Arusha Campus News – 24 Mar 2023

UWC East Africa Arusha Campus Newsletter Friday 24th March 2023

The M5 Class, above, presented their Personal Projects this week. They were superb!

Dear Parents

The Performance Area in a sea of flood water on Thursday morning!

The story of the week (apart from the revelation that we perhaps are not the No 1 School in Tanzania!) was the spectacular downpour of rain on Thursday morning. Ngaramtoni ya Chini awoke to swirling rapids, floating cars and catastrophic damage to the neighbourhood. Our school was let off lightly but next door at Sable Square there was a different story. Shops and cafes were submerged, costing thousands of shillings woirth of damage. UWC East Africa students to the rescue! Barely was registration over before the entire M4 Class paddled over to help with the cleanup operation. They perfromed amazing service and community members exclaimed their thanks to them all. Asanteni M4!

Of course the real concern is for the community members who live in sub-standard housing and possibly lost everything. We will be finding out about these losses and how we can help in coming days.

Ramadan has started – a period when Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Qur’an, and fast from food and drink during the sunlit hours as a means of drawing closer to God and cultivating self-control, gratitude, and compassion for those less fortunate.

Have a super weekend!


The chaos at Sable Square on the morning after the storm (above). And the helpful M4 team with their impressive pile of ‘washing up’ (below)

PYP News

P4/5 with Plaster House students

The students and teachers have had another busy week in the primary school. The P2’s visited Arusha Coffee Lodge and were treated to 3 different types of cake! The P3’s visited Burka Coffee head Offices to learn about the processes involved in commercial coffee production. The P4/5’s organised different games to play with the students from Plaster House. The P6’s are diving head first into their Exhibition units of inquiry.

Everyone enjoyed the two swimming events. I am so impressed with how confident everyone is in the water. It was a pleasure to see so many happy smiling faces in the water playing fun games.

The students are all preparing for the Student Led Conferences on Wednesday 29th March. Please remember this is a non-teaching day and to come along with your child at the allocated time.

Amanda, PYP Co-ordinator

P2’s Visit Arusha Coffee Lodge

The P2’s visited Arusha coffee lodge (see image above) to learn about the features and services of the tourism industry. We were very lucky to have a tour of the establishment and look at Shanga, the coffee shops, gifts store as well as have a lovely treat of hot chocolate and cakes.

MYP M5 Personal Project Exhibition

On Thursday evening (pictured above), we celebrated the 9 months of M5 personal project journey by students presenting their learning experiences through success and challenges they faced aswell as showing off their products. Congratulations to all the students for putting their best foot forward and delivering exceptional presentations! Their hard work and dedication have truly paid off. Keep up the great work!

The MYP personal project is a student-centered and age-appropriate practical exploration in which students consolidate their learning throughout the program. The personal project formally assesses students’ ATL skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration. They should now be ready to apply these skills to their IAs in DP!

Miss Alina, Personal Project Supervisor

Counselor’s Corner

Thank you to those of you who were able to participate in the meeting on Thursday evening (image above) about preparing for the post-secondary planning process. We hope you found the information useful, and are beginning to have important conversations with your child about their next steps towards life after UWC East Africa. If you were unable to attend, and need access to the recording, please let me know. In addition, please make sure to see the email that was sent via Toddle about two important documents that D1 parents/guardians are encouraged to review with their child. More information is coming your way, so please stay tuned as we plan to provide an array of resources via a multitude of platforms to make sure students and parents are well prepared for the journey ahead.

UPCOMING College and University Events

19 March: 8PM-1AM EAT NACAC International virtual fair (Registration link:

21 March: 2-5 PM EAT University of Chicago in person visit
21 March: 1-4 PM EAT CIS University Exploration Day – Africa (Registration link:

23 March: 7:30-8:30 PM EAT D1 Parent/Guardian Presentation: Preparing for the College Application Process
29 March: 7:30-9:00 PM EAT 21st Century Skills symposium – virtual program
30 March: 7:30-10:00 AM EAT 21 Century Skills symposium – Arusha campus
18 April: 8:00 AM EAT Final D2 Assembly and celebration of admissions offers
1 May: Decision Day (US and some other institutions around the globe) This is the day that applicants must confirm their final choice for enrollment in the fall.
6 May: 7:30-11:00 AM EAT SAT in Moshi (See for more information)

Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

Cassandra Ford
College and Career Counselor

Festival of the Arts 2023

Our annual arts showcase is this Thursday, 30th of March. The evening will feature art/design exhibitions from M1-D2 students and live music and theatre performances. Beverages and Snacks are available from the PTA stand on the night. We welcome everyone from the community to this celebration of the Arts! Please note attendance is mandatory for all M1-D2 arts students. A schedule of events will be emailed in the coming days.

Miss Sarah, Head of Arts

Career Exploration with Miss Cassandra

Have you been following the professional paths of members of our staff throughout the school? (image above) In the lead up to next week’s UWC East Africa Careers Symposium: Building 21st Century Skills (Wednesday and Thursday, 29-30 March), staff have taken a moment to reflect on the path to their current career and share their journey with students via these posters throughout the school. Very few people have a straight path from tertiary education to one career, thus these posters help students see the variety of jobs and careers that lead staff members to their current roles. This leads to important discussions with students about their path, and ways that they can explore their interests throughout their career journey.

Getting started is not always easy, and through activities and exploration in M4-D2, students are tasked with taking time for self-reflection and utilizing resources in Maia Learning and other sources to consider all options that may work best for them. Here are two resources that recently became available that may serve as tools for conversation and discovery over the April break:

UK National Careers Week recap and resources:
Australia (15-21 May 2023):