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Kileva News Letter #5


CONTENTS

Preparing for April Break
Margaret at University & on way home
Administering First Aid
Gift from Elephant & Bees Team
Crop Weeding
Music & Dance Club Preparation
Flag Raising Practise
Explaining New Curriculum to Parents


Preparing for April Break

5th April 2018

Report by
Mdm Priscillah Music & Dance Club Patron and Mdm Agnes Mwapulu Co-Patron

Ceremony

Kileva Eastfield school, during the school closing day ceremony. The Music & Dance Club entertained parents, teachers and pupils as they closed school for the April holidays.

Meal Time

6th April 2018

Pupils wash their hands ready to eat their last school meal before the break. They were served with one of their favourite meals, maize and beans, the local name “Boboro” in Taita, and Kiswahili name “Githeri”.

On behalf of Kileva Eastfield Primary Learners and Parents, I would like to thank you for your support towards our Schools Lunch Feeding Programme throughout the term. Indeed the learners enjoyed their meals and are going for their holidays when in good health. Thanks very much Kileva Foundation and may God bless you always. Till next term God willing bye!

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Margaret at University & on way home

Report by
Margaret Kiriro

The following are photos were taken at Pwani University, Kilifi where I’m studying for a Bachelor of Education degree.

The above are my college mates

The above ones were taken on my way home

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Administering First Aid

Report by
Mr. Mazai, Deputy to school Health and First Aid Club

Mr. Mazai cleaning and treating wounds for the lower grade learners

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Gift from Elephant & Bees Team

Report by
Madam Beata in charge of School Feeding Programme.
Today 3/5/2018 Kileva Primary School received Cowpeas 4kgs Courtesy of Elephant and Bees Research Centre. They had harvested them from their Farm which is on the School Compound. They are to be cooked for the learners in their School Lunch Programme.

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Crop Weeding

Report by
Madam Priscillah.

Kileva Primary school Parents on 2/5/2018 came in unity to weed the crops they had planted during the rains. The crops are Cowpeas, green grams and sweet local vegetables. They really love their children, so they devotedly come to work for the pupils. Every parent participates wholeheartedly. This activity is called ‘Mradi’ in swahili, and Project in English.

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Music & Dance Club Preparation

Report by
Madam Priscillah.

Kileva Eastfield Primary School’s Music and Dance Club today on 3/5/2018 had been practising for the Home Coming Ceremony of their MCA Hon. Goodwin Kilele, which will be held on Saturday 5/5/2018 at kileva Primary School Compound.

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Flag Raising Practise

Report by
Report by Mr Nina the Scouts Club Patron

Kileva Primary school’s Sungura Scouts Club drilling for Flag raising on Friday Assembly. Mr Mazai was supervising.

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Explaining New Curriculum to Parents

Report by
class teacher

Today 4-5-2018, the Grade 3 teacher was sensitising parents on the new curriculum CBC The turn up was 70%. At least they are now aware on what they need to give their children in case they need any assistance e.g. files teaching resources like grains tins among others. They are also aware that the grade 3 pupils will be the pioneers of the new curriculum. Otherwise the meeting was good.

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Kileva News Letter #4


CONTENTS

Kileva at Voi Divisional and Voi sub-county Athletics Competitions
End of Term Exams
Toilet Cleaning Duties
Update on Competence Based Curriculum
Wildlife Club Update
Health Club Update
Music & Dance Club Update
Goodbye to Abi Jonson
The Elephants and Bees Community


Kileva at Voi Divisional and Voi sub-county Athletics Competitions

Report by
Games Master, Mr George Mwaviswa and Mdm Priscillah, Athletics Team Manager

24th March

Today we took four pupils for Voi Divisional Athletics Competition held at Voi Boys Secondary School. Margaret Mwake managed position 4 out of 10 in triple jump, John Mwandege was position 8 out of 15 in 3000m, Saidi Ali was no 5 out of 10 in triple jump. Jane Mwakima was position 1 out of 15 in 3000m. She will represent us in Sub-county scheduled for 29/3/2018.

29th March

Below is a ‘photo of Jane Mwakina just before leaving for Voi to represent Kileva Eastfield Primary in Voi Sub county Athletics Games today.

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End of Term Exams

Report by
Mdm Agnes Nyange, Examination officer

27th March

Day two end of term exam in progress. Pupils are doing science and kiswahili.

End term of exams started today. These are intended to end on 29.3.2018, then the school to break for Easter.

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Toilet Cleaning Duties

Report by
Mdm Kelly, Health Club Patron, assisted by Mr Mazai.

Here you see pupils cleaning their toilets then washing their hands after the exercise which was supervised by Mr. Mazai, who is the Health Teacher Assistant Mdm Kelly. We lack proper materials for cleaning the toilets.

Below are learners happily being served food after having washed their hands thoroughly. They are eagerly waiting to go for Easter Weekend. Happy Easter to you all.

Through Maggie ,on behalf of the First Aid and Health Club plus Wildlife Club, we sincerely appreciate f. or recognizing our efforts to help our school grow, and also for the kids to get support. we are very grateful for appreciating our efforts for the betterment of our school, and we still want to work hard and make sure that we surpass your expectationsWe promise to be more active and innovative in anything that concerns the school for you to get updates.

May God bless you all.

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Update on Competence Based Curriculum

Report by
Madame Kelly, Grade 1 teacher

Hi all,

The latest School Curriculum, which is mainly known as the CBC (Competence Based Curriculum) and is mostly based in talent nurturing, has helped the kids to do what they do best, and they seem to enjoy it.

The kids do modelling and learn everything naturally. Grades 1 &2 sing , do movement and creative activities. In it there are many subjects like religion, art enticingly drawing and painting, and many more subjects.

For example aboveis a child doing creative work which also in some way can be an environmental lesson. She’s creating a car using pebbles.

Learners enjoy this system well.

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Wildlife Club Update

Report by
Madame Kelly assisted by Mr Mazai.

The Wildlife Club, which is a newly formed club in the school, decided to plant trees in the whole school compound. This was done from Pre primary 1 to class 8.

The whole school which consists of more than 110 pupils managed to plant their trees. Each child takes care of their tree by doing mulching and watering daily in the morning and in the evening. The trees are going on well.

We the patrons offer support and do follow ups with the kids. Currently we are targeting to register the whole school to become wildlife members whereby the kids will access cards that will enable them to go visit the parks for free. Also the school gets a recognized certificate from Kenya Wildlife service. So far we have recruited more than 50 kids whereby they have paid each 50 shillings.

The Patrons look forward to come up with more activities to conserve the animals and environment at large.

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Health Club Update

Report by
Madam Kelly
First Aid/ Health patron assisted by Mr Mazai.

We as Health Club members embrace in eating healthy. We strive to lead a healthy lifestyle.

So in conjunction to this we got greens from the school shamba which is well taken care of by the Elephants and Bees Team just to add to our school diet of maize beans.

Below are pupils being directed and led by the teacher to sort the mbogas in order for our cook – popularly known as “MAO” – to cook. The kids enjoy doing this.

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Music & Dance Club Update

Report by
Report by Mdm Priscillah, Music and Dance Club Patron assisted by Mdm Agnes Mwapulu.

Kileva Eastfield Primary School Music and Dance Club make ornaments and musical instruments like drums, jingles, beads, strings and head gears from locally available materials such as boxes, lessos and feathers. They will humbly appreciate if they get more costumes and instruments, so if you’d like to make a donation to help out please go to the Gift Shop tab and follow the links.

The Music and Dance Club ushered in the Easter celebrations in a jovial style. There were sweet melodies accompanied by a guitar, from a guitarist a friend of the music and dance club Mr Mtume, a Mwakoma village dancer who taught pupils and teachers how to use the guitar.

Then a vigorous dance about “The Importance of Education.” – “Mashomo, Nani waniwangie mashomo.” This was in praise of their Founders, Sir Cliff Evans, Director Mdm Maggie, Teachers and their Head teacher Mr Mwalwala, not forgetting Hon.Godwin Kilele. Happy Easter to all.

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Goodbye to Abi Jonson

Report by
Margaret Kiriro

Today Abi Jonson Elephant and Bees intern student came to say bye officially after finishing her masters project . She took some time to chat with pupils on bees, and thanked them for their good cooperation during her stay with them. She was accompanied with two of her staff and Mr Kennedy

They also appreciated her for the good relationship she maintained, and they welcomed her back any time she feels like.

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The Elephants and Bees Community

Report by
International Intern, Ewan Brennan

January 2018

Community-based conservation projects – protecting wildlife while improving the livelihoods of local people – can be one of those rare, truly win-win situations where both local communities and wildlife enjoy the benefits. Before I arrived at the Elephants & Bees Project, I figured protection of crops from raiding elephants and additional income from honey production would make for pretty great community benefits. Being virtually safe from the potential of losing your entire seasons crop to a group of huge and hungry elephants must be quite a reassurance.

However, I soon came to realise the project offers many less immediately obvious benefits to the locals of Sagalla, the foremost being the incredible sense of community it helps sustain. The research centre serves as a central meeting point for all members of the surrounding villages, often being used several times each week by the various community groups. At the local school, the environmental education, weekly movie night and farm club build strong, positive relationships between the E&B team and the schoolchildren – joint after-school football games and high-5s in the street are common events. It’s not just the school children either – wherever you might be, pretty much everyone will greet you and be eager for a chat.

Beehive farmers hold a monthly meeting at the research centre to get together to discuss progress and issues. (photo by Rachel Dickson)

The beehive farmers themselves are quite a bunch. Every one hard working and enthusiastic about his or her beehive fence, they are a pleasure to spend time with. Always accompanying you during monitoring, tracking or night work, they are keen to share anecdotes about their shambas or find out more about how you ended up in Sagalla. I was very much left with the impression that they were envied by many other non-beehive fence farmers in the community.

Smiles all round even after a late night tending to active hives. (photo by Naiya Raja).

The sense of community and teamwork is also strong within the research camp. With a diverse, energetic, like-minded team, day-to-day responsibilities and issues are quickly taken care of with minimal fuss. Despite the dynamic nature of the camp, everyone is more than willing to get involved and help out with each other’s projects to make sure everything runs smoothly. The team spirit persists into the evenings and weekends too – hanging out and relaxing in camp or at one of the surrounding lodges was always great fun.

The team share a laugh during a weekend camp out in Tsavo East National Park after a long week of work. (photo by Ewan Brennan)

This sense of community – something that is of great importance in any conservation project – has been a definite internship highlight for me. When people share attitudes and work towards the same goals, I believe progress is far more easily achieved. It’s been an invaluable learning experience and quite the exciting adventure – I feel very fortunate to have been part of such a fascinating and successful project, and hope that I can be back in Sagalla before too long!

The (almost) full team looking cheery, even at 7am! (photo by George Troup)

 

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