Year 8 had an excellent debate in their Computer Science lesson this week about the merits of copyright law and whether it should be changed. We learnt what copyright law said about when its okay to copy work that someone else has produced and when it isn't. Year 8 had lots of really good ideas about copyright and why they thought it should or shouldn't change but in the end the majority agreed that "This house believes that copyright law should be changed."
House Football competitions were enjoyed by Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. The festivals were a culmination of their programme of study. All the pupils played really well, demonstrated the skills they have learnt in PE lessons and played all matches in a good sporting manner. Well done to all.
Senior School House Football Results
KS 3 Boys
1st Gold Eagles
2nd Red Scorpions
3rd Blue Scarabs
As part of our drive to helping the poor around the world, access to clean water and sanitation is right up there at the top with any other worthy cause in the development arena. The pupils raised money through a cake sale and in a football evening. The charity water aid will receive a worthy donation to help them give help to those who are forced to drink dirty water. Another successful charity event.
Two of our boys football teams competed at Shutz on Saturday 2nd of March. One team managed to get through to the semi final and came third overall, well done boys!. They played 5 games of grueling 5 aside, this is certainly a game for only the fittest.
As part of the course we needed to investigate the coastal seas defences. On Thursday 28th February 2013, we started by looking in the cartography section of the Bibliotheca to find old and new land use maps of the coast. We asked numerous people in the library for any professional insights into our enquiry about whether the coastal defences are adequate or not, along with asking normal Alexandrians.
There are many problems around Kafr Abdou associated with overcrowding and competing land use, as we all know. Our students were out and about mapping the land use, judging the environmental quality and even interviewing people to try and work out how best to solve its urban problems. As well as giving them the key skills needed to answer their final examination questions in June this year.
Let’s hope their hard work pays off!
Mr. Abbott, Humanities Teacher
The Nile Linen Factory in the free zone was an excellent case study for our students to link their theory with the real world. It highlighted the best ways in which to organise and run a business. With massive markets in Europe, the factory has to be efficient to be able to compete. Quality control and production methods were key topics investigated by our students. This will certainly help them consolidate their learning with their looming IGCSE exams.
As part of our fieldwork skills for IGCSE Geography, the students had to investigate local people's perceptions of a natural hazard. An earthquake seemed to be the most appropriate example after the famous 1992 incident in Cairo. The students asked them questionnaires about whether they felt that Egypt was prepared for an earthquake and asked whether people were afraid of a future earthquake. This primary data has now been analysed and evaluated to teach the students the skills needed in Geography fieldwork, which is a key aspect of the course.
After a long and arduous journey we made to Bahareya. After changing vehicles we ventured forth into the desert. Over the duration of the trip, we were treated to the unique delights of the once volcanic black desert, only to be contrasted by the white limestone, chalk desert the following day (formerly a sea bed). The pupils experienced what most likely was their first camping trip, including a taste of traditional Bedouin cuisine under the stars.
On September 13th 2012, 22 students and 4 teachers went to an activity centre in the South of England. There was a range of activities available everyday from swinging off a giant swing to mountain biking and archery. All of the activities required a high level of communication and teamwork. Our students involved themselves in every activity and worked well together. They were inclusive of all members of the group and the teachers took part also.