Kenya Visit 2014

KenyaBannerAt St. Chad's we share a close partnership with St. Mary's High School in Nyeri, Kenya. We were recently blessed with a visit from Brother Kombe (head teacher), Mr. Njae (teacher of maths), Mr. Nyoike (teacher of agriculture), Bonface, Brian, Jefferson and Joseph.  

The partnership that we enjoy was started by former teachers from St. Chad's ten years ago. The late Brother Dominic Jordan was instrumental in ensuring that strong foundations were laid so that staff and students could be involved in educational exchanges to the UK and to Kenya.

Whilst in the UK, staff spent time observing lessons and meeting with key subject staff to discuss different approaches to teaching and learning. The students enjoyed following a sixth form timetable that complemented their interests and have made friends for life with many of our sixth formers.  

In addition to time in class, the visit was cram-packed with enrichment activities enjoyed alongside St. Chad's students. During the visit we were lucky enough to visit Liverpool, London and the Mayor of Halton.  We particularly enjoyed our whistle stop tour of the major sites of London with our year 10 and 11 students (pictured). A real highlight for the staff and students of St. Mary's was meeting Corporal Patrick Ngatia. Patrick is an ex student of St. Mary's who applied to serve in the British Army as Kenya is a commonwealth state. Patrick typifies the standard set by St. Mary's and St. Chad's in terms of encouraging students to aim for their dreams. Patrick has been on two tours of Afghanistan and he is currently posted as Royal Guard. Following our brief meeting, we enjoyed a short visit to the Museum of Natural History. All students, both from St. Chad's and St. Mary's, were in awe of the gargantuan brachiosaurus that occupies the main hall of the museum.  

Bonface, Brian, Jefferson and Joseph found the museum tour very helpful as they are soon to sit examinations in biology. All form four students at St. Mary's will soon be sitting finals (equivalent of A Levels) in late October. We wish the staff and students good luck with their forthcoming examinations.

St. Mary's is more than a school. St. Mary's is a home for over 700 boys, many of which do not have any living relatives or have been abandoned or abused. The school provides wrap-around care for many students who, without St. Mary's, would not have any hope. The students at St. Mary's know that the only way to improve their situation is to get educated. As you may or may not know, there is no free education after primary level in Kenya; if a family has no funds, the child receives no education. Brian and Bonface found themselves in a position where they had no parental support. I won't go into details because their story is personal to them. It is for them to tell.

If you would like to know more about the work that St. Mary's does, details (including sponsorship programmes) can be found on their website at http://www.stmaryslasalle.org/.  Additionally, if you would like to hear what the boys had to say about their visit, this can be heard here http://www.vimeo.com/stchadsschool/kenyavisit2014

Mr. Wolfenden

Wheelchair Handball Success!

On the 29th September a wheelchair handball team from St Chad's attended Greenbank community sports centre in Liverpool for a local competition.  A number of local schools were represented at the tournament and the competition was tough.  St Chad's played beautifully as a team and worked together to manage to finish in top spot.  Despite the competitive element there was a definite sense of camaraderie amongst the schools and it was a privilege to observe the students acting in such a mature and responsible way.

One act of particular significance occurred shortly after arriving.  We were informed that Cavendish School had not brought enough players with them to compete.  In a selfless sporting act of kindness, St Chad’s student Carla Holmes volunteered herself to play for them and put in a tremendous performance, contributing to Cavendish School finishing in second place.

Co-ordinator of disability sports at St Chad's, Mr Blackburn, is delighted by the recent developmental success of wheelchair sports in school and values it as more positive steps towards the school's vision of becoming a hub for disability sports within the community.

WheelchairBasketball

World Marathon Challenge 2014

On Wednesday 1st October a group of year 8 and 9 students travelled to Manchester Sports City to take part in the World Marathon Challenge. The World Marathon Challenge is a simultaneous relay in which teams from across the globe race against each other over the full marathon distance of 26.2 miles. As a team St Chad’s students completed 211 laps of a 200m track aiming to beat the world record marathon time of 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in September this year.

The team completed the challenge with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 30 seconds; just 93 seconds over Kimetto’s astonishing world record, taking the silver medal at the Manchester headline event. Their impressive time also places them well within the top 20 teams in the world for the 2014 event, as they currently sit 16th in the overall results table. This is also a St Chad’s record for the Marathon Challenge, which the school has been part of for the last three years. A huge congratulations to all the St Chad’s Marathon Challenge team!

Check out the results at www.competitioncentre.net

marathon1