June and July
Term 3 always has a First Aid course from our
friends at First Aid 4 Gambia. Their local Trainer (Momodou
Laineh) came to talk and present practical first aid to students
from Skills 3. This is great timing, just before they leave us
to go into employment.
Momodou also brought donated free supplies to top
up our depleted first aid kits, shown with first aider, Fatou
Singhateh. This is essential at this time of year. Thank you!
This is a good time to prepare the garden area
within Sunrise, with rains just beginning. The picture shows LB5
preparing beds for Sorrel (used to make the local drink, Wanjo).
LB5 teacher Bakery Saidy is instructing.
Skills 2 have been making beaded handbags in
their practical handicraft work.
We always struggle to keep enough play equipment
in a functioning state. New footballs, tennis balls and pumps
have been donated to add to the supplies for play time and PE
Skills 3 have been working on Tie and Dye comb
designing in the Bantaba practical area. This uses flour to stop
the colour from reaching the cloth.
Skills 1 all gathered to present their Cookery
practicals for tasting in the Hall.
Great to see the children playing on our
equipment, (Lower Basic in red and Nursery in yellow) quite
oblivious to the humidity that most Europeans struggle with at
this time of year. The conditions seem to suit our big shady
tree that has become huge now.
LB6 and Skills 6 have been doing the end of
school exams before graduating, in the hall. Teachers try and
keep the other 300+ students quiet during this time. Not easy.
Mr Cham is still working with NAQAA to secure our
re-accreditation for the Skills Training School. This is never
This is also the time of school outings and
Half of Lower Basic (LB4, 5 and 6) were on their
way off to the National Museum in Banjul.
Then they went to the National Assembly
(Parliament) building followed by a picnic on the beach.
We've now bought all the uniform cloth for next
year, delivered to Sunrise by our supplier in Banjul.
The new rains have already started to spoil much
of the sand roads around the country. Even the levelled roadway
outside of Sunrise has suffered. A wet and muddy surface tends
to form as the early rains soak and then dry up, churned up by
The rains are usually accompanied by lightning
shows and associated strikes. Being on a high point in the area,
Sunrise seems to attract its fair share of these, this time
damaging the incoming power cables (now repaired by Power and
Water Company NAWEC) and destroying internal wiring above the
Hall to Lower Basic and the office, as well as our water pump.
Repairs took more than a week, during this
time the Office was able to work just on solar power. Our school
roof was tested again in heavy wind and rains and we made yet
Every year either LB3 or LB5 have to do an
Nationally Assessed and marked test (NAT). This year is was LB3,
with Mr Thomas from SOS school managing the process.
We had a joint Graduation ceremony for LB6 and
Skills 3 It was quite a crush to fit all the guests into
the Hall for this.
Pictures are shown of each class -
Guest speaker (ex-Sunrise Teacher Mr Ali Bah now
teaching at Gambia University) and Ward Councillor Lamin Jammeh
handed out certificates.
Skills excursion this year included the usual
beach picnic but also visits to the crocodiles at Katchakally
and then on to the Tourism and Hotel school nearby. Very
The final event of the term that we captured was
a Talent show. A chance for students to enjoy some of their new
skills and perform in front of the school. Skills students
helped Mr Omar Gaye (LB6 Teacher) run this event.
Some pictures from among the many events -
Nursery balloon blowing -
Kaddy Jawara presenting one of the prizes -
Ida won a certificate for the best Cultural
Abubacar was presented with a certificate
from Fatou Nyassi for winning the Spelling Bee competitions.
Outside Sunrise we caught some of the work that a
local person funds, scraping the local roads around Sunrise,
before the rains come and make travel much more difficult
through the puddles.
Inside our Nursery school the children
concentrate well on the many and varied challenges they face as
part of each day.
Outside in the playground its always fun to see
the activities that happen without prompting, everyday. Things
like a Gambian version of “French Skipping”
We have good playground equipment.
Often tested to its limits by the children!
One day Tony saw a child (Elizabeth Megan
Williams from N2) blowing bubbles with a mixture that had been
sent into school. This was quite an unusual thing to see in
Our Hall is often used as a large space for
unusual classroom activities. Like the day when our Lower Basic
2 teacher, Fatou Sama (who recently completed her 6 month
probation), showed her class how soils can build up in layers
due to their different compositions (using sand, loam and clay
to illustrate the layers).
Another day LB1 were using different body parts
to take measurements (picture shows legs!)
We have a Sports Day coming up and rehearsals
were important for many wanting to do a good job when competing. N2 and 3
are practising for the three-legged race below.
The Skills Year 3 final practical exams are well
under way now. Tie and Dye practical work is everywhere. The
drying lines are full of brightly coloured cloth and elsewhere
the processes are underway. One of the girls (Fatou K Badjie) is
pictured below working on second colour masking in the Tie and Dye
Mr Abdoulie Jallow (our new Cookery Teacher) is
shown pictured supervising Year 3 skills doing their final practical
exams in the
We always teach both Christians and Muslims in
their separately in their own faith, Muslims as the larger group
being taught in their usual classroom The picture shows
Pastor Paul Badjan teaching Religious Education to
his very small group in our smallest classroom (it is also the
The father of one of the sponsored children
donated some free bandages and plasters to our first aid stocks.
We were delighted to have these.
school garden is under preparation for its late crops to be
sewn. This is an important skill to learn where most people do
tend a garden to keep costs as low as possible.
We’ve had a team for the World Health
Organisation come to help parents understand the importance of
the latest vaccines, brought to Sunrise for Rubella and Measles.
Lamin Sanyang (Health Inspector) visited us to
support the vaccination program.
The day of the “jabs” came and most were brave
(the age of the children was up to 5 years old). The others sat and sang
songs and chants to clapping and stamping. What a sight.
We have also had a visit from 3 Ministry of
accessors, here to test the phonics skills of our LB1, 2 and 3
students (10 students were randomly selected from each class).
One of the quietest and best managed rooms in the
school is our Library, with the help of Sainabou Sambou. She is
pictured with students from Skills Year 3.
Sports Day is always an important time at
Sunrise. Nursery and Lower Basic compete and some of the Skills
Students help staff to manage and judge results.
We had 4 houses (Kundas) – Red, Green, Blue and
Yellow. Each supported by several members of staff.
A giant PA system played music in between events
and was used to call instructions for everyone within the giant
Mr Cham (with the announcer's mike in his hand) and 2 of our
first aiders were ready, “just in case”.
The level of competition and determination is
obvious from these pictures.
Some events took place later back
in school, like the boys dressing race pictured here.
There were teachers' races of course.
Ladies result was 1. Fatou Sama 2. Fatou
Singhateh 3. Fatou Nyassi 4. Sirrah Sambou
Mens result was . Adama Jallow 2. Bubacarr Jadama
3. Alkali Cham 4. Ebrima Kuyateh
I think age helped this result quite a bit.
Overall the Red House (Kunda) came first and
Fatou Sama can be seen with some of the children from Red,
holding up the Gambian flag, which they were awarded.
Finally it’s always good to reflect on success
and 2 of our teachers were called to receive their certificates
at a formal graduation ceremony at Gambia College, also attended
by Mr Cham. This is really a catch up for all of the
certificates from the Covid period.
Mbacho Jallow received her 2020 Diploma in ECD
Abdoulie Jallow received his 2022 Advanced
Diploma in Secondary Education
Well done to them both.