January - April 2005
UK HEAD TEACHERS
Gandolfo and Shirley Lawrence, head teachers from the UK, kindly
donated their February half term to come out to Tujatane to train
our teachers and assistants in classroom management and information
technology. We would like to thank BRITISH AIRWAYS who
sponsored their flights out. Without their generosity we could
not have taken advantage of this great opportunity. Ron and
arrived by bus from Lusaka on Saturday 12th. Sunday was spent
visiting the Victoria Falls and the Livingstone Game park. The
Falls were in full flow and were truly spectacular. Driving
through the park, we saw a variety of game and beautiful birds.
On Monday it was time for Ron and Shirley to observe our teachers
and their teaching
methods. Tuesday, school closed for the children, and the
teachers began their training. We also invited two teachers
from the local government school to benefit from this opportunity
and improve their knowledge. It was a fun few days of
intensive challenges where teachers worked as a team to share ideas.
us all hold hands together" - was witnessed by all. Our team
emerged full of new ideas to use in their classes. The
afternoons were spent training the teachers on using different
computer software - how to use it, and how best to teach with it in
class. This was particularly rewarding, especially so for Bond
Lichaha, who runs our computer room, and who is self taught on
computers and desperate to learn more. And he did! The
teachers were taught how to put together our newsletter - so soon
they will be able to do without me!
HIV Talk by
AIDS pandemic was declared a National disaster by President Levy
Patrick Mwanawasa. Following this statement, Zambia has taken
on this fight with vigour. Tujatane has joined this fight.
Our drama club puts on performances involving HIV/AIDS life
situations. In our classes, our teachers integrate it into
their subjects. We were thrilled to hear that Professor Alan
Whiteside, an expert on HIV/AIDS who is dedicated to education
people about this, was going to be staying at Tongabezi, and
would present a talk to our children as well as to the local
community in Livingstone. We invited pupils from the nearby
government school to join us. Peter Labouchere helped us by
doing a pre-training afternoon on HIV. He had the children
actively involved in games showing the impacts on their lives HIV
can have, and how to strive for a happy healthy future. The
following day, Monday, 21st March, Professor Whiteside came to talk,
following which the questions from the pupils flowed. A great
learned. Some myths were erased from the children's heads.
They learnt how you can get HIV and how you cannot get it.
They learnt the importance of helping people with HIV have a good
diet, which he said did not mean fillet steak! They
learnt about the transmission between mother to child. It was
stressed that we should love and care for those who are already
caught up in the circle of HIV/AIDS.
Morgan writes: "He told us that you can't get AIDS through shaking
hands and through kissing and eating together with somebody who had
HIV/AIDS". Beenzu writes: "He
talks a lot of things like how AIDS can enter your body."
Thanks so much to Prof Whiteside for his very clear and
important talk and for answering so many questions.
First Stages of
With the success of our poetry group last year, and the enthusiasm
of our cultural dance group, we decided to try to fund for an
amphitheatre. Thanks to Tom Biersbach and Jennifer Strachan
who have kindly met the cost. This donation is in memory of
their son, Alex, making it a particularly special project.
Work began early this year, and we are busy building the
foundations. Our performing arts group are eagerly awaiting
their first performance on stage outdoors. We look forward to
welcoming visitors to our shows, and together with our new music
teacher, Bernard, we hope to show off our musical talent here too.
Day at Parliament in Lusaka
was a wonderful and joyous occasion when Tujatane was chosen to
represent Southern Province at the Zambian Parliament Buildings in
Lusaka during the Commonwealth Day celebrations. The Theme for
the day was "Education Creating Opportunities Realising Potential".
We went with the poem that won Nataaz junior national championship
as the best poem in the basic school category in 2004. Mr
Chabuka and Mr Gwenani escorted our team of performers to Lusaka by
bus on 13th March. On Monday the programmes for the
Commonwealth Day commenced. In the morning the first five
provinces performed. After lunch it was our turn. The
following day prizes were given and our children were able to watch
a parliament debate live. The children were in awe. One
topic being discussed was on education. The Honourable
Minister of Education, Mr Andrew Mulenga was asked some important
questions about the Zambian education system - our children and
teachers listened eagerly. They departed back for Livingstone
on the 16th, having had a very exciting and interesting trip.
"Talent can take you before great people and
great places". By James Chabuka
Arrives - thanks to Eton Fundraising
In January this year, we
were thrilled to welcome our new music teacher, Mr Bernard
Kwelela. Bernard teaches music to all of our children
during the day on Tuesdays every week. He is currently
organising a school orchestra and choir, and we have been
busy getting instruments made by local craftsmen for them to
use. The children are very excited and really enjoy the
music lessons, especially playing our newly acquired
age 5 years, says, "He is very good, we dance, sing songs
and play the piano."
Many thanks go to
Eton School in Windsor for their fundraising effort which
has made all this possible. We can't wait to put on a
show at our forthcoming amphitheatre.
of amphitheatre construction by Stenwell, Grade 7.
was a competition for each class, to see who could paint the best
picture for Easter. The winner in each class received a
Chocolate Easter Bunny, and the rest of the class received little
chocolate Easter eggs which had kindly been brought out by some
guests at Tongabezi. All the children happily enjoyed the
chocolate side of Easter! The picture on the left is by
Stenwell and the picture on the right by Davison, both Grade 7
NO. & AGES
African Queen Performance
The children were invited to the African Queen Cruise Boat to
present a performance of traditional song and dance for some holiday
guests which they thoroughly enjoyed. A lovely day.
Preschool & Reception
38 children, 3-7 years
20 children, 6-8 years
20 children, 7-9 years
20 children, 8-15 years
21 children, 11-15 years
Please note: Barclays Bank
charges us $US25 to process each cheque we receive. To avoid
this and ensure that your entire donation benefits the children,
please send any donations by bank transfer to the school account or
direct to the UK school charity. If you wish to make a
contribution, please contact
for details. Many thanks for your help.
UK Charity Status "The
Charitable Trust for The Tongabezi Trust School"
Registration number 1096710.
US Charity Donations
"The Cogitare Foundation"
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school website under "Our Newsletter".
for details on making a donation through the UK charity.
The Tongabezi Trust School
Private Bag 31, Livingstone, Zambia