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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.

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!

 

 

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