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Date Posted: 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

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

Athletics

Last week saw ICS teams feature in a number of Local League finals with U19 Basketball Girls and Boys both winning their leagues along with the U14 Girls Soccer team. Season 2 sports night will be on 8 March where teams will be celebrated and further awards given out. so please mark your calendars!

As season 2 is concluded in most age groups (U12 Volleyball will finish next Monday), season 3 will roll out and dates of those seasons are posted around school. Season 3 athletes will need to register online and sign the athlete contract to be eligible for participation.

As season 3 begins, we are reminded that ISSEA soccer will be here on our own campus during April 19-23. All 8 ISSEA schools will be bringing their best soccer players to compete over 3 days for their own African Cup of Nations Tournament. The ICS community hosts all 146 visiting athletes, just as our own travelers are hosted on the many trips we go on throughout the year. We will soon be asking for families to commit to this reciprocal arrangement and part of playing on school teams is also volunteering to this when we are hosting. That time is soon, so please think about your arrangements. We will need families to take a minimum of two athletes and a maximum of ... however many you can take! It is going to be a real highlight of the school year and hosting these players from other schools is also an exciting and close part of it.

Activities

There are no ASA's this week on Friday or Saturday and next week will be the final week also of Season 2 ASA. Planning is well under way for season 3 which will begin March 27th. 

International Trips

Thirty eight students and 6 faculty members depart next Wednesday on two ISSEA cultural convention trips. We have students going to both Zimbabwe and South Africa to act, sing, play or create. Please make sure all relevant details are known about dress code, departure and pick up times and that students pack Tuesday evening ready for the early start. These trips are always outstanding opportunities.

Have a great week.

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017

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

Athletics

Our athletes returned after an intense 3 days of competition in Tanzania and Zambia. In Basketball, the boys finished 4th while our girls took 3rd place which is our best school finish for several years. Reports all suggest it was so very close to making the final game in the girls’ competition.

Facebook page at ISSEA Basketball 2017 for some great pictures and links to game coverage

Boys play their ISSAAA semi-final at Bingham Tuesday at 17.30 with the final on Friday at ICS (also at 17.30)

Girls play their Final against Bingham here Friday at 4.00

U16 Girls also play their semi-final Tuesday in the gym vs Sandford

Rugby--For the first time ICS featured as a team and the group of 12 managed to achieve 3rd place in the ISSEA touch tournament and came home with the ISSEA fair play award. The tournament took place in mud and rain which made it very interesting for our players. Facebook page is ISSEA Rugby Zambia 2017 where some spectacular photos can also be seen.

U14 Soccer--Our Girls and Boys teams will have their final games this week. ICS will be hosting the boys’ final Thursday. Please check the whiteboard for up to date information and locations as final teams are decided.

Activities

Another full week this week to enjoy. Next week, there will be no Friday or Saturday ASA due to the school holiday.

International Trips

February is a very busy trip month and we will have Art/Drama and Band/Choir going out in two weeks for their ISSEA cultural conventions. There is a trip meeting for those traveler's Wednesday February 15th at 2.05 in the gym. US embassy bus riders should plan on taking the second bus home or make alternative plans.

Student Athletes who have just returned from Basketball and Rugby need to drop off their ICS Travel bags to the activity office this week please.

Have a great week!

 

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper

Athletics

With 32 student athletes and 6 coaches out of the country on International Sports duty, the local season is on hold until next week after a really busy and crucial sports week just gone. In the next week there will be numerous play-off elimination games to decide where the banners are going and your support at these games is very welcome.

Just the one soccer game this week to support, but our U12's are very much in action Saturday.

Thursday

U14 Girls soccer vs Bingham 

Saturday

U12 Boys Volleyball @ Bingham

The bus will depart at 7.40 so please assemble near the locker room at 7.30am. The boy's will play several games against 3 other schools and should be back around 12.30.

U12 Girls Volleyball Festival @ ICS

Our girls will play against Bingham and Greek school teams here. First match starts at 8.00 so please be here in plenty of time to make that first serve. The festival will end at 11.00am. U12 games are totally inclusive and no medals, trophies or placings are announced or awarded. We want all students to participate to the best of their ability without that competitive pressure that U14, U16 and certainly U19 have in their matches. I am also delighted that these games are officiated by our older student athletes who are modeling the ICS way and also experiencing the other side of the game. Many of these student officials our younger players may have seen playing at JV or Varsity level in the same sport so this is a win-win for everyone involved and a real positive aspect here at ICS. Thank you Faru, Grace, Hana, Dorcas, Jin and Candace for your passion, time and support.

Monday

U14 Soccer semi-finals day! Venues to be announced so please check the whiteboard outside the gym for updates information.

Tuesday

U16 and U19 Basketball semi-finals day! Again, please check the whiteboard for the venue's

No rugby this week due to the ISSEA trip

Activities

Another full week to look forward this week and next. Season 2 ASA will end Friday 24 February.

International Trips

ISSEA rugby and basketball arrive back Sunday evening. Please track their flights in order to anticipate their arrival at ICS. Students on these trips are expected in school Monday morning. 

A combination of the AU conference and a very slow visa process meant we only got visa's less than 18 hours before one of these trips this week. As an institution, this is not good practice with flights to be paid, host schools needing reliable numbers and logistics here and there needing to be finalized. Some of this, we need to do better, as there were a number of families handing in late documents which has a snowball effect to the rest. In the future, we will not delay the visa application process, which with so many traveler's and with so many different nationalities is a delayed process already and so we will not be waiting on students who are handing in paperwork later than the date stipulated. Families will then have to process the application by themselves, which without school support will be a problematic process and it certainly could result in non-travel.

Please keep track of upcoming trips and deadlines and check that documents are not expiring soon at the same time in order for all trips to function effectively.

February is here. We can look forward to some great days this month as Season 2 comes to an end and Season 3 in some age groups, begins.

 

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017

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

Activities

It was awesome to have a full program in activities this week. I am sure your children were pleased to get back in the groove and have that additional time to move, create or perform.

Next week too, will be a full Activity week.

Athletics

If you haven't been able to watch some live sport lately, it doesn't get better than at ICS on game days. This last week alone saw wins and losses by one point in basketball matches, high scoring soccer matches, while our youngest student athletes were able to showcase their volleyball skills in a semi-competitive arena also.

Games continue this week and next, though 3 of our Varsity Teams will be traveling for their international tournaments next Wednesday too.

Thursday 

U14 Boys Soccer vs Greek

Friday

U19 Girls Basketball @ Andinet

U19 Boys Basketball @ Greek

U16 Boys Basketball vs Andinet (top court)

U16 Girls Basketball vs Greek in the gym

Saturday

U14 Girls soccer vs Greek @ 10.30

Rugby@8.30

U19 Girls Basketball vs Sports Academy@ 11.30

U19 Boys Basketball vs Sports Academy@ 12.30

Monday

U14 Girls Soccer vs Sandford

Tuesday

U16 Girls Basketball vs Sandford (top court)

U16 Boys Basketball @ Greek

U19 Girls Basketball vs Andinet in the gym

34 of our student athletes and 6 Faculty will be attending ISSEA competition in Zambia (rugby) and Tanzania (basketball) next week. Please wish them luck as they take on the other regional schools in their own Africa Cup of Nations!

International Trips

AMIS Students came back from Dubai after an outstanding choir trip that featured them flash mobbing some tunes outside the Ski Dubai entrance!! Obviously this was an amazing experience as was the final concert in front of a huge audience on Saturday.

Two trips go out next Wednesday, Please ensure all documents are in the ASA office now for those. Rosters too, have been finalized for ISSEA Band/Choir (Johannesburg) and ISSEA Art/Drama (Harare) later in February. We have had some students scrambling for yellow fever cards, up to date local ID's and expiring passports and a couple of students too this week have missed deadlines which in turn, has meant parents have had to process visa's by themselves at embassies. I urge once again, all parents who have children traveling in school trips up to the end of the school year, to locate and confirm that travel documents are valid and that trip deadlines are known and adhered too. We do not want any ICS student to miss out on these wonderful opportunities that these trips provide.

Unfortunately, but due to low numbers, the spring break ski trip to Switzerland has been canceled. If you have documents that need returning, please call by the ASA office to pick them up.

Have a good week and we hope to see you at some games soon.

 

 

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.

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