This year’s u16 and u19 boys and girls volleyball was a huge success. The four tournaments, two for the u16s and two for the u19s, took place on the weekend of the 17th and 18th of October.
U16 Girls The captain of the team was Leen Masarani, Yr12. Unfortunately, the team came in last place in spite of putting their best effort into the games.
When asked how she felt about the team’s performance Leen said, ”I loved the fact we all put our best effort in the game and we worked together as a team, which I feel is very important. Even though we lost all our matches, the team spirit was very high and in every game we played there was always improvement, whether it be in the score or how we played. I would just like to thank my coaches and my team for being so supportive.”
Encouragingly, the last match they played was against the team who would win the entire tournament. This was in fact there best match yet in all aspects of the game. Well Done Girls!
On the 22nd of September, Jeddah Prep and Grammar school held a celebration to mark the occasion of the Saudi National Day. The pupils of JPGS were asked to come dressed in Saudi national attire and while many students wore traditional clothing such as white thobes and jellabiyas, a number of students exercised their creativity and came in very colorful outfits. Traditional food such as kabsa, mandi, fried fish with sayadieh rice and musaqqa‘ah was served in the school’s cafeteria during lunch to tempt our palates with exotic tastes. In addition, the L.C.S (Local Cultural Studies) department organized a memorable assembly which kept all entertained during the afternoon session.
The varied performances included Arabic music, poetry and dancing and was based on the theme “Arabs Got Talent”. Students dressed as Mr. O’Shaughnessy, Mrs. Ellison, and Dr. Hitchen to carry out the role of distinguished judges.
Some of the acts featured were a Saudi version of the Harlem Shake and a creative spin on the pop song ‘Party in the USA’, which became ‘Party in the KSA’.
There was certainly a sense of excitement and celebration about the school, which gave the event a distinct flavor that has made it a much anticipated part of the school calendar. One Y7 student new to the school commented: “What made the event memorable for me was the poetry which we heard in the assembly. Although I didn’t understand it, it was really beautiful to listen to.”