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Monday, 5 December 2022

The Beacon Scholarship at ISL

ISL is pleased to offer the Beacon Scholarship for students with strong leadership qualities. 

The Beacon Scholarship is a leadership development programme that nurtures change makers and therefore, students must show evidence of exceptional academic ability, excellence in sport, music or drama; outstanding interpersonal skills; and role-model citizenship. 

The application deadline is December 14th, 2022. 

To find out more, please visit our website




Saturday, 3 December 2022

ISL Ifyangalo Night

The Student Council and PTA are hosting "Ifyangalo Night" on Friday the 9th of December 2022.  

Monday, 14 November 2022

14 November 2022

Good Morning Parents

I trust all is well. Our Primary students are enjoying their learning experiences and have settled in well after the October Break.

Here's a snapshot of what was happening in the Primary School last week!!!

We are excited to share with you that Santa and the Beanstalk will be performed by the EY on Thursday 8th December 2022.

Here is a synopsis of the EY Production!

A handful of chocolate coins brings festive fun and frolic to the North Pole!
The credit crunch has hit Santa's Workshop hard, and there isn’t enough money to make all the toys. Before you can say “Ho, ho, ho,” Santa’s sold his prize reindeer for a bag of magic chocolate coins, and we're off on a rollercoaster ride to a mysterious winter wonderland, where the Magic Snowmen might just save the day...

Please join us for an enchanting Christmas musical full of festive fun and sparkling songs. 

We cannot wait to see you all there!


Student Council

Our Student Council held an Ice Lolly sale and donated K1000 to Sherman shoe boxes. The rest of the money will be used to purchase playground equipment and games. ( We will keep you posted on what was purchased) Well done to our Student Council!!!


                                                           



Y6 trip to Musungwa -Tuesday, Nov.15 to Friday, Nov 18, 2022
We wish our students a safe, exciting, and memorable trip to Musungwa - one that they will remember in years to come and tuck away in the corners of their minds, only to draw upon when reminiscing on the highlights of their  
when they reminisce on their Primary School Years. Teachers will share photos with parents and keep you updated on the activities students are engaged in.

Y3 visit to Cheshire Homes 
Year 3 students visited Cheshire Homes and donated lots of essential items to children who have physical disabilities. They are currently inquiring into the Interdependence of the Body
Systems.

Y3 Assembly: Performance Poetry under the Transdisciplinary Theme - How we express ourselves. 

Year 3.2 Students were well-prepared and articulate and were very successful in sharing their learning journey. It was evident that it was very much student-centered and student-directed which was excellent. It was great to see the genuine sense of enjoyment, pride, and satisfaction that students derived from sharing their learning in front of an audience. Great work Year 3.2, Daniela and Stanslous!! Thank you to all our parents who managed to attend... it is much appreciated.

A few highlights from Year 3.2 Assembly!




 


Workshop for Teaching Assistants on Safeguarding and Child Protection. 

We held a very informative workshop on Safeguarding and Child Protection for our Teaching Assistants on Thursday, November 10th. As these workshops are extremely important to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, we do revisit them on a regular basis with Staff annd Faculty.

Our Teaching Assistants were very engaged in the workshop




Have a great start to your week and watch this space for the going-ons in Primary School.

Shireen.


Sunday, 13 November 2022

Year 12's DoE SIlvier Expedition

We are very proud of our 18 Year 12 students for successfully completing their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition. They withstood rains and navigated the rugged terrain with lots of resilience and team work.  Well done students....we look forward to Gold next year

    



Year 13 trip to Lotri Bay

Year 13's returned from a week long fun and relaxing trip to Lotri Bay, Kariba. Fishing, Stone Art, Canoeing, Pontoon cruises into the main lake, Hiking, Nature walk etc....were some of the activities they enjoyed engaging with and have returned with memorable moments of their final school year trip that they will cherish for their life. 


                                                                       





Year 12's present CAS Theatre Night

When you think of CAS, the first thing that comes to mind is: Self-development. CAS encourages us to use our experiences to grow into well-rounded people.

Our group intends to interact with our community, while simultaneously honing our skills in various fields, to achieve the most out of CAS. Thus, we have decided to work with an NGO called Footprints of Hope, to aid them in achieving their goals by using whatever means available to us. In terms of Service, for us teenagers, the simplest way to assist an organization is by fundraising. The most obvious approach was earning money through bake sales, which we did, although it quickly became tedious. In fact, part of the money to was coming from our parents, thus limiting our own involvement.

Sunday, 6 November 2022

Year 13 student Arnav Khanna represents Zambia in FGC

I recently participated in the FIRST Global Challenge (FGC) in Geneva, Switzerland, representing Team Zambia as the Deputy Captain. This is my third year of participation since I was 12, but every year, I come back overwhelmed with experiences and interactions while leaving a mark on the global map.

 

FGC is an Olympics-style robotics competition that brings youth from over 180 countries to solve global challenges using their skills, abilities, and talents with grand engineering challenges using STEM and robotics. This year's theme was “Carbon Capture”, i.e., cooperating internationally to develop technologies to store CO2 and reduce carbon footprints. While the event was a competition, its emphasis on international coopertition makes it unique. Again, we are reminded that most robots lose, but we must ensure that all humans win. 

 

My experiences in Geneva were a celebration of cultural, linguistic, and racial diversity. Experiences of resilience, teamwork and knowledge sharing are the ones I will cherish, a place where we were all bound by a common purpose and brilliant mindsets. We were touched by the Zambian ambassador’s pleasure with our representation at the event that she even invited us to her residence. We determinedly overcame all odds to build a robot as per the challenge in a record five days (due to various constraints), which most teams take months to prepare. This also allowed us to be awarded the Technical Judges Award for outstanding effort and performance, for we “Dared to Dream”.

 

I am grateful to my team, teachers, and family for supporting me in my endeavours.

- Arnav Khanna





Saturday, 5 November 2022

Xello Launch For Secondary Students Complete!

I am happy to announce the completion of our Xello launch with our secondary students!


Xello is a career-ready platform that helps students of all abilities and aspirations become future-ready. Students will be able to complete interactive career, personality, and learning style assessments to help them better understand their unique interests, skills and strengths. Using the access cards they received, each student will be able to personalize their Xello experience by creating a shareable, online portfolio that showcases their interests, skills, and abilities which will be accessible by their tutors and career guidance counsellor.

Under the Guidance of Ms Kalizya, Our careers Counsellor, students will continue the onboarding process with tasks assigned for them to work on periodically throughout the school year. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Welcome from the Acting Head of School

As you know, I have been appointed by the Board as the Acting Head of School. Although the Secondary Principal position has absorbed the majority of my time over the past several years, I have worked closely with Mr Gough, Mr Fox, Ms Nair and now with Ms Appana, to ensure that education at ISL has a through-line from Early Years until graduation. That said, some of you may not know me that well, so I thought I’d give you a brief overview of my background. 

Saturday, 27 August 2022

What Teens Want Parents to Know About Social Media

I came across something that I thought you might be interested in. This is a straight lift from an article I read, so I don't claim any originality, but I found it interesting and something I thought some of you may want to read more about. Here it is:

Friday, 26 August 2022

Secondary Class Representative Election results!

On Wednesday, the nominated students gave speeches to their peers of the Tutor group and voted for their preferred candidate.  To all those who ran, but did not get elected I want to thank you for taking an active role in this process. You have taken your first step to getting involved and I encourage you to find ways to help the school and run for election again on the future. Without further ado, it is my pleasure and honour to congratulate the elected 2022 - 2023 Student Council Class Representatives on their new leadership position!

Thursday, 25 August 2022

CIS Re-accreditation

Overview

CIS is the Council of International Schools, an independent body that provides an evaluation framework for schools to evaluate their work and as a structure to help with school improvement plans. It is a 5 year cycle. We are currently accredited by both CIS and another accreditation body, NEASC, and the re-accreditation process has started very positively.

Where is ISL in the re-accreditation cycle?

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Ask - Q1 Fees Payments

Question

We appreciate that we have to pay school tuition fess  as per requirement and we obliged to do so, however we are facing minor challenge which will be resolved as we progress.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Early Years and Upper Primary Open House and Assemblies

On Tuesday, August 16th and Wednesday, August 17th we held the Early Years and Upper Primary Open House respectively. It gave us the opportunity to meet parents in person (after a two-year absence from the school due to Covid) and to welcome them warmly to the new school year. Parents attended a presentation by their chid’s homeroom teacher, where the class expectations and the synopsis of the year was shared.

A huge thank you to all our parents for taking time from your busy schedules to spend the morning with us and share in your child’s learning. We appreciated the huge turn out by our Primary parents!!! 

Historic IGCSE Results!

 


I am thrilled to report our students have achieved the highest IGCSE results in ISL's history for a second year running. On behalf of our school I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to all IG students who worked extremely hard over two years for this success.

We have achieved this under extraordinary circumstances. The grade boundaries this year were higher on average compared to the last 5 years. This cohort of students experienced three years of pandemic learning and all the physical and mental challenges that came with that. We had the toughest exam season ever with covid cases on the rise and a constant sense of uncertainty if exams would be cancelled. 

Yet despite these challenges, we prevailed. 

Thursday, 18 August 2022

Blog info about elections

The beginning of the school year also marks the beginning of the Student Council’s Class Representative system. Being a Class Representative is an opportunity to take an active part in determining a student's own educational experience.

Sunday, 14 August 2022

IBDP Induction trip to Pioneer camp


On Friday 12th August, 21 Year 12 students along with their tutors went to Pioneers camp for the Induction camp. The main objective of the Induction trip was to enable students to build cohesion as a cohort and develop their identity by reflecting on the learner profile. The over night camp turned out to be a very exciting experience for the students with fun activities that enabled them to collaborate while engaging in team building activities. Students took part in active group challenges and ended the Induction programme with the introduction to the 7 CAS learning outcomes.

   
 

Friday, 5 August 2022

IGCSE Welcome to the new academic year!

As we start the new academic year, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all IGCSE students in Year 10 and Year 11. We are very lucky and grateful that we can start this semester fully on campus. Thank you to all students, parents and staff for their continuous commitment to keep everyone safe on campus. 

Thursday, 28 July 2022

Celebrating 2022 IBDP results

Once again our students have made us proud - they have beaten the world average of 31.98!! 20 students were registered for the full Diploma of whom 19 were successful in achieving the diploma with an average score of 34 points. ISL students' average grade of 5.29 signifies an astounding set of result to be very proud of. 

65% of students achieved 30+ points whilst 40% achieved 35+ points and 20% achieved 40+ points - 43 being the highest score which was achieved by Jaida Javaheri. Well done Jaida! Our other star performers are Anne Vromant and Emilio Leto who shared 42 points each and Abhinav Sahal who achieved 41 points. 

We are very proud of each and every one of our students, who have worked very hard at an extremely rigorous global examination during the most difficult pandemic times. These brilliant results testify to our amazing teachers and the world-class education offered at ISL. 

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Outstanding Checkpoint Results!

I am pleased to announce we have received a fantastic set of Year 9 Checkpoint results.

Our students have scored well above the world average in all categories and in all subjects for a second year running. In English 40% of candidates scored a 4 or higher. In Science 54% of candidates scored a 4 or higher, and 5% of candidates achieved a perfect score of 6.

These results put ISL yet again among the top performing schools in Southern Africa and the world