Healing Through Writing

Traumatic and grievous experiences can come into our lives unexpectedly. Healing takes time and, through writing, a person can shape and explore the difficulty.  Taking time to write of our own life experience provides a way to respect, hone and understand the trauma or loss.  We dignify our lives by taking seriously, in writing, the unwanted experience.  We can make meaning of tragedy.

The same goes for our students and often opportunities for exploring loss, trauma or difficult life experiences arise within our daily class activities. Just such an opportunity offered one of our Secondary students a place to explore and reflect on loss experienced within her own family. Read Sharon Frisby's beautiful tribute to her brother, Brian, and thank you to Sharon for so willingly sharing your story.

This is in memory of Brian.

Wednesday 13th of November 2013. I still remember this day like it was yesterday. This was the day I lost a very important person - my brother, Brian.

It was a normal school day; I dressed up in my school uniform and had a seat at the dining table, waiting for the school bus to arrive. As I was waiting I heard my father’s phone ring and he answered it. I overheard him mentioning Brian’s name and later on in the call also mentioning that he would arrive in Nairobi that afternoon. After my dad was done talking on the
phone, he came to the dining table and told us about what happened. He told us that Brian had been in hospital after a car accident he had gone through the other night and he told us that he must go to Nairobi with both my older brothers, Jason and George, as soon as possible. He didn’t say much, but he told us not to worry and that everything would be fine. I was in
shock and fear. I didn’t know what to say or do but pray to God that my brother was fine.

It was now 7:30am and the school bus had finally arrived. We went to school and I had a very bad, stressful day. All I could think about was my brother, Brian. I remember at some point after lunch I started crying and everyone was asking me what was wrong, but all I could say was I’m having family problems because I didn’t really want to talk about it otherwise I might feel even worse.

After school I got home and as the bus drove through the gate I saw men and women dressed in black. At that moment I knew that Brian was gone. So we all walked in the house and my grandfather was there sitting in the kitchen, also dressed in black. Patricia asked him if Brian had passed away and he replied yes. Patricia and Tania both dropped down on the floor in tears and pain. I couldn’t believe it. My grandfather took my hand and told me that Brian had really passed away. I was now pouring in tears; my heart was burning in pain. How could this have happened?? My grandfather talked to us to try calm us down, but still we couldn’t take it in.

After some time we all settled down a bit. We sat down together as siblings and started to talk about all the good memories we had with Brian. We each said what we liked best about Brian and today I still remember what I said. I love the fact that he would always have a smile on his face and be so chilled about everything. He was always there for me as a good brother and cared so much about me. He was so playful and made everything so fun. I remember playing ‘catch and catch’ with him when I was really young, my favorite childhood game. He would catch me and shout out “It” and then
carry me up, throw me in the air then catch me again. Those were the good old days.

I will never go a day without thinking about my brother Brian, forever in my heart. I miss him so much and as the days go by I miss him even more. I believe he is in a better place now.

Written by Sharon Frisby.

French and Art Meet in Primary

Our Key Stage 1 students receive French lessons twice a week, learning everything from their numbers to how to explain when they feel ill or have hurt themselves. To help with their understanding of all the names of the different parts of the body, Madam Tiana recently introduced sculpture-making to their class. Based on the artist, Giacometti, this hands on approach helped the children to connect the vocabulary they had been learning with the pieces of art they had created.

Creche in the Kitchen

Creche are starting to learn their life skills early with their activities this term around the theme 'Rhyme Time'. Through looking at different favourite rhymes each week, they take part in activities like singing, dancing, art, storytelling and also a bit of cooking!  This week was 'Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree', and what better way to find out what monkes like to eat than having fun in the kitchen with bananas and chocolate! As you can see, it's never too early for children to start to learn simple things like using knives and forks.

BISA Bonfire Night a huge success!

The BISA Annual Bonfire Night is one of the biggest events of our school year, and Bonfire Night 2018 was no exception. After many days of rain, the sun came out just in time and the crowds came to enjoy what has become a firm favourite in the Arusha community calendar.

The games stalls were busy from the moment they opened with families enjoying apple bobbing, spin-the-wheel, face-painting, lucky dip and many more! Community vendors also came out to sell their wares, provide some delicious food and drinks, and be a part of the event. Attendees also got a sneak preview of the upcoming BISA App, due to launch on the 16th November!

BISA Bonfire Night is a key date for our BTEC Business, Music and Dance students as their performance and organisation of the event is part of their assessment towards their BTEC Qualifications. The BTEC Band plus our BTEC dance students provided some stunning entertainment, displaying their skills already learned through their courses, while the BTEC Business Students saw all their organisational hard work pay off through the high attendance and success of the event itself.

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy our event! Please take the time to watch our video slideshow of some of the highlights of our night!

Ukarimu/Hospitality

We live in a place that offers tourists and visitors new adventures to fulfill dreams!

Our BTEC course in hospitality covers aspects of hotel management, customer service, food, and events management. The students get hand on experiences in cooking a variety of dishes from different countries. We have covered European and Asian dishes and are looking forward to try our hands at contemporary world food!

We have visited and interviewed people in hotels, restaurants, clubs and catering services and events managers. We have even tried our hands at powerpoint presentations for events such as the bonfire night, to the school events manager, Diana.

Take a look at our delicious results!