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KICS celebrates creative writing by organizing the Tayeb Salih Short Story Writing competition.  The competition honors the renowned Sudanese writer El Tayeb Salih, whose novel “Season of Migration to the North” was listed among the best 100 works in the world. Also his “Wedding of Zein” was produced as a film and won in an award at the Cannes Film Festival in the 1970’s. His works are translated into more than 20 languages.


The competition includes both Junior section students Years 3-6 who write short stories in the English language and Senior section students who write short stories either in Arabic or English language.  For the first time,  as a trial, Mrs Cecile even got some students to write short stories in French!


This year we were lucky to have some distinguished judges.  In Juniors, the judging is done by staff however in the Seniors we bring in outside judges.    In the Seniors our Arabic judges were Dr Mustafa Elsawi, Mr. Izzeldin Merghani and Mr. Ahmed Awad. Our English judges were Nicky Singer who was our visiting author and had taken writing workshops while she was at KICS the week earlier and Griselda Eltayeb.  All the judges were impressed with the quality of stories and the world awareness that our students showed in the topics they wrote about.  Well done students!


The award ceremony took place in the evening of the  18th  February 2016 in the Junior Hall at school in front of a full audience.  Trophies were presented to first prize winners and certificates to second and third place winners.  Afterwards everyone enjoyed Sudanese singing and food on the World Map with the Sudanese market sellers stalls.   


THE WINNERS OF THE EVENING
Some  categories only had  a few entries so only one prize was awarded.   Prizes were given to the following students:  


Senior Section
Arabic Language winners:

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Years 7 – 9:
First: Abdulla Osama
Second: Noon Ali Ismail
Third: Fatima Yassir

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Years 10 – 11:
First: Monia Mamoun

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Year 12 – 13:
First: Dinan Alasad
Second: Ayat Mohamed Salih
Third: Ahmed Seed Mohamed

 


English Language winners:

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Years 7 – 9:

First: Tamara Ghandour.
Second:  Paloma Ghandour.
Third: Jana Manna.

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Years 10 – 13:
First: Oluwatobi Oluwajim

 

Junior section:

3

Year 3:
First prize:  Nour Eldin Ziad Nassar.
Second prize : Shixin Zhang.
Third prize: Harry Parr Ferris.

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Year 4:
First prize : Ayiesha Omer Elseed.
Second prize: Zara Ahmed.
Third prize: Cosima Melotte

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Year 5:
First prize : Aubrey Melotte.
Second prize: Maryan Mohamed Nur.
Third prize: Fatima Haidar.

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Year 6:
First prize : Claire Waruguru Ngunyi.
Second prize: Lucia Mamberto Troncoso.
Third prize: Joud Isam Akrat

 

تهتم مدرسة مجتمع الخرطوم العالمية بالكتابة الإبداعية و ذلك بتنظيمها مسابقة الطيب صالح لكتابة القصة القصيرة. تحتفي المسابقة بالكاتب السوداني المعروف الطيب صالح و الذي صُنفت روايته "موسم الهجرة الى الشمال" من ضمن أفضل مائة عمل ابداعي في العالم. أيضا تم تحويل عمله "عُرس الزين" الى عمل سينمائي و قد فاز في مهرجان كان السينمائي في سبعينيات القرن الماضي. كما تمت ترجمة أعماله الى أكثر من 20 لغة في العالم.
تشمل المسابقة القسم الإبتدائي من الصفوف 3 – 6 و الذين يقدمون اعمالهم باللغة الإنجليزية؛ و أيضاً تشمل قسم الثانوي و الذين يقدمون أعمالهم باللغتين العربية و الإنجليزية. و لأول مرة قام القسم الفرنسي بحث طلابه على الكتابة باللغة الفرنسية كتجربة أولى و سيتم تفييمها.
في هذا العام كان لدينا عدد من المحكمين المميزين؛ ففي القسم الإبتدائي قام الأساتذة بتحكيم القصص المقدمة بأنفسهم؛ أما في القسم الثانوي فقد كان محكمو القصص المقدمة باللغة العربية د. مصطفى الصاوي، الأستاذ عز الدين ميرغني و الأستاذ أحمد عوض. أما محكمي القصص المقدمة باللغة الإنجليزية فقد كانوا الكاتبة المعروفة نيكي سينجر و التي كانت في زيارة للمدرسة و التي أقامت ورش عمل للكتابة الإبداعية في الفترة قبيل المسابقة؛ و أيضا جريزيلدا الطيب للعام الرابع على التوالي. كان كل المحكمين سعيدين بجودة الأعمال و المعرفة الواسعة بما يدور في العالم من التلاميذ.
أقيم حفل توزيع الجوائز بمباني المدرسة في يوم 18 فبراير 2016 بحضور عدد كبير من التلاميذ و أولياء الأمور؛ حيث تم تقديم الجوائز لأصحاب المراكز الأول و الشهادات لاصاحب المركزين الثاني و الثالث. ثم تلا ذلك غناء سوداني و سوق للمنتجات اليدوية السودانية.
الفائزون بالجوائز:
بعض الفئات كان فيها عدد قليل من المتسابقين لذا تم تقديم جائزة واحدة فقط.
القسم الثانوي
الفائزون بجوائز القصص باللغة العربية:
الصفوف 7 – 9:
المركز الأول: عبد الله أسامة.
المركز الثاني: نون علي أسماعيل.
المركز الثالث: فاطمة ياسر.

الصفوف 10 – 11:
المركز الأول: منية مأمون.

الصفوف 12 – 13:
المركز الأول: دنان الأسد.
المركز الثاني: آيات محمد صالح.
المركز الثالث: أحمد سعيد محمد.
الفائزون بجوائز القصص باللغة الإنجليزية:

الصفوف 7 – 9:
المركز الأول: تمارا غندور.
المركز الثاني: بالوما غندور.
المركز الثالت: جنا المنا.

الصفوف 10 – 13:
المركز الأول: توبي اولواجم

القسم الإبتدائي:
الصف الثالث:
المركز الأول: نور الدين زياد نصار.
المركز الثاني: شنشن زانج.
المركز الثالث: هاري بار فيريس.


السنة الرابعة:
المركز الأول: عائشة عمر السيد.
المركز الثاني: زارا احمد.
المركز الثالث: كوزيما ميلوتي.
 
السنة الخامسة:
المركز الأول: أوبري ميلوتي.
المركز الثاني: ماريان موحمد نور
المركز الثالث: فاطمة حيدر.

السنة السادسة:
المركز الأول: كلير واروجورو.
المركز الثاني: لوسيا مامبيرتو ترونكوسو.
المركز الثالث: جود عصام أكرت

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On Thursday, February 25th, the KICS Sports Field was host to over 250 students from KICS, Nile Valley, Unity 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. It was a memorable day with so many members of the community coming together in the spirit of healthy active living and student achievement!

 

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

 

Event: 100M
Alia Ibrahim, Qais Masri, Gift Akinloye, Ahmed Sobahi.

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Shot Put:
Sindhu Katta, Qais Masri, Gift Akinloye, Nawash Masri.

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Discus:
Dana Abualella, David Cooper, Mona El Nefeidi, Nawash Masri.

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Javelin:
Amina El Nour, Tamir Fouad.

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Long Jump:
Alia Ibrahim, Qais Masri, May El Robi, Ahmed Sobahi.

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High Jump:
Alia Ibrahim, Mazin Fouad, Sijoud El Sheikh, Ziad Malik & Yousif Mirghani.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Inspiration…Challenge….Responsibility

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.

 

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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!

 

Shaza Bushara
Registrar

 

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!

 

     


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.

      

 

     

 

     

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

 

 

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