Arusha Campus News – 28 Sep 2018

Arusha Campus Newsletter 28th September 2018

Dear Parents

Last Friday we celebrated the International Day of Peace and this was a timely reminder of our quest to become a United World College. The UWC International Board will be meeting on 22nd October, and ISM’s application for membership will be discussed at that meeting. We should receive news by early November. We will keep you posted.

I wish to congratulate our colleagues on Moshi Campus for organising an amazing 24 hour run. Sponsored runners from both campuses raised almost $12 000 in aid of our scholarship fund.

I write this newsletter from Zambia where I have been doing a series of presentations to recruit new students to ISM. One of my presentations was lightened up by the appearance of the lady pictured with me right. Many of you will remember Rishi Shah, who for many years was the PTA Chair on Moshi Campus. Rishi still runs Ameg Lodge in Moshi. Greetings to everyone at ISM from Rishi!

We will finish the quarter on Friday 5 October with an assembly at 11.30 and then an early release at 12 noon. Parents are welcome to join us for the whole school assembly. The first day of Q3 will be Monday 22 October.

I wish the sports teams all the best for this weekend.


TEDx Majengo

You will have heard that TED talks will be visiting Arusha. TEDxMajengo 2018 aims to spark curiosity, open minds, and bring together unexpected connections leading to new community-centric initiatives, collaborations, or movements in Arusha. The event will generate networking, interacting and linking between 100 attendees from a range of backgrounds and professions. Of these attendees, 25 fully subsidized tickets will be made available for a selected group of 18-25 year olds who show promise as future leaders and innovators.

The talks will be based around the theme “Origins and Changes”. They will tie together ideas on environmental, cultural and social heritage with modern developments and changes. They will be framed in reference to Tanzanian culture and rooted in local experience from Tanzania-based speakers.

The talks will take place throughout the day on 6 October 2018, at the Cultural Heritage Centre, located in Majengo, Arusha. More information can be found at this link

Through the Interact Club here at ISMAC and a philanthropic donor, two of our students have won the tickets to attend this momentous event. Ghaidaa and Maggie are pictured above just after they received the news that they were the lucky ones selected!

Meet the New Teachers – Marja Strid (P3)

Greetings from Finland! I’m Marja Strid and I’ll be joining you soon in ISM, Arusha. Can’t wait to meet you all! My hobbies are canoeing, animal protection and repairing an old house. I have been a class – resource- and special education teacher for more than two decades and still I think it’s BEST JOB EVER! See you soon! Marja! 

From the Primary and Secondary Schools

Wow, what a week: we have had M2s in Pangani, U11 rounders at Kennedy House and P3-6 Inter House Athletics to name but a few.

The M2 had an excellent trip to Pangani with Moshi campus. This was for their MYP interdisciplinary unit, involving Mathematics and Individuals & Societies. Thanks to Mr Schutte and Mr Temi for accompanying the students and leading a very successful trip.

On Tuesday P5-6 travelled to Kennedy House for U11 Rounders. The students played extremely well and came fourth overall; they won two games and lost one. Well done to all those who took part.

This Friday saw ISM Arusha host the annual Inter-House Athletics for P3-P6 students. Track and field events allowed the students to demonstrate their phenomenal skills, with some fantastic individual performances. Many thanks to Miss Amanda for organising and keeping everyone in line.

This weekend is equally as busy as the week: on Saturday the OP Mountain Bike Level 1 will go out, ably led by Madam Larpent. At the same time we will have  another full day of sport, with U19 Football and U15 Basketball at St Constantine’s, and U13 Football at ISM Arusha. We wish everyone well.

On Monday 1 October, ISM Arusha will host the second major university fair of the academic year. This fair is focused on international universities from around the globe. The event starts at 08.30 and will include representatives from over seventeen universities. Parents are welcome to attend.

Please remember the following for the last week of Quarter One:
– No CCAs will take place in the last week. Buses will leave campus after lessons end at 14.30.
– Wednesday 3 October – PYP 3-way Conferences – no school for PYP students (EC-P6).
– Thursday 4 October – Fun Sports (EC-P2). Come and join the fun from 08.00 to 10.30.

Have a great weekend,


Hongera Aliraza!

Aliraza is also a D1 student who has made a name for himself in a different way. Aliraza is an outstanding sportsman and last weekend was busy competing in the 2018 Order of Merit Match Play Tournament which is a year long knockout tournament made up by the top 32 players in Arusha.

Quite deservedly, Aliraza won the tournament outright by finishing 4 up after 16 holes. Aliraza described the accomplishment as “Undoubtedly the greatest achievement of my life”

PTA AGM Notice – Confirmation of time and agenda


Tuesday 2nd October @ 8am


  1. Welcome
  2. Thanks to current PTA and their accomplishments
  3. Current projects and hopes for the future
  4. Treasurers Report
  5. Explanation of election process and constitution relevances
  6. Presentation on the new boarding facility by the Director
  7. Election of officers
  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • One representative to the Board 


NTAA Under-11 Rounders

The U11 rounders team performed with enthusiasm at their recent NTAA tournament at Kennedy House (pictured above). They won two of their games with some great rounders from Griffyn and Jessica and a excellent catches from Sayan. Ibrahim was a great bowler and Anisa hit a number of half rounders. Tristan and Griffyn were a great combination on first base and backstop. Siri, Sally, Maja, Malaika and Eleanor completed a great team scoring a total of 13.5 rounders over the afternoon.

P4/5 Unit Gallery

P4/5 students shared their Unit of Inquiry with their parents pictured above. They had a lovely gallery both inside and outside the classroom showcasing their work from the past 6 weeks.

P6 Migration Unit

On Thursday morning the P5/6 presented their migration unit to their parents. They read a newspaper article, presented a poster on a person who had migrated and they played a game to show the positives and negatives of migration that students had created with a partner.It was great to hear laughter and to watch everyone being sent to jail! There are many competitive parents in this class as seen in the picture above.

Cirque du Soleil comes to ISMAC

To kick off this second last week of the quarter, we had the chance to welcome a trapeze artist from the Cirque du Soleil, Louis-David Simoneau, pictured above. Currently traveling around Tanzania for a month, LD generously accepted to visit our Primary students to lead a few workshops on acrobatics. As we see on the pictures, some of our students learned about the good technique to perform a two-people-super-wheel-flip. But also, mostly, our kids started the week with smiles in the face and acrobatic dreams to chase.

P5/6 Cross Campus Camp

Last Thursday and Friday the P5/6 class joined the Moshi students to visit Wildtracks, Kahawa Coffee Farm in Usa River. Here they are pictured above. We learned about the process of growing coffee until you finally get to enjoy drinking a cappuccino or iced coffee. We did a short hike to an organic coffee farm and looked at different types of vegetation on the way. Sleeping in the tents, playing with the dog, campfire songs and stories, and eating wild raspberries were among the favourite activities.

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.