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



Welcome to our Young Journalist Page where students in grades 4 and 5 will share their insights on daily school life, after school activities, school wide events and life in Tanzania. Please visit often and we appreciate your comments after reading our entries.