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THE LINK VOLUME 5 Issue 10

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR Mayfair 2013 Recaptures the Tale of Treasure Island If you joined us at Mayfair this year, you know that an event of this magnitude requires nothing short of months and months of planning and organization. I’m certain everyone agrees - Mayfair 2013 breaks all records - décor, artisans, entertainment, food, activities and so much more. Once again, no-one does it better than AISM PTA! The best school events tell a story about a school community. This particular story is all about extraordinary parents and staff, and Mayfair is the event that showcases their dedication, commitment and vibrant creativity. I sincerely thank our parent volunteers, staff members, maintenance department and generous sponsors. Congratulations and deepest appreciation to this year’s strategic planners: Sandy Chapman, Shelley Lloyd, Debbie Campbell, Sarah Peffer, Sakina Junaid, Marina Rawjee, Bid Rathbone, Rosie Woodley, Addy Antich and Sandra Batista. Special thanks go, as well, to Michelle Couto, Elena Son and Dalila Tsihlakis for their invaluable contributions. Without you, Mayfair would not have been possible. Mary Jo Heatherington, PhD School Director

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AISM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2013-2014 Board Elections Tuesday 21/05/2013 @ 18h00 Postal Address: Caixa Postal 2026, Maputo Email: aisminfo@aism-moz.com AISM Auditorium Fax: 2149 0596

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Primary School Message from the Principal All teaching assistants participated in ICT training every month this year. This past month we read an article called “Why (Not How) We Should Use iPads In Education”. We discussed the article and then we “played” with the iPads. It looks like there was lots to learn, create and collaborate!

We tried to answer some of these questions and we will continue to investigate iPad use in the primary school.

Primary School Principal 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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Primary School What type of ENERGY is best for Mozambique?

UELS? F L I S S FO

This question and many more guided the research of the Grade Four students, as they inquired into the best ways to harness and transform energy to best benefit not only Mozambique, but planet earth and the entire human race.

SOLAR P OWER? WIND ENERGY?

BIOM ASS ?

They found out about renewable and non-renewable energy sources and by the time they reached the debate, they were convinced about

? LECTRIC E O R D HY

their chosen energy source and were ready to argue their points. Students learnt how to be attackers and rebutters, and how to argue in a respectful and democratic way. Throughout the debate, students voted for the most convincing arguments. The winner was the group who advocated a wiser use of biomass (with the possibility of wind power for the future). The students are now debating the best way to take action on this, such as encouraging local people to use more energy-efficient cookers (known as Jikos). We will keep you posted!

~ Ms Fiona

I Speak For The Fleas An exploration and display of all the wonderful creatures found at the American International Schoolof Mozambique. At least once a day a child brings me some arthropod or other creature to identify, play with or admire. This blog seeks to honor those avid inquirers.

Len de Beer

http://ispeakforthefleas.blogspot.com

The Great Hat Negotiation of 2013

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On Thursday, May 9th, Grade 5 exhibited, in the primary library, the product of 7 weeks of research, investigation and hard work. “Exhibition”, as it has simply become known, can be considered the grande finale of these children’s primary school education. Seven weeks ago topics were identified that fell within the trans-disciplinary theme of How We Organise Ourselves. It was an inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities, the structure and function of organizations, societal decisionmaking, economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment. Students grouped themselves according to their particular interests and each group took on single area of study. Although there was some direction and structure provided by teachers, mainly to ensure everyone kept pace with the workload, and some guidance and support from volunteer mentors, the research was initiated and data recorded entirely by the students themselves. They were expected to arrange their own field trips, interviews and guests speakers, synthesize the data they collected and present it in an attractive and cohesive way on Exhibition Night. The end result was phenomenal! The students presented their work with pride and confidence and those in attendance that evening were thoroughly impressed. We can safely say “mission accomplished, Grade 5!”. Very well done.

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Primary School

TANIA RIBEIRO PRIMARY COUNSELOR This year, in the primary school, we have been very busy linking our counselling activities to Units of Inquiry. Did you know that the primary school counselling department offered 7 different topics for parents this year?       

Kelso – children solving their own small problems The Concept of the Self and its Role in Parent/Child Relations Em Português for Portuguese-speaking parents Play On the Move: Strategies for families who are leaving Families in Transition (twice a year for new families) Change: Moving to Middle School

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AISM would like to thank all the parents and friends who kindly volunteered their time to help, either at the class booths or in other areas. In particular, we wish to acknowledge the following people who went above and beyond the call of duty in helping to organize and run Mayfair 2013: Debbie Campbell

Lubina Qureshy

Sam Tennyson

The Grade 11 students,

Sandy Chapman

Paul Antich

Miguel Refojo

especially:

Shelley Lloyd

Andrew Woodley

Rosemin Sharif

Sarah Peffer

Juliette Neves

Paula Toste

Minhaj Junaid,

Sakina Junaid

Peter Eaglen

Ana Gil

Elton Matchebe and

Marina Rawjee

Ian Campbell

Cecilia Guambe

Chantel Chapman.

Bid Rathbone

Marcia Monterroso

Sue Lindsay-Rea

Rosie Woodley

Andrew Harris

Sam Harris

Stefano Capello for

Addy Antich

Marla Smith

Srini Kandaswamy

coordinating the DJ

Sandra Batista

Arlette Wega

Yoann Talineau

competition.

Michelle Couto

Guideon Manhique

Elena Son

Exceptional AISM staff:

Armindo Nhavene

Numsa Chauke and

Dalila Tsihlakis

Emmy Harris

Mary Jo Heatherington

Saleme Chauke

Wilna Coetzee

Christy Norman

Sonia Dawson

Sabine Wilhelm

Herminio Dualia


2nd Place Yusob Rafique 3rd Place Vassilis Perdikoulis 1st Place Nigel Muianga, Trichardt School

Rock'n Morroc'n : Lisa & Steve, Allison & Dom, and Marshall Ross

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GRATEFUL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:

Secondary School

IB exams are all but over. Our seniors and many of their parents gathered in the auditorium for a special farewell on Tuesday May 14th. They were all wearing their smart new graduates’ jackets, each embroidered with their name on the back. We thank Sonia Dawson for preparing a lovely slideshow for the occasion, which featured a picture of each of them as they started their school careers and a picture of Street Address: Rua do Rio Raraga, 266, Bairro da Costa do Sol, Maputo Postal Address: Caixa Postal 2026, Maputo Email: aisminfo@aism-moz.com each of them now, as they are about to graduate. We wish them good luck for their remaining exams. Telephone: +258 2149 1994 /+258 2149 3306 / +258 2149 3359, Fax: 2149 0596 Website: http://www.aism-moz.com


Secondary School counselor corner

Chelsea Dullea

Teens and

STRESS

The end of the school year is an exciting time for Secondary School Students. Teenagers are excited to be moving up a grade level and are making plans for summer travel and visits with friends and family. The end of the year can also be a time of stress. Final assignments are due, exams may be looming, and then there are the inevitable goodbyes that come with attending an international school. Although there is a certain electricity in the air as the end of school approaches, students often go through a period of anxiety within the last few weeks of the school year. Signs that your teen is stressed: Chronic illness Anxiety Chronic fatigue Withdrawal Aggression/irritability Headaches How you can help your teen:  Encourage them to talk about what they are going through  Offer reassurance, encouragement, and support  Continue to provide structure, stability, and predictability  Encourage them to participate in activities that they normally enjoy  Model effective stress management and coping skills Ways teens can decrease stress:  Exercise and eat regularly  Avoid excess caffeine intake  Learn relaxation exercises  Decrease negative self-talk  Take a break from stressful situations  Build a network of friends who can help you cope in a positive way While everyone reacts to stress in different ways, learning positive coping mechanisms at a young age will offer a lifetime of benefits. As a parent, be open and respectful of what your teen may be experiencing these last few weeks of school. Even if your teen is reluctant to open up to you being there to offer support and (often more importantly) food, will go a long way.

BOARD ELECTIONS Two candidates are running for a reserved seat on the Board of Directors. Voting takes place daily from 07h30 to 15h30 in the Business Office through Tuesday, 21 May. Annual General Meeting takes place at 18h00 on Tuesday 21 May in the AISM Auditorium. Street Address: Rua do Rio Raraga, 266, Bairro da Costa do Sol, Maputo Postal Address: Caixa Postal 2026, Maputo LISA +258 KURBIEL Telephone: 2149 1994 /+258 2149 3306 / +258 2149 3359, Fax: 2149 0596

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Gabriel Limaverde Sue Lindsay-Rea How to help prepare children for the demands of playing sports

HEALTHWISE

Stretch before games and practices Warming up and stretching before play is very important in helping prevent sports injuries. Start with about 10 minutes of jogging or light exercise, then stretch all the major muscle groups, holding each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. Remember to hydrate Make sure fluids are drunk (water is the best) 30 minutes before sport begins and every 15 – 20 minutes during the activity. Mandatory fluid breaks are advisable, don’t wait for a child to tell you they are thirsty. Wear the correct sports gear Wearing the appropriate and properly fitted sports gear during practice and games can help avoid minor and serious injuries. Athletes need the correct equipment, and need to wear it for both practices and games. This includes shin guards, mouth guards, correct sports shoes for the game and don’t forget sunscreen. Coaches to be trained in First Aid and CPR Make rest a priority Avoid overuse injury by resting all players during each practice and game. Encourage players to report any pain or injuries they may have during practices or games. Be a supportive parent Encourage your child to stay injury free and healthy while playing sports.

ARTS PERFORMANCE EVENING Thursday, May 23rd - 18h00 to 20h00

Please come and enjoy our Secondary Fine Arts students in this performance celebration of the upcoming end of a fine year at AISM! Short presentations by: MS Bands HS Band HS Choir HS Dance Gr. 11 IB Drama

Café Sol cash bar with wine, beer, soda, juice, pizza!

PERFORMANCE ON THE SSECONDARY ECONDARY DECK 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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Andrée Keenoy FILM OF THE MONTH!

Poetry

by Lee Chang Dong

Lee Chang Dong's Poetry basically follows two storylines: a grandmother's late-life quest to write a proper poem, and her equally belated attempt to deal with her grandson's involvement in a schoolmate's apparent suicide. So goes Lee Chang Dong's latest feature, where gentle comedy commingles with an even gentler serenity, and the horror is all the stronger for being folded into the everyday business (a round of beer, “that's my son”) of a last-minute parent's meeting. 2010. South Korea. 139 min. In Korean with English subtitles. [Extract from Business World, http:// www.bworldonline.com]

The Mabukwini Library would like to thank all those people who have generously donated books and DVDs to the library. Special thanks go to: Dr. John Marrone, the Sokataly family, Hunter Walton, Tara Steward, Tamara Franklin, Bob Maxfield, Isabel Marquez and Donna Spisso.

Puease don’t forget to return your LIBRARY BOOKS! SNAPSHOTS

Jusob Rafique, Kavana Wa Kilele, Clarice Langa, Ariani Son and Stefano Capello visited the LM Radio station to record an adverstisement for Mayfair.

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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Gabriel Limaverde

AISM hosted its first Service Learning celebration on April 18 th, 2013, with a festive ubuntu spirit. Our partners, students, teachers, parent volunteers and support staff came together to share the achievements met, stories and beautiful performances prepared by each Service Learning group. Earlier, our students had set up an exhibition, featuring the processes and output of the different projects. The main piece of each group’s panel was a mind map developed during a reflection process facilitated by our teachers. The day was not only celebration, though. While many attendees gathered on the field to enjoy a dance performance by W-Tofo (a Mozambican dance duo), partner, teacher and student leaders for each project met to outline proposed activities for next year. The meetings took place within the exhibition space, so the mind maps developed by all students could serve as references. Our Service Learning celebration, which brought together all those involved – students, partners, teachers, volunteers and donors – clearly demonstrated the program’s contributions to the development of strong and lasting connections with Mozambique and with the community to which we belong. We saw clear evidence of our core values in practice: excellence, ethical living and engaged learning. The Service Learning Program welcomes suggestions, new ideas, volunteers and support of any kind. If you would like to join us in our efforts to make this world a place, please take a look at our website or contact Mr. Limaverde, our Service Learning Coordinator.

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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MODEL UNITED NATIONS MUN at the Southern Sun hotel in Maputo on May 6th, 2013.

Maire Kayegi, Tim Ratigan and Azmyra Merchant have been selected to be chairpersons at JOMUN in October 2013.

TWO THUMBS UP!

We got

Laetitia Boon Ministerio Arco-Iris American International School of Mozambique Maputo, Mozambique

MAIL!

Dear Laetitia and AISM students, On behalf of the Board of Directors of AISA please allow me to congratulate you and the American International School of Mozambique on being awarded the AISA Service Award for 2013 for your ‘Ministerio Arco-Iris’ programme. This is a very special award that is given to outstanding community service initiatives undertaken by students from AISA schools across Africa. I can see from the very thoughtful and detailed submission from your school that the ‘Ministerio Arco-Iris’ programme is indeed a worthy recipient of the $1000 award. I hope that this contribution will be able to help you sustain or even expand this initiative in the future. Dr. Peter Bateman Executive Director (AISA) Association of International Schools in Africa Street Address: Rua do Rio Raraga, 266, Bairro da Costa do Sol, Maputo Telephone: +258 2149 1994 /+258 2149 3306 / +258 2149 3359,

Yours Sincerely

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Lee Clagnaz SPORTS & ACTIVITIES AISM Travels to AISJ for Soccer Tournament AISM boys’ varsity and JV soccer teams travelled to AISJ on May 4th for a soccer tournament. The JV boys did well in their tournament with the highlight being their 3-0 win over Maryvale College. Their offense greatly improved this year, but they were unfortunate to be knocked out on penalties in the round of 16. The varsity boys had a great tournament. They made it all the way to the final four before being defeated by AISJ. The team drew great praise from other schools’ coaches who admired their skill and team play. Zuva Donduro was a stand-out player in the tournament notching up five goals in his fourth trip to AISJ with our team. Zuva graduates shortly - we wish him best of luck in the future AISM girls’ varsity and JV soccer teams went to AISJ the following weekend. Our JV girls’ performance exceeded all expectations with a win against the International School of South Africa and a draw with AISJ. They fell in two tough matches against Diepsloot, but overall it was an amazing tournament performance by the young team playing in the U19 bracket. The varsity girls team made it all the way to the final four before being defeated by Diepsloot. Our girls were a force to be reckoned with in the tournament with their highlight being a solid 7-0 victory over Holy Family. Congratulations to all of our soccer players.

VARSITY

JUNIOR VARSITY

U8, U10, U12 Soccer in Action AISM hosted a primary and middle school soccer event on 4 May. Our U8 students beat InterMaputo. Our U12 students played well and won games over InterMaputo before being downed by the Portuguese School and eventual champs Tico Tico Academy. The highlight of the day was when our U10 team won the tournament championship. They were undefeated in four games on the day and defeated the Portuguese School, Tico Tico, and InterMaputo. Congratulations to Marise, Lorenzo, Guilherme, Wouter, Coach Hussein, Bruno, Miguel, Luca, Keaton, Louis, Gerson, Bernardo, Maurice, and Ismayl on their win! Street Address: Rua do Rio Raraga, 266, Bairro da Costa do Sol, Maputo Postal Address: Caixa Postal 2026, Maputo Telephone: +258 2149 1994 /+258 2149 3306 / +258 2149 3359,

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Lee Clagnaz SPORTS & ACTIVITIES AISM Track and Field AISM and EPM (the Portuguese School) co-hosted a track and field dual on Saturday April 27. It was a huge success thanks to a wonderful team of volunteers including parents, teachers and students.

** THE NEXT TRACK & FIELD EVENTS ARE SATURDAY MAY 18 & SATURDAY MAY 25 ** This Saturday, May 18th, we will be competing against EPM and Trichardt here at AISM. Once again we need plenty of volunteers to help. We need: … marshals … measurers … time-keepers … refreshments … starters ... announcers … finish judges Please contact lee.clagnaz@aism-moz.com if you want to volunteer.

SUNY Graduation at AISM Over the past eight years, many AISM teachers have earned their Master’s Degree through an on-site program offered by the State University of New York (SUNY) and subsidized by AISM. Congratulations to our most recent graduates, Sangeeta Sailesh and Henry Ferguson. Also participating in the graduation ceremony were earlier graduates Ana Gil, Brooks Luscher and Wilma Bayau. At the same time, we are proud to announce a new cohort – Tamara Franklin, Nikki Jayne, Wayne Thompson, Len de Beer, Armindo Nhavene, Sara Din (parent) and (parent). Street Address: Rua do RioNubia Raraga, 266,Revilla 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

May Fri

17 May

Community Time (07:30 - 08:00 Cafeteria)

Fri

17 May

Primary School Coffee Morning (08:00 - 08:30 Staff Lounge)

Fri

17 May

Secondary School Awards Evening (18:00 Auditorium)

Sat

18 May

Track & Field Meet (09:00 - 12:00 Hosted at AISM & the Portuguese School)

Mon

20 May IB Exam (Auditorium)

Mon

20 May Talks on Global Issues by the Public Speaking Students (18:00 - 20:00 Third Floor Library)

Tue

21 May

AISM Board Elections (Election Committee: Tim Dietrich, Committee Chair)

Tue

21 May

AISM Board Annual General Meeting (18:00 Auditorium)

Wed

22 May

Sports Awards Evening (18:00 Auditorium)

Thu

23 May

Secondary Music Concert (18:00 Secondary School Field)

Fri

24 May

Half day - Staff Development

Sat

25 May

Track & Field Meet (09:00 - 14:00 Hosted at AISM & the Portuguese School)

Sat

25 May

Prom at the Polana Hotel (19:00)

Mon

27 May

“The Harold” Improvisation Evenings (Grades 9 - 10) (27 - 30 May 19:00 The Deck)

Wed

29 May PTA Meeting (07:30 Staff Lounge – Tea & Coffee, 8:00 Meeting Commences)

Thu

30 May Primary School Art Exhibition (Auditorium)

Fri

31 May

Community Time (07:30 - 08:00 Auditorium)

Fri

31 May

Primary School Coffee Morning (08:00 - 08:30 Staff Lounge)

Sat

1 Jun

Graduation (VIP Hotel)

Sat

1 Jun

SAT Testing (07:30 - 13:00)

Tue

4 Jun

Primary School Report Cards

Tue

4 Jun

Primary School Parent Information Session (18:00 Primary School Library)

Wed

5 Jun

PTA Meeting (07:30 Staff Lounge - Tea & Coffee, 8:00 Meeting Commences)

Fri

7 Jun

Last day of School/Report Cards/Early Dismissal

Fri

7 Jun

Secondary School Final & Farewell Assembly (11:00 - 11:30)

Sat

8 Jun

School Holidays (8 Jun - 6 Aug)

Thu

1 Aug

Teacher Work Days (1 - 6 Aug)

June

August Wed

7 Aug

First day of school

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

Email: Website:

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