Education is more than passing on of knowledge. Education is about the passing on of a culture.  Our culture both represents and shapes who we are. Although inescapably exposed to the general culture in our society, while they are living at home, your sons’ most influential cultural experiences should be dictated by home and school.  To this effect, we at Strathmore seek to collaborate with you in providing a culture for your sons that will shape them according to your expectations and hopes.

The most important agent for surrounding your sons with the culture you desire is the home environment you create. Given how much children learn from the environment around them, you parents have a special power to form and deform. Of course, you could not hold the former without also risking the latter.  Your values and example have an impact.  If you put away your own phones when you sit at the dinner table, then you form your children into believing that phones should not interrupt the sacredness of dinnertime.  If you keep your phone with you and check it, even furtively, while at the table, your sons will learn that constant access to their phones is accepted (you do it).

Much the same way as contaminated water is passed through a filter to remove harmful elements, a number of technical devices (filters, routers, timers …) that impede the passage of negative elements have been developed for the Internet. These devices produce an “immediate prevention”, which presupposes the “remote prevention” of a cultural and ethical nature that fosters in the person the decision to want to use devices and the Internet well.” Without this cultural and ethical component, filters will be of very little use. So, here are some ideas – both ethical and technical – for creating a healthy formative culture at home.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, or a final list.  Read it, rather, as a sample of what a list of family cultural traits could be like, in no particular order of importance.

  1. Have a Library at home

If you want your sons to develop into readers, then you need to present a culture of reading at home. It may occasionally be more convenient to read a book on an iPad, or to listen to

Audio-books, but there is no substitute for having physical books at home that stare your sons daily in the face.  Your sons benefit from seeing you, on a regular basis, grab a book from a shelf or from a side table and sit down to read.  That image conveys to them that reading is for adults, and that through hard work and habit, they are making themselves capable of sharing that activity with the civilized, educated world.  If they never see you reading, no matter how much you counsel them to do so, they will invariably believe that reading is for kids in school but not something grown men do.

  1. Establish and protect order in common areas of your home.

This way you can teach your sons that you have the expectation of order in all areas of the home, including his bedroom. After all, the bedroom is not really his room but rather the room in which he sleeps. Order is a way for us to make the space we inhabit available to others.  Order is not only an act of self-discipline; it is also an act of charity.

  1. Aim to have dinner together every day.

An occasional failure to this plan will still ensure that you have family dinner most of the time. There is just no better way to teach your sons about the importance of making time for family. Only by adamantly protecting this time, will you teach them that being together for dinner is the best use of time no matter how busy you are.  Given that deciding     when career and social obligations or demands weigh more than family time is a hard balance to strike, parents need to be the wise arbiters.

  1. Dedicate a nightly time to family prayer.

It does not have to be long, as a matter of fact, it is better if it is rather short. Maybe not even five minutes.  But there is something powerful about a family gathering at the end of the day – just before the youngest goes to bed – and praying together.  Everyone has an opportunity to mention one or several intentions for which he would like the family to pray.  This teaches your sons both that men pray for what they care about most, and also what it is that you most care about.

  1. The use of any media in our home should be consistent with our beliefs and values as a family. Below are examples of rules that parents can enforce for various media and devices. It’s wise to write them out, in a posted “Media Contract” that – if necessary – everyone signs:

a. TV: Watching TV is a special event, not a regular routine. In general, it is also a family event, not a private pastime. No TV before school, before homework is done, or during meals. Always ask permission to turn on the TV; watch only approved programs. Certain nights are “quiet nights”; the TV stays off so we can focus on family activities and doing other things. (Choose these nights together as a family).

b. Video Games: All video games must be previewed by a parent and limited to agreed-upon times.

c. Phones: No mobile devices at meals. Unless permission is granted, no use of mobile devices after agreed-upon times (set a reasonable curfew).

d. Laptops: parents should create a guest profile for students who need laptops for school projects. If a student needs to install a program or an application or download a resource, they need to go through the parents – who retain the administrator password.

e. Movies & Series: No R-rated movies or series and no PG-13 or PG movies without parental permission.

f. Internet/Wi-Fi: Every internet enabled device should have a filter – including video games – e.g. PlayStation, Xbox etc. No use of the Internet without parental approval. You must have parental permission to download anything. Do not share your password with friends or over email. Never physically meet someone you have met online. If a stranger tries to involve you in an online relationship, tell Mum or Dad right away. Pornographic and hate web sites are off limits and blocked by an Internet filter installed by the family.

(NB: Digitally savvy kids know how to get around most of these controls, which is why our talking with them about these issues is essential for developing the most important control – their conscience).

The French embassy in Kenya and its partners, the Institut Français, RFI Savoirs and Arte Radio has developed a pedagogical project with both a linguistic and an audio part.

This year, the 2018 contest involved making a 1 and a half minute podcast in French. The contestants had to make an audio recording, discussing the topic: “The Ideas of the Night”. These podcasts will then be published on the Institut Français’ website for a “mapped” listening of the nights of the world.

We are happy to announce that for the Kenyan Secondary School’s category; the first prize went to Daniel Abate, one of our Form 4 students. Congratulations Daniel! Bravo et Félicitations !

Daniel will receive his prize on the 25th of March 2018 during the Francophonie Day at the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi (CUEA).

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Felix Saiya. I have a P1 certificate and diploma in education and I have taught for 9 years in three different schools: Irigithai in Githurai 45, Makini School and now at Strathmore. I teach Swahili, Math and Science to class 2 to 4 pupils.

 What inspired you to come to Strathmore School?

I desired to be part of a team that instils discipline in their students.

 What is your experience in Strathmore School so far?

It has been minimal for I have been here for only a month but I was in a teacher’s seminar in Lukenya and the teachers were warm and welcoming towards me.

 What mode of correction do you use?

I believe in dialogue so as to know what the problem is.

 According to you what are the elements of a good student at Strathmore School?

To me a student has to have the following elements: discipline, willingness to learn, honesty and hard work. I like to focus on the whole formation in nurturing a child not only in academics but also in sports.

 How do you like the facilities in Strathmore School?

I have not seen the whole school yet but so far in my opinion the facilities are excellent.

 How would you improve the learning experience in Strathmore School?

I would improve the school by bringing creativity to the leaners through writing and reading of story books.

 What do you think about our tutoring system in Strathmore School?

I think it is really good as the tutor mentors and advices the student and he always has time for the student.

 What sport activities do you participate in?

I play handball mainly and football.

What are your hobbies?

I am an author of K.C.P.E C.R.E and the new curriculum text books. I also like watching movies and football, listening to gospel music, travelling and am also a church singer.

 As we wind up our interview, any advice you would give a student?

Yes. Students should know themselves first; make their own decisions and avoid peer pressure and choose their friends wisely.

 

The school transport system will face a major overhaul. A raft of changes were announced by former Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in a bid to guarantee safety of minors as they commute between learning institutions and their homes.

 School bus yellow is a colour that was specifically formulated for use on school buses in North America in 1939. The color is now officially known in Canada and the U.S. as National School Bus Glossy Yellow and was originally called National School Bus Chrome. The pigment used for this color was, for a long time, the lead-containing chrome yellow.

 The color was chosen because it attracts attention and is noticed quickly in peripheral vision, faster than any other color. Scientists describe this as follows: “Lateral peripheral vision for detecting yellows is 1.24 times greater than for red.

 In April 1939, Dr. Frank W. Cyr, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York organized a conference that established national school-bus construction standards for the U.S., including the standard color of yellow for the school bus. It became known officially as “National School Bus Chrome”. The color was selected because black lettering on that hue was easiest to see in the semi-darkness of early morning.

 The conference met for seven days. The color was adopted by the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology] as Federal Standard No. 595a, Color 13432.

 The conference approach to school bus safety, as well as the yellow color, have endured into the 21st century. Dr. Cyr became known as the “Father of the Yellow School Bus.” Nowadays the color is used by almost all countries in the world.

The color the school chose to use is Panton 012C School Bus Yellow, Lead and Chrome free.

As we embrace the new curriculum, Standard 1 and 2 have acquired new tags. They will henceforth be referred to as Grade One and Grade Two. Our Grade 1 boys reported to school on Tuesday, 16th January 2018. Fresh and enthusiastic faces thronged the school main entrance in the company of their parents. This was going to be 2018’s Grade 1 the pioneers of the new curriculum’s first day of school . They enjoyed the company of their parents right up to the registration table where they were welcomed by the Head of Section and their Class Teacher. They were later taken through the class procedures and also familiarized themselves with the new school environment.

Tuesday, 9th January 2018 marked the beginning of Form 1 2018. Fresh and handsome faces full of expectations milled around the Form 1 classes in new uniform  and carrying bags full of new books. They were ushered into their classes by their Class Teachers at around 7:10 am ready to start the journey of 4 years. We wish them success.

Nowadays, Form One students do not wait for long to join secondary school thanks to the new changes by the Ministry of Education. Our Form One orientation was done on Saturday, 6th January 2018. The Form 1 students were welcomed by their Class Teachers who took them through the school procedures that will guide them during their stay in school. The form 4 captains further took them around the school as they familiarized themselves with the new environment where will spend their next 4 years.

Wednesday, 3rd January 2018 marked the beginning of the new school year. All secondary students gathered for a formal ceremony at 7:30 am and 10:30 am for primary pupils at the swimming pool area. The Heads of Sections, the Dean of Studies and the Deputy Principal addressed the boys. The speeches reflected on the successes of 2017 and the need to put more effort and overcome the few challenges encountered. The Principal opened the school officially in both assemblies where he welcomed the new students/pupils and the assistant teachers. He thanked the school for the success in 2017 especially with the KCPE and KCSE classes.

We wish the Standard 8 and Form 4 candidates 2018 success as they prepare for their final examinations in November.

Paul Hawi Makawiti, Class of 2016 will graduate tomorrow, Thursday 25th January 2018. He has been chosen as the valedictory speaker. The ceremony will be streamed live from 7:15 am East African Time to around 8:30 am. It will also be uploaded to YouTube afterwards.

Below is the livestream link.

https://livestream.com/TrinityCollege/JFTValedictory2017

We managed to interview him from Australia. He told us the following:

“This is my foundation program, which is a bridging course to enable entry into The University of Melbourne. I did 2 compulsory subjects (English and History of Ideas) and 3 electives (Accounting, Psychology and Environment, Development and Design). It was about 7 months, from July to January (it’s the July Fast Track Intake). The main program is usually 10 months. I will begin my university education (architecture) towards the end of February at the Melbourne School of Design, a well-known architecture school.”

We wish Paul the very best in his studies.

Thank you for flying the Strathmore and Kenyan flag high!

Paul Hawi Makawiti
(Standard 1 2005 to Form 4 2016)

The KCSE 2017 results were released on Wednesday, 20th December 2017.

Strathmore School presented 88 candidates. The school posted a good performance, with an average of 9.190.  3 students scored straight A, 15 scored A-, 23 scored B+, 24 scored B, 9 scored B-, 6 scored C+, 6 scored C, and 2 scored C-. This, therefore, gives a transition rate of over 90% to university.

The subjects that scored the best means were Computer Studies with a mean of 12,  Mathematics with a mean of 10.557 and French with a mean of 10.133. Improvement was noted in Computers Studies, Chemistry and English.

Below are the students who scored straight As.

Brian Gitahi
A

82

Phil Nyaga
A

82

Kenneth Nduati
A

81

The table below is a summary of the performance.

We wish to congratulate all our 2017 candidates and teachers for the hard work that was put into achieving these results.