and finally……..

….. and finally …… this is the FINAL blog of the school year.

It’s been a busy week finishing off our last unit. Last week students had begun an action plan as a summative assessment. This week, working individually or in small groups they developed their ideas, sought feedback, made adjustments and refined their products. This weekend will see a bake sale being hosted in Imbondeiro compound and Monday heralds a ‘Make it Bake it’ event at school during recess. We will also be sharing videos and presentations on Monday, during class time. Everyone has thrown themselves enthusiastically into taking action and are excited to share their experiences.

This week Year 6 presented their exhibition, the culmination of their learning journey through the PYP at LIS. As Year 5’s we were especially curious to see what they’d learned and how they would communicate this, as next year – that’ll be us! It was great to see Year 5 students asking so many questions and inquiring into the exhibition process. Back in class we discussed what we noticed, how we felt and what strengths we would be taking into Year 6, and what attitudes or skills we may need to work on to make our own learning journeys successful.

‘I feel a bit scared – it (the exhibition) was SO good!’

‘How will we do that?’

‘It’s a lot of work’

But then…..

‘But it’s a bit like what we’re doing now. We’re doing a mini exhibition with our action!’ 

We decided it would be a challenge, exciting, nerve-wrecking but something we’d feel immensely proud of.

…and last, but most definitely not least!


I was incredibly touched by the champagne, chocolates, papier mâché guinea fowl, painting (the list goes on!) and the beautiful book I was given on Friday. I feel so proud of all my students, its been a fantastic year, one I’ll never forget!

Thank you 5.2 for being you! and GOOD LUCK in Year 6 xx

PYP Silent Art Auction | Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended the opening night of the PYP Silent Art Auction, to those who were able to go to the auction last week, and to those who saw the artwork on the blogs. 

The silent auction raised 426,000 Kwanza for Trek for Meds: Their goal was to raise 500,000 Kwanza. With the money from the auction, Trek for Meds has already raised over 1,000,000 Kwanza!

Research, concept mapping, performing…. and pyjamas?!

This week students focused on completing research, begun last week, for our current unit. Students had chosen a right from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and were researching, individually or in small groups, ways in which individuals, organisations and nations help protect children against the violation of this right. Students used varied sources, including books, interviews, websites, printed articles and surveys, as well as drawing on their understandings gained through listening to and questioning our many guest speakers from earlier in our unit.

Once researching had been concluded students created a concept map. This activity stimulated much discussion and debate as students sifted through the information they had gathered and organised their knowledge and understandings in order to construct their map. The map then served as the basis for a presentation given to Year 4 students during our assembly slot.

As this was the last week of ASA’s and some students shared what they had been learning with parents and teachers. Well done João, Terese and Indhira – I loved watching and listening to you play.

And last, but not least,….pyjama day!


Pajama Day this Friday, May 26!

Dear families, 

On Friday, May 26, the PYP Student Council has organized a Pajama Day. Students from Prep 3-Year 6 are invited to come to school wearing their pajamas. Please ensure your child is wearing safe and school appropriate clothing and shoes.  

Student council members created a promotional video: 

Thank you,

PYP Student Council and Ms. H (

Queridas famílias,

 Na sexta-feira, 26 de maio, o Conselho Estudantil do PYP organizou um Dia do Pajama. Os alunos dos anos 1-6 são convidados a vir para a escola vestindo seus pijamas. Por favor, certifique-se de que seu filho esteja usando roupas e sapatos seguros e escolares.

 Os membros do conselho estudantil criaram um vídeo promocional que foi mostrado às classes Y1-6:


 Conselho Estudantil do PYP e Sra. H ( )

PYP Silent Art Auction | Canvas Images

Bidding Instructions

Please email me ( with the name and class of the canvas you are bidding for, your bid amount in KWZ, your name, your child’s name, and your telephone number

-You can bid on as many canvases as you want.

-The auction closes at 3pm on Friday, May 26.

-The highest bid for each canvas will be the winners (only the highest bidder pays)

-The winners of each canvas will be notified on Monday, May 29 via email.

-The money raised will go to Trek for Meds: 

Please note: Due to unavailability of canvas materials in Luanda, the cost of each shipped canvas was 12,000-14,000 KWZ.

Here is a video of students creating their canvases:

Is it luck or is it probability?

This week students began inquiring into our new mathematical central idea…..

We began by looking at some of the images below and asked ourselves what they were, and what they had in common.

Students quickly identified they all had something to do with being lucky.

Next we asked : What is the definition of luck?

We wrote our own definitions of what luck is in pairs on a post it note and then shared these with the rest of the class. Many students found it challenging to try to explain what luck is.

Next we asked : Does luck exist?

We realised that we may have different points of view and lots of interesting theories were shared. We placed our luck definition on a spectrum line from ‘Yes, it does exist’ at one end and ‘No, it does not exist’ on the other. As we placed our post it notes on the spectrum, we explained why we thought so. Most students felt luck did exist to some degree and although students listened respectfully to each other it was a passionate debate!

Students then looked at our central idea and discussed what it might mean. We were then ready to start investigating how we can measure probability with our TV game show activity……

After measuring the possible probabilities, we shared our conclusions and the different strategies we used. Students then ordered each game from the highest to lowest probability of winning. Eventually, we realised we need to measure each using decimals or percentages because the fraction form was too tricky to understand.  After converting the probabilities to percentages, we could more easily see the correct order.   And so, therefore , the best game choice to possibly win the money was Game C.

Finally this week we investigated ‘lucky number 7’. But is it really lucky? (Remember our central idea!)

We then played this game called First Out Wins: Each player puts 11 counters on the any numbers on their strip.  They can put as many counters as they like on any numbers.  When that player rolls 2 dice, they can take ONE counter off the number rolled. The winner is the player who removes all their counters first.

After playing the game a few times, we discussed strategies we were using and what we were noticing.  Were some numbers being rolled more than others? Do some numbers have a higher probability than others? We brainstormed different ways we could record the possible outcomes when rolling 2 dice and gave them a try. From these we made the discovery that rolling a 7 has a higher probability of winning than the other numbers!!!

That’s why people think 7 is lucky!!!!

In our unit students choose a right from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and began research, driven by our third line of inquiry: Ways in which individuals, organisations and nations help protect children.

In language students connected with their unit research and began writing a letter to persuade a donor to choose the organisation which, in their opinion, helps protect children’s’ rights the most effectively.

And finally a huge thank you to everyone involved in the Teacher Appreciation lunch on Wednesday – it was amazing!

Mathematical activity source: Graeme Anshaw

Bidding Instructions | PYP Silent Art Auction

Monday, May 22, is the opening night of the PYP Silent Art Auction from 6-7:30pm in primary room 6A (see poster attached). Students from years 4, 5, and 6 are excited to show off their canvases and the work they have completed this year in visual arts class.

After researching and discussing, students have decided to donate the auction money to Trek for Meds Three secondary students, Nabeeha Ahmed, Molly McCann, and Denise Ngulube, have planned an expedition to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer to raise money to buy malaria medication and to distribute the medication to a public hospital for local children in Luanda. 

Bidding instruction: Beginning on the opening night of the auction, you will be able to bid for the canvas(es) of your choice by filling out a piece of paper indicating your bid amount. You will place the paper into a box with the corresponding canvas’s picture on it.

The canvases will continue to be on display from May 23-26 in room 6A, where you will be able to place your bids until Friday, May 26 at 3pm. 

If you are not able to come to see the canvases in person, please see the images of the canvases which will be posted to this blog on Monday, May 22. Should you wish to place a bid, please email me ( your canvas bid amount in Kwanza, your name, and your child’s name by 3pm on Friday, May 26.

The winner of each canvas will be contacted on Monday, May 29 via email with instructions of how to pay and how to collect the canvas.

Upper PYP Silent Art Auction

Please join us in celebrating the opening night of the PYP Silent Art Auction on Monday, May 22 from 6-7:30pm in room 6A (see posted attached). Over the last two and half weeks, each individual class within Years 4, 5 and 6 has been been working to prepare a collaborative piece of artwork. These artworks are based on projects that students have worked on in PYP visual arts class this year. There will be a total of 10 artworks that will be auctioned. 

Students are currently researching and deciding where the money earned from the auction will go. Some of their ideas are: casa das crianças orphanage, fábrica de sabão (, or the halo trust foundation ( 

The canvases will continue to be displayed from May 23-May 26 and we will be sharing how you will be able make your bids on the artwork very soon.

Hope to see you at the opening night!

Challenges in accessing education and an ice cream treat

This week students met Mr Jorge from Buffalo Bikes and World Bike Relief. Students heard how bicycles are helping children in rural Africa, including Angola, get to and stay in school. Students investigated how this organisation helps protect a child’s right to an education and safety. Later in the week students were able to see a prototype wheelchair Buffalo Bikes are also considering. Students discussed how the design was adapted for rural Africa and how the chair might allow children with disabilities reach their fullest potential in life. We tried it out, ‘off roading’ in the school grounds. Students were impressed by how the addition of simple levers meant they were able to move around independently over the bumpy terrain. Students also examined case studies of children in countries as diverse as the U.K .and the D.R.C. and investigated how differing circumstances influenced access and attitudes to education. Students took on a persona and were ‘hot seated’ to discover how and why their access to education was being affected.

In Maths students learnt about tessellations and nets of 3D shapes. We have now concluded our inquiries into 2D and 3D shapes and next week we will start investigating probability.

In literacy students continued to write to persuade. Connecting with our unit the class wrote collaboratively on the subject of using physical punishment to discipline children. There were views across the spectrum on this topic and I was proud to see students listening very respectfully to each other.

To end the week we indulged in a tombola winners, ice cream extravaganza! Thank you to all the PTA who organised our lovely treat!