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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