A warm welcome back to a new term. After an enjoyable Easter holiday, we now look forward to an exciting last term of the year. I wish to state that we, as the teaching staff are ready to serve the learners as we provide the best in education. Our goal is to ensure that students acquire knowledge, develop skills and establish work habits necessary to become responsible citizens of the world.
Research has shown that one of the most important factors in determining students’ success in school is parental interest and involvement in their child’s education. I therefore encourage parents to increase their involvements by attending school activities and meetings. Don’t hesitate to visit school regularly and communicate regularly with your child’s Form Tutor or Headteacher. If there is a concern, the best way to address it is to follow up on the issue immediately. Together, we will continue to make our school a great place to learn.
This is a short but very busy term. Kindly refer to the attached school calendar and find the events lined up for the term.
I wish to remind the Year 11, 12 & 13 parents of our meeting on Monday, 29th April 2019 at 4:00pm in the school theatre. All are expected to attend as we usher in this very important exam session for their IGCSE and GCE exams.
Year 9 Options Evening
We had a successful Year 9 Options evening on Friday, 26th April 2019. A big thank you to parents and guardians who came to celebrate with students and teachers the success at KS3 and as they move to KS4.
The Year 9’s have selected their subjects for IGCSE and are looking forward to starting their IGCSE Course on 30th April 2019.
Year 9 Community Service
Year 9 students will be donating the monies collected during the bake sale in first term as well as spending some time with rehabilitated street boys at Zabibu Centre in Ruiru. This will take place on Monday, 29th April 2019 from 8:30am to 1:00pm. Each student is encouraged to bring an item to contribute to the well being of the Children’s literacy at Zabibu Centre like a storybooks, magazines, newspapers as well as dried foodstuffs, school bags and clothes.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Mr. Wallen Nyamota
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Braeside School
It is delightful to have majority of Braestars back after a restful two week’s break. This term is packed with exciting learning and extra-curricular activities.
A special welcome to the new families that have joined the Braeside Family. Karibuni sana!
This half of the term’s Habit 5 (from the 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey) was launched during the whole school assembly yesterday. Discussions will be ongoing during consequent assemblies as well as in the classes. Our classroom doors are already spotting creative ideas that represent Braestars’ interpretation of this habit.
Your support in reviewing the same will have a positive impact on its consolidation.
Towards the close of last term, we started urging Braestars to be on the lookout for the Wow Moments that they experience in and out of school. This is in a bid to inculcate a sense of wonder and appreciation for the exciting opportunities that life has to offer. Join us in taking a pause and celebrating such moments as and when they arise.
I hope to share with you some of Braestars’ Wow Moments in future newsletters.
As communicated at the close of last term, we are holding a Dinky Charge on 3rd May 2019 so as to raise money in support of Rhino Ark. Braestars willing to participate in the charge will require to hand in their dinky and the sponsorship form by Tuesday, 28th April 2019.
Wishing you a magnanimous weekend ahead!
Head teacher Braeside Primary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Wallen Nyamota
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.
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 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.
Mrs. Susan Mungai
Head of English Department
‘‘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.
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.
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.
Ms. Carol Omollo
Head of Modern Foreign Languages Department