Speech Day:Will be on Friday 27 September. This is our pinnacle event of the year. Please make every effort to join us for this occasion. Proceedings start at 9am.
Visiting Psychologist & Author:We extend the invitation to you all to attend one of Collett Smart’s sessions. From Australia and well qualified, we welcome her expertise. Attached are flyers for her sessions in Harare, Gweru and Bulawayo. Gweru parenting seminar is on Monday 23 September at 6:15pm. The topic being covered is: “Raising Teenagers Who Flourish.”
Parcels Delivery/Collection:For those wishing to send parcels to their children, please use the official delivery channels such as DHL, ONE, Swift, Zimpost etc. Note that due to the cost of fuel and that low availability of it, we have to respectfully cancel the use of public transport for parcel delivery. In the event of an emergency, please liaise with the office.
ATS Public Speaking Competition @ Lomagundi College – 2pm
ATS Public Speaking Competition @ Lomagundi College – 8am
Girls Swimming – Southern Sections Gala @ Convent High School – 8am
Boys Basketball – U14, U15m U16s @ MCC – 8am
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” – Proverbs 17:17 (ESV)
Thank you for your continued support and for all the efforts that you have made and are making to have your child in school. We do not take you for granted. As we start this term we want to reaffirm our commitment to giving of our best to see your child achieve their best. Where you have concerns, please be in touch with us. A reminder of communication avenues:
A reminder as well that one of the roles of the Parents Assembly Committee is communication so feel free to also be in touch with any of the members.
Speech and Prize Giving Day –
Will take place at 9am on FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER. This is our pinnacle event of the year and it is our hope that every parent will join us for this occasion.
Adjustment to Weekly School Programme –
As indicated in yesterday’s communication, we have instituted a timetable change that will see lessons now ending on Fridays at 3:30pm for the first six weeks of term.
Lifeskills Programmes – Driving –
This year we celebrate our 10th year of partnership with local driving school Zebra School of Motoring. Many of our pupils have been able to leave MCC with their drivers license.
They are currently offering a “Back to School” special with the following rates:
Half Course Package
15 driving lessons
1 Free car hire
Full Course Package
30 driving lessons
2 Free car hires
The promotion runs until 30 September.
We have found that pupils can quite quickly complete the full recommended course in a relatively short space of time, so can be considered for those who are about to leave school. For more information, please refer to the attached letter.
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” Galatians 5:22-23
Fee statements have been sent out via email, along with communication from the Principal Director’s desk. If you have not received yours yet, please let the Bursar’s Department know – email@example.com. Please note that for those wishing to use the option of spreading their fee payments, please complete the appropriate instalment forms available directly from the Bursar’s office.
Start of Term Bus:
There will be a school bus available to ferry boarders from Harare to school on Monday 9 September. This service is only for those who will have received clearance from the Bursar and paid their fare of $150 in advance. As always, seats are on receipt of full payment and on a first-come-first served basis with ticket confirmations coming from the Head’s PA on firstname.lastname@example.org. Pupils will be expected to be at Prince Edward School by 11:30am on Monday 9 September. You are reminded that the bus will not wait for late-comers.
Reminder from Academics Department:
We ask that you ensure that your children do not leave any of their text books and exercise books at home. Textbooks which are not brought back will be treated as lost.
Note that we also expect ALL of our pupils to have their own Bibles – hard copies! If you are looking to purchase a new copy for your child, we suggest the easier to understand versions such as the NKJV or the NIV.
In addition, in this examination season, please ensure that candidates have a complete examination kit. That is black pens, HB pencils, a ruler, a rubber, and a mathematical set and a scientific calculator for sciences and some technical subjects. Note that these are to be stored in a transparent plastic case or packet.
Is one of the main sports this term. Note that all Form 1, 2 and 3 pupils are expected to have swimming costumes and take part in the swimming programme.
Pupils must bring enough clothes pegs for their casual wear laundry. Pegs to be labelled. Please also ensure padlocks are brought to secure all their valuables. Padlock spare keys must be handed in to Hostel Parents on arrival.
When it comes time to pack bags, Parents please check what your child is packing to ensure no unwarranted material is brought to school. Searches will be done and inappropriate items will be confiscated so please help to avoid embarrassment for your child.
Speech and Prize Giving Day:
Will be on Friday 27 September. This is our pinnacle event of the year. Please make every effort to join us for this occasion. Proceedings start at 9am.
Reflection: “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro through out the earth so that He may support those whose heart is completely His….” 2 Chronicles 16:9 (Amp)
Fee Payments and Admission Slips: Fee statements have been sent out via email, along with communication from the Principal Director’s desk. If you have not received yours yet, please let the Bursar’s Department know – email@example.com. Please note that for those wishing to use the option of spreading their fee payments, please complete the appropriate instalment forms available directly from the Bursar’s office.
Start of Term Bus:There will be a school bus available to ferry boarders from Harare to school on Monday 9 September. This service is only for those who will have received clearance from the Bursar and paid their fare of $150 in advance. As always, seats are on receipt of full payment and on a first-come-first served basis with ticket confirmations coming from the Head’s PA on firstname.lastname@example.org. Pupils will be expected to be at Prince Edward School by 11:30am on Monday 9 September. You are reminded that the bus will not wait for late-comers.
Condolences: To the Liebenberg family on the death of one of our founding members and long serving trustee of Midlands Christian School Trust – Mr Heynie Liebenberg. We celebrate the life of him, and his wife Valda who died earlier this year, and their immense contribution to education through their commitment to our institution.
Gweru Junior Council: Congratulations to Rufaro Chingwadza and Karl Makahamadze who have been appointed into the Gweru Junior Council for 2019. We commend these young leaders and pray for wisdom and grace as they execute their duties.
International Exchange: We congratulate Wendy Mtisi on her selection into a Rotary Youth Exchange programme. She will be heading off to Germany for a year. We wish her all the best as she writes examinations and prepares to leave.
Hostel Reminder: Pupils must bring enough clothes pegs for their casual wear laundry. Pegs to be labelled. Please also ensure padlocks are brought to secure all their valuables. Padlock spare keys must be handed in to Hostel Parents on arrival.
When it comes time to pack bags,Parents please check what your child is packing to ensure no unwarranted material is brought to school. Searches will be done and inappropriate items will be confiscated so please help to avoid embarrassment for your child.
Swimming: Is one of the main sports this term. Note that all Form 1, 2 and 3 pupils are expected to have swimming costumes and take part in the swimming programme.
School Equipment: Please ensure that your child’s stationery items have been adequately replenished. Note that we also expect ALL of our pupils to have their own Bibles – hard copies! If you are looking to purchase a new copy for your child, we suggest the easier to understand versions such as the NKJV or the NIV.
Senior Boys Hairstyle Reminder – All Lower 6 & Upper 6 Boys: Below is the general reminder of expectation.
a) Boys hair must be cut so that:
i) The hair before the ear ends no lower than the bottom of the temple
ii) When combed downwards from the crown the hair does not meet the upper edges of
iii) The nape of the neck is clear and the hair is off the collar
iv) The shape of the hair generally follows the contours of the head
v) Clip 1 must be used for Level 1 Fade. The side and the back of the head should not be balled but the hair should be shorter than the top base of the head
b) Boys must be clean-shaved. No side burns or beards. No gel, processing or “Afros”
For boarders please be advised that we have a barber who comes to hostel weekly to assist with ensuring that boys are well groomed. Individuals pay a small ZWL fee. Although we have a sanitizer in place, please can parents provide a set of clippers for you child if you have any concerns.
“So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellsprings of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (TPT)
Consolidating Second Term:A reminder to those of you who have not yet accessed your child’s reports through the Senatical Portal to please do so. Spend time with your child going through their report and agree on strategies to ensure that this holiday is well used with a balance of work and a break. Public examinations are written by all Form 2, Form 4, Lower 6 and Upper 6 pupils next term, with examinations starting in the 4th week of term. Check your child’s Statement of Entry which they have to see their specific timetable.
We also urge you to connect with your child about their personal development, and issues such as friendships and relationships and their impact on them. Spend time cultivating healthy habits and boundaries with them that they believe in and are committed to so that they can ‘stand on their own’. Whilst academic success is key, the development of your whole child is vital and you as a parent have a critical role to play and we urge you to be deliberate in this.
Alumni Visit:We were delighted to have Wayne Banda – Class of 2015 – return to visit us. Currently in his final year of Mechanical Aerospace Engineering in Australia, he gave some meaningful and honest insights to our pupils. We encourage you to specifically engage your child about what they remember and what they can have learnt from what he shared during his assembly.
Congratulations: To Joshua Nyamutora, Elizabeth Msipa, Ngonidzashe Mareverwa, Leeroy Tapfumaneyi, Anodiwa Ncube and Edmos Dube-Mabeza who were called upon to take part in athletics at the Youth Games currently underway in Gweru. Results so far:
Leeroy Tapfumaneyi – Gold Medal – Javelin, Silver Medal – Triple Jump, Bronze Medal – Long Jump
Elizabeth Msipa – Gold Medal – 100m
Joshua Nyamutora – 4th in the 100m Heats.
Gweru Golf Day: A huge thank you to all who supported this event. Great fun was had, and we appreciate the continued support for the Resource Centre construction.
CIE May-June Results: Will be available for viewing from 8am on Tuesday 13 August. Pupils were given access codes at the end of term with the directions for use. For any queries regarding access codes, please contact the Exams Department on email@example.com
Holiday School: Information was circulated at Consultation Day yesterday. If you did not receive the documents, please see the attached communications. Those wanting to book their children on the bus to holiday school can purchase tickets at ZWL100 a seat. As always, proof of payment is to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. All bookings must be confirmed through firstname.lastname@example.org. The bus will depart Prince Edward School at 12noon on Sunday 18 August. Pupils are to be at the bus by 11:30am. Note that there is no bus service at the end of Holiday School.
Holiday Office Hours: The school office will be open daily between 8am and 4pm (except for public holidays).
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
Congratulations: To Rutendo Muswera, Rutendo Madyegasva and Awande-Umusa Moyo who were selected into the CHISZ U20 netball team this past weekend. We also congratulate our U15 team who were placed 3rd in the CHISZ U15 Tournament.
Term 2 Reports:A reminder that this term has formal reports for every pupil. These reports can be accessed through the parent portal on the Senatical platform. We urge you to log in and properly connect with your child’s attainment, and teachers’ comments for this past term. We also ask that you go through the reports with your child/children. Note that reports will be available from 8am on Tuesday 6 August. Please note that we only print reports for those who request us to do so. Requests should be received on email@example.com by end of day Friday, and then can be signed for from the Front Office from 1pm on Tuesday 6 August.
Gweru Golf Day: Is Saturday 3 August at Gweru Golf Club. For those still wanting to register to play, please do so on firstname.lastname@example.org by 1pm Thursday 1 August.
End of Term Arrangements: Form 1, 2 and 3 pupils are free to leave for the school holidays from 1pm on Tuesday 6 August. Consultation is for all Form 4, Lower 6 and Upper 6 pupils on Wednesday 7 August between 8am and 1pm. Please note that there will be a Lower 6 Forum meeting with ALL Lower 6 parents on this date at 10:30am – parental attendance is expected. After Consultation, senior pupils are free to leave for the holidays. Please note that ALL boarders are to have left hostel by 5pm on Wednesday 7 August. Those pupils on the end of term bus to Harare should be collected from Prince Edward School on Wednesday 7 August at 1pm
Girls Hockey – Silver Girls Tournament @ Arundel – 1st team – 11am
Boys Hockey – Super 12 Tournament @ KHS – 1st team – 10am
Interact Trip to Whawha – 1pm
– Girls Hockey – Silver Girls Tournament @ Arundel – 1st team – 8am
Boys Hockey – Super 12 Tournament @ KHS – 1st team – 8am
Boys Soccer – U17 Tournament @ St Georges – 8am
Rugby vs Milton @ Hartsfield Stadium – Various teams. 1st team @12noon as the curtain raiser for the Zimbabwe – Kenya match.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
In Eagle House (the Boys’ Hostel), it’s becoming tradition that every year soccer enthusiasts — from players, fans, fledgling-analysts to even your run-of-the-mill spectator — gather their mates, slip on their boots (some missing a stud, or three) and choose their team colours (which were always a whole catalogue of shades from the deepest oceanic blue to the most sun-bleached azure).
The tournament took place under a mild sun on Saturday the 13th of July. Would-be managers (like myself) drafted their team formation, spouting strange numbers like “3-1-2”, “2-2-2”, “3-2-1”, with fellow team members, in hopes that this year would be their year.
Initially, the Sachinda Tournment started out as the Sachinda Premier League in 2016. It was the creation of a Lower Sixth student (who later became Headboy) named Simbarashe “Storm” Charuma. It functioned quite similar to an actual soccer league, with matches every weekend between competing forms. Changes came about the following year, and now in its current form the event is under the leadership of the Senior First Team Soccers Players.
When asked about his motivation behind taking on the task of managing the tournament, Sir Kwande answered, “I just thought I’d keep the boys busy…and [try] to build the game up.” He went on, “People, if they’re not occupied, [will] start being naughty and doing a lot of stuff.” And so that old saying might wink, “Idle hands…”
A handful of teams were scraped together that Saturday Afternoon:
From the ‘Form 4s’ (yes, that was their team name), to the Upper Sixes’ ‘Positive Vibes’ and ‘Glock’; the Lower Sixes’ ‘Vikings’,
The Form 3s’ ‘Gorillas’ and ‘G Boys’; the Form 2s’ ‘Bonibers’, and the Form 1s’ ‘Lion Kings’.
The matches were as uneven as a wave, high and expectant at one point, and lulling at the next. The opening match was between the Bonibers and Positive Vibes. From the onset — mismatched — a classic senior-versus-junior scenario, but not as predictable as one may have thought.
The Form 2s put up a good fight, with a special mention to William Kasitomo’s unrelenting and speedy pursuit of the ball. The result however was to be expected, the Vibes won.
An interesting part of the whole event was the spectator culture that was bubbling up by the benches. Songs, some cheering the winning team, others urging losing teams onwards, while others (funnier and slightly rude) commented on players’ missed shots calling it having a ‘bent leg’ or a ‘banana leg’.
The matches following were a mixture of fierce attacking and desperate defending. In one gameplay sequence teams had to ‘Park the Bus’, that is a sort of ‘all-out-defence’ (imagine having a whole school bus filled with wary soccer players buckling in front the goalposts, and there you have it, a semi-impenetrable wall securing your one-to-two-goal win).
In other matches players made sport of their ‘unending warfare’(goal-scoring) with an instance of goalie Francis Moyo coming out of his net to score a penalty — talk about rubbing salt in the wound.
Another team, the Form 3’s ‘G Boys’ were also a ‘heavy-hitter’ team, unfortunately failing to qualify for the final stretches of the tournament.
Seeing all this competition, teamwork and flair of skill blooming around me, I was reminded of an interview I had with Alban Sianaga, a First Team Hockey Player, who was also participating in the tournament. Here’s what he said about the whole thing:
KKM: You’re not a soccer player, but you’re here, is soccer just that good?
AS: …It’s the one sport that unites everyone, cause everyone — somehow you’re born and you understand soccer. It’s easy to understand so everyone can play soccer…it’s a good bonding sport, teamwork, a lot of people can play, so it’s a plus for me.
Later on during the tournament I also interviewed Sir Marufu on his experience of ‘Sachinda Soccer’:
KKM: How long has Sachinda Soccer been here in Hostel, and how’s it been?
AM: Ever since I was in Form 3, now I’m in Upper Six, I can say it’s been an excellent experience.I’ve been at it for very long, and I’ve been playing for a very long time and I‘ve also had my setbacks, but you know how it is, that’s football.
That is football indeed. Let’s hope this soccer culture continues to flourish in the years to come.
Welcome: To Miss Brenda Maruziva who has joined us as the MCC Head’s PA. Miss Hombasha has moved over to the MCGS Office. Miss Maruziva will be dealing with general communications on the email@example.com address as well as enrolment and Head’s issues. We welcome her aboard!
Celebrate with Us: Congratulations to Leon Maposa who is the first Form 1 student to sit for HSK 1 in June and passed with 90%! All pupils are expected to do the Level 1 and Level 2 HSK examinations which are an examination in basic Chinese and we believe helps to equip our students to be global citizens.
Congratulations also goes to Ruvarashe Gweredza and Tinashe Chikoko who got 100% in their HSK1 exams. What an excellent achievement!
Congratulations to Form 1 student Atipaishe Makwangudze who placed first in this year’s Chinese Bridge competition and has earned the privilege of competing at the international competition in China in October. We also congratulate Vusani Ntuli who placed 3rd in the same competition out of 23 participants.
End of Term Arrangements: Form 1, 2 and 3 pupils are free to leave for the school holidays from 1pm on Tuesday 6 August. Consultation is for all Form 4, Lower 6 and Upper 6 pupils on Wednesday 7 August between 8am and 1pm. Please note that there will be a Lower 6 Forum meeting with ALL Lower 6 parents on Wednesday 7 August at 10:30am – parental attendance is expected. After Consultation, senior pupils are free to leave for the holidays. Please note that ALL boarders are to have left hostel by 5pm on Wednesday 7 August.
End of Term Buses: There will be a bus to Harare on Wednesday 7 August. Harare bus ticket costs are ZWL$100 one way. Payments to be made by 30 JULY. Proof of payment to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.comNote that in all cases – all tickets are subject to our confirmation which will only be done on receipt of full payment.
Examination Issues – Holiday School: With Cambridge examinations starting at the beginning of October, the holiday school revision programme is designed to consolidate the critical examination skills which will give our candidates advantage in the examinations. Check in for Holiday School will be Sunday 18 August with lessons ending at 1pm on Friday 30 August. Further details will follow.
Gweru Golf Day: Is scheduled for Saturday 3 August. Please see the attached flyer and registration forms.
Girls Basketball – 1st team – vs Kyle @ Kyle – 2pm
Boys Hockey – U14, U15, U16 – vs Falcon @ MCC – 2pm
Congratulations: To Lisa Nesara and Kaylee Ncube who were awarded the Kathy Norman Cup for the best item in the intermediate section at the recently concluded NIAA Speech and Drama festival. We also congratulate “Trickatreaters” – Ashley Shamhu; Thapelo Melissa Ngwenya; Faith Mkachana; Faith Mukandatsama; Jean Mucheka – on their entertaining performance at the Finals Concert.
Stakeholders Meeting: On Friday 19 July we will be having a meeting with interested Stakeholders who may wish to partner with us as we continue to work on the Resource Centre Project. We wish to extend this invitation to any parents who feel that they too would like to partner in some way on this project. The meeting will take place in the school hall starting at 11am and ending at 1pm. For catering and seating purposes, please would you confirm attendance on firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 5pm.
Gweru Golf Day: This year’s golf day will take place on Saturday 3 August. Registration Fee is $100 per person or $400 per team. Please see the attached letters for registration forms, and marketing opportunities.
Thurs 18/7 –
Careers Trip to MSU Medical Faculty – 2pm
Fri 1/3 –
Leavers Jeans Day
Soccer vs Progress College – Jnrs & Snrs @ MCC
Netball vs Progress College – Jnrs & Snrs @ MCC
Girls Basketball vs Progress College – Jnrs & Snrs @ MCC
Boys Hockey vs Hillcrest – 1st Team @ Hillcrest– 4pm
Girls Hockey vs Hillcrest – All Girls teams@ Hillcrest – 8am
Rugby vs Watershed – U14s @ U15s @ Watershed – 8am, U16s, 2nds & 1sts from 12:30pm
Girls Basketball vs Goldridge – All teams @ MCC – 8:30am
“The character of God is a tower of strength, for the lovers of God delight to run into his hear and be exalted on high.” Proverbs 18:10 (TPT)
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