Parents Make a Positive Contribution to Our Community

Role of Parents

IST is unique in Tanzania in that we are a parent governed, independent, not-for-profit school. Parent participation is an important component of enhancing our learning community. Parents participate in workshops to learn more about the IB programmes, internet safety and awareness, child protection, and technology updates as well to learn how to support their children through the process of university applications. Parents serve as volunteers on the Board, they coordinate the Elementary and Secondary Parent Networks, they serve as guest speakers, class parents and grade level representatives.

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Elem. Parent Network (EPN)

The EPN strongly values the community we have at IST and is an information and support group for parents by parents.

Who is in it?

All parents are welcome. The EPN is a volunteer organization which serves to promote the positive involvement of all parents within the school learning community.

When do they meet?

The EPN meets once a month usually in the Elementary Campus staffroom. Dates and times are posted on the calendar and in the Weekly Bulletin.

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Sec. Parent Network (SPN)

The IST Secondary Parent Network (SPN), together with the Principal, Board, Administration, and faculty of IST, extends a warm welcome to the community and an offer of support to make your transition as smooth as possible.

IST encourages a collaborative approach to the student-school-family relationship. This approach enhances the overall social integration, emotional wellbeing and academic success of your child both inside and outside the classroom.

SPN meetings are normally held once a month in the morning on the Secondary campus and all parents of Secondary students are invited. Scheduled meetings are posted on the calendar and in the Weekly Bulletin.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

IST issues ID cards for parents as well as car stickers for their vehicles, both of which must be displayed to be allowed on campus. Contact mgideon@istafrica.com for more information if needed.

In some cases, we may still need photographs of the parent(s) before the ID card can be printed. In such cases, you can have your photograph taken by the Admissions Office and we will let you know via email when the ID card is ready.

ID cards are also required for members of your extended family (grandparents, aunts or uncles) or household employees (drivers, ayahs) who will be on campus frequently. Contact mgideon@istafrica.com for more information about how to request additional ID cards for other members of your household.

  • Uniforms

The Twiga Shop (Uniform Shop) stocks (prices are inclusive of VAT):

  • polo shirts Tshs 23,000/= (Elementary and Secondary)
  • long sleeve polo shirts Tshs 17,000/= (Elementary and Secondary, these shirts are from older order hence the lower price)
  • PE uniforms Tshs 28,000/= (Secondary only)
  • PE shirts Tshs 8,000/= (Elementary only)
  • shorts Tshs 20,000/= (Elementary only)
  • library bag Tshs 15,000/= (Elementary only)

For details about hours of operation for the Twiga Shop, please see this page >>.

  • Canteen / Food Service

There are some great options for students to buy lunch and snacks on campus. Parents can also pick up a cup of tea or coffee when they are on campus. For complete details including how to sign up for a debit card, see Elementary and Secondary Canteens >>.

ELEMENTARY CAMPUS

SCHOOL HOURS
  • Early Childhood (EC 1 and EC 2): 07:30 - 13:00
  • Kindergarten to Grade 5: 07:10 - 13:45

Playground supervision begins at 06:30 (for students in Grades 1 - 5) and ends at 14:00 (unless the students are participating in a school-sponsored activity). EC/KG students have their own play areas before school and supervision starts at 06:50.

PARKING

Limited parking is available through Gate 9 off of Kalinga Road. There is also a drop-off system accessed through Gate 8 (Kalinga Road) and through Gate 5 (Mindu Street).

An IST issued car sticker is required to use either the parking lots or the drop-off systems.

BUS OPTION

A bus runs from the Elementary Campus bringing students to the Secondary Campus each morning and returns to the Elementary Campus in the afternoon. This is an optional service. Contact busservice@istafrica.com for more information or click here>>for application form.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Students in Grades 1 to 5 can choose to participate in a number of different after school activities (ASAs). Information about how to sign up for ASAs will be sent to all parents via email in August. There are three ASA terms per school year and most ASAs finish at 14.40 pm.

ELEMENTARY PARENT NETWORK (EPN)

The EPN coordinate a number of events during the school year. The group is open to all parents of children enrolled on the Elementary Campus and usually meets once a month on a Thursday from 12.30 pm - 13.30 pm in the Elementary Campus Staffroom. The dates are posted on the Elementary Campus Calendar.

WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS

The Elementary Campus often hold workshops on a variety of topics of interest to parents. The workshops are usually held on Tuesday mornings from 07.30 am to 08.30 am and are a great way to learn more about the school and meet other members of the community. Check the Elementary Campus Calendar for the schedule.

WEEKLY BULLETIN

The school sends a Weekly Bulletin to all parents via email each Friday with important information about events and activities. If you don't receive a copy of the Weekly Bulletin, contact communications@istafrica.com to be sure your address is on the distribution list.

CONTACTING THE ELEMENTARY OFFICE
  • IST Elementary
  • United Nations Road
  • Tel: +255-658-228883/5 -or- +255-684-228882/3
  • Fax: +255-22-2152077
  • Email: elementary@istafrica.com

SECONDARY CAMPUS

SCHOOL HOURS
  • Grades 6 to 12:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 07:40 to 14:30
  • Wednesday - 07:40 to 13:45
PARKING AND STUDENT DROP OFF

The entrance to the Secondary Campus parking area is divided into two lanes to reduce traffic congestion. Either lane can be used to access parking as well as to drop off or pick up students. A current IST sticker, which can be collected from Juliana Karubi, Secondary Office, is required to be displayed on your car.

BUS OPTION

A bus runs from the Elementary Campus bringing students to the Secondary Campus each morning and returns to the Elementary Campus in the afternoon. This is an optional service. Contact busservice@istafrica.com for more information or click here>>for application form.

BYOL @IST SECONDARY

The Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program at Secondary has been phased in over the years and all students are required to own a laptop to be used on a daily basis. Parents and students can choose their own machine matching the specifications provided below.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Students are encouraged to participate in a number of different after school activities (ASAs). Each semester, students sign up for ASAs using their account in the ManageBac system. The activities offered cover a wide range and many are led by students.

SECONDARY PARENT NETWORK (SPN)

The SPN coordinates a number of events during the school year. The group is open to all parents of children enrolled on the Secondary Campus and usually meets once morning a month. The dates are posted on the Secondary Campus Calendar.

WEEKLY BULLETIN

The school sends a Weekly Bulletin to all parents via email each Friday with important information about events and activities. If you don't receive a copy of the Weekly Bulletin, contact communications@istafrica.com to be sure your address is on the distribution list.

CONTACTING THE SECONDARY 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
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Child protection is extremely important. IST’s Child Protection Policy (Section 7.15 >>) together with procedures to verify the previous employment for new job applicants is part of our commitment to ensure all members of the IST community are informed and educated regarding symptoms of child abuse for the protection of all of our students.