ACSI Zimbabwe Parenting Seminars & Educators Conference

We are proud to be members of the Association of Christian Schools Southern Africa – Zimbabwe – and will definitely be taking part in this year’s Educators Conference with the theme based on 1 Corinthians 3: 11 “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” There are many good topics which are applicable to parents as well – and the invitation is open to any interested parties. Contact the organiser to register.

Also in this flyer you will find information about workshops being run by renowned psychologist, speaker and author – Collett Smart – at various venues across Zimbabwe – Midlands Christian Group of Schools being one of them. We extend an invitation to all parents to join us for her workshops.

Newsflash 10/7/19

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Mid Year Examinations: End on Friday 12 July. Lessons resume on Monday with the continuation of syllabus coverage as well as examination review. Pupils will be on Day 3 of the academic cycle.

Postponement of EducationUSA Annual University College Fair: We have received notification from the organisers that for now, this fair which was supposed to be held at Gweru Library this Friday is postponed. 

Resource Centre Progress: This week there is a team on site doing the soil testing at the site for the resource centre in preparation for the laying of the foundations. The invitation is open to parents and stakeholders to become specifically involved in the project. If you feel you are able to assist with expertise, with supplies or with donations for example,  please contact PAC Chairperson – Mr R Tombindo rtombindo@yahoo.co.uk 0772 359 500 or PAC Vice Chairperson – Mr A. Mpepu mpepugsh33@gmail.com 0777 301 307 or 0772 811 317 for WhattsApp. We thank the parent body for their commitment to this project and for faithfully paying their PAC levy which is going directly to this project. 

            

 

Parents Assembly Committee Challenge to Parents: The Parents Assembly Committee is asking for more parents to come on board with the retiling project at hostel. Tiles have been reserved at the local supplier – Tile and Carpet – for this project. 6 boxes of tiles are required per room, plus Tile-On and grout. Those interested in contributing towards this project – with whatever sized contribution, are to please liaise with PAC Members – Mrs P Gazi 0772 308 922, Mr A Mpepu 0772 811 317, or any other PAC member – contact details are on the MCC Website.

Allied Arts Speech and Drama Festival Results: Please see the attached overview of how our students did at this festival. 

Congratulations: To “Trickatreaters” – Ashley Shamhu; Thapelo Melissa Ngwenya; Faith Mkachana; Faith Mukandatsama; Jean Mucheka who won an Honours Grade for their poem performance in the Allied Arts festival and have been invited to perform at the Finals Concert at Harare International School on Saturday 13 July at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door – $20 each. 

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.

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 bursar@mcc.ac.zw and admin@mcc.ac.zw  Note 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.

Reflection: 

Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 (MSG)

Newsflash 26/6/19

Dear Parents and Guardians,

External Examinations Registration:

A reminder that registrations for the October-November examination session ends this Friday – 28 June. This examination session includes the following:

  • F1s – who will be writing an ABRSM Music Exam
  • F2s – who will be writing Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint examinations
  • F4s – who will be writing their “O” Level examinations
  • L6s & U6s – who will be writing ‘AS’ & ‘A’ Levels respectively 

You are also reminded that the deadline for associated payments is Monday 1 July. For queries, please contact the Exams Department on exams@mcc.ac.zw

Congratulations: 

To Simbarashe Kwande, Panashe Dube-Mabeza, Leeroy Tapfumaneyi and Charles Moyo who were selected into the CHISZ Soccer squad at the CHISZ Soccer Tournament which was held at MCC this past weekend. 

NIAA Speech and Drama Festival:

We are delighted that MCC is the starting venue for this year’s festival. We invite you to come along and enjoy some of this year’s performances between 8:30am and 4:30pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. 

Mid Year Examinations:

Run from 1 July to 12 July. Note that during this time, day scholars are not required to come to school on the days that they do not have examinations. However, if coming to school – day scholars are always expected to be at school by 7:20am. If a day scholar is to leave school at a time other than between 1-2pm or after 3:30pm, a gate pass is needed. Please cross check details on the attached examinations timetable. 

 

Upcoming Events:

Wed 26/6

  • Allied Arts Speech & Drama Festival @ MCC – 8:30am

Thurs 27/6

  • Allied Arts Speech & Drama Festival @ MCC – 8:30am

Fri  28/6

  • Allied Arts Speech & Drama Festival @ MCC – 8:30am
  • Boys Hockey – All Teams vs Petra @ Petra – 1pm

Sat 29/6

  • Girls Basketball – All Teams vs Petra & Girls College @ Girls College & Petra – 8:30am
  • Girls Hockey – All Teams vs Dominican Convent & Falcon @ MCC – 8:30am
  • Girls Volleyball – U17s & U20s vs Dominican Convent & Eaglesvale @ Dominican Convent – 8:30am
  • Soccer vs Masiye – 1st Team @ Masiye – 9am
  • Rugby vs CBC – All Teams @ MCC – 9am

Reflection:

“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”

1 John 4:4

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Exeat Weekend: Please note that lessons end at 11:50am on Thursday and resume at 7:20am on Tuesday 25 June. Boarder parents you are reminded that hostels will be closed from 2pm on Thursday to allow for final preparations for the hosting of the CHISZ Soccer tournament. Please make every effort to collect your child promptly for exeat. Check in time on Monday 24 June is from 12noon.

Cold Weather Reminder: Gweru gets very cold. We ask that you check that your child has adequate warm clothing and encourage the use of vests underneath shirts, as well as the use of anoraks, and the recently introduced school fleece  which is available at MesClothing in Gweru. We also ask that boarder parents ensure that their children have additional blankets in this season. 

Boarder Parents: We ask that as your child prepares to return school, you cross check what your child has packed. Please note that check in time on Monday 24 June is from 12noon and that we will be doing security checks of luggage. Also, please ensure that your child returns to school with labelled clothes pegs for use as they launder their civvies. Please also ensure that civvies are labelled. Note that there is currently a lot of lost property associated with civvies so we encourage you to cross check that your child has all of their clothes. Items not claimed by the end of term will be donated. Please also ensure that your child still has padlocks and spare keys for their hostel lockers and school lockers. This is compulsory.

Congratulations: To Tawananyasha Takaendisa and Rufaro Matsenyengwa on their selection into the ATS U20 Girls Basketball team.

Lower 6 Camp: Check out the video clip from this camp on our YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyAGjKJ38tE

Formal Assembly: Will take place tomorrow morning. You are reminded to be checking on your child’s academic progress through the Senatical Portal. For assistance please email senatical@mcc.ac.zw. Any academic queries or questions can be sent to the Academics Director on academics@mcc.ac.zw

Allied Arts Speech & Drama Festival: We are pleased with our continued partnership with the National Institute of the Allied Arts and look forward to hosting the Midlands Chapter of this year’s Speech and Drama Festival from Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 June. We invite you to come along and enjoy the many and diverse performances. 

Mid-Year Examinations: Run from 1 – 12 July. Please see the attached timetable for more details. 

Upcoming Events:

Fri 21/6 

  • District Debate Competition @Thornhill – 8am 
  • Interzonals U20 Boys Volleyball @Airforce – 8am
  • CHISZ Soccer Tournament @MCC – 8am 

Sat 22/6

  • CHISZ Soccer Tournament @MCC – 8am

Reflection:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27 

Newsflash 13/6/19

Dear Parents and Guardians,

An Important Update from Academics:

In an effort to cut costs on the purchase of textbooks we have engaged an overseas company, Kognity, to supply us with digital textbooks which our students can access via their iPads or laptops. We are currently on a two month trial period from June to July for the following subjects: IGCSE Biology, IGCSE Chemistry, IGCSE Combined Science, IGCSE Physics and IGCSE Extended and Core Mathematics. All Form 3 and Form 4 students have been registered for the trial period and it will be important for every student to benefit from this facility which is highly interactive and in synch with the digital world where most of our students are comfortable to explore and learn with ease. After the trial period we will be able to subscribe for a two year period starting from August 2019. 

Below are some of the features on the Kognity learning platform:

Teacher benefits

  • Content is designed by curriculum experts with 100% coverage and alignment to the Cambridge curriculum 
  • Embedded statistics to track and analyse students’ performance 
  • Personalised learning is made easier through automatically corrected assignments

Students benefits 

  • Learn through engaging, trusted and relevant content
  • Kognity shows students’ strengths and weaknesses to help them study more effectively 
  • Students have the opportunity to work through the exam practice Centre with 1000s of questions to help them prepare for final exams
  • Kognity helps peers to collaborate effectively.

What do you have to do as a parent or guardian?

Just make sure your child has an iPad or laptop to access the platform. Training and use of the platform will happen at school and in any other place with access to WiFi. For more information please visit www.kognity.com

 

National Clean Up Campaign:

For this month the Upper 6 Geography class were the group that represented us at the national clean up campaign. They took this exercise, not only as community service but also as a practical part of their studies. Pupils back at MCC engaged in a clean up of our MCC community.

 

Exeat Bus Arrangements:

Harare – Pupils will arrive at Prince Edward School for collection from 5:15pm on Thursday 20 June. Please note that staff members will only be on hand until 5:50pm so please be prompt in collecting your child. Pupils are to be back at Prince Edward School by 11:30am on Monday 24 June. Note that the bus will not wait for pupils who are late. Please also note that baggage allowance is one bag per person the size of the school sports bag.

Hwange-Victoria Falls – Hwange Drop Off is at the Engen Garage at around 2:30pm, and Victoria Falls drop off is at Cresta Sprayview at around 4:30pm. Please liaise directly with your children as the trip progresses. Pupils are to be back at Cresta Sprayview by 6:45am on Monday 24 June. Please also note that baggage allowance is one bag per person the size of the school sports bag.

Triangle – Pupils will arrive at Triangle Country Club at about 1pm. Please liaise directly with your children as the trip progresses. Pupils are to be back at Triangle Country Club by 11:15am on Monday 24 June. Please also note that baggage allowance is one bag per person the size of the school sports bag.

 

Notice to all Boarder Parents:

MCC is hosting this year’s CHISZ Soccer Tournament over exeat. Note that hostels will be shut from 2pm on Thursday 20 June so please arrange for prompt collection of your children. 

 

Upcoming Events

Fri 14/6 

  • Welfare Jeans Day – RTGS$2
  • Chinese Bridge Competition @ Harare – 9:30am
  • Girls Hockey vs Hellenic – All Teams @MCC – 3pm 
  • Culture and Entertainment Committee Fun Night @ School Hall – 6:45pm – 8:30pm 

Sat 15/6  

  • U15 Netball Mini Tournament @MCC – 8:30am
  • Girls Hockey vs Petra – All Teams @ MCC – 9am
  • Rugby vs Hellenic – U16s, 2nds, 1st @ MCC – 10am
  • Rugby vs Hellenic U15s, U14s @ Hellenic – 10am
  • Boys Volleyball – 1sts vs St Georges @ St Georges – 10am
  • Soccer – U17s & 1st vs Falcon @ Falcon – 10am
  • Girls Basketball – U14 Tournament @GC – 8am
  • Girls Basketball – U16 Tournament @DC – 8am

 

Reflection:

“This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

Newsflash 5/6/19

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Uniform Update: There has been an addition to our uniform – a fleece top. This top can be worn with both uniform and sports kit. There is a red top for juniors, and a blue top for seniors. At this stage, Meswear in Gweru is the only supplier of this top. Engagements are under way with Enbee. 

Senatical Reminder: The Senatical Portal allows you access to an overview of your child’s performance – academically and behaviourally (as seen through credits and demerits). For those unfamiliar with the platform, follow the link on our website. For Senatical assistance please use senatical@mcc.ac.zw 

Exeat Weekend: Starts at 1pm on Thursday 20 June. Lessons resume Tuesday 25 June. All boarders should go home for this long weekend. Note that the 1st Team Soccer Team will however be involved in the CHISZ Soccer Tournament over this weekend at Hillcrest College – Traveling Thursday, returning Sunday.

Exeat Weekend Bus: 

  • Harare bus ticket costs are RTGS$100 one way, RTGS$200 return. Payments to be made by 12 JUNE. Proof of payment to be sent to bursar@mcc.ac.zw and admin@mcc.ac.zw 

Note that in all cases – all tickets are subject to our confirmation which will only be done on receipt of full payment.

  • Lowveld and Hwange-Victoria Falls buses are full.

Examination Issues: 

May-June Examinations are under way. 

October/November Registrations – close on 28 June 2019 for the following examinations:

  • F1s will be writing an ABRSM Music Exam
  • F2s will be writing Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint examinations
  • F4s will be writing their “O” Level examinations
  • L6s & U6s will be writing ‘AS’ & ‘A’ Levels respectively 

Registration fees and payment details can be confirmed with the Examinations Department – exams@mcc.ac.zw

Upcoming Events:

Fri 7/6

  • Girls Basketball NASH Select – U17s @ Kwekwe High – 8am
  • Girls Soccer – NASH Games – U15s @ Regina Mundi – 8am
  • National Clean Up Campaign – U6 Geography Class – 8am
  • Jnr Boys Hockey vs CBC – U14, U15, U16s @ CBC – 1:30pm
  • Interact Trip to Mudavanhu Zimcare Centre – 2pm 
  • Lower 6 Campers return – 3pm
  • Social Welfare Movie Night @ School Hall – 6pm

Sat 8/6

  • Girls Basketball U20 IPTS @ Goldridge – 8am
  • Netball U20 Northern Region League Games @ MCC – 8:30am
  • Soccer vs CBC – U17s & 1sts @ MCC – 9am
  • Rugby vs Heritage – U15s, U16s & 1sts @ MCC – 9:45am
  • Girls Hockey vs Eaglesvale – All Teams @ MCC – 9:45am 

Reflection:

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’” 

Mark 10:27

 

A small selection of sports photos from this past weekend. Come along and join us this weekend.

 

Africa Day – By pupil reported Zenzile Sibanda

Africa Day, which was also a family bonding day, was a great experience for us students and for the parents and families which came for the much-anticipated event. On 25 May, the well- recognised day set aside for Africans to celebrate Africa and its different cultures, was the day that we all assembled at MCC to embrace these different cultures.

There were games which are played around Africa, which we then played in the morning up until lunch time. But, for me, lunch was the “real deal”! Traditional food such as sadza, brown rice, chicken’s feet, pork bones, thick milk and a large variety of African food was prepared and was enjoyed with the many parents who enjoyed dining with their families. We then proceeded to the concert where students showcased their talents, some by singing and dancing, and even through the recital of poems in different African languages. My favourite was when all fathers got up to dance as the band was playing. 

It was a good experience and I would not mind having Africa day all year round!

Report by: Zandile Sibanda

Newsflash 29/5/19

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank yous: Our sincere appreciation to all who joined us and supported our Harare Golf Day at Chapman Golf Club; as well as all of you who travelled to join us for the family bonding day on Saturday. Check out the galleries on our website or the Midlands Christian College Eagles Facebook page. 

Congratulations: To the following who were selected at national level for the following teams:

* Rachel Banda – Girls Hockey U16B Non-Traveling Reserve

* Anotidaishe Munda – Boys Hockey U16s

* Gavin Magwenzi – Boys Hockey U18s

* Ngonidzashe Charuma – Boys Hockey U18s. 

Thank you: To Quick Edge for their sponsorship towards rugby warm up vests. We continue to invite people to partner with us in the sponsorship of team sports kits. 

Exeat Weekend: Starts at 1pm on Thursday 20 June. Lessons resume Tuesday 25 June. All boarders should go home for this long weekend. Note that the 1st Team Soccer Team will however be involved in the CHISZ Soccer Tournament over this weekend at Hillcrest College – Traveling Thursday, returning Sunday.  

Exeat Weekend Bus: Those in the Lowveld and based in Hwange and Victoria Falls are to indicate interest in a bus service for exeat weekend on admin@mcc.ac.zw. DEADLINE IS FRIDAY 31 MAY. An update will then be given. 

Harare bus ticket costs are RTGS$100 one way, RTGS$200 return. 

Payments to be made by 12 JUNE. Proof of payment to be sent to bursar@mcc.ac.zw and admin@mcc.ac.zw 

Note that in all cases – all tickets are subject to our confirmation which will only be done on receipt of full payment.

 

Upcoming Events:

Fri  31/5

  • Girls Basketball – NASH Interzonals @ MCC – 8am
  • Social Welfare Club visit to Blue Hills – 1:30pm
  • ATS Junior Debate Tournament @ Peterhouse Girls – 2pm
  • U6 Careers Trip @ MSU Medical Faculty – 2pm 
  • Soccer vs SEC – 1st Team @ MCC – 3pm  

Sat 1/6

  • ATS Junior Debate Tournament @ Peterhouse Girls – 8am
  • Netball U16 Tournament @ Byo Convent – 8:30am
  • Chess – Gifford Tournament @ Gifford – 8:30am 
  • Rugby vs Eaglesvale @ MCC – 9am 
  • Boys Hockey – 1st Team League Fixtures – CBC, Kyle, SEC @ MCC – 9am 
  • Soccer – 1sts & U17s vs Kyle @ MCC – 9am
  • Girls Volleyball vs Kyle – U20s @ MCC – 9am 

Mon 3/6 – Fri 7/6

  • Lower 6 Camp @ Marondera – 6:30am 

Reflection:

“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 NIV 

Harare Golf Day – Takes place at Chapman Golf Club on Friday 24 May. For entries please email us on sport@mcc.ac.zw – RTGS100 per player. Parents are also invited to join us for the evening prize giving and auction where the MCC Band will provide a bit of entertainment. 

 

Africa Day – Boarder Family Bonding Day – Will take place between 11am and 4pm at the hostels on Saturday 25 May. We extend the invitation to you as parents to join us for this event. You are reminded to dress in African attire and those who would like to join us for a traditional lunch for a small fee are to please book meals on dndhlela@mcc.ac.zw by the end of today. Please note that all visitors for this event have to either be on your child’s signing out list, or accompanied by someone who is. 

Congratulations – To the four of our pupils who will be attending the Cambridge Awards Ceremony tomorrow night in Harare:

  • Simon Tivavenge – for Top in Zimbabwe in Physics for the Cambridge International ‘AS’ Level examination series of June 2018
  • Anthony Chikowore – for Top in Zimbabwe in English Language for the Cambridge International ‘AS’ Level examination series of June 2018
  • Tadiwanashe Takaendisa – for Top in Zimbabwe in Combined Science for the Cambridge IGCSE examination series of June 2018
  • Tirimunashe Shumba – for Top in Zimbabwe in Agriculture for the Cambridge IGCSE examination series of November 2018

Congratulations – To Mr Chimbuya, Elizabeth Msipa, and MCS pupil Nicole Mugwadhi who represented the country at the COSSASA games in Eswatini earlier this month. Both pupils reached the finals for their individual disciplines. Elizabeth’s results are as follows: 4th in the 100m and 200m events, and a bronze medal as part of the medley relay.

 

Lower 6 Camp – Reminder that camp fees are payable into the school account by Friday 24 May. Camp is 3 – 7 June. 

Advance Notice – Parents Assembly Harare Dinner – Will be held on the Saturday of Exeat Weekend – 22 June. Details to follow. Please diarise this date and set aside some money for tickets. 

Exeat Weekend – Starts at 1pm on Thursday 20 June. Lessons resume Tuesday 25 June. All boarders should go home for this long weekend. Note that the 1st Team Soccer Team will however be involved in the CHISZ Soccer Tournament over this weekend at Hillcrest College – Traveling Thursday, returning Sunday.  

Exeat Weekend Buses – Those in the Lowveld and based in Hwange and Victoria Falls are to indicate interest in a bus service for exeat weekend on admin@mcc.ac.zw. An update will then be given. Harare bus ticket costs should be confirmed next week. Note that in all cases – all tickets are subject to our confirmation which will only be done on receipt of full payment. 

Upcoming Events: 

Fri 24/5

  • Harare Golf Day – Chapman Golf Club
  • NASH U17 Volleyball Zonals – Thornhill – 8am
  • U14 Rugby IPTs – Kyle College – 11am
  • U17 & U18 Rugby IPTS – Peterhouse – 12noon
  • U16 & U18 Boys Hockey IPTs – Khumalo Hockey Stadium – 2pm 
  • U16 & U18 Girls Hockey IPTs – Chisipite Senior School – 2pm
  • Soccer Hammer & Tongues Tournament – 1st Team – St Georges – 2pm 

Sat 25/5

  • Girls Basketball – Provincial trials – U20s – Goldridge – 8am 
  • U14 Rugby IPTs – Kyle College – 8am
  • U17 & U18 Rugby IPTS – Peterhouse – 8am
  • U16 & U18 Boys Hockey IPTs – Khumalo Hockey Stadium – 8am
  • U16 & U18 Girls Hockey IPTs – Chisipite Senior School – 8am 
  • Soccer Hammer & Tongues Tournament – 1st Team – St Georges – 8am