Kaptagat Prospectus 1969

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  Terms The School Year starts in September and is divided into three terms beginning about the second week in September, the middle of January and the last week of April.
    The subjects taught include Divinity; English Language and Literature; Mathematics; Latin; Greek; French; History; Geography; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Drawing, Painting and Pottery; Class Singing; Theory of Music; Needlework.
      An Open Day is held at the half term in June. The Gymkhana at the November half term and the Sports at the February half term.
          All children in the Senior Forms learn Swahili.
              Throughout the School not less than one-third of the child's time is spent on non-Common Entrance Examination subjects. This is found to have no deleterious effect whatsoever and in fact brings a refreshed mind to the examination curriculum.
      The Open Day, which has superseded formal Speech Day and Prize Giving, gives parents an opportunity to see their children's work, games and other activities and also to meet members of the Staff.
      An informal Prize Giving, at which parents are welcome, is held in July on the last Saturday of term.
          The ratio of teachers to children is 1 to 12.5 The average size of the classes is sixteen.
      An annual Play is performed in December on the last day of term.
      A comprehensive report is made on each child at the end of every term. This report is sent by post.
      The holidays consist of approximately five weeks at Christmas, four weeks at Easter and eight weeks in the long August holiday.
        Common Entrance Examination The Boys Public Schools Common Entrance Examination has recently undergone some changes. The Examination is now divided into three sections.
  Work and Organization The School is divided into ten forms. The Junior three have their own individual teachers for all subjects.
      On arrival children normally go into the form whose average age is nearest theirs. There is, however, accelerated promotion for the more able children.
    Section (1) Necessary for qualification. Consists of two papers in English, two in Mathematics and one in French.
      Traditional maths has not been summarily discarded nevertheless the Mathematics syllabus is based mainly upon the Schools Mathematics Project. The Nuffield Scheme for the teaching of general science has been introduced for children of ten and over. There is a four year course in French which means that most children start the subject at the age of nine. The majority of Public Schools normally require Latin, and all children at Kaptagat do a three year course in Latin. Greek is done for one year in child's last year in the top form.
          Section (2) Which is compulsory but does not count for qualification. Consists of one paper each in History, Geography and Scripture.
          Section (3) Which is optional and does not count for qualification. Consists of four papers, one in Latin, one in more advanced Mathematics, one in Greek and one in Science.
      The curriculum is modified periodically to meet the changing requirements of the Public Schools.
The Science paper will soon move to Section (2).