Insight Testing Letter for KS3

Dear Parents

Your son/daughter will be undertaking some computer- based tests at school the weeks beginning 3rd of May 2015.  At El Alsson we take the assessment of our students’ work very seriously and feel that this examination assessment is needed for all our Year 9 students. This letter is to explain the purpose of these tests.

At our school, Year 9 students complete INSIGHT tests which are operated by the Centre of

Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University. CEM has been involved in testing and the

Assessment of students for 25 years and currently tests over 700,000 secondary students in

Britain each year. They are a highly regarded part of one of the world’s best universities and

their work can certainly be trusted.

INSIGHT tests measure how well a student is performing in reading, Maths and Science as well as giving an indication of each student’s more generally developed intelligence. The INSIGHT tests will take place in the students’ normal lessons and are computer-based. They will provide our teachers with useful assessment information. These tests do not require any revision and therefore should not be a source of any worry. Please see below for times and dates for each class. The INSIGHT tests will take place during Arabic lessons (After the ministry exams).

If you require any further information regarding this, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr Israr Lal

Assistant Principal KS3

Third Graders Visit Ibn Toloun Mosque and Gayer Anderson Museum

G3 students had the privilege of visiting Ibn Toloun Mosque & Gayer Anderson Museum yesterday.
This was not just an ordinary visit! They had lots of activities there, including a treasure hunt and creating a picture collage!
They had a wonderful time & learned so much information!
Egypt is full of treasures, and our third graders enjoyed exploring some of them!

Click here to view the pictures

Seniors’ Visit to the Autistic Society

On April 2nd 2015, some of our seniors paid a visit to the children at the Egyptian Autistic Society as part of the campaign for awareness in the world autism awareness day. They made blue onesies and sold them at school to fund raise for the cause, they bought some stuff to the children and prepared a set of activities to carry on with them at the autistic society. It was a great chance for them to meet the children and have a close interaction with them. This year’s theme is “Fly me to the Moon” to show how they children can reach their dreams. Our students practised the song as well to sing it with the children. It was an amazing visit.

GCSE- A LEVEL French trip to France NOVEMBER 2015

GCSE- A LEVEL French trip to France NOVEMBER 2015

Dear Parents,

Next November, as part of the GCSE – A LEVEL curriculum, we are planning to offer a trip to the south of France from Tuesday 2nd to 8th November(half term holiday). This trip relates manly to your son/daughter’s current French courses, and will offer numerous opportunities for the students to experience French culture; using French language in real life visiting the most attractive spots in Provence (Marseille and its bay including “the Calanques”, the Velodrome Stadium, Les Baux de Provence,…) and in the French Riviera ( Saint Paul de Vence, Grasse) up to Monaco. But most importantly, they will have the opportunity to meet French students they will be in contact with from September 2015 and spend a day in their secondary school.

In addition to sightseeing tours, students will have the opportunity to do activities such as attending a unique Sound and Light show in a limestone cave, visitinga soap museum ( “savon de Marseille“), having a cruise along Marseille bay, visiting a famous Modern Art museum and discover how perfume is made in Grasse (

We might also have the opportunity to attend a football game in the Stade Vélodrome (depending on Olympique de Marseille fixtures) and a show performed by Cirque Plume  (

Furthermore, as there is no direct flight to Marseille, we have to make a stop-over in Istanbul for 1 day and we will be visiting the famous Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofia and we will be having a cruise on the Bosphorus channel. A full itinerary will be provided prior to travel.

We anticipate that the cost of the trip will be around 12000 L.E. This includes flights, transportation, guided tours, accommodation in B&B, entry fees but not the cost for a Shengen Visa and the visa for Turkey and other meals. Please note that the flight tickets should be about 4500 LE and the total amount will be paid partly in euros (700 euros) This price is based on 20 students participating. If there are places left we open the trip to non-French GCSE students too.

To secure your son/daughter’s place on the trip, please fill in the slip below, and return it to Mrs Fabienne Rodriguez along with a 200 euros and 2000 LE deposit by the end of May. This deposit is non-refundable and obliges the student to pay in full for all costs incurred.

Places on the trip are limited to 20 students however the school reserves the right to refuse students who are underachieving or whose behaviour, punctuality, attendance is not up to standard.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail

Yours sincerely,                

 Fabienne Rodriguez- trip leader

To download the slip below, right click on it and click “save image as”