"Last week we introduced you to the four GL assessments that our pupils will be undertaking. We have spread the tests throughout the year and we will be starting with the CAT4 assessment this term.
The Cognitive Abilities Test Fourth Edition [CAT4] assesses a pupils’ abilities and how they learn. English and Mathematics tests assess attainment and what has been learnt."
"Assessment is key in learning as it helps determining whether pupils understand course material. They are designed so that pupils can understand their progress towards course goals and modify behaviour in order to meet those goals.
We are looking to adjust our approach to assessments to more cognitive assessments that not only test attainment but also ability and attitude in order to provide a holistic view of each child."
"11th November 2019 was a special, one of a kind day at Nairobi Jaffery Academy. All the 680 pupils of the school; over 100 staff; a few parents and high-powered Kenya Defense Forces personnel gathered together from 10:30am to celebrate Remembrance Day. This was the School’s first official celebration of the Remembrance Day, the day when we remember the fallen heroes of World War 1. This day is also known as the Armistice Day when the warring Nations decided to suspend hostilities at 11.00 a.m. on 11th November in 1918."
"Teachers and parents provide a vital support system to help students flourish. Both groups are very important and impactful when working together. One of the most important days in our school calendar that is coming up is Parent-Teacher Consultations. This is where parents and teachers come together to make sure students are progressing; and collaborate to determine ways that both can help the student to continue to succeed."
"Differentiated teaching is an approach whereby teachers provide opportunities for students to achieve their potential while working at the students own pace through a variety of relevant learning activities. This means that the whole class is taught together but children are given tasks that are appropriate to their academic ability, level of understanding and readiness to learn."
“Rewarding good behavior is a great way to encourage children to do more of that. If you focus on negative behavior only, chances are you’ll only get more of negative behavior. However, keep your praise specific and reward the action more than the result to encourage a growth mind-set as well.”
“According to Virginia Satir, a renowned family therapist goes on to explain that communication is learned and babies learn all aspects about communication from those people who are in charge of them from birth.
When you interact with your children, be aware that your communication is not only verbal. Actually what you say has a very small impact compared to the tone you use and how you hold your body.”
"I would like to share something that has helped me in my personal life and teaching career. This is a very useful approach to life and has helped in supporting my pupils to make them independent and confident humans."
"Thank you to those parents and family members who attended Parents Orientation meetings. We appreciate your feedback to help us improve our service to our pupils.Thanks to our PE Department’s support. Nairobi Jaffery Academy is now a member of the UK’s prestigious Swim England Association. We will receive support for staff training, curriculum, invitations to participate in the competitions and guidance to managing the pool."
"It was great to see so many parents, family members, friends and little ones (some in carry cots) attending the Principal’s Coffee Morning. Thank you to one of our parents who shared delicious cakes. We also had a useful presentation from Early Years staff about parental tips. Thank you to our team for all their hard work preparing the session along with their daily teaching commitments."
"Welcome to the second week of the term. What a busy week we have had. We have welcomed a number of new pupils and their parents to the NJA family this week and we are delighted with the way that they have settled and how warmly they have been welcomed by our pupils and staff."
"Welcome back and a special welcome to all of the new pupils who have joined us across the school.Thank you for kitting the children out so smartly — they looked fantastic on their first day. Long may it proceed. Please ensure all clothing is labelled, as it helps us enormously in returning lost items.Together we will create a year of excellence for our pupils. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our pupils can achieve their astounding potential. As partners, we share the responsibility for our pupils’ success and we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities."