We have successfully come to the end of week 4 of this term. It has been a busy week for our students with many activities around the school.
The IGCSE mocks came to a close last week on Tuesday the 22nd January. Students received their results during a well-attended parents’ teacher conference on Tuesday the 29th January. The year 11s are strongly advised to refocus and work towards improving their grades in the final examinations. Teachers are now focused on strategic individual and group revision programs based on the mock results.Some areas of concern identified by the school which parents could assist in mitigating include:
- A general lack of mental presence among some candidates that they are closing in on a major exam soon.
- Time wasted in online games especially late at night, affecting study and rest times for candidates.
- Negative role modelling and influences. Some social events need not be the focus of year 11 students at this point, this is purely a time to work on their academics.
GCE A2 and AS Mocks
The GCE mock exams are underway starting this week Thursday 31st January to next week Wednesday 6th February. Students are expected to be in school even on days when they don’t have an exam.
Registration for IGCSE/GCE Examinations
NOTE: Students are now receiving final entry information from Cambridge. These should be checked and signed by both the candidate and the parent/guardian. Thank you to those parents who have finalised registration payments.
We had a successful unannounced fire drill on Wednesday this week. The turnaround time for all sections of the school was greatly improved this time around. The expanded bridge from the upper school made movement of students and staff to the assembly points a lot easier and faster.
The MSMUN conference is currently underway this week from the 29th January to the 1st February at the UN - Gigiri. This brings together students aged 11-13 years from all across the East and Southern Africa. Students discuss global issues relating to sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations. We are proudly and ably being represented by a group of year 7-9 students.
A group of year 10 and 12 students were at IPSOS - Synovate for the Sociology day trip on Wednesday the 30th January. The aim of this trip was to expose them to the application of the theory and methods in a research firm.
The KS3 swimming gala invitation will be on Tuesday, 5th February 2019 from 9.50am to 12.40pm while the KS4 swimming gala is on Thursday, 7th February 2019 from 10.40am to 12.40pm
A big thank you to Mrs. Phyllis Wakiaga the CEO Kenya Manufacturers Association (KMA) for a fantastic mentorship talk to our Year 7 students.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Mr. Bernard Wandabwa
Once again Braeside Learners have achieved the Outstanding Pearson Learner Awards after their remarkable achievement in attaining Distinctions in all units done for BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business and Sports. The students completed their BTEC qualification at Braeside last year. These five outstanding students with their classmates gained admission to various universities to pursue degrees of their choice. Congratulations to our Braestars for making us proud once more. The BTEC Awards are an annual opportunity for top BTEC students to be rewarded for their achievements in this skills-based learning course.
Suhail W. University of East Anglia - UK Media and International Development
Chrissie N. Cape Breton University - Canada Business Management
Frank K. Middlesex University - Mauritius Business Management
Mukami M. Ohio State University - USA Business Management
Mukaz K. University of Brighton-UK Business Management and Sports
What BTECs are offered at Braeside?
Braeside High School offers BTEC Extended Diploma in Business, Sports and Hospitality as a post IGCSE qualification alongside the A Levels. BTEC programmes have been some of the most successful courses we offer at the School. This is a two-year full time course that meets entry requirements to higher university education both locally and internationally. Being an Extended Diploma course some of the graduates opt to venture into employment immediately after completing the course.
These are career-based qualifications designed to give students the skills they need to move on to higher education or go straight into employment.
When combined with academic learning at Braeside BTEC develops a range of practical knowledge and skills which help learners to prepare for life at universities and work places.
Classroom style teaching combined with project work and practical work-related activities help to develop students' behavioural skills, which include teamwork, research, creative thinking and presentation skills.
More employers and Higher Education institutions than ever before are choosing BTEC-qualified candidates for their academic and practical knowledge and skills. Part of the course requires that students get work related experience. The students also learn through organised academic trips to businesses, corporate companies and government parastatals in order to gain first hand work related experiences.
A big thank you to some of the long term partners and corporates who have given our learners opportunities in their business to gain such valuable experiences. Thank you to the Central Bank of Kenya, Equity Bank, Bata, IPSOS, Brookside just but to name a few.
You can contact us for more information about the course.
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