April 18, 2005
It has taken me two full terms at Saint Andrews International High School (SAINTS) to getting around to writing about where I go to school. I go to Saint Andrews International High School along with 600 other people from 43 different nations. There are two other American students, but Heather and I are the only ones that have actually lived in the states!
Although we are only supposed to speak English at school as you walk down the hall you hear a mixture of English, Chichewa and Arabic (from the many Muslims at the school). There is an outdoor campus with many different blocks (or groups of classrooms) for all the different subjects. For example, there are English and math blocks. The teachers are mainly British but there are some South Africans and Zimbabweans. There are also six Malawian teachers and I have three of them.
I take a mixture of classes such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Math, Art, Music, Developmental Technology, Drama, Physical Education, French and a lot more. The whole school is divided into four houses, and because there are no other schools to compete with we compete against the other houses. (Heather and I are in the Chiradzulu House.)
Along with your classes you have to take two hours of activities. Heather takes Food Science and Orchestra and I take/took Cricket, Orchestra and Rugby. School starts at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. so we get to come home for lunch sometimes, but on other days we stay for our activities.
I have made a lot of friends at school this year. One of my friends is Aukje. She is from Holland and has been a missionary here for six years. Before coming to Malawi her family was in Canada where her father served as a pastor.
Another one of my friends is Emma. She is from Northern Ireland and her family has been missionaries here for four years. Her father helps run the Blantyre Synod Projects Office.
My other friends have lived here their whole lives. Among them are Kate (United Kingdom), Sarah (Democratic Republic of Congo), Thoko (Malawi), Wati (Malawi), and Reuben (Malawi).
Those are just a few but you can see that people from all over the world go to this school. This is one school year I will never forget.