News Article By Kenneth Ridley, taken from: Tanganyika Standard; Sunday News, March 1st, 1959


BLAZING THE TRAIL FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

TRYING to live up to the motto Usque Conabor ("I will always try") is proving an arduous task for nearly 500 boys and girls in these early days of the St. Michael's and St. George's School at Iringa.

In buildings where only a few years ago was virgin bush, there are so many things apart from their lessons at which they have to try became they are the pioneers who are shaping for Tanganyika a tradition in education.

As with all new ventures in young countries, the Iringa school faces its own peculiar problems.

Perhaps the most important and the one which will lay the surest foundation for the future is

moulding a way of life that will set a pattern for the country's future citizens.

No amount of excellence of equipment of apparatus can speed this end. Theorems, calculations and declensions do not instill a sense of responsibility. The orderliness or of maturity that is the hallmark of the English public schools Only over the generations has this been achieved in England

The staff at Iringa has no magic wand to produce the same result in a matter of months. Tradition is a delicate plant, in need of long and careful tending. That is why the children are finding life on the hard side at Iringa.

They are the ones who are blazing the trail for the future generations. Somehow, I feel they' are aware of the burden thrust upon them. I do know that they are accepting their lot happily and in high spirits.

Modern design

This was perhaps the most vivid impression that I gained during a recent 24 hour stay at the school.

There is an awareness among both the staff and their pupils that as far as the material things are concerned, they have been given the best that Tanganyika can afford. Now it is up to each on to help clothe the cold fabric and turn it into a living place.

The school lies on a hump in a saucer of hills. The teaching block. modern in design with its classrooms. science laboratories, workshops, assembly hall and dining hall. is the central feature rising to three storeys, while the dormitories and staff bungalows sweep in an arc round two sides. The layout was schemed on the assumption that the second part of the school - that sore subject it Arusha - should be built on the higher part of the hump. To that end, the laundry, hospital and playing fields occupy the ground between the two parts of the school.

Equipment generally is the most modern. Science laboratories have Bunsen burners working from premium petrol.

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