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Well, we are on countdown mode over here until the term ends….at least I am! The students are working hard at their studies and teachers are teaching, praise God. Tomorrow, we have the student council induction ceremony for the new officers.  Since our P7 students will be in a very serious mode of study for the third term, they relinquish their student council duties at this time and pass on these offices to the next group. The new student council members will shadow the outgoing members for a week or two when we begin the third term and then the new officers take over.  So tomorrow we have an assembly for the entire school to witness the “passing of the torch” to the next group. The current president will be introduced and then the new president is announced. They meet in the middle of the stage, give each other a hug and the outgoing president takes the student council tie that she is wearing and puts it on the newly elected president. Each outgoing officer follows the same procedure until all of the new student council members have been introduced and given the student council tie. The newly elected officers even take an oath of office by placing their hand on the Bible and promising to be good role models to others. Pretty impressive, no so?!

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Sister Mary Paulynne on the play field

Thursday, August 7, is the Citizenship Honor Roll assembly in our dining hall. The students that have merited good conduct will receive certificates from their teachers in the presence of the entire student body. The students receiving this award will get a sweetie (a piece of candy) from me and then when they come back to begin the third Term of school in September these lovely children will be rewarded with a movie! They LOVE this treat, believe me! After the assembly it will be time to clean the classrooms and the students will remove items from their student desks and lockers. The rest of the morning and early afternoon is spent cleaning their dorms, washing and cleaning their clothes and packing their cases for home.

Friday, August 8, is departure day. After our morning assembly of prayer and flag salute the students proceed to their classrooms, put their cases outside and wait on the veranda or on the grassy section below the classroom block until their parents arrive. The teachers and several classroom helpers are assigned to supervise the students while they are waiting. Many times lorries (large trucks), or taxis (which are the size of a VW van) take children home who live in the same village or nearby neighborhoods. Occasionally, boda-boda drivers (a motorcycle with an extended back seat) take individual students home who live nearby. Transport is expensive here so parents find the most economical and creative ways to get their children home safely for the holiday. While all of this fabulous activity is going on, our administrative team: Sister Bernarde, Teacher John and I are in the staff room greeting the parents and accepting school fee payments from this p
previous term and a down payment for term three.

So you can see why I am on a countdown for the holiday to begin! But hey, it is never boring here and it is such a joy for me to see the sparkle in the children’s eyes when their parents arrive!  And oh yes, the gleam of happiness when the parents see their children well and happy is an added joy!

So I wish you blessings and thank you again for your prayers for ALL of us!  Continue to pray for rain…we only got a drizzle yesterday!

Love to you,

Sister Mary Paulynne Tubick

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Well, here we are in the middle of July and it’s just about three weeks before the end of this second term of the school year.  So I thought I would give you a few updates of what has been happening in the Emerald City, Buseesa.  (I refer to St. Julie School and Notre Dame Academy as the Emerald City because when one approaches our site from a distance all you can see are the green roofs!)

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First of all, Notre Dame Academy (NDA) recently made history!  For the first time since NDA became a secondary school, the net ball team went to the national playoffs.   The team had to be the top team in the district then the county and then be invited to the national level of competition.  Our team had to travel to Mbale which is a several hours to the east of Buseesa.  The girls had to play several games throughout the week.  As you may know, net ball is sort of like basketball except it is played on the grass with more passing of the ball than dribbling.  Even though they did not qualify for the next stage of competition we are very proud of our young ladies.  Our presence at the national level certainly put NDA, Buseesa on the map!

Currently, the students of the primary and secondary schools are taking the MOCK exams, which are tests given in preparation for the leaving exams in November.  The results of these MOCKS are useful for both teachers and students.  When the papers are returned the students can revise/correct their errors and study the corrected exam papers.  It seems like the current P7 class is far more serious than last year’s class so we are hoping for better results and higher scores on the leaving exams in November.  So please pray that the students stay focused and keep their interest level piqued during these next few months.

As you may know, we are in the midst of our dry season in Uganda.  We certainly would appreciate prayers for some rain as our water tanks are only half full.  The students have to carry their jerry cans to the nearby spring every day in order to fetch water.  Not a fun activity by any means!  We have to do this now because the dry season continues until mid-September.  With three weeks to go before the end of this term and the students returning on September 6 we are concerned that we will not have any water in the tanks if we do not begin the water rationing now.

Speaking of rain, we did have a surprise rainstorm this past Sunday right after the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  Now of course it was sunny when we came over to church and so no one had umbrellas or other rain gear with them.  So picture 300 students in church with pouring rain outside and it is time to leave church to go to school and eat breakfast.  Most children would perhaps get very antsy and squirmy waiting for the moment to dash out of church and  make a run for it.  Well, since the kids had to wait for the rain to subside somewhat before they left, what did they do?They broke into song and sang praise and worship songs!  Even a few P4 students got out of their places and danced before the altar.  After 15 minutes the rain let up and the children could leave church without getting soaked.  I tell you, I learn lessons every day from the childlike and trusting manner these young people live their lives!

Thank you  also for your support, love and encouragement.  May the Good God bless you and all of  the Sisters in Rosa Mystica.

Lovingly,

Sister Mary Paulynne Tubick

 

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