Arusha Campus News – 1 Sep 2018

Arusha Campus Newsletter September 1st 2018

Griffyn Kemp-White (P6) in action for the Northern Tanzania Athletic Association select team the toured Kenya last week. The congratulations should be as hefty as this sweep shot that Griffyn executed on his way to another fine innings.

Dear Parents

In Share time on Friday the primary school held their Student Council elections. The number of students who wanted to be part of the council was heart warming. Everybody spoke clearly and confidently. Well done to everyone for participating. Congratulations to our new primary council. President Malaika, Press Secretary Iris, Kibo house captain Griffyn, Meru house captain Tristan, and Mawenzi house captain Jessica. Also a big thanks to Ms Ruth for organising the Student Council this year.

Service opportunities in the community are not just for the students! Next week please come along to the ISMAC Rotary Triathlon. By supporting the event, even as a spectator, you will be helping our Rotary Club of Arusha raise funds for all sorts of projects that help those who are more needy than ourselves. The first race will be at 8am but the events will be running throughout the day. A restaurant and bar will be provided.

One of the local schools that we have been supporting is Kisimani School and this has been managed through a relaionship between our school Interact Club (junior Rotary division) and the school. If you would like to help out at Kisimani, then Leah Leonard (our co-ordinator there) has asked me to broadcast this invitation. If any ISM parents are interested in joining Leah on Monday for a bit of literacy and giving back to an underserved community then you are welcome to join her for a Monday morning outing. Kisimani is the first public primary school in Arusha to follow the English Medium curriculum 

Monday at 9:30am, Leah will leave ISM and drive to Kisimani, about 25 minutes to arrive there.  Parents can follow her in their own cars, Leah is happy to give a lift to up to four.
Looking for 6-9 parents who would like to visit a government primary school, and do 30 minutes of reading with ages 4-5 students in 2 chekechea classrooms
We are establishing a ‘reading nook’ in each class, and have received 2 donated tents

Leah is also looking for any used/donated book storage ideas, age-appropriate books, as well as floor cushions to go inside the tent, if anyone can help. Feel free to leave any donations at our main reception.

Finally, congratulations to our Under 19 Girls and Boys football teams and our Under 15 Boys basketball team for competing this morning at Arusha Meru school in the first friendly tournament of the year. Special thanks to Mr Ratsakatika, Mr Schutte, Mr Ibrahim and Mr Emond for their committed coaching on the day!

Have a super weekend


PTA AGM Notice – Confirmation of time

The results of the community survey which polled members for the most preferred time for the Annual General Meeting are out!

Tuesday 2nd October @ 8am

Migration in P5/6

The students in Mrs Bowen’s class (P5/6) have been inquiring into Migration and exploring the idea that human migration is a response to opportunities, chllenges and risks. To help their inquiry they were visited by three ‘migrants’ in Carolynn (Siri’s mum), Debs (Griffyn’smum) and Mr Bowen. Thank you to these mums for their time to give such enlightening talks.

Carolynn is pictured left explaining her Iowa roots!

Diploma Students conduct experiments in Early Childhood

D1 TOK students visited EC and P2 this week to ask the question, “What do little kids know?”. The D1s conducted a series of knowledge experiments and enjoyed the chance to watch the younger students and record their findings. This has helped us immensely on our knowledge quest!

See pictures below and right

Thank you Ms Liz, Ms Carmen, EC and P2 for having us!

MAP Testing

Quarter One sees us take part in our second MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing session. The main aim of MAP is to look at growth and give students, parents and teachers indicators by which we can measure a child’s educational journey. MAP tests will take place in P4 through M3 from 10 September to 21 September, with each student taking tests in Reading, English Language and Mathematics.

These assessments are nothing for students to worry about and there is no revision or preparation they need to do. If you would like to have more information about the MAP Growth test, visit:

More information and a full schedule will be released over the coming weeks.

Outdoor Pursuits (OP) – Semester One

The Outdoor Pursuits programme at ISM provides students with opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation, leadership development and experiential learning. The OP programme consists of a graded hiking programme intented to allow students to progress progressively through challenging levels, starting with an overnight Camp-Craft trip for M1 students to learn OP basics followed up with trips from Level 1 to Level 5 – a six day trip to summit Mt Kilimanjaro. We are also developing an OP Mountain Biking programme, starting with Level 1 this semester and moving to Level 2 in Semester 2.

OP Schedule and costings for Semester 1

Signing-up for an OP trip:

To sign-up, it is the students’ responsibility to inform Ms Larpent, the OP Coordinator, of their interest in an OP trip, upon which they will receive the sign-up letter for parents. Payment can then be made directly at the accounts’ department in order to secure a spot for the trip. As there are limited places, priority will be given to students who are the first to make full payment.

OP information with cost and dates has been emailed to students and posted on ManageBac. It is also be posted on the OP notice board at school.

Piano Lessons for your child?

My name is Gabriel Kalamata.I offer piano lesson at ISM as part time teacher.
Parents who are interested to develop talent of their children in piano can can call at 0753341076 or email
For the new academic year, the following times are available for your child.
One lesson for thirty minutes is Tshs 20000,[paid at the beginning of the term]..
Karibuni nyote,


So you think you can DANCE!

Buy your fresh greens at ISMAC

Mesula Organic Fruit and Vegetables are regular vendors at our Friday Market at ISMAC. The good news is that Mesula have agreed to come to ISMAC EVERY MONDAY and Friday with fruit and veg. Please come along and purchase your greens for the week from 1.30pm on the grass at the front of school. This new service starts Monday 20th August.
Karibuni Wote.

Triathlon Time!