Michaelmas Term,  Letter from the Headmaster

From the Head’s desk,

Dear Parents

I trust that all in our community have had the opportunity to enjoy some quality family time over the school holidays. We are all looking forward to the start of term and another fantastically productive, exciting and action packed year at PH.

Andrew Hunter- Merchiston Castle

Speech day was a wonderful occasion and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Andrew Hunter-Headmaster of Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh for his address at Speech Day. Andrew and his wife were extremely complimentary about the children and their time at school and they left Pembroke vowing to return again!

Speech Day

Congratulations to all of the pupils who were honoured with prizes on Speech Day. A great deal of the pupil community received recognition, which is fitting considering how successful our children are! We wish all of our leaving Year 8’s a successful and enjoyable start to their secondary school careers and look forward to hearing news of them in the near future. Please note that the HM and Chairman of Council Speeches will be placed on the website at the start of term.

Final Assembly
Many parents were unable to attend the Final Assembly last term. As such we will add a list of the awards given out onto the website at the start of term. It is always gratifying to see so many pupils receiving recognition for their efforts during the course of the term.

Cricket and Rounders Sport Camp
As per the emails sent out the camp starts on Tuesday 29th August, with registration at 9:30am, and it will finish on Friday 1st September after lunch. We are very lucky to have Chris Hill from Milton Abbey coming to run the cricket this year. Chris played for Dorset County and he now coaches their U18 side as well as performing his role as Head of Cricket at Milton Abbey.

Sue Manson is unfortunately recovering from recent hip surgery and will not join us this year. Jemma Boyd Moss will take the lead with Rounders and we all know just how passionate and knowledgeable she is! Please get in touch with Terry in the office, or Jemma Boyd-Moss, if you would like to sign up, or if you have any questions regarding the camp.

Staff

It was sad to say goodbye to leaving staff at the end of term. However we are delighted to be welcoming a wonderful, talented and enthusiastic group of new teachers this term. I am sure that the school community will join me in welcoming all new staff. We look forward to getting to know them and sharing in their future successes and triumphs at Pembroke. New staff are:

Name POSITION
Mr. Nigel Wilson-Brown Bursar/Chaplain
Alice Murphy Boys Boarding, Assistant House Mistress, PSHCE (UK)
Beatrice Schutzer-Weissmann Boys Boarding Tutor, Latin (UK)
Celina Kelly Middle School
Dawn McRae Junior School (UK/Kenya)
Emily Rowe Pre-Prep (UK)
Mrs. Gillian Levitan Catering Manager (Kenya)
Mr. Joe Percival Scholarship Tutor, Future Schools, Weekend Programme (UK)
Mrs. Sarah Percival Head of Science (UK)
Mrs. Katrina Dingley Registrar (Kenya)
Mrs. Kirsty White Head of French (Kenya/UK)
Mrs. Shela Davis Dance and Drama; Learning Support (Kenya)

Once we have started the term we will send out more information on our new teaching staff.

Congratulations to Vicky Janes and Bert who were married over the Summer in a beautiful ceremony in the UK. We look forward to welcoming the new Mr and Mrs Louwerse!

MJ

After eight years of dedicated service to Pembroke House MJ will be ‘retiring’ from her role as Registrar. MJ will remain in Gilgil but will be taking the opportunity to visit her children in England more frequently, amongst other ventures. It is difficult to describe the impact that MJ has had on Pembroke House and so many families in our community over the years. We will ensure that we give her an appropriate send off at the end of the term. Mrs. Katrina Dingley will be replacing MJ in the front office as Registrar and I am sure that she will receive the customary warm Pembroke welcome!

New Pupils

We welcome 22 new pupils at the start of the term. The ‘Sorting Hat’ will be hard at work in the first week! On behalf of the school community we welcome all new pupils and their families. Pembroke has a fine tradition of integrating new children and their families into our unique community quickly and with much warmth. We look forward to many successful and enjoyable years ahead.

School Audit
As part of our ongoing training and development, Pembroke House has invited out a group of highly qualified educational specialists from the UK, to audit the overall provision of our school. These specialists will be in the school from 4th-6th October, and will provide the leadership and governance of the school with an insightful overview of the school’s practices. We are looking forward to having them not only confirm the high quality of education we provide, but also give us useful indicators of how we can improve our provision further still. Such audits are necessary if we are to be recognized as a member of The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS).

Music

Last term the Music Department received three new pianos. These were a donation from an extremely kind and supportive benefactor of the school; and they have been gratefully received. As a result of the donation Pembroke was able to donate two of our old pianos to two local children’s charitable organisations. We love the fact that more and more children wish to take up music lessons. Hopefully the new pianos will spur on the next generation of young musicians.

Woodridge College

Last term we were all shocked and saddened when Woodridge College experienced a serious fire, which destroyed many school buildings. Pembroke has sent many pupils to Woodridge and there are Pembrokians who are currently attending Woodridge. I am therefore delighted to report that the school has reopened and it is very much business as usual. Thank you to the Pembroke Community for your prayers and expressions of goodwill.

Bursar’s note

Please note that our new Fee Payment Policy communicated to parents’ in our fees letter of 22nd May, 2017, no longer includes the 20,000ksh Early Payment Incentive. Fees remain payable in full on or before the first day of each term.

Foundation Theatre seats

Thank you to Sue Brendon who is working hard to engrave the remaining theatre seats from the first appeal. The Foundation will be organising a second appeal in due course. All funds raised go towards the theatre. Further information can be received from Sue Brendon. Please contact the school office and they will put you in touch.

Holiday works

Thank you to Mrs. Erena Goodwin and her team who have been working exceptionally hard over the holiday on a variety of different projects. In addition to normal repairs and maintenance, which are extensive in a school, there have been a great deal of improvements made across our campus. Some of these projects are: Classroom painting, shelving, furniture and carpeting; comprehensive refurbishment of the Science Laboratory; new stationary store; boarding house showers (boys and girls); new outside area under-roof for the girls’ Boarding House; boys’ House Mackie shack new carpet; new safety fence around the swimming pool; staff housing refurbishment; kitchen cleaning; new laundry area and ablutions for Auxiliary staff; new fencing and refurbishment of Pre-Prep; new alarm system in the theatre; repainting of the sports hall and upgrades to our site security arrangements.

Pre-Prep

Please can parents note that following the summer works the Pre-Prep now has one dedicated entrance. I am sure that parents will agree that this is a far safer and agreeable arrangement.

Prefects

Congratulations to the pupils below who have been elected as school prefects. During the course of the year we will add to this group as well as maintaining our commitment to providing opportunities for all Year 8’s to experience some form of leadership or personal growth. Leadership is however not reserved for a child wearing a ‘badge’. Pembroke believes that leadership manifests itself in many different forms and we will continue to encourage children, of all ages, to show character and help their fellow pupils whenever they can.

PUPIL NAME POSITION
CHARLIE BEATON HEAD BOY
SHELA LUCKHURST HEAD GIRL
JOSS GOWAR DEPUTY HEAD BOY
AMELIA SURTEES DEPUTY HEAD GIRL
TOBINA LAURENCE HEAD OF SCHOLES HOUSE
RUSSELL HARRIES HEAD OF MACKIE HOUSE
OLIVER MYATT-TAYLOR HEAD OF BOYS SPORT
TINOTENDA MASORA HEAD OF GIRLS SPORT

90th Celebrations

Pembroke House is 90 Years old this year! In recognition of this milestone we will be planning a number of initiatives throughout the course of the year. We will update parents on these accordingly. Pembroke has a proud tradition of community engagement and I would like to make this a part of the focus of the 90th year. As such I am asking every child and teacher in school to donate 90 minutes of their time, during their holidays, to a worthy cause. All acts of kindness can be recorded on a photo wall and as such we can all share in these acts and hopefully make a difference.

We look forward to welcoming all pupils and parents back to school on the 3rd September. It promises to be another rewarding, successful and exciting year; and the staff can’t wait to get started!

Best wishes,

Mr. Jason R. Brown

MBA Ed. Man (Leics) H.Dip.Ed (Phys.Ed)(JHB)

Headmaster