For the first time ever girls from St. Clare Centre, entered the local competitions for tribal dance, folk dance, sacred song, Shaira (Kiswahili poetry) and English poetry in the spring of 2012. The 110 St. Clare girls competing walked 9 kilometers (5.4 miles) to the first competition held at Kimachia Primary School. One of the St. Clare participants said, “Our success was great since we received 7 first places and several 2nd places.”
The following week, St. Clare participated in the district competition at Kiangai. The girls continued to do well, earning 5 first places for the Samburu sacred song, the Boran sacred song, the Samburu folk dance, the Lau tribal dance and the Shari (Kiswahili) poem.
In late June, the girls competed in Maua, about 1.5 hours drive from St. Clare where the competition included many more tribes and was very difficult. St. Clare did take one first place for the Samburu sacred song. One of the girls noted, “On June 22 and 23, we competed in Maua, about one and a half hours drive from St. Clare. There we were surprised to meet really tough competition. There were many tribes represented, many more than in the other places. So we left with only one first place for the Samburu sacred song.”