December 2023


Students concluded a successful first term by completing their Internal Assessments between November 13 and 24. Throughout this time, all PYP students were very dedicated to trying to achieve their personal best in all the assessed subjects.

Next term, we will begin with MAP assessments from the second week so that teachers can develop and modify their teaching and learning for the term based on the results.

Coffee with the Curriculum Coordinator (CCC) is also scheduled for January 25. We hope to see all of you there.

Have a great holiday!

Jamal Makki
PYP Curriculum Coordinator


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On Wednesday, November 29, 2023, the PYP2 Assembly transported us back to Ancient Egypt, weaving a captivating tale around the Transdisciplinary theme, ‘Where We Are in Place and Time.’ The Pharaoh, faced with dilemmas, challenged his wise men to engineer solutions. The students, adorned in diverse costumes, brought the narrative to life. Heartfelt appreciation extends to all whose dedication culminated in the assembly’s triumphant presentation. The PYP2 Assembly not only entertained but also enlightened, showcasing the brilliance of young minds in a historical context.

The exhilarated PYP4 students hosted the community to an enchanting assembly performance that celebrated the incredible symphony of the human body! Through dance and drama, they showcased the extraordinary systems that work together seamlessly to keep us alive and thriving. The audience took a captivating journey into the inner workings of our miraculous bodies! This was under our Transdisciplinary theme, ‘Who We Are!


PYP6 students concluded their exploration of “Who We Are” with a captivating Unit in Action on November 15. Showcasing diverse interests, family histories, cultural backgrounds, and future aspirations, students presented to parents with seamless integration of traditional dances reflecting their unique heritage. This event celebrated individual identities, fostering a deep understanding of personal aspirations and strengthening the home-school connection. Parents witnessed a rich tapestry of their children’s experiences, creating a meaningful bridge between academics and family life.


Understanding the effectiveness of professional development, especially in Child Protection and Safeguarding, is crucial. Our AIS team has become more aware, enhancing their understanding and support for the practice. This ensures staff feels supported, and children know they can approach a responsible adult about their well-being. Children learn about safeguarding options in PSPE classes. Aligned with the current theme, “How we Express Ourselves,” lessons teach the balance of emotion versus reaction, fostering a lifelong lesson on the appropriateness of free expression and understanding boundaries.


ISSA Swimming Gala

AIS hosted the ISSA Primary Swimming Gala on November 18, 2023. The event featured participation from four schools:

AIS, KCIS, Aga Khan Academy, Kabbojja IS

The Acorns Swim Team emerged victorious, accumulating an impressive 642 points. Aga Khan Academy secured the first runners-up position with 607 points, Kabbojja IS claimed the second position with 468 points, and KCIS finished fourth with 186 points.

We express our gratitude to all our swimmers for their hard work and dedication, making the ISSA Swimming Gala a resounding success.


Under the theme “We are all Authors,” PYP’s Book Week was a celebration of creativity. Young authors motivated students with inspirational speeches and captivating readings of their works. The Reminac Writing Competition saw Manha’s story selected for publication as a comic book, earning her a certificate.

The event concluded with a costume day on November 10, where students brought various book characters to life. Book Week 2023 left an indelible mark as a highly successful and enriching experience.

Book Week Gallery

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Costume Day Gallery

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Following the exhilarating Lower Primary Sports Day and Upper Primary Sports Day, we are delighted to announce the outstanding achievements of our teams. Team Metal demonstrated exceptional skill, securing the first-place position with a remarkable 710 points. Team Fire and Light displayed commendable teamwork, earning a well-deserved second place with 650 points, while Team Water showcased determination, claiming third place with 620 points. Team Air came fourth with 560 points,  and Team  Earth was in fifth place with 440 points.

Lower Primary Gallery

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Upper Primary Gallery

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Lower Primary Highlights

Upper Primary Highlights

Congratulations to all participants for their efforts and sportsmanship. Let’s celebrate the spirit of healthy competition and camaraderie that defined these events.

Heartfelt appreciation goes to the numerous parents who turned up in large numbers to support our teams throughout the Sports Week festivities.


3-way conferences at Acorns International School involve students, parents, and teachers coming together to discuss a student’s progress, achievements, and areas for improvement. This collaborative approach fosters a supportive learning environment, enhancing communication and understanding between all stakeholders. 

Students actively engage in reflecting on their work, setting goals, and taking ownership of their learning journey. Parents gain valuable insights into their child’s academic and social development, while teachers provide personalized feedback and guidance. These conferences strengthen the partnership between home and school, promoting a holistic approach to education that goes beyond grades, emphasising the importance of collaboration in nurturing each student’s potential.

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