About Chogoria Girls High School
Chogoria Girls High School is a National girls’ school, situated in Tharaka Nithi County, Maara District, Mwimbi Division, Chogoria location, on the eastern slopes of Mt. Kenya. It is 200km North of Nairobi and 40km south of Meru Town.
The school was started in 1922 by a missionary from the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, Dr. Clive Irvine, who also founded the church and the hospital. It started as a preparatory grade mixed school. In 1952 it achieved the title of Primary School and Junior School.
In 1953, the Junior School was terminated and Intermediate School was introduced. The school continued with its co-education that had its classrooms at Chogoria Boys Secondary and dormitories at Chogoria Girls Secondary School. All this time its catchment area was the whole of the old Meru and Embu Districts.
In 1965, the idea of a secondary school came into the minds of the local people and the intermediate section was slowly phased out. In the same year, the girls joined the boys to carry on with co-education.
In 1968 the school headmaster decided to separate boys from girls and this gave birth to Chogoria Girls Secondary School with its first headteacher Mrs. Charity Mugo.
In 1969, the girls moved to the present 20-acre site. The physical facilities were quite inadequate but through the efforts of the local community, the P.C.E.A church and assistance from the government and parents the school grew. It continued as a single stream (160 students) up to 1979 when the second stream was born. In 1980 the Advanced level (‘A’ level), Arts stream was started.
From 1980 the school continued with two streams in ordinary level ‘O’ and one stream ‘A’ level Arts. The ‘A’ level stream was phased out in 1989 when the education system in Kenya was changed to 8-4-4 system. The third stream in` O’ level was then started in 1990.
In 1996 the fourth stream was started and soon after (2001) the fifth stream was born.
The student population as at November 2011 stood at 930, with 53 trained teachers (7 of whom are employed by the Board of Governors) and 49 non-teaching staff members.
1. In the years of our youth we are mentored and helpedTaught to learn, judge and do for the future prepared Aspire for excellence, the spirit we love Oh Chogoria. Our School, our Joy. Planting the good seed to enrich us all through.
2. In our beautiful school, we devote to excel may God guide always Protect us and bless this one great family, strong in our minds
3. Many heroines passed here and have made us all proud For they left good footprints let us now plant our own dedicated and disciplined, determine to triumph!
Chogoria Girls High School Physical Facilities
Through the efforts of parents and Harambee, the following facilities have been put up.
- 1 Administration Block.
- 22 classrooms
- 12 teacher’s Houses
- 5 laboratories
- 1 Home science Block
- 1 large library
- 7 Tutorial rooms
- 2 computer labs
- 1 Teachers preparatory room
- 1 Generator 80 KVA
- 1 Dining Hall /Kitchen
- 12 Dormitories
- 2 storied dormitory.
Chogoria Girls High School Future Plans:
- Renovation of the old dormitories (some were built in 1920s). two storied dormitories have been put in place
- Construction of staff houses.
- Construction of a multipurpose hall.
- Construction of a swimming pool.
Chogoria Girls High School Staffing
The school has a total of 47 T.S.C teachers, 6 BOG teachers. They are hardworking, committed and determined to steer the school into high academic standards.
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There are 33 BOG employees (Non-Teaching and supportive staff) who are also very committed to their work. Occasionally the school offers casual jobs to the surrounding community.
Chogoria Girls High School Vision Mission and Values
VISION: To be an epitome of a holistic learning center (Iwe kifano toshelezi cha usomi )
MISSION: To provide a conducive learning environment with a view to enabling the girls to realize their fullest potential and become responsible citizens
- Reverence for God
- Capacity building
- Environmental conservation
SCHOOL MOTTO: Common Sense with Discipline, Determination, and Dedication for excellence.
Academics: K.C.S.E performance has steadily improved since 1993. In the Meru South Districts (Meru South and Maara) 2010 K.C.S.E Results analysis, the school was position 1 with a mean grade of 9.0165.
Co-Curriculum Activities: Girls are actively involved in co-curriculum activities. They also have comfortably and competently competed at National levels in some activities such as drama, music and science congress. The school was the best in the Science Congress in Eastern Province.
STRATEGIC PLANS: Chogoria Girls has been working on a Five-Year Strategic Plan. The plan’s main objective is to guide the school through its developmental experiences as smooth as possible, and with optimal benefit.
Chogoria Girls High School has recently embarked on a deliberate beautification programme. As one enters the main gate the eyes behold-right ahead-a fountain that resembles a mountain peak. On its base is inscribed in the cool CGHS colours the school’s vision “To Be an Epitome of a Holistic Learning Centre .’
On the left is Eden-a carpet of green lush grass and flower shrubs. A simulated valley runs through the garden and enters the “sea” – a fish pond shaped like a map of Kenya with real fish.
Everywhere the eye beholds a lovely panorama of growing plant colours in carefully constructed flower-beds. The academic square itself is spectacular – an exquisite lattice of pleasing colours, like a painting on canvas. All the colours harmonize to create a calming effect on the mind.
Indeed all this is a deliberate scheme to create an environment that induces peace and serenity which are vital to effective learning. The Principal, Mrs V.M Gitonga explains it this way:
‘Physical beauty has a powerful effect on a person’s mind when you look at something pleasing to the eye you feel calm and joyful; your mind becomes relaxed, restful and at peace. This tranquillity enhances learning because even after stressful sessions in class the learners and teachers look at the flowers and after a while, things get back into the proper perspective.”
Though she has a personal inclination to flowers, Mrs Gitonga says the whole programme is achieved through teamwork, with everyone happy to contribute in ideas and care. All she gives is a willing ear.
Chogoria Girls High School Sports:
Chogoria Girls High School Clubs:
- Art Club
- First Aid Club
- Debate Club
- Drama Club
- Music Club
- Science Club
- Wildlife Club
- Journalism Club
Part of the Global Citizenship| Exchange Program
In June 2003, the then Principal of Chogoria Girls’ High School (CGHS) Mrs. Riungu visited Scotland. Out of that visit and through other efforts – CGHS got a partner, Currie Community School in Edinburgh.
In January 2004, the then Principal of Currie Community School Mr Eric Melvin visited Chogoria Girls. Reciprocal visits commenced with CGHS sending two teachers (one of whom was the CGHS current principal Mrs V.M Gitonga) and two students. Currie Community School reciprocated with two teachers and two students in September 2005. By the end of the partnership grant period(three years), eight teachers and eight students from both schools had benefited from the DFID/British Council sponsorship.
The partnership has had a tremendous impact on the two school communities. Mr Melvin, who probably made it all possible, says the partnership has resulted in “a huge educational gain,” with some students in Currie High having had “life-changing experiences.” He tells of how one young man had planned to pursue a degree in graphic design at the University but on coming to CGHS on a partnership visit, he is seriously considering changing his course to a more humanitarian one.
The partnership has also helped to bring actual contact between the two school communities. This has helped to build a better understanding between them by removing previously held misconceptions and prejudices.
“One used to get “bad news” from the British Press (about Kenya) so you get an opportunity to learn the real facts because you are in contact with an actual Kenyan Community” Mr Melvin confesses.
CGHS can also count numerous gains from the link, ranging from Educational materials (books, projectors, CDs, stationery, ICT ware to digital cameras. The beautification programme is a child of the partnership, under the wider theme of environmental conservation.
The teachers and students who visited Currie High got an eye opening experience; they now see the world in a wider, more global context. Mr Melvin says that the programme is so valuable for both communities that, though the sponsorship is over, the programme should be sustained through other media/avenues.
“The programme should be sustained, even though the internet, to maintain global citizenship. I’d really be upset if the whole thing came to an end,” Mr Melvin concludes.
Experiences from Scotland- Bessy Kanana shares
“My trip to Scotland exposed me to a different way of life. I learnt how to cope with humanity from all over the world, how to fit in and behave in a place where people think so differently and do things in a different way.
Scotland helped me understand better the saying that “disability is not inability”. This was learnt after meeting two guys that’s Mark and Euan. Mark had a condition known as the Downs Syndrome and he really seemed abnormal to me.
So it was pretty amazing to realize that he was one of Britain’s great swimmers and had won them four gold and silver medals. Euan also couldn’t co-ordinate his writing and had to do his exams verbally but what was striking about him is that he was a good artist and really creative when it came to architecture.
He would design buildings he wished constructed in future. So what really matters is your attitude to the handicap, and to de offered an opportunity to excel.
I also learnt the need to keep time. If the flight change was scheduled to take seven minutes, that’s what it took.”
Chogoria Girls High School KCSE Results
Individual candidates can check their KCSE results by SMS or online using an SMS number or website link provided at the release of the exam. Candidates and parents should visit the school for their official results slip. Results for all candidates and the school national, county and local ranking can also be found from the schools’ office.
The ministry of education advises parents teachers and pupils to check the KCSE result slip for any anomaly such as incorrect candidate’s name, school name and code as well as wrong subject grade and report to KNEC within a month after the announcement.
Chogoria Girls High School Fees, Account Number and Uniform
For details on school fees structure, account number and uniform, please contact the principal or the schools office using the contacts below.
Chogoria Girls High School Contacts (Address, Location, Email, Telephone and Website)
School Name: Chogoria Girls High School
Address: P.O. Box 76, 60401 Chogoria
County: Tharaka Nithi
School Category: public
School Code: 19300004
Phone Number: 064-22008, 0723-538393
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Chogoria Girls High School News
Chogoria Girls High School in Tharaka Nithi County is a national school on the eastern slopes of Mt Kenya where it was founded by Dr. Clive Irvine, a Presbyterian Church of Scotland missionary in 1922.
Starting as a preparatory grade mixed school, it upgraded to a Primary then a Junior school in 1952 and was turned into a secondary school in 1965 when the intermediate section was phased out.
‘Chogs’ as the school is nicknamed, became an all-girls school in 1968 sitting on 20 acres with Charity Mugo as the first headteacher.
‘Chogs’ is an academic giant and early this year it hit headlines for being the best school in Tharaka Nithi with 21 candidates scoring straight A’s while 104 earned A- in KCSE exams.
Notable alumni guided by the motto ‘Common Sense with Discipline, Determination and Dedication include Mother in-law’s Catherine Kamau (Celina).
Students called her Cate Kama and it is here that her acting flourished in the drama club before being expelled for mimicking the headmistress.
Kenya’s Harpic Ambassador since 2012 was transferred to Loreto Msongari where she was crowned Miss Msongari in her fourth year.
Another student who wore the grey, maroon and white uniform is NTV’s Sheila Sendeyo as did Dr. Faith Wanjiru Karanja, Prof of Food Chemistry, University of Nairobi and Sylvia Opanga, a Tutorial Fellow, School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi.