On Friday night the BISA amphitheatre was transformed into an enchanted forest for Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. We watched in delight as the merry sprite Puck meddled with a magical love potion and young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously found themselves infatuated with the wrong person.
Performed by a cast of 12 and 13 year olds, the hilarious fantasy proved that the course of true love never did run smooth. The set design, music and costumes were stunning and added a magical quality to an already fantastic production.
Our students interpreted the play admirably, using clever physical theatre and communicating the challenging Shakespearean language with just the right tone and humour. Taking on one of Shakespeare's most famous comedies was a massive task for our youngest Secondary students and they did so with ease.
Well done to our entire cast and crew on a wonderful production!
When students change class within or between schools, they must adjust to new surroundings, become familiar with new teachers and, sometimes, new classmates, learn new ways of working and make sense of the rules and routines that operate in their classes. Students must also adjust to the social changes that happen when changing schools and classes.
Here at BISA, students are supported through transition in a number of ways, most recently with our 'Transition Morning' in Early Years and Primary. Transition morning gives the children a chance to spend the morning in their new classroom, getting to know their new teacher and getting a taste of what's to come in the next academic year.
In Primary, our students enjoyed a variety of 'getting to know you' activities with their new teachers. The new Year 6 students even took part in active team-building challenges on the field, building up their already strong bond as a class.
In Early Years, both in Kisongo and Town Campus, the children spent the morning getting to know their new teacher and enjoyed decorating stones to be used as a feature at our new Infant School in Njiro at at EYK. We can't wait to see the finished product!
“A farewell is necessary before we can meet again, and meeting again after moments or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends.” – Richard Bach
The end of the school year at BISA is always bittersweet with many farewells being said to both students and staff.
This year, BISA is saying goodbye to a number of members of staff as they move on to new adventures.
We are saying farewell to Mr Glyn Richards, our KS4 Leader and Maths Teacher. Glyn and his fiancee Emily are off on a new adventure to Hanoi in Vietman. He has been a part of BISA for four years and will be missed enormously.
BISA wish Glyn and Emily all the best on their new adventure!
We are also saying goodbye to our Head of Sixth Form and History Teacher, Mr Adam Waller. Adam also joined BISA four years ago and has been a big part of our school community. Adam is off to teach History in Moscow, Russia in September.
Best of luck, Adam! BISA will miss you!
Mr Patrick Bongo, our Secondary ICT Teacher, is also off on a new adventure with his family. As of September, Patrick will be teaching at the Shanghai United International School in China. We will miss Patrick and his family here at BISA and wish them the best in their new school!
We want to say a huge thank you for all their contributions to BISA over the years – it goes without saying that each member of staff will be missed terribly by both the staff and student body.
With every goodbye comes a ‘hello’, and in August we will be welcoming two new members of staff to the BISA teaching team.
Mr Andrew Flanagan will be joining us from the UK as our new Head of Sixth Form. He will be teaching Sociology and Business.
Mr Aaron Wheatley will also be joining us from the UK as our new History Teacher in Secondary.
We look forward to welcoming you both to Arusha in the new school term in August!
BISA Primary Student Council are an active part of the school family. Made up of children from Year 3 upwards, they organise and influence many aspects of Primary life. This year has been a particularly busy one for our Student Council. They let us know all they have been up to.
"The student council has improved throughout the year. We first struggled to find ways to improve the school, but eventually we thought of new ideas and events. Our ideas that succeeded were Cushy for your Tushy, movie nights, fantastic feet and decade day. We have also sold popcorn, food and juice at school events. So far, the money has gone into the future of student council. Overall, student council has been very rewarding to be a part of. If it was a job for an adult, it would be the best job ever! " - Written by Bridget, Rami and Jason, Year 6 Student Council
Our youngest learners, some as young as two years old, took to the stage this morning in their production of 'The Rainbow Fish', and it really was a wonderful performance!
With nearly seventy children on the stage in the amphitheatre, dressed in colourful costumes, they sang, danced and acted their hearts out. Well done to each and every one of you - we are very proud of you all.
Enjoy our video slideshow of the performance!