Newsflash 23/9/2020

Parents’ Meeting

A reminder about tonight’s meeting with regards to an update from the PAC on Term 3 fees. Please make use of the Google Meet link below. Note that this meeting is for Midlands Christian College parents only. 

https://meet.google.com/nzk-byrj-mkq

Exams Update – 

Statements of Entry – For Cambridge examinations have been issued to pupils. Parents can expect their emailed copy soon. Statements of Entry for ZIMSEC examinations are not yet available but will be issued along with the timetable in due course.

Orals – For ‘O’ Level French and English will take place during the course of next week. 

Check Point Examination Dates Reminder:

Tuesday 13/10 – Mathematics

Wednesday 14/10 – English

Thursday 15/10 – Science

ABRSM Update: Please be advised that the examination session that had been scheduled for October has been cancelled. Candidates who had registered will now sit for these exams in March 2021. Registration period will be from 3 January to 10 January 2021 for those that missed the earlier window.

Any examination queries should be directed to the Examinations Department on exams@mcc.ac.zw

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

Parenting & Pupil Seminar Links –

Collet Smart’s presentation for parents – “Thriving in Parenting and Schooling at Home” is a must watch. Register on the ACSI Zimbabwe website to access this material. For the pupil seminar, encourage your child to register for this upcoming one at the ACSI Zimbabwe website.

Library Books –

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. 

Reflection

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Newsflash 16/9/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Lessons for Form 4, Lower 6 and Upper 6 pupils: Have resumed, whether it is at school or virtually, for those with clearance through the Bursars’ Department. If you have any queries, please let us know. 

Lessons for Form 1, 2 and 3: Will commence virtually tomorrow, Thursday 17 September. Google Classroom activations will commence soon for those who have been cleared through the Bursars’ Department. If you have any queries, please let us know. 

Day Scholar Information – Form 4, Lower 6 and Upper 6 : A reminder that the Daily Symptoms and Screening Checklist must be completed daily by day scholars. Failure to produce the form on arrival at school will result in us having to ask you to take your child home. Please also be reminded of the need for your child to bring their admission slip to school every day this week. Thank you. 

Day scholars are permitted to come to school in their sports kit – a reminder of the rules regarding sports kit attire when coming to or from school – one is either wearing their full tracksuit, or their blazer with their sports kit. Note that either the College Splash Shirt or House T-Shirt may be worn. 

Form time starts at 7:20am for day scholars. Pupils should be in their form bases by then. Collection time is from 12:15pm. A reminder that afternoon virtual lessons for your child start at 1pm.

ACSI Zimbabwe Parenting Seminar: The invitation is open to all parents to register to receive the link for the parenting seminar by psychologist Collett Smart entitled, “Thriving in Parenting and Schooling at Home”.

Please visit the ACSI Zimbabwe Website, and click on the Events Tab to register. The seminar link will be emailed out on Friday morning, and content will be accessible until October. You will also be able to access seminars from other conference presenters through this same link. www.acsi.co.zw

Reflection:

“The character of God is a tower of strength, for the lovers of God delight to run into his heart and be exalted on high.” Proverbs 18:10 (TPT)

Newsletter 6 of 2020

Dear MCC Family,

I trust that you are all well and that despite the Covid 19 pandemic you are still managing to remain hopeful of the future. In times like these we may often find ourselves being so easily discouraged and lacking in hope. These are the times when it is most important to remain hopeful and focused on what the Lord is doing regardless of the circumstances around us. As I shared with one group of prospective parents recently, an Eagle summons its peak performance in stormy times. Whilst we often reserve the title of Eagles for our students, it is important that we all view ourselves as Eagles, champions even in times of trouble. Let us all be reminded that we are Eagles not because of what we do but because of whose power we do it in. May our inspiration be drawn from Isaiah 40: 31 which reads “… they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”

Academics

We are now well into our third academic block of the year and already this has been a busy period for parents, students and teachers alike. We continue to thank the Lord for the achievements he has given us the ability to attain and ask Him for strength during the difficult periods that many of us have experienced. As a family we celebrate together and stand together to support those who have experienced difficulties. The main focus of our celebration the last few days has been the June 2020 Cambridge results.

Below is a table outlining the results obtained by candidates who were graded by Cambridge in June this year. It is important to explain the grading of IGCSE Core Mathematics particularly to offer clarity regarding the highest level of attainment possible. The Mathematics courses we offer are the Core option which is ordinarily without coursework as well as the Extended option for those who may wish to study Mathematics at A Level. Whilst the highest grade possible for the Extended option is an A* the highest possible grade for the core option is a C which explains why there are no candidates with grades higher than C. Ordinarily the Set 1 students would write the Core option at the end of their form 3 year but this did not happen in 2019 hence the majority of Set 1 students were entered to write this option in June 2020 in their form 4 year. 

2020 ‘O’ Level May/June Cambridge International Results
 A*ABCDEUTotalA*-CPass-rate
COMMERCE000300033100%
ENGLISH LANGUAGE8162919010737299%
BIOLOGY000300033100%
BUSINESS STUDIES000100011100%
COMPUTER SCIENCE000100011100%
GEOGRAPHY002500077100%
HISTORY001200033100%
LITERATURE IN ENGLISH000100011100%
MATHEMATICS (W/OUT COURSEWORK)000780007878100%


2020 AS Level May/June Cambridge International Results
 ABCDEUTotalA-E Pass-rate
BIOLOGY00101022 100%
BUSINESS21320088 100%
COMPUTER SCIENCE00201033 100%
ECONOMICS11200044 100%
ENGLISH LANGUAGE02000022 100%
GEOGRAPHY0252101010 100%
HISTORY00001011 100%

These results are testament to the hard work put in by both students and staff in spite of the restrictions imposed by the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic. These results are cause for much celebration during a time when we could all use some good news. The quality of education we are offering is of a high standard and with parental support we are aiming to raise this even higher. Our goal is to work with pupils of different abilities and cause them to reach their full potential in terms of academics, sporting endeavor, cultural persuits and Christ-likeness. It is in this light that we celebrate these wonderful results and say Congratulations, Makorokoto, Amhlophe, Félicitations, 恭喜 Gōngxǐ to the Eagles who have made us proud.

Other points of celebration 

We celebrate with Mrs Dzikiti (member of staff) on the birth of her baby daughter earlier in the year. Hopefully in the years to come we will be welcoming her as an Eagle along with others of the same age. We welcome her back from maternity leave. We equally celebrate Mr Ndoro’s achievement on attaining a Masters degree in China. We encourage the pursuit of continuous improvement and hope others will follow in his footsteps. We welcome him back from study leave. 

Prayer Points

Other than the general prayers for wellness and resource provision we must also remember bereaved families in our prayers. A number of families both among the parent body and among the staff have lost loved ones over the last couple of months and we stand with them in prayer asking that the Lord will give them strength and comfort. For those who have struggled health wise during these times we pray that Lord’s healing hand will be upon them and give them a speedy recovery.

Student and Parent engagement

We recently conducted a successful Form 1 Enrolment drive and are looking forward to welcoming a talented intake in January 2021. We managed to give the 2021 potential students a taste of the school environment and our virtual open day involved 12 students and 8 staff members linking up from different locations to market our school as one of the leading private schools in the country. I would like to thank all the students and staff who participated in this event.

In spite of the continued pandemic we have ramped up the roll out of our virtual education program to ensure that we complete the 2020 academic year on a high note. Use of google classroom to post and mark work has been complemented by google meet and zoom video lesson facilities as well as the G-Suite email follow ups to involve parents in the process. Whatsapp and email continue to be valuable support tools to this process. We conducted G-Suite training for parents 2 weeks ago and would be prepared to conduct further sessions for those who did not manage to attend the 2 sessions or as a refresher for those who attended and may need additional input.

We recently began meeting with Students by way of a virtual assembly to give students as much of a sense of normalcy as possible and meetings involving smaller groups of students. Whilst earnestly praying for the end of the pandemic and a return to normal physical school as soon as possible, we are also embracing the “new normal” to ensure that life goes on even whilst we are in the middle of this difficult time. Our internal exams and exercise program we will be rolling out shortly are indications of our resilience in different circumstance and we look forward to your continued support in these activities. 

We thank those parents who have managed to avail financial resources for us to be able to continue offering the service we have been offering. We also appreciate the feedback on the quality and effectiveness of the program in enabling learning to take place. As a follow up we will be arranging evening meeting programs with parents in small groups to dig deeper into the virtual possibilities and develop the program further. 

Key Dates

We have begun preparation for the Mock examinations which will have a dual purpose of reminding students of what they can expect in the November external examinations whilst providing credible evidence for course work based analysis in the event that Cambridge is forced to grade candidates based on course work. The examinations will run from 31 August to 11 September with this week being available to train students. We ask that all parents fill in the integrity forms forwarded last week and return them by the due date to ensure that we work together to guard the authenticity of this internal examination process. Together with parental support and technological checks and balances we can attain this goal.

We will have our next assembly on Thursday 27 August at 9.30am. This will be compulsory for all students. Parents will all be invited to join us as we continue to celebrate the June Cambridge results. The program we use to engage with large groups in this manner is limited to student and staff accounts so parents and others who wish to join may do so together with the students on the student devices. In future we hope to avail this opportunity to alumni and parents from their own devices. 

Resource Provision

Finally I would like to highlight that offering our virtual program has costs associated with it. Whilst these costs are slightly lower than those of running a physical school program they are still significant due to staff costs which remain the same whether we are operating a virtual school program or a physical one. The improvements in the program that have been highlighted as being essential by the staff discussions as well as parent surveys and online interactions require significant investment to implement. Whilst some of the exam writing classes might resume physical presence at the College premises soon the rest of the classes will need to continue with the virtual program. Both options will have costs associated with the specific nature of the program. We thank those who have already indicated their support for the proposed fee structure communicated last week and urge the rest to join them so we can ensure the sustainability of the school as a whole. 

Kind regards

TL Mkhosana 

Headmaster

2021 Form 1 Enrolment

A reminder to our prospective 2021 Form 1s to please check your emails for communications regarding your application. If you have not received a communication from us, or are interested in enrolling for next year, send us an email on admissions@mcc.ac.zw

Appreciation of Service

Today we spotlight Pastor Pswarai who, having vacated the role as head of the high school to take up full time his role as Principal Director of the Midlands Christian Group of Schools, also had to vacate the position of Chair of the Conference of Heads of Independent Schools In Zimbabwe. He has played an active role on their steering committee as well as in the Association of Trust Schools for a number of years. Below is an expert of appreciate from Mr Tim Middleton, the Executive Director of ATS:

“You have led the organisation with great conviction; you have set a wonderful example; you have shown real empathy and concern for all our members, not just your own school. You have listened carefully, advised wisely, deliberated patiently, acted astutely, attended faithfully, supported graciously, spoken clearly, responded humbly, related cheerfully, prepared prayerfully and thought positively. You have always made yourself available, all this despite the fact that for much of the time you have been under great pressure undertaking a number of other heavy responsibilities.

Thank you for your service, your professionalism, your integrity, your passion, all of which has enabled the association to grow in effectiveness, in confidence and in purpose.”

We salute Pastor Daniel Pswarai for his passionate commitment to education in Zimbabwe! May the Lord continue to guide and direct him.

Circular 3 From the Principal Director

Shalom! 

I join you all in celebrating the gift of life which not so long ago we often took for granted. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on lives and activities across the globe, we are grateful that the Lord continues to protect us. 

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9) 

As the initial date for opening schools in the second term draws near, 5 May 2020, I wish to inform you of our plans to resume formal learning and teaching even if we have to go the digital way. This is in light of the obligation we have to prepare our candidates for the International examinations at the end of the year. Below, please find details of our different programmes from our College departments. 

1a) Academics 

Our teachers have been working to prepare for second term and a plan is in place to ensure that good quality learning takes place, wherever our students are based. We will be guided by the relevant authorities on when our pupils will be allowed to return to campus, but in the meantime, our teaching and learning processes will resume on Tuesday 5 May using alternative approaches. 

By Wednesday 29 April, your child should have received emails from all of their subject teachers which includes information on the topics that will be covered from 5 May to 15 May. If your child does not receive an email by then, please alert us on admin@mcc.ac.zw, and copy in principal@mcc.ac.zw. Teachers collected Gmail addresses from pupils or assisted them in the creation of such addresses before end of last term for usage in the event of delay in opening for second term. These are the email addresses which will form the backbone of our online learning as of 5 May. 

On Monday 4 May, your child will receive another email from all of their subject teachers which will include their topic objectives, a summary of work which will need to be submitted for marking and feedback for the period ending 15 May, as well as a timetable for them to follow. 

Thereafter, via email to pupils, teachers will distribute topics, topic objectives and a summary of work due for marking and feedback for the next two week period until such a time as pupils are allowed to return to school. We therefore urge you to ensure that at a minimum, your child is able to access their emails. 

In order to facilitate the monitoring of the online teaching and learning processes we advise you to ask your child(ren) to forward copies of some of their subject expectations to yourselves, especially assignment work. We strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with these details so that you are aware of our expectations and can access the teaching and learning processes for yourselves. On our side the school will still be making use of the Senatical online platform to provide feedback from teachers on the learning progress by pupils as we have already been doing. 

Google Classroom is one of the tools that we will be using to support the teaching and learning process. All pupils should have received an invitation to their Google Classrooms. Where pupils have not received the invitation, they are to let their teachers know via email and they will be sent the codes. Please see the attached Google Classroom guide to learn more about this tool. The Google Classroom will also have information on topics, objectives and assignments in addition to other support resources relating to the topics being covered. We believe that your child’s access to this interactive platform will enhance their learning process and we encourage its use. 

We remain committed to effectively fulfilling syllabus and examination expectations for this year and ask that you give us and your children your full support as we work in new and dynamic ways in order to do so. 

1b) Google Classroom 

Online Learning Solution for Students studying from home 

Brief introduction 

Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. Our students will be able to interact with their teachers and submit assignments and get feedback using this useful platform. This is an excellent platform to ensure that students continue to learn even outside the physical classroom. 

There are two options to join a teacher’s classroom. 

  1. Students receive an invitation (via email) to join their teacher’s class for all those who submitted their emails to their teachers last
    term. For example, a student could receive the email below from Mr Chigudu to join his class and they simply click on the join button to join the class. (See below)

2. They can join the class using the teacher’s Google Classroom Code (to be provided by the individual teachers). This is for any student who may have challenges with their existing emails or who was unable to submit their emails to their teachers. They simply click join class. 

They then enter the code from their teacher (See below) and join their teacher’s classroom. 

Submission of work and feedback from teachers 

Once a student has logged into the classroom the student is free to ask questions concerning the work a teacher will have set and do the given assignment and work that the teacher will have given. For examination classes (Form 4, Lower 6 and Upper 6), the students were allowed to go home with their textbooks for all subjects. The teachers will give guidance on Google Classroom in terms of the work that is to be covered each week. The information will be as follows: 

  1. The topic, 
  2. The objectives of the topic,
  3. The reference pages from the prescribed textbook and, 
  4. The Instructions of what should be covered and then, 
  5. The questions to be answered. The questions can be questions from the textbook itself or past examination papers.

Students will work through weekly assignments and submit these on the Google Classroom Platform for marking and feedback from the teacher. 

Below is sample of Work that a teacher will upload onto Google Classroom for a Lower 6 Geography Class Week 1: Atmosphere and weather

Diurnal energy budgets
Describe and explain the following factors affecting the diurnal energy budget:

  • incoming (shortwave) solar radiation
  • reflected solar radiation
  • energy absorbed into the surface and subsurface
  • albedo
  • sensible heat transfer 
  • long-wave radiation
  • atent heat transfer – evaporation, dew and absorbed energy returned to Earth

Instructions: Refer to page 207 to 208 of your text book. Read about energy in the atmosphere. Log on to google Classroom and refer to the power point on atmosphere and weather for a better understanding of local energy budgets. You must also read pages 19 to 22 of the International and AS Level Geography Revision book which is in our Google Classroom.

Written work: Refer to the International and AS Level Geography Revision book which is in our Google Classroom and answer the following questions:

  • Page 19 questions 1&2
  • Page 21 questions 3&4
  • Page 22 questions 9 &10

Parent Support

Parents can support their child or children in the following ways:

  1. Where possible ensure that their child or children have Internet Access and a gadget (iPad, Tablet or Laptop)
  2. Ensure that their child has joined all the relevant Google Classes for the subjects that he or she is doing.
  3. Check on their child’s progress daily and weekly to ensure that all assignments that are due are submitted on time.

Conclusion 

We are now living in the digital age of technology and Google Classroom is an important tool to help teachers and students continue to learn in these difficult and uncertain times. We continue to pray for wisdom in these times for all those in the medical field. As a school we have a strategy which we believe will help learners continue to learn regardless of circumstances. We would like to encourage all parents to support their children with this online learning initiative. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any further queries or suggestions to support your children. 

2. Health and Safety Department 

In the wake of the COVID-19, the following procedures have been put in place for the foreseeable future as we do our best in fighting the pandemic at our MCGS premises. 

  • (i)  Upon entry onto the premises, a temperature check at the main gate for every person or alternatively at car parks before proceeding to different venues.
  • (ii)  Washing of hands is expected at the different designated places.
  • (iii)  Persons are expected to wear masks, before proceeding to classrooms or hostels.
  • (iv)  Social distancing has to be maintained at all times, clear markings to be followed will be evident at assembly points.
  • (v)  As much as possible parents are encouraged to communicate digitally or make an appointment if it becomes necessary to
    come in person to the offices.

N.B: Any persons found with a high temperature may be denied entry onto our premises. 

When schools reopen, the following steps are to be followed:

1. For Day Scholars

  • Checking of temperatures will be done by the main gate or car park before proceeding to class.
  • Washing of hands is done at designated places.
  • Any parent wishing to walk with their child on premises will be subjected to temperature check first and must be wearing a mask.
  • For parents and guardians who will not leave their cars, it may not be necessary to do temperature checks.
  • Students driving themselves to school will have their temperature checked by the main gate, or at the students’ car park area, before
    washing their hands and heading for classes.
  • Day scholars who register high temperatures will be expected to return home immediately. 

2. For Boarders

  • They are to bring at least 2 washable and labelled masks for their own daily use.
  • Temperature will be checked on arrival and scheduled temperature checks will be conducted during each week.
  • Washing of hands will be done at the main gate on arrival at school.
  • In the event of boarders developing high temperature, isolation facilities will be made available at the school, as much as possible.
  • We are going to suspend having visitors at hostels until further notice.
  • No parcels will also be received for boarders until further notice.

N.B: We welcome suggestions on additional measures we need to put in place to make our environment as safe as possible. We also trust that everyone will bear with us as we adjust to these new safety measures.

3. Staff Changes 

I am pleased to announce that our two year search for a MCC Headmaster has finally ended. This appointment follows a Board decision to restructure the Midlands Christian School, Midlands Christian College and Midlands Christian Training Centre into a single centrally administered Institution headed by a Principal Director. We congratulate Mr T. Mkhosana on his appointment as MCC Headmaster with effect from 1 May 2020.

BRIEF PROFILE OF MR T. MKHOSANA, THE MCC HEADMASTER DESIGNATE (1 MAY 2020) 

Mr T. Mkhosana trained as a teacher at Midlands Teacher Training College qualifying with a BA General degree and a Diploma in Secondary Education in 1995. He then went on to teach Geography and History as well as coach sports at Midlands Christian College from 1996 to 1998. Thereafter, he moved to St John’s College in Harare where he taught Geography and History and also coached Cricket and Hockey up to provincial and national level. In 2010 he did a short stint of relief teaching and student teacher education at Gateway High School and Training Centre in Harare. 

His involvement in sports management led to a move to Zimbabwe Cricket Union in 2002 where he was a General Manager and was the beneficiary of a brief secondment to the International Cricket Council in London, United Kingdom in 2003. He continued working for Zimbabwe Cricket Union on his return to Zimbabwe and in 2004 he returned to the United Kingdom to pursue further studies attaining an MSc in Sport & Leisure Management degree from Loughborough University. From 2006
his journey grew into a career as a manager and executive in sales, marketing, distribution, manufacturing and entrepreneurship in the FMCG sector in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. At the time of his appointment Mr Mkhosana was working for Lactalis South Africa in Stellenbosch, South Africa. 

He brings with him his foundation in education, varied management and leadership experience as well as a willingness to serve. Mr Mkhosana believes his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the support of his family, particularly his wife, are his pillars of strength. They have three children. His passion to share the love of Christ in a broken world and to shape the future of young people, see him coming back into what he considers to be his real calling in life, education. 

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As I move full time to the office of Principal Director, I welcome Mr Mkhosana back to the College and trust that his skills and experience will add great value to the group. In fulfilling my executive appointment as Principal Director, I will ensure a sound vision, growth and development for the entire MCGS Institution. I will also work towards achieving a synergy amongst the schools and their administration.
My office will be located at our property adjacent to the current MCS pre-school buildings. 

4. Term 2 – Fees 

The bursars will soon start sending out fee invoices. Those wishing to make payment arrangements are encouraged to do so via email as much as possible to avoid coming to the offices in light of the pandemic challenges. The bursar’s department will also use emails to distribute class admission slips for all cleared pupils to attend lessons physically or receive digital instruction. Your support and co-operation is always treasured and we will do our best to ensure that our Eagles continue with their education in this difficult global season. 

Pastor D. Pswarai

REFLECTION: 

In times of difficulty and challenge it is often so easy to give up and allow others or the system to dictate the way forward. Whilst there are certainly some aspects of our lives we do not have control over, God is still calling His people and leaders to LEAD THROUGH each difficulty and challenge with great perseverance and endurance. (J. MASHIA) 

 

 

Grade 7 Open Day – Cancelled

Please be advised that in light of the current COVID-19 concerns and associated directives, our Grade 7 Open Day which was scheduled for Friday 20 March has been cancelled.  Our website carries quite comprehensive information and our social media pages can be viewed to get a feel for ‘every day happenings’ at our school (Facebook: Midlands Christian College Eagles; Twitter: @EaglesMCC; Instagram: midlandschristiancollege).  Please feel free to advise interested parties to visit these resources, and that anyone who would like to make an appointment to come to the school is welcome to do so.