Aladdin

On Friday 28th of June at 9am parents parked up and trooped into school to watch the Year 5 to 8 performance of Aladdin.  The hall was full, the actors ready...let the show began!

With many comedy lines, colourful costumes and some stupendous performances, the children took the audience on a journey through the traditional pantomime story of love between Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. The clever addition of some well-known names made for some particularly funny moments which caused many ripples, and some tidal waves, of laughter to resound around the hall. 

The children and staff involved had clearly worked very hard. Thank you to everyone for coming to watch, to the staff for hanging in there, (even when lines looked like they’d never be learned!) and most of all, to the children for putting on such a good show...no they didn’t, YES THEY DID!

Speech Day

Our annual prize-giving Speech Day was held on Monday 24th June in a marquee on the school field. It was the first time this setting had been used and our spectacular view provided a beautiful backdrop to the event, particularly during the al fresco buffet lunch afterwards.

We welcomed Mr Andy Hill, Braeburn’s Managing Director, as our guest speaker.  He and Miss Kioko gave speeches during which the departing Year 8 students were reminded that moving on and growing up sometimes seems daunting but, is something we can embrace and enjoy. 

Our outgoing Head Girl – Electra, and Head Boy – William, gave their final speeches to the listening audience and showed great maturity and confidence. We were also delighted to welcome our 2019-20 Head Girl – Anika, and Head Boy – Nicholas to their roles. They both took to the stage with ease and will no doubt continue in the footsteps of Electra and William in leading the student body as superb role models. 

The event saw children in Year 1 – Year 9 commended for their academic achievements and efforts as well as those individuals who were recognised for excelling in certain areas including sports, performing arts, leadership and Internationalism. 

There were many proud parents in the audience alongside some very proud teachers. Well done to everyone who received an award this year, keep up the good work!

Entrepreneurial Children

On Friday 14th June we launched our Entrepreneur’s Week. Children in Years 4-8 were challenged to get together in groups, set up a business, plan a product or service to sell, cost their resources, create a rough business plan, apply for a loan, shop for their resources, market their ideas, create their products, set up a market stall, and then sell, sell, sell! The children in Years 1-3 worked as a whole class to do the same with the support of their class teacher. 

Earlier in the school year it became clear that many of our children have a natural desire to trade.  We felt the need to nurture this, whilst also educating the children how to undertake this sort of activity sensibly, so Entrepreneurs Week was conceived.

All week the school was filled with a buzz of excitement whilst empowered children took control of their own learning. They were encouraged to ‘make good business decisions’ and work together to ensure they made a profit. The ideas they came up with were very varied including: massages, nail painting, cake stalls, book marks, key rings, drinks, smoothies, coffees, biltong, raffles, guessing games, fair games and more!  A total of 40,000ksh was borrowed and fingers were crossed that the loans would be repaid.

The week culminated in our Entrepreneurs Market which was held in the quad on Friday 21st June 2.30 – 3.30pm. Children put lots of effort into displaying their products and advertising their services. At 2.30pm, the EYFS children arrived, clutching their shillings, ready to spend. At the same time, the school gates opened and many parents arrived to shop with children.  Every stall had planned their staffing so that children go time to shop as well as spend.

On Monday 24th the children pulled their accounts together, repaid their loans and declared their profits.  The profit raised - almost 40,000ksh!!.  This money has been donated to COMMUNITIES HEALTH AFRICA TRUST (www.chatafrica.org) and will be used by them to support their work in the Nanyuki Slums.  It was such a fun experience, the week will definitely be back next year!!

Fathers’ Fun

We celebrated the dads in our lives on Tuesday 18th June by inviting them to school for some fun!  As always, many dads were working but, despite this the turn out was amazing and those who came happily ‘adopted’ kids as their own for the activities.

The crafty table was exceptionally busy – probably because, as we all know, there is nothing a dad loves more than a bit of glitter and glue!  Dads helped their children paint, stick, colour and decorate some tributes to them and everyone seemed to go home with a little extra ‘sparkle’ on their cheeks!The den building was also a very popular activity and it was such a pleasure to see children and dads problem solving together to make their dens stay standing.Throughout the event the field was awash with games of football, rugby and frisbee. Children and adults together enjoying good weather and some well earned fun.

The highlight of the event was definitely when the music was turned up and everyone joined in for some Zumba with the lovely June.  All faces, adult and child, were either fixed with extreme concentration or sporting a huge grin while everyone followed June’s lead and danced to Walk Like Jagger, The Eye of the Tiger and Numa Numa.  It was a sight to behold and joy for all!Thank you for coming dads and thank you for all that you do for your children. You are very loved and the children really enjoyed sharing this special time with you (or with a nominated replacement)!

Coastal Retreat

Last week, the Year 8 pupils headed to the coast to reinforce their learning around coasts during Geography, the Portuguese and Arab occupation at the coast in History, Adaptation and Ecosystems in Science and Wood carving and Heena decoration in Art, Design and Technology. In advance of the trip they came up with very good enquiry questions to help them find out more about the Portuguese and Arab influence at the coast and its impact on the establishment of the Swahili Culture. During the trip, they made good links to other areas of learning as the opportunity presented itself.

At the end of the trip, the children reflected on the experience...

My most exciting experience was climbing the “Indiana Jones” rope bridge overlooking the ocean at the Mida Creek; a Broadwater tidal creek surrounded by extensive mangroves.  It was exciting because of how dangerous and risky It felt. I learnt about the different types of creatures which inhabit the creek and how they balance the ecosystem. Mangroves are trees that grow in water. (Isobel)

I found out that Fort Jesus was built at the end of the 16th century in the shape of a human being and named after Jesus. This is because it was first built by the Portuguese who were Christians hence, the name Jesus. It is one of the most outstanding buildings on Mombasa island and strategically built on the coral ridge at the entrance of the harbour to spot the enemy (then). The Oman Arabs and the British too conquered the Fort. (Gerald)

I was intrigued to learn about the Arab influence on the development of the Swahili Culture and way of life at the Gede Ruins. At the museum, there many unique mosques, with different architectural designs but united with the same purpose; to worship Allah. This reminded me of my old home in Siwa, Egypt. (Electra)

I was excited to learn how the Haller park was established to reclaim the Bamburi Cement quarry. Most of the plants and animals at the park have adapted to the weather and climate at the coast. For example, the Casuarina tree or whistling pine, have very thin leaves to reduce the rate of water loss and their roots have root nodules which have bacteria to fix nitrogen in the air. (Evie)

One of the distinct Swahili architecture features is the curved wooden door, developed in the 1800s. Prior to that, I learned that these designs were shipped from Zanzibar, India and Oman. I used my knowledge of measures and geometrical patterns to design a pattern that l carefully carved out using a mallet and chisel. This was challenging but the results were fulfilling. (William)

Thank you to all our hosts for the warm welcome the group received everywhere they went and also to Mrs Wangili for accompanying the group for their final, extremely memorable trip as students at BNIS.