It's always nice to see teachers meeting with their children of
various ages in school. This time it was the turn of Fatima, Mr Bakary Saidy's daughter to look a little nervous in front of the
It's normal practice to have a good sort out when trustees and
volunteers arrive at Sunrise. For obvious reasons it's been two
and a half years since our last visit, during which time lots of
junk has collected at Sunrise. Tony has been quite maverick in
throwing things out to give us space in our storage areas.
Sorting out the chairs that can be repaired is just part of
A donkey cart is still the mechanism needed to take these things
away to the rubbish dump.
Our Cookery room in the bantaba is used for all sorts of activities. Under the
direction of Ida Cham the picture shows students using the room
We caught this picture of School Cook, Susan Jarjue, in the kitchen
preparing breakfast for the students and staff. She does this
Our planted garden produced quite an interest from local
(passing) goats. They managed to get into the school so we
are now improving our broken garden gates to keep the goats from
eating our produce. The welder man is a friend of LB6 teacher,
Mr Omar Gaye.
The welder man has also been used utilised for many other small
jobs, including mending broken chairs. Our stock of chairs were
probably 5 years old when brought here from a South Wales school.
We've used them for nearly 10 years now!
Our toilets have a busy life and do suffer a lot of wear and
tear. This time we had a Skills toilet that was well beyond
economic repair and had to be replaced by Omar. This is
obviously quite a drain on funds.
Another task that was more complex for our welder man was the
repair of the broken playground equipment. Climbing frame and
see-saws were all repaired and repainted in a busy couple of
Omar Gaye helped with this since his first job was as a welder
and our welderman was his student!
The children were very quick to test the strength of the new
We are really grateful again to our Dutch friends; Rudy and
Yolanda Nachtegaal. They have collected resources for us, as
they've done for many years and brought them to top up essential
office supplies with things we couldn't easily buy locally and
saving us money too, of course. They also brought toys for
Nursery, clocks and jigsaws too.
We took pictures of Yolanda inspecting the sewing machines that
they'd help to fund, beneath trees that that they'd planted and
a rare picture of Helen receiving cash from Rudy. Thank you so
One of the simplest ways to make patterns when dying cloth is to
paint patterns with flour, then dry it to limit the take up by
the cloth during the dying process, known as Cursi design. Mr
Darboe is pictured instructing students before letting them
loose on their own designs.
Cloth is left to dry before applying the dye to the fabric and
drying again on the lines within the school.
As with all schools, it is really important that the children
use up much of their energy playing within the playground. We
are in the process of improving our broken play equipment but
nursery children are still finding new ways to use some of this
End of term assessments happen throughout the school with
varying challenges, of course. The pictures here show children
from Nursery 1-3 preparing for the challenges set for them.
We use paints to allow children to express themselves
artistically. The small picture shows one of the boys from
Nursery doing just that.
We've acquired some more footballs, thanks to money from
supporters. These are always welcome in school for break-times.
Our DIY expert, Omar Budjie has been heavily involved with us
again. He is putting a new tap in to extend our Lower Basic
stored water supply to the kitchen area. This allows us water
for cooking and toilets when the water company water pressure is
too low to come out of the taps. Sadly this is quite normal.
Omar has had to fit a new drain (soakaway) to take water that is
spilt using the new tap, near the kitchen.
Students from schools outside of Sunrise (our external
sponsorships) continue to bring in report cards from previous
terms and ask Sulayman to write cheques for their next school
The picture shows Isatou A Jallow, who graduated from
Sunrise after G6 and is now in G10 at Ndows Senior Secondary
We regularly have a visit from our sewing machine expert, Musa
Camara. Musa puts right all the errors introduced by the skills
students, who often tend to try to adjust things that they shouldn't!
It's great to see proud students in their "creations" from the
Skills 1 are here showing the dresses they have made this term.
time the girls from Skills Year 2 are showing their work.
Skills Year 1 have also been posing in a broad range of
materials that they've used to create garments in sewing.
We were delighted that Momadou Lainey from First Aid 4 Gambia
visited us to bring some really useful resources.
Momadou (Masked), with Tony and Alkali are shown below receiving
gifts of aprons, note
pads and folders.
Here are 3 of our Skills 2 students using the
aprons, in their cooking class. It is great to get this help
from Bill Nelson, who runs First Aid 4 Gambia, see them on Facebook.
We have some real characters at Sunrise; one is definitely our
cook, Susan Jarjue. It's not at all unusual to see people in
Gambia carrying all sorts of goods on their heads but probably
only Susan would carry a bottle of water to drink (note no lid!)
across the hall. What a skill!
An important set of visitors arrived in
mid-February; NAQAA auditors, coming to inspect the processes
and facilities at Sunrise during their annual audit, This is
part of our license conditions to run a Skills Training Centre.
They looked at the classrooms and all
around the facilities of the training centre.
They looked at schemes of work and lesson
planning and asked many questions of our teachers and office
It’s great to see the garden productive
again. Mr Gaye (LB 6) is enthusiastic in growing crops and keen
to teach the pupils about this important topic.
Children can be seen by the planted beds,
tending the new crops and the bountiful harvest of the first
We’ve had the usual maintenance issues
again, this time with a broken stand pipe. Repaired by our
faithful plumber (with many other skills) Omar Badjie.
We’ve captured the usual classroom
pictures in this month of children busy in the process of
Our Cook, Susan Jarjue is seen carrying the
big bag of bread that she has delivered each day to feed the
children in school. Nursery have a free breakfast but others pay
a little money.
In cookery, our new Skills Training
Teacher, Ida Cham, is working with students to make meat pies,
as part of their curriculum.
Another calendar year started in Sunrise
with a Fire Drill. The teachers were primed but it was a
surprise for pupils and students who all filed out in the
Entrance way. An important process that all need to understand
to stay safe. We’ve practiced this for many years.
Children were keen to get back to
playground activities afterwards.
As part of our regular photo session, Mr
Sulayman Saidy snapped a picture of most of the staff in the
LB 5 are pictured with Mr Bakary Saidy,
working hard on their Integrated Studies class. It is this group
that will be tested at the externally marked National Assessment
Test (NAT) this year. Their entry is made and the exam likely in
On the other side of the classroom some
boys are showing how Gambians feel the cold when the temperature
is only in the low twenties.
Mr Saidy-Khan (seated at the back of the
class below) leads our Quranic Religious Education class who
study the Arabic script to learn to read and understand the
A busy LB 3 class
We accepted some lovely cookery books
gratefully from supporter Sue Monk. Helen brought these in to
improve the Library, run by Sainabou Sambou (pictured).
We also caught a picture of Sainabou
working to improve some of LB 1's reading skills.
Nursery 2 concentrating on their work.
Mr Gaye (our new LB6 teacher) had some of
his friends pop in to see him. These are some of the few
visitors to the school this season. Eva Jonsson and Annika
Jakobso, both teachers
from Sweden, enjoyed coming into
The Sunrise Centre.
They have been observing and helping Mr Gaye improve his skills
for many years, during their routine holiday visits to The
Skills Training doing Maths with Mr Gaye
Outside the classroom LB6 are doing a
science lesson to understand about changing liquids into gases,
by boiling water.