August 2017 Newsletter from Bishop McAllister College in Uganda

Similar to the summer we have had in Fredericton, Rev. Canon Paul Jeffries tells us it has been a very dry few months in Uganda. Check out the link below for stories and pictures of the latest happenings at Bishop McAllister College.

http://bishopmcallistercollege.com/rectors-newsletter/newsletteraugust-2017.html

See the following links for more details about their ambitious building plans for the new library:

http://bishopmcallistercollege.com/library-construction-update/library-architectural-plans.html

http://bishopmcallistercollege.com/library-construction-update/

 

The Annual Country and Bluegrass Gospel Show

Saturday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.  The Annual Country and Bluegrass Gospel Show, in support of the work of Canon Paul Jeffries at Bishop McAllister College in Uganda, will be held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church (780 McEvoy Street, Fredericton). The lineup of entertainers features Copper Kettle Bluegrass Boyz, Eagles Rise, Duane Drost, Valerie Donovan, and Millen Anderson & Veronica. Admission is $10 at the door.

Rectors Newsletter March 2017

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Bishop McAllister College and Anglican Seminary! It has been a long time since ive been able to get a newsletter out, but a shout of thanks goes out to Teacher Ainebyoona Annibo who made this possible. Annibo is busy rebuilding the school web site for which we are greatly appreciative.

We are now comfortably into our new school year, having opened a few weeks back.

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Students reported in large numbers, building on last years surge in enrolment, we are now almost a thousand students. All very exciting and encouraging. The increase is largely due to the consistent academic performance (2nd in our local school district) and the good discipline of our students. We are very grateful to our faithful teaching staff who have made this success possible, often working in difficult conditions. But we know well, that all things are possible with God.

We are very thankful for all the blessings of 2016. Some of the highlights were …

  1. Enrolment increased by 20%
  2. For the beds and desks for all the new students.

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For many years we have struggled with having enough water for our growing population. Going from crisis to crisis in 2016 we were able to connect to the the national water supply. i think for the students that wat was one of the highlights of our development. Probably also a highlight for the Headmaster who on many times days was driving back and forth to a nearby town carrying water.  

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For construction of a new girls dorm consisting of a staff apartment, tow dorm rooms, baths and toilets in the primary section.

 

For the completion a new room for boys replacing the former chapel they were using (a mud structure)

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And for the finishing of the classroom blocks we had constructed some years ago.

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The school is a busy place now. New students have settled in to their new school, for some their first boarding school. While many are looking forward to the annual Rectors “Resurrection Race” part of our Lenten activities as we make our way to Jerusalem, some very dedicated staff and students gather each morning at 6:30 am for a lenten bible study. They are studying the Gospel of Mark this year.

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After being out of touch for so long, there is to much to share and to give thanks for in one news letter.

But these are a few of the highlights. As we begin this new school year we are still faced with some challenges, some of which are pressing. Of an increase in enrolment means there is a further need for more beds and desks. At present we need 50 sets of bunk beds, 25 triple desks and 30 single desks.

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We are also facing a big challenge in the computer program. Our aging computers are few in number and no longer adequate for the job. So we are faced with replacing the existing computers and increasing their numbers. At present we have about 25 computers about 15 years old, shared amongst 250 students. In the first phase we are looking to instal 13 System units, each unit accommodating six students at separate stations. Already we have been able to install one unit, and it is working great.

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But the most pressing challenge of all is accommodation for girls. The girls have far surpassed the numbers their dorm can accommodate. To reduce the congestion and to prepare space for new students in 2018 we are faced with the urgent challenge of constructing 1-2 rooms for them.

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Please join us in giving thanks for all our tremendous blessings, and praying for us as work to address the  challenges of 2017. Please check out our Chaplains Prayer Letter.

We continue to be so grateful for all your prayers and financial support. May God bless you and keep you!

God bless!

Paul

Rev. Canon Paul Jeffries

Rector

Bishop McAllister College & Bishop McAllister Anglican Seminary

A Bright Future for Bishop McAllister Graduates

By  Gisele McKnight

The arrival of 200 new students at Bishop McAllister College in Kyogyera, Uganda has been both a blessing and a complication for the Rev. Canon Paul Jeffries, diocesan native and the school’s rector.

“I was in a panic over the new numbers!” said Paul. “Did we have enough beds, enough desks?”

Paul just spent six weeks in Canada, his bi-annual trip back home to connect with supporters and visit family and friends. He visited both Saskatchewan and New Brunswick and returned to Uganda in late September.

The rise in the student population came about when the school decided to place an ad in the newspaper congratulating the staff and students on another successful year.

They usually choose the humble route, said Paul, but during a visit from a female member of parliament, she asked why they were keeping such a great school a secret. The response — buy an ad. The result — a 20 per cent increase in students!

Read the entire story, and catch up on diocesan news, by clicking this link:  http://anglican.nb.ca/wp/enews/

Condolences from Fredericton

Paul, the Missions Committee is quite simply speechless upon learning of the tragedy that has unfolded in recent days at the school. We are so very sorry for the senseless loss of your employees under such brutal circumstances.

We are heartbroken by news reports indicating that other employees at the school might have been involved. If the reportage is true, it compounds a very difficult situation for you and Caleb to handle. May God give you the strength and wisdom to cope and to carry on.

We are very relieved that the children were not harmed, but they must have been shaken to their core by this heinous crime on school grounds. May God comfort you all at this enormously challenging, sad time. And may the cook and the night watchmen rest in eternal peace.

Our deepest sympathies and our prayers go with you.

Ann Deveau
on behalf of the Missions Committee
Christ Church Cathedral
Fredericton, NB

For more details on the terrible tragedy at Bishop McAllister Collge in Uganda, see below.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201607080678.html

A word from Rev. Canon Paul Jeffries in Uganda

Hi!
Snow flurries in May doesn't sound good at all.
Yes, I'm going be N.B. In September and October, and would love an opportunity to visit the Cathedral. 
We have just closed for end of first term. It was busy and hectic as usual. We experienced a growth spurt this year of about 20%. This came as a result of parents becoming aware of our consistent academic performance and affordable fees. On one hand that was great , but the other hand it strained our ability to house everyone, and provide them with beds abets and desks . But we have made some good progress.
Of course we never really close. Five members of the chess club (started by a teenager from Sackville last summer) will participate in a chess tournament this weekend in Kamapala. The soccer team has qualified for national competitions and will travel to north east Uganda for 1-2 weeks depending on how well they play. And theological students report on Monday. So lots to keep us busy until 2nd term begins in early June.

God bless! 
Paul



REMINDER: The annual Country and Bluegrass Gospel Show in support of Rev. Paul Jeffries and Bishop McAllister College is this Saturday, June 4 @ 7:30pm!

Fundraiser for Bishop McAllister College (June 4, 2016)

Saturday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. The annual Country and Bluegrass Gospel Show, in support of the work of Canon Paul Jeffries at Bishop McAllister College in Uganda, will be held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 780 McEvoy St., Fredericton. The line-up of entertainers features Goldrush Bluegrass Band, John Jeffries, Al Sherwood and Eileen Hanson, Copper Kettle Bluegrass Boyz, Sam and Charlene Johnston, Bubs Brown, Millen Anderson and Veronica Sparks, and Reid Merritt. Admission is $10 at the door.