November 14, 2014

posted Nov 14, 2014, 7:39 AM by Suzanne WARDINI   [ updated Nov 23, 2014, 6:19 AM by Document Manager ]
A high quality education does not only happen inside the classroom. It also happens on stage and the playing fields. Students learn valuable life lessons performing in a play, being a member of a team, and competing in a tournament. They learn the value of hard work, collaboration, and performing under pressure. These activities are essential to a well-rounded education. 

This week, the school is hosting two major events, the elementary school play, Aladdin and the high school WAISAL volleyball tournament. The play had 36 students performing three shows. For each show, the room was full. 

The play was directed by Joy Osundwa, our elementary music teacher. She spent many hours rehearsing with the students after school and on Saturdays. The children received great reviews for their work due to their hard work, talent, and Ms. Osundwa’s direction. 

For the volleyball tournament, we hosted teams from Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, and Senegal for a two-day tournament for both boys and girls. Over 40 ISD students participated. There were many close matches on the first day. The tournament started with an all-school assembly. Students from Pre-K3 to grade 12 welcomed the visiting teams, watched ISD students perform, and cheered for the ISD mascot. The highlight of the assembly was Flemy Kabalisa’s, the president of the high school student council, rousing opening speech. It was great to experience the school spirit and energy in the gym this morning. 

ISD staff and coaches have worked for months with our students to prepare for this tournament. The boys’ coaches are Darren Donauer, Phil Jolicoeur and Gerard Sambou, The girls’ coaches are Murray Te Huki and Megan Carpenter. Mr. Te Huki, our Activities Director, also organized the tournament.

These exciting opportunities for students are only possible because we have dedicated and talented teachers and community members who are willing to devote their time to our students.

Dr. Alan Knobloch