BISA's first ever whole Primary School production - 'Cinderella and Rockerfella'

For the first time, Key Stage 1 and 2 joined together to create 'Cinderella and Rockerfella', a whole Primary Production - and what a success it was!

Telling the reimagined story of Cinderella, the cast of nearly 140 children between the ages of 5 to 11 sang and danced their hearts out to a delighted audience of parents and friends in our packed amphitheatre on Friday 16th November.

Continuing in the BISA Performing Arts tradition, everyone performed with confidence and enthusiasm, enjoying telling the twist on the old classic with audience participation bringing a fun additional element to the event.

A huge congratulations to you all on a wonderful, entertaining performance! Enjoy our highlights video below!

BTEC Performing Arts present 'Hope'

This term the BTEC Performing Arts students have been working on a Theatre in Education unit where we have been developing and producing a Forum Theatre play. Forum Theatre is a type of theatre originally developed by Brazilian practitioner Augusto Boal in the 1960s under the umbrella of 'Theatre of The Oppressed'. The play usually deals with a situation where there is some kind of oppression. The skit is shown twice, and on the second showing the audience ('spect-actors') are allowed to shout 'stop', step forward and take the place of one of the oppressed characters showing how they could change the situation to enable a different, more positive outcome. Several alternatives may be explored by different 'spect-actors'. The other actors remain in characters, improvising their responses. A facilitator (Joker) is necessary to enable communication between the players and the audience. The strategy breaks through the barrier between performers and audience, putting them on an equal footing. It enables participants to try out courses of action which could be applicable to their every day lives. Originally the technique was developed by Boal as a political tool for change, but has been widely adapted for use in educational contexts.

The BTEC Performing Arts students explored many different topics before settling on a play that dealt with issues of stress, harrassment and bullying. Their performance of the play, called 'Hope', on Friday at the KS4 and 5 assembly was a great success, with many members of the audience offering up some very good solutions. As part of the unit, the students also designed posters and support material, samples of which you can see here.

BISA Bonfire Night a huge success!

The BISA Annual Bonfire Night is one of the biggest events of our school year, and Bonfire Night 2018 was no exception. After many days of rain, the sun came out just in time and the crowds came to enjoy what has become a firm favourite in the Arusha community calendar.

The games stalls were busy from the moment they opened with families enjoying apple bobbing, spin-the-wheel, face-painting, lucky dip and many more! Community vendors also came out to sell their wares, provide some delicious food and drinks, and be a part of the event. Attendees also got a sneak preview of the upcoming BISA App, due to launch on the 16th November!

BISA Bonfire Night is a key date for our BTEC Business, Music and Dance students as their performance and organisation of the event is part of their assessment towards their BTEC Qualifications. The BTEC Band plus our BTEC dance students provided some stunning entertainment, displaying their skills already learned through their courses, while the BTEC Business Students saw all their organisational hard work pay off through the high attendance and success of the event itself.

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy our event! Please take the time to watch our video slideshow of some of the highlights of our night!

French Juggler and Musician, Vincent de Lavenere, shares his talent to BISA!

Year 7 had an amazing workshop with a French juggler/musician on Friday 28th September. Our membership with Alliance Française offers us the opportunity to have some cultural events, this was one of them.

Vincent de Lavenere was our guest and the students enjoyed learning some basics in juggling using a variety of objects such as balls, tuned balls or plastic bags. They displayed great ability to understand French in a real situation of communication with the artist.

The students learned a lot from him as they discovered that he is involved in an ongoing research on connecting juggling to musical composition. Vincent de Lavenere explained to them that he works with mathematicians regularly to match mathematical, musical and juggling sequences and patterns.

ABRSM Exam Preparation

BISA students are gearing up for their ABRSM music theory exams on 10th October. 

This week our BISA students did their mock exams organised by the school. This will help them gain feedback on how to improve their understanding and improve their overall attainment in their actual exams.

ABRSM’s Music Theory exams aim to give students a thorough understanding of the building blocks of music, starting with the basics of rhythm and notes, and going on to cover harmony and counterpoint, composition, and a broad knowledge of western music, including composers and their works, structure, style and period.

We wish them every success in their exams next month!