Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Robert Sibanda

MANY have wished, tried, started projects but suc­cess has eluded them.

The story of Masiyephambili schools is a unique one to tell.

Some­time in the mid-80s a group of young indige­nous pro­fes­sion­als mooted the idea of start­ing a pri­vate school.

The idea was dis­cussed at both closed and pub­lic meet­ings.

Some thought it was a crazy idea while oth­ers felt it was a chal­lenge but cer­tainly pos­si­ble.

Nu­mer­ous con­sul­ta­tions took place in the build­ing of the school.

A board of trus­tees was formed whose mem­bers put in seed money and started fund rais­ing.

Bu­l­awayo in­dus­tries and com­mu­nity obliged and Masiyephambili Ju­nior School was started.

The school was reg­is­tered and of­fi­cially opened on May 31, 1991.

Great strides have been achieved over the past 25 years.

The school started with a sin­gle stream to a tre­ble stream and from a staff com­ple­ment of nine to well over 30.

The school now boasts of ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties, class­rooms with promethean in­ter­ac­tive boards, IT room, li­brary, home eco­nom­ics, art room, swim­ming pool, multi-pur­pose fields for cricket, rugby, ath­let­ics, soc­cer, rounders and hockey and of course the great Ithemba Founders Hall which was built and of­fi­cially opened on the 26th of Septem­ber 2014.

On the aca­demic front Masiye is cer­tainly a school of choice, one of the finest in Zim­babwe with an aca­demic record many would envy. Par­ents have ev­ery rea­son to be proud of Masiye.

We con­grat­u­late the board of trus­tees, for­mer par­ents, for­mer stu­dents, cur­rent par­ents and pupils, the com­mu­nity as well as the for­mer and present staff for achiev­ing 25 years in pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion that has pro­duced many pro­fes­sion­als now found all over the world.

May we meet and celebrate our achieve­ments to­mor­row. Pro­ceed­ings start at 9:00AM with a Car­ni­val March from Bu­l­awayo Cen­tre to the school. Din­ner is at 6:30PM for 7:00PM.

Come One, Come All, See You There!!!

Robert Sibanda

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