By Stephen Ssenkaaba
TRINITY College Nabbingo (TRICONA) marked its 65th anniversary on Saturday, July 7. On the same day, it celebrated its annual feast day â€“â€“ the Trinity Sunday, which having coincided with this yearâ€™s Martyrs Day celebrations, had been postponed to July 7.
The day was marked by the blessing of the first phase of a new hostel by His Grace, Cyprian Lwanga, the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese and the planting of 65 trees around the compound.
Trinity College Nabbingo goes back in time as one of the leading Catholic-founded girlsâ€™ schools in the country. Known, perhaps most by the unique maroon and red skirt studentsâ€™ uniform and its enduring maroon bus truck, the school boasts of a rich culture of faith, dedication and academic excellence.
â€œWe thank God for the abundant harvest bestowed upon us for all these years,â€ says Cotilda Nakate, the headteacher.
Nakate says as the first ever girlsâ€™ school established by the White Fathers in Uganda, Nabbingo championed girl-child education at a time when education was a preserve for boys.
â€œThe establishment of TRICONA by the White Fathers, who had established schools like St. Maryâ€™s college Kisubi which is now 100 years, was an important milestone,â€ she says.
Founded on the cardinal principal of producing women who are morally upright, academically sound, social and physically capable of serving God and their country, TRICONA continues to offer holistic education.
Statistics over the last 10 years reveal that 80% of students in Oâ€™ level score Division One and about 90% pass Aâ€™ Level. In 2004 and 2006, the school produced the best Arts candidates countrywide in the national Aâ€™ Level exams.
In 2005, Nabbingo registered a 96.6% first grade pass rate in the national Oâ€™ level exams â€“â€“ the best in the last decade.
Science education has improved with modern facilities and good teachers. The school has also excelled in various co curricular activities. It offers six different games and over 10 social and religious clubs for students.
The school has also expanded, acquiring modern infrastructure, which includes a two-storey nine-classroom block for Aâ€™ Level students and a 300-seater multipurpose hall. With the student population at 1,010 and 65 teachers, the school enjoys a reasonable teacher-student ratio.
Nabbingo has one of the best water systems in the country. The school, however, still grapples with the need to complete its various development projects.
Guided by its motto: â€œBe trueâ€, Nabbingoâ€™s current and former students are always inspired to keep their core values of being true, above all to God.
â€œNabbingo has turned me into a responsible person. It is here that I have attained leadership skills, which I hope to use even in the future,â€ says Nuwe Irene, the head prefect.
â€œWe are part of the Nabbingo family and this makes us feel loved,â€ says Christine Kugonza, the academics prefect.
The school was founded in 1942 by the White Fathers led by the late Bishop Edward Michaud. The administration of the school was first entrusted to the missionary sisters of Our Lady of Africa (White Sisters), who later in 1960 handed it over to the Canonesses Sisters of St Augustine.
In 1971, Margaret Nakatudde took over as the first lay headteacher. She was followed by Teopista Yiga and later Nakate.
TRICONA has trained many notable citizens. These include Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire, the Minister of Education and Sports; Syda Bumba, the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development; Hope Mwesigye, the Minister of State for Local Government; Justice Laeticia Kikonyogo, the Deputy Chief Justice; Mary Karooro Okurut, the Woman Member of Parliament for Bushenyi district; Hajat Aisha Lubega, the headteacher of Nabisunsa Girls School and Joanita Kawalya of Afrigo Band.