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.

FS1 are getting ready for longer days!

Our FS1 children have made an exciting new step in their journey this week as they stayed for a full day for the first time. They are getting ready for the longer school days when they move up to FS2 in September and they all did a great job coping with the extra hours in school as well as experiencing lunchtime.

The FS1 children at the Infant School had fun making fruity 'Gruffalo Tusks' for their afternoon activity, following on from learning about the children's author Julia Donaldson. Meanwhile our FS1 children at our Kisongo Campus had a wonderful time making chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. They were also super excited to go to the main lunch hall to have their lunch with the older students!

Well done to all of you - you are growing up fast!

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!

EYFS Present 'Happy Hat Land' to delighted parents and friends!

Our wonderful EYFS children took to the amphitheatre stage on Saturday 25th May to present 'Happy Hat Land' to an audience of delighted parents and friends.

The FS2 children played the main characters, the people of 'Happy Hat Land', and told the story of the week that unrest came to 'Happy Hat Land' as the people argued over the beautiful silver hat. The friendly Hat Seller comes to their aid, teaching them how to share the hat so everyone gets a turn. The trouble is soon over as the people of 'Happy Hat Land' learn that sharing can be fun!

The children from FS1 entertained as the Hat Land Sparklers, singing and dancing for the audience, and our youngest children from Creche played the tired children who only take their hats off when they jump into bed!

With the children performing ranging from 2 to 5 years of age, it was amazing to see their confidence and hear their voices loud and clear. Well done to all of you!!

To top things off, the audience and children were surprised with a 'flash-mob' dance from the EYFS teachers, which soon had all of the children up on their feet dancing too. What a fun way to end the show!

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?