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Brief History of MCS

1982 was a difficult year for Gweru. Fuel was in short supply, Bata was threatening to close down, many in the business community were moving elsewhere and the morale of the populace was at an all-time low! In the midst of this turmoil, the Lord brought the people who would pave the way for a Christian school in Gweru together. Reverend Marius Schalerkamp, Peter Jenkins, Vivian Jenkins and Heynie Liebenberg were going to be the people that spearheaded the establishment of a Christian primary school. The concept, as proposed by the Jenkins, would be a private Christian school with a strong outreach impact on its community. This was accepted and adopted.

There were, however, a number of teething troubles that made attempts to start the school seem futile. Problems such as: getting government approval, securing land within the city limits and competing against a group of business men whose intention was to open a private school in Gweru too, were only the tip of the iceberg! A number of meetings had to be held with high ranking government officials including Mr Mutumbuka (minister of education at the time) and Deputy Prime Minister Simon Muzenda in order to ensure the school could open officially. Permission to start a Christian primary school was eventually granted in 1983 and so Midlands Christian School (MCS) was born.
The initial enrolment at MCS was 115 pupils. Some pupils were in composite classes because the numbers were inadequate to fill a class of every grade. MCS also had 5 teachers, however, shortly before school was set to begin, one teacher was unable to join the school. There was very little time to react! As a result, Trevor and Esme Hepple, who were planning a move to Gweru close to a year later, came to the rescue by bringing their move forward. It meant that Trevor had to commute to his job in Kwekwe daily so that Esme could begin teaching at MCS. Their contribution in this way was greatly valued and Esme’s unfortunate death due to cancer in 1994 was a great loss to the school community. It was through the sacrifice of many individuals such as Esme that Midlands Christian School was established.