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Lower Basic 2 one of our Classroom Assistants, Yassin Jammeh,
joined Mrs Darboe’s class during a Science lesson on types of
soil. Yassin is actually on a full time teacher training course
at Gambia College at present but has come to join us for formal
teaching practice as part of her course training. Yassin had
taught a Maths lesson earlier in the day, supported by Mrs
Darboe. Maths is one of her favourite subjects.
Science class on soil types was very interesting with the Year 2
text book showing how to test for differences in soils found in
The Gambia (and many other places of course).
demonstrated the differences with several difference soil
samples to get her points across.
On Monday, at the end
of school, we had another visit from Blessing David, a Nigerian,
and her colleagues, (Mariam Faye, a Gambian and Fabiola Pfaeffli
from Swistzerland). Blessing was representing an organisation
called Girls Pride Foundation which is seeking to discuss good
relationships, sexual abuse, pride and dignity. This compliments
the work that we already do at Sunrise through Mr Darboe’s Life
Skills course. Blessing hopes to run a club amongst the Skills
Training Students (aged 15-25 years) to encourage a wider debate
on these topics over the coming weeks.
In the Hall the space
was being used again for spreading out Bassin cloth to be marked
up, prior to sewing and dyeing patterns of many sorts. The photo
shows Fatou Sanyang from Skills 1 intent on her work.
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Every week we have assemblies in the Hall
for each of our schools. Apart from singing activities, many
things are also discussed at these events and it always ends
with the singing of the Gambian National Anthem.
This week Tony
took pictures of the Lower Basic School children singing with Mr
Williams (he is also our school choir master) and then at the
end of the Nursery assembly when the teachers carefully manage
the children back towards class.
The flower beds
along-side the Hall area have been replanted by Mr Mboge,
one of our caretakers, who is interested in gardening. He has
also helped us with planting some new trees within the school.
We now have to carefully water these during the remains of the
dry season but from July onwards, heavy rains will help to
establish all these plants.
Nursery PE was another activity captured
this week and it looks like our Classroom Assistant, Mbacho
Jallow, is “herding cats” as the expression goes.
This week in the Hall
we also had an exhibition by the Skills Training Year 3 students
of their final practicals for Cookery. They made things like
Chicken Afra, beef stir-fry with noodles and baobab juice,
battered fish and chips and chicken wraps (Shawarma locally).
Students posed in
various groups, including the whole class, around the food and
the staff were quick to do a final taste test too, of course.
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The Nursery teachers
followed up their visit to Banjul Airport and the beach during
the previous week by asking the older children to draw pictures
of the day out. Mady Mbye (N3) produced the best of these
drawings, shown here.
The Skills Training
Year 3 students have now returned from their work placements in
the Tailoring or Tourist Industry sectors. We were delighted to
find that around 70% of the students had been offered the chance
to go back to work after school has completed. Some were even
working for employers immediately after school already. This is
a great result for the students, Sunrise staff and for GETS too.
We are now offering
registration of school places for the 2018/19 academic year. We
have very few places except in our N1 entry class and first year
of Skills Training because very few who join us then drop out.
This week the 180
Lower Basic children and staff went off to Kachikally Crocodile
Pool. They left Sunrise on coaches to travel to the Bakau area
to visit the pool and learn about the lives of these reptiles
and the sacred pool.
The children had to
queue quietly to enter the pool area in a long line.
They listened intently
to the explanations, asked questions, took notes and drew
They asked questions
like “What was the age of the oldest crocodile and does it have
a name?”, asked by Beatrice Loum. The answer came back –
“Charlie is 75 years old!”.
Later the LB children
went onto the beach to play and have a picnic.
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has now restarted after an extended Easter Holiday, for local
council elections, and despite warm sunshine in the middle of
the day, the mornings and evenings are quite cool. The children
generally come well wrapped up as a result of this.
Skills Training Students are coming back to school after their
work placements in Term 2 with local businesses. Some have been
kept on during the evenings and weekends and others have had
offers of long term jobs, proving that they have made a useful
contribution to the business where they have worked and that
there are vacancies. We were pleased that Fatou Ceesay received
a certificate of appreciation from her employer (Maroun’s
Bakery). Fatou said she had really enjoyed herself and learnt a
the 90 Nursery children went with their teachers and some extra
helpers to Banjul Airport to see how it operated.
very excited of course when they left Sunrise and were split
arrived at the Airport by coach and reformed their groups before
going into Airport Departures for explanations about how an
are entering the Departure Lounge with their teachers, Fatou
Sanneh and Kaddy Jawara.
Later the children
went off to the “Wide Vision” beach at Brufut for fun and games
by the sea. They also ate a picnic of course, prepared by the
staff before they left school.