LAMB School - Bangladesh

27 July 2014

LAMB School On-Line

If you have a need for official information about LAMB School please look for it on this blog. We aim to keep it up to date with the latest calendar, school rules, documents and forms. If you notice anything is missing or not working, please let us know by sending an email, calling or visiting the office.
The blog will also, as it has for a while, cary stories from the school. All photos during the past several years have been used with permission. Photos used in the newsletter will only be published on-line with your permission.

06 June 2014

Gifts of children

Praise God it is rainy season and time for a break, for vexing philosophical about the school and for marking the end of a school year with celebrations of achievements and victories in learning: there is much to rejoice about. Some children, over whom we were worrying because they didn’t seem to progress as much as they should, have shown signs of improvement. We notice when teachers bring evidence of victories to our attention, sometimes we realize when during talks about our struggles names are suddenly missing; names of children who used to be of concern but now are not. Occasionally we notice because some who used to be a worry are being used as standards against which other more challenged children fail.

One of the greatest challenges for LAMB School is the challenge to be both competitive and compassionate. We seek to deliver quality education. Quality is often measured in how well students perform. That can, however, be a poor standard if it means the weak and the disadvantaged are weeded out of the system. In an era when resources are limited, concern for the common good may dictate singling out the exceptionally gifted for better education. Doing this can easily lead to neglect of the average, let alone those who are not gifted in the subjects taught in schools.

At LAMB School we believe in the value of all God’s people. We therefore do not single out or exclude those who fall behind. We give them the best we have. In doing so we teach them, as we teach their more gifted friends, that every person is of immense value to us hoping to reflect, however imperfectly, a little of how much God values each of them.

Our resources and skills are limited and so there comes a time when we must stop our efforts to educate; the most gifted because they have gone ahead and can continue in prestigious educational institutions elsewhere, and the least gifted because even our best efforts don’t help them progress any further.
As we make decisions and help families make decisions about the future of their children we take into account each child’s potential, our skills – and the alternatives available. We take some comfort that the level of English, of understanding of other cultures, will help these children. We also believe, that our efforts have given them an understanding for themselves, for others and for the world in which they live which, with the knowledge of God’s love for them, is a foundation upon which they can build.

We are thankful for each of our friends who pray with and for us in our work at LAMB School. We are thankful for each of the gifts you send to help us continue the work we do. We are thankful that, in the eyes of God, each one of us – and you, is precious.

26 January 2014

Our Guava Tree

I saw it the first time I came by in September, there was no doubting the trouble, our guava tree needed some serious treatment - entire branches were dead and would have to be cut off, it was an accident waiting to happen.
I delayed, not just because there is a season for cutting down trees but as much because it was THAT Tree: Our Guava Tree.
Every year the children have spent hours in that tree; to chat, to - literally - hang around or worse go out on a limb. That habit has scared me quite a bit, but the broken bones have not come from the guava tree.
And learned to share - the rule was one guava for every child every day; that applied to both children at the school and other visitors. It was both permission - even if the tree was ours strangers were allowed its fruit, and a limit - they, too, were limited to one a day.
The second aim was to teach to preserve our resource; we probably had limited success in doing this. The rule that nobody could pick one, discard it and take another was not easy for the children to follow when there was a better fruit higher up.
It is strange how, as it came down, we were reminded of the many blessings.
The ground is bare were it stood, and it will probably remain like that for a while, but when the rainy season comes around, we are likely to plant another guava tree in the same spot and pray that God will give it good growth - and good guavas.

26 November 2013

Staff Needs at LAMB School

For the school year 2014-15 the following positions are open at the school. Please consider whether you would fit in any of these roles or whether you know someone who might. Even if you don't, please pray that God will send us the people we need.

English teacher(s) to help us teach up to Grade 10/ Year 11/ Age 16. Teachers are needed long term, and to cover for teachers on home assignments from mid 2014.

Science teacher (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) especially for upper grades including O Levels (Grades 9-10).

Social Science teacher especially for upper grades including O Levels (Grades 9-10).

For more information contact christianv (at) lambproject . org.

If you know teaching and working at the school is not for you, please consider one of the other positions on this list of all LAMB staff needs.

LAMB is a great place to work and a great opportunity to see and be part of what God is doing in Bangladesh. You can learn more about LAMB here.

24 December 2012

Flat people

I have been away from LAMB School for four months now and miss the students and staff there. Grade 4 have been reading Flat Stanley (Brown, J. 1964) and I have had the honour of their visit in England and now in Denmark.

Flats at the counter in the dining hall at Redcliffe
Flats with me in the Library at Redcliffe
London Bridge
London Underground 
Visiting H. C. Andersen at his birth place in Odense, Denmark

We made a snow man early on 24 December