Sunrise joined 54 countries across
the world celebrating Commonwealth
Day on 14th March.
Sunrise enjoys dressing up on special days!
We were happy to
see some regular visitors, Rudy and Yolanda Nachtegaal from The
Netherlands in Sunrise this month. Here they are showing Helen
some of the many useful gifts they brought for Sunrise.
One of our Lower
Basic teachers, Omar Gaye, is a keen gardener and as well as
helping the students to learn about plants and growing them in
the Sunrise garden, he makes sure the flower troughs in the hall
are looked after too.
we have at Sunrise were donated by a school in Wales in 2011 and
considering that they were second hand at that time most of them
have lasted very well. However we have now had to buy
replacements for several of them. Chairs like these are very
expensive in The Gambia, if you can even find them, so these
have also had to come via a container from UK.
Once they were
unloaded from the van they were taken to the different areas
needing them and labelled with their new home!
Skills students have
enthusiastically taken to their newly learnt skill of
crocheting, so here are a few examples of their work.
The annual NAT (National
Assessment Test) taken in all schools in The Gambia will be
soon, so here are Grade 3 doing a mock exam to help them to be
ready for the test. Schools are closed on the day of the exam
and invigilators have to be teachers from another school.
Every class has
their own end of term exams to do with the results of each
student shown in the end of term report they take home. The
first picture shows some of our Lower Basic Grade 6 students
doing this exam. These students only have one more term left at
Sunrise before they move on to an Upper Basic or Junior
Below are some
Skills 1 students doing an end of term exam. Skills students are
with us for 3 years before they graduate and get a certificate
recognised by NAQAA (National Accreditation and Quality
Assurance Authority), a regulatory body for tertiary and
Schools all choose
their own date for an Ebbeh Day when they can buy food and drink
and dance - usually quite a noisy day!Staff and helpers prepare
the food and drink in large quantities and any profits from the
sales go to a school fund.
Wonjo and Baobab juice are sold to
the thirsty students!
This photo must
have been near the beginning of the event, when all the friends
and neighbours arrive it gets very busy!
Another end of term event this
month was the annual trip for Lower Basic Grades 1, 2 and 3.
The teachers checked the excited
students onto a coach.
Riding in a big coach like this is
a new experience for many of the children so the teachers make
sure that they all have a seat and sit down. The nursery
children had told everyone at Sunrise how much they enjoyed
their visit to Katchically so these Lower Basic classes have
asked to go there too.
They saw the crocodiles basking in
the sun and swimming in their pool.
The for many would be the
highlight of the day - the trip to the beach for food and games.
We had some visitors this month.
Ron and Sandon from The Netherlands came to see a Nursery 1 girl
they knew, bringing some pencils for her class.
Dawn and Paul came
with their daughter, Gabi, and Gabi's daughter, Emma. Gabi and
Emma were in Gambia for a week's holiday and came to Sunrise
every school day that week. They helped wherever they could and
spent a lot time teaching the game of bench ball to various
classes in Lower Basic.
Mr Saidy joined in
enthusiastically with his class!
LB2 here below,
changed for PE and practising dribbling the ball with Gabi and
Our school team
used the strip they were given earlier this year when they took
part in an inter school competition.
Two of our Skills
1 students are using our new gas cooker to cook sausages.
They also used it
to make this banana bread.
were making spaghetti bolognese.
Skills 3 are out
on work experience all this term, they will be back in term 3 to
do the final practical and theoretical exams they need to pass
before they get their graduation certificate.
Nursery 3 are
playing a favourite game -
Lower Basic 4 are
busy completing a task-
The nursery had
their annual outing this month. All three classes went to
Kachikally pool and museum in Bakau, ending as usual with a meal
on the beach.
line up to get on the minibuses.
The food and drink
prepared for their meal on the beach at the end of the day now
has to be loaded into the buses.
Thebuses set off
and then they arrive at Kachikally-
They wait in their
groups wondering what they will see next.
Then they see the
around the pool and grounds it is time to get back on the buses
and set off for the beach where they play games
Then they sit down
to have their food and a drink before going back to Sunrise.
We have a new Cookery and Pastry
teacher in our skills training centre, Mr Abdoulie Jallow.
Some of Skills 2
students are studying their notes here, they have to prepare for
exams in theory as well as in practical work.
We also have a new
nursery assistant, Sainabou Hydara. The Gambian ministry of
education like every primary class to have the date written in
full at the top of the blackboard each day. Sainabou is using
lines to show the correct placing of the letters.
classes are lining up ready for assembly here, they are standing
not sitting on the floor like children in the UK because
the wind blows the sand everywhere and makes the floor too dirty
for them to sit on it.
children are also all lined up in their classes here, ready for
assembly. Nursery 1 are in the front row and display a great
difference in size between some of the children in this class of
3-4 year olds!
If you or someone
you know is going to Gambia, our nursery are desperately short
of coloured pencils for crayoning in the worksheets they use in
maths and phonics. They have plenty of wax crayons but they are
too thick for this work.
Lower Basic 3
students were in the bantaba learning about the different
sources of energy that could be used for cooking.
There has been a
great shortage of gas bottles for some time in Gambia but we
finally managed to get a full bottle of gas and the connector
needed to fit it to the new gas stove in the bantaba, ready to
use in cookery and pastry lessons.
Lower Basic 6 have been
experimenting with the power of magnetic attraction.
These Nursery 1 children were
all busy in their classroom when suddenly the fire alarm klaxon
sounded the warning for a fire drill.
All Sunrise had to go quickly
to the assembly point at the gate