Hartmann House brings together a rare and exhilarating blend of academic excellence, social engagement, sporting prowess and cultural engagement.
At Hartmann House we believe that developing the optimism and resilience students need to successfully navigate life is as important as academic education, and will enhance their engagement with learn
For an all-round development of a child, the Hartmann House curriculum includes sports. A sufficient amount of school time is devoted to sports.
We have a variety of activities that take place during the term. We are keen to keep you informed on up and coming events you maybe interested in.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
A Happy New Year to you all and I trust that you had an enjoyable “festive season” with your sons and the rest of the family.
A few days into the new term and it looks like routines have already been well established. Welcome to our new Grade 0 and 1 boys and new boys in the other grades. We welcome Miss Rademeyer as the new Grade 3 teachers and Mrs Banks as the new Grade 1 teacher. Miss Durham has been promoted to full time Grade 1 teacher. Miss Chikombero, Miss Carlsson and Mr Rateiwa are the new Junior Mistresses/Master.
I will update the parent body on the Deputy Headmaster situation next week.
This week the Grade 0, 1 and 2 parents have met the class teachers. On Monday 20th January, at 5.30pm, the Grade 3 to 7 parents will meet their sons’ class teachers, in their son’s classroom. (I hope you know where your son’s classroom is situated!)
It was good to see that a number of Grade 3 parents took the opportunity to come to the school when I spoke to the Grade 3 boys on Wednesday morning.
Next Thursday 23rd January, it is the ‘Imperators’ Breakfast’ in the Jubilee Hall. This is for boys who were awarded the Attainment or Industry Prize at Speech & Prize Giving Day at the end of last term. Congratulations to the following boys whose reward is a large and tasty breakfast. These boys must come in their Number 1 uniform on Thursday.
|Gr. 2 Thomas||Ethan Longwe||Omari Bvute|
|Gr. 2 Philip – Present Gr. 3’s||Tafara Chuma||Sean Matimbe|
|Gr. 3 Ruvadiki||Mukundi Chigwedere||Michael Gwatinetsa|
|Gr. 3 Theresa – Present Gr. 4’s||Benjamin Mupfurutsa||Tadiwa Manhando|
|Gr. 4 Dominic||Tawonashe Chigunduru||Takudzwa Mahachi|
|Gr. 4 Patrick – Present Gr. 5’s||Munyaradzi Chuma||Tawananyasha Mushaninga|
|Gr. 5 Andrew||Tadiwanashe Zvenyika||Mufudzi Hogwe|
|Gr. 5 Bernard – Present Gr. 6’s||Tapiwa Dzvairo||Irikidzai Mabulala|
|Gr. 6 Anthony||Rafay Mahmood||Munashe Chiromo|
|Gr. 6 Francis – Present Gr. 7’s||Christian Nhika||Kudakwashe Mlambo|
On Sunday 26th January the Grade 7 classes depart for their team building and leadership excursion to “Far and Wide” up at Nyanga. They return on Thursday 30th January. I am sure the senior boys will learn a lot about themselves, what they are capable of if they really push themselves and also how important team work is. Letters to the Grade 7 parents about the trip are going out today. I will join up with the Grade 7 boys for a couple of days.
On Thursday 30th January it is the Grade 4 parents’ Ignatian evening, at 5.30pm in the Grade 7 Christopher classroom.
In the very near future a “fees meeting” will be called for all Hartmann House parents. I make no excuse about copying exactly what I wrote in my final newsletter of 2019:-
Unfortunately, I am sure the school will need a substantial increase in fees from parents. If you look at social media sites, there are adverts almost daily from CHISZ/ATS Schools seeking teachers. There is a definite brain drain of decent, private school teachers due to the economic situation. Independent Schools who require replacements and pay good salaries, will be acquiring staff from other CHISZ schools who do not pay that well.
St. George’s College and Hartmann House must ensure that we are in that group of top schools who can retain our present staff by looking after them and remunerating them adequately. We must also be able to entice good calibre teachers from elsewhere to come and teach at Hartmann House/St. George’s College if we need replacements. It is a simple fact, if we do not increase fees, we will not be able to pay our staff enough and we will not be able to retain good staff and then we are in BIG trouble.
Notes from the Sanatorium
Health Cards: These must be updated with any chronic illness or conditions- asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies (bee stings) or any other health problem. They must also be updated with any medication that your son is taking and any changes of contact details or Medical Aid details.
Excuse Notes and Doctor’s Appointments:
As the rains look like they are settling in, Grade 3 to 7 boys can wear black shorts to their Cross Country and Athletics practices and to tag rugby practices. It will save their white shorts from being ruined. Black shorts may NOT be worn to any other sports practices. Mrs Agiotis has a small stock of black shorts in the uniform shop.
If it is pouring with rain at “pick-up time” in the evening, your son can be collected from “The Tank”.
The “Chain of Command”
The interim plan for Term 1 for any queries or concerns is:-
Anything to do with Grade 0, 1 or 2 – see Mrs Hulett, or contact your class rep and she will contact Mrs Hulett.
Miss Flanagan is in charge of all Grade 3 to 7 Academic matters.
Mr Mushaninga is in charge of basic Grade 3, 4 and 5 discipline and liaising on minor matters with Grade 3, 4 and 5 parents.
Mr Masvosva is in charge of basic Grade 6 and 7 discipline and liaising on minor matters with Grade 6 and 7 parents.
Mr Gwati is in charge of Clubs/Culture. Mr Njazi is in charge of all sport at Hartmann House. Once again, if there are queries or concerns, see or contact the person in charge of the area that you have the query with or go through your class rep.
If the matter is an extremely serious one, contact Mrs Carr and it will be referred to myself.
Here’s to a successful and productive first few weeks of Term 1 2020.
MR L.J. Dancer