Dominican Convent High School has four competitive houses that compete in areas such as academics, cultural and sporting activities. They are named after Catholic leaders and saints. Each House has two Teachers-in-Charge, two House Captains, House Mothers (Upper Six students who are each given a Form to act as a big sister to), and staff are allocated duties.
Each House has about 140 girls from Form One to the Sixth Form. There are competitions throughout the year. House Points are awarded for academic work, and Merit Badges are awarded to those in each house with the highest House Points in their house and class once a term. The House with the highest number of house points is awarded the coveted Sr. Cupertina Trophy at the school’s end-of-year Prize Giving Ceremony.
HOUSES 2017 STAFF LIST
MEETING – QUAD
MEETING – HALL
MEETING – LECTURE THEATRE
MEETING – ART ROOM
Ms. Forbes – TIC
Mrs Shamu – Vice
Ms R. Sithole
Mrs Freeman – TIC
Mr Mhonyera – Vice
Mrs Bourdillion – TIC
Ms Kapfumvuti – Vice
Mrs J. Sithole
Mrs Purse – TIC
Mrs Magwere – Vice
Rotary Youth Exchange
Dominican Convent High School has been an active participating school in the Rotary Youth Exchange, and a few of our students have spent a year abroad in Germany and the USA. Opportunities are available for girls to apply to be a part of this program, and to host Rotary Youth Exchange students from other countries in their homes.
- GEOGRGE’S & DOMINICAN CONVENT INTERACT CLUB
This is the junior arm of Rotary International and is only available to Sixth Form girls. Selection is by the previous years’ members, and is based on applications and interviews by hopeful Fifth Formers. The club has a committee with a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Social Coordinator and Service Coordinator.
The club meets with the St. George’s Interact Club members at least twice a month to discuss ways in which they can help the local community. They also pay visits to local beneficiaries. On a weekly basis, the Convent Girls and St George’s Boys volunteer at Harare Children’s Home and Emerald Hill School for the Deaf. The club also holds other fundraising activities such as selling roses and love-related paraphernalia on Valentine’s Day, the annual Mr & Miss Interact beauty pageant, a yearly visit to Mtemwa, and so on.
This is an arm of the Interact Club, and it has its own Leader and organizing committee. The girls visit two families in Dzivarasekwa once a month, and donate food, clothing, toiletries, money for school and examination fees. The club members also host parties and give life guidance to the young members of the families.
Once a term, the National Blood Services of Zimbabwe come to the school to hold a blood drive. All school girls who are sixteen years or older and have sought the permission of their parents are welcome to donate blood on this day on a voluntary basis. We are very proud of the fact that one of the school’s squash coaches, Glyn Jermyn, is the country’s top female blood donor. As of 2014, she had made 206 blood donations, and is still counting!
Every year, each class is tasked to come up with a fundraising activity whose proceeds go towards a charity of the class’ choice. In the past, classes have chosen to donate food to charity organizations such as Streets Ahead, sold refreshments at school plays and concerts to donate the money, and even held exciting concerts themselves. At the school’s end-of-year Prize Giving Awards, the class which had the most impactful fundraising initiative is awarded the Elaine van Rensburg Memorial Trophy for the Class which has contributed most to Community Spirit.
Last year, the library coordinated the school in donating a large number of books to Tongogara Refugee Camp.
CLUBS & SOCIETIES
The clubs in the school also embark on fundraising initiatives in various forms, including Christmas performances at old age homes, donations, and visits to local beneficiaries of their choice.
Staff Afternoon Activity Schedule
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Afternoon activity timetable (coming soon)
Father Tendai Mashayamombe
Sister Angela Hoenner
At the beginning of each term, an Opening Mass is held, and at the end of the term, a Closing Mass is held. Hymn practice is held every Thursday in the school hall. Once a year, a Form Mass is held in the school Chapel. Each class also has Recollection once a year—a one-day retreat to a local Catholic venue as an opportunity to reconnect with God and foster relationships with classmates. In October, the Upper Sixth Form has their Valete Mass—a special farewell mass in which they celebrate together their years at their Convent. The school also holds mass to celebrate Ash Wednesday at the beginning of Lent, and coordinates the girls to donate groceries for alms-giving to the local community.
The first stone of the Convent Chapel, dedicated to St. Dominic, was placed on 2nd February 1908. The foundation stone was laid by Rev. H Gillet, S.J., in the reign of Pope Pius X and of King Edward VII. The School Chapel was officially opened on the 4th of August 1908; the Very Rev. Father Gartlan, S.J., Perfect Apostolic, came from Bulawayo to perform the ceremony.
Christian Life Community
This society meets as form groups once a week to discuss aspects of their walk as Christians, as well as ways to impact the community. It is open to all Christians, regardless of church denomination.
Dominican Youth Movement
This movement meets once a week to discuss the values of the Dominican Order, to organize outreach events, camps and various other activities.
The School Prayer
From St Thomas’ Prayer for Students
O infinitely perfect Creator
Whose wisdom created heaven and earth
In great beauty.
You are the source of light and of love
And the beginning of all things.
Pour out your light on the darkness of my ignorance and sinfulness.
Guide my tongue so I may always praise You.
Give me keenness of understanding,
Make me able to remember,
Quick and prompt to learn,
Wise to solve difficulties,
Fluent and ready in speech.
Show me how to begin
And hold me by the hand as I go on.
And when my work is ended,
Be its blessing and completion
You who are both God and Man
Living with the Father and the Holy Spirit
World without end.