The school year started in January 2020 as staff and students arrived in DGS to kickstart yet another year. This is finally the end of the long holiday and the beginning of the school year. Teachers assist students to adapt from the home environment to the school environment onwards.
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Grade 3 pupils took part in a market clean up exercise. The community was glad to receive the children and commended their good work. The children were tasked to improvise cleaning tools which they did very well and proved effective.
One of our local partners set up a joint assessment between different schools in the area. DGS students performed very well. All students who participated in the assessment were later rewarded. The Assessment was based on Numeracy and Literacy (English and Swahili) skills.
The final year class of this year are making strong preparations as they cover all learning areas. The teaching staff is working hand in hand with them to ensure everyone will be at their best at the end of the year.
The Scouts’ Club is responsible for conducting the start of each assembly in DGS. The team comprises of girls and boys in charge of hoisting the national flag and singing the national anthem. On Mondays they sing the national anthem in English while on Fridays they sing in Swahili. They also ensure the trees in […]
Class 8 students each received a mathematical set to assist their geometrical skills in the Mathematics class. We hope this addition will help improve the mathematics results in the national examinations in October.
Thanks to a generous donation from one of our sponsors electric fans have been fitted in the library and a few classrooms. This is as a result of the high temperatures especially in the afternoons that make it unbearable for learning to continue effectively in the classrooms.
Pupils have one short break in between the morning classes. They use the break to unwind and relax by playing some creative games. Next time you visit DGS make sure you play one of the games with the children.
The activity fees funded by the Destiny Children Charity went a long way. A good number of students were able to represent the school. The games competitions started at the zonal level, then to the sub-county, county and regional level. Two of our DGS students made it all the way to the regional level and […]
The DGS lunch programme has received a very big boost. Our friends from Colorado, Alana and Meredith, organised a fundraising bingo event and raised over Ksh 192,000 to go towards the lunches we provide the children at Destiny garden School. We sent Alana this film clip to show at their event, and as it was her birthday we sent […]
Welcome to Destiny Garden’s lunch program. Our aim is to provide all the children with a nutritious lunch every school day to help learn more effectively; for some this is their only proper meal during the day. Meal preparation involves the kitchen staffs buying and sorting out the food before cooking it. The students are very responsible and help with cleaning up […]
The first wave of examinations is here. All students sat for examinations based on the January classes. Most of the students had mixed feelings since this was the first examinations of 2019. After 3 restless days, the students completed their examinations. It was a silent relief to many. We keep encouraging students to take the […]
Students always look forward to the DGS lunch break. All children enjoy free lunch provided through the school’s feeding program. The children get to sit and enjoy the meal together.
Destiny Garden School children are warming up to participate in the Term One games competition. Students will be participating in athletics (track and field events). Teachers are ensuring the students get enough training and support .We wish them all the best as they plan to represent DGS.
Grade One students are advancing their English language skills. They really enjoy learning sounds in the english lesson. All are excited and ready to learn more from their teacher.
The Day Care class is receiving new admissions, the school having reopened the first week of January. The age of children being admitted is 3-4 years old. The children are already enjoying their stay in DGS as they play and learn a few basic things about school. We are glad they are starting school and look forward to more years with them.
It is January 2019 and students have reported back to school after the long Holiday break in November and December. The students have enjoyed their break, many visiting other existing family members within and out of Mombasa. They are now back and we look forward to a prosperous New Year.
Students, parents and teachers all gathered to mark end of 2018 with a beautiful party. It was amazing to have all the people coming together to enjoy the last day of school the year. After a long year of hard work, it was great to finally meet and look back to the year that was. […]
There was all colour and excitement as DGS marked its 2018 Graduation Day. It was a beautiful day as the Pre Primary 2 class (formerly Kindergarten 3) graduated. Parents, teachers and fellow students gathered to share the joy together. At the end of the day there was a huge cake for all to taste a […]
The Third Term in Kenyan schools is a short one, just September and October. At the end of October, the children in the older classes complete written assessments. Most of the classes take in house assessments, apart from Year 8 pupils, who take the KCPE before moving on to High School. These assessment are used […]
Five members of the teaching staff (Bety Odingo, Christine Nyariera, Nicodemus Muthoka, Catherine Mutuku and Christine Ulii) attended an ICT Training day. Afterwards, the school received five tablets donated by the program trainers. DGS is keen not to be left behind as Digital Learning becomes a key part of education and will be essential in […]
Here are DGS Class Photos for our 11 classes of 2018! Class 8 is our final class. These students will be taking their KCPE examinations (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) in November and will hopefully progress on to High School.
During this term the children have enjoyed class celebrations, where sponsors had sent funds for them to have a treat. The children greatly enjoy their time at school, putting lots of energy into playing games during breaks!
Fatuma Mwalimu was awarded The Joe Hunt Trophy for DGS Footballer of the Year at the end of Term 2. Fatuma has been the most outstanding player in the school for the past two years. In August, she played in the National Schools’ Football Tournament. This is the first time a DGS pupil has been […]
During Term 2 DGS had a number of very welcome visitors. Guillermo and Marta visited DGS in May and spent some quality time with our students. Guillermo is one of Allies & Morrison’s architects who helped with the construction of the new Library/Dining Shelter. Their visit was particulalry valuable to our upper primary, where they […]
During the Summer term, Teaching Staff participated in a number of training sessions to ensure their skills and knowledge are all up to date. DGS is keen to ensure that staff are supported by appropriate training to deliver the best possible educatuon to our students. This term’s training focused on building the skills needed to […]
There was a big surprise in store for all DGS children on the day they received two printed photos of themselves, a portrait and an action shot. The children were all delighted to have the photos they had been waiting for. The children enjoyed sharing these pictures with their friends at school and with their […]
In the Spring, DGS students wre invited to design and make bracelets for the wedding favours at a sponsor’s wedding. An enthusiastic group of children had a wonderful time producing these beautiful bracelets. They demonstrated impressive design skills and artistry, for young children. As always, the children’s talents are impressive!
Guillermo and Marta visited DGS and spent some quality time with the DGS students. Guillermo is one of Allies & Morrison’s architects who designed and monitored the progress of the new Dining Shelter/Library. Their visit was a boost to our upper primary students – they shared with them a number of lessons on drug and substance abuse, a topic we usually cover to create awareness […]
DGS aims to adopt and implement the New Curriculum during 2018. As we get closer to the end of its first year, teachers and pupils are giving it and enthusiastic reception. The new curriculum is more practical and hands on than the previous curriculum. There is, of course, a need to buy new books and […]
DGS is very grateful for the sponsorship which continues to pay for every child to receive a healthy cooked lunch, essential to the well being and progress of our pupils. More funding has also been received for tables and benches to go in our smart new Dining Shelter. All the pupils can now be seated […]
Class 6 children were surprised this term by the presentation of a new school uniform for each child, bought with a donation from a DGS sponsor, Debi. (Debi also sponsors Grace, one of the Y6 pupils) Debi said, “Children being the same as their peers creates confidence and equality, which is so very important for […]
The Games Department received a very useful donation of sports equipment, thanks to the generosity of the architects and engineers, Allies & Morrison and Arup. This has enabled more pupils to particpate in a range of sports. Physical Education is now a mandatory subject in the Kenyan Education curriculum, so the donations came at just […]
Class 4 visited the famous sixteenth century Fort Jesus and Museum on Mombasa island. This was an educational trip that was also very exciting and a lot of fun for the children, who are normally limited to classroom activities. The trip was sponsored by Miguela and her son Valerio who sponsor one of the children […]
Letters sent to children by sponsors continue to play a major role in improving the quality of language. The children read out these letters in class and learn how to reply to letters. It also offers a rich sense of diversity to the children as they learn about how people live in other countries. The […]
In March DGS was proud to play host to as educational gala. The school staff and pupils were delighted and proud of the choir who won an award in their category.
The children now have rows of newly installed wash basins outside the toilet block. These fulfil the requirements of the Ministry of Health. The children can now make sure they have clean hands before sitting in the new Dining Shelter to enjoy their mid day school meal.
The new look DGS Classrooms, funded by a Mombasa company, came into use in January. It came as a total surprise to the children, when they returned from their holiday, to find bright, newly refurbished classrooms. The walls had been freshly painted, the floors tiled and glass windows installed. What a difference! With additional desks […]
In 2018 the Library was completed. It has space to acomodate 2 whole classes, with plenty of room to view and choose books. The librarian is always available to help the children choose new books. Another wonderful resource for the children!
The beginning of 2018 saw the completion of further major developments at DGS reflecting the tremendous progress made in the previous four months. The most exciting change for the children was the completion of the Dining Shelter and Library. The classrooms also completed major renovations. DGS continues growing from strength to strength thanks to the […]
The Kenyan educational system is undergoing a major change. In January DGS teachers attended a training session on the new Kenyan education curriculum. As with any change, there are many challenges for the school. DGS is fortunate in being able to offer relevant expertise and training to our teaching staff. They will undergo several training […]
George is one of DGS’s past pupils, sponsored by Jane. He has now moved on to High School and has recently received a donation from Jane to buy the necessary textbooks. George is very grateful for these and hopes now he has these maerials to work hard and make good progress in his studies. Our […]
DGS has had excellent exam results from their Year 8 students. The Final Primary Examinations for Grade 8 were conducted in early November. In Year 8 students take the KCPE (Kenya Certificate for Primary Education), which marks the end of their stay at DGS. They now continue on to High School, in the following January. […]
DGS now has a dazzling new look! Improvements to the school furniture and classrooms and the buildings continue to make life more comfortable for the students and staff so that learning and teaching can take place successfully. New desks were made by a local carpenter and delivered to the school thanks to generous donations from […]
It was another glorious moment of celebration as the KG 3 Class graduated at the end of the school year. Wonderful news – all 30 of them will be joining Grade 1 next year starting in January 2018. The chidlren wore deep blue graduation outfits and shared a magnificent graduation cake! In a wonderful […]
The Feeding Program is still an integral part of DGS and we have managed to provide lunch throughout the term thanks to generous donations from various sponsors. We appreciate all the effort put in seeing this through and in keeping 470 children well fed and in school. It is a time they all look forward […]
In November 2017, a team of 3 arrived from London. Tino (Allies & Morrison), Henry and Richard (both from Arup) volunteered in the Dining Shelter construction site for close to a week. They also managed to spend some quality time with the DGS children, playing games and getting to know the children.
As curtains close on Term 2, we wish to thank all our sponsors for journeying with Destiny Garden School. DGS has accomplished a lot in providing quality education to all the enrolled children. During the Closing Day Assembly, both staff and children gathered to give account of the term that was. The children now look […]
A group of boys and girls from different classes enjoyed learning to play the reocrder, using gifts sent to the school.
Class 7 and 8 visited the Mombasa High Court and the ancient Fort Jesus, which is located in Old Town of Mombasa. This was both an Educational and Recreational trip. At the High Court they learnt about how the justice system works. Fort Jesus has played an integral part in the history of Mombasa and […]
With the ever increasing numbers of needy children in the neighbourhood, Destiny Garden School has been taking on new admissions of disadvantaged children. This constantly leads to inadequate sitting places in the classrooms. With recent Desk donations, the whole of Class One received new desks units; their old desks were given to the other classes, […]
Exercise book donations to DGS have ensured students have had books for writing their classwork and homework. This is one of DGS’s large ongoing costs. During each month of the Second Term children were delighted to receive new exercise books.
Thanks to sponsors’ generous donations, a number of mini parties were held to celebrate students’ birthdays. These are always a huge surprise to the individual and the class as most students do not know their birthday dates. In this poor area of Mombasa birthdays are not usually celebrated. Apart from a large birthday cake, the […]
Thanks to a very generous donation from the Rotary Club of Knutsford, DGS now has a fully constructed incinerator ready for operation, starting in May. The incinerator alleviate concerns over waste management.
The feeding programme for students continues to grow each year, especially with the number of needy children gradually increasing from time to time. DGS is currently managing lunches for about 470 children. Many guardians and parents struggle to feed their children, find this a great benefit. In April, thanks to generous donations, DGS children were […]
DGS received an English story books donation from the CfBT (Centre for British Teachers) organization working with AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) and WWW (Wasichana Wote Wasome) local for Educating All the Girl-child. The English language is largely being promoted in the country as one of the official languages alongside the local Swahili. Young children are being […]
Providing lunch for our 470 children is important, not only for their well-being and for their ability to learn effectively, but also to help ensure the children attend school. At home many of the parents and guardians from this very needy neighbourhood find it difficult to provide adequate food and are grateful knowing their children […]
Meet the budding Building and Construction Engineers and architects of DGS! These children use whatever simple materials like mud and sand to build imaginative constructions. What a shame they cannot build their housing designs and live in them!
In one of the classes, we found a rare talent; a budding gymnast. Apparently, he entertains the rest of his classmates during their free time by executing back flips and handstands!
In February and March, DGS took part in Ball Games competitions. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams impressed at both football and volleyball. An impressive five students proceeded to the Sub-County level. They are: Matano Said (Class 8, Boys Football), Brandon Lee (Class 8, Boys Volleyball), Melisa Queera (Class 7), Fatuma Mwalimu (Class 7) and […]
DGS took part in the Term One Ball Games competitions. Both boys’ and girls’ teams impressed at the football and volleyball games. Five students proceeded to the Sub-County level. This is an improvement compared to the previous year. Our girls and boys continue to blossom both academically and in co-curricular activities.
DGS received a much needed supply of exercise books to kick start the first term classes. The children normally start the new year in a new class with old, torn and worn out exercise books, with little spare space left to take them through the term. This year, with the new donated exercise books, classes have resumed on a very bright […]
The children enjoy herding the school goats after their afternoon classes. A new goat was donated by a sponsor under the GTMAD scheme – Gifts That Make A Difference.
Some children were very excited to receive letters this term. They shared the letters with the rest of the class during the English lessons. These are moments the children look forward to. Knowing there is a friend on the other side of the world is something to really treasure.
The Baby Class of DGS recruited new students at the beginning of the new school year. This group of enthusiastic children has now joined the education world. Many were unaware what would happen after their parents dropped them off on their first day at school. They have, however, adjusted to the new environment and can’t wait to see their friends each day. We join in supporting […]
Childrn sit exams regularly during the school year to track progress in key subjects.
In January, all children in all classes benefited from exercise book and stationery donations. Parents are usually penniless at this time of the year especially after the holiday break and Christmas holidays. And are unable to provide these. The children were delighted as they re-ceived the donations made possible by King’s School, Neovia Supply Team […]
It is with much delight that we welcome back all our children and staff members to kick-start the new year and term. We take this opportunity to wish them all the best and to also thank our Destiny Garden School Stakeholders – we wish them a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2017. Let us make […]
After a long year of preparation, Class 8 of 2016 finally sat their final Primary Level Examinations. Like previous years, the Examinations ran smoothly with no notable incidences and all pupils maintained a clean bill of health during the entire sessions. They leave DGS full of hope as they await their Examinations Results. The staff and parents wish them all the […]
DGS pupils who performed well were taken to Domino’s for a Pizza Treat; the visit also included learning how to prepare different pizza flavours. It was the first time the attending pupils had tasted pizza and the elation could be witnessed as they tore into their pizzas. It was a phenomenal moment for the whole […]
It was a day of great joy and expectation as Kindergarten Class 3 (KG 3) finally graduated to Primary Class One level. The staff, fellow pupils and parents were all jubilant to share the cheerful day. All thirty-eight children graduated and they marched into the hall with their teachers to receive a Certificate of Excellence. The rest of the classes’ top performers and achievers received prizes in […]
It was a great joy when Regina and Bernd paid a visit to Destiny Garden School this October. They are both keen supporters and sponsors of the school and have visited the DGS on several occasions. Regina and Bernd spent time with the Director, Jacob Boaz, catching up on the latest developments at DGS; there have been a number of remarkable improvements at the school and they were […]
It was a great surprise and a special moment for the Class Five pupils and their teacher when they received a rare treat to celebrate Belinda’s Birthday; this was provided by her UK sponsors, Steve and Heather. The class had a huge cake to share, biscuits, delicious eclairs sweets and mango fruit juice. To capture the moment, her classmates […]
After the October exams and to mark the end of the academic year, the DGS children took it to the field just to relax and pass time. It was always known Term Three would be a short and very busy one, fully of activities. The whole DGS family now looks forward to the Closing Day and the […]
This project was guided by Brenda Ongola, one of DGS Directors, with the aim of making Destiny Garden School the cleanest school in Mtongwe. Brooms, bins and cleaning materials were bought for all the classrooms and the children were given advice on cleanliness and how to keep all areas of the school clean. The Girls’ […]
A group of seven from Rotary Club of Mombasa visited Destiny Garden School during the August holidays. This was a much awaited trip and the first to DGS. Members of the group experienced first-hand the DGS environment and what life is like for the children. They were shown around the compound to see the school’s developments, and had the opportunity to interact […]
The whole country was delighted with the Kenyan team performance at the Summer Olympics in Rio this August. Kenya sparked in its finest Olympic showing in history with a 13 medal howl and fifteenth place overall. This was also the best African performance. The best moments in Rio were: Jemima Sumgong became the first female Kenyan winner […]
End of Term Two 2016 is here! The children at DGS sat their end of term exams and, as usual, the last few days have been a nervous time for them. The only consolation is that there is a holiday waiting ahead. The examinations were administered peacefully from the first paper to the last. Results are already out and all the children have individual copies to take back […]
DGS welcomed Beth Gracely to Destiny Garden School. During her time at the school she donated a book case and textbooks for the library and helped Masika, the school administrator and librarian, to stamp the new books and cover them with protective brown paper. Beth took time to go into the classes to interact with […]
The entire Destiny Garden School family received a generous gift of bananas. The children love to have fruit as a treat after lunch and it ensures a balanced diet; at present, however, we are only able to buy fruit occasionally. The gift was a donation from sponsor Susan and Graham Burnett to celebrate the birthday […]
The First Aid Team has received new First Aid kits. This has been made possible by a generous donation from Alana Monge, who recently volunteered at DGS, and her friend. The school now has 3 new kits, together with extra supplies to replace essential items. These kits will assist in First Aid issues both within and outside the school compound […]
Many Destiny Garden School pupils attended the first Sports outing of the second term, competing with other schools in the area. They took part in several races and field events such as long jump, short put, javelin and discus throw. Most managed to progress to the next round where it will get more competitive, but […]
During the school holidays the local carpenter, Mr Bernard, has been making a few desks for the children at Destiny Garden School. This has been made possible by kind donations that not only helps DGS but also provides work for our local carpenter. The desk units are designed for 2 pupils but often have to […]
Every year during Term One sessions, the extra-curriculum activities bring pupils from different schools together to play a variety of ball games. During this year’s Term One, DGS pupils marched into different ball game competitions – football, volleyball and netball. A good number or our pupils qualified to be included in different zonal teams and […]
DGS welcomed Alana, Vanessa and Meredith to Destiny Garden School. During their time they aided in teaching, office duties such as filing, playing with children and generally putting a smile onto everyone’s face. It was a joyous week at DGS with all of them around. For more details and photos please see https://www.destinygardenschool.website/volunteer-reviews/volunteer-alana-works-at-dgs/
Alana and her friends Vanessa and Meredith, from Colorado, USA, enjoyed doing some voluntary work at Destiny Garden School. Alana says: “We had an amazing time getting to volunteer and learn more about the school, and were extremely welcomed by Boaz, Jacob, and his family and everyone at the school. I was impressed with all […]
Destiny Garden School received a massive donation from the Destiny Children Charity (DCC) in the form of exercise books to boost the children’s classwork. Purchasing enough exercise books for all the children each term is one of the school’s big challenges and thanks to the supporters of DCC this has been made possible. The exercise books were […]