Friday, 17 September 2021
Thursday, 16 September 2021
Wednesday, 15 September 2021
The Student Council held a hot/cold chocolat sale from the 7th to the 10th of September. The main purpose of this sale was to give students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the current Student Council as well as to raise funds for the next upcoming events. The sale was a great success and students seemed to thoroughly enjoy the hot and cold chocolate beverages as well as the additional toppings.
Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Tomorrow, Secondary students will be voting for representatives for our three Houses: Kafue, Luangwa and Zambezi, and next week students will be voting for their Class Representatives (Class Reps).
Monday, 13 September 2021
Friday, 10 September 2021
Congratulations to our Primary Student Council team!
The Primary Student Council team comprises students in Year 6 who are annually elected by students in Years 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. They support students at school, through fundraising and raise initiatives that promote student and community welfare.
This year our team leaders are as follows:
Thursday, 9 September 2021
We have recently been contacted by an ISL Alumna, Akanksha Mittal, with regard to an organization called Society of Women Coders (SOWCoders), where they go to different countries and host coding camps for about a week long to teach girls (ages 14-19) how to code, empowering them with a valuable skill.
Wednesday, 8 September 2021
I am happy to announce that we will resume after school activities this school year. After school activities are an important part of the school experience for our students; we need to put back into school life some of the joy that was depleted by the coronavirus response.
I am happy to let all of you know that we will be resuming field trips this school year and that this will be done at no additional cost to parents. Field trips are a vital part of the school experience for our students; we are committed to conducting them in a safe and engaging manner for as many students as possible.
Tuesday, 7 September 2021
Sunday, 5 September 2021
On Friday, 3rd September, Year 13 students welcomed our new cohort of Year 12's into the IBDP Programme. It was a fun afternoon of Pizza, cup cakes, drinks followed by collaborative games by the pool side. It was great to see the Year 12 students work as a team in the tower building exercise. Students played pop the balloon, answering questions targeted on IB attributes. The run on the pool mats was truly fun to watch. Overall, the afternoon was fun and we wish our Year 12's a successful journey in the IBDP. The school and our fantastic team of teachers and counselors will ensure students are well supported to be successful in the Programme.
Thursday, 2 September 2021
Looking back on IB1, it was a rollercoaster of emotions, with many ups and downs, as well as the bit where you become a little physically nauseated, yep, that too! But I can certainly say that I am not the same person coming off the ride as I was when I originally stepped onto it. Of course, there have been numerous hurdles, the most notable of which being the Covid-19 Pandemic, which brought the world to its knees and drove us all into isolation and online-schooling. Which I would say was a new experience for both teachers and students, and it has truly been a one-of-a-kind journey.
Monday, 30 August 2021
Year 13 students held a “trial by literature” of the character Meursault, from The Stranger by Albert Camus. Prosecution and Defence teams argued their cases and called witnesses; playing characters from the novel. Judge Xiao presided over proceedings in the insaka. Here, we also see Munita called to the witness stand as Salamano, Meursault’s neighbour.
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
I hope that this finds you all well and ready to embark on another school year. I wanted to take this opportunity to give you an idea of the plans in place to support your children this year as they, at various stages, prepare for their Secondary school experience and beyond.
Saturday, 14 August 2021
Thank you all who join our "Good Morning, ISL" program! I hope you feel energized and ready for the day after our 10 min of action!
Here are the links for week 2:
Monday, Aug 16 - exercises with a water bottle: https://youtu.be/KIaEgVQsyRQ
Tuesday, Aug 17 - exercises with a broom: https://youtu.be/0sFJKFrPfx0
Wednesday, Aug 18 - exercises with a school bag: https://youtu.be/VPTQF-beoGg
Thursday, Aug 19 - exercises with a pillow: https://youtu.be/x-dQf1YV5B4
Friday, Aug 20 - exercises with a towel: https://youtu.be/OPSonKBMOLg
Hope to see many views and participants!
Athletic Director/HOD PE
Friday, 13 August 2021
Tuesday, 10 August 2021
The word counselor can mean many different things, depending on where you are in the world. Indeed, even the spelling of the word (counselor vs counsellor...and there's even councilor) differs between countries.
At ISL we have two types of counselors;
Sunday, 8 August 2021
Welcome to the new school year, and a special welcome to our new families. Although our start is once again affected by the coronavirus, we can look forward to a wonderful year ahead. If you didn’t already, you can read about our new teachers here - we welcome them to our team. We can also celebrate a number of successes, which you may read about here. All in all, school is in good shape and ready for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Saturday, 7 August 2021
It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new Athletic Director and Head of PE department. My family has been in Zambia for almost 2 weeks now and we are very excited to start the new school year on Monday!
I really hope that very soon we will be permitted to start our co-curricular programme to provide our students the opportunity to develop their different athletic, artistic, musical and other talents. Meanwhile, I would like to invite all the students, parents, and teachers to join our “Good Morning, ISL!” programme.
Friday, 6 August 2021
Thursday, 5 August 2021
Wednesday, 4 August 2021
As we move into the new year, we have much to celebrate at our school. We have a strong faculty with a wonderful set of new colleagues joining us, our campus has never looked better and our exam results have never been higher. Here are some of the things we are celebrating at the moment:
Monday, 2 August 2021
Regardless of whether we feel the holiday has been too short or too long, my guess is that there has not been a lot of time that parents have spent berating/negotiating/forcing their children to “hit the books”....or am I divulging too much of what my approach was?
In any case, what follows is an overview of some ideas about how to start some conversations/persuasion/coercion over the dinner table this week or perhaps over the next few weeks, ahead when the students are coming back to school.
Sunday, 1 August 2021
Our COVID Task Force (CTF) met last week, led by our board chair, Thomson Phiri, to review the situation. The CTF considered a number of factors concerning the disease and other circumstances, along with feedback from association members left on last week's COVID blog post. The CTF made the following recommendations to our board:
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Monday, 26 July 2021
Monday, 14 June 2021
I would like to say goodbye to the entire ISL Community as I retire from teaching, the career I have dedicated my entire life to. I have been with ISL since 1st January 2000. The period I have spent at this institution has simply been wonderful and rewarding. Yes, we have had challenges and turbulences along the way, but together, we have always overcome them.
My special thanks go to the Board of Governors, ISL Management, the entire faculty, and the support staff that have made ISL what it is. It is a learning institution of its own kind. It offers a warm, friendly, and caring learning environment not only to the students but to the educators as well. To our Board members, please accept my sincere gratitude for the long, countless, voluntary hours you put into the running of this institution.
To the past and the present parents and guardians that have supported and encouraged me over the years in various ways, I say thank you very much. I tried to do the best I could in contributing to the well-being and the success of our children, who I believe, will in turn contribute to the betterment of our community, society, and the world.
Lastly, I wish each one of you the best of everything. You have been a wonderful family. Farewell.
Ellings C Chomba (Mr.)
Department of English and Literature
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
On Monday, June 7, the Board of Governors convened an organizational meeting to elect the Board Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Committee Chairpersons, and Vice-Chairs. The results were:
- Board Chairperson - Thomson Phiri
- Board Vice-Chairperson - Emily Heneghan Kasoma
- Finance & Revenue Committee Chairperson - Haggai Simpungwe
- Estates & Projects Committee Chairperson - Basjan van As
- Policy & Planning Committee Chairperson - Camille Wauters
- Marketing & Strategy Committee Chairperson - Peter Cottan
- Human Resources & Staff Relations Committee Chairperson - Abidemi Coker
- Finance & Revenue Committee Vice-Chairperson - Thomson Phiri
- Estates & Projects Committee Vice-Chairperson - Abidemi Coker
- Policy & Planning Committee Vice-Chairperson - Maureen Mersmann
- Marketing & Strategy Committee Vice-Chairperson - Maureen Mersmann
- Human Resources & Staff Relations Committee Vice-Chairperson - Helen Banda
Monday, 7 June 2021
Monday, 31 May 2021
Bev started off her career as a teacher in the village of Maun in Botswana and has gone on to work as a teacher and counsellor in another twelve countries. As a teacher she taught most of the subjects at the Primary and Middle School levels and Geography, Art and Technical Drawing (Engineering Graphics) in High schools. As a counsellor she assisted students as they faced emotional, social, and academic challenges and provided career guidance to students pursuing internships and university options around the world.
Beverley enjoys exploring new places and meeting people from diverse backgrounds. To relax she likes to get outside, watch sports and movies, and pizza with friends.
Sunday, 30 May 2021
Friday, 28 May 2021
On 26th May, Year 13 students celebrated the successful culmination of their CAS journey by presenting their CAS engagments to their peers and to all Year 12 students. Students reflected on their CAS experiences as part of their DP and described how they achieved the seven learning outcomes. It was gratifying to hear how the experiences enhanced their creativity and changed their perspective about life.
Friday, 21 May 2021
Suzy has a B. Eng. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and has previously worked outside of education in the City of London as a management consultant.
Suzy is really looking forward to her first teaching role outside of the UK and starting a new adventure with her family in Zambia. She has two young children who will be attending ISL in pre-school and Year 2.
At the moment most of her free time is spent enjoying family time outdoors: riding bikes, going on long walks and visiting new places.
I and my husband Sandijs are raising 4 wonderful children who are embracing our overseas journey with open minds while keeping Latvia and its rich traditions close to our hearts. For the past nine years we have lived in Bangladesh, China, and Qatar, and now are very excited about our upcoming move to beautiful Zambia. I feel very fortunate to be a teacher because every day my students keep reminding me that life is filled with wonders and endless possibilities.
Sandijs Baskevics (pronounced Sun-dees Bash-ke-vits) is excited to join ISL and become a part of this very special community. His family comes from Latvia, a small, but proud country in the northeast part of Europe. Sandijs’ wife, Rūta, will also be teaching at ISL, and all 4 of their children will be students of ISL.
Sandijs graduated from the Latvian Academy of Sports Education, receiving a Bachelor’s degree with qualifications as a PE teacher, basketball coach, and sports manager. Sandijs also has a Master’s degree in Sports Science.
Sandijs has worked at various international schools for 19 years, mainly teaching PYP PE and coordinating athletic programs – 10 years at the International School of Riga, Latvia; 2 years at the International School Dhaka, Bangladesh; 2 years at the Beijing BISS International school, China; 2 years at Qatar Academy Sidra and 3 years at the Awsaj Academy in Doha, Qatar. Before moving abroad he was involved with basketball operations in Latvia – Sandijs founded and ran Student Basketball League in Latvia for 9 years, and had his own basketball agency for 5 years.
Eric Zarouba has over 30 years teaching experience in schools in the United States, Asia, and Europe. His most recent position was as a fifth-grade teacher at the Bavarian International School in Munich, Germany. Eric has a BA in psychology and English and a MsEd in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University in New York.
Aside from creating engaging classroom learning experiences for his students, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors, dining out, reading history, traveling, and experiencing new cultures.
Giada has a PGCE from Brighton, a QTS qualification, a MA in Gender, Culture and Development from the University of Sunderland, as well as multiple qualifications in teaching Italian, Spanish, Portugeuse and French at various levels through Secondary school. Giada is a qualified A-level Spanish examiner and a GCSE Spanish and Portugeuse examiner.
Apart from loving her job as a teacher, she enjoys DIYing, plants, gardening and trying to keep fit. She really enjoys going to the theatre, opera, concerts, and music in general and dancing and travelling specifically.
Annie has also worked as a mentor/facilitator at Youth Alive Zambia where she held and implemented various workshops and teachings in community schools within and outside Lusaka, facilitating youth educational programmes in areas such as HIV/AIDS, life skills, and behaviour formation for children and teens
Aside from teaching, Annie likes going to church, watching soccer, travelling, listening to music and reading.
Soma has an M.A in English Literature from Calcutta University and a Diploma in Mass Communication from Jadavpur University in India.
Soma is an accomplished Indian classical and light classical singer and loves to read and travel. She lives in Lusaka with her toddler daughter and husband and is looking forward to joining ISL in the coming academic year.
With a Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Criminal Justice, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, Suwilo worked as a College Admissions recruiter for her Alma Mater, a Residence Director at Azusa Pacific University in California, and a Counselor for at risk high school students in Warsaw, Indiana and San Jose, California.
As a certified provider of all MBTI and Pearson psychometric tools, she has enjoyed working with individuals and groups over the past 10 years to identify their unique strengths and passions in order to choose paths that are best suited to who they are in order to leave their unique mark on an ever evolving world and global community.
At the end of the school year, we will bid farewell to the following teachers:
- Ellings Chomba will leave secondary English for retirement
- Grace Kambeu will leave primary for retirement
- Madhurima Choudhuri will also leave primary
- Saoirse Milner will leave the early years section
- Durba Silam will leave secondary English
- Silvia Tilton will leave secondary Spanish
- Martin McCutcheon will leave secondary Mathematics in June
- Velenasi Munsanje will leave secondary Library and Information
- Jenny van der Vinne will leave primary in June
- Sekai Chitaukire will leave primary and secondary counselling in June
Glorious three days on campus with the Year 2 Art Exhibition! Stunning displays of exhibits and knowledge by the Year 2 students.💖
Hearty Congratulations to the class teachers and the Arts teacher on facilitating this achievement. The students in both year groups sold their paintings to their parents and collectively have raised K12,402!
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
I am happy to announce that we have completed successfully our school's five-year review for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). This process occurs - as you may have guessed - every five years. It begins with a protracted self-study process to which all faculty contributed and culminates with a visit by an evaluation team from the IBO. The process was slightly different this year due to the introduction of a new set of standards and practices. Our school was one of a small group piloting these new standards in collaboration with the IBO evaluation team. I am proud that our school could be part of this initiative and complete this process despite the vicissitudes of the past year.
The process was a positive one leading to a successful conclusion. The results of the self-study were verified by the visiting team who reported that all the requirements for IBO accreditation are in place. The report from the visiting team may be read here. I would like to thank all faculty for their efforts in completing the self-study and supporting the visiting team. In particular, I would like to recognize and thank Grace Kambeu and Silvia Nithyanathaan for their leadership and expertise in completing this important task.
Monday, 17 May 2021
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
The process for standing for election as a board member is quite stratightforward. To accompany nominations, we ask that the association member:
- Verifies that they are willing to attend board meetings at least once every two months
- Commits to serving on at least one board committee, meeting once a month
- a completed Board Member Nomination Form
- a recent photograph
- a brief biography, including their reasons for standing and key areas of interest
Nominations may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24th May 2021.
Friday, 30 April 2021
Monday, 26 April 2021
Saturday, 24 April 2021
Friday, 23 April 2021
Friday, 16 April 2021
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.
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
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 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
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Friday, 26 March 2021
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
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
Dear parents and students, please find below the links to a Virtual University Fair and a Criminology course at King’s University College.
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Sunday, 14 March 2021
Saturday, 13 March 2021
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.