On Saturday 26th January our 2nd team boys, with a couple of 1st team players to fill in spaces left by those unable to attend, went to Brookhouse in Karen for the annual U13 hockey tournament.
The boys started off slowly, drawing 0-0 against Cavina and losing 3-2 to Oshwal. They then started to understand the hard work that is necessary in 7-a-side hockey and also to gel as team. They went on to beat St.Christopher’s, Brookhouse Runda and Braeside to come second in their group and reach the semi-finals.
In the semis they played a talented Premier Academy side which had won all their group games. The game proved to be very close, ending as a draw at full time. In extra-time, Braeburn scored a great goal, proceeding to the final.
The final proved even closer. Despite having lost to Oshwal in the group stages, we looked the better team throughout and scored early on. Oshwal came back with a score late in normal time. This time, extra time could not separate the two teams and penalty run-ins were necessary. We managed to convert 2 out of 3, compared to Oshwal’s 1 out of 3, this despite the fact that Sari was playing goalkeeper for the first time in his life! Congratulations also to Rafe who was rightly named player of the tournament.
It was an impressive achievement for a group of boys who had never played together (or even practised as a team) before the tournament. They were playing against other schools’ full ‘A’ teams so to come out winning the tournament was a great accomplishment. All the boys were a credit to Braeburn, not only in their hockey, but also in their determination, their behaviour and their sportsmanship. Both Mr. Adongo and Mr. James were extremely proud of them.
Pupils from Foundation Stage 2 to Year 8 were wowed on Thursday morning by the performances of over 50 of their peers, ranging in age from 4 to 13.
Pieces were played on the piano, guitar, violin, clarinet, drums and some used the beauty of the human voice. Well known and loved pieces were performed, as well as some original songs written by the pupils themselves. This included 'Hope', a poignant song written and performed by a Year 8 pupil in response to the Ducit2 attack.
Some of the pupils have been learning to play music for years, and their performances greatly impressed their audience. Others have been playing for only a few months yet confidently and competently took the stage and played really well. There was also a Year 8 pupil whose abilities have only just been revealed. He was a natural on stage and will be taking a lead role now in this term's musical.
Around 200 of our pupils play an instrument and hopefully others will now be inspired to take up an instrument and develop a love of all things musical. The Mega Morning of Music was the first of a number of musical events this term and our appetite for more has certainly been whetted.
A superb morning by all concerned - congratulations to all of our wonderful musicians!
Located at 6,999 feet above sea level in Naro Moru, Batian's View Camp on the base of Mt Kenya was the site for the annual Braeburn Schools Mega Camp. Four Schools converged at the site to forge friendships amongst scouts and learn some outdoor activities.
The camp ran from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th January. The programme of activities was exciting, with scouts zip-lining, sky-walking, building shelters and cooking their own dinners. The scouts took it all on with great pride and energy, finishing all the tasks wonderfully.
To cap this, they managed to take a hike to the pine forest nearby and enjoy the view of majestic Mt Kenya and the rolling Aberdare Range opposite. They appreciated the fresh air that was on offer as well as delicious and energy giving meals.
They never forget that they are scouts and since they were in the neighbourhood of where the founder of the scout movement lived, they paid a visit to Nyeri to see his house and where he was laid to rest when he died. In the lush grounds of Outspan Hotel in Nyeri, they visited 'Paxtu' the last home of Lord Baden Powell. Here, they imagined how life must have been with the help of Mr Benson from Outspan Hotel. They noticed that Baden Powell was in love with Mt Kenya, because on the verandah, they could see, through the tree branches, the glorious mountain. At is final resting place, three kilometres away, they noticed that he was buried at a site which ensured that Mt Kenya was visible.
The scouts hugely enjoyed the trip and learnt many things about the great outdoors.
Over 60 enthusiastic children from Years 1 to 3 had a fantastic time developing their hockey skills on Saturday 19th January. They worked on their dribbling ability, striking, passing and control skills. They then put all of these together in match situations.
They were coached and supported by their class teachers, teaching assistants and the PE teachers, with lots of parents encouraging them from the sidelines.
We are already very much looking forward to our second clinic for the Year 1 - 3s later in the term.
Braeburn's policy of accelerated mathematics continues to impress. As students enter the secondary school, students have already been identified as possible accelerated learners. They are streamed into a Top Set and when they eventually begin their IGCSE syllabi, it is planned that they will complete the course at the end of year 10.
Those students who have managed to maintain high standards through this intense period are asked to apply for the early sitting of Mathematics in October prior to the final examinations in May. This allows them to commence the A level syllabus in year 11 and further, an option to do Further Mathematics in Year 13.
We are very happy to announce that ALL candidates this year scored an A* or A in this years early sitting of IGCSE Mathematics.
Ashar Asjad A*
Xinyang Kong A*
Rohaan Islam A*
Akshat Jain A*
Paridhi Jain A*
Essey Molla A*
Kelsi Rwanjeu A*
Ray Susanto A*
Lea Tanaskovic A*
Stephen Akunda A*
Muskan Valli A
Sonia Nyakuramba A
Brighita Mzee A
Jolene Harawa A
Audrey Brown A
Congratulations to Kelsi Rwanjeu and Audrey Brown who also scored A*s in their early sitting of IGCSE Development Studies