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Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper

Athletics

We had some close and excellent games on campus this last week with Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball all featuring in all age groups. We had games won by one basket or one goal and there was great support too at these fixtures here. Watching live sport is always enjoyable and I would encourage everyone to take some time watching school matches regardless if your child is involved or not. A big high 5 to our HS Varsity Athletes also, who assisted the U12 Girls volleyball teams this week in their festival vs Bingham. This is a wonderful way of mentoring our younger athletes and supporting community events. We certainly will be encouraging more of this throughout the rest of the year as we host events in the coming months.

Games coming up:

Saturday

U19 Girls@ Bingham-Depart ICS 10.00 and expect return by 3.30

Monday

U14 Boys Soccer vs Andinet

U12 Girls Volleyball @ Bingham (Students should be back by 6.00 and US embassy bus riders will need alternative transport home)

U12 Boys Volleyball vs Bingham

Tuesday

U16 Boys Basketball vs Bingham

U16 Girls Basketball @ Greek

U19 Girls Basketball @ Bingham

Thursday

U14 Boys Soccer vs Greek

There are a few team practices over the long weekend and head coach's will have made it known to players and parents if they are practicing over this break or not.

Activities

Please remember there will be no ASA this Thursday, Friday or Saturday but.......a full week of activities is coming up! Please remember to pick your child up promptly at 4.30pm now that we are back to normal.

International Trips

We have six Middle School vocalists and two teachers in Dubai this week performing with other schools in an international performance there.

34 Rugby and Basketball players will be departing in two weeks to Zambia and Tanzania. Please ensure all traveler's documents are turned into the ASA office for these. There will be a packing meeting next Wednesday at 2.00 for all travelers on these trips where logistics, protocols and expectations will be addressed and it is beneficial for US embassy bus riders in this group to go on the later bus that day.

ISSEA Drama/Art and Band/Choir trip deadlines are this week and with the Timket holiday it is important that all paperwork and documents are in order and turned into the ASA office timely.

There have been some good questions regarding visa's this week and a few problems to resolve too. Immigration rules change regularly and ICS students can have diplomatic passports, two passports or different nationalities which makes 'one size fits all’ instructions impossible. At the moment ICS is one of the very few schools that gives any help with the visa process, but as we are encountering more problems and more changes, this might need to go into parents hands soon as we have seen this week, there are so many variables in place with each individual traveler.

This week for example, the visa cost changed for certain nationalities and one of the destinations changed its e-visa process too! The best advice we can offer is to check official websites for up to date information regularly and also to thank you for your flexibility and patience this week with the several changes that occurred. Adhering to deadlines is also a key here, so that should details such as these change, there is still time to alter plans and still receive the visa in time.

The annual ski trip to Switzerland deadline for payment is next Monday too.  If you are interested in this trip but have not made those intentions known, please contact Trip Leader Dawn Ashby immediately, as there is a possibility this trip will not run due to low numbers and we need to make that decision Monday night after the deadline has passed.

Have a great break and week.

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Department News

Activites & Athletics News, Mick Cooper, Athletics and Activities Director

Happy New Year to everyone and I wish you and your family a healthy, active and fun 2017

Athletics

Season 2 is well under way and there will be many games in January to enjoy, starting this week, and continuing throughout the month:

Thursday-U14 Girls Soccer vs German

Friday- U19 Girls Basketball vs Bingham at 4.00

Friday -U19 Boys Basketball vs Bingham at 5.30

Saturday-U19 Girls Basketball vs Addis University 11.00

Saturday-U14 Boys Soccer vs Bingham at 9.00

Monday-U12 Girls Volleyball vs Bingham

Monday-U12 Boys Volleyball @ Bingham (expect a 6-6.30 return. US embassy bus riders will need to find alternative transport home)

Monday-U14 Boys Soccer @ Sandford (expect a 6.30 return)

Monday-U14 Girls Soccer vs German

Tuesday-U16 Girls Basketball @ Bingham

Tuesday-U19 Boys Basketball vs St Joseph

This Saturday sees Rugby moving to 11:00 AM-1:00 PM time slot to accommodate the Soccer match

Good luck Eagles and let’s see big crowds supporting our student athletes’ kick, dribble or spike!

Activities

Next week sees ASA's resume as normal, although do remember Thursday and Friday are school holidays and there will be no school or ASA on both of those days.

G1& 2 ASA soccer resumes this Saturday at 8.30

G3 ASA soccer resumes this Saturday at 10:00

International Trips

Next week sees 6 of our best MS singers travel to Dubai to perform in AMIS choir. It promises to be a great trip.

Lots of deadlines this week also. Thank you to those parents who adhered to these trip deadlines but for those who are still missing documents and paperwork for Basketball and Rugby trips please expedite the process as Embassies need to issue visa's which as a group can take some time and the delay does hold the whole group back.

Trip packets went out this week too for Drama/Art and Band/Choir trips and the deadline for the many documents it takes for school International trip travel is next Wednesday. I am sure now that everyone is back in the routine of school this will be no problem. Holiday's, school or national do impose more pressure on the visa process so keeping track and adhering to the dates we publish are really important to ensure no student is left behind!

This week saw the 100 day countdown to ICS hosting ISSEA soccer. There will be much more information as that number goes down in the weeks to come, but we will be needing a lot of assistance from the community in hosting the 154 guests from around the region. Please do make a note in your calendars for April 19th when this festival will begin for 5 days. It will be a brilliant week to be involved in be it as an athlete, host or helper.

Have a great week. It’s good to be back!

 

 

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper

Athletics

There have been lots of games home and away this week and when we return, many more to look forward to also. Please come out and support our student athletes in their ISSAAA league games.

Thursday 15 December

U14 Girls Soccer vs Bingham

U14 Boys Soccer@ St Joseph

Tuesday 10 January

U19 Girls Basketball vs Bingham

Thursday 12 January

U14 Girls Soccer vs German

Activities

There are no ASA's this week or in that first week back when we return after break. U12, U14, U16 and U19 sports however, will continue to practice as usual in those weeks

International Trips

ISSEA sports selection teams were selected this week. Trip packets for Rugby and Basketball have gone home and please note that all documents necessary for school travel will need to be turned in first day after the break with payment also due at that time. ISSEA band, choir, visual art, drama and ski trip packets too, will be ready soon as we enter the busy season 2 travel season.

As we close out 2016 I would like to thank all of you for the continued support of ICS ASA programs and wish you and your families a great break and a healthy and active 2017. Highlights in 2017 will be many no doubt, but certainly hosting the spectacular ISSEA soccer tournament in April will be a major event when we return as will be welcoming a new member of the ICS ASA team to the community also.

Safe travels and best wishes.

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Activites & Athletics News, Mick Cooper, Athletics and Activities Director

Athletics

A sunny Saturday afternoon at Bingham saw over 30 ICS runners compete in the annual ISSAAA cross country run. A tight and tough course saw some excellent pacing and running as ICS was able to take the team honors as well as many top 3 individual placings in all age categories. It was great to see so many parents also at the event, which officially concluded Season 1 sports.

The first games of Season 2 basketball and Soccer has seen wins, losses, buzzer beaters, spectacular goals and saves already! Please check the schedule on the whiteboard outside the gym for up to date information and please come along and cheer our young, Junior Varsity and Varsity athletes at the following events this week and next.

Friday 9 December

U16 Girls Basketball @ Sandford

U19 Girls Basketball vs Faculty 4.00

Tuesday 13 December

U16 Girls Basketball vs Bingham- Top court

U16 Boys Basketball @ St Joseph

U19 Girls Basketball @ Andinet

U19 Boys Basketball vs Andinet-Gym

Thursday 15 December

U14 Girls Soccer vs Bingham

U14 Boys Soccer@ St Joseph

Activities

Week 2 sees a full week this week but next week, due to concerts and holidays there is no ASA though U12, U14, U16 and U19 sports teams will continue as normal although Monday is a school holiday.

Grade 1 and Grade 2 Saturday soccer players-Due to logistics and numbers, these two Saturday morning groups will now combine together. The practice time is now 8:30 – 9:30 AM. Grade 3 soccer remains at 10:00 AM.

International Trips

A number of trips are coming up after the break. Selection for sports teams is ongoing this week and Ski Trip, Drama, Visual Arts, Band and Choir trips all have deadlines coming up. Please keep track of the time-lines of these trips so that disappointment can be averted.

Have a great week!

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper

Athletics

Season 1 has its last event this weekend, with our Cross Country runners in all divisions taking on our ISSAAA rivals at the Bingham course Saturday. All runners will depart ICS at 11:30 AM and return before 4:00 PM

Season 2 has begun with fabulous numbers of student athletes and the focus and efforts has been top notch. First games begin quickly this week as follows:

Friday

U16 Boys Basketball vs Sandford

U19 Boys Basketball @ Sandford

Monday

U14 Boys Soccer vs Italian

U14 Girls Soccer @ Sandford

Activities

Season 2 began very smoothly this week. Thank you for picking up your children on their ASA days promptly at 4:30 PM

Season 2 ASA soccer begins this Saturday-Please remember that we expect a parent/guardian to be in attendance during this ASA so that they can address any needs of these young players

Grade 1-8-9

Grade 2-9-10

Grade 3-10-11

International trips

As Families prepare for winter break journeys, its a timely to keep track of the deadlines which will be coming up quickly after the break for Choir, Band, Drama, Fine Arts, Rugby, Basketball and Ski Trips. Logistics can be found on the trip board outside of the ASA office and Trip Leaders are always available for your questions. 

Have a great week as we move into December!

 

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper,

Athletics

Season 1 ended last week with a wonderful evening at Bingham. Both the U19 teams won their banner games with girls crowned City Champions and the boys taking 3rd place. Well done on the seasons achievements to coaches and players.

Season 1 will celebrate its achievements with Sports Awards Night this Wednesday. This evening reviews the whole season and allows coaches to award some medals to notable achievers. Players in U14/U16 and U19 should assemble from 5:00 PM on-wards for a prompt 5:30 PM dressed smartly and bringing a food dish to share. Its always a great evening.

Season 2 began Saturday on the back of Season 1's conclusion and turn out so far has been fabulous. The game schedule is already out and we can look forward to hosting a large number of Soccer games in the U14 league as well as numerous Basketball matches in U16 and U19.

If you notice any ICS sports uniforms in your house, please have them returned, now that season 1 is finished.

Games next week:

Thursday 1 December

U14 Girls Soccer vs Greek

Friday 2 December

U16 Boys Basketball @ Sandford

U19 Boys Basketball vs Sandford

Activities

ASA season 2 begins next Monday, 28 November with sign-up closing this Wednesday. Please remind your child of their sign-up days and ensure prompt pick-up at 4:30 PM on those days they are participating.

International Trips

Please keep track of any upcoming deadlines for trips that will take place in January and February and this is a good week to check that passports and other crucial documents for travel are all in order.

Have a great long weekend and thank you for supporting our multiple programs.

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Activites & Athletics News, Mick Cooper, Athletics and Activities Director

Athletics

What an incredible 3 days of Track and Field we had last week on campus. Over 460 athletes threw, jumped or ran in the annual 8 school ISSAAA meet. There were some amazing performances in all six age/gender categories and ICS rocked this event taking all but one first place banner away from it. Congratulations to the 87 ICS athletes, the many parents watching and the 40 plus marshals who made this event run so smoothly. It was just like been at the Rio Olympics!

Our 2 ICS U14 Boys’ Basketball teams had a great battle for the 3rd place banner here on Monday. The Grade 8's showed their experience in a tight match to win the banner but well done to both teams on entertaining us this season.

Final Season 1 Games this week:

Thursday

U14 Girls basketball play @ Sandford for the 3rd place banner

Friday

U19 Girls Volleyball take on Bingham@ Bingham in the 1st place game

U19 Boys Volleyball take on Andinet @ Bingham for the 3rd place banner

Saturday

U12 Girls have their last soccer encounter at Bingham-depart Campus at 8.10 and they should be back around 12.30/13.00

U12 Boys also go on a road trip for their last encounter @Sandford-depart ICS 9.30 back around 14.00

Season 2

Its a sign of the busy times at ICS that our athletic students end Season 1 High School Sports Friday night and then begin Season 2 Saturday morning for U16 and U19 basketball and U14-U19 Rugby! Times are posted on the white board outside the gym for these teams. This board always has up to date weekly information on it and is the go to place for schedules, which can change daily.

Next Monday, U14 Soccer teams kick off their season while the U12's have a small break before they begin on November 28th in Volleyball. All students wishing to play season 2 sports do need to register online on the school website (Athletics>Registration>click the correct team box) and bring back the signed code of conduct/permission forms that are located outside the ASA office back to the office. 

The opportunity to review the season, present awards and thank our coaches and players in U14/U16/ U19 sports is next Wednesday, November 23rd. All athletes and immediate family members in these teams are invited to attend and students should bring a food dish to share on this awards night.  Students should go home at regular time Wednesday and come back to school at17.00 for a prompt 17.30 start in the gym. This evening is always a great celebration and not to be missed.

Activities

ES sign up was this Tuesday. We increased minimum numbers in each ASA and we increased the number of offerings too, among other small tweaks to try and allow all students better opportunities. This certainly seemed to be beneficial to the majority of users this season. 

MS Season 2 ASA sign up will occur in advisory Friday morning, while HS sign up is more informal but opens too at 8.00am Friday.

International Trips

Planning is well under way and commitment to the January/February trips will need to be made shortly. Please keep an eye on the trip posters outside my office so that deadlines and protocols are adhered too.

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Activites & Athletics News, Mick Cooper, Athletics and Activities Director

Athletics

The biggest Track and Field meet in the country starts this Thursday afternoon at ICS. Over 460 athletes will be running, jumping and throwing for glory over three days in the ISSAAA international school meet. A soft opening on Thursday with 3000m, Triple Jump and Javelin will be followed by two full days of everything else!

Please note the fields and the track will be transformed but will also be off limits from midday Thursday until Saturday evening for this event for the whole community

The first banners of Season 1 were played for and won this week. Our U16 boys were able to achieve an excellent 3rd place in Volleyball while the girls went one better and won the runners-up banner at a great morning at Bingham. U19 Volleyball, U14 basketball and of course Track and Field banners will all be resolved in the course of the next week.

Upcoming matches:

Monday 14 November

  • Grade 8 Boys Basketball vs the ICS76's for third place@ ICS
  • U14 Girls Basketball finals-Opposition and venue to be announced (check the white board outside the gym)

U12 Soccer--Due to ISSAAA Track and Field there is NO soccer Thursday or Saturday this week. Girls will resume Monday and Boys Thursday with the final soccer festival of the season the following Saturday

Season 2 Team Sport Start Dates, Days and Coaches are now all known and advertised around the gym. Once, most of the season 1 sports are concluded we will begin season 2. All players wanting to play on ICS teams need to take home and return signed the Athletic Code of conduct.

Season 1 Sports Night date change--due to a delay in the play-offs the Sports awards night has been pushed back a week to Wednesday, 23 November. A hard copy invite will go out to all U14/U16 and U19 team players. It will be a food pot luck evening and student athletes should assemble at 5:00 PM for a prompt 5:30 PM start. The evening should conclude at 7:00 PM and this night is always a special opportunity to close out and review the sports season.

Activities

The Season 2 ES ASA brochure will be going out this Friday to each class. Please review the process, the Q and A (which has some new information) and peruse the many opportunities available. Sign up for ES will begin next Tuesday at 2:45 PM. Please have your devices ready before this and have some back-up plans too as inevitably some of these choices will be full very quickly.

MS ASA sign up will take part in Advisory next Friday 18 November while the portal will also open for HS the same day and time.

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Activites & Athletics News, Mick Cooper, Athletics and Activities Director

Activities

This week marks the final sessions of season 1 ASAs. We hope your child was engaged and excited during these last nine weeks in their activities. There will now be a 3 week break as the collation and organization for season 2 is finalized.

Important dates for Season 2

Friday, 11 November: ES ASA Season 2 Booklet goes home

Tuesday, 15 November: At 2:45P M Season 2 Registration opens

Monday, 28 November: Season 2 ASAs begins

Athletics

Our 45 athletes were wonderful ambassadors on and off the ISSEA playing arena's last weekend. There were some amazing individual and collective memories made on the track, fields, cross country course and volleyball courts last weekend. In Uganda on a grueling hot and hilly 5km course, girls cross country team achieved 3rd place while our boys retained their title with an outstanding team effort to take first. On the Track and Field, where the standard just keeps getting better and ISSEA records tumble further, our Boys team managed to achieve 6th place overall while our girls were just 1 point shy of the first place banner, finishing second. Multiple personal bests were created and there were numerous strong placings throughout all the events in this meeting.

At volleyball in South Africa, both teams found the opposition teams tall, powerful and tough with both ICS teams finishing in 8th place at the end of the three day tournament.

The following two weeks sees the play-offs for all U14, U16 and U19 local league tournaments. Please do check the ICS Gym weekly whiteboard for all logistics as these games will come thick and fast as team placings are decided, prior to these 'final 4' games.

Upcoming Games

Thursday

U14 Boys Grade 8 vs ICS 76

U14 Girls @ Sandford

Friday

U16 Girls Volleyball vs Sandford in the gym 4.00

U19 Girls Volleyball vs Sandford in the gym 5.00

U16 Boys Volleyball vs Sandford-Top Court 4.00

Saturday

U16 Girls and Boys Volleyball Semi Final and Finals @ Bingham

U12 Boys Soccer @ Andinet

Monday

U14 Girls and Boys Basketball Semi Finals -Venues to be announced

Tuesday

U19 Volleyball Semi Final-Venues to be announced

The 8 school ISSAAA Track and Field meet starts next Thursday 10 November, for three days. Over 300 local athletes will be on our campus to participate and compete in U14/U16 and U19 Track and Field. This is a wonderful 3 days of competition here and please note that those facilities will be closed to all the community while this competition takes place.

Season 1 is always a little complicated with logistics and with the local track and field meeting moving to Season 1, this was a little more intense. The ISSAAA Cross country event will not be until Saturday 3 December at Bingham, and while most of our Season 1 athletes will be concluding their season very soon, this group of runners will continue their team practices until this event is concluded even though Season 2 ICS team sports for all age groups will have started. Stay tuned for opening dates for Season 2.

International Trips

Students who borrowed travel bags for trips should be returning these back to the ASA office this week.  Season 2 January/February trips are just around the corner and students involved in these trips ( Rugby, Basketball, Music, Band, Choir, Drama and Visual Arts) just need to keep an eye on the deadlines posted on the trip board outside the gym to ensure all documents and details are adhered to enable this travel to happen.

Its November, which means Season 1 is concluding with some very exciting events and games on campus to look forward to as the season reaches its conclusion.

Have a great week!

 

 

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mick Cooper, Athletics and Activities Director

 

Week 9

Activities

This, believe it or not, is the penultimate week of Season 1 ASAs. Next week, week 9, will be the final session before we have a small break to finalize and confirm all Season 2 offerings. Season 2 will begin 28 November and in elementary school the new brochure will be coming home Friday 11 November, for the 15 November sign up.

Athletics

The hallways in high school will seem quiet this week as 45 of our outstanding athletes travel and participate in ISSEA Track, Field and Cross Country (Uganda) and ISSEA Volleyball (South Africa). We wish them luck in their quest for glory and we know they will represent us well, regardless of final positioning.

On the home front we have the following games to enjoy and we hope to see many of you at these games supporting and enjoying live sports:

Thursday 27 October

The U14 ‘76’ Basketball team take on St. Joseph in the Gym

The G8 U14 Boys Basketball Team take on Andinet on the top court

Friday 28 October

U16 Boys Volleyball vs Italian

Saturday 29 October

U16 Boys Volleyball @ Bingham

U12 Girls Soccer @ Bingham

U12 Boys Soccer @ St. Joseph

Monday 31 October

‘76’ Boys Basketball vs Andinet in the gym

G8 Boys Basketball @ Sandford

Tuesday 1 November

U19 Girls Volleyball vs Andinet in the Gym

U16 Boys Volleyball vs St. Joseph on the top court

International Trips

The trip to France with students totally immersed into a host home and school was an outstanding success for our students. Many thanks to the chaperons Monsieur Goliad and Madame Aida for this fantastic opportunity. As our autumn trips come to an end, it is also time to think about the January and February opportunities and a good time to make sure middle and high school students passports are renewed if they are expiring within the next 6 months, should these students choose or be chosen onto these trips. Trips coming up include Basketball to Tanzania, Rugby to Zambia, Band and Choir to South Africa and Drama/ Visual Arts to Zimbabwe. Though it may seem a long way off too, the ski trip in Spring break also needs planning and budgeting for in these next two months. There are certainly great opportunities on the horizon and these trips always become a highlight of the school year.

Have a great week.

 

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