This week wears a few hats in the Secondary school. It is a week of summatives for many of our students; a week of getting finished all the small things that need to get done before the end; a week of plans and planning for the June/July break; the last week before graduation for our seniors; and it’s Washing Machine Week!
This last one is the one I want to spend some time on today. First off, I have NEVER encountered such a thing as a week dedicated to filling in some of the life skill gaps that this dreadfully modern world has created in our young folk. Every other place I’ve worked, these skills have either been (erroneously) assumed to exist, or have simply been ignored. I love that AISL takes time out of the school year to make sure that kids can successfully scramble an egg, wash their clothes and read a bank statement (among other things of course). I love the idea of this week...for the kids. For me, I am finding it sort of disheartening.
When discussing with Ms. Baldry the plan for this week, she asks me if I would like to teach something. Of course! I am always game to find opportunities to lend my wisdom borne from vast experience surviving on the planet. So, she signs me up, puts me down for a cooking lesson (because someone more qualified is doing personal finance and no one cares about setting up an audio/visual system). Now I am faced with the daunting inventory of taking stock of my own skills. So, I think very hard about what I am qualified to teach someone, and my options are woefully slim. I settled on eggs, maybe coupled with a lecture on 19th century German philosophy.
So, if your Grade 12 student insists in the next couple of weeks that you absolutely must use ghee when frying, mixing in some kind of lactose into the eggs before they go on the pan is essential, and that the ability to transcend the everyday point of view and regard objects of nature aesthetically is not available to most human beings, then you have me to blame. Sorry.
Have a great weekend, and congratulations to the class of 2021!!!
Dr. Rick Odum
Service learning and Action in the MYP
AISL believes in community and service, and encourages students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. Students develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning.
Over the last semester, Grade 7 students put together lovely stationery gift packs for Open Arms. As you can see from the photos , they were delighted! Well done to all students who packaged and sorted some spending breaks doing this. Thank you to all Grade 7 advisors for seeing this project through!
MYP: From principles into practice. May 2014 (updated September 2017).
DP - Grade 12 Update
It’s almost time for graduation - a momentous milestone for our students, families, and teachers. Please join us in celebrating our students!
Parents are invited to attend Senior Walk, beginning at 11:25 on Friday 28 May, and the Senior Awards Ceremony following thereafter.
Graduation will be on Saturday 29 May from 16:00-17:00. Guests should come to the lawn in front of the Tiyende Pamodzi Theater.
The IB has provided a webpage, “Understanding Assessment During COVID-19” with information about the awarding model for May 2021. If you explore any of the informational videos posted there, please bear in mind that we are on the “exam route”.
Finally, students have been asked to fill out a form if they want their AISL transcripts, IB Diploma/Certificates and results to be FedExed to them. Parents and guardians, please remind your children to complete this if you’d like hard copies of these documents mailed to you. If you live in Lusaka, you can just drop by the school to pick up the documents. The IB documents arrive in September and we will email you to let you know when they’re ready for pick-up.
DP - Grade 11 Year-End Exams & Upcoming Information Session
As indicated on the DP Assessment Calendar, Grade 11 students have been writing year-end exams this week, and are experiencing a little of what it’s like to be a Senior during exams with no scheduled classes.
The purpose of these exams is to prepare students for the level of rigor that they can expect from Grade 12 mock exams, as well as the DP exams in May 2022. These exams are designed to closely match DP exams in terms of intensity and, in some cases, scope, but they are weighted as normal summatives for marking purposes.
The only exams left are History and Geography, from 7:30-8:45 on Friday, and Economics from 8:50-10:05. Please note that the Econ exam will be held in the Pavilion to accommodate the whole class at once.
Next week, on Wednesday 2 June from 19:00-20:00, there will be an online student/parent information session hosted by DP Coordinator Monica Murphy and High School Counsellor Julie Baldry. The session will focus on the following:
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.
Parent Information Sessions
Here are the upcoming sessions – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend: