What I am excited about this week…
All in all, these two days are an important step in implementing our commitment to have the most highly-trained staff in Zambia.
The hot season is definitely here and we must all be feeling the heat by now. Hot weather causes us to sweat more. Sweating is a normal way our bodies give out heat in order to cool down. However sweat is mostly water, which our body is losing and needs to be replenished otherwise we become dehydrated.
As a precaution, we want your support in taking all the necessary steps to be sun safe, to prevent dehydration and to avoid heat stroke. We want to encourage students to wear protective sun hats. Please purchase one if you have not already done so and make sure your child wears it at all times when travelling to and from school. As part of school policy, the hat will be needed when playing outdoors.
We want the children to start applying sunscreen lotion with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15+ before coming to school; particularly covering the areas of the face but not around the eyes. For the eyes, using dark-shaded sunglasses with high UV protection is recommended. UV rays from the sun are strongest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Finally, all students must bring to school a water bottle labeled with their name. We want to get the children into the habit of having a water bottle with them at all times, and to encourage them to drink at least a litre of water whilst at school or more when involved in active sports.
Thank you for supporting our school and your child in promoting positive health habits.
We are excited to be organising the 3rd Annual Ski Trip to Verbier, Switzerland, taking place during the school holidays, leaving 30 March and returning 7 April 2018. This trip is open to students from Grade 6 to 11. The trip is run by a well established organisation called Les Elfes (http://leselfes.com/), who are in charge of all the lessons, activities, meals, accommodation, while in Switzerland.
All parents of interested students are invited to join the ski trip presentation this Friday, 8 September in the Protea room, beginning at 07:30.
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.
What I am excited about this week…
What I am excited about this week…
The PYP Exhibition is 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 learner profile that they have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP. (From PYP Exhibition Guidelines)
On Wednesday, 26 April, Grade 5 students will share the results of their inquiries into the central idea: "Through expression, our creativity and ingenuity can change the world." They are busy preparing displays, reports, songs, dances and works of art and are excited to share these with AISL students, faculty, parents, and the Year 6 students from ISL.
Please join us for this celebration and culminating event.
.During the evening we will have live music from Nomkanjani and Pink Blues, Dinner, and Dancing. A cash bar will be available to purchase drinks throughout the night.
The committee is also busy putting together a silent auction to support the AISL scholarship program - If you have any items you are willing to donate for us to auction of please contact email@example.com.
Tickets are limited so please buy soon. Tickets are available at the main office and the Friday market or alternatively you can email to reserve your tickets (all reserved tickets must be collected and paid for by Wednesday 3rd May)
This is a busy week for our Secondary Students with many of them involved in ISSEA events across Southern Africa! As always, please check the AISL Facebook Page for news & highlights and the links to external sites. For more information about the amazing opportunities for ISSEA and more, check out the AISL Sports & Activities page...
We currently have three vacancies for the 2017-18 school year:
As some of you may remember, the filmmaker Tony Pappa from Conceptually Speaking was on campus in January to create two 4-5 minute promotional videos for the school. One was targeted toward prospective students and the second was targeted toward teachers. His work was guided by a committee that suggested some key items to feature. Other than those guidelines, Mr. Pappa's work was unscripted. We gave him free run of the campus and access to people for interviews and then largely left it to him to decide how to tell our story.
During the week he recorded 210 GB of information and conducted 35 totally unscripted interviews resulting in 3.5 hours of audio content. He then winnowed all that material down to 1450 possible clips totalling 91 GB. From there he created his original cuts of each video, which were 31 and 18 minutes long. He then cut them down further until he got to about ten minutes for the teacher video and seven minutes for the student video. He said that there was no way he could do us justice in the 4-5 minute videos we had originally planned so offered the longer cuts at no additional charge. At that point, the committee got involved again and reviewed the original clips to fine tune some of the content and suggest additional edits.
I think the end results are excellent. They will be posted on the website and on social media. Please feel free to share them too.
Many thanks to the committee: Mr. Redman, Mr. and Mrs. Cottrell, Ms. Mulazzi do Valle, Ms. Coombs, Ms. Chalikulima, Mr. Louw, Mr. Osorio, and Mr. and Mrs. Potts. Special thanks also to Mr. Louw for sharing much of the wildlife and drone footage and Mr. Muyamwa for lending his stentorian voice to the video.
And finally, thank you to everyone who agreed to be interviewed and who welcomed Mr. Pappa to the campus. After his visit, he wrote: "It was a real pleasure working with you and your team there. If I was a teacher, your school and community would be on my short list...My trip to Zambia will be a tough highlight to follow."
As usual, I am so honored and grateful to work with such a warm and welcoming community. I really feel like these videos capture some of that magic.
We are OPEN for several days over break! Please include us on your campus rounds:
Saturday April 8th: 9 am to 2 pm
Monday April 10th: 9 am to 12 noon
Tuesday April 11th: 9 am to 12 noon
Wednesday April 12th: 9 am to 12 noon
Closed Thursday April 13 through Monday April 17
Reopening Tuesday April 18th for regular hours
This week a teaching friend of mine posted an article that I thought was interesting about sports titled, What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent – And What Makes a Great One. I think it is an important read for not only sports parents, but also for the parents who have children that perform in the arts. One suggestion that I believe is missing for the article is for parents to sit down and actually write out why you want your child to be part of a team and then as a parent act accordingly. Do you want your child to be the top performer? Do you want the team to win at any cost? Do you want your child to learn the intangible skills of being a team player and of overcoming obstacles? These are three very different goals. It is something to ponder.
What I am excited about this week…
1. IB DP Visual Arts Exhibition! If you have not seen it yet, please make a point to visit our DP Visual Arts Exhibition by Friday, March 31. This exhibition showcases the work of our Diploma Program Visual Arts students. Their work is truly incredible. The exhibition is housed in both the PAC Gallery and the upstairs of the gym.
2. Parent-Teacher Conferences! Please plan to visit with your child’s teachers during our Parent-Teacher Conference days next Wednesday and Thursday, April 5th and 6th from 13:00-17:00. Classes will end at noon on each day and there will be no ASA’s. Please see the Primary School and Secondary School sections for more information.
3. ISAZ Soccer! Congratulations to our U10 Boys Soccer team who won the ISAZ championship last week. Congratulations also to our U16 Boys for taking 2nd and U16 Girls for taking 3rd in last week’s championships. Go Leopards!
4. MYP Play – Agatha Rex! Don’t miss this year’s MYP Play: Agatha Rex. It is a new take on Sophocles’ Antigone set in a modern high school! Show times are at 19:00 on March 30 and 31 and 15:00 on April 1. Tickets are K50 and are available at the door. Please come celebrate our talented scholar-actors and all the hard work they have put into this production.
5. New Leopard’s Tale Format! This is the second week we will be piloting our new Leopard’s Tale format. The new format is based on a significant amount of feedback we have received over the last year, including the results of our survey about the Leopard’s Tale. The new format will open directly into your email and should be easily readable on any device. This is the last week we will be sending the Leopard’s Tale in its original format. After this week, we will only use the new format. We hope you enjoy the Leopard’s Tale’s new look.
I would like to share with you two more interesting articles before moving on from the topic of the importance of sleep. The first article comes from the New York Times unveils a study that demonstrated a correlation between lack of sleep and behavioral issues in students. The second article from The Guardian is a much more technical article that highlights the science of how the brain consolidates memories (improves learning) during sleep through “cleaning” and how sleeping on one’s side can maximize the effect.
Last week I gave a presentation on the importance of sleep for not only our students, but for all of us. That presentation can be found here. We often overlook the importance of sleep on our overall wellness, and for our students, how it affects their performance. Some may even take great pride in sacrificing their sleep for more studies or work. However, with new technology, we have learned that sacrificing sleep for better performance is absurd. Check out this website to learn more about the effects of sleep deprivation and this short video (also embedded below!) on why sleep is important. If you would like to go more extensively into the topic (which I hope you do), please feel free to see this TED Talk by Russell Foster, a circadian neuroscientist, entitled Why Do We Sleep?
Tuesday Parent Info Sessions
There is no session on 19 September due to the staff Professional Development Days.
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