Congratulations to all our leopards!
Non- returning students please contact Christine from the Activity Office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an appointment when to collet.
The hard copy certificates & medals can be collected at the Activity Office in August for returning students.
All students that participated in LISL, ISAZ or ISSEA tournaments have been recognized with a medal.
Thank you very much for the support and we look forward to seeing you in August.
We would like to introduce the faces behind our amazing AISL sports teams.
This week it's our Rugby and Track & Field Coaches - read below to find out more..
Name: Edward Chow-Worn
Home Town: Nakuru, Kenya
Years at AISL : 4
Coach/Player History: Edward played rugby from the age of 8 and his highest level was team school wing and country selection Oxfordshire in the UK. He also competed in track and field from school level to county level, running 100m and 200m sprints for Oxfordshire and Thames Valley in the UK. Before coming to AISL, he coached rugby and track & field while at university and also at international schools in South America. Coach Edward will be greatly missed as he had a great way with the students and we wish him well as he leaves for Germany.
Name: Sheleni Michello
Home Town: Lusaka, Zambia
Years at AISL : 1
Coach/Player History: Mich is currently coaching at AISL and at the Lusaka Youth Rugby Academy. He is also the Assistant Coach for Lusaka Powerhouse Rugby team and is still active in playing for the National Rugby team 15’s and 7’s.
Name: Nathan Chilton
Home Town: Christchurch, New Zealand
Years at AISL : 2
Coach/Player History: Nathan played Senior Division 1 (15 aside rugby) while growing up in Christchurch. He has also coached a number of sports throughout his career including; rugby, basketball and cricket. Before coming to AISL, he had previously worked in New Zealand and in China.
Name: Sydney Mushipi
Home Town: Ndola, Zambia
Years at AISL : 4Coach/Player History: Sydney is currently coaching at AISL, Green Buffalo’s Athletics club and is the Head Track Coach at OYDC as well as the Chief coach for the Zambian National Athletics team. He has done his training in Germany, Kenya and South Korea. Coach Sydney was Zambia National team sprinter for 11 years in the 100m & 200m and has a passion to take athletes to the youth of Zambia.
Name: Wikus Swanepoel
Home Town: Lichtenburg, South Africa
Years at AISL : 3
Coach/Player History: Wikus was an athlete his entire primary and secondary school career, where he specialised in long jump and high jump, but also did triple jump and 400 hurdles. He coached touch rugby in Myanmar before coming to AISL where he has been an instrumental in helping build our track and field program.
Dear Parents and Students,
We are excited to be bringing ASA’s directly to your home. Every week, we will be sending out videos of some drills to help practice some skills you would have learnt during our ASA program.
We hope you enjoy these drills!
Kindly click on the thumbnail below and the video will pop up for you to view.
Coach Nancy's Weekly Fitness Tips
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Please join me in congratulating the Class of 2020 for all their hard work. We will be celebrating their accomplishments through a series of virtual ceremonies, starting today with the Sports Awards Ceremony, tomorrow’s Grade 12 Academic Awards Ceremony, and finally, Saturday’s Graduation. These along with some of our other end-of-year celebrations can be enjoyed here. The password is the same as that of the parent portal. Although the global pandemic has caused an unconventional end to their high school experience, it is important that we take time to remember all of these students’ wonderful achievements and experiences over the last 12+ years of school. This was an exceptional group of young women and men and their important contributions to AISL will long be remembered. We will miss the Class of 2020! Congratulations!
Primary school students are engaged with a range of math experiences in their homeroom. From small group activities focused on multiplication, division and fractions to transdisciplinary math involving graphing, geometry and ratios. Well done students for all your mathematical thinking and detailed explanations on Seesaw. We a proud of how much you've grown in your math knowledge and understanding.
Caring is especially important at this time
Part of the IB mission statement says “The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
I want to focus on the word ‘caring’ this week. The word ‘caring’ is one of the 10 learner profile attributes that we in the IB world program believe “represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond a concern for intellectual development and academic content.
At AISL in alignment with the IB, our advisory program develops the attribute of ‘caring’ by addressing “students’ social, emotional and physical well-being.” through small group advisories and a curriculum that addresses student need according to research. Through Explore Zambia, afternoon activities, projects and learning experiences in various subject groups, Personal Project, Community Project (beginning next year in Grade 8), CAS, etc., we “value and offer opportunities for students to become active and caring members of local, national and global communities.”
On Tuesday 26 May, in the virtual parent presentation on transition hosted by the AISL school counselors, we ended with the idea that of paramount importance during this time of distance learning, is that we nurture ourselves and each other. That we are considerate, kind, thoughtful, attentive, authentic, empathetic and tender. In a word ‘caring’.
MYP: From principles into practice. May 2014 (updated September 2017).
Don't miss this week's FREE Audiosync book downloads. This week's free titles are In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira, a multi-generational realistic / romance read. The other title this week is Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, a highly acclaimed fantasy / romance read that is a series opener. Remember that you'll need the free Sora app to download and read the books, and once you've downloaded them they are yours to keep! You are unable, however, to go back and download books from previous weeks. Enjoy these two outstanding YA books!
While the 2019-2020 school year may quickly be coming to a close, there is still much to be accomplished and celebrated in the Secondary School. Please find below a list of important dates.
Graduation Time is Here!
We honor the great accomplishments of our Grade 12 students TODAY! The celebration begins with the release of the Sports Awards Ceremony video in today's Leopard's Tale. This will be followed by tomorrow's 12:00 pm (Lusaka) release of the Senior Awards Ceremony videos followed immediately by the live, virtual Last Supper where students and their teachers can share congrats and accolades. The celebration of our Seniors culminates on Saturday at 15:00 (Lusaka) with the release of the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony. Following it's launch, the school will host a virtual "house party" for students, parents, and faculty.
Grade 11 Eyes on the Future
Throughout this past week, the Grade 11 students have been engaged in mock exams from home. Whilst we would much prefer to conduct mock exams on campus, we feel it is still critical for our Grade 11 students to get exam practice as well as an accurate assessment of their progress prior to end-of-year break. Next week, the same students will be engaged in their Group 1 oral exams as well as completing their Theory of Knowledge group presentations. This is a big two weeks for our Grade 11 students whom we are sure are looking forward to slowing down and catching some rest over break while still completing their Extended Essays prior to the onset of the new school year.
MYP Marches On
All other students, grades 6-10, will continue with their final modules of distance learning next week. Many students have been putting in extra hours to complete final summative assessments before the closing of semester grading on Friday 5 June. The following week, we will host normal Days A and B synchronous sessions on 8 and 9 June for students and teachers to say goodbye and wish each other well before a well deserved break. The finale of the year occurs on Wednesday 10 June with the release of the Grade 6-10 Awards Ceremony video.
Next week the Secondary School will host three helpful online parent presentations:
Please don't forget to review the COVID-19 school resource return procedures to ensure that you can receive your child's grades and transcripts in a timely fashion.
We're pushing full steam ahead with teaching and learning in the Secondary school as classes prepare to wrap up with summative assessments, closing talks with teachers, and celebrations by grade level. We're also working on all of our end-of-year celebrations and transitions. We're excited about the Sports Awards Virtual Ceremony (The password is the same as that of the parent portal) and here is what's coming up for our Grade 12 celebrations and transitions:
Grade 12 Celebrations and Procedures:
We would also like to celebrate the learning that has been happening during our distance learning program. Here are some great things that have been happening in our classes:
Individuals and Societies:
Grade 8 Individuals and Societies students have been learning about Renaissance thinkers. Their assignment was to post Tweets from Renaissance thought-leaders in the style of today's social media influencers. Below are some examples of their work.
This past week our Band students created videos for the Grade 4 students. In these videos, they shared their knowledge and experience regarding their instruments and being a member of the band. These videos will help the Grade 4 students choose which instrument they would like to play next year. The fourth graders will be inspired to follow in the footsteps of our incredible secondary musicians!
In Grade 6 Science class, students have been learning about the solar system. They were asked to think critically about why the Earth is able to sustain life, why other planets may or may not be able to, and how the Earth's rotation affects life on our planet. Below are examples of their work.
Language and Literature:
In DP HL Language and Literature, students learned about semiotics and applied their knowledge and understanding of symbols and signifiers to their non-literary text: the Nike Dream Crazy campaign. This week, students are thinking critically about Nike's appeal, and asking to what extent its representation of meritocracy and The American Dream is both aspirational and unethical. Here are two examples of student work.
In Grades 7-8 Design class, students have learned how to make video tutorial blogs to teach others how to make something. In this video, one of our students teaches others how to make banana and chocolate muffins.
In lieu of sharing student work this week, we thought it'd be fun to show you how one of our Math teachers, Mr. Egge, keeps student attention focused on him during Google Meets. We leave you with this moment of zen:
Please keep the communication coming.
Thank you to all the parents who have helped us through sharing feedback, the parent perspective, and your ideas and questions about how we can improve the distance learning program. Please let us know if you have any concerns or if you want to pass on any ideas.
Ty Smeins, Secondary Principal
Sheila Seiler, Secondary Assistant Principal
During distance learning, we're continuing to meet our Secondary students’ social and emotional needs through our Advisory program. We are offering synchronous lessons on Friday afternoons, Lusaka time, for Grades 6-10, and lessons as needed for Grade 11.
This week, our Advisory lessons will resume their focus on supporting students with the social and emotional skills they need to thrive during distance learning.
The upcoming Advisory topics are as follows:
Advisory and PSE lessons will take place on Google Meets on Fridays at the following times (Lusaka time zone). The Advisory and PSE lessons are optional for students; students will be provided with the video link in case they cannot attend, but would like to.
Image source: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/4-tips-for-managing-stress-from-a-combat-veteran/
The Leopard's Tale is our main medium to keep our families informed on such things as the day to day happenings on campus, after school activities, summaries of any arts and sports events, helpful resources, and important dates and reminders.
Parent Information Sessions
Here are the upcoming sessions – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend:
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30