The week has been a very busy one with End of Year Tests being administered to the students. We also had two major events in which the students were still able to accomplish to the highest standards.
TEA TIME CONCERT
BKIS was not left behind in marking the World Music Day yesterday, instead we did it in style. Our boys and girls who have been taking various musical instrument lessons show cased their skills during the tea time concert. It was encouraging to see participants as young as FS1 students confidently perform in front of the school audience.
Our annual Swimming Gala as usual pitched the arch rivals Tilapia Vs Perch houses yet again to another competitive mood. The warm weather of Kisumu was favourable for the teams to show case their aquatic skills acquired throughout the academic year. True to the BKIS team spirit, each house did their best to field confident participants in each event. It was very encouraging to see the students able to swim all the strokes with the required techniques. At the end of the event, the determination of the winning house was done through computation of cumulative points from each house. This year, the competition was so tight that the points difference was just 16! And the winning house this academic year is PERCH!
As we approach the end of the academic year, our calendar of events is packed with exciting activities. Last Saturday, BKIS opened its gate to invited schools to grace our EYFS Fun/ Sports Day. We were privileged to host Citam Nursery, Aga Khan Nursery and Rainbow Kindergarten to a fun filled sports day. The interactions and learning that took place through the structured play was just amazing. All the children from the four different schools had opportunity to do the same activities with considerable level of mastery for their ages; an indication of existence of good sports’ skills, that if nurtured would lead to great performance in the future.
This coming Saturday the 16th June, is the day we have all been waiting for! The ROBS committee has been working tirelessly to organise this event to mark the end of our academic year.
It shall be at Mon Ami (Mega City) as from 6.00pm. Family and friends are invited! Theme for the Event is BLACK, WHITE AND BLING!
BKIS has been an Exam Centre for ABRSM in Kisumu for many years. This week, our students and others from different schools had an opportunity to sit for grade and prep tests in various musical pieces. They were guided by an experienced and friendly examiner who has always harboured a keen interest in the role of examinations and assessment in Music Education, leading her to develop and co-ordinate examinations across the Music Service, and to examine for Edexcel ‘A’ Level Music before applying to work as an Examiner for ABRSM.
We are very optimistic that the time and preparation exercises undertaken by the candidates will lead to the ever excellent results.
TEA –TIME CONCERT
Our last tea time concert for this academic year will be held on the 21st June (Next week Thursday). I am very sure the children are looking forward to this great day which also coincides with the World Music Day! It will also be an opportunity for the children to have an Art Exhibition at the same time to show case their artistic skills on various pieces they have managed to produce in the course of the term. The event shall start at 3:00pm. The programme of the day shall be sent out early next week.
INTER HOUSE SWIMMING GALA
The BKIS annual Inter House Swimming Gala is finally here with us! As scheduled, we shall be having our gala on the 22nd June at Nyanza Club. It will also be a great opportunity for our students to show case their aquatic skills.
This week Tuesday, we had a Special Parents Meeting in which the MD designate (Mr. Andy Hill) was officially introduced. It was also an opportunity to spell out the future plans for BKIS as far as development is concerned. As we are all aware, BKIS recently acquired some land for expansion purposes. It is encouraging to report that Braeburn Board of Directors has come up with a draft plan on this. As was mentioned by our current MD (Mr. Rob), the Board aims to have a BKIS campus on the piece of land in two years’ time. This campus shall have KS2 upwards as the current campus will continue to host EYFS and KS1. It is indeed exciting times ahead for BKIS….
PARENT –TEACHER CONSULTATIONS
A big thank to all those who managed to attend the Parent Teacher Consultation yesterday. We value the feedback given for the sake of the students. Due to the declared Public Holiday tomorrow, the next Parent Teacher Consultation shall be on Monday 18th from 3:30pm. This means that on Monday, school will end at 3:10pm.
END YEAR EXAMS
The final assessments for this academic year will take place next week in the form of End Year Exams for the students in Year 1-9. Time tables have been shared with the students and will also be sent out to parents together with this newsletter. We wish the students best of luck.
Our second half of the term has started off with a bang as we finish the academic year in a style. This week, good news has been shared with the BKIS community of the great achievement of one of our own. As I had mentioned earlier, The Toyota Dream Car Art completion this year had a category of U8 winners reserved for BKIS!It was a privilege to have the Toyota team led by the MD Mr.Arvinder Reel in our assembly to deliver yet another good news to us. The winner of U8 category in Kenya, Dhara Shah has been selected to represent the country in the global round to be held in Japan. In this one week trip, Dhara and one of her parents’ expenses are catered for by Toyata! It is indeed a great achievement and we are all proud of Dhara.
The three winners also had the opportunity to receive their beautiful certificates from Toyota Kenya.
We say a big thank you to the Toyota team for giving BKIS such a great opportunity.
Mater Heart Run
This annual event has become part of BKIS calendar. As responsible citizens, we always extend a helping hand to the needy in our larger community. The use of magic words was excellently applied by the BKIS students in getting sponsors for the run. From the returned forms, we have collected a total of Ksh. 233,800 to Mater Hospital. As if this is not enough, on the 26th May, we had a team of BKIS members (students, staff and parents) take part in the actual run.
Our emphasis on active participation in the extra-curricular activities motivated three members of the Tae Kwondo club (Kieran, Deven and Christian) to venture into competition outside Kisumu. On the 2nd of June, these three active boys were in Nairobi for the Oshwal Taekwondo tournament. It is very encouraging to report that they did their best and were not intimidated by the huge crowd as well as at times, bigger opponents.
They all won medals and were able to share their experiences to the rest of the students during the assembly. Congratulations to the boys!
World Environmental Day
BKIS joined the world in celebrating this great day under the theme of Beating Plastic Pollution. Each class had exhibition on how to re-use the plastic to avoid pollution as sampled below.
The KS3 students had the opportunity to partner with the County Government in tree planting session on that day. We also had Vanessa present a topic on dangers of plastic pollution during the occasion. All in all, the BKIS presence and participation was well felt.
This annual exam will be held on Monday and Tuesday Next Week. Our candidates have been preparing and we are sure they will do their best. BKIS being an ABRSM centre, we have other candidates from other schools doing their exams from here. Best wishes to the candidates.
EYFS AND Year 1 Fun/Sports Day
The much awaited fun day is finally here with us. Tomorrow BKIS will be having a fun day for 2-6 year olds. There are invited schools to grace the occasion. The event will start at 9am with expected end time to be 12noon.There are many exciting activities.
The well-deserved mid-term break is finally here with us. Our boys and girls have been giving their best in terms of academics and extra-curricular activities. The last two weeks have been packed with exciting activities ranging from educational trips to our Internal Scouts Camp.
KS3 Art and Design Trip to Ilesi Pottery and Training Centre
As part of the Art and Design topics in three-dimensional design which include ceramics, sculpture and product design, a trip was arranged for KS3 students to visit Ilesi Pottery Centre in Ilesi shopping Centre, Kakamega. Students acquired some skills, knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in using clay to make, dry, fire, and decorate the ceramic ware, clay sculptures and products. They also learnt about constructional methods such as slab building, coil, hand making and the application of surface treatments. Here is what some students have to say;
Diya (Year 7); Going to Ilesi Pottery Centre was a very fun experience we learnt a lot of things. During the trip to Ilesi we had a lot of fun. When we got there everybody's mouths were open at the amount of shock. We were amazed of how they made pots. We even learnt a few things like: You need to pound the clay to be able to make a sculpture, it takes a few days for the small ones to dry. The big pots take even months!!! It was a very fun experience and we learnt a lot of things and I hope we go there again!!!!!
Samantha (Year 8); The Art Trip was very insightful. We got to learn and make clay pots. Our instructor made it look easy until you try it. We all took turns in making different designs of pots. Later they told us that it takes about 1 month for a finished pot to be sold. They took us to the store and we saw all the beautiful and creative pots that have been made. We bought a few and overall it was a very enjoyable experience.
Benjamin (Year 9); We went for a trip to Kakamega where we learnt so much and got to experience how pottery items are made and we had so much fun. We also went to see a person who made sculptures for a living and he tried making a face (a portrait). Later on we went to see the finished products. It was a joyful experience.
Year 3 Trip
The Internal BKIS scouts camp made a return after a long break and it this time involved the youngest group of scouts in the movement. The scouts were taken away from the normal comfort of their everyday life and had to spend the night in their tents. This provided an ultimate test of endurance as well ensuring that they are able to utilize their innate survival skills.
The excitement was palpable throughout the camp despite the unforgiving weather conditions. The scouts displayed courage and character in the face of adversity. The scouts learnt a great deal about Lord Baden Powell who founded the scout’s movement. Additionally, both the Chipukizi as well as the Sungura scouts worked together in various team work activities which not only helped them improve teamwork skills, but assisted in the reinforcement of BKIS values of patience, honesty and unity.
Finally the scouts as well as their leaders would like to thank all those who made the event successful.
Toyota Dream Car Competition
The U8 category winners for the annual Toyota Dream Car Art Competition all came from Braeburn Kisumu International School! Today in our assembly, we had the privilege of hosting a team from Toyota Kenya Kisumu branch led by their Manager Mr Jackson on behalf of the MD to present the prizes. A big congratulations to the BKIS team led by Dhara (Gold), Bashar (Silver) and Malaika F. (Bronze).
Mater Heart Run
Community support has always been part and parcel of BKIS. We are all ready to take part in this worthy course once again. The event will be started off at the sports ground by 8:30am. All BKIS members are requested to assemble at the sports ground in good time (By 8.15am) for the group photo before the event as we have always done. Our school van will be around with our nurse on board just in case first aid may be required. A big thank you to those who have brought back the sponsorship forms. We urge those who have not returned to do so as we need to send the forms back.
High School Camping Trip
The High School students will be going to visit Malewa Bush Venture for a camping trip over half term. The students will leave on Monday 28th May 2018 and return on Wednesday 30th May 2018. School transport will leave the BKIS at 9.00 am and we expect to leave Malewa at 9.00 am on Wednesday, hoping to be at school by 2.00 pm. It will be a great opportunity to cover many aspects on social skills. We wish them a safe journey.
World Environmental Day
This great day will be on the 5th June this year. BKIS has organized different activities to mark this day. For the first time, we are aiming at partnering with the county government of Kisumu in environmental activities.
Braeburn group of schools will have the KS2 SATs held immediately after we come back from half term; to be precise from 5th June. The Year Six Class are adequately prepared to sit for these tests which are basically to assess the mastery of concepts learnt so fare wish them well even as they do their final touches. A time table of the same is attached in peek at the week.
Parents Meeting on 12th June 2018
A special parents meeting has been arranged to take place on the said date. The main agenda will be to officially introduce the incoming MD, Mr. Andy Hills to the BKIS community. The specific timings will be officially communicated once we are back from the half term.
Another successful week has come to an end with the BKIS scouts gearing up for their camp out in the school compound. Scouting has become a very popular club with members as young as seven years actively participating in the activities on offer. According to the club’s patron Mr. Yamo, the Camp will give the children the opportunity to build friendships through participating in group activities, equip the scouts with basic knowledge of scouting, survival skills as well as participating in games and activities to foster critical thinking.
Our boys and girls are excited and ready for the experience and we hope the weather will also be favorable to us. According to the plan the scouts will end their camp tomorrow by 12:30pm after undergoing First Aid Training.
Toyota Dream Car Awards
Our boys and girls participated in the National Toyota Dream Car Art Contest this year. For the first time, we registered many participants in various categories. As I had mentioned earlier, for the U8 category, all the top three positions were taken by BKIS students; Dhara, Bashar and Malaika Fillinger. Because of this, the Toyota Kenya led by their MD Mr. Arvinder Reel will be in BKIS on 25th May 2018 during our assembly to present the awards to our three winners. Once again, we are proud of the hard working students who have ensured that BKIS has once again demonstrated that the learners enjoy success.
Mater Heart Run
There is no better way to show how internationally minded we are as BKIS community than participate in this Year’s Mater Heart Run through the display of the value of CARING. We have always extended a helping hand to the needy in the society.
We appeal to you to come out in larger numbers and support this noble cause. Your participation will go a long way in saving hundreds of children with heart ailments from economically disadvantaged background.
‘‘Touch a Child’s Heart’’
The deadline for submission of the Sponsorship form is next week Thursday 24th May. We have always emerged as top contributors in the region and I am hopeful we are still going to remain at the top as TEAM BKIS. Already T-shirts , caps and wrist bands are on sale at the school office.
The much awaited disco for the Primary children will be held next week Friday as a climax of the first half of the term. The children seem excited about it. It will run from 6pm to 8pm.The programme of the event will be sent out next week.