Cairo English School Newsletter

February 28, 2019 | Issue 6


Headmaster News
News from Our Headmaster

Dear parents,

We all know how important teachers are in our lives, and their influence extends some way beyond our time at school. Everyone has a special teacher (or two!) they will never forget. I was reminded of this recently when I came across an interview with famous actor Hugh Jackman, who has starred in movies as diverse as Les Miserables and the X-Men. During the interview he told teachers that they are the real superheroes. The actor, who taught PE at Uppingham School in Rutland, UK during a previous career as a teacher, spoke in a video where he announced the 10 finalists for this year's Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. He said: "When I was a kid there were lots of superheroes that I wanted to be. But I can tell you right now, from where I stand, with all my experience, the real superheroes are teachers – they're the ones that change the world. My favourite uncle was a teacher, my sister's a teacher, my brother's a teacher, and I have always felt the most important job in the world is teachers". He also recognised that the role of a good teacher goes beyond subject matter and classroom practice, saying "All of us go through insecurity and doubt, trepidation, along this journey of life, and those teachers that see the best in us and are patient enough to allow us to grow into that, they are like gold."

I'm sure we don't need a Hollywood star to tell us how important teachers are, but it's well worth reminding ourselves from time to time!


Steve Lewis


News from Foundation Stage & Key Stage1;

100 Days of School in FS1

Back in September, at the beginning of the academic year, the children and teachers in FS1 began the countdown for 100 Days of School. During the first term this seemed to be so far into the future, but in each class the children continued to mark off the days. Then the 100th day was only a week away and with the promise of a celebration party, the excitement soon grew.

To begin we decorated our entrance area with 100 numbers, all of which were enthusiastically decorated with great care by the children. Then finally the day we had been anticipating was here! We had completed 100 days of school and were definitely 100 days smarter.

The children came to school eagerly looking forward to the planned celebrations. All the classes were full of food that the children had brought in ready for the 'celebration dish party'.

In their classes, the children participated in various activities relating to 100, such as: 'I Wish I had a 100' poster, poetry, crowns, glasses, 100 words I now know, 100 days' picture frame, and 100 actions to name but a few.

As lunchtime drew near, preparations began for the dish party. Tables were laid and signs and decorations were added. The children happily settled down to share the party food. At the end of the day, we certainly went home 100 days smarter.

During our next FS assembly, after the event, all the children who had been in school for the full 100 days with no absences' were recognised and awarded with a '100% Attendance' certificate. Well done everyone!

Look at what's been happening in FS2...

One Hundred Days

On Monday 18th February, FS2 celebrated a hundred days of school with all kinds of fun activities. This was a particularly special celebration for us as the children have been counting the days of school since day one. We have used this, not only as a countdown to our Hundred Days celebration, but also to introduce the children to the concepts of counting on, place value and odd and even numbers. In class, the children celebrated all the things they can now do that they couldn't do before. They wrote a hundred words, wrote their numbers up to a hundred, made crowns and certificates for themselves and talked about the things they have learnt in the last 100 days. This was all tied up beautifully by a dish party at the end of the day where children shared food they had brought from home.

Arty Science Farm

As part of our learning during our Animals topic, FS2 visited Arty Science Farm. This was a wonderful experience where children got to learn a little more about a working farm. They were also able to see, feed and interact with some of the farm animals they had been learning about in school. Children got to see wheat growing, gain an understanding of how it is turned into flour, and then have a go at making bread. This tied in beautifully with the story of The Little Red Hen, which we were sharing in class that week. Finally, the children learnt a little about what plants need to grow, the parts of a plant, and were able to plant their own wheat seeds. This leads them beautifully into their new learning about plants and flowers during our upcoming topic Blooming Marvellous!

Take a look at KS1 celebrating 100 days of school...

On Monday 18th February, Year 1 and 2 celebrated 100 days of school with lots of games and activities, all with a 100 theme. From estimating 100's of M&M's, walking a 100 paces at play time, trying to blow 100 bubbles, using an iPad app to make us look 100 years old, to filling our tummies with 100 shaped cupcakes ...we had a great day! It was also a lovely way to end the half term.

Well done to everyone taking part and a special thank you to those parents who really got into the spirit of the day with their 100 themed dish party contributions!

Look what's coming up in March:

Sunday 3rd until 7th is Book Week in FS & KS1

FS Grandparents Story Time will be held on the 4th, 5th, and 6th March.

World Book Day UK 7th March

FS & KS1 Book Day Costume Parade 7th March

Sports Week:

Y2 Sport's Day 18th March

Y1 Sport's Day 19th March

FS2 Sport's Day 20th March

FS1 Sport's Day 21st March

Learning Mornings:

FS1 18th March

FS2 19th March

Y1 20th March

Y2 21st March

Parent – Teacher Conferences in FS & KS1 only:

27th March

Our Sporting Superstars, lots of activity in February...

This week we would like to celebrate even more amazing Sporting Superstars ....

Habiba Hassan, Y1OC, for her amazing second place achievement. Habiba was awarded the silver medal in the Gymnastics Festivals and National Competition. Well done Habiba!

Next we have Alyah Ahmed, Y1AK. Alyah was triumphant in winning first place at the Egyptian Gymnastics Federation Championship 2018-2019, which took place on Thursday 31 January 2019. Well done for achieving gold, Alyah, you are a super star!

Well done to Jana Monib, Y1AK, for achieving her second silver medal in gymnastics whilst participating in the Egyptian Federation Championship. Super effort Jana, super dedication!

Well done to Laila Yehia, Y1JR, who achieved first level in the Artistic Gymnastics Championship to be awarded a gold medal. Super job, Laila!

Super determination from Hana Saada, Y2MM, who only joined the national competition for artistic gymnastics this year, in achieving a silver medal for her wonderful gymnastic display!

Congratulations to Taleen Abdel Wahed (Y1SR) and Sufian Abdel Wahed (Y1JR) for achieving orange belts and bronze medals in karate. Well done both of you!

Well done Maria Lotfy who achieved second place, winning the silver medal at the republic gymnastics championship for girls, under 8 years 2019, under the supervision of the Egyptian Gymnastics Federation!

Great job, Taher Mahmoud Y2LM for his successful participation in the First Lego League Jr competition held at the American University of Cairo on February 4th. An engineer in the making!

Excellent effort by Omar Mubarak, Y2MF, who achieved first place, winning a gold medal in a recent tennis tournament at the GUC!

Well done Yousof Samaha, Y2MF, for achieving second place and being awarded the silver medal during the Beginners Festival Competition for the Men's Artistic Gymnastics. Super work!

Super swimming from Ali Sobeih, Y2 MM, who participated in 'The Biggest Challenge' at Smash Schools, achieving 1st place in the individual 50 metres swim freestyle and 1st place in the team race. Excellent work Ali!

Many thanks from the FS & KS1 team!

Primary School News

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure to welcome so many parents to our Learning Morning this week.

In Year 3 we saw students sharing their learning about fractions of quantities.

In Year 4 we saw the students demonstrating their reading and comprehension skills as well as their word knowledge and understanding.

Year 5 demonstrated their comprehension using the VIPERS comprehension skills.

V- Vocabulary

I - Inference

P - Prediction

R – Retrieval

S - Summary

In Year 6 the students worked with their parents to demonstrate their high level of English knowledge and writing skills.

This month has also seen the students from Year 3- 6 compete in the House Basketball competition. The winning house was Tutankhamun with 42 points.

There has also been the Spelling Bee with Cleopatra winning the Year 3 and 4 competition.

Secondary School News

Upcoming Dates

12th March – IB and A-level Options Evening 3:15-4:30pm Auditorium

28th March – Secondary Parents Information Morning

Secondary School News

Most of February has been busy with the follow-up from the process of writing Mock Exams. IGCSE Options Evening on the 12th was very well-represented by both parents and students and I really noticed the difference in the questions the students asked this year. They are very insightful, and taking great care to choose the right subjects for their career choices and their university studies. I have felt very proud of Year 8, and we will be doing the same with the IB Diploma and A-levels choices this month.

HIAMUN was very successful for our team of students who attended. Ms March and Mr Fletcher have written about the event below.

Sports Day this year was an amazing day! Well done to our student participants, and to the teachers for supporting and the PE staff for organising. We had a lot of fun cheering each other on and supporting the Houses. See the photos below.

As usual, Ms March in the library arranged an event each month, and this month it was Blind Date with a Book – find out more below about this fun activity.

Ms Pratt


Six students attended the MUN at the Hayah International Academy. This MUN is very sought after as the competition is fierce. The students at Hayah have Model United Nations as a subject, and they are quite knowledgeable about the structure and how the MUN works. For some of our students it was their first time to experience an MUN and for some it was another conference experience for MUN. It was great to see our students debate and argue points as well as be part of the lobbying and resolution writing. Model UN is helping them grow into leaders, discover their futures, become confident in themselves, and helping form lasting friendships with students from other schools.



Ms Judy in the library always has great events for students! Because February has Valentine's Day, this month she ran 'Blind Date with a Book' after last year's success with the same initiative. This is what she has to say about this fun activity:

"Blind date with a book is like having a date with a book you know nothing about. It is a surprise! Sometimes the surprise is good and sometimes it is not. A patron usually enters the library looking for a book that appeals to them such as the cover of the book, the information on the book jacket or simply how many pages it has. For this choice, the patron has none of these available - only some wrapping on it with intriguing information! They might learn something about themselves; they have to ask themselves what makes me like the books that I like? The library team writes the descriptions ...something like dating ads, and to include as many details as possible. The biggest risk here is that a patron will chose a book that they have no interest in reading. Our goal was to make that very unlikely by writing careful descriptions. Patrons are encouraged to expand their reading repertoire by going on a blind date with one of our books."


Congratulations once again to Karim El Gharabawy in 8A who participated last week in the Cairo Swimming Championship. He achieved a silver medal in 100m breaststroke and two bronze medals in the 50m fly and the 200m breaststroke. Well done Karim!

Sheffield Regional Manager's visit to CES

Last week we have had the honor to host Sheffield's Regional Recruitment Manager for an info session. The University of Sheffield is one of the Russell Group universities. It is also known for the International Scholarships that it provides for its international students, which is a great opportunity for our students.

The session was extremely informative. Students were engaged as and this was reflected in their imperative questions and discussion with Mr. Brown. Also, parents had the chance to ask about the Sheffield's fees, scholarships and housing opportunities for their children.



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