1st Term 2013 Newsletter
Dear Parent/ Guardian,
After a packed term which saw our energy and muscles stretched to the limit, I am happy to report to you that several developments have taken place which collectively help us to move forward in our quest to provide sound and holistic education for our girls.
Before outlining these developments I want to sincerely thank you for your understanding and support throughout the term.
NEW COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS
We have signed up for an SMS bulk facility which enable us to send you reminders or urgent information at the press of a button. Therefore, over and above written communication we will get in touch with you on your cell phone. If you have not yet received any of our reminders, please get in touch with the school.
The school has installed an Intercom system which is essential in communicating with the staff and girls from the office directly to their classrooms or anywhere in the school grounds. The importance of this gadget is, among other reasons, to facilitate timeous relay of information such as in the event of a Riot or Fire. In such events an announcement can be made from the Head or Deputy’s office which will be heard by everyone at once and necessary action or precaution taken immediately.
TAKING LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE
As we continue to make strides in providing the latest technology in our classrooms to enhance delivery of quality lessons, I am delighted to inform you that we have added 3 more smart boards in our Art and computer labs. As you would expect, the staff and girls are excited about this development.
As we progressively witness the world “integrate” and become a global village, borderless and no longer confined by geographic boundaries, we realise how essential it is for us to expose our staff and girls to the wider environment. To this end the school has signed up with the British Council in a programme called “Connecting Classrooms”. This programme fully sponsored by the British Council, will enable us to twin with schools in the region and abroad and exchange ideas and information in education.
On a similar note I am happy to report to you that our senior debate team has been invited to Slovak to participate in the Brastislava debate competitions to be held in April.
Towards the end of last year we purchased a Toyota Quantum. This is essential in providing transport to smaller groups of staff and girls in sporting, cultural and educational field trips.
For the benefit of those parents and guardians who did not manage to attend the AGM, we have engaged Dr. Maureen Mudenda a psychologist (and ex- Convent girl) to assist our Form 2s and 4s with making informed subject and career choices. This is done through administering psychometric tests whose outcome will assist both the parent and the student in making informed decisions regarding their subject combinations and career choices that play to their strengths. These tests will be administered sometime in 2nd term at a cost of $30.00 per child. For more details about this programme please visit our website on www.conventhighbulawayo.org – by 22 April 2013.
Unfortunately the company that was supposed to manufacture our special diaries failed to supply. We will not abandon the concept but will credit your account $10 and hopefully get the project running for 2014. My sincere apologies over this negative development.
MAINTAINING A CATHOLIC ETHOS
With the installation of the Intercom system, the school has been able to pray together the Angelus every day at 12 noon. Prayers are led by the sisters and Catholic members of staff.
Our Form 1s have been going through an etiquette and orientation course. The results of this programme are quite encouraging as we begin to see polite and well groomed young ladies emerging.
The girls gave generously during the Lenten Sacrifice campaign. Thank you very much parents for your support, knowing fully well that charity begins at home. A group of teachers and students went to Sontala, Kezi on Thursday 21 March to deliver the donated items.
Our 3rd annual Derby held on the 22nd & 23rd of March was a resounding success. The turnout was great. We came 1st for the 3rd consecutive year. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to all who made this day such a memorable event; Our Archbishop Alex Thomas, Sr Bernadette, Sponsors – Capital Bank, OK Mart, The Wearhouse our committed SDC members, the entire Sports Department, our staff and coaches from the other Dominican schools and all parents/visitors who came to support us.
REMINDERS AND NOTICES
A reminder to all Form 4, L6 and U6 parents to pay their Cambridge fees on time. Deadline is 14 June 2013. Please note that you are supposed to settle your school fees account before you pay your examination fees. It is critical that your daughter attends all her lessons in preparation for her end of year examinations. This can only be possible if her school fees account is up to date.
Teachers of examination classes have requested that past paper question booklets be compiled and made available to students for revision purposes. If your daughter receives one or more of such booklets your account will be debited accordingly. Each booklet will cost approximately $6.
In an effort to continually improve our Mathematics pass rate which currently stands at 74%
O level and 94% A level) we have imported Mathematics work books. For now the work books available are for Forms 1-3. Each girl in these Forms will receive a personal copy which they will utilise (over and above their prescribed Text books) as from 2nd term.
School fees payment plan remains the same i.e.: 50% of the total appearing on your invoice must be paid before schools open. 25% to be paid end of May, and the remaining balance end of June. No pupil will be admitted into class without proof of payment even on the first day of school.
OFFICE HOURS DURING THE HOLIDAYS:
Bursar: Closed till 19 April.
Open 22- 30 April 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.
2 May to school opening 8: 00 am – 4:00 pm.
Secretaries: Closed till 1 April. Open 2 April to 3 May 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Thereafter 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
And when all has been said and done Isaiah 26:12 says”...for all that we have accomplished you have enabled us oh Lord.”
We are truly grateful to Him who leads us into all good things. And as we look forward to commemorating the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ during the Easter period may we find renewed hope in the finished work of Calvary, that He loved us so much that he hung on the cross for our redemption.
The staff and I wish you and your families a peaceful and restful holiday and pray for the safe return of our beloved girls in the 2nd term.