Wow! This is the only way I can describe the feeling amongst teachers and students at the end of the academic year. It has been such a busy year, no wonder weeks went by so fast.
Let me take this opportunity to thank each one of you for the support you accorded us as a school and the students to make this academic year such a successful year. Most, if not all our targets for this year were achieved! Please congratulate your children too at home as they enjoy the hard earned summer holiday. They deserve a rest but with some holiday work to keep them busy.
Secondly, I wish to bring to your attention that Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 end of term reports will be sent in the course of next week. Please go through the report with your son/daughter and see areas of improvement but also congratulate them where they have done well. It is very important that you go through the report with your child.
We held our Annual Prize Presentation on Thursday, 4th July 2019. It was a very colourful event and a big thank you to all Parents/Guardians who came to celebrate the successes of their child(ren).
I wish to bring to your attention that the old uniform will no longer be used in the coming year. This affects those students who continued to enjoy the one year changeover period.
I continue to request and remind parents that lost property is becoming a challenge in the school due to lack of labels (names) on student’s uniform. At the point of purchase, please insist that the uniform is labelled with two names. This is an agreement we as a school reached with the uniform suppliers. They will do this at no cost.
Well Being Holiday Camps
There are some good programs on offer during the holiday by some providers we have used before. I can recommend your child to them. They have exciting programs. See attached fliers and choose a program which might benefit your child.
The school opens on Tuesday, 27th August 2019. Mark this date in your diary.
Wishing the Braestars a restful summer holiday. Please keep them busy and safe throughout the holiday.
Mr. Wallen Nyamota
As we fast approach the end of the academic year, there is a lot of excitement as students look forward to the prize presentation and the beginning of their summer holidays.
Year 7 and 8 Community Service
Students in Year 7 and 8 will on Monday and Tuesday respectively, visit charitable organisations to donate unclaimed items that have been in our lost property. Items to be given out have been in the store from 2016 to 2018.
Return of Text Books
The Year 7’s are expected to return textbooks on Tuesday, 2nd July 2019 while Year 8’s are to return on Monday, 1st July 2019.
At the end of every year we celebrate the students who have achieved in various fields in the school, from sport to academics. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 4th July 2019. All are welcome.
Year 10 Work Experience
The Year 10 Work Experience program was a great success again this year. The comments from employers were, on the whole, very good. I would like to thank all the employers for playing hosts to our students and for their feedback on the progress of our students.
Many thanks to the parents for facilitating the students during the week, the students for their excellent behavior and their teachers for visiting the many workplaces.
This week, we also welcomed back the Year 12 students after a successful five days of work experience program and the beginning of their work on the Year 13 syllabus. The students had a wonderful experience in the different organizations they were stationed.
From the Sports Desk
The U13 Boys Rugby participated in the Pembroke Ndume 7s on Saturday, 22nd June 2019. The team put up a spirited fight during their pool matches. They managed to finish 4th in their pool. A special mention to Lincoln K. Year 7S and Yaseen W. Year 8K for displaying excellent performance during the tournament.
This weekend, the U13 Boys Rugby and Netball girls will participate in the KAISSO tournament at Braeburn Garden Estate. We wish the team success.
I wish to remind Parents and Guardians that teaching and learning continues until end of term. No student is expected to be away from school in the name of ‘we have finished exams!’
Have a good weekend.
Mr. Leonard Mwendwa
Year 12/13 Group Coordinator
We have successfully come to the end of a very busy week, a week where our learners were sitting for their End of Year Exams.
As part of our curriculum, our Year 10 students will be out of school for a week long on work related learning (work experience). Year 10 parents, kindly ensure that your child attends this very important experience. The work experience week will run from Monday, 24th June to Friday, 28th June 2019.
All students have been placed in various organisations and I wish to take this opportunity to thank you parents and our partners for ensuring that all our students have a work placement.
Teachers will be going round next week to visit the students and see how they are fairing on.
All Year 12’s completed their work experience on Friday, 21st June 2019. They are expected to be in school from Monday, 24th June 2019 for normal lessons.
We are pleased to inform you that we sent a group of students for the World Scholars Cup Global Round year in Beijing, China. This enrichment program is designed to connect students with adult members of the community who assist them in developing their goals, confidence, and training that will enable them to positively contribute to society. It brings together students in a fantastic championship that revolves around debate, talent show, collaborative writing, scholars bowl and scavenger hunt.
Return of Library Books
We wish to remind Year 11, Year 13 BTEC and A-Level to return library books by Friday, 28th June 2019.
Sixth Form Graduation
The Year 13 Class of 2019 graduated from High School on the 18th of June 2019. We wish them all the best as they step out to a new life and phase.
Next Week’s After School Activities
There will be no after school sports coaching next week. We will only have the final after school club session on Wednesday at 3.45pm to 4.45pm.
We wish our sports teams all the best in all fixtures and tournaments lined up this weekend. A big thank you to our games department for their dedication.
Good luck to the Under 13 Boys Ndume Sevens Rugby at Pembroke.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Mr. Joel Ndung’u
Deputy Headteacher - Pastoral
Week seven has been busy and full of major activities where the students were fully engaged.
End of Year Examinations
End of year examinations started this week for Year 10’s while Year 7, 8 and 9 start next week. We encourage all students to plan and prepare well for the examinations. We wish them success.
The year 6 class had a short experience in high school. The taster days were Monday, 10th and Tuesday, 11th June 2019. They are a unique class with an impressive sense of focus. They are quite engaging, highly inquisitive, lively and good to be with. During the reflection time, they expressed their love for high school after the few lessons they had attended. Their best moments were having time at the canteen and attending high school classes. We wish them well and look forward to receiving them come September, next academic year.
Tea Time Concert
On Thursday, 13th June 2019 we hosted our Annual Tea Time Concert where students displayed their prowess in playing the different musical instruments. A big thank you to the parents and guardians who came to support our Braestars.
Sixth Form Graduation Ceremony
We invite you to our 6th Form graduation ceremony on Tuesday, 18th June from 1:00pm in the School Theatre. Come celebrate with us as we send them out for specialised education and a wonderful future.
From the Sports Desk
The U13 Netball team participated in the U13 Nairobi Academy Netball Tournament where they displayed a good performance against tough opponents and eventually winning the shield.
The U15 Girls Netball and U15 Boys Rugby will take part in the Turi Rugby and Netball Tournaments this weekend on 15th June 2019.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Mr. Martin Aguko
Head of Games
Junior Girls Junior Boys
Overall Winning House
I am pleased to note that the last part of this term has started on top gear. The warm interaction between our students and staff is quite motivating. One would think that the term has just started since each learner is showing a great sense of enthusiasm in all activities.
This week, we have had parents’ consultations for the year 7, year 8 and year 10. The aim was to bring the parents up to date on the performance and conduct of their children. We encourage all our parents to be available on such days to keep our children motivated and guided.
End of Term Exams
Research has shown that exams are a source of stress and discomfort among the young people. As we prepare for the end of year exams, which will be comprehensive, we ask that you support the children as they revise their notes.Encourage them to prepare adequately.
On 6th June 2019, these 4 students, Serah N. Year 7S, Andrea K. Year 7C, Hafsah C. Year 8C and Wanjiku W. Year 8N represented the school in the Junior Mathematics Challenge held in The Nairobi Academy. The event was in two stages; Individual challenge and team challenge. The school was ranked third out of the nine schools that attended.
Key Stage 3 and 4 Debate
Yesterday, the upper school hosted a discourse on 'Whether democracy is the best form of government' which invited diversely thrilling viewpoints. Vastly, both teams put forward very strong arguments and presented their cases clearly; engaging the audience and firmly rebutting the significant other's case. This follows the middle school debate on 'Whether peer pressure is more useful than harmful'; which was equally captivating. We laud and congratulate our passionate debaters who really exerted themselves to showcase their talent and prowess.
Year 7 Pastoral Trip
During the Mid-term break 70 students of year 7 travelled to Brackenhurst Hotel in Limuru for their pastoral trip. The trip program aimed at helping students to appreciate the beauty of working in teams, building up their ability to make sound decisions, enhancing the attitude of resilience, understanding the effects (both positive and negative) of social media to young people’s lives and nurturing a sense of responsibility in caring for what each one of them was carrying along.
They had great fun interacting with the Blue sky Adventures (a team that facilitated the events) especially when they got to the high ropes. A majority of them felt they had overcome a great degree of the fear that makes them not to venture into new horizons in their school life.
From the Sports Desk
The U15 Rugby and Netball teams are preparing for the St. Andrew’s Turi Rugby 7’s and Netball tournaments that are upcoming on 15th June 2019. The U13 Rugby continues to train for the upcoming Ndume 7s on 22nd June 2019 at Pembroke.
We wish the teams all the best as they prepare for the tournaments.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Mr. Wellington Andati
Middle School Coordinator