5th to 7th October 2018 was such an exciting time for the Sungura scouts (Year 2-6) as they attended the training camp at school.
The camp was extra special for the new members of the troop as it was their first and had a lot of basics to learn. The term one camp is also very important because it is a time to lay our ground rules and set new targets for the academic year.
All the scouts had an opportunity to take part in patrol activities, parades, learn scouting games and songs, interact with their peers and adult leaders in a different setting. Scouts Campfire ceremony in the last night of camp is a must because scouts get to learn the meaning of the camp fire, make presentations, dance around the fire and roast marsh-mellows.
Our final fun activity was the always anticipated treasure hunt. It had ten clues and the year 6 boys and girls ‘sixes’ found the treasure. Bravo!
Special thanks to parents for their continued support
Sample some of the children’s experiences below;
I liked it when Akela taught us how to make open fire and the balancing games. I loved the breakfast as it was very delicious. Adriana P.
What I liked about the camp is the activities like making fire, treasure hunt and sports. I learnt the scout promise and law. Baraka G.
My best part of the camp was when we roasted mash mellows in the fire. I also made new friends. Alexis M.
Scout camp was fun and cool. I learnt the promise and the law. I enjoyed roasting mash mellows and the activities like rolling the ball. Kanina K.
The camp was fun. I learnt how to make a fire and it was my first scout camp.
My experience in scouting was amazing. I liked the akelas’ way of teaching. The activities were quite good and I hope they don’t change. My favourite activity was when we were working for a badge (Nyota 2)..
I enjoyed the scout camp as a new scout. I got to have more time with my friends. I enjoyed the activities like making fire. I learnt the scout promise, law and prayer.
We have come to the end of the first half of the term. I sincerely take this opportunity to thank you so much for your continued support and to our children.
We will send you the progress report for your child(ren) in the course of next week. Kindly discuss with them on what worked well this half term and what they will need to do in the coming half of the term in order to improve.
Parents, Teachers Consultation Meetings
These meetings will take place immediately we come back from our half term break. Kindly plan to attend the meetings as we discuss the progress of your child with the subject teachers.
This Year’s Annual Sports Day will be held on Friday, 26th October 2018. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend to support and cheer our children. We expect all parents to attend this year’s event.
Uniform Labelling and lost property section
I wish to reiterate the importance of labelling of the school uniform. This will help us reduce the number of items in the lost property section. The uniform must be labelled with two names for easy identification. I hope we will work together to eliminate the lost property in our school. We have in our custody the biggest consignment of lost items from last year. These items mostly, sweaters, fleece jackets and blazers will be donated to charity as they have remained unclaimed.
A Changing World – Children and Mental Health
This week on 10th October we closed school to celebrate a national holiday. The world instead was marking a World Mental Health Day. This is a topic we shy off from discussing but I wish to share some information we all need know as we raise awareness among ourselves and students. Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur in our children. These can also be times of stress and apprehension with so much peer pressure. In some cases, if not recognized and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The use of technology has brought in many benefits but it has also brought in many additional challenges among our children. Young people living in such situations are vulnerable to mental distress and illness.
What you need to know, signs?
Depression is an illness characterised by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that your child normally enjoys, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities expected of them. In addition, there is a loss of energy; a change in appetite and eating habits; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness; guilt or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
Most of the mental health cases start at this age or sometimes early. Unfortunately, most of these cases are never detected and remain untreated, depression being a leading cause which often lead to children to start exhibiting behaviour such as listed above. Drugs and alcohol among adolescents leads to risky behaviour such as unsafe sex and dangerous driving.
With this recognition, there is need to help young people to build mental resilience from early ages in order to cope with the challenges of the changing world. Prevention begins with being aware of and understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness. Parents and teachers can help build life skills of our adolescents to help them cope with everyday challenges at home and school. Psychosocial support can be provided in our school through the school counsellor. We all have adolescents under our care and therefore have a responsibility to help them build mental resilience in order to prevent mental distress and illness. This was the focus for this year’s World Mental Health Day. We all have a duty to support our children.
Have a restful half term break and looking forward to see the children back in school on Monday, 22nd October 2018.
Mr. Wallen Nyamota
The Year 4 class embarked on an educational trip to the Kenya Meteorological Department in Nairobi on Tuesday, 25th September 2018.
The objective of the trip was to enable the children to have a better understanding of one of the Geography topics they are covering this term, Weather and Climate.
Children got see a number of the weather instruments. They also had a chance to visit the studio where weather reporting is done.
Below are some of the children’s experiences during the trip.
When we visited the Meteorological Department, we got to see weather instruments that we have been learning about in class. We saw a hydrogen balloon and while we let it go, it flew away. We also went to the studio where we got to be on TV.
I liked the trip because we saw different weather instruments. This trip inspired me to become a weather man when I grow up.
When we visited the Meteorological Department, we saw different instruments used to measure different things like barometer and rain gauge. We also went to the studio where they report the weather from.
The trip was fun. We learnt more about thermometers and anemometers and we went to a studio where weather men broadcast the weather and we could see ourselves on a TV.
My trip was great. I got to see a balloon fly up to space. Our tour guide was also very good in explaining what each instrument does.
I liked the trip because I learnt about weather instruments. I also liked the launching of a balloon and being in the weather studio. I saw a rain gauge and an anemometer.
We learned about weather instruments and what they do, and that they are the same all over the world. We launched a balloon filled with hydrogen.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage children have been busy exploring the different areas of learning. Have a look at what each class was up to during the week as indicated below.
What do T-Rex and Triceratops eat when they are super hungry? Meat, trees, grass and stones. They stomp and march with large feet and rest in their nests when tired. Where do baby dinosaurs come from? From mummies or from eggs? With hats and magnifying glasses – off we go hunting for Dino eggs… Dino eggs in the making - mix some flour, salt, soil and water and Voila! Do dinosaurs brush their teeth and take a bath?
Down at the school pond, what did we see? Quack quack ducks.
Little ducks splashing in the water. Quack said a duck and off they all went flapping their wings. Waddle, waddle, waddle to and fro as the children run behind them, collecting feathers from everywhere. Washing the feathers to make them clean but How lucky are ducks to have such a water proof coat. If I had a water proof coat…
Foundation Stage 1 Red
Let’s give the baby a bath - the baby’s hair is so soft – How does your hair feel? Some of our favourite hairstyles - long, short, curly, shaved, afro, plaited. Most girls like long hair, what do boys like? Eating healthy foods and oiling our hair makes them grow long and strong. Blow-dryers make a sound when switched on – what does it sound like? A vacuum cleaner, a blender or a car engine?
Foundation Stage 1 Yellow
Shivers and Goosebumps - cuddling up in my sweater when it is cold! How are sweaters made? Where does the wool come from? Baa Baa Black sheep got three bags of wool. How do we get the wool off the sheep's body? How do they feel when the wool is sheared off? They shiver and tremble - Do you think sheep can wear sweaters? If we had wool on our heads…
Foundation Stage 2 Red
A torch with batteries in the woodlands which is almost going off. Is it bright, dim, faint, or dark? What can we do for the torch to give out a brighter light? What if the torch refuses to light? Let’s go think! Look! A Cafe! Please may I have some tea in a big mug for mummy, middle sized mug for the sister and a small mug for my baby? Some rectangle shaped cookies would be good too!
Foundation Stage 2 Yellow
Westlands, Kileleshwa, Lavington and South B – some of the names of places where we live. L..l..l..lions live in a d – e- n. Cartons, sticks, stones, scarves and twigs – let’s make a den for the Lazy Lion. Lions are from the ‘Cat Family,’ which other animals belong to this family? Differences and similarities – spots, stripes, shapes and sizes of heads. What if a pride of lion comes to our school? If I had a pet lion…
Friday 28th September 2018 marked the end of a very successful Annual English week whose theme was ‘Five days in Africa’.
Students and teachers alike came to school dressed in African attire as an appreciation of our diversity.
Throughout the week, children undertook different activities whose aim was to expose them to African Literature and Authors as a way of developing their reading and writing skills, and inculcating an appreciation of the immediate environment.
We engaged Storymoja, a creative powerhouse with work that spans from content creation to exciting projects based on books. Storymoja’s fun and exciting activities inspire young people in different ways. They also had a chance to sell their story books to the students throughout the week.
Activities during the week included creative story writing and telling, book making, book picnic, fashion show and a play during school assembly. The Year 3 students had a chance to go to Kenya National Theatre to watch Tinga Tinga , the musical.
A big thank you to all who made the week successful, and to the parents for their support in purchasing books for their children.
Ms. C. Akinyi
English Curriculum Leader