Ending Term One

Parents and guardians trickled into the primary school grounds at Kasana Children’s Centre last Friday, as their children finalized preparations for the day. May 13 marked the end of the first term of school for this year, so the teachers at Essuubi Eppya Vocational Primary School organized a sports day and invited the parents to come and watch before collecting their children’s report cards.

DSC_0352For the sports day, the student body divided into six teams (Luke, Matthew, Romans, Philippians, John, and Ephesians) which competed against one another for the chance to play in the finals. First off, everyone headed for the football (soccer) field where the two qualifying teams (John and Ephesians) battled it out to the enthusiastic cheers of the rest of the student body.

For a time, the sky seemed to threaten a rainstorm – but God graciously kept the day dry! John won the football match, 2-0.

Team John & the spectators celebrating their second goal

Team John & the spectators celebrating their second goal

Next up, the attention shifted to the netball court where Ephesians and John competed again. By the middle of the game, the sun shone so brightly that the parents shifted their viewing benches into the shade of a small tree! In the end, John triumphed.

Netballers leap to gain control of the ball during the final match

Netballers leap to gain control of the ball during the final match

Parents & guardians watching the netball game from the shade!

Parents & guardians watching the netball game from the shade!

Lastly, two pairs of boys faced off across the badminton net, sending the birdie flying back and forth. They represented the teams of Luke and Ephesians. Almost every evening finds young people playing for fun at the court, so this tournament final match showcased some well-practiced skills! Ephesian’s side gained the upper hand, winning 20-16.

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DSC_0681The parents, students, and teachers then shifted to the shade of the school assembly area for the end of term program. The Scripture Union group led the gathering in the three anthems and two pledges, as well as a few worship songs. The younger children presented the songs they had learned during the term, with great gusto!

The Preschool classes present the songs they learned

The preschoolers singing their songs

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Simon Katabazi, the headmaster, ended the program with a short address to the parents and guardians. He urged them to stay involved in their children’s lives, to invest in the next generation and not only focus on their own lives. Uncle Simon recognized the teachers and students who served as school prefects. He also announced the results of the term’s competitions which included Scripture memory as well as the sports. Romans won third place, Ephesians second place, and first place went to John!

One of the teachers coaches Ephesians going into the netball final

One of the teachers coaches Ephesians going into the netball final

The day wrapped up with everyone enjoying a long-awaited meal together and the parents chatting with the teachers and receiving the results of their children’s hard work during the term.

New Hope Academy also ended their first term on the same day – parents simply picked up the report cards there earlier in the morning. School will begin again for the second term on June 6. Until then, most students are on holiday. A few classes will still meet for the morning hours to catch up and review, especially Primary 7 (6th grade) and Senior 4 (10th grade) as they prepare for their national exams in October/November.

Please pray for our sons and daughters during the term holidays. Many find themselves facing more temptations when they are away from the routine of school. Pray that God would be at work in their hearts and minds and protect them from evil.

Pray also for the students attending extra classes, that they would also feel rested and energized for when the new term begins.

Text and photos by Esther Carey, Communications Coordinator