Cyrene High School a fountain of knowledge
INSTILLING peace, love and harmony is a goal which Cyrene High School is after.
The school strongly believes that discipline is the way to go. This is clear as it grooms boys to be responsible gentlemen who have the ability to meet the expectations of society as a whole.
Talking of versatility, pupils are groomed to shine in both academics and extracurricular activities. Cyrene High School is located about 27 kilometres from Bulawayo along Plumtree Road in the Matobo District.
The school has showed academic excellence in a tremendous way as it has produced stunning results. Two pupils attained 10 As at O-Level and several pupils scored 12 points at A-Level in the November 2016 public examinations.
Pupils who sat for the June examinations produced good results both at O-Level and A-Level. Seventeen pupils wrote A-Level Geography and seven of them attained As resulting in a splendid performance of 100 percent pass rate in the subject.
Pupils who sat for Accounting and Business Studies also achieved a 100 percent pass rate. In Accounting, two pupils sat for the examination and attained an A and a B respectively. As if that was not enough, two A-Level pupils have already enrolled at the National University of Science and Technology.
Cyrene High School has a staff complement of 26 teachers, 19 of whom are university graduates, seven are diploma holders, four are SDC teachers while seven are student teachers.
There has been a drop in enrolment over the past two years with 412 in 2014, 392 in 2015 and 383 in 2016 which was attributed to an unfriendly economic environment currently prevailing in the country. Now, enrolment stands at 411 pupils.
In line with the new education policy, the school has started implementing the new curriculum in Forms One, Three and Five although there are teething problems being experienced. The school offers a wide curriculum comprising of science, technical/ vocational subjects, commercials, arts and practical subjects.
All pupils are expected to register at least one vocational subject at O-Level.
At A-Level, there is also a wide range of subjects offered to the pupils. Parents are welcome to register their children for Cambridge Examinations if they so wish.
To enhance e-learning, the computer laboratory has been renovated. All pupils are allowed to come to school with their information technology tools such as laptops, iPads and tablets. The school administration ensures that they are used in the correct manner so as to reduce abuse of these gadgets. Pupils now have access to the internet through the WiFi so as to research on information which goes hand in hand with their studies.
The Anglican Church run school endeavours to instill Christian values in its pupils.
All pupils attend church services held at the school where they are taught about the word of God which builds them up positively.
Pupils learn moral values from Heritage studies so as to recognise the significance of where they come from.
The school is in the process of renovating the school surroundings such as the school gate and the court-yard. Geysers and boilers have been installed at the dormitories to ensure that the boys have access to warm water during the cold season.
While the school is old the renovations have made the appearance pleasing to everybody who visits the school for the first time.
The school is in the process of renovating the classrooms to ensure that pupils have a convenient environment to learn from as they embrace the new curriculum.
In the science department, all the required tools for practicals have been acquired to help pupils achieve better during public examinations.
The year 2017 has seen a number of developments at the school as evidenced by the improved performance of pupils at Oand A-Level public examinations.
During the past year, the school was lucky to be inspected by both the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education and the ministry’s permanent secretary who were impressed by the performance of the school.
All pupils studying sciences are funded through the STEM initiative rolled out by the government.
Cyrene High School was fortunate enough to host the district awards where it scooped most of the accolades which left the district impressed and stunned by the awesome performance of the school in all areas.
The school has achieved a lot in terms of extra-curricular with the handball team having made it all the way to the nationals.
The Form One Computer class
The headmaster Mr Charles Bhebhe