Welcome back to our last term of this academic year 2017/8. The holiday reports from the students indicate a well utilised Easter break and they seem ready for a packed calendar of events this term. As usual, the success of this term will hugely depend on the great teamwork displayed by the members of BKIS community. Over the Easter break, notable achievements were realised in Swimming and World Scholars.
As was mentioned in our Closing Assembly last term, Jesse O. was selected to represent the Nyanza Region in the National Kenya Secondary Sports that was held in Embu. He indeed did his best and posted excellent results. He emerged 1st Position in 50M free style, 2nd Position 100m free style and 3rd Position 4×50m free style Relay. Because of this, he has been selected once again to represent the country (Kenya) in the East African Secondary Schools competition to be held in Rwanda in October. We wish him well even as he trains for it.
The annual Inter Braeburn Swimming Gala will be held on the 28th April at BGR in Nairobi. Mr. Azenga has selected a team of 26 swimmers to represent BKIS all the way from Year 2 to Year 9. A big thank you to those who have swiftly responded and returned the consent slip as this helps in the preparation for the Gala. The team will have more training sessions after school next week just to enhance their performance. We wish them well.
Our able team of Scholars have done it again! Over the Easter break, BKIS was well represented at the Nairobi II Round that was held at Brook house School. Below is a brief write up on the same:
Our super scholars took part in this year’s first competition the Nairobi round. The excitement to debate, write and take part in all the challenges was palpable. Each one of them spent a lot of time reading and taking quizzes to learn terminologies as well as research on the topics given for this year’s theme An Entangled World. Day one was a culmination of it all as we battled in various debates and one of our teams (girls’ team) emerged 6th overall out of all the teams that took place. Our teams also got busy with gruelling writing tasks and we emerged champions in some of the areas. Day two was a beehive of activities as teams took to the scholars bowl and showed their prowess in the subjects given. After the tough competition, we had a fabulous talent show where one of us Dedan O. took part in a choreography with a student from another school (collaboration in action). The icing of events came when the results began to rolling. Our screams could be heard in the crowd even though we had the smallest number of participants. We bagged many medals topped by admiration from various teachers who marvelled at the level of confidence displayed by our two teams. A huge congratulations to the teams as we all made it to Barcelona!!!! A huge thank you to all parents for your relentless support to the students. Let’s make this happen. All the way to YALE!!!!
Welcome back to another exiting second half of the term. I want to believe the break was restful. From the stories shared, the students are ready to give their best for the remaining weeks of the term.
As the term is coming to an end, our calendar of event is becoming more packed with exciting activities. Next week we have Book Week and in it there will be World Book day celebration in 1st March 2018. A detailed programme of the week is attached.
Healthy Me Week
The exciting activities of the Book week shall be accompanied by a Healthy Me focus. This means that next week, students and teachers will be focusing on bringing in healthy snacks and meals for lunch to school.
One of the Core Themes in our PSHE programme across the school is Health and Wellbeing: Under this theme, the students are reminded of:
- What is meant by a healthy lifestyle
- How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
- How to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
- How to identify different influences on health and wellbeing.
Our whole school focus for the whole week will be on how to lead a healthy lifestyle through diet .We have had a chat with the students on this and are looking forward to a great week. Suggestions for healthy me week is attached though the list is not conclusive.
We have always emphasised on the values of friendship, responsibility and courtesy as BKIS community. After a lot of deliberations, as a school we shall have buddy lunch next week. This basically means, the students will have an opportunity to eat together as a class with their teachers and buddies. In other words, we shall excuse our parents from coming to the school at lunch time and have responsible learners take charge of their lunch.
The picnic tables will be arranged per classes and teachers will supervise the whole exercise. In our today’s assembly, it was interesting and encouraging to hear the suggestions that came from the students themselves on how to make the buddy lunch a success:
- They mentioned of packed lunch and have it microwaved before lunch time
- The lunches are dropped in labelled containers before 12:30pm
- Parents/nannies leave immediately after bringing lunch.
It is our hope that a lot of independence among learners will be realised at the end of it and of course we can only achieve this through TEAMWORK.
New BKIS Members
It is always a pleasure to receive new members of BKIS. This week, we have been privileged to receive adorable twins in Year3 named Safiya and Amina. We say a big welcome to them! We also welcomed Hiroki back to BKIS community.
Over the mid-term break, we had a powerful team of Deven, Dhara, Christian, Kieran and Krit represent BKIS in the Taekwondo friendly competition at Jalaram Academy. They managed to get position 3 overall despite the fact that they were only five in number! Congratulations are in order for the team.
ABRSM Exams Certificates
Our last year’s candidates finally received their certificates after a long wait. Congratulations to Dharah, Diya, Maaya, Dedan,Hawi and John for having passed their grade tests.
Year 4 Assembly: The fall of The Aztecs
We were treated to a well-rehearsed play by the Year 4 on the fall of The Aztecs; a topic the have been covering in their History lessons. Again, our boys and girls did not disappoint. Below is a brief summary of the play as captured by their teacher:
We have been learning about the Aztec community. This has been an exciting journey ending with a lovely class assembly. In our play, Cortes, a great Spanish conquistador cleverly manages to use spies to find out all about Velasquez and uses clever strategies to overcome him. When Hernan Cortes arrived in Mexico the Aztec Emperor, Moctezuma 2, thought he was a God. This caused chaos and disorder in the empire which also helped the Spanish defeat the Aztecs. Additionally, Aztecs got weakened by diseases they caught from the Spaniards. We hope you enjoyed it!
The first half of this term has come to an exciting end with great achievements. Thank you all for the support and teamwork displayed so far. We are sending responsible and courteous students for a well-deserved one week break.
This past week has been very exciting. Last Saturday we hosted the U16 Basketball Tournament. Our boys and girls did us proud. They showed great skills coupled with confidence and the resultant outcome was just amazing. Our boys were the overall winners while girls took position two!
There is no any better way of ending the first half of the term than to crown it with Inter-House Sports Day! This term, we had the whole school right from EYFS to Year 11 in the field throughout. The determination and sportsmanship spirit was evident throughout the event. A big thank you to our parents who spared their time to grace the occasion and more so to take part in some of the events. As we always say, everyone is a winner! We had fun together and at the end of it we all congratulated the winning house.
And the winning house this year is PERCH!
HUMANITIES CUM CULTURAL WEEK.
The Humanities department organized the first ever Humanities cum Cultural Week in BKIS. The objective of this event is to create awareness and enrich students with knowledge in the various disciplines. It is also a way of capturing their interest in humanity subjects through fun and experiential learning. This year’s theme was FAMOUS POLITICAL LEADERS OF THE 18TH –21st CENTURY. The climax of the day was students coming dressed in colours of the Kenyan flag and appreciating our cultural diversity by bringing traditional dishes for lunch! The students also did a good job on their areas of research and showcased wonderful presentations. They later had a kahoot session to test their knowledge further.
The FS1 students had an educational trip to the Airport. Below is a summary of the experience:
This first half we have been learning about People who help us. We visited the Kisumu Airport to experience first-hand activities which go on at the airport. We went through the screening zone and saw how luggage are checked. We saw a KQ plane landing and taking off but just from a distance. We had a wonderful time learning and walking around the airport.
It has been another successful week in BKIS where the celebration of achievements was acknowledged yet again! Our two girls; Dhara S. and Precious O. participated in Inter- schools Verse speaking competition in Nairobi Academy last Saturday. Their confidence was evident in their presentations which led to an impressive performance .They emerged position 3 and 2 in their categories respectively! Join me in congratulating our two wonderful girls for flying the BKIS flag up high.
Thank you all for those who made it to our termly family picnic last Saturday. We had fun together as a family.
Year 11 Parents -Teachers consultations
After three weeks of sitting for Mocks Exams, our seniors had the opportunity to discuss their results with their parents in the presence of teachers. I must say, that we are proud of their performance and our hope is that the good work pattern will continue to the end of the IGCSE. A schedule of extra lessons will be drawn just to maintain the momentum.
- U16 BKIS Basketball Tournament: Tomorrow BKIS will be hosting this great tournament. Jalaram Academy, Kisumu Senior and WISK have confirmed participation. It shall start at 9.00 am with expected end time of 12:30pm. Best wishes to our teams.
- Humanities Week: We are officially starting on Monday 5th to end it on the 8th A schedule will be sent out to outline the activities for each class. The climax of the week shall be on Thursday where everyone will come dressed in a Kenyan outfit or in colours of Kenyan flags.
- Sports Day: Friday 9th, the rivalry between Perch and Tilapia houses will be revived again! It will be between 9 am and 12pm.There will also be a bakes sale organised by our ever generous ROBS mums.
- Movie Night: The end of the first half of the term will be marked by Movie Night at Mega City on Friday 9th from 6pm.
The last two weeks have been very busy at BKIS; actually learning has been real. For the first time in BKIS we had an opportunity to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. day. Each third Monday of January, many schools in the world celebrate the life of Martin Luther King by bringing to life his words and his dream. It was interesting to learn the kind of dreams our boys and girls have in BKIS. Below is a report of the day by Mrs. Odhaimbo:
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
This was the first time students at our school did a special Martin Luther King Day program, the hope was that they would learn something about why Martin Luther King Day is a special day. The program did that and much more, according to Samwel Atonga, principal of the school.
At the end of the program, when the boys and girls sat down, joined hands, and together wrote their dreams, "some parents and teachers were touched and had tears and praises for the program," said Winnie, the deputy head teacher.
Josephine, the EYFS teacher, reported that even the kindergarteners recall information about the leader. The knowledge they gained through storytelling and buddy reading with the year five students has stuck with them.
One of the themes of Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech was that he believed people should not be judged by the color of their skin; instead, they should be judged by the content of their character. Our school carries out that mission by meeting the academic needs of our students and actively encouraging them to apply their knowledge in meaningful ways, such as inculcating termly values like Team Work and Courtesy. As students practice this process in small-group instruction, they must always remember to display peace and equality among each other in a learning situation.
Consequently, it is our hope that the BKIS boys and girls become a voice in the community, letting others know that being prejudiced hurts and that we should strive to live together in peace and harmony regardless of size, color, or ability. Also that they help keep the memory of Dr. King alive in a very creative way.
We also had a group of boys and girls out for the MSMUN conference in Nairobi. This was a week-long conference where the participants had the opportunity to enhance their skills in research, presentation, debating, lobbying, problem solving and diplomacy. Below is a report as captured by Ms. Mukui the MSMUN Advisor.
This year’s MSMUN’s theme was: Nilikuja, Niliona, Nilitenda. For the days the conference was running, students were to take pictures with non-familiar students and use the theme as a hashtag to show that each day they learnt something new. BKIS had two countries: Marshall Islands and Belize. With each country having different committees, students were debating, amending, lobbying for the resolutions that they wrote the previous year. The whole idea of this club is to enrich learners with debating skills and the ability to debate various topics within health, technology, ecology and human rights. There is intense research undertaken in order to be able to debate and in the process wide knowledge of different countries is acquired. With this in mind, there is a confidence boost. It is no easy task facing over 400 students from different schools for four days!
Braeburn Scouts Camporee
We did it again! This has now become an annual event in our calendar. Our boys and girls got an opportunity to meet scouts from other Braeburn schools at Kembu in Molo. The experience was just amazing. Below is a report by Mr. Yamo; the scouts’ leader:
We arrived on camp at around 12:30 and were the first Braeburn campus to arrive. We immediately embarked on setting up our tents and in the spirit of thoughtfulness, assisted the other campuses in setting up their tents. We joined the rest of the scouts during the opening ceremony and later on enjoyed some refreshments from the hosts (Infinity). Later that evening we were able to light our own camp fire which was used in cooking our supper. The BKIS scouts ended up preparing the best sausages and meals on camp, all thanks to the stewardship of Ms. Muga. All medical and dietary considerations were factored in during our stay at camp. The scouts were also able to complete their animal husbandry budge course by building a chicken house and later on taking care of the chicken they received.
On the second day, all the scouts were divided into various groups with the purpose of taking on various activities arranged by hosts including an obstacle course, first aid, the amazing race and lastly the farm visits with breaks in between to allow for rest and refreshments. It was a proud moment for BKIS when Maaya was actually selected as a troop leader. She confidently carried out her duties as troop leader. The scouts displayed a lot of perseverance, hard work and team spirit throughout these activities. Later that day we prepared our own pizzas for supper before retiring to bed. The chilly nights under our tents did little to dampen our resolve to conquer what we set out to achieve.
Parents received periodical updates on each and every activity through text and only one phone call on the second day of camp was allowed. All throughout the three days of camp the BKIS scouts conducted themselves with lots of decorum and confidence while maintaining the true BKIS values.
The importance of taking the students out of the classroom to absorb, interact and be immersed in history, and educational tours, has several learning benefits to our teaching and learning. This week, a combined Art trip for Year 5 and 6 was organized and the results were amazing as captured below:
Year 5 students have been learning about the Great Artists. So far they have learnt about Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Rembrandt. They also had a chance to visit a local artist, Mr. Wycliffe, who is a ceramicist based at Ilesi Market near Kakamega town. The Year 6 students have been learning about African Arts .They were taught how to make pottery, ceramics and sculptures out of clay. They were practically taken through traditional wheel throwing techniques and each one of them had a chance to model something. They were also shown how firing takes place in the traditional kiln. Fidel W. (Year 6) was so impressed that he suggested the artist be called to BKIS to construct a similar but smaller kiln.
Last Saturday we had an open swimming Gala at Agha Khan Primary. Despite the fact that majority of the swimmers were out on different school trips, we were ably represented by our year two boys and girls. We thank Deven, Sanay, Krit, Anika and Kieran for the excellent performance as well good representation of BKIS.
Verse Speaking Competition
The annual inter-school verse speaking competition will be held at Nairobi academy tomorrow. BKIS will be represented by Dhara S. and Precious O. The two have had opportunities to present the poems to the BKIS community where confidence and good articulation of words have been evident. We wish them well in the event.