What with climate change and global warming, clean water is fast becoming a rare and much coveted resource. Living in Tanzania, one is very aware of the luxury of good, clean tap water. Watering your lawn seems a thing of the past. Harvesting water from the rains, which are becoming less and less predictable, is highly recommended and practised. Unfortunately, for the more marginalised of our communities, some people have no access to water. Women have to walk miles and miles a day to collect water for the house, never mind the livestock.
Here at BISA, we have created a wetland from all our grey water, which we have been using to water our playing fields. We have also constructed a small dam at the bottom of the playing fields which is a great catchment area when the rains arrive. We encourage all our students to be water conscious and not leave taps running. Many of our taps on campus are timed and automatically switch off. We have also declared our campuses plastic bottle free areas and have introduced our new reuseable water bottles for staff, students and BISA fans. If you don't have yours, please enquire at the front office.
With all this in mind, take a look at this article in the BBC called The Artistic Paradox of Ethopia's Water Woes. Let us be grateful for the water we have access to.
"...Renowned Ethiopian artist Aida Muluneh has taken a series of striking images to depict the harsh life of many women in rural areas - especially their daily efforts to obtain clean water for their families."
Science, technology and engineering, so essential to the future success of any country, cannot thrive without practitioners having a solid mathematics foundation.
The importance of a solid mathematics education goes much beyond the current conversation of improved proficiency on test scores. I have used the word mathematics very frequently in my career but never until recently thought about the actual meaning of the word.
Once I looked from an Etymology perspective, I found interesting literal definitions in two ancient languages. In Greek, it is “learning.” In Hebrew, its root is “thinking.”
They tell us that mathematics gives us the critical ability to learn and think logically in any field of endeavour. The skills of learning today are more important than knowledge, which is so readily available on the Internet.
A solid foundation in mathematics and science develops and hones the skills of posing hypotheses, designing experiments and controls, analysing data, recognizing patterns, seeking evidence, conclusions and proof, solving problems and seeking absolutes, while being open to new information.
Studying mathematics not only will develop more engineers and scientists, but also produce more citizens who can learn and think creatively and critically, no matter their career fields. The workforce of tomorrow, in all fields, will demand it.
“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but rather those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
“While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behaviour because there are far too many equations to solve. I'm no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick, particularly women.”
"Do not worry too much about your difficulties in mathematics, I can assure you that mine are still greater."
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
To end off, read this article on ten reasons why maths is good for you…And see if you can complete the problems! Good luck!
Year 6 have added brightness to their lives by building electrical circuits this week.
They have been experimenting by making dimmer switches using lead pencils.
Thanks to Mr Wallace, they even discovered charcoal can conduct electricity!
Perhaps these young scientists will be our future stars in lighting up the world with alternative energy sources...
On Saturday the 14th a group of Braeburn students took part in this year’s Triathlon at UWC and the following groups won in their categories:
Under 8 Team: Ruben, Larry and Alex
Under 13 Team: Isaac, Emily and Jasper.
Elite Team: Antonio, Clinton and Yuri.
A hearty congratulations to these amazing BISA athletes! Well done!
YEAR 4 AND RAINFORESTS
Year 4 have been enjoying their topic on rainforests. They have carried out research for their reports on the importance of rainforests, studying and making 3D sculptures of animals found in the rainforests and advocating for everyone to save trees in their Swahili lessons.
They have learnt about the many benefits of the rainforests such as maintaining the world's water cycle, purifying the air, providing medicine and food as well as being a home to animals and indigenous tribes. It is unfortunate, that due to economic reasons, the rainforests and trees around the world are being destroyed.
Year 4, through their recent assembly, advocate for people to always opt for other resources to avoid cutting down trees and to always replace any cut tree by planting a new one.
Save the trees!
Save our world!
EYC AND THE BUG HOTEL.
Playing and learning outdoors is a huge and very important part of the EYFS.
By encouraging children to explore our playground, they grow to learn how important insects are to a healthy environment. To do this, we have set up a bug hotel! Our Creche class enjoyed looking for creepy crawlies who are staying in the hotel!