30 July 2013


We have been urged by the ministry of education and sports to incorporate sports in our curricula rather than emphasizing academics only. Indeed the Government is out to award scholarships and other benefits to pupils and students who excel in sports.
However insignificant Springs Alive Community School (SPACS) may appear, we have continually been called upon to participate in competitions with other schools. There have been put games structures in various locations so as to woo children into developing an interest in the field of sports.
Schools stage many sports days in which children participate in the sporting events. It is usually held in elementary schools, or primary which is the same as grades Kindergarten-8th Grade. Some schools use a house system, a feature of the school where the competition is between the houses; this is especially brought out during sporting events such as an inter-house sports day.
Parents, teachers and guardians are always called upon to be supportive to games and sports in schools, to participate as good examples.
There are schools that have abolished or altered sports days on the grounds that they are too competitive and may damage pupils' self-esteem - this often reflects the schools' attitude towards competitive sports or competitiveness in general.
There are also challenges of a lot of talent that is still neglected at the grassroots given the fact that many children don't attend school and even when they are in school, they are many times absent because of several reasons like work at home, looking for money among others.  
Unlike the usual schools’ sports days where children just compete in running, Springs Alive community school (SPACS) held its sports day and did many different things.
The sports day had several items on the programmes. Some of them were sack race,skipping race, tunnel race, bottle filling, three legged races were also run as well as parent and child races plus relays.
Other games that were played on the school sports day included straightforward sprints and longer races for all age groups as well as egg and spoon races, they also had traditional dressing, acrobat show, craft exhibition, scouts presentations and reading competition among others.
Dances performed by the school choir made the day more interesting.
Two houses (with as few as 50 students in each house) entertained the guests through their colors. These were Red for Noah’s ark, and Yellow for the Gideons.
These Houses have been named after famous biblical historicals notable for the things they did. In addition the names of the houses causes the pupils easily recall the activity surrounding these names in case a question is raised in an Examination.
There was no winner house as such,given that it was in form of an entertainment,however, excelling pupils earned themselves several gifts.
Parents were asked to be judges for some items like peeling competition, traditional dressing and reading competition.
Many parents had to dig deep in their pockets to show their gratitude to excelling pupils during the event.
We posted some pictures on our facebook page.Meanwhile we await your comments and reactions.

28 June 2013

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. Abdul Kalam

The main challenge facing Springs Alive Community School (SPACS) is dealing with a large number of children who do attend our school.We talk to parents and guardians of these children and we tell them to send their children, and that we will 'make a plan' to help them pay.

Because so many parents cannot afford the $10 minimum we ask for every child, we accept many children who cannot afford to pay. We do this to avoid having them abandoned at home, doing household chores, selling in the markets, digging in the gardens, etc.

SPACS is constantly burdened with finding the funds to cover these children who cannot afford to pay. Costs include basic essentials such as paying the teachers and feeding the children and teachers. It does not even include finding qualified teachers or catering for all the other school facilities.

We are working with the Local authorities to address this issue. SPACS currently caters to about 160 pupils. There remain about 200 children in the community that should be coming to SPACS.
• 60 of them are still at home for failure to have minimal school requirements.
• 30 of them are attending school but not paying anything.
• 6 of them are teacher’s children.
• 74 of them try to make their contributions but most times it’s lacking.

We ask that you help us address this issue by standing with SPACS in working towards having all our community children attend school. You can do this by helping us find the necessary contributions to cover the services we want to offer. We only need $40 per term for each child. This amount will allow us to have:
• Good teachers
• Lunch
• Exams
• Medical care and the like

We at Springs Alive, thank you for your kindness and for helping our children. We remain dedicated to serving the community.