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.
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!
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.
Now in its third year, “LIS Writes” is the Language & Literature department’s writing competition for the secondary section of the school. This year’s theme was “Home” and students were invited to submit entries of up to 1000 words that explored the concept of home in some way.
We received entries from students in all year levels, in English and in Portuguese. Some students used their personal experiences as a starting point for their writing, while others chose to highlight social issues such as homelessness or migration, and still others opted for a completely fictional response.
The judges – Ms Bronny Robertson, Ms Joana Valeiro, Mr Enderson Bispo, Ms Angela Boreham – eventually selected one English and one Portuguese story that they felt provided the most engaging responses to the prompt. Congratulations to Tori H. (Year 9) for her semi-autobiographical story “The Wanderer” and to Chelsea Z. (Year 10) for her piece entitled “Um Lar Harmonioso”. Both of these young authors received an Amazon gift voucher and a certificate to recognize their achievement. You can read their entries below.
Tori H. – “The Wanderer”
Chelsea Z. – “Um Lar Harmonioso”
We enjoyed the volleyball tournament, and felt it was a fun and competitive environment. We were both able to demonstrate and develop our volleyball skills, and increase our bond with our teammates. We thought that it was very interesting to be able to meet volleyball players from other teams, and to be able to practice and warm up with them. It was also interesting to see the different ways of the teams. If we could do it again, we would definitely want to try to talk to players from the other teams more, to get to know them better. In general, it was a great experience for us as people and volleyball players, and a fun day! (Elise, Junior Varsity Girls and Tori, Varsity Girls)
Through out our practices our main goal was to build our volleyball skills, and secondly to have fun while doing it. Our competition was fierce, but we struck through it all, improved our skills, and never forgot our second goal. In the end we remembered to have fun, as well as help each other out. We worked as a unit, and because of this we developed and improved our relations with each other. We cannot wait until next year. (Connor, Varsity Boys)
Congratulations to all of our players and a special shout out to our Varsity Girls team who came in first place!
Together we can empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of the environment was our central idea for Earth Day and what an amazing day it was.
We launched the day with a secondary assembly with guest speakers Koen and Lauretta from Fabrica De Sabao. Their enthusiasm, passion and real life stories from Luanda inspired us. Throughout the day, all of our students participated in a series of workshops which were designed to engage their thinking as global citizens.
Here are some of the engaging topics they explored: Sustainable living, Tigers and the WWF, Climate refugee simulation, Zero Trash living, Earth Day scavenger hunt, Cowspiracy, Planet Earth Cities, Trash to Toys, Deforestation, Composting, Water purification, Nature photography, Environmentally friendly food, Upcycling, Dance for Earth Day, Green Design and Making Action Happen.
The day was about seeing ourselves as agents of change so that we can each dare to make a difference to protect our planet.
We celebrated together with a whole school Earth Day Assembly with two speakers from year 9. Tori and Gaia shared the story and success behind their Community Project.
Thank you to the parents who attended our assembly and to all the teachers and students for their engagement and participation.
LIS will celebrate Earth Day on Friday 21 April 2017.
The central idea for our Earth Day celebration is: Together we can empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of the environment.
The day will start with a keynote address by Koen Verpaalen from Fabrica de Sabão (http://www.fabricadesabao.co.ao/en/ ). And will be followed by a series of workshops for students on diverse topics such as sustainable living, climate refugees and environmentally friendly food. A student media team will be taking photographs and video throughout the day which will be shared at the assembly at the end of the day.
Twitter: You can keep up to date with our learning engagements during the day by following us on Twitter #LISlearning and #Earthday2017
Library: Visit the interactive library displays and special Earth Day books. The TV screens in the library will be showing the photos of our Earth Day contest.
Clothes: Students are encouraged to wear something in celebration of Earth Day, i.e. natural dyed T-shirts, activism T-shirts, recycled clothing, something green.
The Earth Day assembly will be held at 14:10 in the big gym. There will be performances, guest speakers and students sharing their learning from the day. Parents are invited to join us.
Lunch: To reduce our carbon footprint the cafeteria will only serve vegetarian food on Friday. Students are encouraged to bring vegetarian home lunches as well.
To find out more about Earth Day visit their site http://www.earthday.org/. To find out more about disposable plastics, on of the topics we will inquire into on Earth day follow this link http://www.earthday.org/take-action/disposable-plastic/
Congratulations to one of or our LIS alumni Glafira Derbysheva for being offered a one year internship with Airbus in Bristol. Glafira graduated from LIS in 2014 and is now finishing up her third year of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Liverpool. She said that being at LIS has provided her with an advantage in her studies and in her applications for internships.
The LIS community is very proud of Glafira and we wish her all the best on her internship ahead!
Congratulations to our year 13 IBDP visual arts students on a highly successful opening evening of their exhibition.
It was great to see them confidently explain the intentions of their artworks with their families, teachers, peers and visitors.