This past Wednesday evening our MYP Grade 10 students shared their personal project journeys and products in an on-line format. In Google Meet "rooms" of approximately six students, students shared their inspirations, research processes, discoveries, and reflections. The projects ranged from art meant to raise awareness of depression to a documentary film based on interviews conducted with women and teenaged girls at a nearby safehouse.
Students shared clips from their videos (where applicable), photos of their final products, and more based on the Personal Project website designed by Gr10 student Sara. To view a student's project, simply click on the image of the student on the website. You are also welcome to leave comments on the student-created Personal Project Instagram page.
The Personal Project Evening was the culmination of a process begun in May of students' ninth grade year. This year's cohort persevered through nearly five months of distance learning and many were moving between Zambia and their country of origin as a result of the pandemic. The beautiful work they shared is a true testimony to their resilience and ability to self-manage, which are important life-long Approaches to Learning skills (ATL's).
Many thanks to our faculty who served as supervisors for the personal project or facilitated the breakout rooms, to Ms. Chevannes (MYP Design Teacher) for helping students organize their digital posters and create the format of the evening, and to Ms. Turner (MYP Coordinator) and Ms. Maguire (Secondary School Librarian) for weekly Personal Project support classes. It takes a village to realize an undertaking of this scope.
The final part of this journey will comprise student reflections on the whole process, which will allow us to improve the program for next year's group. If you attended the evening and have any suggestions you'd like to share with us, please reach out to either Ms. Ingrid Turner or Ms. Terry Maguire.
We invite you to take a few moments to browse some of the beautiful student work linked to each student's name on the list here below.
Andrea: artwork and information shared on her blog meant to raise an awareness of the contributions of women throughout history
Ashutosh: a TED-talk based on research connected to happiness and daily life
Braam: a self-made documentary about unhealthy versus balanced digital interactions
Chris: waste disposal in Bauleni
Clara: recipes and blog for sustainability in food
Cross: golf information systems
Deborah: struggles faced by girls in safe houses
Emma: social status and wealth in criminal cases
Florence: Eastern vs. Western ways of teaching math & combating stereotypes
Gulsher: website to raise awareness of fitness and health
Jeanne: a brochure to teach basic first aid techniques for local community members
Jordan: podcast on racism & racial inequalities
Joshua: computer-generated skate park design
Joy: Artivism: art meant to raise awareness of mental health & mental Illness
Leo: Self-created infographics meant to teach primary school-aged children about history
Lola: wrote a short story meant to raise awareness of Down's Syndrome and autism to help children like her cousin
Lovis: created a blog about Lusaka meant to help newcomers explore the city
McKenzie: created an independently programmed website to raise awareness of gender inequalities and discrimination females face in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Education, & Mathematics)
Mehdi: to enhance communication in the healthcare sector, Mehdi taught himself Flutter, a Google object-oriented programming language that aids in creating mobile apps with efficiency
Merle: crocheted a beanbag using secondhand clothes, in hopes of raising awareness of the fast fashion industry. Merle sought to inspire people to mitigate their fast fashion consumption for a more environmentally friendly approach.
Neelay: explored how music can be used to tell a story
Payton: created a social commentary mural on availability issues
Rachael: explored using art as social commentary to raise awareness of race and Black Lives Matter
Rohan: created a website to raise awareness of poaching issues in South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks
Sonji: created an adolescent mental health web comic and through this sought to improve her digital drawing skills
Thandi: designed a new athletic kit for AISL varsity basketball
Thelma: created musical jazz pieces based on remixing songs from Hamilton
Vivian: creating art to raise awareness of mental health
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ISAZ National Championships 2017
Lets throw it back all the way to 2017, where AISL won the following National Championship trophies. The games were an intense nail biting event to watch, but we took home the Girls National Champions in Soccer, Girls National Champions in Basketball and Boys National Champions in Volleyball .
Way to go Leopards!
In order to ensure the health and safety of the students and coaches , the following health and safety protocols have been put in place:
Session 3 After school Activities are starting next week on Tuesday 2 March and will end on Friday 16 April. Our AISL Coaches are looking forward to seeing our students after a long break. Once again, we have decided to start with a conservative ASA program for Session 3 and as a result the number of spaces in ASA's will be very limited .
We will continue to monitor the health situation with our school health and safety protocols , and hopefully in the future we will be able to add more activities and or spaces for our students .
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This week lets throw it all the way back to January 2017 -ISSEA Rugby
In 2017 , AISL hosted the ISSEA Rugby tournament , It was a wet January , the rainy weather had our fields muddy and just perfect for the game of rugby! ISSEA Rugby 2017 was an awesome event , AISL took the championship trophy . Find some great action pictures below
Welcome back and hope you had a refreshing break! To prepare you for some exciting After School Activities! Please find the link to our AISL Activities YouTube channel which includes our After School Activity videos from the various sports we offer. Click below to view and practice some drills and subscribe to the channel.
What is a social issue you care about and would like to learn more about?
What is the last thing you learned that no one told you to learn?
What are some of your hobbies?
What do you wonder about?
What is a problem you wish you could solve?
These are just some of the questions that our Grade 7 students explored during advisory & library sessions this week and last week as they prepare to create a passion project.
In keeping with our commitment to student-driven inquiry, grade 7 students will work to narrow down their ideas and will then spend the next three months (approx.) delving into a passion and producing a project connected with a personal interest. Engaging in a passion project affords students an opportunity to develop important ATL (Approaches to Learning) skills, among them effective researching, time-management, communication, and perseverance.
During one of our first advisory sessions devoted to the passion project, students explored a range of videos meant to provide them with inspiration. One of the videos we watched as a group was about this one about a young man who created his own Lego robotic arm.
Next week, students will narrow their passion project ideas and start to develop a plan for pursuing one idea. In subsequent weeks they will start creating it. If you would like to explore some of the resources we will be using to support this project, please have a look at our MYP Passion Project Libguide (the password is the same as the one for the parent portal).
Our students have many opportunities for rich inquiry at AISL. Here is a partial list of some of the in-depth, passion-style projects students do at AISL:
Grade 1 Genius Hour
Grade 4 Genius Hour
Grade 5 PYP Exhibition
Grade 7 Passion Project
Grade 8 Passion / Community Project
Grade 10 MYP Personal Project
Grades 11 & 12 DP Extended Essay
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At AISL we strive to celebrate and honor the diversity of all our students and their backgrounds. During the month of February, we highlight the achievements, struggles, and triumphs of black persons in particular as part of Black History Month, which is celebrated increasingly throughout the world.
During our secondary school assembly on 17 February, we all watched a spectacular spoken word piece by 22-year-old US National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman titled "Earthrise," and reflected on what we want to stand for as individuals and how we might go about working to protect our fragile earth. If you haven't heard Ms. Gorman perform this deeply moving poem, please consider giving it a watch- it's only 4:30 long. (Interesting fact: Amanda Gorman had a speech impediment as a child and has an auditory processing disorder- and look what she has achieved!)
In middle school, grade 6 students explored Black History Month by engaging in several of the activities in this book creator book and grade 10 students explored similar themes using resources in this book geared toward an older teen audience. Our grade 7&8 students will engage in similar activities across next week. You are welcome to peruse these resources, too!
We will continually seek out ways that we can learn about and honor the history and achievements of groups that have been marginalized in the past as we strive to create "a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect" (IBO Mission).
Image credit: Amanda Gorman retrieved from <theguardian.com>
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Parent Information Sessions
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