Greetings to all of our friends in Uganda. At the end of April, we reported that Rowan Class had planted our own tomato seeds ahead of School Grounds Day. Since then, our tomato seeds have been steadily growing in our greenhouse and Mr Stanley has placed them in bigger pots. We hope to have some tomatoes by the end of August/beginning of September so we can create our own pizza sauce, similar to how Kafuro have done when UK teachers have visited. However, Mr Stanley is doubtful as to whether the tomatoes can be as tasty as the legendary Kafuro tomatoes.
The Liss tomato plants
Next week is examination week for Year 6 pupils across the UK and including all of the Queen Elizabeth Parks Project schools. These SATs (Standard Attainment Tests) in English and Mathematics are the final examinations that they will take before they move onto secondary school. Like the PLE in Uganda, the children spend a lot of time revising for them. We are all hoping that the pupils perform to their best on the examination days Monday – Thursday and we know that our friends in Uganda will be sensing their best wishes.
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Warm greetings to our friends in Uganda at Kafuro and the other twinning project schools. At Liss, we are very grateful to all the adults who come in and help and particularly grateful to Geof, who comes in and helps out Mr Haycock, our site manager. Geof has taken on the task of rebuilding and refurbishing our bottle greenhouse and has done a splendid job. We would like to pass on our thanks to him. We now have a place to grow our plants when the weather in the UK is colder.
Last night we had a very close encounter with a hot air balloon which came extremely close to the roof of the school after the children ahd gone home ofr the day. Mr Stanley had been working in the greenhouse and spotted the balloon. He had time to take a quick photo before the balloon disappeared.
We would like to know if you have seen a hot air ballooon near your school in Uganda?
The ballooon went straight over the roof of our school
Geof outside the new bottle greenhouse
The bottle greenhouse has a pull down window and a fabulous front door
On Friday, Liss Junior School held their annual School Grounds Day. This started at lunchtime with parents being invited into the school to have lunch with the children. Then, the afternoon was devoted to cleaning up the school grounds and improving the school environment. Among the tasks carried out by the children were the following:
Ash Class – Front flower bed were replanted. Tyres behind amphitheatre were filled with compost and planted.
Oak Class – Collected leaf liter and repositioned logs to line track.
Willow Class – Refurbished our bug hotel
Beech Class – picked up litter from around the school grounds
Birch Class – Wood collection for the cob oven. Made bird feeders and get plant pots ready for the summer.
Pine Class – Cleared out and replanted raised beds with vegetables
Rowan Class – Bottle greenhouse pots were prepared for replanting. Mr Stanley is preparing to grow tomatoes but admits that they can never be as good as Kafuro tomatoes. The wormery was topped upwith food waste and compost distributed.
We were also joined by rangers from Queen Elizabeth Country Park who helped us to clean our pond and cut back some of our willow.
Many hands make light work and by the end of the afternoon the school grounds looked much better. We would like to ask Ugandan schools how they keep their school grounds tidy (we have already heard from Kafuro in the past, it would be nice to hear from some other schools).
Good to hear about our friends at Liss who have been studying about our Ugandan meals and how we prepare.
Talking about water melons, this was a discussion by Primary Six class today in the morning. Water melons, tomatoes and onions are the main crops we are planting this season in our Kafuro gardens.
Water melons are very sweet and are thirst- curing crops.
Planting a water melon, we buy seedlings from the seed store ( packed seeds grow better than those we get from fruits and dry to be planted). We make a 2 feet by two feet ditch, we plant in four seeds of water melon when it’s our wet season like how it is becoming now. It takes four to seven days to germinate, then we care about directing them to different directions as the spacing in about one metre from one ditch to another, then spraying starts as they are very much attacked by pests.
At around two months and fifteen days (75 days) our best water melons are ready for harvesting and fresh to eat.
We are reminded to eat fruits after washing them clean
Talking about Muchomo, its so nice when made by an expert. We read about our teacher’s wife and family on making best muchomos in the region. They are based at New Life Safaris.
Wishing you all the best, keep us informed about the food you make.
written by Asasira Posiano