Newsflash 30/11/22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Junior Interhouse Swimming Gala: It’s been 3 years since we’ve had an Interhouse Gala. The house spirit was vibrant and swimmers of all abilities had a chance to compete. Thank you to the parents who joined us too! Congratulations to all involved!

1st Place – Bateleur

2nd Place – Martial  

3rd Place – Crown 

House Spirit Cup winners – Crown 

Form 3 Camp: Our Form 3 campers are having a busy time away. They should be back at school by 4:30pm tomorrow. 

HSK Chinese Examinations: A reminder that these will take place on Sunday 4 December. Pupils writing Levels 2 and 4 are to be at school at 8:30am and are to be collected at 10:15am. Pupils writing Levels 1, 3 and 5 are to be at school at 1pm having already had their lunch. Day scholars are to be collected from this examination at 3:15pm.

End of Term Arrangements Reminder: 

Monday 5 December 

  • No afternoon sports – School ends at 3:30pm. Day scholars are to be collected at this time. 

Tuesday 6 December 

  • Lower 6 Boarders (except for Stewards) are to be signed out for the holidays between 1pm and 5pm. Please do not make any travel arrangements or requests that fall before 1pm on Tuesday 6 December. Those who have siblings who are involved in Consultation may stay for the Tuesday night. 

Wednesday 7 December 

  • Consultation Day for all Form 1, 2 and 3 pupils and parents is between 8am and 1pm in the school hall. Parental attendance is expected. Boarders are free to leave for the holidays after you have finished your child’s consultation. 
  • Form 2 Forum: This crucial meeting for all Form 2 parents and pupils will take place on Wednesday 7 December at 10am at the Pavilion. Please refer to the separate letter already sent for more details and be reminded that parental attendance of this is expected. 

Upcoming Events:

Sat 3/12

  • CAD Presentations – Falcon – 8am
  • Robotics Zimbabwe Competition – Harare – 9:30am
  • Rugby 7s – Hartsfield – 8:30am

Reflection:

“And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 TPT)

Newsflash 24/11/22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Junior Interhouse Swimming Gala: Weather permitting, our Junior Interhouse Gala will go ahead as planned today – 1:30pm – 4:45pm. Parents are welcome to attend. 

Form 3 Camp: We wish our Form 3s a fun-filled and valuable time away on Form 3 Camp: 27 November – 1 December. Day scholars are to be at the bus shed on Sunday 27 November at 5:45am and should be back by 4:30pm on Thursday 1 December. A reminder that gadgets are not permitted on camp. 

Appreciation: Thank you to all who were able to attend Munashe Sibanda’s funeral, and to those who have offered practical support. For those who may still like to make a financial contribution to the family, you may do so using the following details belonging to Munashe’s mother:

D. Zvinavashe 

Stanbic – Gweru – ZWL  – 914 0000 357 382

Stanbic – Gweru – USD – 914 0004 964 542

Ecocash – 0774 073 707

LCME Music Examinations: Pupils are to be at school at 8:30am on Saturday 26 November. Day scholars should be collected at 11:30am. Practical examinations for this examination board will take place on Friday 2 December.

HSK Chinese Examinations: Will take place on Sunday 4 December. Pupils writing Levels 2 and 4 are to be at school at 8:30am and are to be collected at 10:15am. Pupils writing Levels 1, 3 and 5 are to be at school at 1pm having already had their lunch. Day scholars are to be collected from this examination at 3:15pm.

End of Term Arrangements: 

Monday 5 December 

  • No afternoon sports – School ends at 3:30pm. Day scholars are to be collected at this time. 

Tuesday 6 December 

  • Lower 6 Boarders (except for Stewards) are to be signed out for the holidays between 1pm and 5pm. Please do not make any travel arrangements or requests that fall before 1pm on Tuesday 6 December. Those who have siblings who are involved in Consultation may stay for the Tuesday night. 

Wednesday 7 December 

  • Consultation Day for all Form 1, 2 and 3 pupils and parents is between 8am and 1pm in the school hall. Parental attendance is expected. Boarders are free to leave for the holidays after you have finished your child’s consultation. 
  • Form 2 Forum: This crucial meeting for all Form 2 parents and pupils will take place on Wednesday 7 December at 10am at the Pavilion. Please refer to the separate letter already sent for more details and be reminded that parental attendance of this is expected. 

Global Leadership Summit: A big ‘thank you’ to the Global Leadership Summit in Zimbabwe for affording the Gweru community, our students and our staff the highly impactful opportunity to attend this year’s Summit. We trust that the seeds sown will bear much fruit!

Reflection:

“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy, without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14

Newsflash 17/11/22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Condolences: As indicated via email, we mourn with the Sibanda family on the tragic passing on of our Eagle, Munashe Sibanda. Your prayers and support for the family are appreciated. Those wishing to contribute financially may do so using the details for Munashe’s mother. Please contact us for them. 

Global Leadership Summit: Tomorrow and Saturday all of our pupils and staff will be involved in the Global Leadership Summit. A reminder that this is a compulsory event for all Form 1, 2, 3 and Lower 6 pupils. Pupils report to school as normal on Friday 18 November. Day Scholars will be given lunch on this day and are to be collected at 4pm. Pupils are to be at school at 8:10am on Saturday 19 November. Day Scholars are to be collected at 14:50pm. Day scholars will have lunches and tea break provided on this day. 

Consultation Day – Form 1, 2 & 3: Consultation will take place on Wednesday 7 December between 8am & 1pm on this day. Parental attendance is expected. Boarders are free to leave for the holidays after you have finished your child’s consultation. 

Form 2 Forum: This crucial and compulsory meeting for all Form 2 parents and pupils will take place on Wednesday 7 December at 10am at school. 

Parenting Series: Tonight is the last, but a very important session: “Intentional Christ-Centred Culture”. We encourage our Harare-based parents to go along for this session at Gateway Primary School Hall 6pm – 7:15pm.

Celebrate With Us: A team of our swimmers competed in the Midlands Champs recently. They amassed 19 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 10 bronze medals. Congratulations to the following who have been selected in to the Midlands Swimming Team: T. Mubata, A. Mubata, N. Mbizo, A. Joseph, N. Horovi, S. Mathonsi, K. Banda, Z. Mashava, S. Dondo and V. Chiremba. We wish the team all the best as they embark on their specialised training programme to prepare them for some national events next year. Below is some of the swimmers who took part in the competition. 

Reflection:

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

Newsflash 10/11/22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Parenting Series: A reminder to our Harare based parents that the 4 part parenting seminar hosted by Gateway and ACSI Zimbabwe in conjunction with River of Life Church is on tonight. Appropriate for parents of children of any age at Gateway Primary School Hall 6pm – 7:15pm. We encourage you to go along!

Internal Examinations: End today! Lessons resume tomorrow, sports resume on Monday.

A2 Lesson Commencement: Lessons for 2022 Lower 6s for their A2 syllabi officially start on Monday 14 November. A reminder that any boarders who go home before then are to be back in hostel by 5pm on Sunday 13 November. 

2023 Form 1 Orientation: Tomorrow we have the privilege of meeting with our 2023 Form 1 Eagles and their parents. Should you have any friends or colleagues still undecided on Form 1 or Lower 6 placements, we will be happy to assist with their enrolment process. 

Clearance Procedures for Form 4 and Upper 6 pupils: A reminder that all Form 4 and Upper 6 pupils are to complete all clearance procedures before their departure after their final examination.

Consultation Day – Form 1, 2 & 3: Consultation will take place on Wednesday 7 December between 8am & 1pm on this day. Parental attendance is expected. Boarders are free to leave for the holidays after you have finished your child’s consultation. 

Form 2 Forum: This crucial and compulsory meeting for all Form 2 parents and pupils will take place on Wednesday 7 December at 10am at school. 

Global Leadership Summit: This fantastic Summit is a great opportunity for you as parents to invest in yourselves and to be enriched and refreshed under this year’s theme of “Voice Your Vision”. We encourage you to take up this opportunity – for last minute Bulawayo summit bookings please contact Harold Chilowa 0772 307 378 should you like to book. For Gweru please contact Mrs Deysel through the school office. A reminder that the Gweru GLS Summit is a compulsory event for all Form 1, 2, 3 and Lower 6 pupils. Pupils report to school as normal on Friday 18 November. Day Scholars will be given lunch on this day and are to be collected at 4pm. Pupils are to be at school at 8:10am on Saturday 19 November. Day Scholars are to be collected at 14:50pm. Day scholars will have lunches and tea break provided on this day. 

Newsflash 3/11/22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Parenting Series: A reminder to our Harare based parents that the 4 part parenting seminar hosted by Gateway and ACSI Zimbabwe in conjunction with River of Life Church is on tonight. Appropriate for parents of children of any age at Gateway Primary School Hall 6pm – 7:15pm. We encourage you to go along!

Internal Examinations: Have commenced! Please take note of the schedule:

Forms 3s – 3 November – 11 November 

Form 2s – 4 November – 10 November

Form 1s – 4 November – 10 November

Lower 6s (Select) – 4 November – 10 November 

Note that during this time pupils report to school by 7:10am and dismiss at 4pm. Day scholars are to be collected by 4:15pm or at 5pm. There will be no sport during examinations. Please see the attached examination timetable for more details. 

A2 Lesson Commencement: Lessons for 2022 Lower 6s for their A2 syllabi officially start on Monday 14 November. A reminder that any boarders who go home before then are to be back in hostel by 5pm on Sunday 13 November. 

May-June Cambridge Certificates Available: The 2022 May-June Cambridge results certificates are available for collection from reception. Please note that our preference is that parents collect these certificates and keep them safe as they are not easily replaced. 

Global Leadership Summit: This fantastic Summit is a great opportunity for you as parents to invest in yourselves and to be enriched and refreshed under this year’s theme of “Voice Your Vision”. We encourage you to take up this opportunity – for Harare and Bulawayo Summits please contact Harold Chilowa 0772 307 378 should you like to book. For Gweru please contact Mrs Deysel through the school office.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday 6/11

  • Midlands Swimming Board Gala – Kwekwe Pool – 8am 

Reflection:

“Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” Declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24 (NIV)

Newsflash 27/10/22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Form 3 Camp: A reminder that all payments and the camp indemnity form are to be submitted by Monday 31 October.

2023 Lower 6 Combinations: A reminder that confirmation of L6 combinations as outlined in the individualised communications sent must be received by 31 October in order to secure your child’s placements in the relevant classes. 

Internal Examinations: Commence next week for Form 1 – 3 pupils and a few Lower 6s as follows:

Forms 3s – 3 November – 11 November 

Form 2s – 4 November – 10 November

Form 1s – 4 November – 10 November

Lower 6s (Select) – 4 November – 10 November 

Note that during this time pupils report to school by 7:10am and dismiss at 4pm. Day scholars are to be collected by 4:15pm or at 5pm. There will be no sport during examinations. Please see the attached examination timetable for more details. 

A2 Lesson Commencement: Lessons for 2022 Lower 6s for their A2 syllabi officially start on Monday 14 November. A reminder that any boarders who go home before then are to be back in hostel by 5pm on Sunday 13 November. 

Hostel Visitors and Visiting Times: Please note the following:

Only authorised people on the signing in and out list will be allowed to visit pupils or bring them items.

  1. Visiting times – Friday 1.15pm – 3.15pm and Saturday 3.15pm to 5.00pm. Please adhere to these times.
  2. Visitors are not allowed on Sunday or during the week. However, if an emergency should arise, Hostel Parents, the Hostel Director or the Head must be notified immediately. 
  3. Tuck can only be brought in by those on the signing in and out list. If they come outside of the visiting hours, then it is to be left at the guard room, clearly marked and recorded in the guard’s book. The recipient will receive their items during a meal time and acknowledge receipt by signing in the guard’s book. Note that tuck quantities should be maintained as per specified tuck limitations. 

May-June Cambridge Certificates Available: The 2022 May-June Cambridge results certificates are available for collection from reception. Please note that our preference is that parents collect these certificates and keep them safe as they are not easily replaced. 

Parenting Series: A reminder to our Harare based parents that the 4 part parenting seminar hosted by Gateway and ACSI Zimbabwe in conjunction with River of Life Church starts tonight. Appropriate for parents of children of any age at Gateway Primary School Hall 6pm – 7:15pm. We encourage you to go along!

Interhouse Public Speaking Results:

Juniors:

1st Place – Lara Horovi

2nd Place – Sheunopa Dondo

3rd Plave – Rumbidzai Mutopo

Intermediates:

1st Place – Rais Makahamadze

2nd Place – Elizabeth Maphosa

3rd Place – Takurira Tapfuma

House Totals:

1st Place – Bateleur – 251 points

2nd Place – Crown – 248 points

3rd Place – Martial – 221 points

Upcoming Events:

Friday 28/10

  • Social Welfare trip to Hozheri – 11am

Reflection:

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV)

Newsflash 13/10/22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Alteration to Programme:

As advised in an email on Monday, please be reminded that there will be no Form 1 or Form 2 lessons on Friday. Day scholars are to remain at home, and any boarders being signed out may do so from 8am on Friday, retuning by 5pm on Sunday. School ends at 5pm as usual on Thursday 13 October, and lessons continue as normal on Monday 17 October.  

Form 3 Camp:

A reminder of the circular sent to Form 3 parents. Please note all payments are to be made by Monday 31 October. Camp indemnity form will be sent this week and will need to be returned by Monday 31 October.

Celebrate with us:

Hearty congratulations to Nikita Mketiwa who, even though is in Form 2, was awarded the National Institute of the Allied Arts Cup as the best Artist in the senior category for this year’s festival. Her work, along with another one of our other Eagle’s pieces – Vuyisile Ndlovu – is currently on display at Hartmann House Jubilee Hall until 4pm today. 

National Selection:

Hearty congratulations to the following who have been selected into the national public speaking team with the following rankings:

 

 

Tendai Sithole – Ranked 1st

Vimbai Gwimbi – Ranked 3rd

Allan Joseph – Ranked 5th

What an incredible achievement to have 3 MCC pupils making up the top 5 ranked candidates in the country!

Form 3 Monitor Selection:

We congratulate the following pupils who have been appointed as Form 3 College Monitors to assist with the smooth running of College activities and discipline during this public examination period:

Boys:

Takurira Tapfuma 

Kudzaishe Machikicho

Eugene Mashongera

Maxwell Zondo

Vakatendeka Chiremba

Sean Siyawareva

Girls:

Karen Mutamba

Tariro Mazengera

Praise Madhiri

Charity Sigauke

Gamuchirai Kamuzonde

Elizabeth Maphosa

Back to School Reminders

Admissions Slips: Those who would like to have admission slips ready for collection on return to school should have sent through proof of payments and/or concluded arrangements with the Bursars by 1pm on Friday 2 September.  

Speech Day Invitation: Please plan to join us at school for our Speech and Prize Giving Day on Friday 30 September at 9am as we celebrate achievements, reflect on this year, and look ahead to the next. 

Examination Preparations: Statements of Entry for all Form 3 – Upper 6 pupils have been emailed to parents. We ask that you familiarise yourself with your child’s examination schedule. For any queries or amendments around this please get in touch with the Examinations Department on exams@mcc.ac.zw. Please be sure to also check the correct spelling of your child’s name. Those who may still wish to register or sit for a retake should contact us soon. Note that anything processed now is at a higher cost in accordance with Cambridge.

As indicated prior, pupils will be doing their SWOT from school. This means both boarders and day scholars will be doing supervised revision at school. Form 4 and Upper 6 boarder pupils should only be collected from school at the end of their public examinations – date for which can be found on your child’s statement of entry.

Those pupils due to complete their technical subject course work are to be sure to bring all of their course work material to school. 

A reminder of examination stationery essentials (no sharing permitted):

  • Transparent casing/pencil case to house the stationery
  • Pens – Dark Blue or Black
  • Pencils – HB
  • Eraser – Soft, non-marking type 
  • Ruler – ‘clean’ with no ‘graffiti’ on it
  • Scientific Calculators and Mathematical Sets

Form 2 Check Point: All Form 2s will write their Cambridge Check Point examinations on 11, 12 and 13 October.

Academic Reminders: Pupils are to bring back all textbooks, worksheets and exercise books as well as sufficient and appropriate stationery. 

Sports Reminders: Sports for all forms continues in Term 3. Please take note of specifics relating the the juniors and ensure purchase of correct and required kit. 

Swimming will be compulsory for all Form 1, 2 & 3 pupils. Pupils are all to have school swimming costumes and a cap in their house colour. Those who will swim in the team should have red caps. Cricket will be compulsory for all Form 1, 2 & 3 boys. Cricket boys are to have a plain white golf shirt, a plain white pair of boxer shorts, knee length white sports socks, cricket spikes, 3 rubberised cricket practice balls, and 1 leather ball 156gm ball. The boys are also needing their own cricket bat, batting pads, batting gloves, groin box, helmet, thigh pad, chest guard (optional), abdominal guard (optional) and elbow guard (optional). Ensure that all items are clearly and permanently labeled

Labelling of Items: A reminder that all items are to be labeled – whether school uniform, civvies, stationery, sports kit and so on. Boarders are to have all bedding items permanently labelled – preferably by embroidery, before returning to school.

Hairstyles: Pupils must adhere to the correct standards (Details in Orientation Booklet also found www.mcc.ac.zw) Boarder boys who use the barber are reminded to bring sufficient money for his services ($3 per hair cut). A reminder that boys are to be clean shaven – without excuse. 

Security: Every pupil is to have a proper padlock on their school locker. A labelled spare key is to be surrendered to Form Teachers. All boarders are also required to have locks for their hostel lockers. These will be checked for on arrival at hostel so to be easily accessible. Labelled spare keys to be surrendered. 

Boarder Reminders: We are back to summer uniforms as per the uniform list. However, some warm uniform items need to be packed due to the unpredictable weather in Gweru. Civvies are only required for weekends so do not need to be many in number. Remember to include enough face masks for the term. Labelled clothes pegs are compulsory for all students in boarding.

Pupils Drivers: No pupil should drive to school without prior communication with the school. Certain criteria needs to first of all be met. All parents whose children are driven to school by other students should put it in writing authorising such arrangements. Even if one is driving a sibling to school, the same should apply.

2023 Lower 6: Form 4 pupils are to bring back at the start of this term completed and signed 2023 Lower 6 interview forms. These forms were distributed at the Form 4 forum.  

U6 Testimonials: To assist with efficient compilation and processing of Upper 6 testimonials, on return to school, all Upper 6 pupils are to submit their completed testimonial forms through their form teachers. Pupils must collect their official school testimonial before their final departure from school. 

Reflection: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

From the Headmaster’s Desk

Dear MCC Family

As we look back at the past term we can only do so with much praise to our Lord for his provision and protection. This was a very busy term full of ups and downs. Term 2 is traditionally the busiest term from an extramural activity perspective as well as having its fair share of public and internal examinations. We thank all the staff, parents and students for their input and perseverance over the last few months. 

We continue to focus on our theme for the year, that of re-establishing our identity in Christ. We found ourselves critically examining who we are in Christ and being encouraged that as long as we remain rooted in Him we would overcome any difficulties that may confront us. 

Our Vision remains:  

  1. To educate students from a Christian perspective in a Christian environment for responsible adulthood (Proverbs 22:6) 
  2. To equip students with life skills for further education, work and service, through sound teaching and learning techniques, aimed at achieving effectiveness and excellence (Ephesians 4:11-15) 
  3. To impact students and the community with Christian values through motivated,      committed, highly qualified teachers (Isaiah 55:4-6)

The second line of our Eagles Creed reminds us that God is at the centre of everything we do. There were enough incidents that really stretched our commitment to this reality and I am confident that the lessons learnt during trying times will stand us in good stead as we move forward. Please join us in celebrating some of the key achievements from the term.

ACSI Reaccreditation 

We are pleased to announce that the ACSI Accreditation Board met in July and resolved to re-accredit MCC for a further 5 years. We are thankful to the Lord for blessing us in this way. Attached is a letter from ACSI confirming our re-accreditation. This has been a team effort involving the board, management, staff, students, parents and alumni and I would like to applaud everyone for the encouraging culture of partnership we continue to build on.

Academic Achievements

We celebrate the excellent results by some of the Eagles in the past Mid-Year examinations.

Form 1

Krystal Kadakure 5As, Jadin Magwenzi 5As, Denzel Chisango 5As, Shantel Kunjani 5As, Ronald Maereka 5As, Oriana Chatima 6As, Mutsa Govere 6As, Nokutenda Makarichi 6As, Naledi Ngwenya 6As, Lindokuhle Ndhlangamandhla 6As, Rudorwashe Machikicho 6As, Kudiwanashe Machekera 6As, Pearl Mjumi 7As, Tapuwanashe Bobo 7As, Kaitlyn Chakanyuka 7As, Tawananyasha Mkaratigwa 8 As, Takudzwa Virima 8 As, Eber Mukorera 9 As, Rutendo Chidawanyika, 10 As, Lara Horovi 10As and Chelsea Satande 10 As.

Form 2

Reino Hanyani 5As, Raphael Joel 5As Vuyisile Ndlovu 5As, Junior Maligo 6As, Matikudza Chakwesha 6As, Chikomborero Wenga 6As, Mazvita Paichi 7As and Vongai Mutambara 8As.

Form 3

Charity Sigauke 5As, Nick Milanzi 5As, Tariro Mazengera 5As, Atida Mutonhodza 5As, Praise Madhiri 6 As and Elizabeth Maphosa 12 As. 

Form 4

Panashe Mutambara 5As, Leon Maposa 6As and Jessica Manhambo 6As

Lower 6

Timukudzeishe Dondo 13 Pnts, Takudzwanashe Chinganga 13 Pnts, Ngonidzashe Horovi 14 Pnts, Rachel Tivavenge 14 Pnts, Tanaka Mudyanadzo 14 Pnts, Joshua Mukondiwa 17 Pnts, Tendai Sithole 17 Pnts, Tashinga Denga 20 Pnts and Thembinkosi Mkhosana 21 Pnts.

Upper 6 

Takudzwa Ganhure 14 Pnts, Blessing Madhiri 16 Pnts, Takudzwa Machikicho 16 Pnts and Karl Makahamadze 17 Pnts.

The June AS/A Level  

Our June 2022 IGCSE and AS/A Level results were released over the past two week. Our AS and A Level after consolidating with November 2021 results for the students who wrote in both examination sessions reflect a 100% pass rate with a 31% quality pass rate(A or B symbols). This is in line with our standards of excellence we have always set for our students. Our IGCSE results from students who required more time to sit for the examinations showed an improvement in expected results although our desire is for better results. The pass rate for those examinations written in June 2022 only was 74% with a quality pass rate of 47%. 

Congratulations to the hardworking Eagles who managed to pass their examinations and proudly proceed to the next stage in their educational journey. We will set in motion a thorough revision program for those students who did not manage to pass all the subjects they wrote during this past season in a bid to assist them in obtaining the required grades. Our commitment and target is to ensure that each student who spends six years at MCC leaves with at least 2 A Level subjects passed.

Sporting and Cultural Achievements

We celebrating many memorable performances on the sporting and cultural front.

Introduction to Rugby Officiating Certificates:

Catherine Sibanda, Mudiwa Nhapi, Michael Madzimure, Nicolle Venge, Trish Kadenhe and Charmaine Mpepu.

Musical Performances: 

Nick Milanzi (Grade1 Drum kit), Maxwell Zondo (Grade 1 classical guitar recital), Daniel Napata (Grade 1 piano), Theodore Masi (Grade 2 Saxophone), Oswell Chikadaya, Zivai Mwenje, Nick Milanzi, Maxwell Zondo and Daniel Napata (Grade 1 Pop & Rock band).

Zimbabwe Age-Group National Representatives: 

Karl Makahamadze – MOOT & Debate, Sharon Marangwanda – MOOT & Debate, Sean Mandaza – NTR Zim U17 Boys Hockey, Daniel Chakanyuka – NTR Zim U19 Boys Hockey, Passmore Mabukwa – NTR – Zim U19 Boys Hockey, Tadiwanashe Mutero – NTR – Zim U19 Boys Hockey, Lashal Murairwa – Zim U19B Boys Hockey, Joana Mushede – Zim U18B Girls Hockey, Nokutenda Tombindo – Zim U17B Squash Team, Kinah Ntuli – Zim U17 Cricket, Nkosilathi Magazi – U17 Young Warriors Soccer Team and Hannah Pombo – U20 Zim Netball.

ATS Select Representatives:

Hannah Pombo – ATS U20 Select Netball, Emily Ndewere – ATS U20 Select Netball, Kunashe Chipenzi – ATS U20 Select Netball, Nkosilathi Magazi – ATS U20 Select Soccer, Tawananyasha Takaendisa – ATS U20 Select Girls Basketball and Tanatswa Sisimayi – ATS U20 Select Girls Basketball.

Platinum Sports & Zimbabwe Select Representatives:

Patrick Munangagwa U18 Soccer, Tinotenda Muchimwe U18 Soccer, Asher Mashungupa U18 Soccer, Nkosilathi Magazi U18 Soccer, Tererai Chikwanda U18 Soccer, Wyne Kwanisai U18 Soccer, David Zishumba U18 Soccer, Louis Mukumba U18 Soccer, Anaye Chizana U18 Soccer, Karl Makahamadze U18 Tennis, Tanatswa Mlauzi U18 Tennis, Deon Kunjani U18 Tennis, Joana Mushede U18 Tennis and Jessica Manhambo U18 Tennis.

Lifeskills Achievements:

We congratulate the following Eagles on obtaining their driver’s licences: Takudzwa Chinganga, Kennedy Reid, Moreblessing Banda, Takudzwa Ganhure, Takudzwa Machikicho and Tinotenda Chairuka.

Term 3 Sports Approach

Swimming will be compulsory for all Form 1, 2 & 3 pupils. Pupils are all required to have school swimming costumes and a cap in their house colour. Those who will swim in the College team should have red caps. 

Cricket will be compulsory for all Form 1, 2 & 3 boys. Cricket boys are to have a plain white golf shirt, a plain white pair of boxer shorts (plain white longs for U16 boys), knee length white sports socks, cricket shoes with spikes, 3 rubberised cricket practice balls, and 1 leather ball 156gm ball. The boys will also needing their own cricket bat, batting pads, batting gloves, groin box, helmet, thigh pad, chest guard (optional), abdominal guard (optional) and elbow guard (optional) where resources permit. We ask parents to kindly ensure that all items are clearly and permanently labeled to avoid loss of personal property. 

Term 3 Key Calendar Dates

We urge all parents to take special note of the following dates:

5 September – Boarders Check in to Hostel (12noon – 5pm)

6 September – Lessons Start

30 September – Speech & Prize giving 9am – Parents are invited to this event

7 December – Consultation Day for Form 1, 2 and 3s as well as in person Form 2 Forum. Students may leave for the holidays on this day. 

8 December – Term 3 ends

Student Discipline

Student discipline has continued to be a thorn in our proverbial flesh. This past term we saw enough serious disciplinary issues to warrant consideration of exclusions from either hostel or hostel and school. We hope that the message we are sending to students that there will be serious consequences to serious misdemeanours will be clear to all students. 

This is one area where the development of a strong partnership between each individual parent and the school become key. The bible reminds us that if we spare the rod we spoil the child. Our hope is that all parents will appreciate the school’s role in loco parentis and work with us even if working with us may mean recommending a change of environment for students who in our expert opinion will benefit from such measures.

Staff Changes

We say goodbye to Mr and Mrs Sachinda after many years of service beginning with Mr Sachinda’s appointment to the Science department in 2003. We thank them both for their service to the College and wish them well in their new role at Kyle College. I look forward to working with Mr Sachinda as a fellow head as we continue to grow the private education footprint in the Central region. 

I am pleased to announce that Mrs Deysel will take over all Deputy Head duties whilst Mrs Sango will be our Director of Studies with the mandate of driving excellence in our academic aspects of the College. I wish them both well as they take on additional responsibilities. We are also looking forward to one or two more changes to our management structures as we strive to improve our service delivery to our clients the parents and students.

We also thank some of the junior staff members who joined us on a short term basis and return to their bases to continue their studies and/or work. We said goodbye to Miss Haukozi, Miss Pasipanodya, Miss Chaibva and Mr Ndlovu at the end of this past term. 

Fees Communication 

Parents, please remember to check the fees emails sent on 5th and 23rd August addressing the subject of Term 3 fees. It is very important that this communication is noted and acted upon to prevent inconveniencing the Eagles in this very important academic session. We encourage parents to view fees as an investment into the future of their children and not as a cost. 

Celebrating a Legend

Two weeks ago we received the sad news that our founding Head Mr David Musa passed on and went to be with the Lord. He was loved and respected by staff, students and parents who interacted with him in his years as headmaster of MCC and was affectionately known as “Dumas”. He passed away peacefully at his UK home after a long illness. 

Mr Musa was headmaster of the College from 1989 to 2005. I had the pleasure of training and working under him for 6 years during which time I saw the College grow from a small private school to the top school in the province and a premium private christian institution. His long years of service and the developments he implemented are still in effect today and will continue to shape the College in years to come. 

Our sincere condolences to the Musa family. We pray that they find God’s peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time. May they be encouraged by the scripture in Psalm 68:5 which tells us God is “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” So many past students and teachers will consider him to have been a father to them as well and I encourage us all to celebrate his accomplishments and find comfort in that. Let us celebrate the true legend that he will always be. 

Prayer Points

As we look back to the year so far and ahead towards the rest of the year we have much to be thankful for. We are encouraged to pray for the following: 

  1. The Musa family for strength and comfort.
  2. The upcoming ACSI Educators Conference in Harare
  3. Our students, parents and teachers as they take part in various holiday related activities
  4. Examination classes as they try to balance rest and examination revision  
  5. All who are unwell and are in need of the Lord’s healing hand. 
  6. Thank God for his protection and provision which we tend to take for granted too often

Word of encouragement 

The last couple of years were very difficult with lockdowns, illnesses, deaths, loss of or reduced income for many of us. In such times we may often feel discouraged and struggle to see the way forward. It is so easy to become the pilot who throws their hands in the air and gives in when the plane enters a cloud and goes through turbulence becoming so paralised that he cannot land the plane even when the visibility has improved. I would like to encourage us all with the words of Jimmy Dean, the late American celebrity and businessman, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” These wise words remind me of Philippians 4 v 13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” May the Lord continue to bless you all and continue to help you adjust your sails to make the most of every situation. 

Yours sincerely, 

T. L. Mkhosana

HEADMASTER

Newsflash 3/8/22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Wednesday 3 August: Day Scholars are to be collected at 3:15pm.

Congratulations: To Hannah Pombo, Emily Ndewere and Kunashe Chipenzi on their selection into the ATS U20 Netball Select team this past weekend. We also congratulate the MCC team on placing 2nd out of the 10 competing schools at the tournament.

Celebrate With Us: Our winter sports season drew to a close yesterday with our Interhouse Winter Sports programme. Final house positions as follows:

1st – Crown

2nd – Bateleur 

3rd – Martial 

End of Term Reports: End of Term reports have been prepared for all pupils. These will be available to you on the Senatical Parents Portal tomorrow morning. Please be sure to take time to log in and download your child’s report to discuss with them. For assistance with Senatical – please send an email to senatical@mcc.ac.zw 

End of Term Consultation:  Will take place for all Form 4, Lower 6 and Upper 6 pupils on Thursday 4 August between 8am and 1pm in the high school classrooms. Parental attendance is expected. For further details, Please refer to separate letter which was sent for further details.

Form 4 Parents Forum: A reminder that we ask all Form 4 parents to join us at 11am on Thursday 4 August in the school hall for this important meeting. Note that parents will be expected to sign the register for this meeting. 

End of Term Arrangements: Term 2 ends on Thursday 4 August. Form 1, 2 and 3 boarders may be collected from school between 8am and 1pm on this day. Day scholars for these forms are not expected at school on 4 August. Form 4, Lower 6s and Upper 6s are to leave for the holidays on completion of Consultation with teachers. Please note that all pupils are to be collected by 1pm on Thursday 4 August. We also ask that you respect the end of term programme and do not ask for early release of pupils. 

Pre-Season Cricket – Senior Team: Note that our senior cricket players will be called in to a short pre-season camp towards the end  of the school holidays. Emails will be sent to parents of those involved. 

Looking Ahead to Term 3 Sport: Swimming will be compulsory for all Form 1, 2 & 3 pupils. Pupils are all to have school swimming costumes and a cap in their house colour. Those who will swim in the team should have red caps. Cricket will be compulsory for all Form 1, 2 & 3 boys. Cricket boys are to have a plain white golf shirt, a plain white pair of boxer shorts, knee length white sports socks, cricket spikes, 3 rubberised cricket practice balls, and 1 leather ball 156gm ball. The boys are also needing their own cricket bat, batting pads, batting gloves, groin box, helmet, thigh pad, chest guard (optional), abdominal guard (optional) and elbow guard (optional). Ensure that all items are clearly and permanently labeled. 

Speech Day: Please plan to join us for our Speech and Prize Giving Day scheduled for Friday 30 September at 9am. This is our pinnacle event, and is an especially poignant one for our Leavers. 

Calendar Issues:

11 August – May-June AS & A2 Results Available

18 August – May-June IGCSE Results Available

5 September – Boarders Check in to Hostel (12noon – 5pm)

6 September – Lessons Start

7 December – Consultation for Form 1, 2 and 3s as well as Form 2 Forum. All pupils may leave for the holidays on this day. 

8 December – Term 3 ends

Term 3 Exam Classes & SWOT Leave

Please note that all of our examination classes will be doing SWOT from school. This means that Form 4 and Upper 6 Boarder pupils should only be collected from school at the end of their public examinations.

Reflection:

“Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
    or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
    He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
    He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
    And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
    gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
    young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
    They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
    they walk and don’t lag behind.”

Isaiah 40:27 – 31 (MSG)