12 Nov Prep – 21 February 2015
03 March 2015
ICS SA Prep – Student Rep Report
The day of ICS Prep 2015 had finally arrived and as a student who had experienced an ICS Prep weekend before, I can assure you that as much as we were excited, there was still that dreaded little green man in the back of your head reminding you of the first day “Mock Exam”. So even though the first year students by far outnumbered the previously prepped students, you can imagine our instant state of relief when we were informed that the ICS committee had decided to try a year without the exam in order to add an extra lecture to the weekend.
The Friday got off to the usual start of signing in and collecting your ICS Prep weekend file from Carol. We then had lunch before moving into the main hall for a bit of housekeeping from Mr. Rob Gardner, FICS, and a very useful presentation on the “Do’s and Don’ts of Exams” by our esteemed Mrs Susan Oatway, FICS, who came all the way from the UK. Once everyone had arrived, we moved into our lectures to get the studying started. In the evening we all spilt into our designated teams and enjoyed a fun quiz evening which was organized and planned by Natasha Vaughan, FICS, and Shelley Dovey, FICS. We were then left with rest of the evening to ourselves.
The Saturday morning came way too soon for a lot of students who had maybe taken the “networking” a tad too far but I am proud to say that every single one of us were at our 0830 lectures and raring to go. The day was full of very well planned lectures and a lot of students were very complimenting of their tutors. We were then treated to a great Law presentation by Mr. Tony Norton, FICS, which was followed by a presentation by Mrs Oatway, FICS, on how new buildings have had an effect on the Market. Then came the final round of the Team competition which involved the tutors leaving us on a sinking yacht in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to die with only 15 Items to survive, lucky for us we only had to list the 15 items in order of importance to survive. The game turned out to be an absolute hit with many students and after Natasha and Shelley tallied the points, we all made our way back to the main hall for prize giving and fines, which turned out be rather entertaining as Rob read each of us our fate! Some got points deducted for playing bad music, others for catching tutors on their phones but all in all it was very comical and created a great atmosphere amongst both the students and the Tutors. Then the “networking” started all over again!
Once again the Sunday morning came far too early, not just for a few of us but rather all of us! Yet we were all at our lectures and studying hard. As the ICS Prep weekend drew to an end and we took our group photos, you could see that everyone that attended had learn a lot and were far more confident about the upcoming exams. I can truly say that this weekend is far more valuable than given credit for and I would encourage every ICS Student, whether you are doing Introduction to Shipping or Marine Insurance, to attend.
In Closing and on behalf of all students that attended the ICS Prep weekend, we would like to thank Carol and all the tutors for their dedication and for giving up their time to help us prepare for our exams. You have all made this a very valuable and memorable weekend for all of us.
We look forward to next year!
Thomas E’Silva – ICS Student Rep
The Multipurpose and Heavy Lift Transporation Outlook for 2015
In addition to our local Tutors, the students were again treated to an International Tutor. In addition to the tutorials and sessions scheduled for the weekend, Susan Oatway, FICS, delivered a presentation to the students on the Multipurpose and Heavy Lift Transporation Outlook for 2015.
Susan is a consultant to Drewry’s and the principal editor of the Drewry’s Multipurpose Report. Susan is a regular speaker at various conferences around the world and most recently presented at Breakbulk Africa held in Johannesburg this year.
Susan lectures on dry bulk chartering for a number of institutions including METL and the ICS. Susan is the current Chair of the ICS Education and Training committee. Susan has kindly allowed us to share her recent presentation with you. View it here.
Prep 2015 Photo Gallery
This year’s photos can be viewed here.