Vision, Ethos and Curriculum

The intake of the school is inter-denominational and multi-cultural in character. The school is committed to the Tanzanian National Curriculum as provided by the Ministry of Education, culture and Vocational Education, and has two terms (semesters) January to June and July to December.

BSS vision, is to educate a woman who can work independently in society. Additional subjects and programs are therefore incorporated so as to attain excellence, and empowerment of women to ensure that they find active career paths, and aspire to be more than just housewives.

The subjects prescribed in the O level National Curriculum, that forms the foundation of teaching at BSS, are: Physics; Maths; Chemistry; Biology; English; Kiswahili; Geography; History and Civics.

The subjects seen to be of immense practical value to students, and incorporated in the school curriculum as compulsory subjects are: Bookkeeping; Commerce; French; Arabic and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The A level subject combinations offered are (History Geography Language (HGL) , History Kiswahili Language (HKL), History Geography Economics (HGE) , History Geography Kiswahili (HGK), Kiswahili Language French (KLF), Economics Geography Pure Mathematics (EGM) , Chemistry Biology Geography (CBG), Physics Biology Chemistry (PCB), Physics Chemistry Pure Mathematics (PCM), Physics Geography Pure Mathematics (PGM) and Economics Commerce Accountancy (ECA) .

Computers and the Commercial World
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is the vital part of the timetable. Every girl spends a minimum of three lessons a week in the dedicated computer suite and they sit the Computer Studies examination for Form 2 and 4.

Business Studies is a compulsory timetable subject. Students receive two lessons weekly and the subject will be examined by National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA) and other Internationally Accredited Examination Boards, as desired.

Baobab Secondary School believes the future African woman needs high level commercial skills combined with the ability to use the rapidly changing world of computer technology. This will provide her with the confidence needed to compete in the Tanzania of 2010 and beyond.

Information and communications technology is taught for two periods per week, and is an examinable subject at form IV. A global communications satellite links BSS to the World Wide Web (http://www.baobab.ac.tz).

Education with Production
During the second term, starting July 2007 the school indents to introduce the non-compulsory subject of home economics.

The Baobab Secondary School is intensely ambitious, and that ambition extends to all the girls in its care. BSS believes that Tanzania is one of the most beautiful and varied countries on the face of the earth, and that the potential of its tourism and hospitality industry is massive. Baobab Secondary School, therefore believes it has a role to play in introducing an academic rigour to the study of Cuisine, Catering and Hospitality. We will encourage, educate and train the restaurateurs and hoteliers of tomorrow's Tanzania.

The school management owns and operates an adjacent farm producing its own needs in organic meat, fruit and vegetables. This produce provides ingredients for the school refectories, offering a varied menu. It also intended serve as a natural classroom for the girls to study animal care, horticulture and nutrition as well as domestic science, hospitality and catering.

International Languages
The school is exclusively English-medium, with Swahili as a second language.

English is taught by a variety of modern, highly interactive methods, including conversation seminars to ensure that all students reach the high degree of spoken fluency required to operate successfully in higher education and in the modern workplace.

English at BSS is not just about reading and writing. English is a spoken language and all BSS graduates speak it with genuine fluency. French language is also introduced and well taught to those who opted for it.

Other international languages will be introduced when time and resources allow, notably, Chinese and Spanish. These subjects are seen to be of importance as they broaden students understanding and carries potentials for seeking employment beyond Tanzanian borders.

Sport and Learning
In addition to the main curriculum there are broad and stimulating range of sports and other activities the school offers. Currently, the students play netball, football, volleyball and basketball, but there is a need to expand to other key sports essential to develop healthy minds and bodies.

Organic Food
Food served in the school's refectory is by and large organic. Most vegetable and fruit ingredients are supplied from the neighbouring school farm. The menus change daily to ensure balance of protein, carbohydrates and essential vitamins.

Environment
BSS cherishes environment conservation in its totality. Natural ecology has been maintained all through from the planning stage to the implementation. Students are taught to respect nature and their surroundings, and engage in landscaping the school. It is intended to make available ,through the computer network, a series of links to websites dealing responsibly with environmental matters especially relevant to Tanzania and to ensure that interactive programmes and documents dealing with environmental issues are available on the internal network. It is also intended to obtain the services of guest lecturers in this field from time to time.

HIV/AIDS and Gender
Women carry the greatest burden of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They are exposed to infections by pressures from peers and cultural circles who demand sex. They are at risk from unfaithful spouses. They have to take care of home, care of the sick, and must become single parent providers when their spouse passes on. At BSS, care is taken with reproductive biology and prevention of STDs and HIV/AIDS so that women learn to protect themselves and can develop active career paths.

Enrollment Policy
BSS seeks to enrol girls of moderate academic background, eager, willing and ready to learn, and who will respect and adhere to the school rules and policies. Form I entry scores is a minimum of 50% pass mark for the English and Math test. Form II and III joining the school (or transferring in) need to attain at least 50% of four subjects tested (i.e. English, Mathematics, Science/Business and Social Science). The school intake is mainly made up of C and D grades, and outputs are at B and A grades.

The BSS has no real desire to imitate the international and long-standing private schools which aim to enrol students with A grades and produce the same A grade. It does, however, intend to add high value to the achievements of every girl; at whatever academic level she is at, and aims to produce examination results, which compare favourably to any other school in the country.

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