Main Campus – Burka
The Main Campus property is 35 acres in size, filled with jacaranda and flame trees (over 800 trees!), and is populated (in addition to the 650 day students and 90 boarding residents of the human species) by bands of vervet monkeys, bush-babies, three and two horned chameleons, more than 100 species of birds (including great hornbills and breeding pairs of eagles, ibis and great blue herons).
We are surrounded by over 1000 acres of the famed Burka coffee plantation and at the foot of Africa’s fifth highest peak, Mount Meru, of which we have majestic views from virtually anywhere on campus. Our campus is lined with beautiful boulevards of ancient trees for pleasant walks and contemplation.
St. Constantine’s is within easy reach of northern Tanzania’s great wildlife parks and less than two hours by air to Zanzibar Island. We are very lucky that we are surrounded by some of the famous landscapes and national parks in Africa making it easy for us to plan Outdoor Education activities. The School is just over three hours’ drive from Serengeti National Park, which hosts the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world. We are less than two hours’ away from Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera, which formed when a large volcano erupted and collapsed around two or three million years ago. It is now inhabited by hippopotamuses, elephants, lions, and other mammals. The seat of humanity is also within our reach at Olduvai Gorge where Dr. Louis Leakey discovered remains that pointed to the early human evolution of Homo habilis. And of course, we are just an hour away from Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Let us not forget Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park and Lake Eyasi.
The school architecture is a simple but elegant Greek-style. Our Main Campus includes: 56 instructional classrooms including five Science laboratories; a multipurpose Gym; Assembly Hall; a Dining Room with seating capacity for 600 students; a Boarders’ Dining Room for 100 students; a Boarders’ Common Room with plasma screen TV, pool table; a 25m swimming pool and 10m training pool; two computer labs.
We have some of the finest sports facilities in Tanzania and you can read more about these on the pages dedicated to Sport.
The Main Campus caters for children of all school ages starting in Nursery (age 3 – 4) right through to Year 13 (age 18).
In September 2011, St Constantine’s opened a brand new, purpose-built Lower Primary School in the centre of Arusha between Barclays Bank and Spur Restaurant on Serengeti Road. The campus currently has four classes ranging from Nursery (age 3 – 4) to Year 2 (6 – 7). Families living close to town are now able to take advantage of the amazing education at St. Constantine’s without having their little ones travel across town. By the time the children reach Year 3 they will be more mature and equipped to handle the journey.
Teachers across the two campuses plan collaboratively to provide the students with hands on and appropriate learning activities. The students are also given many opportunities to interact with their peers at the main campus.