‘Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.’ – Erol Ozan (Author and Dancer)

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The Arterial Network Seychelles invited senior Performing Arts students, specialising in dance, from ISS to perform at the private view and cocktail event for the opening of the exhibition for internationally renowned artist, Gabriele Schnitzenbaumer, at Eden Art Space Gallery, on Tuesday 19th February. Gabriele is a German painter and sculptor who works between Munich, New York and Seychelles.

Darnell Lozaique who studies Performing Arts in Year 12 at ISS performed with Steffie-Ann Monthy, a dancer in year 11, alongside dancer Deje Laure from SIT. The students have been in rehearsal with Ms Georgie Nicholls, Head of Performing Arts, studying the seminal dance work; ‘Cafe Muller’ by German dance practitioner Pina Bausch, to present to the artist at the opening.

The students worked in an extremley professional manner during the rehearsals and during the performance they danced with commendable energy and commitment. Congratulated by many local and internatioanlly renowned artists and guests through out the evening for their outstanding and moving performance and contribution to the Performing Arts in Seychelles.

Ms Georgie introduced the dance work explaining that the dance routine was created in 1985, and perfectly blends the abstracted and expressive qualities of dance with the realistic and truth-based familiarity of theatre. There are many nuanced and implicit similarities in the expression of performing arts in general but particularly within dance, and the breath-taking art work being exhibited at the gallery for Gabriele Schnitzenbaumer.

Congratulations once again to our talented students.

 

 

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Year 5 R and GVI

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Year 5R took part in an Outdoor Environmental Education programme along with the GVI (Global Vision International) who are based at Cap Ternay. The volunteers in the project helped us to learn something about deep sea fishes. As part of our half termly work the group heard about the importance of the Ramsar wetlands at Port Launay – identifying mangrove species on the wetland boardwalk. This adventure ended up at the waterfall where the children saw crayfish and a magnificent waterfall crashing onto the rocks. Ephelia also assisted us as usual and as part of the course work the students were able to spot the 7 species of mangrove and take part in some mangrove planting in the Ephelia resort nursery. As part of their science curriculum the students took a walk to identify local and invasive plant species. They identified and collected many plant species and seeds on the beach and discussed their finds with the class. During our final session with GVI the students got a chance to explore the reef at Port Launay and many were amazed at the fish and coral that they saw there – Keegan Vogt was able to identify many of the fishes that we saw! Thanks to GVI for supporting us again this term.

 

 

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Year 3V and 3J Visit Beau Vallon Beach

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Year 3 students visited Beau Vallon Beach to carry out some studies for Geography. This was part of their curriculum work looking at human and physical features of the landscape as well as observing the different rocks in the area. The students worked in groups looking for living and non living things and learnt to observe and record their results. The class were then asked to observe human impact on the local environment both good and bad and in the area studied we saw a lot of evidence of climate and sea level changes . This part of Beau Vallon beach had very little litter but everywhere there was evidence of humans. It was clear though that this beautiful beach was being protected by humans and is still a valuable tourist attraction.

 

 

 

 

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Year One students at Nature Seychelles Sanctuary

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Year 1 students had a chance to do some outdoor scientific explorations at the Roche Caiman Nature Seychelles Sanctuary. Here they were involved bug hunting, dragonfly catching, bird watching and pond dipping. Students were taught how to use binoculars and spotted grey heron, turnstones, grey plover and green heron in the mangrove there. All the students were able to participate in some pond dipping and here at the Sanctuary they spotted killi fish and tilapia lurking in the shallows. The bug hunting was also a popular activity and the students looked in log piles and under stones to find the minibeasts lurking there.
 

 

 

 

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