Billy Graham Center
Rift Valley Academy School Report, 1912
The following is a transcript of a document found in folder 2 of box 78 of
Collection 81, The Records of Africa Inland Mission International. The report
was probably written for the governing board of the Kenya field or of the
mission. A picture of the first lines of the report, which was written on
ledger paper, is above.
Report of the School for Missionary Children
It is quite safe to say that during the last term there has been a moderate
degree of progress on the part of some scholars and more on the part of others
We have had an increase in numbers over last term as this term we had 12 boys
and 11 girls boarding at the school and 4 day pupils.
Three teachers (Miss Collins, Miss Steckel, and Mr Westervelt) have given their
whole time to the work and Mrs. Westervelt about half her time, not being able
to give more on account of ill health.
The older girls have had five hours a week in dressmaking under Miss Steckel and
have made several white dresses for themselves as well as one or two khaki suits
for the boys (their brothers) The lessons which they missed during that time reading
and writing were made up outside and recited to their respective teachers. In
the literary and mathematical branches some made marked progress while others
have delayed quite in the background. Mr. Downing has faithfully taught music
every Friday night to all the scholars when he was not absent from the station.
All of the older girls have had experience in cooking bread and cookies and a
few other articles of diet. One of our scholars, Daisy Aggett, has completed a
business course in bookkeeping and stenography and typing, having one term of
the first and two of the last two. Another, Jeanne Rogers, is also pursuing the
same course but will remain in the school to further perfect herself; the former
expects to take a position in nairobi in a contractor’s office soon. Many
have expressed a desire to take up this course when they become far enough advanced
in their education and no doubt there will be many calls for young women and men
of ability of this order in the future.
We are especially thankful to Almighty God for spiritual visitation during the
past period. Almost all of our new scholars were not professing of Christianity
when they came but now profess to follow jesus. We have seen many marked changes
in some of their lives but in others it is not so evident. All of our scholars
now profess to be followers of Jesus.
Our oldest scholar of last term, Madge Arnoldi, who received a diploma for her
Grammar School work, did not return but is pursuing her students in connection
with teaching at the government school in Nairobi.
An effort has been made to beautify the grounds around the school but very much
remains yet to be done.
A piano has been purchased from Mrs. Riebe on semiannual installments and it
will be the possession of the school when they can pay for it. A stone chicken
house has been paid for and a barn for cattle is almost completed. We has paid
over the past term almost Rs 750/ on the above mentioned and other debts, besides
the regular bills of the school supplies and provisions, men, boys, etc. At
this rate we hope to cancel all debts outstanding in about two terms more.
With deep gratitude to Almighty God for many manifestations of His love and care
during the past term and trusting His continued mercies during the coming one
we remain His willing servants.
Yours in the name of the school,
Signed Theo. K. Westervelt (Prin.)
June 22, 1912
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