Entries by janecole

End of Year Exams!

The Third Term in Kenyan schools is a short one, just September and October.  At the end of October, the children in the older classes complete written assessments.  Most of the classes take in house assessments, apart from Year 8 pupils, who take the KCPE before moving on to High School.  These assessment are used […]

DGS Staff have ICT Training

Five members of the teaching staff (Bety Odingo, Christine Nyariera, Nicodemus Muthoka, Catherine Mutuku and Christine Ulii) attended an ICT Training day.  Afterwards, the school received five tablets donated by the program trainers.  DGS is keen not to be left behind as Digital Learning becomes a key part of education and will be essential in […]

Class Photos 2018

Here are DGS Class Photos for our 11 classes of 2018! Class 8 is our final class. These students will be taking their KCPE examinations (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) in November and will hopefully progress on to High School.  

Fun in Term 2!

During this term the children have enjoyed class celebrations, where sponsors had sent funds for them to have a treat. The children greatly enjoy their time at school, putting lots of energy into playing games during breaks!

Fatuma and Sporting Successes!

Fatuma Mwalimu was awarded The Joe Hunt Trophy for DGS Footballer of the Year at the end of Term 2.  Fatuma has been the most outstanding player in the school for the past two years.  In August, she played in the National Schools’ Football Tournament.  This is the first time a DGS pupil has been […]

Visitors, visitors!

During Term 2 DGS had a number of very welcome visitors. Guillermo and Marta visited DGS in May and spent some quality time with our students.  Guillermo is one of Allies & Morrison’s architects who helped with the construction of the new Library/Dining Shelter. Their visit was particulalry valuable to our upper primary, where they […]

Staff training and news …

During the Summer term, Teaching Staff participated in a number of training sessions to ensure their skills and knowledge are all up to date. DGS is keen to ensure that staff are supported by appropriate training to deliver the best possible educatuon to our students. This term’s training focused on building the skills needed to […]

Picture Perfect!

There was a big surprise in store for all DGS children on the day they received two printed photos of themselves, a portrait and an action shot. The children were all delighted to have the photos they had been waiting for.   The children enjoyed sharing these pictures with their friends at school and with their […]

Beautiful Bracelets!

In the Spring, DGS students wre invited to design and make bracelets for the wedding favours at a sponsor’s wedding.   An enthusiastic group of children had a wonderful time producing these beautiful bracelets.  They demonstrated impressive design skills and artistry, for young children. As always, the children’s talents are impressive!

An enthusiastic reception for the new Curriculum at DGS!

DGS aims to adopt and implement the New Curriculum during 2018.  As we get closer to the end of its first year, teachers and pupils are giving it and enthusiastic reception.  The new curriculum is more practical and hands on than the previous curriculum.  There is, of course, a need to buy new books and […]

Lunches in our Dining Shelter

DGS is very grateful for the sponsorship which continues to pay for every child to receive a healthy cooked lunch, essential to the well being and progress of our pupils.   More funding has also been received for tables and benches to go in our smart new Dining Shelter.  All the pupils can now be seated […]

Year 6 pupils celebrate new uniform gift!

Class 6 children were surprised this term by the presentation of a new school uniform for each child, bought with a donation from a DGS sponsor, Debi.  (Debi also sponsors Grace, one of the Y6 pupils) Debi said, “Children being the same as their peers creates confidence and equality, which is so very important for […]

Sporting success and new equipment

The Games Department received a very useful donation of sports equipment, thanks to the generosity of the architects and engineers, Allies & Morrison and Arup.  This has enabled more pupils to particpate in a range of sports.  Physical Education is now a mandatory subject in the Kenyan Education curriculum, so the donations came at just […]

Class 4 visit to Fort Jesus Museum on Mombasa Island

Class 4 visited the famous sixteenth century Fort Jesus and Museum on Mombasa island. This was an educational trip that was also very exciting and a lot of fun for the children, who are normally limited to classroom activities. The trip was sponsored by Miguela and her son Valerio who sponsor one of the children […]

The many benefits of our Sponsor’s letters

Letters sent to children by sponsors continue to play a major role in improving the quality of language.  The children read out these letters in class and learn how to reply to letters. It also offers a rich sense of diversity to the children as they learn about how people live in other countries.  The […]

Musical marvels!

In March DGS was proud to play host to as educational gala.  The school staff and pupils were delighted and proud of the choir who won an award in their category.

New wash basins keep germs at bay!

The children now have rows of newly installed wash basins outside the toilet block.   These fulfil the requirements of the  Ministry of Health.  The children can now make sure they have clean hands before sitting in the new Dining Shelter to enjoy their mid day school meal.  

New Look Classrooms at DGS!

The new look DGS Classrooms, funded by a Mombasa company, came into use in January.  It came as a total surprise to the children, when they returned from their holiday, to find bright, newly refurbished classrooms.  The walls had been freshly painted, the floors tiled and glass windows installed. What a difference!  With additional desks […]

Our improved school library

In 2018 the Library was completed.  It has space to acomodate 2 whole classes, with plenty of room to view and choose books.  The librarian is always available to help the children choose new books.   Another wonderful resource for the children!  

New Dining Shelter for DGS children

The beginning of 2018 saw the completion of further major developments at DGS reflecting the tremendous progress made in the previous four months.  The most exciting change for the children was the completion of the Dining Shelter and Library. The classrooms also completed major renovations.  DGS continues growing from strength to strength thanks to the […]

Teacher Training updates

The Kenyan educational system is undergoing a major change.  In January DGS teachers attended a training session on the new Kenyan education curriculum.  As with any change, there are many challenges for the school.  DGS is fortunate in being able to offer relevant expertise and training to our teaching staff.  They will undergo several training […]

George’s books!

George is one of DGS’s past pupils, sponsored by Jane.  He has now moved on to High School and has recently received a donation from Jane to buy the necessary textbooks. George is very grateful for these and hopes now he has these maerials to work hard and make good progress in his studies. Our […]

End of Year Celebrations

DGS has had excellent exam results from their Year 8 students.   The Final Primary Examinations for Grade 8 were conducted in early November.  In Year 8 students take the KCPE (Kenya Certificate for Primary Education), which marks the end of their stay at DGS.  They now continue on to High School, in the following January.   […]

Classroom and School Improvements in 2017

DGS now has a dazzling new look! Improvements to the school furniture and classrooms and the buildings continue to make life more comfortable for the students and staff so that learning and teaching can take place successfully. New desks were made by a local carpenter and delivered to the school thanks to generous donations from […]

KG3 Graduation celebrations

It was another glorious moment of celebration as the KG 3 Class graduated at the end of the school year.   Wonderful news – all 30 of them will be joining Grade 1 next year starting in January 2018.  The chidlren wore deep blue graduation outfits and shared a magnificent graduation cake! In a wonderful […]

Taking Care of Our Pupils

The Feeding Program is still an integral part of DGS and we have managed to provide lunch throughout the term thanks to generous donations from various sponsors. We appreciate all the effort put in seeing this through and in keeping 470 children well fed and in school. It is a time they all look forward […]

DGS children welcome visitors

In November 2017, a team of 3 arrived from London. Tino (Allies & Morrison), Henry and Richard (both from Arup) volunteered in the Dining Shelter construction site for close to a week. They also managed to spend some quality time with the DGS children, playing games and getting to know the children.

Trip to the High Courts and Fort Jesus, Old Mombasa

Class 7 and 8 visited the Mombasa High Court and the ancient Fort Jesus, which is located in Old Town of Mombasa. This was both an Educational and Recreational trip. At the High Court they learnt about how the justice system works.  Fort Jesus has played an integral part in the history of Mombasa and […]

Exercise books funded from donations

Exercise book donations to DGS have ensured students have had books for writing their classwork and homework. This is one of DGS’s large ongoing costs.  During each month of the Second Term children were delighted to receive new exercise books.

Birthday Celebrations

Thanks to sponsors’ generous donations, a number of mini parties were held to celebrate students’ birthdays. These are always a huge surprise to the individual and the class as most students do not know their birthday dates. In this poor area of Mombasa birthdays are not usually celebrated.  Apart from a large birthday cake, the […]

New Incinerator

Thanks to a very generous donation from the Rotary Club of Knutsford, DGS now has a fully constructed incinerator ready for operation, starting in May. The incinerator alleviate concerns over waste management.

Deilicious school lunches!

The feeding programme for students continues to grow each year, especially with the number of needy children gradually increasing from time to time. DGS is currently managing lunches for about 470 children. Many guardians and parents struggle to feed their children, find this a great benefit. In April, thanks to generous donations, DGS children were […]

Design and Technology at DGS

Meet the budding Building and Construction Engineers and architects of DGS!  These children use whatever simple materials like mud and sand to build imaginative constructions.  What a shame they cannot build their housing designs and live in them!

A budding gymnast!

In one of the classes, we found a rare talent; a budding gymnast. Apparently, he entertains the rest of his classmates during their free time by executing back flips and handstands!

Sporting Successes

In February and March, DGS took part in Ball Games competitions. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams impressed at both football and volleyball.   An impressive five students proceeded to the Sub-County level.  They are: Matano Said (Class 8, Boys Football), Brandon Lee (Class 8, Boys Volleyball), Melisa Queera (Class 7), Fatuma Mwalimu (Class 7) and […]

Our school goats

The children enjoy herding the school goats after their afternoon classes. A new goat was donated by a sponsor under the GTMAD scheme – Gifts That Make A Difference.

Letters from sponsors

Some children were very excited to receive letters this term.  They shared the letters with the rest of the class during the English lessons. These are moments the children look forward to. Knowing there is a friend on the other side of the world is something to really treasure.

Class 6 children delighted with exercise book bought from generous donations

In January, all children in all classes benefited from exercise book and stationery donations. Parents are usually penniless at this time of the year especially after the holiday break and Christmas holidays. And are unable to provide these. The children were delighted as they re-ceived the donations made possible by King’s School, Neovia Supply Team […]