Week ending 6th October
This week Skills 3 have had practical
assessments on work using beads. Below you can see one using
beads to make a decoration on a garment she has sewn whilst
another is putting bead decoration onto a flip flop sole to make
These two students are using tiny beads
to make a framed representation of the Sunrise badge, I think
this will be quite a long task!
You can see the different ways they used
beads imaginatively to create their project for this assessment,
displayed on a table in their classroom by the first to finish
Mr Darboe has just bought some wooden
stamps for his classes to use when making batik patterns - we
look forward to seeing some interesting results!
As our present Grade 6, most of whom
started with us in Nursery 1, progressed through the Lower Basic
school they started a new grade using the next spare classroom
available. As this term they have now reached Grade 6 we have
all six grades in our Lower Basic school, so no longer have a
spare classroom. A spare classroom had always been used by Paul
Badjan, for teaching the small number of Christian children in
each class, whilst the Islamic teacher taught the rest of the
class in their own classroom. Paul's new teaching area is
the old office, now with shelves for storing sewing material
etc. We cannot make this area all dusty with a chalk board, so a
whiteboard has been purchased and will be hung on the wall
opposite the shelves.
Our nursery children are looking smart in
their new uniform as they line up after their breakfast break.
All the Skills and Lower
Basic classes are now enjoying using the library every week.
They are timetabled to come in small groups and Sainabou, our
library assistant, hears them read, helping any who find reading
difficult. Skills 2 are using the library in this photo.
This week Ruth had to go back to the UK
after spending three weeks helping at Sunrise. She has been a
great help in the office with all the administration, printing
and sorting out computer problems, then also helping with
hearing children read when school started. Thank you, Ruth!
Week ending 29th
The end of the first
week of the new academic year! Parents who came to Sunrise
this week wanting to register their child, had to be told that
they had left it too late, there were no more places available
and we already had a waiting list for lower basic and nursery
New school year, new
uniform. The nursery now have yellow check material, the boys
brown trousers are the same as before.
The Lower Basic now have a small red check
The skills uniform remains the same - they
learn to make the tie and die top and the skirt or trousers
during their lessons here.
The class below are our new Skills intake this year - they look
happy to be at Sunrise!
We have a new teacher starting with us this year,
Mr Williams. He is teaching Lower Basic Grade 1 and here he is
below after school, sharpening pencils ready for the next day.
Our new nursery children
have settled down well and certainly seem to be enjoying school!
These children are only
three so are learning through play,though this week they have
also been learning to recognise red, blue and yellow and to make
the ssss sound of a snake when then see the letter 's'
Some more N1 children busy
matching the shapes to the holes in these wooden boards, here
helped by Mbacho, our N1 teaching assistant. If it doesn't fit
first time some of them try to hammer then into the hole with
AGM 2nd September 2017
This year our AGM was held in Driffield,
our thanks go to Angela Longoni-Sarr for arranging the venue,
complete with screen and projector to enable us to illustrate
the progress of the charity throughout the past year.
Our AGMs are held in different places every year to enable
supporters in different areas to meet the main officials and
supporters of the charity. If you would like the AGM to be in
your area next year please
We always provide a buffet lunch before the meeting as we know
some people travel many miles to attend and this year Sue took a
photo of some of the food waiting for hungry travellers.
At this AGM we were very happy to welcome a new trustee for GETS
- Pat Taylor, who together with her husband, have been visiting
Sunrise since 2014 and sponsor two children there. You can read
more about Pat here