On Saturday, 5th May 2018, our U9, U11 & U13 cross country team had a great start to the day. The team arrived at Braeside in good time for a five o’clock departure.
The four hour journey to Nanyuki was safe and this led to a good performance across the board.
Five schools took part in the cross country. These were; Braeburn Gitanga, Braeburn Imani, Braeside, St. Christopher’s and the host Braeburn Nanyuki.
Not even the long journey could dampen the team’s spirit as the participants displayed their track prowess as per the results below;
U9 Boys and Girls
Commendable Individual performances
U13 Boys & Girls
Nadia Ndibo - 1st Position
Nati Tedesse - 3rd Position
U11 Boys and Girls
Chiara Renard: 1st position
Geetee Tafaria: 3rd position
Travis Kanyeki - 2nd Position
Joe Kanyingi - 3rd Position
Congratulations to our young athletes and the sports department for a job well done.
Did you know birds swallow their food whole or in chunks, and they rely on their gizzard which is part of the digestive system to break up their food into tiny bits?
This week the children enthusiastically explored the beaks of different species of birds. First, they watched a video of a variety of birds such as the pelican, wood pecker, humming bird and crow. Then, we discussed different kinds of food which birds eat and how their beaks are shaped in a specific way to help them eat their food.
In the small world tray we had play dough and different items that represent the beaks such as pegs, spoons and tweezers. As they played and picked things, some children were able to compare the sizes and also discovered that it was easier to pick up worms with some beaks than others.
After this activity, the children showed interest in making their own bird-feeders. We set up a tray outdoors with tissue rolls, green grams, sunflower seeds and peanut butter for the children to put their imagination into play. They really enjoyed smearing the peanut butter on the tissue roll and designing their own bird feeders. They were very excited to put their models outdoors and eagerly waited for birds to come and eat. Our school ducks were the first to the join the party, pecking the seeds that had fallen on the ground.
Next week we shall look for bird nests in our school yard, create bird nests with paper, grass and spaghetti and talk about the different body parts of a bird.
FOUNDATION STAGE 1
This week the FS1 children listened to and sang two nursery rhymes. We started off with ‘Incy Wincy spider.’ In our small world tray the children made spider webs using wool, tissue rolls and sticks.
Later, they came up their own movements as they pretended to crawl like spiders in their webs. We also played different positional games with a giant spider web which we made outdoors. During these activities, we used vocabulary such as: one more, how many, altogether, in, out, up, down, under and on top.
The children also learnt the ‘Humpty dumpty’ rhyme and went ahead to build a wall for Humpty using construction blocks, go for an egg hunt at the sand pit area and participated in an egg race outdoors. The egg race helped the children come up with various creative ways to help them balance the egg in the spoon.
Linking Literacy to Math, the children were engaged in creative problem solving activities, one of them being answering questions and determining whether a set of pictures has an odd picture whose name doesn’t rhyme with the others.
Next week we shall continue with ‘Hickory Dickory Dock,’ and learn another new rhyme, ‘Three Little Kittens.’
FOUNDATION STAGE 2
Did you know Dr. Suess has written over 40 books and he used to write every day for 8 hours?
This week we read “I can read with my eyes shut.” The children now understand the importance of reading and have shown great interest in picking books from the reading area as they attempt to read them.
Sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child’s development in lots of ways.
Reading and sharing stories can:
- Help your child become familiar with sounds, words, language and the value of books.
- Spark your child’s imagination, stimulate curiosity and help cognitive development.
- Help your child learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe.’
- Help your child understand change and new or frightening events, and also the strong emotions that can go along with them.
- Help your child make up their own stories as they explore creative thinking, problem solving and writing.
Reading stories with children has benefits for grown-ups too. The special time you spend reading together promotes bonding and helps to build your relationship. This is important for your child to develop holistically.
Kindly support us fuel this reading fire by encouraging your child to read more and more.
I wish to commend our students and the teaching staff individually and collectively, for the commitment to raising standards into teaching and learning. The standards in the classroom and beyond have improved considerably, as illustrated by the many and varied achievements of our students.
IGCSE/GCE AS /A Level Examinations
The IGCSE and AS, A level examinations begun this week. We would like to wish all candidates every success in their examinations. The candidates already have their timetables and are encouraged to adhere to the examinations regulations and school expectations as shared during the Parents/Students Examination meetings.
Please take note that students will be required to return school textbooks as soon as they clear with the last paper of each subject. This makes clearing process easier to avoid any hitches when the student comes for their results in August.
Exiting School at the end of an Exam
Students are allowed to go home after their exams as long as the key times have passed. We would wish to advise that Parents/Guardians give a note in the morning to be dropped off at the reception authorising such exits. This will reduce the need to make repeated phone calls seeking for such authorisation.
Attendance and Punctuality
I am pleased to report that our whole school attendance remains above our target of 97% - thank you. There has also been an improvement in our punctuality. I urge parents to ensure that they are punctual when dropping their children to school and when collecting them at the end of the school day.
Notice of school events will continue to be sent via newsletters, emails or sms. We will also ensure that the website is updated regularly and give as much notice as possible for events;
Changes to School Uniform Expectations from September 2018
We would like to notify parents of some changes to our uniform policy for the next academic year.
Essentially, we will be changing the expectations so that students will need to wear a specific style and fabric of garment purchased directly from our approved uniform suppliers. Information and images of the new items will be availed within the next two weeks on the school’s website and newsletter.
The changes will come into effect from the first day of next term in August 2018. The items of uniform that will change include the trouser, skirt, shirt/ blouse, sweater and blazer. With that in mind, our uniform suppliers ‘Animet’ and ‘Image First’, will be stocking the new-style uniform from June 2018 onwards.
We believe uniform is very important in terms of the message it sends about the respect students have for their school.
Wishing you a good weekend ahead.
Mr. Bernard Wandabwa/Mr. Joel Ndung’u
Assessment Coordinator/Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral)
This week, we found out that The McDonalds (the school ducks) had laid some eggs. What an exciting way to begin our theme – ‘Birds!’ As we wait for the eggs to hatch into ducklings, here are some of the interesting fun facts we learnt about birds:
- Birds have bones that are hollow on the inside (think of a straw). This makes their bones extremely light and helps them to fly.
- All birds have feathers and wings.
- They are warm-blooded, which means that their body is always the same temperature, and they lay eggs.
- The penguin and the ostrich are birds that do not fly.
- Chicken is the most common bird found all over the world.
The children used different props to role play different bird characters such as chicks hatching from eggs, tweeting & flying like birds, and building a nest. Some of the vocabulary used was big, fly, tweet, feathers, nest, eggs and lay.
Next week we shall find out about what birds feed on and make lots of bird feeders, construct bird houses, listen to bird stories and play some group games like ‘bluebird bluebird’ and the parachute game.
FOUNDATION STAGE 1
The children have easily settled back in to the daily routine after the Easter break. We are very excited about our new theme ‘Nursery Rhymes,’ which we shall cover during the first half of the term.
This week, we visited the sick bay and the school kitchen. The children were buzzing with questions on how to use some of the doctor’s tools and kitchen equipment. We further went on to use some of these and took turns to listen to our friend’s heart beats using the stethoscope.
At the school kitchen, the children engaged with our head chef, who took us around and showed us various kitchen equipment. It was exciting to watch the chef mixing dough for the bread rolls which he later put in the oven to bake. At the end of our visit the chef gave us some yummy treats.
This visits helped us build and work in our role play corners creatively.
Our rhyme for the week was, ‘I’m a little tea pot,’ and ‘5 little ducks.’ The children sang along to the rhymes and carried out various activities such as a tea party at the water play area, treasure hunt at the big sand pit and creating our own duck ponds at the small world area.
We also used the ducks in our Math area to count and learn vocabulary such as five, over, far away, more, how many and no more.
Next week we shall focus on new rhymes – ‘Hickory hickory dock, Humpty Dumpty and Incy Wincy Spider.’
FOUNDATION STAGE 2
We have started off the term by having fruitful discussions about Dr Seuss. This is what some of the children had to say:
Cyrus: I thought Dr Seuss was a cat, but the cat is just a character in the books.
Maya: The characters in the books are not real, they are very funny characters
Gerald: Dr Seuss is an author who has written many books.
This week, we explored the book – ‘The Cat in the Hat.’ The children were able to identify rhyming words while listening to the story and also made lists of these words as they added their own. They can now name the main characters and understand that stories have a beginning and an end. Kindly encourage your child to make some rhyming words at home through fun-filled activities.
This story provided us with opportunities to describe features of cats and fishes. This enabled the children to understand some differences and similarities between the two. They described these animals using a good range of vocabulary such as: furry, carnivore, gills, paws, scales, claws among many others.
The children are continuing to remind themselves and their peers about the golden rules. Kindly support us by enhancing the same at home (refer to the school planner page 96).
Next week we shall focus on another one of Dr Seuss’ books – ‘I can read with my eyes shut.’
We are coming to the end of week two. It has definitely been a busy week for the students. I am now confident that the students have settled in well and adjusted to the daily routine.
Year 9 Start of Key Stage 4
This week marked the start of Key Stage 4 for our Year 9 students. We held a transition and options meeting last week on Thursday evening. They are excited to start their IGCSE options and are settling down well to the new expectations. Congratulations to all our Year 9 students for successfully completing KS3 and welcome to KS4.
Year 11’s Study Leave, Examinations and Sixth Form Application
Year 11 students commenced their study leave on Wednesday, as they await to sit for their final IGCSE. The written papers begin on Tuesday 1st May with O Level Swahili. Please join me in wishing them success in their examinations. Sixth Form is for 16–18 year olds. Staying on at Braeside for sixth form confers many advantages including the stability you gain from staying in the same environment, the support system Braeside High offers, the familiarity you will have with the school and the insight staff have into individuals’ needs. Braeside’s Sixth Form also offers a good selection of subject choices and good class sizes. Current Year 11s who have not submitted applications for next year but who wish to do so can obtain an application from the office.
A/AS Study Leave Examinations
On Monday, 30th April, we will have a meeting with A/AS Level candidates and parents for examination briefing at 3:45 pm in the School Theatre. They will commence their study leave on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. I would like to wish all of our students well in their forthcoming exams.
This term we are laying great emphasis on Academic progress for each student and our focus will be on reviewing targets that were set at the start of the Year thus determining the level of progress made in the course of the three terms. This will lay the basis for discussions during Parents meetings after the half-term break. We shall also look at recognizing and rewarding students not only in Academics but in other facets of their school life at the end of the academic year.
Wishing you a good weekend ahead.
Mr. Joel Ndungu
Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral)