Kaptagat Prospectus 1969

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  Extracts from Speeches delivered on Prize Giving Days at Kaptagat
  Kenya itself has a very high standing in England where your President, Mzee Ken yatta is regarded with the greatest possible admiration and respect. Your Headmaster has already mentioned the Dragon School, where he was a Housemaster on my Staff. I t is rather an unlikely establishment where there is a great deal of freedom as you have here. Why do we consider this freedom so important? It is because you are here to use your freedom properly and not to abuse it, so that you can learn to realize that freedom carries with it considerable responsibilities ... "
  His Excellency Sir Frederick Crawford, K.C.M.G. O.B.E., Governor of Uganda
  "It may seem strange to some of you that the Governor of Uganda has presented the Prizes here today at a school in Kenya. There are all sorts of special reasons why l should come here today to present the Prizes. The first of these began long ago with the Fosters; for in 1936 the late Mr. Hugh Foster and Mrs. Foster embarked on a noble piece of pioneering in opening this school; as noble a precedent as that of the four Foster brothers who embarked on the pioneering of cotton in Buganda in Uganda.
    His Excellency the President of Uganda, Sir Edward Mutesa, Kabaka of Buganda
    "It gives me great pleasure to be here today to present prizes to the pupils of this school. / have taken a keen personal interest in the advancement of this school not only as President of Uganda but also as a parent of a boy here. It is a well known fact that Kaptagat was the first private preparatory school to accept children of all races. Kaptagat is also well known for the continuity of its staff, both teaching and administrative.
  The second reason is that a half of the children at Kaptagat have parents who live in Uganda. The problems of Uganda differ greatly from those of Kenya, nevertheless they have one thing in common and that is the demand for qualities of unselfish leadership and consideration of other people's feelings and thoughts ... "
    To the children l should like to say this. Your first loyalty is to your parents, to honour and obey them because your interests and well being are their main concern. Your second loyalty is to your school so that you may learn from it and grow up to become good citizens and a credit to whatever country you may choose in later years ... "
  Mr. Joc Lynam, Headmaster of the Dragon School, Oxford
  "Just having come from England l can perhaps tell you one or two truths which you may not know. First of all / want you to realize that the wonderful standard of this school is very well known amongst educationalists in England, and that your Headmaster is one of the few Headmasters of overseas Preparatory Schools who has been admitted to membership of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools, of which / was Chairman and also served on the Council for a number of years. This Association includes all the Headmasters of the Preparatory Schools in the British Isles whose schools are recognized by the Ministry of Education.
    His Excellency Sir Eric Griffith Jones, C.M.G., Q.C., Acting Governor of Kenya
    "Both the Headmaster and Mr. Brian Robson have spoken of the many friends of this school, two of whom have recently passed away. 1 had the privilege of knowing one of them, Mr. John Harris who was a personal friend of mine. l have learnt of the great help he was to your Headmaster in his early days at Kaptagat; they both had a previous connection with the Dragon School and it was Mr. Harris who first met your Headmaster on his arrival in East Africa. Mr. Harris' death came as a great shock to all of us and l should ask you to be grateful to his memory.
  Secondly you were the first Preparatory School in Kenya to welcome to your school boys and girls of all nationalities.