Please join us for our next Primary Parent Support Group this Friday, 3 November at 7:30am in the Protea Room. This week's session will focus on 'stress management for yourself and your child'. We hope that you you will be able to join us to learn more about successful stress management techniques.
Ms. Jenn Caldwell, Primary Counselor and Noa Mor
After three months, Ms. Anne-Marie Van Hooijdonk returns to teach her Grade 2 class beginning Wednesday, 1 November. This past week Ms. Andrea and Ms. Anne-Marie have been teaching together to ensure a smooth transition for the students and families. We would like to thank Ms. Andrea for all of her hard work and dedication these past three months as she covered for Ms. Anne-Marie's maternity leave.
As part of the inquiry cycle, our kindergarten students have begun tuning into their new unit on materials through exploration and collaboration. In collaboration with Jill Daley, our Primary Librarian, our kindergarten teachers and students used 'The Three Little Pigs' as an inspiration to build their own houses using different materials. Palm leaves, sticks, cardboard, 'bricks', and paper were some of the materials that students had an opportunity to work in their small groups. Below are some images and a short video from this activity.
On Friday, 27 October, our Grade 3 students shared their creative talents through singing, dancing, storytelling, and acting in their annual performing arts assembly. The students wrote the original story which sent a powerful message about being open-minded, caring, and united. It was lovely to see the families who came to support our Grade 3 students. A big thank-you to Ms. Natalie Coombs, our Primary Performing Arts Teacher, for making this possible. Below are a few scenes from the performance.
On Friday, 13 October, our students joined together to celebrate Zambia Day with a focus on 'Reflecting on the Past, Recognising the Present, and Working towards the Future!
Throughout the day, Primary students participated in cultural activities including storytelling, dancing, traditional games, bead making, and clay modelling. We ended the day with a whole school assembly. Thank you so much to our Zambia Day planning committee (Andrea Mwalula, Andrew Muyamwa, Judith Takawira, Diana Hoffman, Ken Hoffman, Emma Ten Cate, Frank Louw, Mwamba Mulangala, Driekie Smith, Ty Smeins, and Matildah Kapila) for making this possible. Below are a few images from the special day.
The Bushcamp Company of Zambia recently sponsored development of a free new app called Did You Know...African Wildlife. This app is for iPhone, iPad, & Android and features photos, sounds, and interesting facts. Whether you head out to the bush with young children who always have so many wonderful questions or if you are a veteran wildlife-lover looking to expand your knowledge, this app will surely be a great addition to your toolkit.
And don't forget that the AISL Library & Discovery Center also has a GoPro Camera (with a large range of attachments), a motion-activated trail camera, and a UV light that can be checked out any time. What a wealth of wildlife we have to explore right at our doorstep!
What I’m excited about…
Attention AISL community members: November 1st marks the beginning of "Movember" a worldwide initiative to address men's health and mental health issues. Or as we like to call it, 'Moustache Season'.
Founded in 2003, the Movember Foundation has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world and continues to be the leading fundraising organization dedicated to men's health. For more information click here.
AISL teachers have a four year history of participation; raising over $1000 for education and support worldwide.
This year the "Lusaka League of Extraordinary Moustaches" would like to encourage more male (and female!) members of our community to join the effort. We want YOU to be a part of this worldwide initiative and represent our school.
If you would like to be a "Mo Brother" please join our AISL Movember team. The rules are simple:
And....don't forget to register for the team. Otherwise you are just growing a moustache in November and why not put it to good use.
Women: If you would like to be a "Mo Sister" your involvement will be invaluable. In addition to tolerating our moustaches; your donation, encouragement, or support will go a long way.
For more information or to find out what you can do to help out, please see the AISL divisional captain:
Primary: Tony Potts
Secondary: Jeff Redman
As part of our continual review of best practices for our learners, the Primary School has implemented changes in the way we report on modern languages and Informational Technology Fluency (IT and library). Please see below for details.
INFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY FLUENCY (ITF)
The Primary School has combined the focus of both Informational Technology and Library standards to be integrated into grade level units of inquiry. Integrated ITF collaborative planning sessions occur during specific units during semester one and two. The ITF teachers then comment on standards in the unit of inquiry comments section for any integrated units that were taught.
Recognising that learners at AISL enter the modern language programme at different ages and with varying levels of language experience, a sequence of developmental phases has been developed to accurately identify current levels of a student’s development. Each phase represents the learner’s current language proficiency and is organised either as receptive language - receiving and constructing learning through listening and reading, or productive language - creating and sharing meaning through speaking and writing.
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