This weekend we had karaoke on Friday night and then on Saturday I went with some of the boarders to ISU for a friendly 7-a-side football tournament. In the first match we were delighted to see Maxine score a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Galaxy. Though we struggled against ISU the girls enjoyed playing in a mixed GEMS/KISU team in the final against them, with a strong performance from Allegra in defence and a cameo from late arrival Desire. On the boys side I was super proud to watch Karl in his first outing for the school, as he arrived right at the end of the secondary football season in December, and to see him named man of the match in both matches, a great performance! Josh K and Baraka were also in the team.
The rest of the boarders went with Mr Robert, Ms Pooja and Mr Fred to Mabira Forest to do the zip lines through the trees. I believe the screams could be heard back in Kampala! But nonetheless I think everyone enjoyed themselves on the six incredibly high wires
Church numbers have been very small recently, but I am pleased to hear that our students have been taking an active role, particularly by reading in the services at Our Lady of Africa – a daunting task for our senior Catholic students.
Last weekend of course we celebrated success in three of our five ISSAK finals, with the U13 girls and U16 and U20 boys becoming the Kampala champions, and U13 boys and U20 girls runners up. Well done to Ajing, Timothy, Trevin, Natal, Atim, Myra, Maxine, Sasi, Baraka, Ezra and Josh E who have all been involved this season. All of the boarders came to support and our cheering, drumming and dancing really spurred the teams on. We have such great community spirit.
We were also well represented this week at the World Scholars’ Cup, with Emmanuel, Kyle, Allegra, Patience, Rowena, Ikraam, Desire, Sonia, Mary and Myra all travelling to Galaxy and Hotel Africana, and all of them bringing back at least one medal, with some great individual performances. Emmanuel’s team, which also included Faith’s younger brother, were named in the best junior teams – 10th out of 248 teams, which is brilliant! Our Year 5 boarders, Athiei, Cathy, Gino and Abihail also took part in the First Lego League Tournament, bringing home medals made out of lego.
This week we look forward to hosting the primary choir festival on Wednesday afternoon, and of course we welcome the new school principal, who will tour boarding for the first time on Monday morning. Our Year 9 students will tackle their checkpoint exams, and GCSE exams begin this week too, so we wish all of our exam-taking students the very best. It is a stressful time for young people, please if you have any concerns get in touch, and know that Robert and I are doing our best to maintain an atmosphere of calm but purposeful working.