Mathematical Marvels

After being chosen from Year 7 and 8 after an in-school competition, the Braeburn team of 4 travelled to Nairobi Academy on Thursday 6th of June for the annual Junior Maths Challenge.
First up in the competition were the Year 7 and year 8 individual challenges, followed by a team challenge. The individuals performed strongly with Jiwon winning the Year 8 category, Albion coming in 3rd in the same age group and Shlok taking 2nd in the Year 7's.
In the overall team competition there were excellent contributions from each of the team members which saw Braeburn School once again take the shield as competition winners. A brilliant achievement by Shlok, Rafe, Albion and Jiwon.
It was very pleasing to witness our two Year 7 students address all the visiting students and teachers so confidently over the microphone at the end of the challenge to give their feedback on the day.

Under 15 Rugby Team Success

This year's team has started extremley well, registering wins with Peponi, Hillcrest, Strathmore at Braeside in League matches. Coach Ianto Jones from Wales, has been very impressed with the boys overall commitment to training and this has led to an outstanding win at the recent Hillcrest Tournament. This is the first time that Braeburn has won on Hillcrest soil at this event, scoring 4 magnificent tries in the final against Hillcrest.

Last week they also played well at the KAIS tournament at Braeburn Garden Estate and although physically dominated a strong Turi team, they unfortunately lost in the Semi finals. The boys will be looking at learning from the day and beating Turi on StAndrews soil at the approaching Turi 7s tournament.

Mental Well Being At Braeburn

Mental Health Week has seen Braeburn students undertake a series of engaging and thought-provoking activities. During Form time, students attempted the ancient art of origami, discussed the idea of ‘gestures of kindness’ through ‘paying it forward’ and taken time to self-reflect on the things they love about themselves. All these activities have been designed to help students  think in the present as well as to boost self-esteem and confidence.

At Lunch times, students took part in activities from mindful colouring to the challenging task of Sudoku. On Thursday two Yoga teachers came to school to deliver a lesson to nearly 30 students.

This was a huge success not only bringing relaxation but demonstrating how exercise can be a powerful tool in the promotion of good mental health. In the future, we hope students  have learned to become more confident in understanding how to take care of their own mental health. 



Scouts Working for a Better World

For the past six years, Braeburn Scouts have dedicated term three as a tree planting season. This year we had very enthusiastic contributions from our young environmentalists because, for the first time since we started, we had at least three seedlings from the 27 scouts who generously contributed towards this venture. Consequently, 117 seedlings were planted today which equates to Ksh 52,850!

After a busy one and half hours of planting, we went to the Ruaka Picnic Site inside Karura Forest for a picnic lunch and enjoy the serene beauty of the forest.

We wish to thank parents for the support towards this exercise and we look forward to another. The Friends of Karura Forest (FKF) today acknowledged that Braeburn Scouts have proved to be the most active in planting these trees and it is all because of the help we get from the parents. We thank you most sincerely.

Truly, the scouts have improved the lungs of Nairobi today.

Have an oxygen-filled week!

Siku Ya Swahili

The whole school; students, teachers, administration all came together on Friday the 10th May to celebrate the language, fashion, culture and food of the Swahili people.

Everyone tried to ensure they dressed the part and it was colourful to see the new Leso/Kanga and Kikoy styles.
Students were involved in numerous activities such as learning to tie and use the kanga in 100 ways, learning Swahili Songs and games, Language café, reading Swahili books, art activities as well as playing various language games that helped them learn a lot of new Swahili vocabulary.

During the snack break and lunch everyone was treated to various Swahili delicacies such as mahamri, viazi karai, dates, kaimati and biryani.

At the end of the day students had this to say: "Today I learnt a lot about the Swahili people and it was a fun experience to learn even further a language I am being taught." [Vineet]. "I had the opportunity to learn that the Swahili Language is used a lot in Disney movies like Lion King." [Kieran]. "I really enjoyed learning new Swahili games. It was so much fun." [Mumu FS2]’

I am definitely looking forward to another beautiful day like this one. If learning a language was so much fun I would learn a new language every day!

Mrs Chege, Swahili Teacher