Sculptures in the Sand

Braeburn Year 2 Art Sand Sculpture

Year 2 artists are focusing on the seaside in art this term. On Thursday we went to the sandpit in EYU to create sand sculptures. We worked in groups to complete our creations of lava hills, pig houses, emojis and dream homes. Here are some pictures to see what they created. It got everyone thinking about the other materials they could use to make sculptures. You can make a sculpture out of anything!

Swimming Success in SA

Risha Swimmer South Africa Success

Flying from Nairobi, the Braeburn Swimming Team delegation of Jesse, Risha and Coach Finch arrived on the afternon of 19th March to participate in the 2018 South African National Junior (SANJ) Age Group Championships held from 21 to 25 March in Durban.

Risha debuted in the 2018 SANJ Age Group Championships on 22 March. In his second event, Risha posted a personal best time of 2:28.34 in the 200m freestyle event to secure the 33rd spot after the prelim rankings.

Also swimming in the same event and category, Jesse managed to finish the 200 freestyle also with a PB time of 2:34.57 for a 39th place finish in the prelims.

In their second day, swimming his favourite 100m freestyle event, Jessie touched the wall at 1:05.62, ranking him 23rd overall. He also raced the 100m breaststroke (1:31.74) ending-up in 31st place.

Risha swam his signature event, 100m breaststroke and won his heat by touching on 1.18.97 in the morning prelims and placed 3rd overall going to his first finals. Eventually, he took the bronze medal in a very closely fought contest in the evening finals. Furthermore, he already posted a SANJ qualifying time for next year and now qualifies for 2019.

Swimming his last event of the meet, Jesse took the 3rd position overall in the 50m freestyle heats with 28.48 seconds and booked his spot in his first finals of the event. In an unbelievably close finish, Jesse touch the wall in a time of 28.25 seconds – to land a 4th place finish behind a dead split for second in 28.24 and the winning time of 28.00.

Plunging into action in 200m IM, his fourth event, Risha touched the wall at 2:38.34. Although, he was 7th in the finals, Risha further improved his PB time to 2:36.18.

In the final day of the gala, Risha looked to end the gala on a high, making his third finals in 200m breaststroke when he touched at 2:50.96 for 3rd place in the prelims. In the finals, he gave his best effort but after a nail-biting end, his PB time of 2:49.49 was good for a 4th place finish.

More than anything else, participation in this gala was an invaluable experience for Risha and Jesse since this was their first time – as well as that, they developed confidence and character in the face of tough competition and acquired unforgettable memories of the gala and Durban.

Primary Scholars of the World

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On the 12th and 13th April 2018, 14 Braeburn students joined their counterparts from 20 other schools to battle it out for top honours in the Nairobi Round II World Scholars Cup Regional Round at Brookhouse. Braeburn Primary School with five teams, was making a debut in the tournament, having had slightly over a month of preparation. The contingent, as it turned out, had some of the youngest scholars at the competition, many of them just having turned 10 years old were unfazed by having to compete with A-level and IB students in the Scholars Bowl.

The competition involved two quizzes in the form of a Scholars’ Challenge and Scholars Bowl, a team debate and a collaborative writing task. On the final day, the top debaters had a Debate Showcase which and a Talent Show. The scholars exhibited a positive attitude, great team work, and discipline working very hard in all the activities. When the honours roll went up, our scholars were ecstatic, not only winning numerous gold and silver medals at individual and team level but also ensuring 100% progression to the Global Round. Some of our top performers included Ashoka in 8B with an impressive haul of 13 medals, and Crescent and Erica who each won four medals each.

We are extremely proud of these scholars: Akol, Hansil, Nizar, Rees, Izyan, Keith, Mustafa, Sherryl, Erica, Njeri, Yanet, Pratham, Crescent and Ashoka. We are confident that they will perform even greater exploits during the Global Round in Barcelona during the summer - good luck!

Scout Patrol Leaders' Training

Braeburn Scout Patrol Leaders Training

The Braeburn School scouts troop is an active and valued part of the school community. The scouts troop is divided into groups called patrols. Each patrol must have a leader who is in charge of ensuring that all the instructions of the patron and the scouts' leaders are relayed to the scouts. To enhance the effectiveness of the patrol leaders, the international schools in Kenya decided that we need to bequeath the necessary skills to the patrol leaders. Therefore a residential training workshop was mooted by the scouts' leaders and it took place at Braeburn Imani School this past weekend. The scouts enjoyed a packed weekend of activities aimed at leadership development, as well as a lovely campfire. 
The training attained will help the scouts to have brilliant leadership skills for now and future.

IAPS U11 Girls Hockey Tournament Runners-Up

U11 Braeburn Girls Hockey

Our U11 girls hockey team faced a difficult pool with many skilful players in the IAPS tournament. The girls worked hard to win their first match 4-0, with Tanja scoring 2 goals. After the match Mr. Jones ensured all the children were drinking enough water to keep their energy levels up and focus on the game.

The second match of the pool was against Pembroke, the girls playe skillfully and worked well as a team, finishing with a strong 2-0 victory. This was followed by another win against Banda, 1-0. The girls were on a winning streak and looked prepped and ready for winning the tournament. Their final match of the pool stage was against Brookhouse. This was the only time the girls lost focus and allowed a goal to sneak past them, finishing in 0-1 loss. However even with the one loss, the girls had won all the other matches with some of the top scores in the entire pool stage, enabling them to finish top of their group and pass through to the semi-finals.

U11 Hockey Braeburn Girls

The semi-final was against Greensteds. A quick team chat and team shout and the girls were off! Nervous parents watched from the sidelines as the game progressed. Thankfully in what seemed a lifetime the girls scored and won the game 1-0. They were through to the final to face Kenton. 

The final came around quickly and with crowds of parents building, Braeburn felt the pressure. A quick goal was scored against them putting them on the back foot. The girls worked hard to convert a goal. Kenton had a tough defense and there was no room for error, in a final attempt a cross fell short and a Kenton player managed to get another goal. The final whistle saw Kenton win 2-0. Not once did the girls Braeburn complain, they were proud to have got to the finals and demonstrate their skills in front of all the IAPS schools involved in the tournament with heads held high.  The girls played wonderfully in the tournament and enjoyed great performances all season. Well done.