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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

2012 Kicks Off with a workshop at St Zoe's

At the beginning of this year 2012, St. Zoe schools decided to launch a new beginning by holding a two-day in-house workshop for all members of staff, the teaching and non-teaching staff, for the primary, the secondary, and the soon-to-start vocational school. The event took place on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th January 2012, starting at 8.00 a.m. and ending at 6.30 p.m. each day.

On this first occasion, the main aims of the workshop were, among others: to remind members of their roles and responsibilities as well as their terms and conditions of service; to analyze and critically understand their job descriptions, and to discuss issues concerning the budget of the coming school term.

As point of departure the members of staff reminded themselves of the VISION, MISSION and GOALS of Kagoma Education Development Organization (KEDO) of which St. Zoe’s schools are but components. Thus, the VISION is to be a model and focused center of education, moral values and general development. The MISSION is to train an all round person capable of self-reliance. And the GOAL is to provide and promote quality, practical and affordable education, as St. Zoe schools uplift the educational standards of learners in the area and outside it.

The workshop then delved into the specific roles and responsibilities of a classroom teacher, a subject teacher, a section head, the school secretary, the school nurse and matrons, as well as the school farm manager, security personnel, support staff, and cooks.

This workshop was an ingenious innovation that involved the participation of all members of staff, except two who had travelled far for their Christmas and New Year’s holiday. The workshop was also conducted in a very cost effective manner, since there was no need to hire external facilitators. All the facilitators were from within the members of staff of St. Zoe schools.

The main challenges that were observed during the discussions revolved around financial limitations which many times have constrained the smooth running and further progress of the schools. Otherwise the workshop was evaluated by all participants as a great success which gave opportunity to everyone to express themselves in a cordial and friendly, but critical and constructive atmosphere.

As final resolution and way forward, the members agreed to help each other to implement what they had discussed, and to create an atmosphere of individual and collective responsibility to ensure the realization of the vision, mission, and goals of St Zoe schools and of KEDO at large.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

HUGS Golf and Manchester 10K run

We have booked the Romiley Golf Course for the Annual Golf Tournament which as been such a popular event for the last three years.

The date is May 16th and it will be an 18 Hole Competition with breakfast on arrival, great prizes and dinner at the close.
Please put the date in your diaries or email Charlotte on C.Brinsley@rjw.co.uk to book.
We will be writing to golfers very soon.

And there are also places in the BUPA Great Manchester 10K Run. The run is on May 20th

Christmas in Uganda

Alex Tracey the author and Dominique Bryon the illustrator

HUGS would like to thank all who have bought the book ‘Christmas in Uganda’.
So far the money raised for HUGS is £1,000.
The feedback has been very positive and thank you to The Good Shepherd School, St Zoe’s School, Stockport College and to our author and illustrator. 
We hope to sell more books next Christmas. 

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our readers. Do please use the comments box below to let me know your views on the Blog or what you would like to hear about.
Good Shepherd special needs school at Fort Portal planned for Christmas by every child (there are 120) getting one present to give to another and they were all placed under the Christmas Tree until present giving.

And as a special treat the Chairman of the local authority funded a special day out for the children to travel over the Mountains of the Moon (The Rwenzori's) to visit Bundibogyo which is the most western part of  Uganda and which borders on Congo.
There they visited the hope springs and met some of the race of Bambuti, who we call the pygmies.

We are planning for 2012 and will let you know what the ambitions are for the new year and also let you know how the schools did in the very important end of year national examinations which took place in December.