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.
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: