Beyond the Classroom
At Braeburn Kisumu we aim to ensure that we maximise opportunities for children ‘beyond the classroom’. We believe that as well as enhancing their childhood experiences, this helps them to develop into well-rounded individuals with a wide range of skills that may be of use in their futures.
Arts – music, drama, art
Through our Creative Arts departments, all children are encouraged to take part in productions on our stage. We have two major productions each year as well as regular musical concerts, talent shows and class assemblies. We have 4 peripatetic music teachers instructing in different musical instruments, including drums, string, brass and voice, with our most talented students participating in the annual ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) examinations.
Braeburn Kisumu boasts of a huge range of sporting successes. Our ‘Sport For All‘ policy ensures that children of all abilities will be given opportunities to take part in competitive sport if they show commitment by attending the training sessions on offer. In addition, inter-house competitions in athletics, football, rugby, hockey, swimming, x-country, netball, cricket, rounders take place for all age groups.
Braeburn swimmers compete both Nationally and Internationally. A rigorous training programme is offered to serious swimmers, who can choose to attend after-school sessions. Training camps also run over school holidays and include both land and water sessions. In recent years Braeburn swimmers have participated in: the World Championships; the All-Africa Games; the Commonwealth Games; the Africa Senior Swimming Championships; the Africa Junior Swimming Championships, and the International Children’s Games. Our swimming team includes National Champions and record holders for Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
We know that our children are the future leaders of tomorrow. Our students are able to hone their leadership skills through the student council, becoming prefects or house captains. In addition, the Model United Nations and President’s Awards offer our students real-life opportunities to learn and excel in forums outside of school.
We ensure children are given opportunities to compete using all their gifts and talents. Academic competitions that take place include Writing competitions, Mathematics Challenges, quizzes and an annual inter-house quizes. These encounters allow our children to compete with students in other international schools in Kenya, and occasionally, with schools elsewhere in the world.
At Braeburn we highly value learning outside the classroom. This may be through field trips and outdoor adventure trips, or simply taking lessons outside. We aim to ensure that each term, children will have at least one educational trip from EYFS.
Throughout their school career, Braeburn Kisumu students are encouraged to be cognisant of the world around them, inclusive of people, animals and the environment. From an early age, our children learn that it is important to make a difference in the world and to be caring of those less fortunate than themselves. Through a variety of age-appropriate activities, students are encouraged to take part in charity events and to initiate their own fundraising occasions.
Career - work place experience
Careers’ guidance is given to Braeburn students to assist them in making informed decisions when choosing subjects for their public examinations. In addition, our annual Careers’ Fair and opportunities for work place experience, give students a chance to talk to, and be inspired by, a wide range of professionals.