North­lea High main­tain­ing pres­ti­gious sta­tus

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Than­deka Matebesi Sun­day Life Re­porter

RATED among the best schools in Bu­l­awayo and with an av­er­age A-level pass rate of 78 per­cent and 25 per­cent at O-level, North­lea High School has man­aged to main­tain its pres­ti­gious sta­tus as one of the most sought af­ter schools since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1952.

The school, like all other schools in the coun­try is pre­par­ing for the first ex­am­i­na­tions of the new cur­ricu­lum for Or­di­nary and Ad­vanced lev­els. School head Mr Pe­ter Bekithemba Gam­biza said although the school has faced chal­lenges like other schools, it has man­aged to sol­dier on and of­fer qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

“The school, like all other schools is pre­par­ing for the very first ex­ams of the new cur­ricu­lum for the O and A-level stu­dents. We are fac­ing chal­lenges of sourc­ing science equip­ment but we hope this year’s ex­pe­ri­ence will as­sist us to cope with the next year’s stu­dents as we move to at­tain a 30 per­cent pass rate (for O-level), some­thing which has only been done na­tion­ally,” said Mr Gam­biza.

The school has an en­rol­ment of more 1 500 of which more than 100 are board­ers. The school is well-known for pro­duc­ing ex­cel­lent stu­dents in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines of sports, aca­demics, arts and cul­ture and has also man­aged to suc­cess­fully im­ple­ment the new cur­ricu­lum since its in­tro­duc­tion into the ed­u­ca­tion front.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port from the school, the pass rate for both O-level has sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased from 19 to 25 per­cent in the past three years while that of A-level has in­creased from 70 to 78 per­cent in the same years. This is due to com­mit­ment from staff mem­bers and par­ents.

To prove that it is not all talk, in the past year alone, North­lea High School man­aged to pro­duce three out­stand­ing stu­dents in both O and A-level with one of their stu­dents (Shel­ton Mut­sambwa) boast­ing of 8 As 2 Bs and 1 C at O-level. Two of their for­mer stu­dents at­tained 14 points (Bongiwe Tsha­bal­ala) and 17 (Vuyelwa Vuma) points at A-level.

In sports, stu­dents from the school have man­aged to rep­re­sent the prov­ince at na­tional level in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, a de­vel­op­ment which Mr Gam­biza de­scribed as a re­sult of their goal of par­tic­i­pa­tion not just win­ning.

“Our aim is not to win but to par­tic­i­pate, stu­dents who are ac­tive in sports and arts are usu­ally well dis­ci­plined be­cause they find their en­ter­tain­ment in sports and arts ac­tiv­i­ties that they par­tic­i­pate in and not in­dulge in al­co­hol and other sub­stances.

“The school has nine



stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing the prov­ince at na­tional level with these stu­dents play­ing for the na­tional teams in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines. We are also the reign­ing cham­pi­ons in the Un­der-20 Hand­ball boys’ and girls’ teams and our Un­der-20 boys hand­ball team has been cham­pi­ons for the past five years,” said Mr Gam­biza.

He also re­vealed the school’s five-point pro­jec­tions for the year 2019 some of which are al­ready un­der­way.

“The swim­ming pool is our pri­or­ity, we also need a bore­hole, vi­brant agri­cul­tural projects and we also want to move with the times by in­stalling white boards and over­head pro­jec­tors in all our class­rooms and lastly we want to paint our school.

“The school now has a web­site (noth­leahigh. where peo­ple can ac­cess ev­ery­thing they need to know about the school and we have man­aged to im­prove on the agri­cul­tural side with the school hav­ing built a fowl run, a perime­ter fence and 10 bee­hives,” he said.

North­lea High School head­mas­ter Mr Pe­ter Bekithemba Gam­biza (left) and a staff mem­ber watch as guest of hon­our Mrs Linda Sibindi hands over a prize to an ex­celling pupil. Other pic­tures show scenes at the cer­e­mony

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