Cyrene High School a foun­tain of knowl­edge

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Chron­i­cle Re­porter

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

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