Arusha Campus News – 25 Nov 2022

UWC East Africa Arusha Campus Newsletter Friday 25th 2022

Valerie, Gauthier and Sehra launch yet another Arusha Rhino’s attack at Sports Weekend last week on their way to the runners-up position in the Open age tournament.

Dear Parents

Competitive sport seems to be everywhere at the moment. Last weekend we travelled to Moshi to take part in the annual Sports Weekend and what a splendid three days of sport it turned out to be. Many thanks to Mr Mostafa (Head of PE in Moshi) and all the Moshi Campus community for staging such a super event.

The weekend coincided with the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This year’s competition has sparked controversy surrounding human rights restrictions but the most interesting conversation I have had was with my friend Julius in P6. So I have invited Julius to help me write my article this week.

The image above is Julius’s depiction of the world cup. He thinks all that football thinks about these days is large wads of money. The World Cup is only in Qatar because of the lure of big money payouts to those who voted for that country to host the world cup. Then there are the players who are paid astronomous amounts of money to perform two, three or four times a week. So much depends on these players and their performances.

Thank goodness we are able to play our sport here in northern Tanzania without such pressures and with big smiles on our faces!

Tomorrow the whole of Arusha will descend on Arusha Campus it seems for the annual Christmas Fair. Come along and enjoy yoursleves!



Eun skims a pinpoint pass for the U15 Ultimate team – eventual overall Champions!

PYP News

ICT – Information, Communication Technology

ICT in the PYP encompasses the use of a wide range of digital tools and media (see image above). ICT provides opportunities for students to investigate, create, communicate, collaborate, organize and be responsible for their own learning and actions.Through the use of ICT, learners develop and apply strategies for critical and creative thinking, engage in inquiry, make connections, and apply new understandings and skills in different contexts. (From the Role of the PYP IB)

Recently the P4/5 class shared their powerpoint presentations about simple machines with the P3 class. The EC’s have played games to develop their mouse control. The P2’s played online games to learn about place value and to help with phonics. The P3’s used the data they collected on the class bus trip to create pie charts. The P1’s were learning the difference between capital and lowercase letters. P6 used Chrome Music Lab, an online sequencer to create their own music. They put in patterns of notes, starting with times tables patterns and then arranged them to make something that sounded like a news report theme tune.

I am always amazed at the variety of learning happening around our campus


Primary Art displays are looking fabulous as always!

Manzi climbs highest in the battle of the campuses on the basketball court

P2 Healthy Eaters

This Wednesday on pajama day the P’2 invited their parents to share a healthy breakfast and discuss a bit about healthy foods and habits. It was a wonderful get together to end our unit.

MYP Life Skills News

M1 students sharing their boundaries and learning to communicate them in confidence.

Life Skills is a practical and engaging subject that works towards developing learners with skills that will benefit them in the future. The M1 students have been exploring the importance of healthy relationships and communication. They have engaged in discussions on practices for nurturing and sustaining healthy relationships and the different ways to respond to conflict and friction.

The M2s – In the Kitchen with the M2s

Our cooking unit is going well. After learning the basic kitchen safety rules, the M2 students were teamed up in groups, and each member is assigned a role in the kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson to produce the day’s dish. Students have applied organisation, communication, social and self-management skills throughout the unit building up their culinary skills.
Meals made include; Fresh tomato basil garlic pasta, Vegetable fried rice, Pancakes and a delightful chocolate cake.

Students are encouraged to bring a home recipe to share with the class, and who knows, we could make your favourite meal next lesson!

Gratitude class with M3 students – thankfulness and kindness was the lesson this week, with each student writing positive notes to each other and filling their gratitude jars. As part of the Self-care Unit, students have been learning how to build a Self-care action plan and self-care maintenance through practising mindfulness and establishing boundaries as a life skill to embed in their daily lives.

In M4, students have explored consent, making informed decisions, staying safe online, recognising unhealthy or abusive behaviours, and building healthy and respectful relationships as part of their Relationships education unit.

The M5 students are learning about Men Mental health. They have been exploring ways to tackle the stigma and misconceptions surrounding men’s mental health and have learned ways to take responsibility for maintaining and monitoring their health.

The M5 students extend their gratitude to our devoted guest speakers
last week, Mr Olivier Edmonds, Marius Aagaard (D2) and Gauthier Brisbois (D1).

Manu goes in for the kill against eternal rivals Orkeeswa in the volleyball.

Jump! Foundation Training

Two members of the Jump! Foundation team visited our campus and conducted leadership and facilitation training with 16 students (see image above). We engaged in various activities, all of which were connected to improving communication, leadership and critical thinking skills. Rather than lectures, the two facilitators, Emily and Nikita, engaged us in experiential learning. It was a fantastic experience for all of us, and we left so much richer in knowledge and understanding of the world than before. The theme for next year’s AISA GISS summit is ‘The Future is Now’. The student leadership team, along with the facilitators, worked on activities for the students of other AISA members (the delegates coming to our campus from schools around Africa) that encompass this theme, and we aim to enrich these students the same way we were.

The skills we learned will be of great help during the AISA GISS summit, and we look forward to using them in the future!

AISA GISS Student Leadership Team

The rugby team again – this time with Joss, Elias and Manu.

Library Opening Hours

One of our Diploma students, Pardis Roham is happy to be opening the library during the December holiday. THANK YOU  so much Pardis!

The library will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Thursday 22nd, the library will be closed, and it will open on Friday 23rd, instead. 

Imani looks for a pass in her U15 Netball match against Arusha Meru School.

Report from the Residences


‘Don’t ask how, but why? Said K’uk’ulkan. This is one statement that captured my attention as I analyzed Black Panther 2.  We can’t deny the fact that why is a very important aspect of a situation answering why can determine so much and explain a lot from our actions.

On Saturday 12th November, the residential team organised for boarding students to go to Regalz Cinema on the way to Arusha town to go watch black panther 2 at Aim Mall.

The big bus was full of students excited to watch this long-awaited fictional film dressed in very different African wears giving respect to the fact that this movie’s context is African (south). It wasn’t a surprise, Moshi students travelled two and a half hours to come to watch the movie, which means there is something special about it.
After the death of the main actor(Chadwick Boseman- a moment of silence for him), there was no hope of having a second movie but guess what, Marvel studios was yet to take our breath away with the second movie.

The movie’s context is African, this time it’s about empowering the black woman to do things beyond their potential. This is one of the most inspiring movies I have ever watched in my life and with the English literature we were taught in class we were able to analyze and get the message out of it.

Despite it being an action movie, the aspect of kindness was portrayed when Shuri spared K’uk’ulkan’s life. No matter who you are, great or small Kindness and humility are the key factors to being a great person. This movie is Morally educative and entertaining as well. I think it was the best way to spend a Saturday evening; if you haven’t yet watched it, I recommend you should, because it’s worth the 3 hours of your time. Thank you.

Sarah Alfonso, D1

Martin on a dribble through the St Constantine’s defence

Counselor’s Corner

It is quite amazing to realize that we hosted in-person visits from 18 institutions and engaged virtually with over 100 other colleges and universities so far this school year. As a result of interacting with an array of institutions over the last three months, students are now better equipped to consider their options and make decisions based on the information they have gathered. Students and families are strongly encouraged to continue accessing the vast amount of information available on institutional websites for our partner institutions, and those around the world that have demonstrated interest in our future UWC graduates.

Recently, some of our second year Diploma Programme students participated in a panel where they shared what they gleaned from participating in a variety of summer and specialty programs last year. This was extremely beneficial for our first year DP students who are able to apply to these programs as early as this month. Making the most of the coming breaks will be extremely beneficial for our D1s and M5s, who can use this time to enhance their skill sets and professional knowledge in pursuit of their post-secondary aspirations. Some of the programs that were highlighted included Global Citizen Year Academy, Pioneer Academics, R International Scholarship (for 15-17 year olds, and the Yale summer programs. Later this month the Africa based Yale program will host a session that we encourage students and families to tune into to learn more about this educational opportunity.

30 November at 7PM EAT: Yale Young African Scholars summer program informational session. Link to register:

In addition, I would like to invite parents to continue to learn about their role in the application process by sharing information that may be beneficial as you support your child. Here is a recent blog with timely guidance for your consideration.
Parenting through the college admission cycle by Davis UWC Partner Institution, Oberlin College:

Also, if you missed the Financial Aid II session about completing US financial forms, please feel free to contact me and I will send you the recording link.

Finally, on Tuesday we hosted representatives from Leiden University who presented an excellent virtual program about studying in the Netherlands. If you were unable to attend please feel free to access the resources below:

StudyinNL ( website has great resources for orientation about The Netherlands

Recording 22 November:

UPCOMING College and University Events

28 November: 7:30PM EAT D1 Parent Presentation – Career and College Readiness
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 409 557 4237

Continue gathering information through multiple sources as you enjoy the journey to whatever comes next.

Cassandra Ford
College and Career Counselor

Outdoor Pursuits Rides Level 1

From the twists and turns to the ups and downs, Rides level 1 was packed with adventure (see pic above with Mt Meru in the background). The trip left on Saturday morning when we drove to Simba farm in West Kilimanjaro. The bus ride there was an adventure and a half from the young M1’s singing to the DP who was sleeping. We began our first day with a 18km trail ride across the farm overlooking amazing views. But it was too good to be true and boom we faced our first challenge, a nice hill which we had to get to the top of. Getting back to camp was one of the best things ever for most of us. The first day was full of falls and flat tires. The night and early morning the next day were chilly. One would say it was freezing. The second day was quite the ride. The ride wasn’t too long but it wasn’t too easy but it was fun. We cycled 10 km the next day and saw an amazing fall. Mr Baden from the Moshi campus stated, “You guys, I got a nice trick up my sleeve.” He then went on to show us his trick and let’s just say it was the first time he was able to do a front flip on a bike. Riding back to camp on the second day was fun and once getting back to camp and packing everything on the bus, a wise man once said, “Ask me how the trip went. Well, there were lots of ups and downs.”

Written by Vivek Gohil in D1