The Sunday Mail
Wonders Christian Junior College in Chishawasha Hills has carved its own piece of history after attaining a 100 percent pass rate in the Grade Seven results – its first public examination.
Established in 2015 with only 36 students, the private school defied all odds and produced stellar results, earning itself a position among the country’s high performing schools, barely two years after its establishment.
Ninety percent of the students who sat for the Grade Seven examinations last year attained nine points and below, putting the school among some of the high performing junior institutions in the province.
In an interview, the headmaster of the school, Mr Bauren Matemayi, attributed the good pass rate to dedication and commitment from both students and the school leadership.
Mr Matemayi said the results were an affirmation of the institution’s determination to push a quality product on the market. “The results are reflective of the amount of work that both the leadership and the pupils put in since we had a shared vision – to excel.
“We did this while guided by our core values, which include respect, honesty, excellence and teamwork,” Mr Matemayi proudly declared in an interview this week.
He added that the academic excellence of the school was also hinged on a well-modelled curriculum and robust e-learning model which encourages and promotes engagement between pupils, parents and the teaching staff.
“The e-learning platform that we have entails the extensive use of the internet during learning. Students go into the computer lab to research and sometimes make use of platforms like YouTube to further enhance their understanding while in class.
“The learning process does not end in the classrooms, but it also extends to the parents, when we send them videos of the whole learning process, so that they also conceptualise the teaching methodologies, they can use when assisting pupils with homework,” he said.
“What makes our teaching model unique is that we also combine the Zimsec curriculum with a learning methodology called Christ-centred learning method where we apply biblical principles so that pupils can fully understand the subject.”
With a class of 20 pupils at most, Mr Matemayi said the teaching staff have enough time for each pupil, ensuring that learning becomes an enjoyable exercise than a mundane task.
The school also offers French lessons, in addition to a coterie of sporting activities that include cricket, hockey, basketball and tennis.
“We try to balance our pupils by offering them a good learning environment and sporting facilities in equal measure,” explained Mr Matemayi.
Apart from its feat in academic excellence, Wonders Christian Junior College also has a robust corporate social responsibility programme of assisting talented but disadvantaged pupils from the surrounding schools and communities.
Last year the school offered scholarships worth $48 000 to seven students from Chishawasha Primary School, who will have all their educational expenses catered for until they complete their primary education at Wonders Christian Junior College.
“That initiative to reach out to the talented but disadvantaged pupils is espoused in the core values of the institution. We have a mandate to assist and co-exist with our communities in a Godly way,” he said.
The private school also runs another scholarship, though with limited places, for students whose parents are employed in the civil service.
“We are a socially responsible institution that is guided by our core values and compassion is one of our major pillars,” said Mr Matemayi, an educationists with over 30 years of experience in the education sector.
Having started his career in teaching, Mr Matemayi worked in both the private and public sector and was at one time a principal lecturer with the then Ministry of Higher Education and Technology.
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