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.
Learning thrives when positive, respectful relationships exist in an inclusive environment.
The LIS Primary Section runs a Reading Volunteer Programme to assist the development of Reading in our Year 1, 2, 3 and Portuguese A classes. Our Reading Volunteers help in classes during the day by listening to the children read and enable the students to gain further practice of this important skill. Feedback from students, parents and our teachers has been very positive, as parents enjoy the interaction with the children, and the children love to share their reading skills with our volunteers. Thank you Reading Volunteers!
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.
A diverse community of learners, committed to fostering compassionate, confident and socially responsible individuals who thrive in the world.
Take three ambitious year 12 LIS students, a great medical cause and the highest mountain on the African continent and you have a recipe for a truly inspiring life experience. Our ‘Trek for Meds’ team including Molly, Nabeeha and Denise successfully planned and completed an expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa! Their collective goal was to raise money to buy malaria preventative medicine and tests to distribute to families in rural areas of Angola. Malaria is a recurring cause of child mortality in Angola. The Trek for Meds team received tremendous encouragement and recognition from their immediate and global communities. The overwhelming support helped the team to conquer the mountain and smash their original fundraising goal of USD3,000. This is service leadership in its purest form. In the spirit of our mission statement, I am confident this amazing story will inspire many other students to find a unique way to ‘thrive in the world’.
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.