The Secondary School started in 1992 with the goal of educating 180 girls who had graduated from the primary school but who had no hope of continuing with education.
As a result of support from amazing well-wishers and individual sponsors from the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain and other local donors, St Martin’s Secondary school started in 1992 with the goal of educating the most vulnerable local girls who had graduated from the primary school but who had no hope of continuing with education.
The Secondary School is an all-girls boarding school for ages 13-18. Most of our students come from poor rural communities who rely on St. Martins for a an excellent education at accessible cost, in fact our grades are well-above average, making it very competitive against other private schools in the country. Many girls at St Martins Secondary School get access to education even if they cannot sustain the fees via the sponsorship of generous people all over the world.
The founders of the Project Sr. Martin Wanjiku felt that the girl child was getting back to the slum after completion of primary school due to lack of school fees and other necessities. Therefore, she sourced for funds from well-wishers to put up structures for secondary school as a project namely: St Martin’s Girls Secondary School Kibagare.
In 1992, She started the first class of form one with twenty-four (24) students who were accommodated in the orphanage within the centre. When the classrooms and the Dormitory were ready the secondary school girls were separated from the primary boarding and its management was also given to the principal in 2000 to date.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
St Martins Girls Secondary School has been growing from strength to strength
Presently, the school has two streams, 2 modern science laboratories, electronic Library and two modern computer laboratories with full time internet.
Well qualified, dedicated teachers and well-disciplined support staff.
The KCSE results improves year after year.
The school motto is CARING, SHARING and DARING.
This motto is based on the virtues of the patron saint of our school – St. Martin De Porres
To be a center of learning that produces students who are not only polished academically, spiritually, and physically but also confident and knowledgeable enough to pursue productive and independent lives while being guided by a sense of selflessness.
St. Martin’s Girls Secondary is committed to providing adolescent girls with an all-round faith-based education that will provide them with confidence, knowledge, and skills needed to pursue productive and independent lives. To this end, we strive to discover and develop each and every girl’s talent, while acknowledging their individual and capitalizing on their strength in order to produce responsible and flexible members of the society.
We also try our best to foster an atmosphere of openness, honest and concern among the students’ body.
Since 2003, the school has continued to improve year after year
It moved from a mean score of 5.75 in 2003 to 7.5
We even look forward to having better results this year 2020
HOW THE PROJECT HAS BENEFITED THE COMMUNITY
St. Martins Girls School is a very special school
Following the wishes of the founder, Sr. Martin Wanjiru, the school has continued to give a special place to disadvantaged students.
To this end, the school strives to get sponsors who are ready to pay fees for one or more students who are financially unable to support themselves. This is in line with the spirit of the congregation of paying special interest to the girl child.
The following are groups that are concerned with helping the students financially.
1. Salesforce foundation
In 2006 the salesforce foundation was introduced to St. Martins Secondary School and up to date we thank God for all the students they have been able to support in terms of sponsoring their education.
In 2017, the Foundation introduced Bonus kit which is being donated by the foundation’s staff through their salaries and funds drive to motivate St. Martin’s Girls’ both teaching and none teaching staff. This is done twice per year; each staff gets half of his/her monthly salary in each phase.
In 2018, some members of the foundation helped all women with the beneficiary in St Martin’s School form Self Help groups, bought the materials and hired professionals to help them acquire knowledge on how to produce some home use materials for their personal and commercial use like local soap liquid, necklaces, handbags, etc.
There are some individual sponsors from the foundation who extend their financial support to parents of certain specific students whose family backgrounds are in a pathetic condition like paying house rents for them, clothing, etc.
Apart from High school fees support, some students have been supported to join higher institutions of learning and are being taken care of until they secure jobs.
2.Good News Committee Holland.
This is a group from Holland who runs their projects under Kibagare Good News Centre, it supports bright needy students who graduate from St Martin’s Primary School with 350 marks and above to join St. Martin’s Girls Secondary School.
They support them by paying their school fees and extends their support up to different levels of learning.
They give support to help the students in a high level of education far from their home by paying for their accommodation, meals, and learning materials while they are in college.