This yearbook has been planned, designed and created by the class of 2019 as part of our G10 MYP Design class. The Grade 10 students combed through 224.93GB of data and over 40,000 photos to select the 3493 images that appear in the yearbook. They spent many, MANY hours researching, creating and refining the various designs and layouts for the yearbook and all the elements are the sole result of the collaboration of each and every member of Grade 10 - a very impressive feat!
We would like to thank the amazing Henri Papier from That Zed Photographer for taking all the portrait photos, the wonderful staff at New Horizon Printing Press for kindly printing and binding this yearbook and acknowledge all the students, faculty and parents who contributed to the difficult process of creating this yearbook, including those of you who took photos, sent in pictures, and offered words of encouragement that truly made the experience significantly easier.
All the photos are accessible electronically too - please use the QR Code or link provided at the front of the yearbook. With a simple (and free!) iOS or Android QR Code Reader, OR by simply typing in the link, you will have access to the photos, videos and other media that we couldn’t fit into the yearbook. This is also a perfect way for you to download the original images of your son/daughter and their friends!
There is also a pdf version of the yearbook too so you can download and enjoy on your device - and share with friends and family overseas! Enjoy!
Thank you for a great year!
This year AISL turned thirty! What started as a tiny school in Roma for the 1986-87 school year has blossomed into a world-class international school with more than 500 students. We now offer the most robust academic and extracurricular program of any school in Zambia and are increasingly taking on regional significance.
This growth and development flows from our commitment to teach the whole child. Of course we dedicate ourselves to a strong academic program but we do not stop there. We also strive to support students in social, emotional, and physical health along with artistic expression, service to the community, and a commitment to leadership. Furthermore, we are committed more than ever to looking for ways to include, engage, and challenge as diverse a range of learners as possible. Students who graduate from AISL are ready and able to face the varied challenges of the 21st Century.
This year was a very busy one. We added band and choir to our secondary program and held three plays, several coffee houses, various music and drama nights, and multiple arts exhibitions. Our After School Activity (ASA) program grew to where we now offer more than sixty individual activities in each season. Our students traveled on at least fifteen international trips, seven Explore Zambia trips, and numerous sports trips within Lusaka or as far away as the Copperbelt. They participated in more than two dozen individual student-led service projects. We took home five national and seventeen regional ISAZ titles and two ISSEA titles. We competed in our first ever ISSEA Rugby tournament AND WON! We had brilliant school-wide Zambia Day and WorldFest! celebrations. Two visiting authors, David Biedrzycki and John Coy, worked with our students and helped inaugurate our newly redesigned Library and Discovery Center. And, best of all, we did all of these things while never losing focus on our day to day commitment to offer a world-class academic program!
I am honored to serve as the eighth Director of AISL. This is a very special school blessed with excellent teachers and an involved and supportive community. I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed your time at AISL this year. If you are leaving us, I wish you the very best of luck. If you are staying, I look forward to working with you again next year. Either way, always remember that once you are a Leopard, you are always a Leopard!
We have scaled back on our planned construction during June and July so the campus will be generally open during the holiday. Please read on for details:
There will be several new faces on the AISL Team next year. Here is a quick preview of some of our new faculty members:
Edward Chow-Worn has become a familiar face thanks to his work this year as a substitute teacher and coach. He is also a very experienced IB teacher and will be joining the secondary school to teach Economics, Theory of Knowledge, and Individuals and Societies.
Jill Daley will be our new Primary School Teacher-Librarian. She was the 2016 New Hampshire Librarian of the Year in the United States and has significant experience in the K-8 sphere. Her daughter Esperanza will be joining our 10th grade. Interestingly, Esperanza visited the AISL campus a couple months ago when she was touring with Circus Zambia.
Karen Beaty and Mark Cormack will be teaching Kindergarten and PYP French, respectively. They hail from Canada and will be joined by Leo, age 6, and Mila, age 4. They are avid outdoorspeople who love cycling, hiking, and camping.
Wayne Thompson will be teaching MYP Math and Physical and Health Education. He is joining us after seven years at our fellow ISSEA school in Maputo. He was born in Zimbabwe and spent his early years in the Copperbelt before moving to the UK. He is an avid sportsman and is particularly passionate about golf.
Will Caspers will be teaching Grade 3. He is coming directly from the United States where he has taught in Chicago and Minneapolis. He is also an avid sportsman and outdoor adventurer. He is looking forward to swimming in Devil’s Pool and bungee jumping!
Monique Chapman will be teaching Grade 4. She is transferring here with her husband and five children from Moscow. She has taught in Prague, Budapest, and in Maryland and Utah in the United States. She is an experienced and passionate coach.
María Piedad Albornoz Cruz will be joining the Secondary School Student Support Team. She is a psychologist and university lecturer who hails from Chile. She currently volunteers at a Zambian NGO called “In and Out of the Ghetto.”
On Tuesday, June 12, we honored several people who have worked at AISL for extended periods of time. We are grateful for their commitment to the school. There is no question that AISL is a better place for their hard work and dedication. Please take the time to thank these individuals for their service.
Five Years of Service:
And finally, with THIRTY YEARS OF SERVICE, Beatrice Kandondolo has been with the school since it began! Thank you, Beatrice!
Dear Secondary Parents,
Please read through the Secondary Principal's end-of-year letter to all of our Secondary families. Thanks for a great year!!!
Dear Primary Families,
As the 2016-2017 academic year draws to a close, I wanted to write and wish all of you a safe and relaxing holiday. It has been a wonderful year and I have enjoyed every moment in my first year as the Primary Principal. Though the end of the year can be a bit of a sad time, having to say good-byes to families and teachers who may be moving on to new adventures, it is also an exciting time as our students look forward to what is to come. For those families who will be returning to AISL in August, you should have received an email with your child's future class list so you can begin some transition conversations over the summer about what to expect when we meet again next academic year. For those families moving on to new places as part of their life journey, I wish you the very best in whatever the future holds for you.
Have a wonderful holiday!
All of our Primary students had a chance to showcase their athletic talents, sportsmanship, and enjoyment of games as part of our two sports' days over the last week. Thank you to Ms. Kate Luwisha and Coach Brian for organising two wonderful events. It was lovely to see so many families present to support our students.
Are you or your son / daughter looking for some great recommended reads over the holiday? Would you like your son or daughter to participate in The New York Times summer reading challenge? Are you looking forward to finally having a bit more time to practice another world language? Or are you trying to help your son or daughter find some high-quality on-line resources for continued learning, coding activities, tutorials, podcasts, or more? If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," please check out our Secondary Holiday Learning Libguide. It includes an array of resources that will provide many hours of fun & learning!
In order to avoid disruption to your The New York Times subscription, please remember to re-activate your group pass (this needs to be done annually) from campus by clicking on this link. Since you probably already have a log-in, simply click on "log-in here" next to "already have an account." If you don't have an account, please open one today using the above link! The NYT all-digital access package is a tremendous resource. Once you have your account, download the mobile apps and log in from anywhere in the world. Enjoy!
At AISL, we believe learner success goes beyond academics as we strive to develop the 'whole child' through our programming. The International Baccalaureate learner profile describes human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success; as such we promote and develop these attributes in our students. The attributes are embraced not only by the students, but by all members of the AISL community.
To promote the attributes of learner profiles within the AISL community, we hold an annual photo competition. This year we received entries from primary and secondary students, parents, teachers and, for the first time, an alumna. The twelve winning photographs will be included in a 2017-18 wall calendar, including AISL's whole school events. The calendar will be available in the school store after the start of the new school year.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted entries. These photographs showed how we show a broad range of human capacities within and beyond AISL's campus. The panel of judges were impressed by the quantity and quality of pictures entered into this year's competition. Below are the winning photographs.
Students in the primary school wrote poems and students in the Grade 10 Visual Arts class illustrated them. Below are the winning designs that will be displayed around the primary pond, hopefully before the end of the school year.
We are proud of the students for the care they put into their writing and illustrations. Participation in this joint primary/secondary project was not required, rather students voluntarily shared their creativity to add beauty to our school campus. We hope you will take a moment to stop by the pond and view this collaborative artwork.
Please keep the AISL Library & Discovery Center on your list of places to visit over the June / July holiday! To check out resources a patron needs to be returning to AISL for the 2017-18 school year and needs to have a clear account from the current school year. We will be open primarily Wednesdays & Fridays according to the following schedule:
Wednesday June 28: 9-12
Friday June 30: 1-4
Friday July 7: 1-4
Wednesday July 12: 9-12
Friday July 14: 1-4
Wednesday July 19: 9-12
Friday July 21: 1-4
Wednesday July 26: 9-12
Friday July 28: 1-4
Saturday July 29: 9-12
Hope to see you here!
What I am excited about this week…
As the school year winds down, please take a moment to thank someone on our staff. The AISL team works very hard all year to provide great opportunities for our students. Teachers work long hours and the grading, coaching, or chaperoning duties on evenings and weekends are the norm rather than the exceptions. Overnight trips bring with them the burden of extremely high levels of responsibility and accountability, 24/7. Teachers love teaching but it is a much more difficult job than most people realize. Furthermore, the administrative staff works hard to remove obstacles and pave the way so teachers can do what they do best. Like any school, AISL is a complex organization. It requires a large team of dedicated individuals to keep it running smoothly. Please take a moment sometime in the next two weeks to thank at least one member of our hard-working staff in person or in writing.
And while I am at it, let me thank you, the AISL parent community. I have been truly grateful for the trust and support you have shown me in my first year as Director. Educating children is a team sport and I am thrilled that we are working together to nurture and support the students at AISL to help each one achieve his or her highest potential. Thank you!
Well done to our kindergarten students this morning as they shared their creative talents through storytelling, creative writing, painting, drawing, dancing, and singing. Their interpretation of The Lorax was original, with each child contributing to the story in multiple ways. We also had an opportunity to recognise their transition from ELC to Grade 1 by giving each of them a certificate. Thank you to our kindergarten teachers, Ms. Diana and Ms. Claire, as well to Ms. Natalie for making this morning a special one. Thank you to our families who were able to stay for the end-of-year celebration, marking an important moment in our kindergarteners' school journey. Below are some highlights from the morning captured by Ms. Claire.
Primary Parent Support Group
Friday 17 November:
Primary Parent Support Group, at 07:30am in the Protea Room
Tuck shop menu
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30