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. 

Child Protection Meeting Presentation

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the many parents who attended our child protection meeting last week.  This was the first time LIS hosted a meeting about this issue and we appreciated your input and questions.  We have shared the presentation below and HERE is a website that we recommend for you to view which has resources for parents about digital and media literacy.  We hope that this will help you continue to keep your children safe online.

Book Fair and Author Visit — Feira do Livro e Visita dos Autores

On Friday 10 November, LIS Library hosted a Pop-up Book Fair and invited three authors and one illustrator to visit the students. These events were held to celebrate Angolan Independence Day.

Year Four, Five and Six students asked the author Fatima Fernandes and illustrator Altino Chandelle insightful questions. Ms Fatima and Mr Altino are the creators of the Regina graphic novel series, based on true stories about Regina, Ms Fatima’s daughter. LIS students also met Regina.

The Year Two and Three Primary children as well as Year Seven, Eight, Ten and Eleven Portuguese students met the authors Kizola Nzambi and Hugo Leao. This husband and wife team have written number of different fiction books, based in Angola. They too answered many thoughtful questions and shared with the LIS students their personal journey on how they became authors.

Students and teachers enjoyed meeting the wonderful visitors and also shopping at the Pop-up Book Fair.

Thank you also to all the members of the school community who visited the Book Fair.

Na sexta-feira, 10 de novembro, a LIS Library tive uma Feira do Livro Pop-up e convidou três autores e um ilustrador para visitar os estudantes. Esses eventos foram realizados para comemorar o Dia da Independência de Angola.

Estudantes do ano quatro, cinco e seis pediram ao autor, Fatima Fernandes e ilustrador Altino Chandelle, perguntas perspicazes. A Sra. Fatima e o Sr. Altino são os criadores da série de novelas gráficas da Regina, com base em histórias verdadeiras sobre Regina, a filha da Sra. Fatima. Os alunos da LIS também se encontraram com Regina.

As crianças da primária dos anos dois e três, bem como os alunos do ano sete, oito, dez e onze de português, conheceram os autores Kizola Nzambi e Hugo Leao. Esta equipe de marido e mulher escreveu um número de livros de ficção que se realizam em Angola. Eles também responderam muitas perguntas e compartilharam com os alunos do LIS sua história pessoal sobre como se tornaram autores.

Estudantes e professores aproveitaram conhecer os visitantes maravilhosos e também fazer compras na Feira do Livro.

Obrigado também a todos os membros da comunidade escolar que visitaram a Feira do Livro.

Trek For Meds – Thank you to the LIS community

Hello everybody!

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

Author Visit and Book Fair at LIS Library on 10 November 2017

Irá realizar-se uma Feira do Livro na Biblioteca da LIS na sexta-feira, dia 10 de Novembro de 2017, das 9:00 às 16:00. Haverá uma grande variedade de livros e jogos de língua portuguesa e bilíngüe disponíveis para todos os gostos e habilidades de leitura.

Esta é uma óptima oportunidade para os alunos escolher entre livros de vários autores de crianças, jovens e adultos, nomeadamente de livros angolanos. Os preços dos livros começam a partir de 500 AKZ.

Três autores e um ilustrador de Angola também irão participarar na Feira do Livro. Estes irão trabalhar com diferentes turmas ao longo do dia e estarão disponíveis para assinar livros. Clique AQUI para obter informações sobre os livros dos autores e como encomendá-los.

A Feira do Livro é uma óptima oportunidade para os alunos aumentarem a colecção de livros, mas também é uma oportunidade para construir a colecção da LIS Library. Uma percentagem do total de todas as compras feitas durante a Feira do Livro irá reverter para a Biblioteca da LIS em novos itens para a Biblioteca.

Todos os membros da comunidade da LIS são bem-vindos a participar nesta Feira do Livro e fazer compras. Um grande agradecimento antecipado aos estudantes e aos pais pelo apoio neste maravilhoso evento.

A Book Fair will be held in the LIS Library on Friday 10 November 2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  There will be a range of Portuguese language and bilingual books and games available to suit all tastes and reading abilities.  This is a great opportunity for students to choose from various books from leading children’s and young adult authors. Prices start at only AKZ 500.

Three local Angolan authors and one illustrator will also attend the Book Fair. They will be working with different classes during the day and will be available to sign books. Click HERE for information on their books and how to order them.

Not only is the Book Fair is a great opportunity for students to add to their book collection, but it’s also an opportunity to build the LIS Library collection.  A percentage of the total of all purchases made during the Book Fair will be given to the LIS Library to spend on new items for the Library.

All members of the LIS community are welcome to attend this Book Fair to make their purchases.  A big thank you in advance to students and parents for their support of this wonderful event.

Year 13 Visual Arts Field Trip

The Year 13 visual arts students had the opportunity to visit and exhibition by Angolan artist Joana Taya at the Mov’art gallery on the marginal.     

As she is currently working on an exhibition in Portugal, the artist guided the students through her exhibition on Skype! 

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. 

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. 

Peace Day 2017!

On Friday, 22 September 2017, the LIS Secondary School community celebrated International Peace Day.  Special thanks to Mr. Chilton, our Year Level Coordinators, Homeroom Teachers, workshop leaders, and Kimbo student leaders for coordinating a day full of reflection, fun, and action.

The day began with all secondary students and teachers gathering in the gym to hear a special presentation by Dr. Pier Paulo Balladelli, the UN Representative for Angola. Following this, everyone moved to the field to take the annual Peace Day photo. Afterwards, Year 7 students left campus to visit FÁBRICA DE SABÃO, a local organisation for creative social change, while the rest of the students participated in a variety of activities ranging slam poetry to silent skits and everything else in between!

Year 12 and 13 student participated in a special all-day workshop that focused on conflict resolution through the use of forum acting.  Led by drama teacher, Mr. Colley, our DP students shared their experience with Year 4 to 6 students from the primary school, before demonstrating their talents in front of secondary school students.

As you can see from the photo and video below, a fun and thoughtful day was had by all.


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:

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

 Please feel free to contact Nicola Warwick for further information.