Welcome back! I trust you all had a wonderful August break and have returned feeling refreshed and able to enjoy this wonderful Spring weather.
The term commences with many sporting and cultural activities as per the calendar. I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming events. The third term is going to be a very exciting and busy one for our learners. To name a few of these exciting events: our Matric Dinner, Parent Info Evenings, High School Sport Evening, Primary School drama production, MCS 5th birthday celebrations, Art Auction, summer sport, Junior Swimming gala and many more! I look forward to seeing our parents at some of these events.
This year we celebrate our 5th year being a Cambridge school following the International Cambridge Curriculum. We will have our MCS birthday celebrations on the 30th of September with a celebratory birthday assembly and a high tea party afterwards.
The last five years, since I started, seems to have gone so fast. I do look back with a great deal of pride and we all, learners, parents and teachers are so privileged to be part of this wonderful institution, MCS. As a school we don’t allow ourselves enough time to sit back and enjoy the numerous accolades that we’ve achieved over the last 5 years.
Ralph Emerson once said: Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Three ladies got together one afternoon in August 2009 and they had a dream and a lot of enthusiasm. The first lady was Daleen Taylor, she had a dream, Mrs Ansa Human had a sudden realization and I wanted to return to my first passion education – working with children. The seed was planted and fed with passion, perseverance, risk taking. We had a dream; to open an independent High School offering an Internationally recognised education. The rest is history.” We opened our High School doors on the 13th of January 2010 with 23 students.
As a school our achievements are numerous, to mention a few:
- During the last five years we almost doubled our number of learners from 160 learners to 315. We are in a very fortunate position that we have a selection process – not all the applications are successful. We can also be very proud of the calibre of students that we attract. There is a lot of interest in our school and our curriculum and the feedback is very positive towards our school. As a school we are truly blessed with our successes and growth!
- Our staff component increased from 12 to 33 staff members.
- We appointed masters of discipline, specialized subject teachers and learner support teachers.
- We built 10 new class rooms plus a canteen -, a library area and bathrooms.
- Completed an eight lane swimming pool.
- Paved and tiled roads and corridors.
- Installed data projectors & CCTV cameras in all the class rooms.
- We outsourced our ICT centres and canteen area.
- We have already received an astonishing 199 subject distinctions during our CIE internationally external exams and with a 90% AS pass rate. Our head girl of 2011, Zane Engelbrecht, received 100% in her IGCSE Afrikaans 1st Language and received the Cambridge World-Wide Academic Awards!
- We also received, for the last two years that we participated in the CIE external exams, above world class averages for Gr 6 & 8 Maths, Science/ Biology and English.
- We improved our sport participation i.e. from 0 netball teams to 11 netball teams.
- We currently present numerous summer- & winter sports for our learners and are affiliated with the SACCSA league.
- We introduced and are so proud of our Marimba band and school choir.
- We also introduced & implemented our school’s new value system, new code of conduct and designed and implemented 50 new school policies.
- With the help of our incredible MCS parents we took our fund raising to a new level with our highly successful Cambridge Food Festival.
- We are also affiliated with Thinking Schools South Africa and will strive to become an accredited Thinking School with University of Exeter, London.
- We also invested a lot of money in class room resources and text books.