We were delighted to welcome Mr Tom Craven to Braeburn Nanyuki on Friday 6th September.  He will be taking on the role of headteacher at the school after the half term break. 

He arrived in Nanyuki on Thursday afternoon where he was introduced to the staff but, it was clear, he was most looking forward to meeting the children and parents on Friday.

Miss Kioko led a special assembly in his honour to officially welcome him.  The children created pieces of shared artwork during the week to show off our school and to let Mr Craven know we were looking forward to his arrival.  Our Head Boy and Head Girl wrote poems to describe the kind of school we are and the choir sang with great gusto to welcome him. 

Welcome to our school it’s a wonderful place,
The birds chirp throughout the day, 
always waiting to peck on our lunch
We soak in the majestic, wonderful Mt Kenya every day,
the air is fresh and cool in the morning
BNIS is an amazing.
Our school holds the future of many students
And of course the teachers,
without them would we not know much
The teachers here are especially unique;
they have a kind heart with a dash of humour.
Our school maybe small but it’s growing every year,
New students, staff and teachers enjoy their time here
Never having enough of wonderful scenery green
and so bright in rainy season.
Welcome to our school it’s a wonderful place,
with birds chirping throughout day
the wonderful mountain watching our backs,
the scenery beautiful view of the wonderful Mount Kenya
this is why BNIS is amazing.

Each class planned and chose a question to ask him and we learned a lot about him through his answers.  We found out that: 

  • He has worked in Mombasa for 3 years
  • He has lived in Uganda, USA, England and Kenya
  • He was born in Manchester
  • He hasn’t always been a teacher, he used to work for a company called Unilever
  • He sees his job at BNIS to be mainly about making everyone happy – children, staff and parents
  • He likes birds, books, hiking and tennis
  • He will miss the people in Mombasa
  • He is really looking forward to coming to BNIS but he is also a little nervous
  • He thinks BNIS is a great school

After assembly had finished, tea, coffee and cake was served on the school field to give parents a chance to come and meet Mr Craven.  Everyone thinks he seems really nice and we are very much looking forward to his arrival at the school next month. 

New Start

The 2019-20 school year started on Monday 26th August with an induction morning for the new children and parents joining Braeburn Nanyuki this school year. The morning enabled our new (very nervous) children to visit the school without the hustle and bustle that a full school brings.  

Children and parents turned up looking apprehensive and were met in the hall by members of staff.  Everyone introduced themselves, grabbed a drink and a slice of cake and then took a seat.  Miss Kioko warmly welcomed everyone to BNIS and then children found their new teacher and went off to do an activity with them in their new classroom.

Whilst the children were gone, parents learned a little more about the school and had questions answered.  Everyone (staff, parents and children) then trooped off to the school field where we all played some games together.  The children were MUCH better than the adults and easily won all games!

After another chance for a drink and slice of cake, the new families were given a map to complete. This activity helped them to find out who lives in which room around the school and what happens in each room.  It was lovely to see the children relaxing as they explored the whole of the school.

On Friday 23rd August, the new staff at the school had had their opportunity to become part of the BNIS team.  Everyone  took part in teams who were set off on a scavenger hunt, asked to create the school logo out of natural materials, challenged to a game of giant ball volleyball and then everyone gathered together for a trust activity 'team sit'. 

Both events were great fun and a lovely way to meet and integrate the new members of our BNIS community.  Karibu Nanyuki, karibu Braeburn!

End of Year Party Games

It was party time for everyone on the final day of the 2018-19 school year. To mark the day, adults and children came to school in home clothes and were primed and ready for some fun. Children in Years 1 through to 8 were treated to a morning packed full of traditional party games. No one was too old, or too cool, to take part and there was laughter and happy faces all over the school.

The children played Twister, Musical Chairs, Musical Statues, Giant Ball team games, destroyed a Pinata, pinned the tail on a donkey and got wet in the water obstacle course.  Half way through the morning everyone gathered in the hall to eat their way through the moutain of food that had been provided by parents for the shared party snack.  

During the afternoon, after the children had gone home, the staff settled down for their end of year party.  They took part VERY enthusiastically in a round of musical chairs, some giant ball team games, destroying their pinata and getting tangled up in a few games of Twister.  It was a fantastic way to end a fantastic year!

Bag Mystery

The first arrivals at school on Tuesday 2nd July were shocked to find a strange sight in the quad – there, hanging from a tree, was a battered bag, the contents of which were scattered across the ground underneath. The children were surprised and intrigued and there was an immediate buzz across the school whilst they shared their theories and ideas. There was discussion of aliens, foul play, helicopters and parachutes. The strangest thing was that no one seemed to have actually seen anything which led to many children having thoughts of conspiracy and set-ups. 

Throughout Tuesday, children talked to staff, and to each other, to expand their ideas and theories. They visited the scene and discussed who could have owned the lost belongings, what some of the belongings actually were and how the bag ended up in a tree. It was a great event to happen during transition day and their first experience in their new class groups for the 2019-20 school year.

On Wednesday children across the school, from FS1 all the way to Year 8, wrote about their theories. They wrote from the perspective of the person who found the bag, or from the perspective of the bag owner, to share their ideas. This work was their ‘Big Write’ for this term and will be used by new teachers to inform planning and teaching for next year. 

On Thursday morning, children arrived at school to find everything had disappeared – the mystery will never be solved!

Moving On

We have many children moving on from BNIS this year to places far and wide. There are children moving to Sweden, to Portugal, to the UK,  to Germany, going to boarding school, relocating to remote Scottish Islands, transferring to Nairobi schools or moving up to senior schools. This is tough for any child, let alone those who have been at the school for most of their lives. 

To support the children with this big move, they spent the two days of transition altogether. This means they did not have to travel up to the new classes and find out about what they will not be becoming part of. Mrs Gould planned two days of fun for them and spent time chatting to those who are feeling a bit overwhelmed by their impending move. 

The departing children, from the current FS2 to Year 8, had a great time playing outdoor games, creating Goldsworthy Art, sewing a bunting flag, building a structure from spaghetti and marshmallows, creating a shared replica of a Paul Klee painting and writing their account of the Bag Mystery. They also created thank you cards and some wrote speeches for the Leavers Assembly on Friday. 

Mrs Gould had a wonderful time and would like to thank the children for their enthusiasm, as well as the support she received from some of the staff! 

Everyone at BNIS wishes every one of our leavers all the best at their new schools and we can’t wait to hear how they are getting on.