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                                                                                                                 ST DOMINIC SAVIO - MAIN CAMPUS

Principal's Message

Sister Beatrice Kapinga- Main Campus' PrincipalSister Beatrice Kapinga- Main Campus' Principal

 

 

 St Dominic Savio Main Campus is the first in a network of St Dominic Savio Schools established by the Catholic Diocese of Iringa-Tanzania. It follows the highly successful model of  all catholic inspired-schools.

St Dominic Savio Primary School - Main Campus has been accredited as a National Examination Council of Tanzania(NECTA) for the Primary and Secondary Years ProgrammeThe school features state-of-the-art facilities, a multicultural student body, and an experienced team of educators and staff. We provide students with education of the highest standard in order to prepare them for lives characterized by leadership and service. Admission to the our school is "means-blind"  and is based on merit. We consider all eligible students regardless of socio-economic status.

A culture of excellence

     As with all the St Dominic Savio schools, we are committed to excellence in all aspects of education. This commitment includes the academic curriculum as well as the campus where students live and learn. Our campus is architect designed and is being purpose built. With state-of-the-art classrooms and resource areas, and extensive sports facilities, our campus will provide an inspiring environment for both students and staff. At the school we strive to create a balance between academic demands, sports, cultural activities and community life. We challenge our students to be intellectually inquisitive and socially conscious. We also encourage them to respect and appreciate other people’s cultures, social structures, values and beliefs.

A rigorous academic programme

      St Dominic Savio Primary School - Main Campus academic programme has been developed through the implementation of the widely-recognised NECTA. The programme is designed to challenge students of all backgrounds. Our aims for our students include:promoting academic excellence, enhancing analytical and study skills, building leadership skills, fostering an ethical outlook and sense of civic responsibility, developing an understanding of global issues and encouraging creativity. Experienced local and international teachers lead our programmes. Faculty members are up-to-date with the best educational practices. They are committed both to their students’ learning and to their own continuing professional development. 

 

We are happy to inform you about the significant success in the conclusive results of the 2020 NECTA exams for grade 4 and 7, and form 4. This came because of numerous interventions, teamwork and diligence by staff. It is hoped that this standard will not only be maintained but improved upon as we promote and celebrate excellence through determination and hard work.

 

There are many discussions about the need for education to be different and it sometimes feels as if we are living in an echo chamber with everyone agreeing that change needs to happen.   We have introduced more interesting and organised teaching pedagogies to ensure we provide Quality First Teaching. Some of the changes are:

 

  • Guided Reading, which is separated from our Literacy Hour
  • Achieving Deep Learning in all subjects across the school
  • Introduction to Maths Mastery in the Primary Department
  • Improved observation and assessment in Early Years
  • Generate children’s/ students’ interest in Mathematics in both Primary and Secondary
  • Promote excellent writing and reading skills across Early Years, Primary and Secondary
  • We are introducing SPaG (Spelling Punctuation and Grammar) as part of our English Lessons
  • Use of Emotional Intelligence in supporting the welfare of children
  • A much more consistent approach to our curriculum planning
  • ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda and support for children with learning difficulties
  • A keen sense of discipline will be inculcated in all children and staff                                                                                                              
  • Weekly monitoring of children’s work throughout the school
  • We have recruited some experienced and outstanding teachers to join our team
  • Appointment of a special quality and standards assurance team for pre-shool years, primary and secondary levels

 

On behalf of all St. Dominic Savio Schools head-teachers, I wish to extend a hearty warm and loving  welcome to all our students in the year 2021. It is notable that the past year 2020 had a myriad challenges. We are grateful that the effects of covid-19 were less felt in our country as compared to other places on our planet, including some of our neighbors.  The new year is started and we are all set to make a mark. Where we missed to achieve our goals due to all that happened, it is my hope that all is on the right trajectory and set on the path of accomplishment. Of course we insist on keeping with good practices as recommended by the ministry of health for the safety of our community. We have established procedures and action plan for all in our community to be followed to the letter. We have planned ahead with local health authorities, school health staff and updated emergency contact lists. We have ensured a procedure for separating sick students and staff from those who are well–without creating unnecessary upheaval and fear, taking care while informing parents/caregivers, and consulting with health care providers/health authorities wherever possible. Students/staff may need to be referred directly to a health facility, depending on the situation/context, or sent home. We are intending to purposefully share these procedures with staff, parents and students all the time spearheaded by our resident medical professional Ms Augusta. This year I wish to address myself to parents on certain matters. 

On behalf of the staff at St Dominic Savio, I am happy to welcome you to the 2021 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that to be successful in school, our children need support from both home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a significant difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.

Our theme for this year is: Promoting Excellence Through Determination And Hard work. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that

he/she:

  • Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
  • Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
  • Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
  • Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
  • Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
  • Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to secondary school, college / university

 

We complement our academic curriculum with our interesting Co-Curricular Activities. These help our children to be well-rounded and well-grounded. Please ensure that your child/ children sign up for a co – curricular activity.

 

Honestly, significant positive changes will be taking place this academic year and some of these changes will be expatiated at different times.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact or book an appointment to see the School Principal if you wish to discuss any issues or challenges regarding your child. We encourage you to visit our school’s website often.

 

I feel privileged to be a part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to meeting you.

 

Sincerely,