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.
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.
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.
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.
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