I wish to take this opportunity to welcome our students back from their half term break. I hope you had a great time with them during the break.
The half term ahead has many activities lined up and I request for your support inorder for us to have a successful term and end of academic year.
The IGCSE/GCE exams which began last month are still on. Year 11 will finish today and GCE will be done on Tuesday next week. The students have been positive during the revision and exam sessions. Let us continue encouraging them.
We have been working on the school development plan in the recent years with governors identifying areas for making our provision even better for our learners. This year, the governors have graciously agreed to do a major renovation for our washrooms. Because of the amount of work being done, we agreed for the work to start over the last week during the half term break.
This means that the boys’ washrooms at the Main Theatre Block will remain closed for the better part of the term. We have provided alternative washrooms located at the Middle School and at the swimming pool changing room block for the boys. The girls’ washroom will be closed immediately we close school for the major renovations. We apologize for any inconveniences that may be caused.
Sixth Form Graduation
Our annual Sixth Form Graduation will be held on Monday, 18th June 2018 at 1:00pm in the School Theatre. You are all welcome to attend this ceremony as we celebrate the successes of class of 2018.
End of Year Exams
End of Year Examinations commence on Tuesday, 12th June 2018 for Year 10 and the week after for Year 7, 8 and 9. We wish the students the very best as they prepare for the Examination.
Year 10 and Year 12 students will be spending a week out of class in various work placements as part of our curriculum. Year 10 and 12 parents are requested to ensure that their child(ren) has/have a work placement. Year 12’s start on Monday, 11th June 2018 and Year 10’s start on 25th June 2018.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Mr. Wallen Nyamota
We have come the end of the first half of term and I would like to take this chance to thank you for your continued support. The week was quite eventful and fun filled.
We are pleased and excited to announce the excellent performance of our Braestars. Three of our students received the outstanding Cambridge Learners Award for the June 2017 IGCSE and A-Level exams.
Roda Kidane - High Achievement in IGCSE Environmental Management
Santa Kamuti - High Achievement in A-Level Environmental Management
Karen Andrea Bedoume - Top in Kenya, IGCSE Sociology
Congratulations to the Braestars.
Under 18 Hockey
We are pleased to inform you that our students Waridi (8S), Nina (8N), Janice (10K) and Matthew (9S) have been selected to join the Kenya National Under 18 Hockey team. They have been undergoing a series of training sessions and once chosen, they will be representing Kenya in Youth Olympic tournament in Algeria.
Year six students had 3 taster days in High School as part of our transition programme. From the change in lesson venue, new ties, interactive lessons, Lab experiments and introduction to new subjects, to the much-anticipated school canteen experience, the taster days were crowned by an exhilarating trip to the safari walk.
‘My experience was amazing and I’m really looking forward to joining Middle School. The teachers are nice. The canteen was really fun and the high schoolers were supportive and nice.’ By Tumi
‘It was great, the teachers were supportive, kind and sweet and the canteen was fun. The students were so kind and helpful.’ By Sinai
On Wednesday this week we had the annual Braeside entrepreneurship day where we witnessed great business minds as the students were able to work individually or come together, form and register companies share business ideas, advertise and sell their products and services. Bravo to the young movers and shakers as they soar great heights in the business world!
Next week Year 7 and 8 will be going for their annual pastoral trips. We wish them safe trip and a wonderful stay as they engage in team building and other activities that aim to aid in character building.
From the Sports Desk
This Tuesday, the Under 15 Girls’ Netball team had a tournament at Hillcrest where they won 22-12 against Hillcrest. On Wednesday, Under 13 Girls Netball had a match at home against Premier Academy. Braeside won 21-8.
Enjoy the half term break with the children and looking forward to seeing you back on Monday, 4th June 2018.
Ms. Hilder/Mr. Wallen Nyamota
Yr. 7 Group Coordinator/Headteacher
This is to give you advance notice of this change effective this September to ensure you are aware of the new requirements that will enable you to plan your uniform purchases between now and the start of the new academic year.
However, students will be allowed to be in the current uniform for the whole of the 2018/2019 academic year. The complete changeover will be in September 2019. The trouser, skirt, sweater and blazer will be black and ties will not change.
Middle School (Year 7-9)
Upper School (Year 10-11)
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.