Investigating the Planets

Some of our Secondary students had a wonderful visit to the Planetarium.

Here's a report from students Kauther And Sumeiya Ali:

"It was one of the best experiences we have ever had in the science world. It made us realise that, although we go about our daily activities, there are definitely greater things going on outside our reach. Something other than brunch, parties, universities, colleges, and all that!

There is more to our world than what is within our eyesight. What we loved most about this great show is that we were taken to different atmospheres and saw the different galaxies which made us feel part of the great crew in the adventure.

I would love to do this again. It was awesome and everyone found it hard to ‘get back to the earth’. Most of us took a bit of time to re-adjust to the earthly experience again.

We thank all the staff members that organised the trip. Thank you all!"

Year 9 Graduation

Year 9 Graduation by Lynn Mhene

"On Friday 4th May there was a special occasion for the Year 9s at the BISA Amphitheatre as they were
graduating from Key Stage 3.

The scenario was really glamorous; lights were glittering and glowing from different directions. There were scrumptious looking snacks that were packed on every table and ready to be devoured. The graduates went all out; the girls and guys made an extraordinary entrance with all of them looking gorgeous. They looked like celebrities and the guests were astounded at how grown up they all looked. The graduation began on time and everyone had a good time; there were smiles all round!"

Congratulations, Year 9s!

Getting Ready for Kili and Meru!

It is a chilly morning as we stand opposite Mt. Meru hotel ready to begin our training walk. This hike is important for all of us who are planning to climb Kilimanjaro and Meru at the end of May. We brace ourselves for the worst weather, most of us, armed with a rain coat, an extra jacket, water proof boots and pants.  We begin the walk at a few minutes past nine. The more agile amongst us take their position at the front while the rest of us do our best to keep up.  The weather is fine and we are soon regretting bringing our extra jackets along.  The landscape is beautiful; tiny hills rise and fall unevenly.  The farms below us are a neat patchwork of brown and green.  But soon we are too tired to notice the splendour around us; our focus shifts to the arduous task of putting one foot in front the other. Every once in a while we are woken from our selfish reveries by a ‘pole’ or ‘habari’ from a sympathising passerby.

 The zenith of our journey is the beautiful waterfall surrounded by a man-made pine tree forest.  The numbingly cold water flows on undisturbed by our presence.  I suddenly feel guilty to be an intruder in the habitat that has clearly been saved from man-kind and his polluting nature. The water is clear as it flows downstream; we touch the pristine round rocks that make the banks. We relax here for a bit and for a moment we are one with nature.  We forget how careful we had been to keep ourselves dry. Soon, everyone is waddling in water or standing beneath the waterfall for a cold ‘shower’.

The waterfall invigorates us and suddenly even the weariest amongst us all is oozing with energy. We begin the journey back in wet clothes and a happier mood.

 We feel ready to conquer Meru and Kilimanjaro.

Rounding off the Swimming Season with the Inter-Braeburn Gala

Our super swim team rounded off a fabulous swim season with the annual Inter-Braeburn Swim Gala, held at Braeburn Gitanga Road, Nairobi.

Competing against swimming teams from the wider Braeburn group, our swimmers represented BISA admirably, bringing home a pile of medals in the process. Notable medals included Gold for Cornelia Bulengo, Antonio Smit, Ellis Anderson, Gwen Anderson and Belize Laizer. Our boys and girls relay teams also gained podium positions in both their races, showing excellent teamwork and competitive spirit!

It's been a busy year for our swimmers and they have been rewarded with great results. Well done to all of you and a huge thank you to our coach, Rama Vyombo!

International Award - Pre-Expedition Training Trip

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018 - "The team consisting of 18 students left the school around 1.00 pm on Friday for the practice journey. The first leg took them from the Arusha airport area all the way round to the A to Z factory and back to school. They walked in four groups. In the evening, the crew underwent training sessions beginning with camp craft, put up their tents, first aid review, map reading/navigation and route planning. They also covered observation and reporting skills and team building before preparing their own dinner. Girls did the cooking and washing both on Friday and Saturday morning while boys did the cooking on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Saturday trekking was long and demanding requiring map reading and navigation skills. It was out in the field where bonding and team building skills were put to the test. Students recognised in one another skills and abilities they had not known before as they encouraged one another and pushed themselves to complete the training. Congratulations to every member of the team for being positive throughout the session despite the challenges you experienced. Well done!! " - Mr Asher Sijenyi - International Award Coordinator