Having been in KISU for over ten years, I know exactly what it means to be a Secondary student here. As a child, I always wondered what being a Secondary student would feel like. I clearly remember my transition phase from Yr 6 to Yr 7 like it was yesterday. I was anxious, nervous and quite frankly scared to be in a different world from the simple one I was used to. Of course we had our step-up day to see what it would be like for a day, but i didn’t think that was enough. I was going to be on my own now! We wouldn’t be in ONE classroom anymore, no more teachers nagging you to do things and certainly no more single-file lines! But when the day had come and I had finished that first day of Secondary, glancing at my mother’s smile in the car park just made my exhilarating day even better. All the teachers were helpful and kind, the older students were certainly not what we saw in the movies and the lockers—which was the most exciting part—were exactly what we expected!
Looking back at that day, I really don’t think anything has changed, I can actually say it’s even better now! Now that we have a multi-functional campus with all the possible resources we need, a day in KISU Secondary school is a dream for many around the world. The day is carefully organised so that we have sufficient breaks within lessons; morning break, where we can relax anywhere around the school and lunch break where we can mingle with our friends and eat our packed or school lunch in the accredited canteen. KISU is a school that is not extremely large in number which means that there is a guaranteed one-on-one interaction between teacher and student. I say this with experience as it is currently my last year in KISU and I will proudly be graduating from this excellent, world-class school. Why did I mention ‘world-class’? I strongly support the fact that this school, as per Secondary, has all possible opportunities to have a student end up in top universities in the world. Not only that, but as loyal, hardworking human beings in this growing and competitive society we live in. We have international courses in Secondary, including the IGCSE and IB, which prepare us with all the necessary qualifications needed to enter any given university.
Particularly, the IB course has tremendously helped me to stay focused on the rigorous IB requirements as well as stay in tune with all my other interests, for example: sporting activities, theatre productions, the art of music and many more. IB has a CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) component, whereby we are encouraged to be creative and think ‘out-of-the-box’ as that is what global markets desire in these times. We are also inspired to take the initiative to engage ourselves with a variety of activities, which firstly makes us skilled individuals, but also helps our university applications. Lastly CAS helps us to not only think of ourselves but for this global era as well, by serving communities that are less fortunate than us. We then learn and appreciate what we are given which, in turn, make us exemplary beings. All Secondary classes have an element of community service through which each grade has a set number of hours to complete that increases by grade.
You may be a student that is going to study in Uganda, a parent that wants their child/children to have an all-rounded education, or just a person that has come across this article, but all I have to say is that, Secondary life in KISU is enjoyable for both the student and the parent and will definitely meet or possibly pass your expectations. It is a school for hard-working and diligent people who will enjoy their passions in a fun and pleasant environment, as I have done so for the past 6 years.
Winnie Sandhu – IB2