The children and teachers in Years 1 and 2 have worked very hard this term to pull together the 2018 Nativity performance. The play – ‘Superstar’ involved every child, included lots of singing, showcased some cool dancing and featured the usual Nativity characters.
The final dress rehearsal was presented to the school on Wednesday 28th November. Children spoke clearly and confidently and had obviously dedicated a lot of time to learning their lines. They supported each other on stage - to position themselves correctly and prompt each other if anyone needed a nudge with their lines. One of our favourite songs was the one featuring the ‘animals’ who were a little noisy and needed to be ‘sshhhhed’!!
They received huge round of applause at the end as a sign of appreciation. Parents will have a real treat at their performance on Friday 30th November. Good luck children – break a leg!
On Thursday 22nd Nov, Y3 travelled to Lewa to enhance their learning about the Stone Age.
Whilst there, they spent time at the Education Centre learning about the importance of wildlife and trees. They were shown a variety of bones from animals which they found incredibly interesting as they have recently been learning about skeletons in Science.
The children then climbed on board the bus and had a game drive for free on their way to the archaeological site. Here Seiya’s dad showed them Stone Age tools that were discovered at the site and explained how these had been dated. He talked about evolution and showed the children a variety of replica skulls that dated back over 5 million years.
The group then set off for the cave but had to spend some unplanned time in the bus a group of rhinos would not get out of the way!! The rangers moved them along and then the children were able to enter the cave, Lewa plan to excavate this at some point as it is believed to have been a Stone Age home. The children did cave rubbings and created pictures in charcoal in the style of cave paintings.
The day was wonderful and our thanks go to the Watsons and to the MacFarlanes for hosting and educating us so amazingly! The children were unsurprisingly excited but also very well behaved—well done all!
Wednesday 28th November will see the end of this round of Wednesday after-school clubs. For the last six weeks, we have had: Football Club for beginners, Hockey Club for the experienced, Lego Club, Outdoor Sculpture and Mitumba Club running this term.
Those in Football Club were given the opportunity to learn the rules of football as well as develop the skills needed within the game. Thank you to one of our parents - Cindy Mills - for instructing the children at this club.
Hockey Club enabled children to hone their skills and increase their accuracy in advance of hockey season next term.
At Lego Club children undertook challenges to create models each week. At Outdoor Sculpture, children took a leaf out of Andrew Goldsworthy’s book and created art outdoors, using natural materials. The results were beautiful. Mitumba Club enabled children to transform old into new. Most children persevered across the weeks to change a skirt into a handbag and the results were amazing. Thanks go to another parent – Catherine Freeman – for giving up her time and helping the children sew.
Braeburn Gitanga played host to Braeburn Imani and Braeburn Nanyuki rounders teams on Friday 16th November in a U11 rounders triangular.
Our first game was against the hosts and, although the girls played well, they were beaten by a stronger team. This did not deter them though as their performance against Imani improved, showing they had learnt from their mistakes.
There were fantastic batting and fielding techniques throughout the first two games. For some of our players, it was their first ever time playing competitive rounders. Despite this inexperience, they demonstrated good understanding of the game and played tactically to outwit their opponents while fielding.
We moved onto Braeside School in the afternoon to challenge their team. Our girls were amazing, wining both innings to take the match. Jade, Treza, Harriet, Eshal, Elsa T, Anika, Ashya, Daisy, Jessica, Alice and Virginia were a great team and we congratulate our them on their fantastic performance.
Braeburn hosted a car boot sale and farmers’ market on Friday 16th November which saw a great turn out from families and friends – even the rain held off. From blueberries and baskets, cookies and cakes, to flowers and feta, a huge amount of fresh produce and hand crafted wears were sold. By the look of the armfuls of items carried to cars, it looked like a successful day all round. Thanks to all those who took part and all those who bought!