Yesterday we held our first Farmer's Market of the year. These events have become far from the usual Farmer's Markets that sell produce from local farms. With 18 stalls selling a whole array of food, beauty and gift items, this was the biggest yet. The hall was a buzz of happy shoppers who were cathing up with each other and enjoying a cuppa from the FANs stall whilst shopping. hips, cheese, eclairs, fruit, vegetables, gluten free products, blankets, clothes, play dough, salads in a jar, bags, coat hooks, second-hand uniform.......the list is endless! We look forward to hosting the next event on 29th November where we know a few Christmas presents will be found!
On Friday 11th October we bid a fond farewell to our headteacher Miss Eva Kioko. She has been headteacher of the school for over 10 years and has seen the school grow from 20 children to over 200!
We held a special assembly to say goodbye on Wednesday 9th October. Miss Kioko had received a special invite to the assembly in advance. She arrived to a round of applause as she took her seat next to Maggie and Tim Hobbs who were founding parents of the school.
Some of the children, who have been at the school since they were tiny, spoke about their memories of Miss Kioko. Mrs Wangili, Mr Wamukota, Harriet and Nicholas played their instruments together in recognition of one of Miss Kioko's biggest passions being music.
Mr Lettsome - the Chair of FANs - presented Miss Kioko with some gifts from the parents which included a handmade porcelain vase. The whole school sang a slightly adapted version of a Bruno Mars song - Count on Us - to remind Miss Kioko that we will always be here for her - she was our headteacher, but now she is our friend. Mr Mulongo and Mrs Bebbington then presented Miss Kioko with her gift from the children - two enormous, framed pictures. These pictures were put together by Mrs Bebbington but were created by the children of BNIS. Each child produced a picture of a flower or a bug which were then put together to create a magical garden. Miss Kioko is absolutely passionate about nature so this was a very fitting gift to her from the school. One picture will remain at the school to mark her hardwork and dedication and the other will hang in her new home in Nairobi to remind her of us.
The choir then sang a specially written song for Miss Kioko which was beautifully performed. Miss Kioko herself then took to the stage to thank everyone and to bid us all farewell.
It was a lovely morning and a perfect tribute to Miss Kioko after 10 years at the school. Good Luck, we will miss you!
It was World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10th October. At BNIS we started our focus on mental well-being in our assembly on Friday 4th October. Mrs Gould read us the story 'Lucy's Blue Day' which helped us to see that everyone sometimes wakes up with 'blue hair' - a day when we don't feel quite right and we feel sad. We also found out about purple, green and red days and thought about how feelings are there and we often can't control them.
Our value for the week ahead was respect and we dicussed how we can respect and recognise the feelings of others and what we can do to help if someone is having a 'blue hair day'. In classes there were discussions around the fact that 'it is Ok to not be OK' and what we can each do to support our own mental well-being as well as that of others.
On Thursday 10th everyone took good care of their mental well-being with a day off school in recognition of Moi Day! To end the week, the half term and the special focus on mental-wellbeing, everyone (children and staff from FS1 to Y8) took part in a whole school Zumba session in the quad. This gave us all an insight into the power of music and exercise to put a smile on our faces and help us settle our minds!
A few teachers positioned themselves on stage blocks to help everyone see and we all took our lead from June - our Zumba instructor. Everyone threw themselves into the session and it was fantastic to be part of and to watch. Not everyone was as co-ordinated as others but EVERYONE had a big smile on their faces! Happy half term holidays!
We held our third, and final, Atheletics event on Friday October 11th for our children in Years 5-8. The children in Years 1 and 2 competed last Thursday 3rd and the children in Years 3 and 4 on Friday 4th OCtober. All three events were very well supported by parents - thank you all for coming!
Mr Masafu and Mr Franco group the children for the events so that races are as evenly matched as possible. The Years 1 and 2 event included some of the traditional favourites - sack race and racket and ball race - as well as standard running and hurdles races. Every event included a relay, a tug of war and a parents race. The parents event was popular as usual and was the most fiercely fought race of all!Children competed with determination against each other but showed great sporting spirit when congratulating those who ran faster than them! For the Years 3 - 8 events, children compete in their houses, accumulating points to find the to be awarded to their house total so far this year.
It is a pleasure to watch how the children develop year-on-year and to see how they hone their skills to become more and more successsful. We are very proud of all our children and the efforts they put into sporting actvities and training. We are now very much looking forward to our annual visit to Kasarani next month.
On Wednesday 9th October the children in Creche, FS1 and FS2 pulled out their driver's licences and took to the specially created roads on the big field. Children brought in their own bikes, cars, scooters and anything else that had wheels. They refueled, washed their vehicles, drove and raced around the track, bumped over the obstacles and gave each other a push start when they ran into trouble! It was an exceedingly fun morning and a lovely way to end a busy half term.