Term 1 2009 News
Last year thieves broke into our kitchen
storeroom and stole our plates, mealie meal
buckets and big storage bins that we use for
storing dry foods. The plates that were stolen
were 147 in all. The serving and dishing up of
food was a bit of a problem because the school
cook, Elizabeth, found it was extremely
difficult to serve 160 students on 21 plates.
The school then decided to have a staggered
schedule where the little ones would be
the first to eat and the older kids would follow
A massive thank you and our gratitude goes out
to Jack and Janet who donated money to buy new
plates and also to Nicki Davishi. The school
bought 170 plates and spoons. Every child in
school now has his or her own plate and dishing
up lunch is no longer a problem for Elizabeth.
By Iness Chulu and Elizabeth Samba
Tujatane runs a number of sporting activities
throughout the year. For term 1 we concentrate
on ball games, these include football, netball
and volleyball. The school now has 162 students
with the majority of them from pre-school to
grade 4. However, mostly grade 4-7 are the
students involved in the team events. This is so
because they are the ones old enough to play
competitively with other nearby schools.
In this year’s 2009 ballgames calendar, our
school was scheduled to play 8 other local
schools from the surrounding area.
after playing in 3 tournaments the remaining
games were called off due to some problems faced
by the local organising committee. However in
the 3 tournaments we played we won every netball
and volleyball match but lost 2 football
matches. A huge improvement on previous years! A
wonderful achievement for our teams especially
as we only have students up to grade 7 and the
other primary schools go up to grade 9 so our
teams are nearly always a lot younger.
The school is blessed with donations in as far
as sporting kit is concerned but is lacking in
protective sports shoes. We might have performed
better and would certainly have incurred fewer
injuries if our teams had them. We are happy to
say that we receive overwhelming support from
the school administration and the pupils are
always enthusiastic to participate in sporting
By Kenneth, Mable and Theresa.
Chess tournament against Acacia School
It was on the 23rd of February 2009 when we had
a chess tournament between Acacia school and
Tujatane. The tournament was organised by Mr.
Oliver Mutambekwa and Miyanda Mweetwa. They had
14 pupils from their school and we had 14 pupils
“The games started at around 14.00 hours. The
venue was the grade 6 classroom. We played the
first round and the results for both schools
were good. After the second round we had a
break. After break, we played the last round.
Our school did better than they had done when
they played Acacia school the last time. Tujatane School got the highest marks.” Spencer
By Oliver Mutambekwa
Our ICT lessons are conducted in the three core
subjects: English, Mathematics and Science. All
Classes, right from grade 1, have at least one
ICT lesson each day. We use a rotation system
where each class is divided into three groups.
When a class is doing a lesson, say in addition,
a small group goes to do the same lesson on the
computer. Whilst learning an academic lesson,
they acquire computer skills as well. The pupils
are so happy to be doing these ICT lesson, and
are very eager to learn. The older ones are able
to visit websites that can help them accomplish
assignments and homework, and above all ‘learn
how to learn.’
In addition to academic lessons, our pupils get
to email each other, and sometimes their
sponsors and pen pals.
From mid of last year, we had frequent power
cuts that made it impossible to make full use of
our computers. However, with the installation of
a separate transformer to feed the school, and
our special power back up system, the situation
has come back to normal. The power back up
system in our computer lab is capable of keeping
us supplied with power for up to 6 hours, if
there is a power cut from the main supply. This
makes it possible for ICT lessons to go on in
case of main power supplying going off.
Thanks to our funders who have made it possible
for all these good things to be a reality.
By Bond Lichaha.
Nick and Marie come back!
Our wonderful friends Nick and Marie came to
visit us again this term! We were all so excited
to see them as the last time they came (exactly
a year ago) they were on their honeymoon and
donated their time to Tujatane for nearly a
whole month. Once again, actress and drama
teacher Marie, put on a brilliant play! This
year it was the Greek myth of Persephone,
goddess of the underworld. Marie chose to cast
the play using students that were not from our
performing arts group but rather children that
would perhaps be considered a little too young
or just not the most ‘obvious’ actors and
actresses. Having set herself a challenge Marie
had just four weeks of rehearsals before the
performance. The team worked so incredibly hard
after school and at weekends and the final show
was brilliant! Parents, teachers and students
were so impressed by the performance and one or
two of our new found stars can now be seen in
the performing arts group! Thank you so much
Marie for your hard work and determination! What
will it be next year?
Nick and Marie were joined this year by Marie's
cousin Paul, a builder from the UK. Together,
Nick and Paul spent 6 weeks helping our local
team of builders with the latest building
project at the school, a new teacher’s house!
Combining Paul’s experience, Nick’s enthusiasm
and a lot of hard physical labour from all the
workers involved the team managed to nearly
complete the house by the time our volunteers
had to leave! A hugely impressive task, we are
Not only did the lads manage to propel our
project to near completion but they also found
the time to design and build our new shade
covering for the amphitheatre! The performers
and audience can now utilise the amphitheatre
stage and seating any time of the day or year
without getting cooked by the scorching African
sun. Thank you!
Peter, Lesley and Uncle Len
As if all the amazing help from our volunteers
wasn’t enough, we also had Marie’s parents,
Peter and Lesley as well as Paul’s Father Len
(Marie’s Uncle); join us for the last two weeks
of Nick, Marie and Pauls visit. We set them
straight to work with Peter turning our dusty
old broom cupboard behind the amphitheatre into
a fabulous new dressing room for the performers!
Lesley helped to whip our Library into shape and
identify gaps specifically in our literature
section. Lesley also taught English Literature
to some of our older students and spent most of
her time being a wonderful, kind and generous
mother to us all!
As an artist, Len was behind the scenes
infiltrating every grade’s art lessons whenever
possible, making the whole school help him to
create all the props for Marie’s play! It was an
amazing collaboration that every child in the
school was involved in and the props were
A visit from David Fettes!
David Fettes first visited Tongabezi back in
1999 while on holiday with his family. Since
then he has fundraised money for numerous
projects for the school including the grade 4
classroom and the computer room and helping
Vanessa to set up the charitable trust in 2002.
No easy task! He is one of the schools Trustees
and a very special member of the Tujatane
family. It was wonderful to have him here again!
One of David’s objectives during this trip was
to take individual school photos of all the
students and teachers as well as a full school
photo so that we can update the information and
images on the school website! Changes coming
soon so look out for updates!
Beth comes back to join the team
Beth first visited us back in 2006 when she came
to the school to volunteer for 3 months before
graduating. She has been in contact with us ever
since she left and we are pleased to report that
with an opening in our administration/creative
arts department she returned to our team in
early February and will hopefully be staying
with us for the foreseeable future!
“I was so sad to leave Tujatane in 2006. The
school, pupils and teachers create an incredibly
magic environment to work in. I’m so privileged
to have the opportunity to not only come back
but to stay for some years to come. Not many
people are lucky enough to really love what they
do everyday. It's wonderful to be back."
Caz and Paul come to drum!
This term we welcomed Paul and Caz from the UK
to Tujatane. They had
contacted the school prior
to their African adventure, wishing to come and
visit the students and teachers. Paul plays in a
West African drumming group in the UK and joined
our own drummers on the amphitheatre showing
them new rhythms and beats. Before embarking on
their trip, Paul and Caz had fundraised and
donated money to the school music fund. Their
kind donation helped us to buy traditional
African drums for the music room which get used
nearly every day! The children and teachers are
delighted. Thank you Paul and Caz.
“Paul came to our school and played the drums
with us. He said he normally plays a different
type of drum from West Africa and showed us some
rhythms. It was very good to learn new things
about the different African drums.”
Innocent Grade 6
UK Charity Status - "The
Charitable Trust for The Tongabezi Trust School"
Newsletters will be put on our school website
under updates and details on making a donation through the UK
charity are also on
The Tongabezi Trust School
PO Box 60113, Livingstone, Zambia