Braeburn Music Festival

On Wednesday the 27th of February, over 400 Year 3 and 4 students, teachers and parents gathered together at the Braeburn Theatre, in a  celebration of music.Braeburn School welcomed singers from 15 other schools in a morning of incredible variety in musical styles and presentations.

Braeburn School opened the festival, leading the National Anthem in Kiswahili, followed by their performance of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, in keeping with the theme for the communal song.

As in previous years, each school strove to keep the audience entertained and as such, there were pieces derived from musicals, pieces with inspirational messages and some that just made the audience laugh!

This year, we had a special treat from Nairobi Academy - a dance that fit well into the spirit of the communal song, ‘Down in the Jungle’. The dance set the mood for the entire audience as they sung the communal song with uplifted spirits and ended the festival on a high note.

As always, each director of music has since sent a positive message on how this festival provides a perfect platform for quality performances, without the pressure of competition. They have all stressed how much they learn from each and every school performance, and are looking forward to it again next academic year!

KAISSO U9 Hockey Champions!

On Thursday 28th February, our under 9 boys and girls participated in the KAISSO hockey tournament at St. Christopher’s, and what a remarkable day it was. Our teams started strongly, with both the U9 girls and U9 boys performing very well in all their matches.

In a pool of 6 schools, our girls team won two games and drew 3 others without conceding a goal. They then played in the semi-finals against St Christopher’s. It was a closely competed game, finishing 0-0. It then went to penalty shoot-outs, with St. Christopher’s squeezing through by a single goal.

The boys advanced from the group stage matches to the finals without conceding a goal. They won their semi-final and then played wonderfully in the final to be crowned 2019 KAISSO champions, with our own Trey Garner being awarded most valuable player of the tournament.

Both teams are to be highly commended for their effort, superb attitude, team work and great sportsmanship.

U7 Football Fun

On Saturday Braeburn under 7 football teams represented the school in a football festival at Brookhouse Runda. We had two teams of mixed boys and girls, an A and B and both did us proud. Well done to all of our players for their enthusiasm and postiive approach to all their games.

Year 2 Go Back in Time

Year 2 children had the opportunity to visit the Nairobi National Museum as part of their topic work on Early Man. This started with a tour of the birds gallery where the pupils were able to see hundreds of birds found in Kenya, their eggs and nests. After that they visited the mammals gallery where they saw different mammals and reviewed their characteristics as studied in science last term. They later toured the Kenyan history gallery where they saw lots of things about Kenya's rich history and culture.

The culmination of this trip was a tour of the Early Man gallery where pupils were able to see in real life the Turkana boy and Early Man's lifestyle!

Pupils were also greatly excited to visit the Nairobi snake park where they saw different reptiles. The most fascinating being the snakes! They learnt a thing or two about their habitats, what they eat and how venomous they are.

Not only did they take home a lot of information, they had an amazing day!

Learning Never Ends

Learning should never stop and it is a priority for Braeburn to provide learning of the highest quality not only to our pupils but to our teaching and non-teaching staff on a regular basis. 

This week we welcomed our fourth overseas trainer of teachers for this academic year. In August, we learned how to provide an even more adaptive and responsive curriculum to our Early Years pupils so they could learn about things that were of greatest interest to them. We also looked at developing excellence in mathematics and science for our pupils in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. Then in November the senior leadership team enjoyed a very informative course on developing wellbeing in the pupils and staff while the Learning Support department participated in a special educational needs course.

This week, leaders and those aspiring to become leaders from across the Braeburn group of schools, have spent 4 days reflecting on leadership, management and how they can develop in these areas. They found the course engaging, stimulating and highly rewarding, with comments on how it was the finest professional development they had experienced. The 6 teachers from our primary school emerged from the course even more energised and inspired than they had been when it began on Monday morning. They and we very much look forward to the impact this will make on taking our school to new heights.