As 2013 comes to an end we have been celebrating our Upper Sixth Students and their time with Makomborero. Many of these students have incredible stories of what they have overcome to get to this point. Mark and Laura and all of us at Makomborero are so proud of their achievements, not only academically but also how these young people have matured, grown in confidence, and begun to believe that they are great men and woman. Many of them have achieved outstanding academic prizes, performed well on the sports fields, participated in clubs, won competitions and have proudly worn their schools uniforms – all the time flying the flag for Makomborero.
This year we have had 16 students living in our boarding house and attending Gateway, St Georges and Hellenic schools. We also sponsor a further 16 students, paying their school fees for studying A-levels at their own schools. And lastly, we have set up a Local University Grant scheme for past Makomborero Students. Makomborero has now been offering scholarships to students for 3 years and we are excited about entering our 4th year!
Our graduation was an incredible event – a true celebration of our students and their accomplishments and a recognition of how they have changed during their two years with us. It was a very emotional event, and at times there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.
At the three school prize giving events our scholarship students did us proud, coming away with armfuls of awards.
St Georges Prize Giving
- The Rectors A-level certificate – Awarded to a pupil who obtains 15 points or more (equivalent to 3A’s ) in the mock examinations at A-level – Taringana Guranungo
- The Major A-Level certificate – awarded to a pupil who obtains between 12 and 14 points (equivalent to 3B’s) in the mock examinations at A-level – Collen Gondo
- The Rectors Lower Sixth certificate – awarded to a pupil who obtains 15 points or more (equivalent to 3A’s) in the mock examinations at A-level – Joseph Nyajina and Bright Zenda
- The Major Lower Sixth certificate – awarded to a pupil who obtains between 12 and 14 points (equivalent to 3B’s) in the mock examinations at A-level – Clive Matsika
- The Duiguid Prize for Chemistry – Joseph Nyajina
- The Denis Anderson Memorial Trophy for best results in Lower Sixth – Joseph Nyajina
Gateway Prize Giving
- Lower Sixth Merit Award and Subject Prize in Mathematics and Chemistry – Ntombizodwa Makuyana
- Lower Sixth Merit Award, Subject Prize in Physics and the Lower Sixth Maths Cup – Tinashe Marera
- Upper Sixth Subject Prize in Biology – Pamela Saidoni
- Upper Sixth Subject Prize in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and the Upper Sixth Maths Cup and Science Trophy – Blessing Musungate
- The Ednah Makusha Plate – Awarded to a Sixth Form student who showed most evidence of the fruit of the spirit within the school community – Blessing Musungate.
Blessing received a standing ovation from both staff and pupils as he went to receive the Ednah Makusha Plate, recognising his humble spirit and giving generously of his time to help others who might be struggling with their work. We’re incredibly proud of him.
Hellenic Prize Giving
- Upper Sixth Biology Prize – Lisa Luka
- Upper Sixth Commendation for Chemistry – Nyasha Katemauswa
Mrs Banga our House Mother
Here is a summary of what our Upper Sixth Students have achieved over the past year:
Blessing Musangate – Gateway
Blessing has worked very hard and achieved pleasing results. He received full academic colours from Gateway for his O’levels results. He was awarded many academic prizes at Prize Giving Day. He took part in the 49th National Science Olympiad and was awarded a certificate for obtaining 60-74% in Physical Sciences and received a laptop for coming in the top 5 in Southern Africa. Blessing was involved in soccer and debate clubs and was the President of the quiz club.
Collen Gondo – St Georges
Collen has been a dedicated student. He took part in the 49th National Science Olympiad and was awarded a certificate for obtaining 60-74% in Physical Sciences. He was an active member of his school house, and College Teams in Cross Country, Athletics, Soccer and Quiz and was the Quiz Captain. He was also in the House Teams for Chess and Studies for which he obtained House Colours and in the College Team for First Aid.
Lisa Luka – Hellenic
Lisa has done exceptionally well in all her subjects. She received full academic colours from Hellenic for her O’levels results. Her resolve and single mindedness set her apart from her peers. Lisa took part in the 49th National Science Olympiad and was awarded a certificate for obtaining 50-59% in Life Sciences. She played girls soccer. Lisa was also accepted onto the USAP programme this year. She also was 4th in a Black History Essay competition and went to the US Ambassadors house to receive a prize.
The students speaking on the different aspects of what makes up their
lives during the 2 years
Nyasha Katemauswa – Hellenic
Nyasha is described as a friendly and hardworking member of the class. Nyasha took part in the 49th National Science Olympiad and was awarded a certificate for obtaining 60-74% in Physical Sciences and won a laptop for coming in the top 6 in Southern Africa. He was a member of the Interact Club and Quiz team. He came in the top 5 in Zimbabwe in the Mathematics Olympiad and will be travelling to South Africa to represent Zimbabwe in Cape Town.
Pamela Saidoni – Gateway
Pamela has continually worked well. She received full academic colours from Gateway for her O’levels results. She was a first team player in netball and sang in the choir and faithfully attended all rehearsals. The choir received many awards over the past year. She also served on the First Aid team.
Phillip Makuze – Gateway
Phillip worked hard and achieved excellent results in all his subjects. He received full academic colours from Gateway for his O’levels results. He was a reliable member of the soccer team. He enjoyed participating in Choir and he was an excellent contributor to the First Aid Club. Phillip was the Vice –President of the Quiz Club and this earned him a lot of respect and admiration from his contemporaries.
Taringana Guranungo – St Georges
Taringana was an outstanding student who excelled in his academic studies. Tari took part in the 49th National Science Olympiad and was awarded a certificate for obtaining 60-74% in Physical Sciences. He was one of the top 6 winners in Southern Africa and won a laptop. He is to be commended for his overall contribution to his House and School activities. He represented the House in athletics, chess, volleyball, quiz and soccer. He was the Soccer and Chess Captain for Inter-House Activities. He received House Colours for quiz, chess and studies. He represented the school in chess, quiz and 2nd team soccer and volleyball. Tari was also accepted onto the USAP programme. He also came second nationally in Chess.
Tinotenda Makuvire – St Georges
Tinotenda worked very hard in all his subjects. He took part in the 49th National Science Olympiad and was awarded a certificate for obtaining 50-59% in Physical Sciences. He was a valuable member of his House and was actively involved in Athletics, Soccer, Chess, Quiz and Volleyball for the House. He was in the College Quiz and Volleyball Teams. He has been asked to represent St Georges on their volleyball tour to Australia.
One of our guest speakers congratulates our students
All of this would not have been possible without the support of so many people:
- The three schools in Harare who offer full scholarships to our students
- Our corporate and personal sponsors in Zimbabwe, the UK and around the world
- Our volunteers – who freely give of their time
- Our team in Zimbabwe who look after our students so well
Thank you all so much. We could not have achieved what we have without your commitment to us and your belief in our project and the future of our students. We look forward to a continued relationship with you – one where we build the future leaders of Zimbabwe together.
The Class of 2013!
The academic year was rounded off with a Christmas party for all the students. Games were played, carols were sung, presents were given and everyone enjoyed a braai together in the evening! The night ended with a movie night with a big screen and projector in the evening.
Now we start we start our testing programme with our short list of 140 students, all vying for those coveted 8 scholarship places in 2014! We wish them all luck.
“You will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendour. You will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated, you will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”