Newsflash 20/7/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Virtual Consultations for Form 4s: Just a reminder that this is taking place today, 21 July, and tomorrow 22 July. Please make use of the Meet Invitation sent to you by our IT Department to join at your allocated time. You have also been sent a reminder email from our Reception.Your children have also received a copy of the Consultation schedule and associated Meet Codes on their email. As indicated before, due to the complexity of this programme’s dynamics we ask that you make yourself available for your allocated time, and remember that your child is expected to join you in the consultation meetings. 

Alteration to Programme: 21 & 22 July: As indicated last week, there are no virtual lessons today, 21 July and tomorrow, 22 July for any classes due to the Form 4 Consultation Programme. Pupils are to use these days for Mid-Year/Mock Examination preparations. These examinations are scheduled to run between 5 August and 20 August and will be run either virtually or physically dependent on direction from government on physical school opening closer to the time. Where a pupil has outstanding work for this current assessment period, they may make use of 21-22 July to catch up. 

“Earn-a-Brick” Campaign: Just a reminder of this on going project. Please continue to support and guide your children in their endeavours to be helpful in your various communities. 

To see the visuals and to get a bit more information on this project, please visit our website news section. https://www.mcc.ac.zw/news/information-resource-centre-project/

NIAA Speech and Drama Festival: This week’s performances include the following Eagles. You can watch their clips on our Midlands Christian College Eagles Facebook Page.

Shakespearean Monologue – Senior – Anotidaishe Ndoro – “Come You”

Duo Poetry – Senior – Kudzaishe Mumba & Sharon Marangwanda – “Stop Saying I Love You.”

 

Duo Poetry – Senior – Nadine Mutangara & Blessing Madhiri – “Depression”

Duo Poetry – Senior – Natasha Jones & Panashe Magadza – “Anxiety is Like….” https://www.facebook.com/Tracey.Glover.Doorman/videos/840682360176921

Reflection:

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)

Newsflash 14/7/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Virtual Consultation for Form 1s: We continue with appointments today and tomorrow. Thank you to all who have kept their appointment times. 

Virtual Consultation for Form 4s: Will take place on Wednesday 21 July and Thursday 22 July. Google Meet invitations will be sent out to Form 4 parents by the end of this week from our IT Department. Form 4 parents, please look out for yours and clear your schedule to join us. Due to the complexity of programming dynamics for this type of consultation, we ask that you make yourself available for your allocated time. Note that your child is expected to join you in the consultation meetings. 

Revision and Catch-Up Days: On Wednesday 21 July and Thursday 22 July there will be no virtual lessons. Pupils are to use these days for Mid-Year/Mock Examination preparations. These examinations are scheduled to run between 5 August and 20 August and will be run either virtually or physically dependent on direction from government on physical school opening closer to the time. Where a pupil has outstanding work for this current assessment period, they may make use of 21-22 July to catch up. 

National Institute of the Allied Arts Speech and Drama Festival: We are delighted to have a strong representation in this year’s NIAA virtual Speech and Drama Festival. Follow our Facebook Page – Midlands Christian College Eagles – to see the performances as they are released over these next few weeks. So far we have enjoyed performances from Karl Makahamadze for his Shakespearean Sonnet in the senior section, and Vanessa Mncube and Zandile Sibanda in the Senior Poetry section. 

Follow these links to Facebook to view their performances. 

Karl – https://www.facebook.com/628951201/videos/pcb.1888414491327913/10159675923606202

Vanessa – https://www.facebook.com/628951201/videos/gm.1892655927570436/353472969695848

Zandile – https://www.facebook.com/628951201/videos/gm.1892655927570436/218711593449965

CIE May-June Examination Results Release: 

IGCSE/O Level – 12 August at 06:00BST/UTC+1

AS & A Level – 10 August at 06:00BST/UTC+1

Careers Support: We note that only 21 of our parents have taken up the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the careers platform, Unifrog. All MCC pupils have a Unifrog account which is a key tool in helping our pupils to discover more about all of the opportunities available to them for study beyond high school. A reminder that you are only able to explore this platform for the month of July. 

Please follow these instructions below to gain access to the platform. 

  1. Go to the Unifrog website: 

https://www.unifrog.org/

2. Click ‘Sign in’

3. On the right hand side, click the green text ‘Sign in for the first time’

4. You can enter the code MICCparents in the ‘Form code’ section

5. Fill out the rest of your details in the form.

6. Once you’ve completed the form, scroll down and click ‘Sign up’

7. Login with the email address and password you provided back on the ‘Sign in’ page.

 

Reflection:

“I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Psalm 34:4-5, 8

Newsflash 8/7/21

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Virtual Consultations – Forms 1 & 4 – Virtual consultation for Form 1s is scheduled to take place next week (12-16 July) with virtual consultation for Form 4s to take place the week after (19-23 July). Please keep your eye out for your Google Meet invitation sent to you by our IT Department and clear your schedule! Note that your child is to join you for consultation. 

Parents that Pray – We are so grateful to the parents who meet virtually through WhattsApp to pray for our students, staff and institution. If you would like to be part of this, please get in touch on 0771318295.

Unifrog Careers Programme – A reminder that for the month of July you can log on to this platform and explore this careers ‘super tool’. Please check the email sent last week for how to log in. Note that information on scholarship opportunities can be found under the ‘Special Opportunities’ section.

Congratulations – Form 3 Eagle, Lisa Muchenurwa, took part in the national Chinese Bridge Competition and placed first! She will go on to represent Zimbabwe in the Africa competition. Check out this young lady’s talent – 

https://www.facebook.com/MidlandsChristianCollegeEagles/videos/539008283951701

https://www.facebook.com/MidlandsChristianCollegeEagles/videos/2996708067269557

Congratulations – To Mr Pararai on his appointment as the Assistant Coach for the national U16 Boys Basketball team! 

Reflection

“God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable], A very present and well-proved help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 (AMP)

Newsflash 30/6/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Follow Up to Last Night’s Parents Engagement Meeting:

Thank you to the 120 parents who joined us last night! We appreciate your sacrifice and input. We had hoped that all parents would attend as per the invitation but remain hopeful that in time, this will become a reality. 

Some Key Points to Emphasise:

Work Plans:

  • In July the plan is for teachers to finish syllabus coverage for examination subjects and ongoing syllabus coverage for non-examination subjects. 
  • In August the focus will be examination preparation inclusive of Mock Examinations and Internal Examinations with results guiding the revision programme for September.
  • In October-November public examinations happen for Form 2s, Form 3s, Form 4s, Lower 6s and Upper 6s. Form 1s continue with their syllabus coverage and preparations for internal examinations. 
  • In November all Form 1s, Form 2s and Form 3s will write Internal End of Year Examinations and Lower 6s will start on the A2 syllabus coverage. 

Giving Your Children the Best Chance of Success:

  • Ensure adequate internet connection (Approx 2GB per day).
  • Try to have a back up power source to avoid missing lessons in ‘real time’.
  • Ensure your child has a quiet working space and that they have all of their textbooks, exercise books and stationery available to them.
  • With just over 1 month to go before mock-internal examinations, ask to see your child’s revision timetable and help hold them accountable to their plan. 

‘Real Time’ vs Catch Up Later:

  • Whilst all lessons are being recorded and uploaded into Google Classroom, the value of real time interactions with the teacher cannot be undervalued, neither can class discussions and interactions. This time is how one explores content and tests understanding without the success or failure of it being expressed in a mark. 
  • Cambridge syllabi is skills based – skills need to be taught and guided as well as practiced. The teacher plays a key role in this and is something that requires time to refine. Learning is no longer just about information, and is not easily ‘caught up’.

The Daily Programme:

  • Please see the attached Form Class timetables to see your child’s schedule. 
  • Lessons start at 8am. Form 1s, Form 2s, Lower 6s and Upper 6s end lessons at 1pm. Form 3s and Form 4s end lessons at 3:30pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 1pm on Fridays. 
  • Assemblies will happen on Mondays at 7:40am. Note that this week Forms 4, Lower 6s and Upper 6s will however have an assembly on Friday at 7:40am. 

Parental Monitoring:

  • Please track progress through the Google Classroom parents monitoring option. This allows you to keep track of your child’s academic programme, assignments and results. If you are unsure how to access this, please let us know. 
  • Marks are uploaded into Google Classrooms as work is marked. Marks are transferred into Senatical once a week so feel free to make use of either platforms. Senatical allows you to view all subject marks in one place. Google Classroom will require you to visit the different subject classrooms to see the different marks. 

On Line Learning Behaviour Expectations:

  • Pupils are to keep their cameras and microphones off when not engaged in class discussions or responding to questions. Contributions to lessons should be meaningful and helpful. 
  • Appropriate language is to be used – subject appropriate as well as formal, classroom language.  
  • Tasks set by teachers are not suggestion. Pupils are to complete them and submit on time. They are also to do them to the best of their ability. 
  • Pupils are to desist from being involved in cyber-bullying, and are to alert one’s teacher immediately if they are being targeted. 

What are Cambridge Saying about October-November Examinations:

  • At this stage they are going ahead as planned in centres where it is safe to do so. 
  • The only adjustments made by them so far are in technical subjects where requirements have been altered. 
  • In the event that physical examinations are cancelled, coursework marks will be used – and it is THEREFORE VERY IMPORTANT for students to turn in all assigned work and to give it their best efforts. 
  • You are reminded that the deadline for Cambridge registrations and payments is MONDAY 5 JULY, 2021.  

Open Door Policy:

  • Our desire is to see all of our pupils achieve their full potential. This is achieved through collaboration. Our ‘door is open’! 

Reflection 

“Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Newsflash 17/6/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Back To School:

Boarders are to check in to hostel between 12noon and 5pm on Sunday 27 June. First meal will be supper. 

Lessons for all classes start on Monday 28 June. 

Please note that admission slips are needed. Proof of payments or terms negotiations need to be concluded with the Bursars by 1pm on Friday 25 June in order for your child’s admissions slips to be ready on their return to school. 

Second Term Uniform:

Pupils will be expected to wear winter uniform for this term. Please refer to the Uniforms Section and the Hairstyles Section in the Orientation Booklet for uniform requirements and regulation hairstyles. The booklet may be viewed using this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17QKWHVsBygT9AHx5dLNG94y8K8n7aoa5/view?usp=sharing

School Supplies:

We have noted that some pupils do not have all expected school supplies so as you prepare for the return to school, please check that your child returns with replenished and labelled supplies. Please pay particular attention to the following items that we have noted are missing from a number of pupils:

  • Scientific calculators for Mathematics. These are needed by all Form 2 – 4 pupils and any Lower 6 & Upper 6 pupils who are doing Mathematics. 
  • A Bible.
  • Regarding COVID-19 protocols, personalised sports equipment such a hockey sticks and individual balls where these are available for use when the fitness and skills programme resumes. 
  • Labelled clothes pegs for boarders.

Library Books:

As communicated in the Head’s newsletter, each child is to return to school with a minimum of 2 books for 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. 

Earn a Brick Campaign:

We trust that your children have been getting busy with the “Earn a Brick Campaign”, and that in the process, they have been helpful at home and in your communities as they work to see the Information Resource Centre become a reality. 

3D Model Building Competition:

Invitation has been given to our pupils to try their hand at building a 3D model of the Information Resource Centre. Visuals have been made available to them on the MCC Pupils’ Virtual Noticeboard, and more information on the project can also be viewed on our website:

https://www.mcc.ac.zw/news/information-resource-centre-project/

The winning entry will win themselves a nice cash prize!

Chinese Examination – 19 June:

Harare based students will be hosted at the University of Zimbabwe. Details were emailed to those concerned. 

All other candidates should be at MCC by 0730 on Saturday 19 June 2021. Again, details were emailed to those concerned. 

Examination Registration and Payment Deadlines: 

ZIMSEC O Level and ICDL (Forms 1 – 4) – Friday 25 June

Cambridge CheckPoint, O Level, AS & A2 – Wednesday 30 June. 

Please contact the Examinations Department for any queries: exams@mcc.ac.zw 

Congratulations:

To the following Eagles who earned themselves the great honour of being awarded “The Eagle Badge”:

Tavonga Musonza

Michael Madzimure

Karl Makahamadze 

These pupils have exemplified the characterstics outlined in our MCC Eagles’ Creed. Well done to them!  

Term 1 Reports:

If you have not yet spent time discussing your child’s full academic repot from the first term – please do so. Your child’s success comes through partnership and collective effort. If you would like to raise any academic concerns, send an email to the Academics Director on academics@mcc.ac.zw for her attention at the commencement of next term. If you need assistance in accessing your child’s report on the Senatical Parents Portal, please let us know on senatical@mcc.ac.zw 

Reflection:

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (ESV)

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

 

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

 

Information Resource Centre Project

A few years ago a decision was taken by the Parents’ Body of Midlands Christian College to undertake the design and construction of an Information Resource Centre. This multipurpose building is to consist of a library; careers resource centre; audio-visual resource room and an auditorium. 

The visuals below illustrate the details of the project. 

This is a large scale project with an estimated construction cost of approximately USD1 200 000.

Parents have supported this endeavour through payments of a levy towards this project on a termly basis, as well as fundraising activities such as a ‘Buy-a-Brick’ campaign; golf and fun days, and even through donations. Our pupils are also actively involved in fundraising for this project through activities such as the ‘Earn-a-Brick’ campaign. Money raised so far has covered the initial ground work of designs involving architects and quantity surveyors, as well as the approval of designs and the procurement of some materials towards the project. 

It is the desire of the school and the Parents Assembly Committee to see ground breaking soon and the completion of this project ensuing, so that both the pupils of Midlands Christian College and the community at large can start to benefit from this facility. 

We are looking for partners to join with us to let this vision soon become a physical reality! If you are interested in knowing more or contributing, towards this project – please let us know! The contact person at the school is the Deputy Head – Mrs Deysel – who can be reached on deputyhead2@mcc.ac.zw / 0772 570 772 or the Parents Assembly Committee Chairperson – Mr Tombindo – who can be reached on rtombindo@yahoo.co.uk / 0772 359 500.

 

 

 

Newsflash 25/3/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome: We especially welcome our Form 1 Class of 2021 into the Eagles’ Nest, as well as other new pupils, as they settle into the routines of physical school. For the more ‘familiar’ faces – we love seeing them again! We ask the Lord’s blessing and strength for all. 

The Daily Programme: Please take note of the programme which is in effect until 31 March:

MORNING PROGRAMME

  • Virtual Assembly: Monday & Friday: 7:40-7:55am
  • Physical & Virtual Form Period: Wednesday: 7:40-7:55am
  • Physical & Virtual Briefing: Tuesday & Thursday: 7:40-7:55am
  • Physical & Virtual Lessons: 8:00am to 1:00pm

AFTERNOON PROGRAMME 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:00pm

Catch up, Homework, Study, May/June exam preparation

Wednesday 2:00-3:00 Clubs

Monday & Wednesday: 3:00-4:00pm

F1, 3, L6 Fitness

F2, 4, U6: Catch up, Homework, Study, May/June exam preparation

Tuesday & Thursday:3:00-4:00pm

F2, 3, U6 Fitness: 

F1, 3, L6: Catch up, Homework, Study, May/June exam preparation

Technical Challenges: We continue to encounter challenges in this area with our IT team working with the relevant service providers to rectify the issues. 

Adjustment to Assessment 2 Window: Please be advised that the marks window for Assessment 2 will now close on 31 March. Please continue to encourage your children to complete all given assignments as set by their teachers. 

NIAA Eisteddfod: Some of our pupils are taking part in the virtual component of this year’s National Institute of the Allied Arts Vocal and Instrumental Festival. Please see the schedule for when the ‘top performances’ per categories will be release on social media and watch to see where our Eagles will then feature!

Virtual Open Evening: Inviting all interested parties to join us for our Virtual Open Evening 

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.

Please feel free to pass this invitation on to interested parties. 

From the Head’s Desk – Newsletter 1 of 2021

Dear MCC Family,

Introduction

Welcome everyone to 2021, the  Year of Flourishing. We will draw inspiration from Colossians 3:23 which says that in everything you do you should “work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” By the Lord’s grace we will flourish, building on our foundation, which is, our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and grow in our understanding and application of our MCC Eagle’s Creed. 

Because of Christ and His love for us we shall continue to soar on wings like eagles, we will run and not grow weary, we will walk and not be faint. During the course of the year our devotions, assemblies and spiritual formation programs will be organized into monthly themes based on our Eagle’s Creed. Below are the guidelines for the monthly themes that will guide us during the year.

  • January – A focused Eagle
  • February – God is at the centre of everything I do
  • March – A responsible citizen
  • April – Teachable
  • May – Secure 
  • June – Adaptable
  • July – A critical thinker
  • August – An exemplary leader  
  • September – A confident team player
  • October – I engage in a health physically active lifestyle
  • November – I ride the storm
  • December – Once and Eagle, always and Eagle. 

During the course of January you are encouraged to “keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things.” Philippians 4:8-9. Our verse for the month is Isaiah 26:3 which assures us that He will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in Him. We should focus on that which is good and positive, keeping our eyes off anything that is negative. 

Whilst these scriptures are encouraging we do not take lightly the difficult times we live in, knowing that there are those among us who have been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are some who have been affected through the death of a loved one or through loss of revenue. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered loss of one kind or another during this time and we encourage you to reach out for any support we may be able to offer. 

Our Identity

It is imperative for all parents and students to appreciate that we offer a holistic education which makes our students marketable internationally. The education we give our students goes beyond the classroom and is aimed at developing a complete adult capable of competing in a variety of environments and cultures. As a reminder for us all below is our vision which highlights our commitment to educating the whole individual. Whilst results are important, we want to stress the role of character building in the eventual success of our students when they embark on their careers.

Our Vision is:  

1. To educate pupils from a Christian perspective in a Christian environment for responsible adulthood (Proverbs 22:6) 

2. To equip pupils 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 pupils and the community with Christian values through motivated, committed, highly qualified teachers (Isaiah 55:4-6) 

Based on our foundation as a Christian school we seek to develop a set of key skills in all our students that allow them to maximise on the many opportunities they will be presented with as adults. It is key that each child leaves the College as a responsible citizen of his/her country as well as being a citizen of the world, with good character, critical thinking, creativity, the ability to work in collaboration with others and being able to communicate effectively. 

We seek to adapt the original 5Cs of 21st Century Learning to our specific needs and identity. As in the diagram below, the most important C is Christ-likeness which is at the centre of everything we do. It is important that we all appreciate the role that both our academic and core curricular activities play in moulding each student in the way we have laid. 

2021 Calendar – Academic Session 1

Our main calendar dates for this session are:

Start of session; Tuesday, 12th January

Mid-session Break: Friday, 19th – Monday 22nd February

End of session: Wednesday, 31st March

Total days: 58

 

Below are our key weekly activities which parents should take note of.

Mondays:

Assembly 7:40am – 7:55am

Sports 4:00pm – 4:40pm (Forms 1, 3, L6)

Tuesdays:

Sports 4:00pm – 4:40pm (Forms 2, 4, U6)

Wednesdays:

Form Time 7:40am – 7:55am 

Clubs 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Sports 4:00pm – 4:40pm (Forms 1, 3, L6)

Thursdays:

Sports 4:00pm – 4:40pm (Forms 2, 4, U6)

Fridays:

Assembly 7:40am – 7:55am

 

Office Opening 

Please be advised that the office has been open during the Zimsec exam season but only with skeleton staff due to lockdown regulations. Any parents wishing to get in touch with us are encouraged to send emails instead of trying to phone or coming to the school as they may not necessarily be successful in making contact with us. As we get to the end of the Zimsec exam period our administrative staff will become more scarce and parents are encouraged to use email for any issues they need clarified.  

Some parents have asked what the position is regarding the opening of physical school. At this stage we are still waiting for direction from the ministry regarding physical school. We will advise parents once we have more clarity. In the meantime we continue to offer quality instruction on our virtual Google Classroom platform.

Textbooks & Exercise Books

I would like to clarify the position regarding issuing and distributing books to students. With regards to use of physical text books, please note that due to COVID-19 risks and movement restrictions, we are making use of e-books and other online resources instead of issuing out physical textbooks. These resources have been posted in Google Classroom for each subject, and students who have been cleared can access them.

Please also note that for the same reason, we are not issuing out note books. Pupils submit their work into Google Classroom in typed form and in scanned copies of the written work. Those who do not have scanners can download ‘Cam Scanner’ onto their phones so as to capture the image on the phone and upload into Google Classroom. We do recommend that parents buy exercise books for students to write notes in and for those not comfortable with typing to write their assignments before scanning. Necessary fee adjustment for the usual provision of note and exercise books by the school will be done in due course. 

Cambridge 2020 Results

We congratulate these students for their wonderful performances. These results are a reflection of the hard work that has gone into the academics aspect of our education. I must also add that this is also a reflection of the varied levels of ability and speed at which different students learn. As a College we do not just focus on the best students but want to achieve success with students of all abilities and this may in some cases cause a distortion in analysis. We will also be engaging more with parents over the next few weeks on some of our compulsory subjects such as AS English to ensure that we are aligned on the value of such subjects.  

Whilst we celebrate those who performed outstandingly it is important to highlight that passing or failing in and of itself does not define an individual’s future. Those who passed may not necessarily succeed if they fail to apply the knowledge that led to their passing. By the same token those who failed need not despair as they will have leant some valuable lessons that, if applied correctly, may lead to their eventual success in the future. We therefore encourage those who passed to remember the other valuable lessons they leant and those who did not make it to reset and attempt to sit the subjects they did not pass. Both must remember that if they master the 7Cs they will be sure to succeed. 

Parent Engagement

Over the last week we have held virtual meetings with parents to discuss the progress we are making during this virtual session and also to capture concerns parents have. We conducted meetings for form 1 and 2 parents on Tuesday 26 January,  for form 3 and 4 parents on Wednesday 27 January and on 28 January we met with L6 and U6 parents. 

We will have these meetings every 3 weeks to ensure that we continue to develop the partnership between the College and the parents. The education process needs to be a partnership between us especially in this season of virtual learning. We need parents to ensure that students maintain good discipline and attend all lessons that they are supposed to attend. The next round of meetings will focus on parent feedback and issues as well as discussing career issues with parents of the older students. 

One of the key roles parents play in this partnership is the payment of fees. We thank parents who have managed to pay their fees in full and encourage others to urgently catch up on their fees payments to ensure that we can continue to offer quality service to their children. 

Student Discipline

As we continue with online lessons may parents note that students are expected to log in to all learning platforms (Zoom and Google Meet) using their college email addresses. Kindly note that a student is expected to use their own email address and identity when logging in for lessons and should under no circumstances ever share their log in details with anyone else. Sharing log in details is a serious offence and will lead to disciplinary action being taken by the college. 

We have also noticed that some students deliberately miss lessons and lie to their parents about reasons for not attending their classes. We ask all parents to kindly ensure that they are familiar with their child’s timetable so that they assist us in ensuring that all lessons are attended. If parents are in the home we recommend periodic checking in to see what the child is doing and keep an eye on their behaviour. 

We would also like to recommend that parents invest in effective programs to monitor their child’s online activity. This may need to be discussed with the child and also depends on the trust levels between parent and child. Younger children may need more regulating than the older students. Programs such as Covenant Eyes are useful in keeping the students accountable and also ensuring that online distractions are kept to a minimum. Technology has lots of advantages when used responsibly, but can also lead to destructive habits when usage is not controlled.

Sports & Clubs 

To ensure that we are sufficiently educating the whole child we have found ways of integrating sports and clubs into our virtual program. Our sports and cubs started this week on Monday 25 January, 2021. We ask all parents to ensure that their children attend these sessions as well. This program is an important aspect of developing key interpersonal skills for teenagers and also helps them to deal with the social challenges associated with lengthy periods of lockdown.

Sports Schedule is as follows:

4:00pm – 4:40pm

Form 1s, 3s, Lower 6s – Mondays and Wednesdays

Form 2s, 4s, Upper 6s – Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Sports Classroom Codes are: U6 Sports – maoaeb4: L6 Sports – iotgfkz; F4 Sports – b6bb56m; F3 Sports – ujfvchy; Form 2 Sports: zt2652h; F1 Sports – cshiinv.

Students join by accepting their invitation to the appropriate sports Google Classroom or by using the classroom codes above. Attendance, just like lessons and clubs, is compulsory Students must join their sports meet promptly at 4pm on both allocated days in a week and must be dressed in school sports kit, with their cameras on at all times. 

Club Classroom Codes were sent out on email and students should have completed the registration process last week. They can join their chosen club on Wednesdays between 2:30 and 3:30pm. Students can also find these codes on the virtual notice board.

Prayer Points

Let us continue 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. Thanksgiving for the rains that the whole country has been receiving and pray that we will have a substantial increase in the country’s harvest.
  2. Thank the Lord for His protection in this difficult time. It is not because we are clever that we are spared but by His grace. 
  3. Pray for our students and teachers as they plough through the syllabus whilst also taking advantage of the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons which is not easy to do virtually. Let us pray especially for the F1 and L6 students who are covering new ground and need encouragement as the work may seem difficult in the initial stages.
  4. Pray for all families who have lost loved ones over the last month. 
  5. Pray for all those who are unwell and in need of the Lord’s healing hand 
  6. Pray for God’s continued protection of all our parents, students, staff, board, management and workers. 
  7. 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. 

Yours sincerely, 

T. L. Mkhosana

Headmaster

 

Update on Term 1, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Further to our communication earlier this week I wish to confirm for you that there will be no physical school starting on 12 January 2021. Instead we will resume virtual classes on 12 January 2021. Lessons will be as per the normal timetable online. Individual class timetables will be sent out by Mr Sachinda and the IT department in due course.

At the end of last term we said goodbye to Mr Somerai and Miss Ndhlela. We welcome Mr Stalielson Ndlovu one of our former Eagles who joins the staff in the Science and Languages department. As a result we also have allocated new responsibilities to some of the staff members. The new roles are as follows:

IT Administrator: Mr Mashungu

TIC Spiritual formation, Camps and Form Teachers: Mrs Sibanda

TIC Counselling: Mrs Nyamondo

TIC Lifeskills: Mr S Ndlovu

TIC Health and Environment: Mrs Chakamanga

Eagle House Parent: Dr Chawira

We wish these teacher all of God’s blessing and leading as their conduct these very important duties.

We will conduct online orientation for all form 1 students and other new students on Monday 11 January from 11am to 1pm. Further details will be sent to all new students before the end of the week.

Regarding our roll out of the google classroom based virtual program we will communicate further on any changes to classes before term resumes. Any students, parents or guardians that have any questions relating to IT should send these to IT support at  it@staff.mcc.ac.zw; it@mcc.ac.zw or Mr Mashungu at mashungut@mcc.ac.zw; mashungut@gmail.com .

In order to orient parents and students on the roll out of the virtual program we will have 2 meetings on Friday 8 January. The first meeting will be from 5pm to 6pm and the second will be from 6pm to 7pm. We will send the meeting links later in the week. We are running 2 meetings due to the meeting limitations in google meet.

Kind Regards

Mr T.L Mkhosana

Headmaster