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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Year One Museum trip

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Year One students visited the recently opened National History Museum in Victoria. Miss Mary and Miss Louises classes have been studying local history and were able to observe and discuss displays in the museum which told the story of Seychelles. The students were fascinated by all the exhibits and spent time drawing the large model sailing ship ‘La Minerve’. Museum staff Karl and Natalie led the groups around the museum and answered the many questions that the inquisitive children asked. The pupils learnt a lot about life in the past in Seychelles and were fascinated by the Portugese canons and pistols and loved the pictures and artefacts which showed how people used to live. Many thanks to the Museum for welcoming our enthusiastic young learners.

 

 

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