1.0 INTRODUCTION

As Mother Touch Group of Schools (MTGS), it is our fair belief and hope that we find you well as we come to the end of our school term 2. We thank God the Almighty for seeing us through the cold, wet, yet busy winter season. We are thanking you for the support you gave our children in buying them winter uniforms and participating in their academic and non-academic activities.

2.0 BEREAVEMENT

It is with great grief and sadness to announce that we lost one of our learners, Tiffany Mushonga, who was in Form 3. May her soul rest in peace and may our Lord comforts her family and friends.

3.0 PAST EVENTS

3.1 CONSULTATION DAY

We would like to thank all our parents for joining hands with our teachers as we ensure the moulding of a well-grounded and rounded learner. The consultation day was a success as 90% of the parents and guardians came to discuss learners’ progress in their academic endeavours. May we continue promoting inclusivity in education.

3.2 SPORTING ACTIVITIES

It was a marvel to see our school taking part in the Dairibord Rugby Festival where our boys and girls stole the limelight romping home with victories. Leeroy Potsekai, Beverly Muponda and Faith Zhou were selected into the national development team.

 Second term saw us participating in the National Secondary School Heads (NASH) ball games. In line with that the school introduced hand ball as a new sporting discipline and three of our girl-players: – Adelaide Mudzindiko, Natalie Matangi and Francisca Nyamwanza excelled and qualified into the Harare Provincial Team. They will be playing in the National Youth Games to be hosted by the Midlands Province in August 2019 from 4 to 11. In the same vein, our under 17 soccer boys could not be outdone by the girls. Tinotenda Mujome, Ngosiyapi Mangena and Carlburn Handitye were chosen to be part and parcel of the Harare Province Soccer Team which is also Midlands bound.

3.3 LEADERSHIP AND LIFE SKILLS TRAINING CAMP- KARIMAZONDO

In our efforts to inculcate leadership skills and produce renowned world leaders we ensure that our learners are well groomed and positioned for leadership responsibility now and in the future.

Our Form 3 and 5 learners had a very fruitful leadership and life skills training camp at Karimazondo Camp Site. Outside facilitators from Pride Africa ensured our learners were well equipped with requisite skills for leadership positions inside and outside the school.

3.4 INTERNATIONAL/LOCAL TRIPS/TOURS

3.4.1 VICTORIA FALLS TRIP

 In line with the new curriculum which calls for pragmatism, our Form 1 and 2 learners visited Victoria Falls for 2 days and 3 nights. The trip was an experience to be cherished for a life time.

3.4.2 GREAT ZIMBABWE TRIP

Form 4 and 6 learners undertook the History and Geography trip to Great Zimbabwe and Triangle Sugar Cane Estates. The trip was for 3 days and 2 nights of learning, exploration and adventure.

3.4.3 INTERNATIONAL TOUR

The UK International Tour has become a tradition for Mother Touch Group of Schools and is open to all learners in their diversified areas of interests. The tour is a life time experience never to be missed by the learners. The 2019 UK trip was from 1 to 13 July. The exposure to the international platform gives the learners a broad perspective of the world in which they perceive life in general.

We are kindly urging parents and / or guardians to start preparing and paying for the 2020 UK Tour. Parents are encouraged to pay a minimum of $25 USD per month beginning from August up to December 2019 which will serve as a commitment fee or deposit.

Among the UK Tour activities is the Llangollen Eisteddfod Music festival in Wales, a global event attracting participants from all over the world. It gives an opportunity for learners to link, network, develop and appreciate diversity of cultures. Over the years it has become more informative as we embark in a week of site seeing various places in UK.

We want to convey our gratitude to all the parents and guardians who sacrificed to pay for all the educational trips and tours. This should be considered an investment to the learners as the 21st century learning model is now based on discovery learning; hence all learners should participate in their respective form trips and tours to ensure they are not left behind.

3.5 THE DEBATE CLUB

It is with so much pride that we celebrate our debate club which is Ghana bound after very successful debating sessions. Our debate team is going to represent the nation in Ghana at the Pan African Union Debate Championship in December 2019. We thank God for such a great success as we spread our wings and name into the African continent. We say to the team fly and continue to raise our MTGS flag high.

3.6 DRIVING SCHOOL

In order to produce relevant and well skilled learners, our traffic safety club has seen to it that learners graduate from Mother Touch Senior School (MTSS) with driving skills, knowledge and licenced. We have witnessed almost 40 learners acquiring learner’s licences. In term 3 they will be undertaking some driving lessons and going for road tests. There is no better empowerment than this and we encourage parents and guardians of learners who are 16 years old and above to embrace this initiative and opportunity. Catching them whilst still in the bud ensures reduction in road traffic accidents.

4.0 REPORTS AND STATEMENTS

Kindly be advised that statements and reports have been sent to your emails. Any queries pertaining to statements or not receiving the child’s report by Friday kindly call 0772 318 890 or 0733 835 379.

5.0 UPCOMING EVENTS

5.1 HOLIDAY LESSONS

 Holiday lessons for form 4 and 6 classes writing public examinations are starting on 26 August to 06 September 2019. Lessons will begin at 0800 hours and end at1300 hours.

The learners are required to pay RTGS 100 for the holiday lessons. It is very crucial and hence compulsory that all candidate learners attend.  The platform gives the teachers an opportunity to assist them in the areas they are lacking which prepare them for their final Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) examinations starting early October. External candidates are welcome at a fee of $200 RTGS covering all subjects.

5.2 SPEECH AND PRIZE GIVING DAY

Our Speech, Prize Giving Day and prefect’s inauguration is going to be held on 4 October 2019. It is a very crucial event on our school calendar and we urge all parents to be part of this day as we celebrate a very successful year and appreciate our outstanding learners. We are appealing to our parents for assistance in cash or kind. Some of the areas we need assistance include decoration, food, catering, staff and learners prizes to list a few, in order to make this day special, memorable and a great success.

6.0 FEES AND LEVIES

As a school, we strive to continue working diligently to bring out the best in our learners. However, we need parents’ support to produce the expected excellent results. We expect fees to be paid up before schools open for the smooth running of our school. Non-payment of fees on time has negative, emotional and psychological effects on our learners.

We also thrive to keep our staff members motivated and provided with the necessary resources to produce the expected excellent results. As a school, we have no other sources of income except the fees and levies.

Our fees for term 3 2019 will remain at 2 340 ZWL$for all who will pay before schools open. The fees are subject to change after schools open. No child will be admitted with outstanding fees for previous terms or without paying fees.

We have introduced RTGS$20 for Science levy and RTGS$10 for practicals i.e. Technical Graphics and Agriculture.

We are ever grateful to all parents/guardians who pay fees and levies on time.

Our banking account details for fees and levies are as follows: Mother Touch Group of Schools, Banc ABC, Heritage Branch, Account number: 12555355402010 for RTGS$. Swipe and Ecocash payments are accepted at the school front office. Kindly ensure you bring your deposit slip within 3 days for receipting and updating of the learners account.

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 a 10% charge.

For more enquiries kindly call 0772 318 890/0733 835 379/04 216676 or visit our website: www.mothertouch.ac.zw. Our email address: highschoolburser@mothertouch.ac.zw

In conclusion, we would like to thank all parents and guardians for choosing MTSS for the education of our children and for continued support to the school. May God continue blessing the Mother Touch family.

Thank you.

For and on behalf of Mother Touch Senior School 

Mrs.S.Mabika

Head