U15 cricket pulls off amazing feat at U16 tournament

CBC’s U15A cricket team pulled off an incredible feat over Exeat Weekend when it traveled to Francistown for the John Mckenzie U16 Cricket Tournament…and finished second out of eight schools.

The young team, which exhibited both talent and sportsmanship, outclassed the other teams in its group to face Falcon’s U16s in the finals. CBC made a huge effort, limiting Falcon to 87 runs, however they only managed 47 runs themselves and were forced to settle for silver.

One of our own, R. Shazhad, was in the running for best batsman, falling short of the mark by only a few runs.

“It was a brilliant performance by the U15s who worked as a team and showed a great deal of passion for the game,” said Mrs A Nyabezi.

CBC U15As Cricket Tour to Botswana

Trip report by Quinn Sayer and Ricky Shahzad (CBC Media Club)

The tour started with our arrival at Zaraphath Lodge in Francis town on October16. We unpacked our bags in our rooms and then went to the mall for shopping. After that we went back to the lodge to rest for the oncoming tournament the next day.

There were eight teams in the tournament but we only played three. The first game we chased 72 and won in less than 8 overs with 8 wickets in hand.

The following game we were defending our total of 126 in 10 overs and won by 91 runs with 5 overs left.

In the finals we played Falcon’s U16As and had to chase down 81 runs in 10 overs on a large outfield with only 2 fours hit by CBC. At the end of it all we lost by 40 runs in 10 overs.

We came second out of eight and we all got silver medals, including our coaches, Mr Soweto and Mrs Nyabezi. Sunday was our journey back and we arrived in Bulawayo at around 2.30pm.

“We enjoyed playing as a team and working together and were proud of the fact that, as an U15 team, we made our way all the way to the finals in an U16s tournament,” said Sayer, Ricky and Matthew Nzewi. “We are hoping to improve our performance even further this coming weekend in the tournament to be hosted by CBC.”

Davidians takes the Inter-House Swimming

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It was a day of broken records when the CBC Inter-House Swimming Gala was held earlier this term, with three individual records broken, two by Dale Bruce and one by Grant Smith, as well as two house records by winning house, Davidians.

In the individual events, Dale Bruce broke the record for the 200m Individual Medley as well as the U16 50m breaststroke, while Grant Smith broke the U15 50m breaststroke record.

Meanwhile, the winning house, Davidians, broke two relay records, namely the U15 4x50m Medley Relay and the U15 4x50m Freestyle.

The final tally of points were as follows:

Davidians 549
Georgians 448
Andreans 424
Patricians 268


CBC is top swimming school in Zimbabwe

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CBC this term officially became the top swimming school in Zimbabwe, by first winning the Boys’ Inter-Schools Swimming Gala in Harare for the second year in a row and then following it up with a victory in the Inter-Schools Individual Gala held at CBC last week.

In Harare CBC came first with 464 points, St John’s College second with 449 points, St George’s third with 383 points, Hellenics fourth with 369 points, Peterhouse fifth with 299 points and Prince Edward sixth with 143 points.

Special mention went to the following: B. Cyprianos, G. Smith, J. Mckonie and D. Cyprianos for first places in individual events; B. Cyprianos, G. Smith, D. Bruce, D. Ferguson and R. Karner for second places in individual events; and B. Cyprianos, D. Ferguson, D. Bruce, G. Smith and J. Mckonie for third place wins in individual events.

In the exciting relay events, the U14s won one event, came second twice and third once; the U15s won two and came second twice; the U16s won three events and came second in one; the U17s came second and third in their relays; and the U20s won one relay and were placed third in three relay events.

CBC won the final relay of the day, the 10 Man Relay, comfortably beating St John’s by three seconds.

Back in Bulawayo, the final scores were as follows:

CBC 684
Falcon 658
MCC 410
Plumtree 251

In addition to powering the school to victory, there were also some great personal bests and records broken; in a couple of instances, in fact, more than one person broke the standing record in the race, namely L. O’Hara of Falcon (32.68) and CBC’s G. Smith (33.63) in the U15 50m breastroke, as well as O. Lacey (33.41) and D. Bruce (33.61), both of CBC, in the U16 50m breastroke.

In addition, Falcon’s O’Hara broke the record for the U15 50m butterfly (29.16) and CBC’s G. Smith broke the U15 50m Freestyle (27.63) .

The gala culminated in the exciting relay events, where records were once again shattered.

The U15 4x50m breastroke relay was broken by the CBC team of L. Jones, R. Isemonger, J. Smith and G. Smith, while the U20, 4x50m breaststroke relay was broken by the Falcon team of J. Schlachter, R. Herbst, L. Fragnoli and C. Pritchard.

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CBC holds 54th Speech Night and Prize Giving

CBC held its annual Speech Night and Prize Giving Ceremony on Wednesday, and here is the report by CBC Media Club reporter, Keletso Moyo. Photographs also by the CBC Media Club.
On Wednesday, October 14, Christian Brothers’ College held its 54th annual Speech Night and Prize Giving at the Bulawayo Amphitheatre in Centenary Park.
The programme started with the singing of the school song, Viriliter Age, after which our 2015 Senior Prefect, Mehul Patel, read from the Bible, Isaiah 40 vs 28-31. This was followed by the singing of The Edmund Rice Anthem and Bokani Dube, the Deputy Head Boy, reading Romans 5 vs 2-5.
We then sang a song which we had been practising with Mrs T Burns since first term, Nearer My God To Thee. It was led by the choir, singing at Speech Night for the first time in living memory, and was a very powerful song.
We were then addressed by several people, including Chairman of the Board, Mr P Edmeades, and headmaster, Mr K Muhomba, who gave a run down of the highlights of the school year at CBC, and then by Old Boy, Mr J. Rowland, the Guest of Honour. Mr Rowland spoke about the job market of the future and how graduating boys could position themselves to make sure they were able to secure meaningful work.
The programme then turned to the main part of the night: the prize giving ceremony. Over 100 prizes were awarded in academics, cultural and sporting achievements, the certificates and trophies handed out to the recipients by the Guest of Honour’s wife, Mrs S Rowland. The Media Club President, Kishan Parekh collected four prizes for Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
The prize giving culminated with a Vote of Thanks and final address by our outgoing head boy and then it was onto the part everyone had been waiting for, the Induction of prefects for 2016. As the names were called out and boys went running onto the stage to receive their blue ties from Mr Muhomba, the school was shouting with excitement. The top three were then announced, which were as follows:
Senior Prefect: Jason James
Deputy Head Boy: Alvim Simango
Head Boy: Mkhokheli Nkomo
Our 2016 Head Boy then gave an inspiring speech, demonstrating his strong presence in the CBC Debate Team, and we ended with the National Anthem.
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College fair for CBC

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EducationUSA Bulawayo will host the Council of International Schools (CIS) College Fair in the city…and CBC is proud to be the host school. The fair will be held from 1pm to 4.30pm on Thursday, October 22, and is open to all students from Form four to Form Six, together with their parents and teachers.

CIS is a global non-profit membership organisation that provides services to higher education institutions and individuals focused on international education. The organisation coordinates visits to a number of countries in Africa and 21 admissions officers from universities and colleges in United States, Canada, Switzerland and Spain participate.

The aim of the fair is to inform students in the region about the study opportunities available in the countries represented and how best they can be assisted through the application process.

Venue: Christian Brothers College
Date: 22 October 2015
Time: 1pm- 4:30pm

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Quad dedicated to late headmaster

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CBC headmaster, Mr DI Thomson, passed away almost exactly one year ago…but his strong presence is still keenly felt throughout the college in many ways. Mr Thomson was an extremely hard working man and was still coming in to the college and working in his office days before he died. From his office he could see the entrance to the Resource Centre, a well equipped computer and audio visual facility which was a project close to his heart. And, behind that, the quad, an area shaded by leafy jacaranda and flamboyant trees and designated as a gathering place for Christmas Carols, Academic Assembly and Form One Orientation, among other events. It’s a cool, tranquil oasis amidst the bustling college and another project Mr Thomson initiated and cherished. So it was fitting when, on the last day of school, the final Mass was held in the quad, followed by a dedication of the area to his memory. From now on the area will be known as the DI Thomson Quad and as outgoing Head Boy, Bersal Williams, sang the stirring opening solo of the song, You Lift Me Up, it was evident to everyone there that the spirit of the iconic headmaster would live on through this and many other treasured memories. Rest in peace, Mr Thomson.

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CBC finishes strong in Crusaders Trophy


CBC First Team waterpolo put on a strong and spirited performance in the 78th Crusaders Shield Tournament played at Chisipite High School in Harare this weekend, narrowly missing out on second place after a 4-7 loss against St John’s.

CBC came in third, out of six strong waterpolo-playing schools, behind St John’s (second) and Falcon who won the tournament.

The six competing schools were placed as follows:

1st Falcon
2nd St John’s
3rd CBC
4th Hellenic
5th St George’s
6th Peterhouse

Congratulations to the boys, First Team coach, Mr. T. Jardine, and manager, Mr Khumalo.


CBC holds first Inter-House singing competition

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The CBC music department hosted its first Inter-House Singing Competition last Tuesday, with Davidians narrowly winning by a point against stiff competition from Geogians. All boys sang with gusto for their houses, enjoying what was labeled as “a first for CBC”.

The music department has stated a culture which includes inter-class competition in first term, inter-house singing in the second term and Christmas Carols in third term.

Andreans, which sang first, emerged last in the competition with Bailey Maidwell being the choirmaster; they sang the set song which was Imagine and their own song which was ‘’When I see you again” from the popular Fast and Furious franchise.

Next up were Davidians, the eventual winners ,who sang the set song then “All of Me” with Kayibongwe Malunga leading them to victory.

Georgians, the favourites in the run-up to the competition, then followed with the set song and their own song, “Stay with Me” with Ralph Magosvonge leading them in song. Patricians rounded up the afternoon with the set song and “Pompeii”, led by Meheul Patel .

Headmaster, Mr. Muhomba, gave the vote of thanks, thanking music teacher, Mrs. Burns, for the event, as well as the school for giving of their best. Lastly he showed his gratitude to the guest of honour , Mrs. Anderson, former CBC music teacher who also donated the shield for the inaugural competition.

This was history being made at CBC, with the 2015 students being the pioneers in the music department; grateful thanks should go to the judges who helped the boys realise their dreams.

A huge thanks also to the parents who supported the event and last, but certainly not least, to Mrs. Burns for her magnificent idea. We hope this culture will continue and flourish at CBC.

By Muzi Ndlovu, CBC Media Club

EducationUSA holds photography clinic

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The CBC Media Club was privileged to host another visit from Rebecca Zeigler-Mano of the US Embassy’s EducationUSA and Chenje Katanda of School Sports Network, this time for an intensive clinic on sports photography.

One of the most challenging forms of photography, Chenje helped the Media Club members map their way through the often confusing world of aperture, shutter speed and F-stops, made all the more difficult when trying to capture action shots.

The SSN has grand plans for future collaborations with the club, developing a system where the Media Club feeds reports on school events to the network, thus streamlining the dissemination of news and raising the profile of sport not only at CBC but Matabeleland as a whole.

The CBC club is part of a growing network of media clubs being supported by EducationUSA and SNN.

“We greatly appreciate the support shown to the club by both organisations and are looking forward to working even more closely with them in the future,” said a spokesman for the Media Club.

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CBC makes its mark for Zim

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CBC sportsmen have been making their mark on the national arena, representing Zimbabwe in a variety of disciplines throughout the region.

One of the most exciting national selections was for CBC First Team rugby player, Tinotenda Msasanure, chosen to play in the Zim Sables side in the prestigious Craven Week held in Stellenbosch, SA, earlier this month.

Said Tino: “It was a huge honour to represent my country at Craven Week and the first-time exposure was great. A big thanks to my coaches, Mr Nesbitt and Mr Dangah, as well as my family and friends.”

Added Mr Dangah: “Tino has grown with each passing game. The technical aspects of his game have improved tremendously and the future of CBC rugby is embodied in his determination and zeal to perform. Tino’s rise is as guaranteed as CBC’s. Viriliter Age!”

Meanwhile CBC “newbies”, Brandon James and Jesse Phiri, were selected to play for the Zim U14 cricket side which traveled to Benoni and were undefeated.

And last but not least CBC basketball player, Davison Chivero, was chosen to play in the national team when they took on Botswana in Bulawayo recently.

Said basketball coach, Mr M. Mhlanga: “Davison was a dominant player in the U16s when I decided to season him for the First Team by putting him in some of their games. He is fast, agile and can finish with either hand, making him a versatile attacking threat. As he grows older and bulks up, he will be able to become a post up player as well which completes an offensive player

“It’s exciting to think how good he will be in two years time: his ceiling is very high indeed!”

Statement from the Headmaster

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The Headmaster of Christian Brothers’ College, Mr Kizito Muhomba, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Brian Beattie as Sports Director of the College.

Mr Beattie is a former Zimbabwe rugby player who represented the country at the 1991 World Cup and the All Africa Games in 1995 and remains passionate about the sport.

Bulawayo born and bred, Mr Beattie attended Milton High School where he played rugby and waterpolo. He is still an active sportsman and enjoys clay pigeon shooting and bass fishing for Zimbabwe.

The College welcomes Mr Beattie to the staff and looks forward to benefiting from his extensive sporting experience.

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Statement from the Board of Governors

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The Christian Brothers’ College Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Kizito Muhomba as Headmaster of the College with immediate effect.

He holds a B.Sc. (Ed) from the University of Zimbabwe. Mr Muhomba joined the staff of CBC in 2001 and was the Head of the Mathematics Department from 2003 to 2005, Sports Master from 2006 to 2014 and Acting Headmaster from August 2014.

The College body looks forward to a long, effective and mutually beneficial relationship with Mr Muhomba.

Yours faithfully

Peter Edmeades,
Board Chairman

College art excels

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Christian Brothers’ College entered a number of Form One boys in the annual Bulawayo Trade Fair Home Industries Art competition and is proud to announce that it had winners in every category.

There were three sections in the category for Form One students, each with its own title, which the boys interpreted in their own imaginative and individual way.

The following are the prize winners in each section:

My Best Friend (Pencil Shading/Charcoal)

  • 1st Pavel Nondo
  • 3rd Zwelithini Mazithulela

The Storm

  • 1st Benjamin Sheasby

Still Life

  • 1st Benjamin Sheasby
  • 2nd Pavel Nondo
  • 3rd Zwelithini Mazithulela

Pavel received a travel bag for the best exhibit in his section, while the other two first place prize winners received cash prizes.

“Congratulations to all the winners!” said Mrs Edmeades. “We have an abundance of talent in all forms which will ensure the continued success of our Art department.”


CBC Debate dominates

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Members of the CBC Debate Team have won two prestigious competitions in as many weeks: first the team was crowned the champions of the 2015 NUST Webb Debating Championships and then, not even two weeks later, it took first place in a debate tournament organised by Zimcodd.

At the NUST championships, Mkhokheli Nkomo and George Mhlanga, who made up the college B team, talked their way to the top in the all-CBC finals, their opposing team being Bokani Dube and Sizo Ncube of the college A Team…and ultimately took the championship.

A spirited performance from both teams underpinned why CBC is one of the top debating schools in the country, having earlier battled it out against teams from Sizane and Dominican Convent in the semi-finals.

The prestigious competition, run under the British Parliamentary style, had as its final debate the motion: This house would privatise Zinwa and Zesa, with both teams displaying excellent debate technique.

The college fielded four teams altogether and came away with more than just the trophy: Mkhokheli was also named Best Speaker of the Tournament with George and Sizo taking fourth and fifth place respectively.

The team continued its domination when it came first in a tournament organised by Zimcodd, an organisation which seeks to increase awareness and educate society on social and economic rights as enshrined in the national constitution.

Team A, led by deputy Head Boy, Bokani Dube, and comprised of Sizo Ncube and George Mhlanga, demonstrated excellence, character and maturity in the way they articulated issues as well as in their in-depth understanding of the matters debated.

Another highlight for CBC – and deserving special mention – was when new debate members, Tristan Knight, Andrew Cherry and Ayanda Khumalo, who had not had a week of preparation like other teams but who had gone along to support Team A and observe, stood up and spontaneously formed Team B which filled in for a school that did not attend. The team went on to lose the first match, win the second one and lose narrowly a tightly-contested third match. A remarkable achievement!

Ayanda also went on to compete in the Public Speaking category in which he came third.

Said Debate President, Bokani: “It was a very good start for the new members and an excellent demonstration of the school spirit, ‘Veriliter Age’, especially given that they had not prepared for the debate like other teams. It also shows that interest in debate is growing and so is the debate club, both in terms of numbers and quality, thanks to Patron, Mrs Mashazhu’s efforts.”

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