High School Week 13 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We have successfully come to the end of term two. I wish to take this opportunity to most sincerely thank you for your continued support to the school and the children.

The term has been full of activities and I want to thank all those children who took part in various activities. Our school continued to shine in the field of sports and fixtures. A big congratulations to the U13 boys football team who emerged as the champions at the Turi tournament. Congratulations to the Key Stage 3 students for a fantastic school production ‘Shrek’. A play well done! Not forgetting the U13 girls hockey players for winning the Brookhouse tournament.

Braeburn 40th Anniversary Ball

We are delighted to be celebrating 40 years of Braeburn Schools!

Since 1979, we have welcomed and educated children from across the world, embracing international education, growth and celebrating cultural diversity. We are proud to be leaders in education within East Africa and invite you to join us in marking this auspicious occasion.

The Braeburn Ball will take place on Saturday 27th April at Braeburn School,  on Gitanga Road. Kindly contact  Braeburnball2019@braeburn.ac.ke in order to reserve your tickets.

This is a “Black Tie with a touch of Braeburn” dinner and dance, commencing at 6.45pm. You will be entertained with a live band, and enjoy a sumptuous meal from the Tamarind; the bar will be hosted by Baraka Israel,  with welcome drinks and wine on the table.  The cost is Ksh. 6,500 pp. Put your dancing shoes on and let us celebrate;  we look forward to hosting you!

IGCSE/A Level Exams

Our Year 11’s have begun their final IGCSE exams in some subjects like French, German, Art & Design, PE and I take this chance to wish them good luck. Year 12 and 13 join them from 2nd May 2019. Please let us join hands in wishing them good luck in their final exams.

Please take the weeks ahead to make sure that the candidates are preparing for their exams with less involving and demanding activities. 

Mathematics Challenge

Braeside High School students participated in the above tournament held at Nairobi Academy. A tough competition for the Mathematicians from our school. A big congratulations to our Braestars for emerging the overall winners at the challenge. Special mention to Merna E., Kartik T., Gurra E., and Zinan H., for the fantastic skills displayed up to winning the tournament.

Reports

You will be receiving your child’s end of term report in the course of the week from Monday, 8th April 2019. Please take time to discuss the report with your child, congratulate them on where they have excelled and encourage them on areas which require improvement.

Braeside App

We are aware that our School App is not currently supported by the new android phones. We are working on it and hope to have the issue resolved soon.

Book Scrutiny

Exercise books of students from Year 7 to 10 have been collected from students to enable the leadership team carry out scrutiny. This will enable the school do a check on the quality of students work and that work in the books is up to date.

Year 7 Community Service

On Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 the Year 7  students took part in their Community service outreach to Lavington Primary School. The students  donated new and old story books from the proceeds of book week and non uniform day. They also extended a hand of friendship through interaction and spending quality time. They had an interesting debate on what is  important between the destination and the journey. This is what one of the students had to say; ‘‘I have realized that it is important to think about somebody else other than myself.’’  Nicole S. Year 7S

Have a restful break and looking forward to welcoming all students back on 24th April 2019 for their term 3.

Regards,

Mr. Wallen Nyamota

Headteacher

 

 

High School Week 12 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As we near the end of the term, we take time to celebrate many achievements of our students. At Braeside, each student has an opportunity to shine in different stages, be it the theatre or the field.

School Production

The Key Stage 3 students put up a fantastic show last night. The ‘Shrek’ production gave students an opportunity to show case their talents and work as a team. A big well done to the cast and production team.

Non-Uniform Day

Non-Uniform day allows students to contribute to charity as they pay to wear home clothes to school. This term’s non-uniform day was on Tuesday, 26th of March. This is what one of the students had to say about non-uniform:

‘‘Non-uniform day is a way to express oneself like a zebra’s unique stripes. It’s a path that sort of sets one free because you don’t need to worry whether that tie got stained over lunch.’’ Mbugua M. Year 7

Year 13 Prom

On the 23rd of March, the Year 13's had their Prom at Radisson Blu. This is what the students had to say about the event:

‘‘We lit up the Radisson Blu, Upperhill Hotel. We shared laughs, giggles, smiles, compliments and memories that we will never forget. The food was of five-star quality. The 5 course meal left all our taste buds fully satisfied that night. We were each awarded according to our  predicted behaviour and in our midst we had billionaires, clowns, photographers and scientists, just to mention a few. We ended the night after dancing our hearts out and everybody show cased their best moves. It was truly a night like no other.’’ Stephanie W.

‘‘The general ambiance of the day's events and the  setup allowed the event to run successfully. With this being one of the last major events to happen as the class of 2019. We were able to spend time together while enjoying each other’s company. The program ran smoothly from the time we ate all through to the presentation of awards.’’ Natasha M.

From the Sports Desk

Braeside under 13 boys football participated in the prestigious Turi under 13 football tournament on Saturday 23rd March 2019 and emerged the champions of the 2018-2019 season. Braeside reclaimed the title which they last won in 2012.

The boys won all their pool matches against tough opponents. Other than displaying entertaining football, the boys displayed high levels of discipline throughout the tournament. Special mention goes to Marten Z. for his superb leadership as the captain. 

Have a good weekend.

Regards,

Mrs. Susan Mungai

Head of English Department

 

 

High School Week 11 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

‘‘Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success’’. Swami Sivananda

As week 11 draws it’s curtains closed, I realised that Braestars work with this mantra at heart as was evident in their activities.

ISI Pre-Inspection

The ISI Inspection which is due in May rolled off with a visit by one of the inspectors who did a preview of the school and guided us on what to expect in May.

World Poetry Day

This day was marked with recitations of poetry at the reception foyer early in the morning before registration, at break time and at lunch time. The students show cased great talent through rendition of poems in various languages namely English, French, German, Swahili and even Japanese. I hope next time there will be more languages exhibited for as we all know poetry is indeed a brief, terse and pithy representation of life. A kaleidoscope of issues that affect society in general was well brought out by the passionate voices of students and teachers. A guest poet joined the KS3 students in the theatre.

‘‘It was an excellent showcasing of poetry in the school and the guest was on point’’. Gift B. Year 8C

Year 13 Prom

On Saturday, 23rd March 2019 our Year 13 students literally mark their last dance in High School. We wish the class all the best as they cross the important bridge that finally brings them out into society.

End of Key Stage 3 Careers Clinic

On Friday, 22nd March 2019, we had the pleasure of hosting different professionals who gave an insight into their careers to our Year 9 students who are graduating from Key Stage 3.

School Photos

Kindly follow this link http://meharimages.com/braeside 2019/ to access your child’s individual and class photo. Order forms will be issued on Monday, 25th March 2019.

From the Sports Desk

Our Year 11 and under 13 Girls participated in a football tournament at Braeburn Gitanga Road while swimmers took part in KAISSO swimming gala at Gems Cambridge International School.

I do wish you a good weekend.

Regards,

Ms. Carol Omollo

Head of Modern Foreign Languages Department

 

High School Week 10 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We have successfully come to the end of week ten and I would like to share the following with you.

End of Key Stage 3 Examinations

Year 9 students commenced the End of KS3 Examinations this week. The assessment is a step towards ensuring that there is a fair and accurate measure of how effectively the school helps students to progress. We are convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that we have provided a strong platform for our learners to progress from KS3 to KS4 seamlessly. We continuously help them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We wish them success in the next stage of their academic life and assure them of our unlimited support as they unlock their potential.                                                                                            

Humanity Week

This week we celebrated 'Humanity' with special focus on global challenges. We had a number of activities happening to celebrate the theme so all learners had the choice to  participate. The activities sensitized them on the challenges facing humanity. Students had an opportunity to look into the following themes; human rights, gender inequality, racial intolerance, poverty and crime. Students are encouraged to identify with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building community's values and practices.

Year 11 Dinner Dance

On Saturday 16th March, Year 11 students will be holding Leavers’ Dinner Dance at Sankara Hotel. We wish them an enjoyable evening. Candidates are reminded that hard work and dedication are the only mantras in the journey to success. Without being passionate and the willingness to work hard, no one can achieve success. A concerted effort is crucial at this time to encourage, support and guide the candidates as they prepare for their final IGCSE, Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level Examinations.              

Year 8 History Trip to Kenya Railway Museum                              

On Wednesday, the Year 8 students got an opportunity to visit to the Kenya Railway Museum in Nairobi. We had a fantastic session at the museum where questions pertaining to the early history of the railway line and Kenya’s development were adequately answered. We learnt about the challenges faced by the construction workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway for instance, the man eaters of Tsavo and how diseases could scourge the construction of the railway line. Taking a walk through the main gallery and an outdoor collection of  locomotives, wagons and coaches was one of breath taking beauty.  By Kundai M. Year 8N

BTEC Students Trip to Wonderjoy Party World

On Thursday, the Year 12 & 13 BTEC students went out on an educational trip to Wanderjoy Party World, an all-in-one events management company. We interacted with company staff and had experiential learning opportunities such as DJing, management and planning of events. We were also briefed on the importance of observing health and safety,  challenges of internet  marketing,  importance of keeping  inventory for managing physical resources as well as how to do follow up after a business event. The Information gathered will go a long way to helping us complete our assignments for this term.                                                                                   By Nthemba L. Year 13Y                                                            

Wishing you a good weekend.

Regards,

Mr. George Biaru                                                          

Head of Mathematics and IT Department

 

High School Week 9 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We have successfully come to the end of week 9 of this term. It has been a busy week for our students with many activities around the school. The book week ushered us into the thrill of it all with students and teachers all reading for ten minutes before every lesson on Monday. There were book stalls where students could purchase new titles in the market and there was also a book donation drive where students brought to school books they had   already read to be given to charity. The icing on the cake really were the story-telling sessions from Maimuna and her team, which left the students euphoric and barely able to snap out of their trances as they left to attend the rest of the day's lessons. 

Celebrating an ardent reading culture

This week truly was one to be remembered. The week long event is an annual celebration that takes place at our school. It is an event that connect readers with books and celebrate the joy of reading. What exactly took place during book week?

The experience brought about vocabulary expansion, mental stimulation, thinking skills, better writing skills, focus and concentration. Such activities encourage reading culture.

Reading is more important than you might think. Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read.

Learning to read is a sequential process; each new skill builds on the mastery of previously learnt skills. Early on, for example, children learn to break down words into their most basic sounds in a process called decoding. A good reader for me is someone who does not read a lot but reads carefully and understands the things written. By Tamasha M. & Rhea S. Press Club Members

Opposite Day

Making its maiden debut this week was the celebration of opposite day, where teachers were students and vice versa. There was great excitement prior to the day as  students strategized on how to fill the shoes of their teachers (and subtly get back at them). It was hilarious to see every all  teachers dressed up in students uniform. The students shone impeccably in their formal wear and the day was splendid. 

The day was aimed at harnessing the students leadership skills and creating a more homogeneous learning environment at the school. As well, students were allowed an opportunity to sharpen their research skills as they prepared to teach the lessons, and applied teamwork in the management of the school. 

Here are some views of the day:

"I had a chance to appreciate the pressure students feel when they have to hand in work and they were not able to complete due to genuine reasons. I will definitely be more empathetic towards my learners."  Mr. Leonard M.

"Students go through a lot and many times, teachers are unaware of these struggles as they focus on meeting their own teaching objectives. This event has been extremely eye opening and I hope we do it again soon."  Ms. Lydia M.

A special thanks to the leaders of the day:

Middle School

Headteacher                           Marilyn L.

Deputy Academics                 Krishan L.

                                                  Serah N.

Deputy Pastoral                      Owen G.

                                                  Japheth O.

Middle School Coordinator   Junaid C.

                                                  Saphie A.

                                                  Zyaan R.

Year Group Coordinator

Year 7                                       Nicole S.

Year 8                                       Kundai M.

Year 9                                       Noemie N.

Upper School                                                                                                     

Headteacher                             Keith W.

Deputy Academics                   Salama O.

Deputy Pastoral                        Stephanie W.

                                                    Austin K.

Upper School Coordinator       Nthemba  L.

Year Group Coordinator

Year 10                                      Anne J.

Year 11                                      Vivian M.

Year 12/13                                 Eileen A.

From the Sports Desk

The under 15 girls football A team won Brookhouse A 1-0 while under 15 girls football B team won Brookhouse B 1-0 . Under 15 girls hockey drew 0-0 vs Hillcrest. Under 15 Basketball lost 31-27 to Hillcrest. We look forward to KAIISSO Under 15 boys and girls finals this Saturday.

Wishing you a  good weekend.

Regards,

Ms. Doreen Karau

Year 10 Group Coordinator