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COVID-19 Hotlines

The following hotlines (phones staffed during office hours) may be of help: tech support it.hotline@islzambia.org 0211250364 school...

Friday, 16 April 2021

IBDP Information Evening

IBDP Information evening for Year 11 parents and students will take place on Wednesday, 21st April, in the Fine Arts between 1800 hrs - 1900 hrs. The purpose of the meeting is to give year 11 parents and students, information aboit the IB Diplom, IB courses and the ISL High School Diploma. Students are highly encouraged to attend with their parents. 

DP Visual Art students visit to Lechwe Art Gallery

This week our DP Art students visited the Lechwe Art Gallery to celebrate 90 years of Cynthia Zukas' contribution to Zambia Art. The students were fortunate enough to meet and interact with David Duat Makala, a famous artist and curator. Our current unit looks at curating and setting up an exhibition.


Wednesday, 14 April 2021

IBDP Visual Arts Exhibition

International School of Lusaka is proud to host the IBDP Visual Arts exhibition on Friday, the 23rd of April 2021 at 1800 hrs in the Fine Arts Theatre. This is a wonderful evening in which we celebrate the development of our students as artists as they unveil two years of their artworks. One of our IBDP2 student, Lutanda Wilkie has invested hours and hours into his portfolio, and we are very proud of his achievements. This year`s exhibition will also be accompanied by our Middle School classes and IGCSE exam coursework students to showcase their creativity.

Sunday, 11 April 2021

IGCSE Exemptions

We have now completed the consultation process regarding exemptions for some exam components. Candidates who are eligible and for whom we recommend be exempt from a subject component will be contacted separately. 

IGCSE and Checkpoint Exams Commence

IGCSE and Checkpoint exams will commence as planned on Monday 12 April. We continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation in Zambia closely and are in regular contact with our partners at Cambridge International Assessment and the Zambian Ministry of Health. At this time we are confident we can deliver exams in a safe way. 

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Successful IB Evaluation Visit

The remote IB evaluation visit after a year-long self-study was indeed a successful one with the Visiting Team mirroring our comments- echoing our achievements and agreeing on our plans for the way forward!👏👏👏

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

More Maths in Flags!

 Year 7.1 have made their video showing their understanding of the maths in flags.

IMYC Exit Point for Unit 4

As per the tradition in the IMYC, students reflected on their learning from unit 4 by creating a media project to show their thoughts.

Friday, 26 March 2021

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

“Unlocking Your Intellect” Educational Assessment Webinar

Educational assessments can help to determine individual performance abilities, level and the needs of each child. This presentation will help parents understand

Friday, 19 March 2021

Upcoming IB appraisal visit

We are one of a group of schools piloting the assessment of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization's new programme standards.

ISL welcomes Mrs Haylie Old as a Secondary teacher

As you know, the past several months have been difficult for both students and parents.

Join our PTA

Our school needs a new PTA executive committee. The following positions, in particular, lie vacant:

Virtual University Fair and Criminology at King’s University College

Dear parents and students, please find below the links to a Virtual University Fair and a Criminology course at King’s University College.

Year 7 videos on ratio

 Year 7.2s made a fun video dividing amounts in a given ratio. Watch it here!

Here's the 7.1 video !

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Mocks Update (IGCSE and Checkpoint)

Mock Exams for Year 9 and 11 have commenced. So far our invigilators have been extremely impressed with all candidates, who have been punctual, respectful and have followed all the rules without question. 

Sunday, 14 March 2021

The Night Before the Exam

As students in Year 9 and Year 11 prepare for their first mock exam on Monday, some key reminders about the rules and procedures in the exam room, what you should and shouldn't bring! 

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Year 13 & 11 & 9 examinations

The mock exams for year 13 IBDP, Year 11 IGCSE and the Year 9 Checkpoint exams will begin in the coming week. Schedules have been shared

Webinar with Cameron Parker

The IGCSE Faculty is thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with GCSEPod this year. As the first school in Southern Africa to adopt the Pod platform, we have been able to create a bespoke virtual support system for our students in preparation for their exams. 

Through this collaboration I would like to announce that Cameron Parker, a renowned motivational speaker for schools and colleges will host a free webinar for our students to inspire them to succeed. Including practical tips on how to use GCSEPod that Cameron will be incorporating into his session.

Celebrating Exam Success - 100% A* to B

We were extremely excited to receive our IGCSE Maths results from the November 2020 session. Our students achieved a 100% pass rate from A* to B, beating the world average by 13%. 

Friday, 12 March 2021

Exams Yoga

It was fantastic to see a little bit of socially distanced fun before the start of Mock Exams! As part of our Build Up Programme, on Wednesday 3 March, Year 11 students had the opportunity to participate in a yoga session led by our very own Ms Kumar. Students were introduced to some easy and useful techniques to help them deal with exam stress and learn how to focus their mind. 

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Back to school

We Look forward to welcoming students back to school - and to campus - on Monday 15th March. During the holiday, people may have broken their usual patterns of internation which poses an increased risk of infection.

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Virtual town hall

A big thank you to all parents and staff who made time for the virtual town hall this week. Among the topics raised were:

COVID-19 update

We have now had students on campus for three weeks since our board asked us to open on February 16th, so I wanted to update you on how things are going and to give a few reminders.

Friday, 5 March 2021

Parent Role in Career Selection Seminar

Following on from last week’s Year 9 & 11 aptitude test and careers discussion, ISL has invited Ms Tawiah Egan from  Punzila Educations Services to speak to all Year 9 & 11 parents students.

Nursery and Preschool- Follow Directions and Traffic Signs?

 Nursery and Preschool nearly get their driving licenses!

Year 7 ratio and fractions

Year 7.2 showed off their understanding of ratio in this video on Youtube!

Year 7.1 made this video to show what they had learnt!

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Year 12 students: invitation to compete in MUVI Television debate competition

We are opening invitations to any Year 12 student who would like to represent the school at an upcoming MUVI Television debate competition. The competition will host 20 Secondary schools from Lusaka to compete for different prizes and incentives such as scholarships, school materials, cash prizes and hampers.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Year 12 BridgeU relaunch

BridgeU is a popular world-class platform that is used by a number of secondary schools around the world. It provides a personalized university preparation and guidance service for secondary school students.

Digital Citizenship

Being a citizen of the digital world......

Virtual Checkpoint Question and Answer Session

On Monday, 1st March, 2021, we hosted an information meeting for parents of year 9 students to respond to questions about the Checkpoint exam. The attendance from parents was very encouraging and the questions asked gave us very useful feedback.

Checkpoint and IGCSE Exams Invoices

Entries for Checkpoint and IGCSE exams have now closed. 

Our finance department has started to process the invoices. Parents should receive an invoice within two weeks' time. 

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

ISL Calendar 2021-22

Our board has approved the calendar for next year which may be found as a PDF here. The holidays have been loaded into our ISL Public Calendar; the school days have been loaded into our School Days Calendar. If you use Google Calendar you can add those to your calendar list using the following IDs:

  • ISL Public Calendar: islzambia.org_cfujkkcjtd0os8q1q3ovai8eos@group.calendar.google.com
  • ISL School Days: islzambia.org_qd0h2eg7bc35k60jttg5ld7st8@group.calendar.google.com

Monday, 1 March 2021

IBDP Bulletin - Technology and G-Suite impact

Students need to be prepared for a world that is constantly being transformed by emerging new technology. At ISL we believe that technology will have a positive impact on educational outcomes and for this reason, we have embraced Technology as our five-year Programme Development plan.

Friday, 26 February 2021

Monday, 22 February 2021

Math champion

Shristi in Year 7.2 scored 93% in the Education Perfect Math Championship Round 1! Please join me in congratulating her! Mr McCutcheon

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Back to campus

The first week back to campus went well. Most people - students and teachers - seemed happy to be back on campus. The week was productive but tiring and by Friday we were all ready for the weekend. We had around 80% attending on campus with the remainder logging on through Google Meet.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

ISL-Punzila Education university guidance & careers information meetings

We are happy to inform you that we have entered into partnership for the remainder of the school year with Punzila Educational Services. Punzila representatives along with our Coordinators will help guide Secondary students and parents through the next stages of their education as they head towards placement in tertiary institutions around the world.

Great first day!

 A great start to this semester! It was wonderful to see most of our students return:)

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Secondary coordinator and student COVID-info meetings

Tomorrow, Monday 15th, is a “no-HBL” school day. Teachers will use this day to make sure that everything is ready for Tuesday 16th, which is our first day of SBL classes on campus. SBL classes will be almost the same as when we left school in December, with a few small but important changes.

Friday, 12 February 2021

A Message from the Student Council

Dear Teachers,

Our biggest thanks for the effort that you all put in to continue our education with fervor and enthusiasm, even though we were unable to be face to face.

Welcome back to school

 Welcome back to school! We look forward to seeing you all return.

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Education Perfect Maths Competition!

Modern Foreign Languages Mock Oral exams


The IBDP and IGCSE Mock Foreign Languages oral exams started on Monday and will run through out this week. Strict Covid measure are in place to ensure that these oral exams are being conducted in a safe environment for our students and teachers.

Update on IBPYP and IBDP 5 Year Evaluation

The 5 Year Review Evaluation visit regarding the Multi-Programme, PYP DP has been confirmed to take place on 29th to 31st March. This will be a remote visit and will be conducted by the following visiting team. Denise Michel and Françoise Mokhtar-Bencteux are programme leaders for PYP while Mike Millichamp and Edith van der Linden are for DP. 

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

IGCSE Statements of Entry Released

We have released the Statements of Entry for the 2021 IGCSE Examinations. 

All candidates should check their school email. 

Monday, 8 February 2021

Checkpoint Statements of Entry Released

We have released the Statements of Entry for the 2021 Checkpoint Examinations. 

All candidates should check their school email. 

Checkpoint and IGCSE Exams Update

2021 has brought progress in the fight against coronavirus, but it has also presented new challenges to our staff and students. We have seen several countries cancel Checkpoint and IGCSE examinations, our school has had to move back to remote learning, and sadly we have witnessed the impact of Covid-19 on our own community. 

Friday, 5 February 2021

Middle School Mental Maths

Middle School Students have enjoyed improving their mental maths skills with SuperTmatik - an online mental maths challenge from Portugal. 

Maths Shapes and Fractions on Youtube!

 Maths in Primary! Just before the Christmas break, Year 2 made these amazing shapes in their Maths class! Tesselation and also 3D shapes and nets.

Year 7s made these fun videos of their understanding of fractions using multi link cubes. 

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Board & Calendar

As well as being one of the oldest International schools in Africa our school is actually a democracy, owned by the parents - including you - who are members of the ISL association.

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Year 13 mock exams

Since school began in January, in addition to working on internal assignments, our Year 13 students have also been busy with the preparations for mock modern languages oral exams and subject diagnostic exams.

Thoughts on discounts

The attractiveness of discounts are obvious - who doesn't want to pay less for something? - but they have consequences that may not be so evident, primarily their unfortunate effect on school finances.

COVID Task Force

Our board has revitalized our COVID-19 Task Force to lead our response to the resurgence of the virus. I am grateful to two board members - Maureen Mersmann and Matt Sommerville - and to association member Mikaela Hildebrand for their invaluable role here. You can contact the taskforce by mailing covid@islzambia.org.

Virtual town hall

Our first virtual town hall of the year got off to a good start on Thursday with many parents along with teachers and staff, over 50 people in total. I was grateful for the many supportive and appreciative comments made about our school’s response to the crisis.

Friday, 29 January 2021

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Secondary after school academic support

Effective today, Secondary teachers are offering after school academic support according to the schedule below.

Monday, 25 January 2021

Introduction to IB Primary Years Programme workshop for new parents

I am pleased to announce the upcoming IBPYP workshop for new parents this Thursday, 28th January 2021 from 07:15 to 08:00. This will be a virtual workshop via google meet and below is the link for you to join or go to the ISL calendar.

Secondary attendance and parent supervision at home

While it's good to be back “at school” I can't deny that our return to Home-Based Learning format has, from what I can gather, been met with a collective sigh or even groan by students, parents and teachers alike. 

Sunday, 24 January 2021

A Message from the IMYC Corner

The second semester started with students being engaged in online learning due to the second wave  of the the corona virus. In as much as we can cite the many challenges brought on by the pandemic, we have also endeavoured to do our best to rise to the challenge. 

Saturday, 23 January 2021

2021 January Diploma Bulletin

IB Diploma Students and teachers have gracefully embraced virtual learning since we reopened school on the 12th of January and have since then continued to effectively engage in all aspects of academic programme remotely.

School goes on

I have been once again impressed with the flexibility and resilience of our community. Teachers, students and parents have rallied round to make our home-based learning programme a success.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

News from Primary school

Online learning seems to have set in well for most stakeholders this time around and will be continued until 5th February.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Extended closure of campus

You will no doubt be aware that the coronavirus continues to spread in Zambia and that President Lungu has instructed government schools to remain closed longer than expected.

Change in office hours

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we are observing a change in office hours as follows:

  • Monday: 7:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 7:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please call on +260211250351 / +260211252291 / +260964638406 / +260974634500 or email info@islzambia.org

Monday, 18 January 2021

Secondary Student Council

Just before we broke for the Semester 1 holidays, the Student Council Executive Committee, Class Representative and House Captain elections we conducted.

Friday, 15 January 2021

Dealing (again) with COVID-19

We find ourselves once more facing this vicious virus and must discharge our mission - to educate children - while keeping people safe. As a response, we have closed our campus and transitioned back to home-based learning until at least Friday 22nd January 2021.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Welcome back - Primary school

Season's Greetings and compliments of the year to everyone!

Secondary book pick up

The Secondary library will be open today, Wednesday January 13th, from 07.15 - 15.00 and Friday, January 15th from 07.15 - 14.00, to allow students who have been informed by their teachers to return old text books and/or pick up new text books to complete this task.

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Happy new year

Happy new year to you all.

Although we hope that 2021 will be better than was 2020, it is important to remember