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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Warm greetings to Kafuro Primary School

Happy New Year to all our friends at Kafuro Primary School as we are aware that you returned to school on Monday for your new academic year. We look forward to hearing about your learning throughout the coming months.

At Liss today the weather is very cold and there have been a few snow flurries although not thick enough for snow to settle on the ground. Year 6 are currently studying Uganda and have been looking at the differences between rural and urban Uganda. We looked at twenty photos that Mr Stanley had taken of rural Uganda and compared these with twenty photos he had taken of urban Uganda. The children could find many similarities between Kampala and London, and were also able to draw some similarities between rural Uganda and rural Hampshire. The children identified rolling fields and the growing of a variety of crops as being very similar to the UK. They were also surprised at how green Uganda appeared to be as many of the children thought that Uganda was much hotter and dryer than the UK.

In the coming weeks, Year 6 will be coming up with solutions for the problems with wild animals at Katunguru Primary School (we also plan to share this with the Katunguru students) and carrying out a detailed weather comparison between Kafuro and Liss.

Mr Stanley will be visiting Kafuro again at the end of July and he will be discussing with Yowasi what learning will take place while he is in Uganda. He has plans to teach Kafuro children how to play chess, write a film review and carry out more cooking in a cob oven. He is also hoping to connect your weather station to the internet so that Yowasi won’t have to take a photo of the console every day.

The Year 6 children are very excited that their friends are back at school and had some questions they would like P6 and P7 children to answer.

What time do children in P6 & P7 normally go to bed in the evening?

Is it exciting having dangerous animals near your school grounds? Do you get scared if a lion is close?

Describe what your house looks like for someone who has never seen it?

Who is responsible for fetching water when you are at school?

How do Kafuro children spend their spare time if they get any spare time?

Do you have to buy school uniform or is it provided free of charge?

What time does school start in the morning?

Apart from football, what other games are popular?

What would you do if an elephant wandered on to the school grounds?

On a typical school day, what things do you learn?

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?

Is it strange not having glass in your windows?

Has a child ever been hurt by an animal at Kafuro?

Do you ever get cold at Kafuro?

What jobs do you have to do at home before you go to school?

How many pupils are currently at Kafuro?

How does the poor state of some buildings affect your learning?

We look forward to reading your answers and hope that you have some questions for Year 6 to answer as well.

 

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Merry Christmas

Friday was the last day of the autumn term for Liss Junior School and we followed the tradition of visiting our local church, St Marys, for our Christmas Carol service.

Children from Year 6 read passages from The Bible concerning the birth of Jesus Christ while children from Year 3 and 4 created a tableau representing the nativity. Traditional Christmas carols were sung to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

We would like to extend Christmas wishes to the entire Kafuro community and wish you a prosperous and happy 2017

Children from Year 3 and 4 in costume after recreating the story of the Nativity

Children from Year 3 and 4 in costume after recreating the story of the Nativity

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Rowan Class views on the Internet

Many thanks to the children for their latest blog post: this really got our children thinking. Mr Stanley used a PSHE lesson to discuss the pros and cons of the internet with children being posed the direct question,

“Should all children have fast access to the internet?”

We started off by looking at the United Nations Charter for the Rights of the Child. Article 17 reads as follows,

“You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being, from radio, newspaper, books, computers and other sources. Adults should make sure that the information you are getting is not harmful, and help you find and understand the information you need.”

When children in Rowan Class read this many came to the conclusion that having internet in Kafuro might not necessarily be a good thing. They pointed out that the internet can cause as many problems as it solves because people can post offensive material easily and the internet has also been responsible for what we call online bullying – where people use the internet (particularly social media) to say unkind things about other people.

Mr Stanley argued that the fast internet was absolutely necessary for children in Uganda and around the world. He said that this would allow children to compete in the global jobs market and to gain skills for jobs, many of which have not been invented yet.

In the end, the class came to the conclusion that free fast internet should be available to all, but with safeguards in place so that children were not exposed to any offensive material.

We look forward to hearing Kafuro’s thoughts when you return from your Christmas holidays.

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Hello everyone

This term our class, Primary Seven, had to complete their final examinations in the first week of November. Our class had 27 students with the number of boys that of girls. We wait for their results by mid January.

Our class, Primary Five, has been studying about The Internet, new words like Delete, search, sort, sign in, surf, Google and Others were taught to us.

We have been Lucky to have Liss Junior School as our friends, with their help, our lesson was very practical because we used our computers to search for different things such as when one on our classmates asked to see the image of God. We all felt very scared but our teacher allowed him to type what he asked for into Google. It took a long time as we waited anxiously for the images to appear. This was due to our poor network. Explaining about the nature of our network, Yowasi said that the network will be OK, with time, as it goes with the level of development of the area. He further explained that internet and information are considered basic needs among developed countries and asked us to mention some on the countries we thought in the statement. We told him countries like England, America Germany and others but a few in Africa like Libya. S. Africa and Other.
Talking about Uganda’s last move to provide free internet to people in Kampala, we looked at the government not being fair as most of the people in town can afford internet and have good network meaning the government should care much about villages which have no proper network and cannot afford internet.

We also learnt how to type and send electronic mails, these machines called computers can move messages to different places in  just a blink of an eye.

Primary Six studied about peace and security, this was equally important for the whole school that an assembly was necessary. Primary Six class presented different articles of news about security and insecurity happenings in Uganda. Most hurting was hearing about how people kill each other for just nothing and in addition thieves in the village who steal people’s property and gardens in Kafuro were also mentioned.

It was clearly stated that peace and security facilitates living in harmony and it is fundamental for our development.
By the end of the assembly, all the school pupils had understood that peace and security is not one person’s role but a role we all have to participate in. PEACE STARTS WITH ME.

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