Mz­ing­wane High leads in aca­demics, sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Worldwide - Crys­ta­bel Chikayi

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

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