Year 13 students have been testing their survival skills these past few weeks. In order to prepare for independent living at university, the students take it in turns to spend a week in a house at school.

To survive, they have to do all their own shopping and therefore have to manage their money. They learn to cook simple healthy meals and even invite the odd teacher for a sit down dinner.

We think our BISA students are well prepared to take on the world by the time they leave. Well. Put it this way, they aren't going to go hungry!


At BISA, we know how to have fun and be creative. Last week the Secondary Students' Council organised an afternoon of fun and games for our Colour Fest.

There was a riot of colour and no one left unscathed, not even the teachers!

Expressionism and Perspective: BISA Art!

 The BTEC Art students this term have been exploring fine Artists within history. This has given them a good understanding about the aethetics and concepts within Art and Design but most importantly they have explored the context in which they are produced. When exploring the expressionist art movement the students learnt to express their own inner turmoil, using Art as therapy. 

 By Charis.

 by Mona.

by Robin.

by Gabriella.

The Year 8 students have been learning to draw using perspective. This technical skill is quite a challenge. See these illustrations of a city using 2 Point Perspective to see how each student interpreted it in their own way. 

by Shreya 

by Nicolas

by Narindwa

The Importance of Art.

Expressionism by Gabriella Doria

The following article is called The Importance of Art In Child Development by Grace Hwang Lynch. ( Many of us parents think that art is simply a waste of time, a fun thing to do if your child isn't particularly academic. We couldn't be more wrong. Artificial Intelligence has made giant strides and seems to be the way of the future, being able to diagnose illnesses, engineer, do accounts and countless other things which used to be done by humans. The one thing that AI cannot do is think creatively and be imaginative. All brilliant inventions were and are born of the imagination. Read on and see why Art is so incredibly important for all of us.

"Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up."

Developmental Benefits of Art

Motor Skills: Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. According to the National Institutes of Health, developmental milestones around age three should include drawing a circle and beginning to use safety scissors. Around age four, children may be able to draw a square and begin cutting straight lines with scissors. Many preschool programs emphasize the use of scissors because it develops the dexterity children will need for writing.

Language Development: For very young children, making art—or just talking about it—provides opportunities to learn words for colors, shapes and actions. When toddlers are as young as a year old, parents can do simple activities such as crumpling up paper and calling it a “ball.” By elementary school, students can use descriptive words to discuss their own creations or to talk about what feelings are elicited when they see different styles of artwork.

Decision Making: According to a report by Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art carries over into other parts of life. “If they are exploring and thinking and experimenting and trying new ideas, then creativity has a chance to blossom,” says MaryAnn Kohl, an arts educator and author of numerous books about children’s art education.

Visual Learning: Drawing, sculpting with clay and threading beads on a string all develop visual-spatial skills, which are more important than ever. Even toddlers know how to operate a smart phone or tablet, which means that even before they can read, kids are taking in visual information. This information consists of cues that we get from pictures or three-dimensional objects from digital media, books and television.

“Parents need to be aware that children learn a lot more from graphic sources now than in the past,” says Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University. “Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.” Knowledge about the visual arts, such as graphic symbolism, is especially important in helping kids become smart consumers and navigate a world filled with marketing logos.

Inventiveness: When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives. “The kind of people society needs to make it move forward are thinking, inventive people who seek new ways and improvements, not people who can only follow directions,” says Kohl. “Art is a way to encourage the process and the experience of thinking and making things better!”

Cultural Awareness: As we live in an increasingly diverse society, the images of different groups in the media may also present mixed messages. “If a child is playing with a toy that suggests a racist or sexist meaning, part of that meaning develops because of the aesthetics of the toy—the color, shape, texture of the hair,” says Freedman. Teaching children to recognize the choices an artist or designer makes in portraying a subject helps kids understand the concept that what they see may be someone’s interpretation of reality.

Improved Academic Performance: Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.

The School Enterprise Challenge 2018

 Here at BISA, we are continuing to encourage our students to join The Young Enterprise Group. This group aims at inspiring students to come up with innovative, ecologically sound business ideas which have a meaningful social impact on our wider community.

This is the second year since we have enrolled our students with The School Enterprise Challenge which is a global organisation which supports learning institutions to conscientise young people to contribute in sustainable and economic ways to the wider community. Their slogan is Teach A Man To Fish. For more information please visit 

The young Enterprise Group is now working towards Silver level after winning 1,000USD for their Bronze level. The group is pursuing a honey processing and selling business as part of their Make a Difference (MAD) project.

The students earlier this year received a donation of natural honey from a friend of the school. They then made some enquires from the science department where they learnt the process of straining honey. Additionally, they have shown marketing skills such as research, promotion, personal selling and customer service.

The students are also involved in packaging and branding the honey. Take a look at the label and seal designed by John Gogadi!

Currently the group has embarked on selling honey in school to members of staff and students. The proceeds will go towards buying fruit trees for Canaan Children Centre in Kisongo. You can place your order through our email address:

We were thrilled to receive the newsletter from The School Enterprise Challenge, featuring our students who are in the Make A Difference Project selling natural honey.


In this newsletter we’re sharing some of the biggest achievements from Tanzanian schools taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge 2019. We invite you to read them and take inspiration for the rest of your journey! 



This month we’re highlighting 2 schools in Tanzania who have caught our eye recently. Check out the highlights of what they have been up to! 



Ikondo Secondary School,


·  Taking part on the Bronze Level

·  28 students involved 

·  Poultry farm called ‘Eggs $ Chicken’

·  Plan to use their profits to buy laptops



Braeburn International School,


·  Taking part on the Silver Level

·  9 students involved

·  Honey business called ‘Make A Difference’

·  Packaging for product will be 100% recycled