Guiding Statements



Challenging, inspiring and supporting all our students to fulfil their potential and improve the world.

Yenye changamoto, msukumo na kusaidia wanafunzi wetu wote kutimiza uwezo wao na kuboresha dunia.



IST will be a global leader in the education of internationally-mobile young people.

All students, regardless of their starting point, will think critically, achieve academically and develop the wisdom to make good choices. They will show curiosity and creativity in addressing authentic problems, local and global.

They will pursue their varied passions with enthusiasm, developing resilience, perseverance and confidence. Understanding the diversity of people and cultures, they will act kindly, fairly and responsibly.

All members of the IST community will work together to fulfil this Vision.

IST itakuwa ni kiongozi katika kutoa elimu ya kimataifa ya vijana wanaozunguka kimataifa.

Wanafunzi wote, bila kujali hatua yao ya kuanzia, watafikiri kwa kina, kufaulu kimasomo na kuendeleza hekima ya kufanya maamuzi mazuri. Wataonyesha udadisi na ubunifu katika kushughulikia matatizo halisi, ndani ya nchi na kimataifa.

Watafuata mielekeo mbalimbali wanayotamani kwa shauku, na kuendeleza ujasiri, uvumilivu na kujiamini. Kuelewa tofauti za watu na tamaduni, watafanya kazi kwa wema, haki na uwajibikaji.

Wanachama wote wa jumuiya ya IST watafanya kazi kwa pamoja ili kutimiza Dira ya IST.

IST Statement of Values

All members of the IST community are:

  • Responsible. We act responsibly, positively and constructively, towards ourselves and other people. We learn from our mistakes and accept the consequences of our actions.
  • Inquiring. We show curiosity, perseverance and open-mindedness in seeking to understand and solve problems. We persevere in the face of difficulties and we embrace the learning that comes through failure as well as the joy of success.
  • Compassionate. We empathise with others and act with care, kindness and courage. In our interactions, we behave with patience, generosity and integrity.
  • Balanced. We believe in a broad education for our students, seeing the value of participation in a varied curriculum.
  • Diverse. We treasure the diversity within the IST community, using the rich opportunities for deeper understanding that come from our differences.


Teaching and learning at IST promote international-mindedness by aiming to develop students’ sense of identity as global as well as national citizens. The curriculum contributes to this by stimulating students’ curiosity about the world and commitment to solving its problems. Students benefit from working with classmates and teachers from diverse cultural backgrounds.


To implement this teaching and learning philosophy, IST follows IB curriculum programmes in the Elementary and Secondary years, as defined by the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

The curriculum is balanced and holistic, providing varied opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate their learning. It enables students to gain understanding and skills in ways that are disciplinary, trans-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary. It encourages students to be reflective and to act upon their learning.

International Mindedness at IST

The IBO refers to international mindedness in its Mission statement as developing “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect . . . active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

IST’s Mission and Vision echo this by referring to IST

  • students fulfilling their potential and improving the world
  • students acting kindly, fairly and responsibly, as they understand the diversity of people and cultures
  • becoming a global leader in the education of educationally mobile young people

We want a certain kind of student to graduate from IST: the kind of student who, in the struggle to establish a personal set of values, will be laying the foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish. The attributes of such a student are listed in the IB Learner Profile. This profile is central to what it means to be internationally minded.

The attributes of the learner profile are achievable by all students. They should be interpreted in a manner that is appropriate to the age and development of different students. It is recognized and appreciated that students come into our programme from various backgrounds with a wealth of experience. All teachers have a responsibility to assess and report student development in the context of the learner profile.

How does IST develop international mindedness within its community of learners?
  • The school ensures that its Mission statement is aligned with that of the IBO, and that there is a genuine understanding within the learning community of these guiding statements as well the stated connection between the Learner Profile and international-mindedness. A school-wide commitment to effective ongoing professional development in this area is fundamental at IST.
  • The school ensures that learning is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant and commits to themes of global significance that transcend the confines of traditional subject areas. It is necessary to provide students with opportunities for learning about issues that have local, national and global significance, in order to develop an understanding of human commonalities.
  • The school ensures that students explore these commonalities collaboratively, from the multiple perspectives of their individual experiences and backgrounds. This sharing of experience increases the students' awareness, and sensitivity to, the experiences of others beyond the local or national community. It is central to the programme and a critical element in developing an international perspective, which must begin with each student's ability to consider and reflect upon the point of view of someone else in the same class.
  • The school requires students to learn a further language, in addition to English. Exposing students to languages other than their mother tongue provides an insight into and an appreciation of other cultures, and an awareness of other perspectives.
  • The school helps students see that learning at school is connected to life, so that a strong foundation for future learning is established.
  • All members of the IST community are expected to act as role models for our students, showing our commitment to the principles of international-mindedness through our lives and actions.

Teaching and Learning Philosophy

Effective learning

Student learning is the highest priority at IST. The most effective learning happens in a context in which students feel understood, safe and confident. Teaching and learning at IST follows a constructivist approach, where students actively shape their understanding in interaction with teachers and peers.

Effective learning requires students to be engaged, motivated and inspired by their teachers, peers and environment, as well as intrinsically. Motivation increases when students have choice and control over their learning in authentic contexts. Students must master core skills and acquire substantive knowledge, which are necessary for the active, critical, and inquiry-based learning we value.

Students learn more effectively when teachers actively promote a growth mindset, purposefully fostering perseverance, practice and hard work in their students.

Challenge and support

IST believes that support and challenge maximise the potential of each individual student. All students are capable of making educational progress when they are appropriately supported and challenged. Therefore teachers at IST challenge students to continuously grow in their understanding and skills.

IST supports a diverse range of learning needs, as students come to us with various levels of readiness, learning support needs and interests. Working with diverse classmates enriches our students’ education and prepares them for life.

It is vital that all students receive prompt, clear feedback about their performance, with a focus on how to improve. It is also essential that students have ongoing opportunities to communicate their experience of the teaching and learning process to their teachers.

IST Service Charter

Providing excellent service to all our community members is key to our success.

We aim to:

Provide the highest professional standards of service to you by

  • Treating you considerately, courteously and fairly
  • Respecting confidentiality at all times

Keep you informed about the school’s activities by

  • Giving you accurate up-to-date information about our services
  • Regularly seeking your opinion on how we are performing and reporting the results to you

Respond to enquiries by

  • Dealing with your enquiries within three working days, either giving a direct response or a clear indication of when to expect one
  • Being polite, friendly and approachable at all times

In return, we ask that you

  • Treat our staff and other community members with courtesy and respect
  • Provide us with the information we need to deliver our services
  • Seek clarification from us regarding anything you are not sure about
Contacting us

If you have a concern about your child, it is usually best to approach his or her teacher in the first instance.

Concerns of a more general nature should be discussed with the Principal or Vice Principal.

Questions or concerns related to school policies or which have not been resolved after discussion with the teacher and/or Principal should be raised with the Director.

We will make every effort to resolve disputes and complaints promptly and fairly. In all matters, the safety and educational wellbeing of students is our first priority.

International School of Tanganyika

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