25th May 2023
A group of Year 5 and 6 children ended this week singing and dancing surrounded by fellow musical enthusiasts in Nairobi for the Braeside Music Festival. They were thrilled to sing their favourite songs, including Miley Cyrus' 'The Climb' and Imagine Dragons’ 'On Top of the World.' The students arrived at school prepared for the trip and at 1:30 pm, the bus left BNIS, with the children singing, playing games and napping along the way.
Upon arriving at BGE, where they were staying for the night, the group managed to squeeze in one last practice session before they hopped into showers and then got ready for dinner. Before bed, the children ran around in the field, burning off all the energy that had built up from sitting on the bus over the long drive.
The next morning, they set off bright and early to the festival. Upon arriving at Braeside School, the children were welcomed by the school's music teacher and led to the auditorium, where the event was scheduled to take place. Due to their early arrival, the students had ample time to rehearse their songs and dance routines on stage while waiting for the children from other schools to arrive.
BNIS was the second school to perform during each session and their performance was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. The children particularly enjoyed Nairobi Academy's rendition of 'The Greatest Show' from the movie "The Greatest Showman," which was truly inspiring. Following the performances, we sang 'Kwanzaa,' a song celebrating an African American festival.
Music trips are crucial for exposing children to performing in front of an unfamiliar audience and they enable children to revel in other children's live performances. We extend a special thanks to the children for their fantastic performance and to their parents for allowing them to participate.