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Professional Development
Professional Development
TeachMeet Bahrain
Luke Meinen
Jan-22-2020
For the second time this year, LEVEL 5 facilitated TeachMeet Bahrain, an opportunity for educators to share practice, learn from others, and build their professional learning network. St. Christopher’s school generously hosted the TeachMeet at their Saar… Read More
Teachmeet Bahrain
TeachMeet Bahrain
Luke Meinen
Jan-22-2020

For the second time this year, LEVEL 5 facilitated TeachMeet Bahrain, an opportunity for educators to share practice, learn from others, and build their professional learning network. St. Christopher’s school generously hosted the TeachMeet at their Saar campus and over 130 educators from schools across the Kingdom and Saudi Arabia attended the event.

We were proud to have multiple keynotes shared by RVIS teachers on contemporary topics such moving from STEM to STEAM by adding elements of art, inspiring action through the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and upscaling through recycling. The next TeachMeet Bahrain will be hosted by the University of Bahrain in March to continue to build connections between K-12 and higher education. LEVEL 5 and RVIS are excited to continue to be a part of the growth of the education community in Bahrain!


 
Sports
Sports
Athletics Update
Marcus Waudby
Jan-22-2020
Last week saw the culmination of many weeks of hard work for our Dolphin Athletes. On Sunday, our U15 girls competed in their final league fixture of the season against a strong St. Chris team. Our girls battled hard throughout but were unable to push… Read More
Dolphin Athletics
Athletics Update
Marcus Waudby
Jan-22-2020

Last week saw the culmination of many weeks of hard work for our Dolphin Athletes.

On Sunday, our U15 girls competed in their final league fixture of the season against a strong St. Chris team. Our girls battled hard throughout but were unable to push through for victory. Special praise for this team must be heaped on coach Meinin and Fry and the playing staff; the majority of this team were made up of girls from grade 6 who have learned a lot from their experience.



Our U13 athletes competed in their season ending Tournaments on Monday. The boys, decimated by a mysterious flu that hit the team post Winter break, performed admirably. Although they came second in every contest, no-one ever gave up. Coaches Eminsen and Pinkerton deserve a lot of credit for remaining positive and upbeat during difficult circumstances. The boys finished in 7th place.

The girls put in their best performances of the season. Despite narrowly losing their first game, the girls battled through the consolation bracket, winning two penalty shoot outs along the way, to eventually play in the 3rd place play off. They were unsuccessful in their final contest, but 4th place is a great result for a young team who have been expertly guided by Coaches Kneyse and Fry this season. Many of this team will return for the U13's next year, which bodes well for them.

The U19 boys basketball completed their final league game against BSB on Wednesday, knowing that only a victory would give them a chance of making the playoffs. It wasn't to be; a defeat meant that we finished 5th. Coach D'Antoni has worked tirelessly with this team and continues to work in preparation for the upcoming MEUC Championship taking place at the Muharraq Club at the end of the month. We wish them well.

TRYOUTS for season 3 will be taking place in the coming days and we wish our Dolphin Athletes well for their seasons ahead.
 
Ignite Day
Ignite Day
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Dec-11-2019
On the International Day of persons with disabilities, December 3, RVIS organized an Activity Day for children with disabilities. As part of the Compassion Summit and Housing Project IGNITE Day Seminars, the children hosted 52 kids with disabilities,… Read More
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Dec-11-2019

On the International Day of persons with disabilities, December 3, RVIS organized an Activity Day for children with disabilities. As part of the Compassion Summit and Housing Project IGNITE Day Seminars, the children hosted 52 kids with disabilities, the kid's age was between 3 and 6 years.

RVIS students created various activities to develop a day of joy and fun, they played basketball, watched movies, and played educational games in LEVEL 5, ending with lunch together.

It was a truly inspiring day, and our students were talented enough to lead the activities of this day in a very professional way, which made our guests happy in a day filled with joy and connection. RVIS students were amazing hosts and we are so impressed with their compassion and leadership.

 
Academic
Academic
House News
Anonymous
Dec-11-2019
Students have been involved in a number of house activities lately, most recently, a trivia quiz bowl of general knowledge. This began with a preliminary stage to select a team from each house, and culminated in the representatives of each house… Read More
Houses
House News
Anonymous
Dec-11-2019

Students have been involved in a number of house activities lately, most recently, a trivia quiz bowl of general knowledge. This began with a preliminary stage to select a team from each house, and culminated in the representatives of each house competing in the final. Dilmun achieved victory in an exciting final, helping them to move up in the house leader board.

In addition, Aradous were crowned house quarterly champions for their points total of 541. Points are awarded throughout the quarter for school attendance, punctuality, attendance at sports events, intramurals, and mystery challenges that have included showing kindness. Awal are currently in 2nd place with 516, Dilmun are in 3rd with 509, and Tylos are in 3rd with 413. No doubt these positions will change after winter break as students continue to show a spirit of competitiveness.
 
Professional Development
Professional Development
Empowering Aspiring Photographers at LEVEL 5
Luke Meinen
Dec-04-2019
Last weekend, a group of aspiring photographers from all walks of life joined LEVEL 5 and Heather Meinen on a journey to learn to leverage their DSLR cameras. Students, teachers and community members participated in a workshop that challenged them to… Read More
Photography
Empowering Aspiring Photographers at LEVEL 5
Luke Meinen
Dec-04-2019

Last weekend, a group of aspiring photographers from all walks of life joined LEVEL 5 and Heather Meinen on a journey to learn to leverage their DSLR cameras. Students, teachers and community members participated in a workshop that challenged them to utilize their knowledge of the exposure triangle to capture amazing still images, light painting and even an authentic photoshoot of kids! Here are some of the amazing images that they captured during the workshop For a listing of the upcoming LEVEL 5 workshops, check out the website! https://www.thelevel5.org/bahrain

 
Ignite Day
Ignite Day
Ignite Day - A Dog’s Purpose
Jo Garrahy
Nov-27-2019
‘A Dog’s Purpose’ seminar, continues to LOVE Ignite days and what we are learning about the wonderful world of dogs. We have had the opportunity to meet some local dog experts and to interact with their 4-legged friends. Last week we visited Delmon… Read More
A dog's purpose
Ignite Day - A Dog’s Purpose
Jo Garrahy
Nov-27-2019

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ seminar, continues to LOVE Ignite days and what we are learning about the wonderful world of dogs. We have had the opportunity to meet some local dog experts and to interact with their 4-legged friends.

Last week we visited Delmon Boarding Kennels in Barbar where we talked about dogs at different life stages - puppies, young dogs in training, and senior dogs. We met all types of breeds of dogs and learned a lot about their different needs and suitability as pets.
A highlight of this seminar has been working with Dr. Sarah Clarke and learning about her work with Educational Assistance Dogs. We had a chance to meet, ‘Baloo’, the well known RIA Center for Special Needs, support dog. Yesterday, Nadia, who works with Dr. Sarah, visited RVIS with her beautifully trained dog, Juno! Some individual student highlights of the seminar have been:

Layla - “Having the opportunity to interact with the dogs and getting to know their personalities”
Youssef - “Learning from experts here in Bahrain about lots of important dog facts and needs”
Mahmoud - “Having a better understanding of how dogs change during their life and the important work of the BSPCA to protect dogs here in Bahrain.”
 
Sports
Sports
Oasis Boys Captain Summary
Aiden Jones
Nov-27-2019
As Captain for the trip to Dubai, it was my role to lead and organise the team in order to produce the best results. When being abroad whilst playing sports, it can be particularly difficult, seeing as you are against teams you have never faced. Over… Read More
Secondary Sports, Varsity , Volleyball
Oasis Boys Captain Summary
Aiden Jones
Nov-27-2019
As Captain for the trip to Dubai, it was my role to lead and organise the team in order to produce the best results. When being abroad whilst playing sports, it can be particularly difficult, seeing as you are against teams you have never faced.

Over the span of this 4 day trip, the team, although it may only have been 6 players, we really bonded and gave it all we had to produce the result of 4th overall. The first half of the trip was very disheartening as we couldn’t pull out a win despite our persistent effort. Every game was a fight to the finish and we never lost hope. Wise words from Coach Adam and Power hitter Kamal Badri helped bring the team back onto their feet after the losses began to pile up. However, when day 3 rolled around, all the close matches and the ‘ we could’ve won that” began to take precedence. The boys won their first game of the tournament when it mattered most in the Quarter finals, against the 2nd seed team in straight sets winning 2-0. What a way to come back! But, to our dismay we fell short in the final set of the semi’s by a 15-10 loss.

The trip was a unique experience that I would do again in an instant. The culture of such an incredible city was shown to us through quad biking and dune bashing and our wallets were empty by the time we left the infamous Dubai Mall.

We represented RVIS in the most respectable and honourable way and were rewarded by winning the Team Sportsmanship award. Our competitive approach coupled with a friendly and sportsman like approach definitely left an impact for our return next year

 
Professional Development
Professional Development
Pecha Kucha: A Night to Celebrate Failure
Luke Meinen
Nov-27-2019
Last Wednesday, LEVEL 5 hosted its first Pecha Kucha event of the year with a focus on the failure as one of life’s most important lessons. Pecha Kucha is a Jappaniese style of concise storytelling where presenters have a slide deck of 20 images that… Read More
Pecha Kucha
Pecha Kucha: A Night to Celebrate Failure
Luke Meinen
Nov-27-2019

Last Wednesday, LEVEL 5 hosted its first Pecha Kucha event of the year with a focus on the failure as one of life’s most important lessons. Pecha Kucha is a Jappaniese style of concise storytelling where presenters have a slide deck of 20 images that automatically change every 20 seconds.

The presenters shared an eclectic array of stories including creation of a youtube channel, lifting weights to get “buff”, and even the failure to never fail at anything. It was an evening of laughter, sharing, and a lot of fun. Shockingly, there were no epic failures throughout the sharing of these stories!

For more events that will spark creativity and innovation in school and the Riffa Views Community, check out the full listing of events taking place at LEVEL 5! https://www.thelevel5.org/bahrain

 
Sports
Sports
U11 BPSL Football
Marcus Waudby
Nov-20-2019
The U11 boys football teams competed in the BPSL football Tournament at St. Christopher’s school on the 13th November. This was the first time we have competed in this tournament and the players were incredibly excited, this excitement matched by coaches… Read More
Football
U11 BPSL Football
Marcus Waudby
Nov-20-2019

The U11 boys football teams competed in the BPSL football Tournament at St. Christopher’s school on the 13th November. This was the first time we have competed in this tournament and the players were incredibly excited, this excitement matched by coaches Blackbourn, Lloyd, Fields, Akins and young apprentice, Zein Elarabi.

Schools from all corners of Bahrain were gathered at the Saar football fields, all hopeful of a strong showing. Our Dolphins put out two teams into the Tournament - RVIS United (made up of 4th and 5th graders) and RVIS City (made up exclusively of 3rd graders).
The action was relentless, fast paced and intense. Mostly though it was a lot of FUN! Our boys had a blast and worked so hard for one another. To quote Mr Lloyd: ‘ Honestly super proud of the persistence and grit shown by the 3rd graders who worked hard from the first game until the last’. Abdullah, Abdulaziz, Mathew and Rashid were standout performers for the team; although all coaches agreed it was a mightily impressive team performance.

RVIS United progressed all the way to the Semi Final stages where they were narrowly beaten by the St. Chris team. A 3rd place finish and bronze medals were their reward for a job well done! The whole team deserved credit - a collective effort. They conducted themselves well at all times and were a credit to the school. We have some wonderful student-athletes in the school and to be able to showcase our abilities so well is testament to everyone involved. Thank you to the players, coaches and also the Head of Football, Mr. Adam.

These events mean so much to our students. To quote Rashed (take a look at the attached video): ‘You know who we are. We know who we are. They don’t know who we are!’
"You know who we are..."
 
Sports
Sports
U19 OASIS Volleyball
Marcus Waudby
Nov-20-2019
Good morning Dolphin Sports Fans! Last weekend our U19 Volleyball players attended the OASIS Tournament in Dubai. The excitement surrounding this trip was palpable; it was the first time RVIS had traveling teams for quite some time. Buoyed by… Read More
OASIS Volleyball
U19 OASIS Volleyball
Marcus Waudby
Nov-20-2019
Good morning Dolphin Sports Fans! Last weekend our U19 Volleyball players attended the OASIS Tournament in Dubai. The excitement surrounding this trip was palpable; it was the first time RVIS had traveling teams for quite some time. Buoyed by performances in the local Bahrain League our teams were confident of a strong showing.

Our teams battled hard during 3 days of intense competition against schools from Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Interspersed with a Dhow Cruise in the Dubai Marina, a Desert Safari, an evening around the Burj Khalifa and ample time for shopping, our teams and coaches left Dubai exhausted, but happy, having made many new friends along the way.

The season may now be over, but trips like these remain in the memory forever. Congratulations players and coaches on a job well done. It has been a pleasure watching you improve all season. You have made us all very proud.

 
Sports
Sports
Volleyball Season Concludes
Marcus Waudby - Director of Athletics and Co-Curricular
Nov-06-2019
Hello Dolphin Sports fans! Throughout the past week, our Dolphin Volleyball players have been competing in their End of Season Tournaments. All of our young athletes performed admirably and continued to be an absolute credit to themselves and RVIS.… Read More
Sports Program
Volleyball Season Concludes
Marcus Waudby - Director of Athletics and Co-Curricular
Nov-06-2019

Hello Dolphin Sports fans!

Throughout the past week, our Dolphin Volleyball players have been competing in their End of Season Tournaments. All of our young athletes performed admirably and continued to be an absolute credit to themselves and RVIS. Perhaps overawed by their respective occasions, our teams were unsuccessful in their attempts to take home a BPSL Trophy this time around. A summary of the final placings are as follows:

sports status

What we can ALL do is hold our heads high, knowing that we have 'punched way above our weight' this season. Our coaches; Darren Adam, Callie Bushmiller, Dana Wells, Camy Bistriceanu and myself have seen the enormous progress our student-athletes have made this season, as have many of you that regularly support our teams. We are also proud to have the best support team in the business, led by Courtney and Dhara.

Has this season been a success? Success can be measured in many ways. Winning banners and trophies are great, of course. Another measure of success is the number of players in the program, the commitment they show on a weekly basis. The enjoyment they get out of playing sports and representing the school. This season we have had 63 students represent the Volleyball program at RVIS. This is a staggering 31% of the total student population in the Secondary School, playing competitive sports! With our Volleyball IntraMurals supplementing the competitive program, the percentage of our students playing volleyball then heads into the 95+ percentile. These are Gold Standard numbers.

Schools in the BPSL are considerably larger in student numbers (one school recently topping the 3000+ mark). Given our size, RVIS will continue to be the perennial underdog. From what I have seen this season and what other schools are beginning to realise, is that 'It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.'

Bring on the Football and Basketball seasons...

Go Dolphins!



 
Sports
Sports
Dolphin Athletics Update
Marcus Waudby - Director of Athletics and Co-Curricular
Oct-23-2019
It started on Monday with our young U13 Dolphins competing in their penultimate Tournament of the year. Bolstered by the availability of all players, Coaches Bushmiller and Wells selected our strongest teams of the season. Our girls traveled to Isa Town… Read More
Dolphin Athletics
Dolphin Athletics Update
Marcus Waudby - Director of Athletics and Co-Curricular
Oct-23-2019

Good morning Dolphin Sports fans!
WHAT A WEEK it has been!


Summary
U13 Boys - Won 2 and Lost 2
U13 Girls - Won 1 and Lost 1
U15 Girls - RVIS 3 - 1 Bahrain School
U15 Girls - RVIS 3 - 0 BSB
U19 Girls - RVIS 0 - 2 Bahrain School
U19 Girls - RVIS 0 - 3 BSB
U19 Boys - RVIS 2 - 1 Bahrain School
U19 Boys - RVIS 3 - 2 BSB


It started on Monday with our young U13 Dolphins competing in their penultimate Tournament of the year. Bolstered by the availability of all players, Coaches Bushmiller and Wells selected our strongest teams of the season. Our girls traveled to Isa Town, where a partisan home crowd welcomed them to the Gym. Our U13 girls fought hard to win one out of their two games, meaning a 5th Seed ranking for the End of Season Tournament on the 28th October. Our U13 home crowd gave an equally raucous welcome to the visiting teams from around the Island. Buoyed by results from the previous week, Bushmillers’ team won their first two games, convincingly. Two close losses (2pts each time) were to follow, but the boys should be encouraged; also earning a 5th Seed ranking for their Tournament.

Our U15 and U19 teams also had a busy week with Home and Away fixtures against the Bahrain School and BSB. The U19’s hosted ‘Perennial Powerhouses’ - the Bahrain School, on Tuesday. The Home crowd was the biggest of the season and the expectant group of Dolphin fans were not to be disappointed. The intimidating team from Juffair started strongly in both games, establishing early leads. However, our Dolphins these days are made of ‘sterner stuff’, and with the expert guidance of coaches Adam and Bistriceanu, stayed in the fight. Both first sets went to the wire, with the girls being narrowly edged out and the boys defiantly hanging on for the set. The girls ended up coming second in this contest, but Coach Camy and the team should be proud of the efforts. The boys ended up 2-1 victors - a game report from Coach Adam can be found here.

The next test for the U19 teams was at BSB. Our opponents had excellent records leading into this contest; both ‘sitting pretty’ near the top of the League table. Reports from both coaches were positive. Our teams performed outstandingly well against their well seasoned and well drilled counterparts. Although the girls were on the receiving end of a 3-0 scoreline, significant improvements have been made this season and Coach Camy is upbeat about their chances in the Tournament on the 30th October. The boys trailed 2-0 and looked down and out. Not for the first time this season, Coach Adam and his sage words worked wonders! Our boys went on to win 3-2, achieving the number 2 seed for the season ending Tournament. Awesome!

Our U15 girls traveled to the Bahrain School for the much anticipated contest against a school that have been difficult to beat in previous seasons. This game was to be a defining moment for this team; a game where every member of the squad stepped up and made significant contributions. In all honesty, the Bahrain School were never really in the contest and the scoreline of 3 - 1 to our High Flying Dolphins, flatters the Juffair team a little. The performance was one of true grit and skill. Coach Waudby couldn’t be prouder of the girls.

The second game of the week was our last home game of the season against BSB - the number one ranked team in the Competition. Their team were big and tall. Not to mention supremely confident. The home crowd were treated to one of the finest displays of the season. Captains Isabella and Shaden led from the front and with a supporting cast of Nureen, Laura, Habiba, Noora, Alina and Yusra; we are fast becoming an excellent team and rightfully earned the #1 seed ranking for the Tournament on the 30th October.


Upcoming fixtures:
 
Sports
Sports
Dolphin Athletics
Marcus Waudby - Athletics Director
Oct-08-2019
Good morning Dolphin Sports fans! Dolphin Fever was rife on the school Campus this week! Expectations were high after the previous week’s successes and this week saw all of our Dolphin Volleyball teams in action! On Monday our U13 girls team competed… Read More
Dolphin Athletics
Dolphin Athletics
Marcus Waudby - Athletics Director
Oct-08-2019

Good morning Dolphin Sports fans!

Dolphin Fever was rife on the school Campus this week! Expectations were high after the previous week’s successes and this week saw all of our Dolphin Volleyball teams in action!

On Monday our U13 girls team competed in their 2nd Tournament of the season. Buoyed by results from the previous week, Coach Wells and the girls traveled to Isa Town full of optimism. Although results didn’t all go their way this week, Dana confirmed that the team is making excellent progress and building nicely towards the season finale at the same venue in 3 weeks time. Our U13 boys traveled to their first Tournament of the season at IKNS. Bolstered by ‘young guns’ Jayven and Alessandro from Grade 5, Coach Bushmiller was extremely confident. These young Dolphins did not disappoint! Winning 3 out of their 4 games has put them in a strong position going into their next contest. Callie stated that the whole team deserved plaudits; no one player stood out; everyone contributed.

On Wednesday, we renewed our rivalry with the always strong and pre-Championship favourites, St Chris. Our U19 boys and girls traveled to Isa Town for their fixtures full of confidence after solid performances the previous week against IKNS. However, both teams were to have a tough afternoon against their well drilled and experienced opponents. Coach Adam’s squad suffered injuries to two key players along the way; we wish them a speedy recovery. Coach Camy commented that our girls fought hard all the way, but were beaten by a very good team. It’s still early days in the competition and with games against BSB and the Bahrain school ahead, both teams remain confident of earning a high seeding in the End of Season Tournament.
Our only home game this week involved our U15 girls as they hosted St Chris. Led superbly by co-captains Isabella and Shaden, our girls romped away with a 3 sets to 0 victory. The margin of victory was emphatic and just deserts for an excellent team performance. Coach Waudby was impressed with a performance filled with solid serving and entertaining 3 - touch volleyball.

Again thanks to our cheering section, featuring Gym Managers, Courtney Richardson and Dhara Levers.

Next week we have the following games. Come along and support your Dolphins!

 
Advisory
Advisory
Building Strong Communities Through Advisory
Srood Almoofti
Oct-02-2019
Classroom meetings are a way to allow students to have their voice on things that matter to them and to build community. The skills that students can learn in such meetings allows them to acquire skills that are critical for every human being, but sadly… Read More
Building Strong Communities Through Advisory
Building Strong Communities Through Advisory
Srood Almoofti
Oct-02-2019

Highlight from Ms. Srood’s Advisory

Classroom meetings are a way to allow students to have their voice on things that matter to them and to build community. The skills that students can learn in such meetings allows them to acquire skills that are critical for every human being, but sadly, are so often overlooked in schools.

Teaching students life skills, such as voicing opinions and sharing concerns, increases their confidence both professionally and in social situations. Along with voicing one’s opinion, self control and discipline are two other critical skills for students to help them build self esteem, handle difficult problems and to express themselves when in disagreement in an effective manner.
Through class meetings with my 6th grade advisory, students have explored these topics and discussed strategies on how they can help others, while also being able to reflect on their own use and understanding of these skills. I believe in the importance of all students learning such skills.
The class meeting can address procedural matters that impact students, address class wide problems or concerns, or just be an opportunity for students to engage in an enjoyable activity. Students feel the class meetings provide them with a sense of freedom to express their thoughts and opinions openly to others but within the structure of a community meeting setting.

Our first class meeting started with asking students why it is important to be in control of our actions and in what we express to others. Expressing how we feel through times of change has been important for grade 6 as they transition from elementary and enter a new stage of their schooling. Students were also given the opportunity to think deeper and tell about a time when they remember themselves at a time when they were challenged with how to act or what to say. We shared examples and linked this to our actions always have consequences. Finally, we reflected on how these experiences, and what we learnt from them, can be used to help us now, in 6th Grade, as we work to build our community of learning for the year ahead.

It was clear from the enthusiasm students showed during our first meeting that they enjoyed sharing their thoughts, ideas, experience and would welcome the opportunity to keep exploring these ideas and having more class meetings.

 
LEVEL 5
LEVEL 5
Cardboard Creation Challenge in LEVEL 5
Luke Meinen
Oct-01-2019
Monday night was an exciting evening in LEVEL 5! We hosted students, parents, and educators from across Bahrain in a night of design, creation and collaboration. Those who joined, learned to leverage cardboard as a powerful prototyping with a bit of duct… Read More
LEVEL 5
Cardboard Creation Challenge in LEVEL 5
Luke Meinen
Oct-01-2019
Monday night was an exciting evening in LEVEL 5! We hosted students, parents, and educators from across Bahrain in a night of design, creation and collaboration. Those who joined, learned to leverage cardboard as a powerful prototyping with a bit of duct tape, recycled materials and creativity.

In 35 minutes, mixed groups of students and adults created some truly amazing designs all based around the compelling story of Caine’s Arcade. There were trebuchets games, skee ball, pinball, claw machines and even a putting game! The evening displayed the possibility of creation under pressure.

In a final reflection of the event when sharing surprises from the evening, one parent said “I can’t believe how much fun we had as adults at this event!” Smiles were abundant, energy was high and parents and kids walked away with some great memories.