Girls running during the 2023 Nkumba primary school inter house sports competitions

2023 Nkumba Primary Inter-House Sports Competitions:

  • Winner: Sempa House – 708 points
  • Runners up: Ffulu House – 696 points
  • 2nd Runners up: Ssebugwawo House – 691 points
  • 4th place: Juuko House – 645 points
  • 5th Place: Kintu House – 582 points

The motto of Nkumba Primary School has since 1951 echoed aloud “Kyosimba Onaanya” loosely translated “You achieve what you planted jokingly”.

This rich slogan has indeed lived to pass in the face of many, the present and old students, school management and all the well-wishers alike.

Time immemorial, the school’s rich education values have been inter-twined with sports and cultural performances.

Performance by the pupils of Nkumba Primary School during their sports day
Children marching during a procession at the 2023 Nkumba Primary school inter house sports competitions

This year’s inter-house sports competitions were held at the school’s traditional barren ground popularly refered to by many as the “Nkumba Kataka” playground.

The activities entailed football, netball, athletics, sack race, ball exchange through the legs using hands, the dressing up challenge and the lively tug-of-war competition.

Tug of war competition during the 2023 Nkumba Primary school inter house competition
Football action during the 2023 Nkumba Primary school competitions

By close of business, Sempa house had accumulated most points (708) to declared as champions.

In second place was Ffulu house (696), Ssebugwawo house (691),  Juuko house (645) and Kintu house (582).

Sempa house members celebrate during the 2023 Nkumba Primary School inter-house sports competitions.
Netball action during the 2023 Nkumba primary school

All these houses are named after different influential personalities who had a significant contribution to the founding and existence of this great institution in one way or another.

Kintu house won the football contest as Ssebugwawo took netball.

Sophia Namatovu of Ffulu house was individual outstanding pupil with 5 medals to her tally whilst Favor Rukundo of Ssebugwawo had 4 medals.

Ball passing between the legs using the hands
Rewarding top performer during the 2023 Nkumba Primary School inter house sports competition.

A token of appreciation was extended to the chief guest Hon Stephen Ssekigozi, the Nkumba Primary School Alumni Association (NPSA) led by Simon Musoke, inspectors, head teachers, teachers, parents and school well-many school well-wishers.

A young boy rewarded with a medal

Nkumba Primary School Background:

The idea of establishing Nkumba Primary School was conceived by the late Ssalongo Kintu in 1951, realizing that most of the children in the area could not make it to school owing to the long distances they had to walk to the then ‘nearby’ schools, notably Kisubi and Namate in Entebbe.

To many parents, the only solution was to let their children sit at home to grow old enough to walk those long distances to school.

The dressing competition
Nkumba Primary School pupils raise their hands

The late Kintu established contact with the prominent people around in a series of meetings which later brought the idea to fruition.

On 5th February 1952, he deployed the late Christopher Kisolo, who became the first Headmaster.

The sack race at Nkumba Primary School sports competition

On the following day, 6th February 1952, Mr. Kisolo started implementing the long-awaited idea with 10 pupils, with teaching and learning taking place at the Kitawulu in the courtyard of the late Charles Ffulu, in present day Nkumba Bufulu.

This is where the school was until the late Nelson Nkalubo.

Ssebuggwawo donated land, leading to its relocation to its current home along Entebbe Road.

The Sempa house camp

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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