Dear MCC Family,
ln the month of August our focus is on building exemplary leaders. We draw strength from Matthew 20:26 “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” Exemplary leaders are those who are aware of their surroundings and aware of the needs around them.
We pray that during this difficult period each student will make adjustments to the circumstances they face and seek to make a difference in the lives of those around them. There is so much more joy that comes out of giving and serving others. We are all reminded that when “someone is going through a storm…your silent presence is more powerfulthan a million empty words.” The famous dancer Thelma Davis clearly understood something about service and giving.
ln these difficult times we could all use some encouragement in order to keep going. Let us all be encouraged that the trials we are facing are temporary, God is in control and the trials come our way to distract us from the blessing that the Lord has in store for us. Thomas Edison who made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb responded to a question about how it felt to fail 1000 times by saying that this was an invention with 1000 steps rather than 1000 failures. Our perspective and right attitude play a key role in the results we achieve no matter how many obstacles we face along the way.
We encourage all parents to teach this principle of perseverance to their children so that our efforts are aligned and we develop exemplary leaders of tomorrow. May we also be encouraged ourselves as adults not to tire in working with our children as we teach them the way of the Lord.
Time to Rest
At this stage we continue to await further instruction from the government regarding return to physical classes. As students have been learning virtually we have felt that this is the opportune time to allow them to take a short break before they return for the mock examinations on 16th August. There will be no lessons between 7th August and l5th August.
Students are advised to use this time to rest, catch up on any incomplete assignments and finalise their revision for mock examinations. We cannot say with any certainty what length of break may or may not be possible once the government announces physical term dates so this coming week will offer a welcome though brief hiatus.
The school office will continue to be open between 8am and 3.30pm from Wednesday 11th August for any parents who wish to conduct any urgent business at the school or phone in.
As indicated in a separate email from the Exams Department, we plan to run our mock examinations virtually from 16th August assuming schools would still not have opened physically. We ask that parents adequately acquaint themselves with the requirements of this examination process so that we minimise incidents of students plagiarizing. We will engage parents further on 11th August to offer more information regarding mock examinations. As always we encourage parents to join us in this important meeting.
May parents also be advise that June 2021 candidates who have their results access codes will be able to access their results on 10th August for AS and A Level and on 12th August for IGCSE. Those who do not have their access codes will need to contact the Exams department on Wednesday 11th August.
The 4th assessment window has now closed. Marks will be available in Senatical for parents by close of business on 20th August.
Parents Assembly Matters
We ask parents to continue to assist students with the “earn a brick” campaign making use of this extended time at home to maximise on their fund raising potential. The Parents Assembly Committee will appraise the parents body regarding the planned Resource Centre in the near future and engage more regarding fund raising activities for the project. We appeal to all parents to pay their PAC levies so that the burden of supporting the project does not only rest on a few parents.
Let us continue to for our country in light of the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected so many families. Specifically let us pray for the following areas:
1. Families who have lost loved ones particularly the loss of bread winners responsible for fee payments.
2. Pray for all those who are unwell and in need of the Lord’s healing hand
3. Pray for God’s continued protection of all our parents, students, staff, board, management and workers.
4. Pray for our students and teachers as they approach the examination season and ensure that all syllabus material is adequately covered.
5. Pray for our country to be completely delivered from this deadly pandemic and for a revival in our land. We pray that these difficulties, as unwelcome as they are, will lead us to a reliance on God’s power and provision.
God bless you all and Happy Heroes and Deferlce Forces days to everyone.
T. L. Mkhosana