LIS maintains an inclusive strategic plan with a systematic process of reflection and feedback.
On 10 and 11 March 2017, a group of 28 participants comprised of LIS students, parents, staff and Board Directors attended a strategic retreat at the school. We discussed the data, shared points of view, challenged perspectives and summarised our thinking about the school's mission, vision, values and parameters for the school. Prior to the discussions a strong meeting protocol and process was established to ensure equal participation. No one voice was greater or lesser than the other. Given the diversity of the group, getting alignment and consensus around big topics like mission and values was no easy task. In fact, a large proportion of the time was spent reviewing, rejecting, re-writing and finally accepting the value statements. Many people felt strong about particular statements and spoke respectfully and with great passion to defend ideas. However, Dr. Andy Page-Smith was able to facilitate the exercise and decision making process with great skill, expertise and respect.
Learning cognitive, creative, physical, social and emotional skills are fundamental for a balanced learning experience.
Every week ELC teachers take it in turns to plan for outdoor provocations with different purposes in mind, in order to elicit thinking and the development of particular skills. Ms. Che’te placed floats with varied shapes and colours for the children to play with and interestingly the children organised them into trampolines. Children experimented with different motions such as hopping, jumping and skipping from one float to the other. While some students made connections between how the floats felt (i.e. ‘it’s wobbly’; EAL learners were seen squatting and uttering ‘rabbit’ to express their experience and understanding) other students made links to the colours and shapes of the floats (i.e. ‘they look like rainbows’ or ‘they are triangles’). All in all, this provocation promoted the development of students’ self-management skills such as gross-motor and spatial awareness – invaluable skills for the growth and development of our students in early childhood.
The Jogathon is a charity event tradition at LIS. It is due to the support from everyone involved that we were able to donate shoes to FOLSCO and raise a staggering 763,700 KWZ! Casa das Crianças is planning on using the funds raised to improve and enlarge the orphanage pantry in order to improve the storage conditions for food at the orphanage. Well done, LIS!
A strong community is built on inclusion, participation, communication, kindness and mutual respect.
Thank you to all families who came along to support this year's International Day celebrations held on Saturday, 07 October 2017. The fun, festivities and tasty food ensured that everyone had a great family day out. People were happy, festive and proud to share a sense of their culture and identity. Our mission statement highlights that we are a diverse group of learners. We are extremely grateful to the LIS community who supported an international booth or volunteered their time. A special thank you to our PTA members who helped to plan and coordinate such a successful school community event.
Respect for ourselves and others, our environment, and our cultural contexts guides our thoughts, actions and relationships.
On Friday, 21 April 2017, LIS participated in World Earth Day. What an amazing day it was! We focused our collective efforts on this central idea: Together we can empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of the environment. The day was about seeing ourselves as agents of change and defenders of the planet earth. As ‘defenders of the planet’, LIS students and staff actively explored ways to take action to bring about sustainable change. Throughout the day, students participated in assemblies and a series of student/teacher led workshops, which were designed to engage thinking and raise awareness of the core issues affecting our planet.