On Thursday 9th May, 23 very excited Year 7 and 8 pupils went to Brookhouse, to participate in their music festival. Eleven schools took part and there were some sterling performances from them. All the hard work the Braeburn School choir had put into their performance paid off, with the audience showing great appreciation for the item prepared by them. The soloists showed off great vocal ability and the blend of the voices in the choir did a great job of showcasing their rendition of ‘You are the Reason’.
The students are highly commended for being committed and putting many hours into preparing for their performance.
For the third year in a row Braeburn Primary School pupils have been crowned the IAPS chess champions.
This year's event saw an expanded format with not only the main champions shield to compete for, but a plate as well. This was introduced to provide an opportunity particularly for up and coming chess players to compete for a school award.
Pupils from The Banda, Hillcrest, Kenton and Peponi joined those from Braeburn in a celebration of chess. Some players had been playing for only a few months whilst others were veterans of a number of events. Whatever their experience, they all showed a superb attitude, chatting easily among each other between games, and participating in a lovely spirit. The games themselves were often intense and closely competed.
Individually our players achieved well, with Nhial taking bronze in the U9s, Bahir earning silver in the same age group, and Queen winning bronze in the U11s. However, it was as a team that our pupils excelled, gaining the plate as best of the second tier scorers and the overall championship shield as the team with highest total points of the first tier scores.
Well done team Braeburn!
The last two days of last term saw 24 students from Braeburn join more than 500 students from other schools to compete for honours and a coveted chance to qualify for the Global Round. More than half of the team was composed of Year 6 students who were some of the youngest scholars at the competition. Most of our scholars had a hectic time preparing for the competition as they had to cope with their school work, end of term tests and a host of other school activities including the production.
It was a nervous first day as they got registered at Brookhouse. The nerves were slightly eased as they sat through the opening ceremony, each received an alpaca and were asigned rooms for their first competition event, the Team Debate. Despite facing off with older scholars, some from Year 9, our students held their nerve and debated courageously, winning a number of debates in the 3 round event. They proceeded to complete the Scholars Challenge and Collaborative Writing with varying levels of success and were only too happy to see the day end although anxious for what awaited them next day.
The second day got off to a slow start as they all congregated in the Catholic University auditorium for the Scholars Bowl. Just as in the Scholars Challenge, they had to summon every bit of memory to answer the questions at the touch of a clicker. After a deserved lunch break the re-energised scholars were back in the auditorium for the Debate showcase. Njeri, calmly took her seat on the judges’ panel as the best speakers from the two day tourney traded points, barbs, and motions to decide which side would carry the day. This was followed by the Scholars Show in which Lileko brought the house down with her rendition of ‘Halleluiah’ while Prisha mesmerised everyone with her ability to speak extremely fast.
Our scholars, despite their limited experience of the program, performed very well when the final results were announced. There were exceptional performances both individually, with Njeri emerging as the best scholar from Braeburn while her team, along with Vedika and Sanjeevani also topped the school roll and secured an impressive overall position in the Junior Division. The icing on the cake was when all the 24 scholars earned their berths to the Global Round!
A big well done and congratulations to all our scholars Vedika, Sanjeevani, Njeri, Madhavi, Nizar, Sanghamitra, Prisha, Lileko, Niharika, Luke, Hansil, Izyan, Aneeka, Marlon, Najwa, John, Yanete, Erica, Pratham, Jiwon, Amelie, Anay, Mohammed and Izaack! See you all at The Hague.
On Wednesday the 24th of April a few of our cross-country runners, myself and Mr Owino woke up very early for morning flight to Eldoret. We had the incredible opportunity of visiting the town of Iten, also known as the 'Home of Champions', to do some high altitude training at 2400m above sea level.
At Iten we ran alongside and met some incredible athletes, as well as met a variety of passionate international runners who were there to be inspired and learn from the Kenyan runners and coaches in the area. We stayed in a training camp founded by Lornah Kiplagat, multiple world champion, and we were trained by our coach Ruben who encouraged, motivated and inspired us with his knowledge and training program. Often we were joined by children from the town who trained alongside us and raced our athletes for fun.
A training camp is not a luxury camp and the runners were up early every morning for their first run. Breakfast and some recovery time followed before we set out for some speed work. Speed training was done on a 400m track which has been set up in this humble town for all the athletes that visit, as well as those training within the town. Evenings were spent doing a recovery run. It was definitely not always 'fun' and many of our little runners had to persevere when legs were tired and they didn't think they could do any more. However, we arrived back at Nairobi in high spirits, excited to go back next year ... and with very stiff legs.
The trip to Kiambethu Tea Farm was educational, remarkable and amusing. We arrived and were welcomed by the owner - Fiona - and were shown what type of tea leaves they pick, and how they picked them (one by one which was very surprising). After that, we had a tasting of the tea they made with homemade biscuits. We had a chance to grind the leaves and make our own tea!
Following this, we were all taken through the forest and shown trees and plants with medicinal purposes. We were accompanied throughout the forest by tea farm worker Julius and a big group of monkeys (which some of us were lucky enough to feed!). We came back home tired and full with 20 times the knowledge of tea we had before we came. Thank you so much to Fiona and the tea farm workers for welcoming us into their home.
By Alex, Year 5