ISS Art Show 2019

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The 2nd annual ISS Art Show opened yesterday at the Eden Art Space Gallery, Eden Island showcasing the artistic talent of students from Reception through Primary, Secondary, to IGCSE and A Level. The gallery run by the Arterial Network Seychelles an NGO for local artists, once again hosted the event and the show started with a number of speeches by Mr Martin Kennedy Chairman of Arterial Network, Ms. Madeline Woolfenden Head of Secondary, Mr Frederick Ajode Head of KS2/KS3 Art and Design and Mr Pitman Head of KS4/KS5 Art and Design.
The student work on display includes examples of how pupils have worked in different mediums from painting, drawing, mixed media, etc on range of topics and themes.
Once again thank you to Michella Marzocchi the Gallery Manager for assistance and Michelle Griffith’s, Operations Manager at Arterial for promotion and Martin Kennedy for allowing us to hold the event. Thank you also to the support from the school and staff, from Mr Prince and Board of Governors for funding the drinks and nibbles, transportation of boards and posters by Mr Glenny Stravens and anyone other staff who was involved. Also thank you to Mrs Angie Geehan and Mrs Nicole Chionni from PTA for setting up the food and drinks. Finally a thanks to Mr Ajode and myself (pat on the back) for setting it up.
It takes a lot of work to organise an event, so if you haven’t seen the work, please take the opportunity to see the show and support the students. The show is open to Friday 29th March.

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World Wildlife Week

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A number of speakers came in to talk to the primary children during the
week. We were lucky to have a visiting vet addressed the Wildlife club
about caring for their pets. Alice Hurn from the UK also spoke to a group
of 5th formers about how she became and vet and what prospects and
expectations they would have if they entered this profession.
Later that week Ben Taylor came to speak to Primary children about
Endangered animals in the Seychelles. 784 species in Seychelles are on the
ICUN red list and of these 190 are considered to be threatened species! We
hope that by educating the children about their environment we can help to
conserve these precious animals, plants and birds
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Turtle Monitoring at NE point beach

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The Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change invited ISS students to participate in a new initiative to assist the Biodiversity section in turtle monitoring. The students were involved in the hawksbill turtle laying season from October to March and were given the NE point beach to monitor. Students from Year 8 from the Secondary Science classes and members of the Primary Wildlife club took part in this exercise which meant visiting the beach once a week during these months and looking for turtle tracks or evidence of turtle activity. The students and their teachers Ms Belle and Ms Sue took their task seriously and this week have given in the data to the Biodiversity Conservation Section of the Ministry. We unfortunately saw no signs of turtle emergence or nesting during this period. Of course with climate change and global warming the tracks would of course be washed away daily on this particular beach. The last sighting of a nesting turtle here was 2 years ago. The ministry came to talk to the students about turtles in the Seychelles and the students selected enjoyed their beach studies even if they didn’t see turtles they did see many wading birds, rays and puffer fish in the shallows along the coastline. Next year we hope to patrol another beach with more turtle activity. Many thanks to the ministry for initiating this project and to the students who participated so enthusiastically.

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An exciting scheme to engage students in STEM subjects begins this week.

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Science Technology Engineering and Maths make up subjects that are the cornerstone of building a modern society. The future prosperity of a nation could depend on the ability of its young people to adapt, embrace and develop new technology. At International School we are serious about ensuring that our students are well educated and prepared for the technical advancements of the future. Indeed, we are preparing our students to take up jobs in the future that do even exist yet.

 

 

Mr David Scales gives the welcoming address at the opening ceremony on Wednesday.
 

 

 

 

Year 10 students engaged in Modern Application Development. The session being taught by Mr Manfred Laporte.

 

 

 

NISTI CEO Mr Xavier Estico delivers the opening speech.

 

 

 

 

The program being launched today, by the National Institute for Science Technology and Innovation is a wonderful opportunity to further compliment the work being done at ISS. Everyone involved is very excited and looking forward to the sessions which are starting this week.

Over the next 9 weeks sessions will be delivered on the following topics:

  • Modern Application Development
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Frontier Technologies
  • Global Information Systems
  • Robotics
  • Space Science Technology
  • Airspace Management
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