KS3 Production: The Tempest

Once again, the KS3 Drama Department pulled off a theatrical feat. Anyone who has perused Shakespeare, knows how sophisticated and difficult the language can be. It is always challenging. Nevertheless, KS3 did a fantastic job at learning all their lines and delivering them with passion and determination in their interpretation of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. The play was directed by Ms Miranda Rashid and Ms Emma Morton. It is no easy task to produce a play of this nature with 50 odd children. 

The music was another fantastic achievment. It was self written. Anyone who noticed the orchestra on the side of the stage will agree that is was absolutely brilliant. Conducted by Ms Elle Peterson, the orchestra was in itself a musical triumph. It was impressive to see the children moving between stage and orchestra with discipline and producing concise, beautiful music.

The costumes were stunning too: feathered fairies, pure princesses, pearled royalty, drunkards and evil antagonists. They were designed and created by Barbara Konig. 

Anyone who has been associated  with BISA, for any length of time, knows that our plays are not to be missed.  

Celebrating our amazing students at the Junior Dragon Awards Evening

It has been an exciting year in the Junior Dragon programme and all the effort and success paid off as we celebrated the awards evening at the Arusha Coffee Lodge on Tuesday night.

We had such spectacular performances showcasing all the talent, skills and experiences from the children in the four elements of the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. We appreciate all their hard work and the support from parents and members of staff.

As we look forward to the next academic year, we are getting ready for a bigger and better Dragon which will now continue into KS3.  Bravo!

A Whole Host of French Events!

Last weekend was a busy one for our French department! Have a read below to find out what they were up to.

It was the 37th Music Day in France! This is a major cultural event in France and has been happening every 21st June since 1982. 98% of French people have already attended this event in that time which includes more than 20,000 concerts given by about 5 million musicians or singers for 10 million people in the audience! Wow!

The French Department at BISA thought it was would be wonderful for our students to discover it. Last Friday, we invited Alliance Française to have Music day with Year 4 and 5. In anticipation of this event, Year 4 produced amazing posters. On the day, the students watched a short video of Music Days highlights. They played games in teams to learn name of instruments in French, then they had a quiz with questions on songs by French speaking singers (Stromae, Kids United, Maitre Gims). First Language students completed different activities and could earn more points for their team.

Once again, further than learning French, the students were challenged to work collaboratively and to find strategies in their group using individual skills.

Meanwhile, on Saturday...

The French department held its first poetry event on Saturday, 22nd June, at Infant School.

Year 1 and 2 French speakers presented tasty poems on the theme of sweets and delicacies and performed with pride and eloquence. The event ended with well deserved cookies for the performers and a stronger sense of community amongst the French speaking parents.

Year 13 Blast Off

The Year 13 Graduation was a truly heart warming event. Saying goodbye to students, some of whom have been with us since Early Years, is always hard.  Nevertheless, this year's graduating class managed to make it an uplifting,  impressive and funny experience. Not only has everyone achieved their best academically, Joesphine Kiaga and Ttanya Sachdev were internationally recognized as world best BTEC students in their respectful fields. They are travelling to the UK to accept their BTEC awards in July. We are hugely proud of them for helping to put BISA on the world map.

The Year 13 class also provided top class entertainment through song, dance and giving speeches. There was never a dull moment with this class! 

We wish them all the best for the future and may they burn BISA's torch bright and hopefully return to visit and join the BISA Alumni.

Year 11 Graduation - June 2019

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

And so the time of year swings around when fledglings stretch their wings and fly into the final two years of their education. They cannot do this without a magnificent celebratory ritual which is the Year 11 Graduation. It is a very special and happy ceremony where students, teachers and parents can all collectively celebrate this transition. The celebration also marks the final end of arduous IGCSE examinations.

Ms Diana once again ensured a beautiful sparkling setting, the theme, Memories. The students were barely recognizable; tired uniforms exchanged for glamorous, eye catching attire and adolescence exchanged for a tremulous adulthood. The transition is quite breathtaking to see. We were entertained by BISA’s music students and by some of the Year 11’s. As usual, the entertainment was first class. Teachers delivered amusing and informative speeches on each student. It is quite special to watch each individual standing up there, beautiful, valued and accomplished.

We at BISA are so incredibly proud of this year’s IGCSE class. They have all worked hard and handled the stress of the examinations extremely well. We wish them luck in their next and final stage of school, hoping that most of them will stay at BISA for their last two years of sixth form where there is a unique diversity of courses to take, ranging between A-Level and BTEC subjects.