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.
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