Introducing our new Prefects!

"On 11th January 2018, BISA's newly appointed prefect team went to Tembo club and underwent prefect training.

The day was mainly composed of fun team building tasks and activities to enhance our team work.

It was also a wonderful enjoyable opportunity to familiarise ourselves with one another and get to know each other a little more.We learned the value of making decisions as one and highlighting the importance of clear and smooth communication which is vital. Communication and team work turns a group of random individuals into a team." - Marvin Onwukwe (Head Boy)

Prefect Body 2018:

Marvin Onwukwe- Head Boy
Ttanya Sachdev- Head Girl

Nicole Kombe- Deputy Head Girl and Academic Mentor
Safari Mosha- Deputy Head Boy and Academic Prefect

Kauther Ali- Student Council President
Remo Kwadi- Student Council Vice President and Transition Prefect for Sixth Form

Gabby Doria- Assisting Media Prefect
Josephine Kiaga- Media Prefect
Alistair Sissingh- Transition Prefect for KS2/KS3
Enzo Zikuliza- Transition Prefect for KS3/KS4
Sasha Pandit- Emotional Prefect KS3/KS4
Tania Frisby- Emotional Prefect KS4/KS5
Samike Masonga- Publicity Prefect
Parleen Bansal- Music Prefect
Kaltuma Majid- Boarding Prefect
Richard Kayola- Boarding Prefect
Niamh Baker- Environmental Prefect
Joshua Keene- Sports Prefect
Angel Karegyesa- Sports Prefect

Little Water Babies in the making!

Term 2 is an exciting term for our children in FS1 as they begin their weekly trips to our Kisongo campus for specialist Music and Swimming lessons. They thoroughly enjoyed their first visit, with many of them already looking very happy and comfortable in the water. Well done, FS1!

While it’s never too late to learn how to swim, there are great benefits that can be realised when learning at an early age. 

1. It is essential to your child's safety.

A study by Dr. Ruth Brenner of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that swimming lessons may help to reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88%. Certain swim programs are designed to teach children self-rescue skills such as floating on their back until help comes.

2. Infants tend to be comfortable with water versus older children

As toddlers’ brains are developing, they absorb information quickly and will have an easier time adapting to water. Familiarising very young children with water reduces the chance that they will fear it when they are older, or be affected by negative attitudes towards swimming.

3. Swimming encourages earlier physical development

It is possible for an infant to learn to swim before they can walk. As a low-impact sport, this means that toddlers can be active at an early age and develop coordination skills earlier. A study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found that babies who learn to swim have better abilities to balance and grasp objects than their non-swimming peers. This may be because swimming allows infants to use their muscles more than they do on land.  While toddlers do not have the motor skills to properly perform strokes, swimming lessons will teach them to move and float independently in the water.

4. Swimming allows children to develop their social skills

During swimming lessons, children are frequently interacting with others. They learn to follow directions from their instructor, play and share with other children, and listen to their parents. According to the German Sports College Cologne, young swimmers are less shy, more independent, and more comfortable in social situations than non-swimmers.

5. Swimming helps develop psychological benefits

Most children are born with a love of water and find it stimulating to their senses. In addition, children who swim have greater self-discipline, as they learn to respect the rules of the water and those around them. Children also gain more self-confidence with every technique they learn, further encouraging them to learn. This builds a good foundation for skills that go well beyond swimming.

Swimming is often said to be one of the most important life skills and the earlier a child learns to swim, the earlier they can reap the benefits.

Staying Safe Online

Happy New Year!
At BISA Child Protection and Safeguarding is part of our day to day school life. At the beginning of each term, all classes have a lesson on Internet Safety. These are taught through videos and discussions. An added feature this term is the internet safety pledge which is a basic contract that students will sign and be reminded of whenever possible.

As a school we are aware of the importance of team work and informing parents and guardians of CP issues will help us better protect our children. This term Positive Parenting workshops are going to be on Child Protection and Safeguarding. The Arusha meeting is on the 7th of February 2018 and the Dar es Salaam meeting is on the 24th of February. Posters detailing time and place will go out closer to the day. Hope to see you there!

Some Silly Sporting Fun!

Sport takes up a large amount of both our in-school and extra-curricular programme at BISA with our talented young athletes competing in many different disciplines.

In addition to competing against each other in our house competitions, many of our sports teams compete in tournaments against other schools in Arusha. In addition to building up a healthy level of competitiveness, these inter-schools competitions also help our students to practise good sportsmanship.

Our students train hard, multiple times per week and are always ready for their tournaments and competitons. Things, however, don't always go to plan, as our video below demonstrates!

Enjoy a bit of sporting hilarity courtesy of our Secondary athletes. Thank you for being 'good sports'!