01 April 2013
Monday, February 4th 2013 marked one of KICS’s main events: The KICS 2013 Open Campus Day. KICS opened its gates on this day to the wider community allowing visitors to wander freely around campus, attend regular classes and observe various activities throughout the school from Little KICS to Year 13.
As well as parents of existing students, other prospective families who are interested in enrolling their children in KICS also had the chance to experience what a typical school day is like at KICS.
A programme for the day was prepared by teachers. This promoted many lessons and activities taking place during the course of the day. A Feedback Form was also given out to victors and we were pleased to see that most of the rankings that came back were either Very Good or Excellent!
On the World Map area refreshments were served. Visitors had the opportunity to relax, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, listen to music and look at many different display boards that promoted the school’s curriculum (PYP and IB Diploma Programme), forthcoming events, KICSMUN, KICS Riding School, KICS Libraries and College Counselling & Guidance.
Finally, the success of the KICS 2013 Open Campus Day could not have been achieved without the tireless efforts of each staff member. Thank you to all KICS staff for making the KICS 2013 Open Campus Day a successful and enjoyable one!
01 April 2013
A teacher’s view:
As we left the bus we were greeted by the mid day sun and welcome party from the local village. The first group set off for Checkpoint one whilst the second group entertained the locals in the shade of the truck. Before long the entire Year 9 group were making there way to our camp for the first night. 4.5 km of grind had us descending upon the dunes, which would be home for the first night. A rest was in order as the students were well and truly baked from the searing heat. Before long camp was set up, master chef was well under way and the students began to reflect on day 1 of the O.D.E.
An early start had the students peering from their tents at 6:00am ready to prepare breakfast and set off for Escape farm, our base for the second night. 8:00am had us on the hoof heading for checkpoints 1 and 2 on the second day. 3.5 km later and the longest stretch of the second day lay ahead with 4.5 km remaining to Escape. I’m not sure if it was the cool waters of the lake or the ice cold refreshments waiting in the cooler box but the students covered the distance in a quick time aided by the cooler morning temperature.
The afternoon has the students participating in volleyball, fishing, cooling off in the lake and learning a little more about one another. After a scrumptious meal a few students set off in search ofthe elusive scorpion. Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, we easily found a good sized scorpion well annoyed to have his evening disturbed by bright torches and flash cameras! It would be fair to say that most students sleep well on O.D.E trips due largely to the abundance of fresh air and the hard work trekking to each campsite.
The following morning we were making our way to the roadside pick up point well within the expected pick up time. The final days walk was 5.5km totaling 18km for the three days.
Year 9 were in my opinion highly motivated and enthusiastic students making this a very enjoyable O.D.E trip for all.
A student’s view:
ODE! What could be better than having a laugh with your mates, swimming in the Nile and watching the stars?! Although other people have different opinions… The Year Nine ODE was an interesting one. It started off as three days then changed into two days. This led to some mixed reactions until some students complained and changed it back to three days! In the end we all left school on Monday with bags full of heavy camping gear and plenty of instant noodles to last us months. When we arrived at the village, the first walking group set off leaving the second group talking to the local villagers. After several exclamations from the villagers, and a few exasperated comments from the students, we set off into the black volcanic rock and scraggly brown bushes and headed towards some sand dunes. On the walk I was the navigator which meant I had the GPS and had to lead our group in the walk. Joanna was the communicator and Oscar was also on the team. It was challenge when the GPS started acting up and pointing in the opposite direction but luckily Mr Isaac told us beforehand where to go so I knew exactly what to do. Arriving at our campsite in the dunes we all collapsed in the shade of the pickup truck and a small acacia tree. Yet, waiting to welcome us into our new home were thousands of flies waiting to feast on your sweat, scalding hot sand dunes and thorns so sharp and at times they even went through the soles of our shoes. It was very hard to relax at first. We remained swatting flies until Mr Isaac hurried us to build our tents. Taking a walk in the dunes later on that evening, there were plenty of tent peg bags to be found. To all of our dismay, our frozen water bottles had all melted in the sun and were warm. Mr Peter taunted us with his frozen water, drinking it in front of us and telling us how to keep cold water frozen. A) Freeze it the night before and B) wrap it up in newspaper. We’ll never forget that lesson! There was a cooking competition that evening and the prize was a cup full of lovely cool water, well done to the winners; Leah, Dasha and May. Just before everyone decided that ODE is ghastly and it is the worst thing on Earth, we had solo time to watch the stars and reflect on what went well for five minutes which changed everyone’s mind about ODE! In the night there were some interesting chats in the tents and some people actually had to learn to share a tent and to keep it organized! We exchanged scary stories and a few absolutely ridiculous ones. The next morning we all woke up to Bob Marley music when it was still pitch black; so many people were confused and they still aren’t too sure what happened. The walk that day was long, 10 km! At one point we hit a bunch of thorn bushes and we had to wade across water. Tom did not enjoy wading across the water as he fell right in and wet all of his pack! But when we arrived at the next campsite we got a cold Bibo and later on a cold coke! We got the afternoon off and most of us spent it swimming, fishing and playing volleyball. At sunset there was a lamb on a spit roasting and we all took turns in rotating it. The scorpion observation walk in the dark was spectacular and the scorpion we found was amazing! A wonderful way to spend your last day of ODE! We thank the teachers who went with us, Mr. Getnet and a special word of thanks to Mr. Isaac for all his effort.
Darya (Dasha) Scanlan-Oumow
01 April 2013
Year 12 Thailand Leadership Expedition
It will come as no surprise that this was the most eagerly anticipated event on the school calendar of the year for all Year 12 students. The Year 13 students had talked of the great experiences they had the previous year and now it was all about to unfold for the Year 12 students of 2012-13.
Day 1: 8th January
After 24 hours of lining up, flying and waiting at airport terminals we arrived safely in Chiang Mai. A basic language and Thai culture course equipped the students with the basics for the next 10 days in Thailand. An afternoon nap followed by refueling before an early night at out base camp in the Traidos Village.
Day 2: 9th January
Breakfast consisted of omelets, yoghurt, pancakes, fresh fruits and numerous other goodies. Fed and watered we headed to the Traidos Organic Village Gardens for 'Jungle Cooking.' After watching a baby goat being born on the farm the students set about preparing various items of food to be cooked over hot coals. The meal was shared in traditional Thai style consisting of grilled fish, chicken spicy salad, chili paste, grilled chicken, rice, mushrooms wrapped in bamboo leaves and corn on the cob all prepared and cooked by the students. Team work, communication and cooperation were very evident, resulting in a 5 star meal. Let it be known parents, all of your children are more than capable of cooking you a meal upon returning!!
Day 3: 10th January
Mountain biking, kayaking and an overnight adventure on a house boat lead to an action packed day beginning with a 3.8 kilometer mountain bike ride, taking in the most scenic views before we arrived at the Gates to Sri Lanna National Park. Another fantastic Thai lunch greeted us before the long paddle to our home for the night. 4.5 kilometres of toil on Mae Ngad Dam Lake in 2 man kayaks had us rolling out of our kayaks onto the platform of our houseboat. There was no need to convince the students to get an early night. They were all tucked up in their bungalows fast asleep by 9:30pm!
Day 4: 11th January
An early rise with a mist filled lake surrounding us as far as the eye could see welcomed us as we left our bungalows. The long tail boat ride back to land was a welcome relief for most after the previous day’s physical activities. Next stop was the Chiang Dow Elephant Camp. Here the students rode elephants through the jungle and down the river in pairs and gained a real appreciation for the Asian Elephant. Feeding time for the elephants and a show demonstrated just how much strength and intelligence these beasts have.
A quiet afternoon back at Traidos made up of tennis, football, bike riding, cards, Thai massage and rest were a few of the activities undertaken by the students
12th January: Today was the day where all of the student’s mental fortitude was put to the test with the Eagle Zip Wire. The biggest drop was well over 100 metres as the students zip wired from platform to platform. Encouragement and support was heard throughout the jungle as the students supported one another. The afternoon had us purchasing items of food for the 'Jungle Cooking' at our base for the night 'Mae Tang River Camp. With the essential ingredients purchased the students set about constructing their bamboo rafts which would be used the following day to carry the students down the river.
Jungle Cooking completed the evening’s proceedings with lights out at 10:00pm
13th January: We woke to a very cool morning with the students gathered around the camp fire for warmth. A delayed start to the rafting ensured that the sun was out to keep everyone warm as they journeyed down the river. Numerous students made it into the water with and without peoples assistance, and all the rafts constructed stayed afloat and intact for the duration of the raft trip.
The least anticipated activity lay ahead for the afternoon, 'The Trek'! The group set out for the Trek somewhat jaded from the mornings rafting and less sleep than normal. The walk had us on a steady climb before the descent to a waterfall for a rest. The entire walk was in the jungle and tested most student’s fitness levels and determination.
That evening we wondered the walking street markets dining on local treats and doing some last minute shopping for family and friends.
14th January: North of Chiang Mai in a small mountain village was the location for our community service project. The objective over the next day and a half was to build a toilet block, a large concrete table and chairs and a sink area. Three groups worked tirelessly throughout the day making significant progress to ensure that we would leave with the set tasks completed. After the evening meal we were entertained by the locals with some traditional song and dance. In true style the students from various countries sang national anthems, popular songs and there was even a haka! Hot chocolates followed by some star gazing around the camp fire before everyone slipped away for a well earned night’s sleep.
15th January: After the singing and dancing around the camp fire from the previous night the students ripped into their work at 8:30am without any reminders or motivational speeches!! The objective for today was to render the toilet block built the previous day to finish the final task of the three set. It was 12:20 before the job was complete with smiles and high fives all round. In between building the students played and entertained the locals, with duck duck goose proving popular.
I believe that this experience has taught the students to be grateful for that they have and to value each other’s company without the need for technological devices.
16th January: The day that everyone had been waiting for, caving, rock climbing and abseiling. We began the morning with some instructions as to the do’s and dont’s related to each activity and quickly divided into three groups. Safety was emphasized and explained in detail with a number of students already anxious of what lay ahead. A 10 metre abseil was first up emphasizing correct technique which would be required later in the day. Once completed a small climb up the track had us inside the limestone cave system 40 metres in the air crossing the centre of the cave attached to a pulley system. Once across the students were then attached to the abseiling ropes which would transport the students down to the base of the cave, a drop of 40 metres.
From here the students tackled rock climbing with a number of students demonstrating true grit and determination to reach the top.
At the start of the trip completing these challenging tasks would have seemed impossible to most but over the last 10 days each student has grown in confidence and challenged themselves to persevere push beyond their normal comfort zone.
The evening saw us eating traditional Khantoke Northern Thai food accompanied by traditional drum and dance performed by a local group. Thank you’s and reflections were shared with one another before the students released lanterns making wishes for the future.
17th January: The long haul back to Sudan lay ahead with memories and experiences of a lifetime stored safely in our minds.
‘The last 10 days in Thailand were some of the best days in my entire life. I had a wonderful time. I did things that I never thought Iwould ever do. I never thought I would ever zip wire or to be able to complete the trek! I feel like this trip has brought me closer to my classmates, it's like we are a family. This trip has helped me in many ways such as overcoming my fears and to be more confident around people.’ Sara Mahmoud
‘‘Thailand was beautiful and those 10 days are ones I will never forget. Thailand really taught me that beauty is and can be all around, you just have to look up, off the ground. The completion of all the activities on the trip made it better by the fact that I did it with my friends. Seeing my friends accomplish and enjoy the trip and all its activities made me as happy as completing them myself. With all the people I have met on the trip, I believe I have been exposed to thepositive side of the world and humanity.’ Samar Hersh-Toubia
‘To be able to discover a new and unfamiliar region with our whole class is a fantastic experience. The trip allowed us to challenge ourselves, do everything to the best of our abilities and become a more close-knit group. Furthermore as a new student, this trip allowed me to know other classmates much better. Overall, I will remember this experience for the rest of my life and will cherish every moment.' Ciara Reybet-Degat
‘The last two weeks were absolutely phenomenal! I managed to conquer my fears such as the fear of heights! My highlights were: bonding with friends, learning how to ride a bike, feeling grateful for what I have, Zip Wiring, the overwhelming joy I felt when I reached the top of a rock climb, and feeling good about being a part of a larger community when I built the cement walls for a mountain village. '
‘When we arrived in Thailand and started doing the crazy physical activities, I started learning things about myself that I never would have learned otherwise. I learned that IF I SET MY MIND TO DO SOMETHING I COULD ACCOMPLISH IT NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULT. We all saw a side of each other we had never seen before which brought us closer together, making us this one big close-knit unit that will become beneficial during the tough times of the Diploma’. Shahd Abdalla
01 April 2013
On Wednesday 9th January at 5.00 p.m. local teachers attended the opening of the annual training programme offered by KICS and its faculty. 180 teachers have completed the registration and are expected to attend the ten week course.
Now in its fifth year, and in response to previous demand, the range of subjects, which teachers can choose from this year, includes; three levels of English language teaching, English classroom methods, Science, Math and Curriculum Planning. The course programme also includes two weeks of computer training in the school IT labs.
All teaching is offered by volunteer faculty and students from the school. Some 25 teachers and 8 Diploma students are involved in the ten weeks of training and translation. The resources used and refreshments are funded jointly by student fund raising projects and KICS.
Participants travel long distances from all over the outlying districts of Khartoum. Most of the 20 schools from which they come are self-funded with very limited resources. Kindergarten teacher Ms Maymouna Longi, who has attended every year since the course inception, says she enjoys meeting teachers from other schools, gaining new ideas and making resources, which she can then take and use it in her school.
Mr. Simon McCloskey, Primary Head at KICS, welcomed the local teachers in his speech and cited children’s opinions of what made a good teacher and the importance of life-long learning for all involved in education.
The course will conclude on 13th March with a graduation ceremony and concert offered by the KICS Silver Band.
01 April 2013
Recording Natural Forms
On Wednesday 23rd January, Year 8 Art students travelled to the KICS riding stables. This was a unique opportunity to work outdoors.
They focused on a range of direct observational drawings of plants and architecture in a variety of styles that recorded shape, form, light and shadow, qualities of surface texture, colour and proportion. Media used included charcoal, pastel, ink pen and water colours.
By Aisy Mikhail
Students also took a range of photographic images, particularly of the horses, to support their direct observational studies. All the images gathered during the trip will be used to support and develop work for Unit 3 later this semester.
The students worked extremely hard and all of them had some good quality images to bring back to school. I would like to thank all the staff at the KICS riding stables and also Mr. Luke for his assistance with taking photographs.
01 April 2013
On Friday 30th November 27 children competed at the 2nd Annual Gymkhana and Show Jumping Competition. All the riders, divided into 3 sections depending on riding ability, had the opportunity to compete in an Obstacle Course and a show jumping competition. The event started at 3.00 p.m. and was soon in full swing with parents, siblings and friends cheering competitors over the finish line of Obstacle Course, this was against the clock – fastest time wins.
The show jumping started at 4.00 p.m. with ‘Section A’, over the lowest jumps, there were a lots of big smiles as the final jump was cleared. All riders received a rosette for being courageous enough to ‘have a go’. Section B was the largest group, here the riders could pick their own line of jumps, each jump worth a sum of nominated points, the aim was to ‘jump’ as many points as possible in one minute. In this section special praise must go to our horse Domino, she managed to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in this competition – a big hug goes to her. Section C – the most experienced riders – had the crowds cheering for the competitors to jump the ‘50’ points jump!! This was the biggest jump of the day.
The event finished at 5.00 p.m. A big ‘THANK YOU’ to all the helpers, grooms and horses who worked hard to make the afternoon go smoothly.
01 April 2013
KICS will be leading a major drive over the coming three years, to support disabled athletes in Sudan and to help them form a team that can compete internationally. Tuesday 4th December was International Day of Disability. DAL Group sponsored a day of activities including a sports competition.
As part of our plan to produce publicity about the Sudanese Paralympic athletes- staff and students went to the competition at the half-built ‘Sport City’ stadium that many of you probably pass on your way to school. No doubt you thought it was just a building site and did not realize that another world exists in there, with genuine athletes, men and women, training, with absolutely minimal facilities.
The athletes and their equipment arrived on the back of a Sayga sponsored flat bed truck. They were very open to being interviewed and talked about why they loved sport and also of the challenges they face up to every day.
Reem, Abdel Gadir, Mirghani, Eman and Shahd interviewed over 12 of the athletes and each one had an affecting personal story. The students found the interviews to be very enlightening and enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the athletes and felt privileged to be offered such an insight into their lives and hopes.
The athletes held a wheelchair race, a 100m sprint race for the partially sighted and competed three throwing disciplines of shot put, discus and javelin.
Thanks to the students for giving us their time and for being such good ambassadors for the school.
Samia Omar/Reem Bashir
01 April 2013
On Thursday 6th December, the Senior Section was lucky enough to be visited by two men from the UK, Nick Gough and Rich Sears, who are driving around the world on a tuk tuk to raise awareness about education in the developing world. As they travel they are visiting and documenting worthwhile, small-scale local projects providing educational services. One project will be selected from each country, and donations can then be made to it through their charity in the UK – the Tuk Tuk Educational Trust.
Nick and Rich gave a very inspirational talk at the Senior Section Assembly, explaining why they had chosen to make this trip, and describing all the dedication and teamwork that had gone in to it. They touched on the overall theme of empowerment – that a small group of people can make a difference, if only on a small scale, if they truly want to. Nick and Rich also took the time to meet with the Year 13 Geography students, discussing their volunteer experience and post-secondary work in development. Finally, they offered some advice to a group of Year 12 CAS students on how they can approach their project in a local school. We’ll be keeping in touch over the coming months to share ideas, advice, and stories.
Nick and Rich are hoping to end their trip in Rio di Janeiro in December 2013. When they reach India, they will break the world record for longest tuktuk journey, but be barely half way through their trip. You can follow the adventures of Nick, Rich and Tommy Tempo (that’s the tuktuk’s name) on Twitter (@TukTukTravels), Facebook (www.facebook.com/TukTukTravels), or on their website (www.tuktuktravels.com/).
01 April 2013
Year 9 Art at the National Museum
November 29th saw the KICS Year 9 students at the Sudan National Museum to gather data for a project related to their unit on Fantasy - Masks and Sculptures in Art. Prior to the trip the students completed research on Sudanese Art forms and Egyptian Mythology.
They were asking such questions as ‘Did the Ancient Sudanese people have the same ‘Gods’ as the Ancient Egyptians?’, ‘Why did ‘God’ forms have animal features and what were the common animals along the Nile?’ and ‘How is fantasy represented in Sudanese Art throughout history?’.
The students worked in groups and utilized various forms of technology as well as engaged in observational drawings to gather data. The data obtained at the museum will be evaluated and processed as electronic presentations. One or two presentations were showcased at assembly. Our students enjoyed working at the museum and were able to produce a variety of great work.
01 April 2013
On November 11th 43 Sunday Riders enjoyed their fun afternoon. We started with an obstacle course followed by a couple of fun competitions. To make the competitions fair the Little KICS and Reception were in Section A while the older riders were in Section B.
The winners were: Walk & Trot Section A 1st Zina, 2nd Matilda Mellor, 3rd Adeeb. Musical Crates 1st Farah, 2nd Nikki, 3rd Zina. Walk & Trot Section B 1st Kobus, 2nd Dana, 3rd Isobel. Musical Crates 1st equal Theo and Ali, 3rd Kenza.
It was lovely to see the patio full of parents, friends and supporters and as always a huge thanks to our tireless leaders, scorer’s helpers and of course the ponies for giving so much enjoyment.