BISA Arts Evening Performers Impress

Our second Arts Evening of the year was a final chance for our Secondary students to perform their examination pieces to an audience before being assessed on them in the coming months. Needless to say, our students took on the challenge with their unique spark and flair.

With dance performances, devised pieces, monologues and short dramatic pieces, as well as art project presentations, it was wonderful to see the diverse and challenging ways in which our students demonstrated their artistic talents. 

From Shakespeare to Alice Walker, there was a huge range of theatre on show with each student clearly understanding their role and the piece, even within deeply challenging subjects. Two of our art students presented their children's books, researched, written, illustrated, edited and published all within the past few months. Our talented dancers demonstrated their ever widening range of styles and skills, dancing devised pieces and showing how dance has changed through the years.

Congratulations to you all on your amazing artistic achievements over this year!

Volcano Fun in FS1

For the last two weeks, the children in FS1 at the Infant School have been focusing on volcanoes.Here's a report from Mrs Brown:

"We have drawn volcanoes, made volcanoes out of play dough and learnt about our closest volcanoes, Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro, as well as other volcanoes in the world. The children were fascinated that an island in the middle of the ocean was made up of 5 volcanoes and noticed the shadow under water that showed another volcano in the ocean. This inspired us to carry out our own experiment to look at what a volcano would look like as it was erupting.

 We made ‘apple volcanoes' which the children loved! As bubbles came out of the top of the apple, Aboubacrine was quick to say that it looked like the other volcano we had made in class, whilst others in the class used ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ to express their amazement.

 Children and adults both in school and at home have been very impressed by everything FS1 have shared about their learning throughout the last couple of weeks.

Well done FS1!"

Young Enterprise introduce 'A Whole Lotta Honey'

After an amazing win for a well written annual report, the Young Enterprise Group has embarked on a new project: “A Whole Lotta Honey”. This new project will help attain the silver level in the competition.

The group hopes to raise money in order to buy tree seedlings to curb soil erosion in the Kisongo area. During the two weeks, we were able to design the logo that will not only be displayed on our honey jars but also around Braeburn School. We were also able to research the different methods to filter the natural honey we gratefully received from Mr. Lesso. The first filtration method that we came across was using a net sieve and pouring the honey onto a bucket and the second filtration method was using a common kitchen sieve to also filter the honey onto a bucket.

In the coming weeks, we hope to finish the filtration process, start bottling the honey and sell the honey to the Braeburn Community and hopefully outside it.

- Nempurrkel Sikar, Year 12W

Year 6 and Year 11 Collaborate on History

Over the past two weeks, Mr. Wheatley and his Y11 History students joined Y6 for two sessions linked to our Term 2 topic on World War II.

Each session consisted of a carousel of 5 activities, led by a pair of Y11s.  They focused on a range of topics that included:

  • An introduction to WWII
  • The Nazi & Soviet Pact
  • Appeasement of Hitler
  • Chamberlain’s declaration of war
  • Anschluss – the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • Auschwitz
  • The Holocaust
  • Ghettos 

 Y6 enjoyed learning new information from their older peers and were clearly taken in by their reflections about the recent Y11 trip to Poland and Germany.

 Gabriella from Y11 said 

 “For the past two weeks, every Wednesday my classmates and I have been going over into Primary and talking about WW2 and specifically Nazi Germany. I enjoyed this experience as, in my opinion, it is extremely important to talk about these things to the younger generations, so that history doesn’t repeat itself. It was gratifying to be able to share the stories and experiences we encountered during our visit to Germany and Poland as part of a History trip. The Year 6 class was a joy to be with and to talk to as they were eager to learn and listen to our stories. It was a huge delight to teach them and I hope to do it again soon!”

Deep Learning Projects as preparation for 'The Tempest' gets underway

Our Deep Learning Projects give students the opportunity to really engage with topics on a deep level. As rehearsals for next term's KS3 play, Shakespeare's The Tempest, are in full swing we got the Year 7s and 8s to explore the play as well as help design the set and costumes for this. See the pictures of some of their great ideas. One of the Year 7 tasks was to write up what the different 'element' fairies might be like. Here is Nicholas' beautiful description:

THE FIRE FAIRY

The fire fairy’s ginger hair leaps towards the sky like flames. Her eyes sparkle in the dark. The brightness of her red, orange and yellow clothes shine around her. The crackling of her voice echoes in the air. She leaves an ashy smell on her way. She soars out from the smoke with energy. The passions guide her life. She has a fusion relationship with the Air and Earth fairies who help her burn unlike with the Water fairy who turns her off.

THE WATER FAIRY

Her translucent look can see through anything. Her hair leans onto her shoulders. She wears fluid blue clothes. Her words lap in her mouth. She smells like foam just out of the sea. She moves from one place to another balancing like waves. She could be very calm or stormy as she has an inconsistent temper. She is very nosy as she can slip through anywhere. She teases the fire fairy, she waters the Earth fairy with new ideas and she makes the Air fairy cry.

THE EARTH FAIRY

Her head is covered with blond twigs. Her long arms stretch like branches. Her skin is wrinkled like bark. Her low voice is cavernous. She smells like fresh clay. She slithers like roots on the ground. She always hides by planting or burying her face in her hands. She sows peace around her. She absorbs the new ideas from the water fairy, she dances with the air fairy and she is the sworn enemy with the fire fairy.

THE AIR FAIRY

Her hair is swirling around her head. Her body is inflated like clouds. Her look is light. She sounds like the whistle of the wind. She carries the scent of a delicious meal. She hovers like the wind in the sky. She is always being wacky. Most of the time she daydreams. She has a close relationship with the fire fairy, she listens to the sad stories of the water fairy and she dances with the Earth fairy.