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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. 

 

 

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

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/).

 

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.

 

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. 

The joyful melodies of the Radio Show theme song announced that the KICS Radio Show Live 2012 was on air.   This was once again a very successful concert performed by the students from the Senior Section and the Silver KICS Band.
Our hosts for the evening were Pierre Mvono and Rami Osman who delivered great dialogue and banter.


The programme started off with Yeji Han playing a piano piece from a new age Japanese pianist and composer called Yuhki Kuramoto in what was sadly her last appearance performing at KICS. The Radio Show featured a number of female singers who are at various stages of vocal development including, Iona Stewart, Sara Idriss, Sally El Gaddal, Nadine El Roubi, Mona El Nefeidi, Alice Torres and Enas Kamal all performing well known contemporary songs accompanied by either sound tracks or live players including Ardila on piano and guitar, Dasha and May on guitars, Yeji once again on piano, Farouk Kamal on drum set and Nadine El Roubi on piano.

 

The flexible nature of this type of concert format allows for adult musicians to join in the fun.  Mrs. Lama sang the popular song One and Only by Adele accompanied by Mrs. Amanda on piano and also The Doc Darryl Band featured Peter Mcainsh on electric guitar and Graeme Schnarr on bass playing Old Time Rock n’ Roll.
A number of instrumentalists performed including Reza with a difficult Chopin Etude for piano.  Laila Malik graced the stage with the beautiful piece To a Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell played on the alto saxophone while Louis painted a Wonderful World with his alto saxophone and vocal imitation of his name sake, Louie Armstrong, who originally sang this Grammy Award winning song in the 1960’s.


The show also featured the talents of two songwriters. Chloe Pinney wrote very intuitive lyrics for I Thought I Loved You and Pierre, our host, rapped his way into the hearts and minds of audience members with some very thought provoking lyrics.
An element of comedy was provided by the ever-popular Band Brownie commercial. Mohammed Ali and Jiangheng really know how to sell a great product!
After the interval, the Silver KICS Band, now consisting of 30 very disciplined musicians, performed two new pieces. Scirocco which musically describes a Sahara Desert wind storm as well as a classical piece called Jupiter from The Planets by Gustav Holst.

 

The Radio Show’s final pieces were also very special. Oliver Cutts returned to the show with his arrangement of River Flows in You by Yirma. Dan Yang Fu and Mr. Robert Denzel performed a Mozart Sonatina which is composed for four hands at one piano! Luc Mvono crooned his way into the affections of the audience with his rendition of Ordinary People and Sweet Child of Mine from Guns n’ Roses with Ahmed Sidahmed and Reza Sujamiko on electric guitar closed this second edition of the KICS Radio Show Live!

On Thursday 4th October, Year 7 Art Students went on a field trip to The National Museum of Sudan.  Field trips are an invaluable experience for students, providing an intensive opportunity for first hand research.

            

The trip related to their present unit of study, ‘Stop Bugging Me’, during which students have been using pen and ink to make secondary observational drawings of insects. 


Class work before the trip

                    
            By Dayem Chughtai            By Margaryta Saltanova                By Soren Heiberg

Prior to the trip students were told that we would be discovering images of insects that are part of the rich cultural heritage of ancient Sudan.  Students practiced drawing artifacts in class and small objects at home using a variety of drawing styles designed to train the eye to record directly, quickly and accurately.  They were also set the task of researching the importance of the image of the Scarab Beetle.  This gave us some prior understanding of why artists and crafts people had recreated this image so often in the past.

At the museum, students searched for images of insects recording them at first hand in their sketchbooks.  They discovered how the same images had endured but changed design over time.

 
Sketchbook Pages from the trip

                                     
                                By Danya Osman                                       By Akriti Jha


In their own words;
‘I never knew this about Sudan!’
‘It is the same scarab but it has changed shape in 1000 years!’
‘Mrs. Sarah a real scarab is crawling on your trousers!’

Mrs. Sarah

 

This week we were visited in school by Gijs Stevers a recent graduate in environmental economics. He is currently half way through a 22000 km bicycle ride from North Cape, Norway to the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Along the way he is giving renewable energy workshops to groups of students in schools and universities in order to raise awareness of key energy issues.

       

The workshop was extremely interesting and the students learned a lot from it. In groups, they had to formulate government energy policy and had to make tough decisions about the use of different energy sources. The results of the students’ decisions were represented by Lego bricks, 1000 of which Gijs is carrying with him on his journey. Our thanks go to Gijs for making the time to visit us and we wish him luck for the remainder of his journey.

       

You can follow his journey at www.capetocape2012.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/capetocape2012.

       

As part of the assessment of the IBDP group 4 subjects (biology, chemistry and physics), year 13 students have to work together to design and carry out a science based investigation. This year the theme of the investigations was chocolate and the all year 13 students were off timetable on Sunday to in order to carry out their investigations. Students were placed into three groups and each one carried out a different investigation. The three investigation questions were: 1) Which chocolate is most suitable for the Sudanese environment? 2) How does the percentage of cocoa in chocolate affect its properties? 3) How are the properties of chocolate affected by deep frying?

                  

The day of experiments went very well and lots of data was gathered. The students are due to present their findings in two weeks time – should be quite interesting!

The official launch of the Tennis Academic was last Saturday evening. Kids, parents, staff members  gathered  around a barbecue to celebrate the very special event. Mr. Nigel , the school  principal, Coach Antonio and Mr. Philippe, coordinator of the ladder and assistant to coach Antonio gave a detailed explanation of the plans and schedule which includes lessons for students, parents and staff members  but also community tennis, challenge ladder and special events around the courts.

This was a great opportunity for tennis lovers to get together but also playing with new partners. For more information, consult the KICS website and information up dates, contact coach Antonio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for general info or coaching sessions) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (the challenge tennis ladder).


Enjoy a great tennis year at Kics!

Antonio Shimelis(Coach).

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