Up to 60 ………. LIS parents and their children
(Years 1 to 6 only)

6……….reading areas with expert readers

A dash……….of FUN – come dressed in your PJs, pillows and favorite stuffed animals welcome


Combine the above in the LIS Primary Library on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 6:30pm. Enjoy great books and company for one hour.

Entry fee (to be donated to the children of Casa das Crianças): a pack of NEW colored pencils, markers or writing paper per family.

Spaces are limited! To attend Family Reading Night, please complete sign-up HERE.

QUESTIONS? Contact or pop into the Primary Library





Até 60……….Pais e alunos da LIS
(apenas dos Anos 1 a 6)

6……….áreas de leitura diferentes, com leitores experientes

Uma pitada de……….DIVERSÃO – vistam o pijama, tragam uma almofada e o vosso peluche favorito


Misturem todos os ingredientes na Biblioteca da Primária da LIS na Quarta-feira, 4 de Outubro de 2017, às 18:30. Deixem(-se) repousar durante uma hora, na companhia de bons livros.

Valor da entrada (a ser doado às crianças da Casa das Crianças): uma caixa nova de lápis de cor, marcadores ou papel de escrita por família.

Os lugares são limitados! Para participar na Noite de Leitura em Família, preencha por favor esta ficha de inscrição.

Dúvidas? Contacte-nos pelo email, ou apareça na Biblioteca da Primária

Sharing The Planet: Peace, conflict and our appreciation of these.

As we continue our inquiry into Sharing the Planet, learners have been involved in some very interesting discussions focussed around the key concepts of perspective, responsibility and function, and the related concepts of action, compromise and pattern. They have connected all six concepts with the big ideas of peace and conflict and developed open-ended questions around these ideas.
On Friday we connected with Julie Wells, an expert in conflict resolution, via Skype. Students demonstrated great listening skills as they thought carefully about, and participated in the interactive discussion. Julie introduced new ideas about layers or stages of conflict, and talked about strategies to resolve conflict. Some questions that were raised during the Skype session included:
Do you always follow the steps [stages of conflict]?
Is there always a way to resolve a conflict?
Do the steps go in order or can you skip steps depending on the situation; how does this work?

This discussion and information furthered our understanding of the Lines of Inquiry:
Characteristics of conflict
The role perspectives play in conflict
Actions that can be taken to address conflict

The learning outcomes the discussion was connected to include the following:
practice techniques of mediation and negotiation within the class and or school community
document examples of conflict (local and global) and identify the causes and consequences.



Thinking conceptually through Mathematics

For the past couple of weeks the Year 6 students have been engaged in days of “Inspirational Maths” with Stanford Researcher, Jo Boaler. Some of the investigations students have been grappling with include finding patterns in Pascal’s Triangle, 100’s chart and identifying how shapes grow (as in the example below).


Please have a discussion with your child about what they have been doing in mathematics and have them share some of the patterns they have been exploring.

These investigations are aligned to our mathematics outcomes for pattern & function :

Phase 3

Transferring meaning into symbols

  • Describe  the rule for a pattern in a variety of ways
  • Represent rules for patterns using words, symbols and tables
  • Identify a sequence of operations relating one set of numbers to another
Phase 3

Applying with understanding

  • Select appropriate methods for representing patterns using words or symbols
  • Use number patterns to make predictions and solve problems
  • Use the properties and relationships of the four operations to solve problems
Phase 4

Constructing Meaning

  • Understand that patterns can be generalized by a rule


Visual Arts Stand Alone: Mandalas

In visual arts class this unit, students are creating mandalas and inquiring into the central idea: beliefs, values, and ideas are represented and communicated through symbols. Students will be assessed on the visual arts learning outcomes: responding (Phase 3) compare, contrast, and categorize artworks from a range of cultures, places, and times and creating (Phase 4) adjust and refine your creative process in response to constructive criticism.

Students began by learning about mandalas from around the world. They compared, contrasted, and categorized various mandalas by shape, size, purpose, material, and color.

Students created their own mandalas (each with a purpose) outside using natural materials.

This week, students completed an oil pastel study, which is one of the materials they will use for their final mandalas. Students also used two websites to create digital mandalas.

Next week, students will create a purpose for their mandalas. They will complete several pencil and color sketches and begin their final mandala.


Parent Connection Meetings

Many thanks to our 6.1 parents for making a special effort to attend our class parent connection meetings. It was so nice to sit and chat you about this fantastic team. We look forward to welcoming parents and our Year 6 students to ‘Back to School’ night on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:30 in the school theatre.

Welcome to 6.1


Welcome to Year 6 and the start of the 2017/2018 academic year! We hope
you have had a great holiday. We look forward to getting to know your
children and facilitate their learning through what will be an exciting
and challenging journey.

We are dedicated to working as a collaborative team; ensuring students
across the three classes have consistency in their learning program.
Throughout the year we welcome your participation in special events and
invite you to share your knowledge and experiences to support the
students in their learning.

Eugene Comer
(Year 6.1 Teacher, Building 4, Room 21)

My name is Eugene Comer, and I will be teaching 6.3 this year. This is my
second year in Angola and prior to this placement I taught at
International School Manila, in the Philippines. I am from Ireland and
have previously spent a number of years working in the Irish school
system. I am very much looking forward to working with your child this

Ju Garcia
(Year 6.2 Teacher, Building 4, Room 22)

This is my sixth year of teaching at Luanda International School. Prior
to working here I worked in North Carolina, USA and Sao Paulo, Brazil. I
am looking forward to a great year.


Amelia O’Brien
(Year 6.3 Teacher, Building 4, Room 23)

This is my second year at Luanda International School and I am excited to
return! I am Australian and prior to being here in Angola, I lived and
worked in Lao P.D.R, South-East Asia, where I taught both Year 5 and Year
6 at Vientiane International School. I look forward to a great year of
learning and to working with you to support your child¹s learning journey.


Odete Matias (Year 6 Teaching Assistant)

I have been working at LIS for the past three years in Year 6. I was born
and raised in South Africa. I enjoy working with children and I love
adventures and challenges. I am an optimistic person! I am looking
forward to working with your children.


This year our main means of communication to parents about learning in
Year 6 will be through our class blog. On this blog we will be sharing
information about the students¹ learning engagements, the curriculum,
lots of pictures of the goings on in the class and some recommendations
about how you as parents can assist your child¹s learning. You will find
our class blogs at the following addresses:

6.1: (

6.2: (

6.3: (

So that you can stay in touch with all the learning going on in our
class, we recommend that you check the blog regularly. We also recommend
that you subscribe to our blog so that you receive a weekly email that
will include links to all of the newest postings. We hope that you enjoy
seeing many of the exciting things we will be getting up to this year and
take the time to discuss the blog posts with your child.

We look forward to meeting you on September 1st for the Parent-Teacher
Connection Meetings, however please do not hesitate to visit our classes
prior to that day.

If you wish to email your child¹s teacher, please see the relevant
contact details as below:

Amelia O¹Brien:
Ju Garcia:
Eugene Comer:

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