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Mayenkineh is the site of the Holy Family Schools (HFS) compound. The following information about the HFS was compiled by Mr Charles Fofanah, the Principal of the HF Junior Secondary School.


The Holy Family School was established to provide quality and accessible education for the less privileged children of the Wellington and Calaba town communities, an area where abject poverty and a high crime rate are prominent. To redress the social menace in these communities, the School has recreational facilities open to the public so that youths can engage in games rather than hanging around to perpetuate violence.

The school stands on a formidable Catholic doctrine, yet accommodates all classes of people regardless of their religious denomination or sect or tribe. With this denominational tolerance, the Holy Family stands out very prominently in enhancing the moral teachings and learning experience of our pupils by respecting the dignity and value of mankind.

To the general public, especially to the low income earners we say; ‘don’t be frightened off by the private status of the school: charges are very reasonable to meet your budget line.’

The quality of a good school is determined by the availability of school learning materials, an attractive learning environment and an effective teaching staff; these qualities are within the framework of the school’s academic capacity. Our pupils are well disciplined and well behaved both within the confines of the school and outside the school.

With regard to academic excellence: our pupils’ determination to reach the academic zenith has helped them to overcome the difficulties of their poor family backgrounds. The pupils’ performance in public exams in both the West African Senior School Certificate Examination {WASSCE} and the Basic Education Certificate Examination {BECE} is outstanding. HFS’s 100% pass rates in the BECE results in 2006 and the WASSCE in 2010 ranked us 2nd best school in the country and gave us a Grade ‘A’ rating amongst Sierra Leone schools.

The Rector’s Message:

I want to thank Mr. Charles Y. Fofanah, principal of the Junior School for compiling the information given on this website.

My message shall be limited just to thanks, gratitude and appreciation to all key players who have contributed immensely to make the dreams of the founder Rev. Fr. Joseph Berton being actualized

I am grateful to Rev. Fr. Joseph Berton founder and proprietor of the Holy Family Schools for his benevolent service to Sierra Leoneans, especially to the less privileged children. He has indeed demonstrated a fatherly role by providing education, shelter for the needy, for the abandoned and employment for the unemployed. His loss is seriously felt by the entire staff and pupils of the Holy Family Schools.

I would like to express thanks to all donor agencies with special reference to AVSI Foundation for the immense contribution in education for the development of the children of Sierra Leone. I want to proudly say that their financial and moral contributions are yielding a positive result into the lives of our youngsters; about 75% of ouMrs Jeneba Timbo, Rector of HFSr pupils who went through the senior school got the entry requirement into the universities and teacher training colleges.

AVSI has been so prompt in paying salaries for the ninety-one (91) staff of the schools, the purchase of school stationeries and the preparation of the uniforms for all levels of the school. I am grateful to Gabriella and Viviana who worked hard to put up the administrative structures of the school. I am also grateful to the MAE project under the supervision of Allesandro as AVSI representative for its financial assistance in up-grading the infrastructure of the schools and the human resource base. MAE project constructed four classrooms building for the senior school, a library room and multi-purpose playgrounds for all levels. In 2010/2011 academic year the MAE project paid fees for 102 WASSCE pupils and sponsored the seven weeks training on basic Information Technology in MS words and excels programmes. I cannot enumerate all the tremendous benefit we are getting from your assistance in this first edition of our journal but in as much as we are grateful to you, we shall continue to update you with events of the school especially with DSP.

My thanks and appreciation also go to Scotia Aid- Sierra Leone, Build on Books and Lab Aid for their contribution in providing school furniture, text books and science laboratory equipment respectively for the Holy Family Schools. We are really grateful for your timely intervention at a time we needed these school materials most.

Once more on behalf of the Board of Trustees of FHM, the School Board, the CTA, staff and pupils of the Holy Family Schools, I wish to extend my profound gratitude to all and sundry for your immense contribution towards the Holy Family Schools.

We pray for continual cordial relationship.

Finally to my school heads, for their cooperation in running the school administration, they have been very supportive to my leadership as Rector.

Thank you and God bless us all.

Mrs. Jeneba Z. Timbo

RECTOR Holy Family Schools


The structure of the Holy Family Schools (data from Academic Year 2013):

 Holy Family Primary School:

Holy Families Primary School

School Hours:

School devotion:   8:00am

First lesson:        8:20am

Lunch break:   10:55am-11:25am

School ends:         1:30pm



Head Teacher: Mr. Abdul T. Koroma

Teaching Staff     18

Secretary              1

Cleaners                 3

Security                 2


Class Capacity:  Maximum = 55

                         Minimum = 50

Teacher Pupil Ratio    = 1:50

Number of classrooms = 10

School Charges:

School fees  : Le 25,000

CTA fund     : Le 15,000

Sport fund   : Le 10,000

Total           : Le 50,000

Euro equiv.    : € 8

US. equiv.     : $12


School Population:

The Holy Family Primary has a population of four hundred and eighty six [486] pupils:

Boys       Girls         Total       Age Range         levels              Duration          Public Exams

256        230         486              6-12             1-6                    6yrs                  NPSE

     *NPSE---National Primary School Examination- the gate way to the junior school

School Curriculum:

Classes I-III

  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • ESP&S (English Sentence Pattern and Structure)
  • Spelling & Dictation and Writing
  • Written Composition
  • Social Studies
  • Physical and health education
  • Practical arts

Classes IV-VI

  • Religious and moral education
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • ESP&S (English Sentence Pattern and Structure)
  • Spelling & Dictation and Writing
  • Written Composition
  • Social Studies
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Practical Arts
  • Literature
  • Agriculture
  • Science
  • Home Economics

 Holy Family Junior Secondary School:

School Hours:

Assembly:            7.45 am

First lesson:        8:10 am

Lunch break:   11.00 am-11:30 am

School ends:         2.00 pm



Head Teacher:Mr.Charles Y.Fofanah

Teaching Staff     20

Accountant             1

Cashier                    1

Cleaners                 2

Security                 2

Maintenance            2


Class Capacity:  Maximum = 50

                         Minimum  = 45

Teacher Pupil Ratio    = 1:50

Number of classrooms = 10

School Charges:

School fees : Le 125,000

CTA fund   : Le 10,000

Sport fund : Le 15,000

Total          : Le 150,000

Euro equiv.  : € 36

US. equiv.   : $45


School Population:

The Holy Family Primary has a population of four hundred and seventy one [471] pupils:

Boys   Girls        Total        Age Range        levels             Duration         Public Exams

257     214           471             12 - 15           JSS 1 - 3             3yrs                BECE

    *BECE: Basic Education Certificate Examination:

    (set by West African Exams Council for admission to Senior Secondary School.)

School Curriculum:

JSS1 and JSS2

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics 
  • Integrated Science
  • Social Studies
  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Home Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Agricultural Science
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Introductory Technology
  • Creative Practical Arts (CPA)
  • French  
  • Krio (JSS1 only)  


Core subjects:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Integrated Science
  • Social Studies
  • Religious and Moral Education

Elective subjects:

  • Home Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Agricultural Science
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Technology
  • French

 Holy Family Senior Secondary School:

School Hours:

Assembly:            7.45 am

First lesson:        8:10 am

Lunch break:   11.00 am-11:30 am

School ends:         2.00 pm



Head Teacher:Mr.Augustine M.Kamara

Teaching Staff     22

Accountant             1

Cashier                    1

Cleaners                 2

Security                 2

Maintenance            2


Class Capacity:  Maximum = 45

                         Minimum = 40

Teacher Pupil Ratio  =  1:45

Number of classrooms = 10

School Charges:

School fees : Le 125,000

CTA fund       : Le 10,000

Sport fund     : Le 15,000

Total            : Le 150,000

Euro equiv.  : € 36

US. equiv.       : $45


School Population:

  The Holy Family Primary has a population of three hundred and eighty one [381] pupils:

  Boys   Girls        Total        Age Range        levels             Duration         Public Exams

  201     180          381            15 - 20          SSS 1 - 4            4yrs             WASSCE

*WASSCE: West African Senior Schools Certificate Exams:

(set by West African Exams Council for admission to tertiary education.)

School Curriculum:

  • Students choose to follow the Arts, the Commercial or the Science streams.
  • Ten subjects are studied in SS1 – SS3
  • Eight subjects are studied in SS4
  • The core subjects are:
    • English Language
    • English Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Health Science
    • Christian Religious Knowledge
  • Five further elective subjects are chosen











The school Board is responsible for and superintends the general policy of the school in accordance with the requirement policy of the Ministry of Education. The school Board meets once every academic year to discuss issues pertaining to the general welfare of the school


The community/parent teachers association serves as an auxiliary body to the Board of Governors. This body can make decisions in conformity with the schools rules and regulations in consonance with the education policy. The C.T.A is headed by a Chairman who serves as liaison between the school and the parents body, the Chairman moderates C.T.A meetings held in the school once every term.


To create a balance in the learning process, the school undertakes extra-curricular activities in games and sports, field trips, talent exhibition, career day, fund raising activities, and outings. Games are organized in the school compound among the four competing house teams and an annual inter-house sports meet is organized outside the school compound at the Brima Attouga Mini Stadium during the third week in December.


Field trips are organized specifically for examination classes, in the Primary School level for the National Primary School Examinations (NPSE) pupils, in Junior Secondary School level for the Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECE) pupils and in the Senior School level for pupils attempting the West African Secondary School Exams (WASSCE). The essence of this activity is to create a sensation of practical learning outside the classroom.


“Knowing your Talent” is an initiative to encourage students to exhibit their hidden talents in diverse ways. The talent exhibition ranges from artistic work to drama performances. The exhibited talents are assessed by a panel of judges and prizes are awarded to winners at the end of the competition.


Career day is a school day on which specific people are invited to talk on their different professions or vocations. The essence of such an occasion is to enable students to identify a particular profession as their choice as a future career.


At the end of first term, the school organizes inter-house annual games and sports competition for the three levels - pre-school, primary and secondary. The four houses are named after some of the key benefactors of the school: the founder of FHM, Rev. Fr. Berton, the Executive Director of FHM, Ernest P. Sesay and our Italian donors Franco Nembrini and Remoldi. The houses and their colors run thus:


             · Berton house………………………Yellow

             · Ernest house…………………… Red

             · Nembrini house………………. Blue

             · Remoldi house…………………..Green



For the past years, Nembrini house has stood out as champions and Ernest house as runners up whilst Remoldi and Berton houses maintained the 3rd and 4th positions respectively. Berton house is always acclaimed “best behaved house”.


The school also boasts of both male and female football teams and a basketball team. We have four prominent football teams in the school which are: Celtic, Rangers, AC Milan and Inter Milan. For the past two years, Rangers emerged as champions for the boys while Inter Milan emerged champions for the girls.




The Holy Family School provides a conducive learning atmosphere for deprived and less privileged children who would otherwise lack caring and supportive school facilities and opportunities. About 40% of the Pupils of the Holy Family Schools are sponsored by AVSI through their project of Distance Support (DSP). Beneficiaries of this project are entitled to a package that contains school learning materials and school fees for the whole academic year. They enjoy, among other benefits, housing and medical facilities. Beneficiaries who do not drop out of school would be sponsored up to tertiary or vocational level under the DSP Project.



The school clinic handles medical and psycho-social cases. Cases of social abnormality, such as unruly behaviour and lack of interest in schooling are handled by trained social workers of the DSP and the Guidance and Counselling unit of the school. Medical cases are handled by trained nurses who sometimes do referrals for major complications.

The school clinic also services the Mayenkineh community for lactating mothers and under- five children.



The school has a standard multi-purpose play grounds so that students will exercise their right and freedom to games and sports. The play grounds are engaged for football, basketball and lawn tennis. These play grounds are also open to the community so that youths will engage in physical exercise rather than idling around to perpetrate violence or hanging out in ghettos.


Visual and practical education enhances effective learning for the science student. The school has a laboratory which, though not well-equipped, has served both the school and the other community secondary schools especially during the senior school public exams conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). During these exams, the school accommodates about 510 students from other schools to do their science practical examinations in Physics, Chemistry Agricultural Science and Biology. Every year this figure increases because the Holy Family Science Lab is the only existing Lab in a community with over eight senior secondary schools. Recently, Scotia-Aid Sierra Leone and Lab Aid donated science laboratory equipment to the school. Funding to the tune of 20,000,000.00 Leones was also sent by AVSI to add more lab equipment and chemicals; the school has already acquired these.



The Holy Family Secondary School has included Information Technology (IT) as a subject in the school curriculum so that students will have the basic knowledge in IT to be computer literate. In 2013 our giant donor AVSI provided the school with eleven new updated plasma computers with 2012 programmes. These computers have been installed with sophisticated network to enhance global partnership with schools so that we can be able to establish a strong foundation of effective communication and curriculum based learning. Also the school has received another eleven updated new computers from STMicroelectronics Foundation.




The school library has not taken its independent status as a library because of its multi-purpose services.

  • It serves as a conference room for administrative meetings.
  • It serves as the office of the Principal of the Senior School.
  • It serves as a store for materials of the Senior School.

The school has received over 40 cartoons of assorted books especially for the senior school from Lorri Sprags, Director of “Build on Books”. The size of the library room will not accommodate all of these books though 75%  have been given out to the pupils to engage in reading and improve on their reading skills and techniques.



The school received the sum of $ 14,500.00 which is equivalent to Le 75,000,000.00 (seventy five million Leones) from our Italian donors for the purchase of two mini buses to facilitate the transportation of pupils so that they can reach school on time; it is hoped that late-coming will now be minimized.



GS was founded in Italy, in 1954, by the late Msg. Luigi Guissani and from it emerged the lay ecclesial movement “Communion and Liberation” (CL). The HFS GS group is for students in the Secondary School who will start practising the life of Communion and Liberation through spiritual meetings called the School of Community. Books read are related to the Gospels and the Catholic doctrine. Discussions are opened to share individual experiences during these meetings. The CL journal “Traces” and other texts produced by CL are used to instigate discussion. It is a way of staying together as one big family to share and discuss problems affecting each other.

GS organizes retreats and vacation for members of the group under the supervision of the elders of the group. GS normally meets on Wednesday immediately after school at the school hall and supervised by social workers in the DSP and some members of staff who are themselves members of Communion and Liberation.



The Red Cross Society has been a functional paramedic and humanity group in the school that has actively participated in school social functions to administer first aid treatment to affected pupils during games and sports. Its membership has risen to ninety six because it cuts across all the school levels.


 Scouts is also an active social group fully recognized by the school administration.


The school choir has talent both in playing musical instruments and in singing for entertainment. As a specialist in music, Mr. Augustine Kamara, Principal of the Senior School, initiated the idea of a school choir in 2007. He believes that music makes the mind grow and fosters inspiration in young people.

The school choir services the school in all its religious activities especially during Masses. The school choir participates in singing competitions among schools in the east of the city and the country at large. The choir has the ability to produce all categories of voices that produces all the musical tunes for entertainment.


SPECULUM was founded in 2006 by Mr. Charles Y Fofanah, Principal of the Junior School. It is the media section’ of the school that keeps the students and teachers up to date on the activities of the school through news reporting and presentations during assemblies. The motto of Speculum is ‘we seek for excellence’. It has an executive body that regulates administrative issues for the general good of the group. Local and international news are read every Monday and Friday. Speculum organizes debates and quizzes in school and represents the school in the students’ forum and in quiz competitions.

       The Aim and Objectives of Speculum:

  • To introduce students to public forums.
  • To help student improve on their vocabulary and reading techniques.
  • To accelerate their fluency in speaking English


The Information and Communication Technology club (ICT) was introduced by Mr. Tamba Lamin, Director of LAMTECH foundation, which installed the school computer Lab in 2003. However this vision was actualized by Emmanuel Kobby, the current ICT teacher, who coordinates meetings. This group is aimed at enhancing students’ literacy in information and communication technology.



The Family Homes Movement (FHM) is a nongovernmental charity organization which was established in 1985. It is legally registered with the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Gender and Children's Affairs. The aim is to cater for the needs of the less privileged children through family adoptions. In 2002, the FHM established a private primary school to improve the educational standard of the less privileged children. Two years later it established a secondary school bearing the name Holy Family School.

FHM is the sole proprietor of the Holy Family Schools. All Holy Family Schools designate are under the leadership of the rector Mrs. Jeneba Z. Timbo, supervised by the Executive Director Mr. Ernest P. Sesay and the Board of Trustees



AVSI is an international non-profitable NGO founded in Italy in 1972. It is formally recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the general consultative status with the economic and social council of the UNO.

AVSI is a member of “Compagnia delle Opere”, a non-profit, Italian Association with over one thousand members operating in social, health culture and education fields. At present, AVSI is directly involved in 35 countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East with more than 100 long term projects benefitting at least 90,000 people in various sectors.

Financial support is secured through numerous grants and donations by business associations and private individuals who thereby invest in global solidarity. These funds complement those of international and national development agencies, UN agencies and the European Union.

AVSI network projects are implemented in cooperation with European governments, the European Union, the UN agencies, the World Bank, local institutions and NGOs as well as with partners in Kenya and Sierra Leone. Thus in Sierra Leone, FHM has been collaborating and implementing projects for AVSI which has been its main donor.  FHM are very grateful and thankful to AVSI for the tremendous work they have done in building and supporting the Holy Family Schools through the Distance Support Programme (DSP). We pray and hope this friendship and collaboration will continue to yield dividend over the years to come. 



The DSP helps to bring up a needy child in his/her own country of origin thereby respecting his/her culture, moral and social dignity and supporting the child with food, medical health care, education, shelter and parental love.

For details of how to support a child through DSP please see our “How to Help” page.



Scotia AID Sierra Leone is a non -profit charity organization based in Glasgow, Scotland in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 2002 in response to the reality of suffering Sierra Leoneans who had gone through the turmoil of the ten years rebel war.

Scotia Aid, among other humanitarian assistance, caters for the needs of less privileged children through education, health care and social infrastructure. In Sierra Leone, the Family Homes Movement [FHM] has been collaborating and implementing projects for Scotia aid

Scotia Aid has donated over four hundred school desks and chairs, twenty five executive chairs and tables, four shelves, and other school learning utilities to the Holy Family School. The school administration and the entire student body of the Holy Family are very much pleased and grateful to the founder of Scotia Aid, Dan Huston, and his dynamic team for their laudable gesture; we pray for a continual cordial relationship.



Build on Books is a voluntary based organization which has provided resources for schools and communities in Sierra Leone since 2009.Their aim is to build a strong foundation for development through education.

In 2012/13 academic year, the founder Lorri Spragg visited the Holy Family School and during that academic year, the school received forty five cartons of text books and a quantity of science laboratory equipment from Build on Books and Lab Aid. Lorri Spragg was moved by her second visit to the school and has promised to provide funding for the purchase of chemicals. The school administration and the student body, especially the science students, express their huge gratitude to Lorri Spragg.

What is happening in 2014:


March 2014 saw the 10th anniversary of the Holy Family Schools.  Follow this link to read our celebratory newsletter.


2014 has been a year of change and expansion for HFS. Following the Government decision to add a 4th year of Senior Secondary schooling, we have initiated a programme of construction, financed by EDUS, to prepare new classrooms. Meanwhile our first cohort of SS4 students has been accommodated in classrooms vacated by Primary School Class 2 students who have moved, temporarily, into unused rooms in the pre-school.

The foundations are already in place for our new classrooms and we hope that they will be finished and ready for use when the new school year commences.



Our computer lab has been working overtime this year as it has been used , not only by our current students, but also by some of our alumni to aid their preparation for university studies


The provision of refreshment for our student body remains an ongoing problem and one for which we are currently seeking funding to build a canteen. At the moment, the only source of food available to our children is to buy from the local traders.

We are also hoping for assistance to restore the well which is on the campus but has long been in a state of disuse. The lack of a campus water supply is a source of threat to the health of our community.



What is happening in 2015:

Following the Government’s decision to add a further year of secondary education (SSS4), the Holy Families School, aided by EDU through FHM, has now completed the construction of new classrooms to accommodate the senior students. These rooms are now fully operational.

The New SSS4 Classroom BlockA furnished classroom

The SSS4 rooms in useOne of our first SSS4 students






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