Jacob returns to say a special thank you

Jacob Ogwonyo with Nicola Davie.
Jacob Ogwonyo with Nicola Davie.

The Webster’s High School community had a special visitor for the last three weeks of the term when Kenyan university student Jacob Ogwonyo made a return visit.

As guest of Nicola Davie, the school’s clerical officer, Jacob returned to thank all those who have supported him over the years, firstly through the link with Litein High School, and now through a special trust set up in his name to help fund his studies.

With the help of the school, her family, friends, Kirriemuir Rotary Club and local businesses, Nicola funded and arranged the five-week stay for Jacob which ended on Monday when he flew back to start his third year at university.

Nicola said: “He took all the year assemblies and learned Scottish country dancing with the P.E. classes.

“He received a donation from the school to help fund his trip, and I would like to say a special thank you to my family and friends, Jillian at Hannam’s Hairdressers in Forfar, Bruce and Helen Stott of Delson Contracts Ltd. and Indigo Health and Beauty in Forfar.

“Jacob has had an amazing visit and everyone has been so impressed. All the pupils at the school have been wonderful with him. They were so welcoming. He has been asking for a long time to come here to thank everyone he knows.

“He is so appreciative and is the first child in his family to ever finish high school or go to university.”

Jacob first visited Webster’s High in 2009 as part of an exchange project with Litein High School for Boys.

In 2012 Nicola, accompanied by Webster’s teacher Mary McGregor, returned to find Jacob had left school and was homeless.

Since then the trust has helped fund his schooling with Jacob determined to return to Kirriemuir to thank all those who have helped him.

Nicola continued: “Our staff, Kirrie Rotary, local rurals and churches have all contributed to the trust and we couldn’t have done this without them. The school welcomed Jacob with open arms and the head teacher, Mrs Esson, has been super.”