From the Headmaster’s Desk

Dear MCC Family,

Introduction

As we look back at the year 2020 and at the last month we marvel at God’s goodness that has followed us throughout this period. Psalm 23 v 6 reads “…goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…..”. We draw strength from that promise in times of trouble. We continued to see the goodness of God during the course of the last month.

This newsletter covers the events and successes of the last 6 weeks as well as looking forward to 2021. The month of November saw the return to physical school of Forms 1 and 2 as well as the completion of public examinations by Form 4, L6 and U6 students. Sadly we said good bye to our U6 leavers who, having completed their 6 years of high school education, now embark on a variety of career paths. 

Career Planning – Unifrog

Choosing a career path is never an easy process and over the last few years we have walked with the students from Form 3 options through L6 subject selection culminating in our recent introduction of the Unifrog platform that assists students to select interest areas that are best suited to their abilities as well as their interests. We hope that this process will equip our students to make the right career choices and set them up for a successful future where they can be both successful and fulfilled.  

End of Year Academic Results

In spite of all the disruptions of the year we managed to continue delivering a good standard of education. The culmination of this were the end of year examinations which were written by the Form 1 to 3 students. Reports for all Form 1, 2 and 3 pupils are now available through the Senatical Parents Portal.  Please make time to review teachers’ comments and your child’s marks for this last academic period. 

The pass rates attained by form were 85% for Form 1, 51% for Form 2 and 88% for Form 3. These were pass rates for students who passed 5 or more subjects. As the majority of form 2s wrote English Maths and Combined Science check point exams whilst some wrote DELF French and a few wrote HSK Chinese exams the ability to obtain more than 5 passes was compromised as the subjects written in public exams were not examined in the end of year internal exams. This gives necessary context to the pass rates. 

There were some very pleasing performances with commendations given. 

Speech Day 2020

On November 26 we conducted our first ever combined virtual and physical speech day. We overcame the Covid-19 restrictions and technical challenges to host a successful event and credit goes to our functions team led by Mrs Deysel and our technical team led by Mr Somerai. We were honoured to be joined by one of our esteemed alumni Mrs Fadzisai Gukuta (nee Musa) who inspired students with her energy and passion. 

2021 Stewards

The highlight of our Speech Day was the appointment of stewards for 2021. This was after a process of voting by all students who wished to do so, deliberations at staff meetings and directors meetings as well as a rigorous interview process. Below is the full list of 2021 stewards.

Headgirl – Zandile Sibanda

Headboy – Edmos Dube-Mabeza

Deputy Headboy and Head of Academics & Library Committee (Boy) – Alban Sianaga 

Deputy Headgirl and Head of Marketing, Dress & General Conduct Committee (Girl) – Panashe Magadza

Head of Kestrel House – Lostancia Mudzengerere

Head of Eagle House – Shaun Sigauke 

Deputy Head of Kestrel House and Head of Environment, Health & Safety (Girl) – Mufarowashe Dhitima

Deputy Head of Eagle House and Head of Marketing, Dress & General Conduct Committee (Boy) – Kudzai Garwe 

Head of Hospitality & Welfare Committee (Girl) – Diya Keshav 

Head of Hospitality & Welfare Committee (Boy) and Head of Bateleur House – Tirimunashe Shumba 

Head of Culture & Entertainment Committee (Girl) and Head of Bateleur House – Genalyn Gazi

Head of Culture & Entertainment Committee (Boy) – Russell Zvavamwe

Head of Assembly Committee (Girl) – Kaylee Ncube

Head of Assembly Committee (Boy) – Leon Msipa

Head of Media and Identification Committee (Girl) – Tinevimbo Chaibva 

Head of Media and Identification Committee (Boy) – Simeon Tivavenge

Head of Missions Committee (Girl) – Matshidiso Chivasa

Head of Missions Committee (Boy) – Kundai-Karl Mpame

Head of Sports Committee (Girl) and Head of Crown House – Elizabeth Msipa

Head of Sports Committee (Boy) and Head of Crown House – Ngonidzashe Mareverwa

Head of Discipline & Locker Committee (Girl) and Head of Martial House – Natasha Jones

Head of Discipline & Locker Committee (Boy) and Head of Martial House – Takunda Denga 

Head of Academics & Library Committee (Girl) – Samantha Mpepu

Head of Environment, Health & Safety (Boy) – Anotidaishe Chinanayi

The leadership group of this stewards team was bolstered by the appointment of Hostel Heads and Deputies outside of the top group of College Heads and Deputies. This is in recognition both of the leadership potential in this group of students and the need to be extra vigilant in ligt of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is also important that I remind all that this list represents only a small part of our leadership team. There will be many more student leaders during 2021. The U6 students who will not be stewards, the incoming L6s and the peer leaders in each form will form a wider leadership group that will help to foster a strong College culture based on our Eagle’s Creed and the Lord’s example of servant leadership.

Sports & Clubs 

Through the CHISZ Sports Directors we obtained permission from the SRC to be allowed to engage in safe sporting activities in a phased approach. Sports such as swimming, cross country and tennis were cleared whilst others such as cricket, soccer and basketball were not cleared but non-contact skills and fitness training in sports such as these were allowed. This was a positive development that allowed students to engage in a healthy lifestyle in line with our Eagle’s Creed. Most clubs also resumed their normal weekly meetings.

We hope to engage in more sports next term with fixtures having been finalized for cricket, athletics and tennis as we move into the next phase of the return to sports.  We ask that parents to ensure students bring their own equipment such as tennis rackets, cricket bats, pads and other essential equipment to avoid sharing and limit risk. 

2021 – The Year of Flourishing 

I am looking forward to 2021 almost as a young child looks forward to his father coming home with goodies, because we have a Father who loves us and desires to give us good things. I look forward to all the goodness the Lord has in store for us. For us as a College 2021 will be a Year of Flourishing. In 2021 we will draw inspiration from Colossians 3:23 which encourages one, that in everything we do to “work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” 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. 

We are Eagles and Eagles flourish even in the middle of the storm. The storm that is Covid-19 continues to rage on and the more it does the more we put our trust in the Lord. As the apostle Paul declared in Hebrews 10v39 “we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” We will prevail as Eagles always do. 

During the course of next year our devotions, assemblies and spiritual formation programmes 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 center 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. 

Goodbyes

Sadly we say goodbye to Miss Ndhlela and Mr Somerai at the end of the year. Miss Ndhlela has been with the College for 18 years having trained as a teacher at the Midlands Christian Training Centre (MCTC). Mr Somerai has been in the establishment since Grade 1, attended MCS then MCC before moving onto MCTC after which he returned to the College as a teacher. Both have been key members of our management team and we wish them well in their career moves. As an institution we celebrate the success they have had whilst here and pray that the Lord will continue to bless them with further success in life generally and their work in particular.

We also said goodbye to Miss Levison in August and Miss Magadza in December. Both filled in key gaps on our staff and had a significant amount of impact in a very short space of time. 

In addition we said goodbye to the U6 students. As is our tradition we held a farewell lunch for the leavers appropriate for the Covid-19. Below are a couple of pictures from this event. Some of our younger students will continue their studies at other institutions particularly those outside the country who have been affected by travel restrictions. We wish their parents could find a way to maintain their association with the College and if that is not possible we pray that they will adjust well to their new schools.

Parent Consultations

During two consultative meetings our parents approved our 2021 fee structure. The 2021 Term 1 fee structure was emailed separately for parents’ attention. During the course of the term we have had several consultative meetings with parents on a variety of subjects. Meetings regarding fees, virtual programmes, preparation for physical school resumption and Covid-19 measures among other pressing issues provided for the opportunity to build the partnership between staff and parents. Our use of Survey Monkey to generate surveys to get parent feedback further enhanced this interaction. 

This level of consultation will continue in 2021. One of the positive spin offs from the Covid-19 has been the ability to communicate virtually allowing us to interact more often with parents and other stakeholders. Had things been normal we would have probably only managed two or three physical meetings. We would like to encourage more parents to participate in these interactions between College management and parents. The health of any private educational institution is reflected by the health of its interactions with its parent body.

Parents Assembly Resource Center Project Update

We thank the Parent body for their continued support of this project. On December 10 a pre-tender site visit happened for the foundation level of the PA driven Resource Centre project. We are excited by this development and look forward to the appointment of the contractor and the foundation level construction commencing in the new year.

Office Opening Hours

The office will be opened every working day until Monday 21 December 2020. We will reopen again on 4 January 2021. We will be closed from 22 December 2021 to 3 January inclusive of those dates. Working hours will be 8am to 4pm on the days when the office will be open. 

Conclusion 

In conclusion I would like to thank all students, parents, staff, board members, alumni and other stakeholders who have made this difficult year more palatable. Being new to the institution I really felt welcomed by the whole College community. The parent involvement, though virtual in the main, underpinned the reality of the partnership between the College and the parent body. Our interface with parents is made easier through the Parents Assembly Committee (commonly referred to as the PAC) led by Mr Robert Tombindo. This is a group of parents who sacrifice their time to ensure a positive relationship between parents and the College. We also thank our board led by our Chairman, Mr Caston Musa, for the sound advice they always give us as we look to run a sustainable and successful institution.

We look forward to a continuation of these healthy relationships as we look to mold successful Eagles. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year. A lot of us will be happy to see the end of 2020. For those who will travel to different locations we pray for safe travel. God bless you all and see you next year.

Yours sincerely, 

T. L. Mkhosana

Headmaster

Newsflash 2/12/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Term 1 2021 Fees Meeting – Please join us this evening at 6pm prompt for our Term 1 2021 Fees Meeting, making use of the following Google Meet Code: meet.google.com/zep-ucpz-apy

Form 2 Forum – This meeting is for ALL Form 2 Parents and Guardians and will be held virtually on Tuesday 8 December at 6pm. Items on the agenda include O Level Pathways, Subject Combinations and associated logistics and expectations. Attendance is expected from all. Please use the following Google Meet Code: meet.google.com/ivo-pgbg-nnb

Term 3 Closing Date – A reminder that we remain guided by the Ministry of Education on this front with the date still set for 18 December. If there are any changes to this we will inform you. 

Career Update: Unifrog: In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we will now be using Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform for all of our pupils (inclusive of this year’s Form 4s and Upper 6s) All students now have access to this excellent website through their school gmail accounts, with most of our pupils who are at school having already spent some time exploring this platform. 

Unifrog brings into one place undergraduate university courses, apprenticeships, and college courses from various countries around the globe. 

Additionally, the platform helps students successfully apply for these opportunities by using Unifrog to write their personal statement, applications and CVs and guiding them through the process, allowing teachers to give live feedback.

The Careers Library has over 1000 career profiles, including qualifications and skills needed, interview with industry professions and labour market information as well as exploring what a working week in that profession would look like. 

We encourage you to connect with your child about this platform and explore it together!  

Reflection: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14

2021 Enrolment

Enrolment is currently underway for 2021.

You can download the application forms off the Admissions Page of our website. Please get in touch with us if you would like to know more!

Newsflash 25/11/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Speech Day: Thank you to those who managed to join us for our Speech Day. Our sincere apologies about having to abandon the Guest Of Honour’s Speech due to a technology glitch at the time. Please follow this link to view it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McbmAOd2eI4

Congratulations to all prize winners, to appointed College Stewards and to Crown House for winning the McLean Overall Cup. Please view our Speech Day Gallery on our website. 

  

 

End of Year Examinations: These are currently underway with all Form 1, 2, and 3s finishing on Friday. 

Form 2 Forum: This event will be a virtual event on Wednesday 9 December at 6pm. In advance of this meeting you will be sent information on your child’s academic performance and therefore the recommended pathway for O Level subjects and examinations. Meet code will follow. 

Reflection: “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’” Mark 10:27 

Newsflash 29/10/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Parents Meeting – Thursday 29 October – We remind all Form 1, Form 2, Form 3 and Lower 6 parents of the invitation you received to tonight’s engagement meeting. We will be starting at 6pm with the agenda as follows:

1.       COVID 19 Compliance 

2.       2020 Term 3 Programme

a.       Term calendar

b.       Academic programme

c.       Sports programme

3.       2021 Term 1 Programme

a.       Academic offering

b.       Sports & Camps

4.       Discipline Issues

5.       AOB – Questions and Answers

Please use this link/Google Meet code sent to you to join. 

May-June CIE Certificates – The May-June 2020 IGCSE and AS CIE examination certificates are ready for collection from the Front Office. Parents and Guardians are invited to come and sign and collect their child’s certificates. These certificates are very important and are not easily replaced so should be well looked after. 

Parcels for Boarders – Having received numerous requests from parents to send parcels to their boarder children, we sought medical advice on our current ‘no parcel’ policy and will as such, be making an adjustment. Any parcel sent to the school must be well wrapped in plastic as will be disinfected on arrival. The parcel will also be held in a form of quarantine for three days before distribution.

Form 4 and Upper 6 Boarder Checking Out Expectations: 

In the case where one’s final examination ends too late to allow for a boarder to sign out on the day of their last examination, the pupil must be signed out from hostel by the end of the next day. 

MCC 2018 Magazine – The outstanding 2018 College magazine was recently distributed to all legible Form 3 to Upper 6 pupils, and will be issued to legible Form 2 pupils on their return to physical school. We apologise for the delay in distribution. 

Important Calendar Dates

  • October 26: Physical Lessons commence for Form 3s, Virtual Lessons resume for Form 2s and Form 1s. 
  • November 9: Physical lessons commence for Form 2s and Form 1s.
  • November 13: 2021 Form 1 Orientation Programme.
  • November 16: Physical Lessons commence for Lower 6s. 
  • November 18: C.I.E October-November examination session ends. 
  • November 19: End of Year Examinations commence for Form 3s
  • November 21 Speech Day Event 
  • November 23: End of Year Examinations commence for Form 2s and Form 1s
  • November 27: End of Year Examinations End for all Form 1s, 2s & 3s
  • December 6Hostel Christmas Function 
  • December 7: GLS Pupil Development 
  • December 10: Form 2 Forum 
  • December 18 Term 3 – Official Closing Date
  • January 4 2021 – Term 1 Begins

Reflection: “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.” Romans 8:28 (AMP)

Newsflash 21/10/2020

Clearance Procedures: – All Form 4 and Upper 6 pupils need to complete the clearance process. Clearance Forms are issued to pupils and should be completed and submitted to Mrs Sango before one leaves after their final examination in order for one to receive their examination access codes. This process includes the signing back in of all text books and equipment with the relevant departments. 

Form 4 and Upper 6 Boarder Checking Out Expectations: – In the case where one’s final examination ends too late to allow for a boarder to sign out on the day of their last examination, the pupil must be signed out from hostel by the end of the next day. 

Return to Physical School: – A reminder that as pupils return to physical school, all pupils must have triple layered masks. These masks are hard to find so we recommend that you engage a tailor – there is no restriction with regards to colour, but no inappropriate symbols or words. Masks must have the pupil’s name permanently marked on the mask.

Form 3 Boarder Signing in Time: – Physical school commences for Form 3s on Monday 26 October. Check in time for boarders is 12noon – 5pm on Sunday 25 October. 

Library Books: – A reminder that all pupils are asked to bring at least two books to contribute towards the school library. Books can be reasonable second hand books, or new ones. Books can be surrendered directly to the Librarian. 

Lesson Resumption Reminders:

Form 1s and 2s – Resume virtual lessons on Monday 26 October and commence physical lessons on 9 November

Form 3s – Physical lessons commence on Monday 26 October

Lower 6s – Physical lessons commence on Monday 16 November

End of Year Examinations: – For Form 1s, 2s and 3s will run from 19 November to 27 November 

Reflection:

“For he who sows to his flesh will of his flesh reap corruptions, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Galatians 6:8

Newsletter 7 – From the Head’s Desk

Dear MCC Family,

I trust that you are all well and enjoying the much warmer weather and heavy rains parts of Southern Africa have been blessed enough to experience. We are now well into the examination season and the students are studying earnestly. I wish all our Eagles candidates well as they are in the middle of the examinations. To those who are soon to leave the College I say make the most of the short time you have left. Your exams should be the focus of your decision making in terms of allocating your time. As for the future, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Phil 4:6. 

Our focus this term has been in trying to get all examination candidates ready. This has not been easy for students and teachers due to the need to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. The restrictions on numbers have meant that we can only fit 20 students per classroom so we opted to keep boarders and day scholars separate. We are now through about 30% of the examinations and I would like to commend our Academics and Examinations departments for their tireless efforts in ensuring that our core business remains the focus for the students as well as staff. 

The COVID-19 protocols have stretched everyone’s patience to the limit. We appreciate that the discipline requirements are much more stringent than before. This is due to the pandemic season we are in and is for the health and safety of all students and staff. Students are urged to adhere to the new rules. Rules such as those pertaining to physical distancing, sanitising, wearing of masks and separation of boarders from day scholars are still very much in place and should be followed by all students with no exceptions.

The lack of discipline that has been exhibited by some students will not be tolerated. Our responsibility as educators is to ensure that each student is educated as a complete person. This involves an acceptable level of behaviour. We have an obligation to turn out students who will be able to adapt to the numerous workplace rules and regulations when they eventually enter the job market or business world. In this world there is no place for indiscipline and so we will ensure that they acquire the necessary and acceptable behavioural traits. In order to achieve this objective we will continue enforcing a culture of discipline through our leadership structures and this will be done without compromising our stance against bullying and unfair treatment of students.

We would also urge the boarder parents to respect our rules and regulations regarding dropping off of parcels and visiting. These rules were agreed upon after listening to advise from our health advisers and observing the trends elsewhere. We ask parents to bear with us as we create a safe environment for the students. We have communicated these expectations before and hope parents understand the objectives.

Academics

Our Eagles had the opportunity to write “Mock Examinations” from 31 August to 11 September 2020 under the watchful eye of you, their parents and guardians. We appreciate this ’smart partnership’ which enabled us to administer these examinations. We thank all parents and guardians who facilitated these exams with us.

Below is a summary of results and information on the subsequent strategies. 

Whilst this was our first time to conduct these examinations in this virtual manner, the results helped us and the students to see where the gaps were. Some students indicated that this season has been a challenging one, a view that we know to be a reality. Teachers used these results to guide their focal point as final preparations were engaged in for public examination candidates. Contact time with teachers included both the physical and virtual component (for examination candidates) and resulted in two points of contact with their teachers on their timetabled days (whether physical or virtual). In cases where connectivity was a challenge, work was prepared and posted into Google Classrooms for pupils to work through and get feedback and assistance with from their teachers. 

No formal report comments have been written for these examinations, but comments have been written for all candidates who got a ‘U’ for these examinations. These comments are accessible in Senatical under the marks book comments section. Full reports will be done for the end of the year. We did this to allow teachers to focus on corrective action before the public examinations.

We remain committed to our academic goals and to specifically working to assist those who are not yet registering five passes at the Form 1 – 4 level and 2 passes at the 6th Form Level. We also remain open to ongoing engagement and will attend to any current queries or concerns. 

Sports

Through ATS we have been granted Sports & Recreation Commission (SRC) permission to reintroduce sports in a phased manner.  The phased approach will be based on a document submitted to the SRC by ATS schools and will ensure that the safety and health of students is a key focus in all engagements. As a school we believe in the education of the whole child. Sport and exercise play a big role in the education process and during this COVID – 19 era it plays an important part in ensuring that all students remain fit and healthy. 

Prayer Points

During this examination period it is very important that we pray for our students.  During our staff briefings we have been praying for the students this week and I would like to encourage parents to pray for the children as well.  Below are some key prayer points with corresponding verses that we are focusing on as we pray for the students. 

1.   Strength

Pray that God gives them the strength to do what they need to do each day. 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

2.   Courage

Pray that they will be brave as they face the challenges that are before them.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:9

3.   Peace

Ask that their hearts will be calm and peaceful as they write the exams. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. ~ Philippians 4:6

4.   Direction

Pray that the Lord will lead them as they begin to make decisions on what to do after the end of the exam period.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

5.   Protection

Ask that God keeps them safe in this increasingly unsafe world. That He will protect them from harm and negative influences.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Psalm 91:1-2

Parent Engagement

My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting some of the boarder parents recently when they came to drop off the students in the hostel recently. It was a pleasure meeting those we managed to meet and I hope that over the next few months I will have the privilege to meet those we did not meet.  We value the parent school engagement process as this is the key partnership in the education of every student. We are also working on the next round of virtual and physical parent engagements the details of which will be made available in the next week or so.

My wish is that we build an institution where parents, the College and alumni work together as a team to build an institution that is one of the best not only in Zimbabwe but globally. This can only happen in an atmosphere of open engagement facilitated through virtual meetings, formal meetings, informal gatherings, one-on-one consultations and participation in sporting and cultural events.

Key Dates

Today the Form 2 students finish their check point examinations and return to physical school on 9 November (8 November for boarders) along with Form 1 students and will enjoy a short break in between as previously communicated. Most Form 3 students are busy writing Mathematics and English exams and will finish on 22 October returning to physical school on 26 October (25 October for boarders) in line with Ministry guidelines. From 9 November the College will be in full session with the exception of Form 4 and Upper 6 students who will leave after completion of their individual examinations. Lower 6 students will be guided by previous communication regarding continuation of their studies. 

Physical school will then continue until end of term which at this stage is in line with the published date of 18 December.  Should there be a change of dates we will communicate accordingly. 

Thank you

I would like to thank parents who have managed to keep up with their fee payments as this is the only way we can keep offering the standard of all round education we do. May I encourage those who are behind in fee payments to do so as per the agreed dates. Our doors are always open to those who wish to discuss alternative plans particularly during these difficult times. 

In conclusion, I would like to encourage us all with the comforting words from Psalm 27 v 1. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” May we keep our eyes on the Lord and not on the troubled times we live in.  Whatever difficulties we may be facing we should take heart in that we know God is still God, never changing and He is still very much in control.  May the Lord bless you all.

Kind regards

T L Mkhosana 

Headmaster

Newsflash 7/10/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Mock Exam Results – Will be available on Senatical during the course of the day on Friday 9 October. Please be sure to check these and engage your children over the weekend on their performance. 

ACSI Parent Webinar“Fathers Matter” – We encourage you to take advantage of this great, free service. Registration is needed so please register on the events page of www.acsi.co.za or follow the link below in order to be sent the joining link. Note that it is not an event that you can access afterwards and so we encourage you to clear your calendar and dedicate 7pm-8:30pm tomorrow night to this event.  

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LPB4y_X5Tcae4yuMOSmfzw?fbclid=IwAR3Lrlb8FrKlx0wf4OCspcHbF0QMhAuT3w7UaKM4txxfaV5qk4suKa55INQ

SWOT Leave – All Form 4, Lower 6 and Upper 6 pupils start their full SWOT leave on Monday 12 October. During SWOT Leave, day scholars are not expected to come to school. On the days that they do come to school, the Daily Symptoms Check List has to be completed and shown on entry to campus. Pupils are not to come to school with bags. 

Pupils must be at the examination venue at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination. Examination start times are confirmed on the examinations notice board.

Library Book Appeal – We are working to introduce some new reading material in our school library and ask that all pupils try to bring at least two books to contribute towards the library. The books can be reasonable quality second hand, or new, books whose content is appropriate for our teenage readership. Books can be surrendered directly to the Librarian.

MCC ‘Parents Who Pray’ Weekly Meeting – The invitation is extended to all MCC parents to join together in prayer for our pupils and our institution. This will be done virtually every Monday at 7:15am through Zoom. For this recurring meeting, please use the details below: 

Meeting ID: 707 153 9131

Passcode: M42ajj

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Newsflash 30 September

Dear Parents and Guardians,

October-November Examinations: Our ‘O’ Level English orals are completed, and our French orals finish today. Tomorrow sees the start of the October-November CIE written examinations. Join us in praying for our candidates. Form 4, Lower 6 and Upper 6 pupils officially start SWOT leave on Monday 12 October. For those with examinations before then, they take the three days prior to their examination for SWOT. Their teachers remain available to them in these times to assist with final examination preparations. During SWOT Leave, day scholars are not expected to come to school.

Examination Reminders: 

  • Pupils must be at the examination venue at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination. Examination start times are confirmed on the examinations notice board. 
  • Pupils are not to come to school with bags. 
  • Examination appropriate stationery must be stored in a transparent (not translucent) pencil case or zipper bag. 
  • Unauthorised material must not be brought to the examination venue. This includes electronic devices, mobile phones, smart watches, etc. 
  • If a day scholar has no other examination scheduled for that day then the day scholar must be collected immediately after the examination. If one has another examination, then the pupil is to go to the designated study room. 
  • Regarding dress and general conduct, all school rules are to be upheld. 

Form 2 and Form 3 Revision and Examination Programme: We look forward to welcoming Form 2 and Form 3 boarders back to hostel on Sunday 4 October as all Form 2 and Form 3 pupils commence a specifically structured revision programme around their examination calendar on Monday 5 October. Please conclude all fee related issues with the Bursars’ Office by end of day Friday 2 October. Note that admission slips will need to be produced by pupils for, at a minimum, the duration of next week.

For boarders, please note that check in time is between 12noon and 4pm on Sunday 4 October and if you have not yet completed the attached Meal Booking form, you must urgently do so. Thank you. 

Note that there will be NO lessons on Friday 2 October for any Form 2s or Form 3s to allow you time to prepare all that you need to as your child returns to school.

Orientation Meeting for Form 2 and 3 Pupils: Please prioritise these meetings for both you and your child so that you can be fully informed of expectations before the return to physical school.

Form 2 and 3 Day Scholar orientation meeting Thursday 1 October 5:25pm – 6:30pm. Please use the following code for Google Meet: qok-fxob-gfd

Form 2 and 3 Boarder orientation meeting – Thursday 1 October 6:45pm – 8:00pm. Please use the following code for Google Meet: ppn-mhgr-ddv

Day Scholar Daily Procedures: A reminder that the Daily Symptoms and Screening document is to be completed by all day scholars on a daily basis. The checklist must be shown in the car park to the teachers on duty and then checked by the Form Teachers in Form Period. Please be reminded that day scholars are to be at school between 7am and 7:15am. Please also be prompt in collections – Monday to Thursday pupils should be collected between 12:15pm and 12:30pm, with their afternoon lessons commencing virtually at 1pm; and at 9:30am on Fridays with their virtual lessons commencing at 11am. 

2020 COVID 19 Indemnity Forms: Just a reminder to please complete and submit these to the school office as pupils return to physical school. 

Boys Grooming Issues: A reminder that boys are expected to be clean-shaven and that their hairstyles align with our

rules and regulations. Hair checks are done fortnightly and for this term are as follows – Week 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Reflection: 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

School’s Back – What Are MCC Kids Saying?

It’s been nearly six months since schools closed on the 24th of March and the government announced a nation-wide lockdown that had everyone from their to mum to their neighbour Taku quarantined at home and trying their best not to spread the virus, all in an effort to flatten the curve (that is, “to slow down the spread”1 of the virus by reducing infection rates or spreading out the number of active cases over a period of time so that the health care system won’t be overwhelmed and we can beat back the virus).


School’s Back


Now with schools reopening (but just for exam classes), with the green light for private schools given nearly two-weeks ago, on the 14th of September, and government-run schools following suit just a few days from now on the 28th, life seems to be ebbing back to a semblance of normality (albeit a strange, new kind of normal) and so I decided to ask a few College students what they thought about this whole ‘COVID-Situation’:


My first interview was with form four student, David Matayaunga, who’s writing his O Levels this year:


KM: Umm, So Mr Matayaunga, a lot of things have…changed. You can’t hug your friends willy-nilly or high-five your entire dorm anymore right?


DM: [Yeah]


KM: …And things are different…there’s [social] distancing, there’s, umm, washing your hands and all that. What are your thoughts on that?

DM: I think, it’s not a good thing that’s happening but, it’s for the right reasons. So, as long as it’s protecting us then I think it’s a good thing that’s happening. But of course, you want to have that – it’s just good to be in contact with your friends. Handshakes, hugs and stuff like that, it really shows more love –


KM: And rugby as well and sports.


DM: And sports, yeah, the sports aspect isn’t being covered. So, yeah, I think it will obviously end at some point, but right now I think it’s a good thing that we’re actually doing that because that stops the virus from spreading.

I also interviewed another student, Nyasha Chikanda, on her views of the situation:

KM: You spent nearly six months at home, that’s almost like [half of the] year, right? How does it feel being back at MCC?


NC: It feels great. I missed my friends; I missed my teachers too.


KM: Yeah.


NC: Yeah.


KM: So, like, what’s the most noticeable change you’ve seen?


NC: Umm…not being able to talk to my friends, like in their rooms.


KM: [Yeah]


NC: Having to sleep alone; not being able to hug your friends, or even high five them, and not being able to see people’s smiles cause of the masks.


KM: Oh, yeah. So, do you think…like I’ve said before, we’ve been at home for nearly six months right?


NC: Yeah.


KM: Do you think life’s gonna get back to normal, especially now with the possibility of [a] second wave coming, do you think life is going to ever [get] back to normal – or at least in your time in high school?


NC: Mmmm, maybe not while I’m still in high school, but then it will [get] back to normal, ’cause, remember like the Spanish Flu?


KM: Oh, yeah.


NC: Yeah, and now –


KM: And like things [are] used to repeating themselves. So things can get better.


NC: Yeah.


New Normal


Things aren’t as they should be: The coronavirus pandemic is far from over, vaccine trials are still in progress with scientists “racing” to get something “safe and effective” out by 2021 and local cases are now around 7 7002.

So it seems as we wait and try to live in this ‘new normal’, washing our hands, sanitising, wearing our masks and social distancing, let’s remember to set our eyes on the God of “all grace”:

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10)

Some extra reading:

  1. Wikipedia, Flattening_the_curve 
  2. Coronavirus Case Numbers in Zimbabwe (as of 24 September) (epidemicstats.com, worldometers