Two of our largest and most important events happened in October.
On Friday 14th October, we celebrated Zambia-UN Day at ISL. This is a special day for us as we celebrate our diversity but also recognize how much we have in common, including our dreams and aspirations. This year's theme was, 'Peace Starts with Me'. Students and staff, representing over 50 different countries, took part in our Parade of Nations, behind their respective flags, supported by the Zambian Police Brass Band. The parade was followed by cultural performances, including dances, poetry and drama. Our guest speaker, Professor Phiri of UNZA, addressed the audience on the theme, ‘Peace Starts with Me’. Although he has nieces at ISL, this was the first time he had visited the school when students were present and he was very impressed by the performances and the behavior of the students. The whole event was very colourful and a great way to finish Term 1.
The Carnival was moved to later in October this year as there were so many other events on in Lusaka at the beginning of the month. Many of us thought it would be terribly hot as we had not yet had the usual Independence Day rain showers. It was hot, but not unbearably so, on Saturday 29th October and a huge crowd turned out to attend the annual ISL Carnival – we had printed over 1000 entrance bands and these soon disappeared. The Water Park was very popular with the Primary students and they spent the afternoon dipping in the cooling waters or slip-sliding away on the bouncy castles and slides. The Olympic Games was a hit with some and a brave group of mums and their children took part in various silly races. The International Food Stalls did brisk business all day and the bar quickly ran out of Rooibos Coolers. All in all it was a great day. I would like to thank Karen Hedstrom in particular for all her hard work in organizing the Carnival and also the Primary Class Parent Representatives, who found loads of great prizes for the raffle and silent auction, and the PTA and all faculty and staff members who helped with organization and supported the event on the day. A big thank you also to our prize-givers, particularly Robin Pope Safaris and Proflight who sponsored the trip to South Luangwa National Park, which was sold through the Silent Auction.
If you didn’t come to Carnival or Zambia UN Day and haven’t dropped into school this year, please do so and have a look at the refurbished outdoor courts and swimming pool area. You will get a nice surprise.
Now, as we begin the last few weeks before the December vacation, the heat continues to continue and we all are hoping for the start of the rains before too long – even our new fans don’t ameliorate the classroom temperatures much. Here’s hoping for the smell of rain and damp soil before too long.
Martin Gough, Head of School