With the second week of November being declared as World-Wide BEBRAS week, ISS students in Years 7-9 and those students opting for Computer Science at iGCSE and A-Level have taken part in this year’s challenge. The Bebras challenge promotes problem solving skills and Informatics concepts including problem decomposition, algorithm design, pattern recognition, pattern generalisation and abstraction. Students were using the same set of problem-solving skills and techniques that software engineers use to write programs and apps.
Year 5 students on board Hilton Labriz clipper looked up in awe at Morne Seychelles after the 12 mile crossing from Bel Ombre. They hoped they wouldn’t have to climb that mountain! Before rounding Cemetery point the steep jungle slopes before them showed no sign of humanity and the children could easily imagine the island in its uninhabited state centuries ago.
Greeted by Hilton staff and ICS wardens Francoise and Tisha the avid explorers were briefed on the flora and fauna of the island and then set off on a jungle adventure to find the many endemic species. The endemic plant trail showcased all the endemic palms and varieties of the now rare hard woods. Some trees are only found in Silhouette. The trail continued to Anse Lascars where we were not lucky enough to find turtles laying but the ICS staff showed the students what happens when a turtle emerges from the water. Students were told to freeze to let the turtle get on with the job!
In the afternoon the Hilton staff collected the students on golf buggies for a historic tour of the old village and a wildlife tour to see the newest baby giant tortoises, the giant crabs and other inhabitants of the wetlands. Our day ended on Cemetery Point with a steep climb to the volcanic outcrops at the top. The students had been hearing about Silhouette in school and were very excited with their tours. They saw large fish shoals and turtles popping up in between while at the viewpoints.
Many thanks to ICS and Hilton LaBriz staff for assisting us in this amazingly educational and interesting adventure.
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On Friday October 25th World Peace runners visited Seychelles and ISS invited them to meet some of our students, staff and parents. The peace team organised a variety of activities at the school including a run with the peace torch and passing the peace torch while wishing for peace in the world. It was half term at ISS but the Holiday club led by Ms Hafiza and her team took part enthusiastically in all the activities to promote peace, harmony and friendship. The Peace Runners who included adults from different countries of the world continued on their important mission and visited many other schools in Mahe with their message. There were lots of smiles at this event and our Administration staff came out of their offices to join in. Please do check out the You Tube film made during the Peace runners visit to Seychelles https://youtu.be/699PhbVWOmE
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