PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS - 22nd SPEECH & PRIZE GIVING DAY – 23/10/09
Shalom. Sincere, heartfelt gratitude to our Guests of Honour, Mr & Mrs Wiseman who sacrificed hugely to be with us today. I must acknowledge and appreciate the special bond that has developed between them and MCC over the years. I suppose it is that kind that the Bible aptly describes as “ a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” I would also like to appreciate the presence of the members of our College Board of Governors, the representatives of the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture, the Chairperson of our Parents Assembly, Mrs Chirenga and all members of Parents Assembly Committees. I also salute other Heads of Ministry departments, fellow Heads of Schools, including our sister institutions here – Mrs Flanagan of MCS and Miss Wannell of MCTC. I am grateful to all invited guests, parents/guardians and friends of MCC for honouring us with your presence today as we celebrate our 22nd Speech and Prize Giving Day. You have come from near and far and you have come in your numbers it is a full house – we do not take that for granted = MUCH APPRECIATED.
In many respects, 2009 as was reflected in the earlier Power Point Presentation has been a very successful year for us. I must say it was quite befitting to call it a year of TRANSFORMATION. We faced many new challenges this year which generated as much laughter, warmth and joy in us, as it did tears. What matters now as we look back is that we conquered and emerged not only stronger but also became like our guests of honour – WISEMAN. As we appreciate God’s guidance and all the human support we received in 2009 we never want to become guilty of the sin of ingratitude that makes a person forget what they have and concentrate on what they don’t have. This reminds me of a story which originated from Ross and Riette Fuller entitled a RICHER PERSPECTIVE. According to the story, a father of a very wealthy family, one day took his son (I suspect possibly in F1 then) to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what could be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great Dad.” “Did you see how poor people can be?” The father asked.
“Oh yeah,” said the son. “So what did you learn from the trip?” Asked the father.
The son answered, ‘I saw that we have one dog and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden and they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have fields that go on out of sight.
We have a small piece of land to live on they have fields that go on out of sight.
We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food but they grow theirs.
We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”
With this the boy’s father was speechless. Then his son said, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”
I suppose that the moral of the story is that everything is based on one’s perspective. Thus I choose to celebrate 2009 in so far as MCC is concerned.
As far as staffing is concerned, we thank God that for the first time in many years of history we hardly had any staff turnover this year. Instead we have had enquiries from some departed teachers expressing interest in returning home. Needless to highlight the huge benefit associated with keeping the experienced qualified and dedicated members of staff that we currently have. Coming on board next year are the following:
(i) Miss L. Mpofu – Graduate from Rhodes University – to teach French & Commercials.
(ii) Mr M. Roper – Graduate from MCTC – to teach Mathematics.
(iii) Mr A. Jonga – Graduate from MCTC – to join Counselling Department
On the academic front tremendous effort has been put into sowing for excellence this year. The exam candidates have been displaying a rare appetite for super grades and I trust they will be rewarded.
For instance one such hardworking eagle, Melissa Gondo reaped five straight ‘A’ with distinctions in the Cambridge ‘IGSCE’ June exams this year. She is determined to ‘ice’ her accomplishment with an additional 6 ‘A’s in the October/November exams she is currently sitting. It also gives me pleasure to inform you that Melissa also excelled in the Zimbabwe Maths Talent Search Selection test, administered by University of Zimbabwe and has qualified to go for the Stelenbosch University, South Africa, Maths Camp in December. Well done Melissa – we are proud of you.
I must also recognise Oscar Takabvirwa who gave NOT only MCC, BUT Zimbabwe as well, representation for the first time this year at the International Maths Olympiad in Germany. Well done Oscar, you set a fine example and your footsteps will inspire many eagles and let alone Zimbabweans – who will take the same journey in future. You paved the way.
Still on academics the teachers have also been outstanding in their dedication and I am humbled and inspired to be part of such a team. Thank you. I can say with no shadow of doubt that the academic task has been done and we will certainly have every reason to celebrate come January 2010.
In sport, besides what the Power Point Presentation showed, MCC has contributed not only to provincial teams but to national teams as well, for instance.:
(i) Tapiwa Dube was part of the Zimbabwe Soccer team that toured Brazil.
(ii) Takudzwa Mangwendeza was selected into the Zimbabwe U18B Hockey side.
(iii) Anna Size played Zimbabwe U18B Hockey,
(iv) Tazman Abdul played Zimbabwe U14 Girls Hockey.
(v) Nyasha Chimedza was selected into the Zimbabwe U17b side.
(vi) Alister Dias played Zimbabwe U14 boys Hockey.
(vii) Takudzwa Manyimbiri and Farai Zinyuke played Zimbabwe U16 Boys Basketball.
(viii) Tatenda Tswatswa was selected into Zimbabwe U20 Boys Basketball.
Even our staff made significant national contributions, for instance, Miss Mhasho coached the Zimbabwe U14 Girls Hockey team. Mr Mashungu was not disappointing when he was also given the honours to coach the Zimbabwe U18 Rugby side. Miss Tamirepi has been appointed to lead the Zimbabwe Camp for Maths Olympiad in December. I appreciate every role that has been played by the members of the MCC family in making 2009 such a successful year.
May I also appreciate every parent and guardian who has gone out of their way in supporting us this year. Needless to say the fees you paid, or are still paying – is making all the difference that you are seeing. The dollarisation of the economy has freed us once again after many years to be able to plan for our transformation in all aspects. We have sowed many seeds of progress this year which will add value to MCC in the not so distant future. For instance, the broadband installation has unleashed such potential for research that enriches not only our students but teachers as well. Our website which is now active allows us to communicate with stakeholders in an efficient and convenient manner.
May I also appreciate the work and support given this year by the Parents Assembly. It is never an exaggeration to say that many people are ignorant of the fact that A SCHOOL CAN ONLY BE AS GOOD AS THE CALIBRE OF ITS PARENTS. Allow me to say I have also appreciated the constructive criticism that has come from some parents who challenged us to do things differently. As a Pastor I continue to pray for those stakeholders who seem to delight in peddling lies and rumours about the college, shunning the option of adding value to the very institution that is transforming our children.
CLASS OF 2009
To the Class of 2009, I say time has finally come for you to leave the nest. And leaving the nest you must, otherwise you will never realise your dreams. Never under-estimate the treasure that is within you now. The world is waiting for the unique transformation that your generation will bring. Go for it! As arrows we shoot you into the future – My prayer is that;
- May you be the soaring arrows – eagles that you are;
- May you not miss your targets and destiny and end up plummeting to the ground – rather
- May you hit the very targets of your dreams – you’re the arrows of your generations.
SADLY – FAREWELL!
The tragic transformation we experienced this year included the passing on of one of our eagles, Nothando Mpofu following the road accident on 16 August. She was such a lively hardworking pupil and would have also received a prize today. May her soul rest in eternal peace. Just a week ago we woke up to the sad news that our receptionist – Mrs Mandabva had also gone to be with the Lord. She will be greatly missed. We continue to pray for these affected families and trust that the author of Peace, Jehovah Shalom will be with them.
Looking at next year 2010 – I believe MCC will prosper as it continues to fulfil its mission statement and Divine purpose. I strongly believe and declare the truth that ‘NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST MCC WILL PROSPER! We are determined, more than before, to take and keep our rightful place among the successful private schools in Zimbabwe which should also bring pride to Midlands Province. We will equip our pupils to function and fly like eagles anywhere in this world.
In fact, allow me to announce that 2010 will be the Year Of EXCELLENCE. How I appeal to all stakeholders to buy into our vision and contribute to make our dream a reality.
In conclusion may I say a big thank you to my deputies, Mr Sachinda and Mr Mashungu, to the Directors, Subject Managers, teachers, all support staff, stewards and MCC eagles. A Big Thank you to Headboy & Headgirl for consistent, fearless and sound leadership. This place would never exist without you. Everything accomplished this year would have remained a hollow, elusive dream without you. Together we stood, together we toiled, together we laughed, together we celebrated, together we cried, together we conquered and together we will excel in 2010..
Thank you to my circle of intercessors, may God who called us at a time such as this, for a work such as this, bless you and increase your spiritual energy. To my wife as always, I say your support is invaluable and you are the best.
Thank you all for being here today. May God richly bless you all.