With the reputation of Suubi Secondary & Vocational College's academic and vocational achievements steadily growing in stature throughout this year, we have been receiving an increasing number of inquiries, from villages further away, about the possibility of their students joining SSVC in 2017. Taking this in to account, a decision was recently made to construct a dormitory so that students from distant villages will be able stay on the school compound, enabling them to also be part of SSVC's unique style of education. Seeing the construction actually kicking off on Thursday has created a real buzz about the place, no more so than for the SSVC vocational students who have been studying building and bricklaying - they are now putting their new skills to work on the new structure!
Bricks arriving on site on Thursday signalled to everyone that the dormitory, that had so often been discussed throughout the year, was now becoming a reality.
SSVC students were right on hand as their vocational trainer and builder of all SSVC structures, Paul, guided them through how to mark out the foundations.
They then helped to peg out the next corner,
before getting stuck in to helping to dig the foundations.
On Friday morning, SSVC student, Tiigo Richard, very proudly laid the first brick in place.
Paul watched closely over the boys and guided them as they set the first corner in place and continued on with one side of the foundation.
Today was yet another hugely successful day at SSVC as an exhibition and talents show was held for parents, representatives from our partner primary schools, district officials and the wider community. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the school year and showcase all that had been achieved throughout 2016. Everyone in attendance was throughly impressed with what they saw.
The day began with a talent show that the large crowd thoroughly enjoyed. Students like Alex showed off their diverse talents; everything from singing, dancing, acrobatics....
right through to a fashion parade of clothing made from bark cloth.
With the talent show complete, it was time for everyone to tour the school and most importantly check out the exhibition of vocational items the students made throughout the year.
Headmaster, Walugembe Robert, addressed the large crowd, including the inspector of schools, Mulumba Matius, before setting off to check out the students vocational work.
He and others were suitably impressed when they saw the desks that the metal work and carpentry students had made during this term, in preparation for the next intake of students at the beginning of 2017.
Once inside the vocational training hall the tailoring and knitting students work was put under the spot light. Once again everyone was very impressed by what they saw; even more so when it was explained that this group of students now have the skills required to produce the uniforms and sweaters for next years intake.
Heading out to the building and bricklaying exhibit found a mini structure that the students had been learning on.
But the highlight of the day was definitely seeing that the building students are now part of a real construction team; they are actually putting their skills to work on the new dormitory. The metal work students will also leave their mark on the new structure when they soon begin making the windows and doors.
So as you can see, the vocational skills that the students have learnt throughout this year have already given them the ability to make something truly meaningful and useful. This years group of vocational students will be able to see their work on display for years to come in the future - in the dormitory, windows, doors, classroom desks, uniforms and sweaters. Now that's what we call meaningful education! Well done everyone!
By the end of today the dormitory foundations looked like this. Make sure to check back in regularly because at this pace it will soon be completed!