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 head teacher 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.
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 Dinning 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
Chogoria Girls High School Vision Mission and Values
VISION:To be an epitome of a holistic learning centre (Iwe kifano toshelezi cha usomi )
MISSION: To provide a conducive learning environment with a view to enabling the girls realize their fullest potential and become responsible citizens
- Reverence for God
- Team work
- Capacity building
- Environmental conservation
SCHOOL MOTTO: Common Sense with Discipline, Determination and Dedication for excellence.
Academics: The 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 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 smoothly as possible, and with optimal benefit.
Co – Curriculum Activities
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
Chogoria Girls High School Contacts
School Name: Chogoria Girls High School
Address: P.O. Box 76, 60401 Chogoria
City/Town : Meru
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 head teacher.
‘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.