Beyond the Classroom
At BMIS we maximise opportunities for learners beyond the classroom, by enhancing experiences. This helps learners to develop into well-rounded individuals with a wide range of skills that will be of use in their future.
Arts – music, drama, art
All Learners are encouraged to take part in Drama productions on stage. BMIS has several productions each year, as well as regular musical concerts, talent shows and class assemblies. LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) is offered as an extra-curricular activity to all in Years 3-11 and is taught by a qualified instructor. We have a number of peripatetic music teachers instructing in different musical instruments, including drums, piano, string, brass and voice, with our most talented students participating in the annual ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) Examinations. BMIS learners are encouraged to participate in local competitions and have had successes in annual events such as art competitions, poetry and drama.
BMIS has a range of sporting successes. As a member of IAPS (Independent Association for Preparatory Schools) and KAIIS (Kenya Association for Independent International Schools), we are fortunate to be able to compete with over twenty other schools both in the coastal area and upcountry over the course of the year. An average week will have between 6 and 10 sports fixtures taking place with frequent weekend tournaments for each of the major sports. Sport at BMIS ensures that learners of all abilities will be given opportunities to take part in physical activities if they show commitment. In addition, inter-house competitions in athletics, football, rugby, hockey, swimming, x-country, netball, cricket and rounders take place for all age groups.
BMIS swimmers compete both Nationally and Internationally. A rigorous training programme is offered to more serious swimmers, who can choose to attend early morning or after-school sessions. BMIS swimmers have participated in the Africa Junior Swimming Championships and compete in NASA and CASA swimming galas anually. BMIS also has a learners pool for very young swimmers as well as offering Mother and Baby sessions confidence buiding.
We know that our learners are the future leaders of tomorrow. Our students are able to hone their leadership skills through the student council, peer mentoring, and by becoming prefects or house captains, head boy or girl. In addition, the Model United Nations, Interact and President’s Award offer our learners real-life opportunities to thrive, develop new skills and excel in forums outside of school.
We ensure learners are given opportunities to compete using all their gifts and talents. Academic competitions that take place include Writing competitions, Mathematics Challenges, Quizzes and an annual Inter-School Science Fair. These encounters allow our learners to compete with and benchmark against other International Schools in Kenya, and occasionally, with schools elsewhere in the world online through COBIS events.
At BMIS, we value highly learning outside the classroom. This may be through field trips and outdoor adventure trips, or simply taking lessons outside. BMIS benefits from the good weather and a stunning coastal environment that allows a wide variety of outdoor activities. Learners will have at least one educational day trip each term and the possibility of a residential trip each year. Kenya has some wonderful outdoor adventure locations and our residential trips range from stunning beaches to mountains, indigenous forests, bushlands, and include a wide variety of activities such as water sports, trekking and rock climbing. International trips are also a possibility.
BMIS learners are encouraged to be cognisant of the world around them, inclusive of people, animals and the environment. From an early age, our learners understand that it is important to make a difference in the world and to be caring for those less fortunate than themselves. Through a variety of age-appropriate activities, learners are encouraged to take part in charity events and to initiate their own fundraising activities. BMIS supports Utange School, KESHO, Kwale eye clinic, Sheldrick Elephant Nursery and is regularly involved in beach clean-ups and numerous global fund raising initiatives.
Career - work place experience
Career guidance is given to BMIS learners to assist them in making informed decisions when choosing subjects for international examinations. In addition, work-experience gives learners opportunities in various work places. Visiting professionals talk to and inspire our learners further.