1ST TERM 2014 NEWSLETTER 1
I wish to extend a very warm welcome particularly to our Form Ones and our new parents. I am pleased you have chosen to become part of our Dominican Convent School Community. We look forward to assisting you in your transition to life at Convent, and to have a lasting and fruitful association with you.
New staff members
I am very pleased to introduce Sr Erica Paulser O.P, the new Superior of Dominican Convent who takes the place of Sr Bernadette Helegwa O.P, who has been transferred to England. Sr Erica was in England for the past two years. We are glad to have her at Convent.
I would also like to introduce Mr C. Mahamba, our Deputy Head, once more. Mr Mahamba was teaching at Girls’ College. He has wide experience in education at tertiary and high school level. We look forward to tapping from his experience and expertise.
Ms Melissa Mushekwa, a student from Hillside Teachers’ College, has joined the Sports Department and is going to be working with us for a year. We welcome her to Convent.
End of year celebrations (Christmas Carols)
The last week of school was punctuated by the Combined Dominican Convent Carols at the amphitheatre. There was such a warm family atmosphere as many parents attended and joined in the singing and dancing. Mrs Matanhire and her daughter, Ruvimbo Matanhire, the High School Vice-Head Girl brought the Carols singing to a climax. Mrs Payne, the MC, rightly commented that these two were our Idols. We do not need to go to America to look for Idols since we have our own at Convent. Thank you all for attending and for promoting the family spirit. Thank you to Mrs Matanhire and Ruvimbo for sharing their melodious voices with the school community.
Catholic Ethos and Dominican Spirituality
We are guided by the four Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and service. Our Lower 6, form 4 and form 1 girls have an opportunity to take part in a spiritual retreat this term. This is a time to focus on building a relationship with self, God and others. It is an opportunity to focus on fundamental questions of life such as, “Where am I coming from? Where am l going?” This year we will embark on a life coaching programme for our A Level students. Life coaching is a solution focused approach to personal development that can assist students to make lasting changes in all areas of life.
The highlight of this term is the Lenten drive whereby students donate and collect for the less privileged. Apart from giving alms, the season of Lent is a time when we are all called to fast on what is not life giving and feast on what is more life-giving.
NEWS AND UPDATES AROUND CONVENT
We are very pleased with upgrades to the labs which had needed attention for many years. We thank the School Board for funding the lab refurbishments.
The painting of the main High School block is almost complete. The school looks very clean and homely. We thank the SDC for funding this project and Allied Paint for a job well done.
Furniture and sitting facilities for girls
A few years ago the school introduced new subjects such as Divinity and opened new rooms to accommodate such subjects. This necessitated the purchase of new furniture for the Divinity room, Music room and Basement. We have since purchased furniture for these rooms and will complete the furniture project by end of first term.
We have purchased and set up terrazzo tables and benches to encourage our girls to use their waiting time to do school work. This is an ongoing project.
Traffic Control and Home time
A reminder to all drivers; the school is growing. We now have an Early Childhood Development Department. Please exercise caution at all times, especially during peak hours, in the morning, at lunch-time and at around 4pm. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE U-TURNS ANYWHERE ALONG THE ROAD WITHIN THE SCHOOL PREMISES. PLEASE STOP BY THE ZEBRA CROSSING TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO CROSS. All girls are expected to cross by the Zebra crossing.
We are trying to instill good study habits in our girls and to make sure they use their afternoon time constructively. Girls can only be collected from school either during lunch-time or from 4pm onwards except on Fridays as they will be having afternoon lessons and study between 2pm and 4pm.
Ongoing IT Projects
Our teachers are becoming I.T experts. Last holiday they all graduated with a ‘Convent Certificate’ in I.T after a week-long training which they appreciated very much. This is an ongoing project meant to facilitate continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
We have embarked on phase one of our Wi-Fi expansion project in preparation for installing interactive projectors and magnetic white boards in the form four classrooms during the course of first term. We advise our girls to be responsible and not to tamper around with IT gadget. Security measures will be put in place to monitor and secure our IT equipment. Anyone caught tampering with IT equipment will be made to pay a heavy fine or to replace the damaged equipment.
Our Lower 6 girls attended an orientation programme which was facilitated by experts from different professions, current A-Level teachers and experts in career guidance and counseling. The girls had a day out for prayer, reflection and play to help them get ready to receive their results and make plans for the future.
O-level and A-level results
Cambridge results are out and we are pleased to announce that Convent has done it once again! We have 18 girls who qualify for honours with 6 or more As. Our O Level pass rate is 86% while our A level pass rate is 100%. Our former head-girl is among those who got As at A level in all subjects. Congratulations and thank you to students, teachers and parents who worked hard to produce these good results. Keep up the good work!
Faith is not knowing what the future holds but knowing who holds the future! (Christian Faith Quotes)
Sr Rudo S Matsika