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Activities and Athletics News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper

Athletics

Two first places, two runners up places and a 3rd place banner were all contested for and won in a 3 day feast of ISSAAA finals this last week here and away. Congratulations to all players, coaches and parents for finishing the season on such a high note. The volleyball, soccer, tennis and golf teams will all celebrate their efforts next Wednesday, 24 May at Season 3 and 2017 year end sports night.

All players have received a hard copy invite for themselves and immediate family members from their coaches and please bring a food dish to share as we celebrate the season just passed and find out who the athletes of the year are. We shall also have an opportunity to say goodbye to some of our coaches and student athletes and this is always a nice evening.

U12 Girls basketball will have their final local league festival this Saturday at ICS while the boys will travel to Sandford to conclude their season also please check the board outside the gym for up to date schedules or departure times. There will be basketball practice next week in line with the ASA season.

Activities

Next week is the final week of activities in season 3 and wraps up the school year in ASA also. We hope your kids have enjoyed their time in ASA pursuits this season and throughout the year. Planning is already underway for next year. Season 1 ASA in the new school year will begin September 4th.

Have a great week

 

Activities and Athletics News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Athletics and Activities Director, Mick Cooper

Athletics

A big week of play offs this week has already seen our U16 Girls soccer team, seeded 4th, take down the Number 1 Team Italian school on a penalty shoot-out Tuesday. This game had absolutely everything and it was a credit to the league, the refs and to the two schools the manner of how this was played and how the joy and pain of shoot outs was dealt with. It was an emotional spectacle but if you missed it, we have more semi-finals and finals coming up in the next week. Please come out, enjoy live sport and cheer on our student athletes in this Season 3 conclusion.

Thursday

U14 Girls (seeded 4) Volleyball Semi Final vs Greek School (seeded 1) in the main gym. Bring your spirit and noise to be the 7th player out there!

U14 Boys (seeded 2) Volleyball @ Sandford (seeded 3)

Friday

U19 Boys Soccer playing for the 3rd place banner vs Andinet 4.00

Saturday

U19 Girls Soccer playing Bingham in the ISSAAA final-KO 09.00am

U16 Girls Soccer playing Bingham in the ISSAAA final @ Bingham-KO 11.30am

Monday

U14 Girls and Boys Volleyball Finals-Venues and Opposition to be announced

The U12 Girls Basketball event, that was scheduled to be here this Saturday, has been moved to Saturday May 20th at ICS.

Activities

Next week is number 8 of the 9 session Season 3 ASA program. 

Have a great week and we hope to see you on the courts or fields cheering on our school teams in these final exciting games that they are involved in.

 

Athletics and Activities News

Date Posted: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Athletics and Activities Director,  Mick Cooper

Athletics

The final games of the domestic league have taken place and so teams that have finished in the final 4 placings proceed to the play-offs.

Days and venues are still to be decided, so please check the white board outside the main gym for up to date news to these details. We have ICS teams competing for the banners in U19 Girls and Boys Soccer, U16 Girls soccer and U14 Girls and Boys Volleyball still.

As this is the last long weekend of the school year, there are no practices or games planned unless the head coach has notified parents specifically to this happening.

Activities

No ASA this Friday, due to the holiday, but coming up, will be a full week as we head into the final 3 weeks of Season 3 ASA.

Activities and Athletics News

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!

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