Inside St Jude's

Our monthly podcast

Inside St Jude's: Conversations with Gemma Sisia, is our monthly podcast. Each month, you’ve got the chance to meet someone new and inspiring from around St Jude’s in conversation with our Founder, Gemma.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify to stay up to date, alternatively browse our previous episodes here and stream straight from our website.

Listen on:

Inside
St Jude's
Conversations
with Gemma Sisia
Season 3
Season 3 Season 2 Season 1
November 4, 2021
Episode 10: Charles & Tatu
In this latest episode of Inside St Jude’s, I chat with Charles and Tatu, two alumni who are members of the Alumni Association of The School of St Jude. 

September 28, 2021
Mr Kephas - Creativity
In this episode of Inside St Jude’s, Gemma talks art with Mr Kephas, one of our wonderful art teachers. Mr Kephas has been sharing his creativity with St Jude’s students since 2013. He explains that creativity goes beyond painting and sculpting – when Mr Kephas’ students begin to express their creativity, there’s no stopping them!

August 25, 2021
Irene & Mwasiti - Nurturing Leadership
In this episode of Inside St Jude’s, Gemma speaks with Mwasiti and Irene, two inspiring, future leaders from our girls’ secondary school. Despite their demanding academic schedule, Irene and Mwasiti always make time for sports and debate competitions, developing their skills and self-confidence to become the future leaders of tomorrow.

August 2, 2021
Mr Silomba - A Day in the Life of a Headmaster
In the latest episode of Inside St Jude’s, Gemma speaks to Mr Silomba, Headmaster of St Jude's Primary School. Learn about his day-to-day life as a headmaster and his eagerness to help students become young intellectuals.

June 28, 2021
Winnie - A Story of Transformation
In this episode of Inside St Jude’s, Gemma speaks to Winnie. She’s a St Jude’s alum and she’s now back at her school, employed in the Sponsor Relations team. Winnie’s story is a true transformation and a celebration of St Jude’s spirit coming full circle.

May 26, 2021
Zahra & Christopher – Two Stories of Hope
In this episode of Inside St Jude’s, Gemma speaks to Zahra and Christopher, primary students in Standard 7. Zahra and Christopher share their accomplishments, their hopes for the future and their belief in the power of education to fight poverty in Tanzania.

April 26, 2021
Ester & Victor - St Jude's Special
On this episode of Inside St Jude's, Gemma speaks to Ester and Victor, St Jude’s Form 6 graduates who are currently in their Community Service Year as volunteer teachers in local government schools here in Tanzania. Ester and Victor will also be hosting The St Jude’s Special: An online event with Gemma and graduates... our first online fundraising event. Streaming will be available for 96 hours only, from Thursday 29 April at 9 am Australian Eastern Standard Time to Monday 3 May at 9 am.

March 29, 2021
Frida – Role of a Boarding Parent
On this episode of Inside St Jude's, Gemma speaks with Frida, a boarding parent at St Jude's for over a decade! Frida highlights what it's like to be a boarding parent for our students, her passion for her job after so many years and, the importance of a boarding school for students in Tanzania.

February 19, 2021
Avity – Learning From Others
On this episode of ‘Inside St Jude’s’, Gemma speaks to our latest podcast guest, Avity, a Beyond St Jude’s Officer. He sheds light on a very exciting new program to help Form 4 graduates on a different academic pathway to higher education… or what is called, the Alternative Pathways Program (APP). He also gives you an insight into how The School of St Jude supports our graduates in so many ways!

January 29, 2021
Shamsia & Daudi - Looking Forward
On this episode of ‘Inside St Jude’s’, Gemma speaks to Shamsia and Daudi, Form 6 students who’ve been friends since Standard 4 about their future aspirations.

December 8, 2020
Odemari – We Love Visitors!
In this episode of ‘Inside St Jude’s’, Gemma speaks to Odemari, a bubbly and hospitable member of the Visitor Team. He has years of experience with hosting thousands of international visitors here at The School of St Jude. Usually, the school welcomes over 1,000 visitors every year; providing first-hand insight into how we are fighting poverty through education. It’s a special part of any itinerary to Tanzania! Sadly, due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, our visitor numbers have decreased dramatically in 2020. We hope this conversation inspires you to visit St Jude’s when the world opens up again as we love and miss visitors!

November 5, 2020
Ericsson – Leading by Example
In the latest episode of ‘Inside St Jude’s’, Gemma speaks to Ericsson, a proud St Jude’s alum who has just received an external scholarship to study his Masters overseas. He is an ambitious and driven graduate with hopes to pursue a career in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Enterprise Development. Listen as Ericcson and Gemma remember the early days of St Jude’s, talk about his passions and big plans for the future.

October 2, 2020
Ms Julieth – Opening Opportunities
On this episode of ‘Inside St Jude’s’, Gemma speaks to Ms Julieth Elias, a passionate primary English teacher. Ms Julieth explains our student selection process, what it’s like to teach at her dream school and juggling a busy schedule.

August 21, 2020
Elibariki – Shaping Future Leaders
On this episode of ‘Inside St Jude’s’, Gemma speaks to Mr Elibariki Malisa, a Career Guidance Counsellor based out of Smith Campus. He has been guiding and advising our secondary students on how to set their future goals, which subjects to take and what careers are suited to them. To understand and guide his students efficiently, Mr Elibariki uses personality and interest tests to determine students’ passions.

July 28, 2020
Mr Musa – Education, Dedication and Empowerment
On this episode of ‘Inside St Jude’s’, Gemma speaks to our extremely dedicated and passionate Kiswahili teacher… Mr Musa Shekinyasi. He has been working at The School of St Jude for seven years, starting out as a boarding parent. Mr Musa’s biggest inspiration is his mother, who is also a teacher and instilled in him the importance of educating women. Schools in Tanzania are open and Musa is happy to be back teaching his students after more than three months away, with his focus on preparing them for their national examinations.

June 26, 2020
Edna & Irene – The Full Circle
Two alumni, two very different tales, two full circle moments… Gemma speaks to our latest podcast guests, Edna and Irene. Edna is now employed here at St Jude’s and shares what it’s like to return to the school and work alongside some of her ex-teachers. Irene is studying in Lebanon on a MasterCard Scholarship. Irene, along with 29 fellow alumni, formed a group named St Jude’s Diaspora and raised AU$700 for the school community during COVID-19. These inspiring, full-circle moments result from 18 years of hard work, dedication and passion. We know our current students are well on the way to becoming wonderful alumni, just like Edna and Irene.

May 27, 2020
Philip – Community Caretaker
Our Head of Community Relations, Philip, speaks about his experience delivering the COVID-19 Family Care Packages across Northern Tanzania and his realisation of the great need for them. As news of families struggling more emerges during this crisis, Philip and his team are working hard to provide extra care and support to students who are most in need. With a background in aviation, listen as he speaks to Gemma about his transition from planes to people and his dreams of helping the community coming to fruition.

April 22, 2020
Mr Seba and St Jude’s COVID-19 Response
How do you prepare an entire school and its staff for a global pandemic? Our Deputy Headmaster of Operations, Mr Sebastian Gitbang has a few solutions up his sleeve! As a long-serving staff member of St Jude’s he has played a major role in preparing and protecting the school against COVID-19. Listen as Seba speaks to Gemma about his history with the school, balancing his work and family life and talking to a few key members of staff about their contributions in a time of crisis.

March 20, 2020
Madam Irene – A Woman in the Midst of Men
Irene Urio is one of the youngest teachers at St Jude’s. She is also one of the most popular! Her upbringing at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and experience as a young bright school student have influenced the way she approaches her job as a teacher. Listen as Irene speaks about becoming a civics teacher at the brand new St Jude’s Girls’ Secondary School and why she thinks the opening of the new girls’ secondary school will be important for both boys and girls.

February 13, 2020
Hosts with the most, Irene and Rickson
Irene and Rickson are a dynamic duo. They’re inseparable on campus and two of the friendliest faces you’ll see when visiting The School of St Jude. Both were members of the 2019 graduating class and now, Irene and Rickson, are voluntary Community Service Year interns in the Visitor team as part of the Beyond St Jude’s program. Listen to their memories as St Jude’s students, plus stories of their families, and what it’s like meeting hundreds of international visitors that come to the school each year.

January 13, 2020
New Year, New Era (SPECIAL EDITION)
The beginning of 2020 is the dawn of a new era at St Jude’s – the launch of our girls’ secondary school. Join us as Gemma sits down with Facilities Manager, Laurian, who has played an enormous role ensuring this new venture is built on solid foundations - managing the construction, transport and IT services needed for our new campus. He also shares personal stories about the importance of educating girls, and the impact his mother had on who he is today. Tune in to gain an exclusive look inside an historic time at St Jude’s.

December 12, 2019
My Mentor, Mark
Mark Cubit, also known as our philanthropic friend, flew all the way from Australia just to sit down and have a chat with Gemma. Well, at least that’s what we tell ourselves! Mark is the Chairperson of the East African Fund (the organisation representing the Australian support base of the school), a St Jude’s board member and general philanthropist. Join us as he talks about all things St Jude’s – from how he first found out about the school, why he chose to get involved and the launch of the new girls’ school.

November 18, 2019
Mr Mcharo - Man on a Mission
St Jude’s Acting Academic Manager, Mr Mcharo, joined the school on Tuesday, 9th June 2009 - yes he's the kind of man who can remember the exact date! With his attention to detail, thirst for knowledge and passion for teaching, he's made a big impact in the last ten years. Listen in as he chats with Gemma, giving a candid insight into his dedication and proudly reflecting on the achievements of his students and their potential to become the industry leaders of the future.

October 15, 2019
Charlotte – Connecting with Community
Charlotte first began her St Jude’s journey in 2004, moving all the way from France to Tanzania to help out in the accounting team. After pursuing her own interests for several years, she returned to St Jude’s four years ago as the Community Relations Manager and has been instrumental in helping ensure the brightest, poorest students receive a scholarship to St Jude’s. Fifteen years after first arriving, she still maintains the passion and enthusiasm she had on day one for fighting poverty through education. Join us as Gemma and Charlotte reflect on their journey, sharing memories and talking about the future of St Jude’s.

September 13, 2019
Vivian - Worldly Woman
She is our Beyond St Jude’s Coordinator, a qualified lawyer, community campaigner and St Jude’s style icon – her name is Vivian. Listen in as Gemma chats with Vivian about her role working with our Community Service Year interns and scholars, the role her step-mum had in the path she’s taken and her thoughts on the historic news that St Jude’s is opening an all-girls campus in 2020.

August 9, 2019
Amani - A Trusted Tradie
He installed the first light fittings at The School of St Jude 17 years ago and has been lighting up the schoolyard ever since! Head of School Maintenance, Amani, has the huge job of keeping the biggest charity school of its kind in Africa up and running. In this podcast the personable handyman reveals how St Jude’s has changed his life, why he was once chased with a machete on the job and even gives an insight into his love life. A heartwarming chat about what it took to build St Jude’s from the ground up and provide a free, quality education to 1,800 students – not to be missed!

July 19, 2019
Amani – Aspiring Leader
Amani joined St Jude’s from an orphanage more than a decade ago and is currently studying at university in Zimbabwe, using his free, quality education to become a medical laboratory scientist. In this podcast he recounts personal anecdotes, revealing his ambition, resilience and humility and how his life has been transformed by St Jude’s. A born leader, Amani is a fitting first interviewee!