American International School of Lesotho
Meerkat News 17t h M ay 2019
Dear AISL Community,
Fr om t h e Dir ect or
This week's newsletter focus is on something that I experienced 2 weeks ago. I celebrated the 30th anniversary of graduating from high school. To save you time from the high level mathematics, I am a class of 1989. These special events creep up on you and you do not realize how much time passes and the speed by which it moves. Unfortunately, I was unavailable to attend the celebrations in my home town in Australia, but I was able to attend vicariously through all the photos and social media posts from my old school mates. The key take away from this reunion was that it brought back a lot of memories of my schooling. Thanks to the power of social media, in the last 5 or so years, I reconnected with many of the people I had attended school with. What was interesting was that while I was looking at all the celebration photos, I was not seeing the mid-40s friends, but the faces of teenagers. Instantly, I remembered back to when I was a nerdy awkward student with aspirations to take on the world. It brought back memories of my time in the classroom, relationships with teachers, interactions with fellow students and of course school crushes. This week, as many of you know, I am in Kenya on a school accreditation visit. One of the highlights of the visit was how the students and teachers interacted with each other to create positive learning and life experiences. Therefore, I strongly believe that it is important we build those positive relationships in schools. AISL is a small school and we have the perfect opportunity to lay the ground work for these experiences. Our motto is "We are a caring community." So we should ensure that students have a positive and memorable experience so that in 30 years, our students look back on their time in AISL fondly. Mark Brookes
M APS Soccer Week 2 As part of our association with schools in the Maseru Association of Private Schools (MAPS), we played a game of soccer against Tiny Tots on Friday, May 10, 2019. Our groups of grades 4-6 and grades 7-8 were able to play. They were closely contested games, and the children had fun. Unfortunately, our game against their grades 1-3 had to be canceled because of matters beyond our control.
St u den t Gu est s May 15 saw AISL visited by some great students and teachers from the Nightingale School from Botha-Bothe. It was terrific experience where we had the chance to show fellow students from Lesotho how we learn here at AISL. In the Middle School we worked on creating posters representing the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and put them up in the classroom. This project gave the visiting students and our students the chance to collaborate and create together while also learning about how the UN works towards creating a better more sustainable world. The posters will stay in the classroom for the rest of the year, not only reminding us of what we can do to make the world a better place, but also of our great experience learning with our fellow students from Botha-Bothe!
Un it ed Nat ion s You t h Su m m it On Thursday, May 16th, five of our Middle School students had the opportunity to attend the UN Youth Summit on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Tholana, Puselteso, Maya, Rea, and Tlotiso did a terrific job. Not only did they contribute to high level discussions about the goals, specially the Goal 4 pertaining to Education, they also represented AISL in the best possible light. They were not intimidated by being the youngest group in attendance, but rather used this chance to have their voices heard about issues of importance to them. This included access to education for the less fortunate or disabled, the use of best practices to improve student performance, reducing classroom size and teacher workload, extracurricular activities to keep young people active and out of trouble, and even involving the government to educate citizens on their human rights. We can really see the future of Lesotho in the lives of these great students and hope to give more students chances to participate in events such as this in the future.
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