Arusha Campus News – 3 March 2018

Arusha Campus Newsletter Saturday 3 March 2018

Simren will soon be cooking up a treat when she takes up her offer of a place at the prestigious culinary arts institute in Paris. Well done Simren!

Dear Parents

We continue to get great news here at ISMAC in the form of placements for our students. Firstly we were all thrilled for the Remtullah family to hear that Simren (pictured above) had been granted a place at L’Ecole du Cordon Bleu in Paris, one of the world’s premier catering schools.

Milos, (pictured left) had been awarded a partial scholarship courtesy of the Serbian National Committee, to UWC Li Po Chun in Honk Kong earlier in the year. The great news coming out this week was that this has been made a full scholarship! Serbia was lucky to receive a top up from the Dare To Dream Scholarship foundation.

This week we have had so much fun in book week and this newsletter is punctuated with images recording the events of the week. Special thanks to Mrs Lema and Mrs Acomb for organising the week and also, once again, to our PTA for organising the Book Swap and generally helping out everywhere! Where would we be without you?!

Its a big day of sport here at ISMAC as I write this. I have just watched our Under-15 girls win their first two games netball against Braeburn and Moshi. Hala Linck on fire in the Goal Attack with Sehra Aggarwal keeping the opposition out the other end. Well done to Miss Caroine and Miss Arora for being such calm and peaceful coaches. Your players pick this up and play with style, relaxation and big smiles! Our rugby boys have played brilliantly too, winning two, drawing one and losing just one. 

Finally, congratulations to all the mums and dads who are performing in the Master’s Gala today. It looks like great fun, if a little tiring! Well done Arusha Swim Club and Coach Khalid for organising this and again our PTA for providing refreshments.

If you look at our website you will see a countdown in the top left hand corner of the homescreen ticking down days. This is the countdown to our 50th Anniversary on Thursday 24th October 2019 (we will arrange a celebratory weekend on Friday to Sunday 26-28th July 2019) 


Mrs Simonsen and Mr Dixon display their book characters

Mrs Lema and Mrs Bowen show their true colours

Ella gets her trunk pulled by Burglar Bill

From the Primary and Secondary Schools

The teachers (above) joined everybody else in dressing up for Book Week

Dear Parents,

Wow, what a week it has been. Book Week has really brought out the creative side in everyone: students, staff and of course yourselves (yes we know you helped make many of the costumes and helped with creating the book covers).

Across the school we have seen students ‘Drop Everything and Read’ each day, secondary staff venture into primary to read to PYP classes and a great increase in borrowing of books from the library. We even had a book swap where students could exchange books.

On Thursday we had World Book Day dress up, with PYP parading across campus in their amazing costumes. Special mention should be made of the secondary teachers, who stepped out of their comfort zone and dressed up: who will ever forget Ms Arora as Cruella De Vil, Mr Anderson as a green crayon, or Ms Kinsey as the Gruffalo. Thanks for all the efforts of those who took part: especially Mr Phil who brought the Highway Rat to life.

Friday saw the culmination of Book Week in the form of the PYP share time, with competitions and prizes. Thanks again for everyone’s efforts.

Next week we have MAP tests for students in P4-6. These tests are non-curricular tests which replace our previous ISA tests. We wish students well, but remind everyone that no revision is required.

Next week also sees U11 cricket and U19 basketball on Tuesday. On Friday the primary swim gala will take place at SCIS, with secondary being on Saturday: we wish our teams well. We will also have our first Mountain Bike OP trip leaving from Arusha Campus on Saturday: thanks to Ms Larpent for her organisation of this event.

I wish you all a happy and relaxing weekend,


Sports Results

The fearsome Under 13 Girls’ Football team led by Coach Thomas Holden

The Under 13 Girls and Boys Footballers travelled to St Jude’s today and whilst the results have not been conveyed to me I know that the Boys finished a creditable 3rd place whilst the girls’ team contained the overall Player of the Tournament in Olivia Ellis.

Our Under 15 Girls’ Netball are currently in unbeatable form and it was business as usual as they recorded 3 straight victories this morning at ISMAC. (Here they are pictured left)

The Under 19 Boys Rugby team were also victorious recording 2 victories, 1 draw and just 1 defeat. Thanks to the Arusha Rhinos for coming along to help referee those matches. Much appreciated.

International Women’s Day 8th March – survey to fill-in PLEASE!

For my CAS project I am organising ISM’s contribution to the EAC’s event for International Women’s Day on March 8th. 

In my CCA we have decided to create a short video featuring people’s experiences with gender inequality and gender equality. To get these experiences we created a survey, allowing people to give their stories anonymously.

In order to have a good depth in our video, we need as many responses as possible. The link is:


Thank you, Georgie Bowknecht (D2)

Two Events Next Friday raising money for our CAS project

For SUSO we are raising money for a sanitary pad drive as part of one of our CAS projects. We will be having a fund raiser on Friday next week which will include a ping pong tournament and video game tournament. If you fancy yourself as a ping pong player or FIFA ’17 Gamer then join in and help us raise money for this needy cause.

Catherine Wambura (D2)

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:

M5 Work Experience in May

This week, M5 students have handed in the second draft of their Personal Project Report and received oral feedback from their supervisor. This weekend is their last opportunity to make final changes to improve their report before submitting it next week on Monday 26th of February. In March, students will prepare for the Personal Project Exhibition in order to celebrate the end of their PP journey on Tuesday the 20th of March. Save the date!

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