June  2020

Week 8

"We are well into the eighth week of teaching and learning and are proud of the journey so far, where we have learnt new things with each passing week. This week, we had the first NJA Parent Teacher Consultations virtually for Primary section, which was no small feat. From scheduling of the meetings with parents to connecting for the meeting and discussing the children’s performance, it was an amazing experience for us and for the parents as well. We are looking forward to hosting Secondary and EYFS parents for the same..."

Week 7

"Happy World Environmental Day! Our student environmental ambassadors reminded us to celebrate this day themed “Time for Nature” this year.
The pandemic has caused radical changes in our lives, with most of us parents having to work from home now. Working from home while the children are also at home, can cause stress. I am excited to share with you some tips on how to cope and create a productive environment at home.."

May  2020

Week 5

"How time flies! It has already been five weeks of intensive interactive virtual learning. Our children certainly deserve a break off the screens that have been nurturing their young minds. We were able to do our mid-term formative assessment s as planned and as always we are grateful for all your support in ensuring that our children are in class every day and on time."

Week 4

"We are one month into virtual learning and one thing is for sure; We miss having the students in school physically - from the pupils happily coming into school, to the teachers always ready to welcome pupils in the morning, to the hospitality team who ensure that the school is clean and safe, to parents who drop off the children each morning and pick them up after school… We definitely miss school and the children too miss school!."

Week 3

"Responding to the unprecedented effects of COVID 19 requires agility and innovation to adapt to the new normal for all of us and most especially for our teachers who were used to teaching in a classroom with a white board. Teachers have had to acquire new skills in a short time in order to continue transforming our pupils lives..".

March 2020

Week 9

"It was lovely receiving our pupils back this week after the mid-term break, to yet another exciting week. The Primary section had their Book Week this week; they had beautiful and very creative book themed displays in their classes. We encourage reading from an early age as it is one of the most fundamental skills children need to learn to be successful..".

February 2020

Week 8

"It was lovely receiving our pupils back this week after the mid-term break, to yet another exciting week. The Primary section had their Book Week this week; they had beautiful and very creative book themed displays in their classes. We encourage reading from an early age as it is one of the most fundamental skills children need to learn to be successful..".

Week 5

"Most of our students are now taking assessments. Assessments help determine whether or not the goals of education are being met. The measurement of student learning through assessment is important because it provides useful feedback to both teachers and students about the extent to which students are successfully meeting course learning objectives.".

January 2020

Week 4

"What an incredible couple of weeks we have had in terms of success at different events both internal and external. What is very apparent is the support that the pupils have had in getting them to this point. It says a great deal about our Jaffery community when we are all willing to go the extra mile for our children in order to ensure they have the best possible opportunity to succeed. You are all so important in the success we have had so far, thank you!

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Week 2

"We had a successful and eventful second week of the term with a number of activities. A few of our pupils visited the Kenya Air Force where they got to learn more about the military and got a plane ride and get an aerial view of the city; as part of learning History, Year 9 and 10 pupils visited the museum; and Secondary held their Cross Country today. All these experiences, just as academics, are vital in our children’s growth as development."

Week 3

"We had yet another exciting week full of academic success and extra-curricular activities. The pupils are well settled and we thank you for your continued support.

Last term, we introduced you to GL [Granada Learning] Assessments, and we did the CAT4 Assessment, a cognitive assessment. Our teachers got insight on how they can support each child based on how they learn. The parent generated report will be shared and discussed with you in details with your child’s teacher during consultation".

Week 2

"We had a successful and eventful second week of the term with a number of activities. A few of our pupils visited the Kenya Air Force where they got to learn more about the military and got a plane ride and get an aerial view of the city; as part of learning History, Year 9 and 10 pupils visited the museum; and Secondary held their Cross Country today. All these experiences, just as academics, are vital in our children’s growth as development."

November 2019

Week 10

"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."

Week 8

"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."

 

Week 11

"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."

Week 13

"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."

Week 12

"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."

Week 1

Happy New Year and May Peace Be Upon You

"A very warm welcome to the second term of 2019/2020 academic year, with a special welcome to all our new pupils and families – karibu to our community.  It is really wonderful to have our pupils back in School from the holidays. They came back rejuvenated, full of energy with their smartly pressed uniform. Let’s ensure that they continue to look smart throughout the term."

October 2019

Week 7

“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.”

Week 6

“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.”

Week 5

"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."

 

September 2019

Week 4

"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."

Week 3

"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."

Week 2

"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."

Week 1

"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."

 

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