Secondary French- History students board the Surcouf

 BMIS students visited the French frigate Surcouf, F 711. It is named after the French sailor Robert Surcouf (1773 – 1827). This was also a great pleasure for me. Thankfully Britain and France have been on the same side since the signing of the Entente Cordiale in 1904.

We were all given a good tour of the ship, escorted by serving officers of the Marine Nationale. Some of us even got to sit in the Captain’s seat on the bridge. The roles of a modern warship are numerous. The Surcouf is involved in anti-smuggling operations, combatting piracy as well as regular training activities for naval warfare.

It carries an awesome array of weaponry: a helicopter, rapid firing canons and machine guns, anti-ship missiles (or mer – mer as the French sailors call them) and anti – aircraft missiles. The Surcouf can also shoot down incoming enemy missiles.

Our students were also on good form, asking plenty of clever questions.

Many thanks to Madame Mwangi for organising this unique trip.

I was very impressed with our French allies, and I will of course be writing to the new British Prime Minister – whoever that is – and recommending a renewal of the Entente Cordiale as a solution to the Brexit crisis.

Environmental Day

BMIS  enjoyed and took part in various activities in this terms environmental day such as, recycling plastic; making bird feeders; creating mobiles; appreciating nature through songs and planting trees.

Btec- Business News

Did you know there was an amazing garment factory right here in Mombasa? As part of the How to Run and Start your own business, the BMIS Business BTEC department took several of its students to visit a successful business of considerable size in the clothing industry and more interestingly in the EPZ (Export Processing Zone). The students received a behind the scenes glimpse of the exciting world of manufacturing right in their own backyard.

 The factory has created thousands of direct and indirect jobs-housing 5000 workers on these premises alone. “At full capacity, our garments factory runs 22 hours on shift work, employing more than 5000 young people who were jobless in the area,” said Mr Awtani.

The factory situated in Changamwe is modelled on the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) garment industrial unit.  Over 1000 machines have been installed together with other cutting, labelling and pressing machinery to ensure the garments meet the highest quality standards.

Art News

Creative fun crafts club members are working on Wassily Kandinsky art. They were inspired by the bright colours he used. We have used various materials like impasto gel medium and threads to make our creations look authentic.