It was party time for everyone on the final day of the 2018-19 school year. To mark the day, adults and children came to school in home clothes and were primed and ready for some fun. Children in Years 1 through to 8 were treated to a morning packed full of traditional party games. No one was too old, or too cool, to take part and there was laughter and happy faces all over the school.
The children played Twister, Musical Chairs, Musical Statues, Giant Ball team games, destroyed a Pinata, pinned the tail on a donkey and got wet in the water obstacle course. Half way through the morning everyone gathered in the hall to eat their way through the moutain of food that had been provided by parents for the shared party snack.
During the afternoon, after the children had gone home, the staff settled down for their end of year party. They took part VERY enthusiastically in a round of musical chairs, some giant ball team games, destroying their pinata and getting tangled up in a few games of Twister. It was a fantastic way to end a fantastic year!
The first arrivals at school on Tuesday 2nd July were shocked to find a strange sight in the quad – there, hanging from a tree, was a battered bag, the contents of which were scattered across the ground underneath. The children were surprised and intrigued and there was an immediate buzz across the school whilst they shared their theories and ideas. There was discussion of aliens, foul play, helicopters and parachutes. The strangest thing was that no one seemed to have actually seen anything which led to many children having thoughts of conspiracy and set-ups.
Throughout Tuesday, children talked to staff, and to each other, to expand their ideas and theories. They visited the scene and discussed who could have owned the lost belongings, what some of the belongings actually were and how the bag ended up in a tree. It was a great event to happen during transition day and their first experience in their new class groups for the 2019-20 school year.
On Wednesday children across the school, from FS1 all the way to Year 8, wrote about their theories. They wrote from the perspective of the person who found the bag, or from the perspective of the bag owner, to share their ideas. This work was their ‘Big Write’ for this term and will be used by new teachers to inform planning and teaching for next year.
On Thursday morning, children arrived at school to find everything had disappeared – the mystery will never be solved!
We have many children moving on from BNIS this year to places far and wide. There are children moving to Sweden, to Portugal, to the UK, to Germany, going to boarding school, relocating to remote Scottish Islands, transferring to Nairobi schools or moving up to senior schools. This is tough for any child, let alone those who have been at the school for most of their lives.
To support the children with this big move, they spent the two days of transition altogether. This means they did not have to travel up to the new classes and find out about what they will not be becoming part of. Mrs Gould planned two days of fun for them and spent time chatting to those who are feeling a bit overwhelmed by their impending move.
The departing children, from the current FS2 to Year 8, had a great time playing outdoor games, creating Goldsworthy Art, sewing a bunting flag, building a structure from spaghetti and marshmallows, creating a shared replica of a Paul Klee painting and writing their account of the Bag Mystery. They also created thank you cards and some wrote speeches for the Leavers Assembly on Friday.
Mrs Gould had a wonderful time and would like to thank the children for their enthusiasm, as well as the support she received from some of the staff!
Everyone at BNIS wishes every one of our leavers all the best at their new schools and we can’t wait to hear how they are getting on.
The children from Year 3 and 4 were taken to Ngare Ndare forest on Monday 1st July as part of their outdoor adventure physical education curiculum.
The trip focused on developing their risk management skills and pushed them out of their comfort zones. They did the high-wire canopy walk, trekked up to the pools and spent time jumping from high rocks into the beautiful water below. Many children (and adults) were shocked by their own braveness and took a leap of faith from the high rocks. The teachers watched the children grow in confidence in front of their eyes.
Thank you to the organisers and staff for taking the children and thank you to the children for taking part so enthusiastically and confidently.