SOS School Isolo
Timetable of day to day school activities:
The children arrive at 7.30 a.m. for play time. The bell rings at 7.45 for assembly. Assembly lasts for 15 minutes and the children go off for their various classes at 8.00 a.m. Each class lasts for 1 hour unless there is a large interactive and discussion aspect in the lesson plan where the two classes will be merged into a 2 hour lesson. The bell rings again for break at 11.00 a.m. and the children play for 30 minutes until 11.30 a.m.
The children go back to lessons at 11.30 a.m. and finish lessons at 2.00 p.m. School closes at 2.00 p.m.
What do the kids do at lunchtime?
All the children go home for lunch. The children bring their own drinks and snacks for break time.After / out of school activities:
There are extension classes in the 1st and 2nd terms for those students who need a bit of extra tutoring. The school runs after school activities such as the dance class on a Friday afternoon. This year they are also starting a cricket club to teach boys and girls cricket. On Saturday the SOS school Isolo was invited by Nestle to take part in a basketball clinic at the Nigerian Stadium in Lagos. All the children loved learning new skills with some of their favourite stars. The children that attend the Isolo school are both SOS Children (those children in long term SOS care at the SOS Children’s Village Isolo), and children who live with their families in the surrounding CDAs (Community Development Areas). The challenge with after school activities is to ensure that all children have equal opportunities to participate. The school finds it challenging to get community children to stay behind and participate because their parents often take time out of work to come and pick up their children and do not want to or cannot change their employment schedule to accommodate after school activities.
The SOS School Isolo is in the heart of the Isolo district. Isolo used to be one of the suburbs of Lagos but as Lagos has grown it is now a central Lagos area. It is a heavy industrial area with a population of middle and low income families. There is a lot of noise and air pollution as the village is surrounded by plastics and production industries. In addition the school is close to the international airport so every five minutes lessons are disrupted by planes taking off. The SOS Children’s Villages Isolo and the school are directly under take off paths. In addition due to a heavy population and limited infrastructure Isolo is prone to ‘go slow’, a Nigerian term for bad traffic jams. In the rainy season the roads flood badly and this causes static traffic. Given the ‘go slow’ issues, staff and children can be late for school.
The school currently has 193 children of which 45 are SOS children. Both SOS and Community kids integrate very well and the teachers ensure they are given the same treatment.
Inter House Sports:
The school has four houses: Yellow, Green, Red and Blue Children from each of the houses participate in various sports competitions including: Track, relay races, the tunnel races, the rope race, the sack race, the balancing race, the fishing race and the picking up race. The inter house sports event takes place once every two years and this year it took place on May 25th 2006.