Second Science Lab Opened
'O' level science practical
The second science lab is now complete anhd fully in use. This means the High School has sufficient capacity to teach
practical science to all the year groups. The labs will be used for 'O' and 'A' level practical exams in November 2018.
This high-quality science teaching is a really important initiative in rural Uganda as it helps students (and the wider
community they later work with) understand the world from an evidence-based perspective.
Thank you to Highgate School families and everybody who contributed to making this possible.
English Literature - Haiku
Following a visit from Gill, a teacher from the UK, the English Literature students worked on writing
Here are some samples of their work:
Billgates: the warmth of
your heart shines through in all that
you think and you say.
Gift: not only a
gift for your parents, but a
gift to all the world.
Ignatious: those soft
and gentle eyes are hiding
the depth of your soul.
Sports pitch update
The sports pitch which was opened last year is now fully in use. Grass has grown over much of the rough ground
(making it less hazardous to play football in bare feet!) and the goal posts have been installed.
The boys are loving football and the girls are loving netball :)
Great exam results
High School students sitting a science practical exam
The High School is delighted with its end of 2017 'A' and 'O' level exam results.
- 21 candidates sat for 'A' level
- The best candidate was Tumwebaze Cranimer who got 15 UACE points
- Great Lakes High School is 4th out of 16 local 'A' Level schools…
- … and the second best in sciences
- It is also 6th out of 32 'O' level schools in the district
- with 50 pupils received grades 1 to 4 (good) and none getting 5 to 9 (bad)
New science lab underway
New science lab construction
Work has started on constructing the second science lab.
It is important that students get a good grounding in science as this understanding is in short supply in the region.
The first lab is fully utilised by the older students and this facility gives younger pupils the chance to carry out
practical experiments and build their understanding of physics, chemistry and biology.
Thanks to everybody involved in the Highgate School Sponsored Walk 2017 which has funded this important project
We have water!
The water project
The new water supply is complete, with a yield of around 2 litres per minute.
Multiple underground springs spread over a 400 m2 area were consolidated to feed into one box where the water is filtered.
From the box it is fed into a waterproof stone tank and left to balance its pressure for the long journey - 7km by underground pipe to the school.
Most of the piping was relocated from the old spring which dried up following a prolonged drought (which has also caused a
food shortage in the region).
It is a relief to have enough water for drinking, cooking and washing.
Highgate Walk 2017
New truck funded by Highgate School walk
The Highgate School fundraising walk in October 2017 has been a great success, raising over £100,000 to help much-needed projects.
Two are already underway:
- Water project: the school depends on a spring 5km away for water for drinking, cooking and washing. A two-year drought
has devastated harvests and dried up the old spring. The money raised will pay to open up a new spring
7km from the school and relocate & extend the existing piping.
- School truck: the existing truck was old when purchased and is now end of life. The replacement
second-hand truck was delivered in November, bringing the first batch of water pipes from Kampala. It is needed daily to transport students, food,
water and equipment, so a more reliable replacement will be much appreciated.
Girl revising at the High School
The school has 300 boys and girls with 24 teaching staff. It is a boarding school in lovely countryside
around a mile from the nearest village.
The pupils come from many local primary schools and stay up to “O” or “A” level. We are
monitoring the next steps for recent leavers and the results are encouraging.
Meeting the children is a delight. They are clearly happy and engaged in learning and the many other activities
at the school (football, volleyball, netball, debating, drama and scouting for boys).
Naboth & Jackie in front of their staff accommodation
Naboth and his wife Jackie we appointed head and deputy head in January 2017. They are pictured above
in front of staff accommodation for eight teachers (which was recently built to enable us to recruit a high calibre
Naboth shows great commitment to the school; his determined character is already making a difference to the
quality of education provided.
Young people queueing up for water at the local spring
Some basics we take for granted remain difficult at the High School.
- Food: a drought in Uganda has affected harvests for two years. Food prices are
high, impacting the food budget (particularly as older children eat more!)
- Water: the drought has dried up water sources we previously relied on so drinking water must
be fetched in the school truck.
- Electricity: the mains connection is not yet live so there is limited power for revision in the evenings
and for using the IT library; the generator is expensive and solar panels have limited battery capacity.
Opening the new dormitory at the High School
The new sixth form girls’ and boys’ are now complete and in use. The senior
pupils are excited at living in a less overcrowded space.
The photo shows the opening ceremony during the visit by Highgate School pupils.
New science equipment
Science lab prep room
Great Lakes High School teaches science subject up to “A” as these are important
both for pupil’s future employment and for their contribution to the development of
New science laboratory equipment has been recently installed and more is required for other
year groups. Consumables such as chemicals for practical experiments are an ongoing expense
which is significant in Uganda.
Highgate & Hull School Visits
Highgate School pupils & staff visit Uganda
This year both Highgate School and Hull Collegiate School visited Kanungu from the UK.
These visits are hugely valuable for everybody concerned. The UK pupils get to understand something of life in Uganda
which, for some, puts details of their life at home in perspective. The Uganda pupils get the opportunity to talk to
people of their own age from the wider world, giving an insight into what they may be part of later in life.
And, just as important, everybody really enjoys the visits.
The new sports pitch
The new sports pitch has been levelled, fenced and the largest stones have been removed. It now needs
a chance for grass to grow over the rough ground to make it fully usable.
Great Lakes Highgate School vs. Highgate School results: GLHS won the football and Highgate won the
netball, so honours even!
Mosquito nets in dormitories
The mosquito nets, funded by Hull Collegiate School, have been installed in the dormitories so every
child has a new net.
This is important as malaria is a major issue in the region. As well as avoiding the children getting sick
while at school, use of nets sets habits for life and encourages their families to use them at home.