EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT: PRE-SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
“TREASURE TROVE” – Little Steps into a Big World!
Head of Department: Mrs M Anders
Grade 000: “Aunty Nyarai” (Mrs Tshuma)
Grade 00M: Mrs K Mukwenya
Grade 00A: Mrs M Anders
Grade 0L: Mrs Letso
Grade 0P: Mrs Pattison
Grade 000: maximum 10
Grade 00: maximum 12
Grade 0: maximum 24
Mrs Anders and the staff are passionate about developing the little ones, in body, mind and spirit. Our desire is to prepare children for formal school by using a combination of fun ideas and sound educational practice. The children are exposed to Integrated Learning Therapy, Art, Craft, Numeracy, Literacy, Physical Education, Music and Movement, Computers and Swimming. We have an annual Sports Day, a concert and a field trip, which are always enjoyed by the children.
Our aim is for our children to grow in ability, confidence and love for the Lord. We believe in praying and loving, caring, sharing, growing, developing, learning and nurturing in developing the children.
Head of Department: Mrs C Khola
Grade 1K Mrs C Khola
Grade 1L Mrs C Letso
Grade 2Kho Mrs E Khola
Grade 2W Mrs T Watambwa
Grade 3W Mrs E West
Grade 3R Mrs A Ruwodo
Our Infants Department, led by Mrs Khola, comprises a group of six passionate and enthusiastic staff. Building on the experiences from pre-school, the staff teach, nurture and guide the children in their conceptual development. There is a stress on moving gradually from the concrete (used as much as possible) towards the abstract. Effort and time are given to developing speech, diction and understanding.
MIDDLE AND UPPER PRIMARY
Head of Department: Mrs S Pswarai
Grade 4K Miss K Khumalo
Grade 4S Mr G Sithole
Grade 5J Mr T Jesseniah
Grade 5R Mrs C Rahman
Grade 6M Mrs V Mudzamba
Grade 6C Mr T Chapenga
Grade 7K Mrs N Khumalo
Grade 7P Mrs S Pswarai
Our Middle and Upper Primary Department, led by Mrs Pswarai, comprises a multi-talented staff. Some are qualified in working with children who experience learning differences, some have a counselling qualification, and all are dedicated teachers by profession. The emphasis in approach in this department is to continue what has been begun in the lower grades, building concept upon concept, (“precept upon precept”) working from the known to the unknown with the children.
Head of Department: Mr G Sithole
Teachers Mrs E Chindabata
Mr G Chiwara
Spoken Shona lessons begin half-way through the Grade 1 year. In Grade 2 the children move on to spoken and written work. Learning of the Shona language and culture is regarded as both important and vital in Zimbabwe today. One of Mrs Chindabata’s personal aims is to break down any negative attitudes that students may have towards the learning of Shona. The Shona teachers include a visit to Zimbabwe ruins, an outside traditional “cooking day”, and a visit to the marketplace at different stages.
All Grade 7 children write the Association of Trust Schools Shona examination, L1 and L2 as well as the Zimsec Grade 7 Shona examination. The results from the last two years are as follows:
Zimsec – 84%
ATS Chisz: L1 Shona – 97.14%
: L2 Shona – 77.78%
Zimsec – 88%
ATS Chisz: L1 Shona – 100%
: L2 Shona – 94%
Head of Department: Mr G Sithole
Remedial Staff Mr G Sithole
Mrs S Pswarai
Mr C Chapenga
Mr Sithole is qualified in special needs and has also undergone the Integrated Learning Therapy (ILT) training. He has bee awarded the National Institute of Learning Differences (NILD) Stage 1 qualification. Our remediation staff attend REMTA workshops when possible as a means to keep abreast with modern trends in the special needs field. We practice “inclusive remediation” where children with learning differences are assigned a session with the remedial teacher in the afternoons. Where children are seen to require more than this to assist them, parents are recommended to have their child assessed by an Educational Psychologist. Once the Assessment Report is forwarded to the school, we do our best to align our teaching and expectations with the recommendations given by the Educational Psychologist, together with input and support from the parents. Some children may be requested to attend a “remedial session” as a once off or for a few weeks, if having difficulty with a specific concept, but generally coping well.
Head of Department: Mr T Jesseniah
Teacher Miss N Cook
Pupils begin attending “computer” lessons in Grade 0, gaining confidence in the terminology of the basic hardware and use of the mouse, through simple interactive games on the computer. During their time in the primary school, all children learn to use Word, Spreadsheets, Excel and PowerPoint. The Grade 7 children sit the Association of Trust Schools CHISZ Computer Examination in the second half of their Grade 7 year. The practical and theory are done at separate times.
The results from the CHISZ Computer Examination for the last two years are:
2018 – 97.67%
2019 – 100%