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ZIPATSO WILDLIFE CLUB IN TREE PLANTING EXERCISE

February 2017

About two hundred and forty (240) trees of different species have been planted at Zipatso Academy by the school’s wildlife club members. Under the guidance of Ms Bernadetta Zimba, who is doing her teaching practice at the school, students came out in numbers for the exercise. According to Ms Zimba, the exercise is aimed at supporting efforts that go towards reducing effects of climate change. She said involving the students is crucial as it will empower them to carry out similar even when they graduate from the school. This was one of the key activities the club lined up for the current school term. Among other activities, the club will also hold a ‘Keep Clean’ campaign that will be aimed at ensuring that surroundings at the school are always kept clean.

STUDENTS ON SCHOLARSHIP SETTLING IN

January 2017

After a five months’ stay at Zipatso Academy, five Form 1 students who are under scholarship have expressed general satisfaction with the way the program is panning out. Zipatso Academy management is, in turn, very satisfied with the performance of some of the students, with 3 of them finding their way into the top 4 list of best performers in their class. End of term one results show that Blessings Chongoza and Mark Chapita scooped first and second position, respectively. Selina Mphanga came fourth, while Promise Banda and Florence Masache ranked eleventh and thirteenth out of the thirty students in the class. The students have promised to work extra hard to either maintain or improve on their performances.     

MUSIC CLUB UNDERWAY

November 2016

A music club has launched its activities at Zipatso Academy. The club’s patron, Mr. S Kanthiti, who is a teacher at the school, is very confident that the club will spread its roots at the school. He is happy with the response from the students so far and believes that more will follow. According to Mr Kanthiti, the club is aimed at exploiting the students’ various skills as music artists, including guitar and keyboard playing. At the moment, however, focus is on vocals. The music club is one of the many ways in which Zipatso Academy is striving to offer students career alternatives apart from what they can get from formal education.     

ZIPATSO DRAMA GROUP IN NEW PROJECT

October 2016

After successfully staging Mwahuno, Zipatso Academy Drama Group has engaged itself in a new project. The new play, dubbed The King’s Pillow, is expected to be first performed during the Sports and Cultural day slated for 11th March, 2017 at the institution. The play, written and being directed by one of the teachers, Ms Manyengo, in conjunction with other teachers including two student teachers, seeks to portray life in ancient African kingdoms and how conflicts could be settled then. A prince from one kingdom is offered as a ransom to another kingdom. The prince becomes a loved servant in the new kingdom. The king in the new kingdom makes the prince an heir. The king dies, and the elders have to find a king’s pillow…someone to go with the king. The elders settle for the prince, the beloved servant-turned-heir.

FIVE QUALIFY FOR 2016/2017 SCHOLARSHIP

June 2016

Five students have been awarded scholarships to study at Zipatso Academy. The five students, who emerged successful after writing specially designed aptitude tests which involved 128 students in total, will start their four year journey at the school on September 5, 2016. They include Mark Chapita, Blessings Chingoza and Selina Mphanga from Salima and Promise Banda and Florence Masache from Lilongwe. The scholarships include tuition fees, examination fees and school uniform. Several factors were taken into consideration in coming up with the successful candidates, the main ones being the students’ performance during the aptitude tests and their inability to raise and pay school fees.

ZIPATSO COLLABORATES WITH NANZIKAMBE, THE BORDERS THEATER

June 2016

Zipatso Academy collaborated with Malawi’s theater heavy weight, Nanzikambe Arts, and a new Swiss based theater group, The Borders Theater, to successfully stage «Mwahuno», a play directed by Mbene Mwambene. The play, staged in all the major cities of Malawi, reflects Malawi’s political history from the colonial period to this date, via the one party regime of Dr. H Kamuzu Banda and the early stages of multiparty dispensation of Bakili Muluzi, Bingu wa Mutharika and Joyce Banda. «Mwahuno» is a Tumbuka word for «today».  Fourteen students from Zipatso Academy, plus one teacher, Miss S. Manyengo, took part in the play. 

ZIPATSO ACADEMY SCOOPS SANITATION AWARD

March 2016

Zipatso Academy emerged winners of the first ever school sanitation and hygiene award in Malawi. The school has been voted the cleanest in Salima district in the on-going “My Clean School, My Pride” competition which is being run by the country’s First Lady Getrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) in conjunction with Independent Schools Association of Malawi. The school has now been put in a pool with fellow district winners who will now battle it out at regional level before the competition’s finale at national level. For emerging winners at district level, the school has received a dust bin and a certificate.

STUDENTS DONATE FOOD ITEMS

February 2016

As part of Social Responsibility, students from Zipatso Academy donated food items to some selected elderly at Mtonga village in Salima district. A total of ten (10) beneficiaries received packages of maize flour which is used to prepare the country’s staple food, nsima. On top the food packages, the students also donated some clothes and assorted items. The inclusion of maize flour was first of its kind and it came back on the heels of a widespread food crisis which has stricken the country. Speaking on behalf of her fellow students, Tadala Mindiera, a Form 4 student who is the school’s Head Prefect, said that the students made the donation as part of their Social Responsibility program and that she wished they had done more. Village Headman Mtonga commended the students for the gesture and appealed that they do the same to other people.

ZIPATSO VISITS ZODIAK BROADCASTING STATION

February 2016

Ninety four (94) students from Zipatso Academy went on an Education Visit to Malawi’s award winning and most listened to radio station, Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS). The visit was made to offer the students a platform for them to appreciate the process of Radio and TV production. The students had a chance to see, for the first time, the station’s studios and were accorded a chance to ask questions on cross-cutting issues. The feeling amongst most students after the trip was that of excitement because of the new experiences. 

ZIPATSO ACADEMY WELCOMES CHRIS

February 2016

In one of those rare moments, Zipatso Academy welcomed a Swiss national, Christoph Geissler, into its teaching fold. Chris, as he is fondly called, comes from Bern, Switzerland, where he studied English and History before completing his studies at the Teacher’s Education College in the same city. He is expected to stay at Zipatso Academy for 5 months, teaching history, geography and English as part civil service that substitutes Switzerland’s mandatory military service. Chris has since blended perfectly with the Zipatso Community and has described the institution as »exemplary for the Malawi education system« which »provides students with discipline, the right attitude and a critical mind.«

2015 COHORT REGISTERS 100%

October 2015

A giant leap towards quality education. That is the bottom line as 2015 candidates of both Malawi Junior Secondary Education (JCE) and Malawi Senior Certificate of Education (MSCE) registered 100% pass rates in their respective examinations. Oliver Yusuf tops the MSCE pass list with a record 10 points. Some of the MSCE candidates, including Oliver, were the pioneers of the institution.

MALAWI — SWITZERLAND EXCHANGE PROGRAMME ROLLS OUT

October 2015

Two teachers from Zipatso Academy – Mr G Mwanyongo and Mr S Namatika – were accompanied by the school’s director, Mr H Dzinkambani, to Switzerland in August as part of an exchange programme between Zipatso Academy on one hand and Kantonsschule Trogen and Kantonsschule Büelrain on the other. In September, three teachers from the Swiss schools visited Zipatso. The programme is aimed at exchanging ideas on how best teachers from both countries can handle the teaching and learning process and is bound to continue in 2016 and beyond.

STUDENTS IN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

September 2015

As per tradition, Zipatso Academy students solicited various items and contributed cash towards first term’s social responsibility – a day in which the students show their commitment towards a giving spirit. The students cheered selected elders at Kambwiri village in Salima District.

ZIPATSO ACADEMY, BAMBINO PRIVATE SCHOOL IN FRIENDLY GAMES

June 2015

Lilongwe based Bambino Private Secondary School travelled all the way to Salima in order to play friendly games against Zipatso Academy. The two schools battled out in various games including volleyball, netball and football. By the end of the day, Bambino came out victorious in football beating their counterparts 5-4. Zipatso Academy, on the other hand, won in both volleyball and netball, claiming 3-2 and 34-4 victories, respectively.   

STUDENTS IN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DAY

June 2015

Zipatso Academy students once again showed their benevolent selves when they donated assorted items worth over U$100 to the elderly of Mnima, a village located few kilometers from the institution. The items, which included basic necessities like soap, sugar, cooking oil, salt, petroleum jelly, packed relish, among others, were sourced and distributed by the students themselves. A total of fourteen (14) elderly people benefitted. Group Village Headman Mnima led the beneficiaries in expressing their gratitude to the students for the gesture. The students carry out occasional social responsibility activities every school term.

EDUCATION VISIT TO KUNGONI CULTURAL CENTRE

March 2015

Students at Zipatso Academy had a rare treat when they visited Kungoni cultural centre which was established and is being run by French-Canadian, Fr Claude Boucher. The education trip accorded the students a chance to appreciate differences in their own cultures. They had the feel of the Ngoni, Chewa and Yao tribes found in the central and southern parts of Malawi. Apart from appreciating aspects of culture, a topic under Social Studies, the students also had a chance to look at the history of these tribes.

GREENS SEE RED

January 2015

Zipatso Academy was painted red on March 7, 2015 as The Reds, one half of the student body, saw off The Greens in virtually all the sporting activities which took place on the sporting day. The school is divided into The Reds and The Greens and a fierce rivalry has developed over the years as students compete in various sports disciplines. The idea is to encourage a competitive spirit in the students. This term’s competitions saw The Reds become run-away winners as they claimed victories in Volleyball, Netball and Football. 

ARTS PROGRAM INTRODUCED

November 2014

A comprehensive arts programme has been drawn out at Zipatso Academy as part of the 2014/2015 academic year. The programme, laid down by Dominique Lämmli of FOA-FLUX in conjunction with South African renowned curator Nkule Mabaso, aims at providing standard art education at Zipatso Academy. Each student will be expected to undergo eight hours of arts education every month of the 2014/2015 academic year. A diverse package of art workshops in the fields of visual arts, theatre and sound experiments will be offered to students. The students will then be asked to document art courses on an online social media platform.

ZIPATSO ACADEMY IN ARTS FESTIVAL, BLANTYRE

October 2014

Over 80 students from Zipatso Academy covered the 275 km distance between Salima and Blantyre to participate in a four-day arts festival dubbed “Kugwira Ntchito Limodzi” (loosely translated “Working Together”) organized by FOA-FLUX, Newcastle Creative Network and Nanzikambe Arts. The festival saw students actively take part in several art workshops in different fields including fine arts, performing arts and writing. The students also reached out to many Blantyre City residents through a big walk.

CAMBRIDGE CURRICULUM UNDER WAY AT ZIPATSO ACADEMY

August 2014

After successfully implementing the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) curriculum since September 2011, Zipatso Academy has now rolled out the International Cambridge Curriculum. To ensure its success, the academy has started with Forms 1 and 2 of Cambridge Secondary 1. Subjects offered are English, Mathematics, Science and Computer Studies. In addition, the students are offered an extended curriculum in arts, music and sports. Plans are under way to introduce more subjects in the near future. The introduction of the Cambridge Curriculum is a long project that will see the phasing out of the MSCE curriculum.

ZIPATSO HOLDS 2014 WINTER CAMP

July 2014

The 2014 Winter Camp, held between 21st – 25th July at Zipatso Academy, drew together several participants. Two football teams from Blantyre and two others from Salima (including Zipatso Academy FC) battled it out in a tournament that saw Zipatso Academy claiming the second spot. Apart from the football tournament, there were also music and theatre workshops for the students which saw them record and perform a song with guidance from a renowned local artist, Sally Nyundo. They also performed a play. The students capped a beautiful week with cultural performances.
 
In July every year, Zipatso Academy offers camps for arts, music and sports.

PLEASE, MEET MR AND MISS ZIPATSO

June 2014

A deafening applause greeted the newly constructed hall as seventeen-year-old Sarah Khisimis and fourteen-year-old Fred Kamwangala were being crowned Miss and Mr Zipatso, respectively, in a colorful event held on Saturday, 17th May 2014. The two will hold their positions for a year. Both Sarah (Form 3) and Fred (Form 2) wrestled out three other contestants to emerge winners in their respective contests.

A NEW DAWN OF HOPE AT ZIPATSO

May 2014

…as students and teachers get drilled in entrepreneurship skill

»I have always wanted to do business of my own. This is a great opportunity for me to be equipped with the necessary skills for realizing my dream. As you know, there are very few women who are successful in business... I want to be part of them. I want to rule men.« Meekness Zangazanga

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Spirit of Excellence

November 2013

18 year old Lemon Alifinali from Salima passed his MSCE with 13 points, the best result of all Zipatso Academy's students. Lemon wants to study medicine and specialize in surgery so that in future less people from Malawi must be sent outside the country for surgical treatment.

EXAMS – MSCE RESULTS

November 2013

Zipatso Academy is very proud to announce that out of 32 candidates who sat the exam 28 have passed. This represents a 88% passrate.
Congratulations to all the successful students and to the teaching staff!
 
List of Zipatso Academy's successful students

EXAMS

7th June 2013

Zipatso Academy is very proud to announce that all our 23 students who stood for the Junior Certificate Exams in June 2013 passed. This means a 100% passrate. Congratulations to all our students and our teaching staff for this excellent result.

List of Zipatso Academy's successful students

Double Hostel

18th May 2013

The school just completed constructing a double hostel for the girls. The building looks nice and elegant. It contains eight big rooms, and can accommodate up to 64 students. Currently there are five students in each room.

Sports

11th May 2013

Zipatso Academy invited a school from Lilongwe, called »Children of the Nation Academy« to play with them. The match took place at Zipatso Academy football ground. At the end of the 90 minutes, there was a draw. It was exciting to watch. »Children of the Nation« also brought two teams for Volleyball and Netball. Zipatso won 3 sets to 1, and 11 to 8 respectively.

Chemistry Laboratory

20th April 2013

The school has a well built chemistry and science laboratory, and the students like to have experiments in these two laboratories. The labs are nicely equipped.

Spirit of Excellence

11th October 2012

Sungeni Bowa, a Form Four student, was awarded over all best performing student at Zipatso Academy. Sungeni is 18 years old, likes singing, dancing, and playing football and wants to be a medical doctor specialized in brain surgery.

Second Year of school operation

September 2012

In September 2012 Zipatso Academy enrolled 85 students for the first term. Together with their teachers and the director they pose in front of the administration building for a photograph.

Spirit of Excellence


June 2012

Michael Mukoka, a Form One student at Zipatso Academy, was selected from among the best students in the district to represent the constituency in the National Parliament at Capital City in Lilongwe where he could present the salient problems faced by young people in the Salima area.

Social Responsibility day

25th May 2012

As one way of instilling a sense of service to humanity, Zipatso Academy students participated in a Social Responsibility Day. Students and teachers wore funny clothes and made donations for the benefit of the needy and elderly in the villages.

Social Day

1st May 2012

Students took a recreational trip to Lake Malawi, in order to ring the changes from their rigorous scholastic routine and to refresh their minds. Everyone enjoyed a fun-packed day, which included braai, beach soccer, volleyball, chess, and many other activities. It also gave the new students the opportunity to bond with older students and their peers.