Holiday Reading Suggestions

Image from: New York Public Library website

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)

Ages 13+

The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time (Time.com)

Introducing the Best Books for Teens 2017 (New York Public Library)

The 17 Best YA Novels of 2017 Prove That Representation Matters (Bustle.com)

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!)

Music Evening | 12 December at 18:30

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 Level Half Day

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

Our Year 8 team prepared for camp and headed out for a 2 night adventure!  Based on reports from both teachers and students, a great time was had by all!

 

 

 

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. 

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 (sascencio@lisluanda.com).

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

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)