Latest News

This page shows the latest emails and announcements sent to parents,
but does not include the weekly newsletters available on a separate page by clicking here.

News from the ISM Board
48 years ago

Yesterday the ISM Governing Board elected officers for the upcoming year and we are delighted to announce the results:
• Tine Hemelings – Chair
• Monique Janmaat – Vice Chair
• Marius Jacobs– Treasurer

We thank these members for their continued service to the ISM board and indeed all Board members for their strategic leadership and ongoing commitment to the improvement of International School Moshi.

Arusha Development
The Arusha development working group has been meeting regularly to discuss and develop an Arusha campus site plan. The first stage in the development of the campus will be the construction of a Diploma boarding house and associated staff houses and facilities. The working group is at the stage of preparing a concept document for interested architects and is looking for names of architect who they could approach. Please feel free to contact Monique Janmaat,, or Phil Bowen,, if you know of an architect you think we should approach.

United World College Update
With the support of the ISM governing Board, the school continues to look at ways to become more engaged with the UWC community. We are looking to hold a UWC short course at the end of the school year. Should we be successful in our application we will host up to 40 young people from across the global to live and learn together for 10 days on our Moshi campus. The short course will be lead by UWC alumni and is entitled Conquering Conflict: Political, Cultural and Environmental.

Open Meetings
You are invited to an open meeting with the Director and Head of Campus. You can learn more about current developments within the school and also have an opportunity to put forward your suggestions and ideas. As previously advised on the Arusha campus this will be held on Thursday 15th February at 1.30 pm in the performance area. The details are now decided for the Moshi campus and this will be 7.30 am on Tuesday 27th February in the social centre.
Tine Hemelings (Board Chair)
Anna Marsden (Director)

Party with a Purpose
Arusha: 1 week ago

Dear Parents,
I am writing you this email, to share a fundraising event for an important cause.

The American pediatricians Dr. Stephen Swanson and Dr. Derrick Mathews along with their team are doing an amazing work, dedicating their personal time, to support critical ill premature and term babies. They have created and operating a NICU (Neonatal intensive care unit) at the ALMC (Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre) hospital. At present, the ALMC NICU provides the highest level of care available for critically-ill babies in Tanzania and is among the most advanced NICUs in all of East Africa.

For more information please watch the video and like the facebook page of the NICU:

A group of dynamic women from Arusha, are organizing a fundraising event to support the NICU. The event will be a nice evening dinner party with live music, a dance show and a live and silent auction. It will take place at the Dorobo campsite at Olasiti, on 3rd of March.

Tickets are sold at 100.000TSH and the funds will go straight to the cause. The ticket includes food, drinks (wine, beers, juices, sodas – hard liquor and cocktails will be available to purchase) and a FREE chance to win 2 nights for a family of 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years, at Tarangire Safari lodge which will be under raffle.

Under the live and silent auction will be great prizes such as:

  • Balloon Safari in Serengeti combined with a high-end lodge in Serengeti
  • Helicopter ride above Arusha NP
  • 1 year gold membership at Kili Golf
  • Excellent hotels (Four Seasons, The Residence, Jafferji House & Spa, Nomad Kuro Tarangire, Elewana Serengeti camps, Sanctuary Retreats Swala Tarangire, Sopa lodge Serengeti, Ngare Sero, Sunbird cottage, Arusha villa and more)
  • Domestic flights
  • Walking safari at the highlands of Ngorongoro from Summits Africa
  • Precious Jewelry sets from Cultural Heritage, House of Gems, Sidai Maasai Women
  • A Car polish and wax from Milano Garage
  • 2 Massages and 1 term package at Ibuka
  • Shandals and pouches from Leen and Swari
  • A hamper with drinks from Red&White
  • and more

Many companies and individuals have committed themselves to contribute to this great cause by offering free services to the party (Dorobo campsite, Matcheo/Onsea/Axel, Meat King, Lolkisale farm, Simba Farm, Africado, London Bazaar, Red&White, Safi water, The Mechanics Bar, Ibuka, Zenith media, Dunia Designs, Tenticle, Pretty Petals, Africa Lighting, Insight Security, Alliance, Arjavyas video, MLM clicks photographer and more).

We are kindly asking you to assist the NICU by buying a ticket. Tickets are available for purchase at the front desk at ISM.

If you will not be able to attend the event but still wish to contribute you can offer a cash donation through Mpesa at 0762530476, the line is under the name of Dr. Swanson.

There is also an official website, created by Dr. Swanson, which serves to raise funds from abroad.
Please feel free to share the above with your family and friends both within Tanzania and abroad so we all together help to save more baby lives.

For more information, please contact Mrs Mary Kourkoumeli through 0756-565-796 or

With kind regards,
Phil Bowen
Head of Arusha Campus, International School Moshi

” The ALMC NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) is providing the highest level of newborn care in the country, taking care of hospitalized sick or premature newborns; truthfully, it is Tanzania’s only true functioning Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Each year we send 250+ babies home that would not have otherwise survived, with the majority of our care provided for free or heavily subsidized to moms.
” This year we are on target to have more babies than ever survive and go home to their mothers who were born at less than 1000 grams
” The NICU at ALMC provides a full range of advanced newborn support, including overhead warmers, temperature-regulated, humidified incubators, phototherapy lights and fiber optic blankets (“Biliblankets”) for treating neonatal jaundice, respiratory support (continuous positive airway pressure and oxygen blenders), pulmonary surfactant, cardiorespiratory monitors, umbilical venous catheters, advances in nutrition support, and a wide array of neonatal medications available.
” We are the only NICU in Tanzania that is providing the life-saving treatment of pulmonary surfactant to premature babies with respiratory distress syndrome. This medicine ($220/dose) has the potential to save a baby’s life with immature lungs
” In 2017, our charitable care in the NICU reached $107,645 – all of which is raised through outside supporters like yourself!
” We are likely going to break our record for admissions this year. Our greatest limitation to growth is not having enough funds to hire more nurses, which results in us turning away babies when we get full.
” One baby can be treated in our NICU for $60/day. In the United States, a baby in the NICU costs $8,000-$10,000/day
” We graduated our smallest survivor ever, born at 710 grams. And will likely have an even smaller baby survive, born at 670 grams

St Valentine’s Day with Jane!
Arusha: 1 week ago

Opportunity to spend an evening with Dr Jane Goodall and the premiere of her movie ‘Jane’

Invitation to two parent meetings this week!
Arusha: 1 week ago

Ms Natasha Whitelaw – UWC Graduate and Special Assistant To the Director at UN Capital Development Fund

Natasha will be visiting us on Monday 12th February at 10.20am in the Performance Area to speak about her UWC experiences and about her current role with the UN in Somalia.
All secondary students will be in attendance and parents are warmly invited to listen to Natasha and present any questions that they might have in a question and answers session after her talk.

Open Meeting with Director and Head of Campus

An opportunity to hear about current developments within the school, including forthcoming construction projects and the proposed Arusha Site Plan, over a cup of tea or coffee. An informal discussion is planned to which all interested parents are invited. The meeting will take place in the Performance Area on Thursday 15th February at 1.30pm.

ISM Presentation in Dar
2 weeks ago

Exciting Events at ISMAC
Arusha 1 month ago

Everyone – but especially families that are new to the ISMAC Community this January – is welcome to the PTA Coffee morning advertised below.

ISM Presentation in Dar
1 month ago