Fond Farewells and Welcoming New Faces!

After a busy and fruitful year at BISA, the time has come to say goodbye to members of our teaching staff who are moving on to new chapters. This year, we are bidding a fond farewell to the following members of our team:

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Mrs Elle Peterson, our much-loved Primary Music Teacher, is moving on this year andMr Edgar Weche, who has been a member of our Secondary Geography Team, is also bidding farewell to BISA this year. Our Primary 3 Teacher, Mrs Lea Kinzer, is leaving us to go to the UK to take up her Masters studies and Mr Asher Sijenyi, one of our longest serving members of the Secondary Team, is returning to teach in Kenya. Mrs June Odhiambo, our FS2 teacher in Early Years, is also heading to Kenya to teach in one of our sister schools there. Mrs Allison Wallace and Mr Rob Wallace will also be moving on to new adventures this year after long careers in teaching. Luckily for BISA, Mr Rob Wallace will be teaching Geography for one more term before leaving. Ms Lynsey Logan, a member of our Early Years and Primary Team, is also leaving us for pastures new this year as she heads to Vietnam.

The BISA Family will miss you all and we wish you all the best on all your new adventures!

With every goodbye, comes a hello! In Academic Year 2019/20, we will be welcoming five new members of staff to our school.

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Ms Tania Travas will be joining our Early Years Team teaching Creche. Ms Alice Newling will be joining us from the UK and will be teaching Year 6 in Primary. We are also welcoming Ms Sarah Griffiths, also from the UK, as a member of our Secondary Science department. Ms Ruth Namara-Karati will be coming across the border from Uganda to take up the position of Primary Music Teacher. Ms Shabana Sumra will be joining us from the UK in January next year to take up the role of Geography Teacher.

Spotlight on our departing Student Council President and outgoing Head Girl and Boy

This last weekend saw us saying goodbye to an extraordinary class full of incredibly confident, successful and responsible individuals. But for the purposes of this article, we would like to shine the spotlight on our three departing leaders. Find out what they achieved whilst in the School and what they are going on to do next.

Marvin Onwukwe – Head Boy (January 2017- December 2018)

It was not surprising that Marvin was elected into the position of head boy as he is such an inspirational leader: a young man of integrity, who leads through example.  The kind of leader we all hope to be led by. He is one of the most well-rounded individuals that we have ever had in our school. He is a talented sportsman, renowned for his gritty determination in long distance running, holding records for 1500m and 800m. He has competed for the school both nationally and internationally in rugby, football, athletics, cross country and basketball and received a range of awards including the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ Award twice. But it is not just his sporting success that stands out, it is the fact that he is such an exemplary sportsman that makes him exceptional: he is polite to his opponents and encouraging and motivational to his team. He never loses his temper, however frustrated he may feel. He is also academically successful, with a string of A grades to his name: Hard work, perfect attendance and never missing a deadline all play a part in his success. Few people are great on the sports field, talented in athletics and equally as dazzling in the Arts. Yet Marvin is just this: He has performed in 7 school plays and most notably as Eric in An Inspector Calls: learnt all his lines and attended all the afterschool rehearsals, on top of studying for his A levels; he is an impressive dancer;  gained a distinction in his LAMDA grade 8 Public Speaking and won an award for his inspirational speaking at the MUN special summit.  Marvin always gives his best and never gives up. This determination, focus and drive were seen in his successful summit of Meru and Kilimanjaro and in the way he led his team of prefects last year. His successes were recognized when he was awarded the Head teacher’s Award twice.

We are very proud of Marvin and the positive mark he has left on the school. He is going to study Biological Science in the University of Maryland in the USA. I predict that he will later serve his country is a very senior position in the future.  


 Ttanya Sachdev – Head Girl  (January 2017- December 2018)

Although on a first meeting, Ttanya may appear quiet, shy and retiring, she is anything but! Her powerful speech for the position of Head Girl, left no doubt in anyone’s mind, that she was a force to be reckoned with and her ascent up to the summit of Kilimanjaro showed her grit and determination. Her approach to her Business classes showed her to be diligent, focused and very organized. She never missed a deadline and she always gave her best. As a result, she scored distinctions for every unit that she worked for and gained a distinction * overall. She is a natural leader, able to motivate others, working under her, as seen in the School Enterprise Challenge. Through this competition, her team won $1000 for the school with their social enterprise project, making bags from scraps of material; she also gave up her time to work in the school tuck shop, serving others over the year and keeping meticulous accounts and in between all this, she set up a very successful confectionary business. She impressed her bosses in Nissan Kenya with her professionalism and work ethic during her week of work experience and she impressed all of us in her planning of the women empowerment forum dubbed ‘Sisterhood’ where she, along with some other sixth formers trained 200 girls from our local schools on entrepreneurship, self-esteem and aspirational career paths.  Possibly it was these traits that were recognized in the prestigious BTEC International Award for being the best Business and Enterprise student in the world.

Ttanya’s quiet and humble approach to leadership has inspired many students and staff in our school and we will all really miss her. She is going to the UK to study Business Administration and we have no doubt whatsoever that she will own a very successful business in the not-too-distant future.


Kauther Ali – School Council President (January 2017- December 2018)

Kauther has been one of those rare students who demonstrates maturity, amazing confidence and complete independence.  Her organization skills are second to none and she has wonderful creative problem strategies. These skills made her a strong and powerful student council president. She faced student issue head on and got things done. Kauther has been very proactive and tenacious. When she sets her mind on doing something, she will ensure it gets done. She is compassionate and empathetic and as a result she has really pushed the ‘Scholarship Fund’. Through her hard work and single-mindedness, she led a number of fund raising events to collect over $3000 towards Joseph and Phillipo’s scholarship fund. The ‘Colour Fest’ was her brainchild and inspite of all the resistance she faced, she pulled off an amazingly successful event. She came out of this as a ‘determined mobilizer’. In spite of all her whole school responsibilities, Kauther’s academic work never suffered: she put hours of work into her studies in the library, whilst remaining cheerful and helpful at the same time.

Kauther’s maturity and responsibility has made a real difference to our school, especially in what she has achieved for others. As a result, I have no doubt that she will go on to be a very capable and successful Doctor. She is going to The University of Nairobi to study Medicine.

EYFS Sports Morning

Our annual EYFS Sports Morning took place on Friday 7th June at the Infant School.

The children had a fantastic time competing and showing off some of the physical skills they have been learning over this year in PE with Mr O!

Gross motor skills are a key element of the EYFS Physical Development curriculum and it is amazing to watch how much the children have grown in their physical skills and ability over the year.

Many parents came to cheer on the children and get involved competing as well - thank you for being such good sports!

BISA partner, 'Carbon Tanzania', wins global prize!

"It is with great excitement that we announce that the Hadza of the Yaeda Valley have won the 2019 Equator Prize. The prize is awarded to indigenous groups by the UNDP Equator Initiative for innovative work in developing nature based solutions to climate change and promoting sustainable development. The Hadza have been recognized for their Yaeda Valley Project, a forest conservation initiative."
What exciting news?!! As a school who supports Carbon Tanzania and who have first hand experience of the way of life of the Hadza community, through their Silver Dragon expedition, we are delighted to congratulate them on their success as an Equator Initiative winning community. Click on the links below for more information. 

BISA is fighting climate change - please join us!

“There is still so much in the world worth fighting for. So much that is beautiful, so many wonderful people working to reverse the harm, to help alleviate the suffering. And so many young people dedicated to making this a better world. All conspiring to inspire us and to give us hope that it is not too late to turn things around, if we all do our part.”

—  Dr. Jane Goodall’s New Year Message For 2018

At BISA we believe that many tiny changes can make all the difference. Here are some of the changes happening at BISA as we play our part in the fight against climate change:

  1. Sustainable Events: You may have noticed that we have replaced bottled water at events with filtered water in jugs. By replacing buying bottled water with filtered water, we are reducing our plastic waste from events immensely. Within our daily school activities, our students and staff use refillable water bottles so this is a natural next step for our events. Please keep this in mind at future events at BISA and bring a refillable water bottle instead of buying bottled water at the bar. 
  2. Recycling Bins: Our Junior Dragon students are often at the forefront of tiny changes around the school as part of their Community Service award. Inspired partly by BISA's paticipation in World Clean Up Day, outside classrooms in Primary there are now three labelled bins: one for paper; one for plastic; one for organic waste. Year 4 have been focussing on caring for our environment and are creating a beautiful garden next to our new library. Part of their project involves recycling plastic waste to turn it into a shade over the garden, and collecting organic waste to make compost for the soil. With snack times and fruit breaks throughout the day in Primary, there is plenty of organic waste to be used - what a fantastic idea!
  3. Glass Recycling: BISA events generate a lot of glass waste but, don't worry, we are already making sure we recycle. Glass bottles that can be returned, cleaned and refilled at manufacturers are collected, and glass that cannot be returned is donated to Shanga, who recycle them into glassware, jewellery and houseware while giving skills training to disabled people in the community.
  4. Tree-planting: Our recent tree-planting day, in collaboration with Roots and Shoots,  helped replace many trees in our community and it is something we intend to continue doing around the Mateves and Kisongo area over the coming years.
  5. Fuel Consumption: Powering two school sites and transporting hundreds of children to and from school every day uses a significant amount of fuel. In addition to our daily practise of switching off lights and electrical equipment when not in use, as well as using more fuel-efficient bus routes, every year, BISA off-sets it's carbon footprint by buying carbon offsets with Carbon Tanzania and protecting forests here in Tanzania.

Please continue to support BISA as we consider our impact on the environment. What tiny changes can you make?