Communications

Welcome and karibu. The flow of information amongst IST, parents and students is an important component for enhancing the learning environment for all students. In order to provide information that is timely, proactive and transparent, we rely on a combination of current technologies as well as old-fashioned yet effective in-person meetings to inform as well as promote understanding, trust and mutual support amongst IST community members.

Below please see a guide to resources for general information about the school and current school events.

Weekly Bulletin

The school bulletin is published weekly and include dates and brief articles of interest. 

Past issues of the newsletters can also be read here >>.

Email and SMS Text

We rely on email and/or SMS text messaging to send urgent information to parents. Parents can help by logging in to our administrative system (Ed Admin - Parent Portal Login) to update phone numbers and email addresses.

Annual Reports

 

 

Contacting IST

Administration

International School of Tanganyika
P.O. Box 2651, United Nations Road, Administration Building
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: +255-658-228883/5 -or- +255-684-228882/3 -or- +255-762-228882 -or- +255-759-228883
Fax: +255-22-2152077

Elementary Campus Office

IST Elementary
United Nations Road
Tel: +255-658-228883/5 -or- +255-684-228882/3 -or- +255-762-228882 -or- +255-759-228883
Fax: +255-22-2152077
Email: elementary@istafrica.com

Secondary Campus Office

IST Secondary
Haile Selassie Road
Tel: +255-22-2601126/7, 2601925 -or- +255-787-997778/98
Fax: +255-22-2600954
Email: secondary@istafrica.com

 

Common Questions:

 

Elementary Campus

Secondary Campus

I have a question about Admissions, whom should I contact?Please email Mrs. Linda Vaz, Admissions Officer, at:
lvaz@istafrica.com
Please email Mrs. Mwamy Sykes, Admissions Director, at:
msykes@istafrica.com

My phone number or email address has changed, how can I update the information?

Login to the Parent Portal using your Parent ID and password to update the information.

Or

Send an email to the Sarah Daniel in the Elementary Office, sdaniel@istafrica.com, with the updated information.

Login to the Parent Portal using your Parent ID and password to update the information.

Or

Send an email to the Secondary Office, secondary@istafrica.com with the updated information.

My child will be absent from school, whom should I inform?

Please let your child’s teacher know, preferably in writing, if your child is going to be absent from school. Give the reason for the absence and the expected length of time. You can write in the link book, email the teacher or write a note.

Please inform the Secondary Office via email:

secondary@istafrica.com

or phone (see above).

My child needs to leave school early, whom should I contact?

Where possible, let the class teacher know that you are taking your child out in advance. It is preferable for you to do this in writing (via email, note in the link book or a note to the teacher). To take a child out of school before the end of the school day you will need to go to the front office and ask Sarah Daniel to fill in a ‘gate pass’. This ‘gate pass’ is to hand to the guards at the gate to show that you have permission to take the child out of school, outside of the regular pick up times.

Please inform the Secondary Office via email:

secondary@istafrica.com

or phone (see above).

Students (Grades 6 to 11) who are leaving early will need to sign out at the Secondary Campus Office and be granted a gate pass in order to leave campus. Grade 12 students will need to sign out. See the information in the Homework Diary and Student-Parent Handbook for more details.

My child will be late to school, whom should I inform?

If your child is late for school he/she needs to report to the secretary, Sarah Daniel, in the main Elementary Campus Office. Sarah will record your child’s arrival and then give your child a ‘late slip’ to give to his/her teacher. This ‘late slip’ lets the class teacher know that your child has reported to the front office and the register has been changed to show that your child is now in school. If your child goes straight to the classroom he/she will be sent back to the front office to let Sarah know that he/she is in school. It is vital that the school has an accurate record of who is in school at any given time.

 

Please inform the Secondary Office via email:

secondary@istafrica.com

or phone (see above).   

I’m not receiving the newsletters from the school, whom should I inform?

The Weekly Bulletin is distributed via email on Fridays. If you do not receive this email from us, please let Debra Backlund know (dbacklund@istafrica.com). You can also read the Weekly Bulletin online.

The Weekly Bulletin is distributed via email on Fridays. If you do not receive this email from us, please let Debra Backlund know (dbacklund@istafrica.com). You can also read the Weekly Bulletin online.

I'm not receiving information about Board meetings and Board activities, whom should I inform?

Board meetings are held monthly during the academic year and information is emailed to parents in advance of the meeting. If you do not receive this information, please let Debra Backlund know (dbacklund@istafrica.com).

Board meetings are held monthly during the academic year and information is emailed to parents in advance of the meeting. If you do not receive this information, please let Debra Backlund know (dbacklund@istafrica.com). 

Whom do I inform if both my partner and myself are leaving Dar es Salaam and our child(ren) are being left in someone else’s care?

It is very important that the school is kept informed of who is responsible for a child in case of emergency. Therefore, if you are away from home and leaving your child in the care of another adult it is essential that you let the school know. Please inform your child’s class teacher in writing that you are leaving Dar and give the following information:

  • The length of time you will be away.
  • Contact details for you while you are away.
  • The name and contact details (email and telephone number) of the responsible adult is in charge of your child.
  • Please make sure that you leave contact details of an English speaking adult in case of emergencies.

All students in attendance at IST are expected to be in the care of a parent or a nominated adult guardian. IST does not consider household help to be suitable guardians. Changes in guardianship must be noted in writing to the school.

If the parent/guardian(s) are both out of Dar es Salaam for 24 hours or more, the school must be informed in advance as to the name, residential and mailing addresses and phone numbers of the person(s) designated to serve as temporary guardian.

 

   
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