Arusha Campus News – 12 May 2018

Arusha Campus Newsletter Saturday 12th May 2018

The Primary Inter-house Cross Country Competition gets under way on Friday afternoon.

Jack in a, quite frankly, familiar pose as Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz

Dear Parents

Jack Mathews is a legend. He joined the school in Early Childhood at the age of 3 and this week he packed up his books in class for the last time as he finished his final Diploma exam. His loyalty to our school – HIS school – is matched by Simren and Pieter who joined us in P1. All three are graduands now and all three have been superb role models for the younger students. Their parents must be very proud of them and so are we!. We will have one last chance to say well done to Jack, Simren and Pieter and all the other Diploma students at the Arusha Diploma Graduation which will be held at Aim Mall on Thursday 24th May.

On Friday we staged the Primary Inter-house Cross Country competition and the plaudits go out to everyone who made the run such a fun event. Congratulations to Meru House for running out as eventual winners.

This next week will be busy with the PYP Exhibition (Tuesday) closely followed by the International Festival/Arusha’s Got Talent/Visiting Planetarium all on Friday 18th May from 3pm.

Have a super weekend


Keep Our School Safe

Our most precious assets are our children and if we all share the responsibility of keeping our children safe then we will be more effective. There are four actions we can all do to help us make ISM Arusha Campus more secure.

  • collect your new BLUE carpark sticker from Reception and display it in your car(s)
  • Slow down when driving through the gate and into the car park
  • Do not stop or park your car on the main thoroughfare through school.
  • Ask you child to wear a seatbelt at all times.

From the Primary and Secondary Schools

This week we have seen the PYP students busy busy busy: from P6 exhibition preparation, teacher appreciation day, snakes in EC (not real ones) and inter-house cross country.

P6 have been practicing hard to get ready for their exhibition on Tuesday 15 May, at 17.00. Before then, they will be having a ‘dress rehearsal’ on Monday morning, with students coming from St Constantine’s, Braeburn and Kennedy House. We wish them all the best in their preparations.

On Thursday the Primary Student Council organised a ‘teacher appreciation’ day, where students dressed as staff and staff as students. There were many ‘Miss Liz’s’ and ‘Mr Olivier’s’, as well as at least one very suave ‘Mr Phil’. A great initiative. Mr Hoover and Mr Hoover are pictured left!

EC have been creating indigenous Australian art, within their unit on storytelling through art. This week they, and their buddies from P3, made aboriginal patterned snakes and snake puppets from old socks – I knew I had lost some socks somewhere!

In secondary we have seen the continuation of the IB Diploma and MYP examinations. Five of our D2s completed their exams this week – well done to them. We continue next week and will complete all exams on Friday 18 May.

This Saturday is U13 Netball and Rugby at Kennedy House. Good luck to all our teams.

Have a great weekend,


PYP Exhibition

The PYP Soap Drive

Thank you to everyone for supporting the soap drive for Magereza school. Nailah, Thomas, Aadi

DON’T Forget……6 days to go!

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu star in our midst

Our very own M5 student, Blaidd Rossetti-Tucknott, won an outstanding three medals at the first-ever International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in East Africa held April 28 in Kampala, Uganda. With teams from Dar-es-Salaam, Arusha, Kampala, Khartoum, and Addis Ababa competing, Blaidd had to enter the full adult divisions as most of the squads did not have competitors his age. Nevertheless, Blaidd won four fights, two silver medals and one bronze. He finished two of his opponents via submission with a guillotine choke and a Kimura shoulder-lock. In another thrilling match, Blaidd won on points, scoring in the final ten seconds for the victory. Even his losses impressed the crowd as the 16 year old took on a Kyokushin Japanese black belt 3 times his age, a United States Marine, and a Sudanese amateur fighter. Congratulations, Blaidd. Now your exams should not seem so intimidating!

Editor: A huge thanks to Jeremy Swanson for guiding Blaidd and many other budding Jiu-jitsu athletes at our school. 

Lulu’s Leadership Dream

One of our D1 Moshi students has been accepted onto 2 UWC Leadership courses this summer; one in Thailand and one in the US at the UWC school. She has successfully received scholarships for both to cover the course costs but now needs the ISM community’s help to raise the rest of the funds. Let’s all band together to help her achieve her dream to become one of Tanzania’s future leaders

Below is the link to her story and fundraising page.


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.

Careers Symposium

M5 eAssessments

This week, M5 students completed their on-screen exams in I&S, Mathematics and English. We wish them all the best for their final exams next week. Students continue to have a modified timetable with an ‘Early Release’ option after their morning exam next Thursday and a ‘Late Start’ option on Friday if they wish 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. 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 must have parental permission and sign out at reception before leaving campus.

Please see below key dates for M5s:

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
Early August: MYP results released by the IB (via email)
Late September: MYP Certificates and Course Results delivered to ISMAC (via DHL)

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