Musicians from our secondary band ensembles demonstrated their musical skills and knowledge with the 5th-grade classes this week. The 5th-grade students are choosing which instruments they would like to learn this year and asked lots of enthusiastic questions and are eager to follow in the footsteps of amazing student musicians.
Dear Primary Families, we wanted to say thank you for attending the Primary Open Day on Wednesday, 4 September. We saw many family members present for the grade-level overview presentations as well as the information sessions focused on different parts of our Primary program. Each of our teams (homeroom teachers, specialist teachers, and student support teachers) enjoyed having you on campus observing, participating, and asking questions that were important to you. Thank you again for being part of the day with us.
Continuing in the series about Inquiry in the Primary Years Programme (PYP), we are excited to share the Primary school's 'Learning Journey' model that teachers developed to demonstrate what inquiry looks like in our teaching and learning environment.
At AISL, we focus on inquiry as the key element to engage learners, promote agency and develop meaningful life-long learning. The PYP transdisciplinary framework focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning. Reflection, questioning and connection-making underpin the AISL learning journey. Teachers ensure regular times for student reflections, question generation and intentional connection making between knowledge, understandings and real world experiences.
Please click here or on the button below to enjoy the second in our PYP series on the Inquiry Approach. If you have any questions or comments please email our PYP Coordinator Christine Kelly (email@example.com).
As most of you already are aware, Seesaw is THE best way to stay 'in the loop' with your son/daughter's day to day activities, experiences, and progress across all classes in the primary school. The objective of sharing these posts with you is to encourage further conversations and to celebrate your child's learning at home.
Now students have their iPads, they will also be sharing reflections and we would encourage you to respond to their posts with a comment or a question - having you as an audience gives them purpose and makes for better - and more thoughtful - reflections.
Connect other family members too!
Send the QR code of your child to other family members in order to provide a bigger audience for your child - I'm certain that grandparents would love this opportunity - especially if they live far away!
For any questions, please go to our resident primary IT guru and Seesaw ambassador, Mr. Frank Louw.
Thank you to the parents that joined the Introduction to the Primary Years Programme Parent session on Tuesday 20 August. The session led by Christine Kelly the Primary Assistant Principal: PYP Coordinator, reviewed the IB school structure, PYP framework, and inquiry teaching and learning. Please see the slideshow below for further information.
In alignment with the IB philosophy and protocols AISL supports the continuous development of multilingualism of our students. Cummins (2001) suggested that children need to maintain proficiency in their ‘Mother Tongue’ to assist in their development in a second language. He highlighted that skills and knowledge in one language are transferable across languages to benefit both languages. Mother Tongue is defined as ‘the first language that you learn when you are a baby [child], rather than a language learned at school’ (Cambridge Dictionary).
Following successful programs in other international schools, AISL has begun a Multilingual parent-led program with lessons located at AISL after school hours. The current multilingual programs include; Swedish, Italian, Portuguese, and Afrikaans with the possibility of a new Mandarin program. Additionally there is a Dutch school that is located at the International School of Lusaka. If you would like your child to be involved in one of these multilingual programs or you would like to find out more information about how to establish a multilingual program for your Mother Tongue please email the contact person below or email the AISL Multilingual Coordinator, Ms Elisa Ingles Velasco.
Swedish: Anne-Lie Wikström - firstname.lastname@example.org
Italian: Anna Azzoni - email@example.com
Portuguese: Carolina Vilalva - firstname.lastname@example.org
Afrikaans: Sonette Friend - email@example.com
Mandarin: Mandy Sun - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dutch School: Judith van Wieren - email@example.com
AISL Multilingual Coordinator: Elisa Ingles Velasco - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30