Happy New Year to all and welcome to the second term of 2017/8 academic year! It is my hope that you had a restful break and enjoyed the company of responsible, honest and caring BKIS students. We are glad to have you back.
Previous terms, our focus has been on Values. As a community, we have endeavoured to display the values such as Responsibility, Caring and Honesty among others in our daily lives. This term, our focus is on Courtesy. It is our hope that a product of BKIS will be a courteous person. In our first assembly, we brainstormed on the meaning of courtesy as well as ways to be courteous. This led us to the ten rules of common courtesy as listed below:
- Show respect for others.
- Always apologize when you do something wrong.
- When someone is having a conversation, do not interrupt.
- When you change your plans, let others know.
- Respect the needs of others in public.
- Never embarrass another person.
- When refusing an invitation, be kind and honest.
- Respect your elders.
- Use good table manners.
- Respect other people’s property.
As always TEAMWORK will enhance realization of our target.
Our seniors started their second term with Mock exams. These will run until the end of the month. The results will be used to address any academic concerns as they get ready for the forth coming IGCSE. Best of luck to the candidates. As always, let’s support them by observing silence when exams are in session.
Clubs and After School Sports
Next week, we shall begin our after school activities. This basically means that school will be ending at 4:10 pm.The clubs allocation for second term is nearly complete, thanks to everyone for the prompt return of the forms to Ms. Donia. As was mentioned in the club’s letter, non-paying clubs are generally allocated on first come basis. Kindly note that if the first choice is full, the club’s coordinator will consider the second option.
The sports schedule is also ready and the all students are expected to be properly kitted for the activities on offer every Monday and Wednesday.
A big thank you to Mr. & Mrs Griffith who have offered to continue running the Dodge Club.
Before the end of last term, we had three BKIS students (Jesse, Cindy and Aiden) join the Braeburn team for a tour in South Africa. The experience and exposure gained as was mentioned by Cindy in the assembly is great. Well done to the team!
On 20th January (Next Saturday) there will be an Open Swimming Gala at Aga Khan Primary. We encourage many students to participate as always.
This term, it is year 3-10 turn to stage a production. Auditions were held this week and the full list of the cast will be out soon. For the sake of everyone, the title of the play is Beauty and the Beast. A schedule for rehearsals will be on the display board soon.
- MSMUN : A group of ten students will be away in Nairobi for a weeklong conference at the UN headquarters at Gigiri. It will be a great opportunity to debate global issues with peers. They will leave BKIS on Monday to be back on Sunday 21st January 2018
- Scouts: The annual Braeburn Scouts Camporee is finally here with us. Boys and girls will leave on Thursday to be back on Saturday 20th January.
- John Garrod: This annual tournament will be held in our sister school BGE on the 20th We shall have a BKIS team taking part in it. Part of the team will leave on Friday 19th to join other members who are part of the MSMUN group.
- Martin Luther King Jr Day: For the first time BKIS will be observing this great day. It is always observed on every third Monday of January each year. Exciting activities have been lined up.
New Members of BKIS
A big welcome to Rosa, Jaden, Jaimie, Martin and Levi into the students’ body. This has been their first week in BKIS and its like they have been here for the last one term! We also had an opportunity to welcome Mr. Alwanyi who has replaced Mr. Ndungu in Year 4. It is my hope that as usual, we shall continue to support them to settle in BKIS.
The long term has finally come to a successful end. The last week of the term gave an opportunity to show UNITY and TEAMWORK as practised in BKIS.Through the rallying call of BKIS United, the student council mobilised everyone to cheerfully donate Christmas gifts to two children’s homes; Shangilia and Care Compassion Homes. As has been the tradition, during this season, BKIS aims at making a difference in our society and we proudly did it again. A big thank you to all who made it happen.
Over the years, BKIS has had opportunities to nurture talents through staging Christmas carols in the malls and at Simba club. This year we decided to do it differently in the comfort of our school! The TEAM of teachers, parents and students all dressed in Christmas colours staged wonderful pieces as a way of showing unity. I must mention that this was the first time to have a parents’chior! A big thank you to all the parents who spared their time and rehearsed for the great presentation; it made a lot of difference and also acted as a motivation to our students. I am sure next year we shall have a huge number of our parents joining the choir.
The BKIS students as usual did not disappoint. The melodic voices were as a result of dedication and commitment to rehearsals as were led by Ms. Buluma, Ms. Inyanje and the entire Music Department including the instrumentalists. This year we had many soloists and a strong boys’ choir! All in all, it was an excellent show as sampled below:
It was indeed a great day.
ROBS Bake sale
The climax of the Cantata show was the bake sale organized by our super mums. This was done with an aim of boosting the ROBS kitty for the major event to be organized in third term. A total collection of Ksh. 26,250 was realized in less than 30 minutes! Good job to everyone who participated in this.
This is one of the most cherished days in our school calendar. A day without uniform, books and pens! It is basically a party day. Children had a lot of fun sharing their goodies with their friends before breaking for holidays.
Being a Christmas month and having had the children behave well, BKIS invited Santa Clause to present gifts! It was a wonderful experience for our babies.
As we approach the end of the term, many exciting events are coming our way! Yesterday was just but a summary of the great activities BKIS has had this term. We started the day off by show casing the various activities taking place in our clubs:
World Scholars Club A brief history was given by the confident members of the club and later on we were treated to a great debate.
Ballet Club: The girls showed their great and graceful dance skills. It was just lovely!
Tae Kwondo Club: In case you want to know how to acquire black belt, this is the club.
Zumba Club: For the latest dance style, this is the club! They later welcomed BKIS community to a dance!
BKIS ICT /Computing Day
According to the ICT committee, we marked this special day because education is evolving due to the impact of the internet .We cannot teach our students the same manner we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students in the curriculum. We are responsible for teaching them. We need technology in every classroom, in every student teacher’s hand because it is the pen and the paper of our time and it is the lens through which we experience so much of the world.
A big thank you to those who allowed students to bring their own devices. They made a lot of difference in their learning yesterday. Below are sample of pictorial evidences of how successful the day was:
The climax of the day was the staging of “Angel Express” production by the EYFS and KS1 at Simba Club. Our young boys and girls proved that indeed they are Successful Learners who enjoy Success! The confidence displayed on stage, led to the excellent execution of the production as a whole. The UNITY and TEAMWORK targets were successfully met in this production. The wonderful work was as a result of collaborative effort of students, teachers and parents. Thank you all for the support. In case you missed to attend, kindly sample the photos below:
It has been a week to be remembered by every member of BKIS community; the week when Thanksgiving was held! This has been part of BKIS tradition and on Wednesday it was observed in a style. A big thank you to Ms. R. Griffith for the brief history of the celebration where she mentioned that Thanksgiving Day is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States of America. It originated as a harvest festival.... The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. Apart from the knowledge received, we were all UNITED working together as a strong BKIS TEAM, sharing the delicious meals over lunch time and celebrating our unique talents.
After the meals, were treated to raw talents from BKIS ranging from dances, puppet show, singing among others. Our boys and girls needed no audition at all; a confirmation that indeed BKIS has got talents. The confidence displayed was just amazing.
Finally, the winners of the talent show had the privilege to receive their prizes from our Managing Director, Mr Rob Williams.
End of Term Tests
As we come to the end of the term, the last set of assessments will be done next week. A schedule of the same has been sent out to the parents per class. These tests are just like the other assessments they have been having. It is our hope that the exam week will be uninterrupted.
EYFS and KS1 Production
The long wait is finally coming to an end! Our babies have been rehearsing for their production which is now ready to be staged. On 1st December (Next Friday), all roads lead to Simba club!
Swimming Trip to SA
Braeburn Swimming Team will be out of the country from 29th November to 12th December in South Africa. In this team, BKIS will be represented by three students; Cindy, Aiden and Jesse. They will be taking part in Western Cape Swimming Championships in Cape Town as from 1st to 5th December 2017. The Gala will take place at the University of the Western Cape. It is a great exposure to our swimmers and I believe it will an experience to remember. We wish them the best of luck.
As scheduled in our Calendar of Events, next week Friday 1st December 2017, BKIS students will show case the various IT skills they have learnt. A section of the students have been requested to bring in their various devices to facilitate the execution of the days programme. The climax of the day will be inter house quiz based ICT.
The Student Council’s Christmas project to create shoe boxes is here! We have started receiving the Christmas boxes so, regardless of your religious persuasion this is an opportunity to give presents to children less fortunate than ourselves.
The wrapping theme this year is ‘Animal Print ‘- be creative! The Student Council will award a prize for the best wrapped boxes as per the theme. We aim at having all the boxes in by 1ST December 2017. These will be presented to an identified children’s home during our Christmas Cantata on 7th December.
Well well well! Santa is coming to BKIS! EYFS and Primary students are wondering if they are on Santa’s list to receive goodies! We know they have been very good and we expect that all of them will receive something from Santa! We expect him to show up in school on the closing day! Bring your cameras!
Another successful week has come to an end and we are happy with the various achievements
realised. The Early Years and KS1 students have continued to polish on their production piece “Angle
Express”. I can assure you we are all looking forward to a wonderful presentation by our young stars.
KS2-3 are also on top gear with their Christmas Cantata rehearsals. The good news is that even our
Parents are getting ready to present some pieces this time round. I am told the rehearsals are to begin
next week Monday. Our ROBS chairperson (Pavleen )will communicate the finer details to the group.
What a better way to display TEAM WORK: Parents+Students+Teachers = A powerful BKIS TEAM!
End Term Tests
The Continuous Assessments have been on going through out the term. As we come towards the end
of term, we are getting ready for the final tests to be administered during the second last week of the
term. A time table for each class has been drawn and will be shared with the parents in due course.
Our senior class (Year 11), have already started the End term tests which shall come to an end on 22nd
November next week.
It’s that time of year again and the Student Council’s Christmas project
to create shoe boxes is coming up! Regardless of your religious
persuasion this is an opportunity to give presents to children less
fortunate than ourselves.
The wrapping theme this year is ‘Animal Print ‘and the Student Council will award a prize for the best
wrapped boxes. We aim at having all the boxes in by 1
ST December 2017. These will be presented to
an identified children’s home during our Christmas Cantata.
Thanks Giving Luncheon
As a tradition, BKIS will have this event on the 22nd of November; to be precise next week Wednesday
from 12:00 until 2pm.
The BKIS Has Got Talent Competition will run after we have eaten. Pupils, teachers and parents should
be preparing for this competition with auditions for pupils entries taking place on Monday and
Tuesday lunchtime next week. Don’t worry parents and teachers have an automatic run through to
the finals! So if you have a hidden or not-so hidden talent then please register with Ms.Inyanje.
Students are allowed to wear home clothes on the day but are requested to make a suggested
payment of 100/- which will go towards the Student Council’s end of term charity donations to be
presented on the 7
th of December 2017 during the Christmas Cantata.
ICT/ Computing Day
As scheduled in our term calendar, 1
st of December, 2017 will be our ICT/Computing day. Classes are
getting ready for this and a clear programme of the day will be sent out in due course. There will be
Inter House Quiz to mark the climax of the day. To make the day a success, some specific classes will
be requesting students to bring in their own devices in preparation for the great day. Should you
receive such a request from teachers, kindly support them.