I am delighted to update you on the following progress and reminders.
Year 11 Mock Review Meeting
Year 11 students completed their Mock Examinations this week and are waiting for the results that will be released on Tuesday, 29th January. We are therefore asking the year 11 parents to come for a review meeting on the same Tuesday, 29th January in the school dining hall from 4:00pm. It is important that all students attend with their parents/guardians, so that teachers have an opportunity to discuss how we can support students towards their results. School attendance by Year 11’s is mandatory for the remainder of the term.
May/June Examination Fees Reminder
Please make arrangements to make the payment by Friday, 1st February 2019 at the very latest.
Year 9 Options
Year 9 students have started serious discussions with their teachers, heads of departments and career experts about subject options that they would like to take at IGCSE. We would like to urge all Year 9 parents to be part of this process through deliberate follow ups on the tentative career choices and the relevant subject options. We encourage students to take a wide range of subjects that leaves future options open with regard to study and career.
Academic Concerns Meeting
Thank you to all the parents who have attended the meetings. Those students involved should now be working hard towards the targets that were set by themselves and their teachers. These targets will be followed up at the Parents Consultation Evenings which will take place after the half term break.
John Garrod and David Anderson Football Tournament
Braeside School performed extremely well as the girls team were top in their pool having won 3 and drawn 1. They lost in the semis to eventual winners ISK. Boys were 3rd in their pool having won 3 and lost 2.
U15 Girls Hockey vs Rusinga Braeside won 2-0
U15 Girls Hockey vs NIS Braeside won comprehensively
U15 Boys Hockey vs NIS Braeside won comprehensively
Braeside A Boys vs GEMS won 4-0 Braeside Boys B vs Hillcrest won 2-0
Braeside A Boys vs Hillcrest lost 0-2 Braeside Girls A vs Gems won 2-0
Braeside B Girls vs Hillcrest lost 1-1 Braeside Girls A vs Hillcrest Draw 0-0
Mr. Henry Oboo
Deputy Headteacher - Academics
On Thursday, 17th January 2019, a group of scouts both in Primary and High School together with their leaders departed for Batian's View to attend the Annual Braeburn Schools’ Mega Camporee.
It was an exciting trip for the scouts as this year’s venue was new, having camped in Kembu for two consecutive years.
On their way, they stopped in Nyeri and had a chance to visit Baden Powell's House Museum - Paxtu at the Oustspan Hotel, where the founder of the scouting movement, lived.
During the camp, the scouts were involved in different activities including low ropes, high ropes, forest walk, first aid, camp fire and entertainment.
This year’s camporee was attended by Braeside, Braeburn Nanyuki, Braeburn Gitanga, Braeburn Garden Estate and Braeburn Imani. The scouts interacted freely and new friendships were made.
Below are some of the children’s experiences during the camporee;
The camp was great. We had a lot of fun. We did zip lining, team building, first aid and also went on a forest walk. Almond M.
The Braeburn camporee was amazing. Zip lining was scary. My favourite activities were screamer and forest walk. We also did first aid. I made new scouts friends from other Braeburn Schools. Precious W.
The camp was fun and it taught me how to take care of myself in the wild. I learnt first aid. We made our dinner with pots. We went for a hike and saw Mt. Kenya. Ashley K.
I thank the parents for their continued support.
Mrs. A. Luvai – Scout Leader
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Braeside School
It is a delight to have Braestars back after the four-week long break. A special welcome to the new families that have joined us this term. Karibuni sana!
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids
Braestars are excitedly forging ahead with the Implementation of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Habit 3 will receive special focus in the first half of this term. During the Friday’s assembly, we discussed what is required for one to successfully put first things first and summarised them as; Say no, plan, choice, prioritise, dare to be unique and sacrifice.
A few pointers to ensure Braestars remain healthy & safe this term.
Sun Hats: Purchase Braeside branded sun hat/cap that are available in the uniform stores.
Water bottles: Ensure your child packs a labelled water bottle for refilling from the various water points.
Hockey equipment Yr. 1-6: A mouth guard and shin guard are mandatory for participation during lessons.
Wishing you a happy and safe 2019!
Head teacher Braeside Primary
Early in any new term is a great opportunity to encourage your child apply improved habits for learning through having good study routines, being organised, being positive about potential for success and then being prepared to put in the effort. Our core business of providing a quality education in a caring, supportive environment remains the same. Our guiding statements; Erudition, Equality, Internationalism and Respect will continue to be drivers of our practice.
When asking your child how they are doing at school, don’t forget to ask where they were and how much they have improved. In other words, “What do you now know that you didn’t know before?” This is where we should be directing the highest praise and then working collaboratively to determine what the next jump will be.
This provides an excellent opportunity for students to sit examinations very similar to the ones they will be sitting in May/June 2019 and it is therefore essential that the students prepare carefully and are extensively assessed at the same time. As the year elevens’ complete their mocks on Monday, this exercise will have prepared them well for their IGCSE exams. The year twelves’ and thirteens’ will sit for their mock in early February.
On assembly last week, students in Years 7 to 13 were encouraged to reflect on their end of term one reports as a guide to set targets of improvement. All students have the potential to do better and strive for excellence.
Year 9 Subject Options
This term is a very important time for the Year 9 students. They will embark on the path of selecting for option subjects which will subsequently inform their future paths in education and career. The school will provide subject information and career paths, later in the term invite professionals to speak with the students.
PURE’s Mentorship Programme
We took a group of 16 students to State House Nairobi, on Thursday, 17th January 2019 for the PUREs event. This is a ‘Pupils Reward Scheme’ initiated by The President to motivate pupils to work hard in their studies and instil in them a sense of discipline, direction and patriotism. We hope the pioneer cohort from Braeside will live up to the ideals of this noble cause.
The Braeside High School Games Department’s aim is to develop the complete student-athlete. We envision students who embrace sportsmanship, teamwork and dedicated work ethic. Our ultimate goal is to produce responsible, productive, employable citizens who recognize the value and enjoyment of sport. The school’s staff is dedicated to these goals as we prepare each competitive team to represent our school. This term we will take part in competitions in basketball, football, hockey and swimming. Let us praise the efforts of our teams and reap the reward of their gratitude.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Mr. Joel Ndung’u
Deputy Headteacher - Pastoral
Happy New Year ! I hope you had an enjoyable festive season. I take this opportunity to welcome you to the start of term 2. Most students are back and already busy with exciting school activities and events planned for the term.
A particular warm welcome to the new families who joined the Braeside family this term. The new students are settling in school well. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us incase your child has any challenges in settling in.
Year 11 Mocks
The Year 11 Mock Examinations have been ongoing since we opened school on Tuesday, 8th January 2019. The exams will be on until Monday, 21st January 2019. Students are expected to be in school everyday even on days they don’t have an exam. Join me in wishing our Year 11’s good luck in their exams. Results will be ready to be handed to parents on Tuesday, 29th January 2019 where individual parents and subject teachers will discuss the performance.
Outstanding Pearson Learner Awards
Once again, our BTEC students from last year’s class have made us very proud. The following students will be awarded the above prestigious award from Pearson for attaining Distinctions in all the BTEC units they studied.
Chrissie N. Frank K. Mukami M.
Mukaz K. Suhail W.
Join me in congratulating the students and teachers for these wonderful results. We are proud of them!
Academic Concerns Meetings
At the end of last term, some of you received letters inviting you for the meetings. Thank you to those who have responded and I request that those who have not, please make an appointment through firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important that we follow up on the academic performance of the concerned children.
I request parents to pick your child(ren) at 3:30pm unless they are doing an after school activity. For those using school transport, your child(ren) will not be allowed to use late bus unless they were involved in after school activities.
Join me in welcoming a new staff member who joined this term. Mr. Erick Salano will be teaching Chemistry and Physics.
This term, we will be celebrating 25 years of Braeside’s existence as we join the Braeburn family in celebrating 40 years of existence. Thank you for your continued support.
Once again welcome and looking forward for a good and busy term ahead.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Mr. Wallen Nyamota