How IST Prepares Students for a Successful Future

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The International School of Tanganyika (IST) is a world-renowned educational facility offering rigorous academics partnered with a holistic approach to learning.

Graduates leave our school as open-minded inquirers, who are extremely knowledgeable, but also have the ability to step back and listen. Students acquire the skills necessary to become intelligent problem-solvers who can conquer any challenge. With the help of our curriculum, graduates can achieve excellence.

IST inspires students to face challenges with confidence and achieve excellence. The preparation for a successful future begins on their their very first day at the school.

Learn how we prepare your child for a successful future:

The Importance of a Strong Education

Education is the framework that shapes a child’s life. A strong educational background gives them perspective, provides an experience that develops wisdom and is the foundation for their knowledge base.

The benefits of a strong education are exponential and include:

A successful career. This seems simple, but ensuring your children have all the resources at their fingertips to propel them into a successful career is of utmost importance. Skills they acquire in elementary school, high school and finally a renowned university, will be the skills they put on their resumes and ensure they are a top pick among job candidates. These skills will also be what allows them to excel at those jobs. A good job will foster a feeling of accomplishment, a happy and stable life and allow the individual to be independent and self-reliant.

A thirst for lifelong learning. If students are provided the right approach to learning by the right teachers, they will acquire an innate curiosity that drives the lifelong desire to know more about the world around them. A strong education creates students who always ask “why”.

A sense of confidence. A strong education allows children to find their voice and exhibit confidence in all aspects of life. Through education, children form a conceptual understanding of all subjects covered in the curriculum and can approach complex situations with conviction. Because of this, children understand more than just isolated facts and methods in problem-solving; they have the ability to transfer those problem solving skills into new situations beyond their schooling.


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How IST Helps Students Achieve Excellence

There are many ways our school helps students achieve excellence, one of which is through the exceptional co-curriculars and extracurriculars that are offered, specifically via athletic and service leadership opportunities.

Service Initiatives

We are committed to helping students fulfill their potential and improve the world. Therefore, the school embraces both the community and service initiatives with their Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) Programmes to help students become prosperous and successful citizens of the world.

An IST education is about more than just academics. The school offers a wide range of community service, cultural and personal enrichment activities.

Community Service Through the CAS Programme

CAS is a programme mandated by the International Baccalaureate and is required for students to complete the Diploma Programme. All of our students are expected to be involved in at least some aspects of CAS. During Grades 11 and 12, students are expected to take on a leadership role in a personal programme of CAS activities.

Teachers serve as mentors and cheerleaders encouraging students to work with others and within their communities thoughtfully, respectfully and compassionately to create positive change. Students are supported with leadership training opportunities as well as hands-on skill development in areas such as time, resource and event management.

Community service is of such value that we have extended our community outreach initiatives by implementing Take Action Tuesday (TAT) where we sets aside time every Tuesday to allow students to pursue their service activity.

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Student Council

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Student Council is another key opportunity we provides their Secondary students; members of this team are given the chance to be a part of student politics and have a say on what goes on at the school. They play a part in making decisions, planning initiatives and being the voice of the students.

These are valuable lessons that help build character and the ability to challenge oneself, two essential aspects of being a leader.

A new Student Council, consisting of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary, is voted in each year by the student body and they have many responsibilities, such as:

  • Encouraging students to initiate activities and bring new ideas to the table
  • Representing the overall views of students and the school as a whole
  • Ensuring the students have a meaningful voice at IST and making sure that voice is heard
  • Advising the Secondary Administration on matters that are important to the students
  • Providing a democratic forum for the discussion of ideas
  • Supporting student contributions to IST and to the local community
  • Providing a student social committee, which organizes dances, spirit days and special events

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Staying Active

One of our core values is balance, and physical activity is an important part of inspiring students to maintain equilibrium in pursuing the academic demands of a school day. Any form of exercise allows the release of endorphins, which can help clear a student’s mind and allow them to focus on the task at hand. Through regular exposure to physical activity and the practice of balancing different areas of their lives, students are enabled to make informed choices when it comes to healthy living.

At IST, students can choose from a wide range of sports and athletics including dance, track and field and gymnastics. The school has specialized PE and swim teachers to ensure children are regularly exposed to a variety of physical learning experiences.

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Specifically, teachers provide students the following types of experiences, all which lead to a more well-rounded individual:

Individual pursuits. This part of the PE programme is about the development of basic motor skills and the body’s capacity for movement. Students learn techniques, rules and the purpose of a range of athletic activities. They learn how to enhance their athletic performance and are able to recognize when they are achieving those improvements. Students take these lessons and can apply them to their academics, extra-curriculars and anything they are doing outside of school. 

Movement composition. Students learn to recognize how movements can be linked together and refined to create a sequence of aesthetic motions. It illustrates how a performance can communicate feelings, emotions and ideas.

Games. This teaches students about identifying and developing skills and strategies; it helps them recognize the importance of rules, teamwork and collaboration.

Adventure challenges. This combines physical and critical-thinking skills both independently and collaboratively. Students are put in a group and have to work together to solve problems and accomplish a common goal.

Health-related fitness. Health-related fitness aims to help students understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and how integral physical activity is.

With the lessons learned through all aspects of the PE programme, students are taught how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, how to communicate properly, the importance of teamwork and collaboration, problem solving and how to recognize the need for improvement and the techniques to achieve it. These are skills that help IST students excel not only in the rigorous IB Programme, but also in university and then in their successful careers that come after.


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Athletics - Go Twigas!

If students want to take their physical activity to the next level, then joining a varsity sport and competing in the International Schools of Southern and Eastern Africa (ISSEA) is the perfect option. ISSEA is a prestigious international league of eight schools who compete in a wide range of activities from football, basketball, swimming and volleyball to robotics and STEM projects. Students get the chance to hone their athletic and teamwork skills and compete against others who give them an extreme challenge. This teaches the student-athletes work ethic, collaboration and persistence.

We have many sports to choose from including volleyball, track and field, football, basketball, swimming and tennis. Varsity sports teach students endless skills with a few of them being teamwork, how to be a strategic thinker and time management skills. Being part of a varsity sport introduces the student to intense competitions where they master the skill of stress management. Students who gain these skills throughout elementary and high school propel themselves into a successful future.

We are proud to send our varsity athletes to other countries to compete against other ISSEA teams. Travelling with their team to a competition is one of the most valuable experiences a student can have; they build a family outside of their family and it allows them to become independent.

One of our swimming coaches, Deanna Milne, has seen how the swimmers exemplify excellence and undeniable work ethic over the year to get to where they are today.

Our athletic programme prepares students for the challenges they’ll face once they graduate. According to Milne, the time management skills the student-athletes have shown have been incredible, given the rigorous academic schedule they are balancing.

“They have many responsibilities when it comes to academics, and they are able to manage their time to fit in the things outside of the classroom that are important to them,” Milne said.

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Creative Pursuits

For students that prefer creativity and performing arts as an avenue for building their skills outside the classroom, there are many opportunities available to them. We provide band, choir and drama as well as visual art conventions where students can enter into competitions, providing them the opportunity to develop leadership skills, confidence and the ability to see something through all the way to the end; the key skills necessary for a successful future.

Model United Nations

Rigorous debate, in-depth research, a hunger to learn; these are all characteristics of the students who join the Model United Nations (MUN). We provide this prestigious, world-renowned learning opportunity to students and the benefits cannot be stressed enough.

MUN is completely student-led and includes approximately 50 high school students and 20 to 30 middle schoolers. They hold simulations to seek resolutions to global problems through discussion, negotiation and debate, with students representing different countries and inhabiting both that nation’s point of view and their priorities.

MUN teaches students about human rights, the environment, economic development, disarmament, refugees, peace and war. Through debate, students learn to research, they learn to adopt different views and attitudes and gather an understanding of the world’s problems. Students learn about international cooperation, rather than narrow-minded, national self-interest.

In 2010, we started a local inter-school MUN conference called Dar Model United Nations conference (DARMUN), which runs annually.

Roots and Shoots

Roots and Shoots inspires young people to become leaders who will use their voice and make choices to help create a better world. It is an organization founded by Dr. Jane Goodall and teaches youth to have respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire youth to take action.

This programme inspires students to stand up for what is right and learn to become the world leaders of tomorrow.

Dr. Goodall played a pivotal role in founding our Roots and Shoots programme, sitting down with Grade 6 teacher Swarn Lamba in 1991. The group has since sponsored countless initiatives including tree planting in the Pugu Hills, cleanups of local beaches, recycling of paper and plastic from discarded on-campus litter and aiding in the construction of an effective solar panel, just to name a few.

Dr. Goodall also makes routine visits to the school to work with the Roots and Shoots club members and educate them on the environment.



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Educational Programmes Helping Students Achieve Excellence

We are recognized internationally for our challenging, but rewarding IB Programme, as defined by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). This programme allows students to not only learn, but also demonstrate their learning and then act upon it. Following graduation, 95% of students receive admission to four-year universities or colleges.

The IB Programme helps students become:

  • Inquirers — their natural curiosity has been nurtured and they actively enjoy learning.
  • Thinkers — they exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to solving complex problems.
  • Communicators — they receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language.
  • Risk-takers — they approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence to explore new ideas.
  • Knowledgeable — they have explored themes that have global significance and have acquired a critical mass of knowledge.
  • Principled — they have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning and have acquired integrity, honesty and a sense of justice.
  • Caring — they show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others, and have a sense of personal commitment to helping others.
  • Open-minded — they respect the values of other individuals and cultures and seek to consider a range of points of view.
  • Well-balanced — they understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.
  • Reflective — they give thoughtful consideration to their own learning by constructively analysing their personal strengths and weaknesses.

“The IB curriculum is statistically the best curriculum in the world today. It is the most accepted high school diploma and is recognised all over the globe. This being said, it is an extremely tough course and many children struggle to achieve good results. IST seems to have the staff and experience to nurture each child to their own strengths and obtain excellent grades.” Parent of three IST students.

The skills students acquire through the IB Programme put them ahead of those who were not enrolled in this curriculum. Students graduate ready for anything; they have the ability to achieve excellence.

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The International Baccalaureate Organization

We offer three IB Programmes - Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) - that focus on teaching students to think critically and independently and learn how to inquire with care and logic, according to the IBO website. The programme encourages curiosity within the students and prepares them to always ask the “right” questions. It creates students who are hungry for more information and always ready to learn.

IBO promises to foster international-mindedness in its students. It vows to develop students who are inquirers, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. It helps develop individuals who are active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The thirst to want to learn is something that helps propel students into a successful future as this is a constantly changing world and the people who are going to excel are going to be those who are inquirers, always wanting to know more.

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Primary Years Programme

The PYP is an inquiry-based, concept-driven programme for students ages 3 to 12. Students learn about the interconnectedness of big ideas, all while grasping the essential elements of concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and action. The goal of the PYP is to help children form the foundation for a future of learning.

The PYP guarantees to:

  • Address students’ academic, social and emotional well-being.
  • Encourage students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Support students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it.
  • Help students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

Middle Years Programme

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. Teachers frame the curriculum in such a way that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world. Students become critical and reflective thinkers and develop the qualities and attributes of internationally-minded global citizens.

IB Diploma Programme

Finally, there is the DP; it is an academically rigorous two-year programme intended for students in Grade 11 and 12. Courses lead to the IB Diploma or IB Certificates and therefore, course selection is of the utmost importance and should be chosen according to the student’s passions and career goals

Teaching Techniques Essential for the Growth of Students

In order for students to succeed in achieving excellence, we hire an exceptional teaching staff, all bringing their own unique way of educating students.

Teaching and Learning Philosophy

Our teaching and learning philosophy is broken down into four sections all working cohesively to help students get the most out of their education: effective learning, challenge and support, internationalmindedness and the curriculum. Through a methodical teaching technique and a student to teacher ratio of 8:1, students develop the self-knowledge and skills they need to support a lifetime of learning.

Effective Learning

Guaranteeing that students learn in an effective way is the highest priority at our school. Essentially, effective learning is helping students understand things in a way that aids them in future situations be it in the classroom or in life. By honing their skills early on, students will be lifelong problem-solvers. The most effective learning happens in a context in which students feel understood, safe and confident.

Teaching and learning follow a constructivist approach, where students actively shape their understanding during interactions with teachers and peers.

Teachers start most units by asking the students to reflect on a big idea; students are encouraged to bring their opinions forward and discuss other point of views.

Effective learning requires students to be:

  • Engaged
  • Motivated
  • Inspired by their teacher, peers and environment

Through effective learning, students will master core skills and acquire substantive knowledge, both of which are necessary for the active, critical and inquiry-based learning values.

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Challenge and Support

All students are capable of making educational progress when they are appropriately supported and challenged. With this in mind, the faculty challenge their students in ways that allow for continuous growth in both their skills and understanding of complex concepts.

Teachers will give students feedback that is clear and prompt regarding their performance and will make sure the focus is on how to improve, not solely on what they have done wrong. Students are also given continuous opportunities to communicate their opinion, as confident communication helps to foster excellent leaders.


We teach students to become global as well as national citizens by promoting international-mindedness. The curriculum is designed to spark curiosity about the world and encourage a commitment to solving its problems.

The faculty is comprised of over 100 teachers from more than 15 countries; these teachers have published textbooks, led workshops for other teachers and are recognized internationally for their work. They are exceptionally skilled and use those skills to challenge, motivate and inspire each child individually. Teachers are the role models that students shape their future from.


In order to follow the three promises outlined above, we provide students the rigorous IB Programme, which encourages students to be curious and lifelong problem solvers; it creates an effective learning environment.

Balanced and holistic, the curriculum provides exceptional opportunities for students to learn and then demonstrate their learning. It aids in students honing skills that will stay with them for a lifetime, helping to pave their way to a strong university and then go on to a successful career.

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IST Helps Students Achieve Whatever They set Their Minds to

Through co-curriculars, such as the CAS Project, extra-curriculars, such as the exceptional varsity teams and MUN as well as through the rigorous IB Programme and the intricate teaching techniques, we guarantee that by graduation, students will be well-rounded individuals equipped with the skills necessary to succeed at university and in their chosen field of work.

University Matriculation

IST graduates have gained admission to world-renowned universities. Click here for a list of the universities graduates have attended in the last five years.

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