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Date Posted: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper

ISSEA Soccer 2017

Thank you to everyone who was involved in making the 5 day event such an amazing experience. While there were 170 student athletes playing, there were many more who were involved in the logistics of such an event. Host families, medical teams, set-up crew, media and streaming groups, dance teams, mascots, refs, coaches, booster club, cafeteria, marimba, band and choir, team ambassadors and the ASA Office all working together to pull off an outstanding community effort.

48 games were played, 141 goals were scored, and 3 games went to penalty shoot outs. There were 650 cases dealt with in the medical tent, an astounding logistics too! ICS girls and boys teams played some great football and were supported by 100's of cheering fans and in the end, the girls finished 7th with the boys 3rd.

Relive the action, drama and excitement on YouTube channel-search for 'ICS Addis ISSEA 2017 Main Pitch' or 'ICS Addis ISSEA 2017 Lower Pitch'--these are excellent streams videoed by our students and faculty experts and are well worth a watch.

Next year, this event will go to Uganda, who are great hosts but they will also be pushed hard to beat our extravaganza. Again, thank you to everyone for your contributions.

International Trips

ICS STEM team returned from Mozambique with some outstanding reports of their Math, Science and Robotics competition. The team finished with an ISSEA plaque too, coming in 3rd place overall. All Star awards went to Justin and Gebrella.

Tennis team came back from Zimbabwe after three intense but excellent days of tennis. Elias was awarded all star status and the boys’ team of Joseph, Elias and Nico were awarded the Fair play award to reflect their wonderful sportsmanship on and off the courts. Both the Girls and Boys teams finished in 5th place overall.

Our Golf team finished 5th overall in Zimbabwe also. Sean was a part of the team that won the Texas scramble on Day 1, while Patrick was in the top 12 and voted onto the all-star team. Patrick and Sarra were both awarded fair play awards.

All ISSEA travelers should return their ICS borrowed travel bags please and tennis players should return their uniforms also this week.

Athletics

International season is now over, so teams will now focus on the local league with one or two games remaining before play-offs in early May.

Saturday

U16 Girls Soccer @ Sandford-depart ICS 9.00am

Tuesday

U19 Boys Soccer vs Italian

Thursday

U14 Boys Volleyball @Greek

U12 Basketball Teams enjoyed their first experience against other city teams last week and this Saturday they are again in action.

U12 Girls@ Sandford-Depart ICS 8.00

U12 Boys@ Bingham-Depart ICS 8.15

Activities

Next week is week 6 of season 3 but please note there will be no ASA on May 5th, due to the school holiday.

Have a great week and thank you again for your logistical or community spirit in making the ISSEA Soccer event such a success.

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper

Its ISSEA Soccer week!!

Teams have arrived and so now it’s time for the games to begin.

Let’s have big support and let’s go Eagles!

Host families

You are awesome!!

Once again thank you for your hospitality and care with our visitors.

Please do check the program for drop off and pick up times each day and have a wonderful time with your guests this week.

 

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper

ISSEA SOCCER 2017

16 teams---8 nations----multiple hosts!

No child was left behind!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to host. All 154 international guests now have a place to stay due to the overwhelming volunteering from the community in this last week. If you are hosting, please make sure that you’ve received a hard copy detailed itinerary from the Athletics Office. The itinerary includes details/ logistics/ of pick up and drop off (at ICS) along with the rules and regulations our guests are under. ISSEA rules are well established and safeguard host and guests. I am always available for host questions but on Monday in the upper commons from 17.15 until 18.00, Ms. Mahlet Fekremariam (host coordinator) and I will be specifically available to answer any questions around hosting. An email to the family will also go home, but with challenging internet connection, the hard copy might be more reliable for this week.

Please welcome our guest players and coaches next week. From next Wednesday onwards, you will start seeing them on campus and then our tournament begins at 9:15 AM, Thursday until late Saturday evening. Please have a look at the game schedule below and plan to support as this non-stop action 7 aside tournament unfolds. Let’s have big crowds particularly at the ICS matches and bring your trumpet, vuvuzela, drums and voices to add to the atmosphere.

ISSEA Soccer Schedule

Our opening ceremony will kick off the tournament on Thursday morning at 8:05 AM. The elementary school students will line the corridors and side gate area for the players walk of fame while the MS and HS students will be in the gym, awaiting the arrival of these ISSEA legends. Parents are more than welcome to spectate this, though room in the gym will be extremely limited. Watch out though, whether in the corridors or in the gym, for our new school mascot too, who has being named by our senior class and who looks amazing. Expect the ICS thunderclap too, along with some dancing and speeches. 

Athletics

Upcoming Games:

Saturday

U16 Boys, U19 Girls and Boys will be involved in friendly 8 team 7-a side tournament this Saturday to test out some of the ISSEA logistics, and to give the refs exposure to this different format of play.

Monday

U14 Boys Volleyball vs Bingham

U14 Girls Volleyball @ Bingham

Tuesday

U16 Boys Soccer vs St Joseph

U19 Girls Soccer @ Bingham

U19 Boys Soccer @ St Joseph

Wednesday

International Student Athletes arrive

Thursday

U19 Boys vs ISK 9.15 Upper Field

U19 Girls vs ISK 10.30 Upper Field

U19 Boys vs IST 16.45 Lower Field

U19 Girls vs ISU 17.45 Upper Field

Friday

U19 Boys vs ISU 11.00 Upper Field

U19 Girls vs AISM 12.15 Lower Field

Other games in the afternoon decided by table standings-please refer to the posted schedule.

Activities

ASAs continue with a full week, though some locations may have to move with ISSEA Soccer taking all the fields Thursday and Friday.

International Trips

Our 14 STEM students will depart Tuesday, at 5.30 AM from ICS to head to Mozambique for their ISSEA tournament.

Our Tennis and Golf Stars will depart to Zimbabwe, Wednesday, at 6.00 AM from campus.

Facilities

With so many guests on campus next week, ICS will be buzzing. This will however, mean that areas such as the cafeteria and community commons will be very busy all day from Thursday. Our fields will be set up too and unavailable for any other use, and the track will not really be a good space to be on with camera towers, DJ's and soccer balls whizzing about during the 3 days of tournament. Please be careful and courteous during this period particularly, as it will seem very busy (in a good way).

Have a good weekend, thanks again for the hosting community spirit and let’s go Eagles. It is going to be one amazing week to be a part of.

 

Activities and Athletics News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper

Athletics

29 beds to go with 14 days left!

There was a massive effort last week from the community that has got the number of beds needed down to 29 from 61. A big thank you for all those families who joined the ISSEA hosting fraternity this week. You are an awesome group of parents.

Once we have the number to zero, which will happen this week I am sure, hard copy and soft copy communication will come from our office next week to the 5 day details of your guests. We do still need 29 beds however, and if you are already hosting but can take one more student athlete, please be back in touch as this would be a huge help and if you haven't signed up yet (and this is open to all parents) please do so when you get a chance this week. Guests will be arriving here on Wednesday, April 19th , spend most of the days and evenings(except Thursday) at school with the tournament and social events and nearly all of the 7 schools will depart early Sunday morning to give you your weekend back. This is a great part of the tournament and exciting for host families to have one of the best soccer players from our Regional International Schools in their house as a guest.

Link for hosting can be found here:

ISSEA Hosting Form/Details

Game schedule which has 16 matches a day on the two fields, all three days can be found here;

ISSEA Soccer 2017 Schedule

Tennis, Golf and STEM travel teams will have a packing meeting at the new time of 11.40 next Wednesday. All travelers need to attend this meeting as we go through trip expectations, logistics and content.

Upcoming games:

Thursday

U14 Boys Volleyball vs Italian Top court

Saturday

U19 Boys Soccer game has be postponed

U16 Girls Soccer @Bingham

Monday

U14 Boys and Girls Volleyball@ Bingham

Tuesday

U19 Girls Soccer vs Bingham

This Saturday also sees Ms. Kate and Mr. Hailu's U12 Basketball teams practice at 8.00am. Practice will finish at 9.30. There will be no Basketball for any U12 players next Thursday due to PTC's.

Activities

A full week continues this week in Activities. Next week however, will ASA for ES Monday. Tuesday and Thursday (NO U12 Basketball) due to the school holiday on Friday.  MS/HS will only have Monday ASA due to parent teacher conferences next week.

Have a great week and thank you again to the families who have volunteered to host ISSEA Soccer players. It is going to be an amazing event and I am very appreciative of the community spirit and energy for this event.

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

61.........

A really terrific effort this week has gotten us down to 61 beds needed with 21 days to go before ISSEA SOCCER 2017. Thank you everyone who answered the call to host our guests. It really was a good push and we still need therefore, another 20-30 houses to host the student soccer players who arrive in Addis on 19 April. We have received the rosters from the schools this week, so we will be busy sorting out our guests with appropriate host families and this would be great if we can have all guests hosted by this time next week. If you can host 2-6 students for 4 nights please be in touch with the ASA office or fill in the link below. Hosting requires a bed or mattress, rides to and from school and a few meals. Many of the schools will arrive late evening Wednesday and depart early morning Sunday, and they are kept engaged on campus much of the day and evening during their stay to minimize the impact to your schedule. Hosting is a fun and big part of the ISSEA experience for the host and guests.

ISSEA Soccer Hosting Form

Game time!

Many of our season 3 school teams are playing weekly now and games this week certainly created a lot excitement with cheers (and groans too at times!) on the soccer pitch and volleyball courts. Our U12 basketball groups are now up and running also and big numbers there too, reflect the passion our kids have for sports here at ICS. 

Thursday 

U14 Girls Volleyball vs Sandford-Top court

Friday

U16 Girls Soccer vs Italian

Saturday

U16 Boys Soccer vs Italian @ 9.00

U19 Boys Soccer vs German @ 10.30

Monday

U14 Girls Volleyball @ Greek

Tuesday

U16 Boys Soccer vs Andinet

U19 Girls Soccer @ Sandford

Thursday

U14 Boys Volleyball vs Italian-Top court

Activities

This week saw Season 3 ASAs open throughout the school and it was obvious the students were very happy to be back into these creative, physical or artistic activities. There are still spots open in some of the ASA's, if students are still looking for a second activity. Please see the ASA office if this is something you are after for your child. 

International Trips

STEM, Tennis and Golf Trips are just waiting on a few last minute details, but these 3 teams are looking all set to go in three weeks also. There will be a packing meeting for these traveler's Wednesday April 12th in the gym at 11.45 to go through logistics, ISSEA protocols and trip particulars. US embassy bus riders will need to make alternative plans to get home that day as the meeting won't be finished until 12.30.

Have a great weekend--and let’s get this 61 down to no guest left behind this week if we can please.

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017

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

ISSEA Soccer (Hosting)

We are less than 4 weeks away before the campus is filled with soccer players from the region here to contest on the fields but also here to experience the warm Ethiopian hospitality. Our host bed number is down to double figures now...... but we still need to fill 98 beds as of today.

Housing is open to all families regardless if your child has traveled this year, where that is an expectation, and hosting is the key component to the success of the tournament and also a membership requirement of being in the ISSEA organization. I know we can lower this total dramatically this week now that the holiday is over and we are more focused on school. I had some good questions about housing, much of which are covered in the sign up form below and we will have an opportunity for a Q and A forum before our guests arrive too:

ISSEA Soccer Host Form

We are still waiting for rosters and landing and departing times but this tentative schedule below gives you an idea of needs during the tournament. The student athletes will spend much of their time at ICS involved in playing, watching or attending event functions all days. One school will be ready for pick up Wednesday at 14.00 while others are coming in later in the evening (10.30pm).

Wednesday April 19

Pick up from ICS at various times depending on plane arrival

 

Thursday April 20

Drop off to ICS as normal

Pick up@18.45

Friday April 21

Drop off at ICS as normal

Pick up @20.30

Saturday April 22

Drop off at ICS 8-10am

Pick up@ 21.45

Sunday April 23

Drop off at ICS AM

 

As you can see, it’s not a huge amount of care needed during the event. We just need to make sure our guests have somewhere to sleep, transport to and from school and a few meals during it. Hosting guests involved in a huge event such as this is also amazing and certainly our students who have traveled to ISSEA events, have really had great hosts in the 7 other countries that we go to that were as much the highlight of the trip as the event itself.

Let’s get this finished ICS!

Athletics

Games daily this week and next to enjoy:

Thursday

U14 Boys Volleyball vs Sandford

Friday

U19 Boys Soccer vs Sandford

Saturday

U16 Girls Soccer vs Italian-9.00 KO

Tuesday

U16 Boys Soccer vs Greek

Monday also sees the start of U12 Basketball-all players aged 12 and below (after September 1, 2016) and in Grade 4, 5, 6 will begin their journey on the courts. This will be a little crowded with the new pavilion not open yet, but coaches are making plans to ease the facility use on Mondays and Thursday's and they will have that information ready by next week. 

Activities

Season 3 Activities will open next Monday. Please ensure your child is aware of what day they have their activities and please remember to pick them up from the ASA drop off point promptly at 4.30. I am sure the students cannot wait for opening week of the last season!

International Trips

We have Tennis, Golf and STEM students traveling soon to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. All ICS and Visa documents, where appropriate should now be in the ASA office as these trips move closer. 

Have a great week and let’s get these 96 hosting beds filled this week!

 

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper

ISSEA SOCCER @ ICS 19-23 April

As we head into spring break, our attention turns to hosting one of the biggest ISSEA events there is, as we are now less than 40 days away from 14 soccer teams arriving here to contest the soccer/football trophies in both male and female divisions. 154 athletes and over 25 coaches will descend on ICS for three very full days of matches in mid-April.

Total number of beds needed (at time of going to press) = 132

Thank you to the Herforth-Madsen, Voorbraak, Jarrett, Nasreddin, Kennedy, McCullough, Cummings, Yangin, Oboth and Yde-Andersen families who have stepped up already to host our international guests. We do need the community to take care of the visitors’ home stay needs during their four night stay here, just as our own students are taken care of on their international trips throughout the year. A host family provides a safe environment with a bed (mattress), a few meals and transport to and from school each day for between two and eight student athletes. The athletes are under ISSEA rules and will be at school all day playing or supporting the soccer event.

The form below can be used to input your details and we also have a hard copy document ready for pick-up outside the ASA office for those with home internet issues. All ICS families are eligible to participate and we really need you to assist us in this hosting experience. Hosting is an enjoyable part of the event that enables our visitors a safe and warm experience outside of their school event.

Let’s get this number of beds needed down quickly for next time!!

ISSEA Hosting Form

Athletics

Some of our teams have already played a number of games due to a rushed schedule with upcoming exams in May.

Live action this week:

Thursday

U14 Girls Volleyball vs Italian

U14 Boys Volleyball @St Joseph

Friday

U16 Boys Soccer @ Bingham

U19 Girls Soccer vs Bingham 4:00 PM

U19 Boys Soccer vs Bingham 5:30 PM

After spring break:

Tuesday

U19 Girls Soccer vs Sandford

U16 Boys Soccer @ Sandford

All teams enjoy your attendance at the games so please do come and watch as many games as you can. Watching live sports is always great and this is an opportunity to support our young athletes in action. Parents are very welcome at away games too. Please bring a school ID to gain entry into those schools, and it is important to remember that coaches will not release students to anyone but parents at the away venues.

Activities

ES Season 3 ASA sign up opened on Tuesday and will remain open until midday on Friday. This opening went very well, even though demand for activities was huge and some ASAs filled up very quickly as is the norm here. Luckily, we have excellent alternatives in our program.

MS/HS will have a soft opening Monday 20 March from 8:00 AM and sign up can be done at home, in school or during advisory as there is not the same urgency as ES. Season 3 will start 27 March and end on 26 May.

Trips

There are a few outstanding travel bags and uniforms needed to be returned from Season 2. Please bring these in.

The STEM trip to Mozambique and the Golf and Tennis Trip to Zimbabwe will need documents, paperwork and payments paying first day back after the spring break, Monday. The Mozambique embassy in particular can take considerable time in issuing visas and we want to make sure all out selected students make that plane. Thank you for being pro-active in this to ensure travel.

Please sign up for housing, get ready for season 3 ASAs, and have a great but active spring break!

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Activites & Athletics Director, Mick Cooper

International Trips

Our ISSEA students returned from Zimbabwe (Drama/Art) and South Africa (Band/Choir) after 5 wonderful days in workshops, rehearsals and public performances. These students were a credit to our community and totally immersed themselves into their conferences. I was fortunate to attend the band and choir in Johannesburg and it was an incredible experience to hear a full orchestra and listen to some wonderful singing. 

All travelers should return their loaned travel bags back to the ASA office please this week.

The final round of trips will be shortly after spring break. Trip packets are going out this week for our golf legends, tennis stars and STEM visionaries. All documents, visa applications and monies will need to be paid on the first day back after break (March 20) as we realize many families will be traveling during it. This deadline does make the trips a bit tight, so we just cannot be flexible with this deadline and will need paperwork to be ready to go to the embassies, and in particular the STEM trip to Mozambique. 

Athletics

We will celebrate season 2 achievements next Wednesday at Sports Awards Night which begins at 5:00 – 7:00 PM. An official invite has gone out to U14 Soccer and U16/U19 Basketball and Rugby Team players. Parents are most welcome to attend this feel good event and please bring a food dish to share and enjoy the season overview, a slide show and individual awards in sport specific breakout sessions.

Season 3 has begun with great numbers and enthusiasm. We will be hosting plenty of games in the next few weeks and parents and the whole community are invited to attend the games and support our student athletes in their matches.

Season 3 upcoming games:

Friday

U19 Boys Soccer vs Greek

Saturday

U16 Girls Soccer vs Greek 9:00 AM

Tuesday

U16 Girls Soccer vs Bingham

U19 Boys Soccer @ Andinet

Thursday

U14 Girls Volleyball vs Italian

U14 Boys Volleyball @ St Joseph

Friday (last day before Spring Break)

U19 Girls Soccer vs Bingham 4:00 PM

U19 Boys Soccer vs Bingham 5:30 PM

U16 Boys Soccer @ Bingham

ISSEA Soccer countdown has begun. 154 athletes from the other seven International Schools will descend on Addis, 19 – 23 April to compete in Boy's and Girls’ Soccer. These players will be hosted by our school community and so we need your help please in making this happen. On all of the trips we travel to we are hosted graciously and lavishly by the host school and so now it’s our turn to reciprocate that warmth. All students who have traveled on a school trip this year are expected to assist in this, though this is open to any ICS family who can provide a bed, some meals and transport to campus and back during that time. The link below for you to input your details has ISSEA rules and expectations of hosts and guests to make it easier to understand how hosting works but the countdown is now on. 

We look forward to hosting this terrific athletic event and hosting athletes involved in it is also a wonderful way to be a part of the event

154 to go--where will this number be next week!

Please click on the link: ISSEA Host Form

Activities

A number of MS/HS community projects are year round and continue through this S2/S3 interim period. However, the Season 3 ES ASA brochure is ready and will be going home with students this Friday. Sign up for Season 3 which begins March 27th will be next Tuesday, 7 March at 2:45 PM. Please go through the brochure with your child, read the Q&A and check the process carefully before this date and time so that next Tuesday, the process runs smoothly for you. 

Sign up for MS and HS will be after the break.

I look forward to seeing many of you at Sports night Wednesday and to seeing our host bed number be dramatically reduced this week too!

Have a good week and enjoy the new month!

 

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Activites & Athletics Director, Mick Cooper

Athletics

Season 3 has literally kicked off and there are fixtures already scheduled for our U16/U19 soccer teams next week! I am very pleased that the good turn-outs in these age groups means we will have an U16 Girls soccer team for the first time ever and they will start the competitive season off next week, Tuesday. Please support these young women who are scheduled to play 3 games in the next two weeks with just 2-3 practices under their belts so far. The other 3 teams will all have games before spring break to look forward to, as this is a very popular season with nearly 90 games scheduled up to May. Over a quarter of these games will be here on the ICS field and players and spectators will see just why the top field is off limits throughout the year as it plays host to these games, ISSEA week too.

U14 Volleyball will start this Thursday for girls, Monday for boys, while our U12 Hoopsters will need to wait until Season 3 ASA starts at the end of March. ISSEA Tennis has started and Golf team too will begin practice next week.

International Trips

38 Students and 6 faculty are away this week on ISSEA duty. Actors and artists have gone to Zimbabwe, while singers and musicians are in Johannesburg. Both of these trips will provide amazing experiences for our students.

As a busy February comes to an end, we look forward to the final round of trips and urge all travelers and parents of travelers, to hit the deadlines for payment and documents. Our STEM team will travel to Mozambique in April and due to a lengthy visa process with this embassy, all documents and applications will need to be in the ASA office first day back after spring break( 20 March).

Other trips include Golf and Tennis to Harare and Global Issues to Johannesburg.

ISSEA Soccer

Plans are well underway for ISSEA soccer which will be held here on campus during 19 - 23 April. 154 soccer players will arrive in the city to take on our ICS Eagles in one of the blue ribbon events of the year. As you are aware, we host all our guests and fliers and details about this will be coming home next week. Please be ready to sign up and host and welcome our guests to Addis in your usual warm manner. It will be an amazing April week.

Activities

This week signals the last week of season 2 ASA. I hope your kids had an enjoyable, educational and fun time during this season that may have seemed long due to the winter break. Friday does signal the official last day, though there will be G1, 2 and 3 soccer at 8.30 - 9.30 AM to signal the last activity and to bring closure to it.

S3 ASA booklets in Elementary school will be going out Friday 3 March with sign up, 2:45 PM, Tuesday, 7 March. The opening day of Season 3 ASA will be Monday, 27 Monday.

Have a great week.

Athletics and Activities News

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.

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