Coping with Stress for Kids – workshop for Parents

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a visit from Gerald Maidens a qualified paediatric Occupational Therapist from South Africa on Monday 12 March.

Gerald will be running workshops throughout the day and we have included a workshop for parents.

Coping with Stress for Kids’ – stress and anxiety, helping our kids to cope with pressure and demands. This workshop will be at 8:15-9:45 am in Room 6A and we are requesting that interested families sign up in the Primary Office or email Teresa our Primary Secretary at .


I am Gerald Maidens, a qualified paediatric Occupational Therapist with 19 years clinical experience. I work at a couple of schools as an O.T. but my main job is as a Specialist Facilitator with Sensory Intelligence.

Sensory intelligence offers practical teacher and parent workshops for schools and educational organisations. We focus on the value of the senses towards achieving focus and learning for children.

Our workshops are facilitated by dedicated and passionate professionals with extensive knowledge of child development, learning and sensory processing. Rethink the way we learn is important to us – we believe the 21st-century learning environment needs easy, simple and effective tools to optimise classrooms and get the best out of learners. What we offer is of particular benefit to schools to assist with training teachers and developing growing and continual relationships with them will go a long way to ensuring more effective and lasting education to the children in their care.

This is an excellent opportunity for families and we are sure that the workshop will offer practical and thoughtful learning about how to support your children.

***Please note – this workshop is only able to be presented in English.

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. utm_content=buffer1618a&utm_medium=social&

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.


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.


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. 



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