Thursday, September 21, 2017

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March updates

for Wednesday 23rd are as follows:

  • Primary Classes will finish at 11:40 am
  • Secondary Classes will finish at 12 Noon.
  • There will be no lunch for day students.
  • Lunch will be served to Boarders only.
  • Boarders may leave after lunch.

Following the departure of students teachers will be available until 4:00 pm to meet with parents to discuss student progress.

May we also take this opportunity to remind all parents of the new fee structure that will be put in place next term. This structure gives parents the option of paying fees in full at the start of the term or paying on a monthly basis. We hope this will help parents plan and help to ensure the sustainability of the school. We are also very awre of the instability of the Kwacha and are constantly monitoring its progress so as to make any necessary adjustments to fees as is deemed necessary. Currently all school fees are being calculated at a rate of 670 to the $., this is the rate that will remain in place for the start of next term.

As a school we have started planning for the 2016-17 school year and we will be asking Year 9 students for their final option choices for IGCSE courses at the start of next term. Details of this will be sent home to all concerned parents in the coming days and we will be explaining the process to Year 9 students before the end of term.

In addition we will be asking all parents to confirm their intentions as to their child’s/children’s education for the coming academic year. At this point we can also confirm that base $ fee from which school fees are calculated will not change for the coming school year. Sadly due to conditions beyond our control we cannot predict how the Kwacha will be behave but as mentioned above we will monitor it closely.

Students in Year 6 have been completing their assessments in recent weeks and completing their entry tests for places in the senior school. As mentioned in the press we will be holding more tests in Lilongwe on the 16th April and tests here in Mzuzu as and when required. Thus, registration for the 2016-17 school year is open and all interested parents should contact the school as soon as possible. It should also be noted that a number of scholarships remain available for new students sitting entry tests.

Along with Mrs Yates I have just returned from a trip to Blantyre and Lilongwe where we met with a number of interested parents and marketed the school. These sessions were not as well attended as we had hoped but slowly the school’s profile is growing across the country. In order to further develop this we would ask all parents to help by putting your interested friends and colleagues in touch with the school.

During the last week of term we have two visitors in school from the United States. Ms Elizabeth Chapman and Ms Jessica McCarthy both work with Maloto in the US; Ms Chapman runs the Maloto Office in Nyack New York, and Ms McCarthy works closely with donors in raising funds for the various Maloto projects. Both ladies will be spending some time in school this week looking at how best our generous supporters in the United States and elsewhere can help the school.

Although our students and teachers are preparing for a well-deserved break before the rigours of term 3 please spare a thought for our Year 11 students who will be spending the holiday revising and preparing for their upcoming IGCSE Examinations. While we obviously wish them the best as they move towards this important step in their educational careers, the results of which will have a great bearing on their immediate future, I would remind them that they will create their own luck. As a greater golfer once said- the more I practised the luckier I got! The sacrifice of time now in preparing for these examinations will reap great rewards.

As the saying goes all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so we were delighted that some of our senior girls took a little time off from their studies to play in a recent volleyball competition. This school has a tremendous tradition in ladies volleyball and this was continued with a win in the Honourable Jappie Mlango Northern Region Volleyball League. This is not an interschool’s league but a ladies competition indicating the standard of our young ladies in this sport. Congratulations ladies on yet another fine performance.

Lastly may we take this opportunity to wish you all a very restful and happy Easter break and we hope to see you all refreshed and ready to face the challenges of the last term of this current school year.

With best wishes

Peter Yates