World Bee Day

27th May 2022

20th May marks the UN's World Bee Day each year. This year, children and staff at BNIS were completely immersed in learning about bees for the day. Children from Creche to Year 8, all staff (the grounds team, bus drivers, class teachers...everyone), dressed in an array of yellow and black to mark the day. The children learned about the vital role of bees, the wide range of bee species that exist and were able to get hands-on with the bee-keeping equipment.

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Children had a jam-packed day; they started with an informative session during registration which helped them fully understand the vital role that bees and other pollinators play in the world. Everyone was then treated to a fun-filled and educational assembly; the main school children and Year 1 parents really enjoyed joining in with the Year 1’s waggle dance whilst Early Years enjoyed the singing and dancing of the FS1 classes. Did you know that each bee only produces a teaspoon of honey in its life? This was one of the amazing facts shared during the FS1 assembly!

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The learning was especially enhanced by our visitors: Jess DeBoer (farmer, author and bee-keeper) who gave a talk to the children in the theatre, Jonathan Kelmanson (bee-keeper) enabled children to get hands-on with beekeeping equipment and clothing and Jane and Christian Lambrechts taught the Year 7 and 8 children how to make candles. Judith, our school nurse, visited each class and taught them how to treat a bee-sting and also created awareness and understanding of anaphylaxis which can be caused from a bee-sting. We are extremely grateful to all of them for their support of this wonderful day.

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To end the day, FANs (our volunteer parent team) laid on one of the fundraising Family Fun Friday events. This was incredibly well attended and it was lovely to see so many families on site. Work from Bee day was on display, parents indulged in a cocktail, a slice of pizza, a savoury pie and/or a slice of cake. Children enjoyed the bouncy castle, a game of football, a temporary tattoo, hanging out with friends, a slice of cake and a glass of punch. KSPCA raffle tickets were also on sale for a chance to win one of their incredible range of prizes.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported, helped, organised, attended or bought things.

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THANK YOU!