Thursday, 17 October, 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians

We have come to the middle of a very hectic term.  There has been lots of work coverage both inside and outside of the classroom.

We are now in receipt of ZIMSEC ‘O’ Level June English results and Cambridge ‘AS’ Level May/June Exam results.  June English Zimsec Results: The percentage pass rate was 87%.  Our thanks go to the teachers who prepared the pupils for these exams.  Cambridge June ‘AS’ Exam results: The percentage pass rates were as follows:

Travel & Tourism    -     94%
Physics         -    100%
Economics        -    88%
Mathematics        -    100%

Our thanks go to the teachers who prepared the pupils for these exams and congratulations go to the children who have done us proud.

While we believe that examinations are extremely important, we do not wish our pupils to merely espouse the passive virtues of conformity and obedience with regard to examination success; for the proper office of a school is to prepare its young people not for league tables but for life.  League tables value only what is quantifiable and most educational values cannot be quantified – the arts, sports and pursuits requiring emotional intelligence.  Short contracts, freelance working and self-employment, creative and service industries call for free thinking resourceful people.  Hillcrest strives to give its pupils opportunities to stretch way beyond the academic curriculum to include an enriching diet of music, theatre, community service and team sports.

Sport has not taken over the role played by academics in the school curriculum.  Sport teaches vital lessons in life.  A healthy body leads to a healthy mind.  Sport helps with the following:
•    Team work
•    Teaches pupils to handle pressure, success, failure and how to tackle giants
•    Shaping ones character through sportsmanship by accepting defeat, being humble and having
respect for officials, coaches and opponents
•    Socialisation and linkages with a variety of people
•    Travel the world and meet new people
•    Makes an individual become competitive

Sports people learn that hard-work leads to success.  Sport is a better way of having fun rather than watching TV and drinking.  Hillcrest has produced top sportsman and sportswomen over the years as shown below:

•    Tinotenda Mawoyo    -    Zimbabwe Cricket
•    Jacque Leitao        -    Zimbabwe 7s Rugby Captain
•    David Ewers        -    Playing in the AVIVA Premiership Rugby League in England
•    Cameroon McKay    -    Playing Professional Rugby in Scotland
•    Samson Musiyarira    -    Sharks Academy in South Africa
•    Tinashe Chikomo    -    Rugby Bursary in Canada
•    Charity Chigumba    -    Playing Top League Basketball in South Africa & Zimbabwe
National Team
•    Natasha Moertsabi    -    Playing Top League Basketball in South Africa & Zimbabwe
National Team
•     Anna Mhaka         -    Basketball & Athletics Scholarship to the United States of
•    Namatai Mtisi        -    Playing Varsity Level Hockey in South Africa

Good sports results posted so far in swimming, basketball, golf, girls soccer and cricket.  The 1st Team Girls Basketball team had an exceptional season last term where they won the Manicaland 2013 Championships.  This enabled them to qualify for the Nationals in Kwekwe.  These nationals were held this term and the girls lost both of their matches in their pool, losing the first match by a basket.  The 1st Team Girls Soccer team has had a phenomenal season this term.  They beat St Mathias and drew with St Columbus.  They participated in the prestigious CHISZ Soccer Tournament where they won the entire tournament – they are the 2013 CHISZ Soccer Champions. Our Golf team played in the Inter-schools Golf Tournament in which Hillcrest came first out of seven school and Hillcrest won the 2013 Interschool’s Golf Championship with T. Matongo being the best golfer in the ‘A’ Division.  At the Eaglesvale gala, Hillcrest came 3rd out of the 7 participating schools.  C. Kies, Z. Manhanga, M. Shumba and A. Chan Jack received a standing ovation in assembly.  Zoe, Carly and Amy have done the school proud – 6 great swimming years.  During the August holiday T. Mungwari and N. Chibuwe represented the Zimbabwe U20 Rugby at the Confederation of African Rugby Championship in Nelspruit, South Africa.  

We would like to congratulate our pupils for making us proud and flying the school flag high.

This term has been very busy. Most of our cultural fixtures were put into the third term because second term was cut short.

We first had our Inter-House Public Speaking, which was won by Nyangani house this year. G. Mashiki won best Junior Speaker; T. Gwasira won the Middles Section and K. Muswere won the Seniors Section.  All the speakers had a variety of speeches and they were exceptional.

Next on the calendar we had the Inter-House Choir. Nyangani house again took the overall trophy. We had duets, solo performances and choirs participated in this competition. The level of competition was exceptional this year. Hillcrest does have some amazing talent.

Our Cultural Luncheon was on the 30th September 2013, in our own Beit Hall. We have this lunch in honour of the pupils who participate in various clubs. It is also an opportunity to bid farewell to our Upper 6’s. This year our guest of honour was Ms Elizabeth Muusha, the director of the National Art Gallery here in Mutare. She was impressed by the pupils and the support that the clubs got from the school. She is looking forward to working with Hillcrest College more in the future.

We also held a Toastmaster’s Funday here at Hillcrest College in a bid to raise money for children’s cancer. We had a Zumbathon, paint-balling and slip n slide. The response from the community was overwhelming. We hope that next year it can be even bigger and better than this.
Our Junior Marimba club were invited to the Island Hospice fundraising function at Lighthouse Church on the 7th October 2013. They were the only school that were invited and this shows that the public are starting to appreciate our school. I hope that we will get invited to more and more functions like this in the future.

Hostel parents/guardians please note: All boarders should have signed into hostel by 5.00pm on Monday 21st October, 2013.  

I wish you and your offspring a well deserved mid-term break.