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PTA Update December 2016


Who are we?

We are a small Team of parents and our aim is to organise events for members of our community.  Most of our events are not ‘fundraising’ but are to encourage people to participate, integrate, have fun and feel part of our school community. 

We are delighted that new parents have joined in the Community Spirit and are actively involved with the PTA.


Dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 10th January 7.30, Coffee morning in front of the Library.
  • Wednesday 25th January 7.30, First PTA meeting of the year where a new Team of Volunteers will be elected for 2017.  Please see below for further information.


What has been happening?

It's been an exciting four months since we met new parents and had our Welcome Back Coffee morning on the first day of term!


Bus Tours

The Bus Tours were a new venture and were very successful….the first one was a general tour around Lusaka city with some quick stops! The second one in October visited some Community projects that our school is involved with plus a few other projects.  The third tour was about Art in Zambia and was a fascinating insight into some talented artists, with a visit to La Bottega.  In January we have a visit planned to the other side of town…


At each Monthly meeting we have had a guest speaker or two and the topics have been interesting and varied!

The PTA joined forces with the Library for a fun Open Morning with a jumping castle and games, clowns and face painting. 

Our big event in October was the Trunk or Treat which was a really fun event for families.  The PTA worked alongside the Prima- ry, Middle School and High School Students Councils and the National Honour Society. 

In November for the first time, in conjunction with the “Feed the People” group, a team of 10 super quick mums made sandwiches for 120 visiting children, so they were able to have breakfast when they came for their visit to our school.

The PTA also bought a brand new Jig Saw for APTERS to support the amazing work they are doing for children with disabilities.  This was presented by our 3rd Grade Students.

To finish off the year, a team of ladies shopped for the Santa's Grotto and, NEW FOR THIS YEAR, the High School Christmas Market.  This is a huge undertaking..presents are bought and then sold to our students, a small profit is made on each gift.  This year

we have sourced more locally made items and some parents made and donated items too….a big thank you to EVERYONE who helped in any way this November /December. 

This year the Toy Drive has been brought back...hopefully we have collected lots of gently used toys and games to be re-distributed with- in our local Community. 

The PTA also supplied 100 basins to hold the food for the Buckets of Love food drive this week, each one goes to one of our Support Staff.  This is a whole school project...AISL Community/National Honour Society and High School Student Council.


PTA Monthly Meeting Jan

Please PLEASE consider being a part of the PTA Team. We have a lot more people involved with events, and one of our aims is to work more closely to support the Middle and High School Student Councils, to ensure they have greater parent support when they plan events.

In January we will have a brand new team….please come forward if you can help with any of the following for a couple of hours a month:

  • Planning and coordinating (Urgently needed!)
  • Keeping track of finances (Urgently needed!)
  • Taking minutes and e-mailing notices (Urgently needed!)
  • Maintaining a small database
  • Hospitality, organising meeting rooms, snacks and speakers
  • Fundraising
  • Designing posters for publicity and information
  • Liaising with new parents
  • Coordinating bus tours and/or trips
  • Liaising with our Community partners

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to speak to one of the Team or e-mail

Please don't think “I can't do it!” - we all thought that at the beginning!  One of the reasons the PTA is involved with so many things is that it has such a varied group of volunteers.


The PTA Team (December 2016)

The major aims of AISL's PTA are to encourage closer links between home and school and to organise events for parents, teachers, school staff and students. Most of our events are not for 'fund raising' but rather for encouraging members of our school community to integrate and feel part of our school family. We will continue to organise informative Coffee Morning sessions and aim to strengthen links with our local community.

Click here to view or edit the Zambia Useful Info doc.


Dates for your diary for the 2016-17 School Year:

The PTA Team have planned a number of events for the next school year and we will be looking for parents of any age, nationality or background to come and join us in August 2016. One thing is for faces are always welcome!

Wednesday 24th August at 07:30 - Our first meeting will be combined with a presentation on ‘Tourist Opportunities in Zambia’.

Saturday 3rd September - PTA Community Picnic in conjunction with the Library Open Day

Friday 28th October 16.30 - 20.00 - “Trunk or Treat” Volunteer parents and teachers decorate their car boots to provide a scary, spook-tacular event. There are games, kids can go on a Candy Hunt, watch a movie and have lots of fun!

Friday 9th December - “Santa’s Grotto” Our children have an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their siblings, parents, teachers and friends.

Here are some events from the 2015-16 school year:
* Welcome Back coffee morning - for new parents to the school and to welcome back familiar faces
* Cocktail reception at the residence of the American Ambassador
* Informative coffee mornings.
* “Trunk or Treat” – this is our major fundraiser held in October. Volunteer parents and teachers decorate their car boots to provide a scary, spook-tacular event. There are games and candy and lots of fun!


* Santa’s Grotto – held in December on the school grounds. Gives our children an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their siblings and parents.


* Car boot sale – Held twice a year near the end of school terms, so that parents and teachers moving on have an opportunity to sell off low cost items.
* 1st Annual Worldfest/United Nations Day – held in April. This is a school event. The PTA supports the 'food fare' component and coordinates the food and enlists parent volunteers to assist.
* Teachers Appreciation Days - May - showing our appreciation for our teaching and Faculty staff. The PTA sent in biscuits on Monday, sweets and chocolates on Thursday, and arranged scrumptious snacks on Friday morning at recess for our teachers and staff. We also arranged for 52 sessions of 10 minute massages for our wonderful staff, as our way of saying “Thank You”!

Primary children were given the opportunity to make cards for their teachers, over two days in school with PTA volunteers. The High School Student Council made a video for their teachers, expressing their thanks; some Middle School students made cards for their teachers and brought in their teacher’s favourite things to eat; Primary school children were encouraged to bring in something edible, something from nature and something homemade! It was wonderful to see children walking in with their flowers, gifts and homemade items.

The PTA have also sponsored a number of activities this year:

  • Ice cream party celebrating “A million pages read”.
  • Making cakes for “100 days of school”.
  • Sponsored containers for Christmas hampers.
  • Sponsored a new shield for the “Poet Laureate” competition and monetary prizes.

  • Provided Trophies and prizes for Spelling Bee 2016.
  • Sponsored re-usable banners for ISSEA.
  • Sponsored ISSEA Coaches room for swimming and STEM.
  • Sponsored hoodies for our Grade 12 graduating students.

Room Parents
One of our aims this year is to work with the Primary School to encourage one or two parents in each class to become a 'Room Parent'. These parents are there to assist the teacher if they need any help organising school trips, outings, assemblies, parties. They also perform a vital role helping new parents to settle in if necessary and introducing them to other parents. You don't need any special skills to become a Room Parent, just be willing to help your class teacher occasionally and be a caring person. The 'Room Parent' network is also beneficial in identifying volunteers for PTA and school-led events and activities.

If you are interested in being a Room Parent in the ELC or Primary School, please contact your child’s teacher directly in August.

For further information or to be added to our mailing list for the coming year, please e-mail the PTA on

PTA Team 2016 - 2017
PTA Co-ordinator - Bridget Rathbone (Grade 8 parent)
Vice Co-ordinator - Mireille Yiweza (Grade 7 parent)
Communication Co-ordinator - Tracey Ogilvie (Grades 3 and 5)
New Member Co-ordinator - Nikki Zeravia (KG and Grade 3)
ELC Coordinator - Jenny Schepping (Pre-K and Grade 1)
Deborah Chibonga (Grades 4 and 7)
Karina Carrera-Mendoza (Pre K and Grade 4)
Mandy Yang Sun (Grade 3)
Lynsey Cumings (Grade 3 and 5)

“PTAs benefit everyone. Strong schools mean stronger communities. PTA membership is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. More than 85 rigorous research studies conducted over 40 years show that kids do better when parents are involved. Grades are higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increases".


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