Headmaster’s Welcome

Welcome to St. Constantine’s, a Round Square school. We are a happy, thriving, British international school with a Tanzanian heart. The school is  built on both the strong foundations of our own distinguished past and the principles of Kurt Hahn who started the Round Square movement. At the centre of school life are our IDEALS. We fully embrace the six areas of: Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. This permeates all that we do and you can read about the exciting things that our students get up to elsewhere on this website (e.g. see the News section for our latest activities). As well as Round Square we are a part of the Cambridge International Organization through which we utilize the world renowned Cambridge syllabus, examination courses and assessment points to provide students with a modern, rigorous, exciting education.

Founded in 1952, St. Constantine’s is the oldest private school in Tanzania; however, it is far from old-fashioned. The School is going through an exciting period of development to ensure that it continues to be regarded as one of the premier international boarding schools in East Africa.  We are utilizing the best international evidence on learning and teaching to guide our progress and we are also working hard to be a happy school. This is more complex than it first sounds! Yes, in a happy school people are polite, friendly and respectful; they learn to work together. Vitally, our happy school is built on the notion that pupils develop a strong self-concept because they are challenged appropriately, every day. This also means pupils learn to become resilient, they persist in the face of difficulty (to achieve success) and they learn from their mistakes. In so doing, they are prepared for life as twenty-first century learners and global citizens. As teachers we see this every day in the Classroom, during our Electives, and through our Sports and Adventure programmes.

The School currently serves 650 students of 38 nationalities and, of these, 90 are boarding students. We endeavor to provide the best holistic education possible with a careful balance between academic achievement, character development, pastoral care and a co-curricular programme; we strive towards excellence in all four areas. We are fortunate to have a beautiful campus at the foot of Mount Meru and our extensive sports grounds are regarded as the finest facilities in northern Tanzania. This complements our impressive track record of frequently leading the field at inter-school sporting competitions.

I believe that this website will give you an insight into our unique and vibrant school with a strong, supportive community for children of all ages. The website has sections for both our Primary School and Secondary School. Whether you are interested in how we make educational provision for younger children, or perhaps for older students who will soon be contemplating life at university or the world of work, I anticipate that you will find plenty to interest you.

I hope that what you discover will encourage you to visit the school for yourself; this is the best way to experience the special qualities of St. Constantine’s and the people who live and work here, whether as day students, as boarders or as staff.

Tony Macfadyen