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Thursday, February 2, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

The Big Show

High School students once again present a variety show known as “The Big Show” as a culminating event of High School Spirit Week (13-16 February 2017). This showcase of student talent is entirely produced by our High School Student Council (STUCO). It features acts from Middle School and High School student and is always a highlight of the school year. The Big Show raises funds for the Aleku Primary School Project, in Woliso, where we have been working for the past five years to enhance educational opportunities for local children. This year, the Big Show takes place on February 16 in the Amphitheatre. Tickets for this event are available from STUCO members and will be available at the door, so please pencil it in your calendars. I look forward to seeing you there!

Azmari Night

On February 2, please come out to our Azmari Night, an evening of Ethiopian music and poetry organized by our Scholarship Club). This annual event takes place at 6:00 PM, in the Upper Commons.


This week we have teams representing the school in Rugby at AISL, Zambia and in Basketball at IST, in Tanzania. Thank you to Mick Cooper, our Activities and Athletics Director, and to our coaches for leading our students in these exceptional extra-curricular activities. Games may be live-streamed from the host schools – stay tuned for emails from coaches regarding the details.

University Acceptances

Many of our senior students have been accepted to universities and colleges in various countries. Each Friday at our High School Assembly we honor these students by announcing their acceptances. The good news from seniors also serves to motivate and instruct students in Grades 9, 10, and 11 about the university application process. We look to our senior students as models for the younger students and we are very proud of their accomplishments. As students receive their offers, we post their names and the universities for the entire community to see. Please check out the notice board outside the gym to see the exciting prospects for ICS graduates as they take the next steps toward post-secondary education. Congratulations to all of our Grade 12 students.

ICS Internship Program

As part of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) program in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grade 11, we are offering the ICS Internship Program for the third year in a row. The ICS Internship Program provides students the opportunity to engage in meaningful non-academic learning experiences supervised by members of our community. This year, our Internship program takes place from 27-31 March 2017.

Internships, as such experiences are known, allow students to gain valuable real-world knowledge by extending their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Internships usually seek to place students with a mentor outside of school who volunteers to supervise and instruct the student as he or she carries out duties within a work environment, normally related to a profession or career of the student’s interest. Many high school and university programs are moving to create such internships or co-op programs, which are comprised of a combination of career education and time away from class in a professional working environment. Experiences such as these provide students with “life lessons” that simply cannot be learned in the classroom. It is our hope that, by participating in the ICS Internship Program, our students will learn in ways that they might not otherwise have access to. (In many countries, adolescents take on part-time jobs where workplace skills can be developed over time. However, for our youth, such lessons as these are difficult to come by, as most of our students are not legally entitled to work in Ethiopia). We very much believe in the value of experiential learning at ICS, and as with our Week Without Walls program, the addition of our Internship Program will extend and enhance our students’ education.

I am reaching out to the members of our community for your support in creating what will no doubt become a mainstay of an ICS High School education and a model of home and school collaboration. In order to make this project viable, we will need to create up to fifty weeklong internships for our students. We will certainly be able to find internships for some of our students here at ICS, but we rely largely on the support of the community to make this a success.           

How can you help? If you own or manage a business, you could take on one of our students to assist you with a particular project. If you manage a local or international charitable organization, you could engage some of our students to work with you on a volunteer basis. If you are employed locally, perhaps you could collaborate with us to create a learning opportunity for one of our students. Embassies, NGO’s, various organizations can all participate. The range of internships includes positions in sectors such as IT, service and hospitality, charity, education, trades, finance, health, development, or entrepreneurial endeavors. The possibilities are limitless!

So please join us in this exciting new adventure in learning. Full details of the ICS Internship Program Guidelines and our online mentor application form can be found on our website, here. For further information or questions, please contact David Redmond, ICS High School Principal, or Ms. Siham Omar, ICS CAS Coordinator. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to working with you!

Upcoming events in the High School

  • 2 February Azmari Night, (Ethiopian music and poetry organized by our Scholarship Club) 6:00 pm, Upper Commons
  • 1-5 February 1ISSEA Rugby at AISL, Zambia; ISSEA Basketball at IST, Tanzania
  • 10 February No classes or assessments for Pamoja online learning students
  • 11 February Pamoja Mock Exams
  • 11 February ICS Walk and Run
  • 13-16 February HS Spirit Week
  • 15 February Grade 11 College Night
  • 16 February The Big Show

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.