Last week was quite exciting in Crèche as the children explored more about Teddy Bears. We started off the week with a pretend bear hunt at the A- Level area where the children eagerly followed a trail of paws in the forest and finally, at the end of the path, found a teddy bear. Some used their binoculars to look for more bears as others took photos of the teddy bear.
The story of ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ gave us opportunities to have discussions on what bears eat and learn names of different colours. We then created a sensory tub with soapy water and Lego where the children pretended to be bears fishing for their food. We also dramatised the story and the children willingly retold some parts of it as they sequenced the order of the animals.
To crown it all up, we had a show and tell session and a picnic. The children brought their favourite teddy bear and talked about them as they enjoyed their picnic at the wheeled area.
This week we shall learn some bear songs and bake bear cookies.
FOUNDATION STAGE 1
As we continue learning about different means of transport, last week we looked at pictures of some modes used in the water. We focused on ships, boats, ferries and submarines. The discussions enabled the children to learn new words such as; sail, oars, mast and buoyancy force.
The children were thrilled to go on a pretend voyage in a boat. They rowed it using oars while singing the song, “Row row row your boat…”
Did you know?
As a ship displaces or pushes the water out of the way, the displaced water wants to return to its original location but it can’t because that’s where the ship is now, so the water pushes the ship upwards. The force which pushes the ship up is called ‘buoyancy’ hence it floats.
We also compared weights of objects and used mathematical language to compare heavy and light by weighing various natural materials in our environment. The children were surprised to find out that some objects may be small in size but heavy in weight.
This week, we shall focus on airplanes and link this to various textures.
FOUNDATION STAGE 2
Last week was full of exciting activities as the children energetically participated in assembling simple machines such as inclined planes and see-saws using available resources both in and outdoors.
They started off by planning for their inventions with their team members, chose the resources needed and went ahead to make their models. A number of mathematical concepts were displayed during these activities. Language such as heavier than, besides, next to and under among many others were being used. The children were also able to relate the shapes of the machines to real life objects as they described features and compared one to another.
We also discussed a few other common machines such as wheel barrows, washing machines and weighing scales which enabled the children to describe their features and functions. We then came up with a list of items we can carry, wash and weigh using these machines.
The children have been applying their phonic skills quite well while attempting reading and writing activities. Kindly continue to support us by engaging your child in fun filled activities which gives them opportunities to enhance these skills further.
This week, we shall continue learning about machine operators and engineers.
The 36th Annual East Africa Model United Nations Conference will definitely be highlighted as one of the greatest for Braeside High School. At the conference, Braeside had two members in the Executive Committee. This is the highest possible positions. The two members were Suhail (13Y) who was Media Director and Ideja (11K) as Senior Chair. Braeside was also represented well by Chemutai (11N) who emerged successful as a Head Securitary after weeks of Training.
At the end of the conference, Braeside once again emerged successful by Njeri (10S) winning best speaker in the Political Committee and Gurra (10K) winning best speaker in Mendoza Charity Committee. In addition, Samantha’s resolution on providing ‘’clean Water in Latin America’’ got a clean bill from the large delegate. The other delegates and Ambassadors equally played a significant role in amending and debating other resolutions in different committees.
These included Shirley (11C), Nessy (11C), Sinai (10K), Lynn (11K), Tanay (10C), Nasteha (12A), Nicole (11N), Kfir (12A) and Trevor (11N) were in the Special Summit.
We are also proud to announce that Ideja also got an even bigger role for the next conference as the Co-Chair of the first General Assembly. Congratulations are in order to the delegates and the advisors Ms. Yongo, Mr. Ouma and Mr. Kombo.
PRESSCORP - Personal Experience
At exactly 9:23am on 19th February 2018, the 36th annual EAMUN Conference was declared open by the Secretary General, Makenzie Hanson and her deputy, Khilen Patel. The conference consisted of 1000+ delegates from up to 72 schools from 9 different countries, a pictured painted to speak of diversity.
The committees involved in these conference were Economic, Political, Human Rights, Ecology, Security, Special Summit, MCC (Mendonsa Charity Council), ICJ (International Court of Justice), GHC (Global Health Council).
During this 5-day conference, there were a couple of speakers, and some of which stood out in the whole conference was one by world renowned journalist and entrepreneur, Julie Gichuru. She started off this year’s conference with an empowering and powerful speech. Through her journalism, she has managed to redefine and innovate the news anchoring in Kenya, and through her career, she has augmented and emboldened the society into a better place. Another guest speaker was Henry Wanyoike.
The last day of the conference, which was on the 23rd February, was a fusion of sensations or rather emotions. Delegates were enthusiastic as well as gloomy, as they knew it was the last day. The Media team, which I was part of, prepared a much-awaited closing video that had everyone’s mood enlightened.
Personally, I regarded this conference and the experience attached to it as a perfect and precise example of what is known as International Education. I experienced social growth, a very important aspect in a young adult’s life. I made friends with all kinds of young people from different backgrounds and demeanor. Working as a Presscorp made me get the drift and understand the working life I am about to join in a few years and I would say that this was the unsurpassed kind of work experience. By Loise (12R)
Crèche trip to Text book Centre at Two Rivers Mall & Swimming Demo
The Crèche trip to Text book Centre at Two Rivers Mall was indeed the highlight of the “Eric Carle” theme. The children had a great time singing nursery rhymes in the bus as we embarked on our journey. What caught the children’s eyes at the book store, was the variety of books which were displayed on the shelves from all over the world.
They were drawn into the magical world of fairy tales as they took turns to independently select and read a book of their choice. In the end, they purchased their favourite hard cover story book, a pack of crayons and a colouring book.
Thereafter we played a few games, then had a picnic lunch in the garden within the mall.
What a better way to introduce the second half of the terms theme, “Teddy bears,” with the story of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” Next week the children will go for a bear hunt and dramatise the story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.”
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the children proudly displayed their skills in the pool during the Crèche Swimming Demo. We would like to thank all the parents who came and celebrated their children’s progress.
Foundation Stage 1
This week we embarked on the theme - On The Move. We started off by exploring transport by road. The children excitedly talked about the models of their parents’ cars and brought in their toy cars, buses and trucks. We recycled milk and juice cartons to make the different car models.
The song of the week was ‘The wheels on the bus go round and round…’ To crown it up, we went for a bus ride at the car park in our school bus. This gave the children an opportunity to understand more about bus engines, bumpers, headlights, wing mirrors, exhaust pipes, boots etc. They were also able to count the various parts of the bus and compared those that were different.
Next week we shall focus on modes of transport used in water.
Foundation Stage 2
“Nothing lasts forever, not even the best machines. And everything can be reused.” Hephaestus
The topic, Machines has taken off quite well as the children showed great interest in the common ones which they are aware of, such as washing machines, computers, phones, and clocks among many others. Discussions led us to realise that;
- Machine is a tricky word
- Machines make life easier
- All machines need operators
- All machines need a source of energy e.g., humans, batteries, fuel or electricity.
We integrated these facts in the different learning areas. The children used their imagination to come up with models of self-chosen machines using a variety of resources both in and outdoors. They went ahead and took up the roles of machine operators and engineers. Some of them chose to paint and draw familiar machines found at home.
While at the construction area, the children were able to use positional language such as; bottom, under, on top and above to describe their process of building. They ably labelled these models and wrote down a few simple operating instructions (on/off, hot/cold, up/down). Team work was evident as children planned and worked towards achieving the same goal.
Next week, we shall focus on simple machines such as well pulleys, axles and inclined planes.
We give each student their own Student Diary. This is a diary for the academic year and provides several useful reference pages. It is also an easy way for you to communicate with staff and for staff to communicate with you. We ask that you continue to check and sign it weekly.
Year 11 IGCSE Mock Results Parents Review
This meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 6th February from 4pm to 6pm. All Year 11 parents are invited to attend.
Because of your continued support and co-operation, I am pleased to be able to report that the vast majority of students come to school looking smart and ready to work. I know that these high standards reflect a wider commitment that will enable us to continue establishing a positive learning environment in school.
Last year, behaviour in school was excellent. Thank you to parents for your continued help and support. Nonetheless, maintaining these standards and improving the behaviour of the minority will always be a priority for us. We expect all students to take responsibility for their own behaviour and be aware of the school’s procedures and expectations. These are clearly set out in our code of conduct. In return, staff offer praise, support and encouragement to students.
The 2018 hockey season has been stunning for Braeside School’s teams with convincing wins for all age group sides. The morale of all the teachers and players is soaring high after 13 competitive goals have been scored within the space of 3 days.
In addition to their winning performances, Braeside pupils have been commended by the referees for their excellent team behaviour and skills in all their games; this shows that the players representing Braeside understand that whatever they are doing there is also a bigger picture involved. Everyone is hoping they can continue this unbeaten run in their forthcoming fixtures and tournaments. It has been a fantastic week of hockey, with the U13 and U15 teams posting the following excellent results.
Monday 29 2018
Under 13 Girls Football vs BGR 2-0 (winners Braeside)
Under 15 Girls Hockey vs BGR 2-0 (winners Braeside)
31 Wednesday 2018
Under 13 Girls vs Hillcrest 1-0 (winners Braeside)
February 1 2018
Under 15 Girls vs Hillcrest 1-1
Monday 29 2018
Under 13 vs Hillcrest 1-1
Under 15 vs Hillcrest 2-1 (winners Hillcrest)
Under 15 vs St Christopher's Vs Braeside 2-0 winners (Braeside)
Under 15 vs BGR 2-2
Mr. Joel Ndungu - Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral)
Our Humanities Week theme was ‘Many Counties, One Nation’. During this week, our focus was on the different county governments in Kenya as well as the National Government.
All year groups had exciting activities that they carried out during the week. Each year group focused on a particular county as follows;
Year 1 Nairobi County, Year 2 Narok County, Year 3 Kiambu County, Year 4 Machakos County, Year 5 Mombasa County and Year 6 Kajiado County.
The Year 4 children discussed the role of the president and got to write some interesting letters to the President on what they would like him to do for them and for the country.
Top on the list were:
- Recycling plants
- Wildlife conversation
- Play dates with the President
- Puppies and other pets
- Improving education and environment in public schools among many others.
On Friday, 2nd February 2018, all Braestars came dressed in attires with the Kenyan flag colours. They depicted the true Kenyan spirit and the teachers were not left behind either. The story is better told in the photos below.
Thank you parents for all your support during the week. We believe the children are now more aware of the country they live in.
Mrs. D. Odipo - Humanities Curriculum Leader