Norton-based David Mascott Country School is becoming a centre of excellence for sports and wellness in Zimbabwe as evidenced by the multiplicity of stakeholders who thronged the elite educational institution on Saturday 24 September 2022.
Addressing participants during the highly-subscribed event yesterday, Hon Temba Mliswa, the Member of the National Assembly for Norton, said sports and wellness are key ingredients for fitness and wellbeing.
“Comprehensive education only becomes possible if learners embrace sports and wellness. Wellness extends to the food that we eat. As part of wellness, food and nutrition security is essential for the attainment of sustainable development goals (SDGs). In order to have an active and healthy citizenry, there is a need to engage in a variety of sporting activities,” Hon Mliswa said.
Apart from the physical sporting activities, parents and students received comprehensive education about life and good health from various stakeholders who graced the occasion.
The National AIDS Council (NAC), represented by Mrs Virginia Tausa, was one of the key stakeholders that participated in the sports and wellness day. It took the opportunity to teach people about HIV and AIDS which it does nationally through the coordination of the various multi-sectoral responses.
NAC officials encouraged people to get tested for HIV frequently because when they know their HIV status, they will be able to protect themselves from getting infected and if they are negative or if they are positive, they will protect the next person by not infecting them.
Alenda Banda representing Councillor Mugwagwa for Ward 14 in Norton, thanked David Mascott Country School for proving beyond doubt that it was the leading centre of excellence in terms of sports and wellness not only in the ward and Mashonaland Province but the nation as a whole.
Mr Solomon Bonongwe, Headmaster of David Mascott County School thanked stakeholders who contributed in various ways to making the Sports and Wellness Day the huge success that it was.
He singled out Mr. Peace Nyaira of Husqvarna who prepared the venue grounds and supplied equipment like lawnmowers. Mr. Marshall Kagoro, the Operations Director of Interlogix Customised Freight Solutions donated 20 bags of cement to David Mascott School while Maropafadzo donated fuel for the event.
Other stakeholders included Old Mutual; Ruvimbo Funeral Policy; Sunny Yi Feng; Tambatese who provided the children’s play area, Eddie’s hiring who provide the decoration, tents and chairs; KidzCan who provided cancer awareness for children; and Tensor among other corporates.
“I can safely say the event was successful because we managed to do various sports like the fun run for adult athletes, Zumba dance and various ball games like soccer, netball, and volleyball,” said Mrs Getrude Mandizvidza, the Director of David Mascott Country School.
The sporting activities promote awareness of the importance of sports and wellness, not only in the Norton community but the nation at large.
The Sport and Wellness Day also exposes David Mascott Country School to various stakeholders.
Mr Edson Chauke, the District Schools Inspector for Chegutu hailed David Mascott Country School for maintaining a 100% pass rate for Grade 7 results since 2018 and encouraged authorities to continue working hard so as to improve educational outcomes for students.
David Mascott Country School has a teacher: pupil ratio of 1:25. There is a cordial working relationship between the parents and the school – a feat that must be emulated by other schools countrywide.