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Unique learning that nurtures discipline and talent

Updated Wednesday, June 15th 2011 at 00:00 GMT +3
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By Kiundu Waweru

It is one of the respected educational institutions in Kenya. And for the over 50 years it has been in existence, the school has never had a strike.

Established in 1961, Strathmore School is also unique in that it is one of the few schools in the country that do not have school prefects.

Over the last five years, the private, independent boy’s day school with both primary and secondary school has ranked among the top 10 secondary schools in the country. The school was ranked number one in 2001 KCSE. In 2010 KCSE results, Strathmore was ranked number ten nationally and the second best private school nationally.

Celebrating success

Strathmore School is celebrating 50 years of a successful existence.

But just what is the secret to their exemplary, consistent performance? "Our school is guided by the teachings of the founder of Opus Dei, who is also the founder of Strathmore School," explains the school’s principal Mr John Muthiora. "The basic message is finding God in ordinary circumstances. To find God you don’t need to step out of your work."

In 1958, Josemaria Escriva, Opus Dei founder, sent three members to establish Strathmore School. At the time Kenya had segregated schools and Strathmore would be the first multiracial school in the country.

Muthiora says they emphasise on taking care of little things which many people neglect.

"For instance, if anything breaks down in school, it is replaced immediately. There are maintenance slips in public spaces," he says.

However, Muthiora says there hardly are breakages since as they are welcomed to the school, the new boys are told that the building has been there for 50 years and that they need to take good care of it the same way as the countless students ahead of them did.

Self-discipline

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