School Grounds Day 2017

On Friday, Liss Junior School held its annual School Grounds Day with children, teachers and parents working together to maintain the school grounds. Each class took on different jobs:

Ash Class: Cleared the cob oven area and applied a new skim of clay to the oven.

Oak Class: renewed the plant pots outside each classroom and put in bird feeders around the school using coconut shells, lard and birdseed.

Willow Class: Collected wood for the cob oven and planted the front border of the school

Beech Class: Created a new compost heap near the school nature area.

Birch Class: Renewed our minibeast hotel.

Pine Class: Renewed the butterfly houses.

Rowan Class: Continued building the bottle greenhouse, helped clean the nature area and cut back willow. Found worms to keep our wormery topped up.

Maple Class: Used logs to line the path up to our nature area.

We were joined for the morning by Joe Williams and Steve Peach from Queen Elizabeth Country Park. They led the cleaning of the nature area and cutting back the willow. Steve also identified that we have an active badger sett in our nature area. He is going to install a camera so that we can try and see the badgers come out at night (badgers are notoriously shy creatures).

Mr Stanley has set Kafuro children a challenge for this year. Each class at liss Junior School has planted tomato seeds and we want to compare the plants we grow with those grown by Kafuro children. Mr Stanley has told the Liss children that this is a really tough challenge as Yowasi says that Kafuro tomatoes are the best in the Rubirizi district of Uganda. We hope that you wil post some photos of your tomato plants growing.

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Rowan Class reply to questions from Kafuro children

Greetings to our friends in Kafuro. We enjoyed reading your last post and we have collated our answers to your questions. They are displayed below. We look forward to hearing your own answers on Tuesday.

Which animals do you always see in the park?

QECP: Deer, squirrels, foxes, rabbits, ducks, badgers, hedgehogs.

QENP: Elephants, lions, kob, hippos

 

Which animals visit you from the park?

QECP: Deer, squirrels, foxes, rabbits,

QENP: Elephants, hippos

 

Among the animals you have mentioned, which one do you like to see most and why?

QECP: Deer because they are shy animals and you don’t see them very often.

QENP: Elephants because they are so big and majestic.
Which animals do you not care to see and why?

QECP: Deer because they are shy animals and you don’t see them very often.

QENP: Elephants because they are so big and majestic.
Which animals should be removed from the park?

QECP: Most children said none of them because they are all important. A few children said rabbits and squirrels because you see them all the time.

QENP: Lions and snakes because they are dangerous killers.
Name the wild animals that live in water

QECP: Frogs, tadpoles and newts

QENP: Crocodiles and fish

 

What problems do hunters face?

Both parks: (This was Mr Stanley’s favourite answer) They have to get past the rangers!
What should the park authority do to the hunters?

Both parks: Ban them from the parks and if they kill animals they should go to prison.

 

How can we together prevent hunting?

Both parks: Get more rangers to guard and protect the animals. Use poster campaigns and educate people to stop poaching.

 

Which animal in the park is the best in cooperation?

QECP: Birds work together to build nests

QENP: Elephants work together to protect their young.

 

What do you learn from the cooperation of the animal named above?

We have learned that by working together we achieve more.

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Twinned school and other schools near Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda renew their connection.

In the week before Clean Up Kyambura, Mr. Yowasi Byaruhanga made an appointment to meet with the Community Conservation Warden,  Mrs Olivia Biira. Yowasi also contacted Ramathan from Katunguru as issues to discuss were vital for the benefit of all the twinned schools and beyond.

Madam Olivia agreed to meet with both one afternoon. Among the issues to discuss were conservation and wildlife protection awareness to the people of Kyambura, which aimed at involving the youth more in conservation activities and rubbish management; discussing the evaluation of the points as were discussed in the meeting with the twinning project team some time back; improving the relationship between the park and the schools through ranger visits to encourage and pass on conservation messages; and lots more ideas.

This opened with assigning the duty to the ranger to visit the schools. Fisher visited Kafuro Primary School. The children were very happy to receive Fisher and Madam Auleria who had a period of more than forty minutes to interact with the children and teachers.
Among the question, Fisher asked children in Kafuro were:
Which animals do you always see in the park?
Which animals visit you from the park?
Among the animals you have mentioned, which one do you like to see most and why?
Which animals do you not care to see and why?
Which animals should be removed from the park?
Name the wild animals that live in water?
What problems do hunters face?
What should the park authority do to the hunters?
How can we together prevent hunting?
Which animal in the park is the best in cooperation?
What do you learn from the cooperation of the animal named above?
We would like to ask the same questions to our friends in Liss Junior school to answer the same questions in relation to their environment and considering if they lived in Uganda. and we shall share our answers on Tuesday.

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Ugandan style food tasting at Liss

As part of our focus on Uganda this term, children in Year 6 at Liss have been tasked with creating a Ugandan style meal. We have carried out some research on the internet; listened to Mr Stanley tell the pupils about some of the food he has eaten while visiting Uganda; and today we tasted some common foods that Mr Stanley has tasted in Uganda. We had to taste all of the foods band and write an evaluation form stating what we thought of the foods.

We tasted the following foods:

Plantain chips (Mr Stanley has bought these in Kasese)

Roast potatoes

Sweet potatoes (In UK these are an orange colour)

Salad of cabbage, onion, tomato & carrot

Katchembali (a salad of onion, green pepper, tomato and chilli – Mr Stanley left this out). Many thanks to Jackie at Tembo Canteen at Mweya for this recipe.

Chapati

Beef Muchomo (thanks to Ronnie Musabe for his special recipe with garlic and curry powder)

Feedback was generally very positive with the plantain chips, the muchomo and the roast potatoes very popular. We would like to ask our friends in Kafuro to discuss which UK foods they would like to taste.

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French Fashion Show

Salutations à tous nos amis à Kafuro!

Greetings to all our friends in Kafuro! We hope you are well and enjoying your learning at school. In UK schools it is a requirement that the children begin learning another language and at Liss we learn French.

What has this got to do with Uganda, we hear you ask. Well, each year we have a fashion show with a different theme, and this year our theme was African flags. Year 6 children had to come to the show in clothes that represented the colours of an African flag. As you would expect, many children chose to wear red, yellow and black to represent Uganda.  The blue, white and black of Botswana was also very popular.

In the fashion show itself, the children walk along a catwalk, show off their clothes and address the audience (parents) in French. The photos below show the children on the catwalk and singing songs.

We would like to ask our friends in Kafuro the following question. On what occasions are parents invited in to school to watch performances by the children?

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