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).

The school held a Career Day for form 4 students and their parents on Saturday, 7th October 2017. This event was aimed at sensitising both students and parents on issues such as university application, career choices and how to succeed at university. The Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Nairobi, a representative from Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS), The Executive Director of Discover your Talent LTD attended and had a chance to speak to the students and their parents on various issues touching on Careers. The day ended with a visit to the stands where some institutions had come to exhibit their courses and services they offer to students who have just completed form four. They included Brookhouse, Strathmore University, Eastlands College of Technology and various institutions that link students to foreign universities in Canada, Australia, UK e.t.c.

The pupils of Tennis Club participated in the Tennis Master 12 & Under Tennis Tournament that was held in Public Service Club, Nairobi on Saturday, 7th October 2017. Herein below the results.
1. Leishery Munene 1st Runner Up.
2. Trevor Mwaura (Winner in beginners of U 10 Red balls)
3. Njamba Kimani Silver
4. Eddie Gitonga Bronze
5. Emmanuel Njenga Bronze
6. Alvin Kimathi Bronze
7. David Momanyi Silver
8. Javier Mwangi Silver

On Saturday, 7th October 2017, the Sports Department organized a soccer tournament for 13 years & Under. This event attracted nine teams from other schools and three teams from the host. The teams were grouped into two pools of six teams each and the matches kicked off at 10:00 am. The preliminaries were much easier for the teams that were strong and well prepared. The knockouts were very tough as some teams had to go down to penalties to determine the winners. The results saw Strathmore B & C proceed to the semi-finals where they both won and qualified for the finals. The finals was described as a derby as Standard 6 faced Standard 7 in the tournament. The two classes have had stiff competition during Inter-class competition. Strathmore B won the tournament with two goals to nil as Makini School settled for 2nd runners up after winning in the playoffs.

The Roller Blading Club held a class challenge on Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 during the extra-curricular activities lessons. The event was organised by Skate Studios with the help of the Roller Blading patron, Mr. Muiruri. The prizes i.e. medals and T-shirts were awarded to the top three students. The results per category herein below.

Standard 1
1 Theodore Warui
2 Josemaria Mamicha
3 Julian Mayieko

Standard 2
1 Jabari Areri
2 Ryan Ng’ang’a
3 Mirithi Mwangi
Ihabi Osundwa

Standard 3
1 Kamau Kange
2 Austin Njogu
3 Njamba Kimani

Standard 4
1 David Moturi
2 Nathan Ikua
3 Justus Mamicha

Upper Primary
1 Adam Otieno (Std 5)
2 Mathenge Gitahi (Std 7)
3 Emmanuel Otieno (Std 6)

We began the year in January on a good note. The school calendar has been full of activities in and outside class. Our primary pupils did exemplary well in their studies and in extra-curricular activities. The secondary students too did not disappoint. All the school teams registered impressive results in the competitions they took part in. The highlight of them all was the school choir which attained position 1 in 6 categories at the Kenya National Music Festivals held in Kakamega.

We were delighted to hold our Annual Prize Giving (PGD) Ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday, 16th September 2017 to reward our pupils and students. Students, members of staff, parents and past students attended this event.

The audience was entertained by delightful performances from the School choir which presented some of the items that won at the festivals. The teachers’ choir too presented 2 items of “Zilizopendwa”. As usual the presentations were very entertaining and it left the audience yearning for more.

This was followed by the prize-giving ceremony.

The annual Talent Show is continually gaining more popularity in the school. This year, the annual event has been introduced in the primary section. A number of pupils were auditioned in March in various performances such as Photography, Dances, solo presentations, rap songs, instrumentals etc. The inaugural Primary Talent Show qill be held on Friday, 2nd June 2017.

Standard 1 and 2
EVENT FIRST SECOND THIRD
25 M Freestyle Jabari Areri (S2) Aidan Muiga (S1) Muriithi Mwangi (S2)
25 M Breaststroke Jabari Areri (S2) Muriithi Mwangi (S2) Stephen Ogembo (S2)
Standard 3 and 4
EVENT FIRST SECOND THIRD
50 M Freestyle Curtis Kamotho (S3) Leishery Munene (S4) Frank Mwenje (S3)
50 M Breaststroke Leishery Munene (S4) Curtis Kamotho (S3) John Peter Ngala (S4)
50 M Backstroke Leishery Munene (S4) Khidhr Esmail (S4) Rafael Nzoka (S3)
50 M Butterfly Curtis Kamotho (S3) Leishery Munene (S4) Frank Mwenje (S3)
Standard 5 and 6
EVENT FIRST SECOND THIRD
50 M Freestyle Adam Otieno (S5) Emmanuel Otieno (S6) Mukiama Kimathi (S6)
100 M Freestyle Adam Otieno (S5) Emmanuel Otieno (S6) Roman Mburu (S5)
50 M Breaststroke Adam Otieno (S5) Ndung’u Kimani (S6) Emmanuel Otieno (S6)
100 M Breaststroke Adam Otieno (S5) Emmanuel Otieno (S6) Ndung’u Kimani (S6)
50 M Backstroke Ndung’u Kimani (S6) Jason Ngugi (S5) Kwame Kimani (S5)
50 M Butterfly Emmanuel Otieno (S6) Ryan Khafafa (S5) Alex Onyonka (S6)
Standard 7 and 8
EVENT FIRST SECOND THIRD
50 M Freestyle Jomo Muigai (S7) Ngondo Kimemia (S7) Evans Kanja (S7)
100 M Freestyle Ngondo Kimemia (S7) Jomo Muigai (S7) Evans Kanja (S7)
50 M Breaststroke Ngondo Kimemia (S7) Evans Kanja (S7) Joseph Ngala (S8)
100 M Breaststroke Ngondo Kimemia (S7) Joseph Ngala (S8) Jermaine Arwa (S7)
50 M Backstroke Evans Kanja (S7) Jomo Muigai (S7) Ngondo Kimemia (S7)
50 M Butterfly Ngondo Kimemia (S7) Joseph Ngala (S8) Andrew Kamami (S8)
SWIMMING CHAMPIONS
CLASS NAME
Standard 3 Curtis Kamotho
Standard 4 Leishery Munene
Standard 5 Adam Otieno
Standard 6 Emmanuel Otieno
Standard 7 Ngondo Kimemia
Standard 8 Joseph Ngala

The Swimming Gala for the Primary section was held on Saturday, 25th March 2017 at the  swimming pool. The event attracted many pupils from Standard 1 to 8 while many others came to cheer their friends. All participants who emerged 1st, 2nd and 3rd were awarded medals.

The Basketball competitions for Westlands Sub County began in January. Strathmore School prepared well for this year’s competitions after they lost narrowly in 2016 to St. Austins School. One of their best performances was at the semi finals where they beat Nairobi School 78-48. They won against Hospital Hill and emerged the champions in Westlands Sub County.

In the preliminaries stage of Westlands Sub Region, Strathmore won all their matches but lost narrowly against Starehe Boys. They met Hospital Hill in the playoffs and emerged victorious.

Strathmore School proceeded to represent Westlands Sub Region in the Regional competitions.  The matches at this level were very competitive both physically and mentally. The team played well and they won against Lenana School but lost to Highway School. This made them emerge position 2 and had to face the most competitive side from the other group that was Upperhill School. They were eliminated at the semi finals but managed position 4 in the entire region. The full scores and photos can be found below.

Congratulations to the basketball team!

WESTLANDS SUB COUNTY BASKETBALL GAMES
HOME SCORE VS SCORE AWAY
Strathmore 55 04 Kangemi
Strathmore 43 11 St. Marys
Strathmore 28 06 French School
Kangemi 15 37 Strathmore
St. Marys 09 60 Strathmore
French School 17 40 Strathmore

SUB COUNTY SEMI FINALS

Strathmore 78 48 Nairobi School

SUB COUNTY FINALS

Hospital Hill 25 52 Strathmore

NAIROBI WEST SUB REGION

Strathmore 49 18 Jamhuri
BGE 09 54 Strathmore

NAIROBI WEST SUB REGION SEMI FINALS

Strathmore 18 26 Starehe Boys
PLAY OFFS
Strathmore 18 08 Hospital Hill

NAIROBI REGION

Strathmore 54 43 Lenana School
Highway 57 35 Strathmore

NAIROBI REGION SEMI FINALS

Upper Hill 86 26 Strathmore

PLAYOFFS

Eastleigh 34 32 Strathmore