BISA Creative Arts showcased at our first Braeburn Arts Evening

"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create." - President Barack Obama

We were treated to an evening of Creative Arts on Wednesday 29th November as we held our very first Braeburn Arts Evening.

It is important to remember that the Creative Arts are not solely about creating actors, directors, writers, artists and theatre makers but rather socially aware young people who can engage with a rapidly changing world. It transcends all subjects, instilling skills that are essential for many jobs and walks of life.

It teaches you real-world professionalism

For many students, creative arts are their first exposure to behaving professionally. You have to make a good impression, show enthusiasm, work hard, compromise, keep your emotions in check, support your peers, and treat your superiors with respect. All skills you have to master if you want to be taken seriously in your professional life.

It improves your communication and public speaking skills

Forcing yourself to speak in front of people will help you get better at it! You will be taught how to speak confidently in front of others, and learn how to recover when you’ve messed up. These skills are essential in the professional world as well as for university and job interviews.

You learn the value of teamwork

In many creative arts subjects you learn to compromise and collaborate with many different kinds of people, or there’s no show. You know that every individual is valuable, not just the stars.

It teaches you empathy

Empathy is a really important life skill. Putting yourself in another person’s shoes, trying to identify their struggles will really test your empathy, especially when portraying a character who is experiencing things you cannot personally relate to. This is an invaluable skill that will open your mind, improve the way you interact with people and is especially useful if you are considering a career in caring, teaching or social work.

You gain confidence

The environment of creative arts supports and encourages participants to push their comfort zone and try new things. Even if it all goes wrong it is part of the creating process to explore and experiment. You will find more success when you are conditioned to take risks, step outside your comfort zone and give it a go. 

It teaches you resilience

Resilience is a key skills that is not really taught but experienced. You will not always get everything your own way. Compromise is the key.

"Music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment." - William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education

Key Stage 2 perform 'Move It' to a packed audience!

Performing arts at BISA stretches from Early Years all the way to Sixth Form, with children being given opportunities to act, sing, dance and create performances for many different audiences.

On Thursday 30th November, Key Stage 2 presented their show 'Move It' to a packed audience. Packed with humour, catchy songs and fantastic choreography, the children in Years 4, 5 and 6 performed with confidence beyond their years.

A huge congratulations to them all and a thank you to the KS2 team for all their hard work!

EYK Delight with their Three Bears Assembly

Last Friday, the children in EYK delighted the rest of Primary with their assembly presentation of the story of 'Alex and the Three Bears'.

After showing their fantastic storytelling video, which you can watch below, they performed the action song 'Ten Little Teddybears'.

The children spoke and performed with confidence and deserve a big WELL DONE for such a wonderful performance!

BISA Annual Community Christmas Party

We had the opportunity to host 120 Saturday School children for our annual community Christmas party, held last Saturday 24th November. Our students and staff arrived early to set up the event with many of our guests trickling in before 9am. 

After a general address in the hard court, the guests were divided into groups according to their ages. The children were treated to several activities ranging from ball games, swimming, art and craft, and dance. We also had the jumping castle in the front garden for the younger ones.

Later in the day, everyone received a delicious lunch followed by presents! We congratulate our parents for their donations and our students for taking their time to plan for this event and come and share their Saturday with our guests. They cooked and served the guests dutifully. We appreciate the presence of Mr. Zeid, Mr. Flanagan, Ms John, Mr Asugo, Ms Diana Humphrey, Mr Wallace, Ms Juma, Mrs Msale, Mr Mohamed and Mr Sijenyi during the event. Thanks greatly!

Kasarani NASA Swim Meet

Members of our Junior and Senior Swim Team journeyed to Nairobi for the NASA Invitational Swim Gala taking place at Kasarani Aquatic Stadium.

Up against fierce competition, the team performed well with many achieving personal best times and, in some events, swimming faster than their converted times. This is an outstanding achievement considering it was many of their first time in the 50m pool. 

Individually, Niamh Baker and Elsa Rozenzcajg came second and third respectively within their age category overall, both now holding a number of meet records.

As a team, they came home with a crateload of medals as well as the Silver trophy for the Under 16 girls category.

Congratulations to them all. Enjoy this video of highlights from the weekend!!