Week 11 Newsletter

It has been a calm week with very exciting outcomes for BKIS community; Parent Teacher Consultations and our termly Tea Time Concert. The importance of Parent Teacher Consultation session is well captured in our annual target of TEAM WORK as it provides opportunity for:

  • Teachers and parents to establish a rapport and develop a common goal that focuses on helping students have the best school experience possible.
  • Development of a successful partnership between parents and teachers, an important aspect of students’ academic and social achievement.
  • Exchange of information with the teacher about students’ academic progress and social development.
  • Teachers and parents plan together on how to help students work through their school challenges or find ways to ensure their continued success in their learning.

To this end, I want to thank all the parents who honoured their appointments which made the two days very successful by all standards. We also had an opportunity to give out a questionnaire whose results will help us plan better for the effective delivery of our services.

This term, our Tea Time Concert was just awesome! The presentation and execution of the pieces further confirmed that indeed BKIS students have talents. Stage confidence, mastery of skills and teamwork were displayed by the participants to an enthusiastic and supportive audience. We had more of group presentations which is an obvious departure from the many individual pieces as has been in the past.

From the performances, it is clear that the students did not disappoint as stated in the Music lessons’ policy of,Children are expected to contribute to musical events in school such as Tea Time Concerts and school productions once a reasonable standard has been reached ‘.  I am confident that next term it will be even better with more participants presenting their pieces. Thank you to Ms.Buluma, Mr.Ken and Mr.Victor for supporting our young musicians.

 

Upcoming Events

  • 22nd November: Thanksgiving Luncheon: As it has been the tradition of BKIS, we intend to have this day celebrated a day earlier to allow our seniors partake of it before they travel to Nairobi for their annual athletics meet at Kasarani. Detailed information will be sent out next week to guide in the preparation.
  • 24th November: Senior Athletics Meet at Kasarani involving International Schools in Kenya. Our boys and girls are getting ready to fly the BKIS flag up high. They will leave for Nairobi on the 23rd and be back on the 25th
  • EYFS & KS1 Production: 1st December 2017: Our babies are busy working on their lines for this great day. Kindly assist where possible.

 

  • Christmas Cantata on the 7th December 2017: Our Key stage 2-3 are working on their songs to present on this day. As we usher in Christmas, our Students’ Council is working tirelessly to ensure BKIS puts a smile on someone’s face. They are appealing for donations to be presented to a children’s home on this day. Already they have decided on the theme of the Shoe Boxes. This year we would like invite the identified children’s home to join us during the Cantata.

Week 10 Newsletter

Welcome back from the two weeks break, we hope to have some level of normalcy going forward. As a school, our calendar of events has greatly been affected by the happenings. As they say; A good school teaches resilience- ability to bounce back”. BKIS is ready to move on with the rest of the programmes. Five more weeks to the end of the term and a lot is to be accomplished! Because of this, some slight adjustments have been made to our after school activities (YRs 3-9) as shown below:

 

 

MONDAY

WEDNESDAY

FRIDAY

WEEK 10

 

 

 

 

3RD NOV 2017

CANTATA REHEARSALS

 

WEEK 11

 

 

6TH NOV 2017

Tea time    Concert

      (Rehearsals)

 

 

8TH NOV 2017

TEATIME CONCERT

 

WEEK 12

 

 

13TH NOV 2017

CANTATA REHEARSALS

 

 

17TH NOV 2017

CANTATA REHEARSALS

       

WEEK 13

 

 

20TH  NOV 2017

CANTATA REHEARSALS

 

 

24TH NOV  2017

CANTATA REHEARSALS

       

WEEK 14

27TH NOV 2017

CANTATA REHEARSALS

       

 

CANTATA REHEARSALS

 

1ST DEC 2017

BKIS ICT / COMPUTING DAY

WEEK 15

 

 

4TH DEC 2017

CANTATA REHEARSALS

       

6TH DEC 2017

CANTATA REHEARSALS

       

 

 

The EYFS and KS1 students are also working on their production which is to be staged on the 1st of December.

Parent Teacher Consultations;

As was communicated earlier this week, we shall have our Parent Teacher Consultations next week on 9th and 10th of November between 3:30 and 5:30 pm.  Teachers will be available to meet with parents to discuss their children’s progress. A schedule will be sent out especially for the Primary and EYFS parents to know their time slots for meeting the class teachers.

Secondary school parents will meet the subject teachers in the Science and Art rooms.

  

Tea Time Concert

Our termly tea time concert is still on next week Wednesday 8th November despite the few number of lessons covered by our dedicated and talented Music students. The programme will be sent out on Monday. It will run from 3pm.

Scouts

The BKIS scouts movement is getting stronger and bigger each day! We have close to 25 students who have shown interest and are actively involved in the movement’s activities. A big thank you to those who have managed to get the full scouts uniform. They look lovely in them!

 

 

 The Braeburn Scouts mega camp at Kembu will be taking place next year in January .Our boys and girls from year 3 are looking forward to this great adventure.

Reader of the Week.

Joseph Brodsky once said, “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” This week, Benjamin has been voted as the reader of the week; congratulations are in order

Week 7 Newsletter

The countdown to half term is finally over! We have come to the end of the first half of this term. The successes realized is worth the well-deserved one week break. Thank you for the continued support.

Mid-term tests

Our seniors have been taking their Mid-Term Assessment Tests this week. At BKIS, we value assessment as it is a way to measure if the learning objectives of a subject are being met. Assessment is valuable for both students and teachers in evaluating progress. After Half Term they will receive their feedback as they plan to complete their IGCSE syllabus.

Acknowledgement

It was a privilege to have a delegation from Standard group in BKIS courtesy of Dhara Shah of Year 3 Class. She recently took part in a competition dubbed Young Talent Challenge where she emerged overall winner in her categories of Creative Writing & Reporting and Cartoon and Paint Work. It was very encouraging to see her receive TWO tablets. Congratulations are in order to Dhara for the great work. We are proud of her for flying BKIS flag yet again.

  

 Tae Kwondo Tournament

Last Saturday, BKIS was well represented at the tournament held at the Goan Centre. The determination and commitment displayed by these young sportsmen and ladies was just amazing. Congratulations to Samantha, Dhara, Krit, Dedan and Kristina.

Week 6 Newsletter

This week has been a special week to the teaching fraternity; a week when the world celebrated the Teachers! Thursday 5th October 2017 was the World Teachers’ Day under the theme of “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”. Thank you all to those who remembered to send encouraging messages to our dedicated teachers for the good impact they are creating in our students lives. One of the objectives of the day was:

  • To celebrate and highlight the contribution of teachers, from pre-primary through to higher education, to the education and development of our future citizens.

And this has been captured quite well in our Braeburn circles of producing responsible citizens and confident individuals.

NYASA SWIMMING GALA

Last Saturday we had a big group of BKIS swimmers take part in the termly swimming gala organized by the local KSF branch at Aga Khan Primary School. The turnout was just amazing. Our swimmers showed a lot of resilience in their many races. Their level of commitment and dedication was commendable. Thank you to our parents who stayed on to cheer and support the BKIS team. It is also important to mention the great support received from our teachers. We had Mrs. Njihia, Ms. Irene, Mr.Ndungu, Mr.Rwenyo and Ms. Inyanje gracing the occasion in the absence of Mr. Azenga who was away on official duty in Narobi.What a good way to show TEAM work!

 

 BRAEBURN SPORTS FESTIVAL

Our seniors were away in Nairobi last week to take part in this annual event. It is always a great opportunity to expose our learners to competitive sports and especially to interact with other students from Braeburn Family. Thank you Mr.Azenga and Ms.Mukui for leading the team to Nairobi.

School Improvement

The Early Years parents are happy to see the climbing Frame fixed as earlier promised. Over the half term, final touches will be done on it .We have also done a face lift to the library by fixing a book shelf as shown above. The children are glad to see these developments in the compound.

Week 5 Newsletter

It is exactly a month since the school opened for this academic year! This being our longest term, the countdown continues, two more weeks to Half Term! Many of you have been asking about our Half Term Break with the announcement of new election date. As you are aware, our dates are published a year earlier and most of our parents have had their plans arranged in advance. Because of this, we are not changing our half term dates as scheduled in the planner.

Swimming Gala

There will be a Swimming Gala at Aga Khan Primary school tomorrow. The BKIS team is excited and ready for the event. As was discussed in the assembly today, the team needs to be at the venue by 9:am.Out teachers (Ms Irene, Mrs. Njihia, Mr. Ndungu and Mr. Rwenyo) will be there in the absence of Mr. Azenga who is away in Nairobi for the Braeburn Sports Festival. Previously we have had excellent support from our parents who stay on to cheer the BKIS team. I am hopeful that we shall have the same tomorrow. Best of luck to the team.

Swahili as a Subject

Following the directive of the Ministry of Education that all schools in Kenya have to do Swahili, BKIS has been offering one hour lessons of the subject from year 1-9. Yesterday, we received visitors from the Ministry of Education all the way from Nairobi to come and check whether we have complied with the directive. It is my pleasure to report that they were impressed that this has been the case. We shall endeavour to create other opportunities for our students to know the basics of the language. It is also important to note that BKIS offers Swahili subject at GCSE level.

Education City and Myimaths Websites

To enhance the use of ICT in teaching and learning, we have always subscribed to these two websites. Myimaths is open to ALL the students from primary to High school while Education city is just for Primary students. Our appeal is, kindly encourage the children to use these sites to enhance their learning at home. In case of challenges of logins, kindly let the Class/Form Tutors know.

Reader of the week

This week, the award goes to Tristen Griffith of year 6. His love for the books was captured during play time where he sat quietly at a corner in the field while others were running around. Well done Tristen

 

 

School lockers

Our year fours have been excited to have lockers allocated to them this academic year. Many of the have had padlocks on them. This has come with the challenge of constant loss of the keys to the lockers. To solve this, kindly have a spare key well labelled and kept in school with the secretary (Ms. Evelyn). This will eliminate the problem of breaking into the locker in case the key is lost. 

New Student

In our assembly today, we took the opportunity to welcome a new member of BKIS by the name of Steve in Year 2.