The final term of this year is now underway – with its focus on the national exams.
During the holiday, we said some sad ‘good-byes’ to three teachers. Ms Angela Nkonge, Ms Monica Mbosha & Mr Nice Sichinga have all moved on to government schools in other provinces – we wish them well in their new positions.
We have appointed their replacements, and welcome Ms Nelia Nkhoma, Ms Miniva Nshingwa & Mr Lameck Mvula to the Mukwashi family.
Lameck is responsible for teaching Agricultural Science to all grades in the secondary section, and Nelia & Miniva have joined our team of primary teachers.
After over a year’s hard work, our amazing new toilets & showers are finally open.
Our learners are now using twenty new toilets, four long urinals, four long sinks, four drinking fountains and eleven showers. There are special sections for primary boys, primary girls, secondary boys, secondary girls and for our learners who use wheelchairs.
The amazing roof harvests all the rainwater and uses it to flush the toilets. It also means there are no dark corners, no bad smells and no need for any electricity.
This term, in their Agricultural Science lessons, our Grade 12s have been learning about growing bananas.
They’ve just planted 100 banana suckers in our garden, and will nurture them right through the year. Hopefully, they’ll have harvested the fruit before they start their G12 exams.
Here’s Miyoba Mulenga planting one of her suckers very carefully, with Mr Sichinga watching to make sure she does it perfectly.
Our horticultural officer, Mr Simakwama, has also recently planted 73 fruit trees (oranges, guavas, tangelos, nectarines, melons and mangos) so that all our secondary Agricultural Science pupils can learn both practically and academically.
In a few years’ time, there should be fresh fruit for all our learners almost every day of the year.
to Warren Hambache – the first learner to have started in the Mukwashi Early Years’ class, and then to have progressed through Reception, then right through our twelve Primary and Secondary grades, and finally to have gained his National Certificate at the end of Grade 12.
After fourteen years in the Mukwashi classrooms, Warren is now hoping to become a businessman.
He says, ‘I want to be trading in and outside the country. Business is the most interesting occupation I have seen, because it helps us to explore the world’.
Each term. a different group of our learners visit the local community to read with the children who are unable to attend school.
This term, it was the turn of our Grade 8 girls to go with Ms Sikamikami & Mr Hara. They took our new Africa Storybooks to read – translating the stories into the children’s local languages as they did. They left a black and white copy of the story they read with every child they met.
Our learners enjoy this activity with a passion. It is especially valuable for those from more affluent homes who don’t have many opportunities to visit the poorer parts of our community.
Congratulations to last year’s Grade 7 & 9 learners (and their teachers), who achieved an excellent set of results in the 2021 national examinations.
Nationally, across every government, private and community school, 44% of Grade 7 learners achieved Division One or Two. However, our Grade 7s did twice as well: 88% of our Grade 7 learners achieved the top two Divisions.
Again, nationally, 38% of learners were placed in the lowest Division; whereas, only 3% of our learners were given Division Four. This is particularly encouraging, and shows how Mukwashi teachers help all children achieve to their maximum potential.
Our Grade 9 learners also considerably out-performed their counterparts at other schools across the country.
Nationally, only 54% of learners at private, community & government schools were awarded a School Certificate and qualified for Upper Secondary. However, 75% of our Grade 9 learners gained their certificate and can move on to Grade 10.
These excellent results are the result of much hard work by both our teachers and our learners – and also of much encouragement and support by parents, grandparents and carers. Thank you.