Urgent School Hall Appeal
Foundations of the new School Hall
First promised ten years ago, the new tarmac road from Rukungiri to Kanungu is finally being built. It is
fantastic news for the community which is very isolated, being a two-hour drive from the nearest tarmac road.
Improved transport will bring new jobs, skilled people, better crop prices and less expensive goods.
It is not so good news for Kirima Primary as the road passes by the school, part of which will be compulsorily
purchased. Compensation will cover a small part of the rebuilding costs.
After waiting ten years, we had only a few weeks’ notice of construction starting. In preparation, more land
has been purchased and new classrooms have been built to replace those in the path of the road.
The remaining task is to build a new school hall to replace the current one which must be demolished. We have 8 weeks
to raise £85,000 so the hall can be built over the Christmas holidays, enabling the school to continue
with improved facilities next term. See fundraising details home page.
Welcome new headteacher
Steven with his two children
A big welcome to Steven Natuyamba the new headteacher who started at Kirima Primary this term.
The photo shows him with his two children Anyijukire Blessed in the foreground and Jakin Kwikiriza in the background
Steven has been working on associated projects for the last two years and we have a lot of confidence in him taking
on this role. He is excellent on delivering quality education, resilient in managing tough organisational challenges and
skilled at keeping a diverse team motivated.
Denis has done fantastic work at Kirima Primary over the last 30 years and we look forward to equal success from Steven.
News for the September term
The water supply at Kirima
Kirima Primary continues to thrive, providing a life-changing education for 400 children up to the age of 13.
Here is the latest news:
- We are sad to say goodbye to Denis the Headteacher who has retired after 30 years at the school. He has
been a very effective and popular leader who will be much missed. He is applying to study business and we
hope he will return to server CHIFCOD in a few years.
- Thank you to Emmanuel Church for the most welcome donation which has funded new books for the children.
- The Computer Club which was started last year continues to be a great success and is now supported
with teaching from a former pupil of Great Lakes High School.
New Dormitory Opened
Second girls' dormitory
The second girls' dormitory has now opened, much to the relief of the girls who have been living in very overcrowded
It was funded by a most generous donor and from funds raised at the St Michael's Music Marathon.
The extra space makes for much safer sleeping conditions and means that there is now room to install
vital mosquito nets round all beds.
St Michael's Music Marathon
The organ at St Michael's
Thank you to St Michael's Church, Highgate who raised funds for projects. This includes a new girls' dormitory to
stop the overcrowding they are currently suffering.
- £800 from a fantastic 12 hours non-stop music marathon
- £800 from the Easter collection
- £8,500 from a very generous individual donation
End of Term Report
It has been the busiest term in our very successful academic year. The school has 11 teachers (5 female and 6 male)
teaching 569 children from Nursery to Primary 7.
The health of the pupils has greatly improved and we haven’t had
many problems of sickness. The few cases that are detected are usually handled by the school Nurse.
Kirima children achieve well in their national exams at the end of P7:
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Our school buildings are still in a good state. We are happy with a newly constructed three-room boys’ dormitory which has helped us
solve the congestion we had been facing. When the new tarmac road comes, an old dormitory
must be demolished so we shall need to replace it.
I wish to extend my gratitude to the sponsors for the spirit of togetherness that has helped us to complete the year successfully.
I wish you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year 2018.
Denis Kamugisha, Headteacher, Dec 2017
Pupils and Staff
The headteacher Denis with his family
Denis provides excellent leadership for the school, which he joined as a teacher 17 years ago. He also provides
oversight for the three other CHIFCOD primary schools.
The school has 284 boys and 285 girls from nursery to primary 7. Half the older children are borders, either because of where they live or,
as orphans, they lack an alternative.
Exam results are good, with nearly all the children achieving level 1 or 2 out of 7.
There are plenty of activities at the school (debating evening Friday, film night Saturday) with a small play area for the younger children and a large field for
New play equipment at Kirima
The play equipment, television and DVD player which were donated recently are all in place and much loved by the
The TV is great for entertaining and informing boarding children at weekends and is also used to display educational
videos from laptops.
Kirima computer library
The new computer library, comprising 8 laptops with hundreds of books and hours of educational video, is now installed.
A group of year 5 and 6 children spent a week learning how to use the equipment - most of them had never used a keyboard
or mouse before but by the end of the week they were confident and competent; they completed 50% of the “O” level
word processing syllabus. Many of the teachers were also new to computing and they have engaged enthusiastically.
Walking in the hills near Kirima Primary
During our recent visit, we took a group of children for a walk in the hills above Kirima Primary. Although it is only a
mile from the school (and many of their homes) none of the children had ever been there before.
The hills around Kanungu are beautiful. Think of a cross between the Lake District and Switzerland with coffee, tea and
bananas growing instead of our familiar crops. No wonder Uganda is called “The Pearl of Africa”.