St Patrick's Nursery

School motto:  Life Skills is the Key to Success

St Patrick is a privately owned day and boarding primary school in Buikwe District, close to Njeru Town, and so falls squarely outside those areas in which we normally work. The school is owned by Stephen Kalya, head teacher of Bishop Willis Teacher Training College. Stephen’s support for our projects in Uganda, particularly in our early years from 2003-2006, was a big help in getting us established and respected in both Kamuli and Namayingo. His nephew, Sam Kyana, was our project manager until January 2013 when he retired to concentrate on his own private businesses. 

St Patrick Primary School is a well-run primary school, on a large site (4.68 hectares), in a densely populated area, 2km from Jinja.  During 2011 they already had 35 nursery children attending, who were using one of the primary school classrooms, and so we felt that if we constructed a nursery school block it would be well attended, bearing in mind that, in Uganda, nursery school education is never funded by the government, which is why HvSMF agreed to help. The fees charged range from £20 - £30 per annum and most importantly include lunch.

Completed projects have included:

  • Construction of 3 classroom nursery block to include office – 2012
  • Construction of 4 nursery latrines - 2012
  • Provision of 27 x 3-seater desks - 2012
  • Provision of head teacher’s desk and chair - 2012
  • Provision of slates and chalks for 82 children - 2012
  • Provision of 20,000 litre ISSB water tank – 2012

We are most grateful to Miss Daisy’s Chelsea and Belgravia Nursery Schools in London for organising a sponsored “Walk for Water” event in Battersea Park, London in May 2012.  This is the equivalent distance a Ugandan child has to walk each day to collect water.  This event was a huge success and, thanks to the generosity of the parents and friends of the children, Miss Daisy’s was able to contribute all of the above.  We are incredibly grateful to all involved.

We look forward to visiting the school in March 2013 and seeing lots of happy smiling young children.

Director: Stephen Kalya (above left)

Head Teacher:  Michael Tabewo (above right)

Number of Nursery Pupils in Sept 2012:  82 pupils