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                                                                           13th Edition, December 2015




A library lesson in progress-2015



KAG School Board of Management School Administration
Chairman - Joseph Gathonga                   Manager - Rev. Mohamed Jerumani            Coordinator  International links - James G. Kairo

Headmaster - Harrison Kamere                Accountant - Alphonce Okumu                   Curriculum Heads - Mr. Billy Pepela and M/s Doris Bagubagu

Student’s Councilor - Daniel Mosoti; Rose Barasa                                                     Games Patrons - Mr. Ngaira, Malova and M/s Elizabeth Katuthi

Message from the Head teacher


Welcome to our 13th news-letter it is always an honor to be accorded a chance to contribute .This year I am pleased to inform you that positive strides have been realized to make our school even better.

In education, we managed to beat schools in our division where we merged the top with a mean mark of 340 marks. Seven out of twenty-one pupils joined National schools. I must congratulate my staff for their hard work and dedication to the school. Without them, we would not be where we are. We are optimistic we shall perform better in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.

Our effort as a school con-tinues to be a force to reckon in the community around, I must report that in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education our old boys and girls portrayed good foundation we managed to take 10 students to different university, out of this four were sponsored pupils. These boys and girls were mentored by KAG School; we aim to do much more and to have more students in the universities in the future.

Education without play is not a good education, with co-curricular activities again this year two of our pupils(Ali Dora and Mariam Kassim) travelled all the way to the lake side (Kisu-mu) not only to represent KAG School but also the coast region, what an honour! They did not let us down where they emerged in position four and two respectively national wide. Congratulations to all the teachers for their support, as the Kiswahili saying goes”Umoja ni Nguvu utengamano ni udhaifu” literally meaning together we stand divided we fall.

On the infrastructure this year, we started boarding facilities that gave the pupils a conducive environment for their studies. I thank the school board management for the support. Pupils were upbeat about it and the reception was very good where all classes seven and eight enrolled in the program. I also thank the parents who gave us support in the new facilities that were long overdue.

I must thank our sponsors who are ever ready and willing to take the school to greater lengths. Thanks to the leadership of Rosemary and Jim. This year we were able to fence the school compound and the school properties are safe. To our sponsors who work tirelessly to see the school progress thanks a lot and as I wrote in the last Africa fayre the mark, you left will never be erased or forgotten in generations to come.
God bless you all

I wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016


If you want to help a child at the KAG School….

 School fees per child per year are  approximately US$ 350 (equivalent to £175 or €225).  This money is enough to buy lunch and school books for one year. 

You can also give your donation in the form of desks (1 desk will cost £30). Sponsors are encouraged to send their support through   01924 848142  

Or directly to the school account using the address below:-



A/C No.:            044 029 4907929

*for a follow-up please let us know when you send donation directly into the school account



               Photo page Of the Last African Fayre



StMichaelsChurch           KeithJim           Dilys


   St. Michaels Church                   Keith and Jim                         Dilys                                            

Rita            Michael            Shirley


             Rita                                    Michael                                   Shirley



Lisette            BusyChurch      MatthewRosie


             Lisette                                  Busy Church                     Matthew and Rosie







Sewing Group making washable Sanitary Wear


sewinggroup2         sewinggroup4        sewinggroup5


 sewinggroup1          sewinggroup3         girlusinginternet    

 Elizabeth on sewing machine                               Material brought from uk                                                            Girl using internet



                                                              Teacher’s corner

Welfare department

Our school’s welfare deals with the teacher and pupil’s welfare. This includes Food Benevolence ie in times of happiness e.g. weddings, baby showering and in times of sorrow e.g. funeral

As a department, we took leadership as from the year 2014 having three members in charge as follows:Madame Rose Pius – assistant head of department

As a department, we are happy to say that we have progressed so well despite the challenges here and there.

Our welfare’s motto is to leave KAG better than we found                                                                                           Mr. Sifuna


Boarding department

The boarding section started on 5th May of the year 2015. Classes 7 & 8 are accommodated in school as boarders. A few pupils from other classes have also joined boarding. The boarders are 51 in total –both boys and girls.

The teachers really worked very hard in campaigning for this boarding to the pupils in which the turnout was 100%. The girls’ dormitories are within the school compound near the tuition area while the boys’ dormitories are located in the nursery section.

Despite the few challenges that the boarding section is undergoing e.g. high prices of food and inadequate boarding facilities, the pupils are really enjoying and benefiting as they have

ample time to study

So far, the school is progressing well with the boarding and we are anticipating for more pupils to join come next year. We thank the school administration for establishing the boarding program.                                                                                                                       Mr. George 



Teacher and Jimmy

Teacher: ‘jimmy why aren’t you writing?’
Jimmy: ‘I don’t has a pencil.’
Teacher: Jimmy that is not a correct sentence. The correct way is: I don’t have a pencil, he doesn’t have a pencil, and we don’t have pencils.’
Jimmy: ‘who stole all the pencils then?’

The bad dream in quotes
There was a couple sleeping. The wife had a bad dream; she woke up scared and cried.
Her husband comforted her and asked why she cried, she replied: ‘I had a dream that a very rich and handsome man kidnapped me from you’
Husband: ‘it is okay honey, it was just a dream.’
Wife: responded loudly: that is why I’m crying’



Peace club
World peace can be achieved when, in each person,
the power of love replaces the love of power
Mwanasiti Salim STD 7

Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise,
Trouble or hard work, it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Jimmy Ngowa STD 8

If you are human enough, remember how innocent lives were lost in the Westgate mall attack, brilliant minds lost in the Garissa college attack and many more hundreds of people who have perished in the name of terrorism. Figure it out if you were causality in those cases or your close relative involved, how would you feel? Definitely, it would be painful. So? Be peaceful SAY YES TO PEACE, SAY NO TO VIOLENCE
Mr. Pepela –peace club

Scouts/girl guides

The scouts club started with 15 members i.e. both boys and girls. The patron of the club was called John Mweledi. In the year 2009, Mr. George took over the patron. The club was very active whereby they used to go to camps and participated in vari-ous competitions with different schools
In the year 2013, the Girl Guide club was introduced in the school and in the same year, the club registered 36 members- it was led by Madam Rose as their patron. Almost all members were active and they used to attend the camps and participated in many activities. I want to acknowledge and thank the scout sponsors for buying uniforms for both scouts and girl guides. This motivated the mem-bers and even the other pupils. This also attribut-ed to more pupils joining the clubs. For now, there are 36 scout members and 64 girl guides. The two clubs are faring on well.
Our expectation as club patrons, is to make sure that we help these little boys and girls achieve their dream as scouts and urge the school admin-istration for more support and cooperation

Mr. George and Madam Rose


Environment club
The talking tree

I enter the earth as a small plant
Tiny and helpless like an infant
Then I grow up and be-come as active
As a school child
Very strong and very wild
Then comes the stage when I am of middle
Commanding and brave
Like a sailor who can withstand the gigantic
After a few years, I turn old and my growth
Becomes slow
In addition, I start to lose all my beauty and glow
In my younger years, I was healthy and fresh
Now my health is in a bit of a mess
However, whatever age I am, I will not stop giving you
Unless you pull me out of the soil by my
Let us all conserve our environment, it starts with you. After all its one of our responsibilities on earth, as instructed by the most high

Mr. Pepela-


Bible club

On behalf of the scripture union, I would like to reg-ister my appreciation to all the members of KAG fraternity for the contin-ued support toward the club that has enabled us to mentor our pupils both intellectually and spiritu-ally.
Our club is currently very active as we hold pupils rallies and fellowships on termly basis in many different parts of our county Kwale. This also gives our pupils an opportunity to interact with pupils from different schools.
May the lord be with you all because everyone for himself and God for us all.
Be blessed.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year.
Nehemiah 8:10
The joy of the lord is our strength.

Mr. Malova Atnas

Music and drama club

The club is doing well each year. It is very active, as it has taken pupils up to national level. This year it managed again to take some pupils to na-tional music festival where they competed perfectly.
Our sincere gratitude goes to the administration for their continued support towards the betterment of the club.
However, the club is short-lived by lack of necessary music and drama attires that makes it difficult to compete effectively at higher levels.
On behalf of the club, I sincerely thank everybody for their continued and tireless effort towards this club.
God bless you all.

Mr. Malova


• Ati TV yenu ndongo na nyinyi ni wengi mpaka mkitaka kuiona nyi wote lazima kila mtu afunge macho moja
• We ni fala leo asubuhi nilikupata umeweka mkate katikati ya barabara ukanishow ati ‘’nangoja jam’’
• Wewe ni mblack mpaka ukiingia nakumatt kiwi zinaanza kuimba ‘’we are a family’’
• Una dhambi nyingi mpaka shetani anakuita customer
Tongue twister

Mr. See owned a saw and Mr. Soar owned a seesaw, now See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw before Sore saw See, which made soar sore. Had Soar seen See’s saw before See sawed Soar’s seesaw, See’s saw would not have sawed Soar’s seesaw. So See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw but it was sad to see Soar so sore just because See’s saw sawed Soar’s seesaw.

You have no need to light a night-light on a light night like tonight, for a night-light’s light is a slight light and tonight is a night that is light. When a night is light, like tonight’s light, it is not quite right to light night-lights with their slight lights on a light night like tonight.


Reverend to his congregation: we have good news and bad news.
The bad news is that the roof needs repairing
The good news is that we have the money to pay for it.
(Clapping heard all around the church)
Reverend: the extra bad news is that the money is still in your pockets

Funny Sam

Little Sam went to Sunday school one Sunday. The lesson for the day was from Genesis. ‘God opened up Adam’s side, took a rib from him, and created Eve from it,’ that was what really shocked Sam
Later that afternoon, Sam started feeling sick and his side began to hurt. He laid down on the couch, and after half an hour, his mother came over and asked him if he was feeling okay. He said ‘not really- I think I’m gonna have a wife’

Grey hair

A curious child asked his mother; “mommy, why are some of your hairs turning grey?’’
The mother tried to use this occasion to teach her child: it is because of you dear, every bad action of yours will turn one of my hairs grey’
The child replied innocently: ‘now I know why grandmother has only grey hairs on her head.’



Before several centuries, there was a very large, dense and dark forest. A group of monkeys arrived at the forest.
It was during a cold season, and the monkeys struggled hard to survive the freezing cold nights. They were hunt-ing for fire to get warm.
One night, they saw a firefly and considered it a dab of fire. All the monkeys in the group shouted ‘Fire, Fire, Fire, Yeah we got fire!’ A couple of monkeys tried to catch the firefly and it es-caped. They were sad, as they could not catch the fire. They were talking to themselves that they could not live in the cold if they did not get the fire.
The next night, again they saw many fireflies. After several attempts, the mon-keys caught a few fireflies. They put the fireflies in a hole dug in the land and tried to blow the flies. They blew the flies very hard without knowing the fact that they were flies! An owl was watching the activities of the monkeys. The owl reached the monkeys and told them, ‘Hey those are not fire! They are flies. You will not be able to make fire from it! ‘The monkeys laughed at the owl.
One monkey replied the owl, ‘Hey old owl you don’t know anything about how to make fire. Do not disturb us! ‘The Owl warned the monkeys again and asked them to stop their foolish act. ‘Monkeys, you cannot make fire from the flies! Please hear my words.’
The monkeys tried to make fire from the flies. The Owl told them again to stop their foolish act. ‘You are struggling so much, go take your shelter in a nearby cave. You can save yourself from the freezing cold! You won’t get fire!’ One monkey shouted at the owl and the owl left the place. The monkeys were simply doing the foolish activity for sev-eral hours and it was almost midnight.
They were very tired and realized that the words of the owl were correct and they were trying to blow a fly. They sheltered them-selves at the cave and es-caped from the cold.
Lesson leant:
We may go wrong many times and should seek and accept the advice / sugges-tions provided by others

Binti Almasi




The Kamba people are a Bantu ethnic group who live in the former Eastern Province of Kenya stretching from Nairobi to Tsavo and north up to Embu County, Kenya. This land is called Ukambani that constitutes of Makueni County, Kitui County and Machakos County.

They are closely related Kikuyu, Embu, Mbeere and Meru


They are believed to have reached their present Mbooni Hills stronghold in the Machakos District of Kenya in the second half of the 17th century.

Just Like all other Bantu, communities, the Akamba have a story of origin. It goes like; "In the beginning, Mulungu (God) created a man and a woman. This was the couple from heaven and he proceeded to place them on a rock at Nzaui where their footprints, including those of their livestock can be seen to this day.

These were the initiators of the ‘spirits clan’- the Aimo. It so happened that the couple from heaven had only sons while the couple from the anthill had only daughters. Naturally, the couple from heaven paid dowry for the daughters of the couple from the anthill.

The family and their cattle greatly increased in numbers. With this prosperity, they forgot to give thanks to their creator. Mulungu punished them with a great famine. This lead dispersal as the family scattered in search of food.

Some became the Kikuyu, others the Meru while some remained as the original people, the Akamba." The Akamba are not specific about the number of children that each couple had initially

Sources vary on whether they are the third, fourth or the fifth largest ethnic group in Kenya. They speak the Bantu Kikamba language as a mother tongue. The Kamba are based in Machakos, Kitui and Makueni Counties of Kenya.

They speak the Kamba language (also known as Kikamba) as a mother tongue.

The Akamba were originally Long distance traders, but later adopted agriculture due to the availability of the new land that they came to occupy.

Today, the Akamba are often found engaged in different professions: some are agriculturalists; others are traders, while others have taken up formal jobs. The Akamba who straddled the eastern plains of Kenya also practiced barter trade with the Kikuyu, Maasai, Meru and Embu people in the interior and the Mijikenda and Arab people of the coast.

 basketweaving           dancing

                 Basket weaving among the Akamba                                                                    Akamba dancing


The Akamba people's love of music and dance is evidenced in their spectacular performances at many events in their daily lives or on occasions of regional and national importance. In their dances, they display agility and athletic skills as they perform acrobatics and body movements.


Currently the Kamba community has prominent leaders in Kenya such as Willy Mutunga (the chief Justice), and Alfred Mutua (Machakos governor) Kalonzo Musyoka (the former vice president)


                wilymutunga             alfredmutua              kalonzomusyoka

                Willy Mutunga                         Alfred Mutua                          Kalonzo Musyoka


Hilarious quotes about money
‘’Money is not the most important thing in the world. Love is. Fortunately, I love money.’’- Jackie Mason

“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit’’- George Carlin

“The waste of money cures itself, for soon there is no more to waste’’- M.W Harrison




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Not only are our pupils learning theory but also                                                   16 years ago

   are encouraged to nurture their talents


Message from Rosemary

Dear Kenyan friends and Sponsors,
How time flies, especially when you get older! It is difficult to believe that it is 16 years since my friends in Emley and Jim and I, started raising money to build a Nursery School in Msambweni Kenya. After this had been built, the fundraising extended to building a Primary School, office block and recently a community library. We have also provided many boxes of books and items of equipment for the school over the many years. The sponsorship of poorer children in the school started 14 years ago and now we have not only children at KAG School, but also some at secondary schools and even four at university. This is a fantastic result, all due to the hard work of Mr. Harrison Kamere and his dedicated teachers. I am immensely proud and thank very much all our supporters who, with their sponsorship, have enabled this grand achievement.
In the beginning, we all planned on no more than 5 years fund raising. It is therefore with a mixture of joy and sadness that all good things have to end. The fundraising team after 16 years is now having a well-earned rest. We will not be raising large sums of money in the future and hope that the parents of pupils in the school and members of the KAG church will continue to support any future needs of the school. All our team are well into retirement and our oldest helper is in her 80’s. Others are not in good health. We are very thankful for their hard work over so many years.
We will carry on with the sponsorship programme and equipping the library with books and hopefully still continue to visit Kenya frequently.
Thank you for your love and support over the years. We treasure all the wonderful friends we have made in your lovely country.

God bless you all Rosemary


 Message from Jim Donnan

Fundraising for 16 years to build the school and library has not been easy, and has involved a great deal of hard work and dedication by Rosemary Dilys and their team of volunteers.
Throughout this period, I have been a member of Horbury and Ossett Phoe-nix Rotary club (‘the club’), without whose help the project would not be where it is today. It has given a great deal of financial support over the years, and several club members have visited the school, taken part in teaching both in the classroom, and also in outdoor activities such as cricket. Some have visited more than once.
In the early days, the club provided desks, first aid equipment, and textbooks. For several years after that, funds were provided to purchase large impregnated mosquito nets, to enable every child, and very often their parents and siblings, to be protected at night.
The next project was to provide blackboards, benches, and a complete new concrete floor for the daub and wattle community room at Tumbe (the village whose inhabitants have been treated and cured of leprosy). This enabled the setting up of basic primary education for the many adults who had never had the opportunity to go to school.
In recent years, the club has supported a new toilet block, septic tank water tank and piped water supply.
3years ago the head teacher became very concerned that many children were arriving at school hungry after a long walk, having had no breakfast ,and very little at home the previous evening. These children were not surprisingly lethargic and inattentive, clearly not gaining from their educa-tion, but improving after a lunch of Ugali and cabbage! The breakfast club was therefore started for some of the poorest chil-dren, after a further donation from the club. A bowl of sweet maize porridge is supplied, and although not entirely to our taste, the children love it, and this is being currently supported from charity funds.
On completion of the library, the club provided further funds for the set-ting up of a computer room, with the provision of furniture and recondi-tioned computers, and training for the teachers. This has been very well received and the children now have access to IT les-sons. More recently, further funds were provided to enable internet connection that should happen in the New Year. We took out an old laptop, which was fitted with a modem also paid for by Rotary so the children can now learn about emailing.
We are very grateful to the club for all this sup-port, and suitable small notices have been erected at the school as a reminder of this to all.

Best wishes to you all in the future!

 2015 GRADUATION Rosemary’s Speech in Kiswahili
Hamjambo, habari gani zenu.
Nina itwa Rosie
Nimelete salaam nyingi kutoka kwa marafiki zetu hasa Dilys na Michael pia watoto wetu Kirsty na Luke. Mabibi, mabwana, na watoto mmezipokea?
Nimefurahi sana kufika na kwa makaribisho mema, nawashukuru sana. Tunafurahi kumaliza maktaba na inatumika vizuri. Sisi tumekuwa tukichangisha kwa miaka kumi na sita sasa kwa ajili ya shule hii. Tuna furaha kuona shule ya chekechea nzuri, shule ya msingi, na maktaba ya kijamii.Ni kwa huzuni nyingi, lakini ni lazima kuwaambia kwamba tumemaliza kazi ya kujenga. Marafiki zangu wamezeeka sana na wamefanya kazi hiyo kwa bidii. Sasa ni kazi yenu kama wazazi kutafuta fedha kwa ajili ya mahitaji yeyote itakayohitajika shuleni.
Ninawatakia likizo nzuri na Mungu awabariki nyote.
Rosemary Donnan. 18 Novemba 2015

The following individuals and organization have been recognized for their continued sponsorship of the students in the school
List of K AG School Sponsors

Nick and Jan, Barrie Bowden, Jim and Rosemary, Michael and Dilys, Juliet and Clara, St Peters School, Helen and Aidan Downes, Shirley Jackson
Algie and Sue, Brian and Pam, Bill and Pat, Gillian and John Emms, Rita, Jan Edgar and Tony Shannon, Malcolm Wild, Nigel and Glennis Le Page
White chapel Church, Anita Leversidge, Horbury and Osset Rotary Club, Dianne Hughes, Jonathan and Julia, Beryl Brookes, Chris and Annette
Jane Waldron, David Grenier, Malcolm and Gill Wheeler, Dianne Grenier, Rotary Club of Morley, Mike and Flo, Clare Meehan, Mike and Penny Yates
Lt. Col and Mrs. Nieboer (Lisa), Mike and Leslie Miller, David and Susan Walker, Mary Roberts, Felicity Pape, Mike and Val Robb, Mike and Lisette Gill
Mike Enns, John Faulkner, Anne Wibberley, Graeme and Jenny Chalklin, Brian and Carol, Rachel and Robert Cave, Phyllis Jubb, Mary and Joe Guerin
Douglas and Helen Metcalfe, Lisa Mills, Harry and Olive Ellis, Ian Siragher, John Bullimore