The KCPE(Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) exam week (15th to 17th March 2020) had started so well with the rain sprinkles to indicate a sprinkle of blessing, and indeed it was. All the candidates sat for the KCPE exam successfully, without a glitch.

After their last paper, Social Studies, candidates were ushered to the luncheon; well set with keen adherence of the covid-19 protocols: I wear my mask, I wash my hands, and I watch my distance and watch my temperature. During the lunch session candidates registered their appreciation as they chatted and interacted with their teachers. The aroma welcomed everyone to the dinning room.

Their stay in the school could not be forgotten. They had a video session in the common room to recap their life since joining the school. Laughter rent the air inside the common room, laughter is medicine they say. If you want to appreciate growth then have an album. You will always have a reason to rejoice for another day! This is what the video session was about!

The match at the end of the day saw the staff versus the candidates having an entertaining football match. It started with a warm-up for both teams.

The cheering squad for the pupils was not left behind.

Scores were registered within the early minutes of the game with the candidates ahead in the first half.

The staff later proved to be the head and not near tail as they overtook the candidates in the second half. The match ended in a win for the staff team. Staff 3:2 Class 8. The match and celebrations of the day ended well!

We wish all the candidates all the best as they move on to the next level of life!

The First Holy Communion for this year was one of a kind. Historically, we have had only Grade 3 boys receiving their 1st Holy Communion because this is when it is considered they have reached the age of reason.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic we had grade 2 and 3 share this very important occasion in our school. The Grade 3 boys were supposed to have had it last year, but because there was no going to school, they had to wait for this year. This year the Grade 2 boys attained the age of reason. This is why we had the two classes celebrate this occasion at ago.

In the past we had a small party at school involving the cutting of a cake and all the involved parties having snacks and drinks in the school courtyard. This year people dispersed to their homes immediately after the Holy Mass. Parents and the boys generally enjoyed the occasion despite the fact that there wasn’t eating and crowds as has been the case in the past.

The graduation ceremony was held amidst the challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been a PDG of its own kind owing to the fact that it has happened at a time when the year just started. The PDG is a special establishment that shall renegade into the later PGD that will involve the whole school. With the covid-19 precedence there has been need to have the class 8 and Form 4 candidates to have exams away from the usual November December season. This has also altered the academic calendar. The event started off with mass and blessing of the candidates.

The guests of Honour were Mr. and Dr. Dimba whose accolade is in relation to the attachment to the institution since being a student, teacher and a parent for the last 12 years.

Mr. Raphael Mwangi Primary Section Head

The ceremony started off with speeches with Mr. Mwangi, the Primary Section Head, starting off with a speech and vesting of sashes to the class 8 candidates.

Mr. Alfred Odisa Secondary Section Head

The Secondary Section Head followed thereafter with a speech and vesting of sashes to the form 4 candidates. In his speech he impressed on the candidates their responsibility as an alumni to not only use, the academic knowledge they gained but also the Christian principles they gained, for as guide in their life.

Adrian Wachira Valedictorian Form 4 Class of 2020

The form 4 speech was later presented by Adrian Wachira. He requested a moment of silence in honor of Mr. Pike who succumbed to cancer. He emphasized their transition into men and thanked the Strathmore fraternity for the molding they received.

Mr. John Muthiora Principal

The principal Mr. Muthiora welcomed everyone to the momentous event. He asked for more prayers to the infected and affected as this has been a litmus test to relationships. He applauded parents for their endless support to the school. He noted that The virtue of discipline, resilience, considerable willpower and determination have been demonstrated. He pointed out the hard work of the candidates.

Awards were given to the various fields; academic, co-curricular among other cadre.

Below is Anthony Dimba. Sportsman of the year 2020.

Class 8 candidates and form 4 candidates had a group photo.

We thank all who took part in making the event a success.
God bless!

Grade 3
The year 2021 started off well with learners undergoing a KNEC assessment. The Integrated Learning Areas of assessment for grade 3 saw learners display their skill in making water safe for drinking. Learners collected resources (pictures and videos) on water sources, they prepared 3D models for water in the locality, they did practicals on washing hands and re-use of water. The learners showed the process of filtering, boiling, cooling and storing water for drinking.

Grade 4
The grade 4 have just completed their KNEC assessment which has seen them showcase the skills learned in class.

In Agriculture the task number 5 had them make a simple drip irrigation system using locally available materials.

In home science they showcased their ability to apply shoe polish and take care of their shoes.

CBC is a competency Based Curriculum that was rolled out to replace the 8.4.4 system of education.

Competency-based learning refers to systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating that they have learned the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.

(Simon Priest, 2014)

Competency-based learning is generally seen as an alternative to the current educational approach in which learners may not acquire proficiency in a course or academic subject not unless they earn course credit, get promoted to the next grade level or graduate.

CBC is focused more on competencies, it’s flexible with an opportunity for specialisation, balanced, formative and summative assessment and excellence, it emphasises on education and learning

Grade 1, 2, 3, 4

The grade 1, 2, 3 & 4 learners have been introduced to new terms and ways of learning.

We now talk about learning areas, strands and sub-strands, outcomes and expectations among the key words.

This has made them appreciate the change of times for a 21st century learner.

Digital literacy is now key as learners are introduced to digital devices.

Learning is to the learners. Pupils interact with learning materials with the teacher being a facilitator. The learning areas now are:

  1. Literacy Activities
  2. Kiswahili Language Activities/Kenya Sign Language
  3. English Language Activities
  4. Mathematics Activities
  5. Environmental Activities
  6. Hygiene and Nutrition Activities
  7. Religious Activities
  8. Movement and Creative Activities

(Art & Craft, Music and Movement Activities)

  1. Pastoral Programme of Instruction

In addition grade 4 have the following learning areas:

  1. Social studies
  2. Science and Technology
  3. Home Science
  4. Agriculture
  5. Environment
  6. Creative Arts (Art, craft and Music)
  7. Physical and Health Education

All this enable learners acquire competences to make them be part of problem solving in their immediate environment. Learning is now integral to class, home and community at large.

The inquiry based learning follows a three step process: what do I know, what do I want and what have I learned about the strands. This leads to the acquisition of competencies.

For Strathmore school, the Grade 4 early last year picked up the system that culminated into ‘cleaning the market project’

This year has seen them acquire many skills among them; skills of the online classes with self-manipulation of the digital devices. This has really enhanced digital literacy.

Other competencies have been through sports, washing utensils, using improvised materials, making water safe for drinking, preparing the land for planting, preparing manure, sewing, shoe polishing, cooking just to name a few.

March 12th 2020 saw Strathmore School participate in the first round of Kenya Annual Mathematical Olympiad competition for the first time in the history of the school. The aim of this competition was to select Kenya’s team for the International Olympiad. The international Mathematics Olympiad is a Mathematical Olympiad for pre-university students, and is the oldest of the International Science Olympiads.

In the first round 20 Strathmore Math enthusiasts participated; 8 Form twos (junior), 4 Form threes (Senior) and 8 Form fours (Senior). The type of questions set in the first round were testing a lot of analytical skills. They provided an appreciable challenge and provoked thought and spirit of wonder. The first round picked the top 100 and top 200 in the junior and senior categories respectively. In the junior category two of our students: Robert Otieno and Mwangi Kimani secured slots in the top 20. In the senior category nine of our students qualified for the second round. They included: Allan Muruha (form3), Adrian Adambo (form 4), Jeremy Michoma (form4), Philip Miroga (form 4), Alvin Nyandeje (form 4), Ryan Chironga (form 4), Roman Njoroge (form 4), Victor Musila (form 4) and Mathew Mwangi (form 3).

The second round was held on 18th February 2021. The top 6 students in the country are to represent Kenya for the world stage. One of our boys, Jeremy Michoma emerged 5th best in an exam which demanded application that is different from the memorized concepts and routine techniques in the standard curriculum. He is to represent Kenya in Washington USA but due to Covid restrictions, it can only be held virtually sometimes this year. Congratulations to Jeremy.

Jeremy Michoma
5th Place

We also appreciate the exemplary performance of Allan Muruha position 22, Adrian Adambo position 49, Ryan Chironga position 49, Alvin Nyandeje position 73 and Philip Miroga position 77. In a special way we recognize Robert Otieno, a form 2 who sat the same paper with the seniors and managed position 100.

Mr. Michael Robert Lyford-Pike Peirano, a long-serving teacher at Strathmore School, peacefully departed this life into God’s presence on Monday, 23rd November 2020 at the Nairobi Hospital after a short illness.

 

Son of the late John Francis Victor Lyford-Pike and the late Maria Teresa Peirano, Michael arrived in Kenya from his home country, Uruguay in 1988. He started working at Strathmore School in 1989. He has served in the school in various capacities. At the time of his demise, Michael was on a sabbatical leave in Kampala, Uganda from 2017.

Michael was also involved in numerous apostolic initiatives of Opus Dei in Uruguay, Kenya and Uganda. He will be remembered by many for his simplicity, cheerfulness and generous heart.

 

Below are the updates on the performance of the Basketball School teams for the Term 1 games for both KAISSO(Kenya Association for International Secondary Schools Organisation) and Nairobi County leagues. Keep visiting the page for updates:

Date Category League/Tournament Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Result
15.01.2020 UNDER17 KAISSO League Strathmore 9 37 N.I.S Loss
17.01.2020 UNDER19 KAISSO League Braeburn Gitanga Road 17 27 Strathmore Win
18.01.2020 UNDER19 I.S.K  Tournament Strathmore 14 32 German School Loss
I.S.K  Tournament Strathmore 8 22 I.S.K Loss
I.S.K  Tournament Strathmore 24 18 Hillcrest Win
I.S.K  Tournament Strathmore 8 29 R.V.A Loss
UNDER17 KAISSO League R.V.A 73 25 Strathmore Loss
21.01.2020 UNDER19 KAISSO League Premier Academy 30 48 Strathmore Win
24.01.2020 UNDER15 KAISSO League B.G.E 17 29 Strathmore Win
25.01.2020 UNDER19 KAISSO League R.V.A 15 81 Strathmore Loss
UNDER15 Hillcrest Tournament Strathmore 28 8 Premier Academy Win
Strathmore 23 2 Peponi Win
Strathmore 20 2 Hillcrest Win
Strathmore 38 11 Makini Win
Strathmore 16 10 Aga Khan (Semis) Win
Strathmore 18 21 Brookhouse (Finals) Loss
27.01.2020 UNDER19 KAISSO League Peponi 40 34 Strathmore Loss
UNDER17 KAISSO League Peponi 37 5 Strathmore
29.01.2020 UNDER17 KAISSO League Light International 38 17 Strathmore Loss
UNDER15 KAISSO League Light International 22 32 Strathmore Win
01.02.2020 UNDER19 Westlands Sub County Strathmore 36 24 Hospital Hill Win
Strathmore 29 19 Kangemi Win
Strathmore 22 33 Nairobi School Loss
03.02.2020 UNDER14 KAISSO League I.S.K 10 32 Strathmore Loss
04.02.2020 UNDER19 KAISSO League I.S.K 41 31 Strathmore Loss
UNDER17 KAISSO League I.S.K 19 41 Strathmore Loss
06.02.2020 UNDER14 KAISSO League Rosslyn 51 8 Strathmore Loss
07.02.2020 UNDER19 KAISSO League B.G.E 24 45 Strathmore Win
08.02.2020 UNDER19 Westlands Sub County Strathmore 32 20 St. Mary’s Win
Strathmore 35 25 Kangemi Win
Strathmore 46 13 Makini Win
17.02.2020 UNDER19 KAISSO League Hillcrest 45 26 Strathmore Loss
UNDER15 KAISSO League Hillcrest 22 27 Strathmore Win
19.02.2020 UNDER17 KAISSO League Rosslyn 23 22 Strathmore Loss
21.02.2020 UNDER17 KAISSO League Strathmore     B.G.R Loss
22.02.2020 UNDER17 Hillcrest Tournament Strathmore A 9 12 B.G.R Loss
Strathmore A 6 22 I.S.K Loss
Strathmore A 13 10 St. Andrews Turi Win
Strathmore A 7 10 Rosslyn Loss
Strathmore B     Hillcrest Loss
Strathmore B     Nairobi Academy Loss
Strathmore B     Premier Academy Loss
UNDER15 KAISSO League Strathmore 15 9 Peponi Win
Strathmore 20 17 St. Andrews Turi Win
Strathmore 20 4 B.G.R Win
25.02.2020 UNDER14 KAISSO League Rosslyn 18 29 Strathmore Win
29.02.2020 UNDER19 Westlands Sub County Strathmore 34 29 St. Mary’s Win
Strathmore 39 30 Makini Win
UNDER15 KAISSO League Strathmore 28 21 R.V.A Win

Below are the updates on the performance of the Handball School team for the Term 1 games County league. Keep visiting the page for updates:

Date Category League/Tournament Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Result
01.02.2020 Under19 Westlands Sub County Strathmore 4 22 Hospital Hill Loss
29.02.2020 Under19 Westlands Sub County Strathmore 5 9 Nairobi School Loss
Under19 Westlands Sub County Strathmore 8 6 Kangemi Win
Strathmore 6 5 Kangemi Win
Strathmore 3 22 Hospital Hill Loss
Strathmore 4 17 Nairobi School Loss
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