Secondary Principal’s Desk

February 2016

The Secondary School is off to a busy start in the New Year. Here’s an overview of what’s been happening.

Our Middle School Junior MUNers returned from Nairobi last week. From all feedback received, it was a great success and hopefully becomes a regular event on our calendar. Thanks to all the students for their participation, the parents for their input, the chaperones for their care, and the behind-the-scenes organisers for their support.

Years 7, 8,9,10 students participated in the JEFA (Junior Engineers For Africa) workshops few weeks back. Students took part in some ‘hands-on’ learning which introduced them to engineering principles, robotics, sensory integration and various thinking skills through workshop topics such as gears, levers, energy, motion pneumatics, technology, critical thinking and more. We anticipate a continued relationship with JEFA next academic year. Plans are afoot to support technology development at ISL through Robotics and Lego programmes.

Our new Student Council Executive Committee kicked–off their reign by putting on the Kindness Week. Thanks to the Student Council for that. The newly elected Executive Committee is:

President: Nadia Sheikh

Vice-President: Natasha Kamanga

Treasurer: Amina Yousef

Secretary: Raahilah Zahir Essa

Events and Activities Coordinator: Mwamba Mulenga

Public Relations and Media Coordinator: Vedika Basu

Student Health and Welfare Representative: Maryam Musa.

Congratulations to all the secondary students who received Term 1 awards last week. At the end of each of the three terms, certificates will be given out in recognition of success in two categories: academic and non-academic. Special mention goes out to all the recipients of the Certificate of Distinction for students who earned a 6 or 7 in all their subjects:

Year 13: Ruella Che

Year 11: Jessica Riekert and Shidan Javaheri

Year 8: Jaida Javaheri, Keerthan Nair and  Nimran Pilgaonkar

The ECA programme has swung into action. There are lots of varied options for our students to choose from this semester. There has been a terrific response to the newly inaugurated after-school Music programme in association with Ngoma Dolce, ISL parents and other professional musicians who live and work out of Lusaka. We certainly look forward to the continued development of the Arts at ISL.

Parents are reminded of the After School Academic Support classes. This is a chance for students to catch up on topics which they have missed, ask questions about areas on content they find, or a time to stay back and complete their homework before going home.

Trial Exams for Year 11 and 13 students  this week and will continue until Thursday 9th February. Best of luck to all our students during these exams.

It’s been a great start to the year. I look forward to the input from all students and parents interested in making the programme even better.

Craig Patterson, Secondary Principal