Germany and Poland trip leaves an impression on our students

Twenty-six students and three teachers braved a wintry central Europe to visit several important places in both Germany and Poland over half-term. No sooner had we landed in Berlin, than we were out braving the cold and exploring, beginning immediately with a visit to the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag - Germany's parliamentary building. Our focus in Berlin over the course of our visit shifted between Nazi Germany and Cold War Berlin - some standout highlights being the Berlin Wall, the Stasi Prison, Cold War Bunkers, the Olympic Stadium and the Topography of Terror. Our four days in Berlin were extremely rewarding and very enjoyable.
Next, our trip moved onward to Dresden some two hours south from Berlin. Here, we were greeted by our first sighting of ice and snow. Nonetheless, undeterred our students braved this wintry feel to visit Germany's newly-renovated Military Museum and Dresden's old town. Here, they learnt extensively about the Dresden Bombing Raids during World War and about life in post-war East Germany. Our stay in Dresden was only limited to two days as we had to move westwards to Krakow in Poland but the students really did enjoy visiting Dresden.
Our visit to Krakow began with a visit to the infamous Schindler's Factory, where an excellently designed museum introduced our students to life in Krakow both pre-World War Two and during the war. The museum helped to introduce different aspects to the war, for example resistance and survival, whilst informing them about the inspiring story of Oskar Schindler. The next day was arguably the most poignant but certainly the most chilly. Arriving to Auschwitz early morning, we were greeted by considerable snow and bleakness. Our students were guided around both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz Birkeneau and engaged maturely with what they witnessed. Our visit to Auschwitz was complimented on our final full day with a meeting with a Holocaust survivor. She emotively told her story about her survival of the Holocaust from an impossibly unique perspective - something I am sure our students will remember for a long time. - Mr Wheatley

FS1 Delight with their Nursery Rhyme Assembly

'Matilda' may be finished, but that doesn't stop other areas of the school continuing to delight and entertain with their own performances. This week it was the turn of our FS1 class at the Infant School who brought a series of Nursery Rhymes to their assembly in front of an excited audience of their school friends and  mums and dads.

Performing 'Hickory, Dickory, Dock', 'Humpty Dumpty', 'Five Little Ducks' and 'I'm A Little Teapot', complete with accompanying costumes, they sang and acted their little hearts out. Nursery Rhymes are a crucial early step in learning to read and write. Knowledge of rhyme and simple songs are part of the building blocks of reading and it is delightful to see some of our youngest learners so enthusiastic and excited about sharing their learning.

They ended their assembly with a hilarious video of interviews with the children about their favourite Nursery Rhymes and rhyming games which was then emailed home to parents to enjoy!

Well done, FS1!

'Matilda The Musical' - an absolute triumph for BISA!

This week saw the culmination of months of effort and hard work with BISA's production of 'Matilda the Musical' being performed to audiences in Nairobi, Arusha and Dar-Es-Salaam.

Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book of the same name, Matilda follows Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda is discarded and belittled by her dimwitted parents—her father insists on calling her a boy and harps on her “stupidity” for preferring reading to watching the telly—and her hostile headmistress, the outrageous and wicked Miss Trunchbull. Reclusive, but with an ever-growing imagination and sharp mind, and with a caring protector in her teacher Miss Honey, Matilda dreams of a better life, daring to take a stand against unjust forces and to grasp her destiny in her own, tiny hands.

With a cast made up of everyone from Year 7 to Year 13, and an incredible set that was adapted for every different theatre as they toured, this truly was a whole school effort. The cast of eccentric, hilarious and sometimes truly outrageous characters were brought to life by our students and they did an incredible job. Their comic timing and commitment to character was truly delightful to watch.

The musical itself was written by Australian musician-comedian, Tim Minchin, and is filled with catchy songs like 'When I Grow Up', 'Revolting Children' and 'Miracle' which our students clearly loved performing alongside the huge amount of physical theatre and choreography.

The final result was a truly spectacular show that will remain in the memories of audiences and performers for years to come. An absolute triumph! Congratulations to you all.

'Matilda' Goes On Tour

It's an exciting two weeks for the BISA Performing Arts students who have taken their production of 'Matilda The Musical' on tour. They left for Nairobi on Friday and, on arrival at Braeburn Garden Estate, were quickly put to work unloading the set and getting into rehearsals.

Based on the famous Roald Dahl book, and with music and lyrics by Australian musician/comedian Tim Minchin, 'Matilda' tell the story of the extraordinary title character and her encounters with the nasty Miss Trunchbull, the delightful Miss Honey as well as a cast of colourful characters in her school and in her home.

This really has been a whole school effort and we can't wait to see you all perform back here in Arusha. See below for all performance dates here in Arusha, in Nairobi and in Dar-Es-Salaam. 

Year 3 discover Stonehenge

Year 3 have been learning about Stonehenge this week and made their own 'Stonehenges' in class!

Taking to the sandy area underneath our Pirate Ship, they build strong structures, securing them with sand and mud, and then testing for how strong the structures were that they had built.

Isn’t it amazing to think how people built all of their buildings like this over one thousand years ago?