Year 11 & 12 Field Trip

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. 

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 (

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.  ( with details of your arrival date and copy the year level coordinator please.

Year 7:; Year 8:; Year 9:; Year 10:; Year 11:; Year 12&13:

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

Nicole Schmidt, Secondary Principal

Happy Holidays

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)


Trek For Meds are off to Tanzania today

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!

Year Level Half Day 24 May

Year 7 began by continuing their Wellbeing unit. The focus of activities and discussions was looking at the effect of our use of technology on our social choices and our mental health.  Discussions included the importance of maintaining personal values when using social media; personal and emotional safety especially when the values of other users are not the same as ours;  the addictive nature of some apps and how those games and apps try to maximise the screen time of the viewer; and looked at the responsibility we have to regulate ourselves when using technology and social media.We moved on to celebrate the recent Year 7 camp . The students did a fantastic job organising the camp and a lot of fun was had. It was great to relive some of those moments through a video of photos put together by Gabriel and Panache. In the final session the Year 10 students shared some of the team building activities they experienced on their Sth Africa trip. The year 10 students led the year 7’s through a variety of fun and challenging tasks much to the delight of all who participated.

Year 8 started their two night camp with our year level half day.  There is a separate blog post with a video.

Year 9 started their half level day with a discussion about tech manipulation and who was actually in control. They discussed five related topics and for each topic shared their questions, feelings and opinions in small groups. After the break it was onto a birthday celebration volleyball tournament organized by Chiara and Debora. Five friendly games were played and then the tournament ended with two grand finale games of 9.1 and 9.2 playing boys vs boys and girls vs girls. The students finished their celebration with treats and sweets in honor of those with birthdays from January to June.  All in all, good discussion and friendly fun made for a great year level half day.

Year 10 students spent the first part of their half-day reflecting on their Outdoor Education trip to South Africa and their week off-timetable. Students wrote feedback and reminisced on their time away. Students also received the letters they wrote to their future selves while on their Bronze Award trip. They had the opportunity to look back on how they felt about their Outdoor Education experience and how they’ve grown from it. Finally, the Year 10 students wrapped up their half-day with their Year 7 colleagues by running a series of team-building activities. The Year 7’s were put to the test as they developed trust, solved puzzles, and engaged in various games. Students in both year levels collaborated and worked as a team to complete their challenge activities and find success in a variety of areas.

Year 11 spent their last homeroom morning of the year preparing for their upcoming work experience. Mr Ali shared the organisations involved this year and students then selected their preferred place of work. After further researching their chosen destination and introducing themselves via email, Mr Ali then led a session on creating a personal statement. This allowed students to reflect a little on their personal interests both academic and otherwise and how this guides their career pathways. They rounded off the morning by starting a personal statement which is the start of a process they will continue on their return from work experience and ultimately on into the Diploma. 

As part of our diploma tradition the year 12’s started the day preparing for the year 13 graduation. They collaborated in teams working on the venue setup for the graduation ceremony. In the second half of the day each year 12 student worked with their individual mentors on their CAS requirements for the Diploma Programme. They focused particularly on their CAS projects, learning outcomes and reflections.

Diploma Visual Art Students visiting Gallery Camoes

The Year 12 Diploma visual arts students went to an exhibition at Gallery Camoes at the Portuguese cultural centre. The artwork was created by Angolan artist Cristiano Mangovo. His artist friend Patricio Mawete showed us around and explained the artwork on display. The students learned a lot about the meaning behind the artworks and also how to curate an exhibition. This will help when they put their own exhibition up as part of their course! 

Trek for Meds

We are three 17-year-old called Molly, Denise and Nabeeha and currently studying that the Luanda International School. Recently, we have been planning an expedition trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the tallest mountain in Africa in order to raise money to buy malaria preventative medicine and tests to give to a public hospital in Luanda. 

Malaria is a reoccurring cause of child mortality in Angola. According to the World Health Organization, it reported almost 3,000 deaths due to malaria in just the first quarter of 2016. In recent years, the number of deaths has been increasing, from 5,550 in 2014 to 8,000 in 2015. For a poor family, there are faced with high costs for treatment when a loved one contracts it. Luckily, malaria has a relatively cheap method for sustainable prevention.  We are also working with a company called PSI (Population Services International) which are based in Angola. This company will help us distribute the medicine and tests to the public hospital in Luanda.  

 Our goal is to raise around 500,000 kwanza in order purchase malaria medicine and tests. If you would like to help support this cause and donate, below is a link available to anyone who wishes to donate.

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Earth Day@LIS 2017 | The Future Is In Our Hands

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.