A brief history on St. Savio Junior School:
St. Savio Junior School, Kisubi, was founded in 1954 by The Brothers of Christian Instruction (FIC) whose founders were two French men: Rev. Frs. Jean Marie de la Mennais (1780-1860), and Gabriel Deshayes (1767 - 1841). Their purpose in mind was to make Jesus Christ known and loved, among the youths of the time. They encouraged and endeavored to transform young men morally, spiritually, socially and academically so as to serve God and society better.
Foundations in Uganda:
The Brothers of Christian came to Uganda in 1926, at the invitation of the White Fathers Missionaries, who were in charge of evangelization of the Central and Western regions. They came purposely to take over St.Marys College, Kisubi, which was the highest education Institution within the mission of the White Fathers. The White Fathers Missionaries, had established a network of schools,[junior secondary Schools] within their regional boundaries, in Uganda and beyond, to feed St. Marys, College, with students.
The Brothers were not foreigners to these missionaries; for they had known a good number of them, way back home in Canada, where they had taught some of them, including some of their bishops. They therefore, lost no time to taking over from the White fathers, not only St. Marys College, but all subsequent feeder schools, the case of Junior Secondary Schools.
St. Marys College had started as a Junior Secondary School, operating at Rubaga and later transferred to Kisubi, to operate as a middle school, going by the system of education of the time, at the same time; "a junior secondary education section" was added on.
St. Marys College, wanting to get more students into the Middle School, with limited room, decided to phase out the junior secondary education section, which had just been started. This led to the starting of "St. Savio Junior School" with 25 students. Rev. Bro. Aderit Murray (RIP) was the first Head Teacher, together with two members of staff; Mr. Kakoma George (RIP) (Composer of Uganda National Anthem), and Dr. Makanga Boniface, the father of Ms. Mugagga Pauline, one of the current female teachers.
In addition to the above new venture, the Brothers wanted to accord Teacher Training opportunities to aspiring Brothers to train as teachers at what was then Mount St. Teresa Teachers' Training College (MSTTC);again another great college of the Brothers in this country. It was the young brothers, who after qualifying, would be posted to Savio Junior School, to strengthen and later refine it! As time went by, some laymen were also admitted to Mount St. Teresa Teachers' Training College. Savio Junior School became a demonstration school for the teacher trainees.
The school evolved and comprised classes of: Juniors 1, 2, and 3 (1954-1967). The political crisis of 1966 abolished Kingdoms and Chiefdoms bringing to an end the federal system of governance in Uganda. So, 1967, Uganda, became a republic. [Mark well, each time there is a change of government; the school system is the first one to be affected]. In this regard, the education system underwent re-structuring. Thus, Junior Secondary schools [Jun. I, II & III] were phased out. Rural Trade Schools [Junior Technical Schools, which were joined after completion of primary six] were also phased out. Teacher education or referred to as vernacular Teachers [V-Tr.] trained in Normal schools [Ecole normale] were phased out as well. Commercial schools followed a similar trend.
The above changes brought Savio Junior School, to evolve into a three-stream school [A, B, C], of upper primary classes namely: primary Five, Six and Seven. Much as the above changes were abrupt, the Brothers maintained their concept of feeder schools Mugwanya Preparatory school Kabojja, which was founded in 1960 as a feeder school continued enjoying this relationship till early 1980s.
The Birth of PAKASA
The 1980s period in schools, experienced financial difficulties, hence a call to rejuvenate Parents Teachers Association [PTA] to address such issues. When it came to forming the associations of these two schools, Mr. Kiwanuka, [The Chair of Management] rationalized that theirs would not include teachers; reason being that teachers were not the employers, but rather employees. Therefore, the association formed was a Parents Association [PA instead of PTA]. Since, the association was to govern two schools i.e Parents of Kabojja and Savio, an acronym was born out of that relationship, known to date as PAKASA.
Owing to its good performance, the Management [PAKASA] of the two schools ushered in a new dawn of increasing enrollment for the two schools, without over burdening parents with new abrupt infrastructures [buildings]. The formula used was based on the fact that; since the two schools were of a three stream establishment; Mugwanya Prep. Sch. instead of graduating all the three streams of primary four, to Savio, would send only two streams, thus, retaining one stream to start primary five of one-stream. Savio would also use the remaining one stream to recruit primary one pupil s. These ideas and efforts of upgrading the two schools started in1981. Thus, in 1985 Savio became a full primary school, with a two- stream establishment (A, B,) a case we see today!
Vision and Mission
The Brothers Vision by then was, and still is, To produce an all round and successful person with a difference and the mission aligned to the one of the founders; Make Jesus Christ known and loved among the youths who in the process would transform holistically and serve God and society better
St. Dominic Savio [1842-1857], was a fourteen year old Italian, Patron of Choir boys. He was chosen by the Brothers as the school's Patron Saint for pupils of St. Savio to emulate. The school has lived this legacy to date!
St. Savio Junior School Kisubi endeavors to;
- Lead children to know and love Jesus Christ, so that they may follow his example in their own lives.
- Be a place of excellence where pupils may tap their potential.
- Develop the parent's/guardian role in the child's education.
- Be a caring place where pupils and adults feel valued as individuals.
- Be a hub of spiritual values development.
- Enhance the synergy of the children, parents, staff and community for the benefit of the child and all.
- Trust in God
- Self respect, respect for others, respect for property and the environment.
- Perseverance and pursuit for excellence.
- Promotion of Justice and service to others especially the disadvantaged.
- Developing and maintaining a caring and inclusive school community
Motto: School Logo
The Brothers in whatever they did never lost sight of their concept of feeder schools. Savio motto is proverbial; Nezikookolima..[English version, Even those that crow.were once eggs] This was translating into a belief, that SMACK boys crow, which was and still is a sign of success. So, the young cock of Savio [in form of an egg] looked for successful career through SMACK, which was next door. This Philosophy is well enshrined in the symbolic images of the school badge.
The school administrators: The Head teacher and Deputies have always been members of the congregation of the Brothers of Brothers of Christian Instruction, except on two occasions when the two deputies were laymen.Below is a list of brothers, who have served as Head teachers, with utmost dedication and outstanding contribution to the school legacy.
- Bro. Aderit Murray ( RIP) 1954 - 1955
- Bro. Gerald Majella Nsubuga ( RIP) 1955 - 1956
- Bro. Marius Ntwatwa (RIP ) 1957 - 1958
- Bro. Masiale Mbahozeki (RIP) 1959 - 1966
- Bro. Barnabas Mugenyi (RIP) 1967 - 1969
- Bro. John Bosco Bajuga (RIP) 1970 - 1971
- Bro Vincent Ssenkandwa (RIP) 1972 - 1975
- Bro. Gilbert Sekiwoobe (RIP) 1975 - 1979
- Bro. Emmanuel Kisitu (RIP) 1980 - 1997
- 10. Bro. Emmanuel Lugemwa 1998 - 2010
- 11: Bro. Casio Aizire 2011 - to date.
Closure: Savio Junior School owes her legacy, to generations of dedicated staff of rare qualities past and present.
The School Began with a very good record of performance, which by the grace of God; has been held
Below is a record of the total primary seven results available since inception down the road of success.For complete results by year read here
Summary of performance as in the table above:
No. of Pupils.
Numbers have differed year to year, depending of the time, to date there are 77 (seventy seven) both senior and junior staff.
Due to the increase in the demand for services, the space on which the school is set has proved too small unable to allow meaningful expansion.
Nezikokolima Gaali magi