The MYP Award is bestowed upon a student who:
This student has a love of sports and the outdoors, and whenever he can, he partakes in these
activities. He is part of the school’s football team and he plays polo-lacrosse outside of school. He
has begun to learn how to communicate with horses and relate to them with compassion. His love of
the outdoors has led him to excel during the Duke of Edinburgh adventures. His teammates relied
on him to start - and sustain - a fire and to keep them motivated. In sports and in outdoor activities,
he encourages those around him: a true sportsman and friend.
But he is more than an athlete, an outdoorsman, and a friend. He has a grit and resilience well
beyond his years. In the face of adversity, he holds on to his moral compass and he holds his head
up high. He has remained focused, is quietly determined, and always respectful.
His ATL’s? Long way to go before mastery level! But does he try his best? Always.
For his strength and resilience, for his compassion and empathy, and for trying, no matter how hard
things may be, this MYP Award is given to:
On Friday, 10 June, we recognized our Grade 5 students' completion of Primary School and transition to Middle School through a lovely ceremony. Our program included memories from our AISL 'historians', a speech from our Director, Dr. Tooher, some words to the students from the Primary Leadership team, and a number of award recipients for the Learner Profile Award, the Perseverance Award and the President's Academic Achievement Award. Congratulations to all of our Grade 5 students for a very successful year!
Dear AISL Community,
Please see below the Final Director Update for the 2021-2022 School Year:
Here again are AISL Impact Goals 2022-2023
New Hires at AISL 20-23
This year’s recruiting season, as ever, was intense as we searched numerous databases for new teachers for the next school year. We have been able to attract the following to join our team in August. New Hire Bio's 2022
As our younger son is graduating from university on Tuesday 14 June, in Scotland, I will miss the last three days of school.
The Danger of a Single Story
To end this Leopard’s Tale, please consider watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies’s TedTalk, The danger of a single story. Lots for us to think about, and extremely important in our diverse community.
Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!
With kind regards,
Dr. Oli Tooher-Hancock
Message from the Board Chair
Dear Members of the AISL Association:
As we near the final days of the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for allowing me the honor to serve as your Chair of the AISL Board of Directors. I’d like to extend my gratitude to the many people who have helped support me and the Board during my three years as Chair. I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize Rob Munro for his four years of service on the Board, and for taking on the role of AISL Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.
There are many individuals I also want to recognize for making AISL a thriving school for all our children. First – the teaching faculty and staff. You are at the center of shaping lives for the next generations. Though we do not reflect on it nearly enough, the work you perform every day is truly life-changing. Teaching is a hard job, but it is one of the most important jobs – and to quote one of my favorite teachers, “hard things are important things.” Thank you for your commitment and for helping our children grow and thrive.
Next, to our principals – Darlene and Rick – I am simply in awe. Your tireless leadership 27/7 keeps AISL pumping. We are truly fortunate to have your leadership of our primary and secondary schools. You have a vital role to guide the educational program and the development of our children at AISL.
To the parents and members of the association – you are the lifeblood of this school. I have relied on many of you for your knowledge of Zambia and history of the school, and cannot thank you enough for helping educate me these past three years. Some of you have a history of the school that spans decades, and helped grow the school to where it stands today. Equally, I want to appreciate all members of the association from the U.S. Embassy, diplomatic community, businesses, and organizations – all of you who were drawn to Zambia for your work, and have chosen to make a home at AISL.
Finally – to our director, Oli. When the Board selected you as our next director, we were confident that you were the best person to lead AISL to thrive at greater heights. We were thrilled that in the early days of the pandemic in 2020, that someone of your caliber would consider a move to a new country and lead a new school. You have fulfilled our highest expectations, and we are so pleased with all you have accomplished in your first year alone. As the Board’s only employee, you have the unique pleasure of spending more time with the Board than anyone. In addition, you have taught us, and we all have benefitted from your vast knowledge of the IB and vast experience from all over the world. You have helped us all become better Board members. Your unending professionalism, expertise – and good humor! - has made our role worthwhile, and enjoyable. In addition, I extend my thanks to you and your family – both Mike who joins you in Lusaka, and your grown sons – I know how much you have all sacrificed as a family so that you can do all that you do for AISL.
Three years ago when I joined the Board, neither I nor anyone could have anticipated how the world would unfold. Chairing the Board throughout the pandemic has provided endless learning that I will carry with me for a lifetime. In addition, there are so many successes that I’ve had the good fortune to witness during my tenure. Some success has been highly visible, including the campus and security improvements to our beautiful school. Some improvements are less visible – but equally if not more important for our children’s growth and protection. The successes of AISL are many – and I really thank Oli, and Russ as our previous Director – and my fellow board members for their dedicated efforts.
Now, we near time to pass on the baton. The U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires has named Mr. Sean Robinson, a current board member, as next year’s Board Chair. So I move on from the board with confidence that the school is in a strong position and set up for success. Wherever my family and I go in the word, please know that we will remain loyal Leopards always!
Thank you for all of your support,
Today our G4 students were busy at their market stands selling their crafts, food items, or games to the students in Primary and Middle School. The market is part of their ‘How we organize ourselves’ unit of inquiry where students have been learning about what makes a successful business (passion, wants and needs) and how to set one up (business plan, supply and demand). The students' profits will be donated to a local charity of their choice. Thank you to all of the teachers and parents for your support as the students worked this exciting and complex process. Below are some images from the day.
This is it! The last Leopard’s Tale of 2022-2023. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your dedication to the school, and to your children’s education. I haven’t met all of you yet, but I hope that will change in the future.
This is our third school year informed by COVID, and every year we make steps towards returning to what we remember to be normal. In my heart of hearts I know that we will get there. It may be August, but it also very well may be a year from now, or two years from now. We are all subject to the vicissitudes of fate and the genetic mutation of viruses, so to speculate as to what it will all look like in a couple months is foolhardy and pointless. Amor Fati, look at the data and be flexible. This is the only way forward in a pandemic (hopefully soon to be endemic) world.
As this IS the last Leopard’s Tale of the school year, I want to thank all the students and teachers for all their hard work, as well as the tireless labor and dedication of the Secondary Leadership Team: Ms. Fiona Moss, Ms. Julie Baldry, Ms. Driekie Smith, Ms. Chantra Reinman, Ms. Monica Murphy, Ms. Ingrid Turner, and of course Ms. Maché Adonis. Without this team we would not have had as successful a year as we’ve had in 2021-2022. I look forward to working with them next year.
Have a wonderful break, if a break is in the works, and we will see you all next year!
Dr. Rick Odum
This coming week we will be honoring some of our students through the annual Grade Level awards ceremonies. We have already sent invitations to the parents of children who have won awards (unfortunately space is limited), and we will also be making the awards ceremonies available for live streaming on Youtube.
The dates and times for the awards ceremonies are as follows:
Grade 6-7: June 13, 8:00-9:00 Live stream for G6-7
Grade 8-9: June 13, 9:55-10:55 Live stream for G8-9
Grade 10-11: June 14, 9:55 -10:55 Live stream for G10-11
Another year of writing and subsequent judging is complete, and it's time to announce the award recipients and new Poet Laureate for the 11th Annual AISL-PTA Secondary Poetry & Short Story competition!
As always, the biggest thanks goes to all the students in Secondary who were brave enough to share their work through the competition. This is always nerve-wracking, especially when these pieces put our personal thoughts and vulnerabilities on display. There was a wide range of work submitted, with nearly 50 entries this year! Can't wait to see even more next year!
I would also like to thank the AISL PTA for once again providing the funding for prize money and our annual Poet Laureate frames (found in the AISL Library), and thanks to our dedicated P&SS Judging panel: Ms. Conte, Mr. T, Mr. Martin, Ms. Kim, Ms. Murphy, and Ms. Chevannes, who spent a few hours poring over the submissions and advocating for their favourite pieces.
All the award recipients and their winning entries can be found by accessing the link below.
All the best with the rest of the school year and wherever your travels take you in June!
AISL's 11th Annual Poetry and Short Story Competition Results
If you weren’t able to join us for the All Choirs’ Concert on 8 June at 5:30 PM, here is what you missed out on… Choir Concert Live Stream Link
This past weekend a group of our AISL athletes traveled up to Ndola to compete in the ISAZ Track and Field Nationals.
Competing for AISL were:
All our Leopards did their best and had a lot of fun. Special recognition goes out to Finley Dobson, who won the silver in the 1500 m. Congratulations Finn!
Transitions can be difficult. Join our counselors Driekie Smith, Ashleigh Meyer-Charara, and Julie Baldry who will provide a brief overview of strategies that may make transitions easier. This presentation is for both leaving and staying families.
Date: Friday, 10 June 2022
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am
Venu: Palm Pavillion
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