In the Words of the Director
The Nambale Magnet school (NMS) opened its doors to learners in 2009 with 32 sponsored learners (fully supported needy children) and 3 self-sponsored learners (children whose families could afford the school fees). In the last 10 years, the school has realized growth in numbers, scope and experience. The school teaches the Kenyan Curriculum of 8-4-4 and is right now in harmony with the Government’s roll out of the new curriculum of education: 2-6-3-3-3.
In 2016, the school presented its pioneer class of 26 learners for the Kenya Certificate of Examinations (KCPE) and posted great results with a mean sore of 361.9 out of a possible 500 marks. The subsequent year, the Class of 2017 of 27 learners achieved a mean score of 375. This success has been due to hard work, determination, discipline and team work.
The school believes in a holistic approach to learning by developing cognitive skills (Head), character formation (Heart) and inculcating a work ethic (Hands).
The process of this approach espouses both formal and informal learning, with an understanding of life and the ever changing world. The outcome should be all rounded, motivated, responsible citizens and useful to the society.
NMS is a child centred institution that cares, nurtures and educates children on the margins of society as well as those from advantaged backgrounds. The integration of these groups of learners provides a unique opportunity for each learner to exploit their potential and make the most out of life. It also fosters competition amongst learners and expands their world view, as critical aspects in the 21st Century.
Beyond the rigour of academics, the school is engaged in farming activities such as dairy farming, pig rearing, rabbit keeping, raising chicken and crop cultivation. These activities primarily subsidize the kitchen budget and any extra products are sold to earn money for other needs within the school. Farming also provides a practical approach to learning in respective subjects, such as experimental science. They also help to reinforce in the learners that farming is a noble task and should be embraced alongside education. The learners are required to participate in the raising of rabbits by feeding them and cleaning of the cages. This introduces vocation options/pathways.
The school has a sewing unit, which produces uniforms for learners and staff. The sewing unit will in the near future begin to offer sewing lessons to learners under the new curriculum, as one of the pathways in education. Another interest in the offing is bead-work, again offering learners an exposure to art and crafts activities.
Latest on the school’s list of activities is French lessons. An extra language is an additional foundation to the learners and we hope that this will indeed give them an edge in the competitive world.
NMS is digital and besides having a computer laboratory, we also have an internet connection. The school acquired its first interactive board and we hope to eventually fit all classes with this revolutionary technology. This will enhance learning experience and make education quite participatory.
The school greatly appreciates the Nambale community and constantly seeks ways of community engagement. As such, during our annual Founder Week in May, the school does community outreach programs. For instance, the school has been involved in weeding flowers and cleaning the grounds of the Nambale Health Centre. Several times the school has visited Kisoko school for the handicapped with gifts to put smiles on the children’s faces. The school also runs a tent library for the community as a way to promote literacy and reading culture in the community.
Extra curriculum activities such as drama, music and sports form part of the school calendar. The school has once competed to the national level competition in speaking competition, but mostly reached County and regional levels. We are aware that we are sharpening performing arts in our learners and granting them great exposure even as they interact with learners from other schools.
The school aspires to be a beacon of hope and a symbol of development. Indeed, we are the Magnet that attracts right learners, wonderful parents, great staff, brilliant teachers and amazing partners.
NMS is the place to be! Welcome.