The Traditional Dance group forms part of our extra curricula activities. It endeavours to instill into our children the traditional values and appreciation of the Zimbabwean culture in dance and art. It is composed of a group of 30 girls and receives training in dance and culture once a week.
Our school is part of a sub- Saharan Africa and UK partnership called Connecting Classrooms which is sponsored by the British Council. It started in 2008. Connecting Classrooms projects links more than 2000 young people from around the world. Our school is in a cluster called Rise and Shine Together. This cluster involves 3 schools in England, 3 Schools in South Africa and 3 schools in Zimbabwe.
In our cluster we do projects in different subjects of the curriculum. These projects enable the children to share ideas and exchange knowledge about the different cultures involved. It has been a successful partnership and we hope to carry on.
The introduction of musical instruments (marimba, mbira and guitar) at Dominican Convent Primary School has seen the spicing of school functions. Young girls can play the instruments very skilfully. The clubs have received trophies and certificates . Because of their outstanding performances, the clubs have been invited to various events. Europe has already lined up performances for the club in April 2012 and hopefully, the girls will shine.
Sewing or needlework as it is known to most is offered at the school , starting from Grade 4-7. The aim is to make pupils acquire skills , investigate a need, respond to an opportunity and produce an end product, modifying and evaluating their work as appropriate.The skills are to start getting developed at an early stage hence starting the teaching of the subject at Grade 4.The subject is introduced and taught in such a way as to foster a liking, if not a love for the subject. Girls are encouraged to aim at attractive, well stitched articles
Grade 4 stage - Girls are introduced to learning the basic stitches, the types, names and also the methods of working them. By the end of the year a simple article like a table runner, cushion cover or a wall hanger should be produced which should encompass all the stitches taught.This first article to be made should be very simple but colourful.
Grade 5 stage – As progress is made up the school the girls are now expected to work finer stitches. An article is selected by the teacher with careful thought to ensure that all stages in sewing are introduced gradually and carefully.
Grade 6 stage – At this stage girls are now introduced to lessons of a practical nature with everyone encouraged to develop performing skills. A garment to fit is usually selected as the article for the year group.Articles like aprons, skirts, simple blouses or shorts are some of the items that can be selected from for the girls to work on for that year.
Grade 7 stage – At this stage girls are made to work on articles which require variety of different skills like lace attachment , scalloping or some embroidery work on an article made. Through the assessing, recording ,reporting and monitoring of each child’s individual need we aim to help every pupil to progress at her individual pace including the most able and those with specific learning difficulties.
Sewing club is an afternoon activity which allows girls to further explore their skills and talents on other articles they are made to work on. Its held every Wednesday from 1:45 -3:45pm.