Stories from Royal Kids

Class Three

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

On Saturdays, Royal Kids is still in session. However, the lower primary has a half-day. This is Class Three, in one of the classrooms that was finished last year. This room was finished shortly before the students left for holiday in August, so I was unable to see it filled with students. The white paint […]

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Weekend Visitors

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Ann Wawira and Esther Njoki are on mid-term break from high school. They attend Waa Girls, which is less than an hour away, so they were able to come home to Royals for the weekend. As I write this, they’re both working on their biology homework. I’ve been missing Veryans since she left for high […]

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Staff Room

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

While reviewing student English compositions, I spent some time in the staff room. Teacher Timothy listens as Teacher Wazome animatedly discusses yesterday’s football match between Royal Kids and another local school team. This staff room is for the upper level primary teachers, for grades four through eight. These teachers rotate between the classrooms, while the […]

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The Underdogs

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The stereotype that schools with strong academics struggle with athletics holds true for Royal Kids School. All of today was devoted to several sporting events between Royal Kids and four other primary schools in Mikindani. As you can see from the picture, our football boys (in the green and yellow jerseys) struggled to keep a […]

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Web-Chats with FCS

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

This afternoon, during the games time hour, students from class four, five, and some of class seven and eight had their first web-chat with fourth and fifth grade students from Fredericksburg Christian’s Stafford campus. I took these pictures as we were waiting for them to come online. We used the eighth grade classroom for the […]

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Teacher Elisha: Master Juggler

Monday, February 7th, 2011

This is Teacher Elisha, the headmaster of Royal Kids School. Somehow, just somehow, he is able to keep the upper primary running smoothly. Most educators and administrators would be amazed at how much this man is able to accomplish. Besides teaching both English and Math (he was also teaching Science last year, but the school […]

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Around the Neighborhood

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Today’s photo credit belongs to Kamau. He’s a young man who just finished a mechanics program and is now attending driving school. He spends his free time at the school, and I asked him if he’d like to take pictures around the school’s neighborhood. That’s Royal Kids School behind those tall trees. It’s located in […]

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Boys at the Barbershop

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Before leaving for high school, Hesbon and Henry had their heads shaved this afternoon. If the boys don’t have clean cut hair when they arrive, they’ll get into a lot of trouble with their school. I joined them at the barbershop. Saidi, the shop owner, uses clippers on Hesbon. Since it was a Saturday afternoon, […]

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After School Games Time

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Next week, school sports competitions begin. Today was the last day of training for boys’ soccer and girls’ netball before Royal Kids starts competing with other schools. The boys play soccer in the public field near the school, while the girls play netball in the school’s playground. The girls started their training with five laps […]

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Back to School Shopping

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Preparing one child for their first year of high school is one thing. Preparing eight children for their first year at a boarding high school, at different schools with very specific requirements, takes back to school shopping to another level. At the end of our six hour shopping expedition, Henry reviews his school’s requirements for […]

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