Arusha Campus News – 24 Mar 2024

UWC East Africa Arusha Campus Newsletter Sunday 24th March 2024

Evangeline embraces the thrills of the EC Fun Swimming Gala this week under the watchful eyes of MIss Adele and Miss Amanda!

Upcoming dates

Wed 27th March – Festival of the Arts

Wed 27th March – PYP Student-led Conferences

Thur 28 March – Last day of classes Q3

Mon 15th April – First day of Q4 

Dear Parents

The latest construction project on Arusha Campus has been a modest extension to the swimming pool office. The purpose? A sheltered area for multigym equipment. If any parents have unwanted gym equipment which they wish to donate to the gym please contact Miss Caitrin or me.

Almost at the end of Quarter 3 and the deadlines are coming thick and fast. Extended essays have been submitted for our Diploma students, the Personal Projects in MYP have been exhibited and PYP students have just completed this year’s final round of MAP testing. End of year exam revision is set to start in earnest in the Secondary school whilst our PYP standard bearers in P6 have already started work on their PYP Exhibition with Mr Jonny.

For parents, please don’t forget to clear your final fee payments for Quarter 4 if you havent already done so and indicate your intentions to renew your child’s enrolment next academic year. This may be accessed on your LIFE profile.

Enjoy the week ahead!


UWC Arusha Festival of the Arts is coming up next week!  This year will see a continuous main stage performance programme of student performances from MYP and DP class performances. Such live music includes class performances, Band collabs, talented soloists to Traditional dance.

The M1-3 Art and Design students will take you around their works in the Design Room, while the M4-D2 will showcase their eportfolio/art exhibition processes and displays in the performance area.

The MYP and DP drama/theatre students will showcase their talent on stage and in scheduled performances in the Drama Room.

Please note this is mandatory attendance and participation for all MYP students, and all DP Visual/performing Arts students.

We look forward to seeing the Arusha Community’s support on this unforgettable night!


PYP News

Images above from the Early Childhood Fun Gala

Water confidence is an essential life skill. Children need to feel safe and secure in the water. Before learning to swim, it is important that children feel confident and capable in the water. This includes learning to stay afloat, learning to jump safely in the water, and to know how to get out of the water. Learning to swim puts children in control and teaches them a respect for the water as they learn the difference between deep and shallow. Developing water confidence from an early age is a good idea and at our recent inter house FUN gala the students showed great water confidence.

Miss Amanda, PYP Co-ordinator

Pictured below is action from the Primary Inter House Gala

MYP Round-up

It was all about the M5 Personal Project this wek and on Wednesday our M5 students (above) exhibited their prokjects in style.

The MYP personal project is a student-centred and age-appropriate practical exploration through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection, which allows students to consolidate their learning throughout the programme. This long-term project is designed as an independent learning experience of approximately 25 hours. The MYP personal project helps students to develop the attributes of the IB learner profile. It provides them with an essential opportunity to practise and strengthen approaches to learning (ATL) skills developed through the MYP, and fosters their development as independent, lifelong learners. Students may, if they wish, link their project to one of the global contexts, but this is not mandatory.

MYP projects involve students in a wide range of student-planned learning activities that extend knowledge and understanding, and develop important academic and personal skills. The personal nature of the project is important: the project allows students to explore an area that motivates and interests them. Students choose what they want to focus on—which can be an existing or a new interest—choose how to achieve their goal, and create their own success criteria for the product. The project provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and often creative product and demonstrate consolidation of their learning in the MYP.

Miss Anoek, MYP Co-ordinator

Kwaheri na tutaonana (Goodbye, let’s meet again!) to Jonathan in M4

OP Latest

The Peaks Adventure group are in the Usambara Mountains this weekend and this photograph shared by Miss Hilary suggests they reached the top! Well done everyone!

Pineapple chopping lessons in the Usambaras took place on Friday however the prize for the most organised group this morning goes to Zarine and Olivia. Their prize is to wake the boys up!

The Leaving Diploma students’ Legacy Project

On Monday, the D2 students (pictured) had a great time discussing some of the most memorable projects they worked on during their IB journey. The Legacy Project initiative gives the graduating class a unique opportunity to pass on the projects they have led and managed to the D1 and M5 students. Well done D2s!

Miss Delphine, Life Skills Co-ordinator

Go Make a Difference!

Go Make A Difference is a UWCx initiative, founded by Colin Habgood and his wife Jill Longson (AC81) in 2001, to help students to live UWC missions. It offers grants up to $2,000 to successful projects from students across all UWC schools to support their community-service initiatives. This year, 22 projects won the award among a total of 125 brilliant applications across UWC schools. From UWC East Africa, 14 project proposals were submitted and 3 projects won the grants. All applicants dedicated a lot of time and effort in researching and developing detailed project proposals that aimed at making the lives of others’ better. For that, they all deserve a big round of applause!

Here are some of the projects of our courageous and dedicated students who applied this year.

Award winner: Mo Chang How (D2): Project – Dignity Champion
The urgent need to address patient dignity in resource-scarce non-profit hospitals across Africa and other developing countries is the focal point of @Dignity Champion, which aims to develop portable PVC-made mobile ward screens. Often, the battle against deadly diseases eclipses the equally important aspect of patient welfare, underlining the necessity for innovative solutions. Patients frequently undergo medical examinations without privacy in open wards, impacting their psychological well-being and overall health outcomes significantly. Therefore, the introduction of portable screens promises to enhance patient experiences and contribute to better healthcare outcomes.

Piseth (Marco) Nou (D1): Project – Sikha(សិក្ខា)
Project Sikha(សិក្ខា) is a one-week program aimed at improving critical thinking skills and exposing a total of 120 junior students from two schools in Cambodia to scientific experimentation or phenomena demonstration. We believe that our unique curriculum will enhance their science learning experience and will prepare them to be future problem-solvers.

Adam Nsereko (D1) and Francis Iga (D1): Project – YES Ed
YES Ed was an intended four-day camp to spark conversation amongst young Ugandans about the current condition of endangered species within the country from the most commonly known Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, and Amphibians to the lesser known Butterflies, Dragonflies, and Vascular Plants species.

Amber Simnani (D1): Project – Ikwate

Ikwate was a project aimed at designing a comprehensive plan to merge service learning with the state curriculum in Kashmir to strengthen ethical responsibility, leadership skills and enhance civic responsibility. The aim was to bridge the gap between academics and community service for an educational experience that would cultivate a lasting attitude of civic engagement amongst students.

Samphasnearyroth (Nero) Chau (D2): Project – Wander in Tech

Wander in Tech is an ongoing project guiding Cambodian youth in navigating the evolving technology landscape, empowering them to pursue education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

Việt Nguyễn (D1): Project “#ubeu”

The proposed project “#ubeu” is designed to be an organization to raise awareness and promote a temporary solution for abused and raped victims. It is a social media campaign serving as strangers assisting the victims through our identification system organizing several workshops and school tours that take place both in Vietnam and Tanzania. A marked thing about the project is its targets are not only girls

Counselor’s Corner

2024 UWCEA Careers Symposium & D2 Post-Secondary Planning Fair

Wow! Another great turnout of local professionals and D2 experts as our annual Careers Symposium/D2 Fair was held on Thursday. M5, D1, and D2 students had the opportunity to learn about professions across a wide spectrum, and ask insightful questions as they consider an array of career options. The presenters shared the journey to their current position, and lessons learned along the way. After spending time with the professionals, the M5s and D1s spent the break talking with D2 students who provided valuable tips and strategies to prepare for different paths after high school. This followed Monday’s D2 Legacy Fair where our soon to be graduates presented the activities/projects they are leaving behind and why they felt it was an important contribution to our community. What wonderful examples of community building through sharing that will lead to exciting futures through continued exploration and interactions.

Two Virtual Fairs Coming Your Way

Speaking of exploring, we encourage you to register for and participate in the two virtual fairs that are taking place over the next week. Please see the information below and on the UWCEA Careers website calendar to ensure you are able to access the events and resources that will be provided. It is wise to register and review the list of participating institutions well in advance in order to make the most of the event since time will be limited/late (on Sunday EAT). In addition to these fairs, there are numerous virtual events being offered all across the globe. I strongly advise you to start connecting with institutions and participating in their programming in order to learn more about what they have to offer, and how well the institution will be able to help you achieve your post-secondary pursuits.

UPCOMING College and University Events

24/25 March: 8PM – 1AM EAT NACAC Virtual Fair (major online event)
26 March: 1-4PM EAT CIS University Exploration Fair (Africa) – virtual (advance registration required.
15 May: 4:45-6:00 PM EAT 15 on the 15th returns with a “Hot Admissions Topic” and a virtual fair with 13 Davis UWC Scholar Partners & 2 UWC “friends”

**Many more events are on the UWCEA Careers website and the institution websites/social media**

Take care and enjoy exploring!

Cassandra Ford
College and Career Counselor


Swimming Pool Usage

To all swimmers please note the latest swimming pool usage chart above If you have any questions please see Miss Caitrin.

Toy Appeal

WANTED! Plastic or wooden toys (easily washed) to share with the children at Selian Lutheran Hospital. The children are generally under 5 years of age. Any small cars, rattles, building blocks, “my little ponies”, balls, small plastic animals, and like items would be most appreciated. Many of the children are malnourished and spend considerable time on the wards and on their beds with their mamas. Any African dolls would be well loved. We would kindly decline stuffed animals because of the difficulty to keep them clean both at the hospital and home. Many items we would keep and use in the inpatient ward and during the outpatient clinic but we would love to be able to send a toy home with a child at discharge. Thank you so much for your consideration! A box will be set outside the UWC Office for collection.

Thank you!!