American International School of Lesotho
School office reopens - Monday, 2nd August, 2021
Monday, 9th August, 2021 - New AISL Teachers arrive
Wednesday, 11th August, 2021 - All teachers return to campus
Wednesday, 18th August, 2021 - All students return to the AISL Campus
18th June 2021
From the Director
Dear AISL Community,
A phrase I have heard a lot this last week was "We made it". These last two years of school have been the most challenging in recent years. We all know that the difficulties have been beyond our control and anything that we could have predicted. As this year wraps up, I want to thank our school community for what is truly a year that represents our school motto, "We are a caring community." It is not easy to explain how to do that, but as they old saying goes, 'actions demonstrate more than words'. We have had a year involving a lot of difficult situations that have challenged us individually, class wise, and across the community. It was good to see people helping each other out and to check in on each other to see if we are doing okay. Mental health will be something we will address more as a school community next year.
Another aspect of the end of the school year is that we say goodbye to some of our community members. The movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had a character who said, "Teachers plant trees under whose shade they may never sit." This is a modification of the 1950s Philosophy Professor Elton Trueblood quote. This quote has been something that has stuck with me for many years.
Schools prepare students, but we rarely get to see how things turn out in the future. While we say goodbye, we hope to one day get to say hello again and find out how well our students have grown and developed. I learned a couple of weeks ago that one of my first international school students in Estonia was just awarded one of the highest national awards for his medical expertise in combating COVID-19. He became a doctor and is using his skills to aid the world. We hope to hear that our students grow and make a change in the world for all of us.
This is his contact information: +266 5888 7263 and email@example.com.
Our school year is over. We hope everyone has a chance to relax, recuperate, but especially recharge. While we encourage you to travel and catch up with family and friends, we ask that you are mindful regarding your exposure to COVID-19. There is still risk here in Lesotho as well as the neighboring and wider communities.
As this stage, the school will reopen on campus in August. However as you know, things can change quickly and dramatically over the coming weeks. We will inform you of any changes to the expected plan and protocols should they be required.
The world's leading health organizations are addressing the myths being shared on social media by documenting responses to myths and misinformation. These can be found at:
WHO - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html
Please take care and ensure that when you are sharing information about COVID-19 and the vaccines, that you are referencing science.
If someone in the household is symptomatic, please keep the child home.
Contact the nurse.
Safe Haven Inauguration
The AISL Safe Haven was inaugurated on Wednesday, 16th June, 2021 by the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Lesotho Her Excellency Rebecca Gonzales and AISL Director Mark Brookes. The concrete slab was part of the original stage that many students and staff performed on over the years of AISL's history.
Our Grade 8s are the latest group of students moving on from AISL. We wish Suzanna, Jilin, Maya, Ofentse, and Karabo our best wishes and hope that their next adventure allows them to be their best person and that they can demonstrate the great character that they developed while here in AISL.
Grade 8 Celebration
Art: Sculpted with Recycled Materials
Creating with materials that are readily available can be so rewarding and satisfying. That was how the students felt as they created recycled materials. It was tedious, but the outcome was worth the effort.
Step 2- Every Knight needs a castle.
Grade 2 Social Studies Unit
History- Medieval Times
We started our unit about learning about castles and life during that time in history. Students decided they wanted to become a knight and here are the steps they followed.
Step One- Code of Chivalry
Step 4: Fun- Catapults
Step 3- Coat of Arms and a Shield.
Step 5: Knighting Ceremony