Getting ready for another fantastic Secondary production!

The process of putting on a play is huge. There is the set to think of, lighting, costumes, sound. There is choreography, learning lines, exploring your character. Since September we have been working on all these aspects of the play and now, less than a week away from our performance in Arusha, we are ironing out the last little bits to make this show as professional and inspiring as ever. As part of out BTEC Performing Arts course we have spent a great deal of time investigating the text, discussing how to make it relevant to an African audience, and really exploring the breadth and depth of our characters in order to bring them to life onstage.

Here is a short clip from rehearsals as our lead actors developed their characters.

BISA Creative Arts showcased at our first Braeburn Arts Evening

"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create." - President Barack Obama

We were treated to an evening of Creative Arts on Wednesday 29th November as we held our very first Braeburn Arts Evening.

It is important to remember that the Creative Arts are not solely about creating actors, directors, writers, artists and theatre makers but rather socially aware young people who can engage with a rapidly changing world. It transcends all subjects, instilling skills that are essential for many jobs and walks of life.

It teaches you real-world professionalism

For many students, creative arts are their first exposure to behaving professionally. You have to make a good impression, show enthusiasm, work hard, compromise, keep your emotions in check, support your peers, and treat your superiors with respect. All skills you have to master if you want to be taken seriously in your professional life.

It improves your communication and public speaking skills

Forcing yourself to speak in front of people will help you get better at it! You will be taught how to speak confidently in front of others, and learn how to recover when you’ve messed up. These skills are essential in the professional world as well as for university and job interviews.

You learn the value of teamwork

In many creative arts subjects you learn to compromise and collaborate with many different kinds of people, or there’s no show. You know that every individual is valuable, not just the stars.

It teaches you empathy

Empathy is a really important life skill. Putting yourself in another person’s shoes, trying to identify their struggles will really test your empathy, especially when portraying a character who is experiencing things you cannot personally relate to. This is an invaluable skill that will open your mind, improve the way you interact with people and is especially useful if you are considering a career in caring, teaching or social work.

You gain confidence

The environment of creative arts supports and encourages participants to push their comfort zone and try new things. Even if it all goes wrong it is part of the creating process to explore and experiment. You will find more success when you are conditioned to take risks, step outside your comfort zone and give it a go. 

It teaches you resilience

Resilience is a key skills that is not really taught but experienced. You will not always get everything your own way. Compromise is the key.

"Music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment." - William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education

Key Stage 2 perform 'Move It' to a packed audience!

Performing arts at BISA stretches from Early Years all the way to Sixth Form, with children being given opportunities to act, sing, dance and create performances for many different audiences.

On Thursday 30th November, Key Stage 2 presented their show 'Move It' to a packed audience. Packed with humour, catchy songs and fantastic choreography, the children in Years 4, 5 and 6 performed with confidence beyond their years.

A huge congratulations to them all and a thank you to the KS2 team for all their hard work!

Why choose BISA? {Part 1}

Welcome to the first of a six part series, showcasing work from our BTEC Creative Media Production students. As part of their BTEC Qualification, our Media students are required to create a promotional video. Naturally, they have created videos promoting BISA! 

All of the filming, interviewing and editing is done solely by the students and each of them have produced an excellent film that shows the best of what BISA have to offer.

This week, we showcase the video made by Kisha Ndyetabula, who is also this year's BISA Media Prefect. This short film was shown at last week's Bonfire Night celebrations.