What I am excited about this week…
1. ISSEA Cultural Festivals! This week our ISSEA scholar‐artists are in Johannesburg and Harare for the ISSEA Band and Choir Festival and the ISSEA Visual Arts and Drama Festival, respectively. These festivals provide great opportunities for our students to improve their artistic skills, collaborate with other artists, and share their work with others. With the addition of these festivals and the upcoming ISSEA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) event, ISSEA has shown that it can be much more than just an international sports league.
2. Swimmers! Congratulations to all the AISL students who participated in the CANA Zone IV Championship last week in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Way to go Torpedoes!
What a weekend! We are already ready for the next round !........
Come down and support the Swimmers , this Friday from 2pm up at the Secondary pool .
Good luck to our U16 Netball Team who will be playing at LICS this Friday .
AISL will be also hosting an U12 Tennis Tournament on Saturday Feb 25 from 8am -3:30pm
Come down and support our teams!
What I am excited about this week…
ISAZ Teachers Teaching Teachers Conference!
AISL hosted the Independent Schools’ Association of Zambia (ISAZ) conference on February 11 and it was a great success. Open to all ISAZ schools, this conference is the premier professional development experience of the year for independent schools in Zambia. I am honored to report that AISL teachers ran about two‐thirds of the workshops on offer. These workshops are a great opportunity for AISL to show leadership in Zambia and give back to the community. Many thanks to the large volunteer planning team made up of teachers, administrators, and support staff from AISL, LICS, ISL, and Baobab. Many thanks also to all our AISL teacher-presenters and for our administrative and support staff who ensured that the event ran very smoothly.
Lyall Dukes from SVA Architects and a team of engineers were on campus this week to study the campus layout and to review our Campus Master Site Plan. After a competitive tendering process, we have appointed SVA Architects to design the \irst phase of our master site plan. This plan was designed to guide the investment of our annual capital development funds to ensure that we are building and maintaining facilities that will support and enhance our educational programs long into the future. I will keep you updated as we progress.
Professional Development Day on February 20 – NO SCHOOL!
There will be no classes nor after-school activities on Monday, February 20. This Professional Development day will allow the faculty to conduct important curriculum review and alignment work. We hold eight “PD” days per year, four of which take place before the school year begins. These days offer critical opportunities for the faculty to engage in deep analytical work in order to continuously improve teaching and learning at AISL.
Upcoming Tuesday Morning Information Sessions:
Please join our Secondary School Student Support Services team for a presentation about how parents can support the development of strong executive functioning skills in the home. This presentation will be held in the Protea Tree Conference Room. This session will target middle and high school students.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) writes that executive function skills allow us to:
• Make plans • Keep track of time and finish work on time
• Keep track of more than one thing at once
• Meaningfully include past knowledge in discussions
• Evaluate ideas and reflect on our work
• Change our minds and make mid-course corrections while thinking, reading, and writing
• Ask for help or seek more information when we need it
• Engage in group dynamics
• Wait to speak until we're called upon
The entire AISL will be invited to the annual Grade 5 Exhibition Night, this year taking place on Wednesday, 26 April. Ib Primary Years Program Exhibition Guidelines, 2008 The Primary Years Program (PYP) exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. As a culminating experience, it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP. Students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to realblife issues or problems. The central idea will provide the scope and significance to warrant a detailed investigation by all students.
This past Wednesday, our Grade 4 students, together with our Grade 5s, shared their talents through music, dance and poetry. The Grade 4 students shared that, with Valentine’s Day being last Tuesday, “love makes the world go around” and through their song, ‘Round and Round’, they asked the audience to think about, “What makes your world go around?” The students also explored that we can communicate our wish for peace and harmony by using the power of music as they sang “Shalom Chaverim & Tumba, Tumba”. In honour of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that”, the students sang, ‘This Little Light of Mine’. Also, through an original piece of poetry, the students explored how they hoped to be more caring, reflective people who demonstrate empathy, respect, and love toward all people as part of their unit of inquiry. Thank you to the Grade 4 families who came to support the assembly and a huge thank you to Ms. Melodie Hausman, our Grade 4 and 5 Performing Arts teacher, for making it a wonderful event!
Secondary Office Hours
This is just a reminder to parents. The Secondary Office is open from 7:15‐16:00 on Monday through Thursdays, and 7:15‐14:30 on Fridays.
This past week we were lucky to have author John Coy on campus working with our secondary students. Since John is a young adult sports fiction specialist, he not only worked on story writing with our kids, but also worked with them in Physical Education classes. We appreciate the great learning experiences John led during his week with us on campus. A special thanks goes to our librarian, Terry Maguire, for arranging the visit.
Parent Coffee Morning
The next parent coffee morning will be held on Tuesday, February 21 in the Protea Room. The Student Support Services team will hold a session entitled “Secondary SSS Executive Functioning Skill Development in the Home”. We look forward to seeing you there.
Teacher Professional Development Day
There will be no school for students on February 20. Teachers will be engaged in a full day of professional development and curriculum update and revision.
As the final IB exams rapidly approach, I have been thinking about the often conflicting message that we send to our students. We often tell them that it is most important for them to develop into a good person while sending a very conflicting message by focusing so much time and energy solely on academics. As I continue to read The Parents We Meant to Be: How Well‐Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development, by Harvard professor Richard Weissbourd, I came upon this excerpt that I thought was interesting and was not only pertinent to parents but us educators as well.
We have a weekend FULL of activities this week !
Friday come support our U19 Boys and Girls Soccer Teams right after school at the U19 LISL Tournament.
Saturday : come support our U19 Tennis Team at AISL from 8am-3pm at the Tennis Courts
Saturday: Come support our Rugby Team who will be playing some friendlies against Baobab and other Rugby Clubs/Schools at AISL
Saturday: Come support our U12 Girls/ Boys Soccer Team at Baobab starting at 8am -2pm
Saturday: Come support our U10 Boys Soccer Team at ISL starting at 8am-12pm
What I am excited about this week…
1. ISSEA! Congratulations to the scholar‐athletes who participated in last week’s ISSEA Rugby, Swimming, and Basketball tournaments. What a fun weekend! Many thanks to everyone who contributed to these events. From support staff to host families to coaches to the PTA, we could not participate in ISSEA without significant support from the entire community. Special thanks to Mark Hoffman, Christine Moono, Bupe Mulenga, and Chulu Chansa for ensuring that the ISSEA Rugby tournament we hosted went particularly smoothly. You can read more about these tournaments in the Secondary School and Activities sections of this newsletter.
2. John Coy! We are thrilled to be welcoming author John Coy to AISL next week. He will spend the week sharing the joy of writing and reading with our students and teachers. Read more about his visit in the Library and Discovery Center section of this newsletter.
3. ISAZ Teachers Teaching Teachers Conference! On Saturday, February 11, AISL will once again be hosting the annual ISAZ Teachers Teaching Teachers Conference. Open to all ISAZ schools, this conference is the premier professional development experience of the year for independent schools in Zambia. I am honored to report that AISL teachers are running about two‐thirds of the workshops on offer. This is a great way that AISL can show leadership in Zambia and give back to the community. Many thanks to the large planning team made up of teachers, administrators, and support staff from AISL, LICS, ISL, and Baobab.
4. Class Photos! Please remember that yearbook photos will be taken next week. See the Primary School and Secondary
Please have a look at the Yearbook photo schedule below to see when your child(ren) will be having their photo taken with their class. This year, a professional photographer, Henri Papier, will be in for the week of 13-17 February to take our photos for the yearbook.
The schedule has taken into account when your child does not have PE days as well as ensuring that our youngest students have their photographs taken early in the day before they have fun outdoors during this muddy season.
Primary Parent Support Group
Friday 17 November:
Primary Parent Support Group, at 07:30am in the Protea Room
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Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30