Our 2017 January Term School Newsletters | The Banda


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Week 1 Newsletter

"A Happy New Year to you all! I do hope that you had an enjoyable festive season. I would like to begin by thanking Chris Daubney, Peter Nthiga and Amanda Walmesley for leading and organising a hugely successful and enjoyable Ski trip to Switzerland during the holidays. I would also, on behalf of everyone at The Banda, like to congratulate two members of our Alumni - Crista Cullen (Great Britain Olympic Hockey Team) who was awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours List in the UK for her contribution to sport and Melanie Blake (Founder Kamili Organisation) who was awarded the MBE for her contribution to Mental Health in Kenya."

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Week 2 Newsletter

"The week got off to an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable start with the school orchestra participating in the St. Andrew’s Orchestral weekend. This is a collaborative and beneficial event and this year was no exception. I am delighted there are now over 20 members of the orchestra, all of whom have worked extremely hard to improve their level of performance."

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Week 3 Newsletter

"This week we received the first of the Year 8 Scholarship results. We are extremely proud of Meer Shah who gained a Sports Scholarship to Peponi School, Michael Sang who was awarded an Art Exhibition, also to Peponi School and Sala Carr-Hartley who gained an Art Scholarship to Monkton Combe, UK. Congratulations to you all! "

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Week 4 Newsletter

"This week got off to an exciting start, with The Banda Golf Tournament being held at Karen Country Club. Pupils from a number of schools competed on a lovely course for the fabulous bronze trophy. The final results were close, but I am delighted to report that The Banda A team were the overall winners.Congratulations and many thanks to Peter Walsh for organising the tournament and enthusing our young golfers."

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Week 5 Newsletter

"These last few weeks have been significantly marked by the outstanding successes of some of our Year 8s. With a total of 11 scholarships so far, I extend congratulations to the following who this week

have gained awards to Hillcrest Secondary School:

  • Amnan Sevany Academic Scholarship
  • Tulla Burnet Art Scholarship
  • Seiyia de Merode All-Rounder Scholarship with Music and Art
  • Talai Geheb Sports Scholarship
  • Tyler Jacobs Sports Scholarship
  • Meer Shah Sports Scholarship

Congratulations to you all!"

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Week 7 Newsletter

"We have been delighted to welcome Miss Penelope Kirk this week. Penn is Headmistress of Prince’s Mead School, Winchester, UK. She is also a highly experienced independent school Inspector, a Governor at Chafyn Grove School, UK, ex Vice Chairman of IAPS, a member of the Chairman’s Advisory group IAPS and a Board Director for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Penn’s wealth of knowledge, experience and advice that she has kindly shared with us this week at The Banda, are invaluable. She has spent time in classes, met staff and pupils and has led two staff training sessions. I take this opportunity to thank her for giving up her own half term to work tirelessly during the last 5 days. Her overwhelming impression has been the courtesy shown to her by the pupils and staff and the pupils’ delight in learning."

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Week 8 Newsletter

"I am quite overwhelmed by the number of scholarships gained by many of our Year 8 pupils this academic year. This week I am delighted to report and congratulate Seiyia de Merode for gaining an All-Rounder Scholarship to Gordonstoun, UK, Rosie Brown for gaining the Academic Scholarship to Gordonstoun, UK, Victoria Minns for gaining the Art and Drama Scholarships to Culford, UK and Findlay Grammaticas who was awarded an All-Rounder Scholarship to Sherborne School, UK. Well done to you all! When Heads write to inform us of these awards, they never fail to communicate how impressed they are with pupils from The Banda – their confidence, warmth and natural engagement. This is not only a credit to us here at school, but also to you as parents."

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Week 9 Newsletter

"Scholarship successes have continued this week. I am delighted to report that Mia Ghir has been awarded an Art Scholarship to King’s College, Taunton. Tulla Burnet has gained an All-Rounder Scholarship to Fettes College, UK and Rosie Brown the Mitchell Watson Scholarship to Fettes College, UK."

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Week 10 Newsletter

"I congratulate Abdulaziz Abdulrehman from 8KS who, this week was awarded the Round Square Sports Scholarship to Brookhouse School. This brings our scholarship total to 20 – an unprecedented number of awards in any one Year 8 cohort."

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Week 11 Newsletter

"Congratulations to both the Under 11 and Under13 Girls’ Hockey teams that competed in the Peponi 7 a-side Hockey Tournament last Saturday. Both teams won their group matches and played extremely well to qualify for the semi-finals. They were unfortunately knocked out at this stage, but I must congratulate all of the teams for a very successful hockey season. Victoria Minns and Jessica Viljoen won Player of the Tournament at both Under 13 and Under 11 level, respectively. This is a tremendous achievement - well done!"

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Week 12 Newsletter

"I would like to wish all our Banda families an enjoyable holiday and a very Happy Easter."

The Banda School wishes the MAD (Music, Art and Drama) trip the very best of luck on their upcoming trip to The Big Apple!

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