PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Year 11, Year 12 and 13 students take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), AS and A-level under the auspices of the University of Cambridge International Examination (CIE) for Physical Education and Art subjects. Music students are prepared for Edexcel Examining Board at both O-Level, AS and A- Level. They are prepared for these Examinations by comprehensive Mock Examinations in January and March and a series of practical tests, theory practice tests and past papers.
Aims of the Department
To provide opportunities for every student to be able to develop and maintain physical fitness, sportsmanship, gain knowledge and understanding with regard to participation and fair play and foster goodwill and positive attitude towards each other. To provide an outlet for self-expression and pursuit of talents and skills; encourage and strengthen the psychological aspects of self-control and discipline; confidence and self esteem; body image and self-respect.
Physical Education
The development of a positive attitude amongst students iscentral to the effectiveness of the department. This positive attitude should include: a focus on teamwork and playing for the team rather than for yourself; and a healthy competitive spirit that emphasizes striving to win, without attempting to win at any cost. Fair play and respect for others in any sporting match is fundamentally important. Such expectations as outlined below apply with equal validity to all students (players) at all levels of any game. Sport is primarily intended to be a recreational activity for enjoyment and health. Understand and play by the rules; Respect referees and other officials; Control of temper; Be a good sportsman/woman; Treat all players as you would like to be treated; Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person; Be prepared to lose gracefully; Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided
Art and Design
The Nairobi Academy Art Department strives to develop pupils’ artistic potential creativity and encourage them to appreciate Art from their own cultures and that of others. They become aware of the visual and tactile elements of the world, in doing so broaden their knowledge of themselves and their environment. Teaching We use a number of approaches on materials and techniques and reference to a number of artists. Students also get a chance to visit galleries and practising artists. Art and Design studies courses are delivered in studio and outdoors. Each course will typically include practical exercises, introduction to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Teaching may include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques. Your progress will be supported by your tutor who will agree a ‘directed study plan’ with you, both for work in the studio and, work for credit.
MUSIC
Music plays a central role in Nairobi academy with tours, concerts and orchestral studies featuring prominently in the school year in addition to the regular weekly activities. A good number of students learn musical instruments, and are taught by excellent specialist music teachers. Individual voice lessons are available to the students, helping to develop the talent of many solo vocalists. The school choir and other vocal ensembles are provided with opportunities to perform. Recordings of performances by the school choir, orchestra, jazz band, ensembles and individuals is encouraged to enable them listen to themselves performing and work towards a certain course. The Music curriculum work starts in the first term of year 10.Edexcel releases the syllabus where they give the set works and give the guide notes to the set works. However, the students need to perform an individual piece on their instruments, and perform in a group. The candidates are also supposed to as one advances in the years. compose two pieces of music which are related to some of the set works they have studied. Both the compositions and performances are supposed to be recorded, and put on CD copies which are sent to England for marking. The Music teacher needs basic music knowledge, history of western music and musical cultures around the world, group (ensemble) performances and solo performances are enhanced in Year 7, 8 and 9 to prepare the students in the kind of work they are going to be doing when they get to Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. The difference between Year 11, 12 and 13 work is only that they are different type of set works, and the quality of performance need to improve  (Mr. Paul Angar - Head of Department)