In addition to the rains, it is the season of exams. The D2 students started Thursday and the M5 start on May 9th with the D1 and M4 having their turn at the end of May. Neither exams nor rain however completely stop us from having all sorts of activities on campus. As you read below you will see a lot about what happened this past week and what is coming up.
MAP testing for PYP was this week and for M1 to M3 students it will be the coming week. The results will be shared with parents in the second half of May.
In about three weeks we will have the D2 Graduation Ceremony and look forward every year to this event. Parents of D2 students please be on the lookout for emails from Mr Simon and Ms Brunt about the event and that weekend. It is a special time, and we want to make sure you have all the correct times and procedures for the weekend. For parents of M5 students information about the M5 ceremony will come from Ms Farah and Mr Simon a bit later.
Bob Cofer – Head of Campus
It is the beginning of the end for D2 as the final examinations have now started with Business Management Paper 1. There are now examinations every day, Monday to Friday, until May 18th. The students are familiar with the procedures as they have followed them for the end of D1 exams and the mock, this means they can focus on the content and skills needed. They came out of paper 1 happy, hopefully it will continue.
On Monday we had an assembly. It started by introducing the new house captains and moved on to a focus on earth day by the sustainability committee. On Wednesday we had a Tanzanian Cultural Night where students shared some different insights about Tanzania for a large and enthusiastic audience. This are just two of the many events we have in the school that are largely organised by students and demonstrate the diversity of our student body.
For the D1 students we have started to look at the deadlines for their internal assessments. These will count for about 20% of their final grade in each subject and our plan is to spread them out to allow students time to work on each one properly. The Economics students have already started with their first commentary and the Geography students went on a field trip for their internal assessment on Thursday.
On Monday I spoke to the M5 students about the diploma. The presentation I showed is here. Teachers are now talking to students in a little more detail. We have asked students to make provisional choices, these will be discussed with teachers and then I will meet with them to give them feedback.
D1 Group 4 Project: Wednesday 7th June to Friday 9th June
D1 TOK Exhibition: Monday 12th June and Tuesday 13th June
D1 Last Day: Friday 16th June
Margaret Brunt – DP Coordinator
Whilst we move into the transition of our Diploma dorms suddenly becoming quieter with examinations commencing, the attention eases into our D1, MYP and PYP students. To this regard, we have been working hard with both residential and day students to coordinate events moving forward to continue feelings of inclusivity amongst us all. I was thrilled to see so many students at the Prom on Friday on what was a very special evening and with Union Day on Wednesday it was only appropriate that we celebrated and uncovered interesting historical facts about Tanzania with our students holding a very educational cultural evening. Again, I thank the Cultural Committee for organising such important events in our school.
Further to this, last week our PYP boarders visited the snake park and had the chance to learn about the Maasai culture through trying on their traditional clothing. This included wearing Maasai jewellery and carrying some of their weapons. All the students had a great time, and it was a great way to learn about other people’s cultures.
Additionally, the children showed bravery by riding a camel. Although it was not easy for the camels to walk because of the rain, students were happy to have the chance to get on the camel.
They showed even more courage when they visited the snake park and encountered more than ten different types of snakes, including the Black Mamba. They were brave enough to handle some of the non-venomous snakes and take pictures with them. The trip was a success, and they enjoyed every step of it, proving that they had the courage to take on any challenge.
Silvia and Simon
Motivation in the classroom is making sure that students want to learn and are eager to ask, share, reflect and inquire. One key indicator of the level of our MYP learners’ motivation is their continuous requests for feedback and the demonstration of their ownership of learning. This is our big “takeaway” this week. Our students are highly motivated and constantly striving to find the excitement in the subjects they are learning to achieve their goals. It is needless to say that their motivation rubs off onto us as educators as well which is our driving force to provide the best possible learning experiences inside and outside the classrooms. That’s the thing you see, our students are our best teachers!
M1-M3 Our M1, M2, M3 students are getting ready for the second round of their MAP tests. They will be in and out of the IT Lab to complete Maths, Language and Reading computer-based assessments.
MYP eAssessments/End of Years Summatives: Our M5 students are almost at the end of their MYP journey with one more milestone to aim for. Their assessments are coming up (both IBMYP onscreen examinations and in school assessments). Despite the mixed feelings of stress and anxiety, our students will continue to demonstrate their great capacities during those weeks and will continue to shine!
In attempt to plan ahead, our IB Diploma Coordinator gave the M5 cohort an overview of what the DP program entails and how it is different from the MYP program in terms of subject choices and requirements. Teachers will be discussing the DP subjects with the students this coming week in attempt to help them make their preliminary choices for next year.
Important MYP Dates to Keep in Mind:
May 2nd-5th – MAP Tests Round 2 for M1, M2, M3
May 8th- 19th – M5 e-Assessments and End of Year Summative Assessments for M5
June 2nd – M5 Ceremony (pictures at 3:30pm, 4pm start)
June 8th – P6 Move up day spent with M1
June 9th – P6 Parent Meet and Greet – planning for M1
June 12th to 14th – Week of Giving Back (Previously Known as Focus Days- Details to come soon)
June 15th – Reports issued
June 15th – Sports Day
June 16th – Last Day of School
Farah Fawaz – MYP Coordinator
From the Counselors
D2 Decision Day-May 1st Decision day is quickly approaching for all U.S. universities and colleges. This is the day that all student applicants to the US must decide where they will enroll for the fall. This usually includes an enrollment deposit to save your seat for the fall class. The sooner your student makes this decision the quicker he/she will receive the I-20 form to begin the visa process.
Final D2 Assembly Last Friday, we had the final D2 assembly. During this time, I announced where students will be attending university for schools around the world. I am proud to announce that all students who applied to a university in the US received at least one offer with a scholarship. We are still waiting for acceptance offers from mostly European universities as they come in late April-June. I also gave out several awards during the assembly. Please ask your student about these awards.
D1 I am still taking individual appointments with students to cover their assessment testing, plans for the summer, transcript information, considering list of college options, and if standardized testing is needed. Please encourage your student to meet with me. I am also open to parents joining in these meetings upon request.
M5 Students are finishing their College Education Plan in their Life Skills course. This plan will give students ideas about what careers are of interest. We will also be talking about how their career choice aligns with their Diploma selection of courses before classes end.
1 May: Decision Day (US and some other institutions around the globe) This is the day that applicants must confirm/deposit their final choice for enrollment in the fall.
6 May: 7:30-11:00 AM EAT SAT in Moshi (See uwcea.org/tests for more information)
9 May: 7:30-8:30 PM Clark University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute virtual presentation for UWCEA – focus on international student financial aid – Registration Link (and see flyer below):
10 May: University of Edinburgh (Scotland) presentation for UWCEA about applying to the UK
Andrea Kitomary – University Counselor
Dear UWCEA Moshi Community,
It’s time to mark your calendars and get ready for a fun-filled few days ahead! Today we had PYP football to start the morning. The secondary then had both boys and girls rugby matches against a visiting club from Arusha. There was a lot of spirited competition in both matches. As this is being written there is an Ultimate Frisbee tournament organized by Mr. Baden.
On Friday May 5th, our very own D1 student Damien, Executive Leader of the Activities Committee and his team, will be organizing the Football and Netball In-House competition. Damien and his team have come up with some amazing ideas to make this last quarter In-House competition extra special. The event kicks off at 1:30 PM on the football field and netball court with Primary and followed by Secondary.
Our talented U15 and Open girls’ netball teams are gearing up for the NTSAA netball tournament at the UWCEA Arusha Campus on Saturday, May 6th. In order for our athletes to compete, we have sent out parent request approvals on Life for all players and their parents. Please check your notifications and confirm your approval so that our players are able to participate in this event that they have been waiting for.
May 6th: U15 and Open Girls Netball – UWCEA Arusha Campus
May 13th: Cross Country
May 20th: Touch Rugby – Mix U15 and Open – SCIS Campus
May 23rd: U9, U11 Touch Rugby – Moshi Campus
June 6th: U9 Netball – Kennedy House
June 10th: U11, U13 Netball – Kennedy House
Stay tuned for more updates on exciting events and achievements happening throughout the quarter.
Mostafa Rihan – Sports & Activities Coordinator
What a busy week! The dress in school uniform day was lots of fun on Tuesday. On Thursday, the EC/P1 children presented their model farms to the PYP classes and parents. They were very confident and articulate when talking about the different animals they had made and the event was a big success. On Friday, all of the PYP classes presented in the Primary Gathering. The weather was not on our side so they had to present in Karibu Hall but they were clearly enjoying themselves and their enthusiasm for their PE lessons was very obvious. Well done to Coach T and all of the children.
The children took home two letters on Friday – one regarding Friday’s sports afternoon and one regarding the Yearbook (oldest child in the family only).
Sports afternoon: This will take place on Friday, 5th May at 1:30 – 3:00pm. There are netball and football activities planned at different levels for EC- P6. If your child wishes to participate please return the permission slip by Tuesday, 2nd May so that we can plan the teams.
House shirts are available from the Development Office for 10,000 Tshillings. The office is open 10:00 – 12:30 and 2:00 – 4:00pm. In August, we will be asking all PYP children to purchase a house shirt. If you purchase one early, your child can wear it for the house sport competition on Friday. If you don’t have a house shirt, then please dress your child in any yellow, blue or green T-shirt (if you have one) for the sports competition. If you don’t have anything appropriate not to worry, we will work something out.
Yearbook: The yearbook costs 25,000 Tshillings. It proved to be a popular publication last year and some people were not able to get a copy. If you would like to purchase one, please send the money in a named envelope to your child’s homeroom teacher or directly to the front office, by Friday, 5th May.
Dates for your calendar – more details to follow
Friday 12 May – Primary Gathering at the Daycare Centre
Tuesday 23 May – U9 and U11 Touch Rugby 10:30 am
Friday 26 May – Gathering of Gratitude – all parents welcome
Tuesday 6 June – U9 Netball Kennedy House and 4:30pm Semester 2 sports ceremony
Wednesday 7 June – Primary Day of Sports
Thursday 8 June – PYP Move up day 7:45am – 8:30am (P6 will spend the whole day with M1)
Friday 9 June – Last Primary Gathering of the year – P6 moving up ceremony followed by P6 parents transition coffee with Ms. Farah
Saturday 10 June – U11 Netball at Kennedy House
Friday 16 June – Last day of classes
Deborah Mills – PYP Coordinator
Thank you to all who came to see the childrens’ mini-farms. They were very happy to see you and enjoyed showing them to you. The farms should all be at home now. We encourage the children to add to them or play with them as they please.
P1s and ECs will be reviewing how to measure the length or height of items. ECs will be looking at using non-standard units of measuring and P1s will be looking at accurately measuring lines with a ruler. They will also be working on drawing straight lines of particular lengths. They will all have a math project to work on as homework this coming week.
As a reminder, this quarter, the theme of our unit is “How we express ourselves”. The central idea we will be working on is: My choices help me express myself.
These will be our lines of inquiry:
Different types of choices and their effects
Using reflection to make better choices
Ways to express myself, my thoughts, and my feelings
Character choices and how those impact a story
The Primary Postal System is off to a great start. Our class loved decorating the class PO boxes and sewing the delivery bags. A pen pal system has been organized to make sure that all students (P1 to P6) receive letters. Our class has already written to and received letters from their pen pals. The PPS will run all next week as well so feel free to encourage more writing at home.
Though next week is only 4-days, we will have spelling words and Home Learning. On Tuesday, please send both running shoes and a swim kit as the decision for PE will be made that day based on the weather. With last week’s Wednesday holiday, we did not do very well with bringing in our library books and bag on Thursday. Let’s try to remember this week! We are all looking forward to the house tournament on Friday- please send in your child’s sign-up.
Our week was dominated by the online MAP assessments. We celebrated the end of the week by making alphabet soup. There was much peeling, chopping and crying (due to the onions). Many thanks to Mrs. Pavz Dhani and Ms. Catherine for all of their help in the kitchen. Mrs. Dhani is spending time in the P4/5 classroom this quarter, observing our routines and working with small groups. We enjoyed our visit to the EC/P1 class to look at their model farms. The children also gave an enthusiastic presentation in the PE primary gathering, demonstrating how to play rugby. Next week we will be focusing on our unit about migration. On Thursday and Friday we will have our camp to Wild Tracks, Usa River. We will be visiting the OP store to check out equipment on Tuesday – please ensure your child returns the camping equipment slip by Tuesday. I hope you and the children enjoy the long weekend.
Between the rains (welcome as they are) and MAP testing, it’s been a week of indoor, sit-down study and to their credit the class have applied themselves well. It helped that we had the PE gathering presentations to give them some sports/ activity focus (see photo); and it was great to see them applying the presentation skills they developed through their PYPX.
It was also good to see ⅔ of the class choosing to play football in Karibu Hall for free-time on Friday: a nice energy release to end the week. Looking forward, we have our class camp in two weeks at Namalok, TPC. We will be helping them plant trees and doing two nature walks. Please see the letters (and emails) sent out today for more details and permission slips. As we approach the end of our “Civilizations” unit, the students will be researching an inventor/ invention to write a report on to share with their peers. Finally, we have the inter-house sports afternoon next Friday, led by our newly elected house-captains let’s hope for a break in the rain!
Congratulations to those students who successfully completed Reef level 1 last weekend. The trip was really amazing – Fish Eagle Point and the beautiful Indian ocean never disappoint. Our students got a taste of ocean swimming and explored the coastal mangroves. The students also helped clean the beach from the litter and waste washed up on the shore. Thank you to Mr Hywel, Mr Ian and Mr Salim for making the trip awesome!
Here is the students’ report back on the trip: Last week on Thursday 20th of April we left for reefs level 1. The drive was about 6 hours but it was definitely worth it. During the bus ride we were singing songs, playing games that boosted collaboration, and engaging with friends and others that were there for the trip. This trip was really fun and not just because we were swimming in the ocean, but we were also making new friends, learning new skills and getting to know more about the ocean. One of the things we were proud of being part of was the beach cleanup, this is an activity where we pick up trash that was left on the beach. The most exciting part of the trip was hotdogging. During this activity we would sit on an inflated hotdog that’s tied to a boat and we would have to try to stay on the hotdog for as long as we could. Another activity that we both really enjoyed and we believe we shouldn’t leave out was the mangrove walk that was followed by a swim in the beautiful ocean. The rain splattering on us as we walked back to fish eagle point was definitely one for the books. We were glad that going on that trip didn’t just make an impact on our lives but also made an impact on the life that’s in the ocean. We’re grateful for all the staff and instructors that helped us get through this trip. A lesson we learned was that you should always be willing to try something new. Looking forward to level 2.
Tara & Ivy – M4
This weekend unfortunately our Rides level 3 trip had to be postponed due to the amazing rains. The rescheduling of this trip will be confirmed later.
A highlight this week was, the Experiential Learning and Outdoor pursuits team launched their OP Students Leader Program. The program is set up to give senior students opportunities to be part of the logistics and management of all OP trips. Thank you to all the students who signed up to serve. We look forward to working with you.
Baden Dowie- Experiential learning coordinator
Our student body is made up of two co-presidents, three committees of members from M4-D1 and M1, M2 and M3 representatives followed by our PYP student voice. To this end, the last voting and nomination phase commenced in the holidays to decide on the executive leaders for each committee. These leaders were nominated by their peers and all of CLT for their tremendous dedication to the school, their peers and our UWC Vision. Congratulations to them and to know a little bit more about them, please read below:
Cultural and Campus Committee: Nojus
It is an honour to be elected as an Executive Leader of the Cultural and Campus Committee and I am looking forward to a more positive and lovely campus culture!
I want to thank all of you, especially the Cultural and Campus Committee for all the help and participation in cultural nights. They have been a huge success!
Finally, I would like to invite all of you to our last cultural night of this year next Saturday on May 6.….and to remind all of the students that there is an email sent out about a proposal for a new design for the Student Hub!
Well-Being Committee: Hlelelwe and Nancy
Being very passionate about the wellbeing and health of our peers, we are extremely honoured to have this responsibility passed onto us. We are looking forward to working collaboratively with our committee, staff and student body to make the campus a safe space for all individuals.
Please be on the lookout for the renovation of the diploma study room, the introduction of the buddy families and more activities brought to you by the Well-being committee!
With utmost love, Hlelelwe and Nancy
Activities Committee: Damien
I am a passionate and excited young individual ready to take on the world and jump into Medical Studies one day. In the words of Albert Einstein, “I’m not trying to become a man of success but rather a man of value.”
It’s an honour to have been elected as the Executive Leader of the Activities Committee. As part of my role in Student Government I, along with the Activities Committee, am aiming to promote a greater sense of school pride and bring back a sense of healthy competition among students. With that said, The Activities Committee looks forward to seeing you out on the playing field for Inter-House Football and Inter-House Netball on Friday 5 May 2023.