AUGUST 2016 NEWSLETTER
School Trip, Prize-Giving and much more...read on!
In March, the Cluster Monitor, Mr Jarjue came on an unannounced classroom observation in which he observed three classrooms of his choice. He found all the teachers well prepared and their schemes of work, lesson plans and attendance registers all intact and up-to-date. He was very impressed by what he saw and encouraged us to keep up the good work. However, he commented on the need for more learning aids.
As part of a national immunization campaign against measles and rubella in The Gambia targeting children aged between 1 and 14 years, the Serekunda Health Centre sent a team of public health officers to the school to vaccinate our children. Thank you to the health clinic who continue to work closely with the school and charity.
Visiting the compounds of new applicants has been taking place. Emmanuel (our headmaster) and Alieu (our school administrator) visited 44 families – 8 were disqualified because they could afford to send their children to other private schools. Families of up to six people living in a single room with no carpet or tiles on the floor and families who have been evicted from rented property because they could not pay and had to be sheltered by some kind-hearted relatives or neighbours were visited. Seedlings really makes a difference to the lives of the poorest.
The school garden is doing well with vegetables like onions, sorrel and okra growing thanks to the careful tendering by Omar and Paul.
The Ministry of Education have been to check on how far we have gone in trying to get our own land or ensuring all classrooms provide a suitable space for learning. Land within Manjai is very expensive and plans for alterations to the classrooms were shared – the Ministry were pleased with these plans. Work has begun to ensure classrooms are more uniform is size. The current layout of the building means some classrooms are very large and others too small. The building work will ensure all rooms are fit for purpose – thanks to Esther Clifton our trustee ‘on site’ for ensuring all the necessary plans have been drawn up and for overseeing the work. We have received some initial photographs of the work started with walls being demolished and we look forward to sharing the project update at the start of the new term.
In July, the school enjoyed a trip to the new National Assembly building in Banjul which was opened in 2014. It is one of the most expensive and sophisticated buildings in The Gambia. The children enjoyed a tour of the building and it was the first time any had experienced using a lift. The most important part of the visit was being taken to the sitting hall of the parliamentarians where the functions of the National Assembly, the making of laws, the functions of the Speaker and how he is appointed were explained. The children were then allowed to ask questions.
The children were fortunate to meet the Speaker himself. What a privilege! Honourable Abdoulie Bojang is a former teacher. He was very impressed to hear that we are a charity school. He spoke to the children and advised them to make best use of the opportunity they have at Seedlings. He emphasized the importance of education for children whom he said are the hope of the country for the future.
From the National Assembly the school went to the Arch. Arch 22 was built between 1994 and 1996 by the then military government of Lieutenant Yaya Jammeh and his Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council. It is at the very entrance of the city of Banjul and has become the face of Gambia. Many children and even teachers have never climbed this arch, so you can imagine the joy of all the staff and pupils at this opportunity.
The final destination for the day was the National Museum. What interested the children the most was the stool used by Lieutenant Jammeh to announce th military coup. There were old drums, flutes, other ancient musical instruments, masquerades, weapons, tools, leather and pictures.
Seedlings 3rd Speech Day and Prize-giving Ceremony – Thursday 21st July 2016
It had been raining ‘on & off’ for 12 hours! The Ceremony had been scheduled to begin at 10.00a.m. and it could not be postponed as the following day was a major National holiday!
Prize-giving began with everyone crammed into the year 6 classroom. Fortunately, the rain stopped and the event could move outside.
The prizes created a big buzz of excitation and expectation with prizes for the highest achievers and those that had made the most progress.
There was a presentation by year 6 and the school dance group performed.
Our guest speaker, Saikou Nyangand (SK), reminded the audience that education is the key that opens all doors in life, it is the foundation on which all your lifetime goals are built; it is also the skill required to live happily and responsibly in life.
Our headmaster, Emmanuel Gomez, delivered a report
giving a brief history of the school and its successes to date, along with a
well-worded exhortation challenging the parents to compliment the Charity’s
efforts by supporting the education of their children. He congratulated Grade 6
on their successes and reminded them that to ‘whom much is given, much is
expected’! He assured those present that after the school is renovated we will
be ‘one of a kind in the Kanifing Municipality’ and ‘second to none in the
The team is place- if you feel you cannot come but would like to contribute in some way e.g. collecting baby clothes, writing implements and children's games then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please contact Ruthy:
firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further information or if you have a friend who may be
interested in sponsoring a child.
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