It is always encouraging to see the commitment of students to the activities on offer at school. This week, our scouts showed great improvement in their drills and coordination as they led the whole school to the flag raising ceremony. Through recreation, Scouting achieves its purpose of helping young people develop physically, intellectually, and socially. Scouting is all about building confidence and self-esteem, learning important life skills and leadership skills, team building, outdoor adventures, education, and fun! And that is why at BKIS we consider it an important movement which helps in realising the vision of Braeburn Schools; Confident individuals, Responsible citizens and learners enjoying success.
Going forward, we encourage all the Scouts to always be in their full uniform every Friday even as we realise the annual target of Team Excellence.
Braeburn Sports Festival
BKIS sent a team of eight students to be part of this great event involving representatives from all the Braeburn schools. The festival is aimed at pupils in Years 9 – 13. It is used to promote some core values as captured in Olympic Games by the founder of the Modern Olympic Movement (Baron Pierre de Coubertin) and I quote, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”
Health and Safety
The Kisumu weather has changed and it is very hot during the day. To help us protect the students, we are requesting for them to have the following:
- Water bottle which can be refilled in school
- Sun hats to protect them for the heat.
- Apply sunscreen
The Braeburn Sunhats are available in school at Ksh.600.
Term Value: Co-operation
The aspect of cooperation as a value has been exercised in BKIS in many ways by understanding that it is:
- Team work
- Getting along with people even if you dislike them
- Encouraging others to participate
- Thinking before acting
- When everyone has to be an active member of the team and do what they agree to do.
As a team we continue to remind our students to always practice this value by:
- Being good listeners
- Distributing work evenly among team members
- Encouraging each member to contribute their ideas
- Treating each other with respect
- Being open and receptive to new suggestions
- Compromising to resolve difference
It is our hope that through these, we shall attain our annual target of Team Excellence.
NEW BKIS Members
This week, we officially welcome Abbi (Yr 1) and Resian (Crèche) into the BKIS family.
Our annual target of Team Excellence continues to manifest itself in various aspects of the school life. Last Saturday, as a team we had a great Family Picnic full of fun and of course delicious meals from well-run food stalls courtesy of our parents. As they say, “coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”! We are sure of great things as a school with such a great partnership. Just in case you missed the event, kindly sample the photos below:
Braeburn Car Stickers
As part of identification as well as security measure to access any of the Braeburn School’s compound, we have provided car stickers to each family. The stickers have unique serial number and for this year they also serve as promotion to celebrate the 40th year of Braeburn School in East Africa.
Early Years & KS1 Production
The Confident Individauls of these sections of the school have started rehearsing for their annual production which will be staged on the 23rd of November 2018. This is a great opportunity to show case the young talents in BKIS. As usual, our team effort will lead to a great show. A letter requesting for costumes will be sent out soon. On behalf of the production team, may I request for support to the young ones as they master their lines and songs.
In our assembly today, we discussed the aspect of Time Management and its application in our daily lives. It was encouraging to learn from the students that it boils down to wise use of time. This led to the practical application in school life and all were in agreement that we have to be punctual to school and lessons every day. As captured in the Parents’ Hand Book and Students’ Planners, the latest reporting time to school is 7:50am with the exception to EYFS group. It is our appeal that we instil this in our students and help them keep time.
The second week has come to an exciting end with resumption of after school activities. Thank you to all parents who signed and handed the club forms. We are all set and enthusiastic about attending our favourite clubs! To make the realization of the clubs’ objectives, the students are expected to wear/bring the proper attire for specific clubs;
-Swim Team Training
-Art & Design Technology
Students were allowed to try out different clubs and change during the first 2 weeks of the term. Starting next week, the choices made will remain and are to run until the end of the term. If you have any questions or concerns about clubs, kindly feel free to speak to our Clubs’ Coordinator, Miss Donia.
Here is an impression of what B.K.I.S. offers during Clubs’ Time;
Of course we offer many more clubs such as:
Toyota Dream Car Art Competition
As had been mentioned earlier, one of our own Dhara Shah represented Kenya in the global round in the U8 category in Japan. It is encouraging and exciting to announce that she won a silver medal! Congratulations Dhara and well done for flying the BKIS flag up high.
The movement is becoming bigger and popular. We appreciate their dedication each and every Friday as they lead the whole school in raising the flag .To make it even better, we are expecting the scouts to remember to be in their full uniform every Friday.
Last term, we had patrol leaders undergo some training at Braeburn Imani where they earned beautiful certificates as shown below:
World First Aid Day
BKIS has not been left behind in marking this important day which is usually celebrated every second Saturday of September. This year’s theme is First response to Road Crashes. We had facilitators from Red Cross who took the students and teachers through the practical aspects of CPR.
It is a joy to welcome you back from the long holiday. The reports from the students indicate a well utilized break with great adventures.
As we start the new academic year, it is important to mention that there have been notable development projects which were undertaken over the summer break to make the school better:
- General maintenance work which also included paint work of the school
- Construction of the sail shade to be used for the assemblies as well as for lunch purposes
- Complete change of EYFS furniture
- Carpeting of both the library and ICT suite.
I can assure you that the students are very pleased to see these little changes every year. We shall continue to improve the general outlook of BKIS.
The dedication and commitment of students led to great results to be proud of. Looking at the individual performance, almost all the students met their targets as far as predicted grades were concerned. BKIS registered a 76% pass of grades A*-C. For this to have been achieved, the great team work involving students, teachers and parents was clearly witnessed throughout the academic year. I must say a big thank you to all the parties for the excellent work. It is also important to mention that all the candidates have already gotten placements into A level schools and we wish them well.
ANNUAL TARGET AND TERM VALUE
As has been the tradition, every academic year we have a target to guide our general day to day activities. This year the annual target is TEAM EXCELLENCE. Having had a chance to look at the characteristics of great teams, it is now time to experience team excellence.
The annual target is normally supported by a well thought out TERM VALUES with the clear understanding that a value is a principle that guides out thinking and behaviour. This term the value is COOPERATION which in essence involves:
- Listening carefully to understand what people are saying
- Sharing your things with others
- Taking turns when someone else wants to do the same thing
- Compromising when you have a disagreement
- Doing your best and encouraging others to do their best
Thanking people for the part they are playing
BKIS NEW MEMBERS
We say a big well come to the following into BKIS Family:
Svetlana Q. ---Crèche
Nirav P. -----Crèche
Emmanuel A. ---- FS1
Lara P. ---FS1
Aryana O.—Yr 4
Mitchell O. ---Yr 5
STUDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS
After the whole school’s election of the President and the deputy, the classes had the opportunity to elect their representatives as follows:
NAME OF REPRESENTATIVE
We wish them well as they Cooperate with their President (Don) and deputy (Vanessa) as they lead the students’ body this academic year.
Over the summer break, BKIS was represented by a team of five students at the Global round of the World Scholars Cup that was held in Barcelona. As always, they did their best and the team of Vanessa, Samantha and Cindy has qualified for the Tournament of Champions to be held at the Yale University in USA between 16th and 21st November this year. Congratulations to the team!
FESTIVAL OF FRIENDSHIP
The August break has been a very busy for some BKIS students who took part in the festival of friendship organised by the Ismaili Community in Kisumu. In this festival, there were many teams taking part in sport activities and BKIS was ably represented by Arav, Maaya, Krit, Qamara, Deven and Annika. All of the participated in U12 category in swimming and tennis singles where the results were as follows:
- Annika Parmar 2nd Position—Tennis Singles
- Maaya Bhamra 1st position---Tennis Singles
- Swimming : Annika Butterfly 1st position, Backstroke 3rd position
: Krit : Free Style 1st Butterfly 2nd and Breast stroke 2nd
Our after school activities will begin next week. Being the first term of the academic year, the sports on offer are Cricket, Rounders and Athletics. Our after school activities for the sports days will rotate around the mentioned sports and a schedule will be out on the notice board.
Thank you for prompt response on clubs options. Ms. Donia is working on the clubs’ lists which should be ready by Monday. Please note that as from Monday school will be ending at 4.10pm.
- Parents Meetings: The annual parents meeting will officially begin next week. These are meetings in which the curriculum and pastoral expectations are shared with the parents. As per the calendar of events:
- KS3 & 4 parents’ Meeting will be next week Wednesday 5th September from 3:30pm in the science lab
- EYFS Parents’ Meeting is on Saturday 8th September from 9 am.
- KS1 Parents’ Meeting will be on Monday 10th September from 3:30pm
- KS2 Parents’ Meeting is on Wednesday 12th September from 3:30 pm