This term holds many adventures for our students. Our Secondary History students are travelling to Germany and Poland and our Performing Arts students take their production of 'Matilda' on tour to Dar and Nairobi, as well as getting ready for the UK Culture trip later in the term.
As our secondary students prepare for their upcoming travels, we reflect on the benefits of field trips and travel for their education.
More and more, teachers around the world are integrating international school travel into their curriculum. Since 2010, the number of schools offering international trips to students has increased by 127%. International school travel is no longer an “extra” learning activity only offered in certain schools, but a beneficial experience to help prepare students for the future.
We all know, most of the important lessons learned in life take place outside the classroom. Here are four educational benefits of international school travel.
1. Reinforce classroom material by exposing students to real-world situations
Learning is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study and experience. As all teachers know, the purpose of it is to prepare students for life, and each student has a unique learning style. Some students are intrapersonal learners, while others flourish in social environments.
Incorporating real-world experiences into your curriculum helps students understand why what they’re learning is useful. Not only does it increase engagement in the classroom, it also gives students valuable insights into the real-life application of the skills they’re being taught, and where these skills can take them in life.
2. Motivate students in the classroom
Exposing students to real-world applications of theoretical concepts, world-class facilities, and new experiences, can have a positive impact on their engagement in the classroom. Many teachers have reported students who were lacking in confidence or resilience prior to embarking on an international school trip have flourished in the classroom upon arriving home.
International school travel gives students the chance to experience different styles of learning and see a new side to their subject of study. When they can understand the concepts, they have learned about in books being applied in a real-world situation, they often return to the classroom with a deeper connection and greater motivation.
3. Expose students to new cultures
Giving students the chance to experience a new culture can be beneficial for their personal development as it may help them to develop a broader perspective. International travel gives students the chance to step outside their comfort zone and experience the challenges that inevitably arise when exposed to a new way of life.
Experiencing a new culture on a school trip can be even more meaningful for students than if they were to travel with family and friends. This is because they are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone away from the comfort of friends, family and familiar surroundings. In a new environment, students expand their worldview, witness a new way of life and better understand people, history and culture.
4. A once in a lifetime experience
For teachers and educators, giving students an educational experience outside the classroom can be an extremely rewarding professional achievement. Your students will be given the chance to connect with people from different cultures and grasp learning concepts in real-world situations. They will be exposed to potential career opportunities, and most importantly, will gain confidence in themselves at a personal level.
"Year 5B had an amazing time pitching their products to the Shark Tank JUDGES! The judges were Mrs Baker (Head of Primary), Mr Mokua (Head of Business in Secondary), Mrs Peterson (Music Teacher), Madam Tiana (French Teacher) and Ttanya (BTEC student) and we pitched our products in the old Year 4 classroom.
Everyone was shaking, they were very nervous and they wanted to know who the judges were. Mrs Bell (Year 5B teacher) had left the class and a few minutes later we heard her say, “Good morning judges, have a seat,” Everyone including me froze. Our spines arched and 1 or 2 took a deep breath. They entered the room and everyone went crazy! “You go first!” One would say. “No you go first!” The other would say. Finally, Miss Bell calmed us all down. She arranged us in an order, The first group that went was three girls; Sylvie, Lara and Martha with the amazing B.O.B or Brilliantly Organized Bag. They had very good results with an investment of donating shoe boxes and glue guns. Followed by them was the mean, green, squashing machine called a bottle crusher, it was an old motorbike part that squashed plastic bottles. It was made by Hussein and Shiven. Their investment was a 100,000 Tsh so they could make more bottle crushers and they promised to pay off the loan to BISA. Following them were three best friends, Miqdad, Moussa and Lein with an invention called the ‘mobile hut’ it is a hut with a counselor so you can share your feelings if you are sad. Their investment was a million tsh for everything. They will pay off the loan to BISA. This one could have been my personal favorite: The pencil pouch. This had an elastic band which you can stretch and put it on you waist, not tight, nor loose. Their investment was 150,000 tsh to buy the materials. The names of the inventors were Faith and Manyika. Next were Secret Stash, who made an amazing profit of 85,000 tsh! The inventors were: Amal, Lila and Tanisi. Finally it was me, as a soloist. I made a reminding device called the FORGET-ME-NOT. I had no investment. Inventors name: Atharv. We had all gotten very good results and we also got some feedback from the judges. Overall it was a very fun (and nervous)
experience!" - Atharv Shinde
“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation)
STEM learning focuses on science, technology, engineering and math to build children’s critical thinking skills and sense of curiosity. This field of education presents real-world scenarios that kids solve with a hands-on approach.
With the world becoming an increasingly complex place, it’s important for children to grasp STEM concepts to prepare themselves to participate in the future workforce and to understand how technology works. Beyond the practical applications, it’s just plain fun!
Last week, in Primary, it was Dinky Maths Safari week. This week brings STEM learning to the forefront of our classroom learning with each class challenged to create a mini-car rally safari circuit within their classroom incorporating a bridge, a raft, a ramp and a pulley system. Additionally, the children take on the dinky safari circuit around the school campus, racing to be the driver and co-driver with the fastest time. The children took on the challenges with great excitement, problem solving their way around creating their own circuit in their classrooms, thinking critically about their engineering creations and taking great delight in their successes!
Congratulations to our eventual winners on their victory! We are looking forward to next year's event already!
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!
Our Primary athletes came out on top at the Primary Inter-Schools Athletics meet held at ISMAC last Friday, finishing in first place overall!
Competing in multiple events, our students brought home a stack of medals, certificates and even a few record-breaking performances! With many of the young athletes competing for the first time in this type of competition, not to mention competing in the hot November sun that Arusha has been experiencing, they were a credit to BISA both in their athletic performances and in their display of excellent sportsmanship and excellent attitude. We are incredibly proud of our young athletes and can't wait to see what you all accomplish next!