Year 1/2 Visit Dunia Designs

Year 1 and 2 had a fantastic time at Dunia Designs last week, looking at the clever, innovative ways they are recycling and reusing plastic, and learning more about the importance of recycling here in Arusha. Dunia Designs is an eco-friendly design company that specialise in the up-cycling of plastic bottles, plastic bag waste & other recycled materials to create furniture.

Plastic Facts

  • Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
  • 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
  • We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce.
  • Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one liter bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.
  • Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.

We were amazed and delighted at how so much plastic is being upcycled at Dunia and the incredible items they are transformed into - from pouffes, beanbags, ottomans, couches, lazy chairs and tables to eco-friendly decking and outdoor furniture.

A big thank you to Dunia Designs for inviting us!

A Very Soggy Primary Interhouse Cross Country!

Friday 11th May was the annual BISA Primary interhouse cross country competition - and this year it was a very soggy affair!

With the rainy season weather showing no sign of stopping, our young athletes braved the elements to compete admirably over the different cross country courses that surround our BISA Kisongo campus.

In the end, it was Kilimanjaro who emerged victorious as the cross country champions.

Well done to everyone who took part, from the youngest FS1 children to our super-speedy Year 6s. See if you can spot yourself in our video slideshow!

Making Max's Boat in FS2

Our Early Years children have been working towards their production of 'Where The Wild Things Are', which is taking place on Saturday 26th May. A large amount of their work in class has centred around this much-loved book. Here's what FS2 got up to this week!

"This week, in FS2 we have been designing and making boats. We had a look at Max’s boat from 'Where the Wild Things Are' and thought about how we could make our boats, thinking about how we can make it float and also move quicker in the wind.

The children set about the task in pairs, discussing with each other what their boat would look like, then drawing their design on paper. The next step was to discuss what resources were needed, writing lists on their designs that included bottles, bottle tops, boxes, string, glue, tape.

Next they collected the resources they needed for their boats showing great teamwork in building their boats together whilst taking on roles independently. The children in FS2 were absolutely amazing. They had great fun making their boats and were able to show off their boats to Mrs Odhiambo in the afternoon!" - Mrs Brown

Year 9 Graduation

Year 9 Graduation by Lynn Mhene

"On Friday 4th May there was a special occasion for the Year 9s at the BISA Amphitheatre as they were
graduating from Key Stage 3.

The scenario was really glamorous; lights were glittering and glowing from different directions. There were scrumptious looking snacks that were packed on every table and ready to be devoured. The graduates went all out; the girls and guys made an extraordinary entrance with all of them looking gorgeous. They looked like celebrities and the guests were astounded at how grown up they all looked. The graduation began on time and everyone had a good time; there were smiles all round!"

Congratulations, Year 9s!

Getting Ready for Kili and Meru!

It is a chilly morning as we stand opposite Mt. Meru hotel ready to begin our training walk. This hike is important for all of us who are planning to climb Kilimanjaro and Meru at the end of May. We brace ourselves for the worst weather, most of us, armed with a rain coat, an extra jacket, water proof boots and pants.  We begin the walk at a few minutes past nine. The more agile amongst us take their position at the front while the rest of us do our best to keep up.  The weather is fine and we are soon regretting bringing our extra jackets along.  The landscape is beautiful; tiny hills rise and fall unevenly.  The farms below us are a neat patchwork of brown and green.  But soon we are too tired to notice the splendour around us; our focus shifts to the arduous task of putting one foot in front the other. Every once in a while we are woken from our selfish reveries by a ‘pole’ or ‘habari’ from a sympathising passerby.

 The zenith of our journey is the beautiful waterfall surrounded by a man-made pine tree forest.  The numbingly cold water flows on undisturbed by our presence.  I suddenly feel guilty to be an intruder in the habitat that has clearly been saved from man-kind and his polluting nature. The water is clear as it flows downstream; we touch the pristine round rocks that make the banks. We relax here for a bit and for a moment we are one with nature.  We forget how careful we had been to keep ourselves dry. Soon, everyone is waddling in water or standing beneath the waterfall for a cold ‘shower’.

The waterfall invigorates us and suddenly even the weariest amongst us all is oozing with energy. We begin the journey back in wet clothes and a happier mood.

 We feel ready to conquer Meru and Kilimanjaro.