Friends School Kamusinga
FriendsSchoolKamusingaLogo.png
Address
P.O. Box Private bag- 50204

,
Kenya
Coordinates0°47′39″N 34°42′24″E / 0.794150°N 34.706620°E / 0.794150; 34.706620Coordinates: 0°47′39″N 34°42′24″E / 0.794150°N 34.706620°E / 0.794150; 34.706620
Information
Other namesKamu/Frishka
School typeNational, public
MottoUse Common Sense
Established1956
FounderAllan Bradley (British Native)
PrincipalAlex Kariuki Maina (since 2018)[1]
Staff80
GenderMale
Number of students1800
Campus typeSuburban, on the slopes of Mt Elgon
Color(s)        Blue, black, grey and white
MascotCheetah
Websitewww.fsk.sc.ke

Friends School Kamusinga (FSK), popularly known as Kamu/Frischka, is a Kenyan Quaker national school[2] established in 1956 and located in Kimilili, Bungoma County, Kenya. The school is located 400 kilometres from Kenya's capital city, Nairobi. It is annually ranked among the top schools nationwide in KCSE[3] and has many notable alumni across business, creative arts, sports,[4] engineering and politics.[5]

Kamusinga is regarded as an academic and extra-curricular giant for its superior performance in national examinations of KCSE and in nationwide and East African regional extra-curricular competitions of field hockey, basketball, science congress, drama and music festival competitions over the years.[6][7][8][3][4][5]

History

The school was established by Allan Bradley (a British Native who died aged 90 in February 2000) in 1956 as a transfer unit for Friends School Kaimosi from Kaimosi in Vihiga County. He is remembered by the school by holding an annual intra-school sports tournaments dubbed 'Allan Bradley's Day', held on 18 February of every year. The first Allan Bradley's Day Tournament was on 18 February 2006.[9][10]

The school continues to maintain relations with members of the Allan Bradley family such as Ruth Bradley and Peter Bradley who find possible ways to support the school whenever possible.[10]

Peter Bradley (left; son of school founder) with former school principal Edwin Namachanja
Peter Bradley (left; son of school founder) with former school principal Edwin Namachanja
School administration block building
School administration block building

Academics

National exam performance

The school produced the best 2006 K.C.S.E. (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) national candidate, Dickens Omanga.[11]

Due to scrapping of school rankings nationwide by the Ministry of Education, the ranking of the school is not available since 2018. Based on performance comparison the school boasts production of the highest number of A, A- and B+ grades compared to most schools in the country, making it still one of the top schools in the country.[12] In 2011, before ranking was abolished, the school ranked 12th nationwide.[13] In 2016 it ranked 4th.[14] In 2017 it emerged position 15.[15] In 2021 it ranked 7th nationally.[16]

Administration

The school is headed by Alex Kariuki Maina, who took over the helm in January 2018; he was formerly the principal of Ololaiser High School in Kajiado County.[17] The school was previously headed by Edwin Namachanja from 2010 to January 2018; he was transferred to Maranda High School in Siaya County.[1][18]

Notable former staff

1960s

Nicolas Guy Barnett was a British teaching member of staff between 1960 and 1961. He later became member of parliament of South Dorset between 1962 and 1964, and later Greenwich between 1971 and 1986 in the 42nd and 45th Parliament of the United Kingdom.[19]

1990s to present

The school was previously headed by Simon Nabukwesi who headed the school from 1998 to January 2009, when he was appointed as Kenyan ambassador to Canada in a series of diplomatic appointments by Kenya's 3rd president Mwai Kibaki.[20]

Before Nabukwesi's helm at the school, Christopher Khaemba was the principal from 1995 to 1998[21] before transferring to Alliance High School as principal, and thereafter to African Leadership Academy as the school's founding dean in Johannesburg, South Africa.[22] He is currently the director and co-founder of the Nova Pioneer Academies, which operates in Kenya and South Africa.[22]

Departments

The school comprises ten departments that oversee the school programs and curricular activities. These are the Examination Department, Technical Department, Sciences Department, Math Department, Swahili & Other Languages Departments, English & Libraries Department, Games Department, Boarding Department, School Worship Program Department, and Guidance & Counselling Department.[23]

The heads of each department are appointed by the Teachers Service Commission.

Board of Governors

The school has a board of governors (B.O.G.) and Parents Teachers Association (P.T.A.) organs that assist the school administration in leadership and management.[10]

Student admission

Every year, 300 students are selected based on academic merit and quota as per the Kenyan standard education policy. Academic merit is based on performance on the K.C.P.E. (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) exams. Its quota system ensures that the school admits boys from every county in the country, though with bias to students from public schools as the current education policy requires.[13]

Students are admitted on a need-blind basis. At any given time, there are needy students whose tuition and boarding fees are paid by parties other than their parents or guardians.[13]

Matriculation and university enrollment

On average the school's final year candidates get up to 98% admission into top universities in the country by merit through standard Kenyan public university placement procedures for students who have excelled on the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. By virtue of the school's ranking over the years, with most students scoring A, A- and B+, most students get into university through merit.[citation needed]

Emblem

Kamusinga school gate with the school emblem
Kamusinga school gate with the school emblem

School seal

The emblem is a cheetah poised on its back limbs which appears to be clawing the air.

A banner is floated below the emblem, reading "Use Common Sense".

Student life

Former school principal Edwin Namachanja, showcasing some of the school's accolades
Former school principal Edwin Namachanja, showcasing some of the school's accolades

Culture

Upon arrival, every form 1 student is assigned to a 'guardian' who is a form 2 student who will help the new student find his way around the school in the first few weeks.[5]

The school had a compulsory use of full cutlery set – fork, spoon and knife – during meals(currently only a spoon is required), which was resisted by shagz-modos, but most students and alumni are now grateful as it accounts for their refined etiquette.[5]

Various platforms like the drama and music competitions provide students with a chance to showcase their talents. The drama club organizes the biggest comic show of the entire year called "Talents Night" where students simulate the Monday morning school assembly and imitate their teachers.


Students are also given a chance to showcase their talents during the interclass and interhouse competitions.Disciplines of all sorts including indoor sports are showcased.

Houses

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The school has fifteen houses:

Prefects

The prefects are key to the running of the school. They see that the school routine and school rules are adhered to. They have the authority to punish culprits via the prefect's punishment department. Punishments include washing corridors and rooms and in some extreme cases, working in the school farm or tending to flowerbeds. Punishees are announced on parade everyday of the week and assigned for punishment.[24]

A total of about 110 prefects are chosen each year. 24 of the most outstanding prefects are given top honors in becoming Senior Prefects or Captains. These Captains are allocated various major departments in the school. The school's departments include:[24]

Extra-curricular activities

Sports

Kamusinga offers its students opportunities to play various sports and join teams that participate in various tournaments. The sports include swimming, badminton, table tennis, hockey, basketball, rugby, volleyball, handball and soccer.

School swimming pool
School swimming pool

Field hockey

The school has won Kenya national secondary schools games in hockey 19 times as well as East Africa regional hockey games 18 times since 1999, except for 2010, 2015 and 2017 since the introduction of the game in the school in 1997.[25][26][27][28][29]

Basketball

The school has a basketball team referred to as the Tigers.[30] The school has represented the Western Province at the nationals since 2004. In 2009 it was the first runner-up while in 2011 it was the 2nd runner-up at the K.S.S.S.A. (Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association) national term 1A ball games. Over the years the school has continued to be one of the best basketball teams in the country and east Africa games because of its sterling performance.[31]

Drama

The school's dramatics club has over the years represented Western Province in the National Drama festivals in the Narrative category, winning in the whole country and entertaining the head of state from 1999 until 2006. The drama club at the time was headed by Mark Mutali Chetambe[32] and Isaac Shitubi. They produced various narrators and actors including Isaac Mwaura, Augustine Oluoch, John Paul Wafula and Jimmy Wanjala.[33]

Science Congress

The school has a Science Congress team which is currently ranked 'The Best Boys School in Kenya', 'Best School in Science' nationally in the field and overall ranked fifth nationally.[34][35][36][37][38][39]

Clubs and societies

There are over 20 clubs and societies including the Amateur Radio Club, the Dramatic Society, Law and Debate Club, Scouting, the White Fingers Peace Initiative, the Computer Club, Science Congress, the International Information Exchange Program Club, the School Choir, the Science and Robotics Club, the Integrity Club, the Writers' Club, the Poetry Society, Kiswahili Club, the Model United Nations, the Christian Union, and Muslim Association.[40][failed verification]

Notable alumni

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