Arise Pupils Take Part in Umitashunta for the First Time!

Ever since Arise School first opened, the children have loved the regular opportunities they have had to participate in sport. Much of this has been made possible by local schools here in the UK, in particular, Cronton C of E Primary School, who have donated sports kits and equipment enabling all of the pupils to take part.

This year, the Tanzanian government reintroduced Umitashunta. These are games and sports organised by the government for Primary Schools across the country. Some of the Arise students had the opportunity to take part in these activities for the first time.

All of the schools in Siha District where Arise is located, both private and government schools, came together to showcase their skills. The games included running, jumping football, netball, dancing and singing. Our Arise students took part in singing, running and football.

Although they were not successful in going through to the next round, the students gave it their all and enjoyed the experience. We are sure that next time the Arise students will build on this experience and improve their performance.

Who knows, perhaps with hard work and dedication, next time they will get to national level and become champions. Whichever way, we are proud of their efforts and hope they are, too. Well done, Arise!


Surprise, Surprise! A blog from Arise School

“It’s Easter break, not a long time for some but a really long time for others, especially when it comes to our students at Arise School. You might wonder why, so here is a little story for you…….

During the ongoing test sessions for first quarter break, one of our students, Audray, became ill and was sent to hospital for treatment. After she had seen the doctor and received the needed treatment, we suggested that she went home for a little rest. But guess what! Audray burst into tears in front of her parents and the doctor. They wondered what was wrong. Was she crying because she was in pain? No. Had something else happened to her? No.

Audray was crying because she wanted them to take her back to school! A few hours later, her parents called to ask if she could return. The doctor confirmed that she was okay and we allowed her to return. Her day was one of joy and laughter. She didn’t miss any of her tests and couldn’t tell if she had been sick or not.

This is the impact that a school can have on a child when it creates an environment that is friendly and supportive, one of learning and of building friendships. We celebrate to have the opportunity to create that kind of environment where a child feels safe and enjoys learning. We give them love, care, protection and education. Our aim is to give them something to smile about; a childhood to enjoy and to put hope into their hearts.

Supportive friendship found at Arise brings healing to so many children. You can see why a child would not want to miss a day at Arise. However, there are times when they do actually have to be with their parents, including during the holiday breaks!”

A ‘Royal Welcome’ at Arise!

Ron has just returned from Tanzania. Whilst there, a Dutch student, studying the use of water in Tanzaia, accompanied him on a visit to Arise School. She has since sent us the piece below with her impressions of the school.

“Have you ever imagined how it feels like to be part of the Queen’s delegation visiting a school? Well, last week, I had the honour of visiting ARISE School together with Ron and we experienced a royal welcome. The children, all lined up in the beautiful garden, had prepared the national anthem and a welcome song for us. I felt like a queen.

Afterwards, the director of the school gave us a tour, showing us the classrooms, the playing fields and the pieces of land on which food for the children will be cultivated. He explained to us how the planned borehole will be necessary for the irrigation of these lands. Well irrigated soil does not only function as a sustainable source for food of the children, but also a source of cash crops. These cash crops will help sustain the quality of the school.

The gardens of ARISE School feel like a safe oasis in a bare region. I hope that the school can continue giving this royal place to the children.”

ACE: Fundraising for Arise School – Forthcoming Events

Arise School has grown amazingly in the last few years as a result of money raised through ACE. This year, we need to raise enough money to furnish the last two classrooms, including 40 desks and chairs for each. Like all the other school furniture, these will be made locally generating work in the local community. We also need to build a second toilet block, with showers, to meet the rapidly growing number of children.

Our next fundraising event in aid of ACE is:

1. A Polish Story’: Friday, 27th April, 2018:

Below is a flyer about our next event, ‘A Polish Story’, to be held on Friday 27th, April at United Reform Church Hall, Higher Lane, Rainford, WA11 8AL.

Yvonne Taylor, a personal friend, will be telling the powerful story of her mother’s deportation from Soviet occupied Poland to hard labour in Siberia and, eventually, to a Polish life in Lancashire.

Tickets cost £5, including Polish Apple Cake, tea or coffee.  Numbers are limited so please purchase in advance: tel Sue 01744 28535, Liz 07810515332 or Yvonne 01744 883824. Details are also on the flyer.

Whilst we know that many of our supporters live at a distance and will not be able to join us, please forward this email and the flyer to anyone you think may like to attend.  If you would like to support the event and are unable to make it on the night, any donations would be greatly appreciated, including raffle prizes.

If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us either by


2. ACE Charity Fun Quiz: Saturday, 13th October, 2018:

By popular request, we will be holding our second Fun Quiz for the charity on Saturday, 13th October at Bishop Road Police Club, St. Helens, WA10 6SX. Last year’s event was a sell out and much enjoyed by all. Details to follow nearer the time but, meanwhile, please make sure the date is in your diary and keep the evening free.

Thank you for helping us to raise money for Arise School.

Arise Pupils Sit National Exams For The First Time!

Since its inception, one of the longer term aims of Arise School has been that it should provide quality education for the community and become known as a centre of excellence.

In November 2017, for the first time, 34 of the eldest children, aged 10 and 11 years, sat the national assessment exams set by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania. Each pupil took six exams in required subjects – Kiswahili, Maths, Social Studies, English, Science and Vocational Skills. They received an individual grade for each exam and an overall grade.

The results were published a few weeks ago. We were delighted to learn that every pupil was successful in passing overall at Grade C or above. Five pupils achieved Grade A, 24 received Grade B and 5 Grade C. In particular, 32 children out of the 34 were awarded Grade A in Kiswahili, their national language, and 26 received Grade A in English.

Ten of the 34 children are sponsored through the ACE Sponsorship Scheme. Without the support of their sponsors, they would not have had the opportunity of an education. Now, they are being enabled to fulfil their potential. In fact, one of the sponsored children, had only been in school for about 20 months when he sat his exams. He received a Grade B overall.

In November 2020, when these pupils are in their last year of primary education, they will sit their final exams leading to the award of the Primary School Leaving Certificate. Meanwhile, these exam results are very encouraging in terms of the standard of education reached so far at Arise School.

The results also give an indication of how the school is performing overall as one of six English medium schools in Siha District where the school is located and in relation to other primary schools, both regionally and nationally. They provide a solid base on which Arise School can build as it continues to strive towards becoming a centre of excellence.

Many congratulations and very well done to all the children concerned and to the staff who have worked hard to contribute to their success.

Wishing You a Happy Tuesday – a Blog from Arise School

“Once they step into our gate in the morning and run into our arms, we believe that it is our sole duty to ensure that their faces are filled with smiles and excitement. A day with joy when they enter, and a moment with joy when they leave our premises. We believe that learning should be an enjoyable activity and it’s a promise that our teachers will always aim to deliver, create joy in the classroom. We desire for our students to enjoy learning as well as they enjoy the games they play at the playground. We believe in motivating our students to enjoy learning because by doing so we make Arise a school that is intrinsically motivating and enjoyable to be at. When learning is joyful and desirable, students are hungry to learn on their own, without outside persuasion.

Join us today, and see the changes we are making! Come and see how tomorrow’s champions are being nurtured….

With a beautiful smile to remember, We at Arise Community School wish you a Happy Tuesday!”

Another Classroom, 40 More Pupils at Arise School!

Arise School recently reopened for the new school year. Thanks to the generous grant ACE received last year from the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity and with the help of several personal donations from our supporters, classroom no. 8 has been built and furnished ready for use.

Forty more children have now started their education. Amazingly, there are 321 children, aged 3 – 12 years, on the school’s register! When the first classroom opened in January 2013 with just 11 children, we never would have dreamed that the school would develop in the way it has.

Unlike many schools in Tanzania, Arise School is able to offer its pupils so much more than formal schooling. They enjoy outdoor play and sports equipment in the school’s green and pleasant surroundings; they are provided with two meals a day; they have teachers who care about them and their overall wellbeing; they have the love and friendship of their fellow pupils and, very importantly, there is no physical punishment. They are able to learn without fear.

Without Arise School, many of the children would not have had the opportunity of primary school education. Many are unlikely to be able to access secondary education. We hope that for the 40 new pupils, whatever their long term future, their time at Arise will be formative and happy – a time of learning and one they can look back on with fond memories.