Atharv Shinde is 10 years old and a member of Year 5. He has has done what many would consider impossible for a child his age - he is a published author!
Titled ‘The Behemoths, End of Warbringer’, the book centres on Randy, a 14 year old boy who becomes a superhero. When asked what made him want to write the novel, Atharv said that writing has always been his hobby as he can explore his imagination through it. In ‘The Behemoths’, he does this by exploring a new city. The story is set in San Francisco and, although Atharv has never been there, he does a great job of imagining new places and describing them.
‘Drenched, I continued to skate down the road - I could see the red door of our house partially open.’
Another point of inspiration for the book came from Atharv contemplating having super powers himself, saying “Especially when I’m feeling lazy, I wish I had Telekinesis!”. Atharv said that part of his motivation to complete the novel came from wanting to be the youngest author in India. He proved his dedication when he came to his parents with five chapters of the book already written. From then on his parents were fully on board, supporting him through the six months it took to write the book and the next three months of publishing and self editing.
All this may make one think that Atharv is a fully grown adult placed in a child's body. But be reassured that he is much like any another child, full of wonder.
When asked what advice he would offer to others his age, Arthav says, “Pen down your thoughts”, a statement which will serve him well as he plans to write his sequel, based on Randy's future son. We can't wait to read it.
- Interview by Charis Pulei
The children from Year 1/2 in Njiro and Kisongo have been studying Houses and Homes and Materials over this term and, as part of their learning, travelled to Moivaro Village to visit Laura Tarimo and the young people from the KIMAMAVIMO (Moivaro Youth Group for Self-development and Care for the Environment) Project.
The homes within the project are all made completely from natural materials and, with everything from compost toilets to an organic farm, they have created an almost fully self-sustaining environment.
On arrival, the children met Laura, her family and volunteers from KIMAMAVIMO. Laura talked about how the houses were made and the materials they were made from, then the children were given the chance to go and explore.
Adventuring through the lush organic farm, the children learned how to identify different fruit trees and vegetable plants, as well as learning about composting.
One of the children's highlights was learning about the composting toilet which uses no water at all!
The children then had the opportunity to build their own mini-clay houses using stones, clay and sticks. They worked in teams to build up their structures, making them strong and safe. They loved getting their hands all muddy and working as a team. Their end results were impressive and many commented that they would love to live in a house like Laura's!
Thank you so much to Laura and the team for welcoming us and looking after us so well!
Our U9 hockey team took on other international schools in the NTAA hockey tournament last Tuesday and brought home the trophy!
In a hotly contested tournament, our young hockey players fought hard showing determination and focus throughout. Their team spirit, sportsmanship and behaviour was impeccable and all their efforts paid off as they won game after game to secure the trophy.
A special congratulation goes to Yuvraj who was awarded player of the tournament as well!
Swim term is in full flow and our fantastic Junior and Senior swim teams took on the St Constantine's International School Swim Gala last weekend.
BISA swim team members train before school and at lunchtimes throughout the week and all their hours of training were put on display at the gala. Many BISA students won medals or placed within the top three and, with team spirits high, our well-established Senior team took second place overall.
With many of the Junior team building in their skills and confidence, Coach Anze is excited to see what is to come in the future for these talented young swimmers!
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!