Respect for ourselves and others, our environment, and our cultural contexts guides our thoughts, actions and relationships.
George’s journey from Angola to the Republic of Congo did not have a happy beginning. George, a chimpanzee, was stolen from his forest home and family for the illegal pet trade. Thankfully, he was found by Dr. Cristina of Casa dos Animais. He became part of the LIS community and was cared for by Ms. Dalene in the LIS Accounting Department. Funds raised by LIS students in Year 6 paid for George’s travel cage, flight and customs cost to transport him to the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo. Today, George is being looked after in a safe place by a professional caretaker, with whom he shares a close bond. In the future, George will be integrated with other chimpanzees of similar ages. Over time, he will gain friends and become an important part of the group. This is a happy ending for George and his friends at LIS.
LIS celebrates Peace Day every September. The morning begins with an assembly and continues with a variety of Peace Day centered workshops throughout the day. The day ends with a Peace parade. The children “walk for peace” around the campus on a predetermined route and then finish in the school cafeteria area for a final assembly. Parents come to cheer the children on.
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.
A strong community is built on inclusion, participation, communication, kindness and mutual respect.
Luanda International School celebrated Angolan Independence Day on 10 November 2017. The celebration assembly was a real endorsement of our school mission and commitment to play a greater role here in Angola. This was further acknowledged and amplified by our special guest, Mr. Toty, who spoke of “building bridges” between the school and its community. Mr. Toty was deeply impressed by the school and its commitment to many things including student leadership – it is central to our identity and a real gift to treasure, nurture and respect.
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!