It was on Monday January 14th 2019 that this first term kicked off. It had 12 busy weeks for both pupils and teachers. Two monthly tests took place for the pupils, which meant that we were on tight schedule!

Pupils were not only occupied with curricular activities, but also they participated in extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs and religious activities.

The school organized training and workshops for teachers. The first training or workshop was a pedagogical day in order to refresh teachers for teaching and learning methodology using the new program known as CBC or Competence Based Curriculum. The second training was about child protection and safeguarding. This training saw the participation of the teachers of EPSI and SIHS together with the administration of both schools. We were introduced to the protocols and policies of child protection that will be implemented in all the works of the Society of Jesus in Rwanda and Burundi.

Il y a quatre ans que Saint Ignace organise une journée culturelle et sportive. C’est un jour de sport, de fraternisation, de présentation culturelle. Cette année ce jour est célébrée le 13 octobre 2018. C’est un samedi. Nous prions qu’il ne pleuve pas surtout que la météo nous dit que cette période de la semaine, surtout le 13 octobre des pluies torrentielles tomberont ! Heureusement tout commence sans nuage qui fait peur !

DEBATE CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS

Before I say a lot about the debate club and how it has helped learners in different ways regarding language skills, I would like to explain what club is. Thus, the term club is explained in the following lines.

Club is an association dedicated to a particular interest or activity. It can also mean a group of people who meet together regularly, for a particular activity. Club can also be explained as an association of two or more people united by a common interest or goal.

Recollection to begin a new term

We have a tradition at our school –both primary school and high school (these schools are known as EPSI and SIHS respectively) –to begin a new term with a day of recollection. On this Sunday 19th August 2018, we gathered in numbers to have to quiet moment of prayer and reflection. Our facilitator was Charles Niyigena, SJ, a former member of the staff at our school.

It was a sunny Sunday! We were all dressed in a colourful attire! But blue was the dominating colour! And the sky was blue. Perched in the middle was a tent hosting the table, a table not like others, but the table of the Lord. Some call it the altar, others the throne of grace! Ours was a throne of grace. Indeed, we were graced to be there, and we long to belong to the Graceland!

Le long trimestre prend finalement fin. C’est de la joie pour les élèves, enseignants et parents. Un trimestre sans égal ! Au début, il pleuvait abondamment. A la fin, c’était de la chaleur. Il en va sans pour autant oublier que tout cela a eu beaucoup d’impact sur l’environnement tant en classe qu’en dehors de la classe. Mais en général, nous sommes contents des résultats.
 
Parlant des résultats, l’équipe éducative a pris son temps précieux le 2 août de les analyser classe par classe. Comme être enseignant on se donne en-saignant –ce n’est pas de la blague mais une réalité –nous nous sommes rendus compte que chaque jour nous avons toujours à viser l’excellence –le magis –tant sur le plan académique que sur le plan humain et spirituel.