BeeHive School nurturing future Malawian leaders

 
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BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 1

BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 1
We have good news to report!  Thanks to your generosity and support we are back on track!
Reconstruction after the hurricane has gone well and we were able to repair much of the damage to the school.  Unfortunately, we did not raise sufficient funds to replace the library books, so we will be looking for ways to replenish the school library in the future.  If you know of any organizations that specialize in donating books to schools in Africa, please let us know by e-mailing info@beehiveschool.com.
The library and computer room block are fixed now, and we took the opportunity to extend the roof to cover the central courtyard to create more shade for the kids.  We have paid for planks for roofing the hall, but not all have been delivered yet.  We have also paid some deposits for the iron sheets for the hall, and the sheets are at the warehouse in Mzuzu but have not been delivered yet, because we are not ready for them.  The new construction is strong and sturdy and designed to withstand future events like the hurricane/storm that hit us a few months ago.

In the coming months, we hope to focus on replenishing the library.  We dried out the existing books as much as possible and some are still in use, but they are wrinkly and the pages stick together and tear easily.  We are exploring getting a shipping container for a large shipment of donated books.

The kindle fires we got for the school alongside the computer lab are a huge success and there is always a rush among the kids to use them.  Kids that had not formerly expressed an interest in reading are excitedly reading on the kindle fires.

Thank you all for supporting us and helping this hurricane be a hiccup along our path to create a great school and educational experience for the BeeHive students.  You inspire us and fuel us to keep pushing past the obstacles and challenges that present themselves.
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 2
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 2
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 3
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 3
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 4
BeeHive School Malawi Reconstruction 4

 

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!

Rebuilding After The Storm
Rebuilding After The Storm
Cleaning Up After The Storm
Cleaning Up After The Storm
The Computer Lab Is Back Up And Running!
The Computer Lab Is Back Up And Running!

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BeeHive student giving donation to patient
BeeHive student giving donation to patient

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!

Standard 5 class with their collected donations
Standard 5 class with their collected donations
In the Mzuzu hospital
In the Mzuzu hospital
Students and hospital staff
Students and hospital staff
Patients were happy to see the students
Patients were happy to see the students
Outside the pediatrics unit
Outside the pediatrics unit
poetry_contest
poetry_contest

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

Computers, what wonders of human making computers are
Simplifying 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

Computers
Where 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 games
They all have different names
Computers are fun
There is one where you draw a sun
You can type stories
John typed one about lorries.

You can go on internet
Buy online at a shop called Jet
I typed a poem about a cat
Who was sleeping on a mat
You can online school
Which is really cool

On Friday when
the sun will rise
I hope I win a prize
If I win
A fish will clap
with its fin,

THANK YOU!

by Chantelle (Std 5)

Volcano science experiment
Volcano science experiment

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.

Chemical reactions

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!

Conductivity

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!

Computers

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.

http://youtu.be/6jGdWeD421U

Wishing all our supporters a lovely day,

The BeeHive School Community

Students and teacher watching the volcano erupt
Students and teacher watching the volcano erupt
Standard 6 learning about electricity
Standard 6 learning about electricity

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