From the end of November, 2007, The Catholic Diocese of Iringa in Collaboration with Orphans and Social Development Organization (OSDO) through the generosity of Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets and Mr. & Mrs John Ballesty from Australia, decided to start the construction of school for Ordinary and Advanced level of education at the cost of USA $ 1,400,000 to its completion for servicing 900 students.
20% of these students being orphans who study for free and 20% being from the poor families in Tanzania to pay half of the school fees( with subsidy) and 60% for full fee paying students to help us run the school.
This was done as the result of the Executive Committee Meeting held on 12/05/2007 at Kilolo Parish under the chairmanship of the parish priest (Rev.Fr.Victor Ngalembula) the chief trustee of the Organization representing the catholic diocese of Iringa.
The construction of St. James Kilolo Secondary School Stages
The school has gone through various stages of construction as follows hereunder:
1. Stage One:
Construction of two buildings each having two classrooms and one office at the cost of USA $ 51,000 in November,2007 to July,2008. This stage also involved the construction of two toilet buildings at the cost of USA $ 12,000.
2. Stage Two:
Construction of two hostels( one for boys and the other one for girls) with the capacity of accommodating 120 students each at a time with the cost of USA $ 105,000 in total. This was done from July,2008 to January,2009.
Construction of the dinning hall to accommodate 400 students. This was done in December,2009 to May,2010 at the cost of USA $ 75,000. The same building at the roofing stage before putting on the corrugated iron sheets, was pulled down by a strong thunderstorm to make us start from the foundation again.
4. Stage Four:
Construction of the Administration Block of eight offices with several shower rooms at the cost of USA $ 45,000. This was done from June, 2010 to September,2010.
5. Stage Five:
Construction of four in one house for teachers and workers( Headmaster, Matron, Cook and one teacher) at the cost of USA$ 51,000 done from October to December,2010.
6. Stage Six:
Construction of the cooking place in March,2011 at the cost of USA$ 18,000
The idea of constructing the school
The idea of building this school came up so as we join the efforts made by the government, religious institutions and other charitable organizations in the field of education as Kilolo has got 36 secondary schools providing education from form one to form four with only two secondary schools providing education from form five to form six.
St. James Secondary School is built for both Ordinary and advanced level of education to the beneficiaries. Therefore, the school project aims at promoting positive living standards of Orphans in order to minimize the number of street children who migrate to town without skills after completion of their standard seven (primary) educations.
St. James Kilolo Secondary school was started in 2nd May 2011,
It is located at Utengule village Kilolo district in Iringa region, about 5 Kilometres from Kilolo town. The School is under the supervision of his Lordship Tarcisius J.M. Ngalalekumtwa the bishop of Iringa Catholic diocese
The school has been registered as a secondary school with the index number S.4401 form one to form six. The school enrols form one students each January.
For Ordinary level (O Level) we offer the following subjects;
History, Geography, English, Kiswahili, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Civics, Basic Mathematics
For Advanced level (A Level) we offer the following subjects combinations;
1. HGL - History, Geography and English
2. HKL - History, Kiswahili and English
3. HGK - History, Geography and Kiswahili
Fee for students
St. James Kilolo secondary school is a boarding school for both boys and girls.
St. James Kilolo Secondary School provides free education to the orphans. Children from poor families pay half of the school fees and children coming from the rich families pay full amount of fees for the sustainability of the school.
All donations for school, are done through the following bank details;
EXIM BANK (T)Ltd, IRINGA BRANCH, UHINDINI STREET, P.O.BOX 261,IRINGA-TANZANIA, ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0437877770, ACCOUNT HOLDER: ST.JAMES KILOLO SECONDARY, BANK SWIFT CODE: EXTNTZTZ
EXIM BANK (T)Ltd, IRINGA BRANCH, UHINDINI STREET, P.O.BOX 261,IRINGA-TANZANIA, ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0437877001, ACCOUNT HOLDER: ST.JAMES KILOLO SECONDARY, BANK SWIFT CODE: EXTNTZTZ.