Arusha Campus News – 22 Sep 2019

Arusha Campus Newsletter Sunday 22nd September 2019

The UWC East Africa Arusha Team who spent their morning out and about on the streets of Arusha getting to know as many people as they could meet in a morning! Here we all are at the clocktower!

Dear Parents


UWC Day was a celebration of colour and culture on Friday this week



PYP News

This weekend the primary school has been very busy with MAP testing, a P4 trip to the museum, pay to forward with kindness and UWC / World Peace Day. The students have shown many of the PYP attributes during this week. These attitudes are a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.  

What are the PYP Attitudes?


Student Council

Last week, the student council presented what the primary classes did for Kindness week- Pay it forward.

A Day at the Museum …with P4

P4 had a fabulous trip to the national museum. Mwalimu Ann-Joyce helped us learn about Tanzania’s history and the important work of Nyerere. This was all in connection to our unit on Heroes within the theme of Who We Are.

Interdisciplinary Learning in the MYP

Chiara and her Moshi buddy enjoy the Pangani evening sunshine during their IDU trip last week.

Our M2 students have just returned from their interdisciplinary trip to Pangani coordinated by the Mathematics and the Individuals and Societies departments from Moshi and Arusha campuses. In Mathematics, students covered scale drawing, estimation of cliff heights using special equipment and graphing. In Individuals and Societies, they studied the rich history of the Pangani coast and learned about coastal features.

One of the features of the MYP is its emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

Interdisciplinary learning is the process by which students come to understand bodies of knowledge and ways of knowing from two or more subjects and integrate them to create new understanding in a way that would have been unlikely through a single subject.

Our MYP curriculum trips provide great opportunities to foster interdisciplinary learning. The curriculum trips take place once a year and combine interdisciplinary tasks from two different subjects, enabling students to integrate disciplines in novel and creative ways.

Please see below the schedule of our curriculum trips for this year:

Meet our Newest Recruit

Meet our new Head of Outdoor Pursuits, Isack Igenge (pictured above). Isack is a highly experienced mountain guide who also has a Bachelors Degree in Biology. Isack has ionly been here just over a week but has settled in to his brand new Outdoor Pursuits office and store behind the Design Studios.Isack is also a combative Ultra Runner and was disappoiunted to miss out on this year’s Rotary Triathlon. He will be up for the challenge next year! Welcome Isack, we are thrilled to be working with you.

Outdoor Pursuits News

A spectacular arachnid photo taken by Thomas Balckett (M2) on a recent trip

The Outdoor Pursuits trips are filling up very quickly since the online sign-up started  and the introduction of the new OP water-based programme.

The following trips are already full:
– OP Water Level 1
– OP Mountain bike Level 1

As there are limited places and many students are waiting for available spots, parents are asked to finalize payment by 3.30 pm on Monday 23 September in order to secure their spot. Payment should be done directly at the accounts department.

Students who have not finalized payment by 3.30 pm on Monday 23 September will be removed from the online sign-up list. Another sign-up opportunity will be emailed to all students at 6 pm in order to give them a second chance to sign-up if there are available spots. 

Please find below the trip dates and cost for Semester 1:

OP Level 1b Trip to North Pare Mountains

The North Pare Mountains Hike was a beautiful and very scenic part of the Eastern Arc mountains. With a determined group of 13 students, Ms Coralie and our new Outdoors Pursuits Supervisor , Isack Igenge, this hike was a great success. Last Saturday the group left at 7 am, stopped at Moshi Campus to meet with the UWC Moshi students and we all left for the Pare Mountains. We arrived at Lomwe Secondary School around 12 pm where students ate lunch and got to meet the local guides.
At 2pm we set out to hike and explore the North Pare mountains which proved to be tough and unrelenting to the casual hiker. After approximately 6 kilometers and close to 5 hours of hiking the last person rolled into our camping site – roof of Kindoroko mountain- exhausted but happy to make it there.
Spending the night with a light rain on this mountain made the expedition even more fun. The next day we broke camp and hiked down to meet the bus in Usangi village where lunch was served for the happy but equally tired group of students.
All in all, this hike was a fantastic experience for most students who said that was their first time to go on a hike.

Football Focus

Bram Davidson is congratulated after scoring the winning goal in Friday’s match against Braeburn

Match Report by Luanga (D1)

Last Friday, the Male Rhinos (A & B Team) played their second fixture of the season against old time rivals Braeburn School Arusha. The 11 a side match took place at the UWCEA Arusha Stadium, which had been freshly cut for the opening home game of the season. Additionally, the girls’ team were also playing a fixture that same day.
Before the match, there was a tight tension in the air between both camps, with some fans predicting a narrow Braeburn victory. The first half began with a balanced flow of the game, with Thembo making key defensive interceptions and Ahmed frustrating the Braeburn defence in return. Some controversial offside decisions were made by the linesman, but otherwise the half ended with a respectable 0-0.
The second half saw more chances for the Rhinos, with Ravi straddling wide more and disorganising the Braeburn defence. Finally, a phenomenal Alfie B through-ball from the middle of the park arrived at the quick feet of Bram, who skipped past a defender and cooly finished off a 1v1 situation with the goalkeeper to make it 1-0.
The frustrated Braeburn midfield were unable to respond, and tensions reached a boiling point resulted in a sending off which unfortunately put UWCEA a man down. Nevertheless, Substitutes such as Caedmon held down the defence and the Rhinos came away with a well-deserved victory, especially on UWC Day.

First 11: Al (GK), Tembo (RB), Daan (CB), Rida (LB), Campbell (LW),  Bram (LCM), Brandon (CM), Sholto, (RCM), Ravi (RW), Alfie (ST), Ahmed (ST)
Subs: Lahtif (CM), Caedmon (RB), Hassan (LW), Aliraza (ST)
Unused Subs: Vasty (LB), Luanga (RW), Diyar (RB)

French movie nights at Alliance Française

Some of the D1 students that watched a French movie at Alliance Francaise this week

Every Thursday of September, the Alliance Française is screening a French movie in its outdoor cinema space. Movies are in French with English subtitles and are free of charge. Last week,  Mme Larpent organised an optional trip to the Alliance for students in M5-D2 studying French (and anyone else interested) to watch a teen drama ‘Corniche Kennedy’, a movie based on the eponymous novel by Maylis Kerangal. Next Thursday at 8 pm, the Alliance will be screening ‘Dans la brume’, a Canadian-French coproduced thriller film set in Paris. Students studying French are encouraged to join in order to get more exposure to the French language but anyone is welcome.

Opportunity for Action! Mt Meru half marathon (21km) or 5 km Fun Run

Are you ready for a challenge? UWC East Africa Arusha Campus is registering staff, students and families interested in the Mt Meru 5 km Fun Run or 21 km half marathon.

The race will take place on Sunday 29 September and the reporting time is 6am at Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium. School transportation will leave campus at 5:30 am on Sunday to take participants to the event and back to campus after the half-marathon at 10 am. Registration cost is 15 000 Tsh for residents (20 USD for non-residents) and  5000 Tsh for children under 10 years old. All secondary students can sign-up using the registration form that Ms Larpent shared on ManageBac. For more information about this event, please visit

Boot Appeal!

Some our new boarding students require football boots and shorts for the upcoming season. If you have any going spare, we would really appreciate them. All sizes and conditions are welcome. Please donate to Caroline at the main reception.

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