Braeburn had nine children signed up to the Naivasha Yacht Club Sailing this year out of a total of 53 cadets (ages 7-13) representing Pembroke, Kenton, The Banda, ISK, Peponi and the Dutch School. 3 Degrees South (RYA accredited) instructors from Kilifi ran the courses for the children who were split into groups: the beginners (Mauis), lower intermediates (Porpoises) and upper intermediates (Orcas). The children learnt how to sail in Optimists and Lasers and all made good progress during the courses, gaining in confidence on the water and learning theory as well as the practical aspects of sailing.
The final session of the programme took place last weekend and brought all the cadets together for two days of competition, racing and on and off the water activities. We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather and the cadets had plenty of good wind which made for some fun and exciting races. The rain held off during the day and with so much activity, the hippos kept a safe distance too!
The Banda emerged the over all winners for the events over the weekend with Braeburn coming a close second. However, Braeburn did come home with two trophies: Rafe Garner won the Bush-Bike Spanner for coming 2nd in the Lasers over the weekend and Thomas Richardson won the Bushy Bebb Plate as the best Laser sailor over the year!
If anyone is interested in joining cadets next year, please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Six charities are benefitting from the superb fund raising on FAB's Cinema Sunday Carnival last term. Amongst them is Sparsh. Sparsh is a not-for-profit organization, committed to help mentally and physically challenged young adults to develop their potential to the fullest so that they can be self-reliant and independent.
They make paper crafts - beautiful envelopes, decorated paper bags and thank you cards.
We donated 20,000 Ksh which they are using to hang blinds on their outdoor patio, creating even more workspace.
Remember them next time you have a function and need gift bags. They take personal orders! Also, they have three talented chocolatiers in their midst and you can place orders for Eid or Diwali!
On Thursday,10th of May, a group of 19 members of the ‘All Shook Up’ cast, took part in the Brookhouse Music Festival. They performed ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ from the musical, which was very well received by the audience. Two members of the choir were amongst a small group of singers made up from all the schools who performed the communal song ‘This is me’.
Although this festival is not a competition, some helpful feedback is given by two adjudicators, and this year they had a lot of positive comments for the Braeburn performance, with only an encouragement to overcome their nerves a little and enjoy their performance more and to be more expressive. The children made the most of the festival by carefully watching and appreciating the performances of the other schools so they could pick up ideas and pointers of what works well and not so well in delivering songs on stage, so they can further improve their technique and style.
Nearly 60 sport enthusiasts enjoyed a wonderful sports clinic on Saturday morning. Our PE staff, supported by class teachers and Year 8 pupils, provided the boys and girls from Years 1, 2 and 3 with a range of fun games to develop their rugby and netball skills.
This was the first of our sports clinics and we were excited to see such a great response from the children, both in how many attended and the joy, success and development they received from them. We are very much looking forward to our next clinic later in the term.
For a fifth year in a row, Braeburn scouts have partnered with Karura Forest in the effort to reintroduce indigenous and original tree species in the forest. Of the 1,047 hectares, 60% is covered by exotic trees which were planted to help in energy generation by the Europeans back in the 1940s. The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) in conjunction with the Friends of Karura Forest (FKF) have embarked on reintroduction of the original species, hence our outing.
Last week, 56 seedlings were added to by our scouts to a cleared section of the forest. Over the past five years, thanks to Braeburn scouts and their parents, we have planted close to 500 trees.