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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African Printing

In art, Rowan Class have been looking at African patterns as we are learning about Uganda. The first thing we did was practise printing, as most of us didn’t know how to do this. We got into groups and worked on how to print different patterns. We had to roll acrylic paint on a palette until it was nice and thick and then we had to roll it on to a polystyrene tile on which we had created a design. The next step was to place the tile on black paper and push it down.

After that, we looked at different African patterns. We researched the patterns at home and brought in some examples to discuss which patterns would be best for our final design. We created an African design in our art books and traced it on to tracing paper, which was then put on to a new polystyrene tile. With a sharp pencil, we dug out the polystyrene on the design lines so it was deep enough. Once this was completed we created a pattern using several tiles on paper before repeating the process on fabric. We left the fabric to dry and in the coming weeks they will be turned in to wall hangings.

We would like to ask our friends in Kafuro whether you use printing techniques for art?

 

 

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Finding solutions for issues at Katunguru Primary School

In our geography topic, we have been looking at how we can problem solve issues that affect different communities. Mr Stanley gave Rowan Class a scenario based on his first visit to Katunguru Primary School in 2012. Since that time, much has changed at the school but a couple of issues  are still relevant. The scenario is outlined below:

Katunguru Primary School is located near to the main road that runs to Kyambura. The community is based here as it is close to a nearby lake, a plentiful source of fish. Most of the families fish for a living although there are many orphans at the school.

Katunguru appears to have the following issues:

  • Animals routinely wander onto the school grounds destroying vegetation and posing a threat to the community.
  • Building a fence to keep the animals out is not an option as there are high levels of theft in the area.
  • Relations between the community and the National Park are difficult as the community want to get rid of the animals by killing them while the UWA (Ugandan Wildlife Association) wants to protect them.
  • Desks in the school are stolen as the community needs firewood.
  • Trees that are planted are chopped down by the community for firewood.
  • There is no night time security at the school as no one is willing to pay for it.
  • Although there is electricity close at hand, the school does not have access to it.
  • There is a water tank nearby, but the tap has been damaged so the community cannot get water without going to the lake.
  • The school is seen as being at the heart of the community and its importance is recognised.

Working together in small groups can you come up with some suggestions to improve matters for the community and school at Katunguru. Write this as a report with recommendations at the end.

The children worked very hard to come up with some solutions. Here is Amelia’s:

The main danger at the school is animals! The reason for this is because, animals like to graze and can break through walls. They cause great danger to the children at Katunguru Primary School.

We should dig a hole around the school field to prevent animals from getting to close. Hopefully, the animals will see the ditch and not come any closer to the school. They can get children’s parents to help for children’s safety, and the rangers can help because they don’t want the animals to die, so they would help them.

Instead of getting glass for windows, they could use bamboo and banana leaves as blinds. Using bamboo will make it stronger and hold them up. Banana leaves can be used to fill in the gaps and then fill the holes in the walls with the blinds.

The school can try to get from their twinning school, so that they can get bees. There are two ways that bees help. One of them is to scare away animals, and the second one is that they produce honey which they school can sell to get their money back! And a final one is that the bees can be a good topic for the children at the school.

We would like to know what the children at Kafuro and Katunguru would recommend in order to safely keep animals off school land

 

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Answers to Kafuro children’s questions

Greetings to all of our friends at Kafuro. We were very grateful for the answers you gave to our questions and very pleased that you had some questions for us. Here are the answers we have compiled:

What do you have for lunch?

Mimi says: At Liss Junior School we can either have a school made lunch or we can bring in some food from home. If we have a school made lunch we have to order it on a computer (sometimes we forget!). But, if we have a home-made lunch we put it on our class lunch trolley.

Katherine says: Packed lunches (homemade lunches) sometimes when the weather is nice we sometimes get to eat outside. With our friends. Also school dinners get to have an option that if you want to you can have a picnic lunch and you can sit outside with the packed lunches.

Mimi and Katherine say: For school dinners (school made meals) we have 3 options during late autumn until early spring. Then, during late spring until summer holidays, we have 4 options. The 4th option is school made packed lunch for eating outside.

Mr Stanley adds: Children who bring a packed lunch to school will normally include sandwiches, some fruit or vegetables, a bag of crisps and possibly a small bar of chocolate. Those children who eat school dinners will have meals with include pizza; a roast dinner with (Irish) potatoes or pasta. Chicken, pork and beef are the most popular meats, but goat is slowly growing in popularity.

Who is your president in England?

Lily and Scarlett: There is no president in England, because we have the Queen who is still reigning, but she doesn’t have any real power like the Prime Minister. All the Queen can do is sign papers to say that she agrees to place Government policy into law, but she can’t  say no or refuse to sign the papers.

Mr Stanley adds: The Queen is known as a constitutional monarch because although in theory she is in charge of the country, she has no power. She is a figurehead, but cannot tell the government what to do.

When you misbehave at school what does your headteacher do to you?

Freddie and Harrison write: If we are naughty the headteacher will look at us and give us a warning. The next time we misbehave, we are sent out of class for five minutes to think about our behaviour. If we misbehave again we are sent out of class for the rest of the lesson and we have to do a really boring work pack. If we get sent out of class twice in a week we have to have an internal exclusion where we spend a whole morning working outside the headteacher’s office.

Mr Stanley says: The children in Rowan Class are very well behaved so it is very rare that anyone gets into trouble. We like to focus on rewarding children for good work and behaviour. However, children know that if they do misbehave there will be immediate consequences.

Do you have bicycles at home?

Yes, many people have bicycles. Normally, when you get your bicycles you ride on them every day, but when your mum/dad puts the bicycle away in the garage you forget about it for a while and barely use it for a long time.

Mr Stanley says: Lots of children at Liss bring a bike to school and children in Year 6 undergo bicycle training so that they know how to ride safely on our busy roads.

How does your country look like? Is it as green as our country, Uganda?

Brooke and Harriet say:  In England there are some places which are very green and similar to Uganda, but others such as London (our capital city) are very modern and busy. In Liss (where our school is placed) the community is not too busy but it does have an average amount of houses.

Yowasi and Muhudi told us that England is too too cold and it goes beyond freezing temperatures, what do you do to prevent yourselves from dying of too much coldness and ice.

Hamish and Alex say: We are used to the cold but when it is freezing outside we wear thick clothes and coats, gloves, hats and scarves. If some of us don’t have warm clothing, we stay inside and sit by a warm heating machine (or as we call it a radiator) or we light a fire in our fireplace.

Do you pay school fees like us in Uganda? How much if yes?

Jessica and Ellie write: We don’t pay school fees but it is included in the taxes our parents pay. Some schools in England, however, you have to pay for these; they are called private schools. We have to pay for school trips and sometimes we have fund raising events.

Do you know how to use a hoe to dig your gardens? (is it done in the holidays?)

Freyja replies: Some of us know how to use a hoe but not all us do. We use a hoe when our garden needs to be weeded, but sometimes we do it during the holidays.

 

Please feel free to send us some more questions. The children have enjoyed answering them and will have some more questions for you soon.

p.s. Welcome to Kafuro, Posiano. We look forward to hearing more about you.

 

 

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Welcome from the Christmas holiday

Dear our friends at Liss Junior school, we are very happy to receive questions on the assembly from you.
We are happy you have welcomed as back from our long holiday.
A lot of things have happened during our holiday but main thing was celebrating Christmas as most of us in Kafuro village are Christians .
Harvesting and preparing for our return to school occupied most of the time in the last two weeks.
Allow us answer the questions you asked us

What time do children in P6 & P7 normally go to bed in the evening?
And. Primary six and seven are the topmost classes at Kafuro school, we do a lot of work as we do not have assistants at-home. So we revise our books and go to bed between 9:20 PM and 10:20 PM.

Is it exciting having dangerous animals near your school grounds? Do you get scared if a lion is close?
Oooh yes says Edgar, some times lions roar in the park and me and brothers at night feel scared but we still know that they cannot enter into our houses.
It was seen in a rainy season last year Hippos from Lake Kyamwiga were grazing in our coffee plantations.

Describe what your house looks like for someone who has never seen it?
Patience Katusiime , our house is made of mud and dub thatched by local grass ( spear grass) am a sister of Robert Gumisiriza a student at Kichwamba High School, Robert is our second born Our first born, Fred stopped in Primary seven but Robert was lucky to be helped by Life Abundant Africa.

Who is responsible for fetching water when you are at school?
We fetch water from Kafuro river the small river that crosses our village and goes to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
For our school and neighbouring communities fetch water from Lake Kyamwiga.
In Kafuro, fetching water and cooking is a duty of a girl child and women; a few boys fetch water and rarely cook.
This is done every morning and evening after school.

How do Kafuro children spend their spare time if they get any spare time?
We play different sorts of games like Rugby at school in our spare time but have a very small pitch, over the weekend after lunch and home chores I go swimming in the lake.
We graze animals in the village for our spare time .

Do you have to buy school uniform or is it provided free of charge?
Daphine: We were lucky to have Life Abundant Africa started by Yowasi our great teacher, Life Abundant Africa has provided uniforms to us and fees.
The government announced free education by our president, but we have always paid and most children have dropped out of school due to lack of school fees and money to buy uniforms.
Children not in Life Abundant Africa pay school fees and buy uniform.

What time does school start in the morning?
Teacher Possiano:  school starts 7:30 am welcoming pupils and at 8:00 am an assembly is held after which 8:20 am classes begin.

Apart from football, what other games are popular?
In our school, Rugby is most popular to football. Other games include volleyball kingsquare games (!got from Liss JS)
Dodging games

What would you do if an elephant wandered on to the school grounds?
An elephant came in the school when we planted maize
Janet (The Community Conservation Ranger) came into our school and told us about how to treat animals in case they came in school.
We would stay in school if an elephant wondered into our school compound.

On a typical school day, what things do you learn?
Edger. We study different subjects in one day the examinable subjects are English, mathematics, science social studies and religious education.
These are studied basing on the time table mainly after 8:20 am

How long does it take to walk to school in the morning? What is the furthest distance a Kafuro pupil has to travel to school?
We come running and it takes us 20 minutes to reach school but they are some who come from the center just near the school.
The furthest is Mirarikye ( a turn off on Katerera Kyambura road) which takes 40 minute to reach school as one runs

Is it strange not having glass in your windows?
Yowasi our teacher has always told us to work hard and improve our community and the world. We clearly know that we shall work hard to have all the basics in our community Kafuro and Uganda at large.

Has a child ever been hurt by an animal at Kafuro?
Yes, Mugabe Dickson was bitten by a snake during 2015 holiday but it is not common

Do you ever get cold at Kafuro?
No only it just gets a simple cold but not like how Yowasi and Muhudi described as it is in the UK.

What jobs do you have to do at home before you go to school?
In the morning we fetch water,

How many pupils are currently at Kafuro?
The total number of children in Kafuro Primary school has reduced a bit

We are now approximately 293.

How does the poor state of some buildings affect your learning?
As in our class Primary five, we have to fetch water from the lake to pour in the class to reduce dust and even it gets muddy and we have no windows when it rains we have to squeeze our selves in one corner.

Questions from us
1. Yowasi and Muhudi told us that England is too too cold and it goes beyond freedge temperatures, what do you do to prevent your selves from dying too much coldness and ice.
2. What do you eat for lunch mainly in school ( for us at home we eat posho and beans plus meat sometimes)
3 How does your country look like is it as green as our country Uganda??
4. Do you know how to use a hoe to dig in your gardens? ( it is what we have done during the holiday)
5. Do you pay school fees like us in Uganda ?? And how much ? If yes
6. Do you have bicycles at home ??
7. Who is your president in England?
8. When you misbehave at school what does the head teacher do to you??
Thank you for reading our questions we shall here the answers from you on Monday.

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