Moshi Campus News – 19 March 2017

Dear Parents, I was very impressed with the M3 Science Fair last week in which many of our students demonstrated a good understanding of the scientific method, the process of hypothesis, data collection, analysis and conclusion; some pictures of the event are below. Our OP group returned last Sunday from the Mt Hanang trip feeling that they had been well challenged but having enjoyed the trip. And our ISTA drama group returned from Muscat last Monday – photos of both trips are below.
This week we have the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday evening, the primary production of a Fairy Tale Dream on Friday, and a UK universities visit on Thursday, with the Diploma Art Exhibition at the beginning of the following week. Once again, it is a busy week as we head towards the close of the third quarter of the school year.
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PTA Annual General Meeting
All parents and teachers are invited to the Parent-Teacher Association Annual General Meeting in school this Tuesday evening, 21st March at 6:30pm. At the meeting the PTA will present to parents about the year gone and their plans for the year ahead, the Director will summarise how the school fared in 2016, our achievements and plans for the future. The PTA Committee for the year ahead will be elected. We hope to see as many of you there as can make it on Tuesday evening. Karibuni.
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Fairy Tale Dream
FAIRY TALE DREAM – A CONTEMPORARY PRIMARY PRODUCTION On Friday, 24th March at 2pm all the primary students will be entertaining you with their contemporary music and drama fairy tale show in Karibu Hall. Parents are invited to come and watch so please make a note of the date and time. The show includes all EC children, all P1 – P6 children, children from the Primary Clubs (Contemporary Music and Physical Theatre), plus the Pop Choir. We expect to finish by 3pm. We are looking forward to seeing you all there.
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UK University Fair
On Thursday, 23rd March we will be welcoming five UK universities to the school to present to our M5 and D1 students. The universities attending are the universities of Kent, Portsmouth, Coventry, Hertfordshire and Central Lancashire. This will be a good opportunity for our students to learn more about UK admissions and expectations. The fair will start at 2:30pm in Karibu Hall.
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Primary News

This week the P3 children enjoyed cooking Crêpes in class with Ms Pearl, the Primary French teacher. From what I saw they were learning new vocabulary, making interesting connections and being good risk takers. I was impressed with their cooperation and enthusiasm. Thanks for letting me eat one!
The PYP Exhibition is starting to get very exciting as the groups meet regularly with their mentors and as they carry out actions, interviews, field trips etc. Many thanks to all members of the wider ISM community who are helping in one way or another. Ms Cathy and I appreciate all of your support with the P6 children.
Parents, if you would be interested in running a primary club (e.g. sport, art, craft, hobbies, dance etc) for one hour per week in Quarter 4, please could you let me know at your earliest convenience. These take place Mon – Thurs at 2pm. You can contact me on: We depend on the help of parents to keep the varied and fun primary clubs programme going. More details about the Quarter 4 clubs will be sent home shortly.
  • Lost property is collected in a box which is kept at the ISM Reception Desk. Please ensure all clothes, shoes, lunchboxes, water bottles, swimming costumes and hats are clearly named.
  • All primary children need to keep a pair of indoor shoes at schools, especially now that the rains appear to have started. This will help us avoid having muddy classrooms. If you have not yet brought a pair of indoor shoes to the classroom, please do so.
    Upcoming dates for your diaries: Tuesday 21st March – PTA Annual General Meeting ay 6:30pm – all parents welcome. Friday 24th March – Fairy Tale Dream – all primary children taking part. Karibu Hall at 2pm. Parents invited. Tuesday 28th March – Alliance Française visitors will be working with Primary children to improve their French language skills. Tuesday 28th March – Final day for Primary Clubs. Wednesday 29th March – no primary clubs. Children should go home at 1.05 or 2pm. Thursday 30th March – Student Led Conferences in Primary classrooms. There will be no primary lessons on this day. Parents and children will be invited at a specific appointment time on this day. More details will be sent home shortly. Friday 31st March – Final day of Quarter 3. 9am assembly in Karibu Hall (parents invited). Primary children can go home at 10.15am. Please send a request to myself and Keiron White if your child will need to leave earlier than this, i.e. for an emergency situation. Tuesday, 18th April – Boarders return Wednesday 19th April – First day of classes for Quarter 4 Thursday 4th May – PYP Exhibition presentations to all P6 parents (evening)
    Kate Schermbrucker, Head of Primary / PYP Coordinator
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    Secondary News
    Two weeks until the end of term. During this time the M5 students will be finishing off their ePortfolio work and the D2 students are down to the end of classes. Reports are also around the corner and will be available on Thursday March 30th via ManageBac; this quarter all secondary students will receive interim reports, excepting the D2 students who will receive their final full school report of their school career. Please note that reports cannot be made available before 30th March. The following day, Friday 31st March, we will have the end of quarter assembly at 9 am followed by the secondary parent-teacher conferences at 10:30 am.
    This week, on Thursday March 23rd we will have a group of universities from the UK coming to talk with students. This weekend there is swimming, netball and rugby. On Sunday, 26th March the Diploma Art Exhibition will have the initial showing in Karibu Hall with the show running through Tuesday morning. Sunday evening’s opening is by invitation only; the exhibition will be open to all on Monday (27th) and on Tuesday morning (28th). Bob Cofer
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    Boarding News
    The end of quarter 3 is getting closer. We break for Easter on Friday 31st March, and re-open on Tuesday 18th April. Boarders can leave on the same day. We thank the parents who have already shared travel/departure arrangements with us, and remind those who have not to do so. The school provides free transport to/from Moshi and Kilimanjaro International Airport on closing and opening days only. However, we are not able to offer transport to/from Arusha.
    During the week, M5, D1 and D2 students are allowed to sign out in groups of three to selected places in Moshi town, twice between Monday and Thursday, after school. They are also allowed to sign out during weekends. Primary, M1 to M4 boarders can only sign out when supervised by staff,or when parents sign them out. The school does not allow older boarders to sign out the younger ones.
    This weekend boarders went for supervised/unsupervised town trips as scheduled. This was followed by football in the evening and a movie night for secondary boarders. MYP girls had cooking in the dorm on Saturday morning, and later had a photoshoot, while Primary boarders had aqua fitness at the swimming pool. In the afternoon, Primary boarders had a basketball competition, while Secondary boarders had a football tournament. A disco in the dining hall crowned the evening for secondary boarders, as the younger primary boarders watched a movie in their dorm.
    Sunday saw many boarders go to their respective places of worship. Primary boarders then had a dance session outside Karibu Hall. Those who can eat fast had an eating competition in the dining hall at lunch time. Primary boarders had a swimming session in the afternoon, while secondary borders had a football tournament on the top pitch. Rosemary Bango, (Head of Boarding)
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    D1: Required Tests
    D1 students now need to start preparing for their university applications and getting ready for the tests that are required by universities in many countries.
    TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language). This test is required of all students (except those of USA or UK nationality) who plan to study in the USA, Canada, Australia and some other countries (excluding UK). It is a paper-based test held in Moshi on 13th May 2017. Students must register (using a paper form available in school) before 31st March. The cost is US$170 (if paying with your personal credit card), or TSh 400,000 if asking the school to process payment on your behalf. D1 students must not miss the opportunity to register for this test.
    ACT Test. D1 students planning to study in the USA (only) must register for this test which will be held in Moshi on 10th June 2017. Students must register online before 30th April 2017. The fee is US$109.50 (if paying with your own credit card) or US$ 118 if you ask the school to process payment on your behalf.
    SAT Reasoning Test. The SAT is an alternative to ACT and most of our D1 students will not need to take this if they are registering for ACT. It is only useful for students planning to study in the USA. The next SAT test will be held in Moshi on 6th May 2017. Students must register online before 31st March 2017. The fee is US$92 (if paying with your own credit card) or US$99 if you ask the school to process payment on your behalf.
    IELTS Academic UKVI. This English Language test is usually required for non-EU citizens who wish to study in the UK. It is NOT available in Moshi and students will need to register with the British Council in Dar es Salaam to take the test. Tests are available in Dar es Salaam on 8th April, 3rd June, and 15th July at a fee of TSh 558,000. Students must register and pay online as early as possible before the test. ISM can process test fee payments on your behalf, but will need to charge a total of TSh 600,000 to also cover administration expenses and bank fees.
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    The Ivory Game – Screening
    On Wednesday, 29th March, the Sparkling Elephant Project CAS shall be hosting an on-campus film screening of “The Ivory Game” in Karibu Hall from 6 pm to 9 pm. Students in M1 and above, as well as parents of the ISM community, are invited to come and watch the screening. Entry is free. Our CAS hopes to raise public awareness on the plight of elephants and the fight for the conservation of these majestic giants, through this film.
    This film released last November in the USA has won 4 film awards and been nominated for others. A “mixture of sadness and persistence pervades The Ivory Game, which follows some of the men and women struggling to end ivory trafficking. There are plenty of heroes here, yet only a little optimism. Traders in ivory actually want the extinction of elephants,… The fewer elephants there are, the more the price rises. The more the price rises, the more people want to kill them.” [New York Times review, 3 Nov 2016]
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    Sports News
    HOME OF THE LEOPARDS What a great week for the Leopards! On Wednesday March 15th we concluded the 3rd round of the NTAA in U15 Football and U19 Basketball. While our basketball teams had finished their respective season in 3rd place. Our football teams traveled to ISMAC to finish the round, and finish the round in style they did. The girls beat St Jude’s impressively 6-2 to finish in 2nd place, while the boys beat a tough Orkeeswa team 3-1 to finish the round undefeated and Champions.

    Goal scorers for both teams were: Girls: Alicia H (M3) 2 goals, Ida vZ (M4) 2 goals, Sally D (M4) 1 goal, and Theo BB (M1) 1 goal Boys: Caleb M (M4) 1 goal, Malinga Z (M5) 1 goal, Solomon C (M4) 1 goal

    This past Saturday March 11th our Under 19 Boys Basketball team participated in the “A Town Thrown Down” Basketball Tournament along with ISMAC and 3 other local schools. Players and coaches alike looked forward to the challenge of the tournament because of the teams we have not seen. Our boys played extremely well after losing their first game to the Soweto All Stars, making it all the way to the Final where they lost to ISMAC by a score of 26 -20. Great job boys.

    As mentioned before our initiative with Team App is moving forward, please find below the links to the Rugby, Swimming and Netball Team pages. As we get these sites up and running it will be great for our coaches, students and community to get information about these Leopard teams at a touch of a button.

    House Competition After the success of the Indoor Football Tournament the ISM Sports Department are trying to organize a Co-Ed Basketball Tournament. We have two teams registered, hopefully more teams will register, as the football was such a great experience.
    Click here for information and the sign-up form:
    A quick note from Coach Greg: March Madness is coming up and will take place on Tuesday, March 28th and Thursday, March 30th. There will be open gym for all interested players during the regular scheduled practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more details regarding the event, students need to speak with Coach Greg. We all look forward to a great tournament.
    Activities As always the ISM Sports Department wants to advertise three excellent after-school activities, so please find below information regarding swimming, tennis and horseback riding.
    Swimming lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced with Coach Sabini. Those students and parents who are interested in arranging lessons are kindly requested to contact Coach Sabini in person.
    Tennis Lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced players with Coach Charles. Those students and parents who are interested in arranging lessons are kindly requested to contact him at 0757606766.
    Horse riding is also available and those interested need to contact Mr Priva at 0758053280 for more information regarding times, prices and requirements.
    As the year progresses please keep up with all the info, news, and sports reports by reading the Moshi Campus News.
    Go Leopards Scott Hibbard, (Head of Sport and Physical Education)
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    Primary Sports

    There was end-to-end action this week in Karibu Hall between 1:30 and 1:50pm, as the football players continued their high-energy play. Players are getting used to the smaller space and using the walls to bounce the ball off, while the keepers are adjusting to the low-bouncing ball we use for playing indoors.
    Scores in the second round were as follows: Player of the Game in: Thunders – 0-2 – Super Strikers – (Ariella) Green Coconuts – 1-3 – The Invisibles – (Nicole) Captain Kibo – 3-1 – Mawenzi P3-4 – (Kamili) Meru P3-4 – 3-2 – Yellow Bananas – (Prisca)
    P5s and P6s were busy with their adventure challenge this week, while P2-3, and P4-5s were rounding the bases for their muddy, but challenging Rounders game.
    Next Week’s Matches on Wednesday and Thursday: Green Coconuts vs Super Strikers The Invisibles vs Thunderers Captain Kibo vs Mawenzi (Sahil’s team) White Shadow vs Mawenzi (Tuvako’s team) Ryan Sullivan, Primary PHE
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    Swimming News

    The swimmers from both Jr. Varsity and Varsity teams were in Arusha this Saturday, for the annual St. Constantine’s swim gala featuring all of the NTAA schools.
    ISM Moshi’s primary (Jr. Varsity) team was up against some formidable competition from other teams, representing the Leopards to the highest standard in the water and when cheering for their teammates between races. The team finished 3rd overall, behind Kennedy House and ISMAC, with many medals (for first place) and certificates (for second and third).
    In the late afternoon sun, our Varsity swimmers, many of whom have just started their taper for next weekend’s major competition in Nairobi, showed why they are considered one of the best teams in the country. It seemed that in every race, we had someone in first or second position, or both. From 12 years and up, ISM Moshi campus was the dominant team. Too many heats were won by our swimmers to count. The swim of the gala was so difficult choose, for so many of our ISM swimmers swam life-best swims. Shawn, however, came from behind in the 200IM to electrify the crowd with a performance that saw him shave over 10 seconds off his personal best time.
    Sadly, the late start of the secondary gala meant that ISM could not stay for the relays, so after amassing what was surely enough points to put them in contention for the overall win, we ended up 3rd behind Braeburn and ISMAC.
    As a coach, I anticipated this result. Our swimmers were well-prepared for this. All of our training has been geared towards peaking (achieving a physiological and mental state that is ideal for optimal performance) in Nairobi. Next week, they will be even more rested and then they will see the culmination of their effort.
    Congratulations to all of you. You have made our school tremendously proud.
    Upcoming Dates Thur 23 Mar – Sun 26 Mar – ISK Swim Gala Nairobi – Depart at 2pm Thursday Mon 10 April – Fri 14 April – Day Swim Camp (see poster) – $60US (optional) Friday 28 April – Mon 1 May – Mwanza Swim Gala – details TBA – app. $250-300US Sun 7 May 2017 – Swim Team Wrap-up Dinner & Awards – AMEG Lodge – 5-7pm
    Note: Quarter 4 is our off-season, and as such, the swim schedule will be significantly reduced. Schedule TBA.
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    Holiday Swimming Camp
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    Drama Festival in Muscat
    Middle school students returned from Oman where they attended a one week drama festival. The trip brought together six international schools from across the globe in a four-day theatrical fiesta at the American British Academy. The festival, whose main theme was “Water, Water, Water Everywhere” explored how drama can be used to solve various problems affecting our planet. The students were divided into ensemble groups led by highly experienced practitioners and each devised an aspect of the theme culminating into sharing their talents with an audience at the end of the festival. Our twelve students from both Moshi and Arusha campuses enjoyed collaborative and fully engaging non-academic and non-threatening theatrical experience during this trip. Even though it was a drama festival, the trip was also punctuated by other engagements and students had a chance to taste some of the Oman cultures and cuisine with activities ranging from dhow rides to shopping at the souks and games. Here are some of the experiences that the students captured in their own words: “To me the major highlights were visiting the souks, boat cruise and going bowling. The ensemble time was also really fun, enjoyable and exciting. I found new friends too. Everything was fun.” (Donyo) “The boat cruise, making new friends and going shopping was fun, cool and exciting.” (Alex) “The trip was exciting and fun. I enjoyed making new friends and the talent shows. The disco was also interesting although it was short”. (Nangetia) “Going to the mall made me happy because there were many things to buy. I also enjoyed workshops, making new friends, going bowling, souks and the boat cruise. The trip was great fun.” (Mandi) “I loved the Oman trip. The entire trip was really fun-filled and educational. If I would choose my major highlight, it would be staying with my host family because they were very kind. The souks for me were also exciting, seeing the market. The most memorable part was the performance sharing and I think everyone in the group did something.” (Sharleen)
    We thank all the parents who made this trip a success. George Juma
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    OP: Mt. Hanang

    Congratulations to the Outdoor Pursuits group made up of students from both campuses who successfully climbed Mt. Hanang, the 4th highest mountain in Tanzania, last weekend.
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    M3 Science Fair

    Congratulations to all our M3 students who exhibited their scientific skills last week in Karibu Hall. The event demonstrated their strong understanding of scientific method as well as presenting many of the difficulties and challenges of conducting effective scientific research.

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    Diploma Updates
    The ISM-UWC Task Force is well under way! We now have a shared Google drive with people who want to be involved in helping, an info sheet with what we are looking to do, and a presentation people can use for their own awareness and fundraising events. Please contact to be added to this, there is no obligation to do anything once you are added but it’s a great way to see how we are doing and if there is a way you can get involved. This Thursday we had our first meeting in Moshi with interested people where we shared what UWC means for ISM and ideas on how to get more partners.
    Next week in Dar: Tuesday, 21st March at 7pm at Thai Kani restaurant, The Slipway and Friday 24th March at 2pm at Arusha Campus we have more gatherings so please join us and spread the word. There will be drinks and snacks provided so Karibuni wote!. Gemma May, Development and Alumni Officer
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    ISM Libraries
    Sharing ideas, a supportive network, and positive environment are just some of the benefits of a collaborative school culture. At ISM we aim to collaborate at a student level, a teacher level and at the wider community level. Collaboration is at the very heart of the IB philosophy. In that spirit, this week the librarian from the Arusha Campus, Bernadetha Zegye, visited the Moshi Campus to meet with our own librarian, Tahera Madan. Together they shared ideas and thought of new initiatives to move their work forward on both ISM campuses, i.e. for the good of the whole school community. They plan to keep this communication going in the future months and years ahead.
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    Yoga & Teaching Assistants
    As we know, the IB calls on students, teachers and teaching assistants to be balanced. This is why, on Friday afternoon, the P6 teacher Cathy Wambua, led a yoga workshop for our caring, patient and hardworking teaching assistants. This is what they had to say about the session:
  • Wouh! Wonderful, lovely, enjoyable. Yoga – I will keep it up. It made me feel relaxed and comfortable!
  • It was a nice experience. We practised yoga so as to eradicate stress and anxiety, as well as energising our bodies and brains after hard work.
  • I enjoyed doing this session. I feel really relaxed and very comfortable. Before, I didn’t know that yoga is very useful for stress.
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    Diploma Updates
  • Most DP students have had assessments this week and D1 students are progressing with their Extended Essay.
  • D1s are also benefitting from the Wednesday ‘Research and Writing Skills’ class where they are learning how misguided it is to follow the apparent prevalent culture of “cutting and pasting” to write coursework assignments.
  • An IB DP ISM graduate student wrote me, “Honestly I miss ISM, I still find it the best place where you can really learn a lot out of your interest at your own best pace. I am talking of not only the IB system (I call it excellent) but also the sheer support you get from everyone around in your learning pursuits…When I sit and reflect on the time I spent in ISM, I realize that it was a privilege being a student at ISM.”
  • D1 parents are reminded of the Diploma Progression Policy which states: “At the end of the third quarter, all full diploma students will be expected to have a minimum of 22 points (obtained by adding the reported achievement grades from their six subjects excluding ToK and EE). Any student achieving fewer than 22 points at this stage (or achieving fewer than 11 HL points) will be required to undertake a reduced programme with either fewer subjects or with fewer higher levels in consultation with the Diploma Programme Coordinator.”
  • D2 History students had an engaging Harkness Roundtable Presentation within a fishbowl framework on two questions: a) To what extent did Ho Chi Minh’s actions impact the Cold War? And b) To what extent was Ho Chi Minh a communist rather than a nationalist? (Photos attached)
  • Find a way if at all possible to attend the parent-teacher meeting on Friday, March 31st.
  • The co-ed intra-mural ‘March Madness’ basketball tournament will occur on next Tues and thanks to the efforts of coaches Greg and Paige Wagoner.
  • Regular lessons continue until Friday, March 31st at 9:15am. and resume on Wednesday April 19th. Parents do a disservice to their child if they permit early departures or late returns. Irreplaceable D2 exam revision sessions amplify the importance of this for D2s.
  • The 3-week annual IB DP exams will occur from Mon May 1st to Fri May 19th.
  • D2 Grad weekend events: a) Decoration of Karibu Hall (parents/D2s) – Fri May 19th – 9am-noon;
    b) Grad Fri evening dinner at AMEG Lodge in Moshi at 6:30pm;
    c) Grad Ceremony – Sat May 20th with arrival at 2:00 for a 2:30pm start;
    d) Tea in the Director’s Garden 4:30-6:30pm.
    Weblinks: On how “Exercise May Help Protect Children From Stress” at:
    On academic honesty which ISM emphasizes and where the real world is unforgiving – “New Plagiarism Cases Cause Second Thoughts in Germany”
    Rick Fitzpatrick, (Diploma Coordinator):
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    Early Childhood Preview

    Unit of Inquiry Last week the children carried out some experiments on plant growth but found out in the process that old seeds don’t grow! Therefore we planted new seeds towards the end of the week. This means that the group inquiries into nocturnal animals will continue into next week. The children will also complete their summative assessment of this unit as we draw near to the end of the semester. Please think about coming into talk about a celebration that involves ‘light’ as this will give the children another insight into the purpose for light.
    IMPORTANT NOTICE Next Friday, March 25th at 2pm the Primary School will perform a Fairy Tale Dream involving contemporary drama and music. EC will perform 2 short dances and will need the following;
  • A red, yellow or orange T-shirt (the yellow and orange can be an ISM T-shirt)
  • A plain white T-shirt This week we will be spending quite a lot of our time rehearsing for this performance.
  • End of Semester assessments and portfolio work will continue this week
  • EC2s will revise ch, sh and th
  • EC1s will spend some time thinking about the sounds q and j made by Quarrelsome Queen and Jumping Jim
  • End of Semester assessments and portfolio work will continue this week
  • Counting forwards and backwards (to 5/10/20 depending on each group’s readiness for this)
  • Last week of capacity activities
  • Number activities continue each week at children’s own individual level; counting objects, matching objects to numerals, singing number songs, estimating, etc
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    P1/2 Preview

    Notice: All primary children will take part in Fairy Tale Dream on Friday 24th March, 2pm, Karibu Hall. P1/2 children should wear red or orange ISM T-shirts. Parents are invited to watch.
    Unit of Inquiry: Transdisciplinary Theme: Sharing the Planet Central Idea: Human action has the power to preserve or destroy the earth’s natural resources. Lines of inquiry:
  • Identifying natural resources in the local environment.
  • Discovering how people use natural resources.
  • Looking at the pros and cons of how we use natural resources.
  • Conserving the natural resources we use. This week the children have enjoyed exploring campus and identifying different human made and natural items. They are able to explain how they are either human made or natural using their own words. When they found some charcoal this provoked lots of questions and interesting discussion. The children have also brought some of these items back to class where they have attached them into journey sticks, i.e. documenting their inquiry journey.
    English: The children enjoyed listening to the story of Pog, by Lyn Lee, and were able to answer questions on the text and illustrations. They have each started to create their own mini-booklet with each page dedicated to a different character from the original story.
    Maths: The children have continued to practice column addition of 2 and 3 digit numbers. They have been regrouping, including using items from nature, to help them. Next week, we will focus on estimation.
    What to bring to school every day:
  • Indoor shoes – please remind your child to bring the indoor shoes back to school.
  • A hat, a water bottle and a healthy snack. The rule is: No hat, no play, no fun today.
    The Week Ahead: Monday: Homework goes home. Swimming – please bring: trunk/costume, goggles (not compulsory), towel, swimming cap (for long hair), flip flops (the concrete by the pool can get very hot), sun lotion, and a plastic bag for the wet kit. Tuesday: Library session Thursday: PE lesson – suitable sports clothes and shoes Friday: Return the completed homework. Primary Production – Fairy Tale Dream. 2pm in Karibu Hall. Red/Orange ISM T-shirts.
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    P2/3 Preview

    Dear Parents, This Tuesday P2/3s will return to having swimming during their allocated PE time.
    Please can you make sure that your child has everything they need for school during the week. They need their homework folders and home readers every day. Swimming and library are on Tuesday. Thank you!
    There has been a real focus in P2/3 over the last month or so on work presentation. Please can you help by making sure that all pieces of homework are organized, written, colored, the best of your child’s ability.
    Last Week in class: The children have been extremely busy researching and creating their own non-fiction posters. They then designed an advertisement for a topic of interest. We looked at what a good advert should have and added these features to their work.
    In Math, the children have been mastering ways in which they can add two digit numbers and regroup where needed. We looked at five possible strategies that they could do to guide them with their problem solving.
    The Week Ahead in class Unit of Inquiry This week we will be looking at the following line of inquiry: How the world works Central idea: Life on earth is directly related to how the solar system works. Our lines of inquiry: How seasons and climate are caused If there are any parents that have any background knowledge on animal migration or how climate and seasons effect living things and would be willing to come in and talk to the class. Please feel free to contact me:
    Reading: The children will be looking at the characters in the books they read and have read to them. They will be looking at characters feelings and why they feel that why. The children will be choosing a favorite character and studying that character as part of a reading group. The focus will be feelings, thoughts, actions and relationships.
    Writing: The children will be reviewing poetry. They will be writing and reading their own (Poem in my Pocket) for World Poetry day. They will also be continuing with the poetry theme and writing ones related to our unit. We will be creating art pieces to go alongside them. Presentation is an important part of writing and the children will continue to receive input and guidance with this area.
    Math: The children will be working on: Addition with regrouping, data analyzing and developing their mathematical thinking. Regrouping poem: In the ones – adds up to 9 everything’s fine 10 or more take the extra next door (in the tens)
    The Week Ahead: Monday: Homework, Indoor shoes need to be in school Tuesday: SWIMMING and Library – World Poetry day Wednesday: P3 French Thursday: P3 French, INDOOR FOOTBALL @1:30 (house T-shirt) Friday: PE. Please return completed homework.
    Important dates to remember: Friday 24th March 2pm Primary production in Karibu Hall. Green T-shirts worn. Thursday 30th March: Primary led conferences More information will follow about both important events.
    Useful Websites: To help develop spelling – This one is very good as you can focus on different spelling patterns. Have a great weekend Clare Hibbard P2/3
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    P4/5 Preview

    Notice: All primary children will take part in Fairy Tale Dream on Friday 24th March, 2pm, Karibu Hall. P4/5 children should wear yellow ISM T-shirts, unless they are in the Contemporary Music or Physical Theatre Club, in which case they will wear borrowed black T-shirts from the school. Parents are invited to watch.
    Unit of Inquiry: Transdisciplinary Theme: Sharing the Planet Central Idea: Natural hazards that result from natural earth processes often need human intervention. Lines of inquiry:
  • The relationship between natural hazards and the earth’s processes.
  • The frequency and intensity of natural hazards.
  • How human activity can contribute to some natural hazards. The P4/5 students really enjoy science. This week they have been taking and analysing soil measurements. They have been researching different types of natural disasters and have started to put together their Google Slides presentation. Next week the children will set up their weather station – including painting the box.
    English: This week children have been unpacking unit related vocabulary.
    Maths: The children have continued to practice their problem solving skills and times tables. They have been investigating temperature and looking at the difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit.
    What to bring to school every day: Indoor shoes, a hat, a water bottle and a healthy snack. The rule is: No hat, no play, no fun today.
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    P5 Preview

    We started off the week by role playing life under different forms of government. The children had to build newspaper towers as if they were living under the rule of a dictator, a monarch, living in a democracy, in a totalitarian state or in a state of anarchy. You can see photos of this activity in this article. Afterwards they had to write a reflection on their feelings about life under each form of government. We have started a class read aloud, “Breaking Stalin’s Nose,” about life in Russia under Stalin which has provoked plenty of discussion about personal freedoms. Next week the children will identify a governmental system that particularly interests them and start to research it (how it works, which countries have this system of government, the advantages and disadvantages of the system.)
    We have been looking at street art and how some artists use this as a way of protesting against governments and what they perceive to be social injustice. We looked at images of street art in the UK that was protesting agains the over zealousness of the police force, poverty, lack of equal opportunities and prejudice towards migrants. The children used computers to create their own tag (the signature used by graffiti artists) and then created a tag freehand. Next week the children will think about social issues that interest them and try to create a piece of art that expresses their opinions.
    The children have worked on poetry writing and have published some pieces that are up in the breezeway. We will continue with poetry writing next week and this will be one of the homework activities.
    In Maths the children have worked on multiplying 2 digits by 1 digit or multiplying 2 digits by 2 digits. We will carry on with this work and problem solving next week. Some of the children will have a maths problem for homework and others have times tables to learn.
    Today the children supported the P6 initiative by the Litter Less Lords and helped to clean up the picnic tables area after break.
    Our Primary Production “Fairy Tale Dream” will take place next Friday (24th March) at 2pm. The P5 students should wear a purple ISM T-shirt for the performance.
    The week ahead: Monday – Library, I.T. and new homework packet goes home Tuesday – French, Music and Swimming Wednesday – Swahili Thursday – French and I.T. Friday – return homework to school. Swimming, Swahili and Music. 2pm Primary Production. Deborah Mills, (P5 Teacher)
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    P6 Preview

    We had an awesome fourth week of the Exhibition journey and the P6s are making deeper connections with their issues. They have continued to interview people, send out questionnaires and conduct clean up activities where students across the school are involved.
    The Nature Heroes went out to Natural Extracts in Shanty to learn about resources we get from various trees found in Tanzania. They were keen to find out more about vanilla which is grown here in Kilimanjaro. We appreciate Jasmijn (Nuno’s mum) for organizing a trip and taking the time to accompany the children.
    The 3Gs, Gamers Going Green, paid a visit to Dr. Marwa who is a physiotherapist at Dr. Makupa’s clinic here in Shanty Town. They went to learn about pains associated with posture when using gaming gadgets. We appreciate Ms Catherine, the class TA for accompanying them.
    This week we have explored Storybird an application for creating ebooks, which is being used by one of the groups to share their issue. Other groups are sorting out their information into video documentaries, Prezi presentations as well as different forms of writing.
    Next week the P6s together with the rest of Primary are performing in The Fairy Tale Dream; a concert put together by Ms Pantlin the music teacher. P6s will wear green ISM T-shirts for this concert. Ms Cathy.
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