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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Celebration of the New Community Commons

Dear Parents/Guardian,

You are cordially invited to attend the ribbon cutting celebration to commemorate the completion of the new community commons by the upper field.

Date: Wednesday 2 November

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Place: Community Commons


Yearbook Photos

Yearbook photos will be taken next week. ES Students, please see the schedule in the ES section HERE.  MS/HS students – photos will be taken during advisory.


Internet Challenges

We are all aware of the challenges with internet connectivity and accessing a variety of social media and other websites during this State of Emergency. At ICS we are looking into solutions to ensure that our educational website partners, such as Pamoja and Naviance can be accessed by our teachers and students while on campus. We are working with Ethiopia Telecom, our lawyer and our tech team to find a solution.

Below are some answers to common questions:

Q: Why is the Ethiopian government blocking parts of the internet?

As part of the State of Emergency, they are trying to restrict the flow of illegal and potentially dangerous information. It is important to recognize that most countries around the world block internet sites, restrict or control the flow of data, and monitor people’s use of the internet.

Q: How can I follow the rules and still do what I want and need to do online?

We are working on some techniques to give people on the ICS network access to legitimate sites. We have discussed steps with ETC and we are working on internal measures we can take. At this point, we do not have a solution yet. Please be patient.

Q: Can I use a virtual private network (VPN) to get around these restrictions?

The information that we have from our school lawyer is that there are no laws against the use of VPNs. However, VPNs may be used to hide illegal activities. Therefore, you may be scrutinized more carefully and using a VPN could lead to suspicion about the people who use them.

Q: Are VPNs allowed on the ICS campus?

No. All students and teachers have agreed to follow “The ICS Way in Technology.” This includes the following statement:

Taking care of this place:

Respecting and helping to preserve the network: I will use the network properly and will not do things that might harm or damage the system, including attempting to bypass security or crack into systems or accounts.

Any use of VPNs to bypass our firewall or filters is a violation of this agreement.

Q: So, is using a VPN going to get me in trouble?

There are problems with multiple VPNs being used on a network, and we do not want them in use on the ICS network. If we learn that you are using a VPN, you will be asked to stop. But, like the government, we are more concerned about violations of another section of The ICS Way in Technology:

Taking care of others:

Being careful and respectful to others: I will not download or bring offensive, explicit or inappropriate material into school or share it with others.

Q: What about VPNs at home or in other places?

We cannot comment on your decision to use or not use a VPN at home or in other locations. However, we want parents to know that many of our middle and high school students are aware of VPNs. They are downloading and installing them on their phones, smart devices and laptops. You should be monitoring your child’s use of ALL smart devices, and you should discuss your expectations with your sons and daughters. Did you know that research tells us that adolescents with a smart phone will check their phone an average of SIX times every night, after going to bed?? One simple way to stop that behavior is to keep your child’s phone with you during the night!

Please note: ICS will not support your use of VPNs. We will not troubleshoot VPN issues.

We have seen people damage their computers by installing VPN software. Fixing a VPN-caused issue may involve uninstalling that software and/or erasing your hard drive. Our technology team cannot help you with those types of issues.

Thank you for your cooperation!


Middle School ASA Drama production of ‘all in the Stars’

Middle School ASA Drama production of ‘all in the Stars’ by Mark Billen - a tale of intrigue, mystery and good fortune suitable for all the family.

The show will take place on:

  • Thursday 10 November 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Small Outdoor Amphitheater
  • Friday 11 November 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Small Outdoor Amphitheater

Tickets available from cast and crew members. All proceeds go to communities in need working with ICS.


Reminder: Leaving ICS Addis in 2016-17?

If you know your family will be leaving ICS Addis before the end of the current school year, please notify us in writing. This will assist us in preparing for your departure. You may send an email to

Information on the withdrawal process is available HERE on our website.


First Aid Course for Parents 29 October, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

ICS has teamed up with the Nordic Medical Centre to offer First Aid training to ICS families. We have two training session scheduled for October –one in Amharic for household staff and one in English for parents.

Saturday 29 October will be first aid training for parents.  The comprehensive training is limited to 16 participants and takes 5 hours (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM with a coffee break). Course participants will be sent home with a First Aid certificate along with a small booklet detailing the First Aid topics covered in the session.

The First Aid training will be delivered by our critical care nurses Pippa and Aster, both are also qualified First Aid trainers.

Completing the training, participants will be able to administer first aid in the situations that necessitate:

  • CPR
  • The unconscious patient and recovery position
  • Foreign body in the throat
  • Acute cardiovascular disease (Myocardial infarction and stroke)
  • Wounds, bleeding

The course includes practical hands-on training and highlights circumstances unique to the Ethiopian context. 

WHEN: Saturday 29 October, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. 

WHERE: ICS, SEC Multi-Purpose Room

COURSE COST: 1,000 ETB per person (payable on the day). 

OTHER: Please make sure to wear comfortable clothing, as participants will be expected to participate in practical assessments. 

TO REGISTER: email Therese Mason