Objectives

Among the principal objectives Boipabolo aims to achieve are:
• To offer high-quality, internationally-recognised education.
• To help each student realise his/her full potential.
• To instil in each student a desire to excel and to pursue a worthwhile profession.
• To provide an environment that is conducive to both learning and creativity.
• To provide students with skills-based subjects so that they can appreciate their capacity to contribute to social transformation.

History

Boipabolo Junior School grew out of Playland Pre-School, founded by Mrs. Liz Perkins in 1999. Mrs. Matsosi Reeve, who returned to Lesotho after studying early childhood education in Australia, began working at Playland as a volunteer. When Mrs. Perkins was about to return to England, Mrs. Reeve agreed to take over Playland. However, the original Playland premises were no longer available, so Mrs. Reeve found a bungalow belonging to Maseru Club. Initially, there were only 23 children, but as word got out about a pre-school which offered a structured educational programme under the direction of a qualified and experienced director, numbers began to grow year-by-year. Additional classrooms were created adjacent to the original bungalow and in January, 2013 Boipabolo Junior School was launched with one class of 17 – still on the original site. With an ever-growing number of pupils, the time came to locate and purchase land on which to build an entirely new school. In 2013, the purchase of a much bigger site, adjacent to Marabeng, a short distance out of Maseru, made this possible. Plans were drawn up for a range of buildings, to include purpose-built blocks for science, art and music, as well as a multi-purpose hall for assemblies, indoor games and a dining area. In 2015, the new site was fenced and trees were planted around the perimeter. Construction began, a borehole was sunk and a water tank erected. Early in 2016, building began on the new school and the first block of classrooms was opened in August that year with 112 pupils in grades one to four. Curriculum Boipabolo Junior School currently has 205 pupils, of which about 90% are Basotho. We have grades 1 to 6 and offer a variety of carefully-selected courses that will help shape the future of its students. Infrastructure Three classroom blocks are now open. We currently have nine classrooms, a computer room and a covered eating area. The permanent administration block has just been completed and the temporary structure erected much earlier will be used as the art and craft room until the specialist classroom block is ready for use. Although we do not yet have a purpose-built library, the various classrooms have an impressive collection of books for all levels, including fiction, non-fiction, reference and books for specialist subjects. Expansion of our stock of books is ongoing. There are three toilet blocks (providing ten cubicles), a borehole and a water storage tank. Boipabolo is connected to mains electricity and has a Wi-Fi connection. At the gate there is a guard house. School garden Land for a fruit orchard and a vegetable garden were among the first areas to be set aside before building began. Pupils now play an active role in tending the gardens as part of their educational programme. The produce is used when we have special lunches.

Educational Programme

Boipabolo is a Sesotho word meaning “excellence in action”. Here, we follow the Cambridge International Curriculum and our first cohort of candidates (Grade 6) will sit the Cambridge Checkpoint examination in October, 2018. We also offer the local primary school curriculum so that our pupils will be well-versed in local educational values, culture and history. Our programme includes English, Mathematics, Sesotho, Science and Social Studies; in addition, we offer French, Computer Studies, Sign Language and Creative Arts. Clubs are held every week to expand on the range of activities taught.

Sports & Extra-Curricular Activities

We offer a variety of Sports (taekwondo, gymnastics, hockey, tennis, cricket and football). Individual and team sports are a regular part of the programme, as are educational outings, based on the topics being taught. Boipabolo is a member of the Maseru Association of Private Schools, which enables us to participate in inter-school activities such as sports, spelling bees and chess competitions.

Teaching staff Boipabolo has a staff of ten qualified and experienced full-time class teachers, as well as five part-time teachers who are specialists in their particular fields. Future Development A multi-purpose hall will provide space for school assemblies and similar functions, as well as a covered sports hall. A non-slip surface will be laid and lines painted for this purpose. There will be a kitchen and a covered dining area. Specialist classrooms are planned, so as to widen the scope of the education we offer. Provision is being made for a science room, an art and craft room, a French room, a sign language room and a fully-equipped library to include private study facilities. A swimming pool is also included in our plans. In line with developments in solar energy, solar panels will be installed in order to make use of the ample free sunlight we enjoy. In addition, we plan to harvest rainwater.

Services rendered by Boipabolo

At Boipabolo we currently sponsor one child from a disadvantaged family, while at Playland we sponsor two. We feel this is one way to give back to the community and hope to increase the support we offer to such families as our resources grow. We see the school as a resource for the community and shall endeavour to provide facilities to enrich the lives of children in the locality. We intend to allow access to some of them - for example, the sports facilities and swimming pool - by the wider community. It will also be possible to hire the hall for community functions.