Northlea High maintaining prestigious status
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. ac.zw) 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