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Graduation
Graduation
Riffa Views International School Celebrates its Graduates
Ken Davis - Admissions Director
Jun-04-2019
A Year of Accomplishments Culminates with High School Graduation On Thursday May 30th, RVIS held its fourth graduation for the twenty Grade-12 students at the Ritz Carlton. The event was filled with proud parents, faculty, and dear friends as the Class… Read More
Graduation 2019, Class of 2019
Riffa Views International School Celebrates its Graduates
Ken Davis - Admissions Director
Jun-04-2019

A Year of Accomplishments Culminates with High School Graduation


On Thursday May 30th, RVIS held its fourth graduation for the twenty Grade-12 students at the Ritz Carlton. The event was filled with proud parents, faculty, and dear friends as the Class of 2019 proudly took the stage to celebrate a major milestone in their lives.



Maryam Al Khalifa was the class of 2019's Valedictorian, maintaining the highest cumulative GPA. Maryam also completed the full IB Diploma Program and participated in a wide variety of activities throughout her time at RVIS. In her speech Maryam reflected, “2019 marks my tenth year at this school. I have grown up with some of you, and I have just gotten to know some of you as well. But to me, it doesn’t matter how long you have been in our class, I see us as nothing less of a family, and I am forever grateful to have been a part of this journey with all of you.” Maryam will be staying in Bahrain for her higher education and will be attending the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical University, Bahrain.



Ali Irhouma was awarded the Dolphin Award which goes to the student who most embodies the mission of the school. Ali participated in a variety of athletics, service projects, and school-wide events while continually challenging himself academically. The faculty describes Ali as “a student who is caring, compassionate, articulate, and intelligent and shows amazing insight, leadership and maturity.” Ali will be studying engineering at Queen’s University in Canada.


With the diplomas conferred and tassels moved from left to right, the members of the Class of 2019 are about to embark on life’s next adventure with the closing words of Shanaz Rayan, “In order to stand here on stage, we were driven by our passions to work persistently during the last few years. But this determination should not end here, because graduating is only the start of a long journey. And to continue this journey, we must maintain the pursuit of our aspirations.”



 
Charity
Charity
Hair Donation - A Call to Action
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May-15-2019
On May 3rd, Hana Elsokkary donated 10 inches of her hair to Beauty Spot Salon (@beautyspotbahrain), located in Hamalah. She has been growing it for 2 years and said, “It was like getting a free haircut, but for a good cause, which was a bonus!” Beauty… Read More
Hair Donation
Hair Donation - A Call to Action
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May-15-2019

On May 3rd, Hana Elsokkary donated 10 inches of her hair to Beauty Spot Salon (@beautyspotbahrain), located in Hamalah. She has been growing it for 2 years and said, “It was like getting a free haircut, but for a good cause, which was a bonus!” Beauty Spot Bahrain is collaborating with the Little Princess Trust foundation (@officiallittleprincesstrust) from the UK. This foundation provides free hair wigs for people up to age 24.


The founders were inspired by their own daughter, Hannah Tarplee, who was devastated and traumatized when she started losing her hair and was unable to find a suitable wig. After she passed, her parents decided to help others and developed this foundation. Additionally, they are funding treatments to end cancer. In 2016, they were awarded over 2.8 million and shared it between 34 hand-selected cancer fighting projects.


he wigs are manufactured and given for free to patients in need so the foundation must raise money through donations. These donations go towards the process of manufacturing, storage, salon fees, etc. and so they need your help! Hana stated, “I want to call people to action to give and to motivate others to help out this great cause. Even if you have short hair and you want to help out, you can donate money on their website.” So far, the foundation has provided 7,500 real hair wigs in UK and Ireland, and hoping to help out the millions more.



Now go out there and save the world!

For sources:

Salon IG: @beautyspotbahrain

Foundation IG: @officiallittleprincesstrust

Foundation (for donation and story): https://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/donate-money


 
Innovation
Innovation
Finishing Works Underway
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
May-15-2019
We are excited to share that we are on the home stretch of construction for the LEVEL 5 space! The doors are in place, the flooring is being laid and large features that were constructed off site are being brought in and installed. LEVEL 5 is really… Read More
Level 5 Construction
Finishing Works Underway
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
May-15-2019

We are excited to share that we are on the home stretch of construction for the LEVEL 5 space! The doors are in place, the flooring is being laid and large features that were constructed off site are being brought in and installed. LEVEL 5 is really starting to take shape and look like the workspace the community designed it to be!


Remember, early bird tickets are on sale for our 2019-2020 workshops. There is limited space, so please book early to ensure your spot in the workshops. We are also offering special pricing for all RVIS students, teachers, and parents in the form of 10% off of the ticket list price. When you purchase tickets, make sure to click “Enter Promo Code” and type in RVISCommunity to receive the special pricing.


If you are interested in continuing to follow the progress we are making on the space, and for updates on upcoming events and workshops, please follow us on Instagram level_5_bahrain.


 
Art
Art
Student Art Recognition
Anonymous
May-08-2019
Earlier in the semester, Ajyad (Grade 10) entered an online international fine arts competition hosted by Itsliquid Group. The organization chose 200 artworks out of the submissions to be displayed in their yearly international art exhibition in New York… Read More
Student Art Recognition
Student Art Recognition
Anonymous
May-08-2019

Earlier in the semester, Ajyad (Grade 10) entered an online international fine arts competition hosted by Itsliquid Group. The organization chose 200 artworks out of the submissions to be displayed in their yearly international art exhibition in New York City, Bogotá and Buenos Aires.


On a whim, Ajyad entered a painting she named “Cavallo di Carnevale di Venezia." The painting is an acrylic piece with a Harley Quinn pattern as a background. The colors range from yellow to burgundy in an ombré transition. After submitting her work, she received notice saying that her piece was chosen to be exhibited! Along with the winning piece, Itsliquid Group also chose another paintings from her art account (@davincis_hand) on Instagram to be featured in their exhibition.



Filled with excitement she shipped her 2 pieces of artwork to Venice, and a week later received images of them beautifully displayed in the exhibition. A month later, she was asked to do an interview with Itsliquid Group about her work and her thoughts on the experience. She stated, “As a young artist, this was my greatest accomplishment, and since I dream of going to Florence, Italy to complete my art studies, I feel as if this was an amazing opportunity as it may benefit my applications for college. This was my greatest accomplishment yet, and it has made me feel like a legitimate artist.”


Congratulations to Ajyad for following her passions!

 
Innovation
Innovation
IGNITE Day Secondary Overview – What will we be doing?
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
May-08-2019
IGNITE Day affords us many spectacular opportunities and the time to focus on the myriad of things schools try to squeeze into an already full week. So what will we be doing? This week, we provide an overview of Secondary IGNITE Day. Advisory:… Read More
Ignite Day
IGNITE Day Secondary Overview – What will we be doing?
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
May-08-2019

IGNITE Day affords us many spectacular opportunities and the time to focus on the myriad of things schools try to squeeze into an already full week. So what will we be doing? This week, we provide an overview of Secondary IGNITE Day.



Advisory: Connection is one of the most essential elements for humans are social beings. Advisory sessions will be focused on building connections and relationships with peers and the Advisory Teacher. We will also integrate socio-emotional curriculum that is age appropriate.



Intramurals: One of our goals is to ensure students emerge as confident and collaborative young adults. Playing team sports is an excellent path towards both of these aims. Students will engage in weekly intramural sessions and play competitive sports with their peers.



Clubs/Committees: Students will further gain leadership skills by serving on clubs or committees. Clubs include STUCO, Change My World, and MUN. More are still to be developed. Committees may be long-term or short term, and will allow students to be part of decision-making, organization and event planning.



Personalized Learning Seminars: The feature of IGNITE, personalized learning seminars allow students to explore a range of passion-based learning options in a short-term setting. Seminars are organized into strands, and students will have the opportunity to earn badges in key areas such as communication, innovation and etc.



Assemblies: Weekly assemblies will allow for schoolwide showcases, House assemblies and grade-level assemblies. Assemblies further allow us to connect as a community.


 
Art
Art
Youth in Art for Peace
Ken Davis - Admissions/Marketing Director
May-08-2019
A member of the RVIS class of 2019 recently had his art displayed in a Youth in Art for Peace exhibit here in Bahrain. Here is a short excerpt from the news story followed by a link to the full article. Ahmed Dadabai of Riffa Views International School… Read More
Youth in Art for Peace
Youth in Art for Peace
Ken Davis - Admissions/Marketing Director
May-08-2019


A member of the RVIS class of 2019 recently had his art displayed in a Youth in Art for Peace exhibit here in Bahrain. Here is a short excerpt from the news story followed by a link to the full article.



Ahmed Dadabai of Riffa Views International School stated art as a means of storytelling, and a way for him to express peaceful perspectives on the world. His piece depicted Islamic symbols showing “religion as a force of calmness and light, in contrast to its common representation in some media.”


Link to full article.

 
Professional Development
Professional Development
#TeachMeetBahrain
Luke Meinen - Level 5 Manager
Apr-30-2019
Riffa Views International School, in partnership with LEVEL 5 hosted the second #TeachMeetBahrain on Monday, April 29th. Over 150 educators from 30 different school from all over Bahrain and Saudi Arabia joined in for the night of sharing, learning, and… Read More
Teachmeet Bahrain
#TeachMeetBahrain
Luke Meinen - Level 5 Manager
Apr-30-2019

Riffa Views International School, in partnership with LEVEL 5 hosted the second #TeachMeetBahrain on Monday, April 29th. Over 150 educators from 30 different school from all over Bahrain and Saudi Arabia joined in for the night of sharing, learning, and collaboration. TeachMeets are a fast-paced, keynote style sharing event that allow educators to share innovative practices they are trying in their classrooms. Educators also participate in a breakout session to allow all who attend to have a voice in the evening. Speakers from eight different schools and universities shared during the evening, many of them doing so for the first time in front of a large audience. It was a great learning experiences for all who attended!



Luke Meinen, the Manager of LEVEL 5 and the host of the event described it as “energizing” stating, “the practices educators take away from these events helps them develop new strategies for teaching in their classroom communities. However, more importantly, the opportunity to connect with other educators from the island sparks collaborative relationships beyond the walls of their schools. This is the true impact of TeachMeet events”


 
Art and Talent Show
Art and Talent Show
An Evening of the Arts
Ken Davis - Admissions/Marketing Director
Apr-30-2019
On April 24th, RVIS celebrated the many talented artists in the RVIS community through the annual Art and Talent Shows. Starting off the night the RVIS community enjoyed the artwork from students Kindergarten through Grade 12. Attendees had the… Read More
Art Show, Talent Show
An Evening of the Arts
Ken Davis - Admissions/Marketing Director
Apr-30-2019

On April 24th, RVIS celebrated the many talented artists in the RVIS community through the annual Art and Talent Shows. Starting off the night the RVIS community enjoyed the artwork from students Kindergarten through Grade 12. Attendees had the opportunity to converse with students about their work and learn the inspiration and process of each piece. This event also marks the culmination for the Grade 12 IB Visual Art students, who carefully planned and displayed the art they created over the last two years. The Art Show will continue to be on display through this week.


The Talent Show continues to be a spring highlight. In just under two hours, RVIS students entertained a pack house with melodious singing, intricate dance routines, and a wide-variety of musical instruments. The months leading up to the event is a rewarding and challenging time for the performers, and the RVIS community is proud of the time and energy each student dedicated to the event.


The success of the night could not have been done without the support and leadership of the Art and Music Departments along with all the support staff that were behind the scenes. The RVIS community is richer because of the work of these people and we thank them.

 
Athletics
Athletics
Dolphin Athletics Awards
James Holloway - Athletics Director
Apr-30-2019
This week we recognized all our student-athletes at the annual Athletic Awards held Sunday in the Cafetorium. All students who represented RVIS in competitive sports received their certificate of recognition at this event, while special awards were also… Read More
Athletics
Dolphin Athletics Awards
James Holloway - Athletics Director
Apr-30-2019

This week we recognized all our student-athletes at the annual Athletic Awards held Sunday in the Cafetorium. All students who represented RVIS in competitive sports received their certificate of recognition at this event, while special awards were also given to students for outstanding achievements.


This year we recognized a total of 20 teams who participated in events both locally in the Bahrain School Sports League and in the OASIS Activities Conference. This is a new record for RVIS! A total of 120 students participated in our activities this year which is 25% more than last year and almost 60 students took part in more than one team. Almost double that of last year. Congratulations to all our student-athletes and a special mention goes out to the following students who walked away with special awards.


Grade Level Most Valuable Athletes


Grade 6 - Malea, Yousif


Grade 7 - Aesha, Yehia


Grade 8 - Isabella, Abdulla


Grade 9 - Mariam, Basheer


Grade 10 - Bernice, Kamal


Grade 11 - Suha, Abdurrahim


Grade 12 - Reem, Ali


Middle School Athlete of the Year went to Alina (7) and Abdulla (8), while the High School Athlete of the Year was awarded to Bernice (10) and Basheer (9). Our PTP student-athlete award for academic and athletic excellence was awarded to Suha Grade 11.


 
Innovation
Innovation
IGNITE Day Learning Seminars
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Apr-30-2019
In the secondary school, we will be offering personalized learning seminars for students during IGNITE Day. These will begin as four-week intensive programs that will allow students to explore areas of interest or specialize in a strand such as… Read More
Ignite Day
IGNITE Day Learning Seminars
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Apr-30-2019

In the secondary school, we will be offering personalized learning seminars for students during IGNITE Day. These will begin as four-week intensive programs that will allow students to explore areas of interest or specialize in a strand such as communications, learning innovations and the like. Through our parent and student World Cafes, we invited feedback and generated a number of strands and seminar options, which we will continue to develop and expand upon. Please see below for a list of current ideas. If you have any additional ideas you would like to share, please email our Director for Learning, Mrs. Jessica Davis at jdavis@rvis.edu.bh. As we move forward, we will also be inviting parents to participate and share their expertise. Please look for more information in August.


Some sample strands and workshops are highlighted below. Please note that these are under development and will be finalized in the coming months. Your feedback and input is appreciated.



Communications: Media Making; Visual Storytelling; Peace Poetry; Public Speaking; Writing & Illustrating a Children’s Book; Digital Storytelling; Writing Performance Sprint; Writing the World; etc.


Learning Innovations: Data Design; Designing an App; Scratch & the Computer Club Concept; Game Design; etc.


Compassion in Action: RAK & the Psychology of Human Flourishing; Compassion in Action Design Sprint; Organic Gardening; etc.


Leadership: Sports Leaders; Servant Leadership Summit; The Leader in Me; Teaching ES Students, etc.


Fabrication & Design: Fashion; Jewelry; Making & Creating; etc.


Adulting: Baking; Cooking Basics; Dinner/Recipe Competition; Budgeting, Laundry, Travel, Maps reading etc.


 
Reflection
Reflection
A Personal Reflection on the Umrah Trip
Srood Almofti - Islamic Studies & Citizenship teacher
Apr-30-2019
The Umrah trip or visiting Makkah during the offseason of Hajj, is one of the highly recommend, but not obligatory ways of worshipping Allah. Umrah is a unique a form of worship in Islam that may be performed at any time of the year. During Umrah you… Read More
Umra Trip
A Personal Reflection on the Umrah Trip
Srood Almofti - Islamic Studies & Citizenship teacher
Apr-30-2019

The Umrah trip or visiting Makkah during the offseason of Hajj, is one of the highly recommend, but not obligatory ways of worshipping Allah. Umrah is a unique a form of worship in Islam that may be performed at any time of the year. During Umrah you feel the past, present, and future come together; so close to Allah that you can almost feel the angels around you. The unique spirit you feel creates an indescribable emotion that overwhelms every single heart and mind.


Despite the huge number of individuals and tremendous pressure, Makkah remains a peaceful place where people come for a common purpose, to get closer to Allah. They all realize that they are in a unique place and become extremely tolerant of others, extremely polite and highly civilized. The only thing you hear is supplication and asking Allah for blessings, asking for solutions to their problems, and so on. It shows how unique and beautiful Islam is when bringing people from around the globe together for a common purpose.


Students, parents, staff and everyone who participated in this special trip are extremely thankful to the RVIS Board, leadership, and organizers who worked hard to make the Umrah dream a reality. The beautiful unforgettable memories will stay a lifetime in the heart and mind of our beloved students. We all hope that this project continues for RVIS’s foreseeable future and becomes part of the school’s tradition for generations to come.


May Allah bless the RVIS community, and may He shower His mercy and guidance on all of us.

 
Science and Engineering Fair
Science and Engineering Fair
8th Grade Science and Engineering Fair
Anonymous
Apr-17-2019
RVIS middle school students participated in the first science and engineering fair on April 9-10. Leading up to the fair, students spent several months investigating with experiments or designing solutions to real-world problems. At the fair, students… Read More
Science and Engineering Fair
8th Grade Science and Engineering Fair
Anonymous
Apr-17-2019


RVIS middle school students participated in the first science and engineering fair on April 9-10. Leading up to the fair, students spent several months investigating with experiments or designing solutions to real-world problems. At the fair, students displayed and discussed their work with judges, parents, and other students. We had 18 judges scoring and each project was scored twice. The winners of the science category and engineering category were announced at the Secondary Assembly on Sunday, April 14. These projects will be entered into an international science fair where they will compete against other students in the region.




 
Field Trip
Field Trip
G1 and G4 Field Trip: Oceanography Lecture
John Tarpey
Apr-17-2019
On Monday, April 15, grade 1 and 4 students visited were invited by the Ritz Carlton to attend a very unique land and sea presentation by Jean Michele Cousteau, Official Ambassador for the Environment and son of Jacques Cousteau. In the presentation by… Read More
Field Trip
G1 and G4 Field Trip: Oceanography Lecture
John Tarpey
Apr-17-2019

On Monday, April 15, grade 1 and 4 students visited were invited by the Ritz Carlton to attend a very unique land and sea presentation by Jean Michele Cousteau, Official Ambassador for the Environment and son of Jacques Cousteau. In the presentation by Dr. Cousteau, students learned all about the work his foundation is doing to protect our Earth. Students enjoyed a light lunch and a “goodie bag” following the presentation courtesy of the Ritz Carlton, Manama.





The following videos explain more about the great work Dr. Cousteau and the Ritz Carlton are doing:


http://www.facebook.com/ritzcarltonbahrain


https://www.instagram.com/ritzcarltonbahrain


 
School Performance
School Performance
Arabic Under the Stars
Anonymous
Apr-10-2019
Riffa Views International School has always been a school that embraces the Bahraini culture while providing an international school experience. The Arabic team, lead by Fuad Al Anzarouti is dedicated to creating a rich Arabic program that is… Read More
Arabic Under the Stars
Arabic Under the Stars
Anonymous
Apr-10-2019

Riffa Views International School has always been a school that embraces the Bahraini culture while providing an international school experience. The Arabic team, lead by Fuad Al Anzarouti is dedicated to creating a rich Arabic program that is academically rigorous for both our native and non-native speakers and celebrates the different aspects of the culture. On Wednesday April 27th RVIS hosted its first Arabic Under the Stars, which showcased Arabic songs, poetry, and stories through the voices and writings of the students.



The event started with the beautiful voice of Khulood Saleh, an RVIS Arabic teacher, accompanied by Mr. Ali Aldairy on the Oud. As the audience settled into their seats and throughout the night, student at RVIS celebrated the Arabic language through recitations of the Quran, poetry, and a few musical numbers. Students also honored important characters in the Arab world through interactive games with the audience, demonstrating a command for the Arabic language and a stage presence that kept the audience engaged throughout the show.





RVIS’s non-native students also demonstrated their skills for the language through songs, role play, and showed pride in what they have accomplished through the Arabic program.



Mr. Al Anzarouti showed his appreciation by stating, “The harder you work for something, the greater you feel when you achieve it. The students last night were my heroes, they believed in their abilities and I encouraged them. Their confidence and fluent Arabic, clearly showed their keenness to improve and excel. The non-native speakers students performed with passion and showed their Arabic skills really well. Well done to all of you and enjoy your deserved Spring Break. Remember always the school mission: Ignite the Passions, Personalize the Journey, and Impact through Action.”


 
Week of Action
Week of Action
Embracing Diversity to make us Stronger
Abdulla Alsaleh
Mar-20-2019
In RVIS, there are many different people of many different backgrounds who are here for many different reasons. The school’s diversity is one of its greatest assets. On the 18th of March during Secondary School’s Week of Compassionate Action (WOCA),… Read More
Week of Compassionate Action
Embracing Diversity to make us Stronger
Abdulla Alsaleh
Mar-20-2019

In RVIS, there are many different people of many different backgrounds who are here for many different reasons. The school’s diversity is one of its greatest assets. On the 18th of March during Secondary School’s Week of Compassionate Action (WOCA), multiple students who signed up for the “Appreciation Through Constructive Journalism” Class went to interview staff, janitors, and even students. Two of the interviewers, 9th Grade students named Abdulla and Rashid, went to interview a Healthy Calorie staff member, Rubel, and a student in Grade 11, Carla.



Rubel, nicknamed “Moni” as a child, is in charge of wrapping the Express Menu items for Healthy Calorie. Although he was somewhat nervous when we first started interviewing him, he eventually became more and more comfortable with our questions. We learned that he is from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and enjoys playing cricket in his spare time. His job at RVIS is his first job experience, and he says that it brings him happiness. He also enjoys Bahrain’s climate and comfortability. He is the oldest of five children, and was previously studying in college in Bangladesh. He was planning to graduate and get a government job, but family circumstances caused him to leave Bangladesh and find a job in Bahrain.



Carla is a Grade 11 student at RVIS. We learned that she is no stranger to moving to new places, since she is originally from Spain, and before moving to Bahrain, she lived in Barcelona, Madrid, then back to Barcelona, then Mexico, and finally in a village south of Catalonia. According to Carla, Bahrain is “not bad”, and she enjoys the climate, although the sandstorms are somewhat irritating. She is an only child, and she moved to Bahrain because her father acquired a job here; she also sees Bahrain as an opportunity for her to improve her English speaking skills.



These two people have many differences, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it only highlights our school’s diversity. Everyone in RVIS has differences, but everyone also has commonalities. Both of these are important in identifying who we are, and they’re important to the school’s sense of community. RVIS brings people from all around the globe together to one place and here, we share something that not many other schools have. Diversity in our school is the core of the school’s energy and personality, and our gates are open to anyone and everyone.