We are coming to the end of week two. It has definitely been a busy week for the students. I am now confident that the students have settled in well and adjusted to the daily routine. It was certainly pleasing to see a range of extra-curricular activities taking place last term (term one). This provided students with opportunities to explore their potential outside the classroom. We also have a range of activities lined up for this term. I request that we support the children to achieve their aspirations in and out of the classroom.
UK Universities Fair
Braeside School will have a privilege to host the above event on 26th January 2017. We are excited to host this event, which gives important information to our students who choose to further their studies in the UK. We are pleased to have 30+ of UK’s leading universities participate in the Fair. We are convinced that our current Year 12 and 13 students will benefit from attending the Fair and receive first-hand information on studying in the UK. The chance to meet universities representatives face to face and interacting with them will allow our students get personalised responses to their questions; finding out more about the courses and funding opportunities on offer.
The universities who have confirmed participation are: Keele University, University of Birmingham, University of East Anglia (UEA), Brunel University London, University of Brighton, Northampton, The University of Kent, Cardiff University, Loughborough University, The University of Sheffield, The University of Nottingham, University of Portsmouth, Newcastle University, Nottingham Trent University, University of Surrey, University of Leeds, University of Central Lancashire, The University of Stirling, University of Aberdeen, University of Salford, University of Southampton, University of Bristol, Northumbria University, University of Sussex, The University of Bradford, Middlesex University London, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Robert Gordon University, The University of Manchester, Bath Spa University, University of Edinburgh, University of Reading, Coventry University and University of Bath.
This event, will be open to a number of East Africa International Schools. There will be talks and presentations from the universities and consultations with individual universities.
The talks include: Engineering, UCAS/Personal Statements, International Relations/Politics, Pharmacy, Law, Actuarial Science, Study in Scotland, Social Sciences, Public/Environmental Health, Studying In the UK - Things to Consider Before Applying, Art & Design and Arts & Humanities.
I believe that the students will benefit immensely from this opportunity.
Mr. Wallen Nyamota
End of Term
Today, 9th December 2016, we held our end of term assembly which is always a celebration of all that we’ve achieved. It was a pleasure to present so many certificates for Sports, Academic Achievement and Progress for the term, Gotcha and Merit Awards to name but a few! We listened to our students sing and play pieces of music. It was a lovely end of term as we wished the students and staff a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
It was an awesome show! At the show, I sat there listened and watched our students, staff and parents stage the best performance of the year. Braeside has talent. A big thank you to the students, staff and parents for putting in a lot of their time to the rehearsals and the final performance, and to parents for turning out in large numbers to watch the students do what they do best, performing!
Year 11 Mocks
Remember Mocks start on 4th January, 2017, first day of opening school.
From my desk, I thank you all for the support and wishing you a well-deserved holiday with the children.
Mr. Wallen Nyamota
In light of recent worldwide events, I have been looking at our school and why I consider our students internationally minded.
The Dalai Lama said that ‘more calm, more compassion, more international feeling is good for our health’
On talking with our older students, I quickly see that they consider themselves ‘world citizens’ and are less bound by country, ethnic, religious and social boundaries than many of ourselves.
If we look at this in context; we live in a difficult time, the world is struggling to absorb seven billion people. Global disintegration seems to be our fate rather than global integration. To avoid this, we as a school are promoting internationalism. Children educated for tomorrow need to be equipped with the skills and habits which allow them to act in meaningful ways both locally and globally and look for solutions rather than problems. It is important to understand the others point of view as it is to understand your own. We foster an ‘us and us’ approach rather than an ‘us and them’ approach.
During my discussion with students, I am encouraged that they are critical thinkers who far from promoting one set of answers to a complex international issue are more likely to explore a range of values and opinions, whilst listening and respecting others opinions. I find our students to be tolerant, promote acceptance and appreciate difference. These are the leaders of tomorrow.
Braeside High School held its Annual Sports Day on Friday 4th November. We were overwhelmed by the support parents gave our children and the school on the day. The competition was tough but Nyati house emerged the overall winners. Given the nature of sports, it is not surprising that the students had inspiring and motivational things to say about hard work, leadership, perseverance, winning, and team spirit. The students felt supported and the cheering from parents was awesome. For sports fans who came to support the students, I want to let you know that sports are the epitome of hard work and dedication. To get to the pinnacle of their sport, the students gave their all. Congratulations to the teams, parents and teachers for giving your all in the 2016 Sports Day.
Braeside School swimming team successfully competed in the NASA Nationals invite championships in Mombasa. The group of 9 students represented Braeside. Girls were 3rd overall and boys were 12th overall. In addition, Virginia and Victoria were Victrix Ludorum in their age groups and Justine was 2nd runner up in girls’ 10-11 age category. Well done Braestars.
The Primary School English Week took place from 19th - 23rd September 2016. Different activities that children and teachers were involved in included the following;
- Buddy pyjama reading hour: During this hour, children dressed up in their pyjamas and read books together with their buddy year groups. The teachers were not left behind as they also joined them.
- D-E-A-R: Drop Everything And Read - This slogan was evident in the school as each time the bell rang, children dropped everything and dashed for the nearest book to read.
- Children and teachers joined hands in decorating their class doors to depict different book covers. From Creche all the way to Year 6, the doors truly looked beautiful.
- The Interhouse Book Challenge displayed children's knowledge and understanding of different story books.
- Volunteer parents came in and read books for the children. We say a big thank you to all for taking time out of your busy schedules.
The climax of the week was the Character Charade where teachers and children alike came to school dressed in clothes displaying their favourite book characters. From queens to kings, superheroes to maids, wizards to witches, the school theatre was full of colour during the whole school assembly.
As we endeavour to inculcate a reading culture in our children, we urge parents to keep encouraging them to read a wide range of books to improve on their vocabulary.
Thank you all for making the week such a success, this couldn't have been possible without you.
Ms. C. Akinyi - English Curriculum Leader