We have successfully come to the end of week 3 of this term. It has been a busy week for our students and staff. I wish to thank you for your continued support.
Election of new student leaders
The first four weeks of each academic year are always marked with campaigns and elections at various levels. Being the time when new leadership teams are instituted all students are taken through PSHE lessons on leadership. It is interesting to see many of our learners mount up campaigns to try and convince their colleagues of what they can do best for the benefit of the entire students’ body. The students’ voice has always been the student council. Through it, we have had suggestions that have informed the priority projects undertaken and have gone a long way in changing the face of the school.
We just concluded the class representatives’ elections and the following were elected to represent their various classes.
We thank you parents for permitting your child to exercise his/her leadership skills.
Students at Braeside High School are well aware of the privileged position in society they enjoy. They understand the need to help out those less blessed. It's this acceptance and commitment which led to Teshi M, Naledi M, Chantal O, Lisa G and Anne J to organise the ‘Share a Shoe’ project. Sports shoes donated by their peers across the school were presented to students participating in the Ekiden race in Ndakaini on Saturday, 7th September 2019.
The Sixth Form students attended the UK – University fair at Nairobi Academy on Thursday, 12th September 2019. The fair was open to students and teachers and was aimed at providing students with relevant university choices and availabilities in the UK.
We are happy to announce that the Braeburn App is now up and running. You can download the App on both Google Android and Apple IOS. Once installed, you will be able to search for our School (Braeside School) from the pre-populated list of Braeburn Schools. You will be able to receive information for Braeside School only.
Security Guidelines at Braeburn Schools
Kindly see the attached letter outlining guidelines on our approach to security matters.
From the Sports Desk
What a week! full of sporting activities and to top it all the inter house cross country that lived up to expectation with all the four houses displaying excellent performance both individually and as a team.
Junior race victors
Nadia N (Simba) Geetee T (Simba)
Frances M (Kifaru) Andrew M (Kifaru)
Taamuli B (Simba) Ryan A (Chui)
Senior race victors
Nina D (Nyati) Calvin O (Simba)
Kate O (Nyati) Joshua I (Kifaru)
Justine K (Nyati) Michael O (Chui)
Position Team Scores
Simba - 251 Points
Kifaru - 363 Points
Chui - 365 Points
Nyati - 388 Points
Most Disciplined House - Chui
Mr. Wellington Andati
Middle School Coordinator
I would like to acknowledge your support towards a successful start of this academic year and bring you upo to speed on the following:
Assessment Plans and Curriculum overviews
As we all know, continuous assessments forms part of our day to day evaluation for all progress made in an acquisition of knowledge. This term, teachers will be assessing learning continuously using tests and assessments that may take the form of periodic scheduled sit in tests, home learning activities, class presentations among others. We have therefore shared with you all the specific assessment plans that informs the number and type of assessments to be given at every stage throughout the term. We have also shared the curriculum overviews that indicates aspects of the taught curriculum at Braeside High School.
Student Council Elections
The week has been relatively busy, with campaigns for the class and year group representative positions in preparation for the elections that will take place on Monday, 9th September 2019. All candidates are working hard in their campaigns to clinch the student council positions this academic year. The class and year group elections will be followed later by an anticipated intense Executive Student Council Committee campaigns, that will culminate into the executive committee elections on Friday, 20th September 2019.
CAT4 and Target Setting
All new students who joined Braeside High School this term will sit for a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT4) which is an online test offered by GL-Assessment. The test will be conducted in school on Wednesday, 11th September 2019. CAT4 assesses developed abilities such as: Verbal reasoning (thinking with words), Quantitative reasoning (thinking with numbers), Non-verbal reasoning (thinking with shapes) and Spatial ability (thinking with shape and space). As a school, we use the scores from CAT4 to set target grades for every student for benchmarking and tracking of every learner’s academic progress. This test is however, not a pass or fail test and should not be revised for. We also encourage Parents/Guardians to assist students in setting their personal academic targets for this term using a targeting setting tool found on page 81 of the students’ diary.
Wishing you all a good weekend!
Mr. Henry Oboo
Deputy Headteacher - Academics
Welcome back to all our parents, students and staff. The 2019/2020 academic year has began with all our students and staff back ready to face the year both in academics and extra curricular activities.
Braeside once again delivered excellent and great outcomes for students in the field of academics. I am extremely excited to announce to the Braeside family that our IGCSE and Sixth Form results were excellent. Allow me to mention a few who posted fantastic individual results.
Sandra M (6A* 3A) Gurra E (5A* 4A) Misbah C (3A* 4A 2B)
Yadissen P (2A* 6A 1B) Fabian K (3A* 2A 4B) Christian W (2A* 4A 2B 1C)
Tanay R (2A* 3A 2B 2C) Brandon K (4A 5B) Mueni K (5A 3B 1C)
Samantha W (4A 5B) Mona M (1A* 4A 3B 1C) Ted A (3A 4B 2C)
Eugene N (A*A*A*) Nthemba L (A*A*A*) Lenny C (A*A*A*)
Anthony W (A*A*A*) Natasha M (A*A*A*) Austin K (A*A*A*)
Loise N (A*A*A*) Justin K (A*A*A*) Edith M (A*A*A*)
Victor W (A*A*A*) Sean K (A*A*A*) Mohamed K (A*A*A)
June A (A*AA) Eileen A (A*AA) Sudais A (ABB)
Merna E (AAA) Wesley K (ABB) Sahar T (ABB)
Nasteha M (BBB) Kfir L (BBB) Keith W (BBB)
Samatar A (BCC) Stephanie W (BCC) Zinan H (AAAB)
Kartik T (AAAB) Rabia K (ABBB) Venu T (BBBC)
Congratulations to all our students who took the exams in the last academic year.
I have met a great group of Year 7 students who are respectful, happy and excited to be in High School. I am also sure that the new families who joined Braeside this academic year with the Year 7s will bring a range of talents and experiences to the school community.
Once again let me make you aware that, I value the opinions of parents, staff and students. This will go along way in ensuring that the decisions we make and the planning we do represents the needs of our children in relation to the quality of teaching and learning.
New Staff Members
Join me in welcoming the following staff who have joined us this academic year. The school has grown and therefore there is need to increase our staff plus replacing those who left at the end of last academic year.
Ruth Were - English Language and Literature
Stella Wayong’o - Games and Physical Education
Edgar Weche - Geography, Environmental Management and Global Perspectives
Collins Onyango - Biology and Chemistry
Brian Okello - History and French
New Student Diaries
All students have received their diaries for the 2019/2020 academic year. This will be the main tool of communication between home and school. As a parent, make sure you check the diary daily. Feel free to write any messages in the diary if you wish to communicate with any of your child(ren)’s teachers.
Regular attendance to school is very important.
Encourage your child to earn as many merits and ‘gotcha slips’ as possible.
Students MUST carry their diaries every day and to every lesson.
Students MUST join at least one club, offered at school.
Encourage your child to broaden his/her horizon by taking part in a range of clubs and sports activities on offer this term.
Please note that from this term onwards, swimming costumes, swim bags and homework wallets will be sold solely by Animet stores and not from the accounts office.
If you have any issues you wish to discuss about your child, please feel free to come and discuss with our staff.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Mr. Wallen Nyamota
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