The motto of all Braeburn schools is SUMMUM APPETO and a rough translation of that is ‘reach for the top’. With that in mind, Braeburn Mombasa International School (BMIS) aims to help all its students realise their full potential in all that they can. That may be through academic study, sporting activities, drama, music or public service.
We are proud of our school community, where students, parents and teachers work hard together to provide a stimulating, caring and happy environment in which our students have every opportunity to individually excel. BMIS is built on a 23 acre campus. The buildings are airy and light and allow learning to of the highest standards to take place. The two sports fields are now also in full use.
BMIS is also supported by several other Braeburn Schools in Kenya and Tanzania, each also having achieved that accreditation status, making the school group stronger and more supportive in matters of staff training, shared ideas, teaching staff and experienced Education Directors within the Braeburn Group. BMIS provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens, and as a school BMIS continues its commitment to high quality education, through CIS reporting.
In 2014-2015 BMIS students were awarded two individual awards for Outstanding Learners in Kenya by the Cambridge International Examination Board (CIE) at IGCSE. This is further evidence of the quality of teaching and level of achievement that BMIS can offer students. ‘Reaching for the top’ in all that we do.
The British National Curriculum provides us a firm foundation on which we develop teaching and classroom learning. Through this curriculum we prepare our students for life after school. BMIS is a Cambridge International Examination Centre and an Edexcel BTEC Centre. This is the only school in Mombasa offering this vocational education at Diploma Level that, can lead to university placement both in Kenya and abroad. BMIS examination results reflect the positive learning ethos of the school. We take great pride in our all our students, who eventually leave us as well balanced, creative and positive citizens of the world.
At BMIS, class sizes provide the students with excellent teacher contact time that allows our students to take responsibility for their learning but with a safety net of well trained, specialist teachers who guide the students in critical thinking processes and personal evaluation of their own learning.
Each form group from year 7 to 13 has two personal tutors who are responsible for pastoral issues within the group and it is an expectation that each form group takes responsibility for at least one school assembly each term. The Form Tutors are also the first point of contact for parents in school.
The broad and balanced curriculum is enhanced by a wide variety of after school clubs and sporting fixtures. BMIS takes part in many of the Kenya Association of Independent International Schools, (KAIIS) Sports Association of Kenya activities and IAPS events up to Year 8, which require teams and staff to travel to Nairobi and further, for Hockey, Football, Netball, Swimming, Rounders and Athletics. We also compete more locally in Cricket, Water Polo and Martial Arts. Our sports teams are very competitive in Mombasa Schools Leagues but it is always stressed that good attitudes towards winning or losing is paramount.
At BMIS, other activities are equally valued. Students regularly participate in Art exhibitions, Drama, Community Service through Interact, President's Award Scheme, Model United Nations and Charity Fund raising through ‘Special Days’. BMIS students and staff have climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and at the same time raised funds to help a local eye clinic charity. These activities rely on the hard work and dedication of staff and parents to add extra value to the life of our students. These interactions add vitality to the school and strengthen our ties within the community.
Braeburn Mombasa International School is a delightful place to work and learn. With a combination of international and local teaching staff we provide a stable and safe place of learning, in a wonderful setting.
In Key Stage Three (KS3) Years 7 and 8: All subjects are taught by specialist teachers and often in specialist rooms.
These include; English, Mathematics, History, General Science, French, Kiswahili, Geography, Art, PE, Computing, Music and PSCHE.
In Key Stage Four (KS4) Years 10-11: Students in Year 9 follow a curriculum broadly in line with the National Curriculum of England and Wales. The curriculum is focused on developing the skills needed for success at KS4 and beyond. Assessment criteria in KS4 reflect those used at IGCSE. During term 2 and 3, Year 9 students are supported and guided to make their subject choices for IGCSE and the subject syllabus begins to be taught in term 3, or once they have moved to Year 10 if it is a new subject entirely.
Students in Years 10 and 11 continue their IGCSE curriculum. Mathematics, English Language, English Literature and at least one Science are compulsory at KS4. Students usually take 9 subjects at IGCSE. Students are in two sets for Mathematics, which are the Extended or Core examination groups. Students study English for 5 hours per week, Mathematics for 4 hours. All other Option Subjects have 3 hours timetabled per week. Many subjects have cross-curricular links that help further understanding. All students continue to have Games for two hours per week and Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Economic study (PSCHE) for the equivalent of 1 hour per week.
IGCSE subjects available:
- Business Studies
- English Language and Literature
- Computer Science
- Music (if passed grade 4 Theory previously)
- Physical Education
- Mother tongue language (not taught but examined).