The start of a new school term
Lessons resumed at Patmos School on the 26th July, 2021. Because of the disruption to the school learning calendar in 2020 as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, the first term will finish on the 1st October, 2021.
There are currently 12 teaching staff at Patmos School, including the Headmistress Peragia Masinde. This term 32 new children were enrolled at the school in July taking the total number of pupils to 209 (115 girls and 94 boys). A priority for the school social workers at the start of this term has been to pay home visits to the families of those newly enrolled pupils. This enables the social workers to better understand the home circumstances of those children and to establish a relationship with the parents and guardians.
Patmos School welcomed 19 children into the Play Group/Nursery at the start of this term. Children in this class are aged 3 - 4 years old.
At the start of the new school term there was a staff meeting which was chaired by the Founder and Administrator of Patmos School, Richard Wanjala Manya, together with Headmistress Peragia Masinde. Staff reflected on the achievements of the previous academic year and discussed the challenges and goals for the forthcoming year. Heads of Subject Departments were appointed for the purpose of supervising teaching content and delivery. These subjects included science, mathematics, English and Kiswahili.
The teaching staff have been working incredibly hard this year to ensure that the children can push ahead with their learning after the disruption to studies they endured last year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mid-term exams took place the week commencing 23rd August, 2021 and pupils were issued with results slips. End of term exams will take place later this month.
In late August pupils aged 10-12 years were issued with consent forms to seek permission from their parents for the HPV vaccine (human papillomavirus). Sub-Saharan Africa bears the greatest burden of cervical cancer. This school-based vaccination programme is run by the Ministry of Health in Kenya to primarily help reduce the incidence of cervical cancer. The vaccinations were administered at Patmos School on 26th August, 2021.
Throughout the covid-19 pandemic Patmos School has been supporting the local community by distributing food items and water to families. The school is continuing to distribute water from the school bore hole on a regular basis.
Dates for the second and third terms are:
11th October, 2021 – 22nd December, 2021
3rd January, 2022 – 4th March, 2022