The year 12 Diploma visual arts students recently went on a field trip to view an exhibition in the Galeria Banco Economico in Luanda. This included painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography from contemporary Angolan artists. The students were fortunate enough to be guided through the artworks by the curator of the exhibition.They will then apply their learning to their own exhibition and comparative study components of the course.
Last week the LIS community celebrated the opening of the Year 13 DP visual art exhibition. Congratulations to the seven students who curated their own exhibitions as part of the assessment for two year course. They were very proud as they showed the audience around their individual spaces and explained each artwork.
Congratulations to our recipients of the Principal’s and Director’s Honor Roll Awards. At LIS, we recognize that excellence comes in many forms and wish to celebrate the commitment and effort of our learners for their academic achievement this semester.
- The Principal’s Honor Roll Award. Awarded to students who achieve grades of 5, 6, or 7 in all their subjects for the semester.
- The Director’s Honor Roll Award. Awarded to students who achieve grades of 6 and/or 7 in all subjects for the semester (with one grade of 5 allowed).
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It’s not long now until the December vacation begins. Whether you’re travelling or staying put, holidays are the perfect opportunity to unwind with a book.
Reading not only boosts vocabulary and intelligence, it also makes people more empathetic, according to psychologists David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano in a report published in Science in 2013. Now, who doesn’t want to be smart and kind?
To help inspire your tween and teen readers here are a few lists of some of the best books published in 2017, as well as not-to-be-missed classics. Books also make great holiday gifts, so load up the Kindle, visit a bookstore or go to the library, and get reading!
Ages 11 – 13
8 Book Recommendations for Kids Who Loved “Wonder” (Read Brightly website)
Book Lists & Recommendations for Ages 11-13 (Parents Scholastic)
Best Books for Kids 2017: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing (New York Public Library)
The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time (Time.com)
Introducing the Best Books for Teens 2017 (New York Public Library)
17 of the Most Exciting YA Novels to Read in 2017 (Read Brightly website)
Adult books that teens enjoy
Adult Books for Teens (School Library Journal)
Not sure if a book is appropriate for your child? Visit the Common Sense Media website to see their reviews of books, movies and more.
Happy reading! (Thanks to Mrs Boreham for putting this together!)
The year 10, 11 and 12 music students would like to invite you to attend their performance on Tuesday 12th December at 6.30pm in the theatre.
During this concert will see how the MYP and DP students have applied knowledge, developed skills, thought creatively and responded to a variety of music throughout the programmes.
Year 7 celebrated the learning from our first well-being unit and moved into our second unit during our year level half day. To celebrate our first unit, which was focused on building trust in order to have a successful community, students shared action plans and activities with their peers. There was a variety of activities and initiatives presented in creative, thoughtful ways. In the end, the students voted to further develop three initiatives to continue building the sense of community in our year level. To transition into our second well-being unit, focused on developing awareness of oneself, we invited Ms. Nicola Warwick (Secondary School Counsellor) and Ms. Michelle Vogel (Head of Secondary Learning Support) in to share their knowledge and lead the students in some activities. Ms. Nicola introduced students to the idea of the unique nature of the adolescent brain and its importance to human development. Ms. Michelle introduced students to the idea of impulse control and how to recognise one’s impulses before acting on them. Year 7 will continue to explore these concepts during our second well-being unit guided by the statement of inquiry: We can develop our awareness and ability to cope well with change.
The Year 9 had a great time today, doing activities that connected to this year’s LIS theme of ‘Making Better Connections.’ This first part of the morning was spent making progress on their Community Projects. Since September, students have been researching global issues and brainstorming ideas, and now the time has come for them to put their ideas into action. This morning they continued to make excellent progress on their projects that connect to various communities in LIS and Luanda.
The second part of the morning, as a way to strengthen the connections within their homerooms and get to know each other even better, students created personal history collages that they will share with their homerooms. These collages are meant to reflect who they are outside the classroom, by sharing various aspects of their lives such as their opinions, their travels, and their passions. The final part of the Year Level Half Day was a celebration of Year Level birthdays. Friendly team games were played, followed by delicious treats graciously prepared by Year 9 students. In fact, Ociwana, Shahd, Nancy, Zoe and Ariana did a fabulous job of organizing an event that brought everyone closer together.
Year 10 students spent their morning discussing the various and effects of addiction and with the help of the school counsellor explored the physiology of the brain responsible for teenage decision making. The second half of the day focussed on the effects of alcohol use and the dangers of drinking through a video put out by the British Red Cross called “Story of a Night Out.” Students learned about the “bystander” effect and what to do if someone is unconscious. We were taught how to perform “the pushover” and how to put people in “the recovery position” with the assistance of two Emergency First Response trainers
Year 11 students spent the morning rounding off their wellbeing unit on Self Management. Although the emphasis was on developing their affective skills through exploring ways to manage their state of mind, they also had the opportunity to apply this to the real life task of preparing themselves for their upcoming interim Personal Project presentation. In the second part of the morning Year 11 practiced Yoga and took part in a discussion exploring the concept of resilience.
During this half day the Year 12 students engaged in a series of learning opportunities themed around the concept of “failing to succeed.” Students discussed how failure at something allowed them the opportunity to learn and improve. After this activity students broke into their mentor groups and did a miniature research project with the aim of learning how someone successful learned and grew through their failures. Students then engaged in activities centered on building leadership and collaboration skills.
The theme for the Year 13 Year-Level half day was “Balance”. As the Year 13 students move forward into the busiest (and most stressful) time of the Diploma Programme, it is important that students learn to balance the intellectual, physical, and emotional aspects of their lives. During the first session, students developed a study plan for the busy November-February time period and worked on their subject studies, IAs, TOK presentations, or CAS reflections. After break time, students enjoyed their choice of wellbeing and physical activities, including zen tangling, yoga, table tennis, and ultimate frisbee.
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 was 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