Instrument Zoo

The annual Music Instrument Zoo took place at the beginning of the school year. All the classes in the primary school had an opportunity to go and learn about the instruments available in the music department for individual tuition.

A lot of interest was shown, not only in the ‘popular’ instruments (drums and guitar), but also in the orchestral instruments. Questions were asked, such as, "Why aren’t you holding that big violin under your chin?" That big violin is a cello!

The loud sounds of the trumpet and trombone had a lot of the Year 5 and 6 children quite excited, while the violin's ability to sound like an ambulance siren was quite fascinating to most of the children. Having a station with music production equipment drew quite a lot of interest from the older pupils, who expressed an interest in creating their own beats and putting them to song.

All in all, the response was very promising, with a lot of the children determined to speak to their parents about taking up an instrument. We hope to see this come to fruition and have most of the school playing an instrument throughout the year!

Braeburn School Scales New Heights at World Scholars Global Round

In July 12 Braeburn Primary pupils, along with two teachers, joined their eight counterparts from the High School to prepare for the Global Round of the World Scholars Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

The official opening program was graced by diplomats from various countries, the organising team and local officials. The students got a chance to settle into their surroundings by embarking on an interactive Scavenger Hunt where they were grouped with scholars from other countries.  This took place at the expansive Rotterdam Zoo, giving the scholars a chance to interact with Netherlands best flora and fauna. The day ended with the students enjoying a sumptuous Dutch dinner, while watching some eye-catching performances from local dance troupes.

The Competition Tasks

On the main competition day at The Erasmus University in Rotterdam, students put their wits to the test in the Scholars Challenge, battled their peers in The Team Debate, and argued with their pencils in the Collaborative Writing events. The second day of competition was marked by the Scholars Bowl where they had to answer on the subject matter studied while working in their teams. This event was the last competitive activity as the scholars later retreated to their hotels to prepare for their social evening which was held at the World Forum. This was quite a relaxing end to the taxing two days of gruelling competition.

The Tours

The scholars managed to enjoy three main tours after the competition, they spent a whole day at the Efterling Park where they experienced numerous roller coasters, water fun drives, train rides, oriental, continental and traditional Dutch restaurants, in the process learning a lot about Dutch culture. On the Rotterdam and Delft Tour, the scholars visited The Euromast, historical sites in the Delft City and toured the modern city centers where they learnt lots of facts about Holland. On these tours the scholars got a chance to visit and shop in The Hague and other Dutch cities. The tours culminated in a visit to the Johann Crjuiff Arena, the home of Dutch football giants, Ajax Amsterdam. A canal cruise afforded the scholars a final chance to cpature the sights and sound of Amsterdam and was a fitting end to what was an enthralling tour of Holland.

The Closing Ceremony

This was the long awaited day and everyone trooped into the auditorium full of expectation as to what the results would bring. After a long morning filled with show stopping performances by scholars and teachers from different parts of the globe. Our team posted very impressive results, even more so considering that they were not only competing against older students in the same category but also facing students who come from academically selective schools.

Two teams out of four comprising of Njeri Maina, Sanjeevani Pokala; and Jiwon Shin, Erica Ruo, Pratham Bafna all finished in the top 20 positions for Africa to qualify for the Tournament of Champions at Yale University (USA) in November. Congratulations to:

Erica Ruo

Sanjeevani Pokala

Vedika Mundhra

Njeri Maina

Madhavi Gopalakrisna

Marlon Onyango

Sanghamitra Bandi-Phillips

Prisha Victor

Niharika Basnet

Pratham Bafna

Jiwon Shin

Anay Gupta

We are extremely proud of the scholars for all the effort that they put into this competition, and for flying the Braeburn and Kenyan flag high! We wish the TOC qualifiers the best of luck at Yale. For those who didn’t make it, we celebrate their performance and are confident that they will go a step higher next time.

World Scholars will be back after half term as we start preparations for the regional round in term 2.    

Ngini Rugby Champions

20 teams converged on St. Christopher’s Preparatory School last weekend to compete in the annual U11 Ngini Rugby Tournament. Our U11s returned to defend the trophy they had won convincingly last year. 
They quickly got into their stride and won all their group matched to top the table. In the semi-finals they beat Pembroke House 49-7 and then faced Brookhouse Karen in the final, taking the game and winning the tournament, 28-0. 
It was a strong performance from all the team, with everyone making valuable contributions. A Most Valuable Player needed to be selected for the tournament and Kit Garner was the worthy recipient.

U10 Netball Champions

The annual Braeside U10 Netball tournament, was held on Friday 7thJune. The 2019 version had all the ingredients of being very competitive with a total of 10 school represented. Braeburn was in the same pool with Premier Academy, Peponi House, Brookhouse Karen, and St Christopher’s.

In the preliminary stages, the girls started off on a good note, with a comfortable 14-0 win against Premier Academy, followed by a 7-0 win against St Christopher’s. There first real challenge came when they played Peponi House, where after a gruelling 15 minutes, they emerged victorious, after an outstanding move that saw Lara and Cara working beautifully to wow the umpires and the audience to score a last minute winning goal. The last group stage match against Brookhouse, was just as entertaining, with a win securing the girls a first place qualification to the semi-finals.

The stage was now set for the semi-finals, where the girls faced off against Braeburn Garden Estate, which was a formidable side. They emerged victorious, after proving too strong for their opponents, with a score line of 10-3. The finals would see the girls go to battle with the hosts Braeside, in what was to be a nail biting duel.

In the first half, the girls had a commanding lead of 4-1, and in one of the most interesting come backs of the tournament, the hosting school scored 3 quick goals to draw level at the end of regular time. A 5 minutes extra time could not break the deadlock, and further complicated issues with the score line getting to 6 all, this time with our girls coming back from 2 goals down. After a series of near misses from both sides, and tension building in the game, Cara, the goal shooter, composed herself and took a wonderful 5 feet shot from a penalty to earn Braeburn the win for the first time in 10 years. Carla was voted the most valuable player of the tournament but it was a superb team performance that secured the win.

Congratulations to the U10 Netball team, who are all in Year 5.

Horsing Around

Over the weekend some of our horse riding clubbers joined 9 other teams of riders for a gymkhana at Hillcrest. In a range of activities they put themselves to the test as rider and horse moved in harmony. The majority of our riders only get to ride an hour a week during the after school horse riding club so we were very proud of their achievement in coming in 6thoverall in the event. Great performances riders!