Monthly Archives: February 2016

Our Trip To Moshi

Earlier this month, some Grade 4 and 5 students traveled to the International School of Moshi to participate in a sporting competition.  A few of the Young Journalist share their thoughts about the weekend below.

Moshi, written by Lily

This was the best day of my life.  Well, maybe the best day of my life.  I still have a long long life.  So, here is what happened on Friday.  Ok, first thing first, on the way to the school I was in……yes you guessed it TRAFFIC!  I thought I was going to be so late because I was in traffic, but I made it.  YEAH!!! My team was so happy to see me. And I was happy to see them!

Then came the hard part of saying goodbye to everyone staying. Although I was excited, my sister was not happy at all.  She was crying so, so much!  And because she was crying, I started crying! I knew I would miss her!

The bus ride was so much fun!  Some boys from Grade 5 were with the Grade 4 girls on the bus.  At first the people who did not bring headphones were sad, but then we told Salmen in Grade 5 to put the music on the head phones louder and he did!  That made it fun for everyone!

We listened to music the whole trip.  Well, not the whole trip.  After what felt like a year, we were finally at the airport.  We then stood for a long time.  When DIA arrived we played a little bit.  Then we finally got our tickets and waited some more for our flight. While we were waiting for our flight, my friend Emily from DIA got hyper from drinking Pepsi.  She started running all around the airport doing ballet.  Then we were finally in the plane.  We flew Fastjet!  I was sitting next to two boys.  OMG!!

After 45 minutes both of the schools were on the bus and ready to go to Moshi.  The road was very bumpy and people kept on hitting themselves on the windows.  We saw many animals like Donkeys, cowes, goats and sheep.  Some of the goats were in the street.  We were so close to them, I thought we were going to hit them with the bus!

Then one of the Grade 5 students started spraying people with his water bottle.  It was irritating to us.  It must have been irritating to Mr. Neil also because he told the student to stop!

We finally go to The International School Of Moshi.  It was beautiful!  I saw my friend Cleo there who was with her big sister and some friends.  Cleo was very happy.  They all helped us settle in.  Our room was small, but it was ok.  We put sleeping bag on the mattress and went to eat dinner.  We ate french fries and chicken with tomato sauce.  The food was ok.

After dinner there was a movie showing, but we had to wait a little.  All of my friends were in the front row.  I went t the back row with one of my friends.  We watched the movie The Good Dinosaur.  After a few minutes I went to the front and my friend went to her room to rest/sleep.  The movie was very sad.

The next day it was time for the match.  I was excited.  I thought we would win!  We all went to shower and brush our teeth.  Then, we went to eat.  The food was good, but not great!  After eating, it was time for the swimming team to do their thing!  The swim team mentioned that the pool was very, very cold.  There was a lot of cheering and yelling!  After all of the yelling and cheering, IST came in second and DIA came in first! That was fun!

Then FINALLY it was time to eat lunch.  And this time the food was much better then in the morning.  After we were all full, we headed to our room and put our football stuff on.  It was time for the match!

We were all excited and happy.  We all promised our self that we are not going to cry that much if we lost. We reminded each other that all that mattered was that we tried and had fun.  So, we were ready to do our best!

The first match was startling!  It wasn’t the best!  We played against The International School of Moshi.  And we……..LOST!  We were sad, but ready for the next match.  Then we played against IST team 2.  And we…..LOST!  Then we were ready for the next team.  “We can do this!”  Everyone said.  We played against Zambia.  And we finally WON! We were so, so happy!  Then we did our cheer!

The last two games were not that great.  But the last game we won.

This is a poem I wrote about the trip


Hot in the Morning, cold in the night

We had to work to keep our schedule tight.

Good food, but not great

Plus it gave me a stomach ache

Water from the ground, now that was cool

But now the match was starting


I played and played.

I could not stop

Believe me or not

But then we lost!

We went to our rooms without  fears

But in the end, we lost our braveness in our tears.

After that I remembered what we all said, “It wasn’t about winning or losing.  It was about fun and teamwork.”

And we had that ALOT!


Written by Lily

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Lily is a Grade 4 Student at IST




Touch Typing

Written by Amal

 The students in Touch Typing are learning to type fast.  The room is really quiet.  The activity is open to grades 2-5.  Ms. Louise Perera runs
it.  It meets on Thursdays in the IT lab.  I spoke to a few students.

thumb_IMG_1688_1024thumb_IMG_1689_1024Thabo said, “I joined this activity because when I do this at home, it is fun.”


Hussain says he has been doing this activity for 2 years.

Hussain says he has been doing this activity for 2 years.



Amal is a grade 4 student at IST

Tanzanian Assembly

In the beginning I walked in and I heard people showing their musical talents.  When everyone was inside the hall the assembly started.  Then I heard Mr. Haule, a Kiswahili teacher speaking.   All I understood was can you please stand up.   The funny thing was that most of the people in our grade were wearing either Tanzanian soccer jerseys, Zanzibar jerseys or Azam Tanzanian soccer jerseys, you know the white ones.   We started singing the Tanzanian national anthem, Mungu Ibariki Afrika.   I thought the song was catchy. I hope I’m not the only one who thinks that.

IMG_0633Then the real stuff happened. I was impressed.  The Tanzanian drummers were impressive.  They used branches from a tree. The music was loud with lots of beats. I gave them lots of claps. I was probably last to finish clapping, but if you think that’s embarrassing,that’s you, but I don’t feel embarrassed.

The dancers were also impressive.  They did back and front flips, handsprings and cartwheels with one hand. 

I was surprised about  all the people who walked around barefoot.  The problem with me is that I almost lost my shoes.

I was also impressed with the choir.  Well done people.  But the grade 5 students also did well with the children’s right thing.  

I feel nice about the assembly because I don’t think they had it last year.  So I think they should carry on with it every year.


Written by Georgios

Georgios is a Grade 4 student at IST

IST Band

Written By Ebun

The band at IST is great!  They meet every Friday.  They were working on Ode  To Joy.  First, they play separately then they play together.  They then repeat. They sound good, but they still need a bit more practice.

IMG_0939The band takes students in grades 4 and 5. I met a Grade 4 band student.  She has been in band for 2 years. She plays violin, piano and a bit of trumpet.  Her mom teaches her to play at home. She is also learning to play the violin in band.

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There are three teachers in the ASA band.  Mr. Breese, Mrs. Michelle and Mr. Jeremiah are the teachers.  Ms. Michelle is one of the assistant teachers.  She was born in New Zealand.  She lived in Sudan.  She has been in Tanzania for a year and a half.  She started teaching at IST this past August. She teaches Grade 3.

Mr. Jerimiah is the other assistant teacher.  He was born in Tanzania.  He has been at IST for 11 years.  He enjoys music because he enjoys hearing people play.  He plays guitar and recorder.

Mr. Breese is the main teacher.  He was born in the UK.  Before he came to IST he was in Uganda for 11 years. This is his first year in Tanzania.  He is the nicest principal I have ever had.

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Ebun is a Grade 4 student at IST.

Pajama Day

Pajama Day was last Friday.  Everyone was in pajamas because it was Funky Friday!

KG Student on Pajama Day







KG Student on Pajama Day











The day started with an assembly.  The Twiga Girls and Boy’s Basketball Teams came.  We sang Oh Ah IST with the swimmers going to the swim gala and with the footballers headed to Moshi.  We also got a new Twiga mascot.  He is in grade 1.  He was a little shy, but he did well.  The ASA Band played and sang a song with Mr. Breese leading them.  After the assembly, classes had different activities related to Pajama Day.  It was a fun day!

Written by Sara

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Sara is a Grade 4     student at IST

Cece’s Corner

You can call me Cece!  Here is a bit about me.  I moved to Tanzania from Hawaii.  So, I am used to the heat!  I am 10 years old and in 4th grade.  I love to write.  And I definitely love it here!

I wrote the poem below about my school

IST  lets  you  be  free
And  they  don’t  care  if  your  last  name’s  Mgee.
IST  is  worldwide
And  they  are  100%  on  your  side
IST  is  really  fun
But  sometimes  I  can’t  wait  to  be  home!

I have many friends at IST.   What I like most about IST is there are people here from all over the world. I like learning about the different countries and cultures. Not only do I enjoy meeting people from different cultures, I also enjoy all of the celebrations we have at IST. Why do you think we have so many celebrations here?   When I am on break, I look around and think how cool it will be to grow up and tell my friends and family that I lived in Africa and went to school with kids from all over the world.

Cece is a Grade 4 student at IST