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.
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.