Thursday 7th March was one of our favourite events in the school calendar - World Book Day!
This year everyone from our Njiro and Kisongo campuses joined together for a celebration of all things literary - and what a celebration it was!
In Primary, the day kicked off with our traditional World Book Day breakfast, followed by the grand opening of our new Primary library, complete with Maasai dancers. This was also a special moment for our very own Atharv where he revealed his own published book to the delighted crowd of parents, teachers and students.
Early Years to Year 5 then went on to celebrate books on the theme of 'African Tales' while Year 6 joined Secondary in their 'Elizabethan' day. All the children in EYFS and Primary took part in activities designed around some favourite African themed stories, as well as receiving visits from our specialist teachers to bring an extra touch of variety. For the older Primary students this also included a visit from Ethan Kinsey, co-author of 'Juma the Giraffe'. Meanwhile, Secondary took a step back to Elizabethan times with many different activities around the theme.
As always, it was a wonderful day and we can't wait for next year!
Every year our EYFS and PE department invite Early Years children from other schools to compete in our Soccer Tournament.
Friday 22nd February started with rain and clouds, but it soon brightened up and the sun shone brightly for the event! The children from Early Years in both Njiro and Kisongo campuses came together to form the BISA team. They competed admirably against schools like St Constantine's and ISMAC. Sadly for BISA, we did not come out on top overall, but that didn't dampen the spirits of our little soccer players!
Thanks to the PE department for such a fun event and a big thank you to all the parents who came along to cheer!
'Matilda' may be finished, but that doesn't stop other areas of the school continuing to delight and entertain with their own performances. This week it was the turn of our FS1 class at the Infant School who brought a series of Nursery Rhymes to their assembly in front of an excited audience of their school friends and mums and dads.
Performing 'Hickory, Dickory, Dock', 'Humpty Dumpty', 'Five Little Ducks' and 'I'm A Little Teapot', complete with accompanying costumes, they sang and acted their little hearts out. Nursery Rhymes are a crucial early step in learning to read and write. Knowledge of rhyme and simple songs are part of the building blocks of reading and it is delightful to see some of our youngest learners so enthusiastic and excited about sharing their learning.
They ended their assembly with a hilarious video of interviews with the children about their favourite Nursery Rhymes and rhyming games which was then emailed home to parents to enjoy!
Well done, FS1!
Our littlest learners in Creche have been having a fantastic time learning about animals we would find on safari in their newest topic.
They have been dressing up as their favourite creatures, making giant elephants that they can sit on top of, creating beautiful artwork and generally having fun learning about the animals that live right here in Tanzania.
We are lucky to live in a part of the world where these animals are a reality just a few miles away from where the children are discussing them and many of the children have had the opportunity to see these creatures in real life rather than on television or computers. The children love sharing their own experiences of being on safari and, through these discussions and their play, they are building up their communication skills and knowledge and understanding of the world. Plus, they are having a lot of fun doing so!
We are so excited to share the progress our FS2 children are making in applying their phonics knowledge and beginning to sound out and write words on their own!
As with any new learning children will become confident much more quickly when given opportunities to apply what they have learned as soon as possible and in as many varied, creative and fun ways as possible.
This week the children were thinking about what wish they would want their Fairy Godmother to grant as part of their current learning on Fairytales. They thought about their wish then, with support from their teacher, used their phonics knowledge to sound out what they would wish for.
We are very proud of all of you for how you are using everything you have learned!