Term 1 Jan
- Apr 2003
Tongabezi Trust School, Private Bag 31,
DENNIS THATCHER VISITS US
Dennis Thatcher came yesterday
at our school. We were very happy when we saw him. We did songs for
him, and we went one by one telling him our names. At last it was
me, I said "my name is Mundia, I am 10 years old, when I grow up I
want to be an engineer and you are very welcome." To me I will say
Mr Thatcher wherever you go be proud, us we are proud at our school.
All pupils at Tujatane were proud of you
(by Mundia - 10 years)
Engineering Services at Tujatane
Ripper, a guest at Tongabezi kindly donated time on his holiday to
draw plans for our water tower and also donated the steel. The
tower looks strong and smart. Many thanks Mr Ripper. Our new
water tank and pump donated by Mr Robbins are now installed and our
showers are never ending!
(picture by Stafford)
(picture by Arnold)
WHEN WE WENT TO ST
On 26th March we went to St Raphael's Secondary School in
Livingstone to challenge them at chess. As we were going we saw some
elephants. Mrs Parker stopped the vehicle so we watched. The
elephants went then Mrs Parker started the car. We reached St
Raphael's, we got out of the car then the man said come and sit
inside the staff room. While we were waiting we played friendly
matches against ourselves. After some time, the deputy headteacher
came, he took us to their laboratory, then the pupils came and we
started playing. We won them. The deputy headteacher said pack! Then
we packed after packing we went outside. We waited for Mrs
Parker to come. She came so we got inside the car then we went home.
(by Tamenji Siandubu)
WORLD AIDS DAY
Our Grade Seven class went to Livingstone to support the fight
against aids, and Tamenji and Sharon narated a poem.
SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF HIV/AIDS
(by Prester Gwenani)
Let me narrate my sad story
Death stares in the face during visiting hours in our hospital
recently, on one of the beds lay a heap of bedding forming a
question mark shape
A close look
showed a human being
The eyes had sunk in the sockets, his hair could be counted his face
It was a
person I knew and played with
There lay a friend, a son, a father
And now a patient diagnosed with an HIV/AIDS related sickness
Let us suppose
my friend was put on some HIV/AIDS medication.
I mean anti-retroviral drugs
He would have postponed his appointment with death
At least for some years
But people who need the anti-retroviral drugs can't afford them.
What a sad story
Let us hear the other side of the story
You see, there are some, like Lizzie B.
Who earns her living through sleeping with 10 unknown men per night
because of the pangs of poverty that haunt her.
At 16, Lizzie B, with both parents taken by the cold hand of death
due to AIDS
She has to sell her body
to put food in the bellies of her two brothers and sick grandmother
Can you imagine what life must be like, for children like Lizzie B
Who face life in the street alone, unprotected and unloved?
Scavenging for food.
AID or no AIDS, it is food first, disease later
That's what Lizzie B believes in
Lizzie B is on
the street, pushed by harsh realities of liberalised economy.
We can bear with her, but others who have not been affected by
continue to pay a blind eye to the pandemic.
One thing is true, the most devastating pandemic in human history is
here to stay.
Now the question is . What have you done to stop this pandemic?
To sit by and do nothing is to participate in the genocide
ANTI AIDS CLUB
Our school is taking part in the world
fight trying to combat the deadly disease. Tujatane children are
keen to help reduce the spread of AIDS. The club members range from
grade 3 aged 8 years to grade 7 aged 12 years. Our club meet once a
week to discuss and learn about HIV. It is apparent that Aids is
every man's enemy. When asked why they like being members of this
club, this is what some of our children said:
* I like this club
because it helps me to have self control. (Muyangwa aged 15)
* I like this club
because it helps me to know about HIV and how to protect myself from
getting AIDS. (Bubala aged 14)
* I hate AIDS because it
has killed many people in the world and because it does not choose.
(Eneless aged 14)
* I hate AIDS because it
kills people even though it's not their fault. Some children are
born with AIDS. AIDS has brought about orphans. (Tamenji aged 13)
WHAT TO DO WHEN BAKING ON A
The Grade Seven class, had some lessons on cooking on a brazier
- a basic oven using the heat from charcoal instead of electricity
or gas. They baked the most delicious bread and scones!
How to use a brazier, by
Miyanda Mweetwa. When you want to bake on a brazier you first put
charcoal in the brazier and let the charcoal go red. Next you
put sand in the oven and then put the oven on top of the brazier.
After 1 hour you go and check if the sand is hot. In testing the
sand we don't use our hands, you must get water and pour it into the
oven. Don't pour a lot of water, just a drop.
When you are ready to bake, put
the oven on top of the sand
then put the lid on top of the oven. wait for 20-25 minutes and then
go and check your baking. When removing the lid you must use
something like a wire or cloth for example. You must make sure you
remove it to make your bake cool.
The above pictures are of the
brazier used by Grade 7 children with the help of their teacher, Mr
CONGRATULATIONS TO VIOLET
Violet Lichaha got married on
12th January 2003 on Chundu Island, on the Zambezi river. A local
group danced for the couple as they were boating from their wedding.
Violet says, "Chundu was a wonderful spot for the wedding and
everybody present was fascinated." Violet, and her new husband
Michelo, were treated by Tongabezi to a couple of nights in the Tree
House. Violet says, "I would like to thank Tongabezi for
everything they did, we had a wonderful time in the Tree House where
we were treated like VIP guests. The room was superb, the food was
delicious and the staff were just excellent." Miss Lichaha is
now Mrs. Chibawe. Many congratulations to her.
VISIT TO LIVINGSTONE MUSEUM
Tujatane school went to present
their play at the Livingstone museum. When we reached the museum the
speaker said we should first sing the National Anthem. Christ the
King was the first school to present their play, and was followed by
other schools. Then it started raining very hard and we all had to
wait. Tujatane performed their play at 12.00hrs. After the play the
museum was free for everybody to go inside and look around. It was
very interesting. (by Arnold)
It is the final year at Tujatane
for our Grade 7 students and it is time to plan which schools they
will be attending next. Vanessa Parker took some of the parents to
visit various secondary schools in the area to see the standard and
consider them for their children's future.
ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
No of children
Grade: 7 (age
Grade: 5 (age 8-10)
Grade: 3 (age 6-9)
1 (age 5-7)
Preschool: (age 3-6)
Miss Violet Lichaha
Mr Lee Mudenda
Sport, Remedial, Chess
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