Friday December 8 2017

Final Newsletter of 2017

As this year draws to a close, there is so much to celebrate. 2017 has indeed been a year of celebration.

Herewith the Principal’s closing remarks for this year.

Shalom!

 We are thankful to God for guiding and protecting us throughout this relatively short but very busy final term. We are glad to report that both internal and external examinations went smoothly and hopefully productively. The results for the Cambridge examinations are awaited on 10 January 2018 and 17 January 2018 for ‘AS’/’A’ levels and ‘O’ Level respectively.

 

Staffing

We are saying farewell to Miss R. Munjeri who diligently served as our Receptionist for eight years and also assisted at Kestrel Hostel. Mr A. Jonga who was a valuable member of the Life Skills department and also assisted at Eagle Hostel is leaving MCC after serving for eight years. We appreciate both members of staff for adding value to our institution for the season they were part of us. We wish them God’s richest blessings as they move on to new ventures.

          

Celebration

In the spirit of finishing 2017 strong, Year of Going the Distance in Excellence, Biblical Orientation and

Celebration, our Eagles rose to the challenge by their active participation on different fronts.

 

(a)          The MCC Robotics Team, consisting mainly of Juniors and a few F4 pupils made another piece of          history by successfully defending the national champions title at a First Lego League tournament held in Harare last week. Their coach, Mr C. Chigwanda, was also crowned with the best coach award. The team comprising;

  • Ryan Chimedza – F1
  • Weinster Mubata – F1
  • Anotidaishe Gaka – F1
  • Tawananyasha Musingarabwi – F1
  • Alban Sianaga – F2
  • Theophilus Nenhanga – F2
  • Kundai-Karl Mpame – F2
  • Sean Nyagura – F2
  • Sevie Chirasha – F2
  • Tafadzwa Shumba – F2
  • Joel Mukaratirwa – F4
  • Darren Shonhai – F4
  • Anesu Marufu – F4 and
  • Owen Chihumelah – F4

One spectator remarked that our team “walked away with first place hands down”. We truly praise the Lord.

 

(b)          The College staff and pupils were greatly enriched through the Global Leaders’ Summit which MCC hosted for the first time three weeks ago. Several leadership initiatives have since taken off as part of this timely and empowering global experience. In spite of making attendance on second day optional for pupils, more that 100 Eagles signed for the event. We are truly excited that so many appreciate the importance and need to take up and be intentional in growing their leadership. This          can only be good news for Zimbabwe’s future and let alone the world at large. We are encouraged that the part of our MCC Creed which reads, “I am a focused Eagle, teachable, secure and

adaptable, an exemplary leader…” finds fulfilment through these efforts.

 

(c)          One of the key conditions for our accreditation by Association of Christian Schools International is that MCC is committed to the pursuit of excellence in education, to meet the established accreditation standards, and follow an ongoing school improvement plan. One of the areas where this is actively taking place is in staff development. Since last year, 2016, when our school received the international accreditation teachers have committed to improving the academic and professional qualifications. This is also in          recognition of the wisdom in the saying that, “when a leader or teacher stops growing, then they should stop leading or teaching respectively. It is no secret that the third part of MCC Vison reads, “To impact pupils and the community with Christian values through motivated, committed and highly qualified teachers and a Bible curriculum.” (Isaiah 55:4-6)

I would like to sincerely congratulate the following for successfully attaining higher academic and professional qualifications:

NameQualificationTopic / Area
Mr Kalila BandaMaster of Education in Curriculum StudiesImplementation of Technical and Vocational subjects : A case of three high schools in Gweru
Miss Nyasha

Bvunzawabaya

Masters in Social Sciences : Child and Family StudiesThe impact of Social Network on teenage behaviour : A case study of Gweru Urban Schools
Dr Michael ChawiraDoctor of PhilosophyConstructing an enabling learning environment for the development of critical thinking skills in History teaching
Mr Cosmas ChigwandaMaster of Science in Materials Chemistry DegreeDevelopment of an anionic resin based on Chitosan beads modified with sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) for the sorption of lead in aqueous solutions
Miss Sibongile

Manyakaidze

Bachelor of Education in Business StudiesAn assessment of tax compliance in small to medium enterprises : A case study in Harare, Zimbabwe
Mr Sylvester MhangwaMaster of Education in MathematicsDetermining the nature of knowledge possessed by mathematics teachers and how it its deployed in teaching. A case study of four

secondary schools in Gweru District

Mrs Takana MoyanaMaster in Food Science in NutritionNutrient Composition of Sesame seed and the effect of processing on phytate and oxalate content
Miss Doreen NdhlelaSpecial Honours Communication and Media DegreeAn exploration into the extent that social interactive media is creating the problem of cyber bullying among youth. A case study of whatsapp, facebook and Instagram Zimbabwe
Mrs Ngoni SibandaMasters of Science in Special EducationAn analysis of Challenges Faced by Deaf Learners Using Assistive Technology : The Case of Jairos Jiri

Holiday

The next four weeks are intended to offer a total break and much deserved rest for both our pupils and teachers. In an academic world where our teachers and pupils are compelled to work throughout the April and August holidays, December offers the much awaited escape from the pressurized, demanding academic schedules. As much as possible allow pupils to have fun and rest before the commencement of another season staring on 8 January 2018.

 

Hostel Fees for Term 1, 2018

Please be advised that the hostel fees will be reverting back to the approved level of $1 740 with effect from Term 1, 2018. This has been

necessitated by increase of food costs since the fee reduction offer of 2015.

 

2018 Fees payment arrangements

May all our parents and guardians please be reminded that the Bursar’s department is no longer handling the staggered fee payment

arrangements following the appointment of EQUALS by the Board. As advised in earlier communications, EQUALS personnel will be at the school to assist parents on the following dates;

6 – 7 December 2017

2 – 12 January 2018

They can also be reached on the following numbers; +263 4 852345/55 or +263 4 851386 and emails; mcs.payments@equalsonline.com or mcc.payments@equalsonline.com Alternatively they can be contacted at the following address; 2 Northend Close, Northridge Park, Harare

However, parents/guardians are still free to contact the school with regards to any challenges they face in dealing with EQUALS, or to raise any special requests.

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December Break Office Hours

Please be advised that the office will close on 20 December 2017 at 4pm and reopen on 2 January 2018.

 

From the Hostel Desk

  1. Laundry matters

Following the rise of lost items in our hostels, it has become imperative to take drastic measures to address this worrying issue to both

parents and the College. Going forward, all uniform items will be labelled on the outside and not inside a clothing item. Every boarder pupil in Form 1, Form 2, Form 3 and L6 each received 50 units of sew-on name tags which are in red on white material. The expectation is that by the time we open school next year, 2018, every boarder pupils will have these sew-on name tags clearly sewn on all their uniform items. Therefore, every parent/guardian is asked to ensure that these tags are sewn on neatly on all their child’s uniform items by the time we open next year in the first term. Since there are 50 units per child, there is provision for socks to have sew-on tags as well.

 

The positioning of the name tags will be as follows :

 

Girls -Blazer on the left top pocket

Blouse/shirt on the lower edge of the left sleeve

Skirt on the left side of the waist band

Trousers on the left side of the waist band

Shorts on the left side of the waist band

 

Boys – Blazer on the left top pocket

Shirt on the lower edge of the left sleeve

Shorts on the left pocket-diagonally

Trousers on the left pocket- diagonally.

 

The advantages of having tags on the outside are that pupils will not be tempted to wear a uniform item that does not belong to them and hide under the guise that they assumed it was their piece of clothing because name tag was non existent and invisible. The sew-on tags seem to provide a measure of longevity as well rather than the laundry marks from laundry markers which after a couple of washes fade away.

Labelling on the outside on the front of the garment will also allow ease with identification of pupils by name for our visitors to the school.

 

  1. Uniform lists

To allow for efficient laundry turnover, we have included uniform checklists for both boys and girls. This checklist is also found in our

Orientation booklet. Every pupil is expected to have all the required uniform items and adhere to the quantities stated. At the beginning of each term, duty staff will do a thorough check of each boarder’s uniform items and where the stipulated standard is not met, parents will be reminded and expected to top up the uniforms. Please see lists attached.

 

  1. Haircuts

Our boys need to be clean-shaven and neatly turned out at all times so shaving is necessary. As such, pupils are allowed to bring their own personal clippers if they so wish. The school has regular barbers who come through fortnightly or weekly where need be.

 

IT Policy matters

Attached is information on usage of IT gadgets which is important for all our pupils and parents/guardians to know. Please study the

information carefully.

 

Calendar Events

6 December 2017

– Consultation Day – F1s, F2s and

F3s (8am to 1pm)

– Form 2 Forum (9:45 – 10:45am)

 

2018 –

7 January

Form 1 Boarders check in

(12 noon – 4pm)

 

8 January

– Form 1 Orientation

(10 am – 3:30pm)

– Form 2 to Upper 6 Boarder check in (12 noon onwards)

 

9 January

Lessons begin

 

15 to 19 January

– Form One Orientation Camp

 

25 January

Inter-house Cross Country (2pm)

 

27 January to 1 February

– PE Camp

– Stewards Camp

 

2 to 4 February

Mother-Daughter Camp

 

16 February

– PAC AGM (11am)

 

19 to 20 February

Exeat

 

22 February

Lessons resume

 

10 March

Inter-house Athletics Competition (Compulsory) – (7:15am – 5pm)

 

12 to 16 March

Lower 6 Camp

 

16 March

Grade 7 Open Day (10am)

 

24 March

Triangular Athletics Competition (Compulsory) – 7:15am -3:30pm)

 

28 March

– Consultation Day – F1, 4 & U6

(8Aam – 1pm)

– School ends

 

CHRISTMAS REFLECTION:  

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us.’ (Matthew 1:23)

 

This coming Christmas, each and every one of us can give the gift of God’s likeness through us. When each of our lives reflect the God who lives in us, we can be different from the world around us. That difference can bless others with the transforming presence of His love and grace – Joe Stowell