This is the final week for our D2 students. While some have finished their exams others will still be going to Thursday. This week they will also be preparing for the various graduation related events as they say goodbye to friends, teachers, host families and others. It will be a busy and emotional week for them.
This past week our M5 students were able to showcase their talents at the personal project exhibition. It was a wonderful display of their different interests. Many indicated that this project was something that in some way they plan to continue with moving forward.
There is a lot still on the calendar for the year so please see the MYP, PYP and sports sections below as well as the following announcements.
The UWCEA Brownie Guides (Girl Scouts) will be organising a garage sale on Saturday, May 28th, from 10 am to 1pm.
If you are leaving Moshi in the near future this is an ideal opportunity for you to sell items you do not wish to take with you. It’s also a great place to pick up some bargains; toys, books, shoes, kitchenware and bedding, etc
You can support this event by hiring a table to sell your goods or by coming to buy from the stalls. Refreshments will be on sale throughout the morning. Tables must be paid for in advance at the main school office. The price for a table is 30,000 TSH.
Hello parents, I am Kamau from the Yearbook CAS and, on behalf of the yearbook team, I would like to offer you the chance to buy the first UWCEA Moshi yearbook in years. In this yearbook there will be pictures from the several events that have taken place throughout the school year as well as individual pictures of every student. This book will help to serve as a memory of the time that each of us has spent at UWCEA and will hopefully become a more annual book to celebrate our school and campus.
Starting Monday we will be taking money for the yearbook, you have the option to pay the full 30 thousand in full or pay a 10 thousand deposit at the reception. We would really appreciate your support in making this book become a reality for our school.
As D2 exams continued this week, the focus shifted to our M5 students and their Personal Project (PP) Exhibition. The PP 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. It is designed as an independent learning experience and helps students to develop the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. The experience also provides opportunities to practise and strengthen approaches to learning (ATL) skills. The aim of the PP is to encourage and enable students to:
participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry
generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings
demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period
communicate effectively in a variety of situations
demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
set goals and evaluate outcomes against them
appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments
We are certainly proud of their accomplishments. The presentations of the projects were informative, passionate, varied and, certainly, personal, resulting in a huge variety of responsible action. From eco house designs in Brazil to mud house construction in Tanzania. From inventing new and improved snowboard boots to SOS alarms. From creating a wonderful UWCEA diversity calendar to a delicious Franglais recipe book. The students showcased their action supporting orphanages, autistic children, water conservation, mental health and more. Hats off to the M5s for a successful exhibition and heartfelt thanks to their supervisors, their Mentor, Mr. Ian, and MYPC, Ms. Farah, for guiding them throughout the process.
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Our MYP Personal Project Exhibition was a huge success. M5 students were shining superheroes who demonstrated their creativity, communication, self-management and research skills in a wonderful way!
Please be sure to check out our social media platforms for more pictures. We would love to read your comments and gather your feedback!
Coming Up: M5 Summative Assessment Week Schedule
M4 Summative Assessment Week Schedule
Please do not forget the M5 Ceremony on Friday June 3rd.
Another eventful week in residence passes with an exciting weekend. Our primary dinner featuring our departing D2 students, movie nights for MYP, DP and PYP spread out across the weekend and even a night in Kisiwa with students from all Diploma dorms watching the Eurovision finals live. This is to name but a few activities.
Whilst we are in the midst of the heaviest academic atmosphere of the year, I always believe that it is pertinent to take some time for oneself during these weeks and this weekend is just the right time. Finding a balance is critical in all IB levels and creating a sound routine has been a focus for our residential parents to the students in our care. A routine that allows for personal space, academic revision, activities and or, cultural engagement and reflection.
I would also like to highlight that we are about to prepare for our orientation planning for our new D1 students arriving in August which has created a buzz amongst our soon to be D2 students and of course, the rooming survey for 2022/23 has been the talk of the week for our D1 students.
Lastly, I need to finalise our departures for D2’s leaving us next Sunday, M5’s on the 5th of June and the remaining residential students on 18th of June. Please communicate with your child to firm these details in advance so we can make their departure as smooth as possible.
Round 2 of the South Africa Maths Olympiad happened on Thursday afternoon. UWCEA was one of about 1000 schools taking part. We had 12 candidates qualified for that round, 5 Juniors (M1-M4) and 7 Seniors (M5-D2). They sat for 2 hours trying to answer 25 questions, some relatively easy, some really challenging! What you need for such competition is some intuition and being able to think outside the box.
Each answer is a number between 000 and 999. The odds if you are simply guessing are not on your side! Example questions:
10 soccer teams play in a league. Each team plays every other team once during a season. How many soccer matches are there in a season?
How many integers between 1000 and 2000 have exactly three ‘1’ digits in them?
A shop owner buys an item for R60 and puts it on display in his shop. When a customer buys the item they are given a 20% discount on the marked price. If the shop owner wants to make a 20% profit on the item, what figure (in rands) should appear on the price tag?
Positive integers are written on all the faces of a cube, one on each face. At each corner (vertex) of the cube, the product of the numbers on the faces that meet at the corner is written. The sum of the numbers written at the corners is 2022. What is the sum of the numbers on all the faces?
We hope to have students qualified for the next round, quite a challenge as there are only about 100 that qualify in each category!
It is the beginning of the end for D2 students. Many of them had their last examination on Thursday with English. We have Geography, Spanish, Psychology, Chemistry and French to go. The final plans for graduation are happening and then we will send them out into the world. Their results will be available through an online portal on the 6th July, details of this will be sent soon. If they have arranged it with me their results will also be made available to their university.
On Friday the peer supporters helped the PYP students from Kimbilio arrange a farewell dinner for the D2 residential students. There were cards for all the students and performances.
The D1 students have 2 weeks until their end of year examinations. The schedule can be seen here. After the examinations we do not have many lessons but work on some compulsory areas of assessment namely the Group 4 project and the TOK exhibition as well as some preparatory work for the Internal Assessments and Extended Essays.
This week students should be meeting their EE supervisors to have the first formal reflection session. The Extended Essay (or EE) is a 4000-word piece of personal research on a subject of the student’s choice. The supervisor is there to guide them and part of the assessment is 3 formal reflections where they talk about the journey they have gone through and how they have developed as an IB learner. It was good to see many D1 students at the Personal Project Exhibition as this is the MYP equivalent.
D2 Graduation Dinner
Upcoming D2 Graduation Dinner for D2 Parents and Ujaparents – Saturday evening 21 May
A small group of D2 day student parents are planning to meet up and celebrate with each other the graduation of their children on Saturday 21 May at Jackfruit Cafe. For those interested in joining in – you must be a parent of a D2 student graduating on this memorable day! or an Ujaparent– please kindly contact Marlies Gabriel at email@example.com for further information or, Debbie Bachmann on Whatsapp +255757558744 by Monday 16th May.
More details have been sent by email, however the price is now reduced to Tsh 50, 000.
The after school clubs are progressing well. As a progression, we have many events planned for this quarter. On Friday, we will host Bridge, PPA, Kibo Shanty and other schools for a primary football tournament from 1.30 – 4.30pm. This will be followed by a primary schools netball tournament at Kennedy House on the 28th of May. Then on the 4th of June, we will host an U15 Basketball tournament. We have confirmations from UWCEA Arusha, Orkeeswa, Rafiki Foundation, Arusha Meru, Braeburn and St. Constantine’s. Look out for more information as these exciting events draw closer.
Friendly matches and tournaments enable our students to apply the technical skills as well as the social and self management skills that are explicitly emphasized by the IB. Our students also develop grit and overcome fear of failure.
Friday 20th May- PYP Football Tournament at UWCEAM: 1.30 – 4.30pm
Saturday 28th May- NTSAA U9 & U11 Netball Tournament at Kennedy House
Weekend of Fri 3rd/Fri 4th June- U15 Boys & Girls Basketball Tournament at UWCEAM
Wednesday June 8th- NTSAA U9/U11 Touch Rugby Tournament at UWCEAM
Saturday 11th June- U13, U15 & U19 Touch Rugby Tournament at St. Connies
Wednesday 15th June- UWCEAM Primary Sports Day
Thursday 16th June- UWCEAM Secondary Sports Day
Another fantastic and successful trip went out last weekend, with the Plains Level 4 trip to the Marimboi area near Lake Manyara. Students were surrounded by wildebeest and zebra while also encountering other game in the area. They were serenaded to sleep at night by the roars of lions and shrill laughter of hyenas. A great trip to prepare them for the Plains Level 5 great migration hike next year in the Ngorongoro conservation area. Here is what one student had to say about the trip.
“Plains level 4 was a refreshing, calm and amazing trip. Yep, there was not a hailstorm like in the previous trip and it also was not in the hottest weekend unlike Level 2. This trip was just perfectly what we, students, needed as a break from studying. We spent three and a half days in the Burunge Wildlife Management Area, hiking in search of wild animals with a perfect weather – cloudy with no sun (for most of the times) yet not a drop of rain and light breezes to prevent us from sweating too much. To be honest, I did not expect to see many animals since we were always hyped about seeing them in previous trips yet only saw a few zebras and wildebeests. Luckily, I was very wrong. We saw giraffes, mongooses, wild Leopard Tortoise, warthogs, eagles, gazelles, impalas, flamingos and of course, wildebeests and zebras- a lot of them. On our third day in the area, i.e. Monday, we camped around 1 km away from Lake Manyara which gave us a breathtaking view from our tents. However, the most impressive part has got to be that the wild animals were casually walking around our campsite all times of the day and even slept near us at night. It honestly felt like we were living in The Lion King (without the lion of course). Usually, I am thrilled to be leaving those OPs to find the comfort of my dorm again but this time, I was quite sad to be leaving this view behind. This trip was definitely worth all the other previous levels.”
This weekend the Reefs Level 5 trip goes to the Tanga coast to continue the great Coral Restoration work they did in March on the Level 4. They will be trying out the new raft built by the UWCEA Coral Reefs Service to create new artificial reefs, populating a swim through with coral so hopefully in 10 years it will be a full coral structure and will be a home for fish immediately, getting a few recreation dives in and tending to our baby corals in the nursery.
The raft ready to load and take to Tanga.
The last trip of the year for our OP department will be:
Reefs Level 2 – Friday 10th June to Monday the 13th June – Note date change
On Friday we enjoyed a primary gathering led by Ben Morley, in which he talked about the importance of making memories and how friendships do not end just because people transition to a new place. In a few weeks’ time some children and staff members will be moving on to new adventures. Let’s be sure to enjoy this last quarter together.
Next Friday 1:30pm – 4:30pm there is a friendly soccer tournament against some Moshi schools including PPA, Bridge and Shanty. Permission slips have been sent out and need to be returned to Mr. Gilbert Kaburu by Monday.
A reminder that children need appropriate footwear for PE lessons and after school sports clubs. Those children attending such clubs wearing slides will not be able to participate for safety reasons.
We were very proud of our primary residential students for hosting their own dinner for departing D2s on Friday evening. Well done Kimbilio!
Dates for your diary
27 May – Gathering of Gratitude – all parents invited. More details to follow.
30 May – P5 class visits Arusha Campus for overnight trip
31 May – P6 visit PYP Exhibition on Arusha Campus
3 June – Day camps for EC/P1 and P2
6 June – Primary move up day (P6 will join M1) more details to follow
15 June – Fun sports day
17 June – Last day of classes (normal finishing time)
Deborah Mills & Mboka Mwasongwe
Student Voice would like to share an ad for the last Spirit Day of the year.
Please see their poster attached for more information.
The children met Beaver (a hand puppet) this past week and they named him Benjamin Beaver. They explored telling stories using puppets and enjoyed interacting with them. As we move on to the next week, they will choose groups and begin to create stories that can be recorded and shared with others using these puppets.
This week in P2 we have begun our new unit of inquiry. This unit of inquiry is based on art and we kicked it off by looking at the art by Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who lives in Tokyo now, and is 93 years old. She’s known as the Princess of Polka Dots and we used her art to inspire our own paintings. We also used her work with pumpkins to decorate vegetables of our choosing.The students have written up a biography for Yayoi Kusama, and are working on biographical poems as a way of sharing information about themselves.
We have been practicing our measurement, creating a competition with paper airplanes to continue practicing how to measure. We also practiced telling time in order to prepare ourselves for our assessment at the end of the week.
Next week we will continue looking at Yayoi’s art, and begin to look at Pablo Picasso’s art.
The Endangered Animal Expo was a success! Thank you for attending and supporting the class. They were all so proud of their dioramas and all felt very connected to their chosen animal.
Next week, we will be jumping right into our new unit, Economics. At first thought, it seems like a weighty topic for our age group but it is actually a very practical unit that deepens the knowledge that students already have about the world around them.
The Key Concept is: Economic activity relies on systems of production, exchange and consumption of goods and services.
We’ll be breaking that down into looking at: Needs and Wants, Goods and Services, Producers and Consumers, Supply and Demand. If you have ideas or expertise to share, please let me know!
Of note, a number of students were not prepared for Swimming this week. Please do send in the swim kit no matter how the weather looks in the morning. Coach Sabini is great about making the right call and if students are too cold, he is understanding and adjusts the lesson. Thanks!
This week we finished our model volcanoes and they look fantastic! We said goodbye to Carl and Alix on Friday and celebrated their time with us by having a party. We are sorry to see them go. We have enjoyed the three and a half weeks that they have been with us and we wish them all the best back in Germany. In maths we are working on ordering decimals and adding and subtracting them. Next week we will start our new unit of inquiry.
We harness a variety of forces to make things move.
Lines of inquiry:
How simple machines transfer force and energy to make work easier.
Why forces can cause a change in motion.
How people have overcome challenges by harnessing forces.
In French, the students focused on their question words, with Madame Pearl complimenting them on their work. In English, we’ve looked at genres of writing: how our choice of vocabulary can set the tone for different genres even when the subject matter is similar. In our unit of inquiry, we are doing a paper tower building exercise. The twist is that groups have to roleplay a style of government, for example, a dictatorship – where one child assumes complete control. It has produced some interesting group dynamics and it’ll be good to see their conclusions when they reflect on how the systems compared next week. Talking of team work, in music with Mr Samuel the class performed “Stand by Me”, singing and playing ukuleles accompanied by Jonathan on keyboard- beautiful! The children also enjoyed a Zoom call with Ms Sarah, their ex-teacher. She and baby Solomon looked very well. Good luck to our residential students who on Friday evening are hosting and performing at a farewell dinner for the D2s. On Tuesday May 31st, we’ll visit Arusha to watch their P6 exhibitions and return the same day; letters coming soon.