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!
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.
During the week leading up to Sunday 11th November, many classes looked into why we have Remembrance Day and the symbolism of the poppy. Children also created their own poppies out of recycled bottles.
Charlie and Alice from Y6 represented the school at the BATUK Remembrance Parade and Service that was held on Sunday 11th November at the Nanyuki War Cemetery. They read two poems beautifully to mark the occasion – thank you to them for doing so well.
On Monday 12th we held our own Remembrance Assembly at school. We listened to The Last Post and The Banks of Green Willow by Butterworth. We reflected on the sense of hope and the idea that good comes from bad. The recycled art poppies looked beautiful hanging on our backdrop.
As part of out commitment to reducing waste, the plastic bottle poppies will be used again as part of our Christmas decorations as well as to mark Remembrance Day next year.