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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

University Acceptances

Many of our senior students have been accepted to universities and colleges in various countries. Each Friday at our High School Assembly we honor these students by announcing their acceptances. The good news from seniors also serves to motivate and instruct students in Grades 9, 10, and 11 about the university application process. We look to our senior students as models for the younger students and we are very proud of their accomplishments. As students receive their offers, we post their names and the universities for the entire community to see. Please check out the notice board outside the gym to see the exciting prospects for ICS graduates as they take the next steps toward post-secondary education. Congratulations to all of our Grade 12 students.

ICS Internship Program

As part of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) program in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grade 11, we are offering the ICS Internship Program for the third year in a row. The ICS Internship Program provides students the opportunity to engage in meaningful non-academic learning experiences supervised by members of our community. This year, our Internship program takes place from March 27 to March 31, 2017.

Internships, as such experiences are known, allow students to gain valuable real-world knowledge by extending their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Internships usually seek to place students with a mentor outside of school who volunteers to supervise and instruct the student as he or she carries out duties within a work environment, normally related to a profession or career of the student’s interest. Many high school and university programs are moving to create such internships or co-op programs, which are comprised of a combination of career education and time away from class in a professional working environment. Experiences such as these provide students with “life lessons” that simply cannot be learned in the classroom. It is our hope that, by participating in the ICS Internship Program, our students will learn in ways that they might not otherwise have access to. (In many countries, adolescents take on part-time jobs where workplace skills can be developed over time. However for our youth, such lessons as these are difficult to come by, as most of our students are not legally entitled to work in Ethiopia). We very much believe in the value of experiential learning at ICS, and as with our Week Without Walls program, the addition of our Internship Program will extend and enhance our students’ education.

I am reaching out to the members of our community for your support in creating what will no doubt become a mainstay of an ICS High School education and a model of home and school collaboration. In order to make this project viable, we will need to create up to fifty weeklong internships for our students. We will certainly be able to find internships for some of our students here at ICS, but we rely largely on the support of the community to make this a success.

How can you help? If you own or manage a business, you could take on one of our students to assist you with a particular project. If you manage a local or international charitable organization, you could engage some of our students to work with you on a volunteer basis. If you are employed locally, perhaps you could collaborate with us to create a learning opportunity for one of our students. Embassies, NGO’s, various organizations can all participate. The range of internships includes positions in sectors such as IT, service and hospitality, charity, education, trades, finance, health, development, or entrepreneurial endeavors. The possibilities are limitless!

So please join us in this exciting new adventure in learning. Full details of the ICS Internship Program Guidelines and our online mentor application form can be found on our website, here. For further information or questions, please contact David Redmond, ICS High School Principal, or Ms. Siham Omar, ICS Internship Coordinator. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to working with you!     

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

 

High School News

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

Welcome back to another semester of in the high school. Students will be embarking on a number of exciting projects this term in community service, sports, arts, and in all of the curricular areas. We look forward to working with parents in partnership to support students as they learn throughout the year.

The New Year marks the beginning of the second semester. This is a time for students to set goals based on the results in semester one, which they have been doing during their Advisory periods this week. Please take a moment to discuss the results with your child and to help them to set goals for this semester. If you would like to arrange a meeting with any of your child's teachers, the counselors, or me, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Important Information for Grade 12 Students

As our IBDP students have finished their Extended Essays and the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course has come to a close, we have an opening in the schedule for an additional period. We use this as bonus time for IB Higher Level courses, where teachers coordinate with one another to plan extra instruction in these courses and to use the periods, in some cases, to prepare for or to take tests.

This offers our students a considerable advantage in preparing for the more demanding Higher Level courses. So you will no longer see TOK on their schedules and instead they are using this time to work on other courses.

We will have a full semester of activities coming up, with the annual student-run variety show known as “The Big Show” in February, Spirit Week, internal assessments, hosting the ISSEA Soccer tournament and of course the IBDP mock exams, which are set to take place from March 27 to 31. The last day of classes for seniors is April 21 and IBDP and Senior Exams begin on Monday, May 1. Further reminders will be sent home about these events but for now this should enable you to plan ahead.

Many of our senior students are in the midst of applying to universities. Some of them have already received news of their acceptances. Please check out the notice board outside the gym to see the exciting prospects for ICS graduates as they take the next steps toward post-secondary education. Congratulations to all of our Grade 12 students.

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

 

HS News

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

High School Principal, David Redmond

Dear Parents, Below please find important information on current and upcoming events in the High School.

High School Assembly, 16 December 2016

We will hold our final assembly of the semester this Friday. At our Assembly, we will bid farewell to departing students and present a selection of videos to send everyone off for a well-deserved break.

Second Semester Schedules

Schedules for second semester courses for Grade 9 and 10 students will be distributed in Advisory on 8 December 2016. Students who wish to change elective courses schedule time with their counselor through the Counselling Office by Thursday December 15, 2016. After that time, applications to change elective courses may be made from the end of the school day on Tuesday, 10 January until 13 Thursday January 2017. All requests to change courses must be made through the Counselling Office and require an appointment with the counsellor.

Reports

Please note that first semester reports will be sent out by email on 20 December.  If parents would like a hard copy of the report, they should contact Ms. Tigsit Kassa in the High School office to arrange for printing and pick up after 20 December. Office hours during the break are 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. On 9 January, high school students will receive a hard copy of their report during advisory in order for them to reflect on their effort goals.

School Photographs

Students may obtain a copy of their school photographs for free. If you or your child would like to have a school photo as a JPEG, please bring a USB drive to the high school office and we will gladly give you a copy of the file!

9 January 2017

9 January is an 8-period day and students will meet in High School Assembly at 8:00 AM. Following this, they will meet with their Advisors to receive schedules and any new information to begin the second semester.

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

HS News

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

High School Principal, David Redmond

Dear Parents, below please find important information on current and upcoming events in the High School.

Second Semester Schedules

Schedules for second semester courses for Grade 9 and 10 students will be distributed in Advisory on 8 December 2016. Students who wish to change elective courses schedule time with their counselor through the Counselling Office by Thursday 15 December 2016. After that time, applications to change elective courses may be made from the end of the school day on Tuesday, 10 January until Thursday 13 January 2017. All requests to change courses must be made through the Counselling Office and require an appointment with the counsellor.

Reports

Please note that first semester reports will be sent out by email on 20 December  If parents would like a hard copy of the report, they should contact Ms. Tigsit Kassa in the High School office to arrange for printing and pick up after 20 December.  Office hours during the break are 9am - 3:30pm. On 9  January, high school students will receive a hard copy of their report during advisory in order for them to reflect on their effort goals.

School Photographs

Students may obtain a copy of their school photographs for free. If you or your child would like to have a school photo as a JPEG, please bring a USB drive to the High School Office and we will gladly give you a copy of the file!

Upcoming Important Dates for High School

  • 8 Dec. MS/HS Holiday Concert 6:30 PM, Large Amphitheatre
  • 9 Dec. NHS Coffee House 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Small Amphitheatre
  • 16 Dec. End of the first semester
  • 20 Dec. Semester Reports sent home

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

 

 

 

HS News

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

High School Principal, David Redmond

High School Students Giving Back to the Community through CAS (Creativity Activity Service).

Please see HERE for details.

Second Semester Schedules

Schedules for second semester courses will be distributed in Advisory on December 8, 2016. Students who wish to change elective courses may apply to do in writing through the Counselling Office until Thursday December 15, 2016. After that time, applications to change elective courses may be made from the end of the school day on Tuesday, January 10 until Thursday January 13, 2017. All requests to change courses must be made through the Counselling Office.

School Photographs

Students may obtain a copy of their school photographs for free. If you or your child would like to have a school photo as a JPEG, please bring a USB drive to the High School Office and we will gladly give you a copy of the file!

Amharic Play: Hindeke

Please come out and enjoy our annual Amharic Play, “Hindeke”, directed by Ato Sisay Zewde and our scholarship students. The play takes place on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1 and 2 at 6:30 pm in the large Amphitheater.

IBDP Presentation for Grade 10 Parents

Thank you to all parents, teachers, and students who came to our presentation on Tuesday evening. Our presentation is now available on our website to parents.

Upcoming Important Dates for High School 

  • 1, 2 Dec. Amharic Drama 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Large Amphitheatre
  • 3 Dec. Holiday Bazaar, Health Fair, Blood Drive 1:00 - 5:00 pm
  • 3 Dec. SAT 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM HS/MS Classrooms
  • 3 Dec. (3 - on - 3 Basketball Tournament)
  • 6 Dec. MS/HS Drama 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Upper Commons
  • 8 Dec. MS/HS Holiday Concert 6:30 PM, Large Amphitheatre
  • 9 Dec. NHS Coffee House 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Small Amphitheatre

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

HS News

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

High School Principal, David Redmond

From High School Counselors

We hope you have some time this weekend to relax with your family. A very happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate.  

In grades 9 and 10 students have been working through the Safe Dates program as part of our child protection curriculum. Here is a link to some talking points that may help you engage with this very important topic at home.  In grade 9 we talked about caring relationships and dating abuse. In grade 10 we talked about gender stereotypes and how to respond to anger.  While many students are not yet dating, we want to support them in understanding what healthy relationships look like and what to do if they may be in an unhealthy situation.  We appreciate your support and offering your family’s frame for what safe dating may look like.  

In early December grade 10 and 11 students will receive their PSAT scores. We will be sending more information about how to interpret the scores and how to talk with your students about their scores.  We will work in advisory to ensure all students have accounts set up with the College Board so they can access scores and other resources that will help them.  

These final weeks of the semester can be stressful for students.  We encourage them to be balanced by getting plenty of sleep and exercise.  We also encourage students to be organized and plan how they will prepare for assessments and final projects.  Please talk with your students about how they will manage their time. We have an assessment calendar on Zimbra that they can show you. Feel free to use this as you help your students stay organized and focused towards a positive finish.

Yours in Partnership,

Jim and Alicia

School Photographs

Students may obtain a copy of their school photographs for free. If you or your child would like to have a school photo as a JPEG, please bring a USB drive to the High School Office and we will gladly give you a copy of the file!

No Campus Access for High School Students on Thursday and Friday, 24 and 25 Nov.

There are no activities for students on Thursday, Nov. 24 and the campus is closed to students. The campus is open under normal hours for students over the long weekend, Friday 25 NovemberSunday, 27 November.

IBDP Presentation for Grade 10 Parents

The coming weeks offer important steps in academic counseling for our high school students as we review results from the Progress Reports and help students to review their goals. We will also begin the long process of course selection for all Grade 10 students. We will offer an introductory session for all grade ten parents on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 pm. This meeting focuses on information about Grade 11 and 12 courses and all IBDP courses. Our counselors, IBDP Coordinator, students, Heads of Department, and CAS Coordinator will all be present to discuss the many diverse aspects of our program. Parents are a vital part of this process and are well advised to attend. As choices for students widen and university applications become more and more complex, it is absolutely necessary for all of us to remain well informed and connected. The choices that parents and our Grade 10 students make in collaboration with our counselors have significant implications on college admissions and future career plans, and so close communication between home and school on this matter is vital. Please make every effort to attend this information session.

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

 

HS News

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

High School News, David Redmond, Principal

ISSAAA Track and Field Meet

Our ICS student-athletes earned several medals and banners at this event.  ICS won the U14 boys, U14 girls, U16 girls, U19 boys and U19 girls’ categories.  We were runner up to Bingham in the U16 boys’ category.  We were also winners in the overall girls and overall boys categories, and we won the overall team championship. Congratulations to our students and to Nathan Haines, lead Track and Field coach.

Academic Goal Setting

As you know, our students have been setting goals for academic improvement and working with their teachers to develop strategies and behaviors to achieve them. This week during Advisory students reviewed their goals and their current progress in order to make any adjustments. Please continue to ask your children about their goals and how to support them.

IBDP Presentation for Grade 10 Parents

The coming weeks offer important steps in academic counseling for our high school students as we review results from the Progress Reports and help students to review their goals. We will also begin the long process of course selection for all Grade 10 students. We will offer an introductory session for all grade ten parents on Tuesday, 29 November. This meeting focuses on information about Grade 11 and 12 courses and all IBDP courses. Our counselors, IBDP Coordinator, students, Heads of Department, and CAS Coordinator will all be present to discuss the many diverse aspects of our program. Parents are a vital part of this process and are well advised to attend. As choices for students widen and university applications become more and more complex, it is absolutely necessary for all of us to remain well informed and connected. The choices that parents and our Grade 10 students make in collaboration with our counselors have significant implications on college admissions and future career plans, and so close communication between home and school on this matter is vital. Please make every effort to attend this information session.

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

HS News

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Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016

High School Principal, David Redmond

Dear Parents, Below please find important information on current and upcoming events in the High School.

ISSAAA Track and Field

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week we welcome student-athletes from seven schools in Addis Ababa to join us in Track and Field Competitions. Whether you are a fan of running, the field, or throwing events, please come and join us. Our High School Booster Club will be offering lots of great food, there will be a chance to watch exciting races and competitions, and of course we invite you to cheer for ICS as we take on our rivals. Go Eagles!

Parenting in the Digital Age

Wednesday morning, Alicia Brown (grade 9-10 counselor) and John Iglar (educational technology director) gave a presentation to parents about “Parenting in the Digital Age.” We looked at various social media in use by students, some issues affecting students regarding the use of the internet and social media, and explored some scenarios and shared some resources. There were good discussions amongst parents and sharing of issues and different strategies parents take. It was a productive and valuable informal coffee morning.

See the presentation here, with some links to resources for parents to help work your way through the issues of parenting in this digital age.

IBDP Presentation for Grade 10 Parents

The coming weeks offer important steps in academic counseling for our high school students as we review results from the Progress Reports and help students to review their goals. We will also begin the long process of course selection for all Grade 10 students. We will offer an introductory session for all grade ten parents on Tuesday, 29 November. This meeting focuses on course selection for Grade 11 and 12 courses and for all IBDP courses. Our counselors, IBDP Coordinator, students, Heads of Department, and CAS Coordinator will all be present to discuss the many diverse aspects of our program. Parents are a vital part of the decision-making process and are well advised to attend. As choices for students widen and university applications become more and more complex, it is absolutely necessary for all of us to remain well informed and connected. The choices that parents and our Grade 10 students make in collaboration with our counselors have significant implications on college admissions and future career plans, and so close communication between home and school on this matter is vital. Please make every effort to attend this information session.

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

HS News

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Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 3, 2016

David Redmond, High School Principal

Dear Parents, Below please find important information on current and upcoming events in the High School.

ISSEA Track and Field and Volleyball

Over fifty ICS athletes, coaches, and officials participated in the recent ISSEA Festivals in Johannesburg and Kampala last week. The competition was demanding and the results were hard-won. All of our players represented the ICS community in the polite, respectful manner that has become one of the hallmarks of these events and certainly something that ICS has become well known for these past years. Students had the opportunity to make new friends, set new records, and discover more about their own potential as they went beyond their comfort zones in these challenging events. We should all be proud of our ISSEA student-athletes, so when you see one wearing his or her red hoody, please give them a high-five!

IBDP Presentation for Grade 10 Parents

The coming weeks offer important steps in academic counseling for our high school students as we review results from the Progress Reports and help students to review their goals. We will also begin the long process of course selection for all Grade 10 students. We will offer an introductory session for all grade ten parents on Tuesday, November 29. This meeting focuses on course selection for Grade 11 and 12 courses and for all IBDP courses. Our counselors, IBDP Coordinator, students, Heads of Department, and CAS Coordinator will all be present to discuss the many diverse aspects of our program. Parents are a vital part of the decision-making process and are well advised to attend. As choices for students widen and university applications become more and more complex, it is absolutely necessary for all of us to remain well informed and connected. The choices that parents and our Grade 10 students make in collaboration with our counselors have significant implications on college admissions and future career plans, and so close communication between home and school on this matter is vital. Please make every effort to attend this information session.

CIS College Fair

On Wednesday Nov. 2, we were fortunate to have a number of College Representatives visiting us from various universities abroad. Representatives from more than 20 universities and colleges on campus visited our campus, providing an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet face-to-face with them. Our counseling department has sent out further information on this event. This is an important piece in preparing for college, and we thank those parents who were able to attend.

High School Photos

It’s that time of year. We are taking Yearbook photos this week and next week, so please be prepared to have your children wear their best clothes for the occasion. Grades 9, 11, and 12 photos finished this week. Grade 10 photos will be taken on November 9. Students are asked to be dressed respectably and to be well groomed. The photos will be used in the Yearbook and on school ID cards. Students will have the schedule in advance.

Parenting in the Digital Age – Wednesday, November 9 from 8:15-9:15 (Upper Commons)

On Wednesday, November 9 from 8:15-9:15 am John Iglar and Alicia Brown are hosting a High School Parent Technology Coffee for parents of students in grades 9-12. This is an opportunity for parents to:

  • Learn about the most frequently used social media applications by HS students
  • Talk with other parents about parenting in the digital age on topics including:
    • Social media use
    • Study habits
    • Managing technology in the home
  • Gain information about best practices regarding parenting in the digital age from Common Sense Media and other sources.

We invite you to join this important conversation about parenting in the digital age.

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

High School Counselors

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a wonderful fall break and have been able to spend some time together as a family. November will be a busy month in the high school! We kicked off yesterday with the PSAT and the CIS University Fair on Wednesday, November 2. We encourage you to ask your students about what they learned during the special sessions with the university representatives as well as the university fair.

We will also be revisiting a very important topic, Digital Citizenship with students in grades 9 and 10.  We are offering an opportunity for all high school parents to engage with this topic as well. Please join us for “Parenting in the Digital Age” on Wednesday, November 9, details below.  We encourage you to talk with your students at home about the importance of digital citizenship.  Common Sense media provides some great talking points that can be found by clicking here.

Season 2 sports and after school activities begin November 14 and 21 respectively. Please encourage your students to get involved! We are always happy to meet with you and your students, please just stop by! We appreciate your continued support of your students at home.

Warm regards,

Jim and Alicia

Middle and High School News

Dear Middle and High School Families,

There is a unique opportunity for your son/daughter to participate in a ski/snowboarding camp during the March week-long holiday (11-19 March 2017) in the Swiss Alps. Viamonde is an internationally known company that provides excellent ski/snowboarding instruction as well as evening fun activities. 

ICS Addis activities office helps organize this package which includes:

  • Airfare (to Geneva, Switzerland return)
  • all transportation to and from airports
  • all meals and snacks (fabulous Swiss food!)
  • equipment and ski-clothing rental
  • medical insurance
  • six full days of fantastic ski/snowboarding instruction
  • evening ‘off the mountain’ activities
  • dedicated, experienced and committed Viamonde camp counselors 

Dawn Ashby and Alex Lancia, both experienced teachers and trip leaders at ICS, will be chaperoning the trip from ICS to Switzerland, throughout the week, and back to ICS.

Please note, Viamonde requires a minimum number of participants at each instructional level (ski or snowboarding) in order to offer their camps. 

If you are interested or would like more information, please click here to complete the Ski/Snowboarding Camp Google Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The deadline to register your interest is 16 December.

 

Sincerely,

Dawn Ashby and Alex Lancia

Ski Trip Chaperones (March 2017)

High School News

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

David Redmond, High School Principal

 

Dear Parents, Below please find important information on current and upcoming events in the High School.

PSAT Tests

Next week Grade 10 and 11 students will be taking the PSAT tests. The tests are good indicators for students as they consider their future choices for universities. It also allows them to see their results as compared to students worldwide. It also gives them an idea of where they stand in terms of university requirements and should give them guidance on choosing an appropriate college. We will share the results as soon as they become available, later this semester.

High School Photos

It’s that time of year. We are taking Yearbook photos next week, so please be prepared to have your children wear their best clothes for the occasion. Grades 9, 11, and 12 photos will be taken on October 31 and November 1. Grade 10 photos will be taken on November 9. Students are asked to be dressed respectably and to be well groomed. The photos will be used in the Yearbook and on school ID cards. Students will have the schedule in advance.

Parenting in the Digital Age – Wednesday, November 9 from 8:15-9:15 (Upper Commons)

On Wednesday, November 9 from 8:15-9:15 am John Iglar and Alicia Brown are hosting a High School Parent Technology Coffee for parents of students in grades 9-12. This is an opportunity for parents to:

  • learn about the most frequently used social media applications by HS students
  • talk with other parents about parenting in the digital age on topics including:
    • social media use
    • study habits
    • managing technology in the home
  • gain information about best practices regarding parenting in the digital age from Common Sense Media and other sources.

We invite you to join this important conversation about parenting in the digital age.

High School Social Event

Our High School Student Council is sponsoring a social event on Friday October 28 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. There will be a “Haunted House”, music, and food will be served. If your children attend the event, please make sure that they are collected promptly at 10:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

Middle and High School News

Dear Middle and High School Families,

There is a unique opportunity for your son/daughter to participate in a ski/snowboarding camp during the March week-long holiday (11-19 March 2017) in the Swiss Alps. Viamonde is an internationally known company that provides excellent ski/snowboarding instruction as well as evening fun activities. 

ICS Addis activities office helps organize this package which includes:

  • Airfare (to Geneva, Switzerland return)
  • all transportation to and from airports
  • all meals and snacks (fabulous Swiss food!)
  • equipment and ski-clothing rental
  • medical insurance
  • six full days of fantastic ski/snowboarding instruction
  • evening ‘off the mountain’ activities
  • dedicated, experienced and committed Viamonde camp counselors 

Dawn Ashby and Alex Lancia, both experienced teachers and trip leaders at ICS, will be chaperoning the trip from ICS to Switzerland, throughout the week, and back to ICS.

Please note, Viamonde requires a minimum number of participants at each instructional level (ski or snowboarding) in order to offer their camps. 

If you are interested or would like more information, please click here to complete the Ski/Snowboarding Camp Google Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The deadline to register your interest is 16 December.

Sincerely,

Dawn Ashby and Alex Lancia

Ski Trip Chaperones (March 2017)

 

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