Year Level Half Day | 23 May

Year 7:  Transition and leadership were the focal points for year 7 during the year level half day. Year 7s led the year 6s through transition activities in anticipation of their move to the Secondary next year. There was a lot of learning about schedules, systems, and locations as well as some tips for success.The rest of the morning was used as an opportunity to look back on the year, provide feedback on the well-being program, and think about how we can end well. Overall, it was a great morning together.

The final Year 8 Level Half Day started with a Cup Stacking Challenge to conclude Unit 3 of the Well-being Curriculum: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Students then engaged in a Chalk Talk activity to reflect on lessons learned in Well-being classes this school year. During break, 8.2 generously hosted our Year Level Birthday Celebration for students born in April, May and June. During the second half of the Year Level Half Day, students participated in Gift-giving, a fun improv activity where they learned to show appreciation and express positive comments towards one another. Thereafter, they composed a Year Level Poem entitled “If I had this school year to live over…” as a pre-writing activity to their final task of the Year Level Half Day, which is to pen a “Letter to Self, August 2018”.

The Year 9 focused on healthy communication, resolving conflict and transitioning to Year 10 for the half day. The first activities were led by Ms. Nicola and students discussed and practiced effective strategies for communicating needs and having empathy. After break, they got together in small groups with Year 10 students and discussed topics specific to Year 10 and got advice and tips from those who have just experienced it, on how to best prepare for it.

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 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 9 colleagues by running a series of team-building activities and engaging in transition activities.  The Year 9s were given the opportunity to chat with the year 10 students about their experience in the Upper Secondary and to ask questions about what to expect next year.  Students in both Year Levels facilitated quality conversation and meaningful dialogue as an end-of-year exercise.

Year 11 have just completed their work experience rounding off a year rich in learning for them. This year, there was another great range of options on offer and our students were able to sample the world of work from a diverse group of organisations. From construction to health care (both animal and human!), mass communication to aid work and all aspects of the retail industry from packaging to sales. On their return to LIS, Mr Ali ran a reflection session where students shared their experiences. As part of this session students write a message of thanks to their “employers” and send a reflection of their experience home to their parents. It is clear from these – and the replies – that our Year 11s are fantastic ambassadors for LIS and that their parents are rightly proud of them.

A huge thank you to the folllowing organisations who supported this years work experience: US Embassy, Unitel, ELC of LIS, Nampak, Casa dos Animais, Luanda Medical Centre, PSI, Casais, Fabrica de Sabão, Colegio Mulitsaber and FBL Advogados.  Also a big thanks to Ali Shebani for coordinating and facilitating this experience.


Year 12:  For the first part of the day the year 12 students helped prepare for the year 13 graduation ceremony. This has been a tradition over the past years. We are proud to say that this will be a very special event thanks to them.

In the second half of the day the students engaged in a rigorous Extended Essay (EE) session during the second session of the year-level half day.  Students sat in subject-specific groups and annotated model EEs for structure and Criterion A, B, and C.  Then, students began work on their own outlines for EE, which are due on Monday, May 28 by 4:00pm.  Finally, students reviewed requirements for their first 1000-1500 word EE draft, which is due in August.

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.