Celebrating Incredible Results!

Our IGCSE and A-Level students received their results this week and, as always, here at BISA we are celebrating fantastic grades for our young people.

Congratulations to you all - your hard work has certainly paid off!

Jane Goodall visits BISA!

"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."  - Dame Jane Goodall

Staff and students at BISA had the privilege of hearing world-renowned primatologist and anthropologist, Dame Jane Goodall, speak on her most recent visit to Arusha.

Dr Goodall spoke to a packed audience on planet conservation, climate change and the importance of those tiny changes that everyone can make to help preserve our precious planet for future generations. The students of BISA were enthralled by her message and, following clean up day last week, have been further inspired to play their part in looking after our little corner of the world here in Arusha.

Students and staff will be taking part in World Clean Up Day events on their return to school in September. Keep an eye on our website to find out more about how to get involved or go to the 'Let's Do It' page to see what is happening around the city in preparation for this day.

We want to say another huge thank you to Dr Goodall and her team for giving our students your time and your inspiration. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Arusha.

Poet, William Patrick Woodcock, Visits BISA

Article by Josephine Kiaga - Media Prefect

‘Writing is as essential to me as eating and sleeping.’

Braeburn was fortunate enough to host and work with the brilliant William Patrick Woodcock. Woodcock is a Canadian author of nine books of poetry inspired from diverse experiences drawn from his travels into Iceland, Poland, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Kurdish north of Iraq, Azerbaijan and most recently our own Tanzania. Woodcock has a fluid, ever-changing style that he attributes to mood and experience. His poems are highly regarded by their content, form and style, which he himself said inspire him as they are easily translated between languages.

Woodcock came from a creative home. His father an Irishman who had a taste for singing -leaving a limerick for his wife every morning- and his mother was a ballet teacher while his brother played violin. Though he loves all forms of art from paintings to music, poetry has always appealed to him more than others. The love he has for his favourite poems remain unmatched by his love for other works of art. At age 16 he began to explore music. He enjoyed the lyricism of the songs and listened to artists that spoke of poetry and art.

‘Writing physically affects my body...I’m far happier and kinder when I write.’

Writing is a huge part of Woodcock’s daily life. He always has his trusty camera and recorder in order to capture the natural beauty of the world he lives in. Naturally, he pays attention to the little things in his day to day life, drawing inspiration from things some people would ignore or take for granted like the texture of someone’s hand or the colours merging in the sky. Alongside capturing day to day activities, travelling is essential to Woodcock’s writing. He prefers to work in the country and become one with the culture and give back while creating his art. He chooses places to live based on his cultural instinct and getting drawn to the area.

‘I want to write to celebrate the good things in the world but also to purge myself of the things that I find too disturbing to keep in.’

Not everything is as beautiful and bright as one might expect. Woodcock has seen some very horrific things for example in Sarajevo he was constantly faced with grenade bombs in the ground on the streets marking areas where people had died (The Sarajevo flower). But as he said ‘from this pain comes art’. Out of the tragedies Woodcock learns and gets inspired by the culture and this affects how he himself will see the world. Deciding where to go for him is simply a work of inspiration, sometimes it’s as simple as a news story on TV.

‘There’s no shortage. Every day I see something.’

From Tanzania he has drawn experience from graffiti, the environment and conversations with locals. He admires the kindness of the Tanzanian people and their willingness to cooperate and speak to him. He works at a local school, Baraa Primary School with children, teachers and colleagues. Through teaching them, he inspires and shares creativity. He has held a number of workshops at Braeburn and has already inspired some of our poetic sixth form students with his experiences and stories. Woodcock journals and documents anything that inspires him and let’s face it, in Tanzania there’s nothing short of inspiration around the corner. His poems about Tanzania will finish his upcoming book and begin his following book as he writes in a consequential style. 

‘Use the internet as a tool to explore.’

Because of the internet, Woodcock feels he has furthered his career. Due to the instant availability of information, his poems can be regarded as true and not fictional tales. As a teenager he would often go to the library to research his favourite poets and track them back further. He believes that the ability to read and see the finest work plays into our lives perfectly. By using the internet to explore your favourite poets you can then find their favourite poets and so on and so forth. Art is based on inspiration and learning. Now this new generation can search things within seconds this is what they should do. You can experience so much without even leaving your room. Once you find a poet that you like and means a lot to you, you should follow in their path and track his or her roots. He was drawn to Eastern European and Asian writers and accredits his writing style and work to this research.

‘If I worked at it for a week...I would have thousands of inspirations’

Woodcock has a very fluid style that is drawn from multiple inspirations. Though his inspiration depends on the particular day you ask him, some poets that inspired him remained unchanged. One being famous poet Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky who was expelled from Russia and moved to the States, learnt English well enough to write in it and primarily focused on society. As well as Sergei Yesenin, one of the most famous Russian lyricists of the 20th century. His poetry meant a lot to Woodcock growing up. When he went to Azerbaijan he went to the house Yesenin lived in and wrote about him in his very home. So many poets inspire him. Every day he might tell you another. But all in all he uses each of them to further his work every day. We hope to see Woodcock progress even further in his work and wish him the best.

‘Even now I’m not where I want to be but it’s just something I’ll work at till my dying day’

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!

Rwanda Cultural Trip - Documentary

Following up from our report from the Rwanda Cultural Trip, the Primary students who took part have shared their documentary of their incredible experience.

Enjoy their video of their adventures in beautiful Rwanda: