BISA Athletes Impress at Kasarani

On the warm Friday morning of 23rd November 2018, a team of twenty-four students from Braeburn International School
Arusha took part in the annual Braeburn Athletics Meet held at the Kasarani Stadium- ‘Home of Heroes’- in Nairobi, Kenya.
With a total of 14 schools taking part, it was a great opportunity for our students to experience an international stadium atmosphere.

Our athletes battled it out and gave it their all in such a tight competition. We are proud to say we returned with six
medals; Joshua- Gold (100m hurdles) and Bronze (100m), Angel- Gold (High Jump), Clinton- Silver (1500m), Tania-
Bronze (800m) and Upendo- Bronze (Long Jump). In addition, there were other remarkable performances with Gabriella, Joshua, Rhennystella and Yuri all respectively making it to the 200m finals in their categories. As well as Sherlyne and Malik, both 100m finalists.

This was a successful last Athletics Meet for the 2018 season. An enormous thank you to all our coaches who trained us during PE lessons as well as after school sessions. Furthermore, thank you to Mr Lake, Mr Masudi, Ms Ngave and our bus driver Mustafa who accompanied us all the way to Nairobi. - Angel Karegyesa

A MASSIVE WELL DONE AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR ATHLETES!!!

Saturday School Christmas Party

This year we had the opportunity to host 115 Saturday school children for the party. It was amazing to see the commitment from our students who not only fundraised towards this event but prepared and arrived early for the occasion. The first group arrived at school at 6.00 am to start working in the kitchen. This included Nicole Kombe, Josephine Kiaga, Ttanya Sachdev, Michel Hersens, Alfred Msale, Ellen Bangu and Shreya Sachdev. They were later joined by Edgar Mwashiozya. Edgar, Josephine and Alfred decided to volunteer early in the morning to allow them join the performance practice. Well done to their dedication!

The rest of our students and staff arrived in school by 9.00 am to set up for the event. Our guests started trickling in by 8.45 am especially those from around the school. We held a general address and welcome in the hard court where the guests were divided according to their ages. The activities started at 10.00. The children were treated to several activities ranging from ball games, swimming, art and craft, and drama, The young ones had fun in bouncy castle.

By 1.00 pm all the groups were served lunch. We had the older students display the drama skills they had learnt through a skit designed to teach against peer pressure. Presents were distributed at 2.30 pm. It was time to leave.

We congratulate our parents for their donations and our students for taking their time to plan for this event and come and share their Saturday with our guests. They cooked and served the guests dutifully. We appreciate the presence of Mrs Patricia John who helped oversee the kitchen together with Mr. Edgar Weche, Mr. Mike Magambo. Ali Zeid and Mr. Ben Asugo.  Mr. Flanagan and Jackson Kaaya helped oversee the games in the field, Ms Diana Humphrey helped with the gifts wrapping, Mrs Cathie Stubbs helped with art and craft, Ms Juma and Mr, Mwaipopo helped with the performance supervision, and finally Mr. Asher Sijenyi was the master of ceremony of the event. We salute Nicole Kombe, Josephine Kiaga and Ttanya Sachdev for helping with fundraising and planning of the event. Thanks greatly!

Community Service

This is a platform for individuals to reach out to the community as part of the ‘International Award’ or an act of compassion.

This term we embarked on working with Canaan Children Centre in Kisongo that is a home to forty-nine children aged between 3-14 from impoverished backgrounds; some of whom are orphaned and the majority are living with HIV (AIDS).

Every Thursday, a group of sixth formers visit the centre and undertake various activities that that brighten their day and leave a smile on the children’s faces. The activities include helping with homework, teaching art, reading story books together, as well as games and sports. Edgar and Brendalisa have been a source of inspiration and has made art sessions the most loved. Remotse, Mejahbeen, Glory and Kaltuma have been on the forefront supporting the older children with homework and revision for their exam and we hereby wish all standard four pupils the best in their exam. Richard, Junaid and Sean have shared their passion for football as evident with their ecstatic matches. Madeline and Ellen have a great time with the little children expressing undoubtedly patience.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Lucy and the Rotary Club Arusha for donating trees that will be planted around the centre to curb massive erosion in the area. We also thank Mrs Lymo for her donations and all individuals in one way or another have stepped in to support this course. As Sally Koch stated, “great opportunities to help others seldom come but the small ones surround us every day.”

Preparations are in full swing for 'Matilda' - coming in February 2019!

The Secondary BISA touring production is always an eagerly anticipated event. Following the past few years of incredibly successful productions, we are looking forward to BISA's adaptation of the music 'Matilda'! Here is a word from Mrs Miranda Rashid, one of the production team, on how preparations are going.

"Although we only perform 'Matilda' at the end of January/beginning of February 2019, we start planning almost a year in advance, and rehearsals begin in September. For a musical such as 'Matilda' there are songs to be learned, lines to be perfected, set to be built and dances to be choreographed. Here are a few pictures of the rehearsals so far. Don't miss the actual performance!

Nairobi: 28th and 29th January 2019
Arusha: 31st January and 1st February 2019
Dar es Salaam: 3rd February"

BISA Arts Evening

The Braeburn Arts evening, at Monday 19th November, was a huge success. There were many different performances from our BTEC media, art, dance and drama students. The theme of this performing arts evening was a contrast between happy moments and dark topics, such as Josephine Kiaga's movie about domestic violence, our Art student's stunning drawings and paintings, the Year 10 and 11 Drama performances, a dance performance from our dance BTEC students and a dance from our future dance BTEC students, were all unique in their own way and had their own hidden meanings.  

The nervousness felt by our performers was completely gone once they entered the stage, introduced themselves and started to present their act, and they all stepped up and presented themselves as confident and strong.  Our Year 11 had two self-devised pieces: ‘Choices’, a story about a girl inside her mind and her choice to believe in negative or positive things which tackled many different emotions such as anxiety, anger and depression which lead to suicide, and ‘Malboro’, a story reflecting the struggle about street kids and children running away from their homes in Tanzania. It had a comedically twist on the sadness of their lives. These two pieces were made out of a stimulus, which can be a quote, picture or story heading and was enjoyed by the audience as well as the actors.                                                             

Our BTEC dancers showed us an incredible contemporary dance, which was about not talking life for granted and very strong relationships. It was the last performance of the evening and left a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

Everyone enjoyed themselves and did amazingly well. What a wonderful celebration of BISA Arts!