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ARTSHIFT Teacher Spotlights: Heather Meinen & Nicole Cerro + Student Volunteers
Luke Meinen
Feb-19-2020
Last weekend, LEVEL 5 hosted the first annual ArtShift, a summit for visual arts educators. Educators from across the GCC, east Asia, and even as far as Central Africa joined in for a weekend of learning, sharing, and collaborating.
LEVEL 5
ARTSHIFT Teacher Spotlights: Heather Meinen & Nicole Cerro + Student Volunteers
Luke Meinen
Feb-19-2020

Last weekend, LEVEL 5 hosted the first annual ArtShift, a summit for visual arts educators. Educators from across the GCC, east Asia, and even as far as Central Africa joined in for a weekend of learning, sharing, and collaborating.

Participants in the summit were asked to share 50 or 90 minute sessions on contemporary art practices with other arts educators. These experiences focused on creation and production. Art teachers were able to explore these new practices and experience them as their students would in their classrooms. The sessions included topics such as leveraging virtual reality as a medium, graffiti, Kifi Arabic calligraphy, digital polyline art, felting, resin art, and Islamic art tile casting.

#RVISionaries art teachers (Heather Meinen and Nicole Cerro), parents, and students helped facilitate many of the workshops at ArtShift. RVIS students Yusra Khasawneh and Sophia Titoni lead workshop experiences on hydro dipping and paint pouring, while Crystal Banton, an RVIS parent, led two workshops on how to work with resin and two part epoxies.

It was a fantastic learning experience for all involved, and LEVEL 5 hopes to make this a yearly event hosted in Bahrain!
 
Sports
Sports
Athletics Update
Marcus Waudby
Feb-19-2020
During the past 7 days all of our Dolphin Athletic teams competed in their first contests of the Spring Season. I was fortunate to see many of our students compete and the quality of play, understanding as a team and amount of grit and determination… Read More
Dolphin Athletics
Athletics Update
Marcus Waudby
Feb-19-2020

During the past 7 days all of our Dolphin Athletic teams competed in their first contests of the Spring Season. I was fortunate to see many of our students compete and the quality of play, understanding as a team and amount of grit and determination shown, gives me a huge amount of optimism for the weeks ahead.

The U19 girls, superbly coached by the 'Dream Team' of Meinen and Fry faced IKNS in their first fixture of the season; a team with 4 of the current Bahrain Ladies football team as part of their squad. Coach Meinen outlines the game: 'Yesterday we completed our first U19 game of the season against IKNS. Even though the score wasn’t in our favor, Coach Fry and I were very impressed with how hard the girls worked throughout the entire game and their positive attitudes all the way until the last whistle blew. At half-time one of the players stated, “This is the best I’ve seen us play!” We couldn’t agree more, but we still have work to do to fine tune our skills before our next game against St. Chris on Wednesday.'

The U15 girls hosted IKNS in their basketball opening salvo. Buoyed on by the sage words of Coaches Blackbourn and Fields (remotely from the G5 Camp Out), our girls started nervously, but grew into the game. Lots of positives. There is lots for this team to look forward to. I can't wait to see them play next.

The U13 boys and girls started us off on Monday. Coaches Adam and Bushmiller had worked their teams hard in the off-season and were confident of a bold showing. The boys team travelled to IKNS for their first Tournament. Bushmiller stated, 'the RVIS U13 Boys Basketball team won their game vs BSB 15-11. Led by Yousif, all the boys played hard and competed throughout the game.' Well done boys!
The U13 girls travelled to the Bahrain School for their Tournament and played incredibly courageous basketball. Although they finished 2nd in every game; more importantly they enjoyed time together as a team and playing the game.

Our U11 Young Guns travelled to St Christopher's school, in Saar, for their Annual Basketball Tournament. Coaches Lloyd and Akins were incredibly confident after results in previous events this year. The boys did very well indeed and narrowly missed out on a semi-final place, finishing in 5th place out of 16 teams.
 
Sports
Sports
Sports Report
Marcus Waudby
Feb-05-2020
Good morning Dolphin Sports Fans! A quiet week here on Campus, with exams taking centre stage for our athletes. Dolphin basketball and football practices have begun for those able to attend and coaches are busy preparing for the first games of the… Read More
Dolphin Athletics
Sports Report
Marcus Waudby
Feb-05-2020

Good morning Dolphin Sports Fans!

A quiet week here on Campus, with exams taking centre stage for our athletes. Dolphin basketball and football practices have begun for those able to attend and coaches are busy preparing for the first games of the season, next week.

The X-Country team under the tutelage of Coach Camy, took part in their first meet of the season. Our small, but dedicated, team exceeded all expectations at the race in Budaiya; Senior Aiden Jones taking the bronze medal in the U19 category. Young dashers Zuad and Zain from Grade 5, finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the U13 competition. Kady Blackbourn was our highest finisher in the U15 competition, finishing in 3rd place. Their next two meets are at the end of February - we wish them well.

 
Student Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Ken Davis
Feb-05-2020
Rising Star in the Racing World Recently Rashid Al Khalifa in Grade 3 walked away with a first place victory at the Bahrain International Circuit. Taking after his father’s love for racing, Rashid took up Go-Karting 6 months ago and has proven to be a… Read More
Student Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Ken Davis
Feb-05-2020

Rising Star in the Racing World
Recently Rashid Al Khalifa in Grade 3 walked away with a first place victory at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Taking after his father’s love for racing, Rashid took up Go-Karting 6 months ago and has proven to be a natural on the track. During the month of January, Rashid entered the finals in 4th position after several tough qualifying rounds. Not feeling deterred, Rashid quickly jumped to second place before the first turn as he weaved through his competition. Staying close to the leader, Rashid battled for 1st, and by turn 8 Rashid had taken the lead.
The rest of the race was a grueling back and forth battle against more experienced drivers. Getting clipped as the race neared the end, Rashid’s training kicked in and he was able to recover and remain in a close race. Now, with 3 cars in a tight race for 1st, Rashid had an even bigger challenge ahead of him! Through his determination Rashid continued to put his skills to the test, finishing the race strong and walking away with a first place trophy. When asked about his victory Rashid stated, “To finish first, first you must finish.” Cleary Rashid had set his sights high and came away victorious.

Rashid’s racing career is just getting off the ground and we look forward to hearing about his continued success!

 
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!