It took a day or two for the spring to return to peoples’ steps this week, but by Wednesday things were running pretty much as normal. Service, clubs and sports were back and running as well as academic requirements.
In PYP Friday they held the annual sharing assembly where students get to showcase some of the learning in all classes and in specialist lessons as well. In the final week of the semester reports will be issued and in PYP there are the Parent-Teacher conferences on December 7th. The links for signing up will be sent out this coming week.
In MYP and DP there is a focus on finishing strong as students complete the final papers, tests, and other assessments for this semester. Mixed in with this there is still some fun with an OP tripa trip to the Arusha Fair and the Evening of the Arts.
Please read below to see more about what is happening on campus.
Bob Cofer – Head of Campus
The UWCEA Student Voice invites you to join in our latest Spirit Day on Monday 28th November…Inside Out & Backwards Day! The idea is simple, you are encouraged to come to school wearing your clothes inside out and/or back to front!
As we move towards the end of another action-packed and eventful Quarter, let’s come together again in the name of school spirit and community with a bit of shared fun.
You could even get together with a friend or two and come up with something collaborative. It is up to you and we look forward to seeing your creations.
Ben Morley – Deputy Head of Campus
This week has been an exciting sports week. Below is a brief summary.
Sports Weekend The positive vibes, outstanding performance and great sportsmanship, were the core of a successful 22nd Sports Weekend event at UWCEA Moshi last week! More than 700 students staying on campus from 11 schools competing in 18 tournaments with over 400 matches in eight sports from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm. We thank all members of the school community for the tremendous effort they have put into this event, making it a lifetime memory for every student who has joined.
Upcoming Sport events next week:
29th of November- Primary and Secondary Sports Awards for semester one at Rafiki Hall from 4:30 – 6:00
3rd of December – U15 Boys and Girls Basketball at St. Judes
3rd of December – U17 Boys and Girls Football at St. Judes
There are more photos at the end of the newsletter.
Mostafa Rihan – Sports & Activities Coordinator
UWC Leopard Sharks would like to congratulate Delhem from M5 who was selected by TSA to swim for their Team Tanzanites (A Team) at the CANA Zone 3 Championships held last weekend in Dar es Salaam. 10 countries from Africa (incl. South Africa, Zambia, Uganda & Kenya) took part with Tanzania winning 1st place overall. Delhem swam the 100m & 200m freestyle races as well as in a relay. Congratulations to Delhem and Team Tanzania on the successful outcome!
Last week in mentor time, we had the upstanders groups working together. It was very impressive to go around and listen to their ideas and hear the questions they had. They have written proposals and we are working on how we can implement these to improve the school. Apart from arranging the groups this was totally student led.
The rest of last week was dominated by sports weekend. There were many students involved and not just in sports. The schedule was prepared by Jonatan C with help from some friends. About 20 students worked as ambassadors – they were in contact with the schools in advance and helped them while they were here sorting out any issues.
This week there have been summative assessments leading up to reports and submissions for the D2 students. I continue to be impressed with the mature attitude they are showing to this process. As we head towards the break, it is important students make a plan for balanced break – some time to catch up on work and prepare for semester 2 alongside a time to relax.
Next week we have the mock orals for the D2 students. These take place in Rafiki Hall, and we mirror the process for the actual orals as much as possible. For Language A students they have selected two extracts and a global context, and they will present about these to their teacher, followed by a discussion. For Language B students they will be given a text extract or an image which they will talk about and then follow up with a discussion. The students have been practising these skills in class and I am sure the orals will go very well.
Margaret Brunt – DP Coordinator
From the Counselors
D1 Virtual Parent Meeting
Next week on Monday, November 28th, we will have a Virtual Parent Meeting for D1 students from 7:30-8:30 pm. No rsvp is needed. This meeting will cover our College and Career Readiness platform-Maia Learning, the college process, and how you can begin to help your child. Please join us using this zoom link.
Career and Skills Symposium-coming soon
As we begin to look toward the new year, please consider volunteering to share your professional experience and the skills that are needed to succeed in employment or entrepreneurship with students ages 14-19. The annual Career and Skills event will take place in quarter three. More information to follow soon.
Andrea Kitomary – University Counselor
Blood Drive Update
If you have donated blood on the 21st October, the results will be available at the health center in the school on the 30th of November, from 11:00 till 15:00. The results will be only handed out to the person themself, please make sure to bring a form of verification that it is you.
Creators may express their witness to specific moments of big history through the use of a specific genre, particularly Poetry. Our M5 cohort has been exploring poetry identified with various issues of global and social importance.
This week, they each submitted an original anthology of poems. In a nutshell, they each had to do the following:
Goal: To express creatively through writing poems, as a witness to a specific moment or specific moments of big global importance. Role: You are a poet writing poetry of witness to a ‘big global” moment or moments. Audience: Readers of your Poetry of Witness Anthology Situation: You have been invited to write an anthology of poetry of witness and you will present one or more of your poems at a Poetry of Witness event. Product: Write an Anthology of 5 Poetry of Witness, include for each poem a short introduction in which you briefly explain the ‘big global’ context of the poem, an overview of the poem’s message and an analysis of the poetic choices you have chosen. Standard and Criteria for Success: Criterion C, Criterion D
G.R.A.S.P.S is an assessment tool used by MYP educators to design authentic performance-based assessments. It engages students in employing thinking skills and demonstrating application of knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills acquired throughout the unit of inquiry!
Students wrote about culture, environmental issues, education, rights, freedom, identity, teenage-hood, life, expectations, food… everything and anything that comes to mind!
Our students are the voices of our 21st Century, and what beautiful voices they are!
Farah Fawaz – MYP Coordinator
What a weekend in Residential Life!
It is safe to say that the energy levels were low on Monday as everyone recovered from a fun filled weekend of over 400 sports games and hosting ten schools in an eventful and thrilling 3 days. Whilst many were running from field to court and back to fields, what impressed me the most was our school spirit, endless support and the acceptance of our residential students in agreeing to having our dorms closed for almost the entirety of the weekend to support their peers.
A highlight of our week was capped off on Thursday night with our Residential Dinner hosted by Kilele and Kipepeo on the green. Here, all ages gathered and partook in art competitions (congratulations to Kichala for the amazing recreation of myself, Ms Janet, and Ms Val), music, dancing and of course, some good old-fashioned Karaoke in multiple languages until the sun was well and truly set. It’s dinners like these that bring us together and unite our residential community.
The weekend ahead allows for us to take our residential students to the Arusha Christmas Fair whilst many embark on OP trips, school music productions, academic revision or simply, some time to themselves.
From me, please remember that I have now finalised compiling almost 200 residential departure plans but am still waiting on confirmation for a handful of students regarding their flights. This is essential so I can coordinate travel from school, PCR tests and more. Only our DP students who have applied to stay at our off-site residential house have permission to do so and they will leave the premises on the 10th of December. On this note, all our residential dorms close at 10am on Saturday the 10th of December and if anyone is leaving before the 8th of December, please remember that transportation will be charged to your child’s account as school finishes on that afternoon, not before.
Finally, our residential dorms re-open on Sunday the 8th of January at 10am and I will collate all arrival details in December.
On a different note, I am excited to announce that we have commenced the official transition and applications for our new Student Government. On Monday we held an assembly where we spoke and gave gratitude to our current Student Government who have worked tirelessly to improve all elements of the school and peer engagement. Our Student Government is comprised of two Co-Presidents, three committees (aging from M4- D1) and 3-year level representatives in M1, M2 and M3. Applications for Co-Presidents close this Sunday, and a week of campaigning commences culminating in speeches on Monday the 5th of December where all voting will begin thereafter for all positions.
The Student Government is an integral pillar of our school and, in conjunction with primary voice, allows for all students of all ages to be heard and activities and positive change of all sorts to be implemented.
I am excited with the variations that await us and thank you to those who get ready to step down from their leadership roles.
Simon Johnston – Head of Residential Life
Why we go outside?
At UWCEA we go outside to learn about the world we live in. We go outside to learn about ourselves, our peers and each other. We cook, clean and sleep outside. We strive to climb mountains, cross plains and swim in oceans. We go outside to learn.
Kurt Hahn, the founder of United World Colleges, amongst other organizations also founded Outward Bound. Outward Bound created this student process model below. Outdoor education is as important then as it is today.
“There exists within everyone a grand passion, an outlandish thirst for adventure, a desire to live boldly and vividly through the journey of life.” – Kurt Hahn
This weekend we have 28 x D1 Students heading out for our level 3 Peaks course. We wish them a safe adventure.
Baden Dowie – Experiential Learning Coordinator
The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their work in Friday’s gathering. There was singing in 3 languages, poems, reading, PE and a sneak preview of Quarter 3’s production. Well done, PYP.
Congratulations to our football teams who competed in a friendly tournament against PPA, Kibo and Neema on Friday. The mixed U7s played well in their 3 games. The mixed U9s made it to the final as did the U11 girls. The U11 boys won. We are proud of all of them! Thank you to Coach T, Mr. Hywel, Mr. Emmanuel, Mr. Dean, Mr. Morley and all other staff who made this event possible.
Monday, 28th November, is the Student Voice led Spirit Day (wear your clothes inside out or back to front). We will also be participating in the art competition on the theme, “Our Beautiful Campus!” On Tuesday, 29th November, the sports awards will take place in Rafiki Hall 4:30 – 6:00pm. Friday, 2nd December, is the Evening of the Arts. The PYP children will have work on display (4-7pm) and it looks like being a very enjoyable evening.
Please note that after school clubs for PYP children will finish this week. There will be no after school clubs during the final week of the semester.
Dates for your diary:
Wednesday, 7th December Parent Teacher Conferences (Children do not attend these. There will be no classes on this day).
Thursday, 8th December – last day of the semester with a normal finishing time of 1:10pm
Deborah Mills – PYP Coordinator
The children have been creating various types of buildings this week. They have decided to create a city where they will incoporate all these types of buildings they are creating. Next week, EC2 and P1 will be completing their 3D models. Their city will be ready for viewing the last week of school.
What a great wrap-up to a terrific unit! We’re grateful for all the parents who were able to come to the Sharing Assembly and stop by our room. The class loved showing off their work. They were especially excited to have grown-ups try the blubber experiment! Thanks for matching their enthusiasm. You can reinforce all of the wonderful learning about Biomes by choosing documentaries when your children want to watch something.
Our new unit will begin next week- Imagination. This unit will give us lots of opportunities for fun stories, creative writing, and art. The Central Idea of the unit is:
Imagination is a tool we can use to think, create and express ourselves.
Don’t forget that Monday is a Spirit Day- Inside Out, Backwards Day! But don’t stress- we can always turn a shirt inside out if your child forgets!
Thank you to everyone who came to the sharing assembly. The P4/5 children presented their writing about inspirational male role models and did a super job. Please can you email me photos of the various brothers, fathers and grandpas so that we can add them to the display on the breezeway. This week the children have been working on their Google Slides presentations on different natural disasters. They have learned how to insert images, change the background of slides and use transitions. In maths we are working with multiplication, division and graphing. Next week we will start a new unit.
The Central Idea is: “Our voice is an important form of expression to communicate different emotions and ideas.”
The lines of inquiry are
Ways in which people use voice
How communication has changed over time
Ways voice influences others
We will focus on poetry, plays, persuasive techniques and public speaking.
Monday is a back to front, inside out spirit day. We will also participate in the Student Voice initiated art competition on Monday. On Tuesday the sports department will present awards in Rafiki (4:30-6:00pm). The PYP children are welcome to attend.
Our learning motto this week was “Success comes in Cans”: and there was a real can-do spirit in evidence on Friday. In the gathering in the morning, the P6 students showed they can all learn a movement song in French to remember key verbs, the poetry group can write and perform their own poetry and then later that same day the u11 boys’ team can win their football tournament and the u11 girls can get to the final too. They also shared their home learning on our topic, “Understanding energy transformation allows us to utilize its power.” There was a model drawbridge, research into Einstein and Archimedes, collages, poems, slideshows and a song: a real variety of research that has energised our topic. This week, they’ve also shown they can interpret data from line graphs and recognise different genres in writing and write to those conventions. In art, they completed their kinetic drawings and you can see these at the Evening of the Arts on Friday.