A huge thank you to all the families who contributed buckets of essentials, often with some lovely added extras, for the local community. Altogether 295 buckets and bags were donated by the Braeburn community. These have been distributed to three local charities through our fabulous FABsters, with the majority of them going to Ngong Road Children's Home (pictured above, being delivered on Saturday by Denis and other drivers from school).
As it is tradition and as the Christmas season begins, Key Stage 1 had their Christmas production show for the parents on Tuesday.
Staying true to our Braeburn ethos in celebrating diversity, this year’s Key Stage 1 production was entitled ‘Christmas Around the World’, an original play by Mrs. Childs.
The children worked extremely hard to learn their lines and to put on a magical performance. Santa even participated!
Santa Claus was at Braeburn in search of answers……. She wanted to know what Christmas is like for children around the world. Where better to visit than Braeburn School! Well, the Key Stage 1 children did not disappoint! They took Santa to England, India, China and Kenya. For each country, they showcased what Christmas is like for the people that live there. They talked about the weather, food, dance, clothes and so much more!
Santa was very impressed by what she saw and learnt. At the end of it all it was clear that Christmas is celebrated differently in different parts of the world, each country is special in its own unique way. In Santa’s own words…she couldn’t wait to visit them all before Christmas Day!
Congratulations to the Key Stage 1 children and teachers for the wonderful performance!
Shèngdàn jié kuàilè!
Happy holidays from Team KS1
Last Saturday, our MSMUN delegates joined their peers from other schools to participate in the Middle School Model United Nations (MSMUN) Mock Debate at the French School.
Not daunted by the morning drizzle and chill, they enthusiastically took up positions on the floor to express their views. Many of our delegates got their first opportunity to express themselves before a sizeable audience; they also practised catching the chair’s eye, while deciding on which parliamentary motion to use. The team work skills were enhanced as they had to work in their different teams to create resolutions which they then debated. At the end of the day they all walked out having sharpened their skills and making new friends.
Congratulations for a successful mock debate to Vineet, Conrad, Izzyan, Mudit, Nizar, Anushka, Jay, Erika and Vaibhavi. We wish them all the best as they prepare for the main conference next January where they will carry the flags of Cote D’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Vanuatu and Yemen.
Ms Waitumbi and Mr.Makanda
In the course of Term 1, Year 6s were privileged to visit Kembu farm located in Njoro – just outside Nakuru town. Kembu is a perfect place from which to explore the Rift Valley, with its rambling gardens set out in picturesque, secure grounds on a working farm.
This trip is imbued with a variety of fun and educational activities which our students benefited from. They kicked off their trip with the following activities:
On the farm activities:
Archery – the farm provided bows for drills. Students were guided on how to use the bow to master its potential.
Walks on the farm / farm tours – as the students moved around the farm they were able to see horses, dairy herds, calves, chickens and chameleons. They were able to appreciate the contribution of the animals to the ecosystem at Kembu farm.
Orienteering - the students were provided with Kembu farm maps and given tasks to look for various items around the farm working in groups (with the supervision of an adult for safety). At the end of the activities students were able to embrace a variety of navigation skills.
Obstacle course activity – students were placed in teams and subjected to rigorous activities which helped them promote their wellness and team working skills.
Kenana knitters - our students were taken round the small industry at the farm an initiative borne by the local women to boost their livelihood. They were able to see how wool is sheared from a sheep and refined into strings which end up making products like bags, teddy bears, table cloths, etc.
Camp fires were built up and students sat around to listen to exciting stories of the farm. From afar sounds of birds and the coolness of the night helped keep the students alert.
Outside the farm activities (hiking):
The following morning after spending a night at the farm, the students were dropped off at the base of Kiplombe, a dormant volcano, for their hiking activities.
The rangers for the trip orientated the students and reminded them what they needed to do to be safe. They then started the ascent of Kiplombe, seeing how deforestation had caused soil degradation as well as the hydrology of the mountain.
They stopped in the crater for a lunch break before exiting the crater on the walk down to their start point where the students hydrated with a soda.
Along the hike they learned about various plants which have medicinal values, for example datura, aloe vera and leleshwa plants.
The Kembu trip provided our students with a plethora of learning opportunities. They emerged from the trip with a burning desire to conserve our environment having seen the impact of human activities on water catchment areas. It dawned on every student that we all need to play a role in protecting our environment for future generations.
On September 26th Braeburn took part in the annual Badminton drama competition (named after the UK school that donated the trophy to IAPS Kenya) hosted this year by The Banda school. Ten students were carefully selected to represent the school; five under 11’s (Amna, Lou Lou, Yannick, Keith, Mariam) and five under 13’s (Ian, Angel, Naomi, Harlene, Emile) against 9 other IAPS schools. There was a palpable amount of excitement leading up to the event due to it being the only competitive drama event of the year (and because we haven’t won it in nearly 10 years!). The competition takes the whole day and comprises of a random word being drawn out of a hat which each school then use as the stimulus for a devised piece of drama lasting between 4-7 minutes. The rules are strict, tried and tested: -
- No pre-planning a performance
- The teacher may help their group for the first and last 15 minutes of the 90 minutes only
- No costume or props are allowed to be used
- The use of a piano and drum are permitted
The judges had fantastic credentials too; Davina Leonard: actress, author and playwright. Julia Mathews: former LAMDA teacher and examiner, actress and director, and Tirath Padem: actor and singer, recently playing the lead male role in 'Subira', a Kenyan feature length movie which has been nominated by the Kenyan Film Association for OSCAR consideration….no pressure then!
The word picked out of the hat was ‘Tangled’. The children all went to their designated areas and began devising. I was very pleased with how our group came together, they listened to each other’s ideas and seemed genuinely excited during the whole process. I then had the agonizing task (along with all of the other teachers) of then leaving my group for an hour whilst they continued creating their piece. On my return I watched their creation and gave them a few tips on how to improve it. Their ideas were different, challenging and unique. I loved their bravery, I loved how they wanted to use physical theatre; abstract symbolism was key to their piece. Time was up.
All the groups then came back together into the theatre and the order of each performance was picked out at random. We were performing 9th out of 10. I must admit, having been involved with drama for a number of years, I was blown away by the overall standard of the pieces that we watched. This meant that our group became more and more nervous (probably due to the realization that their piece was so ‘different’). Finally, our time came and we performed. They were fantastic. Their piece was based on the idea of a ‘case of mistaken identity’. A woman is wrongfully accused of committing a murder and is entangled in a web of deceit and lies. It involved physical tangling of bodies, slow motion moments of wonderful suspense, a well-choreographed fight scene with an impressive lift and to top it off a twist in the story at the end. That being said, it was VERY different to the others. We waited for the judges to decide.
The results were in. In third place – Brookhouse. In second place - Braeburn Garden Estate and, after what seemed like an age, in first place – Braeburn School! We were all stunned. The children couldn’t believe what they had achieved. They were presented with the trophy and two of the judges insisted on having their photographs with the children (whilst recreating the ‘lift’) because they were so impressed.
Overall, it was the most special of days. The children were a credit to the school, their behaviour was exemplary, their creativity was unique and I believe the experience will stay with them for life. Thank you to Mr. James for his invaluable input and thank you to everybody that supported them in the lead up to the event. Roll on next year!
Mr. Williams – Head of Drama