Sports: Start of The Season – By Student Journalist: K. Mpame

The crack of the Winter season beckons the sportswomen and men from all corners of the College: Hockey players, Soccer players, Basketball players and especially, Rugby players.

For some Saturday marked the start of their debut season, for others it was the “same old, same old” in the words of Sir Maravanyika.

The Basketball Baronesses, the U14s, U15s, U16s and the First Team were stacked up against the Convent girls, hailing south of Gweru.

Basketball 

Heat, sweat and the sound of crashing basketballs were resonant that Saturday morning, however, the heat wasn’t coming from any friction between the two schools, but rather a wildfire lit by Convent’s U14’s straight up to the Eagle’s First Team. 

When asked mid-U14 match, about his outlook on the games and the season to come, Coach Pararai, answered, “The season is going to be very difficult,” he continued, “We’ve got a lot to do when it comes to our juniors. We’ll see as the season goes…but we’re hopeful.”

And it seemed like Convent wasn’t flying too far from his altitude,

“They’re okay,” answered a fervent Coach Lee when asked, “but we can see that the fitness is not there…but I’m sure we’re gonna see a marked difference as the season goes.” 

We hope she’s right (in reference to the College of course).

“The season is going to be very difficult…but we’re hopeful.”

Coach paraRai

Rugby

East of the courts — a little ways from the netball fields — the Rugby players were duking it out for season dominance. They were no strangers to the grit and rumble of the field, in fact they welcomed it. 

“We’re gonna win it,” remarked an especially confident Wadiwa Musonza, “It’s the first game of the season and we want to see where we are…and it’s also to have fun and to improve where we’re lacking.”

For the U14’s it was equally an opportunity for growth and development.

Mr Somerai (the U14 Coach) seemed eager for the season, commenting on the junior’s first game,

“It’s a tight match and the first game is always exciting and I think the boys are putting in a lot of effort…”

“We’re gonna win it,”

Wadiwa musonza

The rugby bouts were remarkable in that they could light the spark that sets the haystack of matches ahead ablaze (a road of victory for the Rugby Eagles) or perhaps they could’ve been a simple mirage in the desert (a false vision in the struggle).

However, the average is likely truest: a season marked by victory, loss, triumph, trouble, injury, recovery and naturally, growth

Mr Chimbuya (First/Second Team Coach) was asked on his take of the First Team match and the season to come, replying, “A lot of mistakes today, the guys were not up to scratch and obviously we can do better.” He continued, “a lot of potential, a lot of new guys coming into the team, it’s gonna be definitely an exciting season. The guys just need to pull up their socks…take pride in the jersey…we need to play for each other, we need to play for the school.”

Soccer

The soccer season kicked off at a defining 3-1 victory. 

Skills were tested and resolve challenged, but the First Team Soccer Eagles rode the Petra tempest proud. 

Sir Kwande (First Team Captain and Centre Back) was asked on his perspective on the matches to come, “It was a good start, it’s looking bright and we need to work hard to win the season but definitely we’re winning it and we’re going to dominate.”

“Take pride in the jersey…we need to play for each other, we need to play for the school.”

Coach chimbuya

A player recently elevated to the First Team stage, Russel Zvavamwe, scored a debut goal, much to the wild cheer of the supporters at the sidelines.

Here’s what he had to say about this match: 

“It was the first game so people are slowly picking up form…but as the season goes on…more goals, more positive play.”

“We need to work hard to win the season but definitely we’re winning it and we’re going to dominate.”

Sir kwande

Coach Dhliwayo was also asked on his view on the match, and quite straight to the point he said, “It was fine but we still have a lot of work to do.”

Now that’s a truth everyone needs to hear.

A key takeaway for all the sportswomen and men would be Mr Chimbuya’s words,

“[We]* need to pull up [our]* socks…take pride in the jersey…we need to play for each other, we need to play for the school.”

God bless, and a worthwhile second term to all the players and supporters. 

Newsflash 17/5/19

Term 2 Calendar – Please view the attached calendar for details of this term’s activities. Note that fixtures are confirmed on a weekly basis in this publication so be sure to stay up to date!

Harare Golf Day – We continue to extend the invitation to you, your friends and colleagues to join us for golf in Harare on Friday 24 May at Chapman Golf Club. Team entries are RTGS$400, and individual entries are RTGS$100 which are payable into the school accounts – referenced PA Golf Day. Please confirm participation on sport@mcc.ac.zw

Africa Day Family Bonding Day Invitation – We invite boarder parents to join us on Saturday next week – Africa Day – for some fun family bonding time and a traditional lunch. The programme will run from the hostel car park: 11am-4pm. Come dressed in African attire. Please note that we require lunch bookings by Wednesday next week. A small charge will be levied for the lunch – To be advised. Book on dndhlela@mcc.ac.zw

Thank you – To the various stakeholders who have come forward and have partnered with us in sponsorship of some first team sports kits for this season. Specific mention to be made of the Sibanda and Katsande families.

We still seek partners for Rugby, Hockey, Basketball and Netball. Please contact either the Sports Office or the Principal’s office to engage further. 

Robotics Team Jets Off – We wish the Robotics team all the best as they compete in California, USA. Sincere thanks to Savannah Travel for their assistance in logistics for this trip.  

Congratulations – To the ATS Girls and Boys Volleyball teams who competed in Zambia during the holidays with the boys team winning the silver medal. Picture of the MCC members of the team is below. 

Contributions Reminder – Items to go towards hampers for the various PA fundraising activities this term:

  • Form 1 – 1 x 2 litre dilute juice or 1 x 1litre box pure fruit juice
  • Form 2 – 1 x 2kg Sugar or 1 x 2kg rice or 1 x 2kg pasta
  • Form 3 – 1 x 500ml body lotion or 2 x tablets bath soap or 2 x tubes toothpaste
  • Form 4 – 2 x tinned foodstuffs
  • Lower 6 – 1 x 500ml mayonnaise or 1 x 500ml tomato sauce or other condiment sauce
  • Upper 6 – 2 x 500ml long life milk or 1 x  Box of Cereal  

Pupils sign these items in to their form teachers. Deadline – 10 June.

Upcoming Events 

  • Fri 17/5
  • 1st Team Boys Hockey League Matches @ KHS – 5pm
  • Sat 18/5
  • Netball U16s @ Goldridge – 8:30am
  • Debate @ Girls College – 8:30am
  • Rugby & Girls Hockey Central Province Trials @ Kyle – 9am
  • 1st Team Boys Hockey League Matches @ KHS – 8am
  • Volleyball U20 Girls and Boys St George’s Tournament @ St George’s College – 8am
  • Science Olympiad @ Hellenic – 2pm

Newsflash 7/5/19

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Welcome to Term 2! Thank you for your sacrifice and commitment. For those still on their way, we look forward to having you all back. 

 

Equals personnel remain available in the Library Wing to parents until Wednesday 15 May.

 

First Week’s Programme: 

  • Tue 7/5 – School ends at 3:30pm
  • Wed 8/5 – School ends at 5pm as sports starts

 

Examination Issues: 

May-June Examinations are under way. 

October/November Registrations – starts today and closes on 28 June 2019 for the following examinations:

  • F1s will be writing an ABRSM Music Exam
  • F2s will be writing Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint examinations
  • F4s will be writing their “O” Level examinations
  • L6s & U6s will be writing ‘AS’ & ‘A’ Levels respectively 

Registration fees and payment details can be confirmed with the Examinations Department – exams@mcc.ac.zw

 

Upcoming Events:

Fri 10/5

  • Girls Hockey – All Teams vs Arundel – 2pm @Arundel
  • Soccer – 1st Team vs SEC – 2:15pm @MCC (TBC)

Sat 11/5

  • Girls Hockey – All Teams vs Chisipite – 8am@Chisipite
  • Girls Hockey – All Teams vs Heritage – 11:30am @Heritage
  • Girls Basketball – All Teams vs Dominican Convent – 9am @MCC
  • Netball – U14s, U15s & U17s – Goldridge Invitational – 8:30am – Goldridge
  • Rugby – All Teams vs Gateway – 8:30am @MCC
  • Soccer – 1st Team & Jnr Team vs Petra – 9:30am @MCC

 

Reflection:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Newsflash 29/4/19

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Fee Payments & Admission Slips: The school is the only institution that issues admissions slips, regardless of means of payment. All parents need to have sent through proof of payment to bursar@mcc.ac.zw by 1pm Friday 3 May in order for slips to be ready for collection on Monday 6 May.

Equals Representatives: will be based in the Library Wing at School from Thursday 2 May to Wednesday 15 May. Alternatively they can be contacted at the following address; 1st Floor, Block A, Emerald Office Park, 30 The Chase (West), Emerald Hill, Harare. They can also be reached on the following numbers; +263 242 332008/9 or +263 242 332062 and emails; mcs.payments@equalsonline.com or mcc.payments@equalsonline.com. 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.

Principal’s Newsletter: which was sent out last week contains a lot of very important information. If you have not yet read it, please make time to do so. Herewith a few reminders of some of the issues raised in this communication:

Day Scholar Uniform Labelling – In our ongoing endeavour to ensure consistent standards and reduction in lost property, it is a requirement that all uniform items have an individual’s name embroidered on them. This exercise started with the boarders, and now continues with day scholars. As such, day scholars are required to use the same person that did the embroidery for the boarders to ensure standards are maintained.  We are appealing that our stakeholders visit Mr Mugano in the basement area at Gweru Main Post Office on 7th Street to have your child’s item embroidered at a cost of RTGS$0.80 per item. Pupils are encouraged to return for second term with their clothes correctly embroidered.

Clothes Pegs for Boarders Please ensure that your child returns with labelled clothes pegs as pupils launder their own casual clothes over the weekends. 

Sports Attire Second term is always our busiest sporting term. As pupils return to school, please ensure that pupils return with the correct attire. Sports on offer in second term for boys: rugby, hockey, soccer (select), volleyball (select); and for girls: hockey, netball, basketball, soccer (select), volleyball (select).

Rugby

  • Shorts – pillar box red boxer shorts for juniors, white boxer shorts for seniors
  • Shirt – pillar box red rugby jersey 
  • Knee length socks – pillar box red with two white lines on turn over
  • Gum Guards
  • Rugby Boots (U15s and above)

Hockey – Boys & Girls 

  • Appropriate size & weighted hockey stick
  • Knee length socks – pillar box red with two white lines on turn over
  • Shin pads
  • Gum Guards

Soccer

  • As per the basic sports kit
  • Shin pads
  • Soccer boots

Netball, Basketball & Volleyball

  • As per the basic sports kit

 

Parents Assembly Activities – In light of upcoming activities and fundraising initiatives, the Parents Assembly Committee have requested that pupils return with the following items next term to assist in making hampers for the golf and dinner functions. These items should be handed in to Form Teachers at the start of school:

Form 1 – 1 x 2 litre dilute juice or 1 x 1litre box pure fruit juice

Form 2 – 1 x 2kg Sugar or 1 x 2kg rice or 1 x 2kg pasta

Form 3 – 1 x 500ml body lotion or 2 x tablets bath soap or 2 x tubes toothpaste

Form 4 – 2 x tinned foodstuffs

Lower 6 – 1 x 500ml mayonnaise or 1 x 500ml tomato sauce or other condiment sauce

Upper 6 – 2 x 500ml long life milk or 1 x  Box of Cereal  

 

Reflection: “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

Newsflash 4/4/19

Athletics Congratulations – To Leeroy Tapfumaneyi who won a gold medal in the Triple Jump at last week’s national athletics competition. Elizabeth Msipa won silver medals in the 100m and 200m races, and a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay. Elizabeth was also selected into the COSSASA athletics team who will be competing in May. Congratulations also goes to Mr Chimbuya who was appointed as one of the coaches for this team who will be traveling to Swaziland. 

NIAA Results – Please see the attached list for the overview of results from the recently concluded NIAA Vocal and Instrumental Festival. 

NIAA Congratulations – To Rufaro Chikarango on a praise worthy performance at the NIAA Vocal Challenge Cup. We are very proud of her performance. 

NIAA Congratulations – To “Klammnt” who are made up of Tirivashe Muza, Nyasha Zhangazha, Kudzai Garwe, Liliosa Chiminha, Munashe Muchedzi, Ashley Shamhu, Matshidiso Chivasa who received an invitation to perform at the NIAA Finals Concert and went on to win the African Voice Cup for the best Senior Schools African Ensemble. 

NIAA Congratulations – To Kudzai Garwe who received an invitation to perform at the NIAA Junior Highlights Concert and continued to ‘wow’ the crowd with his engaging performance. 

End of Term Arrangements: School ends at 3:30pm on Monday except for pupils writing May-June Examinations. Final assembly will take place on Tuesday 9 April. Form 2, 3 & L6 pupils are free to leave for the school holidays from 1pm on this day. There is Consultation Day for all Form 1, 4 & U6 pupils and parents on Wednesday 10 April between 8am & 1pm. Note that this is an important time of engagement and attendance is expected. Information for new parents regarding Consultation Day: come at a time convenient for you during 8am & 1pm, but note that especially for Forms 1 & 4, you should allow about 1 1/4hrs for consultation. 

End of Term Bus: There will be a bus to Harare on Wednesday 10 April for those who are not involved in Consultation. The bus is scheduled to arrive at Prince Edward School at 1pm. Tickets are $55 each and are issued on a first-come-first-served basis with confirmations given from admin@mcc.ac.zw. Proof of Payment is to be sent to bursar@mcc.ac.zw and

admin@mcc.ac.zw by 3 April. Note that all bookings are subject to our confirmation and places are limited. 

Upcoming Events 

  • Sat 6/4
  • Association of Christian Schools International – Zimbabwe – Triangular Athletics – COMPULSORY for all pupils. 
  • COMPETITORS TO BE AT SCHOOL by 7:30am, ALL OTHER PUPILS TO BE AT SCHOOL BY 8am. 
  • Monday 8/4
    • School ends at 3:30pm (no sport)

Reflection

“The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:56 (NKJV)

Newsflash 27/3/19

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Grade 7 Open Day: Takes place this Friday, 29 March at 10am in the school hall. Please continue to spread the word for us. The invitation is open.

Cyclone Response: A huge thank you to everyone who contributed towards the collection of goods for victims of Cyclone Idai. Econet Higher Life collected the items yesterday and are taking them directly to Chimanimani.

Interhouse Athletics Results: We enjoyed a day of good entertaining competition last week. Thanks to those who were able to come along and support. Final House positions were as follows:

1st – Bateleur

2nd – Martial 

3rd – Crown 

National Athletics: We count it a privilege to have been asked by the local organising committee to be the host venue for this year’s national athletics competitions for NAPH and NASH on behalf of the Midlands Province. Competitions are underway and will end on Thursday. Note that our pupils are expected to attend the closing ceremony scheduled for 15:50-16:50hrs on Thursday, and apologise in advance if pupils are slightly delayed in departure. We wish our participating athletes all the best: Anodiwa Ncube, Edmos Dube-Mabeza, Joshua Nyamutora, Ngonidzashe Mareverwa, Leeroy Tapfumaneyi, Laura Dzawo, Hannah Pombo, Elizabeth Msipa, Wadiwanashe Musonza, Simbarashe Kwande and Panashe Dube-Mabeza. 

End of Term Arrangements: Final assembly will take place on Tuesday 9 April. Form 2, 3 & L6 pupils are free to leave for the school holidays from 1pm on this day. There is Consultation Day for all Form 1, 4 & U6 pupils and parents on Wednesday 10 April between 8am & 1pm. Note that this is an important time of engagement and attendance is expected. Information for new parents: come at a time convenient for you during 8am & 1pm, but note that especially for Forms 1 & 4, you should allow about 1 1/4hrs for consultation. 

End of Term Bus: There will be a bus to Harare on Wednesday 10 April for those who are not involved in Consultation. The bus is scheduled to arrive at Prince Edward School at 1pm. Tickets are $55 each and are issued on a first-come-first-served basis with confirmations given from admin@mcc.ac.zw. Proof of Payment is to be sent to bursar@mcc.ac.zw and admin@mcc.ac.zw by 3 April. Note that all bookings are subject to our confirmation and places are limited. 

Congratulations: To Rufaro Chikarango who will tonight take part in the NIAA Vocal Cup Challenge which will be held at the Harare International School at 6:15pm. Spectators are welcome. Note that there is usually a small fee at the door.

Congratulations: To Ryan Napata, Dominic Mushayi, Maxwell Makara, Adrian Dhliwayo, Jeffrey Mhlanga, Anotidaishe Munda and Lincoln Chiko who were selected into the U17 Provincial Basketball team who are currently in camp and will be competing in further competitions on Friday at Hama High. 

Upcoming Events:

Sat 30/3

  • Interschools Athletics @Lomagundi – 8am

Sat 6/4

  • ACSI Triangular Athletics @MCC – 8:30am. As indicated previously, this is a COMPULSORY EVENT for pupils.

Reflection:

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yolk of bondage.”

Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)

National Athletics Hosting

National Athletics: We count it a privilege to have been asked by the local organising committee to be the host venue for this year’s national athletics competitions for NAPH and NASH on behalf of the Midlands Province. Competitions are underway and will end on Thursday. Note that our pupils are expected to attend the closing ceremony scheduled for 15:50-16:50hrs on Thursday, and apologise in advance if pupils are slightly delayed in departure. We wish our participating MCC athletes all the best: Anodiwa Ncube, Edmos Dube-Mabeza, Joshua Nyamutora, Ngonidzashe Mareverwa, Leeroy Tapfumaneyi, Laura Dzawo, Hannah Pombo, Elizabeth Msipa, Wadiwanashe Musonza, Simbarashe Kwande and Panashe Dube-Mabeza. 

Newsflash 18/3/19

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Cyclone Idai Appeal: Join us in giving support to those families being affected by the cyclone. This is an appeal for aid in cash or kind – we will be collecting items this week to go towards this cause. Donations of clothing items, shoes, diapers, medical supplies, blankets and non-perishable foods are sought. Items can be dropped off through the Front Office. Any direct queries please liaise with Miss Ndhlela – Director Hostel and Counselling – dndhlela@mcc.ac.zw

Interhouse Athletics: As per the text message sent out earlier today, our Interhouse Athletics programme will take place tomorrow starting at 8:30am. The invitation is still open to parents to come along and enjoy the competition. Unfortunately we could not put it on Saturday as our athletes need time to rest ahead of next week’s national athletics programme. 

National Athletics: Next week we will be the host venue for the NAPH and NASH National Athletics competitions. The competitions will be held over three days – 26 – 28 March. This is a big and an important competition, and we invite you to come along and spectate. 

Hearty Congratulations: To Elizabeth Msipa and Wadiwanashe Musonza who competed in the Puma School of Speed South African Championships last week. Elizabeth won the bronze medal in the 200m event, and the silver medal in the 100m event. Wadiwanashe won the gold medal in the 400m event. We are very proud of their sporting achievement. 

 “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.” Philippians 4:6(Amp)

Newsflash 13/3/19

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Congratulations: To our pupils who took part in the National Institute of Allied Arts Vocal and Instrumental Festival. We are so proud of them all! A very special congratulations to the Honours Winners. A detailed schedule of results will be sent in due course. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and YouTube channel where we will upload some of the performances. 

Our Senior Marimba Band consisting of Lisa Nesara, Joshua Nyamutora, Caleb Hadzirabwi, Edmos Dube-Mabeza, Gavin Magwenzi and Isheanesu Nyamadzi won honours so will be taking part in the Marimba Challenge Cup at Prince Edward School on Friday 15 March at 3pm. We encourage parents to go along and offer support to our Eagles. 

Interhouse Athletics: This is always one of our highlights on our calendar! Please plan to join us for this event. It will start at 8am and will be done by 4:30pm. Please note that this is a COMPULSORY event for all pupils. Pupils are to be at school by 7:15am and may only be released to go home at the end of the event.

We encourage you as parents to come along in house colours to show your allegiances.

Grade 7 Open Day: Will be held on Friday 29 March at 10am. Attached is the flyer. Please would you assist us by circulating this to friends, family and colleagues. 

Advanced Notice: The traditional ‘Triangular Athletics’ event will take place on Saturday 6 April. This event is compulsory for all of our pupils. We encourage you as parents to come along and support this event. Note that this event will be run under the banner of the Association of Christian Schools Zimbabwe. 

Upcoming Events:

Fri 15/3

  • Marimba Challenge Cup @ Prince Edward School – 3pm

Sat 16/3

  • Interhouse Athletics – Compulsory for pupils

   7:15am – 4:30pm

 

Reflection:

“The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11 (Amp)

Grade 7 Open Day Invitation

We invite all potential 2020 Form 1 pupils and their parents and guardians to attend our Grade 7 Open Day to learn more about our school and the type of pupil that we are committed to developing. We would love to meet with you on this day and to engage with you further so please join us in the school hall at 10am on Friday 29 March.