from the family of St. Peter’s secondary school Bombo-Kalule. The teachers,
non-teaching staff, students and parents greet you with end of year joy, and
warmly thank you for all your contributions towards the success of term III
that ended successfully on the 7th December 2018, and the entire
academic year 2018. It was a challenging year financially, with endless
financial demands, and your timely contributions, sustenance and involvement
enabled us conclude the term successfully.
ending term was a landmark in the history of our internal operation. A lot of
input was added in areas like approach to teaching, handling of students in
class, daily routine management at school, confidence building among both
teachers and students, first hand content to students about some European
aspects, integration and simplification of content among others. This was
because of the dissemination and sharing of such great experiences obtained by
Ronald Mulondo’s three weeks visit to Berlin and other parts of The Federal
Republic of Germany up to 21st September. Thank you so much the
community of Lichtenberg for financing the
historical visit, all host families and individuals visited, church
groups and leaders and to all the people who
generously contributed financially towards St. Peter’s, especially
towards the School main hall. A lot of gifts from different individuals were much
appreciated by the school, individual students and teachers. It was such a
visit, suiting an English proverb; ‘A good turn, deserves another”
a few challenges, a lot has been achieved in the ending terms, which include
- We were able to roof the school main hall and was used for National examinations in October/December as required by the examinations commission. This was possible because of the contributions of students’ community who made bricks, savings from the school, contributions from Learn-Apply-Proceed.ev Germany and above all a great contribution from Litchenberg. This was a great unexpected achievable demand by the commission, but we thank God who worked through all of you sustainers, who enabled us to achieve our objective.
- A total of five double room teachers houses are under construction and will be finished hopefully towards the end of the year. This was partly possible because of a donation from the Germany embassy in Uganda and help through Irene Jacobsen of Berlin.
- Our s.4 and S.6 students successfully finished their National examinations. We are glad to report that they had enough materials to use, especially in science subjects. Thanks for the great support from Learn-Apply –Proceed towards laboratory equipment and chemicals.
- We had food throughout the term. We had two major meals a day. We are proud that students were able to have porridge two mornings a week this term, and a changed lunch of food only on Sundays. Thanks for the contribution towards feeding from Lichtenberg.
- We relatively had common medicines for common illnesses at school. This was mainly financed through school fees collections. However, many students were affected by chicken pox towards the end of the term, but the situation was ably handled though expensively.
- We were able to pay the teaching and non-teaching staff their salaries up to November. We may not have the ability to pay them the December salary for Christmas. Thanks to Mr. Heinrich Becker (president L.A.P.ev) for continuously contributing towards salary of five teachers.
- Teachers were able to cover almost all their syllabi in different subjects, and had materials ranging from stationary to financial facilitation of field trips, toner, and seminars among others. This was done using school fees.
- We bought 23 used computers (desktops) using Ronald Mulondo’s social security savings. These helped much during the examinations, although more are still needed to reduce the big student-computer ratio for effective teaching.
- Students successfully competed in music, dance, drama, debates, football, netball, volleyball, live singing among others and the winning group (house) took a trophy.
- Students’ skills were improved in liquid soap making, candle making, cake making and paper bags. This is still done at small scale to a few students, because of insufficient funds to buy material, though a number of those who finish school greatly depend on such skills for further studies and survival.
Despite the above, we encountered
some challenges which included
- The very unstable prices
of consumer goods, including food, medicines, stationary, instructional
materials, laboratory chemicals and apparatus, electricity, beds, desks,
- The increasing number of
students who lose parents, guardians or relatives who pay their fees in the
course of the year, and we cannot discontinue them from school
- Failure by parents to meet
expected payments. This is not only a St. Peter’s problem, but a general
national problem among low and average income earners. Many depend on small
scale crop growing. So, payment of fees depends on how successful the yields
are, market availability and season. Some parents are also seasonal workers,
yet others have bigger families than their income capacity. The good news is
that the trend is showing positive improvement every other year. SO, a lot of
fees remain in arrears.
- There is still a big student to computer
ratio, making teaching of computer lessons as demanded by the commission and
examination authority difficult.
- There is still a very big
risk of crossing the busy road with students, going to the football field,
because we don’t have one at school. The commission strongly sent a warning
about this and it features as a new demand of 2019.
- The treatment of students
still stands a big cost to the school, due the several sicknesses students tend
to report with.
- The cost of travelling by
students in field trips is increasingly becoming high, due to the increase in
subjects that require constant field trips and such numbers made compulsory in
National examinations. This is because we do not have a school mini or full
- Due to increasing cost of
living, there is ever an increasing demand for pay rise from teachers and non
- Two construction payments
remained in arrears. The builder (not roofer) 22,789,000 and the supplier of
windows and doors 12,217,000.
- Most commission programs
are now internet based but we are not connected to internet.
REGISTRATION OF CANDIDATES AND COMMISSION DEMANDS 2019
In the recent inspection, the commission made the following demands;
- As fire outbreaks are on the increase in schools, and
students increasingly dying across the country in fire outbreaks in
dormitories, the commission recommended that we buy at least 10 6kg fire extinguishers before the next inspection on
January 31st 2019. Each costs currently 280,000 hence about
2,800,000 shillings. (about 700 euros)
- To change beds from triple beds to double beds for all
students. This is an expensive venture, though not yet costed and will greatly
disturb our internal arrangements.
- To put windows in rooms below the main hall to avoid
intruders from using them as entry points to the school.
- To fence off the areas behind both the boys’ and girls’
dormitories. In many school fire outbreaks, wrong people have had direct access
to dormitories without fences
- Put in place a football field at school. This required us to
make an environmental impact assessment and get a user certificate because
where we want to develop a football field is too close to the wetland. This
required us a professional company and fees of 11,345,000 (2,840 euros) and the
demand is appearing for its fourth year. As a way of showing compliance, we
paid the sum last week. This was the saving we had made towards part of the
December salary. We hope to show this as the next inspection takes place before
31st January as we plan for the football field.
- Those were the major recommendations, in addition to the
usual ones like library, more computers etc.
- The list of chemicals and apparatus (also on commission
internet portal) showing chemicals and apparatus to have before registration in
March requires us 12,400,000. The total on commission list needs over
65,000,000, but we already have some materials in our laboratory. Those are the
ones to be used in teaching physics, chemistry, biology, agriculture for all
the students in all the classes for the whole year up to October.
- Registration of candidates will begin on March 4th
and will be done electronically. The registration cost remains 205,000 for S.4
and 215,000 for S.6. There are 198 S.4s and 105 S.6s.
The term will officially start on Sunday 3rd February, and lessons the following day on 4th February 2019 and will end on Friday 3rd May 2019.
behalf of the Students, Teachers, Parents and the community, PLEASE allow me to extend our pride and
heartfelt thanks, appreciation and praise to you, for all the support and sustenance
we have received in the course of the year 2018. May the Lord highly grant you
heavenly blessings, good health and joy?
CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 TO YOU ALL.
FOR: ST. PETER’S