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.
A diverse community of learners committed to fostering compassionate, confident and socially responsible individuals who thrive in the world.
Join Dahlia, Victor and Bluu as they grow in mindfulness in Golden Sparkles. Written by the ELC’s Ms. Catarina and based on the journey of her own students, the book encourages readers to “Listen to your body. It isn’t hard to do. All it takes is a minute, even if you’re feeling blue”.
In an effort to help her students address social and emotional needs, Ms. Catarina leveraged the tools the IB curriculum offered, such as the IB Learner Profile, and insights from her work with expert teacher and practitioner of mindfulness, Bora Rancic. Ms. Catarina built mindfulness into the curriculum, allowing time for students to embody mindfulness with independence and consideration for others, learning from and alongside each other. Soon children were volunteering to lead the morning mindful minute session and imagining their own breathing exercises. By the end of the academic year, grateful parents were preparing to take mindfulness with them as a family when the students progressed to the next year level. This journey inspired Ms. Catarina to write Golden Sparkles, a book that explains to children how they can become more aware of their feelings at the moment in which they breathe, with focused attention and intent.
Congratulations to Ms. Catarina, ELC teacher, children’s book author, and mindfulness practitioner. You and your students are truly thriving in the world.
Learning cognitive, creative, physical, social and emotional skills are fundamental for a balanced learning experience.
Every week ELC teachers take it in turns to plan for outdoor provocations with different purposes in mind, in order to elicit thinking and the development of particular skills. Ms. Che’te placed floats with varied shapes and colours for the children to play with and interestingly the children organised them into trampolines. Children experimented with different motions such as hopping, jumping and skipping from one float to the other. While some students made connections between how the floats felt (i.e. ‘it’s wobbly’; EAL learners were seen squatting and uttering ‘rabbit’ to express their experience and understanding) other students made links to the colours and shapes of the floats (i.e. ‘they look like rainbows’ or ‘they are triangles’). All in all, this provocation promoted the development of students’ self-management skills such as gross-motor and spatial awareness – invaluable skills for the growth and development of our students in early childhood.
A strong community is built on inclusion, participation, communication, kindness and mutual respect.
Thank you to all families who came along to support this year's International Day celebrations held on Saturday, 07 October 2017. The fun, festivities and tasty food ensured that everyone had a great family day out. People were happy, festive and proud to share a sense of their culture and identity. Our mission statement highlights that we are a diverse group of learners. We are extremely grateful to the LIS community who supported an international booth or volunteered their time. A special thank you to our PTA members who helped to plan and coordinate such a successful school community event.
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.