FS1 had their first swimming lesson this week!
There are many great life-long benefits of childhood swimming, and plenty of wonderful reasons to start early.
Research has shown that early swimmers perform better socially and academically, and that swimming from an early age:
- enhances gross motor skill development and coordination
- promotes personality development
- leads to greater happiness, health, and development of the ‘whole’ child.
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.
On Saturday the 14th a group of Braeburn students took part in this year’s Triathlon at UWC and the following groups won in their categories:
Under 8 Team: Ruben, Larry and Alex
Under 13 Team: Isaac, Emily and Jasper.
Elite Team: Antonio, Clinton and Yuri.
A hearty congratulations to these amazing BISA athletes! Well done!
Here at BISA we believe wholeheartedly in developing all aspects of life for our students and therefore have planned a busy and active P.E schedule. It is so important to remain physically fit, for obvious reasons, and also to learn a new skill. Students love being part of a team representing our amazing school.
This term, Primary is providing a wide range of fun sports for our students. These include rounders, football, athletics and swimming.
We believe it important for students to learn to play in team sports such as rounders, where the children get to enjoy playing together. The aim for this term is to improve their bowling, batting and fielding skills, which are vital in competitive match situations. With competitions against other schools coming up soon, the children are showing a winning determination to do their best and to have fun.
With the help of Coach Anze, the Primary swim team is divided into Team B and Team A. Swim Team B is for our youngest talented swimmers who are still learning the correct strokes. The goal for them is to learn proper strokes and skills (starts and turns). With time they will participate at NTAA inter-school galas.
Team A consists of more able swimmers. They have already mastered all four strokes and are now preparing for swimming galas in Tanzania and abroad. Their first major gala of the season will be Tanzanian National Championships 2019 in Dar-es-Salaam, at the end of October.
In the Secondary school, swim training continues unabated. You will find the swimmers in the early hours of the morning and in the evening, training and preparing themselves for the oncoming season.
One of the most talked about sports of this term is Athletics in both the Secondary and the Primary schools. BISA is known for having excellent athletes in both track and field events. The students have been training after school with Mr. O for events such as javelin, discus and the exciting track events too.
Secondary is also providing a range of sports for this term in which each student is encouraged to participate. These include: netball, basketball (boys and girls), football (boys and girls) and cross fit. With a lot of events happening this term, the students are already showing discipline and determination by showing up for training during their P.E lessons and after school.
With the Sports Festival coming up in Nairobi, Inter-House Athletics and the long awaited Inter-School Athletics, much training is needed. The students will get to show their amazing talent on both track and field events, leaving with a load of medals and making parents and teachers very proud. Fingers crossed, we shall win yet again this year.
After this, the students then get selected to compete in the major athletics competition happening in Kasarani (Home of Heroes) in Nairobi, Kenya. BISA will also compete against other schools in Nairobi.
Wish us luck out in the sports fields and in the swimming pool! We are excited and motivated!
On Saturday 18th May, a soggy and very muddy BISA hosted the NTAA Inter-Schools Cross Country event.
Six other schools from the Arusha and Moshi area came to join BISA in running the three different cross country routes around the Kisongo area. The routes range from 1.8km to 5km, each with their own challenges, including slippery hills, rugged surfaces and muddy obstacles.
Every competitor took on their course with grit and determination - no mean feat in the rainy season we have been experiencing!
BISA came out as winners overall by a huge margin with wins in 6 out of 10 categories as well! With many personal bests and a few record-breaking performances, our competitors absolutely shone on the day.
A very special mention goes to:
Yuri Lems - 1st Place U13 Boys (3km) with a time of 7m 45s (New Record!)
Clinton Mutuku - 1st Place U15 Boys (3km) with a time of 10m 56s (New Record!)
Congratulations to you all on your fantastic achievements!
Enjoy the highlight reel of the event below: