An invitation not to be refused!
On Tuesday 16th October, four special ISS students (Lola Green, Vanshika Parikh, Tyrell Servina, Estelle Bonnelame) and one delighted ISS teacher (Miss Sue Houghton, Head of Primary) were invited to attend a special opening ceremony where the guest of honour was none other than the President of Seychelles himself, Mr. Danny Faure.
Of course we all said ‘Yes, please’!
By 10am, all of the special guests had arrived at the Office of the Mayor of Victoria and we listened to the Secretary of State for Cabinet Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Afif, deliver a short address explaining the importance of the Gifts of State Exhibition and extending his congratulations to President Faure upon the anniversary of his second year in office.
The President and his entourage then left to tour the exhibit before returning to chat informally with other invited guests, making a special effort to meet the various groups of school students whom had been invited, including those from ISS. We were delighted to have the opportunity to share a few words with the President and discussed the challenges that finding just the right gift can pose; fortunately for the President he has skilled staff who can assist with this task.
Lola, Vanshika, Tyrell and Estelle all made a very positive impression with their polite manners and intelligent questions and certainly represented International School Seychelles to the very best of their ability.
It was a morning to remember – and although Miss Houghton felt that asking for a ‘selfie’ might not be appropriate, the President was very happy to pose with the students for a photograph!
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