Michaelmas Term 2022
Letter from the Headmistress
The Closed Weekend
A ‘Thank You’ for such smart children,
Our new President, His Excellency Dr William Ruto
The Passing of Queen Elizabth ll and recognition of King Charles lll
New appointments: Heads of Houses, LAMDA Certificates, Pre Prep News,
Going out of school with friends, Matches, Big Hill Ski Trip, Sports Tour 2022/23
Please ask for help.
We have already had one week of school and the children really enjoyed their closed weekend with so many exciting activities going on to keep them busy and ensure they had lots of fun. Our new children have found their feet and made many new friends and along with our new members of staff, they probably feel that they have been amongst us for a great deal longer than 8 days!
Miss D took a group to Kisuki Gorge on the Malewa for a walk and a swim and then they had a pizza and some juice before heading back to school. Their return was carefully planned to tie in with Tuck Shop which was very thoughtful of Miss D and much appreciated by her party!
Mr Aung took quite a few Year 7 and 8s camping in the school grounds and he was trying out his new campsite which overlooks the horse paddock. Then the much anticipated bouncy castle/water slide arrived for Sunday, there was pillow fighting on the gang plank over the swimming pool, much bike riding, games on pre’s lawn, extra riding and time with the ponies, watching the grand prix and much more.
Extras start next week so I hope you have managed to sign up your child for whatever you agreed might be a good choice of activity/ Extra for this term.
If you have any queries please contact John Wright for most extras and Ms Wambura Mitaru for Music lessons and Ms Sally Ronaldson for LAMDA.
Such Smart Children
I would like to thank you all for working so hard on supplying all the necessary uniform, classroom equipment and various other bits of school kit, not to mention naming it all. On Friday morning, as the children filed into Chapel and we prepared to explain that Queen Elizabeth ll had died, the whole school looked so smart. There was not one child without a sweater, a pair of black shoes or a pair of long socks and it was lovely for the school to be able to show such respect on this very important and memorable day.
Sad & Momentous News
On Friday I explained to the children in our assembly that on the previous day, Thursday 8th September, Queen Elizabeth ll had died. I explained that the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth would have a new monarch, King Charles lll and his wife Camilla, formerly the Duchess of Cornwall would be known, at the Queen’s request, as the Queen Consort. We recognised that throughout her 70 year reign the Queen has been known for her humility, her sense of duty, her dignity and her constancy. Together we joined together in prayer to mark such an important time in all our lives.
In the early evening, Years 5-8 enjoyed various news clips and TV programmes to mark the Queen’s passing and we will endeavour to keep the children up to date as the events in the UK play out, with King Charles now proclaimed as the new King and the Nation proceeds towards the funeral.
A New President
We also have very important and historical events taking place here in Kenya and on tomorrow, Tuesday our new President, His Excellency Dr William Ruto will be sworn in to be our new President. We look forward to our Chapel service on Friday when we can celebrate and mark this important occasion.
Heads of Houses
This morning I had great pleasure in appointing our new Heads of Houses:
I also had great pleasure in announcing our new 1st Team Cricket Captains who are Archie Camm and Isla Farquarson.
Well done and congratulations to you all.
Speech Day Prizes
I also gave out a few prizes that were not collected on Speech Day, last term. These prizes come with an Amazon gift voucher so please do remember to think about redeeming this prize in the near future.
There are some LAMDA Certificates from exams taken last term and I will give these out on Friday. However, for your interest I shall list the results in this letter.
All our candidates received Distinction for which they must be warmly congratulated..
Going Out with friends
Children at Pembroke House come from a wide range of locations. Some live locally and some live much further away and many come from over our borders. During the week it is lovely for some of our families, who live on our doorstep, to take their children home. However, the guidelines are that it is best to just take your own child rather than scoop up any friends. This allows us to support and look after our children who board and this really works well for all the children. The weekend is a different matter, but again should you wish to invite friends home it is best to try and think carefully so that no one is left out. As always the school needs to have permission from all parties to allow children to leave school with anyone who is not their parent or guardian.
Some parents have requested some afternoon activities at school for those children in the Pre Nursery and Nursery classes.
This is the letter that has just been sent out to explain the trial of this new initiative.
Dear Pre Prep Parents,
I hope you have had a good first week of term.
After some demand for Pre Prep afternoons, we are excited to trial Pre Nursery and Nursery clubs from Monday to Friday and the pick up time will be at 3.30pm. The clubs will be general activities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday run by Emily Kilonzo and Hannah. On Tuesdays Isaac will run his Sports Club and Thursdays I will do a Tennis club.
The timings for the afternoons will be as follows:
1.00pm - 1.45pm - Rest (children will lie down and rest on a mattress)
1.45pm - 2.00pm - Free play
2.00pm - 3.00pm - Club activity
3.00pm - 3.30pm - Tea & Free play
3.15pm - 3.30pm - Pick up
3.45pm - Naivasha Bus Run
The cost will be 1200ksh per afternoon including tea.
Please could you kindly let either Hannah or myself know at drop off in the morning if your child is going to stay for the afternoon so we can get an idea of numbers.
Please do get in touch if there are any questions.
With best wishes,
It was very exciting to have our first set of matches on Saturday. Both girls and boys are playing cricket this term and we are looking forward to a number of weeks with some important football matches. As you know it is also the athletics term with the Inter House Athletics Competition at our 2nd Exeat and the IAPS Competition on 3rd December at Hillcrest. This coming weekend (16th, 17th & 18th September) we have fixtures on Friday and Saturday with the Rosslyn Park Rugby Trials on Sunday at Peponi.
We all feel and I hope you agree, that it is high time we arranged another sports tour. This year we will travel to the UK and we are in the process of finding the best time for this trip. This Sports Tour will involve those children in Years 7 and 8 and the children will play hockey and it is likely that the girls will also play some netball. There will be trials during the course of this term to determine those children who will make up the Girls and Boys’ teams.
Each year our children in Year 8s climb Mount Kenya. The date for the Mount Kenya trip is slightly up in the air as we decide how best to arrange the Sports Tour. The assault on Mount Kenya is most likely to be either at half term in February 23 or in the first week of the Easter holiday. We will confirm matters in my next letter.
I know Alan Dixson of ‘Let’s Go Travel’ is keen to firm up the arrangements for the upcoming ski trip so please get in touch with Alan Dixson or me if you might like to be included in the trip or if you would just like your child to join the holiday.
BIG HILL SKI TOUR TO CERVINIA, ITALY
APRIL 2023 OVER EASTER
Vaccinations for Years 7 and 8
The Government is encouraging all schools to arrange for a vaccination programme for those children who are 12 and over. This will take place at school at some stage in the coming weeks. Please let me know if you might like your child to be added to the list.
Please Ask for Help
Please do get in touch with me or any one of the team at school if we can help you in any way at all. Remember MJ and Terry are on hand in the office and nothing is too much trouble.
With very best wishes,
Mrs Deborah Boyd Moss MA (Cantab) PGCE
+ 254 (0) 720 602 483