Braeside High School Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians,

After some time off from school due to elections, I can now say that all students and staff are back to school and have embarked on serious teaching and learning plus other extra-curricular activities.

All after school activities will now run as usual. Plan your times accordingly to pick the children up on time after school. We still have a concern on the big number of students remaining in school who are not participating in after school activities. This is a concern and we need to support the school on this matter by picking the children on time after school.

Parent-Teacher Consultation Meetings

I wish to thank all parents who have managed to attend the above meetings for the respective classes in the past. We now have two to go in the coming week. I encourage the Year 12/13 parents to come for the meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 7th November at 3:45pm. The Year 9 meeting will be held on Thursday, 9th November at 3:45pm. We allocate 10 minutes per meeting so if you wish to have a longer discussion please arrange an alternative time with the teachers.

CAT 4 Assessments

All students in the school have sat for the above tests and reports have been issued to parents during Parent - Teacher Consultations Meetings.  CAT 4 is a tool we have started using in school to help us measure progress of our students in different subjects. The tests will also help us in setting Target Grades for all subjects.

CAT 4 are cognitive Ability Tests which cover a wide range of areas such as, verbal, non-verbal, spatial and quantitative reasoning. Among other advantages the tests will help us identify strengths, areas of improvement and development for our students. This will also provide us with strategies on how different students learn best in the classroom, depending on their strengths.

I encourage parents to go through the reports which were issued during the Parent-Teacher Consultation Meetings and see how best you can support your child from home. If you have any questions about the report, don’t hesitate to contact us for explanations.

Wishing you a good week ahead.

Regards,

Mr. Nyamota - Headteacher    

Braeside High Week 3 Updates

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We have come to the end of week 3 of this term. Time is moving so fast and we wish to remind Year 11, 12 and 13 parents that IGCSE/GCE exams are drawing closer by the day. Encourage the candidates to be focused.

 

UK Universities Fair

We successfully hosted a group of 49 UK Universities representatives in our school this week. The occasion provided a valuable   opportunity for our students to meet university representatives face to face and ask about careers they wish to study in the future. It was a fantastic opportunity and platform for our students and others from other international schools in Nairobi to consult and engage University representatives face to face, acquiring vast information in relations to study opportunities in the UK.

 

After School Pick ups

We would like to request all parents and guardians to ensure that any child who is not taking part in after school activities to be picked from school at 3:30p.m. We are offering two after school activities this term that includes sport training and clubs. The number of students remaining in school without activities is becoming a challenge and a concern. Please pick them early. For those using school transport and by any chance have no after school activity, will not be allowed to use the late bus. If your child is not picked from the carpark after 3:45pm, please collect them from the designated waiting rooms. Years 10 to 13 wait from the Upper School and Years 7 to 9 wait from the Middle School. Any student staying in school after the stated time must be in the study/waiting rooms.

 

Assessments

We have adopted a continuous assessment criteria that will ensure students are  given periodic assignments as the term progresses. The marks/grades scored from these assignments will form part of their midterm and end of term marks/grades.  We therefore urge every parent to ensure that children are provided with supportive conditions that will enable them complete academic tasks and assignments in time. 

 

Students Council Elections

The week has been busy with campaigns for the Executive positions of the Students’ Council. The candidates for various positions put up spirited campaigns as we carry out the elections on Friday, 22nd September 2017. Congratulations to those who have already been elected as Class Representatives through elections which were held last Monday. A comprehensive list will be out soon after the rest of the elections are held.

Looking forward for another fruitful week ahead!

 

Regards,

Mr. Wallen Nyamota

HEADTEACHER

Welcome Back

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am excited and honored to welcome each and every one of you to the beginning of a new school year. This school year will be a year of setting and reaching attainable goals, working harder and smarter and taking our school and students’ achievement to the next level.  We are here to support all of you, by any means necessary, to ensure that our students reach their fullest academic potential.  We look forward to working with you, our parents and the members of the community to provide a high-quality education that our children deserve.

I have met a great group of Year 7 students who are respectful, happy and excited to be in High School. I am also sure that the new families who joined Braeside this academic year with the Year 7s will bring a range of talents and experiences to the school community.

I now would like to share with you great news in the academic performance of our school; our year 11 and 13 students posted excellent IGCSE/A Level and BTEC results. We are proud of them. I would like to share some of the few individual performances of our students.

IGCSE: Rhoda (9A*, 1A) (a new record set), Karen (8A*, 1A), Brian (7A*, 2A),  Wanjiru (6A*, 2A, 1B), Nicole (7A*, 1A, 1B).

BTEC and A level results were excellent too with over 12 students scoring 3A* in their BTEC. D* is equivalent to A* in A Level.

BTEC: Nigel (3A*), Andrew (3A*), Kathambi (3A*), Shavini (3A*), Wendy (3A*), Misra (3A*), Andrea (3A*), Leon (3A*), Jaramogi (3A*), Bayan (3A*), Loris (3A*) Muzdalifa (3A*)

I must first take this opportunity to give a big thanks to our teachers for their devotion and dedication to quality and success. I also highly appreciate our candidates who put in a lot of effort and hard work to achieving these fantastic  results.

I want to emphasise the importance of working collaboratively with all of you parents and carers. This is key to the smooth running of the school. I am sure you will support us in ensuring that students attend school every day and on time; are ready to learn; are dressed in the correct uniform and have all the equipment they require for the day. It is only by working together that we can deliver outstanding results for our pupils to enable them to succeed at the next stage of their education.

On behalf of the board of directors and that of myself, I want to again welcome all of you and thank you for being a part of the Braeside school community where SUCCESS IS NOT AN OPTION BUT AN EXPECTATION. 

 Key Messages

  • Regular attendance to school is a must.
  • Clubs and Sports coaching start next week. Check when your child is participating and plan pick ups accordingly.
  • Students MUST carry their diaries to school every day and to every lesson.
  • All exercise books must be covered by Monday, 4th September 2017.
  • Ensure that your child has correct uniform including shoes.

 We are proud of a BTEC Alumni, Keli Loki who is now a pilot at Dallas Aeronautical Services (DAS), Texas, Dallas City, Hurst Town.

 

Scouts and Parents Barbeque

Our scouting fraternity had a splendid barbeque at Olonana Downs Cottage graciously hosted by our parents Mr. & Mrs. Hankins. This is an annual event whose climax is the Investiture and Going Up ceremony. During this event, new scouts are invested in the movement, some are awarded different badges while those in Year 6 move on to the Chipukizi section.

At the end of the ceremony, and going by our annual target 'Braestars Going Green' , the scouts planted a tree assisted by Mr. Hankins. Special thanks to Mrs. Luvai, the scout leader, for her continued commitment and support to the scout movement and Mr. & Mrs. Hankins for their warm welcome to their wonderful home.

Graduation Class of 2017

Let me give my warmest congratulations to the class of 2017. The class of 2017 have been amazing, with excellent dedication to all they do, in sports, drama, community service and many more activities.

There are some colorful characters who were in this class. Rodney does know how to debate with anyone but in a quiet and soft way, was loved by many and could command all the respect from peers. I know Jaramogi must have played more pranks than anyone else in the BTEC class. Jeremy could miss everything but not the football match with the Under 17 team. A great U17 Team Captain we had. All of the characters have helped bond the class into a group that have worked and played together.

 As individuals they were a hardworking and dedicated group who have thoroughly deserved the success. As a class I have noticed how helpful they were to each other, to teachers and the school. They pulled together many times for charity work. Class of 2017, a class of academic giants and students with great social characteristics.

From the teachers’ perspective each class has its challenges. But this group gave them a high level of satisfaction gained by working with some great group students.The teachers were dedicated, hardworking and devoted to the students. Let me thank all of them for their efforts.

The school itself was an amazing place in everything. If it was only bricks and mortar that counted, then we have fine buildings. But it is not just that, it is the people!

The school stands for academic excellence, maximizing the potential of each child while contributing to the community. These grounding principles have remained and they remain to guide the vibrant way the school is run.

A big thank you to the families of the graduates. They gave us so much support and time. It was such an engaging and a very outstanding group!

I always find it very sad to say goodbye to the graduates. However, life must move on I take comfort in being sure all of them will flourish. There is a big world out there waiting for their talents. Once again congratulations class of 2017.