Arusha Campus News – 16 Dec 2018

Arusha Campus Newsletter 16th December 2018

Seymour (Alfie) absorbs a verbal battering at the hands of the Dentist Orin (Nitzan) in the Little Shop of Horrors

Dear Parents

Marcus, his dad and his P3 classmates plant a tree in memory of his mother, Julie on Friday morning

It would be an understatement to say that the last week of the semester was busy. Some hard work – on-line exam practice and intense report writing; some solemn gestures – a lovely tree planting ceremony in the Primary playground in memory of Julie Thaarup (see image above); some interhouse fun – tug of war, volleyball and water polo and the piece-de-resistance of the whole semester – Little Shop of Horrors which was arranged thanks to the remarkable talents of Miss Arora and Mr Dixon. The DVD for this show will be ready for sale in the New Year. I hope you enjoy the images that record these super events that appear in this newsletter.

On behalf of all the staff at ISM Arusha Campus may I take this opportunty to wish you all a safe and restful holiday and see you back at school on Tuesday 8th January 2019. Please don’t forget that students will be invited to choose new CCAs which will begin on Monday 14 January.


From the Primary and Secondary Schools

Another semester has come to an end and the achievements of our students have been phenomenal. In our whole school assembly the number of students called up on stage to receive awards and mentions for sports, poetry, academics, Learner Profile attributes left few empty handed. We are a small school, but we have an amazingly active and talented student population: from EC through to D1.

Our students have been demonstrating their talents this week on the stage in the Little Shop of Horrors. Thanks to all those who took part and to all the teachers and parents who supported them to succeed. Special thanks to Amy Arora and Tyler Dixon.

On Thursday the new secondary student council and house captains organised a house sports afternoon, with water polo and volleyball. This was an excellent afternoon and I would like to thank all those involved in playing and organising – well done. On the same afternoon, the PYP students took part in a house tug of war – great fun was had by all.

On Tuesday 15 January, MYP (M1-5) students will take part in their student-led portfolio conferences. There will be no lessons for MYP students on this day. MYP parents should have received details and students have been given guidance on what to prepare.

I would like to wish everyone a relaxing break and look forward to welcoming everyone back in January.


Inter House Competitions

The three houses were locked in combat on Thursday. The Primary enjoyed a giant tug-of-war competition (see above), whilst the Secondary contested superiority in water polo and volleyball (pictures below). Eventual winners were Mawenzi (tug-of-war and water polo) and Kibo (volleyball).

P5/6 and Plasterhouse Update

P5/6 showing off their cushion covers which they made in Tarangire. Thanks to Nathalie Harrison for organising the sewing.

International Schools Theatre Association

We are delighted to announce that ISMAC will be hosting an International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) festival from 10th-12th May, 2019. ISTA is a fantastic organisation which brings professional actors and directors to work with students over three days to create a final performance. Schools will be coming from all over the world. If your son/daughter is interested in drama and theatre, this is an opportunity which should not be missed!

Please see the website for more details: There is also a video available, which gives more insight, here:

We are hosting a middle school festival which will be aimed at 10-14 year olds. The cost for participating students from our school will be approximately 600,000tsh, which includes all of the workshops, transportation to and from trips, and food, plus a t-shirt. We will also require students who take part to host two students from visiting schools. This will most likely be from 9th-12th May. During this time, some of their meals will be provided by school but some will need to be provided by their host families, as well as transportation to and from school for rehearsals (which your own child will also be attending).

We have 20-30 places available and these will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to register your child(ren), please email Miss Arora at .

We are so excited about this amazing opportunity!

Piano Lessons for your child?

My name is Gabriel Kalamata and I have many years of experience. I follow the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music). My curriculum is from the UK whereby students can learn music theory and practical piano lessons from music grades 1-8.
Piano students can take part in ABRSM exams once a year.
This is not compulsory – it’s up to the student/parent if they wish to take the exams. Here are the times available for piano lessons:

Monday 3;00-3;30pm
Tuesday 12;-1;00 and 3;00-4;00pm

One lesson lasts for 30 minutes and is Tsh 20 000. One hour lessons can be arranged at 40 000 (payable at beginning of the term).

Parents who are interested to develop the talent of their children in piano and music theory can call me on 0753 341076,0786 250265 or email