April 2023


Dear AIS Family,
This year has finally been the year of freedom and travel. I never thought that being able to breathe freely without a mask would give me such a sense of relief and liberation, as well as the opportunity to travel.

I had an excellent opportunity to attend the International Baccalaureate Global Conference #ibgc2023 in Adelaide, Australia, which had over 1100 leaders and policymakers from 53 countries attending over 95 sessions. Besides meeting educators from around the world, the conference’s theme, “Education for an Inclusive Future,” was my reason for attending. The sessions and workshops were carefully designed towards inclusion, well-being, international-mindedness, leading IB continuum schools through synchronized visits, leveraging the programme development plans (PDPs) for an IB evaluation process, cross-disciplinary learning across IB Programs, school strategies, glimpses into the Festival of Hope, and excellent keynote speeches from Helen Street on contextual well-being and Michael McQueen about Teaching for Tomorrow. Through these sessions, we collectively explored our role in decolonizing the curriculum, making schools and communities safe and inclusive for all, and committing to quality education for a peaceful world!

Another highlight for me this term was the AIS community coming together for the PTO’s fundraising event. It was a festival celebrated with lots of fun, family bonding, and civic responsibility at the helm. Thank you:

PTO, for this thoughtful initiative and contribution,

all the members of the parent community who generously supported with their donations,

AIS staff, for making this happen with your time and commitment, and most importantly,

our students who attended this Funday with their friends and family.

This event was a true reflection of the AIS community in action!

The exam season is knocking on our doors, and we need to brace ourselves and come together as a community to help our teenagers, our candidates, not only pass their exams but also thrive in the real world with all that they have learned at school. AIS students lived this value as they came together for the CAS project during the PTO Family Funday Fundraising event. Through their innovative idea of digital games stations, they raised a significant amount of funds to donate to an NGO towards the refurbishment of their kitchen. It was easy for them to say “this is not possible” due to their Internal Assessments (IAs), mocks, and preparations towards final exams ongoing. But they chose to say “yes” to this initiative, showcasing their communication, social, self-management, research, and thinking skills to CREATE, ACT(ivity), and SERVE(ice)! I am really proud of our candidates and can’t wait to see what more they have to offer to the community and society at large through some of the best education they have gained!

Candidates – you will receive all the best advice (both needed and unneeded) during this exam season from your friends and families. I will not add to that overload but will wish you all on behalf of the whole AIS community ALL THE BEST. Do your best, and the rest will follow its own course!

As eventful as the second term has been, the third term is expected to be equally busy and exciting. I am looking forward to all the major year-end events. The next academic year’s calendar is also attached to this newsletter to help you plan better.

As I conclude my message, I would like to stress to parents the significance of school uniforms in our educational system. They instill a sense of camaraderie and equality amongst students, minimizing distractions and pressures that may come with individualized clothing choices. Moreover, they play a crucial role in ensuring campus safety by making it easy to identify those who belong. With that in mind, I kindly remind you that in Term 3, full school uniform compliance is expected from all students, and we will not be as flexible as we were in Terms 1 and 2. Any non-compliance will result in appropriate disciplinary measures.

Once again, all the best to our candidates, and Happy Holidays and Easter greetings to all celebrating!


Early Childhood

Another term has flown by in the blink of an eye!

We are pleased to see that students are growing and learning more every day. We appreciate their commitment and enthusiasm in coming to school daily and are also grateful for the support and encouragement that parents provide in investing time in their child’s well-being and education.

With an increase in admissions in the EC department, we have noticed that many EC students are staying in school until late for daycare. Therefore, we kindly request that you pick up your child immediately after their last lesson or club. If you have multiple children, please pick them all up immediately after the last lesson of the oldest child.

We have recently changed the daycare system as the daycare room or playground has become too crowded and difficult to supervise. Each yearband now has a specific time allocated for outdoor play. Outside of this time, students will remain in their classrooms until 4.30 pm. Lastly, we would like to remind parents to please refrain from sending candy, chocolate, and soda to school. Additionally, toys from home should also remain at home. Exceptions can be made only when specifically requested by your child’s homeroom teacher.

Yirka Vinck
Head of Early Childhood Department
Email: [email protected]


What a great way to end Term 2!

During this term, students experienced many activities, empowering them to become balanced learners.  They have had fun as they learn.  It has been interesting to see them highly involved in activities like Mother Tongue day when they all spoke their mother languages, Anti-bullying day, Unit in Action projects, PYP Assemblies, Francophone and much more! We appreciate all families that managed to come for these events. We were thrilled to have you come to school.

Students have been exploring Lifelong Learning as the AIS value of the month. Teachers have worked closely with them to develop skills of learning how to learn, self-motivation and embracing a growth mindset through inquiry as they explored the benefits of lifelong learning. We encourage you to continue empowering them so that they put them into action.

AIS Core Value: Lifelong Learners
Discovers the joy of learning, acquires the skills to ‘learn how to learn’, and promotes intellectual endeavours and academic potential through inquiry, problem solving, critical thinking and decision making.

Learner Profile: Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinker

Shallon Baguma
Head of Primary Department
Email: [email protected]



We wish to thank all our students for their perseverance and commitment to the many events, activities, and academics this term. Indeed, the term has been a busy one. As we close Term 2, I would like to kindly remind you about a few points:

Assignment submission

Submission of assignments on time still remains a challenge as we shape our young learners to be self-reliant and resilient in times of crisis.

Admissions and Retention Policy

We would like to reiterate that, as per our policy, long absences from school and non-submission of work have a bearing on the acceptance of students to the next class. Students who have not been able to maintain 90% attendance are reminded to be diligent and responsible with their attendance in Term 3.


As per our AIS dress code, all secondary students are to come to school in the correct uniform – khaki trousers, navy blue shirt, maroon tie, and the school navy blue sweater. We have noticed that students need to be constantly reminded of this. We request parents to be aware that violation of the school dress code may incur disciplinary action. Therefore, please ensure that your child comes to school in their complete uniform.

Technology and Gadgets

In this continuously evolving digital world, we, as adults, have the responsibility to make sure the next generation knows and is educated on how to use their gadgets and technology ethically and conscientiously. We have an eSafety Policy in place. MYP students are not allowed to bring mobile phones or smartwatches. If, for any reason, they need to bring their gadgets, these gadgets should be submitted to the homeroom teachers at the beginning of the day. If any MYP student is found with such gadgets, the school shall follow disciplinary consequences.

School Policies

We request that all parents and students familiarize themselves with our policies, which are readily available on our website under “Policies”. As a community, we have seen how our students have benefited from in-school lessons and spending less time on their gadgets. Please continue to encourage our students to nurture hobbies and interests that allow for less screen time, especially during this holiday. We are delighted to announce that our library is now updated online, and all entries and records are available to Mr. Patrick in the software.

As you go through this newsletter, it will give you a chance to make sense of all that our programs offer – both within and beyond the classroom walls- and we congratulate all our students who have won accolades in the events.

On behalf of everyone at Secondary, I wish you all a relaxed, rejuvenating end-of-term break.

Shirin Bagchi
Head of Secondary Department
Email: [email protected]


ISSA Season 2 League 

The AIS School Teams have once again demonstrated their exceptional skills in the recently-concluded ISSA Season 2 League. U13 Girls’ Basketball team, U10 Boys’ Football team and U8 Jumboree Soccer team emerged as first runners-up, and we are immensely proud of their accomplishments.

We extend our sincere gratitude to all parents for their unwavering support as we continue to develop sports at Acorns.

To encourage sportsmanship and acknowledge the outstanding efforts of our students, the AIS Sports Department hosted an appreciation assembly on March 27, 2023.

Students were presented with medals, personal trophies, and a cake to celebrate their commitment, resilience, and hard work. It was a heartwarming gesture to recognize and appreciate the dedication of our young athletes.

Inter-School Swimming Gala

The AIS Swim Team participated in the 8th edition of the Uganda Swimming Federation Inter-School Swimming Gala held in March 2023. This was the first time the school had participated in the event since the outbreak of COVID- 19. The primary aim was to expose our team to this level of competition and equip them with the techniques required during high-level swimming competitions.

The experience was challenging and the Swim Team rose to the occasion to give their best.

In the Boys’ 11-12 age category, Jeremiah Magera emerged as the overall winner from 18 schools that participated.

Glory Upendo earned three medals in Secondary Swimming Gala competition out of 12 schools that participated, making her a true asset to the team.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the team for their remarkable performance and to the parents for their unwavering support.

Henry Kalanzi
Head of Specialties
Email: [email protected]



Unit in Action
PYP5 students hosted an assembly on March 1, 2023, featuring their unit in action centred on “Materials Matter” The Unit challenged students to demonstrate their understanding of the central idea, “Natural materials can undergo changes that may provide challenges and benefits for society and the environment.” Through experiments and group work, students demonstrated inquiry, investigative, and experimental skills. These projects also had real-world implications, making them lifelong learners and problem-solvers. Additionally, students presented other units through poetry, skits, and songs, making for an exciting event enjoyed by parents and attendees.

During the Adaption unit, the PYP3 inquired about and researched the structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations of humans, animals and plants in different environments around the world such as the rainforest, deserts, grasslands, and water bodies.

Based on their research, the learners engaged in making models to showcase their understanding of how plants, animals and man can survive in different conditions. This, they presented to their peers and parents during the Unit in Action.

Thank you, parents, for your participation and unwavering support.

During the Adaption unit, the PYP3 inquired and researched the structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations of humans, animals and plants in different environments around the world such as the rainforest, deserts, grasslands, and water bodies.
Based on their research, the learners engaged in making models to showcase their understanding of how plants, animals and man can survive in different conditions. This, they presented to their peers and parents during the Unit in Action.

On 1st March 2023, the PYP 5 students held their assembly and unit in action.

The core of the action was based on the unit “Materials matter” where students worked in pairs and small groups to demonstrate their understanding of the central idea “Natural materials can undergo changes that may provide challenges and benefits for society and the environment.”
All the projects and experiments were based on the unit materials matter. Students used inquiry, investigation, and experimentation skills which proved the relevance of their learning both outside and inside the classroom. All the experiments had physical impacts on the environment and proved them as lifelong learners and problem solvers.
Apart from the unit materials matter, other units were also showcased through songs, skits, and poetry. The day ended in excitement for not only the students but for parents and all those in attendance. Thank you parents for the support you gave to the students.

Mock Exhibition
Our PYP6 students are on their Exhibition Journey. On March 3, 2023, PYP6 Families were invited to come for the students’ Mock Exhibition. The Mock Exhibition is a chance for students to practice their project management and presentation skills leading up to the final Exhibition. The final Exhibition presentation will be held on June 8, 2023. We look forward to seeing you there!

Rachelle Hale
Email: [email protected]


MYP 1-4 MAP Assessments

MAP® (Measures of Academic Progress) assessments are an essential tool used by schools to measure student progress and to inform instruction. In secondary, MAP assessments are held twice a year, to provide ongoing information about student learning and academic growth. 

In Secondary,  we use the MAP tests to track the progress of students in MYP 1-4 in reading, language use, maths, and science. The tests also cover a broad range of skills and knowledge areas, which makes them a valuable tool for assessing student learning. The assessments are conducted on a computer, which allows for a quick and efficient administration of the tests. MAP tests are standardized, meaning that they are administered in the same way to all students, and adaptive, meaning that the test adjusts to the student’s ability level, providing questions that are appropriate to their skill level.

The results of the MAP tests are used to inform better teaching and learning. Teachers can use the data to identify areas of strength and weakness for each student and to adjust their instructional strategies accordingly.

MYP5 Mock eAssessments

Between February 20-23, 2023, MYP5 students took part in mock on-screen eAssessments, which are internationally recognized and demonstrate mastery of MYP subject criteria upon successful completion. Ahead of the final exams, students sit these mock assessments as preparation, enabling them to familiarize themselves with the format, structure, and types of questions found on the eAssessments.

The mock assessments cover the same subjects as the final eAssessments, namely Mathematics, Language and Literature, French, Chemistry/Biology/Physics, Geography/History, and Interdisciplinary Inquiries. They allow students and teachers to identify areas that require improvement and work on them before the final exams. Furthermore, the mock tests help students manage their time effectively during the actual eAssessments. By becoming familiar with the allotted time for each section of the test, they can appropriately pace themselves.

MYP 5 Shadow Days

MYP5 students had the chance to shadow DP1 and AS classes on March 23rd and 24th, giving them a glimpse into High School life. This experience offered guidance on subject selection and career pathways to help the students make informed decisions about their academic and professional futures. It also provided an introduction to the academic and social demands of upper secondary education, giving students a firsthand understanding of the independence, responsibility, and academic rigour required at this level. The guidance given during the Shadow Days will aid in subject selection for DP or AS studies, which will impact future university and career options. AIS is committed to supporting its students’ academic and professional goals and eagerly anticipates next term’s transition classes.

Sam Weavers
Email: [email protected]


DP2, AS and A2 Candidate Briefing

AIS held a briefing for DP2, AS, and A2 students on March 24, 2023, to inform them of their roles and responsibilities during the upcoming May-June External Examination season. The briefing covered the dos and don’ts, Candidate Notices, and warnings relevant to exam preparation.

Guidelines on the exam timetable, proper conduct, and consequences of violating exam rules were provided to help students understand what is expected of them.

Practical tips on exam preparation and study tactics were also given to enhance their performance.

The briefing emphasized the importance of adhering to exam rules and regulations and the severe consequences of violating them to ensure a smooth exam period.

DP & A Levels Mocks and Midterm Examinations

Our Candidate Classes participated in Mock Exams in February and March, an essential tool for improving academic performance by identifying and addressing learning gaps. These exams simulated the real exams, preparing students mentally and emotionally for the actual exams.

The feedback from the Mock Exams allowed students to identify their strengths and weaknesses, analyzing specific topics, question types, and study habits. Armed with this information, students developed personalized learning strategies to improve their academic performance in these areas. 

Academic Integrity

The acceptance of an assessment depends on its credibility and authenticity, which is rooted in Academic Integrity.

If a student is suspected of academic misconduct, the school must conduct an investigation and provide statements and relevant documentation to the International Baccalaureate (IB). Failure to do so will result in the student not receiving a grade. While a student may request the removal of the work in question, they will not be eligible for a grade.

Cases are referred to an internal panel, and their decision is subject to approval by the Academic Honesty Subcommittee. Penalties apply for academic misconduct, and investigations may be conducted even if not explicitly listed.

Sanctions are determined based on the penalty matrix and the balance of probabilities approach outlined in IB integrity.

The school must demonstrate how they have provided support and guidance to their students in relation to Academic Integrity. This includes showing how each student was educated about the consequences of Academic Misconduct.

If the Centre fails to meet the necessary regulations required by the IB, it will be investigated and may lose its authorization to offer the programme. That’s why Academic Integrity is considered crucial.

Kanyesigye Kenneth
DP/A Levels CC
Email: [email protected]


The AIS PTO hosted their inaugural Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 1, 2023, with the aim of fostering community spirit and raising funds to equip the school gym, in line with their inspiring slogan, “Alone you do little, together we do more!” The event was packed with a variety of entertaining activities for students, including swimming, skating, basketball, bouncy castles, face painting, and a repeat performance of the School Play. There were also numerous stalls selling food and other goods and services, adding to the festive atmosphere. The day culminated in an exciting raffle draw, with fantastic prizes up for grabs.

The first prize was a deluxe two-night stay for four at the luxurious Villagio Echo Exclusive Residences in Kabale, valued at UGX 2,100,000. The second prize was a generous cash prize of UGX 1,000,000 from Royal Foam, while the third prize was an electronic gadget worth UGX 500,000 from Millennium Infosys, and the fourth prize was a family dinner at the popular Taj Asian Bistro.

The AIS PTO is profoundly grateful to all the sponsors who contributed to the success of the event and made it an unforgettable day for the entire AIS community.

The fundraising efforts of the AIS PTO yielded UGX 10,000,000, which will be used to equip the gym in the new Secondary School building. The AIS PTO extends its sincere gratitude to all the parents who helped to make this event a success.

Ivan Irumba
  PTO Chair
[email protected]


Staff Birthdays

As we wrap up another successful Term, I wanted to take a moment to recognize and celebrate the hard work and dedication of our staff. Your tireless efforts have been instrumental in creating a positive and supportive work culture. Your commitment to delivering high-quality service, supporting each other, and driving positive change has not gone unnoticed. It is your passion and dedication that makes AIS what it is!

Employee of the Month

Lynn Bugaari Muhangi
Head of Human Resource
Email: [email protected]


In this section, we are happy to share two spectacular stories of members of our AIS community who have gone from strength to strength while pursuing their passion!

Aspiring Astronaunt

Since as far back as I can remember, I have always aspired to become the world’s youngest astronaut. However, my parents dismissed it as a mere child’s fantasy. All that changed when I wrote out the landing procedure of an airplane on our home’s whiteboard. This impressed my parents, and they began testing my knowledge and abilities in aeronautical engineering, asking me questions about space, airplanes, and more.

On one occasion, during a trip to India on Air Arabia airlines, I had the opportunity to talk to a pilot. In the cockpit, the pilot questioned me about the functionality of the Airbus and even allowed me to sit in the pilot’s chair. My parents were surprised that I was more interested in becoming a pilot than an astronaut, but I explained that one of the requirements to become an astronaut is to first become a pilot. This means flying a jet for at least 1,000 hours and obtaining an airline commander badge.

Despite my young age, my parents took me to various aviation schools, but I was rejected by all of them due to my age. Finally, DAS Aviation School’s Chief Officer personally interviewed me and allowed me to enrol after I answered his questions correctly. Although they had to create a specialized curriculum for me, I completed the six-month course in just three months and even flew my first airplane as a co-pilot, a Cessna 51B, with Captain Jarvis.

A year later, the school designed curricula for other students, but since I was ahead of them, I flew my second airplane, completing two hours of my flying target, with Captain Daniel.

Currently, my parents and I are still planning for my future, but I am confident that with their support, I will accomplish my dreams in no time.

Siva Arutprakhasam Ramesh

Life Long Learner

Name: Bukenya Vicent (BTW my name is V-I-C-E-N-T not Vincent) hahahahahhaha
IBEN Global: IBMYP Examiner (Humanities)
Acorns International School: IBMYP Individuals and Societies Teacher & IBDP Geography.
Other: Independent Workshop Leader

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Acorns International School (AIS) and The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) for the support they have rendered to me toward the completion of the Master of Advanced teaching at the University of the People. I extend my appreciation to Acorns International School which has been supportive especially during my Applied Educational Research, a key requirement for the completion of this Program. In the same way, I thank the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) for funding my studies and its efforts to ensure the continuous professional development of educators worldwide, particularly in Africa.

Using the knowledge and skills gained from this program, I am working with teachers in Uganda and Rwanda to support their practice in teaching the IBMYP education. I am looking forward to sharing my expertise and experience in IB education with the wide community of Educators in my region to improve access to quality and dynamic education practices required in a fast-changing global community.

Bukenya Vicent
MYP/DP – Geography, I&S Teacher


Early Childhood & Primary

In line with the International STAND-UP to Bullying Day, we had the opportunity to sensitize and remind our students of the expected behaviour at AIS for an entire week. This helped create a narrative throughout the school that encourages students to speak openly about how they are treated by their peers both inside and outside of school.

Through our PSPE programme, we were able to educate our students on what constitutes bullying and how to report it. This provided an empowering tool for our students and those who were behaving aggressively also learned the importance of honesty and courage in being able to accept constructive feedback on their behaviour.

The role plays that we conducted during PSPE, which were similar to a mock courtroom, was well received by our students. This dramatization using a courtroom atmosphere helped our pupils understand that aggressive behaviour, both verbal and physical, is a serious matter.

Additionally, it provided a platform for our students to feel comfortable enough to speak out against bullying and for those with aggressive behaviour to come forward and learn from their mistakes in a fair way. As a school, we are committed to creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all of our students.


As part of International STAND-UP to Bullying Day, we dedicated an entire week to educating our students about standing up against bullying and the impact of cyberbullying. During this week, our students received informative and creative lessons, signed anti-bullying pledges, and the whole school received a blue ribbon, symbolizing our collective stand against bullying.

Following this event, we celebrated World Compliment Day, recognizing the benefits of engaging in random acts of kindness. Teachers gave compliments to AIS staff, while students gave each other compliments and reflected on which compliments were most valuable to them.

Additionally, students reflected on their lives, celebrating their successes and coping with the challenges they face.

We focused on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) during the Professional Development of our Secondary Staff, recognizing the importance of happier students for successful teaching.

Research shows that SEL can improve students’ relational skills, such as kindness and empathy, while also boosting their academic achievements.

On April 4th, IBDP1 students of Psychology organized a session on managing stress for their friends in Candidate classes. The session focused on study tips, stress management techniques, and interactive games.


Early Childhood

During Term 2, we organized two assemblies for parents. The EC1 and Crèche students collaborated to perform for their parents and other EC students on the theme of ‘In the Garden.’ This was their first performance on the ‘big stage’ this year, making it both exciting and nerve-wracking.

Nevertheless, our students displayed their best dance moves, spoke confidently into the microphone, and shared valuable information about fruits and vegetables. We applaud you, EC1 and Crèche students, for your outstanding performance!

The EC2 students also made us proud with their assembly. They presented what they had learned during the ‘Growing Plants’ unit with great enthusiasm. They danced energetically to the songs ‘Go Bananas’, ‘Grow, Grow, Grow’ and ‘Green Grass Grows All Around’. Through their performance, the EC2 students introduced new vocabulary words and shared their knowledge of planting seeds and the requirements for a plant to grow.

We are thrilled by the excellent performance of the EC2 classes and encourage them to keep up the good work!


The PYP1 assembly was a remarkable display of our students’ knowledge and skills, showcasing their abilities to the school community. The PYP1 Sunflowers performed a skit and a song that emphasized the significance of mathematics in our community, demonstrating their understanding of the subject. The PYP1 Daisies demonstrated the AIS Value of “Multilingual,” by greeting the audience in their mother tongues and performing cultural dances. These dances, including Maganda, Indian, Kinyankore, and Acholi, reflected their appreciation of different languages and cultures.

Additionally, the PYP1 Tulips presented an engaging and informative poem about space and the eight planets through an act, demonstrating their creativity and passion for learning.

We are thankful to everyone who supported us in achieving this success, and we are proud of our students’ remarkable performance. This assembly was a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and abilities and learn from each other. We look forward to more such events in the future, which will help us foster a strong sense of community and appreciation for diversity.


The Secondary assemblies are a platform for our students to showcase their talents and advocate for social issues while improving their Approaches to Learning skills. This year, the MYP3L assembly was centred on creative arts and PE. Students showcased their talent in a Chinese fan dance, Korean and Indian dance performances, a martial art show for PE, and an art-based presentation on polar bears in connection to International Polar Bears Day. They also presented Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for Health and Well-being and shared their service-in-action experiences.

MYP3B’s assembly focused on celebrating International Women’s Day, with a presentation on the challenges faced by women in Asia and Africa and a call to action to stand in solidarity with the UN 2023 theme of #EmbraceEquity. Students also wrote a poem about mothers and composed a music piece highlighting the struggles of single mothers.

The MYP3O assembly featured well-performed musical instrumentals, a poem, a dance performance with a gymnastic touch, and a service-in-action presentation for Black History Month.

The MYP2D assembly centred on kindness and caring as learner profiles, with a choral recitation of the poem “Acts of Kindness,” a skit featuring a panel discussion on kindness and caring, and a kindness challenge where the audience created a kindness chain with written quotes.
Finally, the MYP2K assembly celebrated World Theatre Day with a beautiful Spanish dance performance. These assemblies provide an excellent platform for our students to showcase their talents and passion for social issues while developing their skills as learners.


Early Childhood

Positive Behaviour Support for Young Children

This term, EC teachers have enrolled in a course called “Positive Behaviour Support for Young Children”, and they will continue it in Term 3. The course focuses on strengthening teachers’ knowledge and skills in supporting children with challenging behaviour. It emphasizes the importance of positive relationships, creating a supportive environment, using social-emotional teaching strategies, and individualized interventions to reduce challenging behaviour in class.

As a key aspect of the course, the teachers have learned that building positive relationships with students, parents, and colleagues is crucial to supporting positive behaviour. Taking this lesson to heart, the EC teaching team decided to have some fun together. They divided themselves into two groups, with one group striking a pose and changing it while the other group raced to find the five differences as quickly as possible.

Can you spot the 5 differences? 


Our Primary teachers continue to meet several times a week for collaborative planning, staff meetings and professional development. Topics of discussion have included behaviour management, MAP, engagement strategies and advancements in artificial intelligence (such as ChatGPT). 

In March, Ms Rachelle, our PYP Curriculum Coordinator, participated in the professional development of Virtual

Differentiation and Responsive Planning

For Instruction from NWEA. NWEA is the company that runs the MAP Assessments AIS uses with students. The purpose of this PD was to receive updates on new systems the programme is putting in place for teachers to better understand MAP results and use the learning continuums as a guide for learning outcomes. 

Ms Rachelle is currently working on bringing this information to the PYP staff and establishing systems which better utilise this information.


Inquiry-Based Learning in the IB

Our teachers recently underwent a professional development session on inquiry-based learning in the IB because it is a key aspect of the IB program and aligns with our school’s educational philosophy.The PD session provided our teachers with the necessary tools and strategies to create inquiry-based learning opportunities that will empower students to become curious, creative, and independent learners, contributing to their academic and personal growth.

Chat GPT

The coordinators and ICT teachers took part in a workshop on ChatGPT to explore the possibilities of incorporating AI-based technology into instruction. ChatGPT is a  language model that can answer questions, generate text, and provide language translations in real time. By understanding the capabilities of ChatGPT, we can identify how it can be integrated into the curriculum, and also how students can use it to enhance their learning whilst adhering to academic honesty guidelines.


The NWEA MAP test is a powerful tool for assessing student performance, identifying areas of strength and weakness, and informing instruction. We attended a workshop on leveraging NWEA MAP test data allowed us to learn how to effectively use the data to improve student learning outcomes, by differentiating instruction and aligning curricular elements.

DP and A Levels

Inclusion and Differentiation

We organized a series of professional development (PD) sessions on inclusion and differentiation for DP and A Levels teachers with Mr. Douglas Akena that spanned two weeks and consisted of four sessions. Our main aim was to equip our teachers with the necessary tools and strategies to effectively support diverse learners. Inclusion pertains to ensuring that all students, regardless of their abilities, are provided with equal opportunities to learn and succeed. These sessions enabled our teachers to create inclusive learning environments.

Reflective Practice

We also organized PDs for the DP and A Levels teachers focusing on reflective practice. The objective was to encourage our teachers to scrutinize their teaching practices and identify areas that require improvement, ultimately resulting in more effective teaching and better outcomes for students.

Reflective practice also assists teachers in staying updated with the most recent research and trends in education, enabling them to modify their teaching approaches to meet the changing demands.

Moreover, reflective practice fosters a culture of constant learning and improvement, which is vital in today’s swiftly changing educational landscape. It motivates and engages teachers in their profession and guarantees that they provide the highest quality education to their students.


As the AIS Administration Team, we couldn’t be happier having had a rewarding term with your persistent support.

We are committed to providing our students with well-balanced and healthy meals. If you would like your child to have school lunch, kindly fill out the Lunch Form (EYP – MYP) and After-School Club Form (EYP-PYP) that will be shared through class WhatsApp groups / Toddle (for PYP6 only) to be shared with the Accounts Team between Tuesday, April 11 and Monday, April 17 addressed to the Finance Department. We also encourage parents to motivate the students who have school lunches to avoid missing out on their meals as this contributes to their well-being.

We prioritize keeping our students safe, which is why an AIS Exit ID card continues to be essential. We kindly remind adults authorised to pick up students to have these handy for easy pick-up. We urge anyone requiring assistance to reach out to the Administration Office ([email protected]) for guidance on how to get one or in case of an emergency.

Responsibility comes with lessons and we understand that losing items is never intended, that is why we have a lost and found section. We encourage parents and students to have a look for any of their lost items before they are donated to a good cause. We further encourage parents to have their child’s uniforms and belongings labelled for easy identification once misplaced. Please reach out to the Administration Office for assistance.


As Term 2 drew to a close, we were delighted to extend an invitation to our students and their families to participate in the Student-Led Conferences (SLCs), which took place on April 5, 2023. This event is an exceptional opportunity for our students to showcase their learning and guide their families through their progress, providing them with a reflective and engaging experience.

In the Secondary Department, students have the chance to exhibit examples of their work to their parents or guardians. For MYP1-4 students, they will be creating a portfolio of their work from the first two terms. They will carefully choose pieces of work that best represent their development in one or more of the Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills. These pieces of work could be ones that they are proud of or have collaborated on with their peers. They will reflect on how each piece of work represents their growth and progress.

Moreover, students will have the opportunity to practice setting goals, reflecting on project and service work, and the IB Learner Profile. These conferences are significant as they emphasize the importance of the student’s development process, rather than just their grades. Hence, we encourage families to attend such conferences and join us in celebrating the progress and achievements of our students.

Student-Led Conference Raffle Draw Winners

Parent Name – Class 

  • Elizabeth Naiga – Creche
  • Edmund & Deborah Kawe – EC1
  • Rashid Kitui – EC2
  • Tamarah Nyombi- Reception 
  • Paschal Mujasi – PYP1 
  • Rakesh Sharma – PYP2
  • Nishitha Shrivastava – PYP3
  • Charles Waiswa – PYP4
  • Namubiru Ritah – PYP5
  • Herman Ntabazi – PYP6
  • Prisca Nagawa – MYP1
  • Phiona Twinomugisha – MYP2
  • Millicent Mugabi – MYP3
  • Mabel Ndawula – MYP4
  • Amin Babwani – MYP5
  • Emily and Ivan Barigye – DP1
  • Pauline Byakika – DP2
  • Neelam Manji – AS
  • Barbra Rwamibazi – A Levels


During this term, our Student Council successfully organized a series of fundraisers to support school projects and upcoming events. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the parents and students who generously supported us, and encourage more people to join us in our efforts. In addition, we distributed badges to the remaining Council members.

Furthermore, we took the initiative to ensure a safe learning environment by having school fans and desks cleaned, and also inspecting for any possible furniture that needed repairs. Finally, we would like to wish our Candidate Classes (MYP5, IBDP2, A Levels), as they prepare for their exams.

Vanshita Sharma 
Student Council Secretary


SNAP Assessments

Our Learner Support Services(LSS) Team is charged with removing barriers to students’ learning in order for each student to reach their personal best. It is not always easy to identify a student’s personal academic or behaviour needs. Previously, this process has included multiple hours of observation from the LSS team; a process that does not allow us to get answers to teachers or parents quickly. In order to better quickly and effectively identify these barriers, LSS is now using two assessment tools by Hodder & Stoughton Limited:
 Special Needs Assessment Profile Behaviour (SNAP-B)
 Special Needs Assessment Profile Specific Learning Difficulties (SNAP-SpLD)

SNAP works by compiling answers from questionnaires filled out by teachers, family members, and the student themselves. Reports are then generated with recommendations for support that can be given at home and at school.

If your child’s homeroom teacher feels they need more insight into how to support them as a learner, the student’s family will receive notification before either assessment will be conducted.

We hope that by using SNAP, we will be able to provide more effective feedback to promote our student’s learning.


On March 4, 2023, the AIS Auditorium was brimming with excitement as we hosted the inter-school Talent Hunt show. Participants from several schools competed in various categories and age groups, including Aga Khan Education Service, Galaxy International School, Harvest International School, Oak International School, North Green School, and Acorns International School.

The four competition categories were Dance, Instrumental, Drama, and Vocals. Acorns International School's students stood out with their exceptional performances, winning multiple awards. Some notable winners include Vidhi Atul, who secured first place in the U9 Dance Category, Faith Racheal Otieno, who won first place in the U19 Drama Category, Anayah Osademe and Yassmina Shaban, who won first place in the U11 Vocals, and Ethan Luggya, who triumphed in the U9 Instrumental Category.

The AIS Ensemble won first place in the U14 Instrumental Category, while Ahir Siddhi and Srunitha Prashanth earned first place in the U19 Dance Competition. Stephanie Rwangyezi and Rutsziga Rwangyezi won first place in the U11 Instrumental Category, and Jasjoyt Singh and Panth Dalwadi secured third place in their U19 Instrumental contest.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the parents who supported our students in showcasing their remarkable talents.


Early Childhood Favourites Week

‘In a world where you can be anyone, be yourself!’

During the week of March 6-10, it was all about students’ choices and preferences, from their favourite fruit to their favourite toy to their favourite colour. Students could explain and discuss themself and why they like some things over other things.  It was great to see how our EC students are in the process of creating their own personalities.

Francophonie Day

At AIS, we celebrated International Francophonie Day on March 17, 2023, where students from EC, Primary and Secondary had the chance to immerse themselves in the different cultures of Francophone countries through song, dance, games, puzzles, tongue twisters, film screenings, cultural presentations, karaoke and learning the French language through engaging and interactive methods. To add to the excitement, students were encouraged to dress in attire that reflected a Francophone country.

As an IB Continuum School, celebrating Francophonie Day is significant because it allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the global community, appreciate the French language and culture, and foster intercultural awareness, respect, and understanding among students from diverse backgrounds.

Mother Language Day

At AIS, the significance of International Mother Language Day is marked annually, with the aim of promoting cultural and linguistic diversity and encouraging multilingualism. This year, the theme “Multilingual education – a necessity to transform education” aligns with AIS’s Core Values of Multilingualism and Pluralism. As an IB Continuum School, celebrating this day is of utmost importance, as it aligns with the IB’s mission of fostering global citizens who appreciate and respect different languages, cultures, and perspectives. AIS also recognizes the value of mother tongues and motivates students to enhance their language skills while learning new languages.

In Early Childhood Department, students were encouraged to bring a storybook in their family language, and family members could teach their child’s class something in their language, such as a rhyme, game, or story. In the Primary Department, students taught their peers basic communication phrases in their family language, sang songs in their language, and invited parents to teach basic communication in their mother tongue. In the Secondary Department, activities such as storytelling, film screening, proverbs, and word games were conducted to celebrate this day. Students also create a 3D replica of the Shaheed Minar monument, built in Bangladesh to honour the martyrs of the Bangladeshi Language Movement, where students protested for the recognition of their mother tongue, Bengali, as an official language in then East Pakistan. 

DP2 Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) Fest

As part of the IB curriculum, Diploma Program students are required to complete a Class Group CAS activity to qualify for the IB Diploma. Our students identified a gap at the Mukisa Foundation in Kassengejje Wakiso District, where they plan to construct a kitchen with a shelter for the special needs children school and hospital.

To raise funds for this project, the students organized a CAS Fest on the PTO Funday, which featured games and play stations that were enjoyed by all. The cash collected from the event will be directed towards the construction of the kitchen.

The learners planned the activity, which turned out to be a huge success. We are grateful for the support and participation of everyone involved in making this event a success, and we look forward to completing the project and making a difference in the lives of these special needs children.

Art Week

During the week of March 27-31, AIS celebrated Art Week, a time to showcase our creativity and appreciation for art. This year’s theme for EC students was “African Art,” and they worked closely with their teachers to produce pieces that were inspired by African culture and traditions.

In a departure from previous years, Primary and Secondary students had different themes to work with. Primary students focused on “Self Expression” and were involved in meaningful projects. For instance, PYP 2 students collaborated with their teachers to paint the school’s speed bumps, making them more visible and safer for drivers to navigate. Additionally, students worked individually on various projects such as Bleach Tie and Dye, Glass Bottle Designing, Jewellery making, Candle Designing, Mural Painting, and Copper Wire Craft. These projects were on display on Friday, March 31, 2023, showcasing the students’ diverse and unique talents.

Secondary students, on the other hand, created class group murals that were showcased in the school’s auditorium. Overall, Art Week was a fun-filled and creative experience for all students, allowing them to express themselves and appreciate different forms of art.

Secondary Visual Arts Exhibition

The recently-concluded Secondary Visual Arts Exhibition, inspired by the theme “Express Yourself,” was a showcase of creativity and talent. The students expressed themselves in a multitude of ways, demonstrating their diverse interests, personalities, and backgrounds.

One of the highlights of the exhibition was the collaborative activity of the class mural project.
Students from different classes worked together to create expressive pieces of art that reflected the theme of the exhibition. The mural was a testimony to the power of teamwork and the beauty of collective expression.

The young budding artistic learners demonstrated a range of talents, from painting and drawing to ceramics and mixed media. They expressed themselves through all these various media to showcase their unique perspectives and creative visions.

One student testified, “This exhibition was an opportunity for me to explore my artistic side and express myself in ways that I never thought were possible. I am grateful for the support and encouragement from my teachers and classmates.” The conclusion of this exhibition has laid a firm foundation for the next one, which promises to be even bigger and better. We can’t wait to see the innovative ideas and imaginative expressions that our students will bring to the next exhibition.

Once again, we congratulate our young learners for their outstanding achievements and thank the teachers, parents, school management team, and all those who made this event a great success.


World Scholar’s Cup

The Kampala Round of the World Scholar’s Cup was held at Hotel Africana under the theme of ‘Reconstructing the Past’. After thorough preparations, our students competed favourably and qualified for the Global Round that will take place in six places: Doha, London, Xiamen, and Bangkok. AIS will announce the global round that we will attend in due course.

AIS qualified as follows:

  • Overall Team – Junior division – AIS secured 4th place.
  • Overall Senior Debate Team – AIS secured 3rd place.
  • Overall Junior Level Individual Outstanding Student – Lorna Amoding – 4th position.
  • Overall Senior Debate Individual Outstanding Student – Jyodhi Karunya Ramesh – 7th position.
  • Overall Junior Writing Individual Outstanding Student – Lorna Amoding.

Poetry Cafe 2023 Competition

Our Poetry Club participated in the annual Poetry Cafe 2023 held in March, featuring the theme of ‘Lamentations of Death and Destruction’. The competition was divided into Junior, Intermediate, and Senior categories, and we had representatives from all three groups.

Our students impressed the crowds with their brilliantly original poems, which they also dramatized to captivate the audience. Download poem

Upcycled Plastic Boat Competition

The annual Upcycled Boat Challenge 2023 was held at the Victoria Nyanza Sailing Club. This event aims to reduce the impact of plastic waste by encouraging students to make alternative use of plastic bottles in a competitive and entertaining way. AIS is thrilled to have won the award for building the most beautiful boat, which sailed effortlessly across Lake Victoria. Congratulations to all of our MYP4 students who worked hard to construct the boat using plastic bottles.

Mental Math World Cup 2023

It’s that time of year again when our students get the opportunity to participate in the thrilling academic and tech-friendly competition of the Mental Math World Cup. The event consists of a preliminary round, with successful candidates advancing to the final round.

Entries for the Mental Math World Cup are categorized according to age and require no special skills, meaning that learners of all math ability levels can participate. An app is available for both iOS and Android systems, accessible on any device. The app includes practice materials for all levels, and the competition is easily accessible on the same platform.

The Mental Math World Cup rounds will take place in July and August of 2023, with a registration fee of USD 8 payable at the AIS Accounts Department. This is a one-time payment for the activity, and qualifying candidates do not need to pay again. There are plenty of medals and cash prizes up for grabs, so don’t miss out on the chance to participate. The deadline for payments is May 1, 2023.


Internship for DP1 & AS Students

The Career Pathways team at Acorns International School has been busy during Term 2. The Term began with a 3-day internship programme for DP1 and AS students, providing them with practical skills related to their areas of interest.

University Fair

In addition, the AIS Careers team also partnered with Uniserv, a study abroad agency, to host the first-ever university fair on February 13, 2023, and was a great success with representatives from various universities from Turkey, Malaysia, Canada, Middle East. Watch this space for a 2.0 version loading in September 2023… 

Renowned Universities Across the Globe Welcoming Our Students

We are also excited that 99% of the school’s candidate students have received offers from most of the universities they applied to, including prestigious ones such as:

  • Robert Gordon University
  • Leicester University
  • University of Kent
  • University of York
  • University of Bath
  • University of Birmingham
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • London School of Economics
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Aston University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • Lancaster University
  • SOAS London
  • Algonquin College
  • University of Ottawa
  • Manipal University
  • Select Aviation College

Two students are also receiving scholarships worth $60,000 in tuition fees.



  • Term III fees are due by April 24, 2023. If you have any queries, kindly contact the Finance Department at +256 754 202 667 or email [email protected].
  • Delayed fee payments incur a 5% surcharge. If you have not opted for School Lunch, kindly ignore that component in your invoice.
  • AIS offers a 15% reduction on one term’s fee following the introduction of a newly enrolled student.
  • For fee payments made in the bank, we request you to email the receipt to [email protected].
  • If your child’s Managebac account is blocked due to late payment, it will be activated within 24 hours of the payment receipt.

Bank Requirement

  • As per the bank requirements, please note that school fee denominations will not be accepted if they have any type of mark or scribbling on them.
  • As per the bank requirements, please note that US dollar series 2013 and above will be accepted, anything prior will not be accepted.

After-School Care

  • After-School Care is also payable at a casual rate of $5 per 30 minutes.
  • Regular After-School Care hours end at 5:30 p.m. Students picked after this time will be charged at the rate of $5 per 15min.

Transport Facility

We now have 3 new spacious 40 seater school buses. For any inquiries related to the school transport facilities kindly contact the Finance Department at +256 754 202 667 or email


Duke of Edinburgh Foundation Recce Visit for the International Gold Event 2025

This term, we had the pleasure of welcoming guests from the Duke of Edinburgh UK to assess our school’s readiness to host activities for the Gold Award event in 2025. Acorns International School was selected as one of the premier schools to host some of the activities and delegates of the International Award Forum 2025.

This high-profile global event will bring together delegates from over 130 countries and territories where the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award operates. The most recent International Gold Event was held in the Czech Republic. It is customary for such events to have a royal presence, and this event will be no exception. His Royal Highness Prince Edward The Earl of Wessex and Forfar, who is also the Chair of the International Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association, will grace the event with his presence.


As members of the Poetry Club this term, we have been thrilled with the level of engagement and creativity demonstrated by our group. We have explored various aspects of poetry, from analyzing the structure and themes of existing works to creating our own unique interpretations.

One of the highlights of the term was watching a poem recited and analyzing it as a group (link: This activity allowed us to hone our critical thinking skills while also appreciating the beauty and complexity of the poem.

Another exciting aspect of the Poetry Club was the opportunity to showcase our own creative talents. We were encouraged to recite the poem in our own unique way, which challenged us to think outside of the box and explore our own individual styles.

We were particularly impressed with our guest speaker, Faith DP 1, who shared two of her own poems with the group. It was inspiring to hear from a DP student who has already achieved such a high level of mastery in the art of poetry.

We also had the chance to participate in a podcast interview and take part in the poetry cafe challenge with other international schools. These experiences allowed us to develop our communication and collaboration skills while also showcasing our creative talents to a wider audience.

In a nutshell, we feel that the Poetry Club has been an excellent platform for developing not only our literary skills but also our ATL skills. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a supportive and creative community.

In the Logic and Puzzles Club, students have been learning about various important concepts such as lateral thinking, critical thinking, logical fallacies, and problem-solving skills. As they engage in exercises aimed at developing their cognitive abilities, they have found themselves fully engrossed in the challenges presented to them. Through this process, they have been able to view the world in a more systematic and analytical way, enhancing their overall cognitive prowess.

During term two, our focus was on developing the learners’ passing and shooting techniques while also teaching them how to play as a team. We accomplished this through small-sided games, which provide a match-like environment for players to hone their skills and improve their overall performance.

Passing: Passing is a crucial skill in football as it enables players to move the ball around the pitch and create scoring opportunities. To be effective on the pitch, players must master this fundamental skill by developing accuracy, speed, and technique. They need to be able to accurately judge the distance and trajectory of their passes while controlling the power they put behind each pass. Practising passing drills regularly is essential to improve this skill.

Shooting: Shooting is the skill that allows players to score goals, which is the ultimate objective in football. Shooting drills are designed to help players develop accuracy, power, and technique when shooting the ball. A good shooter must be able to control the ball, shoot accurately, and quickly make decisions based on the situation on the pitch. Shooting drills are crucial to develop these skills and should be practised regularly.

Small-sided games: Small-sided games are an excellent way to develop teamwork, communication, and tactical awareness while also providing players with an opportunity to practice their passing, shooting, and decision-making skills in a realistic, competitive, and fun environment. These games simulate real-game situations and allow players to improve their skills in a more authentic context. Practising small-sided games regularly can help players perform better on the pitch and achieve their objectives.

Throughout this term, we have introduced six new yoga poses to the students. They have eagerly embraced these new poses and have even begun to practice them on their own time. The students have demonstrated a solid understanding of the methods and techniques required to perform each pose effectively. Additionally, they have shown great interest in learning about the numerous benefits that come with practicing yoga.

As we progress towards the end of the Academic Year 2023, we plan to complete all 11 poses we have outlined for the students. By continuing to practice yoga regularly, they will be able to reap the benefits of increased physical strength, flexibility, and balance. Moreover, they will also experience improved mental health and emotional well-being, leading to a more focused and productive academic performance.

As a teacher at a Film Club, I had the pleasure of guiding my students through the intricate world of filmmaking. Our curriculum covered a diverse range of topics, including scriptwriting, character development, costume design, scene development, and camera angles.

We began with scriptwriting, where I taught my students how to structure a script, create compelling characters, and develop a captivating storyline. We emphasized the importance of a strong script as the foundation of any successful film.

Moving on to character development, I encouraged my students to think beyond the ordinary and create characters that were authentic, dynamic, and relatable. We explored various techniques for character development, such as backstory and motivation, and discussed how to incorporate them into a script.

Our lessons on costume design were equally important. I taught my students how to create costumes that matched the characters and blended seamlessly into the film’s aesthetic. We examined how costumes can be used to enhance the storyline, set the tone, and add authenticity to a film.

Furthermore, we covered scene development and camera angles. I demonstrated how different camera angles can affect the mood and tone of a scene, creating a sense of continuity throughout the film. We studied how to make scenes flow together seamlessly and discussed the importance of using appropriate camera angles.

Overall, it was a delightful experience sharing my passion for filmmaking with my students. It was incredibly satisfying to watch them grow as filmmakers and apply what they learned in class to create their own projects.

We are proud to announce that the students have made significant progress towards their goals. They decided to make clothes from recycled materials, contributing to SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. This initiative has helped in reducing waste and promoting a circular economy. The students’ sketches allowed them to explore their creativity and bring unique perspectives to their designs while ensuring that they had a clear vision of their final products.

Furthermore, the act of volunteering to bring materials has helped the learners foster a sense of community and collaboration within the Club. By encouraging everyone to take an active role in the project, they have built stronger relationships with one another and created a more supportive and inclusive Club environment.

The Badminton Club has been active for two terms now and has achieved some success. The students have improved immensely both technically and tactically. Most learners now understand the basic rules of the game and can play a singles game. The Club also has some good players who are capable of representing the school if given the chance.

This term, we focused on creating pots and other forms of ceramics using hand-forming methods like pinching, coiling, as well as using slabs. The learners had the practical experience of creating pots in different forms as well as other ceramic ware like dishes, vases, and shallow plates. Most learners used the technique of pinching as they found it more convenient. A few others used the coiling method.

It has been refreshing to learn basic phrases from different languages represented in the Club, such as Luganda, Gujarati, Swahili, Acholi, Tamil, Hindi, Runyankole, Luo, etc. We have shared our cultures through music and dance, as well as activities such as film screenings, conversation buddies, storytelling, singing, and folklore tales. The Club has offered a supportive space for learners who speak little or more of their mother languages. We have appreciated our cultures better and are proud to share our stories while acquiring other people’s languages.

During the Cooking Club sessions for Term 2, we carried out different activities, which included an introduction to cooking, the importance of cooking, goal setting, essential kitchen utensils, preparing doughnuts, safety, healthy eating habits, chefs around the world, and cooking tips from Gordon Ramsay.

Overall, all our sessions were interactive, and we saw most of the students evolve and learn how to peel, knead, fry, and implement cooking tips, among others. Students became knowledgeable, risk-takers, balanced, and open-minded.

The students informed us that they are also practicing healthy eating habits to live a healthy lifestyle. Cooking with others can promote teamwork and communication skills.

The students worked together to plan menus, assign tasks, and coordinate their efforts to prepare a meal. This was a valuable experience for them as it helped build social skills and encouraged collaboration.

The Environmental Awareness Club has completed several projects aimed at reducing waste and improving the health of our environment. During the term, the students picked up trash in the soccer field and recycled waste paper in the school to make products like gift bags and other items. Additionally, the Club planted seedlings to promote biodiversity in the school. The members were enthusiastic about the projects and proud of the impact they made. They hope to continue making positive changes in the future.

Chess has mostly been the main game for learners, with non-players gaining basic knowledge. Our options have been limited, since despite advising students to bring games of their choice Tuesdays, the response has been poor, resulting in continued reliance on chess for playtime.

Our main aim in the Volleyball Club has been to interest the students in the sport so that we can be able to grow the sport in the school. We have focused on introducing the basic skills of the game this term like serving, receiving and passing using the dig and set pass. The skills have been fairly developed and most of the students can demonstrate these basic skills.

The Club has faced a challenge of inadequate resources like the balls, uncertainties like rain that normally disrupts training.

We hope to be able to raise a school team by the end of next term.

The Acorns International School Newsletter Club has been working diligently to compile content for their newsletter. The students set out to achieve their objective of learning how to write about various topics such as student achievements, announcements, education-related articles, students’ well-being, and interviews with teachers and students.

The students were able to work collaboratively in groups. They utilised skills such as communication, time management, and teamwork to complete their tasks. The group members were also able to learn more about their school in the process.

Using a Google slide, the students were able to keep track of their work and collaborate efficiently. The final stages of editing are underway, and the students are excited to publish their completed newsletter. Overall, the Club members have gained valuable skills such as writing, editing, communication, and collaboration.

The Kickboxing Club has been training in the Auditorium and members have made amazing progress in a short space of time. Since the Club began members have mastered their fighting stance, throwing a jab, a power punch, defending with their hands and elbows and have learnt how to effectively throw front kicks. In addition members have worked on their foot movement and can now throw a 6 punch combination, a kick and effectively move out the way from an opponent’s attack. Members have also worked on their stamina and can skip for around 5 minutes.

We are very proud of what the members have achieved and hope to continue our formidable progress in the new term.

The Sculpture and Carpentry Club focused on creating functional sculpture and woodwork projects. While some learners created sculpture in clay, others explored wire armatures and sculptural drawings.

The Dance Club hosted a number of students this term who were encouraged to express and share their personal creativity. Through collaboration, they developed skills in spontaneous movements, balance, exploratory routines and flexibility. We also visited the PYP dance studio where we learned dance techniques such as style and rhythm. We had lots of fun during the freestyle circle dance time and I am proud that the learners can autonomously lead the warm-up sessions, including sharing what they are passionate about and learning each passing day.

The Aquatic Biology Club this term focused on hydroponics, a unique and innovative way of growing plants that involves using nutrient-rich water instead of soil. The Club activities involved creating a hydroponic pipe to grow lettuce using nutrient-rich water. Students had the opportunity to learn about nutrient solution preparation, which involved researching and understanding the specific needs of lettuce in order to create an optimal environment for growth.

Students learned skills such as cutting holes in PVC pipes and preparing nutrient solutions. Collaboration was also key, as students worked together to overcome challenges and create a prototype hydroponic garden. This activity provided an opportunity to learn about a sustainable and innovative way of growing food that has the potential to revolutionise agriculture.

Calendar for academic year 2023-24