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INTERSCHOOL CHOIR FESTIVAL 2019

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AN EXPLOSION OF MELODIC VOICES, AFRICAN BEATS AND CLASSICAL ATHEMS

It was once again another educating and entertaining explosion of melodic voices, African beats and classical Anthems as ISS hosted a spectacular and successful third Inter-Organizations/schools Choir Festival on the 9th March at ICCS. The festival was the school’s third initiative which aims at bringing all the Seychelles’ communities musicians of all ages together to promote choral and music education in the country.
Speaking during the opening of the show was the Hon. Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Jeanne Simon, who was accompanied by several heads of schools including Mr. Marc Arissol, Head of Mont Fleuri Secondary School, and Bernadette Maria of Perseverance Primary School. Also present were Laura Valabhji, Chairperson of the ISS Board of Governors, along with Mr. John Prince, Principal, Terrence Francois, Vice Principal, Madeline Woolfenden, Head of Secondary, and Susan Houghton, Head of Primary.
The Honorable Minister highlighted the importance of music in our lives and reminded the audience about its therapeutic benefit and how it can improve our general wellbeing, physical and mental as well as help lower stress levels. She then thanked all choirs and their leaders before inviting everyone to enjoy the show.
This year’s theme “We are the World” was a chosen as a hope-giving theme which seeks to remind everyone that if we all work together as one, we can rise above all challenges, and help give children a better future.
On the same evening, ISS donated musical instruments to Perseverance Primary School music department. Mrs. Valabhji further informed the audience that this gesture of giving is one that keeps the culture of music going, adding that it is a pleasure for ISS to be able to share the joy of music with other schools.
Mr. John Chitambo (Head of Music Department) founder and organizer of the event, added that ISS Music Department is trying to promote music education in every public school and that with this Choir Festival, we hope to bring all children from different schools together. The donation is just the beginning of the Music Department’s ultimate vision for Seychelles’ youths.
The festival which was covered by the SBC national television and the Nation newspaper, was made possible by the participation of a number of choirs including Perseverance Primary School, Anse Etoile Primary School, Mont Fleuri Secondary School, Independent School, National Choir of Seychelles and our guest choir, The Mahe Chamber Choir. Not forgetting our guest Master of Ceremony Mr. Phil Brown who did an outstanding job to ensure the program went on smoothly.
Mr. Chitambo would like to thank all choirs, schools, Ministry of Education, SBC, Nation newspaper, children and their parents for making this event a success.
Looking forward to the 2020 episode and hoping to see even more choirs joining in.

 

 

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Clean up with the Hilton Doubletree and Anse Forbans Community group

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Students, parents and teachers from ISS joined a large team of helpers cleaning up Anse Forbans Beach. Sponsored by the Hilton Double tree the group set off to collect a huge range of plastics glass and other waste materials washed up on the beach as well as rubbish left by careless beach partiers. They found more than 40 kg but happily this amount was a lot less than the amount collected in the clean up a year ago. The Anse Forbans community group were thrilled with the turn out which included ISS, local schools, Mason’s Travel and Hilton.

 

 

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Wildlife Club and Eco club fundraising activities

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Congratulations to the Primary Wildlife club for their efforts this week with the Bring and buy sale which raised 3500 SR for the School Garden developments Recycling their own toys, books and games and selling them to their friends made this a fun afternoon. We will use the money raised to buy equipment for the garden, seeds for our vegetable garden and to continue our good work with the mangrove nursery..
This event was closely followed by the Secondary Eco club’s Bake sale, Raffle, Slushi drinks and Pin the sun on the sunflower activities. All the students from the Eco club took part in this venture and the amount raised was 6000SR which is to be donated to the SSPCA to continue their good work with the dogs new outdoor exercise area
Congratulations to all the contributors of these successful events whether they were donors or buyers.

 

 

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A ride to Aride!

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Year 6 students on their 3 day residential trip to Praslin took the opportunity to visit nearby Aride Island. Aride is the most northerly of the granitic islands and home to over a million birds making it the most important site in the Indian Ocean for sea bird breeding.
When the students on the Catalina spotted the first sooty terns and frigate birds in the clear blue skies they knew that they were approaching the island. Excitedly the students scanned the skies and seas and were lucky enough to spot dolphins one swimming close to the boat in the clear turquoise water.
On arrival the students were met by warden Mr. Samedi Uzice and the ICS(Island Conservation Society) staff and volunteers and they were all needed as the dinghy from Aride island transferred the visitors at top speed on to the beach. An incredible ride followed by an introduction to the island by the warden and an amazing hike up the rocky path to the clifftop viewpoint 300 feet above the northern shores of the island, where frigate birds, tropic birds, sooty terns, noddies and bridled terns whirled and swooped. On the tour the pupils were introduced to the white tern and tropic bird chicks as well as meeting three of the endangered landbird species , the Seychelles warbler, the Seychelles Magpie robin and the Seychelles fody.
We reluctantly left the island to have a splendid BBQ on board the catamaran. ‘Why do we have to leave such a beautiful place’ said Yan-luc as we circumnavigated Aride on our way back to Praslin. A wonderful day out!

 

 

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