‘The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon for each day to have a new and different sun.’ Christopher Mc Candless
It has been a joyful and fulfilling year as we entered a period of new life and growth in many aspects of our school life. We have extended our frontiers through consistent effort built slowly and deliberately on a daily basis.
In the field of sports, our participation in the International Private Schools Sports Association tournament and the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association league opened up new vistas for our soccer team ‘The Red Ants.’ Just as Kenya was proud of their home team Kariobangi Sharks’ win over Everton FC, so was Msongari thrilled to have emerged the winners at the Westlands Sub-county level thus representing the sub-county at the Regionals. ‘The Red Ants’ were eliminated 2 games to the Nationals. Our girls proved that lions don’t need to roar. ‘The Weetabix children’ as they are dubbed in the sports arena can tip the scale.
Msongari Drama club ‘The Muskateers’ made a debut at the Kenya Film and Drama Festivals with a stage item; a play entitled ‘Blast from the Past’.’ A play that cautions young people about their actions as these may come to haunt them later in life. The Muskateers battled to represent Nairobi Region at the Nationals having scooped position 2. We are proud to hold the following awards at the Nationals: 1st Runners up Best play on Promoting Moral Responsibility among the youth, Most Promising Actress – Natalie Kaswii and 2nd Runners up Best overall item in the festival Promoting Moral Responsibility among the youth through Theatre and Film.
Msongari made another 1st this year with the St. John’s team adorned in their stunning black and white uniform winning the Regionals in the First Aid Competitions. The Senior Nursing team represented Nairobi at the Nationals. Over the years, the St. John’s have always reached the Regional competition levels but they did not focus on the down side. They saw it as an opportunity to sharpen their skills and now this year they beat the odds and qualified for the National level.
Loreto Msongari continues to write new chapters of our new frontiers as we again made history with our science team. Over the years much as the sciences have continued to be our greatest challenge it was exciting to see the passion of science ignited in our students with projects reaching the Regional level and finally one project in the field of Engineering proceeded to the National level of the Science and Engineering Fair. The project by Tamara Omondi and Rachael Muigai was entitled ‘GIT Drowning Detector’. This innovative detector will aid a life guard to detect when a person is drowning.
The choir too made a comeback to the Kenya Music Festival after an absence of over 15 years. They presented a song entitled Índerema.’ The song cautions the youth on irresponsible behavior leading to teenage pregnancy. They managed to reach the Regional level.
Another rewarding aspect of the efforts directed towards Academics was the improvement we marked in K.C.S.E 2018. It is our hope that this year we will attain our target of B-. In the IGCSE 2018 examination, one of our students Zoe Gichuhi was recognized for gaining the highest mark in Business Studies in Kenya.
We thank God for the new frontiers and what we have achieved so far, from our Ácres of Diamond’ that is Loreto Msongari School. We celebrate our school and strive to create an environment that enables our students to achieve their goals regardless of the challenges they may encounter.
Lastly, I would like to thank the Advisory Board, Loreto Sisters, teachers, non-teaching staff, alumni and well-wishers for creating a beneficial partnership. Each one of us added value to the relationship and synergy of the team. Together we continue to build on the Loreto Msongari brand as we scale the heights.
God bless Loreto Msongari.