Happy New Year!

A warm welcome back from winter break. Did you know January is named after Janus, the ancient Roman god of doors and archways, symbolizing beginnings and transitions? He is usually depicted with two heads facing opposite directions - one head gazing at the past and the other at the future.

Snowflakes are falling, the school bell is calling, as we welcome back pupils and staff members on campus. We hope everyone enjoyed a jolly and restful winter break. To maintain a healthy school environment and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented several precautionary measures and remind youngsters returning to school to wear a mask and wash their hands frequently. 

Kicking off 2022 are a number of interesting and visionary programmes and events, including an upcycling project coordinated by our Round Square Action Group. This eco-conscious endeavour comes on the heels of a Primary School exercise concerning the outcomes of the COP 26 - Glasgow Climate Change Conference. Stay tuned for additional details.

Language Acquisition Competition titled “The Multilingual ICS Community” is open to Secondary School students studying Language Acquisition French, Spanish or German, as well as for those wanting to express their mother tongue through art. The students are invited to design and submit entries about their learning experience at ICS in either French, Spanish or German. Prizes will be awarded in several meme design and art categories, as well as in a category for art in the language of study or their mother tongue. For more information, ICS parents, please see here

January is just the beginning for a busy Musical Arts season at ICS with, for example, the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) Solo and Ensemble Festival. Bringing students together worldwide, albeit once again in a virtual setting; vocalists, as well as string, woodwind or brass instrument performers will be showcasing their talents via digital submissions. 

The 5th Annual Knitathon to benefit the Sparkle Malawi Foundation, will take place on 21 January 2022. This is another Round Square linked activity where the creative efforts of our Grade 11 students contribute to a worthy cause. Performances from the recent Sparkle Telethon 2 can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G3NZR10Gyo . Donations are still being accepted on the platform here.

The ever-popular Winter Sports season is well upon us, and our Athletics department and team members are participating as much as is feasible. ICS is committed to these activities as well as in-person learning and are closely following the guidance of the FOPH. 

Here’s to a Happy & Healthy 2022.

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