SCIS Chronicle The Official Student Publication of St. Constantine’s International School, Arusha, Tanzania The Hellenic Society of Tanganyika JANUARY 2014
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St. Constantine’s International School has continued to defy its odds with this year’s A-Level results. The school, which uses the Cambridge International Examinations Board, has continued to improve its ALevel results by increasing the overall pass rate this
A-Level Pass Rate Hits 85% year to 85%. This is compared to 80% last year. Guillaume Samusure, son of Mrs. Sandra Samusure, who teaches French in both Primary and Secondary, topped his class with his two As, in Physics and French Language,
and B in Mathematics. According to Mr. Donald Cunado, Head of Sixth Form, the test results were a testament to the combined hard-work and dedication of teachers and students. He furthers that the results are the tip of the iceberg as to what is coming from the ALevel students. He hopes and expects that this year’s cohort will do better compared
to the previous years because students are motivated to do well so as to be able to attend prestigious universities around the world. Mr. Clement Nderitu, Secondary Principal, said that he is extremely satisfied with the ‘can-do’ attitude from this year’s students and he sees huge potential in them to
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First Ever Mr and Ms SCIS Draws a Huge Crowd Buoyed by the success of Happiness Watimanywa as Miss Tanzania 2013, former Head Girl and Editor-inchief of SCIS Chronicle, the School organised its own beauty pageant this year, Mr and Ms SCIS. Divided into two categories, Junior and Senior, the first-ever beauty and talent competition was won by Mariam Mhina (Year 8) and Derrick Salewa (Year 8) in the Junior category and Peter Metili (Year 11) and Nancy Soka (Year 12) in the Senior category. Attended by more than 300 spectators, the night started with a dance production from all the contestants, followed by a catwalk showcasing their Creative Wear.
The Talent Portion followed and the event finished with the contestants wearing their Evening Dress. Following this, the winners were announced. Miss Tanzania 1998, Saida Kessy, one of the four judges and a school parent, graced the occasion. She said that there was a lot of potential seen during the show and that everyone was a winner as it is not easy to walk around the stage in front of a huge crowd. Reigning Miss Tanzania 2013, Happiness Watimanywa, also graced the occasion and showed her catwalk credentials. During her speech, she said she felt honoured and overwhelmed that students see her as an
inspiration. She explained the reason why she was so confident during the Miss Tanzania heats was because her self-esteem was nurtured at SCIS. She was a leader of many of the school clubs and an official representative of the school in many interschool athletics and sports
events. Organised by Barbara Mawalla (Year 12), the event was supervised by the Student Council through the watchful eye of their advisers, Mrs Anne Mbugua and Mrs Pankaj Singh. The other three judges were Miss Lucy Ng’ang’a, Mr Koen Van der Land, who are both school parents, and Mr Donald Cunado, Head of S i x t h Form.
Miss Tanzania, Happiness Watimanywa, stands between the winners of Junior (Mariam Mhina) and Senior (Nancy Soka) Ms SCIS.
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T. I. C. -Town Infants Campus
Nursery students enjoy another fun lesson at the Town Infants Campus.
Drawing pictures of the sun was one way to learn about the weather this term.
Nursery Class The Nursery class at the Town Campus has grown since the beginning of the year. People are realising how amazing it is to be in our Nursery class. The children have participated in various activities that have involved painting, coloring and drawing and counting. They have also been working on fine and gross motor skills as well as creativity and social skills. For the next two weeks or so we will be tackling the weather theme. Here we will look at the different types of weather and how they affect us. We have even learnt some songs and poems related to the same. One such poem is:
I hear Thunder, I hear Thunder, Ooh don’t you, ooh don’t you, Pittar patter rain drops, pittar patter raindrops, I’m wet through, I’m wet through. We painted the sun and tried making clouds using finger painting and thereafter rain. I just cannot wait to see the end result. As we continue the learning process the children are trying to work out simple math problems. This is seen as they sing and do actions. These children are just great and we are going to have a busy and enjoyable term. Watch this space! Ms. Sushila and the Nursery Class at the Town Campus Facebook users can and get updates from the Town Campus’ page by visiting the following web address: https://www.facebook.com/ stconstantines.towncampus
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Main Campus: Reception MO Not to be left out, the Lower Primary classes at the Main Campus have also been having great fun learning a variety of new things. Below is a sample of some activities undertaken by Mrs Moshy’s Reception class...
Clockwise from top left: Reception MO have a go at following instructions to clean their teeth; identifying things with pleasant scents and unpleasant odours; preparing to use the toothpaste; learning about the letter ‘N’; making a nest; showing off their clean teeth.
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The Music Corner song, song.
Perfect World (lyrics by 5D music class) Chorus: Perfect world, we just want a more perfect world. Let us tell you what we know, of all the things we must let go… Verse 1 : We can’t afford extinctions; we must end poaching. And how about pollution, no more smoking! That includes the cars that we drive; if we keep on, we won’t stay alive. We want a more perfect world! (Chorus) Verse 2: If we could all be healthy; and look after each other Maybe we’d be wealthy, sharing with our sisters and brothers
(lyrics composed by TIC grade 2 class)
Turn our world into a heaven, heaven, heaven
Here on Earth we’ll live forever, ever, ever! (chorus) Verse 3:
Let’s help find a cure; listen to their pleas!
And I wish there would be no end.
(Final chorus: add) Maybe we could live together, Maybe we could live in harmony, Maybe we could live with no countries, and have no reason to fight at all. Verse 2 I wish…there were no more bad people
But look at all the people who shouldn’t be dyin.
I wish…the monsters went away
We need a more perfect world! (Chorus)
I wish…I had 10 brothers to protect me
Verse 4: Let’s go back to Nature, and live with animals Stop killing creatures, and live as one family If we turn our weapons into toys
Then we’ll have a more perfect world. (Chorus)
We want a more perfect world!
While we sing this song,
We turn our heads and say it’s fine.
This is how we feel, the wrongs to right.
Music for us all to dance, dance, dance
And I wish…we could all be friends I wish…we could care for our world properly
Our lives will contain so much more joy
And water to live on, on, on
I wish…we could share our world kindly
And people who’re disabled and sick with disease
No need to steal, no need to fight
Bridge: Oh and castles to live in, in, in
Like superman, we want to fly, fly, fly, way up in the sky, sky, sky
Perfect world, we just want a more perfect world. We’ve told you what we know, of all the things we must let go… To create a more perfect world!
Or, like a bird, that I had wings to fly away.
And I wish there were no wars I wish there were no weapons to use I wish there was no money to steal No reason to fight at all Then maybe we could live together Maybe we could live as one
Verse 3 I wish…all this for my new baby I wish.. all this for my family I wish… I was rich and could buy everyone a ball Then we ‘d have no reason to fight at all.
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Continued from Page 1... excel and produce better grades. He also congratulates the teachers who have shown patience, commitment and altruism to students in order to ensure that they achieved their full potentials. Overall, there is an increase of almost 7% in the A*- B grade bracket from 18% last year to almost 25% this year. This is also the same with the A*- C grade bracket where the school saw an increase of 5% from 41% last year to 46% this year. Other students who also did well were: Lulu AyshaLipumba (1A- Sociology, 1BPsychology and 1C-History), Nickson James (1A-Business Studies, 2Bs-Accounting and AICT and 1C-Economics), Mohsen Oman (1B-Phsyics and 2Câ€™s-Chemistry and Mathematics), Yoseph Rupahel (1BBusiness Studies and 3CsEconomics, Mathematics and Physics) and Sarah Yusufali (1A -Business Studies, 1BEconomics and 1CAccounting). In addition to these excellent results, Mr. Cunado added that some of the current Year 13 students have already received their university placements, mostly in the UK, USA and Canada, to start their undergraduate course this September 2014.
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Grade 3 - Modern Cairo Presentations During the end of first term holiday, students of all the year 3 classes were given a research project to do on Modern Cairo over the break. The students had fun researching about such aspects as location, people, housing, education, clothing, transportation or culture and more. The goal of the assignment was to see how life in modern-day-Cairo compares to the Ancient Egypt that they learned about during first term. The children all did a wonderful job and everyone in class was amazed by their findings during their presentations, which were also very eloquent! Catherine Adiang
Co-editors Mr. Stanley Dutki Mr. Michael Murray
Printer and Advisor Mr. Donald Cunado
Additional Proofreading Mrs Margaret Wayua
SCIS Chronicle Staff The Grade 3 students used all different kinds of presentation techniques to tell us about Modern Cairo
Karl Mbugua (Year 8) Nasha Cunningham (Year 8) Angel Roussous (Year 10) Yohan Jeon (Year 10) Asma Mohammed (Year11) Neah Maganga (Year11) Louise Hans (Year11) Ineza Greta (Year 11) Khamis Salum (Year11) Schallin Takis (Year 12) Nadine Kanyange (Year 12) Happy Mbaleni (Year 12) Simaloi Sikar (Year 12) Nancy Soka (Year 12) Jessy Petit (Year 12) Hermione Mars (Year 12) Nickson James (Year 13) Lulu Aysha Lipumba (Year13)
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Getting to know you, getting to know all about you! This is the corner that was specifically designed to introduce the new teaching staff of St. Constantine’s International School. These articles are all written by students. In this edition, we meet a variety of primary and secondary staff who joined us in January. We also catch up with a few August starters who we missed last term (sorry for that - Ed).
August 2013 Starters Ms
Susan Phillips who hails from Canada is St. Constantine’s Primary Music teacher. She has been at St. Constantine’s since August last year, which makes it five months from now. Growing up in a teaching family, her father being a teacher and her mother being a music teacher, music was there throughout her life. She then worked as a music therapist. Music therapy is the use of music as a means to achieve a goal, improve one’s well being and decrease depression. "Music reaches us on an emotional level and is very stimulating," she says. Mrs. Phillips points out that she absolutely enjoys teaching the younger students because they are very open minded and have lots of ideas of their own. Whether its song-writing or improvising, they are very different from the students she taught in North America. When she first arrived at the school, she remembers thinking it was "very green” and that it showed a healthy and positive environment. One of her greatest obstacles was to arrive and find out that she was going to teach four hundred and thirty students that she would only get to see once a week. At first it was a big challenge to make a meaningful impact on their education, with just forty-five minutes once a week. However, it’s all about the relationship she has with them. Susan is gradually adapting to the situation and the students to her expectations. Her role model is a Canadian music teacher that uses classical music to inspire kids. Overall, she has read about her, studied and used her work several times. Not only is she just a primary music teacher, she is a singer-song writer as well. Before she even became a music teacher, she had already succeeded in creating her own CD. We ended the interview with her last words to parents in which she expresses her deepest appreciation for the students’
openness to experimentation, creative ideas and their willingness to take a step into the unknown. All in all, their courage! Dora John (Yr 12)
Jane Tyson who joined St. Constantine’s last August is one of the Year 3 teachers. Jane, who is from South London, teaches Maths, English Social Studies and ICT. She started her career in 1996 and was inspired to teach by the fun teacher s she had when she was a student. Jane was also inspired to teach because she didn’t find school easy herself. Jane instantly fell in love with the school’s outdoor space, which encourages her to get her students out of the classroom. She loves her pupils, many of whom are curious, lively fun and eager to learn. Her greatest obstacle is balancing her time with her children and wanting to teach, which is her passion. Jane is happy to have come to Tanzania with her family; she wanted both her children to come here and have a fantastic experience. Her role model is her former fourth and fifth grade teacher who used to love to dress up like Sherlock Holmes and other characters she had read about. Dora John (Yr 12)
January 2014 Starters Miss Siobhan Dooley joined SCIS in January as the new 5th grade teacher. She is from South Africa but grew up in Seychelles. This is her first year as a teacher and she currently teaches English, Mathematics and Social Studies. She majored in English Literature and will soon be joining the Secondary Department in September 2014 to teach ‘A’ Level English. Her first impressions of this school are that it is friendly and welcoming. She became a teacher because she didn’t want a PhD or an office job straight away. So she found a way she
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V OLUME 6, I SSUE 4 could use her degree well. Her greatest obstacle is that she was a shy person but overcame it by taking a speech and writing class at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland which involved her speaking in front of many people. She expects her students to always try, try and try their best even if they do not succeed. As she says the worst mistake one could ever make is not make mistakes. Her role model is Nelson Mandela. “One can’t help but look up to him” she says. When asked what her vision was for this school in a couple of years time, she said she sees SCIS taking its place as one of the best schools ever in East Africa and believes that students and teachers will make it their best. She ended the interview with these last words to parents, teachers and students: “I look forward to meeting you all”. Nancy Soka (Yr 12)
There's much to be learned about Ms Katy Allen-Schmid. We had the pleasure of getting to know a little about her during our short interview. Katy, daughter of Mr Kevin and Mrs Genia, who teach secondary Music and History, is from Montana, U.S. Although she's travelled through many countries, this is her first time living in Africa. Her job opportunity here was purely a surprise. “I originally came here to visit my parents,” she says. Currently she teaches Physical Education and helps tutor students in the Year 10 English as a Second Language class. By the looks of it, she definitely loves the school. “The children I work with are very open minded and full of energy - I love that. It makes a difference,” she says. “I love the culture; I've been trying to learn Swahili. It’s the key to my experience,” she added. Having a passion for Latin America, she studied Hispanic and International Social Studies and Development at Pacific Lutheran University in Louisiana, Washington. She strives for adventure and enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain climbing, camping and backpacking. Where she sees herself in 5 years? Her future isn't certain “I feel my calling is to be a teacher, but in an outdoor setting,” she says thoughtfully. We picked up the fact that she's quite adventurous and it would suit her perfectly, having experienced non-traditional education teaching the youth in the wilderness.
Not only did we learn that much from her interview with us, we had a little more time learning basic volleyball with her. We must say - she is a wonderful teacher! Only a few would leave us educated with so much skill. She's energetic, fun and has a personality we just can't put a finger on. SCIS, you have an excellent addition to the staff and it was a great pleasure having a one on one talk with her. \ Nadine Kanyange and Jessy Pettit (Yr 12)
Bowen is a Canadian born teacher who studied in Toronto, Switzerland and Australia. She is currently studying for her Master’s in education in Information and Technology. She has been teaching for almost 15 years now. She teaches 3rd grade in St. Constantine’s. She has been teaching in mostly primary schools, beginning in Prague in the Czech Republic where she met her husband Mr. Jonathan Bowen. They moved to Bangkok in Thailand, then Chile in South America. Mr. Bowen wanted to teach because her parents were teachers and as she was growing up her family travelled around the world. She also saw what a good education her younger brother was getting at one of the world’s top international schools. She says that she expects her students to work hard and to be well behaved, as well as to respect themselves and respect her as a teacher. “Right now, I am being a little hard on them as they have to adjust to a new routine and teacher,” she said. She has been teaching the Cambridge International curriculum for most of her teaching career and enjoys it. Mrs. Bowen likes Arusha and says that it is a pretty interesting place. She emphasised on the friendliness of people and the welcoming vibe. Although, she says, that she has never seen a motorbike carrying a sofa - she explained to us that she has only been to Shoprite and the Njiro Complex since she came with her family. Her first impression of SCIS was the homey feel, the greenness of the place as well as the vast openness of the school compound. When asked where she sees herself and the school in the next few years, she said that she would love be more involved in the IT department of the school and really help improve children’s knowledge about technology! Simaloi Sikar (Yr 12)
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More getting to know you, getting to know all about you! January 2014 continued... The SCIS Science Department this term has a new addition Mrs Liz Boakes. Mrs Boakes, who grew up in North Wales, was born in London by ‘accident’. She says that her mother was on the plane, pregnant with her from Nigeria and as the plane landed at Heathrow Airport in London she was born, or else she would have been Nigerian.
Mrs Boakes also wants to see an improvement the school’s science department. “I want it to grow” She says, “And see more and more students taking up science subjects” she adds. As a last word to the teachers Mrs Boakes remarked that the school is in transition but for the good. She said that the school is doing everything it can to provide the best education and facilities to the children. She hopes that one day St. Constantine’s will be known as the best International school in Eastern Africa! Simaloi Sikar (Yr 12)
Lameck Kisinza, whose teaching career dates back to 1985 is from Arusha and has rejoined the school this year to teach IGCSE and A level Mathematics and Physics.
She went to Bangor University in North Wales where she studied Biochemistry, and has been teaching Chemistry and Biology for well over two decades. She started teaching because she felt that the subjects she learnt about in University were worth sharing. She couldn’t keep all that wonderful knowledge all to herself! She teaches grade eight all the way through to thirteen but in her past teaching experience she has taught even adults. She does not find this as a difficulty; she says that the only way to overcome teaching different age groups all depends on how one pitches a lesson. She says that one of the obstacles that she faces while teaching is making a class more enjoyable and fun. “Not everyone might like the same things, what may be interesting for one person may not be the same for the other”. She has overcome this by using more graphic visuals in the class and not being too reliant on books. As well as trying to get the message across that science is cool. Mrs. Boakes first started teaching in a “The School is in school at the Man of Isle which she emtransition, but for phasizes is not part of the United Kingthe good!” dom. She was a science advisor there. Then she came to Kenya where she Liz Boakes taught at St. Andrews in Turi as well as Pembroke. Her first impression of St. Constantine’s is that people at the school are very friendly and give off a very positive ‘homey’ vibe. When asked where she sees herself and the school in the next few years, she admitted that she may like to become the deputy head of the school one day. She told me that she almost got the position when she was teaching at the Isle of Man. She does not regret not taking the position, as she would still be teaching there and not have gotten the opportunity to come to Africa.
Mr. Kisinza’s first impression of the school is that the environment is well-managed and there’s minimum noise pollution. His role model is his former Norwegian Math teacher who impressed him a lot. His greatest obstacle is to get used to his surroundings and environment. He is also inspired by his students because they have admirable characteristics. He hopes the school will realize its vision and eventually become one of the leading schools with outstanding management, and continuous leadership.
is from Tennessee, U.S.A and has now lived for two years in Tanzania. She studied in Tennessee, Columbia University and attended Mercy College. She has been teaching for about five years now. She currently teaches Year7 and 8 English. Her first impressions of SCIS were that is strangely similar to the schools she has been to in the USA. She also compliments its green environment. She used to be a social worker until she realized she would love to spend more time with kids so she became a teacher. Her role model is her former fourth grade teacher who was always interesting, caring and exciting.
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She expects her students to work hard as well as be kind and helpful. Proving she is human she faces obstacles such as balancing her time as a busy teacher and also a mother of a toddler. She is also, learning how to say no when she needs to. She hopes to see English develop beyond just speaking in this school. She also hopes that in a few years ‘time, art and books will be published and students will compete more in academic competitions. Nancy Soka (Yr 12)
Jonathan Bowen who is from East Yorkshire, England joined St. Constantine’s at the start of this year, as a teacher of Physics. He has been teaching Science for the last fifteen years. When he first saw this school he was impressed by the green scenery, wide open spaces very comfortable and homely surrounding. Mr. Bowen was inspired to teach Physics after he noticed that his former Physics teacher was not a motivating teacher and no one in his class liked it. On the other hand, his role model is his father who is kind, interested in his family and a very happy man. He expects his students to work their hardest if they want to succeed. He enjoys teaching the A-Level Physics class and hopes that it continues to improve. His last words are a thank you to the parents, school staff and students for a wonderful welcome they have accorded to him. Nneka Obi
Year 3 Egypt Day: Going the Extra Nile Year 3 rounded off their Ancient Egyptian topic with an Egyptian information morning for Year 2. The children dressed up in traditional clothes and made crowns. they used the knowledge they had gained throughout their topic to create interesting activities. The students tasted food, wrapped mummies, made 3D pyramids and enjoyed sharing their learning with Year 2. The children were able to show their understanding of Ancient Egypt through their explanations and examples for Year 2. Right: Walk Like an Egyptian - Year 3s dressed in Ancient Egyptian dress for their Information Morning
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Rumpelstiltskin - Told by Year 1
Life in the Boarding House
Once upon a time, the Miller came to the King’s castle to boast about his daughter. He told the King that she could spin straw into gold. The king locked the door. Then Lili stamped her foot and suddenly a goblin appeared. The goblin asked for her necklace in exchange for turning the straw into gold.
Being a boarder for the past three years at SCIS has been quite a fun and enjoyable experience. Even though it has been hard to adjust and make it home, it has been an environment where we are challenged to try new things. The different folks coming and going in the school’s administration have brought different views about boarding life and various changes to its life and facilities.
Then Lili stamped her foot again. Suddenly a goblin appeared and asked her for her ring. She gave it and he spun the straw into gold. Lili stamped her foot again and the goblin appeared. She said that she had nothing to give the goblin and the goblin told her to give him her first child. Then I will spin the straw into gold. Lili asked him if she could keep the child if she guessed the goblin’s name. He gave her three days and on the third day she said that his name was Rumpelstiltskin.
In many ways St. Constantine’s has become my second home. Here, I live with my friends that with time have also become my family. On weekends, I have had the privilege of going to see a movie, going shopping or exploring the famous mtumba. In all honesty, I sometimes feel as if I never left home. Undeniably, there may be certain times when I yearn for my parents, for my home and the home city I grew up in, Dar es Salaam. The dormitory has been a well controlled area with four guardians living with the boarders: two matrons, a dorm master and a dorm mistress. To add on, there have been several seniors appointed to be prefects to help supervise their fellow students. With more new rules being enforced it provokes students to be more global citizens, more independent in their decision making concerning their lives and, for senior students, a valuable preparation for the university life. Nickson James (Yr 13)
Iliza Ketra (Yr 1B) Once upon a time, there was a poor miller and his daughter Lily. The miller boasted Rumpelstiltskin, from the movie about his daughter. Shrek “She can spin the straw into gold.” The King said, “Spin the straw into gold and you may marry my son.” Lily stamped her foot and a goblin appeared and he said “Give me your necklace and I will spin the straw into gold.” And the King was greedy and he took Lily to another room to spin the straw into gold. And again Lily stamped her foot and again the goblin appeared. And he said, “Give me your ring and I will spin the straw into gold.” But the king was still greedy… Aissa Sudi (Yr 1B)
The St. Constantine’s boarding houses have been a second home to many students over the years.
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Primary Football Season Kicks off in Style The Girls On Monday 20th January, the junior girls’ football team went to Braeburn to compete in their first match of the football season. It was a good game, but finished with both teams failing to score. However, in spite of this, everyone had fun, even if some of the girls picked up some minor injuries. Overall, it was an extremely fair game. Karen Olutu (Yr 6)
The Boys The Boys and Girls Primary football teams after their first games of the season at Braeburn this month
A Poem About Numbers Number one sing a bun, Number two now go poo, Number three cut a tree, Number four break a door, Number five jump up high, Number six I can mix, Number seven count up to eleven, Number eight figs I ate, Number nine get in a line, Number ten now do it again! Rodley Adjoui (Yr 1M)
On Monday 20th January the junior boys’ football team played their first match of the season at Braeburn. It was a great success for St. Constantine’s as we won the game! The day started with some warm-ups, including 100m jogging. Then the game started and for the first half our team was as follows: Goalkeeper - Norma; Defenders - Alim, McAlvin and Sumith; Midfielders - Karim and Adam; Strikers - Harith and Marc. This was mainly the team for the first half, although there were some substitutions. In the second half, we really played well. Karim hit the post an amazing three times and then Alim scored twice and Harith once. It was raining heavily as Braeburn scored one, but we still finished 3 - 1 winners. Afterwards, we agreed that even Casillas or De Gea would not have blocked Alim’s first goal. Harith’s goal was also very special, as he dribbled through the defenders to get close to the goal before scoring. We really enjoyed the first match and it was nice to get off to a wining start. We hope that this team can keep playing well and we would like to win as many matches as we can this season. Finally, we would like to thank Mr Stefan for taking us to Braeburn and the school driver who drove us there. We hope that we represented St. Constantine’s to the best of our ability. Alim and Karim (Yr 6)
Gymkhana Swimming Gala Gives Taste of Competition to Come
Saturday January 25th St. Constantine’s swim team began it’s 2014 season during the Gymkhana swim gala. Gymkhana worked to part-
ner with the local schools to provide an exciting and fun swim event to promote healthy competition and their growing sports efforts as a club. The gala was a great success for the three local schools participating, Braeburn, International School of Moshi- Arusha Campus (ISMAC), and St. Constantine’s (SCIS). The short distance event
consisted of all twenty-five meter races for the age groups 12 and under, and fifty-meter races for all swimmers over the age of 12. All strokes were successfully competed in by St. Constantine’s swimmers, who all received medals for their efforts. The gala ended on a high note with freestyle and individual medely relays where each school had the opportunity to show that Jameel (Yr 11) swims backstroke swimming is not only an for SCIS at the Gymkhana gala individual sport, but a team competition. Yuki Omori in the boys under 10 butterfly, Akshay Patalia in St. Constantine’s had a the boys under 16 breaststrong showing with swimstroke, and Koen Van De Ven mers and relay teams in each in both the boys open butterfly of the age categories except and freestyle. open girls, where Schallin Takis was the lone swimmer When it was all said and in the category. Gold medals done, ISMAC ran away with were won by Layan Dakik in the trophy for first place. Braethe girls under 10 breast- burn followed ISMAC in secstroke, Vanessa Mawalla in ond place and SCIS came in the girls under 10 butterfly, third place. Though the results were not in SCIS’s favor the team showed that they had great enthusiasm and spirit for the future of their team. The swimmers all swam their hearts out and their effort and team camaraderie was evident to the crowds watching the event.
Our winners show off their medals after getting back to St. Constantine’s
SCIS swimmers were given a good glimpse of where they compare now in the season with the other local teams. They have been given a taste of the competition that lies ahead, and they have shown that they are ready to accomplish great success through dedication to the hard work and teamwork that it will take to get there. All in all it was a very successful for all the swimmers, coaches, and volunteers involved in the event. Matthew Kearney
Published on May 2, 2014