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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Liss Wormery Update

Greetings to all our friends in Kafuro. The weather in Liss has been very wet and windy recently. This afternoon was a little brighter so two pupils from Rowan Class, Tom & Katherine, went out with Mrs Stokes (one of our parent helpers) to check out progress in the wormery.

They reported back that they saw one worm wriggling around and the food that we have placed is decomposing very slowly. It is a bit furry. This is to be expected at this time of year as the weather is colder.

We would like to know what you are currently doing in school as it is close to the end of your third term.

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Latest Twinning Project Meeting – An introduction to St Lucia

Thursday was an opportunity for the UK co-ordinators of the Twinning Project to hold our half – termly meeting. We had a special guest at this meeting: we were joined by Martina Attille, a teacher specialising in film from London, who has met Mr Stanley on several occasions through their work with Film Club. Martina was at the meeting because she wanted to find out about how the Twinning Project works and whether it is a model that could also work for her in setting up links with a school in St Lucia. Martina shared with us work that she had carried out in the past when she volunteered in a school in St Lucia for six months. In turn, we were able to talk about many of the successful projects we have carried out in the past and how we have built strong relationships through conservation and discovering similarities. Martina went away with lots of ideas and our support.

The rest of the meeting concerned communication between schools and an outline of plans for visits to schools next year. Steve Peach also told the meeting about how hard he is working to ensure that Ugandans are given visas when they want to visit the UK. He has been writing to many MPs and has even contacted a body that investigates border agencies.

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