An Update from Mark and Laura Albertyn – 1st Term 2017

The start of the year is always really busy but it is also an exciting time with the new students coming into the house. It is always a tough term f adjustment for them but they have settled really well! It is wonderful to see how the Upper Sixth students support the Lower Sixth through this transition.

We were very sad to hear about the passing on of one of our new students mother. Roy has been very brave as he has tackled the adjustments of the new school and culture he was immersed in, as well as coming to terms with life without his mother.

We are thrilled to announce our A-level results for 2016 for both our internal and external students. We are proud of each one of these students. These results do not define who they are – we know their worth goes far beyond results!! Their individual journeys define who they are – they are fighters, their families have made huge sacrifices to get them to this point, they have huge dreams, they have hope, they have vision. The journey doesn’t end here – we wait with baited breath to see what is next?!!!

Summary of results:
External students – writing Zimsec examinations – the highest grade is an A
12 A’s
7 B’s
1 D

Internal A-level results – writing Cambridge International examinations (CIE)
14 A’s
7 B’s

Our Upper Sixth wrote their Science Olympiad exam on 2 March. We anxiously await results which come out in May.

We have enjoyed some wonderful Life Skills evenings at the Resource Centre on Wednesday evenings this term. Working through some big life issues together, playing games and getting to know our new students better. These evenings are so important in the bonding process of our students! One of these evenings they surprised me with a birthday cake, which made me cry! The financial sacrifice for many of them, giving something many of them have never received themselves. I felt very humbled and honoured.

This year we have decided that it is important that each of our External Students receive a Solar light from us to help them study at night. Particularly, as many of them study by candle light. We love that Makomborero can help in such a practical way.

Taku in Upper Sixth at Gateway got an Honours at the Eisteddfod singing a traditional Zulu love song – Nomvula. It was a beautiful version of the song and we were very proud of him.

One of our external students Ngoni is helping students in his community and impacting lives through education. We love seeing our students blossom and this year have really committed to including our external students in more and more things that we offer to our Internal students. We want to get to know them better!

Academic Colours this term
Belinda in Upper Sixth at Gateway received Full colours in Academics Academic Commendation in Chemistry and Maths.

Donald in Lower Sixth at Hellenic Academy received Full Academic colours for his outstanding O’level results.

Roy in Lower Sixth at Hellenic Academy received Half Academic Colours for his brilliant O’level results.

Tawanda approached Makomborero last year to ask if he could teach our students, voluntarily on a Saturday, Marimbas. We were very excited at the prospect of this and our students have loved their weekly lessons. It is wonderful to see them enjoy an instrument that is so part of Zimbabwean culture.

Alison came in on a Sunday afternoon and ran a fantastic session this afternoon on essay writing for university applications and help students to learn how to tell their stories. We look forward to more time with her this next term. It was wonderful to have our internal and external students at the Resource Centre.

UK Trustee Visit
We had a lovely two days with Sarah Hennessey, a U.K trustee. She was game for anything we threw at her, immersing herself in Makomborero Zimbabwe life for the two days she was passing through Harare. She was a huge encouragement and joy to be around. Thank you for the amazing chess boards for the Resource Centre too! The students are loving them!

Staff Update
We had some wonderful family news – Rumbi our part-time fundraiser had a little boy in January called Unashe! Congratulations to her and her family!

We were also sad to say good bye to our long standing gardener Shepherd but have welcomed a new member of staff called Robson to fill his shoes and he is settling in well.

Mobile Science Laboratory
The Mobile Science Lab is progressing well! A big thank you to Lazarus, Sikho, Yeukai and David for volunteering 3 days a week to finish writing our science laboratory curriculum. So wonderful having past Makomborero students give back in such a tangible way. We hope to launch our Saturday lessons in May.

We sent an appeal out on Facebook for new batteries for our Resource Centre invertor, which runs our lights and charges a few devices when there is no electricity. Someone very kindly donated 2 batteries! The beginning of the year always has huge expenses for us – school fees, uniforms, leadership development camps for the students, university fees. We are incredibly grateful when someone plugs the gap for us with an unexpected expense. Thank you, thank you!

We are also thrilled to welcome Sandvik on board as another local Zimbabwean sponsor. They are giving funding specifically to our UZ Grant scheme and we are
thrilled with this partnership.

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