What were you doing this holiday? Some of us were very busy and set out on an exciting adventure to Nairobi Garden Estate – where we got to meet children from all over the world who had a passion for singing, dancing and acting. We all needed to be passionate about musical theatre because we were faced with the difficult challenge of preparing a one hour musical (without scripts or lyrics) to present at a matinee show one week after arrival – with just 40 hours to work with. So from the moment we arrived the clock was ticking and we were under pressure! Costumes had to be found or made; props had to be created; energetic dances had to be memorised; songs had to be learnt and then there were the lines! Most of us took on 3 or 4 different roles and had lot of costume changes and lots of lines to learn and not just learn …. but make the lines come alive! We had to be aware of the audience and our positioning on stage and we had to make sure there were no blank gaps between scenes to keep the energy of the play. We worked on the feel-good story of ‘Annie’ and adapted it to fit a Nairobi context. At the end of the week – the audience – made up of family and friends were suitably impressed! We did it … not a single script was needed and all of us knew the songs and the dances and our entrances and exits. The result was a vibrant and enjoyable production that confirmed, for many of us, our absolute love of the performing arts. The final icing on the cake was that Mr Magambo, who had only been released from hospital 10 days ago, came to give us our certificates. We were exhausted but wonderfully satisfied by the end of the experience and slept all the way back to Arusha.
Enrolment Day 2018
On Friday 24th August at our Kisongo campus, BISA had its enrolment day for new Sixth Form students. It was a busy day with a number of new students enrolling on A-Level and BTEC courses for the new academic year. The day involved selecting courses, meeting staff and a tour of the school.
One of the new students, Ellen Bangu, said “Enrolment day was informative and I got to meet other new people. I think it prepared me well for the start of my studies at Braeburn”.
Our IGCSE and A-Level students received their results this week and, as always, here at BISA we are celebrating fantastic grades for our young people.
Congratulations to you all - your hard work has certainly paid off!
"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference." - Dame Jane Goodall
Staff and students at BISA had the privilege of hearing world-renowned primatologist and anthropologist, Dame Jane Goodall, speak on her most recent visit to Arusha.
Dr Goodall spoke to a packed audience on planet conservation, climate change and the importance of those tiny changes that everyone can make to help preserve our precious planet for future generations. The students of BISA were enthralled by her message and, following clean up day last week, have been further inspired to play their part in looking after our little corner of the world here in Arusha.
Students and staff will be taking part in World Clean Up Day events on their return to school in September. Keep an eye on our website to find out more about how to get involved or go to the 'Let's Do It' page to see what is happening around the city in preparation for this day.
We want to say another huge thank you to Dr Goodall and her team for giving our students your time and your inspiration. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Arusha.
KS3 rounded off an amazing year of BISA productions by taking us on a trip to Neverland on Friday 22nd June. Their performance of 'Wendy and Peter' had all the elements of the classic J.M.Barrie book: the Darling children, a hungry crocodile, the larger than life Captain Hook, the rambunctious Lost Boys, the feisty Tinkerbell and TigerLily and, of course, the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan.
The young Secondary students did a wonderful job of creating the fantasy world of Neverland with their minimalistic set. The production was filled with comedy, music, and some fantastic performances channeling some of famous pirates and lost boys!
By far and away the most exciting element of the production was the aerial antics - making our cast members actually fly. With the help of a large contingent of BISA staff backstage, our young performers literally took to the air throughout the performance.
Well done to all of the students and staff involved in this fantastic performance! Enjoy a highlights reel below: