Letter from the Head of Key Stage 3
My name is Oliver Brown and I have been on the senior management team at MIS since June 2013. Overseeing Key Stage Three presents a variety of challenges on a day to day basis as pupils begin to adapt to life in secondary school and many of them live away from home for the first time. This is a vital stage in their time at school and it is always rewarding to see how our pupils develop from primary school students to young adults ready to begin their IGCSEs. MIS is continuing to work on providing a more varied Key Stage Three programme and this year we have added two new subjects, Drama and PSHE, to our existing programme of studies which also includes the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, ICT, French, Kiswahili, Physical Education and Art. I believe that MIS offers its pupils a wonderfully supportive and caring atmosphere in which our pupils are given every opportunity to succeed. Any current or prospective parents are welcome to e-mail me for more information at any time to headofKS3@mis.co.tz (English or Kiswahili).
Letter from the Head of Key Stage 4
Key Stage Four represents the final two years of the exam course preparing for the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) administered by the Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE). In most schools in the UK the entire exam syllabus is covered in these two years. At MIS we have developed a creative way of approaching these two years.
In order to allow our children to sample all the IGCSE options available at MIS without committing to studying them through to examination level, we begin the courses in year 9. It makes for a very broad curriculum in Year 9 but gives a genuine taste of what an IGCSE in each subject would be like. By the time students have entered Key Stage 4 in Year 10, they will have narrowed that list down to 9 subjects all of which they have already been studying for a year at exam level. This not only gives the students additional time to prepare for the final exams, but also allows them to make the very critical decision of what to study at IGCSE from a more informed standpoint. The 9 subjects will include the core subjects of Mathematics, English Language, ICT and at least one of the 3 sciences. The other choices come from Business Studies, History, Geography, French, Swahili, Art, Music and P.E. English Literature is offered as a tenth subject for those that we believe are able to succeed in it. The option form for students entering year 10 can be found by clicking here.
As with all parts of the school, we differentiate the teaching throughout Key Stage 4. In the case of Mathematics and the Sciences, the lessons are actually taught in classes according to ability level. Key Stage 4 is not all about exams, though. At MIS we want to develop rounded individuals and so we encourage students to involve themselves in the rich blend of clubs, competitions, activities and trips that are on offer throughout the year.
The PSHE and Citizenship programmes take on a very special role in these two years considering key aspects of the students’ personal lives such as relationships, addiction and careers as well as considering international issues and how they may affect the world that they will be growing up in and how our students may go about making a positive contribution to their own communities.
During this Key Stage we expect to see the students develop more maturity and responsibility as they undertake a week of work experience at the end of Year 10 and have the chance to apply for leadership roles with the election of prefects and the Headboy and Headgirl (see the section on Community).
Every day in secondary is designed to offer a balanced and challenging experience for pupils of all different interests and abilities. A typical school day will be something like this…
7am – Breakfast for boarders in Moro Munch.
7.45 – Form time – an important time in the school day where tutors share the school newsletter, conduct PSHE sessions or update stars, our school reward system.
8.10 – 1.05 – Five fifty five minute lessons with a twenty minute break from 10 to 10.20. Pupils can expect lessons in the core subjects four (English and Maths) or five (Science) times a week along with slightly fewer lessons for the other areas of the curriculum.
1.05 – 1.50 Lunch – boarding pupils have lunch provided by Moro Munch. Day pupils can opt into school meals or use outside seating areas if bringing a packed lunch.
1.50-2.45 – The sixth and last lesson of the day.
3 – 4 – After-school clubs – A wide range of clubs both sporting and otherwise are available – see our ‘Extra-Curricular Programme’ page for more details.
4-5 – Swim Squad and other sport squads training time.
6 – Dinner in Moro Munch
6.30 – 7.30 – Prep time, supervised by teachers in the boarding house.
7.30 – 9 – Free time with the opportunity to use laptops for boarders.