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LIS Alumni Thrive in the World

The future endeavors of LIS graduates reflect the remarkable diversity of interests and talents within our school community. LIS alumni are encouraged to share their own update by emailing Mr. Ali Shebani at ashebani@lisluanda.com.

Yulia (LIS Class of 2017)

University College London
Chemical Engineering

After graduating from LIS in summer of 2017, Yulia went on to continue her education at University College London in the field of chemical engineering, which she thoroughly enjoys. Driven by her desire to learn and grow as an individual, which hasn’t left her since her high school days, she’s looking forward to a lifetime of new experiences. Outside of the lecture theatre, Yulia likes to spend time catching up with her old and new friends, reconnecting with nature, and finally mastering ukulele chord progressions.

Jamal (LIS Class of 2017)

University of Cape Town
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

All in all, it’s been a really good year, I’ve felt like I’ve grown so much (as a learner and as a person) since my time at LIS and I really think that LIS and the IB programme really prepared me for my first year of university. The skills we learned as IB students translates really well into a university environment and I feel like I am more prepared compared to my classmates now. When I think about what drives me, I’d have to say it’s really just growing as much as possible and trying to create a future for myself that I can be proud of. University and the courses I’m doing act like a platform which I use to branch out and connect to people and areas of life that interest me. Outside of school, it’s also been a great experience meeting new people with different backgrounds and experiences, something that once again studying at an international school really helped with. The one last thing I’ll say is that I feel privileged to study in an African setting because it has allowed me to view the world at a deeper level from the perspective of people just like me and I feel more suited to someday and come back to Angola and address and hopefully solve some of the problems we face.

Luisa (LIS Class of 2015)

Nottingham Trent University
Politics and International Relations

A lot of things drive and motivate me to get out of bed in the morning. At the top of my list would probably be, the desire to succeed and make those who cheer for me very proud. The motivation and unconditional support I get from my friends and family that even though are far away from me make me feel loved and give me that extra strength to achieve my goals. What drives me is my aspiration. I hope to one day apply all that I have learned at school and university and contribute to communities that I deeply care about, such as orphanages that I worked with in Luanda during my time at LIS. When I arrived in Year 6 I didn’t speak a word of English and felt left out in class, just a few short months later I felt like I was part of the team, participating in school events such as International Day, Peace Day, School Fair etc. I enjoyed studying at LIS because it’s incredibly unique for its sense of community and its cultural diversity. I met amazing people, from teachers to students from all the world whom I will cherish for the rest of my life. LIS gave international students a home away from home. Most importantly, LIS shaped who I am today by exposing me to the real world and encouraging me since an early age to be a risk-taker.

Daniel (LIS Class of 2014)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Mechanical Engineering

I am currently at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, or Virginia Tech for short. It’s a good school that I would recommend… if you’re willing to live in the middle of nowhere, with temperatures reaching -20 Celsius when winter comes around! On the bright side, we have the best dining halls in the US, the campus is actually beautiful, I got to experience snow for the first time in my life, and our Engineering program is also pretty good. Travelling is also much easier (and safer) in the United States; visiting a friend or planning a quick and cheap holiday in another state is just a few clicks away. Just last spring break I went skydiving with Jahin, also an LIS graduate.  

 

Right now, I am a Senior in Mechanical Engineering, currently working on a Computer Science minor. However, since I have always been really interested in airplanes, airports and travelling in general, my future plans revolve around commercial aviation, so I am currently looking into that and how best to approach it all.

 

So I was actually a student at LIS since pre-primary I believe, the school used to be situated in the city and you can find pictures online that depict just how different the school used to look back when we first moved to Talatona. Looking back, I think the best part about the LIS community was how diverse it was yet everyone got along as if they’ve been friends for years! In addition to this, most students all lived in the condominiums close by, making it easier to connect, study,  etc.

  • 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.