On Monday, we invited our Grade 5 parents to an introductory session on the Primary Years Programme Exhibition (PYPX), the culminating project of the Primary years. Shortly after that, the students gathered to officially launch their PYPX timeline as they embark on a process that will identify passions, highlight local/global issues, strengthen approaches to learning, and educate others. The morning ended on a celebratory note, with excitement (and a little nervousness) in the air. Thank you to all of the families who attended.
All Primary students will have their Yearbook photo taken next week and early the following week. Please see the Primary photo schedule to know when your child(ren) will be having their photos taken. If you have any questions, please contact Khetiwe Hamainza in the Primary Office at email@example.com. Thank you.
Congratulations to the AISL U14 Girls soccer team that were crowned ISAZ football Champions this past weekend. Undefeated the U14 girls played a controlled passing game mixed with slick attacking moves, robust team play and gritty defence (including solid goalkeeping)!
Thanks to everyone that came out and voiced their support for our AISL Leopards!
The U14 boys, having drawn with Ashford 0-0 and RPS were unable to make it to the next round .
This weekend 23-24 March the action is as follows:
Friday 23 Feb, AISL is hosting the ISAZ U 9 girls football tournament
Saturday 24 Feb, the AISL U9 boys Football are in action at Rhodes Park
Saturday 24 Feb, the AISL U19 girls Netball are in action at LICS
ISSEA Visual & Performing Art students
This weekend (Thursday-Saturday 22-24 Feb) sees the ISSEA Visual & Performing Art students in action
Band & Choir will be travelling to ICS in Uganda and Drama & Visual Art will be travelling to ISK, Nairobi, Kenya .
Live Streams to the above will be shared once we have received them.
Dear AISL Community,
We’re excited to have part of the positive vibe felt during the first week back at school!
As we continue to fine tune our services to you, we would like to encourage everyone to use the online ordering system for the week using this link, and using the order form ensures a hot meal on time. The grab and go options will still be available for walk-in customers.
The link to order for the week will be closed by 09:00am every Wednesday. In order to serve you better, please ensure when completing the form to complete all fields, in particular your child's name and surname and entering the grade level before submitting.
Thank you for all the feedback and comments shared, please continue emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on +260971216355 for any queries or concerns you may have.
Thank you, the RusticBerry Team
The school was buzzing this week as everything returned to normal and co-curricular activities began in earnest. It was great to witness just how happy our learners, from the very youngest to the oldest, were to be back on campus. All of our outdoor facilities were full after school with many students preparing for upcoming ISAZ and ISSEA competitions. Friendship was in the air on Wednesday as we donned red or pink for Valentine’s day, and the Student Council organized roses and chocolates. It was a lovely atmosphere.
Personal Project Presentation
In any ELC-grade12, there are flagship events throughout the year to mark the completion of significant milestones. This week, it was the turn of our Grade 10 students who completed their Personal Project (PP) journey by presenting to parents, teachers and friends. The PP is the culmination of five years of the MYP. It gives our learners the opportunity to choose something they are passionate about, has meaning and relevance for them, and hopefully, as a result of the work, they can have an impact by taking action to make a difference. The projects were extremely varied and of high quality, reflecting the multi-layers of skills gained over the course of the last five years; skills that are essential for success in our exponentially changing landscape. Congratulations to Grade 10 for completing this key task in the MYP!
Kindness Week 19-23 February
Starting Monday, it will be Kindness Week. Please encourage your daughter(s)/son(s) to dress up and show school spirit.
We Want Your Opinion…A Heads Up
In my first year, the entire community completed a 360 survey of what everyone thought of the school by conducting a SOAR Analysis, which looks at:
S = Strengths: What an organization is doing really well, including its assets, capabilities, and greatest accomplishments. What would you fight to keep?
O = Opportunities: External circumstances that could improve learning, unmet ‘customer’ needs, threats or weakness reframed into possibilities. What would you love to lose?
A = Aspirations: What the organization can be and desires to be known for.
R = Results: The tangible, measurable items that will indicate when the goals and aspirations have been achieved.
Next week, in the Leopard's Tale, there will be a link to complete this survey, so that we can get your continued input and have some longitudinal data.
AISL is hosting an U14 Girls ISAZ Football tournament on Saturday, starting at 8.00am. All are welcome to come along for some exciting entertainment.
If you are available tomorrow morning, there is a PTA Coffee at the Pavilion at 7.30am.
Enjoy the weekend.
With kind regards,
Dr. Oli Tooher-Hancock
The afternoons of Wednesday, 20 March and Thursday, 21 March will be dedicated to Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences (G1-G5) and Parent-Teacher Conferences (ELC-KG). This is an opportunity to learn about and be part of your child’s progress so far this year. You will have the option of attending a 15-minute conference either in-person or virtually, on one of those afternoons, whichever format works best for your family.
In this half-day format, all students will attend regular classes in the morning on the 20-21 March. School dismissal will be at 12:00 on both days and there will not be any co-curricular activities on these days.
The Conference sign-up sheet will be shared in the Leopard’s Tale and Seesaw on 29 February. In the meantime, we wanted to let families know to save the date.
CCAs 3 began with a bang with this week. It was marvelous to all our learners back on campus and eagerly engaged in activities both in and outside of the classroom.
ISAZ (Independent Schools of Zambia): The ISAZ calendar has been re-shuffled with the 8 weeks of activities being accommodated into 5 intense weeks. The most up to date calendar of scheduled competition dates can be found on the AISL School Calendar Jan-June 2024
Upcoming Events : This Saturday 17 February ISAZ U14 girls soccer tournament will be held at AISL , and the ISAZ U14 boys tournament will be hosted at Baobab College
Next week (Thursday-Saturday 22-24 Feb) sees the ISSEA Visual & Performing Art students in action as follows:
Band & Choir at ISU, Kampala, Uganda and Drama & Visual Art at ISK, Nairobi, Kenya
Live Streams to the above will be shared once we have received them.
Please note that the weekend of Friday and Saturday 15 & 16 March is when the following events are scheduled:
ISAZ Nationals for U 19 Chess, Football/Soccer and Netball at Chengelo
ISAZ U13 Girls and Boys Football/Soccer at Baobab.
This week saw students in Grade 10 presenting their Personal Project learning and products. All secondary grades and teachers and Grade 5 had the opportunity to see the Grade 10's efforts during Ubuntu and parents came to share in their success on Tuesday evening. Grade 5's visit comes at the start of their PYPx journey and Grade 9's at the start of their Personal project journey. Students came armed with wonderings. The Personal Project (PP) is an extended, independent piece of project work completed by each student in the last year of the MYP (Grade 10 or Year 5). Project topics may be creative or research-based and reflect a student’s personal interest. Students have the opportunity to develop their ATL skills which sets them up for success in the Diploma Programme.
It's worth mentioning that recent research from The Education University of Hong Kong "found personal project scores in the MYP to be a meaningful predictor of DP examination and extended essay scores. Additionally, personal project participants attained higher scores on DP examinations and the extended essay than their DP peers who did not participate in the personal project."
“Personal Project: Outcomes of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme’s Capstone
Experience (2023).” International Baccalaureate®, 5 Jan. 2023, ibo.org/research/outcomes-
research/myp-studies/personal- project-outcomes-of the-international-baccalureate-
middle-years-programme-capstone-experience-2023/. Accessed 14 feb. 2024
The Leopard's Tale is our main medium to keep our families informed on such things as the day to day happenings on campus, after school activities, summaries of any arts and sports events, helpful resources, and important dates and reminders.