World Clean Up Day 2018 - BISA plays it's part!

BISA students put our school mission statement of being responsible citizens into practise in a very practical and visible way on Wednesday 12th September. As part of World Clean Up Day 2018, our students got to work in the area around our school campus in Kisongo. Armed with trash bags, gloves and the will to make our community a cleaner and safer place, they collected bags and bags of litter and rubbish, from the surrounding area. Many of the students expressed disbelief and shock at just how much litter could be found dumped in drains and at the side of the road. Knowing that our precious environment could be treated in such a way only spurred them on to work harder on setting a good example and cleaning up our little corner of Arusha.

On 15th September 2018 millions of volunteers in 156 countries worldwide united to 'clean up the world' as part of one of the biggest civic actions in history, cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets. Aiming to tackle 'trash blindness', the World Clean Up Day movement recognises that, in order to truly create a world without waste, it will require a collective effort from all levels of society, from schools to high level officials.

Trash blindness - a situation in which a society or its individual members are either:
  • so used to their current waste pollution problem that they do not even notice it;
  • consciously choosing not to recognise waste pollution, and/or the possible consequences of it, as a problem

Every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste worldwide. What can you do to reduce waste? Here are some simple, practical tips!
  • Carry a reusable water bottle. Single use plastics like plastic water bottles are one of the biggest causes on waste on our planet.
  • Take a reusable travel mug to the coffee shop, or make your coffee at home. Use a French press or coffee maker and avoid those single-serving packages.
  • Take your own reusable containers to takeout restaurants. If you hand over the containers when you order and ask nicely, most restaurants will oblige you.
  • Take your lunch to school or work in a reusable containter and avoid single-use packaging like plastic sandwich boxes.
  • Stop using plastic bags and bring your own reusable bags to the store when you are doing any kind of shopping.
  • When you eat out, say no to any single-use items like paper or plastic napkins, placemats, straws, cups and single-serving containers, if you can. Be sure to explain why!
  • Don’t buy anything that comes in wasteful single-serving packages, like candy, gum, granola bars, popsicles, etc.
  • Cancel your magazine and newspaper subscriptions and read them online or at the library.
  • Use both sides of a piece of paper before recycling it or making it into upcycled crafts.
  • Use old clothes for rags for cleaning around the house, instead of paper towels.
  • Use cloth napkins and hand towels in your kitchen.
  •  Keep a worm bin or compost pile to compost all your food scraps, leftovers, floor sweepings, and more.
  • Don’t buy anything disposable. Look for durable goods instead or borrow what you need. Paying a little more up front often means things will last much longer for you.

Annual Rotary Triathlon

On Saturday, the 9th of September 2018, The Rotary Club Arusha organised a triathlon at ISM (Arusha Campus). Everyone from 8 year-olds to 50 year-olds attended and competed. The competitors arrived at 7:30 am, giving themselves half an hour to prepare before the competition began. The first to compete where the 8 year-olds teams, who astoundingly had to complete a lap in the pool, a lap around the ISM grounds on bike and then on foot, as fast as they could. Many of the parents supported their children by running alongside them, guiding them on the track and providing them with moral support.

Like clockwork, while the younger groups completed their races the older competitors began to race in their teams. Each of them completed 20 laps in the pool, cycled 15km around the ISM property and then ran 5 km. Positivity was in the air as the family feel and competitive spirit was prominent. Everyone was cheered on and encouraged to continue no matter their place or status as a competitor. One notable sports woman was our own Niamh Baker who, after she finished swimming her twenty laps helped a struggling competitor finish their own laps. – Report by Charis Pulei

Mr Wallace was once again our roving reporting athlete at the annual Rotary Triathlon. Enjoy his report from the day!

"A spectacular event for BISA! We were well represented across the age groups except under 8s who were enjoying themselves at the Welcome Picnic on the other side of town! 

Amongst our many competitors, some special mentions must be made. Our admiration goes out to Sumeiya Ali who nobly and doggedly represented BISA amateur ladies despite little previous experience of swimming, cycling or running. Well done also to Emmanuel, Maleah and Leon who came second in the under 13s category. Another big well done goes to Yuri, Clinton and Niamh who came first in the Open Amateur category. We are also very proud of Finlay and Antonio who came first and second in the Open Individual category.

We can only assume after such success that our students will be competing in the elite category next year! :)

A hearty “Well done old chap,” also goes to Mr Wallace who managed to win the geriatrics category by not getting lost like the others.

We are looking forward to the next triathlon at Kennedy House in June. Time to get training! "

LAMDA Results are in!

A total of 78 students took LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) exams this year. 21 students took part in Acting, 25 participated in the Speaking of Verse and Prose exams and the majority (32) took a Public Speaking exam. These numbers demonstrate an impressive commitment towards communication and are always noted positively by universities when they give offers.

Within the Acting Domain 5 out of 21 students (24% achieved distinctions- 80% and above) and 16 out of 21 achieved a merit (76%). Those students who were awarded medals were Joshua Minja and  Pascaline Kabire, Bronze medal, Grade 6; Remostse Kgwadi and Josephine Kiaga at Grade 7, Silver medal level and Layla Chege at Grade 8, Gold medal.

The Speaking of Verse and Prose contestants were hugely successful and 76% gained a distinction (19 out of 25 students) and 20% gained a merit (5 out of 25). This number has been boosted by the primary students who did remarkably well in this area. Students who performed very well include Robyn Ayling and Angel Karegyesa (Bronze medal, Grade 6). Primary students with sky high percentages included Ella Chege, Gwen Anderson and Lucianna Mberesero.

This year there were a lot of students who participated at a high level in the Public Speaking arena and did impressively well. Overall, 20 out of 32 students in Public Speaking achieved distinctions (63%); 11 out of 32 were awarded merits (34%).

Gold medallists Grade 8: Tamia Bayumi, Dorothy Makaramba, Nicole Kombe , Ttanya Sachdev, Marvin Onwukwe, Safari Mosha, Waitta Teshome, Sasha Pandit and Gabriella Doria.

Bronze medallists Grade 6: Sukirt Kaur, Jasveen Grewal, Niamh Baker, Parleen Bansal and Benedict Mberesero.

Congratulations to our LAMDA students!

Welcoming New Faces!

We have welcomed three new staff members this year into the BISA family!

Emitt Lake has stepped into the role of Deputy Head of Academics within the Secondary school. He and his family have come to Tanzania from the UK and have settled quickly into life at BISA.
David Walton is our newest addition to our Maths teaching team in Secondary. Having travelled and taught all over the world, he has returned to Tanzania and we are happy to have him as part of our teaching team.
Anze Dacar has joined the school as our new swim coach. Following his time coaching in Nairobi, he has moved across the border to look after the busy swimming programme at BISA.

Welcome to you all!

Our Amazing Drivers

Our fantastic drivers are an essential part of the every day workings of BISA. Their job goes much further than simply driving our big yellow buses: they are the friendly face welcoming many of our children in the morning on their journey to school; they know every child's name on their bus; they make sure all the children arrive safely at school every morning and are safely delivered home at the end of the day; they accompany children on trips near and far. In short, they are part of our family.

Last week all of our drivers attended their annual safety training, ensuring that your children continue to be very safe when using our school transport. We take pride in the skills of our drivers negotiating the busy Arusha traffic and rough roads.

Please be sure to thank them for their tireless work the next time you see them!