In early 2015, our oldest students – currently in Form 4 – will be graduating from The School of St Jude. They’ll be our inaugural graduating class from our Smith secondary school.
It’s almost unfathomable to consider this prospect and yet, before we know it, three years will pass in the blink of an eye. As we prepare for these students’ to complete their national High School exams at the end of the year and initiate them to Form 5 and Form 6 to complete the rest of their secondary education in preparation for their University studies, we have to keep the inertia of Gemma’s vision – of fighting poverty through education, of raising the academic standards across Tanzania – in high gear.
Yes, it will be difficult, but if the last ten years have taught us anything, it’s that the dedication of a few can make the world of difference to many. In this aspect, it takes just one committed educator to transform the lives of students and staff alike.
As Jane Wall, the Academic Head of St Jude’s, mentioned the school is:
“on the brink of producing some of the best educated and qualified graduates in the whole of Tanzania. Schools around the region are beginning to notice and wonder how it is that in our very first year of Form 4 exams our students are taking the top places and our school is ranked 3rd out of 302 schools and top of all co-educational schools in the North-Western zone.”
There are numerous reasons why other schools are beginning to notice us and our academic accomplishments, which is an enormous credit to our high educational standards and effective teaching skills practiced everyday by our teachers.
Our academic staff – both local and Western – are some of the most highly-skilled educators in Tanzania. As we enter into this new and exciting phase, we are looking for very experienced educators who are looking for a new challenge, who could support us as we introduce Form 5 and 6 to our secondary school. If you have led a department or been part of a senior leadership team and feel that you could mentor our Heads of Department and academic leaders we would love to hear from you.
We also urgently need ESL teachers who can commit to us for at least a year. Our teachers and leaders are required to teach and conduct all school business in English and therefore it is vital that they are given regular ESL teaching.
Over the last ten years we’ve had more than our fair share of bumps along the road – literally riding over unpaved, bumpy roads at times – but the milestones and accomplishments are well worth the challenge. Right now, in our moment of becoming a secondary school that caters to all class levels, this is no exception, as we look to compile an academic staff ready to help us fight poverty through education. So take a chance and be extraordinary in the eyes of our students and staff, helping them lift their peers, their families and their communities out from the depths of poverty.
We look forward to speaking with you soon.