Exploring What Matters | Action for Happiness Course

Starting on September 26th there will be an opportunity to join with fellow LIS parent community members to participate in this interesting and innovative 8 week course, developed by Action for Happiness, and delivered by secondary counsellor Nicola Warwick.

 The course aims to develop participants’ understanding of what makes us happier as individuals, how we can improve our relationships, and what we can do to make our communities more caring places. It is evidence-based; and scientific research into wellbeing forms the foundation of the course. Information is shared through TED-style videos and from experts in relevant fields, along with suggestions for further personal learning. The course places an emphasis on group conversation and individual reflection, and each week there is an opportunity to set a personal goal related to the week’s content. 

When: 13:00 – 15:00 Every Tuesday from 26th of September until 21st of November (no session during the October break)

Where: ELC meeting room

Cost: $120 (a charitable donation made directly to Action for Happiness)

 “Exploring What Matters” is offered by Action for Happiness; a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. You can find out more about the course (including content and structure) and the 10 keys to happier living, from their website.

 To register go online to:  https://afh-luanda-26-sep.eventbrite.co.uk/

 There will be a maximum number of 28 participants for this group. 

 Please feel free to contact Nicola Warwick nwarwick@lisluanda.com for further information. 

Secondary Back to School Night | 30 August

Dear Secondary Parents,

 We would like to invite you to our annual Back to School Night on Wednesday 30 August 2017.  The purpose of the evening is to introduce you to some key people and processes at LIS and most importantly, to provide you with the chance to learn about the curriculum from our teachers.  This is not a parent-teacher conference to discuss your child’s progress but a general introduction to the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

  • Year 7 parents please join us in the secondary library at 18:30 to meet the year level coordinator (Mr. Brodie), our homeroom teachers and learn more about the transition to the secondary section at LIS. This will be followed by the opportunity to meet with the subject teachers in Building 6.  if you have children in Year 7 and other year levels, go to the Year 7 introduction.
  • Year 8 to 13 parents, please join us in the theatre in building 6 at 19:00 for a welcome by Ms Nicole Schmidt (Secondary Principal), followed by the opportunity to meet with the subject teachers in Building 6.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 30 August as we continue to build our sense of community.

Caros Pais do Secundário,

Gostaríamos de os convidar para o nosso evento anual que é a Noite de  Regresso às Aulas, na quarta feira, 30 de Agosto de 2017. O objectivo desta sessão é apresentar algumas pessoas e falar sobre as nossas acções na LIS, e, mais importante ainda, dar aos pais a oportunidade de conhecer melhor os programas curriculares deste ano, explicados pelos próprios professores dos seus filhos.

Não se trata de uma conferência de pais e professores, onde normalmente se discute o nível ou aproveitamento de cada aluno, mas sim uma introdução geral dos programas do Middle Years Programme e Diploma Programme.

  •   Pais do Ano 7 Por favor dirijam-se à Biblioteca do Secundário às 18:30 para conhecer o coordenador do ano 7 o Senhor Chris Brodie. Lá estarão os professores do homeroom disponíveis para falar um pouco sobre a questão da transição para o Secundário da LIS. Em seguida, terão a oportunidade de conhecer os professores das outras disciplinas no Bloco 6.
  •  Pais dos Anos 8 a 13 O ponto de encontro é no teatro da LIS às 19:00. (Bloco 6), para uma mensagem de boas vindas da Directora do Secundário, Ms Nicole Schmidt, seguida de agenda aberta para os pais conversarem com os professores das diferentes disciplinas no prédio 6.

Continuamos a tentar fortalecer o espírito da nossa comunidade, e aguardamos a vossa presença na quarta feira, 30 de Agosto.


Welcome to our new teachers

Andy Smith:  Kia ora, my name is Andy. I am excited to join the LIS community and continue to develop the strong co-curricular programme at the school. Over the past 4 years I have been a PHE teacher and co-curricular coordinator in Hanoi, Vietnam, where I also met my wife Ms Yana.  

I am a keen sportsperson who gets involved in a variety of activities and appreciates arts, culture and music. I value balance in life and am passionate about providing opportunities for everyone to embrace this for personal and community wellbeing.

James Colley:  I have been teaching Drama for the last 13 years and have worked exclusively as a Drama teacher.  I was a professional stage actor in Canada for many years and was also the owner of a coop Theater in Montreal. I ran a theater program in Quebec Canada for 5 years at John Rennie High School. This program was an awesome opportunity for students to work in a professional styled theater environment and was one of the highlights of my career. I have been in Cairo Egypt for the last three years teaching Drama. I am very excited to be teaching at LIS this year and look forward to putting on some great shows.

Jonah Rosenfield is joining us as the new Secondary Deputy Principal this year.  He and his family (wife, Kristen and 2 sons, Asa and Liam) are joining us from The Lincoln School in Buenos Aires, Argentina and, prior to that, from the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India.  Jonah is from the New England region of the United States and enjoys running, exploring, cooking, reading, playing Lego with his sons, and anything having to do with the ocean.  Jonah and his family are excited to be at LIS and are looking forward to learning about and traveling around both Angola and the entire southern region of the African continent.

Patrick Hargreaves:  Greetings from Mr Patrick from New Zealand. I am married with two children who are both grown up and still in NZ. My wife is Lisa Hargreaves who is teaching Year 2. I follow Rugby (the All Blacks of course) and Ice Hockey (the Canucks). I also enjoy fishing, hunting and writing as hobbies. Out of interest, I have also been an Electrician, a Firefighter, a fishing writer (biggest fish is a 177kg Marlin), house builder, played field Hockey, Rugby, Cricket and owned a commercial dive boat. Variety and giving things a go is what I encourage in everyone, including myself.

Richard Benade:  Hey everyone. My name is Richard and I’m a proud South African Canadian. I spent the last two years teaching in China and day dreaming of being back in Africa. I love challenges both mental and physical. I’ll be teaching English language acquisition.  I’m passionate about languages, music, technology, wildlife conservation, and so much more! I look forward to talking, learning, and growing, with my new LIS community.

Susana Pinheiro:  Hi! My name is Susana, I’m from Portugal and I’m a Portuguese and Spanish teacher. It’s my first professional experience in Angola and I’m really happy to be here.  I have been working in Portugal as a teacher and also have contributed for the development of curriculum materials.  At LIS, I’ll be teaching Portuguese Language Acquisition in MYP and Portuguese Language and Literature in MYP and DP.  I love reading, listening to music, playing sports and smiling!!!  I’m very excited about this new challenge.

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)


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.

Donate Page: 


 Other Social Media contacts

Email: trekformeds@yahoo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trekformeds



Website: trekformeds.wixsite.com/trekformeds 


A Plastic Ocean | Film Night Join us on 18 May at 19:00

Message from Y7 students Mariam, Ines and Magaly

 On the 18th of May we will be screening a documentary called “A Plastic Ocean”.

This is an event that you cannot miss. Watch this documentary that will reveal the tragic and horrible reality of the impact of plastic on our environment. We are the problem, but we are also the solution! To confirm your attendance please email Mr Chilton stating the number of people who will attend dchilton@lisluanda.com

Time: 19.00 – 21.00

Location: Building 6 theatre

Who: All parents and students in Year 6 and above
After this session nothing will be like before…

Library End of Year Dates | Please Read

Dear Parents

School holidays are just around the corner so that means we’ll need all library materials to be returned and library accounts cleared. Please check your email for regular updates listing items that are checked out to your son/daughter.

Please take note of the following dates:

  • 19 May – Last day for borrowing
  • 29 May – Last day the library is open. After this date, the library is closed for the rest of the school year.*
  • 31 May – All items need to be returned & library accounts cleared
  • 5 June – Families will be invoiced for lost/damaged library materials
  • 8 June – Last day of school –  reports released to those who have cleared accounts

*Year 12 Diploma students should see Ms Anton if they need to borrow books for their studies over the holidays.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the end of year library procedure:

Why is the library closed?

The library is closed for the last two weeks of school so that we can prepare for the end of the school year and collect all materials. There is no borrowing or checking out during this time; however, the library will be open so items can be returned. We’re also excited that the PYP Exhibition is going to be held in the library this year.

What happens if I can’t find my library items or I have damaged a library item?

Please look everywhere! Look under beds, in the back of closets, under the couch, behind the curtains, in the car … think of the strangest place it might be, and then look there! You can tell it’s a library item as it has a barcode on the back cover and a call number on the spine. Please return any library item that you find!  If you can’t find the item, then families will be invoiced for lost/damaged library materials. Please note that there is a 40% surcharge for lost/damaged items.

What happens if I don’t clear my library account by the end of the school year?

Well, we hope you do! We’d like everyone to have a clear library account for the start of the new school year and thank the great number of students and families who clear their library account before leaving for the holidays. Reports are released to those who have cleared library accounts. Students with clear library accounts will be able to borrow at the beginning of the new school year.

Can we borrow library materials for the school holidays?

The Library is closed during the holidays. Library books cannot be checked out over the break. Click HERE for some reading ideas. *Year 12 Diploma students should see me if they need to borrow books for their studies over the holidays.

Thank you!

We’re so lucky to have a great library collection and need your help to make sure that everyone can enjoy it! So thank you in advance for your help ensuring that all library materials are returned.

A big thank you also to our wonderful, regular & reliable library volunteers. With their help, we have made some changes to how the books are organised, making it easier for the students to find the book they need. The volunteers have also helped make the library an inviting space by creating fabulous displays.

If you have any questions about the end of year procedure or your son/daughter’s account, then please either pop into the library or send me an email.

Informação de Fim de Ano da Biblioteca – Datas e procedimentos a não esquecer:

Caros Pais,

O fim do ano lectivo está a chegar, e antes das férias é altura de devolver todos os materiais e livros da biblioteca para ter as contas em ordem. Por favor verifique no seu email as actualizações da biblioteca, com a descrição dos materiais em empréstimo ao seu filho/filha.

Agradecemos que tome nota das seguintes datas:

  • 19 de Maio: Último dia para empréstimos
  • 29 de Maio: Último dia de funcionamento da biblioteca. Após esta data, a biblioteca estará encerrada até ao final do ano lectivo.*
  • 31 de Maio: Todos os materiais da biblioteca da LIS têm de ser devolvidos e as contas fechadas.
  • 5 de Junho: Multas por eventuais perdas/ danos em livros ou outros materiais da biblioteca serão enviadas às famílias
  • 8 de Junho: Último dia de escola. Relatórios enviados aos utilizadores com as contas fechadas.

* Os alunos de Diploma do Ano 12 podem contactar-me directamente caso necessitem de requisitar livros de estudo para o período de férias.

Em baixo incluímos as respostas às questões mais frequentes sobre os procedimentos de fecho da biblioteca no fim do ano lectivo:

Porque é que a Biblioteca fecha?

Encerramos a biblioteca nas duas últimas semanas de aulas para preparar o fim do ano lectivo e recolher todo o material de empréstimo. A partir das datas indicadas, não haverá saída de material para casa, no entanto a biblioteca está aberta para devoluções de livros. Estamos também muito satisfeitos por poder mostrar a Exposição do PYP no nosso espaço este ano.

O que acontece se não encontrar os meus livros da biblioteca, ou se um artigo estiver danificado?

Procurem em todo o lado! Vejam debaixo das camas, dentro dos armários, entre as almofadas do sofá, atrás das cortinas, dentro do carro… pensem em todos locais possíveis, e procurem aí! Todos os livros da biblioteca têm uma etiqueta com um código de barras na contracapa e o número de chamada na lombada. Por favor devolvam todos os materiais da biblioteca que encontrarem! Caso contrário, a família terá de pagar o valor de cada artigo perdido/danificado. A este valor acresce uma multa de 40%.

O que acontece se não fechar a minha conta da biblioteca até ao fim do ano lectivo?

Bem, vamos esperar que sim! Queremos que todos os alunos tenham a sua conta em ordem para o início do novo ano lectivo. Agradecemos a todos os alunos e às famílias que tratam das devoluções com tempo, antes de sair para férias. Os alunos com contas em ordem recebem o relatório da biblioteca e podem requisitar livros para empréstimo a partir do início do novo ano escolar.

Podemos levar livros emprestados da biblioteca para ler durante as férias?

A biblioteca está encerrada durante as férias. O material não pode ser requisitado em período de fecho. Clique AQUI para algumas ideias de leitura de férias.

* Os alunos de Diploma do Ano 12 podem contactar-me directamente caso precisem de requisitar livros de estudo para as férias.


Temos muita sorte em ter um acervo tão bom na biblioteca, e contamos com a vossa ajuda para garantir que todos podem desfrutar dos seus tesouros! Mais uma vez, obrigado por devolverem os materiais que são para uso de todos.

Queremos também agradecer aos nossos maravilhosos voluntários. Com a vossa ajuda, frequente e de confiança, fizemos mudanças na forma de organização dos livros, simplificando a vida aos alunos que agora encontram mais facilmente aquilo que procuram. Os voluntários foram igualmente responsáveis pelas fabulosas mostras que deram um ambiente muito mais simpático e acolhedor à nossa biblioteca.

Se tiver alguma dúvida ou questão a colocar relativamente aos nossos procedimentos de fim de ano ou a conta de biblioteca do seu filho/a, por favor passe pela biblioteca ou entre em contacto comigo por email.