Arusha Campus News – 26 Aug 2019

Arusha Campus Newsletter Monday 26th August 2019

The D1 students demonstrate alternative ways to cross the beautiful streams that we encountered on our Pamoja Walk this weekend.

Dear Parents

Like tiny ants, the Arusha D1’s wend their way across the Engare Nanyuki valley en route to Pamoja School

Goodness, I am getting later and later with my newsletters! Many apologies! I have a small excuse in that this weekend we were wholly proccupied with our Matembezi to Pamoja (Walk to Pamoja Secondary School). At midday on Saturday, the Arusha Campus students set out from a point in the foothills of Mt Meru to walk towards Kilimanjaro. At the same time, Moshi students set out from the lee of Kili heading toward Meru! The agreement was for each campus to walk 9kms each and meet on the plains in the middel of the two iconic mountains. There we celebrated an aggregate of 18kms which is in keeping with our status as the 18th UWC in the world.

Aside from the obvious opportunity for cross-campus exchange, our real mission for the weekend was to show our support for Pamoja Secondary School and the Amini Life trust that runs the school. We were able to mingle with the Pamoja students, exchange gifts and enjoy the biggest barbeque ever! Over 200 students gathered for 24hours of great fun. Before leaving managed to plant some trees, donate 200 textbooks, help ly the foundations for the new dormitory there and dig two giant refuse pits…….and before we left we even managed to do the washing-up!

Enjoy the pictures below and from me, a sincere thank you to everyone involved including all students, teachers and the Amini Life Co-ordinators! We are alreayd looking forward to doing at all over again!

This week we have the Friday Market to look forward to in Campus at 2pm followed by the PTA Breakfast on Saturday morning – details of both events follow in this newsletter


Mr Michael sets the pace with his D1 students through the hot Maasailand terrain

The entourage negotiate a sandy, but shady, stretch of the walk

Jamshed from Tajikistan shows us how it is done as he starts the tree planting exercise

…and we even mnaged to do the washing-up!

PTA Breakfast – ALL WELCOME!

Next Saturday – 31st August at 10am until 11am  – why not join us for a family  bring and share breakfast with the student residents at their glorious Acacia House residence.

All welcome, you just have to bring a plate of your-kind-of-breakfast to share!

Pictured right is an example of what the Bowen household tuck in to on most weekday mornings before school!!

This will be an opportunity for you to meet our residents but everyuone and anyone is welcome to join us. Please let Phil or Caroline know if you require any special cooking arrangements that we can prepare for you in advance. If you wish to simply bring a plate of breakfast snacks that would also be well received.


See you there!

PYP News

Thank you to all parents who came to ‘The meet the teacher Parent Mornings’

On Wednesday 28th August is the P2/3 Meeting and on Friday 30th August is the P5 meeting.

CCA’s will start on Monday.Please collect your child from the Performance Area at 3.30pm.

What is the Learner Profile?
These 10 attributes ( inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective) are embedded into our learning. We try to enable our children to understand and show each of these characters and to help them develop an international perspective.

During our Share Times we are starting to discuss each of these by recognising children who have shown these attributes.

MYP News

Last Monday there was an MYP information session for families new to the MYP and for returning families to have an opportunity to meet with their child’s mentor and teachers. If you did not get a chance to attend, you can pick-up the MYP information booklet from reception. This booklet has contact details of all teachers, curriculum overviews, assessment information as well as general MYP information.



For more information about the MYP, feel free to contact Florence, the MYP Coordinator There was also a ManageBac session for parents to familiarize themselves with this online platform and access school messages, their child’s curriculum, homework, grades and teachers’ comments… For more information about ManageBac, feel free to contact the Ciprian, Head of Secondary/Deputy Head of Campus

Mkuru Run : Action!

Last weekend, 12 students and 6 teachers took part in the 15 kilometer run/walk at Mkuru in Massai Land (see image above). This community run is a yearly event organized by Oikos for sustainable development in the area. The event opened with traditional songs and dances from the local Massai community followed by dinner and camping at Mkuru Training Camp. The next morning, the race started at 7:30 am: there was good visibility to start with but as the trail kept going up and up to higher altitude, the mountain clouds made it quite an adventure to find and stay on the track! Congratulations to all the runners and walkers who took part in this event.

8am 18th September – AGM of the Arusha Campus PTA

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Arusha Campus PTA is a meeting at which the new PTA Executive Committee is elected. Nominations for candidates for the committee can be received by Phil or Caroline or handed to any current PTA member, who you can meet at the Coffee Morning this Friday.

Triathlon time of year!

Piano Lessons

My name is Gabriel Kalamata with many years of experience of teaching music theory/piano. I follow the ABRSM (The Exam Board of Royal School of Music Curriculum from the UK whereby students  can learn music theory and practical of piano lessons from grade 1-8.

Piano students can take part in ABRSM exams once a year. This is not compulsory. Here are few spaces currently available for piano lessons.

Monday 3;00-3;30 pm and 4;00-5;30
Tuesday 4;00-5;00 pm
Wednesday 3;30-5;30 pm
Thursday 4;00-5;00 pm

Calendar – August