NVS Fifth Graders wrapped up their study of ancient Nile Valley Civilizations by visiting the pyramids at Meroe, one of the former capitals of the ancient kingdom of Kush and home to many hundreds of tombs where former rulers were buried.
We invited Grade 6 to join us as well since they were finishing a unit studying North Africa which included a special focus on ancient Nile Valley Civilizations as well. Here's what a few of our fifth graders had to say about their day trip in the desert:
“My favorite part about the Meroe field trip was when we were going on the bus. The girls were in one bus and the boys were in another bus. We sang songs and shared snacks. The second part I liked was the time when we went to the pyramids and entered them. I went into two pyramids and one temple. The first pyramid was very large and not very dangerous. Only five of us went into the second pyramid. My favorite part of the field trip was when my parents agreed for me to go!!”
“My favorite part of the field trip was going inside the pyramids because it was my first time seeing them too! I also like that the stairs I was stepping on are stairs that pharaohs once stepped on thousands of years ago. Another very funny thing was that Mr. Scott told us funny stories inside the pyramids. In one pyramid I saw Isis and Osiris [carved onto the walls]. I have a lot of souvenirs from Meroe.”
“My favorite part when we went to Meroe was when we rode the camels. The camel that I rode was a boy. The camelier made a sound for the camel to keep going.”
“The trip to Meroe was a wonderful experience for me. I like the whole trip but if I had to pick a favorite part, it would be riding the camels. I liked riding the camels because it was like riding a bouncing machine. When I rode the camel I was surprised by how fast the camels were.”
“My favorite part of the Meroe field trip is when we saw the pyramids and rode the camels. While I was walking to the pyramids my shoes were filled with sand. I liked riding camels because you felt like you are a king. I also liked seeing the pyramids because I got to learn about ancient Nubia. These were my favorite parts of the field trip.”
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome back our students, parents, staff members and well-wishers for the new academic year.
Throughout the years, Nile Valley School has enjoyed a proven track record of success and earned a reputation for academic excellence by providing high educational standards. The Board of Directors is committed to providing every possible means of support to the School leadership in order to ensure that our NVS students develop the multi-talented skills and benefits derived from a positive learning experience. We are justly proud of our outstanding varied, global oriented school curriculum that is not only American based but also follows the IGCSE program in partnership with the Cambridge International Examination Board. Student academic growth is measured by MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing three times a year via an online assessment that is aligned to the Common Core standards.
The Board of Directors is greatly appreciative of our teaching and non-teaching staff who give generously of their many talents to provide quality learning opportunities for the students. We are pleased to have an energetic, creative, highly qualified and enthusiastic group of teachers who uphold the highest academic standards. During the course of this school year, we will ensure that regular monitoring of the school’s performance is a collaborative undertaking. As such, we encourage parental support in matters such as ensuring the completion of homework assignments and having students arrive at school promptly in the morning.
It is our resolve that parental involvement and working in partnership with our teaching faculty for the benefit of their children, will result in a well-rounded quality education for the students that have been entrusted to our care. We are proud of each and every one.
We look forward to a great academic year ahead. A year that is filled with exciting extra curricula activities and a challenging academic program.
With best wishes for a successful school year. Mr. Mamoun Gamal
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Nile Valley is entering its sixth year of operations and already has established a reputation as one of Khartoum’s leading international schools, providing a quality American/British education that has a profound effect on parents, staff and students.
Most importantly of all, however, we are privileged to have some of the best educators in Khartoum, a diverse and talented student body of 360 students and a wonderfully capable and supportive qualified Staff.
A great school is not about the facilities and the resources, however, but about the people and its core beliefs. Our core beliefs are represented well in our Mission Statement and vision. Through outstanding teaching in a nurturing and supportive environment, NVS inspires students to:
• Achieve their academic potential
• Be passionate, reflective learners
• Become caring global citizens
• Lead healthy, active and balanced lives
These points are the main “transportable gifts” that we want NVS students to take away with them when they move to college or to other schools. NVS has begun a tradition of educating students for success in the world community and we look forward to many more years of continuing with this tradition. The world community will change as will pathways to success, and our job is to make sure we provide the most relevant educational experiences to our students.
Offering the American CCSS from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and the IGCSE from Grade 9 to 11, we recognize learning as a life-long adventure. NVS values meaningful and transferable learning where we construct understanding by developing and applying knowledge, skills and attitudes. As learners, we develop and show our understanding when we:
• Apply our learning to new situations
• Inquire to extend our learning
• Create solutions
• Communicate our learning effectively
• Make connections across our learning
• Reflect critically on our learning
We are looking forward to an exciting and busy school year for 2018-19 with excellent academics that achieves the best of every student combined with a full curriculum of art, music, sport and technology.
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