Vijay International School Praslin
You are not born for yourself...but for the world
Vijay International School, Baie St Anne, Praslin, Seychelles
Students from Vijay International School, Praslin, celebrated their A-Level results this week as the outcomes of the June 2017 examinations were published. 100% of students sitting their second year post-secondary exams passed, with no student failing any subject. Having graduated, these students will now move on to university level education, both at UniSey but also in the UK, France, India and Malaysia. The best performing student was Alyssa Payet, who 2 years ago broke the national record for IGCSE performance.
This is the first time that A-Levels have been taken on Praslin, as students previously had to travel to Mahe for post-secondary studies, separating them from the vital support they receive at home. This additional support is an important component of post-secondary studies and this first batch of VISP A-Level results indicates the advantages which are to be gained through having this home support.
Headteacher Mark Howell commented 'It is a great achievement for A-Levels to be sat for the first time at any institution on Praslin. For the results to be so good is a major coup for the community and a credit to the hard work of the students. Delivering A-Level courses has been a major ambition of the VISP Board of Governors and the management team and to see this dream realised is amazing.'
IGCSE results at the school were again excellent, building on the success of previous years. Overall 99% of exams were passed with 70% at C grade or above, well above the UK average. 28% of grades at IGCSE were A or A* grade, again outstanding results when compared to school in the UK. These grades were well deserved by a hard working group of students. In particular, there were outstanding academic performances by Chloe Verlaque, Sumitha Pillay and Mandy Omath.
Many of these S5 students will now progress on to study A-Levels at VISP beginning in September. Post-secondary places are still available and enrolment for both IGCSE and A-Level classes is taking place now. Please email Head of Sixth Form Dan Cross at email@example.com for any further details.
World Book Day 2018
Thursday 1st March 2018 once again saw VISP celebrate World Book Day in some style with an amazing range of costumes of display throughout the school.
Each class had taken part in a story writing competition with the amazing winners announced in assembly. Jessica Drotsky won the Y2 prize, Emily Morel won Y3, Laurent Bossy Y4, Samuel Marie Y5 and Daniel Drotsky won the Y6 prize. Jessica's, Emily's and Daniel's story's were all read in assembly to an attentive and interested audience.
The star prizes, as in previous years, were the 2 Sarah Morgan Reading prizes. This year the junior prize went to Ishaan Cresswell-Alam and the Secondary prize to Anjali Grandcourt, both of whom have shown an amazing commitment to reading over the past 12 months.
In the evening the annual Books and Blankets evening saw some magical story telling sessions by staff. Miss Payet and Miss Danielle's rendition of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' was a real treat whilst Miss Platt's slime making challenge was a real crowd pleaser.
ISS concert at Vijay
VISP was delighted to welcome singers and musicians from the International School Seychelles for a Christmas concert on 1st December 2017. The ISS is well known nationally and led by their music teacher Mr Chitambo they performed an amazing range of classic and modern pop songs. The audience of VISP students, staff and parents was also treated to traditional African and Austrian dances as well as a recorder group and a drumming ensemble.
A highlight of the show was a performance by the VISP choir led by Miss Pettigrew who delivered a short set of songs to the delight of the crowd. A huge well done to the students for all their hard work in preparing for this performance.
A big finale saw the VISP choir and ISS choir team up for an original song and a final closing Christmas Carol.
We look forward to welcoming students from ISS to Praslin again in the future for another concert.
Lion King Show - Press Release
On the 7th and 8th March 2018 Vijay International School Praslin saw two incredible performances of 'The Lion King' by their Junior School section both held in the still new multipurpose Ellen Hall. The show, based on the Disney movie, was a technicolour wonder with all students performing in costume, headdress and face paint. Every student in year's 3 up to 6 were involved playing all manner of creatures from antelopes to bumble bees, and from lions to elephants. Between them they created a wonderful scene very reminiscent of the African Savannah.
Cousins, Emma and Isabelle Labuschagne shared the lead role duties, with each playing young and old Simba respectively. Meanwhile, Sean Watson gave an amazing star turn in the role of the evil Scar and Dean Jean-Louis played the good king Mufasa. Comedy relief was offered by Junia DC Lablache and Ethan Levy playing Timon and Pumba and by Emilie Bossy and Victoria Rouillon in the roles of Rafiki and Zazu. The three main hyenas were equally terrifying and hilarious, performed by Xara Hertel, Matteo Depaula and Mohammed Rose. Lishad Morgan played a mischievous Younger Nala whilst Emily Vanacore starred as Older Nala, in particular showcasing her amazing vocal talents.
Head of Key Stage 2, Martha Platt spoke after the show, congratulating the students for their hard work and amazing performances. She also thanked parents for their hours of hard work in putting together costumes and the team of staff and volunteers who worked hard to paint each child’s face ensuring every student looked perfect.
Headteacher, Mark Howell spoke of his delight at another successful VISP show. Speaking after the first night he said 'This school already has an outstanding reputation for serious drama and top quality musical performances. With this production, the quality of production at VISP has been taken to a new level and students and staff should be congratulated for all their amazing hard work in putting this together.'
Last week ISS came over to VISP for a return Volleyball tournament. The day began with the year 10s playing a first strong match, winning easily. However, they then struggled to maintain this high standard and unfortunately ended up coming to a 2 game to 1 defeat. Despite this our year 10 girls performed particularly well in all three games, with notable performances from Rona Pirame and Lucie Saint Ange. Our year 7 team were dominant from start to finish, with Russell Payet’s skilled serving being a key factor in the winning result. We look forward to hosting ISS again for future fixtures.
Primary and Secondary students from the Vallee de Mai club and Eco-friendly club had a trip to a local river to celebrate World Water day. After a briefing about the river the students were put into groups with students from other schools and sent away to investigate what species they could find. The students learnt so much and had a great time catching fish and eel hunting!
After the success of the robotics building and programming competition, Trisha Labiche has been selected to join the Seychelles national team to compete in a worldwide robotics competition that is being held in Mexico this August! We wish her all the luck in the world!
To celebrate International Girls in ICT Day 2018, Trishia Labiche, Amadine Leste and Rasika Pillay from year 10 were invited to a robotics building and programming day. The girls spent a Saturday in April competing with students from Praslin and La Digue secondary schools. After some information and talks from women in ICT the girls were put to the test and had to compete in four rounds consisting of building, programming and displaying. After learning and figuring out how to programme their newly build robot the girls showed off their new talents and ended up winning the competition, taking home a trophy for the school and tablets and books for themselves. The students had a great day, learnt a lot and all came away empowered and motivated!
Beach Clean Up
Students and staff recently took part in the first beach clean up organised on Praslin by The Ocean Project! Helpers were invited to the CORAL building to hear all about coral reefs from the reef rescuers at Nature Seychelles before cleaning up Amite beach. Our beach cleaners were shocked at how much rubbish was being left on our beautiful island. Eco-Friendly club and Valle de Mai students will be organising many more events like this in the future! We hope everyone gets involved.
Thursday 29th March was the date for the annual VISP Sports Day with Aldabra house looking for the 3rd win in a row.
As is traditional, the long jump and high jump had been held earlier in the week and saw a new school record set by Ingrid Morel in Long Jump.
The main day programme began with the Early Childhood and then Year 1 and 2 track events alongside the shot putt for secondary students. Joshua Confait set a new school record in the Shot Putt and after these field events the scores showed Aldabra having a big lead.
However, as the day went by, Desroches and Fregate closed the gap as Aldabra performed poorly in the track events. New records were set by Grace Weaver, Lishad Morgan, Luke Burian, Eric Jean-Louis, Naida Stravens, Adrian Payet and Charlotte Vanacore.
With just the relays left, all was to play for with all 3 houses still in contention. 4 excellent relay performances by Aldabra meant that for the 3rd year in a row they took the victory but by the narrowest margin yet.
Secondary Basketball fixture vs ISS - At the beginning of May, twenty secondary students headed over to ISS Mahe to compete in a mixed boys and girls basketball tournament. The year 7s fought hard but unfortunately lost in hot, tough conditions. The year 9 and 10 basketball team worked well together in defence, allowing Perry Pointe to show his individual talent in attack. This lead to a comfortable win for VISP. We look forward to welcoming ISS to Praslin on June 6 th for a return Volleyball tournament.
SACOS National Swimming finals - Thirteen students represented VISP at the national swimming competition in Mahe. Everystudent was successful in gaining a medal in one or more of the races they competed in. Overall the students achieved 3 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 4 bronze medals; these included a gold medal for the 7-9 girls relay team and a silver medal for both the 12-13 girls relay team and 14-15 boys relay team. Every performer that qualified won a medal on the day. Congratulations to all the swimmers at VISP!
National Athletics Heats - After initially being cancelled due to a very wet and windy day, the La Digue National Athletics Championship Heats were rescheduled for 25 th May. Unfortunately, it was, yet again an extremely wet and windy day but it was decided that the heats must go on. Pupils battled through the rain to gain a place at the finals which will take place this month in Mahe. Seven of our students qualified for the finals: Grace Weaver, Ingrid Morel, Eric Jean-Louis, Perry Pointe, Kareen Cedras, Luke Burian and Isabelle Labushagne.
Praslin heats of SACOS swimming championships
Saturday 16th February was the date for the annual Praslin and La Digue school swimming championships, an event usually dominated by students from VISP. This year was no different with Coach Paul and Mr Baker helping the team reach peak performance for this competition.
The Labuschagne swimming dynasty continued with Amber sweeping up wins in the 7-9 years category, Isabelle winning 3 events in the 9-11 category, Emma winning the 9-11 breaststroke, Abigail picking up wins in the 11-13 category and Noah claiming several wins in the 13-15 age group. There were also wins for Phin Samraj in the 11-13 boys, Daniel Drotsky in the 9-11 boys, Charlotte Vanacore in the 13-15 girls, Emily Vanacore in the 11-13 girls and Luke Burian in the 7-9 boys age group. Victoria Rouillion, Jessica Drotsky and Ron Pozzi also all swam well for the school and qualified for finals on Mahe.
VISP students will now move on to the national finals later in March and hopefully bring back individual and relay medals for the school.