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VOLUME V Issue 2

AISM students visit Special Education School 1 (Deaf School) on their second day of Service Learning for this year.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR Learning by Doing This issue of the Link is devoted largely to AISM’s Service Learning Program and some initiatives we’ve introduced this year under the direction of our new Service Learning Coordinator, Gabriel Limaverde. Service learning is not an ‘add-on’ for us, but rather it is embedded in our curriculum and provides students authentic learning experiences to: - know and understand more about our local community – the people, the language, their culture; - understand different perspectives as a way to understand themselves; - nurture a sense of responsibility to others and to the communities in which they live. Students in the primary school learn about service learning concepts through the PYP Units of Inquiry and planned activities on campus. In grades 6-10, students use the MYP design cycle - investigate, design, plan, create, evaluate – to manage wellstructured projects with established partnerships in the local community. In grades 11 and 12, social service activities and projects are student-driven and student-initiated following the requirements of the IB Diploma CAS component. At all grade levels, reflection is an essential process for transforming experiences gained from service activities into genuine learning. AISM staff members, students, parents and our community partners are working hand in hand to develop viable projects for shared learning and growth among all participants. If you would like to contribute to, or participate in, any of these projects, take a look at the newly-developed brochure for more information. You will find a link to this brochure in your email. For more photos and information please also visit the AISM Student Press Corps site, “Service Learning at AISM”, on Shutterfly at the following address: http://servicelearningataism.shutterfly.com/. General Meeting - Wednesday, 26 September 2012 at 18h00 Mary Jo Heatherington, PhD School Director

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AISM Board Goals Board Committees: Goals and Responsibilities Education Program Goals

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Primary School Welcome to the Primary School section of the newsletter. It is here where teachers share activities that they cover in class. Please enjoy!

INQUIRY IN ELC K

INQUIRY IN ELC-S ELC-S has been inquiring into; what it looks like and feels like to Share Resources, which is one of our lines of Inquiry in ‘Sharing the Planet.’ The children first had a discussion on the central idea: ‘We have a responsibility to share our environment for a peaceful world.’ Each child had his/her own perspective on what they thought sharing the planet meant.

Our current Unit is called ‘Sharing the planet’ and its central idea is:

We have a responsibility to share our environment for a peaceful world.

“When everyone is sharing and everyone is happy.” “It means everyone is nice to their friends and no one is fighting.” “For everybody to live in different places and have a peaceful time.” “It means to share; we can share toys, food and some fruits.” Inquiry into sharing resources was dealt with a small gardening project where the children were provided with limited gardening tools and they had to wait for their turn to use the tools to plant flowers and some herbs. We are also inquiring into the concept of responsibility and what it entails by taking care of the plants. The children are recording the growth stages pictorially and figuring out the time it takes for seeds to bloom into flowers and herbs.

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An inquiry into: · Finding strategies to resolve conflict · Choices and action that affect others · Sharing resources

THE 5 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PYP Concepts There are 8 key concepts in the PYP: Form Function Perspective Responsibility Causation Connection Reflection Change

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Primary School Each unit of inquiry develops students understanding of at least 2 concepts. Attitudes There are 10 attitudes – ask your child if they can share them with you. Empathy and commitment are 2 – how many more can they share? Knowledge This element is taught through units of inquiry and the trans-disciplinary themes. Skills Research, thinking, self-management, social and communication skills are broken into sub-skills and also taught through units of inquiry. Action Action is reflected through student-initiated inquiry and activity that comes out of a unit of inquiry. It is driven by students and supported by the classroom teacher.

With the arrival of Mr Len at AISM this year, scientific inquiry in Grade 4 has taken a new, exciting turn. Investigating the function of body systems, how they are connected and why we need to take care of them has really come alive as students watched the dissections of fish, cow hearts and lungs – and even a sheep’s brain. The acquisition of knowledge through such a hands-on experience (and the students were encouraged to get up close and touch the organs for themselves) has led to immediate comprehension of the complexity of the human body, its similarities to other creatures and the connections both within and between different systems. Not only that, but it was a lot of fun too!

SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY IN GRADE 4 Have a wonderful week.

With best wishes from Karen and the Primary Team

TANIA RIBEIRO PRIMARY COUNSELOR Thank you to all the new parents who attended the Families in Transition evening. In Grade 3 we worked around the idea that each and every one of us is different, unique and special, linked to the Transdisciplinary Theme

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Who We Are

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Secondary School INSIGHTS@AISM

An independent management consultant and facilitator from Canada, Martina Baker-Sohn, recently spent 2 weeks on campus at AISM running various leadership development workshops from the Insights program. This is a program that helps individuals to assess their own strengths and preferences and to recognize and accept those of others. Sessions were initially held for all faculty members and then extended to our student leadership bodies, looking at their newly-created leadership model and also looking ahead to the next 6 months of events and action plans. Workshops were then held for all grades from 7 to 12. The workshops were fun and interesting and helped students and teachers alike to better understand themselves and each other. Martina also spent some time with administration, facilitating creative problem-solving and planning.

Chelsea Dullea ALL 10th and 11th graders will be taking the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 during the regular school day. This test is a “trial run” for the SAT which is a common standardized entrance exam for universities in North America and an increasing number of Universities around the world. PSAT results will provide useful information about students’ writing, mathematics, and reading comprehension abilities. For US citizens in the 11 th grade, the PSAT also serves as a qualifying test for National Merit Scholarships. Both 10th and 11th grade students will receive practice booklets in order to review the types of questions being used on the PSAT. Review sessions will be held to help prepare students to do their best. For the 12th grade students, the first SAT of the year will be given at AISM on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Students must register by September 21, 2012 using the online system at www.collegeboard.com. The other SAT dates for the 2012-2013 school year are: November 3rd – register by Oct. 4th December 1st – register by Nov. 1st January 26th – register by Dec. 29th

March 9th – register by Feb 8th May 4th – register by April 5th June 1st – register by May 2nd

For 12th grade students who would like to apply to Oxford or Cambridge Universities, or to apply for Medicine, Veterinary Science, or Dentistry in UK universities, the deadline is October 15, 2012. For all other courses in the UK the deadline is January 15, 2013. The UK admissions site is: www.ucas.ac.uk/students/apply. Students will need to “link” their application to AISM using the “buzzword”. AISM’s UCAS Center “buzzword” is BUFFALOS. Students who would like to apply on an Early Decisions or Early Action Plan to US colleges/universities also have a deadline of November 1st! Please feel free to contact me with any questions at chelsea.dullea@aism-moz.com

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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Gabriel Limaverde Service Learning Coordinator

UBUNTU is a concept whereby we define ourselves as people only through other people. In order to be all that we can be, we need all other community members to be all they can be.

Service Learning Coordinator Gabriel Limaverde has long been involved in community-based projects in Brazil and Mozambique and believes strongly in the concept of Ubuntu. Service Learning is an educational activity where participants contribute their time and services to make a positive impact on their community, their city, their country or the world. AISM students are helping to make the world a better place through their participation in 9 worthwhile projects in and around Maputo. These projects, their objectives and their needs are presented fully in the AISM COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING brochure attached by a link in your email from school. Please take the time to have a look through it. The 9 projects with whom AISM has developed connections this year are: POLANA CANIÇO COMMUNITY SCHOOL Providing education for 550 students from Grades 1-5, this community school receives no government funding outside of basic training for teachers and administrators. AISM participants have contributed by building 2 classrooms and a communal toilet, as well as by providing training for teachers and opportunities for interaction with students. Immediate further needs include 3 more classrooms with basic furniture and fittings, water and electricity connections, an administration building and 2 computers.

RAINHA DA PAZ COMMUNITY SCHOOL This is also a community school for 225 students from Grades 1-7 that receives very little government funding. AISM activity on this project has so far focused on improving the school’s space, providing teacher training and promoting student interaction through involvement in English language classes, computer classes, sports and games. The school has specific needs which include 2 extra basic classrooms, toilets with a sink, water connection, interior and exterior paint and 5 computers for teachers and training.

SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOL #1 (Deaf School) This is a government school for the Deaf from Grades 1-7. AISM’s involvement has focused on providing opportunities for development and interaction through art and music. The school, however urgently needs facilities and equipment including toilets, shade/ shelter in the outdoor space, filtered water dispensers, workshop tools and, very importantly, sponsors to provide year’s wages for a school-based art teacher.

Street Address: Rua do Rio Raraga, 266, Bairro da Costa do Sol, Maputo Telephone: +258 2149 1994 /+258 2149 3306 / +258 2149 3359,

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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS PROJECT PURPOSE Project Purpose provides for the basic needs of women and children who are victims of the world of prostitution and human trafficking. The project focuses on nurturing a sense of value and self-worth. Our main focus is interacting with children and helping to improve the Project Purpose Home by painting, gardening and introducing rabbits and poultry. This project’s immediate needs now include playground equipment, a simple structure to serve as an educational centre, educational supplies, simple classroom furniture and basic gardening supplies and equipment.

LIVRO ABERTO Livro Aberto is a library and literacy organization which promotes a culture of reading amongst underprivileged Mozambican children for the purposes of education, inspiration, empowerment and simple enjoyment. This very worthy project has many pressing and specific needs : a Maputo-based library and literacy centre, a mobile library, books, bookshelves, a photocopying machine, a printer and sponsors to pay the salaries of 10 literacy coaches for 1 year ($2,500 each).

HORIZONTE AZUL This organization focuses on promoting the protection of children’s rights and preparing children, mainly orphans, for a productive life. The centre provides day care for children and young adults, teaching income-generating skills such as sewing and cooking as well as offering various artistic, cultural and educational activities. The centre requires certain equipment including sewing machines, sewing tables and chairs, gas stoves and kitchen equipment , a used photocopier, 2 computers and printers for the project’s administration. It is also hoped that sponsors will come forward offering scholarships to young adults wishing to extend their educations to college or university ($1,000 per girl per year for tuition, material and transport).

WARETHWA ASSOCIATION This project is an initiative sponsored by Timbila Muzimba, a well-known Mozambican contemporary band. In teaching young adults how to build their own percussion instruments from recycled materials and how to play the instruments, the association strives to build self-esteem and enrich the lives of underprivileged youth and keep them away from a life of risk. The association currently needs materials to build a simple structure to use as a cultural centre, materials to build drums, and a sponsor to pay the salary of an art educator for one year.

ALL NATIONS All Nations operates homes that take in abandoned, orphaned and neglected children, some of whom are infected with HIV-AIDS. The orphanage hopes to offer these children opportunity and a future. This organization needs 50 litres of paint, 10 paint-rollers and 10 paint brushes, as well as playground toys and equipment.

Street Address: Rua do Rio Raraga, 266, Bairro da Costa do Sol, Maputo Telephone: +258 2149 1994 /+258 2149 3306 / +258 2149 3359,

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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS MAFALALA The Iverca and Dumba Associations in the Mafalala neighborhood aim to promote and develop tourism, culture, sanitation and environment in Mozambique. The focus is on creating opportunities for income-generation and for improving selfesteem. AISM is involved largely by interacting with the children from Escola Primária UNIDADE 23 and by helping to build, paint and become familiar with the historic importance of Mafalala. The project needs playground equipment, toilets and 5 computers for teachers and training.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

PARTICIPATE  DONATE  CHAPERONE AISM TEACHERS & PARENTS

For the past 4 years, AISM staff and parent volunteers have come together on campus to teach English to our maintenance staff and local community members. We still need a few volunteers for Wednesday afternoons from 16h30 to 18h. Please contact the Service Learning Program if you would like to volunteer.

STUDENT COMMITTEES You could change a life with a single click. Sponsoring a child through Save the Children provides a very special opportunity to witness a young life change and improve over time. Help the “Save the Children” Service Learning project by sponsoring a child for only $28-45 a month through the organization. Visit the website at http://www.savethechildren.org and select ‘Sponsor a Child’ to learn more. Together, we can make a difference.

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SPORTS & ACTIVITIES Lee Clagnaz The AISM boys and girls soccer and volleyball teams are back in action! SOCCER The girls’ varsity team is now 1-1 on the season. They lost to Mafalala 0-4, but defeated Escola Emmanuel 4-0. The boys’ varsity team is also 1-1 on the season with a 4-5 loss to Mafalala but a convincing win against Escola Emmanuel . The JV boys’ soccer team is 1-0-1 with a draw 4-4 against Mafalala and a 3-2 victory over Consegue. VOLLEYBALL Our boys’ and girls’ varsity volleyball teams played Escola Emmanuel last Friday and both teams won their match 3-0.

COMING UP ... We have three upcoming tournaments to add to your calendars. There is a swimming and soccer trip to Waterford in Swaziland the weekend of 5-7 October. Next, there is a volleyball tournament at the American International School of Johannesburg the weekend of 12-14 October. Finally, we are hosting our annual volleyball and soccer tournament the weekend of 2-4 November. Mark your calendars early!

TWO THUMBS UP! Our thanks go to Edgar Gumende and Talbo Lissa from our Maintenance Staff who accompanied AISM chaperones and students to their Service Learning project, Horizonte Azul on Thursday last week. According to Miss Mandy, Miss Tamara and Miss Fiona “They were absolutely brilliant in the help and expertise that they gave to our whole group and the young men from the project. We would not have been able to achieve what we did today without their help! We hope that they will be able to accompany us again on our next visit”.

Miss Debbie’s PRIMARY ART students have produced a remarkable piece of work this month. Well done all of you!

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Sue Lindsay-Rea

HEALTHWISE PE Teacher, Wayne Thompson, and Nurse, Sue Lindsay-Rea have been busy with First Aid courses for the staff and Grades 6, 7 and 8. The first 2 weeks of school were spent doing basic First Aid with the Grades 6, 7 and 8 students on how to deal with, among other things, burns, fractures and sprains, shock and bleeding. We have run two CPR and First Aid courses for teaching staff since the start of the academic year. There are now 27 staff members with a current CPR and First Aid certificate. There will be another course in early November.

Andre Keenoy

MABUKWINI

BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends --- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society --- born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island --- boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. (from randomhouse.com)

NEWS READY FOR SOME VOLLEYBALL FUN ?! Date:

Saturday, September 22

Time:

9:30 am

Place:

AISM-Volleyball court ( by the pool)

All skill levels are welcome! You can organize your own teams! If you have any queries please contact: Nubia (842671402); Sara (843066582) or Lee Clagnaz (ASIM Sport Department Director.)

Street Address: Rua do Rio Raraga, 266, Bairro da Costa do Sol, Maputo Telephone: +258 2149 1994 /+258 2149 3306 / +258 2149 3359,

Postal Address: Caixa Postal 2026, Maputo Fax: 2149 0596

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Calendar Tue

25 Sep

NO SCHOOL - Armed Forces Day (Moz)

Wed

26 Sep

Board Meeting: General Assembly (18h00 Auditorium)

Thu

27 Sep

JOMUN 2012 (27 Sep - 1 Oct Johannesburg, South Africa)

Fri

28 Sep

Half day - Staff Development October 2012

Mon

1 Oct

International Week (1 - 3 Oct)

Wed

3 Oct

International Parade & Feast

Thu

4 Oct

NO SCHOOL - Peace Day (Moz)

Fri

5 Oct

End of First Quarter

Wed

10 Oct

Primary School Parent Teacher Conferences

Fri

12 Oct

Community Time (07h30 - 08h00 Auditorium)

Sat

13 Oct

Mid-Semester Break (13 - 21 Oct)

Mon

22 Oct

Classes resume

Mon

22 Oct

Arts Week (22 - 26 Oct)

Tue

23 Oct

Primary School Parent Information Session (18h00)

Wed

24 Oct

Secondary School Parent/Teacher Conferences (07h30 - 15h30)

Thu

25 Oct

High School Movie Night (Auditorium)

Fri

26 Oct

Half day - Staff Development

Fri

26 Oct

SUNY Master’s Program (13h00 - 18h30 Auditorium)

Sat

27 Oct

Health Awareness Day For Maintenance Staff (08h00 - 15h00 AISM)

Sat

27 Oct

SUNY Master’s Program (27 & 28 Oct 08:30 - 16:30 Third Floor Library)

Mon

29 Oct

SUNY Master’s Program (29 Oct - 2 Nov 14:45 - 18:30 Third Floor Library)

Wed

31 Oct

PSAT

Street Address: Rua do Rio Raraga, 266, Bairro da Costa do Sol, Maputo Telephone: +258 2149 1994 /+258 2149 3306 / +258 2149 3359,

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THE LINK Volume V Issue 2