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!
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!
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.
This week saw the culmination of months of effort and hard work with BISA's production of 'Matilda the Musical' being performed to audiences in Nairobi, Arusha and Dar-Es-Salaam.
Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book of the same name, Matilda follows Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda is discarded and belittled by her dimwitted parents—her father insists on calling her a boy and harps on her “stupidity” for preferring reading to watching the telly—and her hostile headmistress, the outrageous and wicked Miss Trunchbull. Reclusive, but with an ever-growing imagination and sharp mind, and with a caring protector in her teacher Miss Honey, Matilda dreams of a better life, daring to take a stand against unjust forces and to grasp her destiny in her own, tiny hands.
With a cast made up of everyone from Year 7 to Year 13, and an incredible set that was adapted for every different theatre as they toured, this truly was a whole school effort. The cast of eccentric, hilarious and sometimes truly outrageous characters were brought to life by our students and they did an incredible job. Their comic timing and commitment to character was truly delightful to watch.
The musical itself was written by Australian musician-comedian, Tim Minchin, and is filled with catchy songs like 'When I Grow Up', 'Revolting Children' and 'Miracle' which our students clearly loved performing alongside the huge amount of physical theatre and choreography.
The final result was a truly spectacular show that will remain in the memories of audiences and performers for years to come. An absolute triumph! Congratulations to you all.
It's an exciting two weeks for the BISA Performing Arts students who have taken their production of 'Matilda The Musical' on tour. They left for Nairobi on Friday and, on arrival at Braeburn Garden Estate, were quickly put to work unloading the set and getting into rehearsals.
Based on the famous Roald Dahl book, and with music and lyrics by Australian musician/comedian Tim Minchin, 'Matilda' tell the story of the extraordinary title character and her encounters with the nasty Miss Trunchbull, the delightful Miss Honey as well as a cast of colourful characters in her school and in her home.
This really has been a whole school effort and we can't wait to see you all perform back here in Arusha. See below for all performance dates here in Arusha, in Nairobi and in Dar-Es-Salaam.