A Window into Boarding

Described by our students as ‘home away from home’, our boarding has a caring family feel, which enables everyone to be an individual, just as they would be in a family. 

Catering for students from 5 years to 19 years and from multiple countries and backgrounds, all our homes foster the intimate family feel that we all value so much. Mrs Harriette Msale, one of our staff members at boarding, recently sent us some photo updates of day to day life in boarding.

'An Inspector Calls' draws acclaim from the press!

Still riding high on the overwhelming success of BISA's touring production of 'An Inspector Calls', we were further delighted to see a fantastic review of the production featured in 'The Citizen'.

Describing it as 'riveting' and 'a theatrical masterpiece', the article draw attention to multiple performances, including Andrew Ogonji's masterful portrayal of the foolish Mr Limo, describing him as an audience favourite.

The article additionally comments on the professionalism of the production and the way in which the students portrayed complicated themes and messages with skill.

Congratulations again to the whole cast.

The full article can be found here: http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/magazine/thebeat/A-theatre-masterpiece-from-Braeburn--/1843792-4307160-v7lhsjz/index.html

'An Inspector Calls' stuns audiences in Nairobi, Dar and Arusha!

“We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.”

Performing Arts at BISA has continually raised their game with the complexity and challenge of the pieces they take on. This year was no different as they performed JB Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls'. Lifting it from 1930s London to 1990s Arusha, the adaptation brought the play alive for the audience.

The tale of the Lyimo family, and their involvement in the events that led to the tragic death of a young woman, kept the audience engaged and enthralled for the entire performance. Stunning dance performances and physical theatre showed the skill that the cast had developed over the course of this production. The addition of the incredible set that symbolically crumbled as their lives began to crumble, was an ingenious piece of technical work from the A-Level Physics students. 

The cast tackled some of the most adult and challenging themes in the course of the performance and are to be commended for their maturity and commitment to presenting this story of class struggles, how power and status can corrupt, and how our actions can have lasting and devastating effects.

Here are some words from the lead cast:

‘It was a very good experience, I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of something so great.’ –Layla Chege, Year 13, Sheila

‘Seeing as this was my first play I liked that I got to play such a powerful character. I feel inspired to do more and excited to continue this journey.’ – Josephine Kiaga, Year 13, Sybil

‘Surprising, I’ve been in plays in the past but this was more real, it was a first experience for me.’ Cianna Walsh, Year 12, Edna

‘It was exhausting but the outcome was worth it.’ – Joshua Sekgapane, Year 12, Gerald

A massive congratulations goes to the entire cast and crew of 'An Inspector Calls'!

Success for the U13s Footballers

A report from Mr Wheatley:
"It is with great pleasure that I can finally report on a footballing success for Braeburn, as the u13s ran riot on Saturday morning to win the first NTAA u13s football tournament.
Braeburn's tournament began with a dominating performance against ISMAC, who were simply unable to deal with our organisation, agility and confidence to play football the right way. A commanding performance from Brandon in the middle of the park paved the way for opportunities to be created for other players. Yuri proved a constant menace to the ISMAC defence and was only too happy to seize these opportunities - he finished by bagging what was an impressive hat-trick. In defence, Braeburn looked just as assured as dominating performances from both Clinton and Ibrahim meant that chances for ISMAC were limited. When ISMAC did find their way through, Michel in the first half and Antonio in the second were there to prevent any goal from being conceded. Brandon finished his commanding performance with a very neat finish from some distance. 4-0 was a fair reflection of Braeburn's dominance.
Braeburn knew a win in our second game against St. Cons would have been enough to guarantee our place in the final and we begun the game with real purpose. Yuri, again, proving a real thorn in the opposition's defence capitalised on a defensive mixup to give Braeburn the lead. This wasn't, however, to be the platform that we had hoped for and what followed, unfortunately, was a lethargic performance. Clinton and Ibrahim, again, putting in commanding performances were impressive but they were unable to prevent St. Cons from equalising. Ikombe and Daudi coming on for the second half, gave a different dynamic to our attacking play but St. Cons remained frustratingly resolute. This meant for an anxious wait, as a St.Cons victory against ISMAC in the next game of four goals or more would have meant that St. Cons progressed to the final on goal difference. Luckily, ISMAC performed admirably and battled St. Cons - in all honesty, they deserved the win but were unlucky to fall to a 1-0 loss.
This result helped to set up a final match against Kennedy House, who convincingly won their Pool B group by winning both of their games. Braeburn were in no mood to entertain, however, and put in a performance that was so assured that Kennedy House hardly knew what had hit them. Mohveer and Brian growing into their roles out wide, meant that extra space was giving to Brandon in the middle of the park who distributed the ball with real maturity - our first goal, the result of Brandon placing a delightful chip behind Kennedy House's defence for Yuri to latch on to and finish with ease. Braeburn's intensity wasn't the only impressive feature of their first half performance but, also, their competence at playing football neatly, demonstrating real teamwork in the process. A second goal quickly followed (Brandon), though Kennedy House did manage to respond after some neat play. Braeburn, undeterred, continued to play with real menace and always looked likely to score - Yuri, again, only too happy to oblige. It could have been greater, had Brandon's shot not been saved and Brian's spectacular shot not been denied by the bar. The second half was a similar affair, Braeburn dictating the play with real intent and purpose. The introduction of Ikombe and Daudi, again, helped to give even more impetus to our attacking play and both were extremely unlucky not to score. It was Yuri, however, who really stole the show as his prowess was rewarded with five goals!!! Braeburn finished running away with ease, as the game ended 6-1.
It was an excellent day all round for Braeburn and every player can be extremely happy with their performance and the maturity they demonstrated on and off the pitch - one very proud coach, here!
Man of the Tournament: Yuri - eight goals in three games!"

Getting ready for another fantastic Secondary production!

The process of putting on a play is huge. There is the set to think of, lighting, costumes, sound. There is choreography, learning lines, exploring your character. Since September we have been working on all these aspects of the play and now, less than a week away from our performance in Arusha, we are ironing out the last little bits to make this show as professional and inspiring as ever. As part of out BTEC Performing Arts course we have spent a great deal of time investigating the text, discussing how to make it relevant to an African audience, and really exploring the breadth and depth of our characters in order to bring them to life onstage.

Here is a short clip from rehearsals as our lead actors developed their characters.