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.
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.
On Monday 3rd June, BMIS will be running its annual environment day. Secondary students will have the opportunity to learn valuable information from three different speakers and take part in creative activities from 8am to 10am. Activities will include climate change presentations and making mobiles and plant pots out of plastic bottles. In the afternoon (Periods 5 and 6), they will join the primary students to plant trees, make piggy banks using water bottles and bags out of old t-shirts.
If you have plastic bottles, bottle tops and old t-shirts at home, please bring them to the secondary reception on Monday 3rd June.
Students should wear their house t-shirt on that day.
The year 3 and 4 classes braved the rain for a trip up to Kilifi, where we took part in Football and Netball.
This is the third exchange of the year between the two schools, and as ever lots of fun was had competing against each other and strengthening friendships.
Denis of year 3 had this to say:
‘I love going to Kivukoni, it’s such a cool school! We played Football with our friends and I was talking to some boys that I’ve never seen before. Also, our team won a match in the Football tournament!’
Year 4 sporting veteran Ciara added:
‘Netball was fun, the ball was slippery because it was so wet! My favourite part was the warm-up games where we played rock-paper-scissors with everyone!’
Thank you Denis and Ciara, and thank you to our friends in Kilifi for another fun-filled exchange.
We have been learning about farm animals, their babies and the food we get from them. We didn't forget to keep our little hands and feet busy and worked on our fine and gross motor skills.
The children have also enjoyed building their numeracy skills by counting the ducks in our water play area, singing “5 Little Ducks.”
Throughout the week we have made various types of farm animals, paper plate animals, used paint and colour and stuck on printouts of farm animals, as well as making animal masks. We talked about how useful farm animals are and how we get milk from cows, eggs from chickens and wool from sheep.
We decorated our role play area as a farm and the children had lots of fun playing with the farm animals and sorting them from the safari animals. They even decorated some of the animals in the role play area.