1st March 2019 marked the annual sports day of the year. This year unlike most of the years the top slots were taken by the carnivores. Position 1 – Simba, Position 2 – Chui, Position 3 – Nyati and Position 4 – Ndovu.
Three students; Will Iha, Leone Oteba and Festus Kinuthia from the media club did an interview on two teachers; Bw. Evans Mosoti and Mr. Justus Makokha.
jb. Sikudhani ningekuwa
mwalimu. Katika familia yetu
mimi ndiye kifungua mimba.
Wanuna wangu walikuwa
wakiniuliza kuhusu masuala
mengi kama kuendesha
baiskeli na pia mambo ya
kimasomo. Hii ilinifanya
kuona kama nina kipawa cha
uongozi na kuona kama
ningekuwa mwalimu bora.
sw. Umefunza shule gani
kabla ya kujiunga na
jb. Baada ya kuhitimu chuo
kikuu nilianzia taaluma yangu
ya kiualimu Kadino Otunga,
kisha nikajiunga na shule ya
Nova Pioneer na hatimaye kuja
jb. Kila mtu, katika taaluma
yoyote huazimia kufika kilele
cha taaluma yake. Strathmore
ni shule tajika nchini. Kwangu
niliona Strathmore kuwa
sw. Unafunza madarasa yapi
na somo gani?
jb. Nilikuwa nafaa kufunza
Kidato cha Kwanza na cha pili
lakini Kidato cha tatu pia
hawakuwa na mwalimu,
nikaichukua juhudi ya
kufunza kidato cha pili na cha
tatu. Isitoshe, kama walimu
wa Kiswahili tumekubaliana
kuja pamoja kuwasaidia
Kidato cha nne katika marudio
unatarajia nini kutoka kwa
jb. Wanafunzi ambao
wanajituma na wanafunzi
wanaotia bidii katika kazi yao.
sw. Kama mwalimu wa
Kiswahili unaazimia nini
na wanafunzi wako?
jb. Kwanza kabisa, matokeo
bora. Hii ndio ya muhimu
Singependa mwanafunzi wangu kukosa
kujiunga na chuo kikuu kwa
sababu ya kuanguka somo
moja kama Kiswahili.
Pili, ningependa Kiswahili
kuwa lugha yao ya kuongea.
Watu wengi siku hizi hudhani
kuwa Kiswahili ni lugha ya
watu wa kiwango cha chini.
mtazamo huo hasi.
ya Strathmore, umependa
jb. Nimependa mambo mengi.
Kwanza, ni mazingira ya
ufanisi mkubwa, unapoingia
shule hii kitu cha kwanza
unachoona ni tuzo ainati, si
michezo tu bali tuzo za
masomo pia. Isitoshe jinsi
wanafunzi mambo ya kidini.
Kama unavyoona kuna kanisa
shuleni na pia hufunzwa kama
sw. Unapenda kufanya nini
kando na kufunza?
jb. Aghalabu mimi hupenda
kuogelea na kucheza kandanda.
Asante sana Mwalimu!
A. It is a very good school as I have noticed in my stay so far. The atmosphere is very welcoming. The students are
very good and disciplined. The staff is very welcoming too and are great to work with. The environment is conducive for learning and working.
Q. What schools did you
teach in before coming to Strathmore?
- Alliance Girls High School
- Parklands Girls High school
- Ngara Girls High School
compared to Strathmore?
A. I take it as a challenge as this is my first time to teach boys. Each school has its own culture. I find Strathmore to
have a very nice culture that other schools should develop. The program in Strathmore is not rigid but rather flexible to the ongoing activities. There is not much pressure on the students especially candidates as the students have freedom to do the right thing. The school also highly values academics as well as sports. Strathmore has a student-driven program that works on discipline as a key thing.
Q. What is your favourite thing about Strathmore?
A. The freedom of students and that they are self-driven as I mentioned before. Students are also willing to learn.
A. I teach Biology in Form 1 and Form 3. I also teach Geography in Form 1. I am the patron of the French club.
Q. Why did you join Strathmore?
A. I wanted to gain more experience as I mentioned earlier. I have also known it for quite some time since I use the
route neighbouring the school a lot of times. I, as a Catholic, have also heard of Opus Dei. I also take it as a challenge to better my teaching skills for the future.
A. I guess it also depends on the time factor since a punishment like telling a boy to cut grass with a blade will take
a lot of time and this is a day school where school ends at 3:30pm. Detention is an appropriate means of punishing a student since they get to see the sense of the punishment. They also cover up for the time they lost doing their mistake by reading.
Q. Lastly, how do you find the staff in Strathmore?
A. The staff is very welcoming and willing to help. They are an interactive and are willing to help, all the way from the
workers to the principal.
Starting this year 2019, rugby has been re-introduced as part of sports lesson. In Primary: Class 5 to Class 8, and Secondary: Form 1 to Form 4.
This has added a fourth sport in the Primary section and a fifth sport in the Secondary. The other sports in the primary and secondary sections are: football, basketball, volleyball. Handball is only played in the secondary section.
The re-introduction of rugby has been met with lots of enthusiasm in both sections.
On 2nd February 2018 the school swimming team comprising of boys from the secondary and primary section attended the St. Nicholas School swimming gala. They got an award for the 2nd best boys team.
The boys who participated in the 8 years and over category took part in relays, 25 meters by 4 (Breaststroke, Backstroke, Butterfly and crawl) individual events, 50 meters by 4 (Breaststroke, Backstroke, Butterfly and crawl) and 100 meters individual medley.
The boys who participated in the 7 years and under category had a chance to compete in relays, 25 meters kick-board and 25 meters noodle back.
The gallant swimmers brought home 14 Golds, 12 Silvers and 12 Bronze medals.
This is a good start to the swimming season 2019.
On October 13th 2018, Universities and Colleges from the country came to school for the annual career fair. By the end of the day our form 4 class of 2018 together with their parents were able to map out plans for the future.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.