International Award Training - March 2019

The team consisting of 14 students left the school around 1.30 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 three groups. In the evening, the crew underwent training sessions beginning with first aid, followed by camp craft/tents management, map reading/navigation and finally route planning. They also covered observation and reporting skills as well as team building before preparing their own dinner.

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. Niamh Baker and Brendalisa Karoki proved to be able team leaders who did not disappoint their teams having been elected durinhg the early part of planning. Congratulations to every member of the team for being positive throughout the session despite the challenges they experienced. Well done!!

SCIS Swim Gala Highlights

Swim term is in full flow and our fantastic Junior and Senior swim teams took on the St Constantine's International School Swim Gala last weekend.

BISA swim team members train before school and at lunchtimes throughout the week and all their hours of training were put on display at the gala. Many BISA students won medals or placed within the top three and, with team spirits high, our well-established Senior team took second place overall.

With many of the Junior team building in their skills and confidence, Coach Anze is excited to see what is to come in the future for these talented young swimmers!

World Book Day 2019

Thursday 7th March was one of our favourite events in the school calendar - World Book Day!

This year everyone from our Njiro and Kisongo campuses joined together for a celebration of all things literary - and what a celebration it was!

In Primary, the day kicked off with our traditional World Book Day breakfast, followed by the grand opening of our new Primary library, complete with Maasai dancers. This was also a special moment for our very own Atharv where he revealed his own published book to the delighted crowd of parents, teachers and students. 

Early Years to Year 5 then went on to celebrate books on the theme of 'African Tales' while Year 6 joined Secondary in their 'Elizabethan' day. All the children in EYFS and Primary took part in activities designed around some favourite African themed stories, as well as receiving visits from our specialist teachers to bring an extra touch of variety. For the older Primary students this also included a visit from Ethan Kinsey, co-author of 'Juma the Giraffe'. Meanwhile, Secondary took a step back to Elizabethan times with many different activities around the theme.

As always, it was a wonderful day and we can't wait for next year!

Sisterhood On The Rise

On 2nd March, an event like no other took place at Braeburn: the Sisterhood, a Girl’s Empowerment Workshop. As we approached International Women's Day, some students in sixth form began thinking of ways to empower women in the Kisongo community. Through this concept, sisterhood was born.

The event was created to inspire girls to be more and give them to tools to do so, the team specifically chose the Form III class from various schools in Kisongo as a starting point.The students hosted girls for a whole day of discussions such as; future career goals, leadership, reproductive health and self image.

Throughout the day, there were a series of thought-provoking discussions which were improved with activities. Instead of lectures, an atmosphere of open conversations was created. It was a forum of women, young and old, having insightful conversations. At the end, both sides gained an understanding of each others backgrounds and learned from each other.

What we wished for most of all is to empower these Form III girls to be equipped with the tools to go into further education in their lives. At the end, we gave them sanitary pads and certificates to commemorate the day they just had.

This event was created by Nicole Kombe, and was only came to be due to the support of Josephine Kiaga, Ttanya Sachdev, Mona Sentabyo, Brenda Karoki, Patricia John and Ruth Ngaave. Furthermore, the facilitators that were there to provide wise words of wisdom included: Mama Riverson, Ms. Diana, Agatha Bernard and Gloria Ngowi.

BISA Students impress at East Africa Model United Nations in Nairobi

Our students performed admirably at the 37th East African Model United Nations Conference hosted at the UNON building in Nairobi last week. Our delegates represented Belarus, Eritrea and Pakistan across four committees; Economic, Political, Human Rights and Special Summit. 
We had two resolutions pass to the conference; Sukirt Kaur’s resolution on the ‘resolving the current Anglophone crisis in western Cameroon’ and Nicole Kombe’s resolution on ‘educating displaced people around Lake Chad on using and managing solar energy’. Both delegates performed admirably and should be extremely proud of their performance. Likewise, Safari Mosha, Marvin Onwukwe and Sasha Pandit’s conduct in the Special Summit committee was exemplary; the former two being rewarded with the ‘best speaker award’ - a first for Braeburn Arusha. Every student, however, should be extremely proud by their conduct throughout the week. We’ll look forward to next year’s conference. - Mr Wheatley