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Prelude

Starting in the 2nd school term of 2015, the school website will feature, in the News Section, interesting articles of an educational and/or human interest value.  Initially these articles will be published on a bi-weekly schedule, but this may increase depending on the number of articles or stories found.  Some articles may be published in their entirety whilst others, due to copyright issues, will be published in part with a link to the website featuring the full article.

The school website would like to encourage Girls' College students and staff to notify the website team of any articles or stories that they deem interesting and worthy of inclusion.  If a contributed article is published on the school website, the student or staff member will be acknowledged.  If the contributing student or staff member has an interesting story behind how they found said article, feel free to tell the website team and it will be included along with the interesting article.  You can do this by contacting Miss Thandi Banda.

The publishing of these articles is meant to encourage more participation and interest by the school's students and staff members in their school's website.  The website can only grow in strength with this increase in participation and this participation will help to bolster the value of ownership, for the website, amongst the school's students and staff.

With this preamble over let us begin with the fourth article.  This article is an interesting story of one of nature's most unusual creatures.  Unfortunately, the full article cannot be hosted on our website, but if you find it enjoyable you can click on the "Continue Reading" link at the bottom to read the full article at source.


"The Mole Rat Prophecies" (written by Matt Castle)

Artists impression of Darwin and the mole rat"The naked mole rat, Heterocephalus glaber, is fleshy, furless, buck-toothed and brazenly ugly. Yet what these small East African rodents lack in terms of good looks, they make up with an impressive array of biological quirks. These misnamed mammals are neither moles nor rats, and in terms of their social behaviour are actually closer to bees, wasps, ants, and termites than to other backboned animals.

They live in underground cooperative colonies of up to 300 individuals with a dominant breeding “queen” and celibate soldier and worker castes. Biologists have identified only one other vertebrate—the closely related Damaraland mole rat—that uses this rigid reproductive and social structure. Until the late 1970s scientists believed that this trait, known as eusociality, was confined to insects.

Naked mole rats deploy several impressive feats of physiology, including an apparent imperviousness to pain, a casual disregard for low-oxygen environments, and resistance to cancer. Indeed, these unsightly creatures both baffle and buttress Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in multiple remarkable and apparently self-contradictory ways..." Continue Reading

 


Further Reading

Girls' College Presents An 'Al Fresco Evening'

Girls' College would like to inform the school, parents and local community that it is holding a fundraising evening which includes dinner, theatre and music on Friday 11 September 2015 from 6:30pm onwards.  Tickets are available from the administration offices at Girls' College, 62 Livingstone Rd, Suburbs, Bulawayo.  Ticket prices are US$20 and this includes a bottle of wine.  Details of the venue will be provided to ticket buyers.

This is a fundraising evening, so please show your support by coming to Girls' College and buying a ticket.  See you there!


 Movie Moments fundraising poster

 

A photo of the Eiffel Tower from a distance

"In March of this year, as a part of the Alliance Française Francophone Week,  I applied for the Centre Internationaux Francophones de Lions Clubs France’s Cultural Program in La Baule. After submitting a motivational letter and going through, one of the most intimidating interviews of my life, I was selected out of the 5 Bulawayo applicants, most of whom were in their early twenties, to become one of two Zimbabwean representatives. In fact I was one of the youngest participants.

Our journey began in Paris, where we met each other for the first time in our lives.  Our group consisted of 47 youth from 33 differrent countries with the youngest at 18 and the oldest at 23.  We were bound to be a formidable group, but of course what is a trip to France without visiting all there is to see in Paris, from The Louvre to the Notre Dame, and of course the 'Star of Paris', the Eiffel Tower. Our first two days were spent touring all these wonders.

From Paris we traversed through the region of Bretagne, visiting the towns of Le Mans, Laval, St. Nazaire.  St. Nazaire was home to a ship construction site, which was busy constructing a new luxury cruise ship for an American company, along with the maintenance of two Russian defense battleships. Within each town we were welcomed by the Mayor, receiving presents, and posing for lovely pictures, some of which can be viewed below. Please note, pictures were rarely ever counted down, so it is for that reason that a handful of us missed the shot. We also visited the towns of Le Croisic, Le Rochefort, Fougères, and many others. During the first week of our visit, we were placed with different families, and attended dinner parties almost every night, one of which was at a chateau. I daresay all French people are wine lovers. Wine is served with lunch and dinner and occasionally breakfast, but when a choice of red, white and rose is offered with brunch, main course, cheese, dessert, and again after dessert, then you have to say there is a French love affair with wine. In fact we only ever had juice for breakfast at school, with the choice for lunch and dinner being either wine or water.

A normal day consisted of 3 hours of lessons, namely, music, literature and theatre, all in preparation for the closing concert. After lunch, we had conferences on French society, for example 'The Position of Women in French Society In The 20th Century', as well as a wine tasting, along with 3 hours of preparations for our expositions on our continents of origin, that being, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Each exposition was a thrill to watch, though equally difficult to prepare for, as one can imagine the immense cultural differences between North Africa and southern Africa, likewise for the Americas and Asia.

All our hard work culminated in the final closing concert, with an audience of over 300.  The show was success, with the unity, strong bonds, and new friendships that had been formed evident in the tears that were shed amongst us, from the final moment of the show right up until we departed for Paris. One thing is clear that we will be very close friends for life, and though we will never all be in exactly the same place at the same time, the members of CIFC La Baule 2015 will always be one big family."

Kundai M. Jimu - 2015 'A' Level French student at Girls' College in Zimbabwe

 

Prelude

Starting in the 2nd school term of 2015, the school website will feature, in the News Section, interesting articles of an educational and/or human interest value.  Initially these articles will be published on a bi-weekly schedule, but this may increase depending on the number of articles or stories found.  Some articles may be published in their entirety whilst others, due to copyright issues, will be published in part with a link to the website featuring the full article.

The school website would like to encourage Girls' College students and staff to notify the website team of any articles or stories that they deem interesting and worthy of inclusion.  If a contributed article is published on the school website, the student or staff member will be acknowledged.  If the contributing student or staff member has an interesting story behind how they found said article, feel free to tell the website team and it will be included along with the interesting article.  You can do this by contacting Miss Thandi Banda.

The publishing of these articles is meant to encourage more participation and interest by the school's students and staff members in their school's website.  The website can only grow in strength with this increase in participation and this participation will help to bolster the value of ownership, for the website, amongst the school's students and staff.

With this preamble over let us begin with the third article.  This article is another interesting true story of human courage and committment.  Unfortunately, the full article cannot be hosted on our website, but if you find it enjoyable you can click on the "Continue Reading" link at the bottom to read the full article at source.


"The Derelict" (written by Alan Bellows)

Turbo-electric ocean liner SS Morro Castle"Under ordinary circumstances, the final evening of a cruise aboard the luxury turbo-electric ocean liner SS Morro Castle was a splendid event. Hundreds of lady and gentlemen passengers would gather in the Grand Ballroom in their finest evening attire for the customary Farewell Dinner, where veteran sailor Captain Willmott would captivate his guests with salty tales from his years at sea over endless glasses of champagne. Reality, bills, hangovers, and economic depression were all far away, on the other end of tomorrow morning’s gangplank in New York. But on the night of Friday, the 7th of September 1934, circumstances aboard ship were not ordinary. Passengers were indeed draped in their finery in the ballroom, yet the captain’s chair at the captain’s table was conspicuously vacant. He had somewhat suddenly felt unwell. And atop the typical worries lurking outside were two near-hurricane-force storms, one approaching from the north and another from the south. The agitated sea and gusty winds were beginning to cause some sway in the decks, putting already-eaten entrées in danger of unscheduled egress. The surly weather was bound to be a considerable distraction.

29th June 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians

An article appeared on the 2nd page of the Chronicle this morning implicating pupils from Girls’ College and other secondary schools had been arrested on Friday (26.06.15) in the afternoon after they were found at Centenary Park.

We have been to the Bulawayo Central Police station and have been informed of those arrested.  No Girls’ College students were involved.  We have asked the Chronicle to retract this statement and have asked our school lawyer to deal with this misquote.

A reminder that parents should know their daughters' whereabouts in the afternoons and evenings.  We have been warned that unsupervised "house parties" were on the increase again, and we continually remind students of the dangers of attending these.

Yours sincerely

Les Ross (Mrs)
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Prelude

Starting in the 2nd school term of 2015, the school website will feature, in the News Section, interesting articles of an educational and/or human interest value.  Initially these articles will be published on a bi-weekly schedule, but this may increase depending on the number of articles or stories found.  Some articles may be published in their entirety whilst others, due to copyright issues, will be published in part with a link to the website featuring the full article.

The school website would like to encourage Girls' College students and staff to notify the website team of any articles or stories that they deem interesting and worthy of inclusion.  If a contributed article is published on the school website, the student or staff member will be acknowledged.  If the contributing student or staff member has an interesting story behind how they found said article, feel free to tell the website team and it will be included along with the interesting article.  You can do this by contacting Miss Thandi Banda.

The publishing of these articles is meant to encourage more participation and interest by the school's students and staff members in their school's website.  The website can only grow in strength with this increase in participation and this participation will help to bolster the value of ownership, for the website, amongst the school's students and staff.

With this preamble over let us begin with the second article.  This article is an interesting true story of human courage and committment.  Unfortunately, the full article cannot be hosted on our website, but if you find it enjoyable you can click on the "Continue Reading" link at the bottom to read the full article at source.


"Welcome To The Jungle" (written by Marisa Brook)

Artist's impression of Isabel Godin"In 1744, a young geographer living in Spanish-colonial Peru with his wife and children decided the time had come to move the family back to his native France. Jean Godin des Odonais had come to Peru in 1735 as a part of a small scientific expedition and had ended up staying much longer than expected. He’d married a young woman from a local aristocratic family and now the couple had two children and a third on the way. But news from France eventually brought word of Godin’s father’s death, meaning that there was an inheritance to sort out. It was time to return.

Making travel arrangements from such a distance, however, was going to be a challenge. Perhaps, Godin reasoned, he and his family could travel to the colony of French Guiana at the other end of the Amazon River, then find places on a ship back to France. In order to establish whether this was plausible, Godin decided to travel ahead to French Guiana and make inquiries.

Prelude

Starting in the 2nd school term of 2015, the school website will feature, in the News Section, interesting articles of an educational and/or human interest value.  Initially these articles will be published on a bi-weekly schedule, but this may increase depending on the number of articles or stories found.  Some articles may be published in their entirety whilst others, due to copyright issues, will be published in part with a link to the website featuring the full article.

The school website would like to encourage Girls' College students and staff to notify the website team of any articles or stories that they deem interesting and worthy of inclusion.  If a contributed article is published on the school website, the student or staff member will be acknowledged.  If the contributing student or staff member has an interesting story behind how they found said article, feel free to tell the website team and it will be included along with the interesting article.  You can do this by contacting Miss Thandi Banda.

The publishing of these articles is meant to encourage more participation and interest by the school's students and staff members in their school's website.  The website can only grow in strength with this increase in participation and this participation will help to bolster the value of ownership, for the website, amongst the school's students and staff.

With this preamble over let us begin with the first article.  This article is an interesting story of how one particular person contributed to the history of photography.


Admire These Dreamlike Colour Photos

Please find below several colour photos of a young lady dressed in red...

Mervyn O'Gorman's daughter in red