Our participation at the EAMUN conference this year was another great success. It gave our students another forum to engage in debates on global issues like environment, economics, politics, and human rights among others. This year, the delegation comprised of 17 students and three members of staff. Braeburn was well represented in the various committees and in other roles during the conference like press corps and the executive committee. Reanna Varsani Yr 12 was in the executive council as the Co-Chairperson of the 1st General Assembly. She delivered one of the best well-thought speeches at the opening of the conference and shared the stage with Kenya’s first lady Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya’s Education CS Amina Mohammed among other dignitaries who attended the opening and closing.
Cultural Day last Saturday was a fantastic success with over 35 performances of all kinds. Although, we always drive home our theme of great diversity on this day, many other messages were signalled as the students performed, interacted and praised each other throughout the day. An overwhelming feeling of elation, positivity and unity could be felt by all and the event made me feel very proud of our students.
The usual talent was witnessed and many cultural performances were shared from different nationalities. The students continue to inspire and this indeed motivated me to make the effort to sing "Loch Lomond". Thank you all students, who continually show enthusiasm outside of school life and all the parents who supported on the day.
A hot sunny day provided the backdrop to a day of fine hockey competition as the U11 and U13 boys teams from the 10 Kenyan IAPS schools converged on Kenton College.
Our U13s found themselves in a highly competitive group. They won two of their matches, but in a tournnament of quality play and fine margins, they were edged out of two others, resulting in a 3rd place in their group and therefore not able to advance to the semi-finals. There were strong perfomrnaces from all of the team, and four of them - Storm, Ethan, Hammet and Rafe - were recognised for their contributions by being selected to play for the Nairobi School versus the Up-Country Schools next Sunday.
The Braeburn U11s played superbly from the start, winning all of their group matches and topping their group. In the semi-finals against Kenton they played with confidence and skill but could not finish off their attacks until the first minute of extra-time when a golden goal scored by brilliantly taken by Kit sent them through to the final.
In the final versus The Banda the boys mustered the last of their energy and threw themselves into the match. As good as the attacking play was, the defence was every bit as good and stayed rock solid throughout the tournament, not conceding a single goal. This base provided the platform needed for the midfield and attack to surge forward. After a goaless first half, the tense game changed in the second with Braeburn scoring 3 wonderful goals against a skilled and determined Banda team.
Huge congratulations to our U11 boys for their total commitment, tireless teamwork, skill and energy which led to their success. Congratulations also to Mr Jones who coached and motivated them so well. To add to the team's success, Kit was named U11 player of the tournament.
The Young Programmers competition took place on 8thMarch at Peponi House Preparatory school. This competition gives a platform for students to showcase their programming skills while interacting with students from other schools, enabling learning to be a fun, out of class experience.
Students were also able to learn new skills. They learnt how to program real life control software using Arduinos software, with experts from the Davis and Shirtliff Company leading the way in showing the students how to use and program this software.
Six of our Year 7 and 8 students participated in the competition and they managed to scoop awards in the coding and 3D design categories. We would like to say congratulations and well done to all of our students.
Our swimmers have been involved in a number of events this term, near and far, large and small.
Last Saturday, our swimmers took to the pool at Peponi Secondary in the IAPS swimming gala. The team put in some fine performances and finished a close 4thplace in a much improved points tally for the team from last year’s result. Risha put in particularly strong performances, setting 2 new meet records, adding to 3 previous records he set and in so doing holding the most records by a single swimmer in Kenyan IAPS history. As if that was not impressive enough, his new 50m butterfly record was previously held for twenty years by Kenyan Olympian Jason Dunford.
Prior to the IAPS gala, Abdul from Year 8, along with swimmers from our high school and other schools, competed for the Kenyan national team in a meet in Namibia. An excellent achievement.