Newsflash – Co-Curricular Achievements Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Celebrate With Us:

National Silver Medalist

Hearty congratulations to Michael Muchirahondo who in a very tightly contested event at the National Athletics competition this past week was the silver medalist in the 15&Under High Jump event. 

Cup Winners from Interhouse Athletics 

Eden Manyika – George Mitchell Sports Centre Trophy – Best Long Distance Girl 

Tadiwanashe Chipwanyira – George Mitchell Sports Centre Trophy – Best Long Distance Boy

Elizabeth Chiroodza & Lara Horovi – Shaveh Smythe Best Girl 400m Runners

Audrey Berejena – Naude Trophy – Girls Sprinter of the Year

Michael Muchirahondo – Bongani Mpofu Trophy – Boy Sprinter of the Year

Ishe Mvundura – Size Investments Trophy – Best Boys Field Event 

Latasha Machipisa – Mellet Trophy – Best Girls Field Event

Wyne Kwanisai – Deysel Trophy – Best Boys Jump 

Sherris Shoko – Davenport Trophy – Best Girls Jump

Tadiwanashe Denga  – Trakoshis Trophy – U14 Victor Ludorum 

Theresa Matanga – Trakoshis Trophy – U14 Victrix Ludorum

Jayden Mhangwa – Van Schalkwyk Trophy – U15 Victor Ludorum

Lara Horovi – Van Schalkwyk Trophy – U15 Victrix Ludorum

Michael Muchirahondo – Deslin Trophy – U16 Victor Ludorum 

Anouya Mhangami – Deslin Trophy – U16 Victrix Ludorum

Joel Raphael – HiTech Trophy – U17 Victor Ludorum 

Elizabeth Chiroodza – D. Hall – U17 Victrix Ludorum 

Nkosilathi Magazi – Anderson Trophy – Open Victor Ludorum  

Laura Dzawo Anderson Trophy – Open Victrix Ludorum

Record Breakers at the Invitational Athletics Event – 25 March, 2023

The competition with Gateway was competitive. Final school totals:

Gateway 1092

MCC 1043

9 Records were broken – 6 by MCC. Herewith the record breakers:

Michael Muchirahondo – U16 Boys 400m

Michael Muchirahondo – U16 Boys 200m

Michael Muchirahondo – U16 Boys High Jump

Ronald Maereka – U15 Boys 200m

Ronald Maereka – U15 Boys 100m

Joel Raphael – U17 Boys Triple Jump

Cup Winners from Interhouse Swimming Gala 

Tariro Chinyama – U14 Victrix Ludorum

Kunashe Murombedzi – U14 Victor Ludorum

Mutsa Govere – U15 Victrix Ludorum

Alexander Mubata – U15 Victor Ludorum

Shelter Mathonsi – U16 Victrix Ludorum

Sheunopa Dondo – U16 Victor Ludorum

Emily Ndewere – Senior Victrix Ludorum

Theodore Mubata – Senior Victor Ludorum

Emily Ndewere – Open Girls Individual Medley

Theodore Mubata – Open Boys Individual Medley

Tariro Chinyama – Fastest Breaststroke (Girl)

Christian Sayi – Most Improved Swimmer

Tariro Chinyama – Most Promising Junior Swimmer

Alexander Mubata & Theodore Mubata – Best Boy Swimmer 

Shelter Mathonsi – Best Girl Swimmer

New Drivers:

Congratulations to Ishe Mvundura and Laura Dzawo who got their drivers licences this term! 

Gold Medalist

Congratulations to current Headboy, Tashinga Denga, who came first in the Zimbabwe National Short Story Writing Contest. 

Representing Zimbabwe 

We wish Tendai Sithole all the very best as she competes in the World Individual Public Speaking and Debate Championships currently underway in South Africa!

Newsflash 22/3/23

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Athletics vs Gateway:

Will take place on Saturday 24 March. Please note that this is a compulsory event for all pupils. Pupils are to be at school at 9am and should be collected at 5:30pm. Parents are encouraged to come along and support. A reminder that house points are awarded to your child’s house for attendance of such events. 

Honours Challenge Cup:

Following their outstanding vocal performances in the NIAA Eisteddfod, Anne-Marie Macklenin, Charlotte Magiya and Lisa Muchenurwa have been invited to sing in the NIAA Vocal Challenge this evening at 6:30pm at Harare International School. Supporters are welcome. We wish these ladies all the best as they compete for the cup.

National Athletics:

We wish our Eagles, Michael Muchirahondo and Tinotenda Shone, all the very best as they compete for the Midlands Province at the National Athletics Competitions at Peterhouse today and tomorrow. 

End of Term Arrangements: 

Mon 27/3 – Day Scholars are to be collected at 1pm.

Tues 28/3 – Day Scholars are to be collected at 1pm. Form 2, 3 and Lower 6 pupils are free to leave for the holidays. 

Wed 29/3 – Consultation Day for all Forms 1, 4 and Upper 6 pupils between 8am and 1pm in the school hall. 

End of Term Bus:

Please note that an end of term bus to Harare on Wednesday 29 March is available for Forms 2, 3 and Lower 6 pupils not involved in Consultation. Tickets are USD40 each and seats are secured on a first come-first paid basis. Note that payments need to indicate name of child and that it is for End of Term Bus with a copy of payment being sent to reception@mcc.ac.zw and bursar@mcc.ac.zw in order for us to send you confirmation of your child’s booking. 

Note that for those based in Bulawayo – Hwange – Victoria Falls – a bus service can be offered dependent on viable numbers. Please indicate your interest to Mrs Machipisa – the area coordinator on 0772372801 by end of day today. 

Holiday Examination Preparation Support:

A reminder that we are offering our ‘O’ and ‘AS’ May-June candidates an intensive revision programme from 16-28 April. Please refer to the separate communication sent prior and complete and return the response slip by Friday 31 March. May-June examinations commence 25 April. 

Rugby Tour:

Our Rugby 10s team will be leaving for Zambia on Thursday 30 March for their tour. We wish them all the best as they go! 

Interhouse Gala:

Thank you to those who joined us for our Interhouse Gala yesterday. 

House Positions – 

3rd – Crown

2nd – Bateleur

1st – Martial 

Interhouse Spelling Bee:

Congratulations to the participants.

Individual Top Achievers:

Juniors – 

3rd – Tyra Jones

2nd – Praymore Tundiya

1st – Lindokuhle Ndhlangamandhla

Intermediates –

3rd – Praise Madhiri

2nd – Mohammed Mir

1st – Kupakwashe Makope 

Seniors – 

1st – Ngonidzashe Horovi

2nd – Olive Deteba 

House Positions – 

3rd – Crown

2nd – Bateleur

1st – Martial 

Upcoming Events:

Saturday 25/3

  • Athletics with Gateway – 9am @ MCC. 

Reflection: 

“My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” Psalm 62:7 (NIV)

Newsflash 8/3/23

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Allied Arts Vocal and Instrumental Festival: What a fantastic two days of music on Monday and Tuesday this week with an impressive show of talent from pupils from all around Gweru, Kwekwe, Masvingo, Zvishavane and Bulawayo as we hosted a portion of this year’s National Institute of the Allied Arts Vocal and Instrumental Eisteddfod. Our Eagles also did us very proud scooping 13 Honours Grades, 10 First Plus Grades, 1 First Grade and 4 Second Plus Grades! Please see the attached detailed results list. 

Interhouse Cross Country: Will take place tomorrow at 2pm. If you are able, please join us to cheer our Eagles on.

University Representatives Visit:

On Monday 13/3 between 8am and 10am in our school hall we shall be hosting university representatives from 10 universities from Australia, South Africa, UK and Netherlands. This visit is coordinated by Macpherson Education Services who consistently facilitates placement for our pupils. All Upper 6 and Lower 6 pupils will have opportunity to interact with them. Parents are also invited to come along and meet with the representatives during this time as well. A reminder that our Careers Officer is available to you to discuss options and opportunities for your child at any stage – please contact Mrs Dzikiti on careers@mcc.ac.zw 

Grade 6 & Grade 7 Open Day: The invitation is open for prospective pupils and parents to join us for our next Open Day on Saturday 18 March at 9am. We understand the disruption that Cyclone Freddy caused to previous travel arrangements. We ask that you please circulate the attached flier to your friends, colleagues and social circles. 

One Week Leadership Course – Dubai Trip (Form 1s, 2s & 3s): A reminder that the deadline for the commitment/admin fee for this trip is Friday 10 March. 

Upcoming Events:

Thurs 8/3

  • Interhouse Cross Country – 2pm

Friday 9/3

  • Inter-Districts Athletics – 7am – Kwekwe High School 
  • Confucius Institute Celebrations – UZ – 2pm 

Sat 10/3

  • Fixture Free

Sat 18/3

  • Grade 6 & 7 Open Day – 9am

– Upper 6 Coordinated Fun Day – 12:30pm – 4:30pm 

Reflection: “You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, You still them.” Psalm 89:9 (NIV)

Newsflash 2/3/23

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Interhouse Athletics: Sincere thanks for those who joined us on Saturday for what was a spirited and enjoyable Interhouse Athletics event. Your attendance was noted and contributes towards your child’s house total points for the year. 

Final house positions as follows:

1st place Bateleur – 895 points

2nd place Martial – 839 points

3rd place Crown – 660 points.

Interhouse Cross Country: Will take place on Thursday 9 March at 2pm. Parents are invited to attend and again, house points will be allocated for those in attendance. 

Interhouse Senior Public Speaking: Congratulations to participants and specifically to the top placers:

1st – Vimbai Gwimbi

2nd – Nandipha Ncube

3rd – Tendai Sithole

Congratulations to Martial House on winning the overall competition.

Celebrate with Us: Raphael Joel won 4 out of 5 matches in the District competitions and was placed 2nd out of 12 players. He qualifies for Provincial chess competitions that are being held in Kwekwe on March 3.

Celebrate with Us: The following students took part in the Athletics District Competitions and won gold medals,

Evans Chitando

Anouya Mhangami

Michael Muchirahondo

Tinotenda Nyamondo

Tinotenda Shone

Audrey Berejena

Laura Dzawo

We wish them the best as they progress to the next stage of the Competition.

Complement Message: In Dr. Chawira’s assembly yesterday, we celebrated World Compliment Day. This was the takeaway from his message;

This day the College appreciates you for exceptional uniqueness designed for a good purpose. Psalm 139:14. 

Keep complimenting because your words may be the only pillars of strength that someone is pulling themselves up to stand again.  

Benefits of compliments:

1. Build relationships 

2. Improve communication 

3. Motivate people 

4. Boosting self- esteem and self-confidence. 

Tour Updates: Rugby tour is fast approaching, we encourage parents to settle any outstanding fees. A reminder to the parents of all those in the touring team of tonight’s virtual meeting – 5:30pm. 

We are also leading up to the cricket and hockey tours, more details to follow.

Allied Arts Vocal and Instrumental Festival: We are privileged again to be host of a portion of the National Institute of the Allied Arts Eisteddfod this year. If you are Gweru based we encourage you to come along and enjoy the vast array of musical talent and genre that will be on show on Monday and Tuesday. Due to the volume of entries from the region this year, performances will be held over three venues. Please see the attached programme for details. 

Upcoming Events:

Fri 3/3

  • Interact Conference – Interact club will be hosting a conference on Friday, March 3 with Thornhill, Guinea Fowl, Sacred Heart, Nashville and Jameson. 

Sat 4/3

  • Girls Basketball – All Teams – vs Petra College @ MCC 

Reflection: “Our hope comes from God. May He fill you with joy and peace because of your trust in Him. May your hope grow stronger by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Newsflash 9/2/23

Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
Condolences: Our most sincerely condolences to our Head of the Languages Department, Mrs Munyanduki, and her daughters, Nokutenda and Ruvarashe, on the recent tragic loss of their husband-father. We pray for the Lord’s comfort for all during this hard time. 
 
May-June CIE Registration: Note that registration for this examination session closes tomorrow, Friday 9 February. For any queries please contact the Examinations Department on exams@mcc.ac.zw
 
Parents Assembly AGM: A reminder that this will take place on Thursday 16 February 2023 at 11am in the school hall. Parental attendance is strongly encouraged. 
Note that the Parents Assembly will have takeaway lunch items on sale at the end of the meeting to assist as you then travel back to your various homes. Boarder parents are reminded to sign their children out for the mid-term fixture free at this meeting.
 
Interhouse Cross Country: Will take place at 2pm on Tuesday 14 February. Parents are welcome to come and support. 
 
Mid-Term Fixture Free: Lessons end at 1pm on Thursday 16 February. Our hostels will be closed from 2pm on Thursday 16 February. Boarders are to return to hostel between 12noon and 5pm on National Youth Day – Tuesday 21 February. 
 
Mid-Term Fixture Free Harare Bus: Should you wish for your child to return on the school bus from the mid-term fixture free, please process your payment of USD40 into the school account by Friday 10 February. This fee includes a light lunch. Please reference your payment “Bus” and your child’s name and send through a copy of your proof of payment to bursar@mcc.ac.zw and reception@mcc.ac.zw. A reminder that this service is subject to viable numbers, seats are booked on confirmation of payment and all tickets are to be confirmed by us. 
 
New Members of the School Leadership Team:
This term we have welcomed Mrs Rutendo Mudiwa onto our staff. Not only has she come in to teach Travel and Tourism and French, she has also taken up the key leadership position of Director Ladies’ Affairs seeing to the needs and discipline of both our female students and female staff members. 
 
Dr Ivan Bachisi has also joined the leadership team as the Director of Culture and Identity and as the Acting Sports Director.
 
The School’s leadership team is as follows:
Headmaster – Mr T. Mkhosana 
Deputy Head – Mrs C Deysel
Director Studies – Mrs F Sango
Director Men’s Affairs, Discipline & Hostels – Dr M Chawira
Director Ladies’ Affairs – Mrs R Mudiwa 
Director Examinations – Mrs M Muzondo
Director Culture & Identity and Acting Sports Director – Dr I Bachisi
 
Upcoming Events:
Thurs 9/2
  • Zonal Athletics Competitions @ MCC – 8am
 
Fri 10/2
  • May-June Registration Closes
 
Sat 11/2
  • ATS Boys Volleyball Selection Tournament @ St Georges College – 8am
  • ATS Girls Volleyball Selection Tournament @ Lomagundi College – 8am 
  • ATS U20 Boys Basketball Tournament @ St Johns College – 8am 
  • Southern Sections Girls Swimming Gala @ Bulawayo Municipal Pool – 8am
  • Girls Basketball – Select – vs Girls College @ Girls College – 8:30am 
  • Cricket – All Teams vs Eaglesvale @ Eaglesvale – 10am
  • Toastmasters Meeting @ MCC – 
 
Reflection: “If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13
 
 
 
Kind regards,

Mrs Charmian Deysel
Deputy Head 
+263 254 – 2223153 / 2224930
 

Newsflash 2/2/23

Dear Parents and Guardians,

May-June CIE Registration:

Note that registration for this examination session closes on Friday 3/2. This session is primarily for U6 students who want to ‘retake’ any AS examinations, for L6 or Form 4 pupils who want to ‘retake’ any IGCSE-GCE O Level subjects, and for all Form 4 IGCSE Combined Science candidates. Registration forms have been emailed to parents of those who should be registering. Please check, sign, attach proof of payment and return to us by end of day Friday 3/2. For any queries, please contact the Examinations Department on exams@mcc.ac.zw

2023 Public Examinations Overview – All Forms:

Please refer to the attached document which serves as a guide for your planning purposes. Examination logistics or fee enquiries should be direct to the Examination Department.

Statement of Results for Oct-Nov 2022 AS-A2 CIE Examinations:

The Statement of Results for AS and A2 are now available for collection from our reception. Parents are advised to collect at their earliest convenience. Notification will follow when certificates are ready for collection.  

Celebrate With Us – Girls Tennis:

Jessica Manhambo placed 7th out of 16 participants in the U19 national girls tennis trials this past weekend, being selected as a Non-Traveling Reserve for the Zimbabwe team! Well done to Jessica!

Celebrate With Us – Boys Tennis:

Isheanesu Mvundura and Farai Mukhosi were selected into the Matabeleland School Boys U19 Select Tennis Team and will be taking part in national tennis trials between 17-19 February. 

Celebrate With Us – CHISZ Boys Basketball:

Jayden Juru and Charles Shumba were selected into the CHISZ U17 Basketball Team due to tour to America later this year. 

Upcoming Inter Provincial Tournaments:

National sports selections for boys tennis, boys cricket, and boys and girls swimming are expected to be held over the mid-term fixture free, as well as some district selections for athletics. Parents of affected children will be advised soon of details. 

Parents Assembly AGM:

A reminder that nominations to serve on the next Parents Assembly Committee should be submitted to the school office by Friday 3 February as well as any items to be included on the agenda. Please remember that your name must accompany agenda item submissions. A reminder that the AGM starts at 11am on Thursday 16 February. Note that the Parents Assembly will have takeaway lunch items on sale at the end of the meeting to assist as you then travel back to your various homes. Boarder parents are reminded to sign their children out for the mid-term fixture free at this meeting.

Mid-Term Fixture Free:

Our hostels will be closed from 1pm on Thursday 16 February. Boarders are to return to hostel between 12noon and 5pm on National Youth Day – Tuesday 21 February. 

Mid-Term Fixture Free Harare Bus:

Should you wish for your child to return on the school bus from the mid-term fixture free, please process your payment of USD40 into the school account by Friday 10 February. This fee includes a light lunch. Please reference your payment “Bus” and your child’s name and send through a copy of your proof of payment to bursar@mcc.ac.zw and reception@mcc.ac.zw. A reminder that this service is subject to viable numbers, seats are booked on confirmation of payment and all tickets are to be confirmed by us. 

Drug and Substance Abuse:

If you have a Facebook account, we encourage you to watch this discussion streamed live with specific and relevant details to parenting teens in our Zimbabwean drug and substance abuse context. Visit our Midlands Christian College Eagles page for the link. 

Upcoming Events:

Fri 3/3

  • May-June Registration Closes
  • Interact Trip – Conemara 
  • Girls Tennis U14 Tournament (Kyle) – 2pm
  • Girls Tennis U15 Tournament (MCC) – 2pm
  • Girls Tennis U16 Tournament (Goldridge) – 2pm

Sat 28/1

  • Debate Workshop Girls College (GC) – 8am
  • Interact Engagement Meeting (Gweru Poly) – 8am
  • Cricket vs Kwekwe (H) – 8:30am
  • Girls Tennis U14 Tournament (Kyle) – 8am
  • Girls Tennis U15 Tournament (MCC) – 8am
  • Girls Tennis U16 Tournament (Goldridge) – 8am
  • Girls Basketball vs Dominican Convent (H) – 8am
  • Boys Basketball vs CBC & Petra (H) – 8am 
  • Boys and Girls Volleyball vs Bradford (H) – 9am

Sun 29/1

  • Cricket Provincial Trials (Goldridge) – 8am 

Reflection:

“Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything —every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 (TPT)

Newsflash 26/1/23

Dear Parents and Guardians,

May-June CIE Registration: Note that registration for this examination session has started. Please liaise directly with the Examinations Department on exams@mcc.ac.zw. If you would like to speak with the Director of Studies, please let our reception know (0777 733 029) in order to set up an appointment. Note that registration and payment deadline is Friday 3 February. 

MCC Contact Numbers: Unfortunately our landlines are still out of commission due to a cable theft in our area. Please make use of our reception cell phone number during our office hours to contact us – 0777 733 029.

MCC WhattsApp Platform: There is a specific, separate WhattsApp group for every year group. These groups are managed by school administration and are there for you for ease of access to school updates. The chat function is disabled. If you are not yet on this platform, please make use of the relevant link supplied. 

Fixture Free Weekend:

For those boarder parents who may like to sign their child out for this weekend, please note procedure. A ‘signing out letter’ needs to be emailed in on admin@mcc.ac.zw before end of day today. This letter needs to include the name and ID number of the person coming to sign your child out and must be signed by you. Note that signing out time is 1:15pm – 3:15pm on Friday. 

Please note that if you are wanting your child to travel on public transport, you are to include a scanned copy of the bus ticket with your signing out letter. Please note that bus bookings should be made for after 1pm on Friday as pupils are not to miss class. The school will facilitate drop off at the appropriate bus. All boarders are to be signed back in to hostel by 5pm on Sunday. 

Rugby Tour Response: Please take note that the confirmation of availability letter sent to you previously is meant to be signed and returned by Friday 27 January 2023 instead of Wednesday 25 February 2023, as stated in the letter. We sincerely apologise for any inconveniences that may have been caused.

Parents Assembly AGM: This important parents’ meeting will take place at 11am on Thursday 16 February in the MCGS hall. Parental attendance is expected. Boarder parents are to sign their children out for the Mid-Term fixture free at this meeting.

Hwange – Victoria Falls Based Parents: A WhattsApp Group exists for parents located in the Hwange-Victoria Falls region. If you are not on this group and you live in this area, please contact Mrs Machipisa (Parent Coordinator) – 0772 372 801. Please also be on the look out for the details of the school bus service for the mid-term fixture free weekend. 

Congratulations: To Jessica Manhambo who last weekend was ranked 3rd in the Southern Region for U19 girls tennis. We wish her all the very best as she takes part in national trials this weekend. 

Upcoming Events:

Thurs 26/1 – Fri 27/1

  • Upper 6 Economics Trip – Harare

Fri 27/1

  • U19 Southern Region Boys Tennis Ranking Tournament @ CBC – 2pm
  • U19 Girls Tennis National Tournament @ Arundel – 2pm

Sat 28/1

  • U19 Southern Region Boys Tennis Ranking Tournament @ CBC – 2pm
  • U19 Girls Tennis National Tournament @ Arundel – 2pm
  • U17 CHISZ Basketball Tournament @ Falcon – 8am
  • CHISZ Chess Selection Tournament @ Goldridge – 8am
  • Volleyball vs St Georges & Dominican Convent @ MCC

Sun 29/1

  • Stewards Camp – 7:30am @ Jabulani Safaris

Reflection:

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Newsflash 18/1/23

Dear Parents and Guardians,

IGCSE Results Release:

November IGCSE examination results became available at 8am this morning and were shared with our pupils. Thank you to the parents who came through this morning to celebrate with their children and to finalise academic programmes with our academics team. If you are still needing to connect with our Examinations Department or Academic Team please would you contact us making use of our Reception Cell Phone number – 0777 733 029 – as our landlines are still down. 

Our overview of Examination Results will be made available to parents in due course through a newsletter from the Headmaster. 

2023 School Indemnity Form:

If you have not already completed and returned this year’s school indemnity form, please do so. Form is attached and should be returned on reception@mcc.ac.zw

Parents Who Pray: 

A reminder to you to consider joining our MCC Parents’ Prayer Group to pray for our children and our school. Please use the link to do so.

Patience Tsvakwi is the Parent Prayer Coordinator.

Form 1 Camp: 

Our Form 1s are having a good time in Victoria Falls. Their programme is a blend of team building and further orientation as to who we are as MCC and what it means to be an MCC Eagle. They also have had the opportunity to visit the Crocodile Farm (Thank you to our parent, Mr Hlatywayo, for the concessionary rates) and to tour the mighty Victoria Falls with the professional and experienced guides of Africa Travel and Tours (thank you to our parents, Mr and Mrs Machipisa, for donating this service). They have also been afforded the privilege of a tour of the Victoria Falls International Airport courtesy of another parent, Mr Masawi. We endeavour to give our students a holistic experience and always appreciate parents who partner with us in order to support this. 

Form 1 parents who are able are invited to join us for the Form 1 Camp Feedback Assembly on Monday 23 January 7:30 – 7:50am in the school hall. Camp photographs and the official camp video will be made available after this. 

May-June CIE Registration:

Note that registration for this examination session has started. Please liaise directly with the Examinations Department on exams@mcc.ac.zw. Note that registration and payment deadline is Friday 3 February. 

Rugby Tour Meeting: 

Parents of those going on rugby tour are reminded of the rugby tour meeting at 6pm tomorrow, Thursday 19 January. Further details have already been sent by email. 

Fixture Free Weekends:

A reminder that boarders may only be signed out on Fixture Free weekends. This term’s fixture free weekends are those of 28 January and 11 March. Please note that it is not compulsory for boarders to go home on these two weekends. However, all boarders must be signed out over the Mid-Term fixture free (17-20 February). Note that National Youth Day is 21 February. 

Parents Assembly AGM: 

Please note that this important parents meeting will take place at 11am on Thursday 16 February in the MCGS hall. Parental attendance is expected. Boarder parents are to then sign their children out for the Mid-Term fixture free at this meeting.

Upcoming Events:

Fri 20/1

  • U19 Southern Region Girls Tennis – Ranking Tournament @ Girls College – 2pm

Sat 21/1

  • U19 Southern Region Girls Tennis – Ranking Tournament @ Girls College – 8am
  • Cricket vs Goldridge @ U14, U15s & 1st Team – Home – 8am

Sun 22/1

  • U19 Southern Region Girls Tennis – Ranking Tournament @ Girls College – 8am

Reflection:

“O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; Make His deeds known among the peoples. Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually [longing to be in His presence]. Remember [with gratitude] His marvellous deeds which He has done, His miracles and the judgments from His mouth,” – 1 Chronicles 16:8, 10-12 (AMP)

From the Head’s Desk

21st December 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians

RE: MCC Headmaster’s Newsletter 3 of 2022

Our Theme

As we look back on the year 2022, the Year of Re-establishing Our Identity In Christ as well as the third term just past we are thankful for what the Lord has done in our institution.  Our identity as a private Christian institution under the auspices of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is something we take much pride in. Having faced many challenges during the last 2 to 3 years we were very grateful for the opportunity we had this year to reconnect with who we are, more than conquerors, God’s special possession, Children of God et cetera.  Walking in the footsteps of Christ has been very important for us as an institution and as individuals.  The guiding principle is for us, our students and parents should be always to ask the question, “what would Jesus do” in each situation we may find ourselves.  Whatever that answer is that is what we should endeavour to do as it highlights who we are and whose we are.

Celebrating Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Re-Accreditation

The year 2022 was a memorable one for the College in that we welcomed the ACSI re-accreditation team who visited our school and spent 4 days interacting with staff, students, parents, management and board members to assess our processes, personnel and systems.  At the end of this period they recommended that MCC be re-accredited by ACSI for another 5 years which was much cause for celebration.  This is an achievement for the entire MCC community and highlights the international standard of education we are offering.  I look forward to further developing the goodwill that exists among all our stakeholders as we work to grow our international reputation further. 

Academic & Staff Matters

We celebrated the elevation of one of our own, Mr Sachinda to the position of Headmaster of Kyle College at the beginning of the term.  His appointment is testament to the fact that the College continues to develop good quality Christian educators tasked with spreading our brand of servant leadership across the country and beyond.  With the departure of Mr Sachinda Mrs Deysel assumed the role of sole Deputy Head and Mrs Sango took on a more senior role as Director of Studies tasked with reviewing our curriculum to ensure that it remains relevant to the needs of our learners and global developments.  We also welcomed Mr Mahachi from Edrovale College who joined our staff for the term after the departure of Mr Chigudu who left the country. 

In 2023 we look forward to welcoming Mrs Mudiwa who joins us from Peterhouse.  She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the area of Travel & Tourism as well as French both of which will now be offered at AS and A Level.   This gives our already extensive curriculum additional scope to the benefit of our Eagles.  We also celebrate the elevation of Dr Bachisi to the position of Director of Culture & Identity taking over some of the functions previously performed by Mrs Makoni who will take on less management responsibility to allow her to focus on teaching more Biology classes. 

As an institution we have taken the deliberate decision of safeguarding the future of Christian education through our professional staff development programmes.  This includes programmes facilitated by both internal and external experts in a variety of fields relevant to education and private enterprise.  As part of our staff development we have continued to assist in developing future teachers enrolled at various institutions as well as facilitating the orientation of qualified graduates making a career change to follow their passion of education.  Both groups work under close supervision of our fulltime staff in line with best practice in the education sector.  We look forward to developing a strong pool of competent internationally adaptable and locally relevant teachers through this strategy.

Sporting Achievements

Our Eagles continued to soar in the area of sports this year.  During the course of the year we celebrated with the following students in their national recognition. 

Zimbabwe Age-Group National Representatives: 

Sean Mandaza – Zimbabwe U17 Boys Hockey, Daniel Chakanyuka – Zimbabwe U19 Boys Hockey, Passmore Mabukwa – Zimbabwe U19 Boys Hockey, Tadiwanashe Mutero – Zimbabwe U19 Boys Hockey, Lashal Murairwa – Zimbabwe U19B Boys Hockey, Joana Mushede – Zimbabwe U18B Girls Hockey, Nokutenda Tombindo – Zimbabwe U17B Squash Team, Kinah Ntuli – Zimbabwe U17 Cricket, Nkosilathi Magazi – Zimbabwe U17 Young Warriors Soccer Team, Anotidaishe Muchada – Zimbabwe Junior Golf and Hannah Pombo – Zimbabwe U20 Netball.

ATS Select Representatives:

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

Zimbabwe Platinum Sports Select Representatives:

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

Some of these Eagles had the opportunity to go on tour with their teams and gained invaluable experience during these tours.  We look forward to more national representatives at different levels in 2023. 

Cultural Performances

We continued to grow on the cultural front with the senior choir, senior band and senior boys mime group obtaining honours during the allied arts programmes. Karl Makahamadze and Sharon Marangwanda continued to excel in Moot Court & Debate being part of the national teams in both disciplines.  They were both part of the team that won the virtual global Moot Court competition as well as the physical European championships held in Romania.  The Upper Six Gentlemen mime team obtained national honours during the Allied Arts festival along with Sharon Marangwanda and Theodore Masi.  Tashinga Denga was selected into the 2023 National Debate team and we look forward to seeing this team compete next year. 

Part of our cultural programme is evident in the many clubs we offer.  One of the more active clubs is the Journalism Club.  Attached is their publication, The Eagle, which showcases the work of young journalists.  We encourage all students to continue developing their many talents in the clubs of their choices. 

Lifeskills Achievements

We welcomed eight new drivers through our partnership with Zebra School of Motoring this term.  We encourage all parents to take up the opportunity to equip their teenagers with this most valuable skill of driving.  The joy of being driven by one’s child is an experience all parents yearn for and this programme turns this yearning into a reality.

One of the key life skills we develop as a College is leadership and once again we hosted the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) event.  The main headline of this year’s summit was once again Craig Groeschel who is a regular and inspirational speaker.  The general idea of ensuring that each student attends at least one GLS conference during their enrolment at MCC is to ensure that our Eagles are equipped with leadership skills that give them the edge over other students.  The summit builds on other programmes we run to develop Eagles who are capable of riding the storm, not by avoiding storms but rather by learning to use the storms of life to lift themselves above any circumstances.

The F3 camp at Zambezi Holidays in Marondera late in term 3 stretched the F3s physically and intellectually.  The camp focused on endurance, ingenuity, teamwork and discipline among many other necessary skills.  As a College we pride ourselves with moulding Eagles who are both tenacious and creative.

Recognition for Departed Eagles

Term 3 was particularly difficult for the College with the loss of Mr David Musa as well as one of our Upper 6 students Munashe Sibanda in addition to the loss of our U14 rugby coach and former student Munyaradzi Mugabe.  Mr Musa was the founding headmaster of MCC and we owe a lot of what the College is today to his hard work and dedication.  Earlier in the year he and his family had just donated some inspirational leadership books to our library.  

Munashe’s death was particularly difficult for all the students and staff as everyone in the College knew him and had seen him the previous week. The students put together a fitting tribute to him and the attached eulogy is an indication of the immense talent he possessed and the inspiration he was to his fellow students.

Mr Mugabe was one of three siblings to have passed through MCC and his love for the College was evident in his willingness to come back and coach our young rugby players. The club rugby tournament held at Gweru Sports Club in his honour was attended by the majority of MCC rugby players. 

Just yesterday, we received the sad news of the passing on of another alumni, Joshua Mukori, the son of Dr C Mukori, one of our school’s consulting doctors, in a road accident that also claimed the life of the brother of our alumni, Tinashe Murove.  We grieve with the Murove and Mukori families at this sad time.

To the families of those we lost during the course of the term and year you are in our prayers.  We ask that the Lord continues to strengthen and comfort you all.  Our thoughts and prayers are also with the students and families who have lost parents and grandparents during the last few months.  May the Lord continue to walk with you all as you navigate these difficult times. 

Thank you 

I would like to thank the class of 2022 as well as our outgoing stewards for their 6 years of service to the College.  I hope their learning curve has been an upward one although they may have all experienced a few small dips on the way up.  I wish them all the best and pray that they will remember all the life lessons they have learnt during their time with us. 

Our parents have come through for us as a key stakeholder group through provision of financial resources and attendance at school functions led and encouraged by the tireless ladies and gentlemen of our Parents Assembly Committee (PAC).  We thank the PAC and all parents for their contribution to the cause that is our resource centre.  To date parents have raised USD150,000 for the project and we are now at the stage where the project funds are sufficient for the commencement of the first phase of construction.

We continue to encourage all parents to view their contributions not as a cost but an investment into their children’s future.  Our children are the most important treasures we have as parents and we only have a limited window of opportunity in which to invest in them.  We recently held a parents fees meeting which was well supported and we thank parents for approving our fees proposal for 2023 which will help the College to continue providing quality education for our children. 

The Year Ahead

We look forward to 2023, ‘The Year of Celebrating God’s Faithfulness’ based on Lamentations 3 v 22-23.  The writer of this passage of scripture reminds us of God’s faithfulness and mercy after earlier on lamenting how bad things were.  Let us also take our eyes off the hardships around us and fix them on His faithfulness.  There is much to be thankful for even in the midst of the storms that sometimes confront us. Let us constantly be reminded how good God has been to us in the past. 

We look forward to welcoming our new Form One and Lower Six students in the new year. The students who have already enrolled look set to contribute to the growth of the College in line with our vision.  There is an encouraging depth of talent in the academic, sporting and cultural fields.  We are also privileged to welcome a highly accomplished group of young assistants in our gap year and attachment students.

During the course of next year we look forward to our first theatrical production in a few years, a joint rugby tour with MCS to Zambia, a Girls hockey tour to South Africa and cricket tour to South Africa. Not to be outdone, various clubs and classes will be planning local and international trips of their own in the new year.  This is the part of our institution, complete with the holistic education opportunities, that we missed during the COVID 19 years and we are grateful for the opportunity to experience education in its fullness. We look forward to the exposure that these activities will present for our expectant Eagles. 

As we move into the new year we continue to strengthen our leadership team. The team that will work with me in leading the College this coming year includes:

Deputy Head – Mrs C Deysel

Director Studies – Mrs F Sango

Director Men’s Affairs, Discipline & Hostels – Dr M Chawira

Director Ladies’ Affairs – Mrs R Mudiwa 

Director Examinations – Mrs M Muzondo

Director Culture & Identity and Acting Sports Director – Dr I Bachisi

I wish them all well as they serve the College and the Lord in 2023.

I WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR. KEEP SAFE AND STAY BLESSED.

Yours Sincerely

TL Mkhosana

HEADMASTER

2023 Form 1s – Important Reminders

Dear 2023 Form 1 Parents and Guardians,

We are excited to have your children join us next year! A couple of reminders as you make your final preparations:

Helpful Documents:

Our Orientation Booklet is comprehensive and should guide you in practical expectations as well as general information that you may be wondering about. A soft copy of this as well as other documents which are part of our Orientation Pack are found on our website –  https://www.mcc.ac.zw/admissions/orientation/. Please note that your child should come to school with their hard copy of the Orientation Booklet which was in the Orientation Pack given out at Orientation in November. Those students yet to be issued with a hard copy will receive their copy at school at the start of the term.

Admission Slips:

Note that in order for pupils to be admitted to the classrooms or the hostels, a child must produce an ‘Admission Slip’. This is a termly requirement and is obtained direct from the Bursars’ Department either through full payment of fees, or through concluding fee payment arrangements with them. Note that in order for your child’s Admission Slip to be ready waiting for them, fee payments or fee payment terms should be concluded with the Bursar by 1pm on Thursday 5 January, otherwise you will need to see the Bursars Department on arrival – which can come with delays as you wait for other parents to also be seen. 

Orientation Programme:

All 2023 Form 1 Day Scholars and Boarders are to check in to hostel on Sunday 8 January between 12noon and 4pm for their ‘on the ground’ orientation programme as outlined in the Orientation Programme letter (copy on the website as above). Day scholars are to be collected at 3:30pm on Monday 9 January. Note that personnel from the Bursars Department will be available on Sunday 8 January 12noon – 4pm for those who may need their services. 

2023 Form One Camp:

 A reminder to please settle any outstanding payments for this camp (copy of letter on website as above). Money can be paid at the school cashier or into the school bank account. Please reference your payment “Fm 1 Camp” and send through a copy of your proof of payment to bursar@mcc.ac.zw and copy anjerekai@staff.mcc.ac.zw

Stationery Requirements:

MCC supplies your child with all of their text books and exercise books. 

Please ensure your child, at a minimum, comes equipped with the following stationery requirements, ensuring they are labelled:

  • Pencil case to house the stationery
  • Pens – Dark Blue or Black
  • Pencils – HB
  • Eraser – Soft, non-marking type 
  • Ruler – ‘clean’ with no ‘graffiti’ on it
  • Mathematical Set
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape and Glue 
  • Paper (Brown or coloured) and plastic for covering exercise books

Sports Requirements

A reminder of expectations:

Swimming is compulsory for all Form 1s. Pupils are all to have school swimming costumes and a cap in their house colour. Those who will swim in the team should have red caps. 

Cricket is compulsory for all Form 1 boys. Cricket boys are to have a plain white golf shirt, a plain white pair of boxer shorts, knee length white sports socks, cricket spikes, 3 rubberised cricket practice balls, and 1 leather ball 156gm ball. The boys are also needing their own cricket bat, batting pads, batting gloves, groin box, helmet, thigh pad, chest guard (optional), abdominal guard (optional) and elbow guard (optional). Ensure that all items are clearly and permanently labeled.

Labelling of Items:

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

Regarding labelling of uniforms, the standard is that uniform items must have a person’s name embroidered on them. For boarders, this is facilitated by the school over the first weekend of term – boarders uniforms can in the mean time be marked with a marker. For Day Scholars, please visit Mr Mugano – Leo’s Embroider – (0772 786 107) in the basement area at Gweru Main Post Office on 7th Street to have your child’s items embroidered to the school’s expected standard. 

Hairstyles:

Pupils must adhere to the correct standards (Details in Orientation Booklet) Boarder boys who use the barber are reminded to bring sufficient money for his services ($3 per hair cut – usually every two weeks). A reminder that boys are to be clean shaven – without excuse. 

Security:

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

Boarder Reminders:

Please ensure correct number of uniforms are purchased as per the Hostel Checklist (Pg 43 – 45 in the Orientation Booklet). Whilst Term 1 is our summer uniform term, some warm uniform items need to be packed due to the unpredictable weather in Gweru. Please also ensure your child has an umbrella/raincoat for this raining season. Civvies are only required for weekends so do not need to be many in number. Remember to include enough face masks for the term. Labelled clothes pegs are compulsory for all students in boarding.

Office Hours:

Our offices close Wednesday 21 December at 4pm, and reopen Tuesday 3 January at 8am. We wish you a lovely Christmas time!

2023 Form 1 WhattsApp Group: 

Please join this group if you have not yet done so. Thank you!