students in their groups were able to achieve projects based on:
Global warming and desertification in particular
Water conservation
Pollution and recycling
Health, Famine, Diabetes, diseases, obesity  
Gender inequality within health and education working with KICS project She Learns
Recycling in Sudan (plastic bottles)
Issues concerning the growing of crops in Sudan
Renewable energy: hydroelectric, solar power and

Well done to the students for demonstrating a good understanding of their projects and being knowledgeable about their subject content.   
When looking around the room at this impressive display of action, one has to be impressed by the collaborative powers that a group of 11-12 year olds possess!

 

 

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Our biggest cohort yet has graduated from KICS! Twenty-nine students received their diplomas on the enchanted evening of Friday, 22 April 2016. This is our biggest class of students to graduate with a KICS Diploma and sit for the prestigious IB Diploma exams. The group is a mix of students that have known KICS from its inception while others joined more recently to form this diverse and multi-talented group of young adults.  The KICS IB Diploma Programme is unique not only because we are the only school to offer the distinctive international qualification in Sudan, but because we pride ourselves in giving our students unique skills and values as part of their education. Our students are not only academically competitive, but they are also resilient, open-mined, ambitious, and caring. This group of students pulled each other through the thick and thin of the past two years to bring the cohort together, ready to face the challenge of the Final Exams and the Next Step.  

 

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We have students aspiring to continue their higher education in Canada, the UK, the USA, Australia and Canada. We have a first time offer from Cambridge, UK; Cornell, USA; and a full scholarship from University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Our students are stepping into a world of adulthood where they will face the trials and tribulations of a sometimes scary, yet hopeful world. We are proud of our students, and we have been privileged to walk the path with them on this journey. We can only look at them with tears of pride in our eyes as they continue to walk their journey from KICS.

 

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The night was a magical event with the KICS Cafeteria transformed into a luminous array of blue, green and yellow. After the formal ceremony we presented Qiyu Yang (James) with the prestigious honour of Class Valedictorian. In his proud speech, he said the IB Diploma did not beat them! They beat the Diploma as a group together. The evening ended with the Student Vote of Thanks by Nada Daoud and Ismail Ismail, where they graciously thanked everyone that makes KICS the inclusive and academically challenging community that it is. MusicIt was truly a wonderful way to end the evening.

 

 

 

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The Year 3 IB Art Show contained work by Hui Wan, Leen, Katie and Saria. Everybody who saw the show mentioned how totally individual was the work by each student.

Hui Wan concentrated on landscapes and seascapes having travelled to several nations such as Thailand, Mauritius, Turkey, China, the UK and Kenya. She has been inspired by traditional Chinese  artists as well as French Impressionists, having studied original works in London, Edinburgh and Beijing. She has tried to achieve pleasing effects of light and colour, combining the structural elements of Cezanne with the light and colour of the Impressionists.

 

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Katie has focused on the human form and face and investigated the psyches of people she knows.  Her work has involved many techniques and processes such as pen and ink, photography, video, audio, collage, acrylic paint, and tonal pencil, and has been produced in a detailed manner. Her main inspirations have been Basquiat, Arbus and Musa. She met and interviewed Hassan Musa and saw many original works in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao last year.

 

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Leen has concentrated on the people and customs of Sudan and has been very experimental and ambitious with a huge panorama based on and evoking the market at Bahri, a vast painting containing 70 small circular paintings, various photographs of local places and people, and paintings and 3D work of local people and figures. Her work certainly caught the public’s imagination. Influences on her work included Rashid Diab whom she interviewed twice, Amir Nour whom she interviewed once and Frida Kahlo.

 

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Saria has concentrated on faces and has explored strong colour ranges through the media of chalk pastel,paint often mixed with flour, sand etc. and marker pens. Her main influences have been Stephen Bennett (an American portrait artist who uses liberated colour), and Pop Art. She has also worked with Mutaz Mohamed who is a local artist.

 

 

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During Spring break, 25 of our KICS students went on our annual ski trip to La Tzoumaz in Switzerland.  This is usually the highlight for most students and this year did definitely not disappoint.

The weather was amazing and, because of a late dump of snow, the skiing conditions were also excellent.
Throughout the week our students learned how to ski/snowboard within their respective ability groups and worked on their skills, techniques and confidence.  All their instructors were full of praise for how quickly our students progressed.

 

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Besides all the fun on the snow our students also had various team games and activities they participated in at our chalet.  These included karaoke competitions, making music videos, charades, pool & foosball games, etc.  Everyone took part in this and had a lot of fun doing so.
We also had a mid-week excursion where we visited the Gruyere chess factory, the Callier chocolate factory and a beautiful little lake town, Vivier.

 

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All in all it was a very exciting and successful trip.  Our KICS students were great ambassadors for our school and for Sudan and can be very proud of themselves.

 

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The Festival of One-Acts has become one of the most popular events for students at KICS. This is an annual theatre festival directed, acted and produced by senior students in partnership with KICS Fine Arts Department. As part of the festival, students will quickly become participants in the production process. They will attempt to produce work that is suitable, well-prepared and enjoyable for the audience.

 

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Students created their own plays or adapted existing ones. A lot of rehearsal time, collaboration, and planning occurred to mount this project. This event is not only a venue to showcase their acting and writing talents but also to promote drama and theatre inside and outside the KICS community; it enables students to interact with other students in a safe environment; it also emphasizes collaboration, life in theatre during rehearsals, discussions, performances and responses. It also exposes students to the many facets of theatre outside the confines of the classroom. Lastly, this event is an academic support for students to further develop their craft as theatre artists.

 

 

 

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After the Arabic Evening, so many congratulations went to both Arabic & French teachers and to performers from year 7, 8, 9, and 10. Our students have put all their heart to play incredibly well, and they did! A special thank go also to the technical crew composed mainly from year 12 who has supported this event for the sound, the lighting, the back stage, the timing and so forth. When so much energy, time, and dedication is invested, harvesting the well-deserved success is a must.

 

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Thank you to all the parents, friends and extended family who came to make a vivid and supportive audience. This event would not have been complete without the French Café where French delicacies were savored.  So thank you all and see you again next year!  À bientôt ;D

 

 

 

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