Newsflash 3/9/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Back to School: We are delighted to have our pupils back on campus! Thank you to you as parents for all of your efforts to support your child’s education. Please be reminded that engagements with us are encouraged so where you have questions or concerns, or see opportunities that will bring benefit to the institution, please engage with us. 

A reminder that the Parents Assembly committee are also available to you and are an avenue through which you can raise concerns, queries or ideas for improvements. The Chairman, Mr Tombindo, can be reached on rtombindo@yahoo.co.uk. Please see the attached directory for details of the other members. 

Form 1, 2 & 3s Return to School: A reminder that boarders are to check back in to hostel between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 5 September. The Bursars will be available in the hall during this time for those who may need to still engage with them. Please note that they will not be able to assist those who come outside of those times. 

Lessons for juniors start at 7:30 on Monday 5 September. 

Day Scholar Programme – Monday 6 September: Day scholars are to be at school by 7:20am as per usual expectations. A reminder that students are to present their daily symptoms check list on arrival. This checklist is to be signed by you as the parents. Please assist in ensuring that this is done before arriving at school. Please note that on Monday 6 September day scholars should be collected at 3:30pm, not 5pm as previously indicated. 5pm collection time will come into effect from Tuesday 7 September. 

Co-Curricular Programmes: Following this week’s Cabinet announcement on the opening up of sports we will look to implement sports programmes associated with this term – namely swimming, basketball, tennis, volleyball and cricket, within the COVID-19 safety protocols which had been approved by the relevant governing bodies.  As such, we remind pupils to bring their own equipment for the sport that they will be involved in. All pupils will be involved in sport for the month of September, with the Form 4s, Lower 6s and Upper 6s stopping sport during their examination season. 

A reminder that swimming is a compulsory sport as we firmly believe all pupils must at least learn the important life saving skill of being able to swim to save their own life. Swimming is therefore a compulsory activity for all Form 1, 2 and 3 pupils. Please ensure your child has a school swimming costume. 

All Form 1, 2 and 3 pupils will be involved in the usual club programmes associated with this term. 

Lower 6 Consultation: Please note that you will receive a meeting invitation from the IT Department during the course of next week for your individual appointment date and time. These appointments will fall in the week of 13 – 17 September and are determined by our timetables. Your children will also be part of this time of consultation.

Some Important Reminders: 

All pupils to return to school with: 

  • All textbooks, notebooks and appropriate stationery. 
  • A minimum of two books to go towards the school library.
  • “Earn a Brick” raised funds and form.

Boarders please remember to pack:

  • Either 5 washable triple layer cloth masks, or 3 boxes of disposable masks
  • Small bottle of sanitiser
  • Clothes pegs
  • Padlock set – good quality with spare keys
  • Mosquito repellant (lotion or stick)
  • Labelled umbrella or rain coat

Focus for the Month of September: Drawn from our MCC Eagles’ Creed:

Confident Team Players

Associated verse: “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16

Newsflash 18/8/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

October-November CIE Registrations for Retakes and Course Progressions: Following the release of May-June CIE examination results last week, registration for those retaking exams they sat for in the May-June session or for those who now progress from AS to A2 has begun. Registration Forms have been sent via emails to parents and guardians. Deadline for submission of forms and payment is Friday 10 September 2021 after which late entry fees will apply.

Please contact exams@mcc.ac.zw with queries. 

Mock – Internal Examinations: Have begun for Form 3s and 4s. All other forms commence their examinations tomorrow, Thursday 19 August. Thank you to those who have been diligent so far in supervising their children in this important process. 

Please review all of the examination procedure information already sent to you as well as the examination timetable to help ensure the quality of this examination session. 

Where practical challenges are encountered during examinations, or you have questions or concerns, a reminder to contact the supervising examinations officers – Mr Chigudu and Mrs Muzondo – on the following numbers: +263 785 854 355, +263 771 367 555

A reminder to those who have not yet signed and returned the ‘Integrity Declaration Form’ to please do so urgently. 

ACSI Zimbabwe On Line Conference 2021: Whilst primarily focused on teachers, the ACSI Zimbabwe On Line Conference has materials suitable for all who are involved with children. There are some great testimonies from parents who have joined this conference in the past and have felt that they have benefitted greatly from the material available. Please see the flyer of topics that are being released this week as some may be of particular interest to you as parents. This online conference is FREE of charge and takes the form of weekly releases of pre-recorded presentations for the weeks ending: 13th/20th/27th August and 3rd September. You simply follow this link to register and you will then gain access to all conference material from all weeks as they are released. 

https://tinyurl.com/ACSIRegistrationform2021

Reflection:

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

From the Headmaster’s Desk

Dear MCC Family,

Encouragement
 

ln the month of August our focus is on building exemplary leaders. We draw strength from Matthew 20:26 “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” Exemplary leaders are those who are aware of their surroundings and aware of the needs around them.

We pray that during this difficult period each student will make adjustments to the circumstances they face and seek to make a difference in the lives of those around them. There is so much more joy that comes out of giving and serving others. We are all reminded that when “someone is going through a storm…your silent presence is more powerfulthan a million empty words.” The famous dancer Thelma Davis clearly understood something about service and giving.

ln these difficult times we could all use some encouragement in order to keep going. Let us all be encouraged that the trials we are facing are temporary, God is in control and the trials come our way to distract us from the blessing that the Lord has in store for us. Thomas Edison who made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb responded to a question about how it felt to fail 1000 times by saying that this was an invention with 1000 steps rather than 1000 failures. Our perspective and right attitude play a key role in the results we achieve no matter how many obstacles we face along the way.

We encourage all parents to teach this principle of perseverance to their children so that our efforts are aligned and we develop exemplary leaders of tomorrow. May we also be encouraged ourselves as adults not to tire in working with our children as we teach them the way of the Lord.

Time to Rest

At this stage we continue to await further instruction from the government regarding return to physical classes. As students have been learning virtually we have felt that this is the opportune time to allow them to take a short break before they return for the mock examinations on 16th August. There will be no lessons between 7th August and l5th August.

Students are advised to use this time to rest, catch up on any incomplete assignments and finalise their revision for mock examinations. We cannot say with any certainty what length of break may or may not be possible once the government announces physical term dates so this coming week will offer a welcome though brief hiatus.

The school office will continue to be open between 8am and 3.30pm from Wednesday 11th August for any parents who wish to conduct any urgent business at the school or phone in.

Examination News

As indicated in a separate email from the Exams Department, we plan to run our mock examinations virtually from 16th August assuming schools would still not have opened physically. We ask that parents adequately acquaint themselves with the requirements of this examination process so that we minimise incidents of students plagiarizing. We will engage parents further on 11th August to offer more information regarding mock examinations. As always we encourage parents to join us in this important meeting.

May parents also be advise that June 2021 candidates who have their results access codes will be able to access their results on 10th August for AS and A Level and on 12th August for IGCSE. Those who do not have their access codes will need to contact the Exams department on Wednesday 11th August.

Assessment Marks

The 4th assessment window has now closed. Marks will be available in Senatical for parents by close of business on 20th August.

Parents Assembly Matters

We ask parents to continue to assist students with the “earn a brick” campaign making use of this extended time at home to maximise on their fund raising potential. The Parents Assembly Committee will appraise the parents body regarding the planned Resource Centre in the near future and engage more regarding fund raising activities for the project. We appeal to all parents to pay their PAC levies so that the burden of supporting the project does not only rest on a few parents.

Prayer Points

Let us continue to for our country in light of the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected so many families. Specifically let us pray for the following areas:

1. Families who have lost loved ones particularly the loss of bread winners responsible for fee payments.

2. Pray for all those who are unwell and in need of the Lord’s healing hand

3. Pray for God’s continued protection of all our parents, students, staff, board, management and workers.

4. Pray for our students and teachers as they approach the examination season and ensure that all syllabus material is adequately covered.

5. Pray for our country to be completely delivered from this deadly pandemic and for a revival in our land. We pray that these difficulties, as unwelcome as they are, will lead us to a reliance on God’s power and provision.

God bless you all and Happy Heroes and Deferlce Forces days to everyone.

Yours sincerely,

T. L. Mkhosana

Headmaster

Newsflash 29/7/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Update from the Examinations Department:
  1. Cambridge June 2021 Results:

June 2021 Cambridge examination candidates’ access codes have been emailed to parent or guardian email addresses. If you have not received yours, please let us know on exams@mcc.ac.zw 

A reminder of results release dates:

Tuesday 10 August – AS-A Level Results

Thursday 12 August – O Level Results 

  1. November 2021 Cambridge Entries:

Cambridge Candidates Statement of Entry have been emailed to parents or guardians email addresses for those whose proof of payment has been confirmed. 

It is essential that the statements of entry are confirmed to be correct. Please cross check that first name and surname are as they appear on the birth certificate. Other names must be the correct initials. Verify date of birth, subjects registered and subject codes. Confirmation of correct details must be shown by signing on the Statement of Entry, returning it to exams@mcc.ac.zw. Any corrections needing to be made can be indicated on the statement or sent in writing via email. All responses need to be received by the Examinations Department by end of day Friday 30 July.

NOTE THAT NO FURTHER CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATION ENTRIES WILL BE PROCESSED AFTER 30 JULY. 

  1. Form 1 and 2 Parents:

You are reminded to complete the ICDL registration forms and make the necessary payments. This will give pupils access to the learning platform and to be examined for their first module.

  1. Change of Dates for ‘Mock’ and Internal Mid-Year Examinations:

Our preference is that these examinations are conducted at physical school. However, regardless of if we are back at physical school or we are still operating virtually, these important examinations will start in the week of 16 August. 

Other Updates:
  1. Assessment 4:

Assessment 4 marks window closes next week. Please encourage your children to complete and submit all outstanding work so that their performance marks are not penalised. A reminder that the Google Classroom parent monitoring facility is a way that can help you track your child’s assigned work and the completion of it. Ongoing marks are entered on a weekly basis into Senatical. We encourage you to track your child’s ongoing progress through these two mechanisms. We will advise when final Assessment 4 result are available for your viewing on Senatical. 

  1. Fitness Sessions:

Fitness sessions resumed this week for all forms. However, the attendance has been disappointing. Please note that all pupils are expected to attend their allocated live sessions through their Fitness Google Classrooms. The schedule is between 4pm – 4:40pm as follows:

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

Forms 2, 4, and Upper 6s – Tuesdays and Thursdays 

These sessions are an important part of the ‘staying healthy’ process and we ask that you emphasise this to your child/children.

  1. Session Break:

We will be taking a break from the teaching-learning processes for the week 9 – 13 August. 

  1. “Earn a Brick Campaign”

A reminder to keep encouraging your children to work on this project as we continue to progress towards seeing the building of the Information-Resource Centre. As originally communicated, the expectation is that the minimum target set for activity is met and that pupils reach and exceed this through being helpful with some activities given as suggestions. Where a form has been lost, the ‘penalty’ is submission of the minimum target figure. Top ‘earners’ will be celebrated with a special treat. A reminder that details of this project can be found on our website. https://www.mcc.ac.zw/news/information-resource-centre-project/

  1. Allied Arts Speech and Drama Festival Update:

Thank you to Tinotenda Manjengwa on her rather ‘cold’ performance of “How to Get Away with Murder” – Ophelia – in the Intermediate Monologue category. View her clip on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Tracey.Glover.Doorman/videos/540590607371293

Reflection:

“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 31:24

Newsflash 20/7/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Reflection:

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

Newsflash 14/7/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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

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

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

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

Follow these links to Facebook to view their performances. 

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

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

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

CIE May-June Examination Results Release: 

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

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

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

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

  1. Go to the Unifrog website: 

https://www.unifrog.org/

2. Click ‘Sign in’

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

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

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

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

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

 

Reflection:

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

Newsflash 8/7/21

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reflection

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

Newsflash 30/6/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Follow Up to Last Night’s Parents Engagement Meeting:

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

Some Key Points to Emphasise:

Work Plans:

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

Giving Your Children the Best Chance of Success:

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

‘Real Time’ vs Catch Up Later:

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

The Daily Programme:

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

Parental Monitoring:

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

On Line Learning Behaviour Expectations:

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

What are Cambridge Saying about October-November Examinations:

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

Open Door Policy:

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

Reflection 

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

Newsflash 17/6/21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Back To School:

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

Lessons for all classes start on Monday 28 June. 

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

Second Term Uniform:

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

School Supplies:

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

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

Library Books:

As communicated in the Head’s newsletter, each child is to return to school with a minimum of 2 books for the school library. These may be new or second hand books. We only ask that the books not be at odds with our Christian beliefs, although they do not have to be religious Christian books. Examples of books that would not be welcome are books on other religions, horoscopes, excessive violence or material inappropriate for teenage readers. 

Earn a Brick Campaign:

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

3D Model Building Competition:

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

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

The winning entry will win themselves a nice cash prize!

Chinese Examination – 19 June:

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

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

Examination Registration and Payment Deadlines: 

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

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

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

Congratulations:

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

Tavonga Musonza

Michael Madzimure

Karl Makahamadze 

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

Term 1 Reports:

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

Reflection:

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

From the Headmaster’s Desk

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

As we approach the middle of the year a reminder of our theme may assist us to refocus on what is of value to us. The Greek word Eudaimonia which is commonly translated as flourishing has also been translated as blessedness. The state of flourishing can therefore be considered to be a state of blessedness. Our theme of Flourishing is inextricably linked to the state of being blessed by the Lord.

This state is not dependent on external factors but on the work of the Holy Spirit inside our hearts. This is why our scripture of the year Colossians 3:23 is the best suited to our Flourishing theme because it is only when we do what we do as unto the Lord that we can find true fulfilment and flourish as a consequence. 

Assessment 3 Academics Results

We congratulate the following students for the best results in their respective forms based on the number of A* and A symbols attained:

F1-4

AS/A2 Level

In order to ensure that we raise our pass rates and students who require additional attention are sufficiently catered for we have introduced a remedial action program to start in July. This will be a continuation of the program we trialled in the 1st term. More details of this program will be made available at the end of the holidays.

Public Examinations

For the examination classes we are now in the middle of the 2021 public examination registration period.  We encourage all parents of examination writing students to take note of the deadlines in order to avoid late entry fees.  The deadline for payment and registration for ZIMSEC examinations is 25 June and the deadline for Cambridge examinations is 30 June 2021.  Examination fee payments and registration forms need to reach us by close of business on the deadline date. 

Sporting Activities

Fitness activities last term included a successful inter house cross country event held under strict Covid 19 guidelines.  Athletes were released to the fields in batches to avoid a crowd gathering on the fields.  The focus for the second half of the term then shifted to ball skills in various sporting disciplines.  This was done in line with SRC guidelines, a model adopted by other ATS schools as well.  We advise students to bring their own personalised sports equipment such as hockey sticks and individual balls where these are available.

Life Skills

Due to the time lost during lockdown we were unable to conduct any student camps as we would normally do in the first term.  We are therefore planning to run 3 camps in the next term. In preparation for these camps L6 students and Stewards are requested to bring a tent, sleeping bag, hiking shoes and a bicycle.  The 3rd camp is the form 1 camp, and they will not be required to bring anything that they don’t already have.  Actual dates for the camps will be communicated at the end of the holidays.  

The College continues to work with Zebra Driving School in assisting our students to obtain driver’s licences.  Since we returned to physical instruction after the lockdown earlier in the year we have seen 8 students earning the right to drive.  We encourage more students over the age of 16 to sign up for lessons so they gain this very essential life skill. 

Philanthropy 

The recognition of the plight of others in our community has grown significantly among our students.  Various clubs have been supporting a number of initiatives to assist those less fortunate than themselves.  As a Christian school we have a mandate to develop outreach as a virtue among our students.  One of the more notable initiaves is that by the Social Welfare Club.  They have continued to support Chingegomo Primary School in Lalapansi, to which they donated different essential supplies raised by the general student body.  They have also managed to raise enough money to pay fees for 51 students in various school across the Gweru district. 

PAC News

The Parents Assembly Committee (PAC) met physically on Wednesday 2 May 2021.  One of the salient points raised was the students’ drive to support the PAC’s project to build a resource centre in the lower quad.  All pupils have been issued with an “Earn- A-Brick” form. Please note that the idea behind this campaign is that the pupils earn bricks!  We commend the pupils for this fantastic initiative and look forward to support from the parents and the wider community. 

Below are some suggested tasks and remuneration amounts to help give ideas on activities that can be done by a pupil to “Earn a Brick”.  Kindly note that this list is not exclusive, and we welcome generous contributions towards this exciting project which will bring great benefit to our pupils.

Car wash – 10 Bricks (USD2)

Watering the garden/lawn – 15 Bricks (USD3)

Weeding the vegetable/flower beds – 15 Bricks (USD3)

Wash Windows – 25 Bricks (USD5)

Preparing an enjoyable meal – 35 Bricks (USD7)

Running an errand – 30 Bricks (USD6)

Hired to Work – employed for a day – 40 Bricks (USD8)

Other – at agreed upon rate 

The minimum target per person is USD50 and a lost form will incur a USD50 penalty. 

For those who may want to assist in other practical ways, please contact the school on deputyhead2@mcc.ac.zw / 0772570772 or the Parents Assembly Chairman on rtombindo@yahoo.co.uk / 0772359500. 

Library Books

As we build up to the launch of our resource centre building project we are also going to embark on a plan to increase our reading resources currently housed in our existing library. Our resources are very low at this point in time and we appeal to parents to assist the students to identify at least 2 books that they would like to donate.  These may be new or second hand books and 2 is only a minimum number so students can donate more.  

We would only ask that the books should not be at odds with our Christian beliefs although they do not have to be religious Christian books.  Examples of books that would not be welcome are books on other religions, horoscopes, excessive violence or material inappropriate for teenage readers. 

Covid 19 Protocol

We encourage students to continue wearing masks, dressing warmly, physically distancing and sanitising hands regularly during the holidays, particularly when out in public or entertaining visitors.  With reports of a third wave in Johannesburg and the recent scare in Kwe Kwe the risk of an escalation in infection rate is never too far away.  Parents are advised to ensure that their children maintain strict adherence to the recommended Covid 19 protocols.

Student Discipline

Management have noticed a spike in incidence of ill-discipline among the students.  Whilst stewards and staff do not have carte blanche in how they apply rules we do want them to operate with a fair amount of autonomy in applying sanctions for lower tier misdemeanours and to this end we will be empowering them further.  We appeal to parents to work with us as we train the students to develop a healthy respect for authority.  In the spirit of Proverbs 22 v 6 we have a mandate to train our children “in the way they should go” so that “when they are old they will not depart from it”. 

We have recently had to deal with issues ranging from making noise in class, loitering, disrespecting seniors and staff, refusing to follow instructions, possessing unauthorised gadgets, to bullying of other students.  On the subject of unauthorised gadgets we advise parents to keep a close eye on gadget use and not to give them replacement gadgets when their regular ones are confiscated at school.  We need to develop students who understand the need to conform to rules set down by the school, their parents and society at large. 

Holidays and Back to school

During the course of the holidays we urge parents to try and ensure that students get sufficient rest particularly in the first week.  It is also advisable for parents to also monitor any potential “binge” behaviour particularly relating to social media, YouTube and television.  As a school we are trying to get students out of the habit of over reliance on electronic media. Students are encouraged to read books and newspapers so as to develop reading. 

The next academic period will begin on 28 June 2021 as per the revised government term calendar.  Boarders will be expected to check into the hostels between 12 noon and 5pm on Sunday 27 June 2021. 

We encourage parents to pay fees based on the details provided in the communication sent by the board last month. Where alternative payment plans are required parents are advised to contact us urgently. As per normal practice admission slips will be requested before students attend lessons next term.

Yours sincerely 

TL Mkhosana

HEADMASTER

 

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

As we approach the middle of the year a reminder of our theme may assist us to refocus on what is of value to us. The Greek word Eudaimonia which is commonly translated as flourishing has also been translated as blessedness. The state of flourishing can therefore be considered to be a state of blessedness. Our theme of Flourishing is inextricably linked to the state of being blessed by the Lord.

This state is not dependent on external factors but on the work of the Holy Spirit inside our hearts. This is why our scripture of the year Colossians 3:23 is the best suited to our Flourishing theme because it is only when we do what we do as unto the Lord that we can find true fulfilment and flourish as a consequence. 

Assessment 3 Academics Results

We congratulate the following students for the best results in their respective forms based on the number of A* and A symbols attained:

F1-4

AS/A2 Level

In order to ensure that we raise our pass rates and students who require additional attention are sufficiently catered for we have introduced a remedial action program to start in July. This will be a continuation of the program we trialled in the 1st term. More details of this program will be made available at the end of the holidays.

Public Examinations

For the examination classes we are now in the middle of the 2021 public examination registration period.  We encourage all parents of examination writing students to take note of the deadlines in order to avoid late entry fees.  The deadline for payment and registration for ZIMSEC examinations is 25 June and the deadline for Cambridge examinations is 30 June 2021.  Examination fee payments and registration forms need to reach us by close of business on the deadline date. 

Sporting Activities

Fitness activities last term included a successful inter house cross country event held under strict Covid 19 guidelines.  Athletes were released to the fields in batches to avoid a crowd gathering on the fields.  The focus for the second half of the term then shifted to ball skills in various sporting disciplines.  This was done in line with SRC guidelines, a model adopted by other ATS schools as well.  We advise students to bring their own personalised sports equipment such as hockey sticks and individual balls where these are available.

Life Skills

Due to the time lost during lockdown we were unable to conduct any student camps as we would normally do in the first term.  We are therefore planning to run 3 camps in the next term. In preparation for these camps L6 students and Stewards are requested to bring a tent, sleeping bag, hiking shoes and a bicycle.  The 3rd camp is the form 1 camp, and they will not be required to bring anything that they don’t already have.  Actual dates for the camps will be communicated at the end of the holidays.  

The College continues to work with Zebra Driving School in assisting our students to obtain driver’s licences.  Since we returned to physical instruction after the lockdown earlier in the year we have seen 8 students earning the right to drive.  We encourage more students over the age of 16 to sign up for lessons so they gain this very essential life skill. 

Philanthropy 

The recognition of the plight of others in our community has grown significantly among our students.  Various clubs have been supporting a number of initiatives to assist those less fortunate than themselves.  As a Christian school we have a mandate to develop outreach as a virtue among our students.  One of the more notable initiaves is that by the Social Welfare Club.  They have continued to support Chingegomo Primary School in Lalapansi, to which they donated different essential supplies raised by the general student body.  They have also managed to raise enough money to pay fees for 51 students in various school across the Gweru district. 

PAC News

The Parents Assembly Committee (PAC) met physically on Wednesday 2 May 2021.  One of the salient points raised was the students’ drive to support the PAC’s project to build a resource centre in the lower quad.  All pupils have been issued with an “Earn- A-Brick” form. Please note that the idea behind this campaign is that the pupils earn bricks!  We commend the pupils for this fantastic initiative and look forward to support from the parents and the wider community. 

Below are some suggested tasks and remuneration amounts to help give ideas on activities that can be done by a pupil to “Earn a Brick”.  Kindly note that this list is not exclusive, and we welcome generous contributions towards this exciting project which will bring great benefit to our pupils.

Car wash – 10 Bricks (USD2)

Watering the garden/lawn – 15 Bricks (USD3)

Weeding the vegetable/flower beds – 15 Bricks (USD3)

Wash Windows – 25 Bricks (USD5)

Preparing an enjoyable meal – 35 Bricks (USD7)

Running an errand – 30 Bricks (USD6)

Hired to Work – employed for a day – 40 Bricks (USD8)

Other – at agreed upon rate 

The minimum target per person is USD50 and a lost form will incur a USD50 penalty. 

For those who may want to assist in other practical ways, please contact the school on deputyhead2@mcc.ac.zw / 0772570772 or the Parents Assembly Chairman on rtombindo@yahoo.co.uk / 0772359500. 

Library Books

As we build up to the launch of our resource centre building project we are also going to embark on a plan to increase our reading resources currently housed in our existing library. Our resources are very low at this point in time and we appeal to parents to assist the students to identify at least 2 books that they would like to donate.  These may be new or second hand books and 2 is only a minimum number so students can donate more.  

We would only ask that the books should not be at odds with our Christian beliefs although they do not have to be religious Christian books.  Examples of books that would not be welcome are books on other religions, horoscopes, excessive violence or material inappropriate for teenage readers. 

Covid 19 Protocol

We encourage students to continue wearing masks, dressing warmly, physically distancing and sanitising hands regularly during the holidays, particularly when out in public or entertaining visitors.  With reports of a third wave in Johannesburg and the recent scare in Kwe Kwe the risk of an escalation in infection rate is never too far away.  Parents are advised to ensure that their children maintain strict adherence to the recommended Covid 19 protocols.

Student Discipline

Management have noticed a spike in incidence of ill-discipline among the students.  Whilst stewards and staff do not have carte blanche in how they apply rules we do want them to operate with a fair amount of autonomy in applying sanctions for lower tier misdemeanours and to this end we will be empowering them further.  We appeal to parents to work with us as we train the students to develop a healthy respect for authority.  In the spirit of Proverbs 22 v 6 we have a mandate to train our children “in the way they should go” so that “when they are old they will not depart from it”. 

We have recently had to deal with issues ranging from making noise in class, loitering, disrespecting seniors and staff, refusing to follow instructions, possessing unauthorised gadgets, to bullying of other students.  On the subject of unauthorised gadgets we advise parents to keep a close eye on gadget use and not to give them replacement gadgets when their regular ones are confiscated at school.  We need to develop students who understand the need to conform to rules set down by the school, their parents and society at large. 

Holidays and Back to school

During the course of the holidays we urge parents to try and ensure that students get sufficient rest particularly in the first week.  It is also advisable for parents to also monitor any potential “binge” behaviour particularly relating to social media, YouTube and television.  As a school we are trying to get students out of the habit of over reliance on electronic media. Students are encouraged to read books and newspapers so as to develop reading. 

The next academic period will begin on 28 June 2021 as per the revised government term calendar.  Boarders will be expected to check into the hostels between 12 noon and 5pm on Sunday 27 June 2021. 

We encourage parents to pay fees based on the details provided in the communication sent by the board last month. Where alternative payment plans are required parents are advised to contact us urgently. As per normal practice admission slips will be requested before students attend lessons next term.

Yours sincerely 

TL Mkhosana

HEADMASTER