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2nd Term 2014 Newsletter (Midterm)


The term is busy but progressing well.  Teachers and girls are working hard to prepare for mock exams which start  tomorrow (02/07/14).  Thank you for your undying support for our girls especially for braving the chilly mornings to bring them to school on time.

Mock and mid-term exams

Mock exams start on 2nd  July and end on 17th  July while mid-year examinations start on 11th  July and finish on the 18th  July 2014.  Thank you for assisting the girls to prepare for exams.  Please make sure they come to school on time for their exams.  Please be advised that non mock exam students can go home at 1:10pm if they do not have afternoon lessons or activities.  Thank you for helping us to make sure that girls do not loiter in town during school days.

Uniforms

Thank you for making sure that all girls are always smartly dressed in the appropriate school uniform.  Please be advised that if you bought anoraks from Femina Garments this year, you may take them back if they are faulty.  Femina Garments has written to the school and apologized for the poor quality of the anoraks supplied since the beginning of the year.

School fees

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you all parents who paid school fees in full before the opening day. May the spirit of cooperation continue to flourish in our school.

Disaster preparedness

As part of our disaster preparedness, we have engaged the services of the Bulawayo Fire Brigade whose personnel is currently conducting a series of lectures for both staff and students. The process will conclude with a mock emergency fire drill.  In addition, some members of staff will undergo First Aid Training during the holidays to prepare them to address emergencies that may occur in the school.  This will be followed by the launch of a First Aid club for students.

Trips

We continue to address the diverse learning needs of our students by taking education outside the classroom.  During the August holiday, our Upper 6 History girls will visit Historical sites in Masvingo, Harare, Nyanga and Chinoyi.  The Environmental Club will travel to Hwange Safaris from 6th to  8th August to promote awareness of our ecosystem as well as the preservation of our flora and fauna.

School ethos

Student representatives and teachers travelled to Kezi on 13th  June to hand over goods purchased and donated through our Lenten Sacrifice Campaign.  I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all parents who make it possible for the girls and the school at large to give to the less privileged.  Blessed are the hands that give.

Donations from parents

I would like to thank an unnamed parent who donated $1 200 towards the purchase of mimio teach IT equipment which the school needed to facilitate continuous improvement in teaching and learning.  Almost all parents have responded positively to the SDC’s request to assist the school with bond paper and exam pads.  Thank you for your generosity and may I kindly remind those who are lagging behind to do so by the 2nd of July 2014.

Traffic Flow in the school

Thank you for observing the one-way traffic system in the school and for continuing to make our ZEBRA CROSSING safe for the girls. Please be advised that the 10th Avenue gate gets closed after peak hours for security reasons.

Consultation

Consultations for Form 3 and L6 were conducted just before exeat weekend and were well attended.  Thank you parents for closely working with the school to educate and groom our girls.  I would like to remind those parents and guardians who do not attend consultations that no one can replace a parent.  No matter how much we do, we need you to re-enforce what we teach at school.  Form 2 and Form 1consultation will take place on 2nd July and 3rd July 2014, respectively.  Teachers will be meeting parents in the school hall from 2pm to 5pm on these days.

Sports achievements

It is gratifying and laudable that every year a number of girls from Convent achieve excellence in the sporting field and are chosen to represent Zimbabwe.  This term we had our first Sports Honours Assembly where we recognized our national representatives.  These were, Ingrid Nyathi (volleyball), Itai Mahamba (hockey), Blessing Samson and Sophia Kuipa (basketball).

This term a number of girls have been selected to represent Matabeleland and Zimbabwe in Basketball and Hockey.  Well done to all participants and to the Sports Department.  Thank you parents for carrying the burden of supporting our players financially and morally each time they travel out of town or play within Bulawayo.

DATES AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Tackie Day: Convent holds a tackie day annually to help Island Hospice to look after cancer patients.  This year our tackie day will be on 25th July.  Girls are expected to donate $1 each.

Retreats: Retreats for forms 2 and 3 are are scheduled for the 24th and 25th of July respectively.  Now and then we all need time to stop and consider where we are coming from, where we are going and what God wants of us.  Retreat gives our girls such a precious opportunity for reflection and inner growth.

St Dominic’s Mass: Convent Schools will celebrate mass for the feast of St Dominic at the end of term on 6th August 2014.  The mass will start at 11:30am.  Parents are welcome to attend.

Careers Fair: Dominican Convent is holding its first Careers Fair on 1 August 2014 from 1:45pm to 4:00pm in the school hall.  The objective of this event is to expose our Form 5 to 6 ladies to careers and tertiary education opportunities and help them make informed decisions about their further studies and future careers.

School reports: School closes on 6th  August after the end of term mass.  Parents, please collects your daughters’ reports from class teachers in the school hall on 7 August from 7:30am to 10:30am.  We have had disappointing incidents in the past where some girls had their reports edited in town.

Thought for half term

“Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches.  Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities” – Gary Smalley

 

SR RUDO MATSIKA OP

HEADMISTRESS

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