Braeburn has always been involved in charitable activities and this term the student council decided to focus on children and literacy.
Throughout the second half of the term the student council body has been collecting books from several people for donation, by Thursday 7th of March we managed to collect 1000 books overall which was a success. The genres included fiction, non-fiction, educational, anthology, fantasy and action. The reason that we had this innovative idea is because Braeburn community is steadfast in eradicating illiteracy.
The student council accompanied by teachers and FAB members were able to visit Mogra children's centre and the students were able to partake in activities including reading to young children and arranging the donated books in the library.
Our guide Timothy graciously gave us a tour of the home including the sleeping area, study and the dining. This home was founded in 2003 to house homeless children and give them the basic right of education.
As the children sang a song to appreciate the donation they received it dawned on us to always appreciate the small things in life. I would like to appreciate Yanet and Shlock head of the student council body for proposing the book drive, Braeburn community for donating the books, FAB members for their support and Mr Keru for making it possible for us to visit the home.
“THE SMALLEST ACT OF KINDNESS IS WORTH MORE THAN THE GRANDEST INTENTION” Oscar Wilde.
By Sherryl Mbugua - Student Council representative
The Hillcrest U9 Hockey Festival was a culmination of the U9 hockey season this term and the Braeburn U9 Girls' team was excited to be participating in it.
Under the sweltering sun in the open field they took on 3 other schools in their pool. They drew 2 games against Hillcrest and Peponi, beat St Andrews Turi and unluckily lost by a goal to Greensteds.
In the different games they played the girls showed skill, determination and great team spirit. Waka and Anissa were both selected as player of the match in different games.
The boys too gave their best in all the games they played and did not concede a goal throughout the tournament. They won 2 games in their pool and drew 2, emerging top of their group and proceeding to the finals.
In a fast-paced game against Peponi, they kept their cool and used every skill learnt throughout the season. The match ended in a goalless draw and both teams were declared the winners, thus sharing the shield.
Trey was nominated player of the game in two of the matches.
The boys and girls are definitely looking forward to more hockey next year and another opportunity to win the shield for themselves.
On the morning of Wednesday 13th March, children and staff in Year 1 were very surprised to find that an alien spaceship had landed at school! Our very best detectives were sent to investigate the scene and secure the area. The children found green slime, orange gloop and what was suspected to be alien footprints leading away from the spacecraft. Our detectives have worked tirelessly to piece all the clues together and have created some wonderful descriptive reports based on all of the evidence.
We'll keep you updated on any further sightings...
On Thursday, 14th of March students in Braeburn celebrated International Pi Day by taking on a number of maths challenges. Floor mazes set up in the arts building proved difficult initially but students' perseverance and problem solving skills helped many to successfully navigate the mazes.
Students' strategic thinking was further tested by the 'Towers of Hanoi' and 'Jumping Frogs' activities in the quiet area, but again students stuck to the task and the many smiling faces on the day (despite the lack of pie) were testament to time well spent.
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.