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Mugoiri Girls: Where CJ Koome, Sabina’s talents were nurtured

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Mugoiri Girls High School is one of the best performing schools located in Murang’a County. The school, which is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Murang,a, was founded by the Consolata Sisters in 1938.

It started with only four teachers, all of whom were nuns, and 25 students. The first headteacher was called Sister Zaveria Pasqualina.  However, operations at the institution were disrupted by the events of World War II forcing the nuns to be confined at Mathari Mission Hospital.

 By 1956, the population of learners had risen to 150. At this time, the school was known as Gatiiguru, which means a hill. Currently, the school has a student population of 1,526 and 51 teachers. Over the years, the school has continued to record top performances in national examinations featuring among the top 200 countrywide.  

Other than academics, the school administration also understands the power of extracurricular activities. As such, they have encouraged students to register as members of various societies and clubs as a way of nurturing the talents of those who may be good in other areas. The most active societies and clubs at this institution include Straight Talk Club, Journalism Club, Environmental Club, Young Catholic Society, Art Club and Drama Club.

This school, which is currently headed by Madam Susan Mundia, has been very active in science and mathematics contests and symposiums, thanks to the late Kimani Weru, who laid a good foundation.

Weru was an energetic math, business and science teacher whose lively lessons made the subjects popular among students.  He taught at the institution from 2008 and 2017.  His sudden death was a big loss to the school as well as former alumni who benefited immensely from his teaching.

At one time, cases of indiscipline were on the rise at the school. Some alumni remember how unruly students could sneak in illegal stuff like radio, tape cassette players and snacks without being caught.

During preps time, some of the students could lock themselves inside the dormitory just to listen to music but on several occasions, a dorm master would catch the culprits and confiscate the contrabands. Other students used to sneak either through the fence or through the gate especially during the weekends. However, such cases came to a halt with the arrival of Stephen Mwaura, the no -nonsense discipline master.

Within a few days of his arrival, the level of indiscipline had come down tremendously. In fact, the school went on to become one of the most disciplined in the area.

Some of alumni, who walked the straight and narrow led by the school motto “We are the Light”, which has seen them succeed in life include Martha Koome, Chief Justice, Sabina Chege, Murang’a Woman Rep, Rosemary Kabura, a medical doctor in Nairobi, Mary Gakunga, a biomedical engineer based in Nairobi,  Cynthia Muthoni, a nurse based at Eldoret, and Grace Wawe, an accountant at Haco Tiger Industry.

Others who wore white blouses, back skirts and red ties include Paustina Mwende, a business lady in Kitui town, Edith Waithera, a high school teacher in Murang’a, Dorcas Ndinda, a tea farm manager in Limuru and Grace Muriu, a financial consultant based in Nyeri.

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