From jumping off a tree in slow motion: Here’s a TBT of boarding school experiences



If you went to a group of schools, you have no clue what I’m talking about, but do read on.

Today’s kids will never know what went on back in the day, thanks to school reforms. If you never fetched darkness with a cup the you know nothing about real schooling.

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We all have fond and bad memories about our time back in high-school. Here are some that will rekindle your memory:

1. Bullying

This is what was dreaded by most newbies especially those joining Form One. It ranged from being flogged, to doing laundry for the seniors, being asked to do unachievable things like jumping off a tree in slow motion, collecting darkness in a bottle, drawing the smell of mandazi etc.


One of the slogans was “A form one is a donkey to be used anytime, anyhow by anyone” You were lined up and asked to recite these words over and over until they sank in you. To extreme cases, the bullying resulting to death or irreversible injuries.

2. Running for food

High-school was survival for the fittest toughest. The faint hearted could die hungry. Every time the bell for breakfast, lunch and supper rang, students were ready to hit the door once the teacher was done with the lesson. Some of us didn’t have the luxury to attend “group of schools” and therefore porridge was served in one 20litre bucket.

running kids

It was a first come first served basis, with scenes of students pushing and shoving  hoping to dip their mug and fetch some porridge. It was a dirty event. People got burned and the bucket kept breaking. The manner-less student would spit in the porridge or pour soil in it.

3. Escaping from school

This was done by the “commandos”. It required utmost courage to sneak out of school in the night to get snacks. They would fell the items like Diamonds, and for  every break the price of goods went up. A lollipop could fetch as high as 100 bob by evening. Woe unto you if you got caught sneaking, you were required to buy enough for the whole school.

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4. Burning punishments

Sometimes it feels like teachers back then were animals. Punishments were gruesome. They included; filling a bucket with water using a spoon, digging holes which had all measurements equal to your body one, sleeping under the hot sun on the parade space etc. Some of these forms of punishments would take you a week to be done and the teachers cared less about you missing classes.

stressed kid

5. Petty stealing

If you’d never had your clothes stolen, and left with the clothes on your back, you can’t  speak of having a high-school life. Your whole outfit would be gone by the first week, including your under garments. The sad part is that you’d see some senior guy wearing it and could not say anything. You just hoped the holy-spirit would shine on him and he’d return your clothes.

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Using our smartphones to constantly take photos is making us lose our memories

Taking photos on our smartphones is causing us to lose our most precious memories, scientists say.

We’re often so distracted by taking pictures that we can’t remember what we saw, forgetting the very thing we wanted to capture.

Using a smartphone takes us away from the moment, shifts our memory and ultimately changes the way we recall what has happened in our own lives, researchers say.

Using smartphones more generally has become a ‘giant source of distraction’ and sharing pictures on social media makes taking them less fun, researchers warn.

In an in-depth feature on the psychology of smartphone photography in Vox, Brian Resnick looks at how attention is key to forming a lasting memory.

When we create memories, neurons in our brains link together the sensations that create memories – for example what something looked like, or what it felt like.

However, if we’re distracted by taking photos, this information will never be stored and these sensations are not registered.

In a study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers took a few hundred participants on a self-guided tour of a church.

On the tour people were encouraged to take notes of what say saw – such as the shape of the building and what the adornments looked like.

One group had iPods with cameras and took pictures as they went, and the other group did not have cameras on them.

A week later, a quiz revealed those without cameras could correctly answer 7 out of 10 questions about what they saw.

For those who had cameras they got closer to 6 – a small but significant different, researchers say, and a sign the camera was a distraction.