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
They got advice on how to curate an exhibition, as they will have to put their own up in March, and they also identified artworks that they could use for the comparative study component of the course.
No âmbito das disciplinas de Educação Visual e Português – Língua e Literatura, o ano 11 teve a oportunidade de ir a uma visita de estudo no Instituto Camões, no Centro Cultural Português.
Em ambas as disciplinas, os alunos exploraram o conceito de identidade e investigaram de que forma isso pode ser mostrado através de imagens e literatura.
O artista angolano Álvaro Macieira explicou aos alunos a sua arte, incluindo símbolos, propósitos, cores e técnicas usados. Para além disso, Macieira relacionou a sua arte à sua própria identidade e experiências pessoais.
Os alunos de Educação Visual do ano 12 também beneficiaram desta visita. A turma está agora a aplicar a inspiração do artista no desenvolvimento do seu próprio trabalho.
Year 11 visual arts and Portuguese language and literature students had the opportunity to go on an interdisciplinary field trip to the Instituto Camões at the Centro Cultural Português.
In both subject areas the students were exploring the concept of identity and inquiring into how that can be shown through visual images and literature.
The Angolan artist, Alvaro Macieira, guided the students through his artwork explaining the intentions of the symbols, colours and techniques used. He related it to his own identity and experiences.
The year 12 Diploma visual arts students also joined them as part of their course. The students are now applying this inspiration to the development of their work.
“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 (email@example.com).
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!
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org) with details of your arrival date and copy the year level coordinator please.
We can’t wait to see the students on Monday!
Nicole Schmidt, Secondary Principal
Thank you for all of our secondary families for their support and encouragement throughout the year. We have celebrated many of our achievements as a community in the last few weeks and are proud of all that we have achieved. This is thanks to our amazing teachers, students and families.
We look forward to seeing our returning families on 14 August for the first day of school.
Secondary School Leadership Team (Ms Nicole, Mr. Chilton and Ms Moss)
Today the 3 Year 12 students left for their adventure climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. To date, they have raised Kwanza 1.300,000 in order to buy malaria preventative medicine and tests at a public hospital in Luanda. Everyone here within the LIS community is very proud of their efforts and wish them well with the climb. An amazing example of student action.
One of our year 5 classes wished them well!