“This was probably the best experience of my life, meeting all the new people at THIMUN
and the debating was awesome!” (KAS MUN student)
Thirteen KAS high school students have just returned from THIMUN,
The International Model United Nations conference held in Singapore,
Nov. 17-21. Joining over 1,000 other students from 77 different
international schools from around the world, the KAS MUN team formed
two delegations: Mozambique and Antiqua/Barbuda. The conference’s
theme, Promotion of Sustainable Development, allowed for vigorous
debate in seven different forums which targeted a number of urgent,
global issues such as the situation in Afghanistan, the right to education
in developing countries, the eradication of poverty, the elimination of
sexual violence, the control of communicable diseases, and the rights of
The conference followed the same protocols as the United Nations and sought to
replicate the kind of debate and negotiation that is part and parcel of international
diplomacy. KAS delegations presented opening speeches, drafted resolutions for debate
and lobbied for support just as UN delegates would do in New York. According to faculty
sponsor, Christine Ramsis, the KAS team “spoke passionately, debated fervently, and
reached out to their allies and fellow delegates amicably” in order to forge the necessary
alliances to actually see their resolutions presented and, in most cases, approved.
This trip to Singapore marks the second time that KAS MUN has traveled abroad.
Founded in 2006, the KAS team participated with Khartoum area schools in smaller
venues and in 2008 travelled to Amman, Jordan, for an internationanl MUN conference.
In the students’ own words…..“The experience in Singapore
was phenomenal in every sense of that word….” “…..The
conference was challenging but….it was exciting….” “….The
people I’ve met [through THIMUN] inspire and amaze me,
making me realize that I have yet a long journey ahead.”
Our seventh grade class just recently returned from an overnight camping trip to
the ancient city of Meroe. Each student worked throughout the trip to complete
their own field guide of the area - taking soil samples, writing letters, drawing
maps and estimating the height of pyramids. Students also worked together to
set up camp and prepare their own food. While working hard, students still
found time to climb sand dunes, ride camels and tell stories around the
campfire! Everyone had a great time exploring the pyramids and ancient city
before returning to Khartoum.
KAS students celebrate community, campus, learning,
and fun in preparation for Director Search
In a cooperative, fun-filled effort to celebrate what makes KAS a great school, all students school-wide
participated in a creative activity to share students’ views with potential director candidates. Over
three weeks, students in mixed groups of high schoolers to first graders brainstormed their favorite
things about the school. Then they worked together to show their ideas through a variety of
presentations - including a rap, a puppet show, a song, plays, posters, and photo collages. “One thing
that makes us great is our really helpful teachers,” said tenth grader Ruba Kamal to her elementary
teammates, who heartily agreed. “We have a lot of freedom,” said 12th grader Taleb Maoulainine.
The leadership from high school students was inspiring to the elementary students, who certainly look
up to the upper school. Teachers and students alike recognized the value of these activities, and hope
that their efforts will be shared with potential directors. Kudos to everyone who organized, helped
with, and participated in this activity!
A Presentation on the Current Understandings about Learning
This is an easy to understand presentation on some of the current understandings of the brain and learning. It will provide
information for parents on how to better understand and guide children of all ages.
Areas to be covered include:
The stages of the development of the brain / Providing education for successful learning
The role of the brain in teen behavior / Technology and learning
Ways to make it easier to guide children
Dave Zakem will be presenting in the Preschool Room on Sunday, December 6, 5:00 PM
and Tuesday, December 8, 7:30 PM
These times come from preferences given by some parents. Let Mr. Dave know of any other preferences.
All parents of KAS students and community parents are welcome.
Basketball Game Results
Congratulations to the U19 boys who played Tuesday against Unity for the championship for the
2009 basketball season and won 36-26. The team played their best game yet, coming together as a
team to finally beat Unity to come in 1st place for the season. Well done KAS!
The KAS U-19 boys team: Coach: Mr. Paar
Players: Basim, Mazin, Mo. Adil, Taleb, Ahmed
Sidi, Mustafa, Moumin, Badr, Mo. Saif,
Ahmed Z., Mo. Kamal, Hussein, Yousif,
Reminder to “ALL players” on the Basketball teams. Please return your CLEAN basketball uniforms
to your coach or Mrs. Paar ASAP.
Break in Tae Kwon Do Action
There will be NO Tae Kwon Do classes in December. Classes will begin again on Sunday,
January 3. If new students would like to join on Sundays or Tuesdays, please see Mrs. Paar for
Soccer Season starting soon
If you are interested in joining one of the soccer teams this year, come by the PE office and sign-up
with Mrs. Paar. Games will begin the first week of January and practices may have already started.
Permission forms will go home next week.
DATES TO REMEMBER
November 27 to December 5: Fall Break #2
December 12, Saturday : PTA sponsored
December 13 - 15: High School Exams
December 18 - January 2: Winter Break
January 18, Monday: Early Dismissal (11AM)
Teacher Professional Development
Middle School students in the garden
KAS IN ACTION!
Let’s celebrate the upcoming holiday!
Saturday, 12 December, 1pm – 4pm
Bring food, mats, balls, and your family
for a great time in the cool weather!
Barbecue grills will be available.