Arusha Campus News – 2 Feb 2018

Arusha Campus Newsletter Friday 2nd February 2018

The M1 Classes from both campuses enjoying learning experiences with their Hadzabe colleagues at Lake Eyasi this week

Dear Parents

The M1 bus from Eyasi has just arrived and the weary smiles tell a story of a wonderful collective experience. Our students have spent a three days with the Hadzabe peopl near Lake Eyasi. We have had a super experience and my only hope is that our hosts are saying the same thing! 

We live in a magnificent country and not a day goes by without a reminder for all of us about how lucky we are to be living and working in Tanzania. 

Congratulations to our junior sports teams who performed heroically this week. All of these trips and sports festivals could not take place without the commitment and time of our fantastic teachers and parents who chaperone these excursions. My personal thanks to them.


From the Primary and Secondary Schools

Dear Parents,

On Friday we welcomed back the M1s from their IDU trip to Lake Eyasi: they had an amazing time as the pictures in this newsletter show. This trip again highlights the connections we make both between subjects, and between ISM and the rich culture around us in Tanzania.

We have a busy weekend and week ahead of us in both Primary and Secondary with basketball, football and Ultimate Frisbee on Saturday and then football, basketball and hockey next week: we wish all our teams well in their games.

On Monday we have an international university fair at Arusha Campus from 08.00. This fair will include universities from seven countries: totalling eighteen individual institutions. Parents are welcome to attend.

On Thursday 8 February we will celebrate out 100th day of school in the 2017-18 academic year. We will have activities around the school: look out for information from class/subject teachers.

Wishing you a great weekend and week ahead,


Primary Cricket

Howzat! Tristan delivers an unplayable delivery onto the middle stump!

Last Saturday the junior cricket team travelled to Jaffrey School to take on four other schools in a tournament. Thomas, Aadi, Santi, Griffyn, Tristan, Haitham and Sayan are pictured above. A special mention must also go to Finn who turned up to spectate and give his recovering arm an easy day – but gallantly performed in all four matches!

The team were led by the expert managerial team of Katrina and Mark Blackett and Controlled Agression Coach Nick Harrison. The team had been prepared for the day by Coach Mick Thompson and what a treat we had in store. The ISMAC heroes ended up winning two matches, drawing one and losing just one fixture. They made creditable runners-up at the end of the day. Mick believes we could easily win the next tournament if we are able to recruit some more players. 


If you are a Primary student in P3-6 and would like to join the cricket team please see Ms Katrina or Miss Jessica. 

Primary Hockey

The U9 and U11 Hockey teams went to Kennedy House (pictured above) on Tuesday. The children played magnificently! In the U9’s Sayan and Ibrahim deserve a special mention for taking a lead role and working hard in the incredible heat. The U11’s all performed well with Sierra and Sahil making a great defensive back line. Well done to all.

UWC Short Course

‘In July the UWC offers a short course in Bali, Indonesia entitled; International Biosphere Stewardship Program.  The Biosphere Foundation offers a once in a lifetime experience that brings together teenagers from all over the world to the spectacular island of Bali, Indonesia. Our unique program intertwines adventure and learning to inspire young people to be intelligent stewards of our planet. For 15-18 year olds and if you need help with the application, Rabail, our UWC volunteer in Moshi is happy to help and any funding issues we can help with finding support. and

Personal Project update and deadline

M5 students are reminded that the first draft of their Personal Project Report is due on the 29th of January. It is important that students check in with their supervisor and use the checklist provided in their Personal Project guide (page 16) in order to ensure they have included all necessary elements in their report. Please see below the upcoming deadlines to complete the PP journey:

29 January – First draft of the report due
26 February – Final report with appendices due
20 March – Exhibition on campus

We wish all the best to our M5 students and welcome parents and guardians to attend the Personal Project Exhibition on March 20.

M5 eAssessments

At the end of Q2, M5 students focused on preparation for the May 2018 on-screen exams. They completed a two-hour on-screen exam in English, Maths, Sciences, I&S and Interdisciplinary learning in order to familiarize themselves with the format and content of on-screen examinations as well as with the IT tools required. Another set of on-screen examination will take place early in Q4 before the final exams in May.

This Quarter, M5s are focusing on their Personal Project as well as ePortfolios in Design, PHE, French, Music, Drama and Visual Arts. These willl be assessed throughout Quarter 3 and sent to the IB for external evaluation early in Q4. All assessment dates are posted on ManageBac.