On Friday, eleven hardy young footballers boarded the bus at 6:30am and hit the road to Gilgil to take part in the tournament at Pembroke. With all of their snacks gobbled up by 6:35am, the team settled into a routine of shin-pad adjustments and questions of “are we there yet?”
Our first match was against Nairobi International B team. Shiv, Arthur, Daniel S, Charlie, Luca, Valencia and Tito sped into a quick lead with what must be goal of the tournament from Shiv - he escaped from 3 close tacklers and raced down the wing, cut inside, leaving defenders in his wake and calmly slotted the ball inside the near post. Carson came on as a substitute and we scored a second after two opposing defenders wiped each other out, with the ball landing at Shiv's feet, and he raced upfield to score again, reminding his headteacher of a young Trevor Brooking of West Ham fame.
We waited 50 minutes for our next game against Restart Africa. Our starting lineup of Carson, Valencia, Charlie, Luca, Daniel K, James and Shiv battled hard but both teams remained deadlocked at 0-0, even with supersubs Elsie, Arthur and Tito entering the fray late on.
No rest for the team now as we stayed on the pitch to welcome the Nairobi Academy B team. Elsie, Arthur, Tito, Shiv, Charlie, Luca and Daniel S started. Charlie had a great shot saved; Shiv went close with a shot that trickled along the goal line before being cleared. Suddenly, a goal from nowhere and Shiv scored again to take the lead. James came on for Arthur and immediately won a corner. One goal was never going to seal this match. James then had a shot agonisingly cleared off the line and a few minutes later Tito battled through a swarm of players by the touchline before Shiv swooped in and scored his 4th goal of the tournament. 2-0 and into the semifinals!
Chicken and chips for lunch and straight onto the pitch to face Nairobi International's A team. It was now the heat of the day, and with stomachs full of chips our team suddenly looked to have lost their zip. Luca, Daniel K, Daniel S, Shiv, Charlie, Carson and Valencia started. Our opponents first goal came off the inside of the far post and their second was after a corner and a cruel deflection off a mass of bodies in the penalty box. Arthur and James came on, but even their fresh legs couldn’t rescue the two goal difference.
We stayed to watch the final and saw that the overall winners were the team that beat us in the semis, so we knew we had acquitted ourselves well with a very successful tournament. 'Well done' to the team and thank you to George our driver, and to Mr Mulongo and Mrs MacKay who organised and encouraged the team throughout the day.
Our athletes travelled to Nairobi on Thursday 14th November ready to prove that we are strong competitors in the athletics field. The opportunity to compete in a real stadium, on a real track, alongside the best of the best from other Kenya schools is one not to be missed.
Our team was made up of experienced runners as well as some who were representing the school for the first time such as the youngest members of the team from Year 3 - Abril, Nora, Ava, Alana, Alicia, Lorenzo, Daniel and Niraj.
The athletes were all a little nervous as they walked into the ‘Home of Heros’ and realised how big the track was. Despite this they all managed to put on a great show and made some new friends along the way! All competitiors did their very best and we were thrilled when some achieved medal places:
- Isabelle won bronze in the Under 9 Girls 1500m race with an extremely strong sprint to finish.
- Luca won bronze medal in the Under 11 Boys ball throw. (Luca has won a medal in this event in each of the last three years. Well Done!!)
- Treza achieved bronze in the Under 11 Girls 100m.
- Niraj came in with a silver medal in the Under 9 Boys 75m (Braeburn Nanyuki is definitely capable of producing the next Usain Bolt!).
- Josh achieved silver in the Under 11 Boys Long jump.
We also had a number of athletes finishing in 4th - Watch out Kenya, BNIS is a future powerhouse when it comes to athletics.
Ms Rose, Mr Franco and Mr Masafu were so proud as they watched the children compete with pride and not give up. Keep training everyone, we know we will accrue even more medals next year!
On Friday 15th November we hosted the judging of the Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) Festival Art Competition 2019. Four schools were part of the competition - BNIS, Hampton, PCEA Timau and Lairagwan Jua Kali. Both BNIS and Hampton sponsored each of the other schools to enable them to take part by buying them the equipment needed for the competition.
Children created their own picture of Mount Kenya in groups of two to four in two age categories - Age 5 - 8 and Age 9 -12. All children had access to exactly the same resources and represented Mount Kenya in whatever way they felt appropriate. One of our parents - Ellie Hutton - supported both local schools to learn how to use materials to create their pictures. She also enabled our children to complete their pictures using time during and after school. Huge thanks go to her for her efforts, we really could not have done it without her!!
Our four pieces of art were created by Ben and Wairimu, Archer and Tiki, Deepshan and Kline, Daisy and Alice.
Anne Tissier from MKT presented the event. Whilst judges were deliberating, children and parents enjoyed a slice of cake, met each other and learnt a bit about the work of the Trust. Once deliberating was over, the children presented their work to each other and their parents. Everyone was incredibly impressed at the standard of the work produced but there was to be only one winner in each age group.
Everyone was in full agreement when PCEA Timau won the age 5-8 category with a beautiful pink sky collaged mountain and it was then, with much excitement, we found out that Daisy and Alice had won the age 9-12 category! Well done girls!
Everyone left with a goody bag and a tree to plant in recognition of their hardwork. The pictures will now be sold to raise valuable funds for MKT. FANs will be purchasing Daisy and Alice's winning entry for display in school - thank you FANs! Parents have been offered the opportunity to buy the piece of work their child help produce. Any pieces that are left will then be auctioned off at future events.
PCEA Timau and Lairagwan Jua Kali are not able to afford to purchase any of their own art work. We shall be gathering donations to 'send these home' to the respective schools during our next Farmer's Market on 29th November 2019.
Thank you to Anne Tissier for organising the event, we look forward to next year!
|Ben and Wairimu
||Archer and Tiki
||Deepshan and Kline
||Daisy and Alice
On Friday 8th November, our U11 rounders team took part in the annual Nairobi Academy rounders tournament. We were pooled with Nairobi Academy, Premier Academy, Brookhouse and Braeside School.
The girls played their first match against Nairobi Academy and lost 6 : 4 ½. This was not the setback it could have been; the determination set in and the girls began their second game with confidence. This game ended in a draw with both Premier Academy and our girls scoring 7 ½ rounders each.
We went from strength to strength and, much to Mr Masafu and Miss Hogan's delight, won both our 3rd and 4th matches! We beat Brookhouse 8 ½ : 3 and Braeside 9 ½ : 4.
This meant we had qualified for the semi-final against Oshwal! The game was very tense throughout but, despite their fatigue, our girls played with all they had to win 5 ½ : 4.
The girls did not let this win go to their heads, they pulled together, kept their focus and approached the final - against BGR - with professonalism. BNIS won the toss and fielded first. Our girls displayed fantastic defensive fielding tactics and prevented the girls from Gitanga Road scoring any more than a single rounder. We stepped up to bat, drew on every tiny reserve of energy left, and scored 3 ½ rounders. BNIS had won the tournament!
The team lifted the trophy for the first time in history! Jade was voted the 'Most Valuable Player' in four of the matches and Harriet in the final match.
Congratulations go to Jade (captain), Prekshya , Seiya M, Michelle, Saida, Elizabeth, Sasha, Treza, Chloe, Olivia, Harriet and Nerissa!
Thank you to all the parents who joined Charlie Abbonizio on Monday 11th November for her second workshop this year. The focus on Monday was anxiety and depression in children and how we as parents can recognise and support difficulties.
It was a great chance to share experience, delve deeper into why difficulties occur and to gather ideas for support. The feedback from the parents who attended was excellent and we look forward to the next workshop which will focus on anger and fristration in children.
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||Fridge Sheet - helpful parenting hints and tips