Welcome back

On behalf of Mother Touch Group of Schools (MTGS), I hope you had a peaceful holiday with the young learners. We are looking forward to an exciting, event packed term as we round off the year 2019. As usual, we look forward to your continued support to enable all of our lined up events to be successful and memorable.

Holiday Events

Vacation school

In our effort to achieve excellent results for our public examination classes (grade 6 & 7), we took on our learners for holiday schooling. The lessons were successfully spearheaded by enthusiastic, energetic and hardworking teachers. Attendance was at 94% which was very encouraging. Thank you for supporting our precious learners.

Agricultural show

We successfully exhibited at the just ended Harare Agricultural show. We thank all the parents who managed to visit our stand. It was a pleasure having you there. For the ones who couldn’t make it, we hope next year you will be there in your numbers to raise our flag high.

Girl Guides Dubai adventure

Our vibrant girl Guides club managed to travel all the way to Dubai for a World Association for Girl Guides (WAGGS) tour. It was an amazing experience for our girls. However, it was unfortunate that four girls’ visas got delayed and these, unfortunately, failed to join the rest of the club. Many thanks go to the club patrons Mrs Gavaza and Mrs Zimbiti for a job well done.  Above all, allow me to thank our dedicated parents who sacrificed and supported the girls to go through this wonderful life experience. This is very commendable, keep it up.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Secretary’s bell award ceremony

As earlier on advised, we found favour in the eyes of God and man. Our school, Mother Touch Junior, won the Secretary’s bell 2018 award. We are yet to get the date for the ceremony from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. Once we are furnished with the information, we will kindly advise you. We are highly excited to be honoured with such a high level award.

EXAMS

The grade 7 Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) examinations are set to start on 23 September and stretch up to 4 October.

The grade 6 (MTGS Cambridge pioneers) will be sitting for their Cambridge “checkpoint” in October. We wish them well.

Grade 1 2020 assessment

Grade one 2ndAssessment will be held on Wednesday the 18th of September 2019.  Registration is already in progress at the Junior School. Requirements are as follows:

  1. Copy of birth certificate
  2. Copy of ECD B report
  3. 2 passport sized photos
  4. $50 ZWL registration fee

The assessment starts at 0900 hours. All learners should be dressed in their respective school uniforms.

Early Childhood Development (ECD) Open Days

Third term is a term of rewarding those who would have worked diligently throughout the year.  This also goes to our little ones who will be promoted from non-formal to formal learning. The certification will be combined with ECD open day.  These will be activity packed events.  The open day dates are pegged on follows:

15/11/19   ECD Marimba @ Marimba ECD Centre               900hrs-1300hrs

22/11/19   ECD   Tynwald   @ the Junior school                    900hrs-1300hrs

Speech and Prize Giving Day

Our junior school speech and prize giving day will be held on the 8th of November 2019 from 9am1pm. It is a very crucial event on our school calendar and we urge all parents to be part of this special day. We are appealing to our parents for assistance in cash or kind. Our areas to be assisted include decoration, food, catering, prizes for learners and or staff and others so as to make this day special and a great success. Kindly advice the front office or send an email to infor@mothertouch.ac.zw, or call the Front office on 0773596161 for any donations you might want to give towards the day.

MARIMBA/TYNWALD ECD AND JUNIOR SCHOOL ORIENTATION

Our newly enrolled Tynwald ECD and 2020 grade one learners will be given their school orientation and introduced to their respective teachers on 6November 2019.   The program will start at 0900 hours and ends at 1200 hours.  ECD Marimba orientation will be held on the 13November 2019 from 0900 hours to 1100 hours.

TRIPS

Trip Date Deposit date 50% Final payment due date Fee
Nyanga –Grade 5 27-29 September 30August 13 September 150US (ZWL$ equivalent)
Leadership -MTGS 18-20 October 18 September 11 October 100 US(ZWL$ equivalent)
Grade 7- Vic falls camp 18-20 October 18 September 4 October 250 US (ZWL$ equivalent)
ECD Tynwald & Marimba trip&party-Mazoe   20 November 31 October 15 November 15 US (ZWL$ equivalent)
VIC FALLS –WILD HORIZON & ELEPHANT INTERACTION 19 October 18 September 4 October 15 US (ZWL$ equivalent)
UK Tour 2020 1July 2020 Dec -200USD MID–JUNE 2020 2 700US

International tour

For an even bigger and better 2020 UK tour, registration is now open. To register for 2020 UK Tour, parents should pay either 50USD every month until December or a once off   200USD by end of December 2019 that will be used to secure early accommodation and flight deposits.

Sports

We have exciting sporting activities lined up for Term 3.  Our aim is to avail as many disciplines as possible so as to cater for each individual learner.

The main sporting disciplines are:     

Swimming, Basketball, Tennis, Chess, Volley ball, Golf to list a few.

Sports are set for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

Sports attire is compulsory and is available for sale at the school. These are house colour t/shirt and house colour shorts. White tennis shoes are also encouraged.

Class swimming is a major activity this term and every learner is expected to be in proper clean school swim wear. Kindly request for the sports timetable from the learners to ensure the child does not come to school without the appropriate attire.

Please note that Thursday is a club day and we encourage each learner to be a member of any of the clubs available. Our clubs include –Christian Movement, Girl Guides, Brownies, Sunbeams, Scouts, Chess, Music, Art, Journalism, Speech & Drama, First Aid, and Environmental Science, French, Chinese, young scientists to list a few.

School magazine

 Kindly be advised that our 2018 school magazine is out and on sale. This magazine is packed with exciting 2017-2018 school activities. It is going for $70 ZWL. To secure one, please contact the school or the class teachers.

School uniform

We are now in summer and we encourage all parents to ensure that learners are smartly dressed in the correct and smart summer wear. Uniforms are available at the office as usual. Monday remains ‘’number 1’’ uniform day that means clean blazers with all buttons are compulsory. Wednesday is track suit day. Girls’ socks are summer white ankle length while boys wear navy blue knee high socks. Considering that it is now very sunny and hot, for health reasons please ensure learners have floppy school hats daily. NB Complete uniform is compulsory and should be clean and neat. Parents are also encouraged to label learners’ uniforms clearly for easy identification.

Civvies days

Third term civvies days are as follows.

Date Theme
27/09 Funny hats
1/11 Sandals
29/11 t/shirts

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy and Jill a dull girl. You are encouraged to help learners dress accordingly and each civvies day has a fee of $3 ZWL for activities and ice-cream.

 Exeat Weekend

The exeat weekend for third term 2019 is scheduled from 18 to 21 October 2019. Lessons will end on Thursday the17 October and will resume on Tuesday the 22 October 2019.

Staff

The school bids farewell to Mrs Masunungure who has left on account of health issues, we wish her a speedy recovery and good health.

The school takes this opportunity to introduce new staff joining the family this term. Mr Dhlandhlara is taking the grade 5 Blue class while Mrs Mafikeni will be taking grade 1White.The school also engaged Mrs Coid a seasoned deportment, grooming and etiquette coach as well as a choir mistress. Furthermore, in our effort to fulfil our mission to produce “God fearing Global leaders” the school has engaged a school Chaplin. Pastor Wamunyima. The school also welcomes Mrs Masanga as acting deputy head.

We are looking forward to a wonderful and fruitful time with all of them as they join a vibrant team which strives for excellence at all times. You are also encouraged to give them your usual maximum support for them to attain excellent results.

School Development

Computer Lab

Our computer lab has been refurbished to meet 21st standards. We appreciate the visionary’s effort to ensure our learners get the best learning environment.

Boarding House

The school continues to take pride in all the improvements taking place at our boarding house. We have furnished the house with the state of art kitchen and laundry equipment. The housing facility offers a spacious home to boys and girl giving them a home away from home. Boarding enrolment for 2020 is in progress for Grades 4-7. For registration kindly contact the office on 0773596161/0717596161 and get all the information you may require.

Advertising space

The school has opened doors to parents, individuals or companies that wish to advertise their business in our mini-golf course area with currently a market of over 800 potential clients coming in and out daily. For more information enquire from the Front office.

Driving School

Our driving school is back with a bang, the facility is open to all MTGS stakeholders. The charges are ZWL$30-00 for fill oral lessons course, ZWL$30-00 for 30 minutes driving lesson, ZWL$150 car hire, ZWL$100 for VID booking and ZWL$75 processing fee. A minimum of 25 lessons is needed for a learner to successfully obtain a drivers licence. The driving school is open for all staff, parents and the community at large aspiring to be qualified national drivers.

Fees and Levies

We expect fees to be paid on time for the smooth running of our school. Non-payment of fees on time has negative, emotional and psychological effect on our learners.

This also helps us to keep our staff members motivated and provide the necessary resources so as to produce the expected excellent results. As a school, we have no other sources of income except the fees and levies. Furthermore for housekeeping we ask all parents to submit their receipts to the class teacher who will also update their records to avoid any inconveniences in the future.

The school has been making great effort to maintain the current fees structures but has also been greatly affected by the current economic situation subject to changes in inflation.

Given this background, Mother Touch Group of School Board has introduced the use of Mother Touch Points (MTP),in coming up with outstanding 2019 3rd term fees, for all learners who still have balances, as indicated  in the end of Term 2 Newsletter, with effect from 18/09/2019.

A Mother Touch Point (MTP) point is equivalent to the RBZ MID RATE on date of payment.(USD to ZWL Conversion)

For fees structure and mother touch points refer to Annexure “A” attached .The rate can be found at   https://www.rbz.co.zw/index.php.

In case of clarification parents can contact the Bursar’s office to get the rate of the Day before making payments. Also kindly note that the value date for transactions paid through bank transfers is on the day the funds are received by the school and any difference has to be paid accordingly.

Full payments and partial payments made for Term 3 balances will be computed proportionately to the invoice value on date of payment. Parents who have made payments towards, fees in full amount will not be affected.

Parents who have made part payments will be subject to the Mother touch point system for the outstanding balances only.

Outstanding Balances

  • No child will be accepted into the classroom without clearing Term 1 and 2 Balances.
  • Parents who have not paid anything towards term 3 will not be admitted without making at least 40% towards the fees.
  • Parents and guardians who have made partial payments will not be admitted into the classroom without an acceptable payment plan approved by the School Head.

With regards to prepayment of fees for 2020:

  • There will be no option to fix fees for 2020
  • The School cannot accept ZWL$ prepayments given the volatility in the prices of goods and services.

Communication with the Bursar

To communicate with the Bursar for Learners Statement, proof of payments kindly use the following email addresses

Junior School    : juniorschoolbursar@mothertouch.ac.zw

We are ever grateful to all parents/guardians who pay fees and levies on time. Please be reminded all arrears have to be cleared before term 3 payments can be accepted including holiday lessons.

Our banking account details for fees and levies are as follows: Mother Touch Group of Schools, CBZ Selous Branch, and Account number: 11123814680015 for ZWL$. Kindly ensure you bring your deposit slip within 3 days for receipting timely.

Swipe and Ecocash payments are accepted at the school front office. Please note that the government is charging 2% for every transaction we make. Therefore, there will be a charge of 5% for depositing money into the wrong account. All refunds you initiate will attract 10% charge.

For more enquiries kindly call 0719596161 / 0773596161or visit our website: www.mothertouch.ac.zw. Our email address: juniorschoolbursar@mothertouch.ac.zw

CLOSING DAY

2019 third term ends on 5 December 2019. As always, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all parents for the love and support. It does not go unnoticed, neither will it be taken for granted. We hope that our relationship continues to flourish as we strive for growth and excellence in our path to success.

In conclusion, we wish to thank all parents and guardians for choosing MTGS for the education of our learners. We are looking forward to a wonderful term. May God bless us all.

Thank you.

Mrs R Hwata 

Acting Head        

For and on behalf of Mother Touch Junior School 

ANNEXURE “A”
MOTHER TOUCH GROUP OF SCHOOLS
FEE STRUCTURE TERM 3
Junior school  
Registration Fee                                                       MTP 14
Tuition Fees Grades 1-7      MTP 560
Tuition Fees ECD      MTP 280
Bus Levy                              MTP 91
Desk Levy                              MTP 91
SDC MTP 3
Cambridge MTP 49
Optional Services
Transport MTP 189
Lunch MTP 91
Boarding MTP 560