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LIS Well-being Philosophy Statement

At LIS, we believe that learning is a social and emotional process and that the development of cognitive, affective and social skills are essential to the holistic development of a person.  All members of LIS contribute to the well-being of the community and we believe that this is fundamental to the identity of our school. Learning happens best in an environment that is safe and based on trust, mutual respect and support.  As such, teaching and practicing well-being permeates our whole school curriculum and is not a stand-alone programme.

Because of this, we

  • Value and facilitate learning opportunities that are relevant, inclusive and authentic
  • Provide space for student leadership and agency
  • Empower students to have the knowledge, awareness and courage to make reasoned decisions
  • Guide students to self-regulate and recognize the connections between behaviour and consequence
  • Understand mistakes are opportunities to grow and learn
  • Encourage students to be their best selves through an understanding of identity and role in society
  • Motivate students to create positive change in the world
  • Learning thrives when positive, respectful relationships exist in an inclusive environment.
    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!
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  • Learning cognitive, creative, physical, social and emotional skills are fundamental for a balanced learning experience.
    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.
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  • A strong community is built on inclusion, participation, communication, kindness and mutual respect.
    A strong community is built on inclusion, participation, communication, kindness and mutual respect.
    Luanda International School celebrated Angolan Independence Day on 10 November 2017. The celebration assembly was a real endorsement of our school mission and commitment to play a greater role here in Angola. This was further acknowledged and amplified by our special guest, Mr. Toty, who spoke of “building bridges” between the school and its community. Mr. Toty was deeply impressed by the school and its commitment to many things including student leadership – it is central to our identity and a real gift to treasure, nurture and respect.
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  • Respect for ourselves and others, our environment, and our cultural contexts guides our thoughts, actions and relationships.
    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.
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  • A diverse community of learners committed to fostering compassionate, confident and socially responsible individuals who thrive in the world.
    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.
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