The War against Plastic continues….

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Teachers, students and ex students joined MCSS to clean up Grande Police. In 2017 wreckage from a stricken fishing vessel washed up on Police Bay. This included a large amount of plastic debris from the boat structure and a massive haul of this was gathered last year. Unfortunately, this type of pollution occurs regularly on this the most southerly beach on Mahe and this week the team picked up the smaller plastic debris on this important site for green and hawksbill turtle nestings. This is a regular monitoring beach for MCSS. An excellent environmental clean up up has now improved things for the time being!

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Global Vision International and ISS

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Global Vision International is a marine conservation volunteer programme in Seychelles. Volunteers gain experience on coral reef restoration and recovery as well as other marine projects. ISS students from the primary section of ISS work with volunteers and GVI coordinators for a period of 5-6 weeks. Marine topics are linked to the science curriculum in school. This half term 6E has been learning about the classification of living things mostly working from Port Launay bay with one excursion to the GVI base at Cap Ternay. Students learned a lot about the beach environments that they visited and extended their knowledge in these amazing outdoor classrooms. The excursions included a walk on the mangrove boardwalk and an introduction to the 7 mangrove species at Ephelia hotel and in the Port Launay Ramsar site. Highlights were a climb up to the Port Glaud waterfall where the students encountered a very startled tenrec, a walk along the road to identify plant species and their habitats in the coastal zone and a snorkelling lesson to experience first hand the coral reef and fish at Port Launay. Students were excited to study beach habitats and the flora and fauna on the beach crest and would like to extend their thanks to GVI for their continued input, enthusiasm and knowledge. Outdoor education is an important part of our curriculum and the children gain new skills and experiences from their weekly encounters.

These are some comments from Year 6E pupils about their experiences

Amaya said …….. I enjoy GVI all the time actually! This week was also amazing seeing the mangroves in the Ephelia hotel. The Mangroves were beautiful!

Samaira said ….. I love going to GVI learning about mangroves. We also went to the Port Launay waterfall. It’s very exciting and fun we also learn many things that are worth knowing.

Ashvin said…. I enjoyed learning about the mangrove – it was wonderful. Also when we were going to the waterfall I saw a hedgehog.

Karine said….I enjoyed learning about the animal kingdom. My favourite fact is when amphibians are first born they breathe through gills then develop lungs.

Terron said….. I loved the waterfall, it’s so interesting and fun. I love GVI

Conray said… I really enjoyed doing GVI lessons . I liked the trip to the waterfall and learning about mangroves. I learned that a mangrove acts like a filter and cleans the water.

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An invitation not to be refused!

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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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