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Athletics and Activities News

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.