Welcome to Shani school admissions. Before you proceed, we highly encourage you to go through the following rules and regulations.
Shani School is governed by Roman Catholic principles and values. We expect that all children, parents, teachers and other staff adhere to these principles. The school teaches the Roman Catholic Church doctrine during the Christian Religious Education (C.R.E) and Program of Pastoral Instruction (PPI) classes.
The parents’ participation in the school is of paramount importance to Shani.
Therefore, parents are encouraged to cooperate in the activities of the school e.g. Seminars, Parenting courses and briefings. We run these parenting courses and seminars once a year per class which are compulsory for both parents to attend. Shani School mission is to provide value based education aimed at the full development of the parents, teachers and the children at an affordable cost resulting in successful citizens not only of this world but also of the next; to this end, these parenting seminars and courses are pivotal to attaining this vision.
Another aspect of the Shani School culture is the provision of classes for the child minders at least twice a term.We believe that teaching only the parents and children is not sufficient enough to have our children become successful citizens. The principles and morals must also be reinforced at home with the help of the child minders working in together as a team with the parents and the school. Shani Taji School hosts within their premises the Family Network International (FNI) office. This is the organization through which it carries out seminars for parents and activities for couples. The following activities are run to better foster family life:-
✓ Monthly dinners for couples during which an invited guest talks to the couples about a pre-selected subject relating to family life
✓ An annual weekend outing for couples
✓ Charity Activities
✓ Women’s and Men’s Evenings to discuss topical issues affecting the family
✓ Family picnics
✓ Family Fun days
The above activities are geared towards fulfilling the Shani Mission.
With this in mind, the parents of all new primary admissions will attend a mandatory Basic Parenting Course. For our upper primary parents, there is a mandatory Pre-Adolescent Course known as “Nipping the Bud” that will be run for the STD 5 parents. Both courses are run in the 3 rd Term. In Shani, English and Kiswahili are the only languages allowed in communication among students/teachers and other staff. Use of vernacular language within the school is prohibited.
The Shani School culture would be incomplete without the Shani School Diary. This diary is mandatory for each and every student. The diary is the written means of communication between the parents and the school. Please ensure that the parents’ and emergency contact details are accurate and updated. Communication between the parents and the school should be channelled to the head teacher or class teacher either through the school diary or calling the school. The Shani School Staff has very cordial relations and an effective team spirit. This has been evident during the school sports days and plays staged over the various years involving all the pupils in the school, the academic success achieved by the students as well as the day-to-day running. It is impossible to achieve such feats without a high degree of dedication and close collaboration. All 4 campuses have a day and night watchman ensuring 24 hour surveillance of the premises so that the students, teachers and staff are safe at all times.
For the School Office, the working hours are from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday. The office is closed on weekends and public holidays.
For the Kindergarten, the following school hours apply:
6.45 am – 8.00 am – Reporting times
3.00 pm – 5.30 pm – Children go home
For the Primary, the following school hours apply:
6.45 am – 7.15 am – Reporting times
3.30 pm – 4.10 pm – Clubs and Games
4.10 pm – 5.30 pm – Children go home
NO student should leave the school compound during school hours without written permission from the School Administrator. Mid Term and School holidays dates are indicated in the School Calendar. Please familiarise yourself with these dates. Shani Kindergarten children can celebrate their birthdays in school by sharing their birthday cake with their classmates.
In the event that you would like to bring a birthday cake to celebrate your child’s birthday in school kindly bring the cake to school before 10 am so that the children can have the cake with their class during the 10 am tea break. The birthday cake SHOULD NOT BE ACCOMPANIED BY ANY OTHER SNACKS. Kindly adhere to this. SHANI PRIMARY children are advised to celebrate their birthdays at home. No cakes or snacks will be allowed in school. If you would like the school to assist in giving parents’ contacts to invite your child’s classmates and friends to a birthday party at home, kindly do so in writing to the School Administrator 2 weeks before the party. The School has child supervision before and after school hours. The supervisor is on duty from 6.45 am until 8.00 am. The supervisor(s) duty is to receive the children and direct them to their respective classes.
In the afternoon/evening the supervisor will be on duty from 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm. The supervisor(s) duty is to guide the children to the cars that have come to collect them or the school transport with which they go home with. The School therefore requests parents to keep to the stated hours to minimize the child’s exhaustion.
Please note that the supervisor leaves the school at 6.00 pm and as such any child that has not been picked up by then will be in the school alone with the security personnel. Punctuality in dropping off and collection of your children is a primary rule to observe. The School would greatly appreciate if parents write in the diary or call the school in advance to inform how the child will go home in the event that parents are not able to collect the children from school. No child will be allowed to leave the school compound unless the person collecting the child is well known to the school administration. The school requests that the official drivers be formally introduced before hand to the school to ensure the safety of the children. In the event that this introduction is not possible – for example in the case of an emergency – kindly call the School Administrator giving the full names of the driver, their National ID number, car make and registration.
These are one hour long parents meetings that are held every year in first term. They are normally held in Shani Taji in the afternoon from 4 pm to 5 pm.
Each Kindergarten level has its own briefing day where the parents are taken through the school year’s syllabus. The parents are briefed on what their child will be learning through the year and what to expect academically from their child.
The school rules and regulations are also restated in brief by the school’s Management
It is required by Kenyan law that students between the ages of 5 to 18 years to regularly attend all classes scheduled for their class or level, as well as, the activities chosen at the beginning of the year.
Regular attendance is important for students to be successful learners. When a student is absent, they miss out on the sequence of instruction and must spend extra time catching up with their classmates upon returning to school.
The School Administration must be informed of any absence by 9.00 am that same day.
PLEASE CALL EACH DAY YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT. Also, in order to be admitted back into class, the student must present to his or her teacher a letter or note in the diary from his/her parents justifying his/her absence. If you would like to collect your child before the school day is concluded that is 3.00 pm for the Kindergarten and 4.10 pm for the Primary, kindly notify the child’s class teacher via the school diary or call the office to notify the School Administrator and/or Head Teacher. Once this is done your child may be collected no later than 1.30 pm. Please note that NO student will be allowed to leave the school premises after 1.30 pm. A student shall be excused from school when the absence is:
✓ Due to his or her illness.
✓ Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or health officer.
✓ For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services rendered.
✓ Due to illness or medical appointment during school hours – however, parents are strongly encouraged to schedule medical appointments during non-school hours.
The purchase of the Shani School uniform is done ONLY at the school. This is to ensure uniformity of the Shani School uniform in all the students.
A new student is issued with 3 sets of uniform and 1 set of P.E. kits for the kindergarten whilst the new primary student is issued with 2 sets of uniform and 1 set of P.E. kits.
Please note that uniform is only issued once payments have been made. Fitting and issuing on uniforms is done on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.00 am – 4.00 pm in Shani Nyota School. A parent may also opt to purchase for their child a fleece jacket and or a tracksuit for the cold seasons. These are also available at the school at an extra cost. During the cold season, the Shani children are permitted to put on stockings. The stockings will be worn underneath and the school socks put on top of them such that the socks for all students are visible. The Kindergarten boys and girls will be permitted grey and white stockings ONLY whilst the Primary boys and girls will be permitted black stockings ONLY.
The School uniform should be worn tidily and correctly both at school and between home and school. The full school uniform must be worn at all times. Shirts are to be tucked in; socks are to be pulled up; heel straps in place and shoe laces tied. Where a situation arises concerning a student’s uniform, written requests for temporary wearing of non-uniform items must be referred to the class teacher and head teacher. In the event that one of the younger kindergarten children have soiled their school uniform, the class teacher will ensure that the child is changed and given a change of clothes temporarily as his/her clothes are cleaned and dried. Please ensure that you pack a change of clothes especially for the kindergarten children. All children are expected to have their hair neatly done. A student’s hair must be kept clean and tidy at all times.
For the girls, the hair should be neatly plaited with no beads or coloured bands in it. Alternatively the hair can be unplaited but neatly combed and tied if possible. For the boys, their hair should be cut short (not longer than a “number 2” razor cut) with no fancy hair cuts or designs on their heads. The style of the hair should not be extreme including but not limited to Mohawk, untidy afros, shaved styles and/or patterns. The colour must be the student’s own natural colour; no dye or highlights are allowed. No make-up or jewellery is allowed to school. These will be confiscated if found and returned to the student at the end of term. Students are not permitted to have tattoos.