Boarding Structures


The boarding programme is committed to student participation in decision making, as well as to facilitating effective communication with students in our residential programme. Boarding Council has been established to help us achieve these objectives. It is the most prestigious and hence important organ of student leadership in the boarding community. Each boarding house appoints a representative to the Council, which meets approximately once every 2-3 weeks. The Boarding House Representative plays a central role in the life of the programme. It is their responsibility to act as a leader and role model for other boarders, both in and outside of their house. They must also be good listeners, as they must be able to voice the concerns and ideas of others at Boarding Council.


Food quality is a high priority at ISM. We believe students should have a strong voice in the preparation of meals and organisation of meal service at ISM. The Food Council’s primary role is to inform and advise the Catering Team as to the needs and desires of the boarding community. Each house will have one representative.


The role of this body is to assist and advise the boarding team as to the needs of the boarding community with respect to activities: weekend planning, intramural sport, special events, etc. Each house will have a representative on this committee.


Students come from different cultural and religious backgrounds, bringing with them a variety of expectations. Boarding life is different from home life. Here you will be living in a community and sharing facilities. This requires one to develop tolerance, show empathy, and be flexible. In such a setting there needs to be a clear set of expectations. Self-discipline and respectful manners are, likewise, extremely important. It must also be understood that the boarding parent is responsible for a number of students and it is their obligation to ensure that the boundaries are clear and understood by all. In any community, there are consequences for crossing the established boundaries and ISM is no different. However, we believe healthy boundaries (rules) encourage responsibility and respect for each other. The Secondary Student Handbook outlines our general expectations and students will also receive a booklet of school expectations. Many of our rules have evolved to solve situations that have developed in the past.


Together with their academic reports, boarding students at International school Moshi also receive assessment and evaluation on their behaviour as boarders. A grade in behaviour reflects the student’s commitment in boarding, how the student takes responsibility in boarding by following the rules and regulations of the boarding community. A student’s behaviour towards other students, staff and the grounds is especially emphasized. In order to issue a proper grade in behaviour International school Moshi uses a system of poa (Swahili for cool/good).

A boarding parent may issue poas (positive points) for any positive and unexpected action a student makes on own initiative that reflects maturity, kindness towards a fellow student, a staff member or otherwise to the benefit of the school and not for personal gain. The number of poa points issued will be determined in a boarding parent meeting. A given number of students with most poas at the end of the semester will be given a special reward in acknowledgement of their excellent behaviour in boarding.

When a boarder shows inappropriate behaviour he/she will be confronted with this then and there and issued a certain number of negative points, or doas (Swahili for stain) according to the seriousness in the offence. Any points will reduce the number of negative points a student may have achieved so far. Through this system students will get a most fair assessment of identical offences made.


Other Students Visiting the Boarding House

Boarders can visit their friends on the verandas outside the boarding houses. Any outside visitor to any boarding house must first be introduced to the boarding parent. Students are not permitted to invite a member of the opposite sex into their bedroom nor are students allowed to enter the boarding house of those of the opposite sex.


Students can play music during their free time; however, they are not allowed to do so in the boarding house during study hall or during any other times set aside for study (e.g. exam periods). It should be remembered that others might not share one person’s taste in music, so the volume must be kept down. Earphones are strongly encouraged and must be used if students wish to play music at certain times. Music that may cause offence should not be brought to school.


No student, teacher or visitor is permitted to smoke on campus (boarding students are, furthermore, not permitted to smoke off-campus). Likewise, activities such as burning insect coils and incense are not permitted inside boarding houses for safety reasons.


The use of alcohol by boarders on or off-campus is not permitted. Any breaking of this expectation may result in suspension from the school, or possibly expulsion.

Narcotic Drugs

The use of narcotic drugs is illegal in Tanzania and is not permitted. Any breaking of this rule will result in expulsion from school. ISM has a zero tolerance policy with respect to narcotic drugs. The school reserves the right to search students and to test for alcohol or drug use either on a random basis or as a result of concern.

Further details of Boarding can be found on other pages of this website (see menu) or from the student Boarding Handbook.