Our annual target of Team Excellence continues to manifest itself in various aspects of the school life. Last Saturday, as a team we had a great Family Picnic full of fun and of course delicious meals from well-run food stalls courtesy of our parents. As they say, “coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”! We are sure of great things as a school with such a great partnership. Just in case you missed the event, kindly sample the photos below:
Braeburn Car Stickers
As part of identification as well as security measure to access any of the Braeburn School’s compound, we have provided car stickers to each family. The stickers have unique serial number and for this year they also serve as promotion to celebrate the 40th year of Braeburn School in East Africa.
Early Years & KS1 Production
The Confident Individauls of these sections of the school have started rehearsing for their annual production which will be staged on the 23rd of November 2018. This is a great opportunity to show case the young talents in BKIS. As usual, our team effort will lead to a great show. A letter requesting for costumes will be sent out soon. On behalf of the production team, may I request for support to the young ones as they master their lines and songs.
In our assembly today, we discussed the aspect of Time Management and its application in our daily lives. It was encouraging to learn from the students that it boils down to wise use of time. This led to the practical application in school life and all were in agreement that we have to be punctual to school and lessons every day. As captured in the Parents’ Hand Book and Students’ Planners, the latest reporting time to school is 7:50am with the exception to EYFS group. It is our appeal that we instil this in our students and help them keep time.
The second week has come to an exciting end with resumption of after school activities. Thank you to all parents who signed and handed the club forms. We are all set and enthusiastic about attending our favourite clubs! To make the realization of the clubs’ objectives, the students are expected to wear/bring the proper attire for specific clubs;
-Swim Team Training
-Art & Design Technology
Students were allowed to try out different clubs and change during the first 2 weeks of the term. Starting next week, the choices made will remain and are to run until the end of the term. If you have any questions or concerns about clubs, kindly feel free to speak to our Clubs’ Coordinator, Miss Donia.
Here is an impression of what B.K.I.S. offers during Clubs’ Time;
Of course we offer many more clubs such as:
Toyota Dream Car Art Competition
As had been mentioned earlier, one of our own Dhara Shah represented Kenya in the global round in the U8 category in Japan. It is encouraging and exciting to announce that she won a silver medal! Congratulations Dhara and well done for flying the BKIS flag up high.
The movement is becoming bigger and popular. We appreciate their dedication each and every Friday as they lead the whole school in raising the flag .To make it even better, we are expecting the scouts to remember to be in their full uniform every Friday.
Last term, we had patrol leaders undergo some training at Braeburn Imani where they earned beautiful certificates as shown below:
World First Aid Day
BKIS has not been left behind in marking this important day which is usually celebrated every second Saturday of September. This year’s theme is First response to Road Crashes. We had facilitators from Red Cross who took the students and teachers through the practical aspects of CPR.
It is a joy to welcome you back from the long holiday. The reports from the students indicate a well utilized break with great adventures.
As we start the new academic year, it is important to mention that there have been notable development projects which were undertaken over the summer break to make the school better:
- General maintenance work which also included paint work of the school
- Construction of the sail shade to be used for the assemblies as well as for lunch purposes
- Complete change of EYFS furniture
- Carpeting of both the library and ICT suite.
I can assure you that the students are very pleased to see these little changes every year. We shall continue to improve the general outlook of BKIS.
The dedication and commitment of students led to great results to be proud of. Looking at the individual performance, almost all the students met their targets as far as predicted grades were concerned. BKIS registered a 76% pass of grades A*-C. For this to have been achieved, the great team work involving students, teachers and parents was clearly witnessed throughout the academic year. I must say a big thank you to all the parties for the excellent work. It is also important to mention that all the candidates have already gotten placements into A level schools and we wish them well.
ANNUAL TARGET AND TERM VALUE
As has been the tradition, every academic year we have a target to guide our general day to day activities. This year the annual target is TEAM EXCELLENCE. Having had a chance to look at the characteristics of great teams, it is now time to experience team excellence.
The annual target is normally supported by a well thought out TERM VALUES with the clear understanding that a value is a principle that guides out thinking and behaviour. This term the value is COOPERATION which in essence involves:
- Listening carefully to understand what people are saying
- Sharing your things with others
- Taking turns when someone else wants to do the same thing
- Compromising when you have a disagreement
- Doing your best and encouraging others to do their best
Thanking people for the part they are playing
BKIS NEW MEMBERS
We say a big well come to the following into BKIS Family:
Svetlana Q. ---Crèche
Nirav P. -----Crèche
Emmanuel A. ---- FS1
Lara P. ---FS1
Aryana O.—Yr 4
Mitchell O. ---Yr 5
STUDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS
After the whole school’s election of the President and the deputy, the classes had the opportunity to elect their representatives as follows:
NAME OF REPRESENTATIVE
We wish them well as they Cooperate with their President (Don) and deputy (Vanessa) as they lead the students’ body this academic year.
Over the summer break, BKIS was represented by a team of five students at the Global round of the World Scholars Cup that was held in Barcelona. As always, they did their best and the team of Vanessa, Samantha and Cindy has qualified for the Tournament of Champions to be held at the Yale University in USA between 16th and 21st November this year. Congratulations to the team!
FESTIVAL OF FRIENDSHIP
The August break has been a very busy for some BKIS students who took part in the festival of friendship organised by the Ismaili Community in Kisumu. In this festival, there were many teams taking part in sport activities and BKIS was ably represented by Arav, Maaya, Krit, Qamara, Deven and Annika. All of the participated in U12 category in swimming and tennis singles where the results were as follows:
- Annika Parmar 2nd Position—Tennis Singles
- Maaya Bhamra 1st position---Tennis Singles
- Swimming : Annika Butterfly 1st position, Backstroke 3rd position
: Krit : Free Style 1st Butterfly 2nd and Breast stroke 2nd
Our after school activities will begin next week. Being the first term of the academic year, the sports on offer are Cricket, Rounders and Athletics. Our after school activities for the sports days will rotate around the mentioned sports and a schedule will be out on the notice board.
Thank you for prompt response on clubs options. Ms. Donia is working on the clubs’ lists which should be ready by Monday. Please note that as from Monday school will be ending at 4.10pm.
- Parents Meetings: The annual parents meeting will officially begin next week. These are meetings in which the curriculum and pastoral expectations are shared with the parents. As per the calendar of events:
- KS3 & 4 parents’ Meeting will be next week Wednesday 5th September from 3:30pm in the science lab
- EYFS Parents’ Meeting is on Saturday 8th September from 9 am.
- KS1 Parents’ Meeting will be on Monday 10th September from 3:30pm
- KS2 Parents’ Meeting is on Wednesday 12th September from 3:30 pm
The academic year has come to a successful end as a result of great Team work experienced from parents, students and teachers. Throughout the year, our guiding target has been team work supported by various term values (honesty, responsibility, tolerance, respect, patience, respect, unity, Courtesy, thoughtfulness and understanding). For the last three years we have endeavoured to emphasise on values that make a person irrespective of religious, cultural, social or economic backgrounds. These values are truly indispensable, devoid of which, our society cannot sustain itself and people will forget humanity. Even as we break for the holiday, it is our hope that BKIS students will exercise these values at home.
The last week of the school has been packed with many activities to summarise the academic year. It has been a week to acknowledge the various achievements through prize presentation. Our boys and girls have realised some notable improvement in their learning venture and as a school we dedicated last Wednesday afternoon to acknowledge their effort through presentation of certificates of achievements. A big thank you to our guests, Mr. Rob Williams-MD Braeburn Schools Ltd, CECM Tourism, Culture, Arts and Sports-Kisumu County Ms. Achie Alai and BKIS Students Council President Walter Watta for the inspiring speeches.
Congratulations to all the prize winners and May they always remember,” Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential”. – John Maxwell
This annual event is becoming better, bigger and exciting! Our boys and girls did not disappoint. People who pay attention to fashion will always want to know what will be the hot new style in the coming season; BKIS provided this great opportunity last Thursday. Creativity and style was witnessed across the categories as was expected. The level of confidence from students was just amazing as sampled below:
Mr Azenga has offered to run a sports camp for the first month of the holiday. His major focus will be on Football and Swimming. Already a schedule of the same has been sent home with the clear groupings according to age and ability. The camp will end on the 11th of next month.
Finally, I wish you all an enjoyable break full of fun; see you on the 28th of August 2018.
The second last week of the term has come to a successful end with a colourful Graduation Ceremony of FS2 students and Prize Presentation for the FS1 and Crèche Classes. There are remarkable achievements posted by the EYFS students as they are now ready transit into their next classes. At BKIS, we deliver a broad balanced curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters with an aim of having confident and independent leaners. This was confirmed today in our assembly as each of the classes presented their pieces during the graduation ceremony. Well done to the EYFS team.
This week, primary pupils had an opportunity to learn more about road signs through practical application at the Children’s Traffic Park at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds. It was amazing to learn that nearly all BKIS students are confident cyclists with refreshed traffic rules knowledge! A big thank you to the parents for allowing us have this great experience through provision of the bicycles.
Student Council Elections
It is that time of the year that election of the student council president for the next academic year is done! At BKIS we believe that it’s important for students to experience leadership opportunities during their schooling, to learn the art of building relationships within teams, defining identities and achieving tasks effectively. It also provides an opportunity to learn to identify and display effective communication and interpersonal skills. This exercise will take place next week on Monday 2nd July 2018 immediately after lunch. After successful vetting of the candidates, two were cleared to run for position of President and these are Vanessa Agatha and Don Okwaro. From their speeches during our assembly today, it is clear that any one of them will adequately serve the student body should they win the election. Best of luck to both of them.
As we get ready for the next academic year, the children are looking forward to their new classes in September. On Monday, the children will have an opportunity to visit the future classes and spend a half of the day with their next year’s teachers. It will be a great opportunity to get to know the expectations of the next class.
Our annual prize presentation will be held on the 4th of July (Next week Wednesday) from 2.00pm. At BKIS we acknowledge progress made by each learner and also appreciate the effort displayed in various fields throughout the academic year bearing in mind that every student is a successful learner. All are welcome.
There is no other better way to crown the academic year than with the fashion show. Our boys and girls have been rehearsing in their various categories in readiness for the Thursday’s show at Simba Club.