Athletic success at Liss Junior School

Greetings to all of our friends in Uganda. I am writing to let you know of some great athletic achievement from a Liss pupil, Toby.

Toby was one of the Liss pupils who competed in the South East Hampshire Cross Country Championships and finished 2nd out of  119 boys earning himself a silver medal in the process.

We would like to hear about how our friends in Ugandan schools have achieved success in sport. For example, Mr Stanley was told last year that 3 Mahyoro pupils had been chosen to represent the county in football. Please share any success stories with us.

Toby with his silver medal

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Rihamu Junior School Pupil looked at the National Parks in Uganda and the UK

There are 10 National Parks in Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest National Park in Uganda and is the most visited!

Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second largest National Park in Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the home of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.

Kibale Forest National Park is the home of Chimpanzees

Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest National Park in Uganda.

Kidepo Valley National Park, which has Ostriches and Cheetahs.

Semuliki National Park,

Mt Elgon National Park,

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Rwenzori National Park

Rihamu Pupils were able to learn about all the National Parks in the UK

Lake District (England)

Snowdonia (Wales), and the area around it has long been the pride of princes and kings.

Peak District (England),

Dartmoor (England), with plenty of history hidden under the surface. 6000 years of human history have been traced here!

Yorkshire Dales (England), dotted with mill towns, castles, and sweet landscapes and is the official home of Wensleydale Cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs (Scotland), famous for its tall mountains, where you can take a hike or climb mountains.

Pembrokeshire Coast (Wales), with its dramatic sights to see along a beautiful sea, with the stone structure built towards the end of the 1100s.

Exmoor (England), Moors, forests, coast and rivers make up Somerset and Devon’s Exmoor National Park

Northumberland (England), with its many historic and natural trails and heritage spots.
North York Moors (England), with its huge expanses of heather moorland.

Brecon Beacons (Wales) a designated International Dark Sky Reserve.

The Broads National Park (England), the ‘Venice of the east’, with plenty of room to fish, and plenty of pretty towns.

New Forest National Park (England), best horse riding, with good gardens, museums, leisure parks and wildlife parks.

South Downs National Park (England), Nice for great walks with great views, and the chance to check in with a wealth of local wildlife.

Cairngorms National Park (Scotland), good for cycling through the Pine Forest. With wildcats, capercailzies and mountain hares.

With the help of the Geography teachers, the pupils at Rihamu Junior School leant a lot about all the National Parks in the UK and really appreciated the beauty of these National Parks. All pictures and photos were made available on the Head teacher’s phone who kept on showing the photos of each National Park in both UK and Uganda.

We how other schools benefit from this article.

Shakila Huda
Rihamu Junior School – H/Teacher
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Latest news from Kafuro

Warm greetings to all our friends at Liss. I am writing to update you on what is happening at Kafuro. We returned to school on February 4th for a new academic year. Firstly, I wanted to let you know that the water pipeline paid for by the pupils of Liss has made an enormous difference to our school. We appreciate  you have given Kafuro pupils life because water is life. The water has been treated and, although it would not be safe for Liss pupils to drink without being boiled first, Kafuro pupils are able to drink it because it is much cleaner than water they have drunk before. In other use apart from being drunk by our pupils ( You know at Liss that Uganda feels warm during our all through summer to even 33 or more degrees Celsius ) the water helps to calm the dust in our muddy classes, then and cleaning those important places.
The UK people have loved us that you people have donated a hand wash facility at school.
On drinking,
 Now the challenge,
Kafuro primary school now has an enrollment of more than 340 pupils, theses friends of yours need at least two cups of water every day. But due to the limited resources, the school decides to avail only one jerrican ( 18 liters)of water per day to the 340 and above pupils, this would be called proper use if Uganda was cold.
The water company installed a water meter and we have a monthly bill of around 50,000 UGX (£11) for your friends at Kafuro to fully access the water specifically for drinking during their time at school.
We are also pleased to report that further work has been completed on the new block of classrooms. When Mr Stanley visited Kafuro in 2017 he brought money from the our friends at Liss JS which enabled us to finish building walls. These walls have now had a render applied. Once doors and windows are fitted, the building will be complete.
The building is currently helping the nursery section to have shade on third head.

Kafuro pupils are already preparing for the 2019 Conservation Cup. Our tag rugby and football teams are already practising hard ahead of the tournament at the end of July/beginning of August. As Liss pupils will know, Kafuro have been tag rugby champions for the last two years and we would like to win it for a third time with the football trophy to be year’s overall champions.
Adam will miss this!

Primary six seven and five together have been learning debating skills this term. Our latest motion was, ‘Should Queen Elizabeth National Park be turned into farmland?’ The pupils enjoyed this very much and it also caused much laughter and happiness plus confession.

Christopher said, “The National Park brings friends to Uganda like Mr Stanley.” Prisca argued, “It is good for national parks to be created because it allowed God to link animals with humans to create laughter”
And one Catheline said the got her smuggle firewood from the park and hit her with a stick so she expressed her dissatisfaction as a poacher.

Finally, we are looking forward to receiving Miss Duncan, Mr Davies and the team from CM Sports in Uganda this year.

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African – themed bags

In Year 6 at Liss Junior School, the children have been creating African – themed bags. The children have researched African art and patterns before creating their own print template. This was then rolled onto the bag to produce the final print. We would like to share our designs with the our friends in Uganda.

Here are the photos of some of the bag designs.

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Snow in Liss

Warm (or should I say cold) greetings to all of our friends in Uganda. We had the first snow of the year in Hampshire last night and today Liss Junior School is closed because of the snow. We imagine that it must be much warmer in Uganda at the moment.

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Semuliki National Park visit

Greetings to all of our friends in Kafuro and the other twinned schools in Uganda. In August, Mr Stanley visited Semuliki National Park, north of Fort Portal. He cooked boiled eggs in one of the hot springs. We would like to ask all of our friends in Uganda how a hot spring works. Can you explain this to a UK pupil? Please reply when you have an explanation.

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Mr Stanley’s trip to the International Schools Award ceremony

On Wednesday Mr Stanley visited the Houses of Parliament to attend the ceremony for the International Schools Award. As readers of this blog will know, Liss gained their reaccreditation back in July. The prestige in gaining this award is signified by the fact that the ceremony is held at the seat of government for the UK.

To get into the houses of Parliament, Mr Stanley had to go through airport-style security before he was allowed in. There was a long wait in the main lobby of Parliament before everyone was called into the Members’ Dining Room where the ceremony was going to take place.

Mr Stanley was told by British Council staff that he was going to have his photo taken with Damian Hinds, the Secretary of State for Education. Mr Hinds is also the local member of Parliament for East Hampshire which covers Liss. Mr Hinds gave a fantastic speech where he talked about how important it was that schools carried out their international work and how Britain needed to reach out to th erest of the world. The second half of his speech was all about Liss and Kafuro. Mr Hinds praised the work of the two schools and said how inspirational it was that the schools had cooperated so well especially through the Kafuro Liss blog.

After the speech, Mr Stanley had time for a quick chat with Mr Hinds before they posed for a photo together. It was a very proud day for both Liss and Kafuro, and we hope it will inspire other UK and Uganda schools to work towards international schools accreditation.

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Letters From Hambledon!!!!

Greetings to you all!!

We are very happy to receive letters from the pupils of Hambledon School. We have waited for these letter for 3 weeks and finally we have them here!

The pupils are too excited and are planning to write back.

We are also expecting to host Rosy in a couple of weeks.

Just looking forward

Shakilah

Head Teacher

 

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First PLE Sitting for Rihamu Junior School

Hello from Rihamu Junior School

Today, we are happy and excited to have our very first Primary Seven sit for the Primary Leaving Exams. It’s been a very long journey. Having started with P.1 to P.3 classes. We kept on adding a class every year. The five years down the road has been full of determination, zeal and hard work. We have been able to wither all the challenges along the way.

I am proud to report that all the teacher have put in their very best. Spending sleepless nights to make sure that our pupils are ready for the National Exams. Indeed they are ready and excited about the Exams. As I write this, they are now doing an English Paper and in the evening they will be doing their final PLE Science paper.

Security is extremely tight at all PLE centers, its silence all over and brains at work.

Shakila

Head Teacher – Rihamu Junior School

 

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Good luck to P7 pupils

From all the pupils and staff at Liss Junior School, we would like to wish the P7 pupils  at Kafuro and all the other QEPP schools in Uganda every success in their Primary Leaving Examinations this coming week. We are well aware of the magnitude of these examinations and also know how hard all of you will have worked over the current academic year. You will all be in our thoughts this week!

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