On Friday September 28th, Key Stage 3 students at BNIS finally got to participate in their much-anticipated campout. The activity was planned and carried out according to students’ plans. After school on Friday, students pitched their tents and enjoyed some free time before they prepared their own dinner. The dinner was a formal affair with students in their best clothes and a delicious feast. After dinner and cleanup, students gathered for the grand finale of the evening: a movie night complete with popcorn. The next morning, they had a casual pajama breakfast. There was even a spontaneous wrestling match and dance party somewhere in the mix! Before they knew it, it was time for students to pack up and go.
With all Key Stage 3 students in attendance, the campout was a success! Friendships were strengthened, and new memories were made. A big thanks to students, parents, teachers, and all who helped make this exciting event happen!
On Friday 28th September we hosted our first Farmers' Market of this academic year, and what a busy event it was. There was a huge amount available for the shoppers who came from far and wide. It was great to see many of the usual stallholders plus some new faces too. The array of produce was huge: fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, cheese, eggs, cream, honey, natural skin care products, eco friendly briquettes, olives, plants for the garden....the list is endless! Be sure to watch out for the advertising so you don't miss out on the next one!
This week at BNIS we had a huge amount of fun with our bikes. On Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th the children in years 1-4 brought their bikes to school and rode our track during their lunch hour. There were lots of red faces whilst children worked up a sweat racing each other, flying over jumps and pretending to be motorcyclists.
After school on Friday Mr Mafasu, Mr Franco and some trusty helpers extended the track ready for our family Social Cycle on Saturday morning. Mount Kenya was out, in all her beauty for the start of the event, with clear blue skies. Families arrived promptly and the track was in use from the start! Children and parents were seen leaping the jumps, racing the track and negotiating the carefully constructed 'muddy stream'! This 'stream' was the definitely most popular attraction and was the reason there were so many mud-covered children spotted around Nanyuki that afternoon!
Children in years 5-8 are very much looking forward to their bike days on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October. Don't forget your helmets!!
Children in Early Years are lucky enough to have bike days every week. Their permanent bike track is always in use by children on the school bikes however there is nothing better than your own bike! Children in Creche can bring their bikes to school every Wednesday, FS1 every Friday and FS2 every Thursday. There are always child 'police' and 'mechanics' on site to support anyone in need!
21st September marks the annual United Nations International Day of Peace. Throughout the week leading up to this, children worked on their individual part for a whole school, peace-themed art project. Children each created their own design for a piece of origami paper in a variety of ways, including printing using potatoes and creating geometric patterns with careful measurements and compasses. They each then turned the paper into their own origami dove which was hung in the school hall. Each of these was unique yet also the same, just like all of us! The children will continue on from this by using the art installation as a stimulus to create poetry about peace.
Mrs Gould led assembly on the morning of the 21st September and took the children for a ride in her ‘Ship of Peace’. She showed them ways in which we each play a role in the promotion of peace including: dealing with conflict without combat; helping others; challenging inequality; showing kindness to all; and respecting differences. We were particularly proud of our Stars of the Week in this week who were people who demonstrate peaceful attributes to support harmony within their classrooms.
We travel the road to peace,
every single day.
Improving the world around us,
with what we do and say.
All of us are different,
yet we are all the just the same.
We're people wanting happiness,
during this bumpy, life-long game.
Try giving smiles to see what happens,
don't fight, instead just talk!
Do this and work at being kind
to smooth this road we walk.
Monday morning started with a brain workout for parents with children in Foundation Stage 1 through to Year 2. They were talked through the phases of Letters and Sounds and how Jolly Phonics is used to enhance the teaching of phonics at BNIS. The importance of reading aloud to children was stressed as well as the need for ‘pure’ sounds when helping children with phonics.