We use a Kenyan holiday in October each year to celebrate the diversity of our school with games, activities, and presentations about eh countries represented at our school. Between home countries and host countries we usually have over 40 countries represented each year.
Each year the Junior and Senior students select a unique learning activity for a week in March. Options usually include aviation, camping safari, coast cultural activities, Lake Victoria island ministry, Lamu religious study, Loita Hills, Malindi-Watamu environmental study, mountain bike safari, climbing Mt Kenya, northern frontier Kenya, photographic journalism, prison ministry, reef ecology, scuba diving, Uganda safari, and Zanzibar historic study.
The Junior class puts on quite a show each February for the Seniors. They choose a theme, decorate (or rather transform) an auditorium to look like another place, write a drama or musical, plan and prepare a meal, and then present the entire event with the help of parents and staff sponsors.
For all Seniors who are leaving RVA to return to their home country. RVA conducts a seminar each year to help students through the transition process. This happens in March. Todd has had the privilege of developing and teaching this course to the seniors for the past several years.
Model United Nations
The East Africa MUN is held at the amazing facilites of the United Nations Office in Nairobi each February or March. Nearly 1000 students from thirty or more schools participate as ambassadors and delegates of assigned countries. For five days students debate and negotiate resolutions that they have researched and wrote.
Senior Store/Senior Safari
Each graduating class works together and runs a “restaurant” about nine or ten tweekends throughout the year. This provides students with work experience and the rest of the school community with something close to “western fast food”. The class then uses the proceeds to take a senior class trip to Mombasa together in July as one of the last things they do before going their own ways.
One of the most touching and memorable events of the year. Graduation is more special than average. The friendships and relationships that RVA students makes seem to be far deeper than is common among high school students which makes the goodbyes harder. When RVA seniors say goodbye they will be boarding planes and literally traveling all over the world. Traditionally the choir sings the song Africa from the band Toto which has some connection to a 1970s RVA graduate. They sing, “I’ll miss the rains down in Africa” and we are sure that they really will.