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1ST TERM 2014 NEWSLETTER (MID TERM)


We are now half way through the term and all planned activities are on course. Form ones and other new students have settled in the school without much hustle under the guidance of their class teachers, prefects, big sisters and the whole school community. Thank you all for promoting the Dominican pillars of community and service.

Dominican Convent Past to Present

Dominican Convent High School, was founded in 1895 by the Dominican Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The school boasts of a legacy of excellence and high standards from its inception, always ahead of others and as one speaker put it ‘Dominican Dominates.” Next year, the school celebrates 120 years of excellence and of educating generations of girls as well as making a positive difference in Zimbabwe and in the world at large.

In the news!

In the Chronicle Newspaper of 17 February 2014, Dominican Convent High School was highlighted as having the best A level results among Bulawayo schools, with a pass-rate of 100%. All girls passed their A Levels with 2 subjects or more. Only 6 girls had 2 subjects while 63 girls had three or more. The highest candidate was our former head girl Sanjana Hassani with 4 As in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. All subjects had 100% pass-rate except History (94%) and Accounts (85%) respectively.

Honours Assembly

Out of the 22 girls who obtained 5 As or more at O-Level, 17 were each vested with a cream honours blazer and badge during a special honours assembly on 19 February 2014.  All Lower six girls were recognized and congratulated for working hard and making it to A-Level. Mrs Kuipa a parent to Sophia who is one of the top three girls with 9As at O Level was chosen to present the badges by the honours ladies. The girls chose Mrs Kuipa a university professor at NUST as a sign of their commitment to hard work and high achievement in life. You can visit Dominican Convent High School, Bulawayo face book page for pictures of this event.

Prefects’ Badge Awards Ceremony

The prefects’ badge awards ceremony for 2014 prefects was held on 30 January 2014.   Congratulations to our prefects who took the pledge witnessed by their parents, the guest speaker Mr Ely, teachers and students. Mr Ely the guest speaker focused on the big six in keeping with his love for animals. He articulated leadership qualities such as caring, empathy, communication, trust and being passionate about leadership duties. He concluded his speech with a powerful bible quotation which he edited to fit the occasion:  Leadership is patient, leadership is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Leadership does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Leadership never fails ( I Corinthians 13: 4-8) Pictures of this event can be viewed on the school’s face book page.

Parents- School Collaboration

Dear parents, I was very much touched and overwhelmed by your confidence in the school as well as your support for the school at both the EGM and the AGM meetings. I thank my God each time I think of you and when I pray for you, I pray with Joy (Philipians 1 vs 3-4).

In keeping with the AGM resolution, next term school fees must be paid in full before schools open. NMB and Barclays banks have facilities for those parents who need assistance. Those who want to pay cash upfront can continue to pay straight into the NMB school fees account.

Thank you to all parents who have submitted their email addresses. We hope by second term we shall include pictures in our newsletter and send it to you via email.

The form 1 parents orientation meeting was well attended. Well done form one Parents! School policy, curriculum and subject expectations were outlined to parents. A reminder to the few parents who did not attend and did not send apologies: It is not optional for parents to attend school meetings and events. When we invite you, we expect you to attend. L6 parents orientation was fairly well attended however, we expect all parents to attend in future.

Swimming Gala

Dominican Convent hosted the Southern Section Gala at the City Pool. The school received positive comments from participating schools regarding issues of hospitality, order and grooming. Our girls turned up in big numbers and in their number one uniform for this event. Well-done girls! It was noted that there was a great improvement even in our swimming. Pictures of the gala can be viewed on the Convent High School, Bulawayo face book page.

Rotary exchange

We have 2 students on rotary exchange. Tatenda Mhunga is in Mexico and Nalenhle Moyo is in Germany. These girls wrote their O-Levels last year and passed with four or more As. They applied to go on exchange and qualified. Upon return from their excursion, these girls will start their A-Level studies. We thank Mrs Jogee who is co-ordinating this programme. If your daughter is currently in form four, you might want to consider giving her this opportunity.

Tatenda Mhunga writes from Mexico: Away from home at age 16, to a totally different continent for a whole year! Well, someone would call it madness or even time wasting, but I am discovering daily that this experience is nothing but a total bliss and is beneficial in many ways. Personally the experience has moulded me into a more confident, courageous young lady who is proud of my country and my roots. I also have to display high levels of maturity to in order to handle the challenges of being outside my comfort zone. I also learnt to be sensitive to others for a successful integration into another family. Most importantly, I have become more flexible in my thinking and this I think is an essential tool for a better tomorrow. Educationally, we are exposed to a different educational system and it broadens our thinking and equips us with a great deal of general knowledge.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ash Wednesday and Lent

This year Ash Wednesday is on the 5th of March.  This day marks the beginning of lent which is a period of fasting, alms giving and intense prayer.  Please encourage your daughter to think of those who are less privileged.

Dominican Derby

Dominican Convent Annual Derby for Dominican High schools in Zimbabwe is scheduled to take place on the 21st and 22nd of March. Bulawayo Convent Girls have been the champions of this Derby for the past three years. We invite parents to support this event. Last year a grade seven parent who is now a form one parent, Mr Mazibisa donated the jumping castle. Dear parents, is there anything that you can donate in cash or kind to make this event a success?

Open Day: 26 March 2014

The school is organizing an open day for prospective form one students and parents to be held on 26 March 2014. Grade sixes and sevens and their parents will be invited to the Open Day.

Cambridge Exams 2014

Dear parents of exam classes, we sent you information concerning expenses for your daughter’s Cambridge exams. Please budget for it and make sure you pay on time. Also please note that there will be no late entries. Exam fees should be paid by 13 June 2014.

Consultation

Form one, four and six consultations are scheduled for early April. (Form One 1 April 2 – 5pm, Form Four

2 April 2 – 5pm and Form Six 3 April 1.30 – 3.30pm)

We urge all parents to attend. This is an opportunity to meet the teachers, discuss your daughter’s performance and together map the way forward. Together we achieve more. TEAM work.

When we raise another, we raise ourselves!

SR RUDO MATSIKA OP

HEADMISTRESS

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