Dinky Charge 2019

On Saturday 27th April, regardless of the early morning rain, 22 teams proudly arrived at school to show off their model cars at our annual Dinky Charge event.  Kieran Avery, from Rhino Charge car 38, organised the event again this year with the support of Mr Masafu and Mr Franco.  The event helps to raise money for the Rhino Ark conservation charity.

The course was already laid out when competitors arrived and was definitely made more interesting by the unforeseen water and mud obstacles created by the rain!  Children worked in pairs, as navigator and driver, to complete the course in the shortest time possible however, speed was not necessarily the fastest way as every topple, lift or fall resulted in a 5 second penalty.  

Each team started with the blindfold section of the course which saw drivers relying heavily on their navigators to get them through the cones.  They then worked their way round the complicated course together through twists and turns, ups and downs and ins and outs.  Teamwork was dreamwork and every pair completed the course with an almost intact car!  A few of the cardboard cars found the rain a bit too much to handle though, and were shedding parts through the final obstacles!

The rain eased off after the first half of the event which allowed everyone to relax and enjoy themselves that little bit more.  Parents caught up with each other and kids competed and played together for the morning.  Well done to all the competitors but especially to the winners in each age category and Mikayla who won 'best car' for her cardboard landrover!  Prizes will be presented in assembly in a couple of weeks time - keep collecting sponsorship until then, every shilling helps!

Thanks go to Kieran, Mr Masafu, Mr Franco and all the other staff who pitched up to help at the event on a rainy Sarturday morning!  

World Book Day 2019

Throughout the first week of Term 3 we have spent time exploring books as part of our celebrations for International World Book Day. In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors.

Our week featured our author’s visit on Wednesday 24th plus work focused on books. Please visit the school office to see some of the work that was completed.

On Friday 26th April, most of the children and some of the adults came to school dressed as their favourite book characters. This was LOADS of fun but also enabled us to be introduced to some books we had not heard of. There were some well-known characters such as Gangsta Granny, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Wally (from Where’s Wally), The Cat in the Hat as well as the less well-known like Fancy Nancy, Will from Running Wild and Evelyn the Fairy.

Fancy Nancy entertained us in assembly and some of the work completed during the author’s visit was shared. Each class from Y1-8 chose a ‘best dressed’ character which included – Hiccup from How to Train your Dragon,. Asterix, the witch from Room on the Broom, Wil from Running Wild, Gangsta Granny x 2, Grandpa from Grandpa’s Great Escape, Fantastic Mr Fox and a Warrior boy Warrior.

Open a book

And you will find

People and Places of every kind

 

Open a book

And you can be

Anything you want to be

 

Open a book

And you can share

Wonderous worlds you find in there

 

Open a book

And I will too

You read to me and I’ll read to you

 By Jane Baskill

Virginia Clay Visits

What a fantastic start to Term 3 we had on Wednesday 24th April when we welcomed Virginia Clay – acclaimed author of Warrior Boy – to BNIS for the day.

There was a hive of activity around the office from 7.45am as children and parents queued to get their signed copy of Warrior Boy and to meet Virginia. She then took the whole school through a visualisation journey in assembly and proved to us that we all have the capability to create a story if we want to.

Throughout the rest of the day Virginia helped the children to explore various aspects of story writing in a variety of innovative and creative ways. Years 1 to 4 explored characterisation using inanimate objects, Years 5 and 6  looked at more interesting ways to develop settings and Years 7 and 8 plotted story outlines. The children in Early Years were also delighted to have the opportunity to have storytime with Virginia where she introduced them to a crocodile who didn’t like water!

Everyone felt a little star-struck during the day and all children and adults learnt from, and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with Virginia. We thank her very much for finding the time to travel up to Nanyuki to share some of her writing secrets with us!

Thanks Mum

On Thursday 28th March, BNIS invited the children’s mums to the school to have a special breakfast in celebration of UK Mothers’ Day which falls on Sunday 30th March this year. 101 mums joined 194 children for one big breakfast in a beautifully presented hall which had been set up with love and care by the staff first thing that morning. 


Mums of children in Early Years were invited through to the ‘EYFS Pamper Parlour’ after breakfast for some care and attention from their little ones. Feet were rubbed and shoulders massaged whilst others got stuck into a few creative activities.Fruit, mandazi and porridge were on offer for everyone. Straight after registration the children ‘waited on’ their mums – offering them fruit platters, pouring the juice and presenting them with a rose in thanks for everything they do. Those, whose mums could not attend, were ‘adopted’ for the event by other mums – thank you to all the adopters for caring so well for our little orphans!!!

The event was a great success and a really enjoyable, social gathering for all.  Thank you to all the staff for their efforts and to The Flower Shop for creating the lovely table displays.

Irrigation Fascination

The children came to school bubbling with excitement on Thursday 21st March following a STEM focused week filled with talking about irrigation and creating working models in their classes. On Friday 22nd - World Water Day – they worked hard to show off what they’d been learning and creating at the Irrigation Fair.

At the Irrigation Fair systems made by each class were on display alongside some systems that had been made by children at home with their parents. Each stall was rotationally manned by two children from the class who enjoyed describing how their systems worked, if/how they conserve water and the challenges they faced with the model making. Two year groups chose to showcase historical water transport systems – one from the Roman era and one developed by the Egyptians. 

Each class had the opportunity to explore the Fair and interview the children manning the stalls. Children gave suggestions on improvements which were recorded on feed-back forms. A huge amount of peer-to-peer learning took place and all children showed pride and ingenuity throughout the whole week of focused work.

Thanks go out to all the children for making it such a fun event.  Particular thanks are extended to Mrs Bebbington and Miss Kamau who came up with the idea and brought the whole thing to fruition.