News from SCIS:


Students were quizzed, wrote and debated “A world on the margins” as part of the World Scholar’s Cup event, hosted at St Constantine’s, over Sunday 29 and Monday 30 September.

The first ever Scholar’s Cup round to be held in Arusha, and the first round of the 2020 event, is part of an international competition, culminating in the world final to be held at Yale University in USA. Students who qualified from Arusha and Dar Es Salaam will proceed to the 2020 Global Rounds, the venue for which will be announced in the next few weeks. Over 80 different countries will take part in the four global rounds.

Competing for that honour in Arusha were students from St Constantine’s, Kennedy House, Jaffrey Academy and The School of St Jude. Judges represented all competing schools under the guidance of the World Scholar’s Cup officials.

“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup is to create something different than traditional academic competitions and conferences,” said Scholar’s Cup representative Joseph Harr from Yale, USA. “It is a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first, an enrichment opportunity that motivates students not just to demonstrate their existing strengths but to discover new ones,” he said, noting during the awards ceremony, that the standard in Arusha was extremely high.

“We are honoured to host this prestigious event,” said St Constantine’s headmaster, Tony Macfadyen. “As an international school, we feel that any experience that opens our students to worldwide learning is beneficial in our goal to create global leaders.”

Mr Macfadyen said that St Constantine’s worked towards placing their students in the world’s most prestigious universities “of which Yale is certainly one” he said. “Anything that gives us an insight and opportunity to work towards an Ivy League university is a worthwhile endeavour.”

In order to ensure fairness and a lack of bias, competitors were known by Team numbers only. Winning students from Arusha who gained the opportunity to advance to the global rounds overseas are:

  • 1st place senior champion team 420 – St Constantine’s International School – Naseem Ayub, Tanyaradzwa Mapara, Lisah Nsanzugwanko.
  • 2nd place senior champion team 419 – St Constantine’s International School – James Okeyo, Nahlah Faisal, Karen Olutu
  • 3rd place senior champion team 421 – St Constantine’s International School – Meti Fufa, Charlotte Sinare, Zehrabanu Hussein
  • Ist place junior champion team 401 – Jaffery Academy – Srihasitha Pinnamaraju, Abdul Rahuman Nawrouse, Nandini Chauhan
  • 2nd place junior champion team 402 – mixed team of Jaffrey Academy and SCIS – Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, Damien Robert Mwinamila, Allbless Lena
  • 3rd place junior champion team 409 – St Constantine’s International School – Fazal Ume Kulsum, Eileen Mnyenye, Brian Kereti.

Additional individual qualifiers – senior – Jaffrey Academy x 1 and The School of St Jude x 2;  junior – Kennedy House x 1 and St Constantine’s International School x 4

In addition to the champion qualifiers, there were a number of special awards and medals, including the ASIMOV writing awards awarded to Damien Robert Mwinamila (junior) from Jaffrey Academy and James Okeyo (senior) from St Constantine’s International School.

The Challenge subject winners – Junior were:
Arts – Dylan Manara St Constantine’s International School
Social Studies – Damien Robert Mwinamila, Jaffrey Academy
History  – Damien Robert Mwinamila Jaffrey Academy
Literature – Antonio Kipkovir, St Constantine’s International School
Science – Saajida Sheriff – Jaffrey Academy
Special area – Ammar Abbasraza Anwarali, Jaffrey Academy.

The Challenge subject winners – Senior were:
Arts – Rosemary Duhia, St Constantine’s International School
Social Studies – Meti Fufa, St Constantine’s International School
History – Meti Fufa, St Constantine’s International School
Literature – James Okeyo, St Constantine’s International School (pictured above)
Science – James Okeyo, St Constantine’s International School
Special area – James Okeyo, St Constantine’s International School

The total medal tally was:
St Constantine’s International School      Gold = 38             Silver = 39            Total medals: 77
Jaffrey Academy                                              Gold = 34             Silver = 7              Total medals: 41
Kennedy House                                                Gold = 3                Silver = 6              Total medals: 9
The School of St Jude                                     Gold = 4                Silver = 5              Total medals: 9
Joint team of SCIS and Jaffrey                     Gold = 2                Silver = 3              Total medals: 5

“The skills developed with World Scholars’ are ones that support our own Round Square philosophy and help our young people to think both differently and creatively about global issues, which is an advantage to them as global leaders,” Mr Macfadyen said.
As well as the more scholarly activities, participating students also took part in a talent show on Monday afternoon, illustrating the breadth of abilities from around the district.

As part of the prize-giving ceremony on Monday, all contestants were presented with an Alpaca soft toy – the mascot of The Scholar’s Cup – as well as medals and trophies as applicable.

“The Alpaca was chosen as our mascot by global vote,” said Mr Harr. It is a hardworking, but playful animal and this is what we want to achieve – making learning a playful and enjoyable experience.”

Watching audio-visuals of past events, the stages of the competition excited students who saw the fun and challenges laid out, with the ultimate goal being the opportunity to go to Yale, not only to take part in the event (hosted by the Yale International Relations Association) but to learn about studying there.

The Yale International Relations Association strives to foster conversation about international relations on campus and beyond through conferences, classes, travel, publications, and speaker and social events. They aim to create an inclusive, diverse, and accessible educational space for students, providing resources that enrich public speaking, leadership, critical analysis, and problem-solving abilities so members may best apply their passion for international relations and give back to the world.