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Art & Craft

At Nice View Gratitude Academy, it’s important to get a time dedicated to art and craft lessons.

Indeed, art and craft lessons help to strengthen self-confidence for children. Making objects by their own means is a source of satisfaction, happiness and pride.

Yoga lesson

At Nice View Gratitude Academy, all of our students get the opportunity to do yoga sessions several times a week. Yoga allows them to focus easier, to feel more confident and to know themselves better.

Communication and Information Technology

To have a better understanding of our teaching environment and of our differentiating skills we wish our students get to learn, we present you few images of our computer room.

Our students learn how to use a computer as well as different software (learning the different parts of a computer, typing, easy programming, Word, Excel…)

Back-to-school season 2024

Last 10th of January, students of Nice View Gratitude Academy made their first day of school.
Teachers, Miss Lavender, Sir Victor, Sir Alain, Miss Dinah, Miss Constance, Miss Pauline, Miss Diana, Miss Jackline, Miss Esther, Miss Linet, Miss Immeldah, Miss Ruth, Sir Peter, Miss Doreen, Sir Salim, Sir Suleiman, Miss Bintihamisi, Sir Dominic, Sir Joshua and Sir Joseph are glad to find their students back for this new year 2024.
This new year represents the beginning of news actions which are conducted by our teaching staff. Let’s find them out together !

New tradition : SCHULTÜTE

2024 is the year for a new tradition : Schultüte ! It’s a tradition from Germany that occurs on the first day in primary school. A Schultüte (or academic cone) is a large cone filled with toys, sweets and school supplies.
The first Schultüte appeared at the beginning of the 19th century in the German’s states of Saxe and Thuringe. They are popular since then, but their look and content have evolved through time.
The legend said that theses cones grow in trees and when they touche the ground the time of back-to-school has come.
Pre-primary school is not mandatory in Germany. Schooling begins often with primary school at grade 1, it is a big step in life for them.
Furthermore, the school usually organizes a welcome party for the new students and make pictures of them with their Schultüte.
Therefore, our students of grade 1 have been given a Schultüte for their first day in primary school for the first time in Nice View Gratitude Academy history.

Challenges for 2024

Back-to-school season is also the opportunity to set new goals for this new year. Many exciting challenges await our teachers.
Lavender Achieng, general manager, said : “ The coming of new students and new teachers will bring new ideas. We already worked on our activity clubs to make them more active. I can say that the main challenge for this year will be to increase happiness. Even if our students already love our school, we will put all our efforts together, so they love it even more.”

In conclusion, our teaching staff is ready for 2024 and is glad to host and accompany our students for a successful school year.

Climate Change Project Week 2023

Story by Joshua Mwasigwa

We have all seen the effects of climate change and we as the Nice View Reporters set out for a week to explore and find ways to tackle it.

Monday, 12 February

On the first day everyone was super excited to join and be a part of the Nice View Reporters for a week. We all got T-shirts and most importantly name tags because we were not all familiar with each other’s names. To make it more interesting the FLMH team came up with group names concerning the climate: Sun, Wind and Water.

Our group was Sun which was obvious because we were always bright with so many ideas and always tried to outshine the other groups … We learnt that the global climate is getting worse day by day and we looked on ways how we can stop harming our climate and make it better.

Tuesday, 13 February

On Tuesday we set out to Sawasawa Beach House where we interviewed two amazing people. They were willing to tell us what they are doing to prevent harm on our global climate.

Stacey, a 25-year-old who is currently the Sawasawa Beach House Manager, has been there for four months now and already claims that she has faced the effects of global climate change at the hotel: “The main challenge we are facing is lack of fish for the guests and the lack of water in bathrooms and showers.” Since they get many guests, they have to come up with measures such as building hats for them to prevent them from sun burns and even digging deeper boreholes to get more water.

Stacey was very kind and took her time to let us interview her. At the end she encouraged us to spread news on the effects of climate change and ways on how to prevent it.

Daniel Onyeti, a 58-year-old from the United States of America, is a retired activist who involves himself with Brian Nyabuti in Nairobi. The project “Waste Free in 23” is about recycling of plastic in Kibera, one of the biggest slums in Africa. He stated that their project is only four months old, but already so much progress has been seen. The non-fundable project is also open-source. In Kibera approximately 300.000 citizens are living in a small area. An average of three tons of plastic is collected a month, which is about 20% of the whole Nairobi County plastic. Daniel is a very optimistic person and told us that he doesn’t doubt that in five years’ time Kenya can be waste and plastic free if everyone has self-awareness and takes responsibility.

Wednesday, 14 February

On Wednesday we set out on an adventurous field trip to the Diani Turtle Watch located in Diani. All three groups were very excited to go on this trip. We and some of the officials there had a Beach cleanup and to our surprise collected more plastic than we anticipated – the beach looked so clean at first, but it’s never good to assume things. We saw a turtle nest where they usually lay their eggs in the laying season. We later were assigned some questions to answer, and our group was assigned questions on the Mangrove which was very interesting. All of the groups got to know a lot about turtles and what to do about them. We also got to know the “Trash into Treasure” slogan, which means to always make something beautiful from plastic waste. Lastly we learnt a lot about marine life.

Thursday and Friday, 15 and 16 February

On Thursday we had a tree planting activity whereby all groups participated and planted about eleven Cashorina trees and also assigned them names. We also came up with duties on when and who will look after the trees. At the end all the groups made posters and came up with ways on how to present their work on Friday afternoon.

Nice View Football Lesson

The Nice View Reporter Club proudly presents an explainer video on how to play football.

The story behind the video

Since the Nice View Reporter Club 2022 was dedicated to making explainer videos, we started it with a short introduction to the basics of filming on Monday. Afterwards it was time to go into the different groups.

In our team green we then did a small recap of what reporters do. One of the important things: they tell facts in an objective way. Well, that posed a challenge for us since our topic was football. And there were many football fans in our group!

To get a feeling for video making, we jumped right in: Everyone tried filming outside at different spots on the Nice View compound. We did two forms of interview (with the interviewer being visible or not), filmed moving subjects and experienced the effect of slow motion and time lapse. Afterwards we watched the filmed material.

On Tuesday we collected our knowledge about football. We knew a lot already, but what about the inventor of football? Or the first official African team? So we did some research on the internet with google.

In the afternoon we had a lot of information on our board. Now there came the difficult part: narrowing it down. We also had to decide on the order in which to present it. After doing that, we collected all the requisites that we needed for our actors on the next day.

On Wednesday we went through the final script together. It included all the scenes we had to shoot and which text to record. Then it was shooting time! So we went to the football field. Two pupils where filming with mobile phones. The rest appeared as reporters, actors – and themselves. After hours of shooting and playing football in the sun, we were all very tired (and some also sunburned – guess who!). But we had a lot of great material.

On Thursday we started with interviewing our football expert Abdallah Makau. Then we recorded the voice-over. Since everyone did a great job, you can now hear everyone of team green in the video. We also shot some last scenes in our studio.

Later Benni showed us on his computer how the different scenes come together in editing. Here it became clear why we were shooting with two cameras: to show a scene from different perspectives, which makes watching it more exciting. Afterwards some of our team tried editing their own version of a penalty kick.

After six hours of editing until 3 o’clock at night, everyone of team green could finally watch our football video on Friday morning. It was great seeing everything of our hard work paying off. We hope that you enjoy it, too