From 8-11 December, AISL hosted Cognitive Coaching for 34 school leaders from around Africa and the globe. "The mission of Cognitive CoachingSM is to produce self-directed persons with the cognitive capacity for excellence both independently and as members of a community." During the four day course educators practiced the skills of mediating thinking in another person to help with planning or reflecting towards better educational practices. AISL looks forward to hosting the second part of this workshop next year.
Cognitive Coaching 2017, Thinking Collaborative (website)
The primary school pools will be open to members of the parent association during the holiday, daily from 10:00-18:00. There will be no lifeguard on duty and all swimming is at one's own risk. Students may not use the pools unless there is a parent physically present within the pool fence. Please note that the secondary school pool is open only to AISL and Torpedoes swim training programs and, as such, is never open for community swimming. Many thanks for abiding by these rules. Stay safe!
As some of you may have already noticed, the gym renovation is underway. Across the next several weeks, the contractor, Hong Chen Construction, will be building an addition on the parking lot side of the gym. During the first week of February, they will move inside and begin the internal renovations. The gym will be closed for all uses from 1 February until the completion of the project in late June. The locker rooms will be accessible from the outside during most of the construction period. The Secondary School Pool will be open to authorized users during most of the internal renovations but will be closed for 4-5 weeks starting approximately the first week of April.
What I’m excited about…
Yesterday, as part of the culminating activity for their 'How the world works' unit of inquiry, Grade 2 students launched their rockets! As well as showing off their knowledge and understanding of some of Newton's Laws to an audience of primary AND secondary students, they were very excited to help Mr. Louw with the launching of their rockets and reflect on their successes. What an amazing experience!
On Wednesday, 13 December, our two kindergarten classes had their open swim day, sharing their skills in small groups and swimming together with their families. Thank you to Ms. Luwisha, Coach Ian, and Mr. Antonio for all of your hard work and dedication in supporting this year's swim season. It was wonderful to see so many parents who came out to support the event, both in the stands and in the water.
As we head out for our extended break, we want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and, for those who are heading to a new destination, safe travels. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday, 16 January for a full day of school.
Please join us on Tuesday, 16 January at 7:30 for a Welcome Back Coffee with the Principals and PTA near the library.
Secondary students have created fantastic Padlets that show their favorite reads from the library based on popular genre categories (we have more genre categories than included on the Padlet). If your middle schooler or high schooler is looking for some great books to read over the holiday, please take a moment to remind them of these lists they've created:
And don't forget- the AISL Library & Discovery Center is open for 6 days across the break- see our school website for details.
Our Grade 4 students were busy selling their items on Thursday at their Holiday Sale as part of their recent unit of inquiry. From food to toys to creative inventions, each booth had something special to offer. Students from both Primary and Secondary popped by to visit and make purchases at the sale. Well done to all of the students for their careful planning and presentation for this special event.
Assessment is integral to all teaching and learning in the Diploma Programme. Learn how Diploma Programme teachers gather evidence of student learning and use that data to inform teaching and learning. In addition, we will provide parents with information about how to support their children in following the IB's Academic Honesty policies. As IB learners, AISL students are encouraged to be principled in their academic work and school life. Francesca Mulazzi, the DP Coordinator, and Julie Baldry, our High School & College Counselor will host this information session. The intended audience of this Parent Information Session is Grade 10, 11, and 12 parents. All are welcome!
The AISL Board of Directors will hold their next open board meeting on Monday, 11 December at 18:00 in the Protea Tree Conference Room. All members of the AISL parent association are welcome to attend. The items on the agenda are as follows:
What I’m excited about this week…
MYP Arts Night is TONIGHT – Thursday, 7 December! Please come and enjoy tonight’s MYP Arts Night on Thursday, 7 December. The MYP Visual Arts students will have an opening of their exhibition in the PAC Gallery from 17:00-18:00. This will be followed by the MYP Band and Choir Concert from 18:30-20:00 in the PAC. Don’t miss this fun celebration of the arts with our Grades 6-10 students.
Santa’s Grotto! The PTA is deep into their planning for this year’s Santa’s Grotto, which will take place on Friday, 8 December in the Protea Room. This is a very fun event that provides an opportunity for our Primary School students to select a gift or gifts for their parents or other family members. Gift tokens for Primary School students are on sale at the main office. The PTA will also be holding a Christmas Market where Secondary School students can do some gift shopping. This will also occur on 8 December and will be on the C-block veranda. Please remind your secondary-school children to bring cash on that day. These are very large and complex events to coordinate and there is always a need for more volunteers. Please consider helping out for an hour or two on the day. To volunteer or learn more, please see the additional information in this newsletter or contact the PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Science Education Week! Many thanks to the library and IT department for coordinating a series of events to celebrate Computer Science Education Week. This involved tours of our server room, dissecting computers, using our 3D printer, turning everyday items into musical instruments with Makey Makey, using Virtual Reality (VR) viewers, and so much more! Several of these exhibits will be available in the library this Saturday, 9 December. Please see the library section of this newsletter for more detail.
ASA Music Recital! Our ASA musicians will be sharing their progress at our annual ASA Music Recital on 9 December from 16:00-18:00 in the PAC. Please come enjoy some great music and celebrate their hard work.
Holiday Hampers! Our annual Holiday Hamper drive is underway. This is a fun AISL tradition where students bring in a small food item or two to help create a gift hamper for each member of the school’s support staff, including gardeners, bus drivers, security guards, maintenance workers, and cleaners. This serves as a recognition and thank you from the students and parents for all the hard work that these people do on a daily basis to keep the school running smoothly. The creation of these hampers is guided by the teachers in the lower grades and becomes a student-led project for our older students. Please send in a few small food items to support this fun project. I promise that if you could see all the joy and fun we have on the day the hampers are distributed, you would appreciate what a lovely tradition this has become. Please see your child’s teacher (Primary) or advisor (Secondary) if you need more information.
School Holiday! School will close at noon on 15 December and classes will resume on Tuesday, 16 January. All offices will be close on 22 December and re-open on 2 January. Because we operate with a minimal crew during the holiday, facilities such as the pool, fields, and library will have limited holiday hours. See next week’s Leopard’s Tale for details.
Many of our students joined in the Computer Science Education fun this week. Students participated in a variety of activities, including server room tours, a device tear-down station, Makey Makey circuitry kits, augmented reality coloring, Hour of Code activities, and Google Cardboard virtual reality viewing. We hope that through these experiences students have gained a greater appreciation for the important role of computer science in their lives and that they might feel inspired to keep exploring new technologies. A huge thank you to our incredible IT Department, especially Mr. Michael Mee, Mr. Langi Shuma, and Mr. Dixon Mvula for all their support and collaboration in this special event!
Today I was strolling in and out of classrooms enjoying the conversations and activities that I witnessed. The action in the science labs was particularly interesting. The three labs in our science block were busy with the commotion of learning through doing by three separate classes. Thanks to our team of scientists for making class interesting and engaging!
Drop by the library this Saturday (open 9 am to 2 pm) and check out our 3-D printer and device tear-down display. We will also have some augmented coloring sheets for children of all ages (Lunyunge will help show you how to see the end result!) along with Makey Makey circuitry kits and a Google Cardboard viewer. You will need to use your own iPhone & data plan with the Google Cardboard viewer & can use the Youtube playlist we've created.
Additionally, we'll have Hour of Code activities open on all the desktops or you can access them from your own device at any point via the Hour of Code Libguide.
Come celebrate computer science with us!
On Tuesday, 5 December, our Grade 3-5 students participated in a non-competitive swim gala to show how their swimming skills have progressed over the past few months in PE. Thank you to all of the families that came out to support this fun event. A special thanks to Ms. Luwisha, Coach Ian, and Mr. Antonio for teaching our students during their swimming unit as well as organising this special event. Below are a few highlights from the afternoon.
Please join us on Tuesday 27 February at 07:45am in the Protea Room for our PTA Meeting & Elections! All parents are welcome
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