The kids have two days off of school. Why??? Is it worth it when you have to arrange for extra child care, transportation to a friend's house or play date, and extra food in the fridge, not to mention the worries of whether siblings have survived the day at home together? Despite these headaches, teacher professional development days (PD) are essential to the growth and improvement of our school. During the Monday PD, the Secondary Teachers spent the day collaborating and planning to make our Advisory Program something to make our school stand out. Built around the IB Learner Profile, the Secondary Advisory Program
Please note that this is an early notice to mark the dates of October 11 and 12 from 1300-1700 on your calendar to visit your child's teachers and learn more about their progress during the Secondary Parent-Teacher Conferences in the library. We encourage all of our families to attend.
Need help understanding the assessment criteria? Feeling overwhelmed by assignments? DASH to the rescue!
Diploma Additional Support + Help (DASH) is an after school time for individual student support and help, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Whether a student wants clarification about a Math internal assessment, needs assistance researching primary sources for TOK presentations, or simply seeks quiet work space, the DASH space is a perfect fit. DASH is staffed by Mr. Cottrell on Mondays, Ms. Mulazzi on Wednesdays, and Mr. Osorio on Thursdays.
One of the keys to student success in the DP is asking for help and effective time management. Taking advantage of DASH is a way to take charge of your own learning!
Thank you to the many parents who attended the Introduction to the Diploma Programme Coffee Morning in the Protea Room Tuesday morning. The presentation is attached here. I look forward to working with DP parents and students over the course of this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or appointment requests. - F.Mulazzi do Valle
Attention Y2 students and parents. This is the AISL Y2 Internal Assessment Calendar. Please review the dates together and calendar out deadlines. Successful IB learners employ Self-Management skills to chunk out the work process into manageable portions. Please ask your DP teacher or Mrs MV any questions that you may have about drafts, deadlines, and internal assessments.
The DP Extended Essay (EE) offers students a chance to research and inquire about a subject they are passionate about. Living and riding horses in Zambia inspired Zazy and Nunu to research something near and dear to their own hearts for the EE: the health of horses. Zazy wanted to know whether shoes have an effect on a horse’s proprioception (knowing where one’s limbs are). Zazy’s own horse suffers from proprioception and she was curious about his mobility. Nunu is inquiring into the effect of stabling on strongylus vulgaris (a worm species) infestation in horses because she has seen the impact of worms on horses in Zambia. The students developed their own research question and are pursuing the inquiry under the guidance of Mr. Stewart and Ms. Wallace. Take a moment to ask a Grade 12 diploma student about their research. - F.Mulazzi do Valle
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.
In order to reach IB’s requirement of 240 hours in our Higher Level (HL) Course and ensure our Standard Level (SL) Course do not have more than 150 hours, we have revised our Secondary schedule for our DP 1 and 2 students (Grades 11 and 12)
Students in DP 1 and 2 are only required to be in class at 7:30 if it is one of their HL course. If a student has a SL course scheduled at 0730, they are not required to be in school until 0845. This will begin on Monday, 21 August 2017.
Therefore DP 2 students in HL Geography and DP 1 students in HL Mathematics will have to be in class at 0730. For all other DP students, their first class will begin at 0850.
A lounge area has been set up for any students that arrive on campus before 0845 and as always they are welcome in the library. All students that arrive on campus before 0845 should check in at the Secondary Office.
Next week’s schedule: (Friday’s time schedule has not changed. The school day still ends at 1300.)
Dear Secondary Parents,
Please read through the Secondary Principal's end-of-year letter to all of our Secondary families. Thanks for a great year!!!
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.
Students in the primary school wrote poems and students in the Grade 10 Visual Arts class illustrated them. Below are the winning designs that will be displayed around the primary pond, hopefully before the end of the school year.
We are proud of the students for the care they put into their writing and illustrations. Participation in this joint primary/secondary project was not required, rather students voluntarily shared their creativity to add beauty to our school campus. We hope you will take a moment to stop by the pond and view this collaborative artwork.
Tuesday Parent Info Sessions
There is no session on 19 September due to the staff Professional Development Days.
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Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30