We have come to the end of yet another busy week of school, week 9 of this term. I sincerely thank all of you who made time to come to school and meet the teachers during the teacher-parent consultations. Let us now work on motivating our children to improve on areas discussed during the consultations.
Year 10 Amboseli Trip
On Monday, 15th October 2018, fifty six year ten students accompanied by five teachers set off for their annual trip to Kibo Safari Camp in Amboseli. This is what one of the students had to say;
‘‘The hotel had exceptional accommodation and served really good food. The activities we took part in were very engaging such as the water cup challenge where teams worked together to beat their counterparts. There was also water polo played in teams, as well as a number of mentally challenging games, which all stressed on the need to listen to one another, work with each other, and most of all have fun. We had a three-hour game drive, where we were privileged to see a whole pride of lions, a herd of buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, and many more wildlife. We also got a chance to see flamingoes at the Amboseli lake. It was all breathtaking. The icing on the cake really was the visit to the Maasai village where we danced with the community members, as well as learnt how to light a fire without the use of a matchstick. Joshua I. made us proud by trying it out, with the guidance of the morans. We also got a chance to visit their maasai market right there in the village. What a joy it was to see all the beautiful things that can be made from skins and beads. We would really wish to thank the teachers who accompanied us for always listening to us and being there for us. We also wish to thank our parents and the school administration for making it possible for us to have such an amazing time’’. Estime G. Year 10N
Year 11 Mombasa Trip
Year 11 Geography, Environmental Management and Travel and Tourism students went for an educational trip to Mombasa during mid-term break and shared this.
‘‘While on the trip we carried out beach study, had a chance to study the corals in Watamu. We also learnt about the ecosystem in Haller Park and carried out pedestrian and traffic count in Mombasa. Our night classes and homework given thereafter helped us to understand what we learnt during the day. Overall, the trip was not only educative, it was also extremely fun and gave us an opportunity to bond!’’. Gurra E. Year 11K
Year 12 & 13 Savage Wilderness Trip
On Monday, 15th October 2018 the Year 12 and 13 both A-level and B-tech students embarked on a trip to savage wilderness camp ground in Sagana and had this to say.
‘‘It was special and unique in more ways than one, working in randomly selected teams of 12 was very exciting and thrilling. We worked together, inspiring and motivating each other to conquer various activities such as wall climbing, low ropes, archery, stand up paddle board and others. My favorite activity was white water rafting, as the raft moved rapidly down the Tana River’s chaotic path, hurtling us between rocks and spinning us in all directions. It was important that we got to interact and have three days off academic pressure to enjoy ourselves. This trip without a doubt made us stronger and more united. Thank you to our Headteacher, Year Group Coordinator and the teachers who accompanied us’’. Nyasaina O. Year 12A
Wishing you a good weekend ahead.
Ms. Rachel Yongo
Upper School Coordinator
Year 5 students had a successful trip to Stedmak Gardens (Animal & Snake Park), Karen Blixen Museum and Oloolua Nature Trail on Wednesday, 24th October 2018.
Some of the main topics the children are learning this term include Victorian Britain and Life Cycles of Animals.
The trip therefore gave the children an opportunity to enhance their understanding of these topics. Stedmak Gardens had different types of animals and birds.
At Karen Blixen Museum, children learnt the museum’s brief history as follows;
Built in 1912, Karen Blixen Museum was home to Danish Author, Poet and Artist - Karen Blixen.
Made famous by the Oscar Award winning film ‘Out of Africa’, based on Karen’s autobiography by the same title, the then farmhouse was established as a museum in 1986 by the National Museums of Kenya. Karen lived on the farm from 1917 to1931. The museum continues to captivate visitors inspired by Karen’s life story.
Year 5 Team
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.