Newsflash 8/12/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

End of Year Examinations: 

End of Year Examinations will resume and run on Thursday 9 December and Friday 10 December for all Form 1s, 2s & 3s and some Lower 6 pupils. Timetables and guidelines have been sent to parents and guardians’ emails addresses, and posted on the MCC Eagles’ Virtual Noticeboard for students. 

ZIMSEC Examinations:

ZIMSEC Shona and Ndebele examinations will run on Thursday 16 December 2021 and Tuesday 4 January 2022. Candidates are expected to be at the venue 30 minutes before the scheduled time dressed in full school uniform.

Form 1 Parents Seminar:

A reminder to all Form 1 parents to please join us at 6pm on Thursday 9 December for a special hour long parenting seminar designed just for you. Please refer to your emails for further details and the Zoom meeting link. 

Form 2 Forum:

This important meeting for ALL Form 2 parents with their children will take place on Thursday 16 December at 6pm. Note that attendance by all Form 2s and their parents is expected as discussion will be focused around subject pathways in relation to ‘O’ Level examinations. The agenda and Zoom meeting link will be sent to all Form 2 parents this week. 

Speech Day 2021:

Hearty congratulations to all prize winners and newly appointed office bearers. The full recording of Speech Day will be made available on our Midlands Christian Group of Schools YouTube channel soon. We will advise when it has been loaded for your viewing. We also expect the official photographs to arrive this week. 

Steward Appointments 2021-2022:

Congratulations to the following:

Head of Culture and Entertainment (Girl) – Nicole Mpehla
Head of Culture and Entertainment (Boy) – Tawananyasha Musingarabwi
Head of Spiritual Formation (Girl) – Unouyashe Mukwewa
Head of Spiritual Formation (Boy) – Takudzwa Machikicho
Head of Academics and Library (Girl) & Head of Crown House – Nadine Mutangara
Head of Academics and Library (Boy) – Tadiwanashe Manyakaidze
Head of Locker and Environment and Head of Bateleur House – Zivai Mwenje
Head of Marketing and Media – Vanessa Mncube
Head of Girls Sport & Head of Martial House – Tawananyasha Takaendisa
Head of Boys Sport – Anotidaishe Munda
Head of Kestrel House – Rumbidzai Tsododo
Head of Eagle House – George Mataka
Deputy Head Boy & Head of Hospitality and Welfare – Theodore Masi
Head Girl – Sharon Marangwanda
Head Boy – Karl Makahamadze 

Congratulations:

To Karl Makahamadze and Sharon Marangwanda who took part in the national debate trials this past weekend hosted by the National Debate Association in conjunction with the Royal Pact Debate Academy. Competently debating their way through the many gruelling rounds, these two Eagles excelled and were selected into the national debate team! We also celebrate Nkosilathi Magazi who made the national U17 soccer team and Hannah Pombo who made the U18 national netball team who were due to take part in the Region 5 Youth Games before their tours were called off.

Faithful One

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

1 Thessalonians 5:24

The emphasis is actually on Jesus and not on ourselves. It is He who is the trustworthy one and no one else. He will finish the work in our lives, therefore all we need to do is put our complete faith in Him. He will keep us fit for the coming of The Lord. Jesus is completely dependable when He says something, we can be sure that He will do it – He will surely make it happen, we just need to be patient and hopeful.

 

A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to the Northern Cape to help in that desperate situation where there was no rain only fire and devastation. A pitiful sight to see, it looked completely hopeless. Those very brave farmers, shopkeepers, businessmen, schoolchildren, old-aged people put their faith in the Faithful One and not in their circumstances of fire, drought, heat and devastation. And do you know what? The Faithful One, Jesus came through for them. Rain, gently-soaking, prayer-answering rain is falling all over the Northern Cape. In some areas, they haven’t had rain for years and the rain is coming down. 

I want to say to you today, I don’t know what your situation is – Maybe you are facing a so-called hopeless situation. Don’t put your trust, or your effort or your faith in yourself. Put it in the Lord Jesus Christ and He will come through for you. He never ceases to amaze me when it comes to His steadfastness and dependability. I love Him so much. 

I want to say to you today my dear friend, put your trust in the Lord for your health, for your finances and for your future. Don’t put your trust in man and God will honour His word. He has never once failed me and that is why I get so emotional sometimes when I see the goodness of God.

Have a wonderful day as you contemplate, think about, the Faithful One. It will change your whole outlook towards life.

God bless you – Angus Buchan

Newsflash 21/10/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Global Leadership Summit 2021

All Form 1, 2, 3 and Lower 6 pupils will be expected to be at school on Saturday 6 November for the day for this year’s Global Leadership Summit programme. Pupils will have the opportunity to watch a number of the speakers as well as engaging in conversations and developments to help them assimilate the content. We thank Global Leadership Summit Zimbabwe for once again making this amazing programme available to our pupils. 

Tea break and lunch will be provided for all pupils.

Speech Day 2021

Note that this will take place at 10am on Saturday 27 November. All Form 1, 2, 3 and Lower 6 pupils will be expected to be at school for this function. We ask for attendance by Form 4 and Upper 6 students, although we are aware that public examinations will have finished by then. Prize winners in these forms will be specifically informed to give an opportunity to receive their prize in person. Note that due to COVID-19 protocols and regulations, this will not be a public event. Details for virtual viewing will be made available to you in due course. 

Clearance Procedures

A reminder that as Form 4 and Upper 6 pupils finish their public examinations, all pupils are expected to properly complete the clearance procedure within 48 hours of completion of their last examination. Pupils are being issued with their clearance forms on Monday. These forms are to be signed by all associated subject teachers, by sports department, by hostels, by library etc to confirm that all textbooks, sports equipment, library books etc have been signed back in with the school. The duly completed clearance forms must then be submitted to the Academics Director on one’s departure.

“Earn a Brick” Campaign

A reminder that all outstanding forms are needing to be returned, that lost forms will incur a penalty and that in cases where pupils did not manage to complete any tasks to earn money, a donation is encouraged. 

Allied Arts Speech and Drama Festival

The last few categories for this year’s virtual festival are currently being adjudicated and uploaded onto Facebook. Take a moment to watch and enjoy our Eagles’ performances. 

  • Natasha Jones, Alban Sianaga and Panashe Magadza with their dramatic excerpt from “An Inspector Calls” by J. B. Priestley. 

https://www.facebook.com/Tracey.Glover.Doorman/videos/2909708692675655

  • Anotidaishe Ndoro, Theodore Masi and Kundai-Karl Mpame with their dramatic excerpt from “The Wedding Story” by Julianne Homokay 

https://www.facebook.com/MidlandsChristianCollegeEagles/posts/275755801219389

  • Takunda Denga, Sherpard Mathonsi, Ngonidzashe Mareverwa, Edmos Dube-Mabeza, Kudzai Garwe, Shaun Sigauke, Prince Moyo, Simeon Tivavenge, Malcom Mahwire, Kudakwaishe Man’ombe, Ngoni Hlatywayo, Kundai-Karl Mpame, Kevin Chifamba for their group experimental mime. 

https://www.facebook.com/628951201/videos/pcb.1966328950203133/560934818473717

Reflection 

“The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37 (NIV)

Newsflash 29/9/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Gweru Parents’ Engagement Meeting 

We invite all of our Gweru based parents to a time of engagement with the Headmaster on Thursday 30 September in the school hall at 5pm. The session will be preceded by tea from 4:30pm. Please let us know on admin@mcc.ac.zw if you will be attending to assist with catering numbers.

 

Thank you to all of the parents who met with us in Harare! We value your sacrifice and input!

Assessment 5 Results and Reports

Please log in to your account on the Senatical platform to view the latest update on your child’s results linked to the Mid-Year / Mock Examinations. The link on our website takes you to the log in page: https://41.220.17.209:5742

Note that Forms 1s, 2s, 3s & L6s have Assessment Reports, and Forms 4s & U6s have full academic reports. 

October – November Examination Session 

Starts on Friday 1 October. See attached timetable. 

Please take note of the following:

  • SWOT Leave for all Form 4s, L6s & U6s starts on Monday 4 October. 
  • Boarders will be doing SWOT from school.
  • Day Scholars do not have to come to school during SWOT Leave. However, should they be coming to school to get assistance from their teachers, they are to be at school by 7:20am – reporting to their form teacher for register taking. A day scholar may then only go home between 1-2pm, or at 3:30pm, or at 5pm. Any movements outside of this time will require a written request from a parent. 
  • Examination Days – Day scholars should be at school by 7:20am on the day that they have a morning examination, and at 1pm on a day that they have an afternoon examination.
  • Internal revision and SWOT programmes are in place for Form 2 and 3 pupils for their public examinations. 
  • Form 4, L6 & U6 boarders may only be signed out to go home after their last examination is concluded.
  • Lower 6 lessons resume on Monday 8 November (but ALL boarders need to be in hostel from Friday 5 November due to a compulsory function on Saturday 6 November)
  • All Form 4 and Upper 6 pupils need to complete and submit their Clearance Form within 48 hours after completion of their last examination. Clearance involves teachers confirming return of all school textbooks, equipment, Earn a Brick forms, Library book submissions etc. Missing items may be charged to your account. 

Formal & Colours Assembly

Note that this event will take place on Friday 1 October between 11:30am – 1pm, and will include recognition of top achievers from the Mock Examinations. For those parents who may like to join us, please join using Zoom :

Meeting ID: 837 112 0796

Passcode: 2021

Partnerships and Standards

As a school, we are members of the Association of Christian Schools in Zimbabwe – (ACSI Zimbabwe), which is a subsidiary of the global
organisation of the Association of Christian Schools which we are currently accredited by. ACSI is focused on excellence in Christian schools by enhancing the professional and personal development of Christian educators and providing support functions for Christian schools worldwide. Whilst we are certainly not perfect, we are grateful for this partnership that aids us in staying ‘true to our core’ and challenges us to develop and grow. 

Reflection 

“The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:11 (NIV)

Newsflash 22/9/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Engagement Meetings with the Head:

We invite all Harare-based parents to an engagement meeting with the Headmaster on Saturday 25 September 9am – 10am at Zimbali Gardens (26 Cecil Road, Greendale, Harare). Please let us know if you plan to attend to assist with catering numbers for tea. 

We also extend the invitation to all prospective Harare-based parents to meet with the Head and learn more about our school starting with tea at 10am on Saturday 25 September. Please see the attached flyer for this and circulate to colleagues and friends. 

We invite all Gweru-based parents to an engagement meeting with the Headmaster on Thursday 30 September at 5pm in the school hall. 

We strongly believe in an ‘open door policy’ and remind our parents to engage with us on an ongoing basis, not just at meetings. Please contact us should you wish to discuss issues pertaining to your child or our institution. We are in partnership. 

Spirit of Partnership:

We thank the Parents Assembly Committee for their ongoing role in challenging us to high levels of service delivery. Our goal is to indeed offer a quality service which is of value to money. 

We too thank the Parents Assembly Committee for the Resource Centre Initiative and you as parents for your ongoing support through payment of the PAC Levy towards this much needed infrastructural development. We, however, ask for your assistance in ensuring that all outstanding “Earn a Brick” forms are returned to the school. Some pupils appear to have forgotten their forms at home. For the integrity of the exercise, ALL forms must be returned, and the penalty for lost forms will need to be paid. 

We also ask for your support in the Library Book collection drive. Every pupil was asked to return to school with a donation of at least two books to put towards the school library. These may be new or second hand books. We only ask that the books not be at odds with our Christian beliefs, although they do not have to be religious Christian books. Examples of books that would not be welcome are books on other religions, horoscopes, excessive violence or material inappropriate for teenage readers. 

Congratulations:

To our pupils who took part in the first part of the National Institute of the Allied Arts Speech and Drama Virtual Festival. We look forward to the group performances which are still ‘to air’. Results so far are as follows:

Third Grades:

  • Nokutenda Munyanduki – Solo Poetry, Form 3 & 4
  • Tawonga Silubonde – Solo Poetry, Form 3 & 4
  • Moirah Chiwara – Monologue, Intermediate

Second Grades:

  • Rufaro Chanakira – Solo Poetry, Senior
  • Theodore Masi – Solo Poetry, Senior
  • Melissa Ngwenya / Diya Keshav – Duo Poetry, Senior
  • Kudzai Chikwari – Monologue, Senior
  • Natasha Jones – Monologue, Senior
  • Genalyn Gazi – Monologue, Senior
  • Theodore Masi – Monologue, Senior
  • Sharon Marangwanda – Shakespearean Sonnet, Senior
  • Tanatswa Mlauzi/Kudzai Chikwari – Duologue, Senior
  • Karl Makahamadze / Tanatswa Mlauzi – Duo Prepared TV News Reading
  • Kundai-Karl Mpame – Shakespearean Monologue

First Grades:

  • Kudzaishe Mumba / Sharon Marangwanda – Duo Poetry, Senior
  • Zandile Sibanda – Solo Poetry, Senior
  • Lostancia Mudzengerere / Mufarowashe Dhitima – Duo Poetry, Senior
  • Nadine Mutangara / Blessing Madhiri – Duo Poetry, Senior
  • Vanessa Mncube / Sharon Marangwanda – Duologue, Senior
  • Karl Makahamadze – Shakespearean Sonnet, Senior
  • Anotidaishe Ndoro – Shakespearean Monologue
  • Kundai Mpame / Diya Keshav – Duo Prepared TV News Reading

First Grade Plus:

  • Natasha Jones / Panashe Magadza – Duo Poetry, Senior

Honours: 

  • Tinovimba Manjengwa – Monologue, Intermediate

  • Blessing Madhiri / Nadine Mutangara – Duologue, Senior

  • Kaylee Ncube / Mufarowashe Dhitima – Duologue, Senior

  • Vanessa Mncube – Solo Poetry, Senior

  

Congratulations!

From the Headmaster’s Desk

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

As we approach the middle of the year a reminder of our theme may assist us to refocus on what is of value to us. The Greek word Eudaimonia which is commonly translated as flourishing has also been translated as blessedness. The state of flourishing can therefore be considered to be a state of blessedness. Our theme of Flourishing is inextricably linked to the state of being blessed by the Lord.

This state is not dependent on external factors but on the work of the Holy Spirit inside our hearts. This is why our scripture of the year Colossians 3:23 is the best suited to our Flourishing theme because it is only when we do what we do as unto the Lord that we can find true fulfilment and flourish as a consequence. 

Assessment 3 Academics Results

We congratulate the following students for the best results in their respective forms based on the number of A* and A symbols attained:

F1-4

AS/A2 Level

In order to ensure that we raise our pass rates and students who require additional attention are sufficiently catered for we have introduced a remedial action program to start in July. This will be a continuation of the program we trialled in the 1st term. More details of this program will be made available at the end of the holidays.

Public Examinations

For the examination classes we are now in the middle of the 2021 public examination registration period.  We encourage all parents of examination writing students to take note of the deadlines in order to avoid late entry fees.  The deadline for payment and registration for ZIMSEC examinations is 25 June and the deadline for Cambridge examinations is 30 June 2021.  Examination fee payments and registration forms need to reach us by close of business on the deadline date. 

Sporting Activities

Fitness activities last term included a successful inter house cross country event held under strict Covid 19 guidelines.  Athletes were released to the fields in batches to avoid a crowd gathering on the fields.  The focus for the second half of the term then shifted to ball skills in various sporting disciplines.  This was done in line with SRC guidelines, a model adopted by other ATS schools as well.  We advise students to bring their own personalised sports equipment such as hockey sticks and individual balls where these are available.

Life Skills

Due to the time lost during lockdown we were unable to conduct any student camps as we would normally do in the first term.  We are therefore planning to run 3 camps in the next term. In preparation for these camps L6 students and Stewards are requested to bring a tent, sleeping bag, hiking shoes and a bicycle.  The 3rd camp is the form 1 camp, and they will not be required to bring anything that they don’t already have.  Actual dates for the camps will be communicated at the end of the holidays.  

The College continues to work with Zebra Driving School in assisting our students to obtain driver’s licences.  Since we returned to physical instruction after the lockdown earlier in the year we have seen 8 students earning the right to drive.  We encourage more students over the age of 16 to sign up for lessons so they gain this very essential life skill. 

Philanthropy 

The recognition of the plight of others in our community has grown significantly among our students.  Various clubs have been supporting a number of initiatives to assist those less fortunate than themselves.  As a Christian school we have a mandate to develop outreach as a virtue among our students.  One of the more notable initiaves is that by the Social Welfare Club.  They have continued to support Chingegomo Primary School in Lalapansi, to which they donated different essential supplies raised by the general student body.  They have also managed to raise enough money to pay fees for 51 students in various school across the Gweru district. 

PAC News

The Parents Assembly Committee (PAC) met physically on Wednesday 2 May 2021.  One of the salient points raised was the students’ drive to support the PAC’s project to build a resource centre in the lower quad.  All pupils have been issued with an “Earn- A-Brick” form. Please note that the idea behind this campaign is that the pupils earn bricks!  We commend the pupils for this fantastic initiative and look forward to support from the parents and the wider community. 

Below are some suggested tasks and remuneration amounts to help give ideas on activities that can be done by a pupil to “Earn a Brick”.  Kindly note that this list is not exclusive, and we welcome generous contributions towards this exciting project which will bring great benefit to our pupils.

Car wash – 10 Bricks (USD2)

Watering the garden/lawn – 15 Bricks (USD3)

Weeding the vegetable/flower beds – 15 Bricks (USD3)

Wash Windows – 25 Bricks (USD5)

Preparing an enjoyable meal – 35 Bricks (USD7)

Running an errand – 30 Bricks (USD6)

Hired to Work – employed for a day – 40 Bricks (USD8)

Other – at agreed upon rate 

The minimum target per person is USD50 and a lost form will incur a USD50 penalty. 

For those who may want to assist in other practical ways, please contact the school on deputyhead2@mcc.ac.zw / 0772570772 or the Parents Assembly Chairman on rtombindo@yahoo.co.uk / 0772359500. 

Library Books

As we build up to the launch of our resource centre building project we are also going to embark on a plan to increase our reading resources currently housed in our existing library. Our resources are very low at this point in time and we appeal to parents to assist the students to identify at least 2 books that they would like to donate.  These may be new or second hand books and 2 is only a minimum number so students can donate more.  

We would only ask that the books should not be at odds with our Christian beliefs although they do not have to be religious Christian books.  Examples of books that would not be welcome are books on other religions, horoscopes, excessive violence or material inappropriate for teenage readers. 

Covid 19 Protocol

We encourage students to continue wearing masks, dressing warmly, physically distancing and sanitising hands regularly during the holidays, particularly when out in public or entertaining visitors.  With reports of a third wave in Johannesburg and the recent scare in Kwe Kwe the risk of an escalation in infection rate is never too far away.  Parents are advised to ensure that their children maintain strict adherence to the recommended Covid 19 protocols.

Student Discipline

Management have noticed a spike in incidence of ill-discipline among the students.  Whilst stewards and staff do not have carte blanche in how they apply rules we do want them to operate with a fair amount of autonomy in applying sanctions for lower tier misdemeanours and to this end we will be empowering them further.  We appeal to parents to work with us as we train the students to develop a healthy respect for authority.  In the spirit of Proverbs 22 v 6 we have a mandate to train our children “in the way they should go” so that “when they are old they will not depart from it”. 

We have recently had to deal with issues ranging from making noise in class, loitering, disrespecting seniors and staff, refusing to follow instructions, possessing unauthorised gadgets, to bullying of other students.  On the subject of unauthorised gadgets we advise parents to keep a close eye on gadget use and not to give them replacement gadgets when their regular ones are confiscated at school.  We need to develop students who understand the need to conform to rules set down by the school, their parents and society at large. 

Holidays and Back to school

During the course of the holidays we urge parents to try and ensure that students get sufficient rest particularly in the first week.  It is also advisable for parents to also monitor any potential “binge” behaviour particularly relating to social media, YouTube and television.  As a school we are trying to get students out of the habit of over reliance on electronic media. Students are encouraged to read books and newspapers so as to develop reading. 

The next academic period will begin on 28 June 2021 as per the revised government term calendar.  Boarders will be expected to check into the hostels between 12 noon and 5pm on Sunday 27 June 2021. 

We encourage parents to pay fees based on the details provided in the communication sent by the board last month. Where alternative payment plans are required parents are advised to contact us urgently. As per normal practice admission slips will be requested before students attend lessons next term.

Yours sincerely 

TL Mkhosana

HEADMASTER

 

From the Headmaster’s Desk

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

As we approach the middle of the year a reminder of our theme may assist us to refocus on what is of value to us. The Greek word Eudaimonia which is commonly translated as flourishing has also been translated as blessedness. The state of flourishing can therefore be considered to be a state of blessedness. Our theme of Flourishing is inextricably linked to the state of being blessed by the Lord.

This state is not dependent on external factors but on the work of the Holy Spirit inside our hearts. This is why our scripture of the year Colossians 3:23 is the best suited to our Flourishing theme because it is only when we do what we do as unto the Lord that we can find true fulfilment and flourish as a consequence. 

Assessment 3 Academics Results

We congratulate the following students for the best results in their respective forms based on the number of A* and A symbols attained:

F1-4
AS/A2 Level

In order to ensure that we raise our pass rates and students who require additional attention are sufficiently catered for we have introduced a remedial action program to start in July. This will be a continuation of the program we trialled in the 1st term. More details of this program will be made available at the end of the holidays.

Public Examinations

For the examination classes we are now in the middle of the 2021 public examination registration period.  We encourage all parents of examination writing students to take note of the deadlines in order to avoid late entry fees.  The deadline for payment and registration for ZIMSEC examinations is 25 June and the deadline for Cambridge examinations is 30 June 2021.  Examination fee payments and registration forms need to reach us by close of business on the deadline date. 

Sporting Activities

Fitness activities last term included a successful inter house cross country event held under strict Covid 19 guidelines.  Athletes were released to the fields in batches to avoid a crowd gathering on the fields.  The focus for the second half of the term then shifted to ball skills in various sporting disciplines.  This was done in line with SRC guidelines, a model adopted by other ATS schools as well.  We advise students to bring their own personalised sports equipment such as hockey sticks and individual balls where these are available.

Life Skills

Due to the time lost during lockdown we were unable to conduct any student camps as we would normally do in the first term.  We are therefore planning to run 3 camps in the next term. In preparation for these camps L6 students and Stewards are requested to bring a tent, sleeping bag, hiking shoes and a bicycle.  The 3rd camp is the form 1 camp, and they will not be required to bring anything that they don’t already have.  Actual dates for the camps will be communicated at the end of the holidays.  

The College continues to work with Zebra Driving School in assisting our students to obtain driver’s licences.  Since we returned to physical instruction after the lockdown earlier in the year we have seen 8 students earning the right to drive.  We encourage more students over the age of 16 to sign up for lessons so they gain this very essential life skill. 

Philanthropy 

The recognition of the plight of others in our community has grown significantly among our students.  Various clubs have been supporting a number of initiatives to assist those less fortunate than themselves.  As a Christian school we have a mandate to develop outreach as a virtue among our students.  One of the more notable initiaves is that by the Social Welfare Club.  They have continued to support Chingegomo Primary School in Lalapansi, to which they donated different essential supplies raised by the general student body.  They have also managed to raise enough money to pay fees for 51 students in various school across the Gweru district. 

PAC News

The Parents Assembly Committee (PAC) met physically on Wednesday 2 May 2021.  One of the salient points raised was the students’ drive to support the PAC’s project to build a resource centre in the lower quad.  All pupils have been issued with an “Earn- A-Brick” form. Please note that the idea behind this campaign is that the pupils earn bricks!  We commend the pupils for this fantastic initiative and look forward to support from the parents and the wider community. 

Below are some suggested tasks and remuneration amounts to help give ideas on activities that can be done by a pupil to “Earn a Brick”.  Kindly note that this list is not exclusive, and we welcome generous contributions towards this exciting project which will bring great benefit to our pupils.

  • Car wash – 10 Bricks (USD2)
  • Watering the garden/lawn – 15 Bricks (USD3)
  • Weeding the vegetable/flower beds – 15 Bricks (USD3)
  • Wash Windows – 25 Bricks (USD5)
  • Preparing an enjoyable meal – 35 Bricks (USD7)
  • Running an errand – 30 Bricks (USD6)
  • Hired to Work – employed for a day – 40 Bricks (USD8)
  • Other – at agreed upon rate 

The minimum target per person is USD50 and a lost form will incur a USD50 penalty. 

For those who may want to assist in other practical ways, please contact the school on deputyhead2@mcc.ac.zw / 0772570772 or the Parents Assembly Chairman on rtombindo@yahoo.co.uk / 0772359500. 

Library Books

As we build up to the launch of our resource centre building project we are also going to embark on a plan to increase our reading resources currently housed in our existing library. Our resources are very low at this point in time and we appeal to parents to assist the students to identify at least 2 books that they would like to donate.  These may be new or second hand books and 2 is only a minimum number so students can donate more.  

We would only ask that the books should not be at odds with our Christian beliefs although they do not have to be religious Christian books.  Examples of books that would not be welcome are books on other religions, horoscopes, excessive violence or material inappropriate for teenage readers. 

Covid 19 Protocol

We encourage students to continue wearing masks, dressing warmly, physically distancing and sanitising hands regularly during the holidays, particularly when out in public or entertaining visitors.  With reports of a third wave in Johannesburg and the recent scare in Kwe Kwe the risk of an escalation in infection rate is never too far away.  Parents are advised to ensure that their children maintain strict adherence to the recommended Covid 19 protocols.

Student Discipline

Management have noticed a spike in incidence of ill-discipline among the students.  Whilst stewards and staff do not have carte blanche in how they apply rules we do want them to operate with a fair amount of autonomy in applying sanctions for lower tier misdemeanours and to this end we will be empowering them further.  We appeal to parents to work with us as we train the students to develop a healthy respect for authority.  In the spirit of Proverbs 22 v 6 we have a mandate to train our children “in the way they should go” so that “when they are old they will not depart from it”. 

We have recently had to deal with issues ranging from making noise in class, loitering, disrespecting seniors and staff, refusing to follow instructions, possessing unauthorised gadgets, to bullying of other students.  On the subject of unauthorised gadgets we advise parents to keep a close eye on gadget use and not to give them replacement gadgets when their regular ones are confiscated at school.  We need to develop students who understand the need to conform to rules set down by the school, their parents and society at large. 

Holidays and Back to school

During the course of the holidays we urge parents to try and ensure that students get sufficient rest particularly in the first week.  It is also advisable for parents to also monitor any potential “binge” behaviour particularly relating to social media, YouTube and television.  As a school we are trying to get students out of the habit of over reliance on electronic media. Students are encouraged to read books and newspapers so as to develop reading. 

The next academic period will begin on 28 June 2021 as per the revised government term calendar.  Boarders will be expected to check into the hostels between 12 noon and 5pm on Sunday 27 June 2021. 

We encourage parents to pay fees based on the details provided in the communication sent by the board last month. Where alternative payment plans are required parents are advised to contact us urgently. As per normal practice admission slips will be requested before students attend lessons next term.

Yours sincerely 

TL Mkhosana

HEADMASTER

Newsflash 19/5/2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

October-November CIE Registrations: Note that registration is currently under way for this year’s October-November CIE examination session for Checkpoint, O, AS and A Level.

Please contact exams@mcc.ac.zw with queries. 

  • Note that registration and payments should be concluded by WEDNESDAY 30 JUNE 2021. 

Lower 6 Forum: We request the attendance of ALL Lower 6 parents for a Lower 6 Forum on Thursday 27 May at 6pm via ZOOM. Please consider this meeting obligatory due to the nature of the agenda. Details will be circulated in a separate email.

Academic Progress Update: Assessment reports for this current assessment period will be available on Thursday 3 June on the Senatical platform. 

Consultation: Will take place for all Forms 1, 4, and Upper 6 students as follows:

Form 1 & Upper 6 – Thursday 3 June

Form 4 – Friday 4 June

(Further details on how the day will be run will be sent to you in a separate communication.)

  • Note that where one has children needing to be consulted on different days according to the above schedule, you will be contacted by the end of this week to advise you of your arrangements. 

End of Term Arrangements: 

  • Form 2, 3 & Lower 6 pupils may leave for the holidays from 1pm on Wednesday 2 June. Lessons end at 1pm on this day for all forms.
  • Form 1 & Upper 6 pupils may leave for the holidays once finished with consultation on Thursday 3 June.
  • Form 4 pupils may leave for the holidays once finished with consultation on Friday 4 June.
  • All boarders are to have left hostel by 4pm on Friday 4 June.
  • Note that there will be NO end of term bus. We ask that boarders take ALL of their possessions home with them to allow for thorough cleaning and sanitisation over the holidays. 

Term 2, 2021: Should commence on Monday 28 June, 2021. 

Congratulations: To the following Eagles who through our partnership with ZEBRA School of Motoring, have within the last two weeks, attained their drivers licences:

  • Ngoni Hlatywayo 
  • Prince Moyo
  • Genalyn Gazi
  • Angelina Nyahwa 
  • Dairayi  Victor Mugweni

Instructors come to school to conduct provisional licence lessons, and all road lessons depart and return to campus with scheduling of lessons – whether for provisional or for drivers licences – done around a child’s academic timetable so that there is no conflict between programmes. Please see cost details in the attached letter if you would like to know more. 

This Month’s Focus: “I am a critical thinker”

Verse of the Month: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Virtual Open Evening

What should a pupil who has been through our Midlands Christian College system be able to say of themselves? We are committed to moulding and guiding our pupils into the type of person outlined in our MCC Eagles’ Creed.

Join us for our Virtual Open Evening to find out more!
Friday 26 March
6pm – 7pm

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAude-orzMvHNw2ckDjYqQj_evYkCtodo5t

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

#MyEagleMyPride #OurStrengthIsInGod #flourishing2021 #ACSI #acsizimbabwe

Newsflash 3/2/2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

May-June CIE Registrations: Note that registration is currently under way for this year’s May-June CIE examination session for O, AS and A Level. Note that this includes registrations for ‘re-takes’. 

Please contact exams@mcc.ac.zw with queries. 

Note that registration should be concluded by FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY.

Academic Issues: Our teachers are working hard to ensure sound academic delivery and support to our learners. We ask for your support on the home front. We continue to note absences from timetabled activities by some of our students. We expect pupils to attend all indicated activities – lessons; form times; assemblies; clubs and fitness sessions, and ask that you help to ensure that they, as far as possible, are in attendance. 

We also note that some pupils have not turned in all given assignments. The first assessment academic marks window closes in the next two weeks. To avoid pupils receiving poor grades as a result of un-submitted work, we ask that you encourage your child/children to catch up if they may have fallen behind. 

If you have not yet activated the Google Classroom monitoring option, we urge you to do so. Follow the link to learn more about this facility and how to set it up:

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6388136?hl=en#

And for assistance in accessing your child’s marks through the Senatical portal, please contact senatical@mcc.ac.zw

From the Maths Teachers: Progress is being hindered in the case where pupils do not have calculators. Scientific calculators are needed by all Form 2 – 4 pupils and any Lower 6 & Upper 6 pupils who are doing Mathematics.  

Parents Assembly AGM: Will take place at 5:30pm on Thursday 11 February, virtually. Nominations for those who would like to serve on this committee as well as specific items to be included in the agenda be submitted by Monday 8 February 2021 to admin@mcc.ac.zw

MCC Eagles’ Virtual Noticeboard: Weekly announcements to our pupils are posted on our MCC Eagle’s Virtual Noticeboard. Please encourage your children to check this facility. Note that this facility can only be viewed by someone registered in our system – so if you as a parent would like to view it, you will need to do so through your child’s school Google account. 

This Month’s Focus: As communicated by the Head in his newsletter, during the course of the year our devotions, assemblies and spiritual formation programmes will be organised into monthly themes based on our Eagle’s Creed. 

This month’s theme is: 

“God is at the centre of everything I do.” 

With Proverbs 3:5-6 being our verse of the month:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.”