2017 is a special year for Kianda. We are 40 years old. 40 years ago on the 9th of January 1977, 40 young girls, wearing the Kianda Secondary School uniform invaded the then Kianda College compound turning it from that day onwards into a much livelier place. One of the teachers of the former College recalls her astonishment at finding energetic youngsters skidding along the well-polished floor of the main corridor, something remote from future secretaries… Though the uniform has altered with time and the school population grown enormously with the addition of the Primary Section in 1989, basic things remain the same. Kianda School continues to uphold its mission of giving students an all-round education that forms the whole person – body, spirit, intellect, emotions- so that they will be able to make a positive contribution to society. Our alumnae bear witness that Kianda is fulfilling its mission. Wherever they are, be it high up on the corporate ladder or dedicating themselves to the care of their home and family, the same light shines through – service, concern for others, honesty, integrity… That is what Kianda is all about.
Our motto for this special year is “Kianda@40 – Kianda Giving”. At 40 a person is considered mature and is expected to give back to those around them. It therefore seemed fitting that at 40 Kianda School should give back to society, starting with those nearest – the Kianda fraternity, extending to the communities around Kianda. We have many celebration activities lined up for parents, staff, students and our alumnae. One of these is very special. We call it Student Giving to Peperuka. It involves a voluntary monthly contribution by students between Std 5 and Form 4, and coming from their own pocket money, not solicited from their parents. The idea is to build up a Scholarship Fund within the Kianda School Peperuka Endowment Fund. I’m sure it will be prove to be highly rewarding.
I wish all in Kianda a Happy 40th anniversary as we look forward to the many more years to come.