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Thank you to all the distinguished guests, parents, friends of the school and students for joining us on the International Peace Day and Flag Raising Ceremony on the 20th of September 2017.

We had our fourth Flag Raising Ceremony whereby our world’s future leaders, the students of today, who respects and understand the values of unity, not division and global Stewardship, raised 55 flags from different nations.

 

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This is very special annual event at KICS as we celebrate our diversity and recognize how very international our student body is at KICS.

 

 

 

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This April we took 29 KICS swimmers to the annual MEUC Swim Meet in Dubai.  Last year there were 521 swimmers in total and this year a massive 804 participated in this event, representing 33 different schools!


It was easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of competitors and the size of the swimming arena, but our KICS Rhinos showed a lot of determination and fighting spirit.  After 7 months of preparation, they were ready to give it their all!


Our swimmers were also the talk of the town with their outfits; each swimmer wore a Rhino onesie when they were in the arena and on the pool deck.  Everyone wanted to know where we were from!  And once again our swimmers were incredible ambassadors for KICS and Sudan, inside and outside of the pool.  The way they represent our school and country makes us extremely proud and it also makes other people take notice of the fact that there is a proper international school in Sudan.
 
Thank you to all the parents who have been supporting the team over the season and for those who also supported us in Dubai.

A huge thanks have to go out to Mrs Simona, Mr Zach and Mrs Stephanie who spent the last 7 months training this squad and helping them improve as swimmers.
 
Congratulations to all!

 

As the curtain falls, the One Act Play Festival is one of the students’ favorite activities of the year. The students have explored topics such as self-respect, growing up, death and dying, sacrifice for others, and learning from your mistake, in addition to several mask shows.

 

As you may have heard by now, the drama students from Year 7-9 gave their performance on the 30th of March at 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM, Junior Hall. Admission was free.

 

Lastly, we would like to thank the parents & students, teachers and school administration & staff for your heartfelt support to all our drama activities. The take away from the homily: true gratitude is when you say "thank you, because of you I will try to be a better student/teacher/person/friend".

 

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The IB Art show took place on Sunday 2nd April. The exhibition this year displayed Y13 students Samantha Arnold and Bilge Genis’ work, who are about to finished their 2 year IB Visual Arts course. Both students showcased a strong body of work and made a quite an impression on the audience. This week the exhibition has been viewed by several members of staff and students and the over all opinion has been thoroughly positive throughout.

 

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On Thursday, March 9th, the KICS Sports Field was host to over 250 students from KICS, Nile Valley 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. Congratulations to all for an incredible afternoon of athleticism, perseverance and achievement in spirit of healthy active living!

 

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

 

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This year, for the first time (March 25th-April 1st), we took thirteen of our KICS MUN students to Russia for the 21st Saint. Petersburg International MUN conference. SPIMUN is one of the United Nations Models affiliated with The Hague International Model United Nations and uses the same rules of procedure. This year the conference held 300 students from schools across the world, from Africa, to the Middle East, to Asia, to North America. For many of our students, this was their first international and sometimes it is easy to be intimidated for one’s first international conference however our students were able to fit right in and dove into lobbying and merging with the confidence that only KICSMUN could have given them. 

 

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Special congratulations went to three of our delegates who were recognised in their respective councils for Honorary Mention (Milkee Year 10 and Yomna Year 10) and Best Delegate (Tobi Year 12). In addition to an enjoyable conference, the students had the opportunity to see Saint. Petersburg in all its grandeur. We visited the famous Hermitage State Museum as well as some of the city’s most famous cathedrals and the students were blown away by the sheer size of the buildings, as well as the history behind them. After our week in Saint. Petersburg we took the speed train to Moscow, where we stayed for two nights. Here the students visited the Kremlin, the Red Square, and St. Basil’s Cathedral.  

 

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The students left the trip with some memorable experiences and new friends. Going to Russia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re so glad our students could enjoy it. They all did a fantastic job and we’re very proud of them. 

 

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Every year KICS holds a week where we celebrate Sudan with activities. The purpose is to strengthen school community's appreciation of local culture through a celebration of Sudanese history, society, music and art. It included events like Community lectures, art shows, music and food. This year’s Celebrate Sudan week has been absolutely fantastic. We have had distinguished speaker Dr. Atta El-Battahani visit us, giving a wonderful community lecture about the Future of Sudan and its readiness for a change. We have had singers from different parts of Sudan, a daily traditional Local market, a wonderful Tayeb Salih Awards evening, and a very enjoyable Sudanese shared fatour wearing national dress, where we all came together as a community. Students have enjoyed drinking tea and coffee from the Sudanese tea ladies as well as purchasing local jewellery, woven baskets and wares from the craft stalls. The week finished with fabulous school wide Arabic evening of “Yalla Sudan” where all Primary and Senior students sang and danced with songs and choreography from different parts of Sudan. 

 

 

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Like every year, the Street Fayre was a bright addition to the week, and approximately 1500 people flooded the KICS grounds to attend. Fairy lights, arts, culture, games, and food all combined to produce an evening enjoyed by all. What makes the Street Fayre so memorable is not just the fact that the school seems to come alive with laughter and fun, but what it symbolizes for the community.  


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Over the years, the Street Fayre has become a symbol of cultural unity and understanding. One on hand, it showcases in an accessible manner the beauty that Sudan has to offer. For Sudanese artists, jewelers, clothes-makers, weavers, and musicians alike, the night is about displaying work unique to Sudanese culture. It is their chance to share Sudan with those who are perhaps normally isolated from experiencing what that really means. On the other hand, it likewise brings foreign cultures to Sudanese society. Food stalls from countries all around the world is one highlight of the simple joys behind living within an international community. It demonstrates the ease with which we can transcend borders and ethnic differences. For a night, the Street Fayre brings the entire world under one roof.

 

This is important. It shows the children who attend, first and foremost, that international understanding is attainable and feasible. It provides an example for what a thriving community looks like. One you can both learn in and have fun in. This is rewarding for parents too. There is a comfort and pride in being a member of a community that cares not only about how your child excels as a student, but for the wellbeing of your entire family.

 

Like every year, the Street Fayre was four hours of buying and selling beautiful Sudanese products, eating, playing, and socializing. And thus, like every year, the Street Fayre was a success. We thank everyone who attended. The money raised will go to Nile Swimmers and the Women’s Education partnership so we also thank your valuable contributions. Hope to see you next year!

 

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This year was our 10th visit to THIMUN. 18 students represented Estonia in the General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Human Rights Commission, Special Committee, Disarmament Commission. Four members also held special positions as The United States of America in the Advisory Panel and on the MUNITY Press Team. 

 

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Our students were highly professional and passionate in their quest to pass clauses, amendments and experienced success in passing a resolution in GA1.  Our press students excelled in their roles and our delegation as a whole was commended for admirable leadership, knowledge and positive representation of international mindedness. 

 

Students at KICS are incredibly fortunate to take part in such a valuable programme. The skills practiced at THIMUN are vital to student growth as they prepare for post-secondary education. Public speaking, thoughtful and meaningful debate, effective research and writing, communication and collaborative work while exploring current and controversial topics with an open mind nurtures confidence in our students to make a difference as learners today and leaders tomorrow.

 

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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 Sunday 18th December when they took part in the performance. This year’s show ‘Festivals of Light’ was a beautiful celebration of seven festivals of light from around the world. 

 

The different classes inquired into festivals, what traditions or food people observe during them, and celebrations around the world, where illumination at night is a big part of the fun.

 

Little KICS were cute in their white dresses and outfits as they sang Santa Lucia. Reception A brought us light with Diwali an its colours. Reception B wished everyone a happy Chinese New Year. Kwanzaa, which is a celebration of family, community and culture, was presented by class 1A. Eid Mubarak was the greeting which class 1B sang beautifully to the audience. Class 2A showed us the traditions of hitting a piñata when celebrating Las Posadas. Class 2B presented Saint Nicholas and sang Christmas carols.

 

The children’s singing was fantastic! Thank you to the teachers and parents for helping to instil a love of theatre and performing at such an early age in our students.

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