Month: March 2016
Year 11 Options Evening
Options Evening for Year 11 students
Wednesday 13th April 2016 2.30pm – 4.30pm
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your son/daughter to the Year 11 Options Evening. The evening is designed to inform you and your son/daughter about the subjects and courses on offer at Key Stage 5 and to provide guidance to help you support them when choosing their options.
The Options Evening will begin with an introduction to A level courses which will be delivered by Madame Saida Hasni, Head of Sixth Form. The talk will take place in the Theatre from 2.30pm to 3:00pm. Department staff will then be available from 3.20pm in the sixth form area throughout the evening to discuss the courses they teach, whilst Year 12 and 13 students will give a student’s perspective. Members of the Senior Leadership and Sixth Form Team will also be available to provide more information about the process of making choices.
The choices that your son/daughter takes will shape the rest of their academic lives and will have a major bearing on their future careers. We realise this can be an anxious and confusing time for some students. With this in mind, we want to ensure that your son/daughter and you receive the very best advice and guidance we can provide, so we trust you will take full advantage of the help that is offered.
We look forward to seeing you and if you have any further questions about the evening then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ms. Julie Clarke
Assistant Principal KS4
GCSE and A-Level Examination Timetables
Senior School Sports’ Day – 29th March 2016
El Alsson Senior School Sports Day will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Maadi on Tuesday, 29th March. This year’s Sports Day will combine both athletics and a football tournament and promises to be a fun-filled day for students. Please read through the following information to ensure your child is prepared for Sports Day.
Buses to and from school will be arranged for students who will travel to school as they normally do.
Your child is permitted to travel to/from the Olympic Stadium by his/her own transportation. He/she must arrive by 8:40am. Please arrange to pick your child up at 1:30. No students will be permitted to leave early.
All students are expected to attend Sports Day. Failure to attend will count as a school absence. Registration will be taken at 8:50 a.m. Any student arriving after 8:50 must sign in with the member of staff at the gate.
Food and Drinks
The school canteen will be present with hot and cold sandwiches and water for sale. Please ensure your child either brings a packed lunch and plenty of water or has money to purchase food/drink while there. Students will not be permitted to leave the stadium to make purchases from surrounding shops.
Health and Safety
Please ensure your child eats a healthy breakfast before coming to Sports Day. He/she should also drink plenty of water throughout the day, and avoid eating immediately before competing.
The school pediatrician, a nurse and first-aid trained staff will be on hand in the event of injury.
The emergency contact number while students are off campus is: 0106 902 7925. Please use this number to contact a school administrator only in the event of an emergency.
In order to participate in any event, it is essential that students are dressed in appropriate attire for sporting. This includes:
- Athletic shorts or track-pants (e.g. PE kit)
Students are encouraged to wear a t-shirt in their house colour and we strongly recommended he/she bring a hat and sunscreen.
We are looking forward to an exciting and successful Sports Day and encourage all students to come out, participate and support their house team.
Should you have any questions, please contact the British or American office.
The Senior School Leadership Team
Y11 IGCSE-GCSE Exam Timetable May-June 2016
Due to notified changes to start times for Edexcel morning examination we have had to alter the Exam timetable for the May/June 2016 exam session. Please refer to the newly attached files as start times for all morning Edexcel exams are ONE HOUR EARLIEAR than previously notified. This notice is effective Thursday 21st April, 2016. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Thanks and best regards.
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Feedback on Bus 77 Accident
First of all thanks be to God that all the students are fine and in good health and only one student had to have minor hand surgery because of a few glass shards in her hand and 2 tears in her palm.
Having said that the school acknowledges and takes full responsibility for this unfortunate event that has never before happened in the 33 year track record of the school. Although the school outsources to a bus company it is the ultimate responsibility of the school not only to teach the children but most importantly, to ensure their health and safety.
Details of the incident
The incident took place on the main highway beside KPMG Hazim Hassan at the turning after Mercedes Benz. One of the first persons on the scene was fortunately one our parents, Mr Khalid Bahnasawy who was on his way to work and stopped to assist and made quick decisions to ensure the safety of the students. The school was notified by the matron and bus driver of the incident and 2 dispatch buses and teams were sent to the scene.
All the students and the matron where transported by Mr. Khaled to his house nearby in City View where they were kindly cared for and looked after by Mr. Khaled and his wife, Mrs. Shaymaa Abywafia. The school extends their sincere gratitude and thanks to Mr. Khaled and Mrs. Shaymaa for their kind help in a time of crisis.
Some parents picked up their children from City View and went home whilst others were picked up by our dispatch teams and brought to school where our medical team received them. The school contacted all the parents via phone as well as contacting the Dar El Foaud hospital emergency unit to receive the incoming cases. Initially the hospital was reluctant to receive the children as they do not have a pediatric emergency unit. However, the directors used their contacts and influence to overrule this. Our second dispatch team went to Dar el Fouad, and Mr Ahmed Matter, our Operations Manager was there to help facilitate everything.
Our senior Director, Colin Rogers, arrived shortly after at the hospital, to personally check up on the cases there and again to facilitate and help in anyway. Habiba had been checked into a room and was awaiting a hand surgeon to arrive later in the day to safely remove the glass. Later in the evening Karim Rogers also visited the hospital to further check up on Habiba after her procedure. The medical personnel and parents decided to check out and go home at 10:00pm.
Details of the investigation
First of all the school will like to extend its appreciation to one of our PSA members Mr Mohamed Madih who was one of the first people to contact the school upon hearing about the accident and has really supported, advised and helped through his professional background with Exon Mobil. The school has completed the following investigation with the bus company and third party forensic teams from the Arab Associates for Health and Safety Experts.
The outcome is as follows:
This bus is a 6th October bus that takes the daily route of the Alex desert road passing Hazim Hassan KPMG and the Mercedes Benz service showroom and usually goes downhill through the small tunnel. However that day the tunnel was backed up by traffic so the driver decided to take the top route and divert right toward the Daery Highway which is an acceptable decision. Upon diverting, the top right road turns and by default vehicles have to slow down because of the sharp right turn. So we can confirm that the driver was not speeding at the time of the accident.
On that turning there is rubble and debris on the side of the road and forensics concluded that the bus front wheel hit some object which bent the rim causing the tire to instantly deflate. This caused the bus to swerve to the left further into the rubble and debris. The driver tried to compensate by turning hard to the right but lost control causing the bus to tip on to its right side.
Immediately after the accident blood test were done and the results conclude that driver was not intoxicated in any way. The forensics have confirmed the maintenance log of the bus is done regularly and they also confirmed that the tires are YOKAHAMA Japanese brand and have been used for some 36000KM and are therefore within safe usage; they have ruled out any manufacturing defaults.
Our conclusion is that the accident was the fault of the driver who has since been dismissed.
Precautions taken by the school
3 years ago the school took the initiative to install seat belts on all buses. Both the Mitsubishi and Toyota coaster buses are manufactured without seatbelts in Egypt. The only original seat belts installed are those belonging to the Toyota HIACE microbuses. The bus company sourced from the market and installed them.
The school continues to try and reinforce their use through matrons and staff, but we would also request parents help facilitate this by telling their children to wear them! The school has done seatbelt safety campaigns through videos and discussion workshops, and will continue. We also extend our appreciation to Mr. Mohamed Madih our PSA representative for some of his suggestions e.g. senior bus students could be appointed as prefects to help assist and uphold bus safety and rules. This is something we will do. He has also also volunteered to help in workshops and training.
The school using authorized labs (Vacsera and NSA) does spot checks and tests on drivers every quarter and we have been doing so for the last 10 years. The school will continue to follow the same procedure
Last December the school sourced the help of the Shell petroleum company (Health and Safety department) to do a week workshop of practical and theoretical certificated training with drivers. 85% passed and the school rejected those that did not. Furthermore the school reviews the regular service and maintenance done by the bus company. In the circumstances we have decided to terminate our current contract with the bus company and will source other bus companies for September. Obviously, the school will have to fulfill its’ current contract for the academic year 2015-16.
The school will continue to further reinforce the matron’s authority on the bus to uphold bus rules and seat belts. For everyday small issues, bus matrons do receive training up to level 1 as first aiders delivered by the school’s doctor. We cannot further their development or training due to their level of education and also the frequent turnover we experience as a school. Each bus has a first aid kit and it is checked monthly by our medical staff. Matrons go through regular training meetings/briefings with our personnel, HR and operations departments. Trying to uphold the bus rules is however, a difficult task for them due to their social background and the way some students talk down to them. Again, we would very much appreciate support from parents in assisting their authority and respecting them. Every bus has a bus phone and the school will continue to emphasize that they must be switched on during the journey.
As mentioned earlier, this is the first serious incident for us in 33 years. We are all faced with the road challenges in Cairo and sadly no-one is prepared for such events be it a school or a multinational company; however, we will look again at our procedures to see if we can make further improvements.
Soumaya Amr, Colin Rogers and Karim Rogers
Update on NEWGIZA
We have just had a PSA meeting and thought it is best we make a statement to reassure you on some of the questions and facts about the NEWGIZA status since there are many rumors going around as well as numerous phone calls and emails..
- A couple of months ago NEWGIZA had its land frozen due to a dispute on land price between the government original price versus the suggested price, this lead to major delays on some projects, including our new relocation project. Since then they have been monitoring the situation and sorting the dispute out.
- Recently 2 days ago on media and newspapers it was announced that they have finalized their dispute by paying the difference and now the seizure of land has been lifted and they are now free to function as normal, which is great news.
- There are rumors that El Alsson is not longer moving to NEWGIZA, this is not true. There are rumors that El Alsson has not received its licenses, again this is not true.
- El Alsson project started 6 months ago and then was on hold for the last couple of months till the dispute resolved, this has caused delays in our construction time. We are revisiting the time frames with NEWGIZA construction team and contractors for September 2017.
- If the time schedule suggested by NEWGIZA construction team and contractors is too tight, then we would have to postpone the opening time. We are in the midst of review and will let you now once finalized.
Y8 French Trip
First of all I would like to thank each of the parents who went to the TLS Contact Centre for the visa application for their cooperation and especially for their patience.
I would like to remind you that the travel agent is the one who organised everything and he is responsible for collecting the passports from TLS contact centre. To do this, he needs the following documents: the father’s passport copy and the student’s birth certificate. Mrs Mona posted this the day after the visa appointment (25/2) on the French Trip Whatsapp group. I have also been reminding students every lesson. Thank you for those who have already brought these documents. Those who didn’t can take good and clear photos of them and whatsapp them directly to the following number: 0101 23 454 47 (the travel agent). I will be posting a letter very soon with all the information you need about the trip and the final itinerary. Should you need to contact me, email me on email@example.com
Update on Bus 77 Accident
This is to inform you that there has been an unfortunate incident this morning to Bus 77 on its way to school. One of the tyres exploded which caused the bus to tilt on one side.
Thank God, all the students are fine and have been transported to school or gone home except for only one student who suffered a minor hand injury and is currently at Dar Al Fouad Hospital undergoing treatment.
The School has been in contact with the Hospital and are following up the situation closely. Moreover, the Directors have visited the student in person to wish her a speedy recovery.
The School is running a full investigation with the bus company about the incident.