The Year 12 students took part in a 5-day team building trip to Lukenya with Blue Sky Adventures. They participated in many fun activities which were designed to improve the students' listening skills and their ability to work as a team.
It was great to see these skills develop over the duration of the course. Some of the students are obviously natural leaders but it was good to see that they had the maturity to also take a back seat sometimes and give other students the opportunity to shine.
After the initial team building training, their skills were put to the test with some high rope activities, which involved students placing their trust in their team mates who were holding onto ropes in order to catch them or bring them down to earth.
Some of these activities were very scary as you can see from the photos! It was very pleasing to see the students encouraging each other to overcome their fears.
Mr Walton would like to say a thank you to Enid who coaxed him to the end of one of the activities after he had wanted to give up when he was shaking with fear holding onto some ropes 30 feet in the air!
Our Year 9s this half-term will be exploring the Holocaust using the medium of Elie Wiesel's book entitled Night. Wiesel published this book as a memoir to his personal experiences of ghettoisation, deportation, transport and camp internment during the Second World War.
Our students will use this book to generate their own understanding of how people at the time experienced the Holocaust. As part of their enquiry into this period, the students will write their own biography of Elie Wiesel's experiences during this period. Different groups will be responsible for writing different chapters and each chapter will be published in our weekly Braeburn newsletter. Please keep an eye out for the first installment next week!
We are delighted to announce the launch of our very own BISA History Podcast. Our podcast offers our students the opportunity to showcase how they engage with, experience and express the histories they are learning in class, differently.
Additionally, what this podcast will hopefully serve to do is to bolster your, the listener's, own knowledge about histories you have perhaps been unfamiliar with previously. Our opening episode features our Year 10 IGCSE class who explore the issues caused by the Great Depression for the League of Nations - this episode was planned for, orchestrated and delivered exclusively by our students. Enjoy listening!
14 students set off to Nairobi on the 26th of September to compete in the Braeburn Sports Festival which started the following day. These events happen every year where children from different Braeburn Schools mix into different teams, Amboseli (Orange), Tsavo (Green), Serengeti (Blue) and Maasai Mara (Red) and participate in different sporting activities which are done over two days.
Day one was Athletics in the morning and Netball in the afternoon, followed by a nice barbeque and a disco for the students to mix and mingle. The following day was short but with intense activities. Aussie Rules was a much loved game by all the teams and you could see the fun they were having on the field. CrossFit followed after which children were put through tough drills, but all made it through working in their teams. The last activity of the day was running a mile in groups of four holding a discuss ring.
In the end, the teams gave it their all, and we are thrilled to report that some of our BISA students came back with gold and silver medals.
Students and teachers departed at 09:00 on the 6th October 2019. We were bound for Kolo Information Centre, which is situated in central Tanzania and located approximately 250 km from Arusha. We were off to go and see and the Kondoa Rock Art.
We stayed at Amarula Campsite in Mnenia Village near Kolo.
This trip forms part of the Dragon Award for the Year 7’s. This involved them putting up their own tents, cooking and cleaning up after themselves.
The Year 7’s were in wonderful spirits and tackled their jobs with enthusiasm and varying ranges of competence!
Monday was spent visiting the rock art, which is many thousands of years old and has been classified as a World Heritage Site. The scenes depict hunter- gatherer paintings. The paintings portray stylized people, an anthropomorphic figure (half human half animal) and also animals such as gazelle, elephants and giraffe. They were painted with porcupine quills using a mixture of ochre rock and fig tree sap. They were painted by the San people who were similar to the Hadzabe. Mary Leakey was one of the first researchers to study these paintings in 1935.
In the afternoon, the students took a walk to the river with their clipboards, taking paper and coal to sketch their own art in a similar form.
Following this, they took white chalk and practised some rock art!
Tuesday morning involved packing up and cleaning camp before travelling back to Arusha. It was a very worthwhile trip and the students appeared to relish in the experiences. As did the teachers!