The AISL library staff and some fabulous secondary student volunteers have been working hard to pack up the library in advance of the building work being done across the holiday. Moving 24,000 books and all the shelving and furnishings is quite a process! Fortunately, our returning students and community members checked out towering holiday stacks of books, which lightened our load and will keep everyone reading. We will be opening a smaller-scale library in the Palm Pavilion at the start of the year (with the coffee bar!) until the construction work is done. Please visit us there in August. We look forward to welcoming everyone back and will have approximately 1500 new titles for you to browse when our annual shipment arrives!
The results are in! AISL secondary students who participated in our reading challenge this year voted on their top choice for the MS Leopard's Paw book award and the HS Leopard's Eye book award. Students read two of the four (or five for HS contenders) short-listed books (the short-lists were created by students) and then voted via Google Forms for what they felt was the best book in the AISL library. At this week's assembly AISL middle school students Ethan and Scott announced the Leopard's Paw winner and AISL high school student Matteo announced the Leopard's Eye winner. The winners were no surprises! Put these incredible titles on your to be read list if you haven't read them already.
Middle School will once again have ONE combined end of year class party.
The picnic party will take place on the grass outside C-Block veranda on Thursday 13 June, 9:30. Students will receive their yearbooks at 9:50 from their Advisory teacher and can use this time to sign each others’ books.
Please bring a plate of snacks to share and join in the festivities.
This party replaces all individual class parties. For any additional information, contact Mrs. Smith directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our G2-G10 students have completed the Spring session of the NWEA MAP Growth assessments. You will be able to access your child's individual report, along with a quick reference sheet from the NWEA, beginning Monday afternoon, 3 June. If you need any assistance in accessing the report, please email the Primary Office at primaryoffice @aislusaka.org.
This past Monday MYP grades 7 & 8 students participated in a comedy workshop with members of Barefeet Theatre. Students engaged in several participatory activities designed to help them explore different ways to create comedy on-stage. After the workshop, the three Barefeet Theatre actors performed an improv scene drawing on audience participation to guide the direction of the scene. For Grade 8 students, the workshop formed part of a Language and Literature and Theatre interdisciplinary unit using Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as the focal play. The statement of inquiry Grade 8 students have been exploring is "Communication through self-expression can sometimes be misinterpreted and can lead to conflict and humor." The actors commented on the high level of engagement our students displayed. An initiative that our Creative Arts Department and Secondary Library have led is the integration of more Zambian artists within our curriculum as a way to draw on community expertise and expose students to more Zambian artists and culture.
Please join us beginning at 17:00 on Wednesday, 12 June in the Tiyende Pamodzi Theater (note the venue change from the Pavilion due to some of our relocation projects) for an evening with Zambian author Namwali Serpell. Ms. Serpell's novel The Old Drift, which spans four generations of Zambian history, has garnered rave reviews from all over the globe. Ms. Serpell is coming to us directly from the airport, so we are hoping for on-time flights! This will be a relaxed evening with some entertainment, a cash bar, and complimentary tea & coffee. Admission is free and is open to the AISL Community and friends. Ms. Serpell is hosting public talks later in the week; please see her website for details. Note that Ms. Serpell's novel is a work of adult fiction, so its main appeal will most likely be for students going into Grade 11 and up.
We will have 30 more copies of The Old Drift for sale at the event in case you'd like to purchase additional ones for the book-signing. The cost is 150 kwacha (cash) payable directly to Penguin Randomhouse publishers.
Though the timing of this event is not ideal given that the next day is the last day for students and many families are preparing to board planes, we didn't want to miss the opportunity to connect our community with this prodigious talent. We hope you can come!
It's time to make your reading stack for the long holiday! Please pass by the library to check out up to 10 items for the long break (for returning patrons with clear records). Books will be due back the first day of school, which is 8 August 2019. Secondary students will be taking their stacks home through Monday of next week. After that we are packing up the shelves for the shift into the storage containers for the re-roofing of the library. The selection is fantastic as so much has come back over the past week. Help us empty out our shelves by stocking up on great reads!
Audiobooksync has another fantastic line-up of free audio downloads! Don't forget that you need to have Overdrive installed on your device (which is free) and that you need to download the books the week they are available (in other words, you will not be able to get books from previous weeks). One of the free downloads coming up the week of 30 May is Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen, which is awesome YA realistic fiction! Need help? Ask any member of our AISL Library Team.
What's so special about this semester's Choir Concert?
We are so glad you asked!
This concert is building off the "transportation" theme of MS students' recent Solo-Duet-Trio performances and then taking a closer look at where music can take us. It features:
.Behind every show and concert in the Tiyende Pamdozi Theater there is an enthusiastic team of students hard at work under the tutelage of Edwin Kamangala. This group of students recently showed their skills running the tech for the Primary Production "Adventures of a Comic Book Artist." They ran all the sound and light for the show using state of the art professional digital and wireless equipment. It takes weeks of preparation and a lot of know-how to make it all look so easy! Well Done!
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