Exploring What Matters | Action for Happiness Course

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. 

Welcome to the LIS Library

Welcome! We hope you’ll visit us in the LIS Library. We’re looking forward to another fabulous year.

It’s been lovely to see lots of familiar faces and to welcome new students. We love hearing about the books that everyone has read over the holidays. The holidays are an opportunity to find out the titles of new books that everyone is talking about. We always love ideas for great reads so if you have a title that we should consider adding to the library, then please complete the Suggestion for the Collection form.

We have a lovely team of regular volunteers who help us make the library special. Our volunteers help us in a number of ways including creating incredible displays and organising the collection. If you’d like to volunteer, then please sign up HERE. We’ll be in touch.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Library. Please drop in to say hello to me (Ms Anton), Mr Tito and Mr Manuel and also meet our new team members Mr Dembo, Ms Jacinta and Ms Yana.

Annual Jogathon – this Saturday 9 September

From the Jogathon Team:

Gaby, Nicole, Connor, Panashe, Luca 

Jogathon The Jogathon is a charity event tradition at LIS. For the first time, a small group of Secondary students have organized the event entirely. Our goal is to make a difference for the Orphanage Casa das Crianças. All proceeds directly fund the facilities at the orphanage and improve the welfare of the children there. 

The Jogathon has been a very successful community event in the past. We hope to see lots of families supporting this cause. Join us this Saturday September 9, from 9:00 – 11:00 AM by the basketball court. The Jogathon Team will welcome you and direct you.

Find below the sponsorship form. 


Da equipa do Jogathon:
Gaby, Nicole, Connor, Panashe, Luca

Jogathon O Jogathon é um evento organizado pela LISA para angariar fundos. Pela primeira vez este evento foi organizado por um pequeno grupo de alunos da segundaria. A meta é ajudar o orfanato Casa das Crianças. Todo o dinheiro angariado será doado diretamente ao orfanato para melhorar a vida das crianças.

No passado o Jogathon foi muito bem sucedido. Esperamos que muitas famílias venham apoiar este evento. Por favor, venham este sábado dia 09 de setembro das 9:00 até 11:00 no compo de basket. A equipa do Jogathon estará lá para vos receber.

Por favor, encontre acima o formulário para o angariamento de fundos. 

Secondary Back to School Night | 30 August

Dear Secondary Parents,

 We would like to invite you to our annual Back to School Night on Wednesday 30 August 2017.  The purpose of the evening is to introduce you to some key people and processes at LIS and most importantly, to provide you with the chance to learn about the curriculum from our teachers.  This is not a parent-teacher conference to discuss your child’s progress but a general introduction to the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

  • Year 7 parents please join us in the secondary library at 18:30 to meet the year level coordinator (Mr. Brodie), our homeroom teachers and learn more about the transition to the secondary section at LIS. This will be followed by the opportunity to meet with the subject teachers in Building 6.  if you have children in Year 7 and other year levels, go to the Year 7 introduction.
  • Year 8 to 13 parents, please join us in the theatre in building 6 at 19:00 for a welcome by Ms Nicole Schmidt (Secondary Principal), followed by the opportunity to meet with the subject teachers in Building 6.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 30 August as we continue to build our sense of community.

Caros Pais do Secundário,

Gostaríamos de os convidar para o nosso evento anual que é a Noite de  Regresso às Aulas, na quarta feira, 30 de Agosto de 2017. O objectivo desta sessão é apresentar algumas pessoas e falar sobre as nossas acções na LIS, e, mais importante ainda, dar aos pais a oportunidade de conhecer melhor os programas curriculares deste ano, explicados pelos próprios professores dos seus filhos.

Não se trata de uma conferência de pais e professores, onde normalmente se discute o nível ou aproveitamento de cada aluno, mas sim uma introdução geral dos programas do Middle Years Programme e Diploma Programme.

  •   Pais do Ano 7 Por favor dirijam-se à Biblioteca do Secundário às 18:30 para conhecer o coordenador do ano 7 o Senhor Chris Brodie. Lá estarão os professores do homeroom disponíveis para falar um pouco sobre a questão da transição para o Secundário da LIS. Em seguida, terão a oportunidade de conhecer os professores das outras disciplinas no Bloco 6.
  •  Pais dos Anos 8 a 13 O ponto de encontro é no teatro da LIS às 19:00. (Bloco 6), para uma mensagem de boas vindas da Directora do Secundário, Ms Nicole Schmidt, seguida de agenda aberta para os pais conversarem com os professores das diferentes disciplinas no prédio 6.

Continuamos a tentar fortalecer o espírito da nossa comunidade, e aguardamos a vossa presença na quarta feira, 30 de Agosto.


Jogathon is back – 9 September

“It´s that time of the year… the annual LIS Jogathon is right around the corner! (Saturday, 9th of September)

For new students and families joining us who may not know what the Jogathon is, it is a fundraising event that LIS hosts annually, whereby all donations are proceeded towards the orphanage Casa das Crianças; which is an orphanage that the school has been working with for the past few years. As a community, we would like your participation in donating shoes suitable for running, which will be used by the kids joining us from the orphanage. This way, they are able to join in the event with everyone else.

The boxes where students can place the shoes, will be delivered to each homeroom by Tuesday (29th of August) and shoes will be collected by year 13 students every 3 days up until the day of the Jogathon (9th of September).

More information about how you can join in the fun or help out at the LIS Jogathon on September 9 will be coming soon.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact either Nicole, Connor, Gaby from Tear 13 or LIS teacher Ms. Sheila Ascencio (sascencio@lisluanda.com).

LIS Celebrated Community Day

What a tremendous way to end our first week of school!  The entire secondary school joined in the community building day on Friday.

We collaborated with students from other year levels in our houses and designed banners, wrote chants, created 3D structures and choreographed dances to celebrate being together as a community.


Welcome to our new teachers

Andy Smith:  Kia ora, my name is Andy. I am excited to join the LIS community and continue to develop the strong co-curricular programme at the school. Over the past 4 years I have been a PHE teacher and co-curricular coordinator in Hanoi, Vietnam, where I also met my wife Ms Yana.  

I am a keen sportsperson who gets involved in a variety of activities and appreciates arts, culture and music. I value balance in life and am passionate about providing opportunities for everyone to embrace this for personal and community wellbeing.

James Colley:  I have been teaching Drama for the last 13 years and have worked exclusively as a Drama teacher.  I was a professional stage actor in Canada for many years and was also the owner of a coop Theater in Montreal. I ran a theater program in Quebec Canada for 5 years at John Rennie High School. This program was an awesome opportunity for students to work in a professional styled theater environment and was one of the highlights of my career. I have been in Cairo Egypt for the last three years teaching Drama. I am very excited to be teaching at LIS this year and look forward to putting on some great shows.

Jonah Rosenfield is joining us as the new Secondary Deputy Principal this year.  He and his family (wife, Kristen and 2 sons, Asa and Liam) are joining us from The Lincoln School in Buenos Aires, Argentina and, prior to that, from the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India.  Jonah is from the New England region of the United States and enjoys running, exploring, cooking, reading, playing Lego with his sons, and anything having to do with the ocean.  Jonah and his family are excited to be at LIS and are looking forward to learning about and traveling around both Angola and the entire southern region of the African continent.

Patrick Hargreaves:  Greetings from Mr Patrick from New Zealand. I am married with two children who are both grown up and still in NZ. My wife is Lisa Hargreaves who is teaching Year 2. I follow Rugby (the All Blacks of course) and Ice Hockey (the Canucks). I also enjoy fishing, hunting and writing as hobbies. Out of interest, I have also been an Electrician, a Firefighter, a fishing writer (biggest fish is a 177kg Marlin), house builder, played field Hockey, Rugby, Cricket and owned a commercial dive boat. Variety and giving things a go is what I encourage in everyone, including myself.

Richard Benade:  Hey everyone. My name is Richard and I’m a proud South African Canadian. I spent the last two years teaching in China and day dreaming of being back in Africa. I love challenges both mental and physical. I’ll be teaching English language acquisition.  I’m passionate about languages, music, technology, wildlife conservation, and so much more! I look forward to talking, learning, and growing, with my new LIS community.

Susana Pinheiro:  Hi! My name is Susana, I’m from Portugal and I’m a Portuguese and Spanish teacher. It’s my first professional experience in Angola and I’m really happy to be here.  I have been working in Portugal as a teacher and also have contributed for the development of curriculum materials.  At LIS, I’ll be teaching Portuguese Language Acquisition in MYP and Portuguese Language and Literature in MYP and DP.  I love reading, listening to music, playing sports and smiling!!!  I’m very excited about this new challenge.

Welcome new LIS students

As our Director Mr. Hughes, often says, schools are strange places without students, so we were very happy to finally have our new students come visit our campus on Friday for their orientation and a chance to meet with some of our returning students.

We look forward to welcoming our new and returning students and families this Monday 14 August for the first day of what looks to be a great school year ahead!

Welcome Secondary Families

Dear Families,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome our new and returning families to the 2017-2018 school year.  We have been on campus for over two weeks now preparing for your arrival and look forwarded to greeting all of you on the first day of school.

Year 7, 8 and 9 students should proceed to outside of Building 5 where they will be greeted by the year level coordinators (Mr. Brodie (7), Ms Leong (8) and Ms Dissa (9) who will help them locate their homerooms.

Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students should proceed to Building 7 where they will also be greeted by the year level coordinators (Mr. Anjarwalla (10), Mr McCann (11) and Ms Bradford (12&13).

Please ensure that your children are on campus by 7:45am.  Homeroom will start at 7:55am each morning.  As we know, being on time is the best way to start the day.

If for any reason, your child will not be at school on 14 August, please notify the secondary office immediately.  (officesec@lisluanda.com) with details of your arrival date and copy the year level coordinator please.

Year 7:  cbrodie@lisluanda.com; Year 8:  sleong@lisluanda.com; Year 9:  hdissa@lisluanda.com; Year 10:  tanjarwalla@lisluanda.com; Year 11:  smccann@lisluanda.com; Year 12&13:  rbradford@lisluanda.com

We can’t wait to see the students on Monday!

Nicole Schmidt, Secondary Principal

LIS students win AISA Art Challenge

Congratulations to our LIS students, Naomi in year 11 and Valdenia who has just graduted – LIS submitted their art work to the AISA Art Challenge and won.  AISA will utilize the winning art pieces in their digital communications, such as our website, Facebook page and other printed material such as our annual Prospectus. 

Full details of the 2016/17 Art Challenge can be found here: http://www.aisa.or.ke/student-awards/aisa-art-challenge 

Artist: Naomi Grade: Year 11 Age 15  Title: Cultural Composition Media: Gouache paint

 My intention with this artwork is to communicate my identity to the audience. Through this artwork I would like to show some of the things that I like doing such as playing the ukulele, painting and sport but I would also like to give some hints about my cultural background as I am from Madagascar but living in Angola. I was inspired by the style of the artist Michael Craig Martin.

Artist: Valdénia Grade: Year 13 Age 18 Title: Flourish Medium: Ink on paper, gouache, acrylic and sharpie marker

 Flourish is based on my identity. The symbols are related to my values and beliefs. The images on the Angolan flag to represent freedom and the line drawing of Table Mountain to represent being born in South Africa. They are like tattoos on my skin. The patterns are from traditional Angolan pano cloth. The hair resembles my dreams, it flows and expands as it gets longer. I was inspired by artist Gabriel Moreno who focusses on the female body and uses lines to draw hair, fabric and patterns.