As the term runs to an end, BeeHive School can look back on this term very proudly. This term was one of the most intense terms of BeeHive's history. Some wonderful things and one terrible thing happened this term. The term started off on a very high note - the new computer lab opened, teacher training on the computer lab was a success and the lab is a wonderful addition to the school. In October, an enormous storm struck the school, ripped the roof off one of the buildings and damaged a large portion of the school, including the library and computer lab. Since then, wonderful donations of support have started to come in, and the school has started to recover.
The headmaster and staff has worked very hard minimizing the impact of the damaged school on the children. They worked tirlessly to clean up the damage and reopened the school just two days after the storm. The library and computer lab remained closed, but the students were able to attend class. The students do miss the closed library and computer lab but have continued to work hard and learn with the resources they have in their classrooms. They even performed a play last Friday for the end of the term.
Construction has already started to repair and rebuild the damage. This would not have been possible without the kind donations from everyone around the world.
BeeHive School's parents, teachers, students and supporters should be very proud - even after a terrible storm the children are still learning, playing and thriving!
Standard 5 Class Gives Donations To Hospital Patients
BeeHive Standard 5 students (about 12 yrs old) wanted to give back to the Mzuzu community. They decided to collect donations for patients at the local hospital. The students managed to collect five big boxes of donations. They sorted and organized the items into care packages and then visited the hospital and personally handed them to the patients. The patients really enjoyed having the students visit and were very happy at the kind and thoughtful gesture. The students enjoyed giving back to their community.
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. If you have a lot, do something...if you have a little, do something...everyone has some way or something that they can contribute to the community.
Way to go Standard 5!
In anticipation of the new computer lab coming at the end of the summer, BeeHive School held a poetry contest.
There were some very good entries, good job to all the students!
Congratulations to the first place winner, Lughano, who received a poetry book, and second place winner Chantelle, who received a water bottle.
Here are the winning poems:
Computers, what wonders of human making computers areSimplifying peoples’ lives by basically simplifying their work,Online shopping, online banking and one click onto the internet,The largest database on which you can search about anything in this world, all of this in one machine
ComputersWhere you have Microsoft Word to write things like a letter,editing options to make things better,a place for Mr. Ngwira to form a test,computers otherwise called a PC, a place to relax and play W.W.E.computers allow you to make rapid calculations,a place to keep movies like comedies or animations,an electronic device both friendly to adults and kids,where we can check on news feeds,Ipod, phones, tabs are what people love,but for me a PC is the best electronic I could have.
by Lughano (Std 6)
WHAT COMPUTERS DO
Computers are full of gamesThey all have different namesComputers are funThere is one where you draw a sunYou can type storiesJohn typed one about lorries.
You can go on internetBuy online at a shop called JetI typed a poem about a catWho was sleeping on a matYou can online schoolWhich is really cool
On Friday whenthe sun will riseI hope I win a prizeIf I winA fish will clapwith its fin,
by Chantelle (Std 5)
Science at BeeHive School
BeeHive School has a strong, balanced curriculum, where social, moral, spiritual, and physical development is fostered, as well as a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and science. Despite the limited resources at the school, the teachers at the school have come up with fun, engaging and educational science experiments, ranging from chemistry to physics to computer science. The teachers' hard work and dedication has paid off, as the students not only love science, but have done very well in science on the standarized exams.
When standard 7 was learning about chemical reactions in the classroom, they got to create their own volcanic eruptions! They learned about chemical reactions in the classroom, then went outside, got into teams and contructed volcanoes out of the dirt. The students carefully measured the exact amounts of baking soda and vinagar they needed, and erupted their volcanoes! The Standard 3 class was able to watch the eruptions, which created a lot of excitement and enthusiasm about science!
When power got installed at the school last year, BeeHive School managed to turn it into a learning opportunity and the students learned about current, power and also about safety!
Once a week, each class gets to go into the library and computer lab. Two thirds of the students go to the library to browse and read books, while the other third gets to use the computers. Although the few computers in the lab are very old, the school is very appreciative of them and takes very good care of everything in their computer lab. The computers are valued by the students and teachers. The children love using them, and for most of them, it's their only opportunity use a computer.
The school is hoping to increase the number and upgrade the computers this summer. This will allow a whole class to use the computer lab at the same time, with everyone having their own computer, and will allow the teacher to teach a lesson on them. Having an up to date computer lab will allow BeeHive's curriculum keep up with the rest of the world.
BeeHive School sees the value in technology, as students need to be exposed to them from a young age in order to contribute to helping solve the world’s toughest challenges. They want to give their students an opportunity to click, play, learn and interact with computers. Whether the students become scientists, social workers, doctors, business leaders, teachers, accountants, non-profit founders, secretaries, entrepreneurs, or the president of Malawi – early access to computers will help them be the best person they can be.
The school has raised quite a bit of money for the lab, and is hoping to reach their goal by the summer.
Wishing all our supporters a lovely day,
The BeeHive School Community
Beehive School had a wonderful term, full of learning and fun activities. The teachers are one of the main reasons why the students have such a strong passion for learning and are so successful. BeeHive School has such wonderful teachers and staff in part because of the teacher training program the school runs.
In Mzuzu, it is difficult to find local teachers who are able to teach the international curriculum that the school follows. Because of this, the school runs a very successful internal teacher training program. This allows local teachers to learn about international curriculum and become qualified to teach at Beehive School.
Once a week the teachers and aids meet to learn and improve their teaching strategies. Niall Dorey, the headmaster, has designed these INSET sessions using his Post Grad Certificate of Education notes and following staff discussions of what would be most useful. They cover many different areas, including phonics, mental math strategies, cross curriculum learning, discipline strategies and class management.
The teacher training program has been VERY successful and teachers use the skills they learn in the training program in the classroom. For example, the teachers who have been at the school for a few years now reflect on and evaluate their teaching and try new styles and methods of teaching. They now do things like show 'n' tell, phonic games, and creative writing. It has allowed the school to hire local people but maintain a high academic standard.
Over the holiday break, the school organized a staff outing to Kande beach, a beach along the Lake Malawi shore. The teachers, staff and headmaster had fun swimming, barbecuing and hanging out in the sand and sun. The teachers are enjoying the break and excited about the new term in the new year!
Earlier this year electricity was installed at the school! The school was able to set up the computer lab with a few computers. Most students do not have access to computers at home, so this is their only opportunity to learn how to use one.
The school is planning to purchase a few new computers with a recent generous donation, but would love to get more money to fill the lab with enough computers for a whole class. This way teachers could teach lessons and a whole class could come in and use the lab. A printer and projector would also be great things to have, so that teachers and students can share their work with other students, on paper and on the large screen.
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