Our community tree planting day on Thursday 4th April was a great success. Students from Year 7 and 8 planted many trees at our school field. The students had an opportunity to learn how to plant the trees the correct way to ensure that no water is wasted and all water goes direct to the roots.
We would like to thank students for helping raise funds to buy trees during our 'Green Day', Arusha Rotary Club for helping us acquire the trees and Arusha branch of 'The Roots and Shoots Club by Dr. Jane Goodall' for donating the endangered indigenous trees and other species for the day.
We will continue to commit to planting trees to make a positive impact to the environment around us.
Derick Lawuo - Environmental Prefect
After an amazing win for a well written annual report, the Young Enterprise Group has embarked on a new project: “A Whole Lotta Honey”. This new project will help attain the silver level in the competition.
The group hopes to raise money in order to buy tree seedlings to curb soil erosion in the Kisongo area. During the two weeks, we were able to design the logo that will not only be displayed on our honey jars but also around Braeburn School. We were also able to research the different methods to filter the natural honey we gratefully received from Mr. Lesso. The first filtration method that we came across was using a net sieve and pouring the honey onto a bucket and the second filtration method was using a common kitchen sieve to also filter the honey onto a bucket.
In the coming weeks, we hope to finish the filtration process, start bottling the honey and sell the honey to the Braeburn Community and hopefully outside it.
- Nempurrkel Sikar, Year 12W
The children from Year 1/2 in Njiro and Kisongo have been studying Houses and Homes and Materials over this term and, as part of their learning, travelled to Moivaro Village to visit Laura Tarimo and the young people from the KIMAMAVIMO (Moivaro Youth Group for Self-development and Care for the Environment) Project.
The homes within the project are all made completely from natural materials and, with everything from compost toilets to an organic farm, they have created an almost fully self-sustaining environment.
On arrival, the children met Laura, her family and volunteers from KIMAMAVIMO. Laura talked about how the houses were made and the materials they were made from, then the children were given the chance to go and explore.
Adventuring through the lush organic farm, the children learned how to identify different fruit trees and vegetable plants, as well as learning about composting.
One of the children's highlights was learning about the composting toilet which uses no water at all!
The children then had the opportunity to build their own mini-clay houses using stones, clay and sticks. They worked in teams to build up their structures, making them strong and safe. They loved getting their hands all muddy and working as a team. Their end results were impressive and many commented that they would love to live in a house like Laura's!
Thank you so much to Laura and the team for welcoming us and looking after us so well!
Thursday 7th March was one of our favourite events in the school calendar - World Book Day!
This year everyone from our Njiro and Kisongo campuses joined together for a celebration of all things literary - and what a celebration it was!
In Primary, the day kicked off with our traditional World Book Day breakfast, followed by the grand opening of our new Primary library, complete with Maasai dancers. This was also a special moment for our very own Atharv where he revealed his own published book to the delighted crowd of parents, teachers and students.
Early Years to Year 5 then went on to celebrate books on the theme of 'African Tales' while Year 6 joined Secondary in their 'Elizabethan' day. All the children in EYFS and Primary took part in activities designed around some favourite African themed stories, as well as receiving visits from our specialist teachers to bring an extra touch of variety. For the older Primary students this also included a visit from Ethan Kinsey, co-author of 'Juma the Giraffe'. Meanwhile, Secondary took a step back to Elizabethan times with many different activities around the theme.
As always, it was a wonderful day and we can't wait for next year!
On 2nd March, an event like no other took place at Braeburn: the Sisterhood, a Girl’s Empowerment Workshop. As we approached International Women's Day, some students in sixth form began thinking of ways to empower women in the Kisongo community. Through this concept, sisterhood was born.
The event was created to inspire girls to be more and give them to tools to do so, the team specifically chose the Form III class from various schools in Kisongo as a starting point.The students hosted girls for a whole day of discussions such as; future career goals, leadership, reproductive health and self image.
Throughout the day, there were a series of thought-provoking discussions which were improved with activities. Instead of lectures, an atmosphere of open conversations was created. It was a forum of women, young and old, having insightful conversations. At the end, both sides gained an understanding of each others backgrounds and learned from each other.
What we wished for most of all is to empower these Form III girls to be equipped with the tools to go into further education in their lives. At the end, we gave them sanitary pads and certificates to commemorate the day they just had.
This event was created by Nicole Kombe, and was only came to be due to the support of Josephine Kiaga, Ttanya Sachdev, Mona Sentabyo, Brenda Karoki, Patricia John and Ruth Ngaave. Furthermore, the facilitators that were there to provide wise words of wisdom included: Mama Riverson, Ms. Diana, Agatha Bernard and Gloria Ngowi.