Arusha Campus News – 4 May 2018

Arusha Campus Newsletter Friday 4th May 2018

Dear Parents

The unrelenting rain has given Arusha Campus a different look this week!

Our blue riband performers, the Diploma Examinees, have been toiling away on their exams this week. Apprehension and adrenalin has been in evidence in equal doses but so far I think they are doing a fine job.

We were rocked by the news that one of our D2 students, Peter, learned that his brother had died suddenly. Our thoughts are with Peter and his family at this difficult time.

We are all becoming extremely excited at the prospect of the PYP Exhibition. Please note that this takes place on Tuesday 15th May at 5pm and everyone is welcome.


From the Primary and Secondary Schools

The EC Zaras and Tang Tang admire the Ting Tinga paintings at Cultural Heritage

This week saw the beginning of the D2 final exams. The students have now completed 25 different papers, with many more to go. We wish them all the best: one third complete!

In PYP, the EC students visited Cultural Heritage to look at the art in the gallery. This was part of their new unit on story telling, art and culture. The students really enjoyed exploring the different styles of art as you can see in the picture.

On Friday PYP students wore the colours of their home-country flags in celebration of our diverse culture. This linked with the share time presented by Alva and Sierra, as part of their action for the PYP Exhibition.

Wishing you all a great weekend,


Duke of Edinburgh International Award 2018

No pictures please! Dana leads the way on the final morning

Last weekend 5 students devoted their time to complete the final hike of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. They had to work as a team to plan a route, cook meals, carry all the equipment they needed for the 2 days and 1 night over a distance of 25km. The morning started with a few showers but by the time they reached the camp the sun was shining. Harsh, Dana, Jay, Simon and Bram all successfully complete the hike and appeared to almost run to the finish point!

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has 4 sections to complete at the Bronze and silver levels. A skill, a physical activity, a service and an adventurous journey. The award is designed to show commitment and perseverance in a range of activities.

M3 Landscapes

M3 students are working at various stages on landscapes. They are restricted to using three specific hues of three primary colours and white. This has helped develop their understanding of colour as well produce a group of paintings that will form an interesting and coherent show.

Chloe in deep concentration

Magnus creates an East African landscape

Sanna taps in to her artistic skills for her masterpiece

Kings Day Celebrations 2018!

Aidan and sister Carice show off their Dutch heritage!

On Friday 27th April, the NTC (Dutch Language and Culture Education) organised a fun-filled afternoon to celebrate the Dutch King’s Day. ISM Arusha Campus turned orange as many Dutch (and other) families gathered to take part in the Kings Games, took a stroll around the flea market or enjoyed some Dutch delicatesses. The sporty ones donned their orange jerseys and played a football match against the rest of the world.

Visiting Planetarium Coming to Arusha Campus

A fully mobile planetarium will be visiting Arusha Campus in the week leading up to the International Festival (May 14th – 18th). All students will be invited to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. The five metre dome will be erected in the Design Studio, and safari guides, companies and other schools will all be visitors to this attraction. ‘Our’ day will be on the day of the Festival itself, Friday May 18th. There will be a charge for each child of TZS10 000 which will be used to compensate for the cost of the visiting planetarium. ISMAC parents may also ‘sponsor’ the visit of a student from Magereza School across the road at a further cost of TZS5 000. More details will follow. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Ethan (Kinsey) for enabling us to set up this opportunity.

UWC Short Courses

This summer ISM will host, for the first time, a short course for 16-18 year olds from around the world focusing on peace and conflict. The short course will explore the topic of conflict in three dimensions: politics, culture and environment. The Short Course will include a mixture of on-campus workshops, field trips, community service and work-shopping around the development of a personal project. There is funding available so if you know any students who would benefit from this type of experiential learning apply here:

Outdoor Pursuits

There are some places available on the Level 1B trip to South Pare mountains on May 26-28. For students over 16, there are also places available for the OP Level 5 to summit Mt Kilimanjaro on June 7-12.

Please find below, information regarding those two trip. To secure a spot, payment should be done directly at the accounts department.

M5 eAssessments

We wish the M5 class all the best for their on-screen examinations starting next week on May 8 and going through May 18. During that time, M5 students have a modified timetable with an ‘Early release’ option after their morning exams if they wish to leave campus in order to do independent study at home. Alternatively, there will be Study Block sessions at school where students will do independent revision supervised by a teacher. There is also a ‘Late start’ option on the last day of exams on May 18. If you would like your child to take the ‘Early release’ and or the ‘Late start’ option, please email Florence Larpent ( to confirm approval and transport arrangements. Students choosing the ‘Early release’ option will have to sign out at reception before leaving campus.

Please see below key dates for M5s:

May 8: Integrated Humanities exam (afternoon session)
May 10: Mathematics exam (afternoon session)
May 11: English exam (morning session)
May 17: Science exam (morning session)
May 18: Interdisciplinary exam (afternoon session)

May 21-25: M5 Work Experience week
June 4: M5 Ceremony – last day for M5

M5 Work Experience May 21-25

In Quarter 3, M5 students were asked to brainstorm ideas for their week on work experience. During Life Skills this quarter, students wrote their CV and cover letter to send and apply for their week of work experience.  Next week, students need to have secured confirmation from a supervisor from the company or institution where they intend to work. The completed Work Experience Form must be submitted to Mr Emond.

Support Our Scholarships

Last week saw the release of our new fundraising video for support for our IB Diploma scholarships. Now we have a new way to give easily from all over the world with credit, debit and Paypal. This link is here: and you can give once or monthly and chose the amount you want to help support. ISM has always been a trailblazer, being the first IB school in Africa and now we want to increase our scholarships to around 30 a year, partial and full, to students all around the world and join the prestigious UWC movement. If you want more info please contact

Gemma May
Development and Alumni Officer

P6 Homeless Exhibition Group

Dear Parents and Students,

We would like to thank you for  your generosity and for all your contributions to Pippi house.

Kind Regards

Troy, Mia, Jeremias

P6 Poaching Exhibition Group