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3rd Term 2014 Newsletter [End Term]


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Welcome Remarks

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that 12 months have gone past so quickly. Thank you for your unwavering support and interest in the school which facilitated a smooth transition as I took over the headship of the Dominican Convent High School. We had a very busy and fruitful year as teachers and students worked towards achieving greatness by “doing lots of small things very well, hour after hour, day after day and month after month” (unknown author). You parents, as partners in the education of our girls deserve much of the credit for our success.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR INCLUDE:
• Many academic and sports awards at both District and Provincial levels for 2013 ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level results.
• Staff Development – IGCSE training for teachers in Geography, Mathematics, Chemistry, Literature, English Language, French and History.
• Training of teachers, drivers, bursars and grounds staff on topics such as fire disaster management, First Aid skills, counselling and Technology in the classroom. Retreats for all classes and teachers.
• Trips- the Divinity trip to Rome, History tour of historical sites and monuments in Zimbabwe, Debate trip to Botswana.
• ICT- installation of 9Epson projectors and white magnetic boards in Forms 4, 3 and 2 classrooms.
• Purchasing of new server and its accessories.
• Entrance/Gate Project- construction of new guardrooms and installation of a carriage-way to control traffic and create a safer environment for our students.
• Maintenance- painting of Forms 4, 3 and 2 classrooms and putting up new curtains and new ceiling where necessary.
• Our First Sports Honours Assembly to award success and achievement in the sporting arena.
• Our First Careers Fair attended by 31 exhibitors and students from various ATS schools.
• Our First Parenting workshop organized in collaboration with the SDC.
• Our First grade 6 and 7 parents and pupils Open Day.

SPECIAL SERVICE PROJECTS INCLUDED:
• A Lenten drive sponsored walk where we raised $2 199. We bought an ICT audio-visual set for Emerald Hill School for the Deaf (laptop, projector screen and projector).
• Paying school fees for a struggling student : $398
• Raising $1 021 from the Sontala Lenten drive and bought uniforms, tracksuits and shoes for disadvantaged students from our twin school, called Sontala.
• Donation by DYM and Interact club and visiting homes around the City.
• Raising $400 for Island Hospice towards assisting cancer patients.

EXAMS AND LOWER 6 ORIENTATION
Cambridge Exams went smoothly under the adept guidance of our Examinations Officer, Ms J. Moore and the cooperation of all staff members. Thank you parents for making sure that the girls were on time for their exams. Congratulations to all of us! We expect results on the 21st of January
2015. Lower 6 orientation will be from 14th to 20th January 2015. Girls are expected to come in uniform. They may wear their Form 4 uniform and should maintain Form 4 hair-styles until after orientation. None exam classes all wrote their end of year exams early November. We thank our teachers for their hard work and commitment to our girls throughout the year.

EXTRA CURRICULAR DEVELOPMENT

We have introduced an orchestra band in the school which works closely with the Rocapella singing club. Thanks to Mrs Msitini and Ms Dube. Orchestra girls are learning to play instruments such as the keyboard/ piano, guitars, drums, marimba, flute and rattles for now. Starting next year, we will engage part-time music teachers to teach these instruments. Letters will be sent to parents of orchestra club girls and other girls who are interested in learning how to play musical instruments regarding the cost per term. We want to provide holistic education to our girls with your support and help.

COMMUNICATION
We are now sending newsletters by email. Please note that we send out three newsletters per term. If you are not receiving
the newsletters, please email the school on dchschool@gmail.com. Please state your name, your daughter’s name and class to help us update our data-base and include you on our mailing list.
Communication from school is by email, phone calls, bulk text messages or meetings.

SCHOOL FEES FOR 2015
Communication regarding school fees is repeated in the end of term newsletter to make sure it reaches all parents and guardians. Please check your daughter’s invoice closely for special levies. If your daughter is doing computers, the usual levy applies for all forms 1 to 3. The Computer Society has raised the exam fee to $10, therefore our computer levy for exams only is now $20.
All girls doing practical subjects from Forms 1 to 4 are expected to pay a practical levy of $20. We want to expose our girls to as many activities as possible which we could not do in the past.
The Accounts Office will be open throughout the holiday except during Christmas week for issuing of receipts and clearance vouchers. The office will not be dealing with clearance of school fees during the first week of the term as this would have been done already during the holidays. When making payment at the bank, please make sure you fill in the correct slip, that is, the High School one not the Primary School one.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS
It has become a tradition of the Convent Schools to celebrate Christmas
Carols together with our parents at the Amphitheatre. This year’s carol
concert was a moment bringing joy, peace and happiness not only to the
Dominican Convent Community but to the wider Bulawayo Community. Our theme was Steps to Togetherness which was highlighted by participation of different choirs, singers and Dominican students.

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE FOR CHRISTMAS
“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your sister and offer her your hand”. Mother Teresa


SR RUDO MATSIKA OP
SCHOOL HEAD

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