3rd Term 2014 Newsletter 1
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Dear Parents, welcome to third term, a very crucial time of your daughter’s life especially for those writing their final exams and graduating from high school. I hope you had a refreshing time with your beloved children over the holiday.
EXAMS ARE JUST BY THE CORNER
Exams start in less than a month’s time. Please support our girls as they prepare and write exams. Make sure they are punctual for school and for all exams. Dates for beginning and end external and internal exams are available on the detailed calendar which is on our website. Your daughter has a copy of the detailed calendar and a copy has been emailed to you.
Please note that exam rules apply to all girls. Help us train our girls right from form one. Please do not ask for exceptions for your daughter. This makes it difficult for us to operate. Together we will achieve the results that we want for our girls.
HISTORY TRIP TO MASVINGO, HARARE, NYANGA AND CHINHOYI 27 – 31 AUGUST 2014
During the holidays, girls from the Environmental club travelled to Hwange. Please see pictures below. A level History girls went on an annual History tour to historical places in the country. The following is a report about the trip from Ayanda Mpofu: The trip was a wonderful experience as we were given an opportunity to learn about the country’s history while at the same time appreciating its heritage. We learnt of the various religions and tribes that existed in pre-colonial Zimbabwe, especially in areas such as Masvingo as the Great Zimbabwe and in Epworth in Harare. Our guides gave us insight to the mysteries of areas such as Nyanga and Chinhoyi and this gave us a wider and deeper understanding of African belief systems. We were also able to marvel at the beautiful scenery both man-made and natural Zimbabwe truly is a spectacular country rich not only in minerals but in heritage and natural scenery.
REPORT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB TRIP TO HWANGE 6- 8 August 2014
Our trip began on the 6th of August on a Wednesday morning. We arrived on that same day in the afternoon after a long and tiresome journey. We all settled in well at the chalets we were to call home for the next couple of days. Soon after settling in we headed for our first activity, the game drive. We saw animals from elephants to giraffes something we were not used to and quite pleased to experience. Our drive was soon cut short and we returned home much to our disappointment. Thursday morning was a hustle. Everyone was trying to get things in order but finally everyone was set to go. Our first stop was the painted dog conservation where we learnt a lot of facts about painted dogs. We were then escorted to the Iganyani Bush Camp where we were educated about different programs offered to various schools in Zimbabwe. We left the bush camp and headed for lunch. After a delicious lunch we headed off to prepare for our evening game drive. At first the drive was tiring as we saw no animals but with time we saw a variety of animals and actually had time to observe the presidential herd.
Unfortunately the drive ended before we saw any lion but it was an enjoyable experience complimented by the early morning walk in the bush which admittedly scared half the group of tourists that we were. Nevertheless we had an awesome fun experience and we hope to have another trip soon preferably somewhere that makes us reconnect with nature as we did in Hwange and eventually attract more members to come and learn more about the beauty of our environment and how to conserve it.
END OF TERM MASS
At the end of term, Dominican Convent Primary school and High School celebrated the feast of St Dominic together. It was a joyful event punctuated by song and dance by both the Dominican Sisters and the Dominican Youth Movement.
FORM 2 & 3 RETREAT
Form two and three girls participated in a day’s retreat under the theme of Beautiful for God. The day was concluded by the humble act of painting each other’s feet.
Samantha Jones a form three girl shares her experience: Discover, bath, learn, friendship – just a few words that trickle into my mind as I recall my retreat experience. It was a journey of self-discovery and a good platform for me to take a spiritual bath. The vast amount of knowledge possible never ceases to amaze me, knowledge of the world, knowledge of others, knowledge of self, and knowledge of the scriptures. Through this exercise I can now read the Bible and understand it deeply as opposed to ‘reading’ the Bible – moving my eyes along the text. It is where one can hear the voice and not the echo. Most importantly it was nothing short of amusing with good cheer and ninety three beautiful smiles decorating the cathedral.
DEVELOPMENT IN THE SCHOOL
Technology: Form three classrooms have been equipped with new Epson Projectors and smart boards. We continue to equip our teachers and students with 21st Century skills to facilitate continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
Computers: New computers have been purchased for the computer lab two. More computers have been made available for research in library and in some specialized rooms.
Gate Project: A carriage way has been put in place to help control traffic. The 10th Avenue gate will be closed during off peak hours for security reasons.
First Aid Training:
Thirteen teachers from the High School and four from the Primary School underwent First Aid training with St Johns Ambulance during the
holidays. We thank our teachers for upholding the Dominican Pillar of service by their readiness to be equipped to save lives.
Three teachers attended the IGCSE training for teachers for French and English during the holidays.
Since there are no major changes to the winter uniform, blue trousers will be introduced in 2015.
Samples will be available at school and will be showcased to the girls. A picture will be posted on the newsletter and on face-book and the uniform will be available at Femina Garments. For standardization purposes, we start with one supplier.
Our annual awards ceremony will be held on the 2nd of October 2014 at 5:30pm. Thank you for supporting our girls who will be receiving awards on this day. This term we honour girls for hard work and effort at school assemblies so as to allow all girls to get a chance to shine at the Awards Ceremony.
Computer and Art consultation for forms one and two was held on the 16th and 17th of September respectively. Thank you for cooperating with the school in educating your daughters.
We hope to stop printing newsletters and other circulars from the school and resort more to email. We have taken long to transit because many emails were bouncing back. We hope the addresses you submitted on closing day when you came to collect your daughters’ reports will work better. Thank you.
In a bid to give holistic formation to our girls, we invite and welcome Universities from all over the world to address our girls and expose them to opportunities available after High School. We also use these opportunities to help our form 4 girls make decisions about subject choices at A-level.
THANK YOU: REMAIN BLESSED