Arusha Campus News – 26 Mar 2021

UWC East Africa Arusha Newsletter Frday 26th March 2021

Mr Ali in Primary is our PTA teacher representative and he has created ths masterpiece which tells the community who to turn to if you have a question. Thanks Ali!


Dear Parents

Gervas and Douglas (above) have been spending much of this week helping Miss Peterson and I create a new pond between the science laboratories.

A shorter week her in Tanzania as the country mourns the late President.

In spite of the difficulties, school has resumed and there were plenty of activities, albeit low key and sombre.

As the PYP students discussed their progress with mums and dads in the conferences (see Amanda’s report below); the MYP Exhibited their projects; and the Diplomas continue to prepare for exams, I found welcome respite from the academics by building a pond with Miss Jessica!



PYP News

On Wednesday our students celebrated their learning through the Student Led Conferences. During the day parents were shown their child’s portfolio and played games in the classroom. Children excitedly showed their parents activities in music, I.T., Swahili, French and PE. Parents showed off their tennis and hockey skills with great enthusiasm and a competitive streak! Thank you all for attending and spending time with your child. The students thoroughly enjoy this day with you.


Familia Francu por favor! Enjoying a catch up about Julia in the Student-led Conferences this week (above)

…and G’day to Philo from mum as they play a maths game outside! (below)

MYP Personal Project Exhibition

On Wednesday evening the heavens opened with rain and we wondered what would become of the MYP Personal Project Exhibition. Thankfully, moments before the start, the sun broke through and we were treated to a glorious evening on which to admire the amazing projects carried out by our M5 students. See pictures above and below.

The MYP personal project is a student-centred and age-appropriate practical exploration in which students consolidate their learning throughout the programme. … The personal project formally assesses students’ ATL skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration.

Our Personal Project Co-ordinator is Miss Alina Suleiman, and she organised the event in style. Supported by the steady leadership of our MYP Co-ordinator, Mr Hamid, the exhibition went down as one of the best ever. Thank you Alina and Hamid.

Synchronised Swimming

Earlier this week our swimming lessons programme was on public display through the annual Synchronised Swimming Exhibition. The event was terrific fun and each MYP student was involved. Apologies for my blurry pic (above) but the essence of Kayla’s airborne lift, courtesy of Jessica and Tristan (M2), is captured nonetheless. Thanks to Mr Matt and Coach Kevin for organising a super event.

Court Case on Campus! Ace Attorneys in Action!

On Wednesday 25th March, the UWC East Africa District Court was in session for the case of Wilson vs Ganders Inc. A team of finely dressed lawyers and witnesses each took to the stand to debate or testify for their respective side.

The case was expertly presided over by Justice Makeya, who had spent the entire quarter training her fellow students in the basics of law. This included learning how to craft an opening statement and the difference between cross-examination and direct-examination.

The case centrered around the discrimination of a terminally-ill fired employee, Wilson (Mark, ’22, Tanzania), who believed that they had been fired from their job as general manager based on their newly found illness. A suit of discrimination was brought against Ganders (the clothing store), whom had to valiantly defend themselves, represented by ace attorney, Fisiola (’22, Indonesia).

In the end, the plaintiff (aka Wilson’s side) won the case on points. Amitis (”22, Iran) starred as a 15 year old witness for Ganders, who had been involved in an incident that had sparked Wilson’s firing. She deservedly won the Best Witness award for her efforts, despite her side losing the case.

Wilson’s lawyer, Luanga (’21, GCC/DR Congo) won Best Lawyer. He had called upon his other terrific witnesses, Mark, Winifred (’22, Ghana) and Andrew (’22, Cameroon) to help support his case.

Matthew (’22, Tanzania) and Alissa (’22, Ecuador) also gave brilliant testimonies to help their lawyer, Fisiola.

The Law Club aims to teach young students the way that the justice system (should) generally works, and build a basic understanding of law. Hopefully as a UWC, it can inspire people to improve justice systems in their own countries abroad.

Thank you to Makeya (’22, Cote D’Ivoire) for successfully hosting this mock trial. Hopefully the next one will be open to the public. Who knows, maybe this time it might involve a real criminal case involving theft – Of course, we are talking about whoever is stealing Mr Shadow the Cat’s food. What else?

Counselor Corner

Take a Break with SEL and Major University Fairs Social Emotional Learning and Major College Planning Events

With the changes/challenges that we continue to face in our world, the importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) increases exponentially. Our UWCEA Guiding Statements speak to the type of adults we are working to develop, and SEL is a major component to making that happen. From direct lessons to modeling and recognizing, there are many ways that we reinforce the character, values, and skills we want our children to embody throughout their lives. SEL is a tool to help us teach the essential lessons that will lead to the desired outcomes.

26 March was International SEL Day, and this year’s theme was “Building Bonds, Reimagining Communities.” We invite you to learn more about how SEL enhances the learning environment both inside and outside of the classroom by visiting this link

In order for SEL to be effective in any institution, it requires a strong collaboration between the school and the community it serves. We strive to enhance this through our curriculum, communication, and engagement of all stakeholders on behalf of the students we educate in a multitude of ways. Through this collaborative effort we are able to send young people out into the world who are empathetic and civically-engaged global citizens.

We are also preparing students to head off into the world in the pursuit of their post-secondary aspirations, and over the break is a great time to explore their international options. Please take some time to learn more about these events, and try to attend at least one if your child is at the M4 or above level:

On Wednesday, M5-D2 students had the opportunity to participate in the UWC Virtual Visit Day with 26 UWC Davis Scholar Partner Institutions.

2. On Tuesday, we were able to host an informative session on the US Visa process and matriculating to the US with the US Consular’s Office in Tanzania and EducationUSA officials for Tanzania and Kenya. More information will come, but make sure you are in contact with the International Student office at the institutions you are exploring because they are a tremendous resource.

3. There will be at least two major international fairs over the break that we invite you to attend if you would like to learn more about global institutions.

More events will continue to be added so please be sure to sign up to attend one or two that interest you. Then talk with your child about what you learned and how this might apply to their post-secondary plans.

Finally, as you spend time over the break resting and rejuvenating for the final quarter, we once again welcome you to access resources that we have compiled in the Covid-19 Counselor Resopurces.

If you would like to know more about either of the events advertised in this bulletin from the Counseling Team please contact Miss Cassandra or Miss Kate, or visit the event websites.

Take care and enjoy the break,

UWCEA School Counseling Team




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