Mzingwane High leads in academics, sporting activities
AMONG the schools in Matabeleland South, Mzingwane High School in Esigodini has maintained its reputation of being one of the best schools in the Province with pupils continuing to excel not only in academic subjects but in sporting disciplines as well.
The school’s exceptional performance in public exams and other areas is due to the commitment of, not only the pupils, but teachers and parents at large.
In a wide ranging interview, the school headmaster, Mr Moraka Magaya, said the school had continued to shine even outside the classroom with pupils representing the school and province in a number of national tournaments.
He said of particular note this year was the outstanding performance of the pupils in the Mathematics Club which consists of O and A-Level pupils with a passion for figures under the guidance of the school’s Mathematics department teachers.
Mr Magaya said the Mathematics Club had raised the school’s flag high in the National Mathematics Olympiads.
“Mzingwane High School has a Maths Club which is doing us proud. Last year in the National Mathematics Olympiads the gold and silver medallists came from our school.
“This year the school did it again, our boys, Mbongeni Siwela got a gold medal while Blessing Dupute got a bronze medal,” he said.
The Mathematics Olympiad was founded by Old Mutual Zimbabwe in conjunction with the University of Zimbabwe’s Mathematics Department and is affiliated to the International Mathematics Olympiad.
The competition has gained great support and popularity in schools all over Zimbabwe, as it has become a respected measure of pupils’ performance against their peers in other schools.
Mr Magaya added that pupils at the school excelled not only in Mathematics but other subjects as well.
“Our pupils are doing well not only in Maths but other subjects. Our overall pass rate for November 2015 was 84,4 percent for A-Level pupils and 69,3 percent for O-level students.
“Our best O-Level pupil was Tapiwanashe Munhangu who aced his exams with 12As and 1B. At A-Level the best pupil was Tyrone Mguni with 19 points,” said Mr Magaya.
He said June 2016 results indicated that the pupils were improving academically, adding that Assistance Ngwenya was the best A-Level pupil in these exams with an A in Economics and an A in Business Studies while Tapiwa Daka was the best O-Level student with 4As and a B.
“Pupils come to the school to be educated academically, but as a school we also stir up other talents that they may have. We have a wide range of social clubs and we encourage every pupil to be a member of at least one of these clubs,” he said.
Mr Magaya said Mzingwane High has a public speaking club which is doing exceptionally well.
“One of our boys Tapiwa Daka was nominated to represent the country in Botswana at a public speaking competition this December and Ashley Chipwanyira a Form 3 pupil will represent the boy scouts in South Korea before the end of the year.
Mr Magaya said some of the pupils’ talents are seen in the practical subjects that they do.
“Even when some pupils struggle academically, there is always a certain talent that the school can help the pupil discover in practical subjects.
“We have woodwork, agriculture and metal work. The metal work department has produced some excellent pieces including the school’s beautiful sliding gate. Agriculture students also ensure a steady supply of agricultural produce for the consumption of the whole school.
“The School Development Committee (SDC) has a herd of 20 cattle that is at the school. The cattle are used for practical lessons by the Agriculture Department. At times we slaughter the cattle for meat at the dining hall,” said Magaya.
He said the pupils are perhaps among the most well fed in the country as the school offers a balanced diet.
He added that in sporting activities Mzingwane High School has excelled significantly.
Their under 16 and 17 soccer teams reached the quarter final competitions while the tennis team represented Matabeleland South Province at national level. In athletics one of the school’s pupils, Clinton Moyo, won a gold and bronze medal at the National Athletics Competitions.
Mr Magaya said he would want to express his heartfelt appreciation to the teachers and parents of the school, adding that team work and support is what keeps the school successfully running. He also commended the hard work and discipline of the as it is what has given the school a good reputation.
Mr Magaya said preparations have been made for the speech and prize giving day.
“Our school is a bit old now and needs a facelift hence we have been painting the classroom blocks. By tomorrow (today) the school will be as good as new,” he said.
Mr Magaya said their guest of honour for the speech and prize-giving ceremony is the CBZ Bulawayo manager Mrs Dube who will be handing over prizes to the best pupils per subject at O and A-Level.
Mr Magaya said the school has a computer lab with Wi-Fi and they have future plans to enlarge the computer room, adding that the school library was still under renovation following the extensive damage that was caused by the rains last year.
“We are renovating the library and hoping the renovations will be completed soon. As of now, we turned our Geography room into a library so that the pupils are not disturbed by the renovations that are underway,” said Mr Magaya.
He said they are upgrading the hostels which have since been tiled.
Among the challenges that the school has faced in the past is the issue of bullies which the school has dealt with successfully through a disciplinary committee.
“The success of the school is due to the hard work and commitment of everyone at the school with the support of the parents and the Ministry of Education. We are a school that is determined to stay on top so we can only aim at being the best at all times,” he said.
Mr Moraka Magaya