Week 13 Newsletter

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.

ICT/Computing Day

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.

 

Christmas Boxes

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!

Week 12 Newsletter

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.

Christmas boxes
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.

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