PRIMARY CLASS OF 2018
PRIMARY CLASS OF 2018

The 2018 KCPE results were released on Monday, 19th November 2018. Strathmore School registered an average mark of 384.13. This is the first year in the history of the school that we have presented a full class of 40 boys!

The school posted a mean of above 70% in all the subjects with mathematics posting an impressive 85.65% average and English posting 84.13% average. SST/RE, Kiswahili and Science posted 72.05, 71.18 and 71.13 respectively.

The best pupil, Sylvanus Wanyonyi, scored 440 out of 500 marks. 16 boys scored over 400 marks, one of the highest numbers ever in the history of the school. 25 boys met the 370 cut off mark to the secondary section of the school.

The school wishes to congratulate the 2018 candidates for this splendid performance. The School also congratulates their parents who have stood by them and who have made heroic sacrifices for the sake of their children. Congratulations also to all the teachers who handled this class right from Standard One and especially those who prepared them for the KCPE examinations. Their hard work has been rewarded!

Pupils who scored 400 and above

SYLVANUS KHISA WANYONYI
440

LEVY KANITHI NJUGUNA
417

EUGENE ONYANGO ODHIAMBO
411

RAPHAEL KIPROTICH KIPROP
405

ERICK MUCHIRI KANJA
430

ANTHONY MUTHIORA MWANGI
416

ANTHONY KARANU KIMANI
410

NGONDO KIMEMIA
403

GIOVANNI ATISA MAYIEKO
424

HILLARY NABILAYI WEKESA
414

SPENCER JACK ODISA
407

SAMUEL GACHIE KAMAU
400

MATHENGE MARIBEI GITAHI
420

TRATTON CHARLES ONYANGO
412

ROBERT KWACH OTIENO
406

NOEL DIMA DIMA
400

2018 K.C.P.E RESULTS ANALYSIS
AVERAGE ENGLISH KISWAHILI MATH SCIENCE SST/CRE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES
384.13 84.13 71.18 85.7 71.13 72.05 40

The man who has been The Chief Maintenance Officer of Strathmore School, Mr. Paul Mwangi retires after spending more than 25 years of service in the school.

For more than 25 years Paul, with lots of skills, hard work and cheerfulness gave himself in the task of ensuring that the school, though old, still had a new look.

The entire Strathmore family thanks Mr. Paul Mwangi and wish him all the best in his retirement.

Strathmore school quartet was second on stage this morning at the Sagana State Lodge. After the national anthem was sung, one of the boys had been selected to do the prayer. Anslem Murimi did the Christian prayer.
After their perfect rendition, which was well received by everyone, they had a photo session with the President. He greated each one of them as their names were read by the MC. The CS Education, Ambassador Dr. Amina Mohammed and the head of the Kenya Music Festival, Mr. Peter Wanjohi posed with them.
“That was an excellent performance! “, said the President.
The boys were over the moon after their performance.

Four Form 4 boys won the first prize in the Kenya National Music Festivals in Nyeri beating a field of 15 other groups in the Quartet Own Choice Category and garnering 94% in their rendition. The quartet made up of Daniel Abate, Simon Bakibinga, Kennedy Maina and Anslem Murimi is set to perform in the winners’ gala on Thursday 16th August in the morning. Join us in congratulating these boys, who’ve been part of the school choir (Vox Leonis) since Form 1, for their sterling performance.

The show kicked off with Caden Maina, Nathan Njenga, Bart Mugambi, Gabriel Kanja and Justin Karanja (S 3) who played a song by Them Mushrooms, ‘Jambo Kenya,’ on recorder. Next came Haydn Nyori Mathew Njogu, Liam Maina, Hugh Nyori, and Gregory Mogesa all in Grade 1, hitting the stage with the famous Christmas season carol ‘We Three Kings’. The first rap song to be presented was ‘Santa Disstrack’ by Logan Paul. It was catchy and was performed by Nathan Njogu, Jeremy Murimi, Dante Echessah, and Kyania Kyule (S 4).
This was closely followed by a piano performance by Owen Bett (S 2), who played ‘Gospel Flare’ and ‘Allegretto.’ Other piano performances were by Emmanuel Njenga (S 3) who also played ‘Gospel Flare’ and ‘Allegretto.’ Kerama Nyanyuki (S4) performed ‘Waltz in G,’ while Alvin Kimathi (S 5) entertained us with the piece ‘Swans on the Lake.’ The trio of Aidan Muiga, Dylan Mungatta and Jeffrey Kamau (G2) later took to the stage with the rap ‘Mans Not Hot’ by Big Shaq, which we must say they did well to pull off.

After that piece of entertainment came Ignatius Maina (G 2) & Enock Maina (S 5), (not brothers) who took a shot at Eric Wainaina’s patriotic song ‘Daima Kenya.’

This year we had a magician all the way from Puerto Rico,  (according to our fancy master of ceremonies). This young boy called Caesar Okumu astonished us with the trick ‘I know your card’ revealing the judge’s card, which was a nine of spades.

Jeremy Gitiba (S 7) later performed a song titled ‘Mama’ by Jonas Blue after Jonathan Mwangi’s (G 2) piano performance, ‘Piano Surlisse.’

The Akwaaba Dance was the climax of the show. Seven boys went on stage filled with energy and danced to the recently released song by  Mr. Eazi. They were: Gabriel Kariuki, John Paul Musundi, Nigel Otieno, Leishery Munene, (S 6), Michael Odhiambo (G 2) and Elvis Githinji (S 5).

Jimmy Mathenge (S 5), sang in a powerful soprano, ‘All of Me’ by John Legend.

Julian Mayieko, Jermaine Muchiri and Michael Karanja (G2) performed a gospel song titled ‘Chosen Generation’, which is a popular hit from 2 years ago.

Then, it was interesting to have a class 5 pupil, Enock Maina, put away his cowardice and sing ‘Coward of the County’ originally by Kenny Rogers, and typically any parent’s favourite artist.

Roman Mburu, Leo Mwagambo, Ryan Khafafa, Adam Otieno, Christopher Kiai and Tyler Maina treated us to a comical skit which they organised on their own, thanks to an idea they got from one of their teachers.

The last performance was by a group of class 5’s who treated us to a rap ‘Black’ without instruments but instead tried having someone beatbox for them.

Truly, the second edition of the Primary Talent Show will be remembered for a long time.

 

 

This year aside from the wonderful songs presented, we had a variety of presentations that showed that Strathmore’s got talent:
SPOKEN WORD
This category had two performances, the first titled “Keep on Keeping on” by Douglas Kabui (F 1A). In it he tried to bring out the struggles of a young person who is facing a tough situation at home. He was quite dramatic, dressing up in hospital attire, wrapped in bandages and projecting his voice with great confidence. If any of us ever face a difficult situation we can recall the words of Douglas.
Despite some hiccups, Kennedy Maina (F 4&) braved it out and got back on stage, seizing his second chance and making the best out of it. His message was beautiful; certainly one to hold on to for a long time.

PIANO

Three delightful piano pieces were presented to add variety to the performances. Ian Karanja (F 1&) played “Seven Years Old’ by Lukas Graham, while Ryan Chironga (F2&) played an exotic piece by Andrea Bocelli titled ‘’’Con te partirò’ or ‘Time to Say Goodbye’. Kyle Odula (F 1A) made us hold our breath by playing ‘Turkish March’ which he did almost flawlessly.

RAP

Arthur Lugalia (F 4&) was the only rapper of the day with an own composition. He is really taking his passion to a higher level.

DANCE

The two dances were the more exciting performances of the day. Phillip Njoroge showcased several dance styles. Later, Curtis Oluoch (F 4A), Samuel Gatebi (F 4&), Alex Maina (F 4A) Trevor Mutisya (F 4A) and Kevin Mungai (F 4&) really left the audience cheering with their well synchronized mashup.

BALL JUGGLING

Away from song and dance, we had two soccer lovers Alain Murage (F 4A) and Felix Kikuyu (F 4& ) compete in this category. They displayed  their skills before an admiring crowd.

ACCOMPANIED SONG

This category undoubtedly had the most performances; about nine in total. Each performing group was incredibly gifted as the performers showcased their raw talent ‘live on stage’. Here are some of the most outstanding performances in our view.

‘California King Bed’ was the first item of the day. It was performed by Lewis Muriuki (F 3&).

The song ‘Reckless Love’ by Cory Asbury was incredibly performed by Anslem Murimi (F 4A), with Phillip Njoroge (F4&) providing accompaniment on the keyboard. The song featured as the first and only gospel song proving to be in a league of its own. Indeed, the song proved to be a success passing on its message on God’s love clearly.

Storm Gachoki (F 4&), Andrew Muthotho. (F 4&), Daniel Njuguna (F 4A), Trevor King’ang’i, Michael Kamae and Kevin Miungai (F 4&) sang ‘Kuliko Jana.’ Their rendition of the 2015 hit song by Sauti Sol, was creatively done, with an additional spoken word from Trevor to spice it up. It was indeed ‘from another world’.

Originally done by The Neighbourhood, ‘Sweater Weather’ was performed by Anslem Murimi, Louis Kiguta (F 4&) and Muriithi Mwenda (F 4&). The trio has been performing together ever since they walked into Strathmore, freshly minted from primary. Certainly they did not disappoint in this performance, as their amazing group work spoke volumes for itself.

The song ‘Till The Love Runs Out’ was spectacularly performed by Daniel Abate (F4A) with Louis Kiguta, Michael Kamae and Phillip Njoroge as a worthy accompanying team. Abate’s voice clearly rang out with each rise and drop in tempo proving he is among the more gifted singers in the school.

‘Dark Times’ performed by Hillary Kangethe. (F 4 A) and Daniel Abate proved to be a huge success. The instrumentalists comprising of Muriithi Mwongo, Louis Kiguta and Michael Kamae offered the best support the duo could get.

Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen was brilliantly performed by Nezar Gatere (F 4A), Gico Ndegwa (F 3A) and Jeremy Njoroge (F 3&). Despite one glitch (which undoubtedly teaches about the danger of trying to hit high notes with a scratchy throat), the song was still well done.

The song, ‘I Have Nothing’ by Whitney Houston was brilliantly performed by Mark Gitaka (F 3&) whose voice was spectacular. To add on to that, there was an act by Victor Mwendia (F 3A) and Nezar Gatere to go with it.

UNACCOMPANIED SONG

This category had only one performance, truly befitting to stand on its own.

The song titled ‘Shosholoza’ was performed by Hillary Kangethe, Anslem Murimi, Simon Bakibinga (F 4A), Emanuel Gacheru (F 4A), Michael Kamae, Phillip Njoroge, Louis Nduhiu (F 4&) and Daniel Abate.

The song is of South African origin and was usually sung to express the hardship of working in the mines. The word ‘shosholoza’ means go forward or make way for the next man. It is very popular among South Africans and is often considered as “South Africa’s second National Anthem”.

The voice output from the singers was great and they consequently received a huge round of applause. Congratulations to all the performers!

 

Who is a Saint? What does it take to be a Saint? To be a saint is to live a life of heroic virtue. St. Josemaría used to say that being a saint is not difficult, but that it was also not easy. He would add that sanctity is not for some people, it is for all people.

This year we are celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the arrival of Opus Dei to Kenya (Since 1958) and the 90th Anniversary of the foundation of Opus Dei (Since 1928). As a sign of our thanksgiving for this double celebration, we decided to celebrate the feast of St. Josemaría this year with a special one-week (26th June to 2nd July 2018) challenge.

During the “St. Josemaría Week”, students were challenged to put into practice the spirit that St. Josemaría wanted for Strathmore. We would like to remind all students that being a saint is possible and that it is not a boring chore but an exciting adventure. Striving for sanctity is very much like playing competitive sports – easy to begin, difficult to persevere but very rewarding.

With the aid of a number of select quotes from St. Josemaría, students were guided through the challenge. The idea is not only to do them for one week, but persevere in doing them; to slowly and gradually put all of them into practice in daily life.

Try it, you won’t regret it!

 

Day 1: Tuesday 26th (Hour of Study …)

Challenge:

Offer up an hour of study today

3 Easy Steps:

1. Single out an hour of the day from your study timetable.
2. Say a simple prayer like, “My God, I offer you this hour of study,” before you begin
3. Try to study as well as you can (no distractions).

Day 2: Wednesday 27th (Little Things)

Challenge:

Make your bed in the morning.

It seems like a trivial matter right? Why should you make your own bed knowing that you will sleep in it in the evening?

1. A made bed creates the appearance of a neat and pulled-together bedroom. What’s so great about a pulled-together bedroom? It’s a small thing, in a way, but also not so small, because coming home to a tidy and pulled-together-looking bedroom will make you feel proud, calm, in-control, and grown-up.

2. If you start by setting up everything with purpose, your room will set the stage for what you do in the house and how you should act that day. Setting up your room in the morning therefore means confronting the “devils in your house and in your day”.
3. Because it only takes one minute: You are not busy, you are just lazy. Plus if you make the bed every day, the act of doing so starts to get quicker and quicker—in part because a bed that’s made every day gets less disheveled while you sleep, and in part because your bed-making skill level will improve.

Day 3: Thursday 28th (Friend in Deed)

Challenge

Go to the chapel to Greet Jesus

Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist, in the tabernacle

He is there because he knows you need him. Do you bother to greet him? He is waiting.

1. Pass by the chapel as soon as you arrive in school to tell Jesus “hi”.

2. Pass by at the end of the day to tell Him “bye”.

Day 4: Friday 29th (The First Battle)

Challenge:

Heroic Minute

The heroic minute is a chance to exercise heroic virtue at the moment of waking up. Rising instantly sounds easy, but if that were true, we would all do it and there would be no such thing as a snooze button.

Here are three suggestions that may help you:

  1. Pray about it the night before – Our wills are weak, and we need graces to do even the smallest good act.
  2. Don’t give yourself excuses – Just do it! Move your alarm – Where is your alarm in the room? This can make a big difference. If it’s far from the bed and you have to get up to shut it off, you are far more likely to get up right away.
Day 5: Saturday 30th (Honour Your Mother)

Challenge:

Give a genuine compliment to your Mother

Jesus had a mother and he honoured her. Honouring our parents is also a commandment.

You need reasons? Here are some: You can compliment her when/because …

  • She tells you the truth, even if you don’t want to hear it.
  • She always pick up the phone when you call.
  • She will cook you dinner when you return home.
  • She always makes sure you have everything you need, even if it’s more than enough.
  • She makes you want to be a better person.
  • She is your biggest fan and supporter.
  • She is the only one listen to you talk about yourself for hours.
  • She listens to your complaints and doesn’t complain about you complaining.
Day 6: Sunday 1st July (Honour Your Father)

Challenge:

Do something with your Father

Practicle examples:

  1. Wash the car
  2. Mow the lawn
  3. Go for a walk
  4. play chess or draughts
  5. Play golf etc.
Day 7: Monday 2nd July (Giving Thanks)

Challenge:

Get used to saying thanks

Practicle Examples:

Say a simple thanksgiving prayer (Grace) before each meal:

Example of a simple prayer: “For what I am about to receive, I give thanks.”

Every student in Strathmore is assigned a teacher who acts like a father, big brother and friend all in one. The tutor can call his tutee out of class at any time and discuss the student’s spiritual, academic, and social life and, when conditions are favourable, even do a post-match analysis between Man U and Arsenal!
In some cases, the tutor becomes the only adult that the boy can freely talk to. This helps the students by availing in their lives someone who can help contextualise their successes, failures, joys, frustrations and fears.
A typical conversation with a tutee will revolve around school work and grades, study habits, how to spend leisure time, virtues, friendship, responsibilities at home and spirit of service, prayer, responsible use of the gadgets, university and careers etc.
The relationship between the tutor and tutee does not end when the boy leaves Strathmore. There have been cases when past students have come back to seek the advice of their former tutors, especially before making important decisions in life.

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