The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Maranatha Prize Giving Day a Success

A good school is measured by its ability to adapt to change and fostering compliance to global economic trends. Well Cool Lifestyle last week was invited to the inaugural Maranatha Christian High School speech and prize giving day.

The event saw 16 excelling students scooping awards such as certificates and individualised shields, with the best student receiving a Lenovo laptop sponsored by ZB Bank.

The awards ranged academic excellence, music, smartness, sports, entrepreneurship and best behaviour.

The programme opened with the smartly dressed school choir in their uniform leading the national anthem.

Interestingly to note, the school choir composed the Maranatha theme song which talks about the school and Christian setting.

"It was an exhilarating performance as these youngsters ensemble with guitars and drums chanting the tune," said Tapiwa from Westgate, an attendee at the event.

Denis Mareya (16), a lower student was voted as the best outstanding student of the year and was very happy.

"I am excited that I was voted the best student award. Indeed hard work pays. My secret is being principled and focused," Denis said joyfully.

Speaking at the speech and prize giving day, Minister of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture Senator David Coltart said schools' nature is to sculptor personalities.

"Teachers' role cannot be over emphasised as they are role models. They are tasked with the critical job of moulding the children socially, academically and spiritually all in line with the ideals of the school's value," he said.

The minister said schools should also move with time.

"Schools of this day and age have a big challenge to fight redundancy and stay relevant in a technologically vibrant era. I am glad that the school has emerged at a time when the order of the day is ever changing technological environment. If you don't adapt to change you become irrelevant and obsolete," he said.

Senator Coltart also urged pupils to make use of the exposure they get and to discover their talents.

"Make the best of every opportunity the school offers you. Remember that the school is the platform on which you showcase your package of potentialities and talents. Deploy yourselves before the world employs and swallows you into oblivion," he said.

School principal Mr Gordon Mafara said the school has invested heavily in ICT.

"We are very happy that we are moving with times and our students are catching up with the world of technology," he said.

The principal added that the school to date has fared well in sport considering that the teams had limitations in depth due to low numbers.

"We managed to compete well in the basketball tournaments and on the academic front, we will be having our first ordinary and advanced level students writing next year, "he said.

The private school has an enrolment of 30 students. The event was graced by education ministry officials and community leaders.

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