Examination Results 2019- Congratulations

Congratulations to the Year 11 IGCSE and Year 13 Cohorts of 2018-19. The examination results are stated below

IGCSE EXAMINATION PERFORMANCE

2019-20

82% A* To C

 A LEVEL EXAMINATION PERFORMANCE

2019-20

98% A* To C

 

 

Instrument Zoo

The annual Music Instrument Zoo took place at the beginning of the school year. All the classes in the primary school had an opportunity to go and learn about the instruments available in the music department for individual tuition.

A lot of interest was shown, not only in the ‘popular’ instruments (drums and guitar), but also in the orchestral instruments. Questions were asked, such as, "Why aren’t you holding that big violin under your chin?" That big violin is a cello!

The loud sounds of the trumpet and trombone had a lot of the Year 5 and 6 children quite excited, while the violin's ability to sound like an ambulance siren was quite fascinating to most of the children. Having a station with music production equipment drew quite a lot of interest from the older pupils, who expressed an interest in creating their own beats and putting them to song.

All in all, the response was very promising, with a lot of the children determined to speak to their parents about taking up an instrument. We hope to see this come to fruition and have most of the school playing an instrument throughout the year!

Braeburn School Scales New Heights at World Scholars Global Round

In July 12 Braeburn Primary pupils, along with two teachers, joined their eight counterparts from the High School to prepare for the Global Round of the World Scholars Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

The official opening program was graced by diplomats from various countries, the organising team and local officials. The students got a chance to settle into their surroundings by embarking on an interactive Scavenger Hunt where they were grouped with scholars from other countries.  This took place at the expansive Rotterdam Zoo, giving the scholars a chance to interact with Netherlands best flora and fauna. The day ended with the students enjoying a sumptuous Dutch dinner, while watching some eye-catching performances from local dance troupes.

The Competition Tasks

On the main competition day at The Erasmus University in Rotterdam, students put their wits to the test in the Scholars Challenge, battled their peers in The Team Debate, and argued with their pencils in the Collaborative Writing events. The second day of competition was marked by the Scholars Bowl where they had to answer on the subject matter studied while working in their teams. This event was the last competitive activity as the scholars later retreated to their hotels to prepare for their social evening which was held at the World Forum. This was quite a relaxing end to the taxing two days of gruelling competition.

The Tours

The scholars managed to enjoy three main tours after the competition, they spent a whole day at the Efterling Park where they experienced numerous roller coasters, water fun drives, train rides, oriental, continental and traditional Dutch restaurants, in the process learning a lot about Dutch culture. On the Rotterdam and Delft Tour, the scholars visited The Euromast, historical sites in the Delft City and toured the modern city centers where they learnt lots of facts about Holland. On these tours the scholars got a chance to visit and shop in The Hague and other Dutch cities. The tours culminated in a visit to the Johann Crjuiff Arena, the home of Dutch football giants, Ajax Amsterdam. A canal cruise afforded the scholars a final chance to cpature the sights and sound of Amsterdam and was a fitting end to what was an enthralling tour of Holland.

The Closing Ceremony

This was the long awaited day and everyone trooped into the auditorium full of expectation as to what the results would bring. After a long morning filled with show stopping performances by scholars and teachers from different parts of the globe. Our team posted very impressive results, even more so considering that they were not only competing against older students in the same category but also facing students who come from academically selective schools.

Two teams out of four comprising of Njeri Maina, Sanjeevani Pokala; and Jiwon Shin, Erica Ruo, Pratham Bafna all finished in the top 20 positions for Africa to qualify for the Tournament of Champions at Yale University (USA) in November. Congratulations to:

Erica Ruo

Sanjeevani Pokala

Vedika Mundhra

Njeri Maina

Madhavi Gopalakrisna

Marlon Onyango

Sanghamitra Bandi-Phillips

Prisha Victor

Niharika Basnet

Pratham Bafna

Jiwon Shin

Anay Gupta

We are extremely proud of the scholars for all the effort that they put into this competition, and for flying the Braeburn and Kenyan flag high! We wish the TOC qualifiers the best of luck at Yale. For those who didn’t make it, we celebrate their performance and are confident that they will go a step higher next time.

World Scholars will be back after half term as we start preparations for the regional round in term 2.    

GRADUATION 2019

At last we made it’ were the words of my colleague Steve Gasigwa.

We were all very excited to graduate, but there was a feeling of sadness as we were saying goodbye to a place where we created so many wonderful memories together. As we marched through the school, I reminisced on all the memories that I have made through my years in Braeburn. We stepped on to the red carpet and were warmly welcomed by our parents, friends and members of the graduates’ family. The ceremony began with a welcome from our Sixth Form Head, Mr Naulikha.  Musical performances by Tadiwa, Paul, Nelson, Kamba, Jane, Mansi, Paula and Brian were emotional and portrayed how much talent there is in the Sixth Form. 

Mr Dunn, our Head Teacher’s speech was based on the need for good decision making informed by seeking advice and collaborative team work with anecdotes on two stories of the Head Teacher and Apollo 13 in 1970.

We were privileged to have the Chief Executive Officer of Equity Bank Kenya Limited, Mr Polycarp Igathe as our chief guest. He gave the graduands lots of valuable advice about life in the real world.

The evening was full of smiles, laughs and a few tears. The graduates were awarded for various achievements, such as holding leadership positions within the school, subjects studied and Creativity, Action and Service. The evening was a reflection of all the hard work and dedication that the class of 2019 has put in, especially during the last two years of Secondary School.

To the class of 2019: I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. I have been lucky enough to be able to interact with every one of you and you have all contributed to my experience here in Braeburn in a positive way.

Maya Fernandez- Deputy Head Senator

 

Ngini Rugby Champions

20 teams converged on St. Christopher’s Preparatory School last weekend to compete in the annual U11 Ngini Rugby Tournament. Our U11s returned to defend the trophy they had won convincingly last year. 
 
They quickly got into their stride and won all their group matched to top the table. In the semi-finals they beat Pembroke House 49-7 and then faced Brookhouse Karen in the final, taking the game and winning the tournament, 28-0. 
 
It was a strong performance from all the team, with everyone making valuable contributions. A Most Valuable Player needed to be selected for the tournament and Kit Garner was the worthy recipient.