Cairo English School Newsletter

May 4, 2017 | Issue 12


Headmaster News
Welcome From Our Headmaster

Welcome to the first newsletter of Term 3. It has been a busy start at CES to the term. Older students have now embarked on externally set examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), A Levels and IGCSE's. I am sure that you will join me in wishing them all the best for these important externally set and marked examinations.

The term has had two holidays already, but now we are very much into the term and I have been emphasising the importance of this term to those not sitting external examinations. There is still an expectation and requirement that there is full attendance and a real focus on internal assessments, which assist in determining the final grades for the academic year.

From our 'bucket of values' the first part of this term is focusing on excellence. Excellence can be seen and it is hoped achieved with the external examinations, as they are very important in determining next steps with regards choices in Year 11 or Universities and courses to be sat once left school. I hope we will have students that match the achievements of last year where four of our students were identified as 'Best in Egypt' if not sometimes one of the best in the world. That is academic excellence of the highest order.

Excellence is also identified with the efforts, commitment and dedication shown by Mr.Stuart Reed in not only running the London Marathon but excelling.

Excellence was also truly demonstrated on Friday 28th April with the CES PTSA Carnival. The PTSA Committee planned and organised a truly outstanding event. The Committee are dedicated and committed parents that have now created not only a very enjoyable day but also one that is functioning very efficiently and slickly run. Through their commitment and assistance from other parents, students and staff a great day was achieved that raised 315,000LE for PTSA nominated charities. I would like to thank the PTSA Committee and they can be so proud of their achievements.

Excellence, I believe, is achieving the very best that you can do. By definition an A* grade is for a small % that sit an exam but if you know that you have done your best and achieved the best outcome you could whatever the grade then that is excellence. If you know that you could have done more, put more effort in and be more committed than you have not achieved excellence! I wish all students sitting or working towards examinations and assessments this term the very best. Excellence can be achieved, as there is usually 'more in you than you think'!

Upcoming Events
Sunday - May 7, 2017
Monday - May 8, 2017
Tuesday - May 9, 2017
Wednesday - May 10, 2017
Thursday - May 11, 2017
Sunday - May 14, 2017
Monday - May 15, 2017
Tuesday - May 16, 2017
Wednesday - May 17, 2017
Thursday - May 18, 2017
Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals

FS1 are currently working on their Animal topic and last week the theme was Pets. Their learning during this time, focused on the trait of responsibility. The teachers and children shared pictures and stories of their pets and discussed the ways in which they are responsible for them and how they care for them. This theme was further emphasised and explored during the children's role-play in their class veterinary clinics.

We were very fortunate to have the team from ESMA (Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals) come and speak to the children. They also discussed the children's pets and how they are cared for, as well as introducing them to some of the less fortunate animals, which ESMA look after. The children thoroughly enjoyed their first-hand experience of getting to know the animals and understanding the cause that they were supporting. There were many questions generated by these discussions, which also gave the children plenty of exciting things to talk about and discuss later in class.

After all this excitement, FS1 and FS2 began their sponsored animal walk, where they jumped, slithered, roared and stomped around the school track. Thank you to all the parents that joined in the fun with so much enthusiasm!

The children are proud to raise money for ESMA and will be donating this money next week.

Here are a few pictures from our recently held Spirit Week showing lots of 'twins' and a sleepy bunch of pyjama clad FS1's

Have a wonderful weekend from the Early Years Team!

Welcome from Our Head of Primary

And so Term 3 has begun and it's shaping up to be as busy as the 2 terms preceding it.

Thank you to so many of you for supporting the School Carnival last Friday, I am sure you will agree it was a truly enjoyable day. It was lovely to see so many parents, teachers and children taking part in the games and activities raising money for charity.

I know that many of you now are focussed on the end of the year and our final assessments being held on the 21st May, however this does not mean that school has finished and teaching ends. Oh No! Lessons will continue until the final week of term, there is so much learning still to be done.

Parents often ask me how they can help their children prepare for the assessments and in truth, there are many ways you can help, the most important one of all is for you to stay calm. If adults become stressed, over assessments, this puts a great amount of pressure upon the children and none of us work to our true potential under pressure.

Please trust that the teachers are preparing the children for the assessments by ensuring that the curriculum is covered and the children are confident in what they are learning. The end of year report levels will be based on the assessments as well as teacher assessment of the children's work this term.

Please ensure your child is in school on time all day every day and they are well rested. We will do the rest!

An assessment timetable will be given to you nearer the time.

Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals

Over the course of Term 2, CES children have been collecting donations from a range of charity events including Bake Sales and Movie Night. It was decided, by School Council, that the money raised would be donated to the ESMA organisation.

This sanctuary have been working tirelessly since 2007 to protect and rescue injured cats and dogs who have been mistreated or are in immediate danger. As well as house these animals, they are also involved in the welfare of donkeys and horses; animals in Cairo Zoo; and pet shops.

Year 6 made a donation to ESMA dog and cat sanctuary, when they went to visit to see for themselves how much our money is needed.

Ms Christina Webb met the group on arrival and showed them around the sanctuary, while the dogs lapped up all the attention they could. The animals were obviously very happy and well cared for, with staff on hand all day to clean, feed, walk, treat injuries and play with them.

We look forward to working further with the charity in the future. Helen Osman


The students of Year 3E have been learning about deforestation and different ways to save the environment. These were in cooperated in their science, topic and Literacy lessons (The Lorax). The children put on an assembly by performing a short sketch where they were able to show case the link between Literacy and Science by retelling the story of The Lorax. They even shared some interesting facts about deforestation and performed a wonderful song by Michael Jackson to reinforce the audience to save our dying earth.

3F was very dedicated to stories with a moral in Term 2. Students became very good at identifying stories that have a moral and writing their own stories to teach the reader an important lesson. Through a writing competition and a class vote we chose to present the important lesson of teaching others the way you want to be treated. With a student written script, 3F delivered their own thoughtful story with a moral and a wonderful song about always being kind to others.

Spirit week was great fun for staff and children alike. It was an opportunity for the houses to compete to earn the most house points for taking part in the different dress up days as well as trying to raise the most amount of money.
Cleopatra won both competitions earning the most House points for dressing up and raising the most amount of money. Followed by Tut in the dress up completion and Khufu in the most amount of money raised competition.


7th May Years 2 and 3 Art Exhibition
7th 8th & 10th May Year 6 Ministry Exams
14th May Year 4, 5 and 6 Art Exhbition
14-18th Year 2, 3, 4, & 5 Ministry Exams
21st May Assessment Week
31st May Year 5 Show

'Catch me if you can...'

Mr Reed is definitely not somebody you would would want to run away from. He would catch you!

Mr Reed is a great runner and anyone watching him doing his laps around the CES track can't help but watch and be struck by the fact that he runs laps faster than most of us would do the 100m.

This year, as always, Mr Reed took part in the London Marathon. This iconic event draws a massive amount of participants, from Olympic athletes to those running for charity. This year was no exception, with over 40,000 people running through the streets of London.

Incredibly, Mr Reed finished 76th overall. This is an outstanding performance. Added to this was his position in the 'Over 40's' category, in which he was placed 9th !

I hope that our students can take something from Mr Reed's achievement. Imagine how many hours he has spent training for this event on top of his full time commitments as a teacher at CES. I would also like to add, that Mr Reed ran the London Marathon on Sunday and was back in work in Cairo, on Monday morning.

What a performance!

Spirit Week

CES had their first 'Spirit Week' this week and was well supported by the school community from FS to Secondary and Staff!
It wasn't just a dress up time but involved bringing the school community together, adding a bit if colour to the week, raising funds for the Student Council commitments and especially celebrating being proud and supportive members of Cairo English School including the 4 Houses.

Over the 4 days we had, 'Sportswear' Day, 'Pajama Day, 'Twin' Day (which was perhaps the most successful and well supported - everyone wanted to be a twin, triplet, quad or more!) and Casual Day.

Well done Student Council for organising a fun week for all.

Celebration of Excellence and Service

The reason that I cherish this award ceremony is that potentially we could have the whole school in here receiving awards. These awards are not subject to any academic ability which does sometimes exclude students straight away - these awards are are very inclusive and it is wonderful to see so many of you here today.

I also believe that it is very important to acknowledge those students who do contribute to their community, whether that be in school or the wider area – These students give up something very important in this life - TIME. They give, they serve, they care.

In this day and age where life is so busy, and where we are on 24 / 7 call - where jobs are becoming fewer so the competition is becoming more fierce, more competitive and in many ways more cut throat; In this type of a world we are in danger of losing the very fabric of what makes our communities, - communities because we have no time for others.

We are thus in danger of losing our patience for those less able; we are in danger of disregarding and ignoring those who are less fortunate; and we are in danger of losing our sensitivity to care about anything or anyone which does not directly affect our own very protective spheres.

Therefore, the ceremony is about celebrating and valuing those who do give. The students here today have special talents – maybe that is in drama, technology, sports, music, art. They could just keep their talents to themselves but they don't - they share and they use their talents to help others and build mini communities as a result. They become part of a team and so commit and serve the needs of the team above their own needs. We have many students who share their ability to care, being involved in organizing charity events, visits to the orphanages, and give of their time to attend afterschool events – when quite often they would rather be doing something else. Again the needs of others supercede the needs to self.

We have students who have maintained a continuous positive approach to their learning and school. Yet again this contributes towards creating a positive learning environment – respecting their peers and their teachers. We have all been young and the temptation to do the wrong thing is huge and often more exciting - we must recognize, acknowledge and praise those who may well be targeted by peers, for continually doing the right thing.

Congratulations to every one of you who will come up on stage and be recognized. My message to you is to keep doing what you are doing. Academics are of course very important, but please remember that our communities – our school, our neigbourhood, our city, our country, and our world operates based upon its relationships with its people not with its grades. Thank you all for helping to cherish and nurture the CES Community.

Mrs Sharifi

Award for Excellence

Jana Ehab Abdel Aziz receives an award for Excellence in Performing Arts and Best Newcomer for Secondary's Production of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. Well done Jana!

Ramadan Bag 2017

With Ramadan just around the corner, CES would like to prepare for and spread the goodwill to those in need; the PTSA cherishes your generosity to help those less fortunate families in Upper Egypt. As you have been part of our success in the many charity events that the PTSA and school have done, your contribution could make a difference to a struggling family and nothing you could offer is too little.

All you have to do is:

Option 1: Contribute by sending any amount of money, and PTSA will cooperate with Misr El-Kheir Foundation to get valuable Ramadan cartons. The carton is for 200 LE instead of 270 LE. It weighs a total of 22.85kg.
The Carton contains: 18kg Rice - 8kg Macaroni -3Kg sugar -1kg Flour - 1Kg Beans -750 gm. Ghee - 250gm Tea - Tomato Paste - 400 gm Kidney Beans.
The PTSA is highly recommending Option 1, because it is cheaper, hence we can get more cartons to support more people. In addition to this, all families will get the same amount. You do not have to donate for a full carton; you are free to voluntarily contribute with any amount of money. Monetary contributions should be given in to the School Cashier for 'PTSA Ramadan Bag'.
These cartons will be delivered to Upper Egypt via Misr El-Kheir Foundation.

Option 2: you can send products from the above highlighted list if you wish. Tables will be set up in the Reception area to leave your contributions.
The deadline to receive your contribution in Ramadan bags is Wednesday 17th May, to enable distribution before the beginning of Ramadan.

Ramadan Kareem,


CES Carnival


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