BeeHive School nurturing future Malawian leaders

Jun 11, 2014

Computer Poetry Contest at BeeHive School


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 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

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)



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,


by Chantelle (Std 5)

Apr 7, 2014

Science and Computers at BeeHive School

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!


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

Students and teacher watching the volcano erupt
Students and teacher watching the volcano erupt
Standard 6 learning about electricity
Standard 6 learning about electricity
Dec 30, 2013

Happy Holidays From BeeHive School!

BeeHive School Staff at Lake Malawi
BeeHive School Staff at Lake Malawi

We Are Thankful For Our Teachers

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!

Computers needed for the computer lab

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.

Lake Malawi Staff Outing
Lake Malawi Staff Outing
Waiting for new computers in the lab
Waiting for new computers in the lab
Sep 23, 2013

Back To School!

Students are eager to use the new computer lab
Students are eager to use the new computer lab

Cambridge Exam Results Are In!

 In the last report we talked about the studious standard seven class, and all their hard work they spent preparing and taking their exams.  The results are in - and all that work paid off!  All the students all did really well, with the whole class average higher than ‘good’ in all subjects. The class average for mathematics was 3.1, science was 4.0, and english 3.3. Each section is based on a score of 0-6, with 6 being excellent, 3 good, and 0 poor.  Congratulations Standard Seven!

Busy Holiday ‘Break’

While the children were away for the holidays, the teachers and headmaster worked very hard getting ready for the new term. Construction was finished on the third building, the computer lab was set up, the library improved, the teachers went through computer training, and a new teacher was hired and trained.

Computer Lab Is Up and Running!

After receiving electricity last term, the school was able to set up the computer lab, for a second time. The computers were put into storage in 2010 when the school moved into their new location, without power. The school has done very well in the past three years - slowly finishing the classroom blocks, playground, bathrooms, office, library and computer lab.  Now that electricity is installed, the computers were taken out of storage and set up.

Unfortunately, only 12 of the computers are working right now.  The other 5 will not boot up, and have a problem with the capacitors.  BeeHive has found a way around this problem - when classes use the computers, they split up into two groups - half use the library, the other half the computers, then the students swap. There is plenty of space for more computers in the lab, so the school hopes to have more working ones soon!

The teachers did computer training over the holidays. Some of the newer teachers who started after 2010, when the computer lab got put away, had never used a computer, and there were some very funny moments in training!!

The children love using them.  They also have not spent much (if any) time using a computer, so they are enjoying learning and practicing their skills on them.

Library is Looking Good!

The library at BeeHive School was designed with reading in mind.  Big windows bring in natural light, and it is so inviting everyone wants to walk in, pick up a book, and read. The children are very good at following rules - one rule is the library is a quiet zone - it is amazing how quiet students can be when they are all deeply enthralled in books! Loads of shelves were kindly donated by the building company SR Nicholas (the company building reserve bank and Shoprite in Mzuzu). They were installed during the term break. The only thing a bit lacking are the books. BeeHive has quite a good collection, but more books are needed.


There are plans to build a student hall and entrance to the school.  Six trips of sand were brought to the school, and the school is in the process of finding a way to get more bricks.

Welcoming the new school year

The good news about the exams and the improvements over the summer have helped the succesful start of a new term. This term welcomes 172 students and one new teacher. The teacher will teach Standard 7. This is great news for the headmaster, who has been teaching this class and running the school at the same time.  The headmaster is still going to teach Standard 7 English, and French to the whole school, but is excited to focus on administration and school development.

Teacher helping student in computer lab
Teacher helping student in computer lab
Empty desks wait for new computers
Empty desks wait for new computers
Students quietly read in the new library
Students quietly read in the new library
New shelves in the library
New shelves in the library
The new library
The new library
Jun 14, 2013

Standard 7 - Work Hard Play Hard

Standard 7 on the last day of examinations
Standard 7 on the last day of examinations

The eldest students at the school know how to work hard and play hard!

University of Cambridge International Exam
BeeHive School's Standard 7 class takes the Cambridge International Exam every May.  This exam covers science (biology, chemistry, physics, and scientific enquiry), math (geometry and measure, handling data, and number) and English (reading, usage and writing).  Each section is based on a score of 0-6, with 6 being excellent, 3 good, and 0 poor.

This exam is important for teachers and students alike, for it not only gives the the students and teachers feedback as to what the children know, but their results will help them get a place in a secondary school after they graduate from BeeHive School.

(see last year's report "BeeHive School Finishes The Term with Triumph" for results from last years class!)

Studious Standard Seven
Standard 7, the highest level at BeeHive, did a lot of preparing for the University of Cambridge International Exam.  All their hard work on their science experiments, maths homework, essays, reports, reading assignments, and practice tests was about to pay off
. The students were prepared!  At the beginning of May, we pulled the desks apart to make individual work stations, and the students took the multiple day examination.

We hope they did well - the results come out in July!

Standard Seven - Hadouken Style!
Now that the exams are complete, the class has a bit of down time for some fun.  They were allowed to come to school in regular clothes (no uniform day!), their teacher took a camera, and they had a 'Hadouken' photo shoot!  The photos were very popular among the younger children at the school!

Great Job Standard 7!!!

Cambridge International Examination
Cambridge International Examination
Working hard during the exam
Working hard during the exam
BeeHive School - Hadouken Style!
BeeHive School - Hadouken Style!
Standard 7 - After the exams!
Standard 7 - After the exams!
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's..a beehive student
Standard 7 Hadouken!
Standard 7 Hadouken!

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