Like many children throughout the world this week, the children at St Bernadette Mary’s returned to school on Tuesday for their final term of 2013. Unlike the UK & Ireland the Kenyan children start their new school year in January with this final term being their most important term especially for our Standard 8 pupils who will be taking their K.P.C.E examinations at the end of this school year.
Father Moses from the nearby Catholic Church in Mtwapa celebrated a Welcome Back Mass in which prayers were offered for a successful and enjoyable final term, Our volunteers Oli and Diarmuid were on hand to join the singing and dancing, thankfully all the Staff & Pupils were in an upbeat mood and the joy expressed in their voices was a delight to hear. Mr Stephen is indeed developing our school’s musical potential.
It was also so heartwarming to see the children from Keogh House accompany Mama Lucy to Mass, they were all on their best behaviour even though they are only very young. The sight of the pupils in their PE Kits and Plimsolls was so colourful, life has improved immensely for these children since the inception of St Bernadette Mary School. They now belong to the St Bernadette Mary School family and with Mr Pius at the helm we are going from strength to strength.
We wish all the pupils a fruitful term and thank the staff for their dedication to our school project, it is indeed an oasis in the middle of the poverty and mayhem outside the gates!