Participation in sport is an integral and essential part of the total educational programme at the International School of Lusaka (ISL). It is important that all involved, athletes, parents, coaches, teachers and administrators, work cooperatively and responsibly to ensure the success of the programme. Our aim is to give athletes the opportunity to nurture and improve their skills in a safe educational, sporting environment.

The success of any sports programme is built upon the combined efforts of parents, students and staff, along with adherence to some basic rules. Therefore, in the best interest of the ISL sports programme we encourage you to read on.

Curriculum Overview

Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child. It is needed to increase physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime.

Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity and access to a physically active lifestyle. They come to understand the relationship between physical activity and health throughout their lifespan. Students learn fundamental movement skills, understand how the muscles, bones, heart and lungs function and develop a vocabulary of movement while applying concepts dealing with space and body awareness. Children are engaged in activities that develop levels of strength, endurance and flexibility. They learn to work safely in group and individual movement settings.

Competitive Sports

The primary goal of the International School of Lusaka (ISL) is to educate students. ISL believes that a wide offering of extra-curricular and competitive sports adds to the educational experience and promotes the social and physical development of participants. ISL values the intrinsic benefit of sports participation and the spirit of team play. Emphasis is placed foremost on participation, cooperation and good sportsmanship, where coaches are teachers and role models for athletes, fostering positive attitudes, teamwork and respect for rules. Representing the school by participation in team and individual sports at ISL is a privilege, which may be revoked due to inappropriate behaviour or if the student is making insufficient academic effort in class. Academics will always take precedence over sports where such decisions must be made.

Participation in competitive teams can add an extra dimension to the educational experience at ISL. We wish this experience to be as satisfying as possible for both the athlete and their parents. ISL provides an extensive programme of competitive team and individual sports throughout the year. In addition to ISL school policies our athletes are also governed by the sports’ policies of the Independent Schools Association of Zambia (ISAZ) in which we participate.

House Competitions

The Guiding Principles of House competitions at ISL include maximum participation by students from each House. Students may be involved in several ways in the Inter-House Competition, for example, as competitors, organisers or by contributing to house spirit through songs and support. The school sees house competition as a positive experience. Fair play and sportsmanship are integral to all events. Learning how to lose gracefully is as important as winning.