Our School News Log
Recent news + school activity
over the years.
Parents Teacher Association
meeting held in September
On the 25th September, 2020 a Parents/Teacher Association meeting was held at the new Patmos School building. Over 100 parents and guardians attended the event.
In September some of the classes were able to return to school. Teachers devised safe systems of tuition at the school which enabled a small number of children to receive instruction at different times of the day.
Parents and Guardians attending the Parent/Teacher Association meeting at the new Patmos School building in September 2020
Patmos School Maize Farm Update
Unfortunately this year with the covid-19 restrictions in place throughout Kenya which limited movement of people and transport, farming activities have been severely impacted. This has meant that instead of cultivating 6 acres of crops we have only been able to plant maize and beans on 3 acres of land.
The first bean harvest earlier in the year yielded 2 x 90Kg bags of beans. The maize is due to be harvested in late October.
Photo of the maize crop taken in late August 2020
Patmos School provides much needed Breakfast of Porridge
In September Patmos School re-commenced providing a daily breakfast of porridge for at least 50 school children. They also increased the amounts of food being distributed to families in the community which take place twice a week.
Under the Covid-19 restrictions schools are currently closed in Kenya.
Patmos School is providing a breakfast of porridge to some of the most vulnerable children during school closures in Kenya.
Patmos School - update on new school building
In July and August work progressed at speed with the installation of the solar panels on the roof being completed. The carpenter finished work on the classroom shelves and kitchen cupboards and delivery was taken of school desks, chairs and benches.
To read more about the construction of the new Patmos School building please click below.
Solar panels have been erected on the roof of the new Patmos School building.
Patmos School Children receive Health Checks
On the 13th August, 2020 a total of 152 children from Patmos School were seen by Dr Daniel Okal Busela in the hall of the temporary school building where they each received a health check as well as oral vitamin supplements and
Dr Daniel who was assisted by his nurse Carolyne and teachers, diagnosed 36 children with fungal infections and the children were given treatment for those conditions.
Dr Daniel Okal Busela giving health checks to Patmos School children.
Patmos School Teachers organise assessment tests
During the period 20th July through to 10th August, 2020 the teachers at Patmos School conducted assessment exams for all the school children. Because of the social distancing restrictions which are still in place in Kenya, the school organised three sessions a day at the temporary school building during which three children from each of the 11 classes could sit the exams at given times. The results of these exams will help the teachers determine those areas of the curriculum that need to be focused on when the Distance Learning Program resumes in September.
Patmos School children attending for assessment tests and instruction in the temporary school hall.
Patmos School reaches out to Families in Mathare with further Food and Water Distributions
In June, July and August further supplies of rice, flour and water were distributed to families of Patmos School children as well as families in the Mathare 4B District.
School social workers also organised counselling sessions for some of the older pupils.
Photograph showing families receiving water supplies from the school bore hole.
Distance Learning Prog and Pupil Support during Covid-19 alert
During this time of temporary school closure, as well as providing outreach support in the community in respect of food and water supplies, the Headmaster together with the teachers and school social workers have also continued to try and provide a holistic approach to ensuring the general well-being of the children. Teachers have also tried to ensure wherever possible that the children have sufficient revision and home work to do whilst the school is closed.
A pupil receiving home work from one of the teachers under the Patmos School Distance Learning Prog.
UK Sponsor donates funds to Patmos School for food
In June, a long standing UK supporter who has been sponsoring a pupil at Patmos School for many years, kindly donated funds to enable the purchase of 10 large sacks of flour, each sack contained 12 x 2Kg bags of flour. The 2kg bags were then distributed to families of Patmos School children. Patmos School is incredibly grateful for this donation which has made a huge difference to the children, many of whom only receive one meal a day when the school is closed.
To read more about how the school has continued to support the families during the lock down please click below.
The 2Kg bags of sifted maize flour being distributed to families in Mathare.
Rice Distribution to families of Patmos School children
On 13th and 14th May the Headmaster organised further distributions of rice to families of Patmos School children. In total 80 families received 2Kg of rice each.
Since the Kenyan government ordered the temporary closure of schools on 15th March, 2020 the Headmaster and his team have been actively supporting people in the community.
Rice being distributed to families in the Mathare 4B District.
Additional land purchased for Patmos School
In April with funding received from an Orphan Outreach supporter, an additional piece of land was purchased for Patmos School. The land is situated adjacent to the new school building and will provide much needed additional space for the school.
Land for sale in Mathare does not come on the market very often and therefore it was important to purchase this land for the future security of the school.
Photograph showing the area of land which has just been purchased. The dilapidated shack will be demolished.
Food, Sanitisers and Soap Distribution to Families in Mathare
On the 15th March, 2020 the Kenyan government, in response to the threat of coronavirus , ordered that primary and secondary schools be closed with immediate effect.
Since Patmos School temporarily closed the Headmaster and staff have been reaching out to the families of the school children with food supplies, hand sanitisers and bars of soap.
The temporary school building is currently being used as a distribution centre for food, sanitisers and soap for families in the community in Mathare.
Update on new Patmos School building
We are delighted to report that work on the new Patmos School building has been progressing well over the last few months. There is still some internal work that needs to be completed before the school can officially open but we can confirm that the third floor playground has now been completed.
The new Patmos School building due to be completed soon.
Ecology and Conservation trip to Giraffe Centre
On Friday 13th March, 2020 a total of 48 children from Patmos School, accompanied by 1 teacher and 1 school social worker, went on an Ecology and Conservation trip to the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi.
Each year the Education department at the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (Kenya) AFEW, allocate places free of charge to school children who would otherwise not be able to take part in such trips. The Ecology excursion is a special and exciting day’s outing for the children. It starts with a trip to the Nairobi National Park and Animal Orphanage.
Patmos School children enjoying an educational visit to The Giraffe Centre in Nairobi.
After School Clubs at Patmos School
In February 2020 a Scouts Club was formed at Patmos School. The club is aimed at instilling the fundamental basics of Scouting in the young person and fostering the spirit of fellowship, respect for God, and patriotism. The scout movement is dedicated to building character and giving young people the skills to be better people and citizens.
Patmos School runs many after school clubs including an Environment club and a Music and Drama club.
Patmos School children attending the newly formed Scouts Club.
Orphan Outreach and individual donors help former pupils attend secondary school
We are delighted to report that all the children from the Grade 8 class last year have now taken up places at secondary schools. Our thanks to Orphan/Yatima Outreach for providing some financial assistance to help these students with their secondary school fees and requirements. We are also extremely grateful to those individual sponsors who have supported children at Patmos School and who continue to help those children with their secondary school fees.
Headmaster Richard Wanjala Manya, parents and some of the former Patmos School pupils who started secondary school this year.
Registration of Patmos School with the MOE
On the 21st February, 2020 the Headmaster finally received notification from the government that Patmos School has now been officially registered with the Ministry of Education as a private primary school.
It has taken Headmaster Richard and his colleagues a lot of hard work to achieve this registration certificate but it now means that the school can go ahead and register as an examination centre which will enable the children in the Grade 8 class to sit their KCPE exams at Patmos School.
The Grade 8 children who will be sitting their KCPE exams this year.
On the 24th January, 2020 the first ever Parents/Teacher Association meeting took place at Patmos School. Present at the meeting were over 100 parents/guardians together with teachers, school social workers and community leaders. Parents of newly enrolled children were also invited and were made aware of the school rules and regulations.
The Headmaster addressing the parents and guardians at the PTA meeting.
Dedication Ceremony for the new Patmos School
On Monday 20th January, 2020 a Dedication Ceremony was held in Mathare for the new Patmos School building. There is still some work on the new school that needs completing before the children can finally move in, but it is hoped that it will be ready by May when the official opening ceremony will take place.
His Grace, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Dr. Jackson Ole Sapit presided over the Dedication Ceremony for the new Patmos School Building.
Donation of stationery and other items
In January at the start of the new year Orphan Outreach kindly donated supplies of stationery and food to the school. There was also a donation of under garments for the children which were donated by a kind supporter of Orphan Outreach.
Headmaster Richard Wanjala Manya with some of the stationery supplies.
Donation of School Uniforms and Shoes
In January with funds donated by a kind supporter of Orphan Outreach the Headmaster was able to purchase school uniforms and shoes. In total 174 pairs of shoes and socks were distributed to the school children as well as 84 sets of school uniforms. The girls received a dress and warm sweater and the boys a school shirt, pair of shorts and a sweater.
Patmos School children of all ages received uniforms and shoes.
Maize and Bean harvest 2019
In late December the Headmaster visited the school maize farm and reported that the total harvest from the farm for 2019 yielded 106 x 90Kg bags of maize and 2 x 90Kg bags of beans.
Some of the maize will be used in the School Feeding Programme and the rest will be sold to raise funds to finance the land rental for 2020 and the purchase of fertiliser.
To read about the background to the school maize farm click here
Some of the 106 x 90Kg bags of maize harvested in 2019.
Christmas Party held at school
On the 6th December, 2019 Patmos Junior School hosted the annual Christmas party for the school children. It was indeed a colourful and enjoyable event. Nancy and Carolyn the school cooks, purchased the food items for the party from the local markets, these included rice, chicken, beef, flour, oil, and potatoes. They also bought ingredients to enable them to make a special pilau and chapatis which are favourites of the children.
Patmos Junior School children enjoying a special Christmas dinner.
Update on new School Building
In November work was progressing well on the construction of the new building with the plastering of walls and installation of windows well underway.
We are delighted to announce that the Dedication Ceremony of the new Patmos Junior School will take place on 20th January, 2020 at 10.00 am.
The plastering of the classrooms walls is well underway.
Vacation Bible School
On the 11th November 2019 a group of 55 children from Patmos school attended a 5 day Vacation Bible School (VBS). This annual event is aimed at nurturing children in the spiritual way. The teachers have reported that the VBS is highly recommended as it is having a positive impact on the children’s lives and their attitudes towards the future.
Patmos School children attending the Vacation Bible School
Combined Graduation and Farewell Party
On the 31st October, 2019 Patmos School held a combined "Graduation and Farewell Party". The graduation party was for those children progressing from the pre-school to primary school in January 2020 and the farewell party was for the 12 children in the Grade 8 class who sat their KCPE exams last week and who will be leaving Patmos School at the end of the year.
The school was decorated for this special occasion and brightly coloured gowns had been hired for the event. Each child received a graduation certificate.
The children with their Graduation Certificates.
School Healthcare Program
On the 27th and 28th November, 2019 133 children at Patmos School attended at the clinic of Dr Daniel Okal Busela in Mathare where they each received a health check-up as well as oral vitamin supplements and deworming preparations.
Dr Daniel Okal Busela administering oral vitamin supplements to one of the children.
Visit from Parklands Baptist Church
On the 25th October, 2019 members from the Parklands Baptist Church Nairobi visited Patmos School.
The team was led by Walter and three teachers from the church accompanied him. During their time at the school they donated several Bibles as well as other reading materials which illustrated the dangers of drug and alcohol use.
The Headmaster receiving Bibles and other reading materials from members of the Parklands Baptist Church.
Executive Director of Orphan Outreach visits school
Rey Diaz advising the teaching staff on the writing of profiles for the school children.
Patmos School Build Project Update October
The Clerks of Work has reported that with regard to the main school building that progress has been made on the main structure and that they are currently preparing to cast the second floor slab next week.
The foundations and columns have also been completed for the tank tower and that the construction work is also progressing well.
The new Patmos School building is progressing well.
School Trip to the National Museum of Kenya
On the 11th October, 2019 a total of 44 pupils from the Grade 4 to Grade 7 classes went on an educational school trip and visited the National Museum of Kenya and the Snake Orphanage. The children were accompanied by 5 teachers and one of the school social workers.
In the National Museum the children were able to learn about the history of Kenya including information about the migration of different communities in Kenya. There was also an archive of the wildlife and birds of East Africa.
Children from the Grade 4 to Grade 7 classes visiting the National Museum of Kenya.
Combined Birthday Celebration Event
On the 4th October, 2019 a party was organised to celebrate the birthdays of those children who were born between September and December. As part of the celebrations the children were to enjoy a special meal which consisted of rice, meat and potatoes. Two large birthday cakes had also been baked for the occasion and three children assisted by one of the teachers were given the honour of cutting the cake and blowing out the candles.
The main school room at the temporary school building was decorated with banners and balloons.
Some of the children who were celebrating their birthdays about to enjoy a slice of birthday cake.
Patmos School Build Project update
In September the casting of the first floor of the building was successfully completed. Work is now commencing on raising the columns on which the second floor will rest. Once this work has been finished the concrete surrounding the columns will be left to harden for 21 days before the casting of the second floor can be done.
In September 2019 the first floor of the new school building was completed.
Orphan Outreach donate funds for stationery.
In August Orphan Outreach kindly provided the fund s for the Headmaster to purchase the third term’s stationery requirement.
The items bought included exercise books, pens, pencils, chalk, crayons and paper.
Orphan Outreach have been supporting the school for many years now and without their help and funding the school would not have the resources to be able to provide a good standard of education.
Some of the children with the stationery supplies provided by Orphan Outreach.
Headmaster visits goat farm
During the recent school break the Headmaster visited the goat farm to check on the health of the goats. Three of the goats were due to give birth in September. With funds raised so far this year from milk that has already been sold on the farm, the Headmaster plans to purchase school uniforms for some of the children at the school whose uniforms are in disrepair.
The uniforms will be made by the women in the Patmos Women's Tailoring group which is an income generating initiative set up to help mothers and guardians of children at the school.
The Headmaster visiting the goat farm in September 2019
Headmaster visits school maize farm
During the summer school break, the Headmaster visited the school maize farm to check on the progress of the maize and bean crops. In previous years we have been able to plant two seasons of beans, one in the spring and one in the autumn. However, as there were heavy rains in May the first bean crop was delayed and subsequently not planted as farmers in the region were predicting a poor bean harvest. The second season bean plant is now under way and it is anticipated that the beans will be harvested this year at the same time as the maize sometime in October/November.
Headmaster Richard Wanjala Manya inspecting the maize crop.
Orphan Outreach fund school uniforms and sweaters
In August 2019 Orphan Outreach provided vital funds for much needed school uniforms and sweaters. The school uniforms will be made by the Patmos Women's Tailoring Group and the sweaters are knitted by a local woman in Mathare. In total 59 children will receive a warm school sweater, 10 girls will receive a new school dress and 17 boys will receive a new shirt.
The Patmos Women's Tailoring Group is an income generating initiative which was set up in 2014 to help some of the mothers/guardians of children at the school earn a living.
Members of the Patmos Women's Tailoring Group
Patmos School Build Project
We are delighted to report that by August much progress had been achieved on site and the Headmaster reported that work on the ground floor walls had been completed and that the next stage would be the casting of the first floor.The second phase of the school building work is due to commence shortly.
Both Mike Douris, the President of Orphan Outreach and Amy Norton the Co-Founder and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Orphan Outreach visited Patmos School in July and they were able to have substantive discussions with the architects, clerk of works and contractors at that site .The new school building is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
An aerial view of the new school building in August 2019
After School Clubs
At Patmos School the teachers run several after school clubs including a Debating Club, a Music and Drama Club and an Environmental Club. The teachers continue to provide a Sports and Games Club at the temporary school despite the lack of outside space. There is also a Photographic Club which is run by the Mwelu Foundation.
The Music and Drama Club, children performing a traditional dance.
Medical Mission Camp at Patmos School
On the 15th and 16th July, 2019 Patmos School were delighted to receive a team of 26 visitors from the USA. Among the team were 4 doctors. A large tent had been hired for the occasion. The children received vaccinations and medications for minor ailments where necessary.
Some of the members of the Medical Mission group engaging with the children.
Visit by members from The Green House Church USA
On the 8th and 9th July, 2019 members of the Green House Church USA visited Patmos School. During their time there they conducted teacher training sessions as well as Vacation Bible School classes. The team also engaged with the children in Craft lessons and played games with them.
Members from The Green House Church USA conducting teacher training sessions at Patmos School.
Visit by Amy Norton (Orphan Outreach) and Mission Group
In early July Amy Norton, the Co-Founder and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Orphan Outreach, visited Patmos School with a Mission Team comprising teachers and other members from the USA. During their time at the school the group conducted Vocational Bible Study Classes as well as engaging with the children in outdoor games. They also ran craft lessons where the children were given a plain cloth bag and encouraged to personalise it as well as making hats and other fun items. The visit also provided an opportunity for Amy to check on the progress of the new school build project.
Amy Norton with the Mission Team from the USA
School Trip to Tigoni Forest
On Wednesday 5th June, 2019 which was World Environment Day, Claire Nasike Founder of The Hummingbird Foundation took a group of 20 children from Patmos School to an environmental event which was held at the UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) Centre in Nairobi. A teacher from Patmos School accompanied Claire and the children.
During the day the children were taken for an educational walk through the forest where they were taught about the various seedlings and trees. They also had the opportunity to plant some trees. Read more
The children received an educational talk as they walked through the Tigoni Forest.
New School Building Under Construction
On the 14th April, 2019 after all the necessary legal documents and contracts had been signed by all stakeholders, construction work finally commenced on the building of a new, permanent school for Patmos school children.
Before the work started on the demolition of the old school structure and the digging of the foundations, a prayer ceremony was held on the school site which is commonly known as ‘Groundbreaking Prayers’. Read more
The Headmaster together with the Country Representative –Kenya of Orphan Outreach, the Quantity Surveyor, the architect, the engineer, the contractor, the Elder and the Head boy and Head girl from Patmos School.
UK Supporter donates funds for steel plates
On the 10th April, 2019 with funds sent by a kind donor from the UK, the Headmaster was able to purchase 120 durable steel plates for use by the school children. Under the School Feeding Programme, Patmos School provides a breakfast of porridge for the children as well as a daily meal of maize and beans.
This kind donor and his family have been supporting the school for several years and have in the past taken part in a Christmas Day Charity Swim to raise funds for the school.
The Headmaster with some of the steel plates.
Patmos School Children receive health checks
On the 2nd and 3rd April, 2019, local doctor, Dr.Daniel Okal Busela, carried out health checks on a total of 134 children from Patmos School and administered a course of de-worming tablets as well as oral vitamin supplements to the children. The doctor indicated that in general the health of the majority of the children was quite good. However, 18 children were found to be suffering from medical conditions including malaria, URTIs and fungal infections. The children received treatment for those conditions and will be closely monitored by the doctor in the coming days and weeks. Read more
Dr. Dan examining one of the Patmos School children.
Donation of Solar Lanterns facilitated by First Access Japan
On the 29th March, 2019 Yoshihisa Ohno, Chairman of First Access, Japan, facilitated the donation of 44 solar lanterns to Patmos School. Twenty of these lanterns were for distribution to children at the school and the remaining 24 were donated to families in the Headmaster’s home region of Mount Elgon in Kenya. Headmaster Richard Wanjala Manya was responsible for overseeing the distribution of the lanterns and the selection of the recipient children and families.
Headmaster Richard Wanjala Manya with the 44 solar lanterns prior to distribution to some of the school children.
Environment Trip to Karura Forest
On the 21st March, 2019 which was World Tree Planting Day, at the kind invitation of Claire Nasike, Founder of The Humming Bird Foundation, 20 pupils from Patmos School together with one of the school social workers, were invited to go on an environment trip to the Harura Forest.
As well as listening to talks by the tour guides, the children were also able to actively participate in tree planting as well as pruning and weeding.
Patmos School children planting a tree at Karura Forest.
Patmos pupils relocate to temporary school
In January 2019, with funds raised by Orphan Outreach supporters, a temporary school building was erected in a neighbouring area in Mathare.
In March with the completion of the new temporary school building and the relocation of the school kitchen and Freshlife toilets, all the pupils were able to transfer to the new building and continue with their lessons.
This temporary relocation of the school will enable a permanent school building to be constructed on the existing site of Patmos School. Read more
Relocation to temporary school building 4th March 2019
Educational trip to Giraffe Centre
On the 6th February, 2019 a group of 45 children from Patmos School, together with Teacher Judtith Nyapera and Christabel who is one of the school social worker, went on a Conservation and Ecology trip that had been organised by the Education Department of The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya.
This educational trip and the whole experience will have been immensely beneficial for these children most of whom rarely get to visit anywhere outside of Mathare.
Seeing the wildlife up close.
6th Feb 2019
Volunteer from USA visits school
In February 2019 Allie Mullin from the USA paid a second visit to Patmos School to volunteer her services there from the 11th February - 1st March, 2019. Allie had previously visited the school with a Medical Mission group in August 2018 and subsequently stayed on in Nairobi to help at the school.
Below is a Report produced by Corazon Milimu, one of the school social workers, which describes the volunteer work Allie was involved with and the impact her presence at the school had on children and staff.
Allie Mullin teaching class
11th Feb 2019
Orphan Outreach donation
In January 2019 at the start of the new school year, with funds from Orphan Outreach supporters, the Headmaster was able to purchase stationery supplies for the first term. These items included, exercise books for pre-school, lower and upper primary children as well as pens, rulers, lesson planners, registers, chalks and many other essential items for the teachers. Read more
Part of the donation by Orphan Outreach
14th Jan 2019
Teachers attend Tusome Workshops
In December 2018 the Headmaster and teachers from Grades 1,2 and 3 classes attended a two day Tusome Literacy Programme workshop.
Tusome has carried out their own research on the benefits of this programme for primary school children since it was first introduced in 2015.
Teachers from Patmos School attend the workshop. 13th and 14th Dec 2018
Headmaster visits the school goat farm
In late December 2018 the Headmaster visited the Goat Farm to check on the health of the goats He reported that the goats were doing well. The recent rains had resulted in plenty of natural grass being available for grazing. One of the elderly goats recently died and there now remains 13 goats of which 5 are female goats, 2 male goats and 6 kids.
The profit from the goat milk sales in 2018 will provide sufficient funds for the purchase of 15 sets of school uniforms for some of the most needy children at Patmos School. These uniforms will be made by the Patmos Women’s Tailoring Group.