London Creative Arts and Science Trip

Students from Braeburn Dar and Arusha joined together for their first week of the Easter Break to explore the Arts and the Sciences in London. In true Braeburn spirit, the students from both schools immediately connected and became firm friends from day one. The sixth form students from Arusha supported the younger students on arrival in navigating the tubes with all our cases to make it right across London to the East – where we were staying in Ilford. After eating lunch and settling in, we gained an orientation of Ilford and the main shops there, before settling into our hotel and getting ready to go on our first theatre trip to the West End to see ‘The Lion King’. We were all amazed with the imaginative costumes, incredible make up and inspirational puppetry that dominated this show.

The next day we visited a local UK school called Mayfield which is a real contrast to our school with over 2000 students. We were lucky enough to join 3 of their classes where we learnt alongside their students how to play the steel pans, do a contemporary dance and work on slow motion movements in drama. While we were busy, the A level students joined A level science classes for the day to work through some practical experiments. In the afternoon we ventured into a huge supermarket to get an idea of the items and prices of products in the UK. This was important before we visited the biggest shopping centre in Europe – Westfield at Shepherds Bush.

On Saturday we spent the day at the interactive Science Museum where we enjoyed lots of hands-on experiments, before returning back to Mayfield School for our first ever Alumni event. It was wonderful to meet lots of our previous staff and students and to find out what they are all doing. The Rowes, the Bongos, Ms Kapinska and the Patels all came to join us as well as many of our students – who are in University or at work. It was great to eat together and catch up.

On Sunday we took a trip back in time when we went to visit the Tower of London to see, amongst other things, the crown jewels. We learnt a great deal about the Tower’s rich history and about Henry VIII. This later helped us to make sense of history told from the perspective of his six wives in a musical about girl power called ‘Six’, which we saw on Wednesday. On the same day we also followed up our knowledge of British royalty by visiting Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard. 

The artists amongst us loved looking at William Blake’s poetry, paintings and prints at the Tate Britain as well as Turner’s paintings of stormy seas. However, the favourite art exhibition for all of us was Chihuly's vibrant and dazzling glass sculptures located around Kew Gardens and glasshouses. They were simply stunning.

The highlight for the scientists, after the Science Museum, was the London Aquarium, where we all learnt about the damage we are doing to our oceans whilst looking at sharks, jelly fish and sea horses. On a more positive note, we were amazed by the sight of our incredible universe, with its endless possibilities, beamed in ‘real time’ to the Greenwich planetarium. Before leaving the observatory at the top of the hill we also put one foot in the East and one in the West – by standing across the Meridian line. This is similar to standing with one foot either side of the equator. Our Physics teacher Mr Asher, was amazed by the information on the engineering of the tube line in the Transport Museum and we all enjoyed the views from the cable car across the Thames.

The artists were enthralled by the incredible set design and special effects at the opera, Mozart’s Magic Flute. The Musicians also loved seeing and hearing a full orchestra. Ms Noela took the opportunity to test us all on the names of all the instruments. But the favourite show for our musicians was the musical Motown. The 80s music and dancing were electric and when we met the lead lady, playing the role of Diana Ross, after the show, we discovered she was Tanzanian. We have invited her to our school when she is next home to do some workshops.

Our Drama students loved being scared out of their seats during Ghost Stories at the Hammersmith and Lyric Theatre, but everyone loved the clever physical theatre in a play about a boy suffering from autism: The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night time. Our heads were brimming full of ideas for our next production, after watching it.

The Media and Art students were further excited by the Harry Potter Studios which we visited on Friday and in particular the special effects. Learning how to make monsters come alive and to see the set for this much loved film was amazing.

In conclusion, England was very cold, and very hectic and we were busy for 16 hours a day. As a result, we were all happy to return to the sunshine and to enjoy two weeks of doing very little – we felt we deserved it! It also gives us the time and space to mull over all our photos and to remember all the incredible things that we have seen and
experienced.

Remotse gains Bronze BTEC Award

We are delighted to share that Remotse Kgwadi has been awarded a BTEC Awards 2019 Bronze Certificate for Performing Arts Student of the Year.

Many of our BISA Community will be familiar with Remotse's beautiful dance performances at many of our events over the past year and we are very proud of her achievements.

Congratulations, Remotse!

 

Music Keys Recital 2019

On Tuesday 2nd April nearly 100 Music Keys students performed for family and friends in our Kisongo Amphitheatre. Our Music Keys programme offers all children from, Year 4 to Year 7, the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

With daily time spent with a Secondary Music Mentor, the children learn that 20 minutes practise every day can soon lead to amazing results!

It was a delight to see the confidence in our young musicians and their delight at being able to perform for a packed audience.

Well done to all of you!

BISA Arts Evening Performers Impress

Our second Arts Evening of the year was a final chance for our Secondary students to perform their examination pieces to an audience before being assessed on them in the coming months. Needless to say, our students took on the challenge with their unique spark and flair.

With dance performances, devised pieces, monologues and short dramatic pieces, as well as art project presentations, it was wonderful to see the diverse and challenging ways in which our students demonstrated their artistic talents. 

From Shakespeare to Alice Walker, there was a huge range of theatre on show with each student clearly understanding their role and the piece, even within deeply challenging subjects. Two of our art students presented their children's books, researched, written, illustrated, edited and published all within the past few months. Our talented dancers demonstrated their ever widening range of styles and skills, dancing devised pieces and showing how dance has changed through the years.

Congratulations to you all on your amazing artistic achievements over this year!

Deep Learning Projects as preparation for 'The Tempest' gets underway

Our Deep Learning Projects give students the opportunity to really engage with topics on a deep level. As rehearsals for next term's KS3 play, Shakespeare's The Tempest, are in full swing we got the Year 7s and 8s to explore the play as well as help design the set and costumes for this. See the pictures of some of their great ideas. One of the Year 7 tasks was to write up what the different 'element' fairies might be like. Here is Nicholas' beautiful description:

THE FIRE FAIRY

The fire fairy’s ginger hair leaps towards the sky like flames. Her eyes sparkle in the dark. The brightness of her red, orange and yellow clothes shine around her. The crackling of her voice echoes in the air. She leaves an ashy smell on her way. She soars out from the smoke with energy. The passions guide her life. She has a fusion relationship with the Air and Earth fairies who help her burn unlike with the Water fairy who turns her off.

THE WATER FAIRY

Her translucent look can see through anything. Her hair leans onto her shoulders. She wears fluid blue clothes. Her words lap in her mouth. She smells like foam just out of the sea. She moves from one place to another balancing like waves. She could be very calm or stormy as she has an inconsistent temper. She is very nosy as she can slip through anywhere. She teases the fire fairy, she waters the Earth fairy with new ideas and she makes the Air fairy cry.

THE EARTH FAIRY

Her head is covered with blond twigs. Her long arms stretch like branches. Her skin is wrinkled like bark. Her low voice is cavernous. She smells like fresh clay. She slithers like roots on the ground. She always hides by planting or burying her face in her hands. She sows peace around her. She absorbs the new ideas from the water fairy, she dances with the air fairy and she is the sworn enemy with the fire fairy.

THE AIR FAIRY

Her hair is swirling around her head. Her body is inflated like clouds. Her look is light. She sounds like the whistle of the wind. She carries the scent of a delicious meal. She hovers like the wind in the sky. She is always being wacky. Most of the time she daydreams. She has a close relationship with the fire fairy, she listens to the sad stories of the water fairy and she dances with the Earth fairy.