Updated Lost Property Procedures at LIS

Dear Parents,

Recently the school reviewed its Lost Property Procedures to make them more efficient and to make it easier for all to find lost items. We ask that you please make yourself familiar with our new Lost Property Procedures by clicking here.

Homeroom teachers will be sharing these guidelines with the students so that they understand them too. Unfortunately, many of the items collected around the school do not have names and are never claimed. Therefore, we would like to remind you of the importance of naming all items (especially water bottles, lunch boxes/bags, clothes, aquatics kit etc). The guidelines are also permanently available on the Primary Blog on the ‘Primary Section Information/Further Information’ link.

Kind regards,

Chris Boreham
Primary Principal


Caros Pais,

A LIS procedeu recentemente à revisão dos Procedimentos de Perdidos e Achados, para tornar mais fácil e eficiente o processo de reaver artigos pessoais perdidos na escola. Convidamos todos os pais a conhecer as novas medidas de Perdidos e Achados, que se encontram disponíveis para consulta aqui.

Os professores de Homeroom vão também falar sobre estas orientações com os alunos durante o período de aulas, para que fiquem todos esclarecidos.Infelizmente, muitos dos artigos que são encontrados na escola não têm etiqueta com identificação do proprietário, e não são reclamados. Por isso, queremos relembrar a todos a importância de identificar os pertences de cada aluno (sobretudo garrafas de água, lancheiras, marmitas, roupas, equipamentos de natação, etc.). As orientações de Perdidos e Achados podem igualmente ser consultadas em qualquer altura, através do Blog da Primária, clicando no link de ‘Primary Section Information/Further Information’.

Com os melhores cumprimentos,

Chris Boreham
Diretor Primária

Global Day of Play Teacher Reflections

Yesterday we celebrated in The Global Day of Play (GDoP) in the Primary Section of the school. As mentioned in our previous post and email, the purpose of this day is to promote play as an important way we as humans, all learn through play, particularly in the areas of well-being and social development.

At LIS we highly value the development of both academic and social skills, along with a range of other competencies that prepare students for success in adulthood. Research is indicating that children have increasingly fewer opportunities for self-regulated play. On the GDoP, we hope to promote play and provide and an opportunity for students to further develop self-regulation, an understanding of boundaries, opportunities for safe risk-taking, collaboration and creativity; as well as exploring new ways to interact with others in a playful setting.

Of course the students had a great day, but what did we learn? We asked our teachers to share some of their observations from the day and wanted share these with you. Please read on…

I observed two Year 2 students playing together in the music room. They collected a large variety of instruments (“Let’s get as many instruments as we can!” I heard them say.), and they started to make a band together. They organized their music very logically in that each instrument represented a country and that whenever one of the students hit the gong the students chose a different instrument to play. After they had recorded their song on one of the Ipads one of the students said “Let’s make a dance to accompany our music!!” and they did! It was great to see two students working in such harmony and creating without any prompting or feedback from a teacher. They were creating for the pure joy of creating. 

A transcript of an observed student discussion:

“Yea, you can play with us.”
“No problem. You can use my scooter.”
“Can I show you how to use it?”

When I was supervising the indoor play in Year 5, I was amazed by how students were making connections with their buddies from another class. So witnessing how well Year 5 students played with Year 1, made me think that when we give an opportunity like that to have a play day, students make their own choices to take care of others. That was a true inspiration to me and the evidence of how our students live the Learner Profile attributes.  It took some time for some students to find the way to socialize with others, which was a good learning experience for me to see which skills need to be developed.  

Many students from Years 1 and 2 explored the Upper Primary visual arts classroom. It was exciting and inspiring to see older students showing the younger students how to use art materials and teaching them new art skills. Many of the projects that students created were collaborative.

I observed a few Prep 4 students who rarely play together, collaborate to build a race track that one of the children bought into school. The children united under a common interest and communicated their ideas on how to accomplish the task. The children seemed to make use of the uninterrupted time as they worked on various aspects of the racetrack throughout the day.

Year 4 teachers noticed the ease and confidence with which students independently transitioned to different areas/games. Our students commented on how the best part of the day was when they played with their younger siblings and friends from other year levels in different spaces around the school.

In the library yesterday I observed 2 Year one boys reading together.  Neither has English as their home language OR each other’s language as their home language.  But they were cracking each other up reading the book together, enjoying the funny characters and making their own “story” happen.  It was so cool to see.  And not an adult around them.  They were there completely wrapped up in their story for 20 minutes.

In the ELC, the day did not look very different from our normal format. However, all of the children brought toys from home, which is not usual, and I noticed that there was not one incidence of arguing, snatching toys or mistreatment of the belongings of others. The children were very respectful of their
friends’ toys and I observed lots of sharing and communication regarding the toys and their function or where they were obtained. It was a lovely day with unexpected results! 

LIS Celebrates Global Day of Play – Learning Through Play

Yesterday we shared with families an exciting upcoming event –  The Global Day of Play (GDoP) which will be celebrated in the LIS Primary Section on Wednesday, February 7. As mentioned in our email, the purpose of this day is to promote play as an important way we as humans, all learn through play, particularly in the areas of well-being and social development.

At LIS we highly value the development of both academic and social skills, along with a range of other competencies that prepare students for success in adulthood. Research is indicating that children have increasingly less opportunities for self-regulated play. On the GDoP, we hope to promote play and provide and an opportunity for students to further develop self regulation, an understanding of boundaries, opportunities for safe risk taking, collaboration and creativity; as well as exploring new ways  to interact with others in a playful setting.

The large proportion of time, many children now spend in front of screens, and the lack of physical activity and self- initiated play, is increasingly becoming a highlighted area of concern. As mentioned in our email, through GDoP, we are promoting physical play, that does not use screens, as we want to encourage more active opportunities for play between children with the hope that this to become a part of every child’s daily life.

There is now growing research that indicates the significance and importance of enabling childrens’ play opportunities which helps them become balanced and successful adults.  We encourage you to watch the following TEDex and TED talks which share some insightful information about the importance of play, and the ongoing and essential benefits it provides for both adults and children.


Ontem, compartilhamos com as famílias um evento emocionante – The Global Day of Play (GDoP) que será celebrado na Seção Primária LIS na quarta-feira, 7 de fevereiro. Como mencionado em nosso e-mail, o objetivo deste dia é promover o jogo como um maneira importante como seres humanos, todos aprendemos através do jogo, particularmente nas áreas de bem-estar e desenvolvimento social.

Na LIS, valorizamos o desenvolvimento das habilidades acadêmicas e sociais, juntamente com uma série de outras competências que preparam os alunos para o sucesso na idade adulta. A pesquisa está indicando que as crianças têm cada vez menos oportunidades para o jogo auto-regulado. No GDoP, esperamos promover o jogo e proporcionar uma oportunidade para que os alunos desenvolvam a auto-regulação, compreensão das fronteiras, oportunidades para a tomada segura de riscos, colaboração e criatividade; bem como explorar novas formas de interagir com os outros em uma configuração divertida.
A grande proporção de tempo, muitas crianças agora passam na frente das telas e a falta de atividade física e jogo auto-iniciado, está cada vez mais se tornando uma área de preocupação destacada. Como mencionado em nosso e-mail, através do GDoP, estamos promovendo o jogo físico, que não usa telas, pois queremos encorajar oportunidades mais ativas para o jogo entre crianças, com a esperança de que isso se torne parte da vida diária de cada criança.
Atualmente, há pesquisas em crescimento que indicam o significado e a importância de possibilitar as oportunidades de brincar das crianças, o que os ajuda a se tornarem adultos equilibrados e bem-sucedidos. Encorajamos você a assistir as seguintes conversas TEDex e TED que compartilham algumas informações detalhadas sobre a importância do jogo e os benefícios atuais e essenciais que ele oferece para adultos e crianças.

The decline of play – Peter Gray


A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond – Steve Keil


Play is more than fun – Stuart Brown

You can learn more about the benefits play by visiting the official GSPD website: www.globalschoolplayday.com.

Welcome to January 2018

On 08 January we entered into the second half of our academic year. We would like to welcome all our new families to our LIS community.
Classes have quickly resumed their routines and students are very involved with learning explorations.
A couple of reminders:
Please label all your children’s property – things do get lost or mislaid and named items help us get them back to the owners.
Swimming and P.E – if there is a health issue please send a message to the classroom teacher and P.E teacher.
Pick up at 3:00pm please unless your child has an after school activity.

The importance of sleep and the impact on development. The below article from the World Economic Forum has some very thoughtful information regarding sleep and children.
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/irregular-bedtimes-could-be-damaging-childrens-health-and-development-heres-how utm_content=buffer1618a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Happy holidays

We would like to wish everyone a safe holiday with lots of laughter and relaxing. As you can see from the below picture it is important to have fun at times. To all our leaving families we wish you all the best and hope your next adventure goes well. The primary leadership team would like to say thank you to everyone for the support we have seen over the past semester and we look forward to working with you all in January 2018

From Chris, Rose, Alison and Aisia