Historical Background of (MMISC)
It all started with “Les Petits Poussins”, a small Nursery School which first opened its doors to a handful of youngsters in 2006. From those humble beginnings, the school has grown to encompass Primary and Secondary Sections as well as Nursery. Reflecting this new fully integrated model, the school changed its name to Mother Mary School Complex (MMSC) in 2013. The school has grown steadily to its current size of over 400 students across all three Sections. All Sections of the school operate on the same site in Kibagabaga, and are housed in separate buildings. As the school has expanded, new facilities have been built. In 2018 we added a three-floor Secondary Block, incorporating six smart new classrooms, and a modern ICT Laboratory fully equipped for 30 students to study at the same time. We also set up a new Science Laboratory with all the equipment necessary for our students to experience practical Science through their IGCSE and A level courses. An ambitious development programme is planned for further expansion in the coming years, including another block of classrooms to be ready for use in September 2020, followed by a re-development and modernization of the Primary Block. In addition to the Classrooms, ICT and Science Laboratories, the school has a well-stocked Library and a Language Centre where students and staff can receive expert tuition to perfect their language skills in English and French. Sport is an important part of the school curriculum; the football pitch is very well used, as are the basketball and volleyball courts. All of us working at Mother Mary School Complex, staff and students, benefit from the beautifully managed gardens which bring a sense of calm and tranquility when moving around the campus. The most important resource is our team of highly qualified and motivated teachers. Our teachers work incredibly hard to provide the best opportunities for our learners, making sure that every one of them has the chance to thrive and succeed. We invest heavily in the continued professional development of our teaching staff, with regular training provided by our team of expert consultants or by outside organisations such as the British Council or Cambridge International Education. Our classroom practice is focused as much as possible on “active learning”. In this approach, students learn by engaging with challenges and working out problems with the close support of the teacher; this contrasts with the traditional methods where the teacher just delivers “facts” for students to learn. Active learning is ideally suited to the Cambridge curriculum where the final assessments are based more on understanding and application than pure knowledge alone. We invest heavily in new resources to support teaching and learning. Since 2018, we have introduced many new textbooks across the whole of the Secondary Section, so that students can work more independently in lessons. We have also supplied new reading books to support the development of literacy in Nursery and Primary classes. We have also now have four classroom projectors enabling teachers to make their lessons more engaging through the use of videos, presentations and other audio-visual materials. To keep our school running to the highest possible standards, and to ensure our students are receiving the best possible education in an safe and positive environment, we have developed a series of Policies on key aspects of our service such as behavior management, safety and wellbeing, and curriculum planning. We also benefit from the expertise and support of our education consultants, from France and the UK, who work with us for significant periods every year. These highly experienced education experts, work closely with our management and academic teams to improve our policies and ensure our teaching practice is of the highest possible standard. May God Bless you.