Cairo English School Newsletter

January 31, 2019 | Issue 5


Headmaster News
welcome from Our Headmaster

Dear Parents,

2019 started in earnest with many of our students taking their mock exams and/or the ministry exams. On the whole our students were extremely well prepared, and although the process of marking the exams is still going on, we are seeing some very pleasing results. I am proud of the excellent attitude to learning that our students have been showing. These exams can have a significant impact on future directions, and they also provide us with a good indication of expectations for the summer exams, so they are important. Well done to all concerned, and let's hope the summer exams are as successful.

At the end of January our Under 13's BSME (British Schools of the Middle East) team went to Dubai Sports City to represent CES in a tournament of 21 other international schools from around the region. The whole team acquitted themselves very well, and came back with a good stock of medals and many stories to tell. It was a great event, and a wonderful opportunity for our children who were ambassadors for our school. I would like to offer special thanks to Mr Hussain, Mr Whitley and Ms Vieira for organising and supporting this trip. Visits like this are a lot of hard work for the teachers who make them happen, and their efforts are very much appreciated.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to remind you that Wednesday 13th February is the day of Parent-Teacher Conferences for Key Stage 2 and Secondary students. I very much hope you will take this opportunity to meet with teachers and to discuss your child's progress so far this year, which is especially important of course for those who will be taking formal exams this year. The partnership between teachers and parents is absolutely vital if we are to achieve the very best results that our children are capable of, and the PTC's are at the heart of this partnership, so please encourage your child to make appointments (Secondary) and do your very best to attend.


Steve Lewis


News from Foundation Stage & Key Stage;

Welcome back to all our families, we hope you have had a wonderful winter break and have enjoyed spending quality time together.

The children are busy working hard as we get settled into Term 2. This term will see a focused scaffolding of learning taking place; building on the ground work that Term 1 provided.

An Important Key to Your Child's Success...

Research shows that children with consistent school attendance learn more.

If pupils are to benefit fully from the many opportunities school offers them, then regular school attendance is vital. A pupil who is 10 minutes late every day will miss up to 30 hours of instruction during the school year - a significant academic loss.

Children who are late can never recover what is most important: the discussion, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive. While punctuality will promote learning, arriving late to school can also be very disruptive for the child, the teacher, and the other pupils who are paying attention to the teacher.

Our continuing assessments of children's progress in FS & KS1, has shown that children who are poor readers are usually those who are repeatedly late for school. This is because they are missing the daily phonics activities that consistently build on and consolidate their learning of the English letter sounds. A much-needed tool for early reading and writing success.

These sessions take place first thing in the morning after registration, when children are at their optimum, receptive learning levels. They form part of their daily routine.

Regular attendance at school enables pupils to keep up to date with the learning that is taking place. Developing positive attendance and timekeeping habits at a young age will serve your child well throughout life.

How Parents Can Improve a Child's School Attendance and Punctuality...

  • Avoid scheduling family trips or doctor appointments during school hours.
  • Make sure your child stays healthy by eating nutritious food and getting enough exercise.
  • Establish a regular bedtime to ensure that your child gets a good night's sleep, awakes rested the next morning and has enough time to prepare for school, bearing in mind the traffic.
  • Don't make excuses for why your child "must" miss or be late for school.
  • Lead by example. If children see parents taking time off work for no real reason, and coming late for scheduled appointments, they may expect to be able to do the same thing.

  • Research shows that attendance is the single most important factor in school success.

    Ultimately, our children will be best served when they . . .

  • Attend school regularly
  • Arrive to school on time
  • Are ready and prepared to learn
  • It is important that children are attending daily and are on time for the morning line-up, as these next few months are crucial to their academic development and progression. So please, let's keep absence down to a minimum and support your child to be part of morning anthem every day.

    Our Sporting Superstars...

    This week we would like to celebrate two Sporting Superstars who are in Year One....

    Hamza Yehia, Y1JR, for his amazing first place achievement from the Egyptian Tennis Association tournament for under 8's. Hamza is a superstar for not only his sporting ability but also for his constant positivity that he brings to CES every day. Well done Hamza!

    Next we have Malak Ismail Farid, Y1IM, for achieving her second silver medal in Gymnastics. This time she achieved the silver medal in the Girls under 7, for the Second Round of the Women's Artistic Gymnastics, Egyptian Federation Championship

    Such dedication!

    Many thanks from the FS & KS1 team!

    News from Our Head of Primary

    Dear Parents,

    Term 2 is well under way and the students and teachers are working very hard.


    The students in Year 5 performed their interpretation of Moana this week. The children have worked extremely hard outside of lessons at weekends and evenings to put on the show. The children were involved in all aspects of the show from singing, acting and dancing to creating props and scenery. They were assisted by Ms Holly, Ms Chow, Ms Elliott and Ms Heather and some Year 11 students.

    A wonderful show that was enjoyed by all!


    Please note the InCAS tests will take place throughout February. There is no revision necessary; this is an annual online assessment that monitors your child's progress throughout their schooling. You will receive the assessment results along with the end of term 2 report.

    Please ensure your child is in school for these assessments. They will need a small, inexpensive set of headphones (No Beats) such as those you get on an airplane or with a phone will be sufficient. They will be left in school and the teachers take no responsibility for expensive headphones being lost, misplaced or damaged.


    At CES we do have very high expectations of behaviour and staff spend much time teaching the children about appropriate interactions. I am pleased to report that the playground behaviour of our students continues to improve.

    There are still many children who are using inappropriate Arabic words to insult one another or their families, this is not acceptable. Please discuss this matter with your children as the majority of our staff do not speak Arabic and therefore don't understand the gravity of some of the statements that do not translate. Thank you for your support.

    I would like to take a moment to remind you of our expectations.

    Bus Behaviour: Expectations are that students remain seated with their seatbelt fastened at all times, they treat the driver and the bus nanny with respect as they would their own class teacher. The rules on the buses are there to ensure the safety of all of our students.

    Punctuality: For Term 2 to be as productive as we hope, we need all students to be in school ready to learn by. The teachers take the register at 8am for the anthem; if your child is absent for the anthem, they are then considered late and will be marked as such in the register

    We all run late sometimes. For your child, arriving late to school occasionally won't cause major disruption. Chronic lateness eventually takes its toll on a child's overall education.

  • It may seem like 10 minutes isn't really that much, but a student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours or more of school time that year.
  • If a child is 10 minutes late getting to school, it is more like 20 minutes until they are actually learning.
  • The occasional late arrival is inevitable as things happen to all of us. If you are finding that your child is late one or more times per week, though, you may need to change your routine to ensure a successful start to your day.

    School Uniform

    School trousers or skirt

    School jumper, jacket or gilet

    Plain black shoes (no logos) shoe laces tied

    Hair tied back (Shoulder length or longer)

    Children who are wearing non-school jumpers or jackets will be asked to remove them. To avoid your child being cold, please ensure they are in the correct uniform.

    The reason we expect all children with hair touching or longer than their shoulder is to try and stop the spread of head lice. Please help us to help you with this!!

    Upcoming Dates

    February InCAS

    5th FebruaryYear 6 Sports day

    13th February PTCs

    17th February Year 3 & 4 Sports day

    18th February Year 5 Sports day

    19th February Half Term Break

    24th February School begins

    News from Our Head of Secondary

    Upcoming Dates

    12th February – IGCSE Options Evening 3:15-4:30pm Auditorium

    13th February – Parent Teacher Conferences

    Secondary School News

    We have had a busy month in the Secondary school, mainly due to having Ministry Exams for all year groups, and Mock Exams for Year 10, AS, A2 and IB2 students for more than 10 days. As such, teachers were very busy organising, invigilating, and marking the exams – and now we are happy to get back to normal lessons! The students did very well and it was a good rehearsal for how things should be during the real thing.

    January also saw the BSME Under 13 competition in Dubai, for which our students have been training very hard. They did their best and came out with some excellent successes. Some of our students were interviewed by Gulf Youth Sport, and these can be seen on their Facebook page:

    The MUN students began their training with the Cairo International MUN students from AUC. See below for an account of the first training session.

    We had an Interhouse Competition on 20th January where students in Year 7 and 8 competed for House Points in games such as Relay, Tug-of-War, Limball, and Capture the Flag. Pictures below!

    Students in IB1 supported 80+ children from orphanages to watch a play put on by the SITARA group. They did so well in serving their community and making the day extra special for the children.

    As usual, Ms March in the library is busy arranging fantastic events, and January was no different. It was Graphic Novel month and students were able to appreciate this form of literature. Next month, comes a favourite – Minute to Win It!

    We also have three new members of staff to welcome – Mr Valentine (Humanities), Ms Horsell (English), and Mr Lennie (Deputy Head of Secondary) – we are glad they are here and wish them all the best.

    Ms Pratt

    BSME Under 13

    Interhouse Competition


    MUN training got off to a good start with 23 attendees. Students were introduced to the CIMUN (Cairo International Model United Nations) a student-led organisation along with an outline of the syllabus of the next 8-9 weeks of training. It is CIMUN's mandate to educate youth and help them benefit from the fruitful experience of MUN and formally aid in the development process of high school models. The objective is to lead students through to host their own MUN. Student feedback was positive as they are excited at the prospect of having their own MUN at the school. The presenters were equally impressed by the knowledge of the students and the behaviour of the students as well. A good first week of training!

    SITARA Visit – IB1

    Upper Library Events – from Ms March, Secondary Library

    This month, the library has been focusing on Graphic Novels as the theme.

    Many confuse graphic novels as a genre and not a format. These novels are merely a narrative in the form of a comic. Manga is the Japanese form for graphic novels. "They lure teen boys, while retaining the qualities beloved by teen girls. They work for ESL students, teach visual literacy and sequencing, and, above all else, they are wildly popular with an adolescent audience." (Fletcher-Spear, Jenson-Benjamin, & Copeland 2005)

    While graphic novels are books, they are read a little differently. The reader must focus on the text as well as the illustrations, the layout, detail about the character and how dialogue and narration work on the page. If you are looking for a good graphic novel try Neil Gaiman or Anthony Horowitz for boys and Rania Tegemeir for girls.

    Our library has a number of graphic novels in both fiction and non-fiction and to help the students learn more we have designed a game for students to play called Graphic WHO based on the game GUESS WHO to learn more about our graphic novels.



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