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)
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Braeside School
It is good to have invigorated Braestars and teachers back for the last leg of the year. The term planner is full of exicting learning and co-curricular acitvities. A warm welcome to new families and Braestars that have joined us this term. Karibuni Sana!
I commend Braestars for upholding a Growth Mindset in line with our Annual Target. A review of the same during the whole school assembly confirmed that they are living up to it even at home. Below are a few cliparts that you might find helpful as you sustain the discussion at home.
“The SMARTEST people are the ones who never stopTRYING”
“Don’t stop till you are PROUD”
“My brain is like a muscle. When I exercise it, it gets STRONGER”
We have scheduled portrait, class, team and whole school photography in Week 3. Specificic days will be communicated to you in the coming week.
Head Teacher Braeside Primary
Cultural Day at Braeside involves students, teachers and parents who create, participate and celebrate culture and art in our community. Our students are welcome and encouraged to celebrate our diversity by performing activities in class and in assembly.
Our students dressed in attires from different cultures and nationalities across the world. In Braeside, we have such a rich culture based on different nationalities represented at the school. We are a proud international school with over 50 nationalities represented at the school. What a rich culture we have!
Cultural day is a chance where we celebrate each other with our different and unique backgrounds. Students have an opportunity to showcase diversity through multiculturalism in arts, music, fashion and food. Braeside High School marked it’s 2018 Cultural Day on 23rd March with spectacular cultural events to appreciate cultures beyond our borders. The day was remarkable with students and staff beaming in their colourful native attires that showcased different cultures from across the globe.
With these activities and attires, our students and staff demonstrated and promoted virtues of a united and one school - Braeside. Amazing displays and activities depicting the culture of various nationalities highlighting their food, customs and tradition was truly captured at the school. Indeed the moments and events by the students was commendable. Cultural Day celebration should be a termly event!