Rounders players from the 10 IAPS (Independent Association of Preparatory Schools) schools in Kenya converged on Hillcrest at the weekend to compete in the annual rounders tournament. They enjoyed a day of strong competition played in good spirit.
Our U13s played well, although found it tough on the day to get the number of rounders on the board that they would have expected. They missed out on the semi-finals of the main competition but made it to the finals of the plate where they lost narrowly to St. Andrew's. They can be pleased with their positive attitude and supportive teamwork, with Yebo leading them well by example.
The Braeburn U11s got off to a slow start but raised their focus and their game to beat Kenton and then Greensteds in the group stage. It was a tight game against The Banda in the semi-finals. The girls did wonderfully to keep The Banda from scoring at all in the first 10 balls of the innings having set a target of 4 1/2 rounders in theirs. The accurate bowling and committed fielding were key to Braeburn winning the game and advancing to the final where they played Pembroke.
There was a great spectator turn-out for the final which was played over 2 innings. Our U11s got off to a strong start and gradually accumulated a good number of rounders in the 1st innings. Pembroke batted well, but again the bowling and fielding by Braeburn was of a high standard and limited their score. The tension in the second innings was palpable but the girls held their nerve, batting, bowling and fielding strongly again, emerging victorious and becoming the first ever U11 or U13 Braeburn rounders team to win the tournament.
Huge congratulations to them and to their coach, Mrs Ledward, for a superb performance.
Well done as well to Caterina of our U13s for her selection to represent the Nairobi Schools team to play the Up-Country Schools later in the term.
Braeburn competed in 60 Individual events and 6 Relays with an elite squad of 10 swimmers. Over 30 Schools took part this year.
OVERALL TEAM PERFORMANCE
INDIVIDUAL MEDAL COUNT
Withstanding the blistering heat of Mombasa in Kenya, the De Guzman siblings, Rowena and Risha run away with eleven (11) medals – four (4) golds, five (5) silver and two (2) bronze enabling their team, Braeburn Swim Team to snatch the fifth (5th) place overall against 36 teams from all over Kenya and Uganda in the 2018 Kenyan Swimming Federation (KSF) Short Course Nationals Swimming Championships.
The swimming gala, a qualifier for the World SC Championships on December 2018 in Hangzhou, China, was staged on October 19 to 21, 2018 in Oshwal Academy, off Beach Road, Nyali in Mombasa, Kenya.
The Braeburn Swim Team was composed of only ten (10) swimmers namely, Abdul Bagha, Risha De Guzman and Njukia Kihara who competed in the Boys 12-13, Hamza Rechchad in the Boys 14-15 and Dale Mwangi in the Boys 16 & over age group. The youngest member of the squad was Ameya Rana who raced in the Girls 10-11 category while the eldest were Rowena De Guzman and Rachel Schoch who saw action in the Girls 16 & over category. The rest of the Braeburn Swim Team were Nurayn Bagha and Savannah Grantham who were both Girls under 14-15 class.
Team Braeburn travelled gallantly and once again nervously to the high altitude Cross Country destination at Turi. Our team had worked hard both at school and in training at weekends. We were represented by four teams and had high hopes despite the tough competition coming from a total of eleven Schools.
Our team should be very proud again this year finishing overall in 2nd position to an outstanding Turi St Andrews Team. It should be stated that we were not quite full strength as a number of team players were not able to travel. Our athletic position this year looks therefore very promising as we advance towards The International Athletics Championships at Kasarani.
Twelve Braeburn students from Years 3 to 8 travelled to Kenton College for the annual Douglas Buchanan Maths Challenge. Here they took on testing maths puzzles and competed against other schools from Nairobi, Mombasa and beyond. All the teams represented Braeburn very well and gave their maths brains a good workout.
Results wise the Year 8s won their section, the Year 4s came second and the Year 5s came third. Well done to all students who travelled.
World Scholar's Cup, Global Round – Barcelona, Spain, 22ndto 27thJuly 2018
What is World Scholar's Cup? Teams of students from over 80 countries come together each year to explore a current global theme within which are specific topics based on six subject areas (Arts, History, Literature, Science, Social Studies, Special Area e.g. Crime and Justice). The four World Scholar's Cup (WSC) tournament events: team debate, scholar's bowl (group quiz), scholar's challenge (quiz) and collaborative writing enable "students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths and practise new skills." (World Scholar's Cup 'Values and Vision' 2008). By bringing together subjects in team and individual events, not only do students deepen subject understanding, they also learn how to work together, connect subjects to each other and relate them to the world around us.
Fourteen students from Braeburn School travelled to Barcelona, Spain for the annual World Scholar's Cup – four from the High School and ten from the Primary. The primary school was represented by Cresent, Njeri, Ashoka, Akol, Izyan, Erica, Sherrly, Nizar, Keith and Pratham.
The pupils did the school proud in the World Scholar's Cup by emerging as 2ndin Africa; a particularly strong achievement considering the fact that this was their maiden appearance. All the pupils won individual medals in different categories. Seven students qualified for the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions which will be held at Yale University, USA.