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

Student work being shared internationally

Recently a member of staff was at an Inquiry Learning workshop in Dubai and the presenter shared a video clip of three students who had created a clip all about the Inquiry Cycle. These students were from LIS and was work undertaken last year when they were in Year 6. The presenter (Kath Murdoch) is a well known educator and considered a leading expert in her field so it was wonderful that work done at our school was at a standard that she would use it in her presentation. We think this is something to celebrate. Here is the video clip:

Child Protection

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the many parents who attended our child protection meeting last week.  This was the first time LIS hosted a meeting about this issue and we appreciated your input and questions.  We have shared the presentation below and HERE is a website that we recommend for you to view which has resources for parents about digital and media literacy.  We hope that this will help you continue to keep your children safe online.

Trek For Meds – Thank you to the LIS community

Hello everybody!

During the summer of 2017 we climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. We reached to the top of the mountain at around 8:00 am on the 13th of June, after a very difficult but rewarding journey. It is a wonderful experience we would recommend everyone to do! Below each of us gave a little information of our trip and what we thought about it.

Trekking to Kili’s highest peak, Uhuru, demands determination, high morale and mental strength, endurance, and a tremendous longing to step foot on the roof of Africa. Boasting a variety of terrain and landscapes, the mountain is an undeniable temptation that attracts in thousands every year, myself included. Sweepingly low temperatures and thinning levels of oxygen were the biggest obstacles between us and the top of Africa. The summit night, in particular, was challenging, as it brought high levels of exhaustion, headaches and nausea that plagued us for the entire length of the hike. But our efforts were irrefutably worth it. From the tall, but hidden, glaciers, to the ice scaling the large, intricate rocks, to the deep, sandy volcanic ash pit- the roof of Africa is, in simplest terms, extraordinarily stunning. For me, reaching the top brought about a strong sense of appreciation and gratitude for the surrounding beauty, the incredible team- particularly the patient guides and the hard-working porters- that helped me there, and, most especially, for my parents and this opportunity they had gifted me.

-Nabeeha

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was a life-changing experience for me. I was faced with obstacles I never thought I would be able to overcome and I was surrounded with constant positivity. Throughout the first few days of the trip something that stood out to me was how serene it was. During the climb I had the opportunity to let my mind wander and get to know about myself more. I was able to figure out what the best strategy was for me in order to constantly motivate myself and that is something that I took from the trip and I could use in my daily life. We were also on top of the clouds which was incredibly surreal experience. The hardest obstacle to overcome was the summit night. This was because I was mentally and physically exhausted and it was extremely cold which I was not used to. I got to know and experience the Kenyan culture and learn a few words along the way. Overall it was an experience that I will cherish for many years to come and I highly recommend everyone to take that leap of faith and try something out of their comfort zone. Lastly I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of our journey and helped us along the way. Your support doesn’t go unnoticed.

-Denise

This was an experience was really amazing and hard work. I think that I had underestimated how hard it  would be to climb the mountain. The hardest part were the last couple of days, this was mainly because of high altitudes and lack of sleep. Since we started climbing at around 12:00 am everyone was very tired and mainly wanted to reach the bottom.  Even though it was very difficult, doing it with a group of people was amazing as we were able to motivate each other. The best part of the trip was when we reached the top, this was because it was very rewarding to see what we had accomplished. Something that I have learned from this trip is that it is okay to take things slow, in order to reach your goal. It doesn’t matter how long it will take, as long as you reach it and you feel proud of what you have done. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting us and donating it really means a lot to us. 

-Molly

 

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us through our project, it really means a lot! If you would like to know more about our project, visit our website at www.trekformeds.wixsite.com/trekformeds.

Family Reading Night

A celebration of reading

Family Reading Night was held on Wednesday 4 October. Parents and children listened to a range of stories read to them by our wonderful teachers. It was lovely to see the children’s reactions to the stories. The children then had an opportunity to borrow books from the Primary Library.

Not only did we have a great time during Family Reading Night, but, thanks to our generous families, we collected quite a few donations of color pencils/markers and writing paper for the children from Casa das Criancas.

Please save the date for our next Family Reading Night. It will be held on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. More information and a sign up for this event will be shared in March 2018.

Ms Bronny and Ms Anton

Celebrar a leitura

Na Quarta-feira, 4 de Outubro, a biblioteca da LIS foi palco para uma Sessão de Leituras em Família. Pais e filhos, em conjunto, ouviram uma série de histórias contadas pelos nossos excelentes professores. Foi maravilhoso ver as reacções das crianças às histórias. No final, todos tinham oportunidade de escolher livros da biblioteca da Primária para levar para casa.

Não só nos divertimos imenso nesta Sessão, mas também, graças à generosidade das famílias participantes, conseguimos recolher bastante material escolar – lápis de cor e marcadores, assim como papel de desenho e escrita para os meninos e meninas residentes na Casa das Crianças.

Por favor marquem na agenda a data da nossa próxima Sessão de Leituras em Família; será na Quarta-feira, dia 18 de Abril de 2018. Mais informações sobre este evento e respectivas inscrições serão comunicadas em Março de 2018.

Cumprimentos,

Ms Bronny e Ms Anton

Are you interested in  “Exploring What Matters”? 

Starting on September 26th there will be an opportunity to join with fellow LIS parent community members to participate in this interesting and innovative 8 week course, developed by Action for Happiness, and delivered by secondary counsellor Nicola Warwick.

 The course aims to develop participants’ understanding of what makes us happier as individuals, how we can improve our relationships, and what we can do to make our communities more caring places. It is evidence-based; and scientific research into wellbeing forms the foundation of the course. Information is shared through TED-style videos and from experts in relevant fields, along with suggestions for further personal learning. The course places an emphasis on group conversation and individual reflection, and each week there is an opportunity to set a personal goal related to the week’s content. 

 When: 13:00 – 15:00 Every Tuesday from 26th of September until 21st of November (no session during the October break)

Where: ELC meeting room

Cost: $120 (a charitable donation made directly to Action for Happiness)

“Exploring What Matters” is offered by Action for Happiness; a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. You can find out more about the course (including content and structure) and the 10 keys to happier living, from their website.

 To register go online to:  https://afh-luanda-26-sep.eventbrite.co.uk/

 There will be a maximum number of 28 participants for this group. 

 Please feel free to contact Nicola Warwick nwarwick@lisluanda.com for further information. 

PEACE DAY

On Friday, 22 September we will be celebrating Peace Day here at LIS. The morning will begin with an assembly and continue with a variety of Peace Day centered workshops throughout the day. The day will end with a Peace parade. Here’s where we need your help! The parade will begin around 2 pm. The children will “walk for peace” around the campus on a predetermined route and then finish back in the school cafeteria area for a final assembly at approximately 2:20pm. We would like to see the parents there cheering the children on as they come inside. We will then listen as our guest speaker, U.N. Resident Coordinator Paolo Balladelli, has some final words for us, share a song or two, and reflect on our day of peace.

Students are encouraged to wear something they feel represents peace and who they are.

Hope to see you all there.

Queridos pais,

Na sexta-feira, 22 de setembro, estaremos celebrando o Dia da Paz aqui no LIS. A manhã começará com uma reunião e continuará com uma variedade de workshops centrados no Dia da Paz ao longo do dia. O dia terminará com um desfile da paz. Aqui é onde precisamos de sua ajuda! O desfile começa por volta das 2 da noite. As crianças vão “caminhar pela paz” ao redor do campus em uma rota predeterminada e depois terminar na área da cafeteria da escola para uma montagem final em aproximadamente 2:20 da tarde. Gostaríamos de ver os pais ali torcendo as crianças enquanto elas entram. Em seguida, iremos ouvir como nosso orador convidado, Coordenador residente da U.N. Paolo Balladelli, com algumas palavras finais para nós, compartilhar uma ou duas canções e refletir sobre o nosso dia de paz.

Os alunos são encorajados a usar algo que eles sentem representa paz e quem são.

Espero ver todos vocês lá.