Arusha Campus News – 16 Feb 2018

Arusha Campus Newsletter Friday 16th February 2018

ISMAC on Top of the World! At least that is how it felt for Sally and her classmates as they camped in Simanjiro this week.

Dear Parents

Exciting developments on Arusha Campus these days. The invitation to Arusha’s architects for the Design of the new Arusha Boarding House has gone out. If you missed that bulletin then scroll down below in this newsletter to see what we are looking for.

I am so pleased with our School’s work in building connections within the wider community. The picture of Elaete and her friend in the ISM cap left is a visual reminder of the importance of these connections. The work of our Interact Club with the Kisimani School is one of many examples of the connections that we make on a daily basis. Our mission to bring an international perspective into the minds of our students extends to those with whom our community interacts. Let us hope that this collaboration continues for many years to come.

Finally, don’t forget the Umoja Music Recital which will take place at 4.30pm on Thursday 22nd February in the Perfomance Area. Everyone is welcome.


Arusha Campus Development

The Arusha development working group has been meeting regularly to discuss and develop an Arusha campus site plan. The first stage in the development of the campus will be the construction of a Diploma boarding house and associated staff houses and facilities. The working group is at the stage of preparing a concept document for interested architects and is looking for names of architects who they could approach. Please feel free to contact Monique Janmaat,, or Phil Bowen,,  if you know of an architect you think we should approach.

From the Primary and Secondary Schools

Dear Parents,

A short week does not mean a slow down in either Primary or Secondary. We have had senses in EC, valentines muffins in P1, art and photography in P2, explorers in P3, P4/5 camp and circulatory systems in P6.

In secondary we have seen group work aplenty: pictured are M3 mind mapping in I&S, detailing the effects of water shortages and desertification. M3 also had the privilege of attending a screening of Jane and meeting with Jane Goodall. Across secondary we have seen a flurry of activity and productivity.

Wednesday saw an explosion of lurve across the school, thanks to SUSO and student council. Roses were everywhere, along with cookies provided at drop off and break by the PTA. Many thanks to all those who helped.

Next week sees another short, but very busy week. We have mother tongue day with events across primary and secondary on Wednesday. The following week will be book week: never a dull moment at ISM!

Have a great long weekend,


We love everyone but especially our PTA!

EC to P6 shared their reasons for why they love ISMAC. Ideas included sport, teachers, assistants, friends,  of course the trees and even Mr Henry in Secondary! Jeremias, Jessica, Siri and Thomas helped with the final display.

I think we all agree that our PTA deserve the most love of all as they have done so much for us over the last twelve months. Thank you PTA!

Come to Share Time this week!

Hamza pictured above practising his Swahili skills in a classroom at Loibor Serrit Primary School.

On Friday 23rd February, the Primary Swahili classes led by our magnificent Ann-Joyce will be hosting a Share Time (P1-P6), Please join the PYP Swahili students in the performance area on Friday at 1.10 pm for a prompt start.  We are excited to share with you what we have learned about Swahili culture in different topics through songs, games stories, technology etc.  Karibuni. Asante sana!

UWC Graduate shares her experiences

Natasha Whitelaw (pictured above), a graduate of the United World College and current Special Assistant to the Director at UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), paid us a visit this week and we sat for 40 minutes enthralled by her stories of courage, determination and love for her work. Natasha now lives in a container in Mogadishu and she compared the love she has for her current work with the joys of being a UWC student diving the reefs off Homg Kong. Look out for an exclusive interview with Natasha in this year’s Summit magazine.

MAP Testing – Primary

Students in P4 to P6 will be taking the online MAP tests this quarter. This is a test that the school has selected to replace the ISA tests students have taken in the past. There is no need to study or prepare for these tests. These are non-timed tests that are adaptive so that students will be able to demonstrate accurately their current skills and help inform teachers what they are ready to learn next. There are tests in Reading, Language Usage and Mathematics.

Students will start with a warm-up session prior to the tests to familiarise themselves with the layout. Then they will go through the three tests in hour-long sessions.

We will keep you up to date with the scheduled timings as we finalise the preparations in the next couple of weeks.

Outdoor Pursuits

The OP mountain bike trip on March 10-11 is now full. There are still places available for the following hiking trips: Level 1B to South Pare mountains, Level 2 to Usambara mountains and Level 5 to Uhuru peak.

Please see below information regarding OP dates and cost:

Personal Project Update

Last week, M5 students handed in the first draft of their written report and they have now received written feedback from their supervisor. Students an opportunity to make imrpovements and submit a 2nd draft byTuesday the 20th of February in order to receive a final oral feeback. The deadline to hand in the final Personal Project report is Monday 26th of February.

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

Running the Kilimanjaro Marathon this year?

If you are planning on running in any of the races did you know you could help to raise money for our scholarship appeal? Our current scholars are pictured left. You can set up a page on JustGiving with the link here:

It is free to set up and you can set your own financial target. There are no penalties for not hitting your target and all the money will come directly to our UK Charitable Trust for the support of future scholarship students from around the world, including refugees and students from diverse economic backgrounds.

You can enter the races here: