Student Life

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

 

ALBERT (RED)

 

DOMINIC (GREEN)

 

PATRICK (BLUE

 

THOMAS (YELLOW)

 

 

MEETING – QUAD

 

 

MEETING – HALL

 

MEETING – LECTURE THEATRE

 

MEETING – ART ROOM

 

Ms. Forbes – TIC

Mrs Shamu – Vice

Mr Mapaya

Mrs Mazarura

Ms R. Sithole

Ms Tabikira

Mr Chitemauswe

Mrs Kanyenze

Mr Chikomba

Mr Mukapa

Mr Chidavaenzi

 

Mrs Freeman – TIC

Mr Mhonyera – Vice

Mrs Chibi

Mr Gumbo

Mr Mashiri

Mrs Mubaiwa

Mr Chibvuri

Mrs Nyabezi

Mr Tsinakwadi

Mrs Mkharo

Ms Paundi

 

Mrs Bourdillion – TIC

Ms Kapfumvuti – Vice

Mrs Bangani

Mr Chikuku

Mrs Chikuku

Mrs Gondo

Mr Maposa

Mrs J. Sithole

Ms Gonese

Mrs Tivafukidze

Mr Matimba

Mrs Lobb

 

 

Mrs Purse – TIC

Mrs Magwere – Vice

Mrs Gumbo

Mrs Muwori

Mr Nyamayaro

Mr Ndambakuwa

Mr Chikomba

Mr Mahanya

Mrs Palha

Ms Kurewa

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Community Service

  1. 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.

DZIVARASEKWA SERVICE

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.

BLOOD DONATION

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!

CLASS FUNDRAISERS

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.

LIBRARY

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

  Sport TIC Staff
1 BALLROOM GUMBO GWERU
2 BASKETBALL MAGWERE KANYENZE
3 FIELD HOCKEY CHIBVURI PAUNDI GONESE KUREWA
4 FOOTBALL CHIKUKU CHIBI NYAMAYARO
5 GOLF MHONYERA KAPFUMVUTI
6 GYMNASTICS PURSE MUKAPA
7 INDOOR HOCKEY CHIBVURI CHDAVAENZI NYABEZI
8 KARATE GUMBO CHIKOMBA
9 RUGBY NDAMBAKUWA
10 SQUASH MAZARURA TIVAFUKIDZE
11 SWIMMING LOBB FORBES MUBAIWA
12 TENNIS PAUNDI SITHOLE R
13 SOCIAL SWIMMING MGIJIMA
14 BRIDGE BOURDILLON
15 CASSA CHOIR TIVAFUKIDZE MUBAIWA
16 CHESS SHAMU MAPOSA/GUMBO
17 CLC TABIKIRA
18 CURRENT AFFAIRS MASHIRI PAUNDI
19 DEBATE (SNR) MGIJIMA
20 DEBATE (JNR)

 

NYABEZI MGIJIMA
21 ALLIED ARTS NCUBE MHONYERA
22 DRAMA

 

PURSE MUKAPA GWERU
23 DYM MKHARO SR KUDZAI
24 ENGLISH CHOIR 1 MATIMBA MUTERO
25 ENGLISH CHOIR 2 MATIMBA MUTERO
26 FIRST AID (JNR) KUREWA
27 FIRST AID (SNR) BANGANI
28 GUITAR MATIMBA FREEMAN
29 HUMAN RIGHTS MAGWERE FREEMAN
30 INTERACT KAPFUMVUTI TSINAKWADI
31 MARIMBA MUWORI TSINAKWADI CHIKOMBA
32 MBIRA CHIKANDA MATIMBA
33 MODEL UNITED GAPARA MASHIRI
34 NDIMI DZOSE CHIKUKU MUTERO
35 SCIENCE CLUB CHIKOMBA SITHOLE R
36 LIFELINE/YAA MAZARURA SITHOLE R
37 SHONA PUBLIC SPEAKING/ DEBATE MUWORI
38 TOASTMASTERS GAPARA
39 PUBLIC SPEAKING GAPARA
40 QUIZ MAPAYA
41 SQUASH BOURDILLON
42 WILDLIFE NDAMBAKUWA
43 GATE DUTY/ STAFF PARKING CHIKANDA

 

Afternoon activity timetable (coming soon)

 

Spiritual

CHAPLAIN

Father Tendai Mashayamombe

MOTHER SUPERIOR

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.

Amen