We have successfully come to the end of week ten and I would like to share the following with you.
End of Key Stage 3 Examinations
Year 9 students commenced the End of KS3 Examinations this week. The assessment is a step towards ensuring that there is a fair and accurate measure of how effectively the school helps students to progress. We are convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that we have provided a strong platform for our learners to progress from KS3 to KS4 seamlessly. We continuously help them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We wish them success in the next stage of their academic life and assure them of our unlimited support as they unlock their potential.
This week we celebrated 'Humanity' with special focus on global challenges. We had a number of activities happening to celebrate the theme so all learners had the choice to participate. The activities sensitized them on the challenges facing humanity. Students had an opportunity to look into the following themes; human rights, gender inequality, racial intolerance, poverty and crime. Students are encouraged to identify with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building community's values and practices.
Year 11 Dinner Dance
On Saturday 16th March, Year 11 students will be holding Leavers’ Dinner Dance at Sankara Hotel. We wish them an enjoyable evening. Candidates are reminded that hard work and dedication are the only mantras in the journey to success. Without being passionate and the willingness to work hard, no one can achieve success. A concerted effort is crucial at this time to encourage, support and guide the candidates as they prepare for their final IGCSE, Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level Examinations.
Year 8 History Trip to Kenya Railway Museum
On Wednesday, the Year 8 students got an opportunity to visit to the Kenya Railway Museum in Nairobi. We had a fantastic session at the museum where questions pertaining to the early history of the railway line and Kenya’s development were adequately answered. We learnt about the challenges faced by the construction workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway for instance, the man eaters of Tsavo and how diseases could scourge the construction of the railway line. Taking a walk through the main gallery and an outdoor collection of locomotives, wagons and coaches was one of breath taking beauty. By Kundai M. Year 8N
BTEC Students Trip to Wonderjoy Party World
On Thursday, the Year 12 & 13 BTEC students went out on an educational trip to Wanderjoy Party World, an all-in-one events management company. We interacted with company staff and had experiential learning opportunities such as DJing, management and planning of events. We were also briefed on the importance of observing health and safety, challenges of internet marketing, importance of keeping inventory for managing physical resources as well as how to do follow up after a business event. The Information gathered will go a long way to helping us complete our assignments for this term. By Nthemba L. Year 13Y
Wishing you a good weekend.
Mr. George Biaru
Head of Mathematics and IT Department
We have successfully come to the end of week 9 of this term. It has been a busy week for our students with many activities around the school. The book week ushered us into the thrill of it all with students and teachers all reading for ten minutes before every lesson on Monday. There were book stalls where students could purchase new titles in the market and there was also a book donation drive where students brought to school books they had already read to be given to charity. The icing on the cake really were the story-telling sessions from Maimuna and her team, which left the students euphoric and barely able to snap out of their trances as they left to attend the rest of the day's lessons.
Celebrating an ardent reading culture
This week truly was one to be remembered. The week long event is an annual celebration that takes place at our school. It is an event that connect readers with books and celebrate the joy of reading. What exactly took place during book week?
The experience brought about vocabulary expansion, mental stimulation, thinking skills, better writing skills, focus and concentration. Such activities encourage reading culture.
Reading is more important than you might think. Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read.
Learning to read is a sequential process; each new skill builds on the mastery of previously learnt skills. Early on, for example, children learn to break down words into their most basic sounds in a process called decoding. A good reader for me is someone who does not read a lot but reads carefully and understands the things written. By Tamasha M. & Rhea S. Press Club Members
Making its maiden debut this week was the celebration of opposite day, where teachers were students and vice versa. There was great excitement prior to the day as students strategized on how to fill the shoes of their teachers (and subtly get back at them). It was hilarious to see every all teachers dressed up in students uniform. The students shone impeccably in their formal wear and the day was splendid.
The day was aimed at harnessing the students leadership skills and creating a more homogeneous learning environment at the school. As well, students were allowed an opportunity to sharpen their research skills as they prepared to teach the lessons, and applied teamwork in the management of the school.
Here are some views of the day:
"I had a chance to appreciate the pressure students feel when they have to hand in work and they were not able to complete due to genuine reasons. I will definitely be more empathetic towards my learners." Mr. Leonard M.
"Students go through a lot and many times, teachers are unaware of these struggles as they focus on meeting their own teaching objectives. This event has been extremely eye opening and I hope we do it again soon." Ms. Lydia M.
A special thanks to the leaders of the day:
Headteacher Marilyn L.
Deputy Academics Krishan L.
Deputy Pastoral Owen G.
Middle School Coordinator Junaid C.
Year Group Coordinator
Year 7 Nicole S.
Year 8 Kundai M.
Year 9 Noemie N.
Headteacher Keith W.
Deputy Academics Salama O.
Deputy Pastoral Stephanie W.
Upper School Coordinator Nthemba L.
Year Group Coordinator
Year 10 Anne J.
Year 11 Vivian M.
Year 12/13 Eileen A.
From the Sports Desk
The under 15 girls football A team won Brookhouse A 1-0 while under 15 girls football B team won Brookhouse B 1-0 . Under 15 girls hockey drew 0-0 vs Hillcrest. Under 15 Basketball lost 31-27 to Hillcrest. We look forward to KAIISSO Under 15 boys and girls finals this Saturday.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Ms. Doreen Karau
Year 10 Group Coordinator
We have successfully come to the end of week 8 of this term. The students have acclimatised with the school programme and are engaged with the many activities around the school.
Year 11 Bake Sale
On Tuesday, 26th February 2019 the Year 11 students organised a bake sale to help them raise money for their upcoming Prom. They worked well as a team when planning the events for the day and all activities were well coordinated. It was amazing to see how they set up the venue, identified resources on time and were prompt to clear the event venue thereafter.
Active Service Week
The Sixth Form students have had a busy week giving back to the Braeside community. They volunteered their time, skills and knowledge in helping others. They gave motivational talks, assisted the Year 3 and Year 5 pupils during their English lessons. This week has provided an opportunity for the students to further enrich their personal profiles which are crucial for university applications and also in line with the community service plan for the whole school.
The Power of Visuals
This week, the High School photos were taken. It was not just standing and posing before the lens of the camera but a group representing different cultures in search of social and academic excellence in a beautiful community. The students will use the photos to document their past experiences and for institutional memory.
Parents Consultations Evening - Year 12 and 13
On Thursday 28th February 2019, we held the parents consultation evening for years 12 and 13. The forum provided an important opportunity for parents, careers and students to meet teachers and discuss student progress in all subject areas and shared any concerns with staff. They reviewed the midterm 2 results for BTEC students as well the Mock results for the A Level students. We appreciate all those who spared time to participate in this important activity in the students’ academic journey.
Australian University Fair at Oshwal School
On Friday 1st March 2019, our Sixth form students attended the Australian University Fair at Oshwal Academy Senior High School. The fair attracted the top Australian Universities where our students had one on one interaction with international representatives and faculty. They also discussed their preferred program options and scholarships. They can now make informed choices on Australia as a destination for higher education.
From the Sports Desk
The under 14 girls hockey for this season was held at Peponi School on Saturday, 23rd February 2019 . We congratulate our hockey team for the wonderful competition as they emerged first in their pool and 3rd overall. On the same date, the under 15 boys Basketball participated in the Peponi tournament and the team continues to work hard towards the upcoming KAIISO tournament.
On Thursday, 28th February 2019, the under 15 Football Girls played against Peponi School and our team won convincingly. Bravo! to the Braeside team.
Wishing you a good weekend. Regards, Mr. Benson Maina Senior Teacher, HOD BTEC and Business
We have hit the ground running this second half of term as we have successfully come to the end of week seven which was not only marked the beginning of second half of term but has also been packed with a lot of school events. We continue celebrating our students who take lead in the school activities.
Parents Consultation Meetings
Throughout this week, different year groups have held parents teacher consultation evening where both parties got an opportunity to discuss student academic progress. I would like to express gratitude to the parents who made time to attend these important meetings. You are encouraged to continue fostering partnership with the teachers and students to enhance the academic and pastoral experience in the learning process.
The 37th Annual EAMUN Conference is another occasion for our Braestars to show case their internationalism. Our Ambassadors Janice A - Guatemala, Jemima O- Botswana, Farah D - Kyrgyzstan, Ajitesh T - Grenada are leading their delegations that are distributed in various committees:
Human Rights - Gurra E, Lakshmi N and Tslat K
Economic - Misbah C, Stanley M, Fatuma A
Political - Mostafa J, RuaaT, Ashley M
Ecology - Chantal O, Samantha W and Anjuman S
Congratulations to Edeja Efendija for her appointment to the post of Secretary General of Model United Nations. The 37th Annual EAMUN Conference closed yesterday with Braestars registering excellent performance. A resolution by Janice A. was debated and voted for by majority in the Human Rights Committee. In addition, Gurra E. and Stephanie A. were voted for as the best speakers in the ICJ and Special Summit respectively.
Out and About
During the midterm break year 8 and 9 had their annual pastoral trips to Tafaria lodge and Lukenya Respectively. Both teams left school compound on Monday, 11th February and came back on 13th February 2019. During the trips the students engaged in life skills training courses, team building and other activities that aid in character and personality building.
Year 8 Trip Feedback
The trip to Tafaria was quite exciting; we had fun great facilitators who took us through a wonderful course through fun activities. The Go dream level one course entailed;
- Life skills through experiential learning
- Self- Awareness
- Team building and relationships
- Responsible use of social media
All these were very relatable to our lives as students. Besides this, we got to bond together as a year group, made friends and learned new things about our friends which strengthened our relationships. The laughter we shared, memories we made and experiences we had were priceless. The Certificates, survival kit and gifts given to use were cool too! Angela N. and Rachel M.
The Lukenya Trip
Our trip to Lukenya was an amazing experience a part from bonding with each other. We did lots of fun activities, held discussions and learnt a lot on careers and career choices.
We also engaged in team building activities and presentation that will help us in identifying our interests and abilities. Responsibility, making choices and the purpose of life are other topics that we covered during the sessions. The high rope activities were quite something. They helped us conquer our fears and develop courage. It was indeed a very educative and fun trip. Ivy M, Dylan M, & Liza-Janet H (9S Class)
Mt. Kenya Hiking
Congratulations to our Braestars for making it to the top of Mt. Kenya. The resilience and determination was evident from our students (The Hikers Club) who with their teachers went against all adverse weather conditions to climb to 4985 ft above sea level. Once again congratulations to our High School Hikers Club members for conquering Mt. Kenya. We are proud of you!
Wishing you a good weekend.
Mrs. Hilder Chacha
Year 8 Group Coordinator
Monday, 29th January – Friday, 1st February 2019 marked our Wellness week.
We started off with a Zumba session at the school car park on Monday morning.
The session was attended by children from Crèche – Year 6, teachers and parents as well. The main aim of the week was to cultivate a ‘Wellness Culture’ in our students.
Throughout the week, there were discussions regarding the importance of healthy eating and exercise. In some year groups, children were required to research on their favourite Kenyan sports personalities. They have learnt some amazing facts.
Different organizations sent representatives to speak to the children as well.
These included; Lifebuoy, Weetabix, iHub Research, Watoto Watch Network, Optica and Heritage Insurance Company.
What did you learn during the wellness week?
I enjoyed the wellness week because we did Zumba. Someone from Weetabix showed us how to make a ‘weetabuddy’.
I enjoyed the wellness week especially the Zumba session. Can we have more exercises for fitness every Monday at the car park or big field?
The week was fun, I wish it happens for a month! I really hope it will happen again.
There was so much to learn.
On Friday, children came dressed up in their favourite sports personality attire.
We thank parents for their unending support and for making the week a success.
Let us continue encouraging the children to live a healthy life beyond the wellness week.