From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents,

I'd like to give a warm welcome to all IST Elementary School Families. It's been great to meet returning families after the long break and to greet many new students and parents.

On Monday nearly 100 students with their parents came to the New Families Orientation event. 25 of our Grade 5 students gave tours around the school and we hope that this day made the first day of school a little bit easier.


New Families at Orientation

At the assembly this Friday morning we introduced our new teachers and also welcomed all the new children. We trust that these few days have been enjoyable for all new children. Our new teachers are:

Alison Powell
Jesse Andoh-Thyre

Tanya Derkash
Kirsten Rooney

Hillary Eldridge
Nsajigwa Samwel

Joann Buntine


Elementary Students at the First 2018/19 Assembly


Grade 4 Student, Seela, Playing the Cello

Parents are welcome to all our assemblies which take place every Friday at 7:20am in the MPH.

It's been wonderful to see the students enjoying our facilities at break times this week. Juggling continues, the bouldering wall has been busy, older students are enjoying the new giant chess board and the new game 4 Square introduced last year continues to be popular.

Future Chess Grandmasters
Future FIFA Worldcup Champions
Perfecting Eye-Hand Coordination
Perfecting Hand-Eye Coordination

Besties Going to Class

One excellent new addition to the facilities this year is the Library extension. We asked some Grade 5 students what they thought of this change. We got very positive feedback, some of them like the extra space because it means more books while others just love how cool it looks.


Students at the Renovated Library


Coming Up

Monday, 20th August: 12-3pm - Listening Conferences

All parents will have received an email from their child's teacher by now with an appointment time and a letter from Mr. Breese.

Tuesday 21 August: 7.15am Parent Workshop in the Staff-room

Thriving through Transition. This workshop is open to all but maybe particularly helpful for new arrivals in Tanzania/IST

Thursday 23 August: 7.10am Elementary Parent Network (EPN) Coffee Morning at the Canteen

Friday 24 August: 7.20am

  • KG-Grade 2 Assembly (MPH) (Parents are Welcome)
  • Grade 3-5 Sorting Hat Assembly (Covered Court) (Parents are Welcome)

Tuesday 28 August: 7.15am - Parent Workshop in the Staff-room

Introducing Measures of Academic Performance (MAP): Tina Fossgreen

Wednesday 29 August: 3-5pm Open House

  • 3.00 pm Welcome and introduction to the school year: Dr Hardeman and Mr. Breese
  • 3.30 - 4.00 pm Grade Presentations (1)
  • 4.15 - 4.45 pm Grade Presentations (2)
  • 4.00 - 4.45 pm Specialist Teachers available to talk to parents in Twiga Quad