Survival Weekend - 14th to 17th September

A report from our first Survival Weekend of the year!

"The point of survival weekend is to survive, this is the more obvious reaction in upon hearing the name. The real purpose of it is learning how to live with other people, being independent and overall team work. As a boarder I am experienced in the field of living with other people and by that I mean, sharing a room. I didn’t realise the real difference up until this weekend. Sharing a room with someone, though it can be difficult, is a small contained space. Someone’s bedroom is like a safe haven to them, so after a few rules people can coincide with no issues at all. But when there almost strangers move into a house together for the weekend, with limited money and a range of experience; that’s survival.  

Before we even began, we sat down to create a menu, formulate plans and discuss what we were going to do in the event of a crisis. It was this preparation that furthered us during the weekend. On the first day four of us went to the market while the other two of us were at play practice dancing and singing for about three hours. After an incredibly long day, we came together to make ourselves a spaghetti dinner and went to bed. The rest of the weekend was filled with laughter and bonding. Rather than inviting a single teacher we invited a total of five to enjoy our meal of barbequed chicken, honey garlic roasted potatoes, plantain, roasted beef stew, guacamole, salad and a side of fresh made chilli. After that we enjoyed a homemade Pineapple tiramisu. What happens when you combine different religions, cultures and personalities under two roofs? An amazing weekend with unforgettable memories, that's what." - Written by Josephine Kiaga

ABRSM Exam Preparation

BISA students are gearing up for their ABRSM music theory exams on 10th October. 

This week our BISA students did their mock exams organised by the school. This will help them gain feedback on how to improve their understanding and improve their overall attainment in their actual exams.

ABRSM’s Music Theory exams aim to give students a thorough understanding of the building blocks of music, starting with the basics of rhythm and notes, and going on to cover harmony and counterpoint, composition, and a broad knowledge of western music, including composers and their works, structure, style and period.

We wish them every success in their exams next month! 

Deep Learning Projects

In Year 7 and 8, we have introduced Deep Learning Projects to encourage independent learning. Last week Year 7s and 8s did a cross curricular project on aliens entitled 'Are We Alone?'. The standard of some of the work was incredible, as you can see from the pictures. 

What are Deep Learning Projects?

  • A Deep Learning Project (or DLP) is a project completed at home where the student will gain more ownership and pride of their work and will learn to be an independent learner.
  • It is primarily research based and should encourage key skills in independence, analysis and evaluation, building upon skills and understanding learnt within class time.
  • They should primarily involve open questions or problem solve or develop their own opinion in order to reach higher order thinking. 
  • Some of these projects will be subject based, set by that department to allow for deeper independent learning within the subject.
  • Other projects will be cross curricular or about the wider world to teach the students the ability to use transferable skills and gain wider general knowledge. 
  • Each project will consist of 5 main tasks which should take around 30 minutes to complete. The five main tasks should be:
  1. A research task: This encourages independent investigation. It allows the students to research through using the library books, internet, documentaries, people around them through interviews and surveys, explore the world around them through photographs, drawings etc. The research is NOT provided for them through worksheets etc.
  2. An analysis task: This task should encourage the students to analyse their research to develop an argument or opinion and draw connections.
  3. A practical task: This should allow the students to apply their knowledge and understanding. It may be a science experiment, drawing, drama piece, creative writing or baking etc.
  4. An evaluation task:  This task should allow the students to synthesise knowledge, producing solutions, conclusions and evaluations, e.g a design for a healthy meal, a song about bullying, etc.
  5. A Presentation task: The students will need to display their work, this which will encourage effective presentation and pride of the work.

Junior Dragon Award Launch

The Junior Dragon Award has launched for 2018.

Our launch event, last Tuesday evening, was well attended with all our students eager and ready to get stuck into all the elements of the award. The evening was a chance for participants to gain information on the programme and meet teachers and coaches for advice and target setting. The award is open to all KS2 students and we continue to encourage parents to support their children and work in collaboration with the school in challenging the students to achieve highly in the different elements of Junior Dragon this year.

Please follow the link to read the Junior Dragon Information Booklet for more information and feel free to contact the primary office for any questions regarding this programme.

World Clean Up Day 2018 - BISA plays it's part!

BISA students put our school mission statement of being responsible citizens into practise in a very practical and visible way on Wednesday 12th September. As part of World Clean Up Day 2018, our students got to work in the area around our school campus in Kisongo. Armed with trash bags, gloves and the will to make our community a cleaner and safer place, they collected bags and bags of litter and rubbish, from the surrounding area. Many of the students expressed disbelief and shock at just how much litter could be found dumped in drains and at the side of the road. Knowing that our precious environment could be treated in such a way only spurred them on to work harder on setting a good example and cleaning up our little corner of Arusha.

On 15th September 2018 millions of volunteers in 156 countries worldwide united to 'clean up the world' as part of one of the biggest civic actions in history, cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets. Aiming to tackle 'trash blindness', the World Clean Up Day movement recognises that, in order to truly create a world without waste, it will require a collective effort from all levels of society, from schools to high level officials.

Trash blindness - a situation in which a society or its individual members are either:
  • so used to their current waste pollution problem that they do not even notice it;
  • consciously choosing not to recognise waste pollution, and/or the possible consequences of it, as a problem

Every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste worldwide. What can you do to reduce waste? Here are some simple, practical tips!
  • Carry a reusable water bottle. Single use plastics like plastic water bottles are one of the biggest causes on waste on our planet.
  • Take a reusable travel mug to the coffee shop, or make your coffee at home. Use a French press or coffee maker and avoid those single-serving packages.
  • Take your own reusable containers to takeout restaurants. If you hand over the containers when you order and ask nicely, most restaurants will oblige you.
  • Take your lunch to school or work in a reusable containter and avoid single-use packaging like plastic sandwich boxes.
  • Stop using plastic bags and bring your own reusable bags to the store when you are doing any kind of shopping.
  • When you eat out, say no to any single-use items like paper or plastic napkins, placemats, straws, cups and single-serving containers, if you can. Be sure to explain why!
  • Don’t buy anything that comes in wasteful single-serving packages, like candy, gum, granola bars, popsicles, etc.
  • Cancel your magazine and newspaper subscriptions and read them online or at the library.
  • Use both sides of a piece of paper before recycling it or making it into upcycled crafts.
  • Use old clothes for rags for cleaning around the house, instead of paper towels.
  • Use cloth napkins and hand towels in your kitchen.
  •  Keep a worm bin or compost pile to compost all your food scraps, leftovers, floor sweepings, and more.
  • Don’t buy anything disposable. Look for durable goods instead or borrow what you need. Paying a little more up front often means things will last much longer for you.