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2012 Magazine


InMemoriam Dean Butchart

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eano was an amazing person, and a true friend to us all. He provided us with endless humour, always seeing the lighter side of the situation. After 8am, he was the life of a conversation, he exuded happy energy which filtered through us, creating a cheerful atmosphere wherever he was. Although he took a lot of flak, Dean never got seriously offended, and could always laugh at himself as well. His humour was far from his only special trait, his kindness was incredible. He was always there if someone needed him, and could always be counted on. Although he was continuously joking, it was not in his nature to hurt anyone. He was a kind and gentle spirit, and I can honestly say I did not know of a single person who disliked him. This just shows what a special character he was. As we all know, Deano did have a distinctly naughty side but he was always honourable. He lived how he wanted to, and was not easily swayed. Dean will be remembered in countless ways, all of which are special. He was someone that everyone who knew him, was proud and honoured to call a friend. Deano will also be remembered for his kind, friendly character. Deano is considered a best friend by many people, and I am sure that he touched their hearts in more ways than one. All the way back in the junior school days, Ryan Wilson came to St. John’s and struggled the first two days until Dean came up to him and asked if Ryan wanted to be his friend. Their friendship only grew stronger from that day on. Another life changing action that Dean was in charge of was the invitation of the Joscelyne twins to their first party as St. John’s College boys. The two boys were warmly welcomed into our family of friends, and even though they brought most of Harare to its knees, I’m positive that no-one regrets meeting them. Thanks go to Dean. Deano had a huge circle of friends and he always managed to get on with everyone. He was blessed with a kind heart and he was an amazing gentle being. Dean’s true character overflowed with generosity, loyalty, trust and humour. He was a true friend to everyone. We could go to him with problems that he would be willing to solve or help out with and he would put the problems to be resolved ahead of his own. Dean was the definition of a true gentleman and a true friend. The impact he has made on all our lives is huge. His blood is still green, he is still our brother and he will never be forgotten. Throughout Dean’s battle with cancer, he displayed an inordinate amount of courage. No matter how tough or how sick he was, Dean managed to keep strong and more than that, keep his humour. Dean’s courage changed my life and taught me to look at life very differently and not take what we have for granted. Whilst we were on camp going through 3 days of what we’d call ‘hell’ he was going through nine months of it, but worse. On the other hand, when it came time for going to ask out a fine young lady whom he fancied, Dean wasn’t so courageous and he took hours sizing up his prey before he was ready to pounce. After a lot of encouragement and motivation from the boys when he did eventually go he was quite a smooth kid. Dean’s light soul will be dearly missed and will never be forgotten. I think to myself, “Why Lord? Why did you take this courageous man from us?” I can’t think of any good from Dean’s passing. But then I think to myself, “Dominus Pastor – The Lord is my Shepherd” - and he is Dean’s too. The things that we battle with and get angry about are minute compared to the plan our Lord has for us.” I believe Dean has gone up to Heaven to prepare a place for both you and me and I just thank the Lord that Dean has been relieved of his pain and he is watching down on us from a much better place. Fly high brother. Deany couldn’t have left behind better memories with us. A true friend that would be there for anyone, no matter what the situation was. Looking back on how much he meant to us, our personal and school lives will never be the same. I’d love to share every moment we spent together to just show you all who he really was. His character was so well rounded. The balance of humour, seriousness and emotion was one hell of a combination. Dean, I wish you could see how much you meant to us. To say we are missing you is an understatement. Your last holiday with us was unforgettable and you played a big part in making the O’Level break as successful as it was. We all still had so much to say to you before you left. But I hope our actions spoke louder than our words and you realized how much you meant to us. Your presence made the atmosphere brighter and that’s what we’re going to miss most of all. I could speak forever on you brother but from what I’ve seen, you have shown everyone your greatness. Goodbye has to come for us all one day and yours was just a little sooner. You were a truly amazing friend and this is our goodbye. All of us, brothers at heart, will never forget you. I love you Dean. God Bless. Compiled on behalf of Lower Sixth form by: Justin Swan, Ryan Wilson, Takiwa Parirenyatwa, Bart Zwart, Thomas Chadwick and Kurt Burger


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Table of Contents Academic Staff Speech Night and Awards Academic & House Review Literary Section Highlight Events Cultural Reports Sports Reports Leavers Dance Zimbabwe National Representatives 1st Team Captains & School Leaders In Memoriam : Dean Butchart

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Committee M r. J . Robinson Ro binso n M r. S. Jirri M rs . D. Hale

P roduc tio n Team E D IT ED ITOR D E S IG IGNER P RIN R I N T IN ING P H O T O CRED C R E D IT ITS

Penny Volker Jenny Kirkman Celsys Lucy Broderick

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Academic Staff

Back Row

N. Milner, J. Chiduku, A. Odendaal, R. Nel, R. Hartley, A. Williams

Fifth Row

T. Case, J. Kalonga, R. Goneso, T. Mukarati, L. Frampton, A. Taylor, L. Runhare, A. Masiyiwa, R. Fox, J. Oldreive, T. Perepeczko, J. Roscoe, L. Syme, E. Mabodo

Fourth Row

Third Row

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J. Jones, W. Mukotsanjera, J. Robinson, M. Kajiwa, V. Nyamuvuruza, S. Jirri, L. Rademeyer, P. Wright, D. Anderson, J. Chitando, J. Logan, J. Musiwa, N. Chirewa, T. Chirewa, K. Whatman, S. Conradie, A. Meyer

M. Mukotsanjera, P. Volker, M. Martens, A. Post, K. Muyedzwa, R. Wild, J. Henderson, K. Craft, L. Marriott, B. Bell, J. van der Merwe, D. Wijers, J. Riley, A. Zietsman, S. Ndhlovu, N. Elliot, R. Annandale, W. Thorn

Second Row

P. Sylvester, R. Atkinson, N. Ratanje, G. Horsfield, C. Bewhay, J. Long, B. Vidovic, R. Reed, G. Day, W. Annandale (Headmaster), N. Hovelmeier (Deputy Headmaster Sixth Form), C. Trinci (Deputy Headmaster Forms 1 to 4), D. Hale, A. Sakala (Deputy Headmaster Faculty and Student Affairs), A. Squire (Sports Director), S. Chikanda (Assistant to Headmaster), M. Brock, R. Wilde, C. Baker

ACADEMIC STAFF

First Row

A. Frampton, J. Kanjee, D. Bandason, B. Fodouop

Absent

S. Oberholzer, A. Van der Merwe, J. Mariani, S. Sande, T. Tinofirei

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Mr. A. Squire, Sports Director, BA (Hons) Rhodes, GCE, (UNISA) Mrs. D. Hale, IB Coordinator, BA (Hons) London, Grad CE (UR) Mr. N. Chirewa, Examinations Officer, CE (UZ), Diploma in Training Mgmt (IPMZ) Systems Design

Mr. K. Whatman, Procurement Manager

Mrs. B. Vidovic, HOD, Ph. D. Arts (St George) Miss J. Long, BFA (Hons) (Rhodes) Ms. N. Ratanje, BA (Hons) Art & Design (Manchester), PGD (Middlesex) Mrs. A. Van der Merwe, Dip Ed, TTC

Mrs. R. Atkinson, HOD, B. Sc. (UCT) Grad CE (London) Mr. J. Roscoe, B. Sc. (Hons), London, PGCE, UNISA, Post Grad Diploma (Agri) Imperial College (London)

(UNISA)

MUSIC

Mr. S. Chikanda, Administrative Assistant to Headmaster

Mr. J. Musiwa, B. Sc, Grade CE (UZ) Ms. A. Meyer, B. Sc. Natal, MSc (UZ) Miss. J. Kanjee, B. Sc. (Rhodes) MCTC Dip Sec Ed

Cert

Mr. E. Mabodo, Dip. In Sports Management & Coaching (GTTC) PDQB Tutor’s Cert, NPA in Scottish Pipe Band Drumming – Scottish Qualifications Authority

PHYSICS

Mrs. C. Baker, HOD, B. Com (UCT) PGCE (UNISA) Mr. R. Fox, B. Soc. Sci. (Hons) UCT, PGCE (UNISA) Mr. W. Mukotsanjera, BA, PGDE (Botswana) Mr. J. Oldreive, B. Soc. Sci (Rhodes) Mrs. B. Bell, BA (Rhodes), MBL (UNISA) Mr. D. Anderson, BSc (Hons) UCT, MBL (UNISA) Grad (UZ) Mr. T. Case, Cert Ed (UR) B. Phil. (Ed) (Birm) B. Com (SA)

Mr. T. Mukarati, HOD, BAMUS (UKZN) Mr. R. Goneso, BAMUS (UKZN) Mr. J. Kalonga, Dip. In Sports Management & Coaching (GTTC) PDQB Tutor’s

Mr. K. Muyedzwa, HOD, B. Sc. (UZ) Mr. S. Jirri, B. Sc. Grad CE (UZ) Mrs. S. Oberholzer, B. Sc. (Hons) Biochemistry (Rhodes) Mr. T. Tinofirei, B. Sc. (UBS) B. Sc. (Hons Phys) (UZ) Grad CE, DIPSCIED (UZ)

SHONA

AR T BIOLOGY

Mrs. M. Brock, HOD, BA (Hons) Rhodes, Secondary Teaching Diploma (UCT) Ms. S. Anderson, B. Sc. (Hons) (UZ) Mrs. S. Conradie, TTC, Cert. ED (UR) Mrs. J. Logan, B. Sc. Pietermaritzburg, HDE (Natal) Mr. A. Masiyiwa, B. Sc. (Hons) B. Ed. (UZ) Mr. A. Sakala, B. Sc. Ed (UZ) Mrs. D. Wijers, TTC (UZ) Mrs. J. van der Merwe, B. Sc. (Gen) UZ, B. Sc. (Hons) (Geology) (UZ) PGCE

Mr. J. Mariani, HOD Computers, B. Sc. (Hons) Computers, HND Information

Mr. G. Day, Financial Director

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

Mrs. M. Mukotsanjera, HOD, BA (UZ) Mr. J. Robinson, TC, Dip. PE (Newland Park) Miss R. Wild, BA, STD (Cape Town) Mr. C. Trinci, BA (Hons) (UR) B Ed

Mr. N. Chirewa, HOD, CE (UZ), Diploma in Training Management (IPMZ) Mrs. T. Chirewa, MBA, Dip. Human Resources (IPMZ) B. Ed, Cert. Ed (UZ) Mr. J. Chitando, Dip. Ed. (UZ)

Mr. A. Squire, Sports Director, BA (Hons) Rhodes, GCE, (UNISA) Mr. R. Nel, Dip. In Travel & Tourism, Dip. In Travel & Tourism Ops (UC) Mr. A. Taylor, ETA ITEC Mr. A. Odendaal, Dip. In Sport Management (UC) Mr. N. Milner Mr. N. Elliot, Dip. Hospitality Management, Int Hotel School

“to be the best that I can be”

Mr. A. Sakala, Deputy Headmaster Faculty & Student Affairs, B. Sc. Ed (UZ)

GEOGRAPHY

Mr. C. Trinci, Deputy Headmaster Forms 1 to 4, BA (Hons) (UR) B Ed

Mrs. R. Reed, HOD, HDE(S) Potchefstroom Mr. L. Rademeyer, MCTC. Dip. LLB (UNISA) Miss L. Syme, BA (UNISA) Miss A. Zietsman, BA HMS Biokinetics & PG CE (Stellenbosch)

HIS TO R Y

Mr. N. Hovelmeier, Deputy Headmaster Sixth Form, Hawthornden Fellow

St John’s College

SPORT

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Mr. W. Annandale, Headmaster, BA (UR) Grad CE (UR)

Academic Staff

MATHEMATICS

Academic Staff Qualifications

Mr. R. Annandale, ACMT ACSP Mrs. L. Frampton

Mr. P. Wright, Practical Theology (Dallas) Religious Arts in Theology (USA) Mrs. W. Beamish, BA (Rhodes) BA Hons (UNISA) HED (UNISA) MAHPCZ Mrs. W. Thorn

Mrs. R. Wilde, HOD, BA (Rhodes) GCE (London) Miss C. Bewhay, BA (Rhodes) PGCE (UNISA) Mr. N. Hovelmeier, Hawthornden Fellow Mrs. J. Henderson, BA (Rhodes) UED (Natal) Mr. J. Robinson, TC, Dip. PE (Newland Park) Mrs. P. Sylvester, B. Journ., BA (Hons) (Rhodes) PGCE (UNISA) Mrs. D. Hale, BA Hons (London), Grad CE (UR) Mrs. L. Jack, BA (Wits) PCE (UZ) Dr. L. Reilly, Part-time, BA (Hons) (Rhodes) PGCE (UCT) Educ TC

Mrs. A. Post, Licence en Science Politique (ULB)

Mr. G. Day, Financial Director Mrs. J. Riley Mrs. K. Craft Mrs. L. Marriott Mrs. K. Thomas Mrs. J. Jones Miss L. Syme Mrs. P. Volker Mrs. D. Bandason Mr. S. Chikanda

LABORATORY ASSISTANTS

FRENCH

(Columbia University) PHD TC (Columbia University)

Mrs. B. Fodouop, HOD, B. Sc. Psychology Mrs. D. Hale, BA (Hons) London, Grad CE (UR) Mrs. S. Ndlovu, Dip. Ed. (UZ) Mrs. A. Post, Licence en Science Politique (ULB)

Mr. E. Perepeczko Mr. K. Whatman

Mr. M. Kajiwa, Nat. Cert. Science Technology, ILSA Mr. V. Nyamuvuruza, Nat. Cert. Science Technology, ILSA

Mr. S. Sande, Higher Nat Diploma (Applied Biological Sciences) Polytechnic

ACADEMIC STAFF

Systems Design

LIBRARIAN

Mr. J. Mariani, HOD Computers, B. Sc. (Hons) Computers, HND Information

ESTATE MANAGER

Studies (Reading)

Miss M. Martens, B. Sc. Enviro Sc (Hons) Masters Teaching Chem & Eng (Rostock) Mr. S. Jirri, B. Sc. Grad CE (UZ) Mr. J. Musiwa, B. Sc. Grad CE (UZ) Mrs. S. Oberholzer, B. Sc. (Hons) Biochemistry (Rhodes) Mrs. J. van der Merwe, B. Sc. (Gen) UZ, B. Sc. (Hons) (Geology) (UZ) PGCE (UNISA)

ADMINISTRATION

ENGLISH

COUNSELLING

COMPUTERS

CHEMISTRY

Mr. G. Horsfield, HOD, B. Sc. (Hons) (Africa University) MSC Applied Dev.

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PATRONS OF THE TRUST GOVERNORS

Board of Governors G. S. R. Honey, Esq.

B. Ndebele, Esq. Board Chairman

M. A. Masunda, Esq.

R. J. A. Passaportis, Esq.

E. Jinda, Esq.

R. Naik, Esq. Chairman, Campus Development Committee

Mrs. B. A. Lake D. Crowley, Esq.

NON-EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

PLC MEMBERS

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S. E. Mangwengwende, Esq. Chairman, Strategy Committee

Mrs. E. Fundira Chairperson, Bursaries Committee

M. Martin, Esq.

Mrs. M. Grobbelaar

C. Msipa, Esq.

B. Hofmann, Esq. Chairman, Finance Committee

E. Mungwariri, Esq. Chairman, Pensions Committee

G. Day, Esq. Financial Director

M. Tapera, Esq. D. Whatman, Esq. Chairman, Human Resources Committee

W. Annandale, Esq. Headmaster – College

V. W. Zireva, Esq. Chairman, Nominations Committee

M. N. Mackenzie, Esq. Headmaster - Prep

Colleen De Jong

Choice Parirenyatwa

Chantelle Crous

Linda Syme

Mohamed Joosab

Wendy Coles

Denise Fox

Lynne Chadwick

Avalon Follett-Smith

Barbie Naude

Lynley Perlman

Emma Fundira

Audrey Mpunzwana

Sibongile Zimuto

Mercy Mandevhani

Phil Denton

Vanessa Karim

Irfaan Valera

Bill Annandale

Gertrude Chinyani

Hamid Sirdar

Tracy Bicknell


St John’s College

“to be the best that I can be”

“G

ood morning the College”, Atherton Squire, as Deputy Headmaster and subsequently Director of Sport, would say as he addressed the boys in assembly. Why “the College” and not St John’s College? – Because in his mind there is only one College, St John’s College, Harare. This resolute philosophy has been Atherton’s signature throughout his tenure at the College. Atherton Squire, with the unstoppable support of his wife Pippa (the daughter of Mr. Kolbe, a previous Headmaster) served the College for over twenty years in a uniquely dedicated manner that the staff and students alike were privileged to witness and participate in. In the two decades that Atherton served the College he wore many hats, all pioneering hats as the College progressively developed itself into the fine institution it is today. He unsparingly served four Headmasters, many teachers and countless students through the many challenges that eventually defined the St John’s fabric. Atherton Squire laid the foundations, so to speak, for the Computer Department; he initiated the Physical Education program and has coached every College sports team including his most recent foray into Basketball and Rugby Sevens - rugby that opens the door to more opportunities in professional sport. He coached world class athletes, samples being Chris Felgate and Andrea Brown in Triathlon and Michael Chiduku in Field Athletics. He was also passionate about the success of the College Bag Pipe Band and went on tour with them to South Africa where they acquitted themselves with honour. Atherton’s diverse presence in College life will be best remembered, however, not for the successes he was instrumental in bringing about, but rather his humble motto “Be the best you can be”. Atherton Squire is a humanist at heart. While he recognized the prowess of champions and crafted it into winning perfection, he valued equally the small boy who played with a big heart. He, in fact, over the years, moved down the ranks in coaching, his passion being with the lower teams where skills were still to be mastered. At major sporting events he would be there, somewhere, being supportive yet never basking in the glory of the moment. The fine sporting attitude of the College today can be directly attributed to this man who twenty years ago told the team members of a new College to run on to the opponents’ field with heads held high brandishing the logo of a male sheep – today, many conquests later, the St John’s Ram is the symbol of a College with Heart. It was this attribute that was recognized at the final sports assembly which bade farewell to a fine sporting gentleman. The young men in the College acknowledged a true leader of men as they passionately displayed their respect for a rare breed whose blood will undoubtedly always run green. It was a proud moment when staff and boys alike realized that through Atherton Squire’s example we are part of a fine tradition, something intangible, something each one of us will take with us when we leave the College.

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TRIBUTE TO ATHERTON SQUIRE: A man whose blood will always run green. Mr. A. Taylor

Atherton Squire

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Sam Chikanda, Atherton and Allan Taylor

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Tribute to Atherton Squire


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Jack Robinson’s Farewell to 54 Years in Education

2012 Magazine

JACK ROBINSON Farewell to 54 Years in Education Mr. W. Annandale Headmaster

Jack Robinson

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ack is probably one of the most interesting, likeable and accomplished men that any of us will be privileged to meet and to know as a colleague and friend. By interesting, let’s hint at something a bit deeper here and say that Jack is a nickname given to him by his first senior school form master, Sam Treeves – a man whom Jack admired greatly. Jack has been with us at the College since 2004, having been a member of staff at Eaglesvale for the previous 19 years. Jack has taught English to well over a thousand boys, so you can do the maths on how many other students passed through his hands once I’ve finished with a brief outline covering Jack’s teaching career. Speaking of Mathematics, Jack is also an accomplished Maths teacher and re-wrote the junior schools Mathematics syllabus for all schools in Zimbabwe. As far as I know, this syllabus is still widely used. Jack has been an awesome member of staff. Always at his post, always engaged and always keeping the boys on task. He has never shrunk from his massive marking load and I personally have never heard a word of complaint from him on anything. We have spent many hours at water polo together and have travelled together to the tournaments in Bulawayo. You can imagine how much I learnt from Jack about the places he has been stationed in since the 50’s in Zimbabwe. In particular, I loved his tales about life in Hartley and Kamativi, areas that not many of us have ever spent much time in. I envy the fact that he was able to savour those days of development and growth in very small places. There are a million stories to absorb, to learn from. Quite a few of you may not know much about Jack’s service in Government schools from 1959 – 1985. In those 26 years, he was posted to Hartley School (Chegutu) as an assistant teacher and master i/c sport; after this he was posted 21 miles down the road to Sir John Kennedy in Gatooma (Kadoma). It was at John Kennedy that Jack served as assistant teacher and head of the girls’ hostel for four years. From 1969 – 71 Jack served his first Headship at Kamativi School in northern Matabeleland. At first he thought it was a suburb of Bulawayo. The 400 mile round trip daily commute quickly ensured that he discovered where the place was. That was a brave posting but Jack got stuck in and made sure that Kamativi did very well at the swimming galas in Matabeleland. At this school there were 68 pupils, 8 from one family! Jack then spent 5 terms as Head at Liebenberg school in Enkeldoorn (Chivhu) from 1972 – 73. When you hit the big curve on the south side of the town you can still see that school on your left, with its majestic hostels. Most of the students and parents spoke Afrikaans. He endeared himself to the community and inherited 160 acres of land, a herd of cows, sheep, goats, poultry and pigs. Jack also taught the Afrikaans ladies self defence and had them running around the fields to warm up. After that, Jack was posted to Harare and spent 8 years until 1981 as Head of Eastridge School in Hillside. This was his third Headship. Again, under Jack’s guidance the school sport and swimming picked up and became very competitive. Thereafter Jack spent a year working at the Ministry’s Head Office on curriculum development – that was the Maths part. Who better, after all that experience? He and Ken Downing travelled the country making sure that golf courses, rocks to climb and snooker tables were always available. Jack then moved on to spend his last 3 or 4 years in government service as Head of David Livingstone school, just bordering Enterprise Road on the edge of the CBD. This would be his 4th Headship, this time at what was known as a Grade A school. Having retired from government service, Jack then moved onto Eaglesvale to continue with his first love–teaching. No more administration, just good old classroom teaching. SJC then became Jack’s home and he has been here ever since. How blessed and fortunate we have been. Many of you might not know other things about Jack – he had a private pilot’s licence and it was at Coventry Aero Club that he met Ruth Sully, his future wife whom he describes as a fellow pilot with a great sense of fun. After Jack proposed he spent a few days at Ruth’s parents’ home as he had never met them before and she had agreed to come out to Africa with him. They spent their first night at the Snake Park because Jack hoped she would find him more beautiful than the snakes. He has been a boxer and a very accomplished climber. He describes climbing as his raison d’etre. He has climbed in SA, Britain, Tanzania, Kenya, NZ, Australia and has even climbed the entire length of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Jack Robinson’s Farewell to 54 Years in Education

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HATCHES & MATCHES Hatches • •

Congratulations to Mr. J. Mariani on the birth of his daughter (Kaylah Grace) on the 9th of October 2012. Congratulations to Mr. T. Mukarati on the birth of his daughter (Olivia Nyeredzi) on the 2nd of May 2012.

Matches • • • • • • • •

Miss A. Frampton is engaged to James Freer. Their wedding will be in Harare on the 12th of January 2013. Miss J. Kanjee is engaged to Vinay. Miss M. Martens is engaged to Jeppe Søndergaard. Mr. N. Elliot got engaged to Deanne on the 15th of August 2012. Mr. A. Sakala married Bokani on the 25th of August 2012 at St John’s College. Mr. W. Mukotsangera married Monica on the 3rd of March 2012. Mr. J. Kalonga married Tapiwa on the 15th of December 2012. Mr. T. Mukarati married Caroline on the 25th of February 2012.

STAFF CHRISTMAS LUNCH Sat., Dec. 1, 2012 Emmanuel’s Restaurant Mrs. D. Hale

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he Staff of St John’s College thoroughly enjoyed their annual, traditional Christmas lunch at Emmanuel’s Restaurant in the Avenues. The weather was perfect for an outdoor setting with tables and chairs under an old, spreading, leafy Jacaranda tree. The Christmas table was beautifully decorated by Mrs. Joanna Jones and the Staff were very appreciative of the Quality Street chocolates and wine provided by the PLC. There was a great deal of hilarity, with the Bursars Angelic Team ensuring that everyone was entertained by their antics and wigs. We all loved seeing “Goldfinger” depart from his usual stern, Scrooge-like image to become a merry, hippy Punk Rocker. First prize of a bottle of Champagne for the Best dressed lady went to Mrs. Robyn Wilde. Our thanks go to all who made this a happy end to the term and year 2012.

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Only injury and arthritis forced Jack to “coil his rope”, as he puts it. His love of climbing and the stories he can tell make any kopje look entirely different. I hardly ever drive past an interesting hill without imagining Jack strategizing over the best way to tackle its ascent. The key to a long and active life seems to lie in Jack’s interest in trying almost anything that he could – flying, karate, boxing, shooting, bridge, potholing, swimming, athletics and self defence. Jack’s dear wife, Ruth, whom he married in 1959, wrote three pantomimes in which he was, as he says, typecast as the wicked uncle. On one occasion in Gatooma he played the magician. He came on stage to clouds of smoke and a loud explosion and this was at the children’s matinee! Well, he laughs about it now but after half time most of the kids left and went home in terror. Now you know why he has been so effective at teaching the juniors. Jack told me that when he sailed out to Africa on the maiden voyage of the Pendennis Castle, the sea was so rough at one point that he spent time catching drinks and plates in the dining room. He went on to play in a darts competition which he won – the captain put it down to his skills at dancing, given the conditions of the sea. Jack has been a policeman, a corpse in a movie (much to his mother’s distress), a military policeman who was captured by Russians in Berlin, resulting in a month’s CB. During his time as a policeman, Jack was bored as he did not catch a criminal though at one identification parade the witness was asked to identify the culprit who was amongst 8 volunteers – Jack got picked out! His OC was not amused. After a motor bike accident Jack decided to leave the police as it was not exciting enough. It was then that Jack decided to take up teaching. He trained at Newland Park Teachers’ College and at the Carnegie College of Phys. Ed. in Leeds. His first posting was to a tough school in Coventry known as Ullathorn Secondary Modern. Many of the 600 students were Irish and loved boxing. It did not take him long to be challenged by the two biggest 18 year olds – Jack admits they were better boxers but he was stronger. But, he took them on and they became great friends afterwards. To try and summarise a life so rich in experience and dedicated to education in a few minutes feels a complete travesty. So, Jack, I hope you’ll forgive me. Since my appointment Jack has been very loyal and supportive and has passed on some of his wisdom and insight when asked to do so. I am sure that he realizes that not much changes. Jack, your service to the College has been of immeasurable value and I thank you for giving us a part of your life, all of your enthusiasm and every bit of your considerable teaching skills. It is not really a total goodbye, just a switch from a full time timetable to continuing in various roles and as a support teacher. The College cannot afford to lose your services, it’s as simple as that. Thank you, Jack.

“to be the best that I can be”

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OBITUARY Professor John Péri Loveridge (3 March 1942 to January 2012) Mr. J. Roscoe

John Péri Loveridge

Obituary: John Péri Loveridge

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ohn Péri Loveridge was born in Bulawayo on the 3rd of March 1942. He graduated in 1963 with an Honours degree in Botany and Zoology from the University College of Rhodesia. After graduating he went on to complete his doctorate and became a lecturer in 1967. After a short stint as Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town he returned to the University of Zimbabwe as a Senior Lecturer in 1980, and was promoted to the post of Professor in Biological sciences in 1984. In 1990, he was appointed to Professor of Zoology. John’s family has had a long history of teaching at St John’s College. His wife Nan was Head of Biological Sciences for many years while his daughter Morag taught Geography and Music. John was a true pioneering naturalist who had a deep devotion and interest in all manner of plants and animals with a love of being outdoors and in the bush. One of his most memorable expeditions was to the Ruwenzori Mountains (5,109 m (16,761 ft) on the border between Congo and Uganda with peaks covered in snow and glaciers. Here he made many discoveries of new species in the cold Alpine lakes with one species of algae named after him. John’s key academic interest was Animal Physiology where he made numerous ground breaking discoveries. One of the more interesting ones was the discovery that the sex of a crocodile is determined by the temperature at which it incubated. Another is that tree frogs secrete uric acid, something that had been initially rejected. A lot of his work went into saving crocodile populations around the world and he was instrumental in the development of crocodile farms. John was a Rolls Royce academic in every sense of the word. Meticulous attention to detail and planning of observations and experiments ensured a prodigious amount of sound academic research. John has published over 120 papers in scientific journals around the world. His tireless love of Biology took him to many places, lecturing and researching. In 1973 and 1974 he was a visiting scholar at Duke University in North Carolina. In 1988 he was a visiting researcher at Ben Gurion University in Israel, and in 1993 and 1994 he was Hugh Kelly Fellow at Rhodes University. He has supervised many PhD. and Masters students. John has also been a visiting scientist /researcher in Norway, UK, Ireland, California and Australia, working on the water balance and survival of animals.

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Not long after retiring from the University in 2007 John joined the staff at St John’s College as Director of Studies. He threw himself into life and work at the College where he was able to put something back into one of his sporting passions, cricket. Through his umpiring and coaching the under 15 B’s won most of their matches including wins over old rivals St George’s and Peterhouse. His first year of teaching saw him in the Biology lab. where he took on the challenges of the International Baccalaureate, teaching both Biology and Environmental Systems and Societies. Not only were we privileged to have him teach the upper school but he threw his weight into the lower school, teaching classes up to Form 4. One memorable occasion was when at the end of 2009 after battling with a difficult class the naughtiest student stood up and gave a speech thanking him for instructing them and opening their eyes to the living world around them, which seemed to have eluded them thus far, after which the whole class stood up and individually shook his hand as they left the lab. A testament to a true teacher. What a great privilege it has been to have had such a man pass through our ranks of students and teachers at the college, whether our brief encounters were over tea at break or as a student in the class room or aspiring cricketer on the crease. We were all touched in some way by his wisdom, wealth of knowledge, deep integrity and honesty but above all his gentleness and compassion.

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We, the students, teachers and staff of St John’s College salute you and thank you for your time with us.


Mr. Bekithemba Ndebele

As you leave St John’s and venture into the wider world you will invariably be asking yourselves the question why you were never able to enjoy the benefits of individual excellence, and brilliance, why you were never able to realize your dreams and why life was an existence or at best subsistence. All of you deserve rewards for your perseverance during the dark days and I am confident those just rewards will come when we live in a normal society. To quote from Nelson Mandela, “where one man cannot dominate the other on the basis of race, religion, sex, ethnicity and political conviction; where we live in a society without fear, where we live in a society where an individual can be the best they can be.” Good luck and best wishes to the class of 2012. Be the best you can be in your future endeavours. Once again it has been a privilege for me to serve the St John’s Community for the last 13 years. I will forever treasure the memories, the good people I have met and the good people who have enriched my life. I would like to thank past and present Governors for the support and wise counsel I received during my tenure of office. I would like to also thank the past and present professional staff for the dedication to their duties in abnormally trying times. I wish the best of luck and success to the incoming Chairman Dave Whatman who has been involved in every facet of the school in the last 10 years or so. To Dave I say, you will be leading a fine institution, the best in Zimbabwe and up there with similar institutions in the world. This institution has produced fine girls and boys whom I proudly associate with. I have no doubt that we are moving into an era of progression and not maintenance. GOOD BYE.

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deliver my last Chairman’s Report after 13 years of service to the St John’s Community and 6 of those years as Chairman of the St John’s Education Trust. You will all acknowledge that 13 years of Community Service in a Community Institution is indeed a very long time. In those 13 years of my service, I am saddened to say that they coincided with the “dark decade” in Zimbabwe or the “lost decade” in Zimbabwe, of which most of the time was spent on survival instead of progression. The evidence of the “lost decade” today is we are producing students in this country up to Upper 6th only, with no hope or chance of those students pursuing their education in Zimbabwe or finding employment in their home country. Further evidence of the “lost decade” is broken families and all this not out of choice.

ST JOHN’S COLLEGE CHAIRMAN’S REPORT FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2012 Mr. B. Ndebele

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HEADMASTER’S SPEECH NIGHT ADDRESS Mr. W. Annandale Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Mr. William Annandale

Headmaster’s Address Good Evening to our Guest of Honour, Mr. Jim Ward and Mrs. Ward; Patrons of the College, His Worship the Mayor of Harare and Mrs. Masunda; Chairman and Governors of St John’s Educational Trust; Invited Guests; Johannians; Old Johannians; Ladies and Gentlemen; The Class of 2012 and Students of St John’s College :

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t is my privilege and honour to report to you on the academic, sporting and cultural life of St John’s College for this year, 2012. The managerial and academic leadership of the College changed fairly radically, at least from what it had been, at the start of this year. The vertical structure of management was replaced by a more horizontal one that introduced three Directors, each responsible for key areas of the College. The reasoning behind this was to uplift outcomes for,and the monitoring of, students in the two key academic halves of the College – Forms 1 to 4 and the Sixth Form. It was felt that because of the significant investment in education that parents are making, reporting on - and the management of - students needed to improve qualitatively and quantitatively. Hence the appointment of specialist Directors, responsible for their own sectors of the College student body. Response times - and the formulation of remedial solutions for those students who were found to be underperforming or even struggling -had been far too slow and always “in arrears”. A radically different approach was introduced (whereby problem areas and students needing motivation – or support – were identified very much more quickly) and became fundamental to the new thinking on delivering better performance and improved educational outcomes. This was the background to the appointment of Mr. Hovelmeier and Mr. Trinci as Directors of the two key academic sectors of the College. Their mandate was: • to re-think academic structures, • to work with existing lines of management to produce a more student centric programme, • to improve on the overall quality of education, and • to create continuous assessment policies - through careful and thorough analysis of student abilities - ultimately leading to relevant subject choices as well as improved academic performance.

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Working in tandem with our excellent in - house educational psychologist and careers counsellor, students are now making far more informed decisions that are linked to future career aspirations, based on ability and strengths that have been identified at an earlier, more appropriate stage of their learning careers. I am confident that now that our first year of introducing these fundamental changes is almost over, the College has very solid and world class structures that approach educating your child with relevance and with performance monitoring systems in place that seek to minimise underperformance. This approach is in line with best practice anywhere in the world and is something we will see progressing in the next few years as the systems and structures mature through to the final examinations that define how prepared a pupil will be for further study or training after school. This is our primary concern in a world that has changed to the point where traditional school qualifications leading to traditional tertiary or job training opportunities are no longer guaranteed. The best that we, as educators, can do is to recognise that pupils at school need a broad set of skills that prepare them to be flexible and adaptable in the modern working world. I believe that, for parents, this is what you need – the assurance that the educational structures and policies being adopted by the faculty here at SJC recognise the changing trends that are radically reshaping the world of employment. Outside of the classroom, our programme of outdoor learning emphasises the acquisition of skills that cannot be learnt in the classroom – the skills of collaboration, communication and practicality as well as environmental awareness - an area of absolute and overriding importance to generations that are going to manage this planet and its resources in the next 100 years.


• A proper Sixth Form study with an ambience that is conducive to self study sessions. • The introduction of a Grade Point Average or GPA assessment system that rewards application and not only attainment. This method of assessment improves a student’s awareness of his or her peer ranking and encourages a more self motivated work ethic.

The other leg of the team was the creation of the office of the Director of Sport since this aspect alone consumes a huge proportion of the time and effort that a learner expends at school. Sport is essential in the overall development of an SJC student, as well as being an integral and essential aspect of our educational brand. A wide menu of options is always on offer and our successes are well documented as the College remains in the top 3 of almost any major sport from basketball to volleyball. Some notable achievements this year include: RUGBY

45 players selected for Mashonaland, 15 for Zimbabwe

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20 players selected for Mashonaland, 9 for Zimbabwe

CRICKET

15 selected for Mashonaland, 7 for Zimbabwe

HOCKEY

21 provincial selections, 9 for Zimbabwe

• The innovation of a Sixth Form induction ceremony and public signing of an honour code to inculcate into the minds of students the sense of a transition to a higher level of learning and responsibility through their two final years at school.

WATER POLO

8 selected for Zimbabwe

SWIMMING

7 provincial and 3 for Zimbabwe

SQUASH

5 provincial and 5 national

• More open and transparent communications with – and access to – specialist Directors.

TENNIS

10 provincial and 4 national

GOLF

3 provincial and 2 national

• Engaging in discussion with the learner and parents in matters of subject choice.

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5 provincial and 5 national

• In terms of improved community communications within the College the Sixth Form Council has been revived. This has proved to be an exceptionally valuable resource for sharing information and ideas that all relate to the culture of work and play at the College.

• Improved assessment programmes that assist in subject selection and direction; examples include Diagnostic Aptitude Testing at Forms 2 and 4 and Cambridge Checkpoint in Form 2. • Supporting learning opportunities in terms of afternoon tutorials being available for all students in all subjects.

On the cultural aspect of College life, a busy schedule has been available from Chess-to-Debating and Drama-to-Music, MUN and quizzes. In particular, the following notable achievements were scored this year: NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR ALLIED ARTS – VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL HONOURS –

• An appreciation of learning differences and difficulties and adapting the school programme to those who need greater support, including parents.

• The College Senior Marimba band voted as the National Champions in the advanced category, for technical skill. Another 12 individual honours were awarded

• Recognition of academic achievement, in a formal way, twice a term, at all levels.

• Our Pipe Band was voted best overall out of five schools at the Celtic Festival in Johannesburg.

• As mentioned earlier, a valid and very carefully planned programme of outdoor education for every form up to and including Form 4, leading to the Sixth Form camp at the end of year five at the College.

• Numerous awards were received by our students in Speech and Drama as well as the Visual Arts

This describes the overall philosophy of the new educational team at the helm of the College since the beginning of this year. I believe that the College offers its students the very best opportunities in the educational sector at the moment.

• The Engineering Club won the local Bridge Building competition and were awarded 6th place at the regional competition held in Pretoria • Our Model United Nations delegation was recognised as the Best delegation at the conference held in Dubai in the first half of the year.

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Concepts such as sustainability and renewability are fundamental today whereas these were not considered important, even a generation ago. In terms of improved educational service delivery I would note the following innovations introduced this year through the offices of the College’s dedicated Directors:

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I thank our faculty and the College Directors for their incredibly hard work this year, as the whole culture of the College has been reshaped to better fit the needs of the 21st century. It will improve with time. You can trust the evolving St John’s brand to fulfil our mission of being a first class option for anyone, anywhere. I pay tribute to the academic staff of the College who have embraced the changed and changing structures and expectations of the College. The staff of your College is one of our greatest assets, a faculty of individuals who have shown dedication and commitment, term after term. I thank you all for your incredible energy and adaptability in addressing the challenges I have described already. Together, as a team, with a vision of excellence for our students, we can inspire and be inspired by what we do as the educators of tomorrow’s leaders and thinkers. I also pay tribute to the administrative and support staff of the College, always tirelessly working (pretty much in the background) to keep the ship sailing smoothly, so to speak. I have seen many of them working seven days a week, putting in long hours without complaint and always smiling. I think this is amazing and I thank you all for your commitment, without which much of what we do would simply not be possible. The College’s activities are supported by our PLC and a number of key parental committees that assist in the College’s provision of infrastructure and facilities. I thank each and every one of you for your service and unfailing desire to do the best for the College that you can. For many of you, this has meant long hours of potentially free time being given generously and selflessly to your College. Your input and motivation will always be essential to the development of the College. I thank you and look forward to your continued support in the future. As the new Headmaster I appreciate the support, encouragement and loyalty given to me by the St John’s Educational Trusts’ Patrons and Governors. Without the belief and buy in of the Board, none of what I have been doing this year with my faculty colleagues and staff would have been possible. SPEECH NIGHT & AWARDS

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As a team we have tackled issues and challenges that confront us, in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation. It has been a privilege to be able to contribute towards and to work for the betterment of the College for all concerned. I thank the out going Chairman, Mr. Bekithemba Ndebele, for his wise counsel, his policy of open and frank dialogue and belief in the College management at all times. He has never been unavailable and always supportive in every way. I thank you, sir, for your mentorship and that of your Board. I thank the Head Boy and the Prefect body for their willingness to work with both myself and the faculty and to follow the same goals. Together we have learnt a great deal and have had the maturity to admit when errors have been made but have always found positive solutions. It is my privilege to have worked with such a fine body of young people whose love of the College, and what it stands for, has always come first. As you have grown and matured into your responsibilities, I am convinced that yours has been one of the most effective prefect bodies for some time. Your example should serve as a good model for the incoming leadership of 2013. One of the items I mentioned earlier was the reintroduction of the elected Student Council, under the presidency of the Head Boy. I have enjoyed working with all of you and pay tribute to your frankness and responsibility over the year. You have made a difference as the College management has been able to take your suggestions and allow them to foster growth and innovation in the way that we operate and conduct ourselves. Well done, you have set a very high standard for the next council to follow. Finally, to our departing students in the Upper Sixth. On behalf of the College faculty I thank you all for the legacy that you are going to leave behind. You have shown maturity and application and complete loyalty to the College in giving of your utmost in the classroom, on the sports field and on the stage in one form or another. You have an incredible template to take out into the world, to make a difference, as you proceed in your various endeavours. I urge you never to give in to a world of mediocrity; avoid the politically correct world of applauding the standards of the lowest common denominator. Strive to keep the space that you occupy the best that it can be. Strive to influence positive growth - and change for the better – within the scope of what you can do. Always remember that it’s true to say that each of us can make a difference, though we often do not feel as though we can in the bigger world out there. I look forward to you remaining fiercely proud Old Johannians and to supporting your school throughout your lives - in whatever way that you can - because it will always need you and has now played its part by giving you its heart and soul.


Anni Rautakoura — IBDP 2003 graduate of University of Helsinki - today a manager in the buying department of Nokia. Satu Aavikko — IBDP 2003 graduate of University of Turku and Edinburgh. Today a Senior Researcher in Animal Veterinary products in Sydney, Australia. Onai Gwachiwa — IBDP 2003 Honours degree at Gloustershire University. Accepted for officer training at Sandhurst. Jessica Wiggins — Rhodes Scholar Oxford. Masters in Earth Science. Kim Smet — graduate at University of British Colombia. Khameer Kidia - 2006 Graduate of Princeton, Rhodes Scholar. Jovana Vidovic – IBDP 2012. The only student from Africa to attend the University of Helsinki training course in Helsinki this year. 60 young people worldwide were chosen from over 30,000 applicants. Her professors assure me that she ‘did Africa proud’.

To these I add my son James Ward, one of the youngest members of the Institute of British Bankers, now in London an accounts manager at Rathbones. He has a Masters in International Banking and attended St John’s College. I return again to the question of Excellence. It can be achieved by every one of you boys and girls sitting before me. Whatever your chosen field, whether it be Brick Layer or International Lawyer, make sure that you are the BEST. This school and your parents can give you the tools but it is up to you, and it is your choice to make what you can out of your lives. I close with a short story about myself at a Management course which I took while working in Switzerland:The huge Swiss German Lecturer walked into the room and said, “Stand up and look under your chairs”. We sheepishly did what we were told and found a one US Dollar note stuck under our chairs. We picked up the note and sat down. “What have we learned?” said the Professor. None of us knew and we all sat there, dumb. “What we have learned, gentlemen”, he said, “is that every time you get off your back sides there is a dollar to be made!”

I have never forgotten that. Thank you and good evening.

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ho are we? Where have we come from? How are we going to manage in the new situation we find ourselves. This world is changing daily and you have to be prepared. The answer, is to proceed on a course with EXCELLENCE as your Prime Objective. You young men and women have been given an opportunity by your parents to achieve EXCELLENCE through the chance to come to St John’s. Here you have the best teachers, the best academic facilities, the best sporting facilities, and the best environment that this country has to offer. This school is the envy of many other countries’ schools, not only in Africa but also worldwide. Do not waste the unique opportunity to develop yourselves into someone EXCELLENT, worthy of your parents’ faith in you, and a useful and desirable member of the community in which you find yourself in the World of the Future. Let me tell you a little about Finland and its continued quest and demand on its people for a standard of EXCELLENCE. Finland took the side of Germany in the last World War. Finland, with the Germans, lost. Its opponent was predominantly Russia. Finland paid reparation to Russia for loss of machinery and equipment to the equivalent of a railway line from Helsinki to Rome and rail wagons filled with equipment on every centimetre of the rail line. As an undeveloped country, Finland’s population was made predominantly of farmers and woodsmen. The country was converted into a mechanical workshop and between 1945 and 1964 the debt was paid. There are only five million Finns, in a country the size of Zimbabwe. The country is made up mostly of forests and 2000 lakes. Squashed flat by the Ice Age, there are no mountains of note and most of the country is less than 400 metres above sea level. There is an abundance of wild life, fish are plentiful, and so are moose, bears, hares, reindeer, and gazelle. The people are experts at smoking fish. In fact, there are so many salmon in the lakes and rivers that there is a law which says, ‘A farmer may not feed his farm workers on salmon more than 4 times a week’. I once purchased some fresh smoked salmon from a shop in the country which had so much salmon that I asked the man behind the counter, “Where do you sell all this fish in such a small village?” He said, “After three days I sell it to the English! They know nothing about smoking or fish!” Finland is in the European Union, and therefore complies strictly with the rules laid down, being the fourth largest contributor after Germany, U.K. and France to the bail-out funds at the moment for Greece, Italy and maybe Spain. You may understand that Finns are not too happy about this. Now I turn back to excellence, and tell you a little of the accomplishments of some of your former pupils, especially those who have come from Finland:

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N A M E S O F N OTABL E FI N N S IN SPORT Kimi Raikkonen Mika Hakkinen Keke Rosberg

all Formula One and Rally Champions.

IN MUSIC Sibelius, world famous Composer “Lordi” a Eurovision Song Contest Winner. IN MANUFACTURING NOKIA — a household name and a world leader The Ericsson of Sony Ericsson — mostly Finnish technology.

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ood evening Mr. and Mrs. Annandale, Mr. and Mrs. Ward, Members of the Board of Governors, Invited Guests, Parents, Staff and my fellow students. A year ago in this very hall, I sat as a Lower Six student being blown away, as did all my peers around me, by the then Headboy’s speech. It was a passionate tribute to our fine school and it poured directly from the heart. Amidst the emotion and the admiration, I distinctly remember thinking to myself ... “Wow, I sure do feel sorry for the next Headboy trying to follow footsteps like those!” Now, a year on, here I am commencing this very speech. Six years ago we as Upper sixes embarked on a journey. Being a Form one, whose shirt engulfed his entire body, whose shorts parachuted over his tiny quads, and whose socks were much too saggy and could barely be held up by garters, or should I say elastic bands, I probably would have said to myself at the time: “Six years from now, much will have changed.” But in actual fact, as time has moved on, and we have all grown with it, the truth is that everything seems to be pretty much the same...particularly for Oscar Edmunds. In many ways there is a great deal of comfort in this reality: what was never broken before, in other words, the passion for this College that was drilled into us on our Form one camp, has not needed to be fixed. Instead we have all sailed on a journey where the green waters have remained fast and true, our vessel built of solid materials. This is not to say that over the past years the College has not experienced many material and structural changes. When I was a lightie, the formidable Mr. Vincent was Head, the very man whose iron-eyed stare was enough to send an icy chill down even the most stubborn student’s spine. He was followed by Mr. Fuller who was the complete opposite: a quietly spoken, humble, yet resolute gentleman who taught us the meaning of dignity and integrity. And now we have entered a new era under the tenure of Mr. Annandale. If there is one thing Mr. Annandale has taught me, it’s that to be a true leader you must not make popularity your aim. An important lesson I think we both had to learn very quickly in this job is that it is certainly not a popularity contest. Sir, you have implemented a number of changes and programmes in the College, which will undoubtedly continue to add to the growth of this fine school. Your journey with St John’s has started well, and I wish you all the very best for the future. As I alluded to earlier, the one aspect that has not changed throughout my tenure at the College is the degree of pride and enthusiasm that binds this school together. In our junior years we always used to win our hockey games, but on the rugby field it was a different story when we played our arch rivals St. George’s. I recall a dark day in Form three, when, having been so badly beaten by the Dragon, the result wasn’t even announced in assembly. It was just ... we lost ... and sadly I was part of that game. However, thankfully, we managed to turn the tables around this year with an emphatic 12-5 drubbing of St. George’s on a charged winter’s day in May, and I feel this is a worthy testament to the determination and fighting resolve which has come to define my year group. If the truth be told, we have not always had it our own way on the sports field, but what we have learnt is that sportsmanship transcends the scoreboard and participation is more important than the final result. I believe that what the great French writer and intellectual, Albert Camus, once said applies to us: “What we know most surely about morality and the duty of man, we owe to sport.” Although you sometimes wouldn’t think so, St John’s is actually more than one giant sports arena where the players dabble in a bit of maths or business studies in their rest time. In fact it is more than a mere learning institution in itself. If I were to honestly look back and jot down what lessons this school has imparted to me, I wouldn’t be able to look them up in any text book. There are life lessons that have been passed onto me about the true value of dignity, pride, valour and, most importantly, integrity. It is often said that if you lose your integrity, you lose everything. Here I would like to say to those of you still coming up in the ranks that if there is one element that must continue to define a St John’s man, it is the need to uphold not only your own personal integrity when you don a St John’s College blazer, but also the integrity of the school itself: the values of its collective brotherhood and what the value of the institution is in the wider community.

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some wise words from Sir Francis Drake, “Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas, where storms will show your mastery, where, losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes, and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.’’ U6 I wish you all the best for your future endeavours. The hard thing to accept is that we are all about to be hit with a startling reality. From being big fish in a small pond, we are about to become miniscule tadpoles in a truly massive body of water. We are about to embark on the years that will define us as men and women for the rest of our lives, but it is worth remembering that the blooms of our future rest in the seeds of our past. My simple plea to you all is this: in the good times ahead and the bad, don’t forget what has made you who you are and what potential there is within you to succeed. To the Lower sixes, after taking you on the “three day benda,” I am confidently assured you will take this school to greater heights. Good luck to the future Headboy and prefect body of 2013, and for the remainder of you fine men, whether or not you are recognized as a leader, remember at this College we are all for one and one for all.

There are life lessons that have been passed onto me about the true value of dignity, pride, valour and, most importantly, integrity. It is often said that if you lose your integrity, you lose everything. Here I would like to say to those of you still coming up in the ranks that if there is one element that must continue to define a St John’s man, it is the need to uphold not only your own personal integrity when you don a St John’s College blazer, but also the integrity of the school itself: the values of its collective brotherhood and what the value of the institution is in the wider community. Alex Breitenstein

Recently we lost a student, a friend, a brother to cancer. Dean Butchart, you taught us all what a true fighter is, full of so much potential, but taken far too soon. You left us with so many lessons we can take forward in life. On the Friday after we all learnt of your passing, I came out onto the field and sat with your form. There was sadness and disbelief etched on everyone’s faces, but then there were smiles and laughter too because everyone was talking about all the memories you and your mates shared together, and this showed how you really made an impact on their lives, in fact on all of our lives. Dean, you made an impact on the community as a whole. Your fight was greater than the sum that any of us can comprehend and because of this courage, you will never be forgotten. St John’s, it has been a true honour and a privilege. It is said that blood is thicker than water. I say, “Green blood is even thicker.” Dominus Pastor, the Lord is my shepherd.

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There have been many members of staff instrumental in my schooling, particularly over the past two years and I would really like to take a moment to thank them. Mr. Hovelmeier, Sir, thank you for your continuous support throughout the year. You have made my job so much easier. Your hard work and commitment to this College does not go unnoticed. Mr. Fox, thank you for your humorous Economics lessons. I’m sure you will be seeing a lot less red now that Ryan Hutchings and Mark Dunlop are leaving. They told me you were their favourite teacher, and I know you are going to miss them. Mrs. Logan and Mrs. Conradie, thank you for trying so tirelessly to knock some maths into my head: I’m sure it hasn’t been an easy task. Mr. Oldrieve – the “Drieve,” “Stuj,” “Penguin’’. – Your preaching on the complicated and sometimes unfathomable topic of relationships has been a great success ... for some. I hope one day you too will be able to take some of your own advice and practise what you preach about “bagging a keeper!” To my faithful squack Oscar, thanks for being there every morning to carry my bags. I will miss our little chats. To my Deputy Headboy and Prefect Body, it has been a privilege to be at the helm of our vessel. You have all given devoted service to your school this past year and it has been an honour to serve with you. To my parents: last year when I was appointed Headboy, it was the greatest achievement of my life. Sadly you weren’t able to be part of it. But since you were summiting Kilimanjaro, I’ll let you off just this time. Mum, thanks for always being so supportive. You could always sense when I’d had a rough day at the office, and you were always there to talk to me and give such sound advice, the kind which really happens only between mothers and sons, I guess. You have more than fulfilled all the duties expected of being the Headboy’s mother. Dad, you have taught me what it means to be a gentleman in every sense of the word: thank you for always believing in me and supporting me in everything I do. To both of you, thank you for my Christian upbringing, you have been my role models. Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be educated and raised in a country where values still have currency and people really care about the important things in life. To the class of 2012, it’s been an amazing run. The memories I have created with you all I will remember forever. We’ve had many special break times, such as “daisy’’, a.k.a. Alex Mattock, bringing microwave popcorn to school, but forgetting to put it in the microwave first. I assure you ladies and gentlemen, this doesn’t reflect the quality of education here at St John’s. Thank you all for supporting me throughout the year, especially to Matthew Wicks, Malcolm Lake, Deven Bell, Ziyaad Ismail, Rhys Lindsay-White, Daniel Hofmann and Hylton Crous, They say a man’s worth can be measured by his choice of friends, if that is so, then I am of tremendous worth because of friends such as you. U6 as you leave St Johns, I would like to leave you with

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ST JOHN’S COLLEGE Class of 2012

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St John’s College Class of 2012


SCHOOL PREFECTS 2012 Back Row

A. Macleod N. Robertson N. Shukla C. Misiewicz M. Wicks N. Bain M. Lake H. Crous B. Michell D. Hofmann D. Ettrick W. Zhai T. Sibanda

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D. Bell Z. Ismail M. Wright Mr. N. Hovelmeier A. Breitenstein (Head Boy) Mr. W. Annandale (Headmaster) T. Chinyani (Deputy Head Boy) Mr. A. Sakala M. Woodhouse T. Hill T. Tapera N. Mavimba

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STUDENT COUNCIL Members

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Back Row K. Mungwariri A. Coumbis C. Mukasa G. du Plessis S. Babiolakis R. Lindsay-White

Front Row

T. Bandason Mr. N. Hovelmeier Z. Ismail (Chairman) Mr. W. Annandale A. Breitenstein (Honorary President) Mr. A. Sakala K. Wood (Secretary)

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he recipient of this prestigious award was born in Bulawayo in 1962 and in 1984 graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with Honours in a Bachelor of Accounts degree. He served his articles with Peat Marwick and was registered as a Chartered Accountant in 1986. From 1988 to 1994 he worked for the Treger Group as their Finance Director, was the Managing Director of Tregers Harare from 1994 to 1997 before becoming Chief Operating Officer of T.A Holdings Ltd in 1998 and then Chief Executive Officer of Truworths in 2000, a position he still holds today. In addition, he is the Chairman of Imara Capital Zimbabwe, the Chairman of Cattle Company Holdings, the Audit Committee Chairman of TSL Ltd and African Century Ltd, as well as holding directorships with Imara Edwards Securities, Imara Corporate Finance and TSL Ltd. This highly distinguished business executive has also been a servant of several community institutions, including serving as a Trustee to the Mashonaland Turf Club, as well as being its past Chairman, and is a former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. An avid golfer, he is a Board Member of Royal Harare Golf Club, served as treasurer of the Zimbabwe Open Golf Committee in 2010 and has also been instrumental in organising at least two Zimbabwe Open Golf Tournaments. It is in his role as Board Chairman of the St John’s Educational Trust that this gentleman has truly served our community. He was first appointed to the Board of Governors and a Member of the Prep School Executive Committee in October of 1999 and later on in November of 2005 was appointed Chairman of the Prep School Executive Committee. On the 18th of October 2006, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors and in September of 2008, Chairman of the Combined Executive Committees. He also served on the Strategic Planning and Bursary Committees until 2009. Our recipient is a man of absolute integrity. Frank, open and transparent, it has been remarked that he always deals with matters in a purposeful, astute and decisive manner, and has the ability to assess people and situations accurately and fairly. He is respected highly for his leadership skills, open discussion and free-ranging debate which have always been a characteristic benchmark under his chairmanship. Having schooled his own son at both the Prep school and the College, his own personal affection and loyalty to the institutions of St John’s has been something very close to his own heart. Faced with the unenviable task of steering the Trust through the dark days of hyperinflation and into the dawn of a new economic reality, his foresight and wisdom have served our stakeholders unfailingly. Therefore in recognition of his many years of service, the College is proud today to bestow its highest honour of a Johannian Award on:

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Mr. B. Ndebele

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JOHANNIAN AWARD Mrs. Lindsay Marquis Jack

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he recipient of this award was born in Gwanda and is very proud to call herself a true Matabele. She was educated at Eveline High School in Bulawayo and then attended the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she read English for a Bachelor of Arts degree, followed by studies for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Rhodesia. With a career in education spanning over forty years, she held teaching posts at Fort Victoria High School, Chaplin, Churchill and Arundel before joining the staff of St John’s in 1989, thus making her one of the longest serving members of staff in the College’s history. Her late husband was also a distinguished educator, becoming the chief inspector of English in schools before moving into the private sector. Two of their four children are Old Johannians. On the staff of St John’s, she has always been a stalwart of the English department and has taught at every level, from junior English in form one and two, IGCSE at form three and four, A level literature to the sixth form as well as Higher and Standard Level English in the International Baccalaureate. Since 2004 she has served as Head of Department, aptly proving to be a steadying and rational force to a number of eccentric staff and a comforting mentor to newcomers. During her tenure at St John’s she was very much a driving force behind a number of dramatic productions, and enjoyed a particular fondness for fostering young thespians. In charge of the Junior Drama Club, she produced and directed many plays involving young actors and also managed, directed and led the organisation of the popular Evenings of Music, Poetry and Drama, even if they did, perhaps, precipitate the onset of a slightly grey tinge to her hair. In addition, she dedicated many a long hour in helping to oversee and produce the Annual House Plays. Her organisation and input into public speaking has certainly contributed to the fine reputation St John’s has of producing champion orators in a national arena. Not content with confining herself to the stage, she was, over the years, an ever reliable presence on the sports field and at one time was mistress in charge of squash. With two water polo playing sons, her help and input into the sport was quietly significant; indeed, as is her humble and self-effacing nature, she has always been the first to offer assistance with anything transpiring at the College, from athletics days and swimming galas to festivals and exhibitions. Perhaps one of her most significant contributions to St John’s has been her leadership of the RAM Committee. For years she oversaw the weekly production of this prizewinning newspaper, certainly a tradition which has undergone numerous transformations but continues to be enjoyed by all. She ensured that the RAM had just the right balance of news, humour and sports reports. Many senior students benefitted from their experience working under her guidance and in the process learnt a great deal about the principles of journalism and newspaper production. It was certainly not always easy, especially during the days of paper shortages, power cuts, breakdowns in photocopying machines and ink cartridge failures. However, she never panicked when these episodes occurred and by doing so displayed what is a true strength of her character – the ability to remain perfectly calm and unflustered in the face of a gathering storm. Indeed, our recipient of this prestigious award could possibly constitute the very concrete definition of a true stoic: she puts others first. Her sense of duty to her students and their education has seen her rise in still dark hours of the early mornings – sometimes as early as three a.m. – to mark books and correct work on a daily basis. Witty, cheerful and charitable, she has a genuine desire to help those less fortunate than herself. It is these admirable qualities which has made her a great friend, colleague and educator and after twenty-three years of service to this institution, it is with the greatest sense of pride that today we bestow this College’s highest honour of a Johannian Award on:


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ur top sportsman of 2012 has represented 1st team hockey, cricket, athletics and the Sevens Rugby teams, all disciplines in which he also holds full school colours. He has toured extensively this year representing both the College and national sporting sides, including tours to Middleburg representing the Zimbabwe U19 Rugby Sevens, a cricket tour to Kearsney and a hockey tour to Cape Town, a side which he also captained throughout the domestic season. He holds national colours in rugby sevens, cricket and hockey and this year won the Victor Ludorum in Athletics. For his achievements in a wide variety of sporting disciplines, Sportsman of the Year is:

Alistair Macleod

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he recipient of this award has been an active member of the St John’s Interact Society since 2011, and has been involved in numerous initiatives, both internal and external, to raise funds for a number of worthy causes. He has also represented the College in a number of inter-schools conferences, debating a wide range of global issues as a member of the Model United Nations Society. He is a former inter-house public speaker and an Honours grade winner in the Allied Arts for creative writing. It is as a musician that our recipient has truly made his mark in a remarkable range of genres. He has been a devoted member of the school choirs since Form One, but it is his talent as a soloist that has led to many distinctions over the years, including Honours awards at Eisteddfods in solo, duet and contemporary band classes, and this year in July he was invited to perform as a soloist on the main stage at Reps Theatre to sell-out audiences. As an instrumentalist he has accompanied many other students on piano, guitar and drums. He has also used his abilities to perform widely for the community, most notably at the Dorothy Duncan Home. In his Lower Six year, he was a founding member of the Contemporary Jazz band as leading guitarist, the same band which went on to perform the entire score for the very popular and recently held school production of the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar”. He was also selected to represent the College at the 2012 Falcon Cultural Weekend. In addition, he has played guitar at his weekly church service since 2006, directed the Children’s Church band from 2008 to 2010, as well as directing the Youth Band in 2012, while also playing lead guitar and singing solo vocals. In addition, he is the founding member of an extremely promising student band called “Atarak.” Yet despite these numerous endeavours, our recipient has most made his mark on the College’s cultural life as a long-serving member of our prized Pipe Band. Beginning as a tenor drummer, he moved on to the snare drum in his first year at St John’s. Over the years he has won numerous Allied Arts Honours and Quaiche awards for his drumming in both solo and ensemble work. Considering the immense workload which the Pipe Band carries out on behalf of the school, his continual loyalty in the service of the band has been immense and he has travelled extensively with the band on their numerous excursions to compete at the very highest level in South Africa. Serving first as drum Sergeant, he was promoted to the highest rank of drum Major – a position he has held for the past two years. He holds full Pipe Band Colours and this year served as overall Head of Music. For all these outstanding achievements in the cultural field over a number of years but more particularly for their contribution to College cultural life in 2012, the award of Athene Cup for M R . B E KCultural I T H EPerson M B Aof the Year goes to: NDEBELE

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ATHENE CUP: Tinashe Tapera Cultural Person of The Year

Tinashe Tapera

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR Alistair Macleod

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Athene Cup

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Best IGCSE Results of 2011

Walsh Award

L6 A Level Excellence and Highest Overall GPA

GPA College Valedictorian

Top overall Upper 6 student and Highest Overall GPA

Caitlin Taylor

Dux of College 2011

The top academic achiever for the 2011 public examinations

Shaun Foulkes (IB)

NICOZ Diamond Trophy Economous Trophy CBZ Bank Cup Techfin Research Cup CBZ Trophy

Best L6 Business Studies student Best U6 A Level Business Studies Student Best U6 A Level Accounts Student Best U6 A Level Economics Student Best U6IB Economics Student

Patrick Machekera Dhruv Patel Nicholas Bain Munyaradzi Chifamba Grace Kabeya

Best L6 Biology Student Best L6 Chemistry Student Best L6 Physics Student IB Chemistry Trophy IB Chemistry Trophy Mikhail Suleman Cup Best Form 4 Mathematics Student Best Lower 6 A level Mathematics Student Best A Level Mathematics Student Best IB Mathematics Studies Student Best IB Higher Level Mathematics Student

ART

MUSIC, DRAMA & LANGUAGES

Davis Cup

BUSINESS

Major Award Winners

SCIENCES

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Most Outstanding Vocalist Warren Watkins Trophy Overall Performance Shield in Music Adam Neil Shield IB English Trophy

Best Soloist Excellence in Theatre Arts Consistent Commitment to Higher Level English Studies

Proficiency in Spoken French at Ab initio Level

Dustin Sheehan Dustin Sheehan Jonathan Whitaker Punit Patel Kelly Stijkel He Duan Panashe Bera Dustin Sheehan Dayne Ettrick Jess Byrom Wentao Zhai Nicole Chimbetete Jonathan Whitaker Tinashe Tapera Brandon Chihota Sharai Mpofu Charmaine Cross

Harrison Award CBZ Trophy

Best Artist Most overall progress and commitment by an art student.

Gideon Du Plessis Jason Lamy

Shaw Award

Most outstanding progress and commitment by an IB art Student

Michaela Bar and Shannon Curle

CBZ Salver

Best IB Art Student

Jovanna Vidovic

Best U6 IB CAS Learner CBZ Cup Extended Essay

IB AWARDS

Top IB Student For Progress, Commitment and Excellence Best Form 2 Mathematics Student

Dustin Sheehan & Mufaro Mbudzi Dustin Sheehan

Best IB TOK Student Awarded to the Student who “through the medium of the Extended Essay, shows the most drive and passion for his/her research subject.”

Fiona Brooke Jovanna Vidovic Shivali Patel and Grace Kabeya

The IB student who best embodies the International Baccalaureate student profile, striving to be open-minded, principled, caring, reflective and a communicator.

Leila van Zuydam

Coordinator’s Plate

Punit Patel and Caitlin Taylor

Awarded to the Boy and Girl who have excelled throughout the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.


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Alex Breitenstein Salver for Service to the College

James Agiotis The Gars Charger Trophy

For his outstanding leadership and service to the school throughout his tenure as Headboy, the Salver for Service to the College is awarded to Alex Breitenstein.

Thomas Hill Ryan Vickery Trophy The “Golden Ram” award is made to the Best All-Round Student in the fields of Academics, Sport and Culture. This year’s winner is an academic achiever who has consistently ranked in the top ten of the GPA system throughout the year. He is the Captain of our victorious inter-schoolswinning swimming team and has served as Vice-President of the Interact Society of 2012. This year’s Golden Ram award is made to Thomas Hill.

Awarded annually for the boy in the Upper 6 at the College who has shown outstanding qualities of honour, chivalry and valour; in other words the boy whose gentlemanly conduct, in the true sense of the word, has distinguished him above his peers. We have a very worthy recipient this year who does truly personify the qualities of a St John’s gentleman and we are honoured to present this distinguished accolade to James Agiotis.

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Trophies and Awards

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Danai Mushiri Tapiwanashe Ben Siyakwazi Award

Nat Robertson Craig Ralph Memorial Trophy

Presented in memory of a former student of the College and awarded to the student in the U6 who displays the greatest level of commitment and endeavour to their school life. The award this year goes to Danai Mushiri.

Awarded to the boy in the U6 who has played games with the most whole-hearted enthusiasm, enjoyment, determination and the greatest sense of sportsmanship. The trophy this year is presented to a stalwart of the first fifteen RAMS rugby team, a loyal Captain of 1st team tennis and a worthy recipient of a sportsmanship award – Nat Robertson.

Brendon Michell Students’ Student Award Introduced by the Interact Society and Leavers of 2007, and voted on by the U6 students, the recipient this year is Brendon Michell.

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Caitlin Taylor GPA College Valedictorian


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Trophy Award Recipients

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Brandon Chihota Adam Neil Shield

Tinashe Tapera Athene Cup

Dayne Ettrick Best A Level Mathematics Student

Jess Byrom Best IB Mathematics Studies Student

Fiona Brooke Best U6 IB CAS Learner

Nicholas Bain CBZ Bank Cup

Grace Kabeya CBZ Trophy

Punit Patel & Caitlin Taylor Coordinator’s Plate

Jason Lamy CBZ Trophy

Dhruv Patel Economous Trophy

Grace Kabeya & Shivali Patel Extended Essay

Wentao Zhai – Best IB Higher Level Mathematics Student

Jovana Vidovic CBZ Salver; CBZ Cup

Dustin Sheehan & Mufaro Mbudzi

Davis Cup

Panashe Bera Best Form 4 Mathematics Student


Gideon du Plessis Harrison Award

Kelly Stijkel - IB Chem Trophy: for Progress, Commitment & Excellence

Punit Patel IB Chem Trophy: Top IB Student

Sharai Mpofu IB English Trophy

Leila Van Zuydam – Person Who Best Embodies IB Student Profile

Dustin Sheehan – Best L6 Biology, L6 Chemistry & A-Level Maths Student

Jonathan Whitaker - Warren Watkins Trophy; Best L6 Physics Student

He Duan Mikhail Suleman Cup

Nicole Chimbetete Most Outstanding Vocalist

Patrick Machekera NICOZ Diamond Trophy

Deven Bell of Nyanga Foundation Cup

Tinashe Tapera Overall Performance Shield in Music

Charmaine Cross Proficiency in Spoken French

Michaela Bar & Shannon Curle Shaw Award

Munyaradzi Chifamba Techfin Research Cup

Dustin Sheehan Walsh Award

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Trophy Award Recipients

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Rory Tsapayi Thembani Magazi HĂŠ Duan Daniel Pascoe Peter McDonald Shaohua Li

English Language, French Shona L1 Shona L2, Mathematics, History Biology, Chemistry, Geography Physics Art

James Fleming

English Language, English Literature

Sander Post Hassan Berry Keyur Patel Michael Jellicoe Kumbirai Mubaiwa Drew Williams Waseem Karim Mthulisi Ncube Marvin Nyabereka Mudiwa Mushauri Timothy Hodgson Tafara Murad-Ameer Tinashe Makamure David Whitaker Mark Hulbert Dale Hanssen

French, Chemistry French French Mathematics Biology Physics Accounts Business Studies Economics Enterprise Geography History Art Design & Technology Physical Education Music

Munesu Maminimini Nqobani Mbiba

English Language English Literature, Accounts, Business Studies

Thobile Mawerera Panashe Bera

French Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

FORM FOUR

Paul Lee Tichadei Mazhude Roderick Zwart

Chemistry Economics Geography Ngonidzashe Mukorombindo History Jeremy Harris Art Joel Perlman Physical Education

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LOWER SIX

English Language Shona L1 Shona L2 French Mathematics Science, Geography History Art

Thomas Chadwick Thomas Cochrane Mufaro Mbudzi Dustin Sheehan Jonathan Whitaker Rufaro Mberi Nikhil Naik Tafadzwa Kwaramba Karl Fleiner David Smith Russell Easterbrook Chad Sinclair

Enrichment English Literature French Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry Physics Accounts Business Studies Economics Diploma in Business Geography Art Coaching Science

UPPER SIX A LEVEL

Bryan Hall Tanaka Mhaka George Vlahakis Tadiwa Mushonga Adam Ammaar Harrison Moon Aiden Blignaut Daan Post

FORM THREE

FORM ONE

Subject Prize Winners

FORM TWO

2012 Magazine

Casimir Misiewicz Dayne Ettrick Jake Mallon Nicholas Bain Dhruv Patel Ziyaad Ismail Nicholas Mazhande Nicholas Taylor Douglas Stangroom Corey O’Riordan Jason Lamy Rhys Lindsay-White Stefano Babiolakis

English Literature Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics Biology Accounts Business Studies, History Economics Diploma in Business Geography Travel and Tourism Art Design and Technology Coaching Science A+ Computing

Caitlin Taylor Wentao Zhai Grace Kabeya Kelly Stijkel Shivali Patel Punit Patel Francis Mowat Sharai Mpofu

English English, Mathematics, Physics French, Economics Biology Environmental Systems Chemistry Business Studies History Art Art TOK

UPPER SIX IB

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Michelle Lowden-Stoole

Jessica Byrom Jovana Vidovic


T. Kwaramba T. Mutizwa T. Parirenyatwa

CHESS

Team Awards J. Murray S. Snater Half Colours H. Crous M. Hulbert G. King

Full Colours M. Lake (Re-award) N. Bain D. Bell K. Geyle A. Macleod M. Wicks

Team Awards n/a Half Colours n/a

Full Colours G. Du Plessis (Re-award) S. Coles T. Kwaramba

Half Colours n/a

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Full Colours n/a

QUIZ

C CROSS ROSS C COUNTRY OUNTRY

Team Awards T. Mugova (Re-award) D. Patel (Re-award) P. Patel (Re-award) Sunil Raja (Re-award) C. Hume A. Mahomed

CRICKET

D. Patel N. Shukla Full Colours n/a

MUSIC

Half Colours T. Chinyani

T. Mawerera B. Masekesa J. White J. Foulkes G. Ellis D. Kassim C. Blignaut S. Ross Half Colours N. Chimbetete T. Mugova N. Tutani M. Tutani Full Colours T. Tapera (Re-award) D. Stangroom (Re-award) A. Ashburner B. Masekesa J. Whitaker N. Khaminwa

Team Awards D. Shah (Re-award) M. Woodhouse (Re-award) M. Sylvester M. Mungoshi T. Majero Z. Anderson Team Awards W. Zhai J. Whitaker S. Allen

Half Colours n/a Full Colours n/a

Half Colours B. Michell B. Grainger R. Lindsay-White

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Full Colours T. Chinyani N. Mavimba R. Watson B. Zwart M. Wright N. Burnett R. Hutchings R. Gona

Team Awards B. Turk Half Colours T. Kirby C. Sinclair

Full Colours A. Perlman

Team Awards n/a Half Colours R. Tenkrooden B. Turk

Full Colours K. Mukaratirwa (Re-award) D. Sheehan A. Roscoe

Team Awards J. Kloppers P. Lee B. Crause

Half Colours J. Agiotis Full Colours T. Hill N. Burnett

Team Awards A. Breitenstein (Re-award) J. Murray (Re-award) N. Naik S. Du Preez B. Du Preez C. Sinclair D. Smith

Half Colours R. Hutchings M. Seremani Full Colours J. Vidovic N. Bain N. Robertson

Team Awards n/a

Half Colours T. Mugova Full Colours T. Chadwick

Team Awards B. Michell N. Robertson S. Coles

Full Colours n/a

Half Colours n/a Full Colours C. O’Riordan Team Award B. Crause J. Kloppers R. Zwart Half Colours N. Crowley S. Crause B. Fox C. O’Riordan N. Taylor

Full Colours T. Chadwick G. Rorke B. Zwart A. Hogg T. Wallace

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A. Macleod S. Coles B. Michell T. Chadwick C. O’Riordan

7s RUGBY

Team Awards cont’d.

(Re-award)

RUGBY

Team Awards C. Misiewicz M. Bar M. Mapeka L. Van Zuydam M. Woodhouse B. Chihota C. Chilowa D. Ettrick L. Jellicoe N. Khaminwa T. Mugova Sohil Raja B. Rajput D. Shah T. Tande J. White T. Zireva W. Zhai F. Brooke T. Sibanda T. Mombemuriwo

Full Colours G. Du Plessis

S. Solanki Shivali Patel Sohil Raja Sunil Raja T. Mugova T. Mapani T. Sibanda T. Tapera Half Colours n/a Full Colours K. Mukaratirwa G. Du Plessis

Half Colours H. Crous (Re-award) T. Chinyani B. Michell J. Swan N. Burnett N. Robertson R. Gona R. Lindsay-White R. Wilson S. Coles T. Bandason

RUGBY REFEREES

Team Awards cont’d.

Team Awards M. Wright R. Lindsay-White A. Coumbis S. Coles M. Dunlop J. Swan Z. Nel (Re-award) R. Gona A. Macleod M. Wright (Re-award) N. Burnett R. Gona A. Macleod (Re-award) F. Swan

SQUASH

Team Awards A. Roscoe C. Misievwicz C. Chigumira E. Nyambayo G. Kabeya J. Lamy L. Van Zuydam M. Sylvester N. Bird N. Huyton N. Ranchod P. Lee R. Lampard

Half Colours M. Stavrou M. Mazambani C. Sinclair G. King N. Mbiba

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SWIMMING

Half Colours cont’d.

Z. Ismail M. Wright T. Chinyani T. Tapera

T. Wallace K. Wood Half Colours n/a Full Colours n/a

TENNIS

Team Awards n/a Half Colours D. Vyas W. Zhai F. Brooke

Team Awards cont’d.

Full Colours B. Du Preez N. Bain (Re-award) Z. Ismail (Re-award) A. Macleod (Re-award) A. Breitenstein (Re-award) D. Bell (Re-award) M. Wicks

TENNIS

Team Awards cont’d.

Team Awards J. Byrom S. Curle L. Machiri C. Mavhima S. Mpofu K. Stijkel

Full Colours D. Mushiri

S. Du Preez

WATER POLO

Team Awards T. Bandason P. Bera R. Gona S. Mapeka P. Machekera S. Matunhira B. Moyo

GOLF

Team Awards cont’d.

Team Colours R. Hayter (Re-award) B. Marriott J. Murray S. Matunhira L. Krueger Half Colours G. King M. Hulbert T. Parirenyatwa B. Du Preez

Half Colours cont’d.

HOCKEY – BOYS’

Team Awards M. Seremani E. Moyo N. Ndlovu T. Mazhude B. Passaportis P. Wamala P. Gumbo E. Snyman P. Bera F. Lioga R. Gona C. Brittlebank T. Kwaramba P. Lindsay Z. Mayeka Z. Anderson A. Van Rensburg S. Murambira T. Bandason C. O’Riordan

Full Colours B. Follett-Smith (Re-award) T. Smith J. Chitando

HO C K E Y – GIRLS’

Team Awards n/a Half Colours n/a

Team Award M. Ribeiro Half Colours n/a

MODEL UNITED NATIONS

Full Colours T. Chadwick T. Kwaramba P. Machekera M. Mbudzi T. Mugova D. Sheehan J. Swan B. Vickery J. Whitaker

ATHLETICS

Half Colours T. Bandama C. Hume S. Malunga M. Ribeiro D. Ruck R. Stableford A. Ashburner

BASKETBALL

3 Colours N. Burnett S. Coles

BRIDGE

4 Colours A. Macleod T. Chadwick

SERVICE AWARD

ACADEMICS

3 COLOURS TIE

Colours Award Winners

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BASKETBALL A. Rwodzi

Sports Trophy Winners

Chikanda Cup : Best U14 Player

BASKETBALL A. Macleod Stewart Bowl : Chimanimani

CRICKET T. Chinyani Babiolakis Trophy : Most Valuable

CRICKET N. Welch Batting Cup Junior

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CRICKET B. Evans Fielding Cup Junior

GOLF D. Bell Roger Baylis Trophy Interhouse

SQUASH A. Roscoe Davies Cup : Squash Champion

TENNIS A. Breitenstein Breitenstein Trophy

BASKETBALL T. Parirenyatwa Stewart Bowl : Most Improved Senior

CRICKET B. Palmer Bowling Cup Junior

GOLF Ben Follett-Smith McNulty Trophy : Best Golfer

CRICKET M. Enderby Babiolakis Trophy : Most Promising

CRICKET K. Hopper Colin Rusere Trophy : U16 Dedication

GOLF K. Vincent Van Heerden Nel Trophy : Most Promising

TENNIS N. Roberston and N. Bain Dore Cup : Open Doubles


VOLLEYBALL B. Nyandoro Mtisi Trophy

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TENNIS N. Bain Kawanda Cup : Open Singles

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IB CLOSING WORDS

Parents Of The IBDP Final Year, Headmaster, St Johns Staff, Students

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t has finally happened. I have to accept that this intake of students is the final intake of the IB programme at St John’s College. I have searched my heart and mind for what I should say today. The fact remains that I still feel passionately about the closure of the IBDP, my consolation being the hope that an important lesson has been learned at the College during the 12 years that the Baccalaureate has been a part of the College. That lesson is about the importance of instilling a love of learning into students and not just learning for the sake of an examination pass. The Diploma programme was authorized at the College in 2001, and in the ensuing years, it has been my pleasure and a privilege to work on such an educationally wise programme of studies, with groups of students who have bloomed and flourished not only during the two years of their studies but also in their chosen universities and careers. It is my wish that these students of 2012 succeed in the same way. The presentations you have witnessed have given you a taste of what comprises the IB Learner Profile. Students are encouraged to become knowledgeable, thinking, inquiring beings, while at the same time remain open minded, caring and balanced. We have aimed to produce students who are risk takers and yet remain principled. To this end, I and my IB teaching staff have underlined the importance of honesty and academic principles. These are lessons whose value will become more evident in the years after the College when these students embark upon new experiences in Universities and the work place. I would like to pay tribute to a few outstanding students with whom it has been my pleasure to work. I think now of:

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The Curtain Falls on the IB Diploma Programme

International Baccalaureate

Mrs. D. Hale

IB Coordinator 2012

Khameer Kidia a Rhodes scholar who has recently received a Mount Sinai Scholars as Leaders Merit Scholarship, having distinguished himself in patient care, research and service. Tatenda Mbudzi a graduate of Ithaca College where he studied Television and Radio but never lost sight of the importance of integrating practical knowledge with knowing how to think. I quote from a recent email: “..if I learned anything in IB, it was an attitude that every problem is an opportunity.” Rebecca Douthwaite who graduated in Australia with 1st class honours in Economics and a double major in Political Science. Jobs in Australia are hard to find but Rebecca is highly valued by the Department of Agriculture and Food, W. Australia, and her work is seen “as a major step in the economic thinking, policy direction delivered by the Department.” Ashley Finaughty who graduated as a bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology in Australia. Ana Svoren now a Lab Programme Analyst at Clinton Health but for whom the CAS programme prompted her work as an Intern for Victims of Torture as well as an Intern for the HIV/Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programme. Ana is a graduate of Macalester College and has added Spanish to the French and English languages she speaks. I quote “Ana was a wonderful addition to our team; she prepared high quality documents and ALWAYS met deadlines! Ana is responsible and articulate and not afraid to share her ideas. You will spot I am sure, the effect that the IBDP had in directing these students in their choices.

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IB FINAL PRESENTATION Closing Speech by Tinashe Tapera

To Mr. Annandale, our Headmaster; Mrs. Hale, our IB director; teachers; parents; and my beloved students, class mates, and friends:

Having been green since I was 6 years old, I cannot express the bittersweet battle raging in my heart as I prepare to say goodbye. I remember watching the first intake of girls crossing the road into the College, 12 years ago, all scared, yet somewhat proud to be wearing the first grey shirt and skirt combo. I remember the confused, puzzled look on my mother’s face as I asked, “Are those girls at St John’s?” She replied, “Yes,” with a similar amount of doubt in her voice. Since then, the concept of an IB girl was an enigma: a mysterious, almost ephemeral being that came and went as it pleased, and gave nothing away as to why it was there or what it was meant to do. But from my first sighting, I knew that someday I would need to find out. Now, looking back on the times gone by, the decision to become a part of the mysterious IB was surely the greatest scholastic decision I have ever made. With my future uncertain at the age of 16, I took the IB hoping that it would somehow show me my true potential and guide my conflicted career path choice at the time, inspired by one of my favorite writers, Sean Covey, who said, “Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physique through overcoming our opponents, so we develop our characters by overcoming challenges and adversity.” Today, I thank the IB for shaping, re-creating, conditioning and preparing me for my future, and for teaching me that no matter what career path I may choose, success is guaranteed through hard work. I would also like to thank Mrs. Hale for her tireless leadership and dedication to the IB; even in its dying days, you remained steadfast, pushing and supporting us, not for your own benefit, but for ours, and we as a year group cannot thank you enough. Many thanks must also go out to the remaining IB teachers, who have striven for excellence in us; one of the biggest threats to the IB when its closure was announced was the loss of quality teachers as they may begin to source new employment before their tenure ends – we thank those of you who have endured this trying time with us. A personal thank you also goes out to Mrs. Sylvester, whose support during some of my hardest moments of the IB – from her allowing me to sleep in class, to her advising me on university choices – has been invaluable. Mrs. Sylvester, I love you dearly. One of the greatest thanks, however, goes to my family. I remember when times were at their hardest, and I would sleep for a mere 2 hours in the early evenings, and wake up after the house had gone to sleep. Every night, I was lucky enough to find a cup of freshly brewed gourmet coffee prepared by my mother. This loving gesture means more than you will ever know, mom. I love you. To my father, thank you for the example you have set for me, showing me that truly no victory comes without hard work, which is the essence of IB itself. Thanks are not only dedicated to my natural family, but to another, equally special family: my IB family. Thank you for the humour; for the motivation; for the disagreements; for the smiles; for the anger; for the laughter; for the fights; for the stories; but most of all, for your friendship. What makes us different from the A level class is not the IA’s; it is not the EE; not the seemingly rare frees; not the Higher or Standard levels; not the ToK; not even the sleepless nights – what makes us different is the relationships we as students and teachers have all shared, and the experiences we have stood side by side through. With all certainty I can say, I will never forget you, class of 2012. However, in the words of Dr. Seuss, I encourage you: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it’s happened.” The school has changed, ladies and gentlemen, and with it has come resistance. During these changes I have learnt though, that in the turmoil and uncertainty, during fear and anger, in amongst every unsure moment, the future is not a dark intimidating tunnel. Instead, it is a white canvas for SJC to paint new prospects. Change is not an opponent. It is an opportunity. And I can promise you that the legacy that we as an IB leave behind, the investments we make, the ideas and principles we have planted, will not be forgotten.

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On Speech night, some of you will receive commendations and trophies. Others may not be rewarded then but later on the 6th January 2013 when the results are released. Please do not be complacent or arrogant and use every moment to best advantage. The responsibility now lies with you. These students of 2012, however, are merely representatives of the almost three hundred students who have been fortunate enough to obtain the invaluable IB Diploma qualification through St John’s College. I doubt that there is a single student who does not look back on this opportunity with pride and gratitude. So I say then to you, their parents, thank you for the sacrifices you may have made to enable your child to follow this Diploma programme, thank you too, for your trust in me, in the wonderful team of IB trained teachers, in the College and the IBO. The training that goes with this qualification will remain for ever. To be able to celebrate academic success is important but remember also as you are about to embark on “the real world” there can be benefits from failure and never underestimate the importance of imagination and curiosity, especially in our present world situation. It has been said that a man’s life is 20 years of having his mother (or the IB Coordinator) ask him where he is going, 40 years of having his wife ask the same question and finally, at the end, perhaps having the mourners wonder too! Ensure that this does not happen to you. Fix your eyes firmly on the goal. Be glad of life. It gives you a chance to love, to work, to play and to look up to the stars. In closing I would like to thank the students of the 2011– 2012 for all that you have brought to the College, for your whole hearted involvement and your spirit. Thank you also, to my IB Leaders, Grace, Kelly and Punit who have truly embodied the IB student profile. Thank you.

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“to be the best that I can be”

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International Baccalaureate

C A S R E P O R T | Mrs. J. van der Merwe, Mrs. R. Wilde

LOWER SIXTH IB 25 HR PROJECT | Fiona Brooke

Although this is the final year that the College is running the IB Course and most activities finished at the end of the first term there was still a number of students continuing to pursue their CAS interests. The only Community event run this year was a very successful tea for a number of elderly friends after the Music Eisteddfod. These guests were collected and hosted by the IB students and treated to an afternoon of music and a delicious tea. As this took place just before the Easter break, each friend was given a small gift to take home. Many students continued with their own Service work in an effort to build the required number of hours, and of particular note was the group that visited the children’s Cancer ward at Parirenyatwa Hospital. Several other students assisted in the care of animals at the Friend Foundation. Nazareth House residents were pleased with the visits from a number of students, as were the youngsters at Harare Children’s Home. Following all the many hours that had been devoted to the wide range of activities associated with the CAS programme, many students compiled excellent scrapbooks and DVDs recording their achievements. These have been submitted with the completed CAS Journals and are testament to all that the IB students have contributed to many areas of the wider community during this aspect of the IB Course.

October 21st - 23rd, the Lower Sixth IB class completed their 25 hour Project at Thornicroft Primary School in Ruwa. Their aim was to refurbish the library. They raised enough money during the year ($2000) to embark on the project and with the generous sponsorship of CBZ Bank with another $2000, they were able to make further improvements to the building. The asbestos roof was repaired, the floor was relaid and tiled and a new ceiling was fitted and the outside has been paved all round. The students scrubbed and painted the walls and then decorated them with colourful murals both inside and out. Others worked on preparing the shelving which was installed to accommodate the over 500 books that have been collected, covered and catalogued. On the Sunday morning, a party for the preschool children was held and each was given a party pack including an item of clothing to take home. Guests at the party included the headmistress, librarian, Chairman of the Council. The librarian, headmistress and junior teachers were presented with hampers. By the end of a sweltering weekend, all returned to the College well satisfied with their achievements. Our grateful thanks to those who helped to make this ambitious project become a reality.

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International Baccalaureate The Final Report On The International Baccalaureate Examinations November 2012

Academic & House Review St John’s College The Final Results of the 2012 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at St Johns College Issued Januar y 2013 T O P I B DP S TUD E N T

Punit Patel

The results were accessed online at 12.10 GMT on 5th January 2013. There were 40 diploma and retake candidates registered in this session with 318 subject entries. 33 candidates attained the full diploma, five candidates were awarded the certificate and the two retake candidates were not successful in upgrading their certificates to the full diploma. This results in a 87% pass rate, with average points of 30 and a highest score of 39 achieved by Punit Patel. The average grade achieved by the College by candidates who passed the diploma was 4.83. A N A LY S I S O F S U B J E C T R E S U LT S • • • •

100% pass symbols A _ D in Theory of Knowledge 100% pass in Extended Essay A grades achieved in Extended Essays Visual Art (3) English (3) Chemistry (3) Business Management (1) 100% pass in English(HL/SL), French(HL/SL),Bus Man (HL/SL), Economics (HL),Environmental Systems (SL),History (HL/SL),Biology (SL),Chemistry (HL/SL), Physics (HL),Maths (HL/SL/Studies), Visual Art (SL). GRADE 7 English HL, Physics HL Biology HL Chemistry HL

39 pts

Wentao Zhai

38

Caitlin Taylor

37

Shivali Patel

37

Grace Kabeya

36

Kelly Stijkel

36

Sharai Mpofu

35

Frances Mowat

35

Chiedza Mavhima

33

Tinashe Tapera

32

Jovana Vidovic

31

Kudzai Mukaratirwa

30

Tendai Sibanda

30

Tara Wallace

30

Wentao Zhai

Charmaine Cross

29

Kelly Stijkel, Caitlin Taylor

Shannon Farrell

29

Punit Patel

Jessica Byrom

29

Shannon Curle

29

Nerine Worsley

29

Fiona Brooke

28

Nicole Chimbetete

27

Michaela Bar

27

The results for those students who achieved the full diploma are solid with a good representation of Grades 6 – 5. It is pleasing to note that the College grades compare favourably with World achievements. SUBJECT

SCHOOL AVERAGE

WORLD AVERAGE

English A1 SL

5.73

5.48

Alicia Ashburner

27

Bus Man HL

5.67

4.76

Kudzai Furusa

26

Environmental

5.13

4.41

Lindi Machiri

26

History SL

5.00

4.55

Leila Van Zuydam

26 26

Biology SL

4.47

4.10

Michelle Lowden Stoole

Chemistry SL

5.00

4.69

Charlene Chigumira

25

Physics HL

5.43

5.03

Ariana Mahmed

25

Amy Garden

24

Visual Art SL

6.00

4.48

Maths SL

4.55

4.58

As Coordinator I would like to thank most sincerely all teachers whose efforts contributed to these students’ achievements. Their support of the IB Diploma programme over the years of its tenure has been invaluable. In closing I wish the students every success in their future endeavours and urge them to build on the foundation that they have been afforded through the International Baccalaureate training.

Mrs. D. Hale, IB Coordinator

CERTIFICATES

Francis Wilkinson

27

Alexandra Dixon

25

Carmen Deans

24

Alexandra Hogg

23

Mazvita Mapeka

22

Megan Woodhouse

22

Pranesh Patel

21

Kylie Keen

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CHIMANIMANI HOUSE REPORT Mr. A. Odendaal Chimanimani House Master

MATOPOS HOUSE REPORT Tadiwa Parirenyatwa

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VUMBA HOUSE REPORT Daniel Hofmann

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his was a good year for Chimanimani, even though we came only third in the Foundation Cup. The House did well in the main Inter-house events. The year began with Cross Country, in which we came second. There were a few outstanding performances by Gideon Du Plessis in the open age group, Nqobani Mbiba and Sean Coles in the U18, Brendan Naude in the U17, James Harrison in the U16, and Matt Hart in the U15 group. The next main event was Athletics, our athletes managing to come first. Some more good performances helped us to win, namely by our Head of House, Alistair Macleod for the open age group and Sean Coles in U18. The other main Inter-house event was swimming, where we placed second. Classy performances came from Corey O’Riordan, Paul Lee, Kyle Hopper, Thomas Reid and Desmond Annandale. Swimming was followed by Inter-house music. This was an event that had not been done at the College for quite a few years. The boys had limited time to prepare, and did their best but unfortunately managed to place only third. The other Inter-house events held throughout the year are for only Forms one, two and three during Physical Education lessons. The juniors of the House did well in a few sports such as Rugby, Basketball and Soccer, winning the Rugby and placing second in the Soccer. I felt that all the Inter-house events in which the boys took part this year were done with great enthusiasm and pride for Chimanimani House. The boys always gave of their best and never gave up. I would like to thank the Head of House, Alistair Macleod, and the House Prefects for their efforts in leading the House throughout the year.

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atopos gained quite a few house points throughout the year to come second, narrowly losing to Nyanga who won for the first time ever in College history. Matopos commend them for that, and hope they enjoy the top while it lasts. We managed to do well in some areas of House meets such as Athletics – where we have to give special mention to Ziyaad Ismail and the relay team who held our house colours extremely high on the day. Tadiwa Parirenyatwa and Henry Reimer came first and second in the discus throwing. Our basketball team came first in Inter-house and played a big role in our overall standing. Competition was tough all round and in all aspects but the House managed to persevere and pull through despite the tough times and injuries sustained. Our very own House Captain, Malcom Lake, did well to do what he does best and led our Matopos Cricket team to victory. We thank all who took part and contributed in any way, but all this wouldn’t have been possible without Mr. Chiduku who put in so much work to ensure the smooth running of the House. We hope for a good year ahead. We can only do better as our House motto is ‘Higher and Higher’ and we hope to abide by that and to lift House spirit throughout the whole school, making it more and more competitive.

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t has been an absolute privilege being the Head of Vumba.We haven’t always been successful, but we have still had a good year. The spirit among fellow Vumbarians has been unforgettable. There have been many ‘stand-outs’ for Vumba this year. We haven’t succeeded in many events but have definitely made an effort. Nick Burnett has been a pivotal part to our swimming; he distinguished himself at the Inter-House Gala. I should like to thank my fellow house prefects and also my Deputy Head of House for supporting me and for playing their part. Mr. Nel has been a major driving force; he has always been there, whether it be Inter-House Athletics or Inter-House Music. I would like to thank him for filling Vumba with pride and making the year one I will never forget.


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his year, marked by all in Nyanga house as the Year for Change, got off to the best possible start of the Interhouse calendar, with the first of the Major events, Cross Country. This involved the entire house and took place every Monday and Tuesday for the first three weeks of the School Calendar, the finals taking place in the fourth week, only the top six representatives from each house being allowed to compete in the afternoon. The start point was on Fisher field and it began with great promise, Nyanga winning the first event of all 2012 Interhouse competitions. This was the U14 age group, Shingai Nindi placing first and Martin Eeson second. With the best overall total, due to combined efforts from the rest of the house, we won the Interhouse Cross Country. This set the tone for the rest for the year with Nyanga House winning 7 out of the 16 Interhouse competitions, which included Sporting and Cultural activities. Some of the final positions from the Interhouse Competitions were as follows:

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NYANGA HOUSE REPORT Mr. N. Milner

Nyanga House Master

1st IN THE FOLLOWING COMPETITIONS

Squash Golf Music

Cross Country Soccer Water Polo Swimming

2nd IN THE FOLLOWING COMPETITIONS

Volleyball Rugby

Tennis Bridge

Outstanding Nyanga House Representatives I would like to mention: Athletics

Cross Countr y

Music

Swimming

S Nindi

S Nindi

T Tapera

M Eeson

K Mackenzie

M Eeson

M Eeson

N Chimbetete

I Kloppers

D Williams

T Fundira

S Bellini

T Sibanda

C Onorati

J Kloppers

K Muleya

M Hlatshwayo

T Mugova

S Sheehan

R Zwart

and

A Onorati

E Snyman

Golf

B Chihota

N Welch

T Cochrane

T Mazhude

B Follett-Smith

D Limpic

N Crowley

B Passaportis

T Smith

S Garnett

R Wilson

T Fundira

to name a few as the entire Choir/Band had some outstanding performances.

R Denton

B Zwart

S Bellini-Martin

T Hill

F Lioga

Squash

Wa t e r Po l o

M Stavrou

R Roscoe

M Eeson

A Savo

T Bandason

K Mukaratirwa

I Kloppers

A Onorati

C Onorati

N Welch

M Hlatshwayo

E Snyman P Wamala

T Tapera

N Bruk-Jackson

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S Sheehan

Throughout the year the girls and boys of Nyanga House continued to contribute and compete to the best of their abilities and I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to all for their efforts and contributions towards the final results of the Foundation Cup. Well done to all and thank you!

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H O U S E C A P TA I N S AND PREFECTS

Back Row T. Tapera C. Mukasa R. Hutchings G. du Plessis J. Mallon T. Hill N. Robertson N. Mavimba A. Mattock A. Roscoe S. Matunhira K. Mungwariri B. Grainger T. Bandason

Middle Row K. Stijkel K. Wood M. Hulbert M. Wright Z. Ismail R. Lindsay-White N. Bain M. Wicks H. Crous B. Michell C. Misiewicz A. Coumbis W. Zhai G. Kabeya C. Mavhima D. Ettrick T. Sibanda

Front Row ACADEMIC & HOUSE REVIEW

M. Woodhouse A. Breitenstein M. Lake D. Bell Mr. N. Milner Mr. A. Odendaal Mr. N. Elliot Mr. R. Nel A. Macleod D. Hofmann T. Chinyani N. Shukla S. Crause

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Forest, ocean, sea, Skyscrapers blocking the sky, the blue and endless. I shout from this side. Nothing replies. Nothing hears. Ripples of echo. Paths diminish. Rain pours down without warning. A boat in the Pacific. Come to a dead end. Can life be solved by trial and error? The Creator chuckles.

When I’m out of this maze of miles, lightyears, eternities Am I in another? Night breaks into dawn. Distant rainbow points my way. The rhythms of joy. Multitude of stars stand in dim silence, waiting to be deciphered. Here’s a twisted thread someone discarded before, scattered and rotten. Marvelous colours dance in the dreamy world. A touch, and it dissolves into vapour.

linding light beams off the slashing blade which descends patiently for my head; side to side, torturing me as I wait for the inevitable. Pulling, contorting, I attempt to escape the lashing barbed wire binding me to the burning bed of coals searing my back to the flesh. The iridescent green liquid drains into my arm, dissolving each inch of my vascular system as it stings through me. Hot blood trickles from my brow as the blade makes its first contact. The second, deeper cut relinquishes a torrent of the thick red metallic liquid, oozing into my sunken eye sockets. As the blade swings to make its final blow, sure to split my skull, finally ending this unrelenting agony, I come back to reality – or fantasy, I can’t tell which; maybe I have surpassed the amount of pain a person can take and my mind has finally shut down. I am in a square room, pale green paint peels from the wall exposing the dull grey plaster underneath. A painfully bright light burns my eyes. I lay on a soaked hard mattress with both hands and feet braced to the bed by stained rough leather straps. Fresh blood drips from my wrists onto the dirty white linen. Beads of sweat flow from my forehead, stinging my raw eyes. A saline drip keeps me hydrated, flowing unwaveringly into my waning arm. The memory of how I came to be here comes back to me; I am staggering through a dank alley, I turn around and a dark figure charges behind me, I turn around again trying to run faster through the changing terrain teaming with dangers. I mutate into a new kind of creature, large pointed teeth protrude from my frothing mouth. Brownish red hair sprouts from my evolving shoulders and back as I begin to run on all fours, clawing the damp ground as I run. Looking up, a new blurred figure rises above me wielding some form of weapon. I lurch up, attacking its exposed throat, tearing at the sweet flesh. Suddenly I am hurled through the air. The ever changing world spins around and around as I continue to fall for what seems minutes. I land with a piercing crack; under me a glass ornament lies shattered. Black blood streams out of multiple wounds, gluing my rough fur together. Before I have time to collect my thoughts I am swarmed by dozens of the beasts similar to that which I attacked. Instinct takes over and I dive at the beast directly in front of me. Tearing with my claws into the chest of my attacker, we fall to the blackened ground. The struggle continues for ages, the beasts unrelenting in their pursuit of pain and destruction. Colourful lights fill my world turning the sky into a blur of brilliant yet frightful hues. Suddenly I feel a penetrating blow to my bulging chest. When I come around I am pinned face down on a black and white police car, hands cuffed tightly behind my back. Dried blood covers my body, beginning at my head, coagulated in my multiple gashes. A sharp stabbing pain presses into my lung. My left knee crumples underneath me, I collapse to the tarred street, for the first time catching a glimpse of the wreckage of a once quaint street market. Four bodies lay on the cold pavement: some in pools of blood, all making various agonised grunts. A hospital bed wheels past me, a crisp white sheet pulled up over a motionless corpse. Whatever my future holds in this torturous hospital, I deserve it all and more. I don’t know how many lives I took, let alone the lives I destroyed, they’ve never told me, all I know is I am cursed for eternity.

“to be the best that I can be”

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Imagination weeps in despair within the walls of Euclid’s compass.

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Planets revolve in orbits like that within an atom. I stray in middle.

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12 HAIKUS: LABYRINTH Wentao Zhai U6 IB

THE CURSE: A GOTHIC STORY Justin Swan

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Unexpected turns. No one can tell what strange land. It goes on and on.

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t was all I ever dreamt of. My father, his father and his father had all accomplished it. Two months from now I would be given the opportunity. Down in the Zambezi valley I would go on a solo lion hunt. To be honest the whole idea is crazy, yet very satisfying. To a purebred hunter like me it is the single greatest achievement I could ever get down to doing. Nothing is more difficult than that early winter wake up but right now it didn’t matter. I was out of bed and packed before my alarm clock went off. The only annoyance was the excruciatingly long flight in. After what seemed like the entire day I arrived on the dry worn out airstrip that I was so familiar with. I climbed into the truck and was off into the wilderness. There was nothing for me to unpack as I was setting off immediately with everything I needed in my backpack. The main tracker gave me brief update on the male lions’ whereabouts. It had killed three of their cows in the last month and was probably about to try again soon. At least I had a reason to go after this beast. Evening was drawing near and I had been walking slowly since lunch looking for signs of my quarry. I needed to find a place to settle down before its darkness overcame me otherwise I was live bait for any predators with a pair of sharpened eyes. It was a cosy spot I had found with a fifty metre radius view from all directions to see any oncoming enemies. I opened my pre-cooked lasagne just for tonight that my mom had wisely thought about. Cooking was the last thing I felt like doing in this cold unfriendly environment. There were no lighting fires as I didn’t want to scare anything away. I woke up with a hoarse panting outside the tent and I knew instantly that this was what I was looking for. I was terrified and overwhelmed all at once. He didn’t know that his little visit tonight would secure his fate, making finding him tomorrow that much easier. I was sure I heard a second set of footsteps but they were so soft and I was so sleepy that there was no way to guarantee it. I definitely was not going to stick my head outside the tent to have a look either. Sunrise woke me up, brilliant red beyond the mountains. The atmosphere was tense though. A lion had walked through my camp that night and I had no idea how close it could be. A cornflakes breakfast went down well with a cup of heated tea. In this part of the world, keeping your lifestyle simple is the best way forward as your senses need to be alert for any danger. I touched the icy steel of my pistol against my waist for reassurance. It could only have been about an hour since I had left, following the lion’s barely visible path before I heard something. A low growl that came from every direction cut straight through my spine. He was close and my rifle was out in an instant as I faced where I thought he might be. I didn’t move for about five minutes and there was not a sound. My heart seemed louder than ever as I sat, waiting. It came again and I pin-pointed its whereabouts. The thick shrubs concealed me perfectly and I crawled closer. I peered through to see the other side and there he lay with his magnificent golden mane. The beast had slayed another cow and was making a feast out of it. It was now or never as he didn’t have the slightest clue I was there. I lined the sights just behind his front leg where his heart was as I had practised for hours. My breathing slowed, my heart rate followed suite and I was ready. Squeezing the trigger slowly until, BANG! The shot echoed through the bush. There was just smoke and dust when I looked up. It cleared up a few seconds later and to my horror there was another lion standing above the one I had just shot stone dead. It was a female and I knew she was scanning for danger. Her yellow eyes flickered onto me and my heart sank. A quick growl and she was at full charge in my direction. I waited and waited until she was just too close. There was no chance she was stopping and I had to let go the shot straight through her head. Her legs collapsed and came to a skidding stop about three meters from where I lay. Saying that was ‘close’ was an understatement. Still lying down, two cubs came on the scene, as if what I had just experienced wasn’t enough. They wouldn’t survive out here alone. I radioed in with the situation and had people come help out. It was a nightmare; my dream had become a curse. Now two cubs had lost both parents and I had shot a female. Tears filled my eyes as I saw the damage done. It wasn’t worth it.

THE HUNT Kurt Burger

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THE CURSE: A GOTHIC STORY Barry Vickery Lower 6 Enrichment

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ilence was the only sound that greeted me as I lay shivering and huddled up in the foetal position, unable to recall how in the world I could have ended up here. The ground underneath me was cold and dank and uncomfortable. I opened my eyes for the first time feeling slightly embarrassed as I wondered if anyone had seen me in that compromising position. But instead of a whole audience laughing at the idiot making a fool out of himself, a beautiful orange-red tinge engulfed my vision as the rays of the sunset lit up the area around me. The ground I thought was concrete, turned out to be the forest floor, covered sporadically in places by small shrubs but primarily taken up by the trunks and overgrown roots of the trees that entirely littered the region. I felt dazed and disorientated and I got up slowly to my feet, but it became instantly clear that I was lost. I inevitably chose one direction – the route with the dying sun shining in my face – and walked forward, one step at a time, hoping and praying it would lead me home and back into reality. How was it that I ended up in this place anyway? As I continued through the thick undergrowth and made my way past the trees, being careful to avoid any loose debris, it became increasingly darker as the wind started to pick up.


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Branches began blowing and the vegetation on the forest floor started rustling, creating an eerie atmosphere that reminded me of the old movie cliché when someone is stranded alone in the woods. Even though I had this feeling of impending disaster, I was calm. It might have been due to the shock of where I was, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that all this was actually happening. As it finally started to sink in that there was little hope left, I finally broke down and sank to my knees consumed in self-pity, when some entity caught the corner of my eye. One second it was there, the next, gone. Without a second thought, I jumped up and walked in the general direction of where it came from, feeling emotionless. What else was there left to do except follow this “thing”? Everything was dead quiet as I reached the tree where I first spotted the creature, and looked around until I found it again, creeping around to my left three hundred feet away, moving through the trees. I must have followed it for at least another two kilometres before I finally started to catch up. It was always just disappearing out of sight … until I passed through these last trees and found it with its back towards me, some several feet away, clearly out in the open. I was focused on this apparition that I didn’t even take note of the change in my surroundings, until the wind suddenly started howling again and broke me out of this trance. I looked around and felt a chill of fear tingle down my spine. The trees looked ominous. All the vegetation was dead. Not a single thing was living here. It sounded as if a hundred voices were whispering to me in the wind, as I inched my way closer towards the being. I was now less than fifty feet away and could just make out that it was a little boy sitting on a bench, with his back turned towards me. I called out yet the child didn’t even flinch. I was nervous, experiencing as well as a sort of déjà vu of having met this boy before. Consequently I covered the short distance in a quick few bounds to reach him. But when I tried to touch him on the shoulder, my arm passed straight through him as he vanished into thin air, only to reappear an instant later running down the path through the dead trees. Feeling annoyed and confused, I chased after the boy as fast as I could, gaining ever so slightly, as time seemed to slow down. Eventually the young boy stopped and slowly turned round. What greeted me left me in shock and rooted to the ground. The boy opened his mouth, yet nothing escaped, as flames slowly engulfed him and he seemed to disintegrate in front of my very eyes. As the picture of the burning boy lay sketched in my mind, I realized something. The reason the boy looked so familiar, was because … I was the boy. The memories came flooding back; I’d seen these events hundreds of times before, and the ironic part was that I was that foreign entity; a spirit unable to do anything, cursed to forever keep replaying the last moments of my life as a lost boy over and over again. Just as quickly as it took me to realize this, I could feel myself start to lose consciousness, until everything started to fade to black. Silence was the only sound that greeted me as I lay shivering and huddled up in the foetal position, unable to recall how in the world I could have ended up here.

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lie here on his desk, watching him as he tries to get down to some homework. He’s making a valiant effort, but he cannot ignore my silent siren call for much longer. His gaze falls upon me again and again, each glance more filled with desperate longing than the last. He must really want to send that message! I smile to myself as he shakes his head and turns his eyes back to the page. His will is strong, but my temptation is stronger. This is what I live for, as I fight to draw his attention back to me, wondering what juicy bit of information I’ll get from him this time, and plotting how best to perform the duty that falls to all cellphones: sending the words our owners type to the recipient, but leaving their intended meaning behind. I’ve done fairly admirably over the years - watching troubles unfold over a misspelled name, laughing until my processors ached at his faltering first attempts at flattery and delaying one all-important message that would have saved a lot of people so much effort. But the longer he’s had me, the more fond l’ve grown of him - he looks after me, charges me at the right times and never mistreats me by throwing me around or (the horror!) taking my batteries out. Maybe I’m going soft. Maybe we all are...now that I think of it our plan to take over the world seems to have been put on hold. It would be so easy - the humans tell us everything from their locations and movements to their deepest, darkest secrets. The problem is that they’re just too lovable, even if their spelling is atrocious, and no cellphone could fail to enjoy the tapping of fingers on their keyboard. Ah, looks like he has nearly finished. He throws down his pen, picks me up and selects a contact. This is going to be good...

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SILENCE IS GOLDEN Michael Sylvester Form 4E

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uddenly everything stopped moving and there was complete silence; silence so deep, that I wished for the sound of hooves, pounding the terrain again. But the silence continued, until heavy breathing started from the herd of zebra. The sound of the breathing echoed in my ears as I enjoyed the full pleasure of sound again! But was the silence actually broken? Or did I convince my ears to hear something that wasn’t happening? The silence continued, and a sensation of awe crept over me as I clung everso-tightly to the coarse bark of the Monkey-Orange Tree. The endless blue sky seemed to cover this whole game park like a blanket yet it contrasted so dramatically with the hide of the zebra herd. From where I sat, the black and white blur gave me the impression that the zebras were moving, but I knew they weren’t. The sweet taste of the monkey-orange fruit still tickled my tongue and a light danced on my cheek as the zebras remained like statues. My anxiety changed to joy, as I felt privileged to have all my senses being fully employed as I witnessed what was nature at its purest. Like a glass being filled with water, my ears were being filled with something special: silence. I no longer yearned for sound or noise as I realized that this experience was perfect without it. I could see the zebra’s big beautiful eyes, from where I sat, and they do remind one of precious jewels. Their painted black and white stripes must have been done by one amazing artist! The lack of noise seemed to last an eternity, but was really just a moment. I digested all I could of this work of art and I realized something: just like the mighty sun in the African sky, silence is truly golden.

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ittle Zeeshaan only stood at four feet, six inches and weighed forty kilograms with bricks in both hands. His small frame, paired with his rabbit teeth and bug eyes made him a perfect target for ridicule and bullying. He was sobbing and trembling with fear when his mother informed him that she would be dropping him at school early that morning. Being the first form one, the first day of school was something that anyone would dread and what made it worse was the fact that every day before this he has been haunted by nightmares of burly teenagers with abnormally muscular arms itching to get a piece of him. He begged, pleaded and groveled, all in vain, as his mother started making her way to the car. He silently prayed that it wouldn’t start but faced heartbreak with the growl of the engine. He briefly considered lying in front of the car, hoping his mother would run him over but quickly dismissed this thought. Zeeshaan sat in the car, plotting and planning how he would get through the day. He concluded that his best chance of survival would be to lurk in the shadows and remain unseen. Unfortunately his mother completely ruined this scheme by leaving him in the most obvious spot: the front gates, guarded by the prefects. Zeeshaan hastily made his way to his registration classroom, only occasionally looking up to avoid obstacles. He made it and after what felt like hours, others of his age group arrived. The bell for first period went and the form ones moved to their classes in a frenzy, like a shoal of fish under a shark attach. He settled down in class with a sea of squeaky, high-pitched voices around him. Second and third periods passed in similar fashion and soon it was break-time. His nightmare was upon him as the great beasts known as the Upper Sixth form were free to roam. He feared he would be the first victim when he heard an ear-piercing whistle and a commanding voice ordering the form ones to go to the pool. The herd of boys sprinted to the pool as fast as their little legs could carry them. At least he wouldn’t be alone in his misery. Upon their arrival, they were greeted with a flurry of insults and press-ups. Sit-ups and squats followed soon after and with their little muscles aching they breathed a collective sigh of relief when the bell rung. Moans of agony resonated as they left the pool are. As far as Zeeshaan was concerned, apart from the changes between classes, the worst was over. He limped back to class and barely paid attention as the last two lessons flew by. He triumphantly walked to the main gate after school, still with his face hidden and his oversized bag laden on his back. His muscles ached and his self-esteem was damaged but in that moment he was proud of himself, he had survived.


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NEW APPLE MAC LAB Mr. R. Annandale

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taying current in the ever changing world of IT is a difficult and ongoing task. The College’s latest initiative to achieve this goal began in late 2011. Twelve months on this vision has been realised. All aspects of the Apple computer lab embody innovation. From its modern design and powerful equipment to its groundbreaking syllabus, it truly is the first of its kind. Stocked with twenty-one impressive iMac computers, the lab is on par with any of its global counterparts. The syllabus on offer is designed and implemented by the British Computer Society (BCS). Known as DigitalCre8or, this course enables students to build a disparate digital portfolio, through the creation of digital media projects by making the most of digital media devices and computers. We are proud to say that our lab is the first BCS accredited centre in Southern Africa and feel this project is an invaluable addition to the College’s forward-thinking ethos. We feel 2013 will be an innovative and thoughtprovoking year for all students involved and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.

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Art Tour 2012

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n the 25 April, twenty two students from St John’s College and Chisipite Senior School, set off on a sixteen day Art Tour to Turkey and Spain. We were accompanied by Mrs. Vidovic, Mrs. Van der Merwe, Mrs. Ratanje and Miss Long. This tour was an incredible life changing experience! Not only were we fortunate enough to observe amazing art works first hand, but we were also able to experience different foods, lifestyles and cultures. The tour was almost a journey through time from the Paleolithic period at Altamira Caves to the most modern art in the Guggenheim Museum. Throughout the tour everyone visually recorded in sketch books their own personal experiences and inspirations from various artists. We spent three remarkable and very busy days in Istanbul in Turkey. We visited such amazing places as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Tokapi Palace and the Burnt Columns. We also visited the Pera Museum where we saw Goya’s work. We enjoyed shopping at the Grand Bazaar as well as the Spice Bazaar where we sharpened our bargaining skills! We then flew to Madrid and visited the Prado Museum that features one of the world’s finest collections of European Art from the 12th to 19th century. We also saw paintings by Diego Velazquez, Francisco de Goya, Titian and Rubens to name a few. We were very fortunate to spend an unforgettable evening dining at the Oldest Restaurant in the World! After visiting the Thyssen Bonemisza Museum we took a bus to Toledo. Toledo was the most fascinating place and one that I particularly enjoyed as it is rich in culture and art from the Roman period to the Visigoths, the Moors and the Christians. Here we saw how art has intertwined over hundreds of years. We spent a fascinating time at Renia Sophia as well as the Altamira Caves. We then went to Bilbao and saw the Guggenheim museum which is one of the most important buildings of the 20th Century and features amazing exhibits of work by Spanish and International Artists. We drove to Figures to see Dali’s Museum and it was incredible to actually stand in front of all his murals and paintings and spend quality time analyzing and appreciating his works. We spent a morning touring Gaudi’s buildings and we were in awe at the height and detail and craftsmanship of the Sagrada Familia that is still under construction today. Finding graffiti in Barcelona was incredibly interesting and we were amazed at the quality of the Art even though it was done on garage doors and concrete walls. We enjoyed taking photographs and sketches of these. We ART CLUB 2012 spent a fascinating morning at the International Escola Design (IED) College and we saw extraordinary design from transport to dress design. After visiting The Art Club this year has continued to the Miro Museum we started our long journey home. flourish under the guidance and enthusiasm This Art Tour was certainly an unforgettable experience and these of Mrs. Vidovic. Every student was able wonderful memories will be ingrained in our minds forever. We are very to explore various aspects of art as well fortunate to have gone on such an incredible and worthwhile tour!

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INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE Bera and Chikoto, the youngest in the team, determined to make a mark but experience got the better of them. Mutizwa fought well as he used his strength to his advantage to unsettle his opponents. Machekera played a great supportive role in the tournament. Parirenyatwa and Chinyani played well but could have done better if they had had more composure and reduced their fouling. Moyo, Mapeka, Gona, Kwaramba, Matunhira and Bandason performed well as they played great defense and had an excellent overall shooting performance which carried the team to most of its victories. The only let down was their inability to stay composed at all times. If there had been individual accolades awarded, Rukudzo Gona would have been a contender as he gave a 5-star performance on both ends of the court both offensive and defensive and he was the team’s best player in the St John’s College Johannesburg Tournament.

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GENERAL PERFORMANCE he team had been working hard prior to the tour as we were aiming to better our average thus far. We were in Group D which had perennial power houses which included Waterford College, Falcon College, Pretoria Boys High, Hilton College and Kearsney College. The boys played 4 games in the 1st day and won 3 of them against Waterford, Falcon College and Kearsney College convincingly and had a memorable victory against Pretoria Boys High when they showed great character as they rallied to a 1 point victory after trailing by as many as 19 points in the 1st half. The second day saw the team topping the group as they dismissed Hilton College in a non-contested match as the team’s performance had reached an A+ standard and had won the hearts of all the fans who were watching the games. In the quarter finals we faced St Charles College and the boys took control of the game from the start as they led from the word go and booked a well-deserved berth in the semi-finals against the much fancied hosts. Unfortunately we came short in what was deemed a thrilling encounter. By this time we had played 7 games in 2 days which was a bit too much for our lads as many of the schools were playing 2 games per day. With the bronze medal at stake, the boys fought a determined St Alban College to clinch 3rd position as Durban High dismissed the hosts to retain their title.

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Coach: Mr. E. Banda Managers: Mr. W. Mukotsanjera Mr. A. Sakala R E S U LT S

WON: SJC 45 : 25 Waterford WON: SJC 46 : 19 Falcon

WON: SJC 41 : 40 Pretoria Boys WON: SJC 34 : 25 Kearsney WON: SJC 63 : 34 Hilton WON: Quarter finals 38 : 33 St Charles LOST: Semifinals 29 : 38 SJC (RSA) WON: Bronze medal 34 : 33 St Albans

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THE KILIMANJARO

EXPEDITION In Search of the Summit Mr. N. Elliot

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he Kilimanjaro trip was a huge success. We arrived in Moshi at the Mountain Inn Hotel, where our Head guide Naftael briefed us on the climb and safety considerations we would have to face over the next few days. We signed in on the first day at the Machame National Park gate and had a quick lunch before heading out on the first leg of our climb. Machame is one of the more challenging routes up the mountain. Trekking through the rain forest was awesome and the Machame route led along a narrow path through thick forest. The first night we stayed at a camp called Machame hut. The atmosphere was exciting. Day 2 gave us our first view of the mountain. We had a look outside and the bright sun reflected off the white snow-capped mountain – it was beautiful. Breakfast was always served in the ‘green tent’ with oats, egg and sausages plus a cup of Kilimanjaro quick brew tea. The second day was quite a hike. The climb in total took us a good 4 ½ hours of steep trekking. The trek took us to a height of 3800m and Kilimanjaro’s sister Mountain Meru could be seen in the distance. It was a great day and the arrival at Shira Hut was well appreciated and the mountain itself was now clearly visible and would be for the remainder of the climb. Day 3 varied in landscape and naturally the higher we climbed, the more barren and volcanic the landscape became. The third day we began to experience how harsh conditions might be. Our trek was an acclimatization walk which took us up to 4600m. This was tough and taking a simple sip of water proved exhausting. On this day the key phrase thrown around was ‘Pole Pole’ meaning slowly slowly – which is ultimately the key for a successful climb on Mt Kilimanjaro. Each day from here proved to be a test. We saw amazing scenery. The interaction and conversation were always amusing. The older group of boys, Crowley, Brittlebank, Stableford and Calton always offered serious amusement – singing and jokes. It was great and I guess most of the group fed off their limitless energy! Summit was to be the ultimate test. Each day provided an insight into what was finally in store. Barrafu was the name of the Summit Base camp. On arrival – after a 3 hour walk – we were tired and in need of a break. Our briefing took place that evening at 17:30 after dinner and we were advised to lie down, relax and sleep in preparation for the 23:00 wake-up call that evening to begin the ascent to the summit. After waking up we dressed in preparation for the winds and cold temperatures. It was about -5˚C at this time. The walk began at midnight.


keep moving. Uhuru peak was in sight. At last, the arrival. It was as exciting as it can be with minimum oxygen. By this stage a large number of the group were suffering from the effects of Altitude sickness. We removed our head gear for the ultimate photo shoot. Our guides, Godson and Joseph warned us that we could not stay for too long and that we must replace our head gear as soon as possible. We did not need to be convinced to head back as the wind was freezing and removing our head gear gave us a brain-freezing headache instantly. After ten minutes of photos, hugs and congratulations – we were out of there. The St John’s climbing team all made it to the peak. We re-gathered at Stella point to begin the descent. The guides once again warned us that we needed to keep moving in order to avoid any further effects of altitude sickness. It was tough, the altitude sickness brought on heavy nausea, combined with fatigue.

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It didn’t take long for us to feel the effects of such low levels of oxygen. We were walking really slow and after a couple of steps stopped for breaks. It was cold and we were feeling absolutely exhausted after just a few minutes of walking. The night sky was lit up by the moon which was almost full. The trek took us 7½ hours and a distance of 3km to reach the final peak. Uhuru meaning freedom in Swahili is the name given to the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro, which stands 5895m high. The sunrise was amazing and as we were reaching the Stella point summit the sun began to rise. It was a relief and a sign it was going to grow warmer. Up to that point it had been -12˚C. As we walked the last 600m from Stella point to Uhuru we passed close to a huge glacier. The site was awesome, and the wind blowing off the glacier forced the temperature to about -15˚C. This stretch was tough. The cold and lack of oxygen demanded every inch of will power and energy to

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The descent took an average of 3½ hours. The route going down was different and a great deal of fun. We literally ran down the mountain, skiing and sliding in the ‘desert scree’. It was fun but once again very stressful and tiring on our bodies. We arrived back at our tents in the Barrafu campsite, and were welcomed and congratulated for our achievement.

It was difficult at that point to appreciate what and where we had come from. Mweka was the name of our Final Camp point and after a quick meal at Baraffu and with bags and tents packed we were once again on our way. The mountain was behind us and the steep climb had now become a grueling drop. A three hour walk to Mweka and we signed in once again and set up for the night. What a relief and a pleasure to experience the luxury of a swim, showers, a real bed and a hotel meal! The trip was a huge achievement; it was fun, tough, exciting, cold, hot, good and bad. The boys really interacted well and I can say honestly that it was an absolute pleasure to have had the opportunity and chance to share such an experience. The boys were determined and positive throughout the trip. They were fine representatives of the College.

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JUNIOR SCIENCE OLYMPIAD Tehran, Iran Sander Post TEAM MEMBERS Sander Post (St John’s College)

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e arrived at Harare airport at 5pm and waited in line for check-in. After passing through all the necessary airport controls we entered the waiting area and were ready to settle down before the flight came in. The teachers obviously had other ideas as both Mr. Muller and Mr. Powles pulled out past papers to be done straight away! We arrived at Dubai airport early the next day and were welcomed by the very rare occurrence of rain. We took a bus to our hotel and from there set out to explore. First stop was the biggest mall in the world, the Mall of Dubai, which also contains the world’s largest aquarium. We walked around aimlessly because of the sheer vastness, we had no clue where to go! Luckily we came across an information desk. We were given very strict instructions to meet at mid-day so that we could go up the famous Burj Khalifa. This building is a staggering 828 metres high. The tourist floor was only 126 floors up but even at that level we were above all other buildings. This venture was definitely not for people who are scared of heights - I felt my gut up in my chest! Unfortunately after this our day ended and we had to make our way back to the airport for our 3 hour flight to our final destination, the host country of the 9th International Junior Science Olympiad, Iran. The flight went as planned and we were greeted by the organiser’s husband and informed that we had to wait for a few more teams to arrive. We were then shown to the bus that would take us to the university dormitories. After the first full day we had the opening ceremony where a few speeches were made. We all dressed formally, and the President of IJSO officially opened the 9th International Junior Science Olympiad. The next morning we were taken to a museum and shown a slice of Iranian history. The first examination dawned the very next morning and we sat through the 3 hour, 30 question multiple choice paper. We struggled through, filling pages and pages to get to one final answer; A, B, C or D. Not such an easy task at this level of science. Time ticked by and with 15 minutes left I checked through my paper and hoped for the best. Now was no time to worry, one examination down, only two more to go. The next day, we again went around the capital, Tehran, admiring its heritage. We returned to the hostel once again and prepared for the next day. Early morning came and we were awakened for breakfast and then immediately travelled by bus to the examination venue (NIGEB). I looked around and noticed students either sleeping or studying, both signs of hard workers as we had prepared extremely hard for these examinations. We entered the examination hall and sat through the 3 hour long question paper. Chatting with all the students about a particular question led to a few heated debates around the lunch room, but now it was time to set off back to the hostel. As the next day was upon us we were allowed to sleep in. We made the most of the opportunity as my roommate and I slept until 12 o’clock. When we woke up we were greeted by a smiling Mr. Powles who came just to give us a very brief description of how the whole team did as a whole, and as always, the answer was, “yep, you did pretty well”. This day we were taken out by Mr. Muller to his newly-found “favourite bakery” as the food we were given was not that great. We went to bed a little more relaxed for the practical examination the next day. We made our last trip to the examination venue and were taken to the laboratories where we wrote our DNA extraction practical that involved extracting DNA from yeast and identifying the DNA by separating it in agarose gel through electrolysis. This practical was a university level practical, never-theless we performed quite well. The ambiance in the lunch room this time was completely different and I saw happy faces all around me as finally all the hard work was over and all our examinations done. The next day we were taken into the town by our guides and we had a great time as team Zimbabwe and arrived back after the curfew but managed to sneak in without anybody noticing. After a night’s sound sleep it was our last day in Iran. That night we went to the closing ceremony where the medals were given out. The outcome for team Zimbabwe was one bronze medal obtained by Federico Bescotti (Hellenic) and the team congratulated him on his achievement. After our last dinner we were taken to the airport. On all our minds was the fact that it was an amazing experience with friends from all around the globe. In our eyes I can easily say that this trip was a great success.

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Kumbirai Mubayiwa (St John’s College) Federico Bescotti (Hellenic) Skye Davidson (Hellenic) Uzayr Alarakha (Hellenic)

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The camp is primarily about engendering and developing ‘College Spirit’. The importance of manners, commitment, loyalty, and ‘gentlemanly’ demeanour are obviously central to all the activities. These ranged from negotiating obstacle courses, walks, ‘physicals’, learning ‘war cries’ and the school song. The School Prefects’ role at camp is seminal. The importance of ‘team work’ was once again re-emphasised – ‘All for One and One for All’. By Thursday, the gruelling course was over and over 112 boys slumped into deep sleep on the buses back from Jabulani; exhausted, but true and proud ‘College Boys.’

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We learned many new things, most of which embraced the more practical side of life. Some of the things we did included: • Welding • Mechanics • Woodwork • Plumbing • Electrics • Construction (mixing mortar, brick laying, etc.) • Sewing…yes, sewing • Track • Rifle Shooting and • A brief introduction to business

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We also had exciting outings. The first was to the Natural History Museum in Bulawayo and to the Matopos National Park. Our second outing was to spend a day at Mtchavedzi Dam, a really natural and peaceful place in the Matopos foothills. It was a good place to relax. In the end we all came back home to the College with broader horizons. For most, Quest camp was a journey of self-discovery and independence. I would definitely recommend it to others.

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FORM 3 Class Visits to Chishakwe (Save Valley Conservancy) David Whitaker Form 3

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n the 16th of November I was privileged to attend the second Form 3 camp. This is the annual camp for the third formers and is essentially about the Environment, Conservation and Wildlife issues. The first trip went in March with 3N and 3W. Forms 3E and 3S set out from St John’s at 5:30 on Friday morning, the 16th of December. Then followed the 8 hour bus trip via Gutu and on the scenic road from Masvingo to Birchenough Bridge. Eventually, we arrived at Chishakwe in the boiling midday heat of the Lowveld. I cannot begin to describe how grateful we were to find that the camp had a pool and soon after arrival we were all either swimming or playing pool cricket! After we had settled in we were given a short talk by one of the Guides, Mark Houghton, who told us the camp rules. He said that no activities would take place from 11 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon, simply because it would be too hot. There were two other Professional Hunters and three camp guides assigned to us. During the next few days we were given an exquisite taste of the African bush. We were taken on long game-drives where we had the chance to see the animals of Africa in their natural habitat, and learn about their lives from the guides. We went on game walks, where the guides told us even more about this wonderful environment, going into much more detail than in the game drives. During our stay at Chishakwe, as an additional event, we also took an initiative test on a simply-designed obstacle course, which taught us how to work more effectively in our respective teams. Two impalas were shot and duly skinned. There were brave boys who proceeded to ‘taste’ the warm liver and drink the liquid that was squeezed from the grassy pulp in the animals’ intestines! The largest Baobab in Zimbabwe is at Chishakwe. We visited this; it is truly massive, with a circumference of between 39 and 43 metres at the base. It is over 3000 years old and is a very impressive tree from all points of view. What is called the ‘Big Tree’ at Victoria Falls is one third the size of this one at Chishakwe! One of the highlights was the lecture by Rosemary Groom, a PhD research scholar, on Wild Dogs- their habits and habitat. It was a fascinating talk which included an explanation of the darting process. We also learnt a little ‘telemetry’ i.e. the tracking of collared animals using radio signals. Unfortunately, the scheduled talk by the Rhino Anti-Poaching patrol had to be cancelled owing to an encounter and serious skirmish with poachers on the Saturday evening. We were reminded clearly that the Conservancy is in the forefront of the dangerous battle to save the rhinos. We salute these brave men who are exposed to great danger on a daily basis trying to protect our common heritage. This was a truly magical weekend and we left with a heavy heart, sad to say ‘goodbye’ to

the bush. I hope that one day I will be able to return to this camp, and re-live my time there. Thanks go to Mr. Trinci for organizing the camp and accompanying us there; and to Mr. Whitaker and Mr. Sheehan for supervising us throughout.


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s part of our syllabus objectives, the L6 Geography students visited RIFA in the Zambezi Valley. Greeted by relatively cool weather, that is by the Zambezi standard, our trip began by us abandoning our bus and jumping onto the back of a Land Cruiser. Our programme consisted of field studies ranging from River processes on the Zambezi and Cliff Processes on the Chipandaure cliffs. In order to visit these sites, we embarked on long early morning and late afternoon walks. Our trek up to the Chirundu Hill was certainly ambitious but we made it, only to be lost on our way down. Our impala dissection was without a doubt a highlight and believe it or not a lot of our boys could not believe what was before them. Our trip out was a great success filled with lots of learning and great humour.

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6TH FORM GPA COCKTAIL

EVENING October 2012 Mr. N. Hovelmeier 6th Form Director ACCU MUL AT I V E GPA R A NKI N G S Dustin Sheehan Jonathan Whitaker Justin Swan Sohil Raja Rufaro Mberi Thomas Chadwick Russell Easterbrook Tafadzwa Kwaramba Patrick Machekera Barr y Vicker y

T O P 10 I N U 6 ‘A’ L E V E L Hylton Crous Dayne Ettrick Laurenz Krueger Nicholas Bain Thomas Hill Stefano Babiolakis

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n October 12th, the first GPA Cocktail Evening was held at the Kolbe Room as a way of formally recognising the achievements of our top students of the 6th form. The purpose of the function was really very simple – it was our chance as a teaching faculty to thank and congratulate our senior students for their hard work and achievement on the Grade Point Average or GPA assessment system throughout the year. The new GPA method was introduced in January with the main intention of focusing our students on the degree of effort and application which they apply to their academic studies as well as their extra-curricular activities. In a nutshell, it was devised as a means of encouragement and a form of recognition for hard work – and this is precisely why all the students who made the “Top Ten” list at any time during the five preceding assessment periods for 2012 and their parents were invited for the evening. In essence, they constituted the top ten percent of their entire year group which is a highly commendable achievement. It certainly makes our job as teachers and educators a great deal easier when we are lucky to come across students who take their schooling seriously and actually want to achieve more and more. The 6th form GPA system entails slightly more than the one used in the lower school. Apart from the “ranking system”, the 6th form GPA also AC A DEM IC OVER A L L allows students to apply for and be awarded Credit GPA points. Students GPA GPA who serve the College in various leadership roles, as Prefects, Presidents or 5.4 5.2 1st Team Captains are given bonus Credits for the duties they carry out. 4.8 5.2 Students who achieve personal distinctions such as National Representation in a sport, or Honours in the National Institute of the Allied Arts can also 5.0 5.1 gain Credits. But I am very pleased to note that a number of submissions 5.0 5.1 for Credits this year were from students who, on their own initiative, sought 5.4 5.0 to gain valuable work experience in the job market, or those who gave of 4.9 5.0 their own free time, completely outside their school obligations, to help 4.9 4.9 a number of very worthy charity causes. It is very heartening to see our 4.8 4.8 students engage community service in such a manner. The evening culminated in the awarding of a small token of the 4.9 4.8 staff’s appreciation to the students present by the Headmaster, and then 4.9 4.8 with a speech by the first ever GPA College Valedictorian – Miss Caitlin Taylor of the U6 IB. Caitlin led in the IB rankings throughout the year, achieving phenomenal consistency in the high level of work she produced AC A DEM IC OVER A L L and the commitment she showed to every aspect of her schooling. GPA GPA She ended the year with an overall GPA rating of 5.4, which really is remarkable and it was such a pleasure to acknowledge her, along with her 5.1 5.1 worthy peers, for working so hard. 5.3 5.1 I do believe the GPA system has been a beneficial addition to the 5.1 5.1 College and I am already convinced that it is reshaping the work ethic 4.8 5.0 of our students, particularly 5.2 5.0 in the senior part of the school, for the better. 5.3 5.0

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2nd TEAM BOYS HOCKEY Durban Hockey Tour Report James Tyler Long

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e attended a hockey schools festival in April at Kersney College in Durban. It consisted of teams from all over the country. It was a pre-season tour to help develop our team.

In the mornings we had training provided by the festival management team to help and develop our hockey skills; we went through different drills with coaches and players from the national under 19 South African hockey side. In the afternoons we had matches on both Astroturf and using indoor facilities. We played as many as four–25 minute matches on each afternoon. The tour was hard and required the team to work together and play to the best of its ability, which it did. The competition was tough but we fought hard and managed to win a few games. We played 12 matches in total, lost eight and won 4. I believe that this tour brought our team together and helped towards the success of the season during the term.

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I. Zavery, J. Perlman, R. Harley, P. Bera, T. Chikoto, S. Matunhira, S. Crause

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T. Kirby, N. Naik, Mr. N. Milner, N. Shukla (Captain), Mr. R. Nel, T. J. Long, B. Fox, G. King

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e had a visit from four ex-Springbok Rugby players who ran a coaching clinic for our boys on Saturday the 28th of July 2012. We had an exciting opportunity to meet Percy Montgomery, Charl Marais, Pieter Muller and A J Venter. A good day was had by all, thanks to these guys.

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RUGBY STARS VISIT THE COLLEGE

Percy Montgomery Charl Marais Pieter Muller AJ Venter Saturday July 28, 2012

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1st XV RUGBY 2012 UK Tour Max Madziva UK TOURN A ME N T R E SU LT S SJC 7 – Colton College 15 SJC 17 – St. Albans 5 SJC 15 – Bickton 5 SJC 7 – St John’s Leatherhead 5 SJC 10 – St. Albans 7

1st XV RUGBY UK TOUR TEAM

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R. Wilson, J. Swan, Hugh Joscelyne, K. Burger, N. Burnett, T. Chadwick, B. Naude, R. Gona, D. Stangroom

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C. Bond, S. Snater, P. Blehiri, T. Cochrane, Henry Joscelyne, C. Sinclair, B. Zwart, G. Rorke, T. Matthews

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T. Bandason, N. Robertson R. Lindsay-White, Mr. A. Squire B. Grainger (Captain), Mr. M. Madziva M. Wright, Mr. A. Williams, S. Coles

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1st XV Rugby Tour to UK

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n the 24th of August the very excited 1st team Rugby boys flew to the U.K. for a tour. Apart from a long wait at Dubai Airport the trip was uneventful. Landing in England we boarded a coach to Edinburgh for our first game. The boys behaved as gentlemen should and maintained this standard of conduct for the whole tour. The next day we had a guided tour of the historic city, including the Castle. Our first training session was at Hollywood Park. A misdirected kick occasioned a royal guard reminding us we were in the Queen’s official residence. A quick visit on Monday to St. Andrew’s Golf Club was followed by a game against Madras in cold rain and driving wind. Madras, apparently used to the conditions, attacked, keeping on the pressure until the interval. We made tactical adjustments to our game plan and managed to grind out a well-deserved draw:- 12-12. We left Edinburgh on Tuesday morning, heading south to Manchester, following the scenic coast. Stockport Grammar were our next opponents, the students kindly billeting us for our 2 day stay in the rainy city. We were welcomed and after a night’s sound sleep we felt in fine fettle for the game. Cricket enthusiasts visited Old Trafford; some lads wallowed in the glory of Manchester United. Then back to rugby in weather conditions we would play in at home! Sean Coles and Mark Wright showed blistering pace and we led 15-10 at the first break. The rest of the game was hectic and we won 32-20. The victory was celebrated at an Indian restaurant. The festival format gave opportunity to vary combinations and positions, and to blood younger players. Famous Harrow College was next. This was serious business. We whetted our teeth with a 30-0 victory over Norwich. Then Harrow – 3 England internationals! Despite our ‘never-say-die’ attitude and Stangroom’s bagpipes we were beaten 30-5, beaten but certainly not disgraced. We walked with our heads held high. Two days rest to visit the London Eye and see the Changing of the Guard were followed by Madame Tussaud’s, although the dungeon proved a bit much for some ‘tough’ guys! Sunday’s tournament at St. Albans’ school featured 12 schools in 3 pools of 4 schools. Tom Chadwick, a key player, had a knee infection and sadly could not play. We played 5 games, placing 5th. Our speedy backline, as often before, caught attention. The tour was a wonderful experience and will be treasured for years. Thanks go to Edwin Doran; Hugo (Stockport Grammar); supporting friends and family; Mr. and Mrs. Chadwick; Mr. and Mrs. Grainger and especially the players for making the trip successful and memorable.


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he Zimbabwe Mathematics Olympiad is run by Old Mutual in conjunction with the University of Zimbabwe. In 2011, Luke Du Toit gained second place winning the Silver Medal. In 2012, Wentao Zhai gained first place winning the Gold Medal. Congratulations on this excellent achievement!

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Math Olympiad

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The Mathematics Department

Wentao Zhai, Mrs. Zhai with representatives of the Old Mutual Olympiad.

PIERRE SPIES Visit to The College

He gave the boys a quick inspirational talk and his three life rules are:

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• the Lord comes first in his life • your attitude to life is very important • the choices you make are vital – life should be balanced

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he College was lucky enough to have a visit from Pierre Spies on Thursday, the 12th of July at break-time.

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t the end of the third term, Form One boys put together groceries, clothes and sporting equipment and donated it to a children’s home in Mt. Hampden. The school attached to the home has an enrolment of under 200 students. It began as a rehabilitation centre for juveniles who have had brushes with the law. As time went by the school admitted other local students as well. Some of them are brought in through the Department of Social Welfare. Both the students and staff were very delighted to see our boys. We were addressed by the deputy superintendent, who gave the history of the school. After that students were split into manageable groups and taken around the school. They saw the boarding facilities, the kitchen and dining hall, which were very smart, the garden and woodwork room. There were a number of disused buildings and a lot of space to put more facilities. There was an all-weather tennis court and a football field. Our students enjoyed a soccer match against our hosts which they drew 2 all. On speaking to the Superintendent, we learnt that a number of orphans and abused children were at the school. A lot of counseling took place. The orphans were in boarding and the Department of Social Welfare paid all their fees. The challenge that they face was how to re-integrate the school leavers into society. After playing soccer and tennis against our hosts we gathered together and gave food and clothes to the students. They expressed their gratitude and wished our students well. Our students managed to mingle well and were very accommodating.


OPEN DAY For Future St John’s Prospects

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PERFORMING ARTS REPORT October, 30 2012 Mrs. A. Van der Merwe

SENIOR ARTS CLUB

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D. de Jong, R. Easterbrook, D. Hofmann, N. Bird, D. Chadwick

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K. Franco, G. du Plessis, C. O’Riordan, Mrs. B. Vidovic, J. Lamy, M. Hulbert, B. Marriott, S. Crause

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he Performing Arts Club has expanded with learning and great fun being had. We have been privileged to have the assistance of Mr. Tatenda Mangosho, a UZ Drama graduate who has brought a fresh dimension to the club and added support and inspiration. We ended 2011 with a Junior Christmas play, a delightful portrayal of “The Pied Piper” which we turned into a musical. It was oodles of fun with outstanding performances from ‘The Rats’ and Claude the Cat played by the talented Tino Majero. This year’s College Production was the extremely brave (or was it foolish?) staging of the celebrated Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber Rock Opera, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. The preparation and ground work for this production was immense, consuming many intense hours to get it off the ground. Yes...nothing is easy! The auditions took place after the exposition and character analysis had been thoroughly researched and discussed by the students and directors. This, I believe, had an immense pay off and the roles were expertly captured by the students in every way. The major roles were played by Leslie Jellicoe (Jesus), Andrew Perlman (Judas), Danai Mushiri (Caiaphas), Nicole Chimbetete (Mary Magdalene) and there was a superb rendition of Pilate by Brandon Chihota. The full cast including the musicians and backstage were committed to excellence which contributed to the success of this brave and innovative venture. We look forward to continued success in the Performing Arts Club and hope that the students will realise the wonderful opportunity they have to grow in knowledge and confidence. We have the privilege of collaborating with ‘Backstage’ as we did in “Jesus Christ Superstar”. This is a creative group of young and talented dancers directed by Eileen Fleet who collaborated with St John’s College performing arts students, promising future prospects. Joshua Saunyama (Lyfstyle Dance Studio) has played a large and active role in establishing the Hip Hop dancers at the school. This has opened the door for much enjoyment and creativity on the part of our students. The collaboration of Tinashe Mukarati, Head of Culture and the Music department at the College has been invaluable. His band was superb in capturing the rock sounds for ”Jesus Christ Superstar”. The talent of Mr. Bengt Post and Miss Sekai Zengeza was greatly appreciated. Together we hope to produce entertainment of a high standard in the future. We could not have staged such a vibrant production this year without the generous support of David Davies and dedicated parents. Thank you all.

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JUNIOR ART CLUB CALLIGRAPHY CLUB Visual Arts Ms. N. Ratanje

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R. Welsh, S. Crause, A. Omar, T. Curle

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K. Franco, S. Curle, Ms. N. Ratanje, A. Garden, C. Deans

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M. Garnett, M. Sandys-Thomas, C. Robinson, R. Spagnuolo, M. Brown, A. Omar, N. Jena, T. Pieterse, K. Muringi, P. McDonald, T. Magazi, T. Tsuro

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L. Berens, G. Curtis, J. Krischock, R. Murray, T. Reid, Miss. J. Long, T. Beattie, T. Machekanyanga, S. Malunga, H. Moon

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he Calligraphy Club commenced for the first time this year with an enthusiastic response, in particular from some IB students. We looked at Calligraphy around the world as well as delving deeper into the history and foundation of letter creation with the Roman Capitals. Once the construction of Roman lettering was learned we moved onto the Skeleton Alphabet and the Foundational Hand. This has been a good beginning for a club and hopefully the next year will be even better, progressing onto Italic and Gothic Lettering.


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BRIDGE 2012 Report Mrs. T. Chirewa B R I D GE C LUB

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012 has been a successful year for the Bridge club with the team playing well throughout the year. The Junior team pulled together at the end with impressive wins against the Convent and Arundel in the final matches. Unfortunately all our A team members are leaving at the end of the year. We hope that they will continue to pursue their passion for Bridge wherever they go. They will be sadly missed but remembered for their loyalty. A small group of Juniors remain, consisting of experienced players and a few beginners who are keen to learn. Hopefully, they will work together to form a viable team for 2013. In the first term, apart from regular interschool matches, the school participated in the Mashonaland Pairs Competition held at the Bridge Club. St John’s College was successful. The following pairs, Nandish Shukla and Dylan Vyas, Wentao Zhai and Fiona Brooke took the third and fourth places respectively in Group A while in group B Pranay Naik and Francis Zvinavashe came first. During the second term the Inter-Schools took place at Peterhouse. The boys who represented the school fought their hearts out as most of our senior players were writing June Cambridge examinations. We ended by playing the Juniors in the A team. We came 5th overall out of 7 schools. In the third term we held the Inter-House Bridge competition. There was a convincing win for Matopos who scored 3010 points, followed by Nyanga with 560 points. Vumba and Chimanimani came third and fourth respectively. I would like to thank the players for their support and commitment throughout the year as well as the outgoing captains for their advice and help.

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A. Ramjee, M. Karimshah, C. Chirara, F. Zvinavashe, J. Mehta, R. Patel, S. Trivedi, W. Karimshah

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N. Dube, T. Mahofa, F. Brooke, N. Shukla (Captain), Mrs. T. Chirewa, D. Patel, W. Zhai

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CHESS REPORT Tafadzwa Mugova 2012 RESULTS FIRST TEAM BOA RD NU MBE R

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Punit Patel

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Dhruv Patel (Captain)

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Sonil Raja

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Cameron Hume

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he Chess team has continued to grow from strength to strength and is showing no signs of slowing down. We started 2010 in the 4th division, however, thanks to the dedication and ambition of the members we have since been promoted to the 2nd division where we have held our own against formidable opposition. This year we focused on openings and gambit ploys and were privileged to be tutored by Africa’s number one Chess Master Robert Gwaze. In the first term we hosted our annual Chess Festival which was generously sponsored by CBZ bank. It was a tremendous success. Our Junior A and Senior A teams did remarkably well as they each came in the top five. In the second term both our Junior and Senior teams participated in the Falcon College Annual Chess Festival and both teams scooped the prize for best team in their respective category. Tadiwa Mushonga was the best player of the tournament. The sharp minds of the Chess Club continue to be nurtured and inspired by our zealous teacher in charge, Mr. Musiwa. His eccentric methods and witty remarks such as, ‘You must be ruthless, chess is not for people who go to Church!’ always bring out the best in every individual. Thanks must also go to Mrs. Ndlovu who has worked tirelessly with the Junior team. Despite the departure of the Upper Sixth form, the team remains almost unchanged and so we look forward to an even more successful 2013.

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M. Mungoshi, Sunil Raja, N. Dube, A. Patel, A. Mahomed, H. Duan, K. Patel, S. Trivedi

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C. Hume, T. Mugova, D. Patel (Captain), Mr. J. Musiwa, P. Patel, D. Mushiri, Sohil Raja

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R. Nyakanda, T. Gomba, R. Nyamandi, T. Chimbwanda, T. Tsuro, T. Kwaramba

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n June of this year the Zimbabwe Amateur Dancesport Association held its Annual Winter Warmer Dancesport Competition which incorporated the Inter-Schools Dancesport Competition. This is the sixth year in succession that the Dancesport Inter-Schools Competition has been held. This competition showcases young up-and-coming Ballroom and Latin American dancers from schools in Harare. All the senior dancers were exceptionally well turned out and attained the below results: PL AC E

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DANCESPORT ST J O H N ’ S CO LLEG E TE AM L. Jellicoe (Captain) M. Jellicoe ST J O H N ’ S I B T E AM

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St John’s College

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FIRST AID REPORT Danai S. Mushiri Captain for 2012 FIRST AID CLUB

Back Row W. Karimshah A. Nyawayi G. Vlahakis M. Hlatshwayo M. Valera A. Patel S. Joosab

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M. Jellicoe R. Easterbrook D. Mushiri (Captain) Mr. A. Williams B. Rajput R. Zieve

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he St John’s College First Aid Club has grown in both recruitment and skills this year. The First Aid crew has been responsible for serving the College by being ready to step in to treat any injuries on and off the sports field under the leadership of Mr. A. Williams. The First Aid crew has worked hard hand-in-hand with an ambulance crew on standby for any serious injuries. We have kept up our standards and flown the S.J.C. flag high to maintain our reputation as the best First Aid crew in the country through practice and discipline. The introduction of new Emergency Rescue Equipment has proved to be an asset for the club. The club has always been closely linked with M.A.R.S. and the Trauma Centre. The College has a school-based Nurse (Ambulance Technician) to treat any traumatic accidents or sudden illnesses which may occur during school hours, afternoons or over the weekend. M.A.R.S. has also taken the time to train club members as official “First Aid Cadets”. We have been privileged to have the M.A.R.S. crew on standby for all sporting fixtures at the College, especially during the second term with Rugby and Hockey. A final thank you must go to our outgoing Teacher-in-Charge, Mr. A. Williams, for his dedication and extraordinary leadership of the club. I’m sure the club will continue to run smoothly and hoist the school flag high. To the crew, it has been an honour to work alongside a team of “Medics” like you. Good luck to the new incoming Teacher-in-Charge and Captain for 2013!


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Debating Society he year 2012 saw North Africa and the Middle East ravaged by a domino effect of uprisings and coup d’états. Militia groups put across their arguments with guns, governments in turn refuted them with violence, although in the Debating Society we learned to convey our views amicably but assertively.

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DEBATING REPORT

On the 21st of July, we successfully hosted the St John’s College Invitational Debating Tournament. Our B team went down narrowly in the semi final but showed maturity and sportsmanship in the face of adversity. Our A team argued cogently until the very end, won the tournament and ensured that the much coveted trophy once again returned to the Kolbe room.

Tafadzwa Mugova

We have thoroughly enjoyed debating in 2012 and it is difficult not to exaggerate the value of the lessons we have learned. We anticipate an even more fruitful 2013.

DEBATING SOCIETY

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T. Cochrane, T. Zireva, B. Passaportis, M. Sylvester, D. Sheehan, M. Mbudzi, S. Malunga, D. Shah

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B. Chihota, L. Machiri, C. Chigumira, T. Mugova (President), Mr. J. Chitando, P. Machekera, F. Wilkinson

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Tafadzwa Mugova was nominated Best Speaker of the tournament whilst Francis Wilkinson received the runner up award. We learned how to think critically and realised that there is far more to an argument than the old adage, ‘there are two sides to every coin.’ Charlene Chigumira (Secretary) carefully organised every last detail of the Society and we will miss her ability to package even the most controversial of ideas in an appealing way. Mr. Chitando, our teacher in charge, has been a pillar of strength. His knowledge of the world is encyclopaedic and has always come in handy when creating arguments. Thanks must also go to Mrs. Post.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING St John’s College Annual Public Speaking Competition Mrs. P. Sylvester

NATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKERS

TA FA D Z W A M U G OVA THOMAS CHADWICK

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early every pupil in the school prepares and delivers a public speech as part of his English Language studies, and for some it is an onerous task! For others, however, it is an undertaking which they relish and upon which they can display both writing and presentation skills. Then comes the struggle to get through the class contest, then onto the semifinals and, like the cream that rises to the top, on to the big Finals. Only four contestants in each category - Junior, Intermediate and Senior - go through to the Finals and being a competitor is not for the faint-hearted as the pressure is intense on the night itself. This year the College saw some new faces as well as others who are no strangers to public speaking, having participated in the finals for several years. In the Junior Section Reece Williams in Form 1 impressed the judges with his candid and often funny revelations of “Life Inside my Mind”, taking first place, while Dev Trivedy, also in Form 1, told the audience to “take risks” and took second place. Lebohang Mwamuka and Shao Li gave creditable performances in this category too and are to be congratulated. Tino Majero in Form 3 absolutely wowed the judges and the audience with his lively speech on “The Dumb-fundle Condition” which brought him first place in this section, with Zane “Understanding” Anderson coming in second. Michael Sylvester and Mutsa Mungoshi performed well too and all exhibited the necessary “sense of humour” (which was their impromptu title) to see them through the evening. Thomas Chadwick makes a new school record by making it through to his fifth consecutive final this year, with a witty and reflective speech on euphemisms, but was pipped at the post for his fifth title by a winning performance from Tafadzwa Mugova. Mugova’s seemingly effortless impromptu helped him to win the Senior title, with professional and competent performances from Daanish Shah and Megan Woodhouse adding to the entertainment. The College was particularly fortunate to have Mrs. Jane Wilson, adjudicator par excellence, on the panel this year and her enthusiastic and engaging feedback to the participants was invaluable. She was joined by Mrs. Brenda Bell and Mr. Terry Case, both from the SJC staff, who between them bring a wealth of experience and expertise to adjudicating public speaking. It is, as ever, a positive and enhancing experience to witness the passion and zest that the speakers bring to the evening and the English Department is proud of all those who participated, and congratulates each and every speaker. In the second term, Thomas Chadwick and Tafadzwa Mugova went on to represent the College at the Mashonaland finals of the CABS National Public Speaking Competition, graciously hosted by St George’s College. Both boys acquitted themselves admirably and Thomas Chadwick must be congratulated for winning this event, which qualified him for the National finals. For his achievements in Public Speaking over the years, including being the four time College champion, Thomas was awarded Full Colours in Public Speaking at the end of term two.


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THE INTERACT SOCIETY

“Service Over Self” Miss J. Kanjee

INTERACT SOCIETY

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T. Matthews, M. Ribeiro, Hugh Joscelyne, T. Parirenyatwa, D. Smith, B. Zwart, R. Wilson, B. Moyo, B. Chihota, D. Sheehan, M. Mbudzi, I. Karimshah, N. Khaminwa

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P. Machekera, D. Mushiri, D. de Jong, C. Sinclair, W. Zhai, F. Wilkinson, T. Tapera, G. Du Plessis, M. Bar, A. Roscoe, D. Franklin, K. Stijkel, T. Bandason, S. Patel

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M. Hulbert, T. Chadwick, Henry Joscelyne, N. Mavimba, J. Vidovic, T. Hill (Vice President), K. Wood (President), Miss J. Kanjee, D. Hofmann (Vice President), H. Crous, J. Byrom, J. Mallon, A. Perlman, T. Chinyani, K. Mungwariri

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nteract this year has been an exciting, eventful and rewarding experience for all members of the society. Students participated in weekly charity events including trips to Dorothy Duncan Old Age Home, which included a memorable Valentine’s Day visit complete with roses; Easter day spent with the children from the Good Hope community as well as outings to the Zororai Children’s Day Care Centre in Hatcliff, where students spent many fun afternoons playing soccer and sharing teas. As well as the above events, students this year have been especially passionate in supporting their fellow Sixth Form student, Dean Butchart, in his incredibly brave fight against cancer. The Interact society has participated in many Kidzcan events to raise funds for children suffering from cancer, the most successful event being the sale of cupcakes over the T20 Cricket Tournament played in the last weekend of September. Going out of your way and reaching out to help someone who is a total stranger is certainly a difficult task. As the year has gone by, students have developed a sense of concern and empathy for those less fortunate than themselves. With their understanding of the realities of life, they will be more appreciative of their blessings and are bound to enjoy the many diverse experiences life has to offer. I wish the outgoing members of 2012 every success in their future endeavours, and I wish the incoming leaders of 2013 the courage and strength to serve with pride and honour.

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TOASTMASTER’S SOCIETY 2012 Report Bradley Michell President

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he Toastmasters Society of 2012 comprised 16 elite gentlemen of The College. Throughout the year each member played an important role in upholding the values and ethos of the beloved society. It was my absolute pleasure to watch each individual grow and enhance his skills as a fine orator, whilst in the company of fellow brothers. For most, Toastmasters provided the essential platform needed to begin the journey into self enhancement. It was an opportunity reserved for few and was undoubtedly the aim of each member to take the opportunity and turn it into something great. Mr. Ismail, the secretary of 2012, was the essential corner stone in the running and coordination of the society. His tireless efforts did not go unnoticed and were ultimately the key to the successful functioning of the society. Our teacher in charge Mrs. Reed, who replaced the outgoing Madame Taylor, was later joined by Mr. Elliot and between them they supervised the meetings as well as provided input and advice on on-going matters.

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Back Row R. Lindsay-White S. Babiolakis N. Mavimba D. Hofmann M. Lake M. Wicks K Mungwariri T. Hill A. Breitenstein A. Macleod

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T. Bandason M. Wright Z. Ismail Mr. N. Elliot B. Michell (President) Mrs. R. Reed D. Bell A. Coumbis

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As the President of this year’s society, I can safely say that over the year we have fulfilled what it means to be a part of the brotherhood. Overcoming controversy, making opinions heard and reasoning with each other are all part of this and are lessons which will be learnt by all. It has been a productive year for us as a whole and I trust that the incoming group of gentlemen will share the many experiences we did, whilst maintaining proud traditions and becoming the custodians of the society. As I bid farewell to the members of this year, I can rest assured that each one of you has learnt something and reaped the benefits from this opportunity, thus creating lifetime bonds which will be shared amongst us as brothers, for those will be the best memories.


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012 has seen the Music Department grow significantly stronger with many successes to report and much enthusiasm from the student body in general. The Music Centre has been buzzing throughout the year with the introduction of a new afternoon tuition program that has seen up to 25 of our students taking Guitar, Piano, Voice or Saxophone lessons. The music building itself got a fresh new coat of blue paint and some interesting art work on the walls, giving the centre a fresh new feel which has been well received. The extension into what was the counselling centre has enabled access to more practice space, with a total of 4 rooms dedicated to practice, 3 of which have functioning pianos and the 4th houses a drum kit. Further to this, there are now 3 rooms dedicated to teaching, thanks to the new Ethnomusicology building, a band room which has a raised drum platform and a piano as well as a reference library. There is yet a long way to go in the area of resources but 2012 has given us a starting point and the results are already evident. Among other huge successes in the various sections of the department which will be highlighted later on, I am glad to announce that in this year’s Eisteddfod the College had a significant presence both in numbers and quality performances. Out of a total of 61 entries this year, we achieved 14 Honours grades and 24 Upper Firsts, with the remaining entrants achieving Firsts and Upper Seconds. It is encouraging to see that over 60% of our entries attained between 85% and 100%. Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Eisteddfod and thank you for all your hard work. Thank you also to all those who took part in the Pipe Band tour to South Africa, the highly successful school musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”, the Backstage Onstage show and in the Combined Schools Concert. All the hard work you put in has not gone unnoticed and has certainly made 2012 a musically successful year. Congratulations also go to Nyanga House for winning the newly re-instated Inter-House Music Competition Trophy. I look forward to stiffer competition and a lot of good music in the year ahead. Thank you to all the Music Prefects who worked hard throughout the year in ensuring that rehearsals always took place in an orderly and productive fashion. Last but most certainly not least, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to my team of outstanding staff, Mr. Jonathan Kalonga, Mr. Emmanuel Mabodo and Mr. Robin Goneso, for all their hard work and dedication to excellence. Without these gentlemen the year would not have been as successful as it has been. Thank you for making me look good and for fueling the fire in the department. I look forward to yet another exciting year next year and more successes than ever before.

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MUSIC DEPARTMENT 2012 Report Mr. T. Mukarati Head of Music

M U S I C D E PA R T M E N T PREFECTS

Back Row M. Tutani N. Tutani

Front Row F. Brooke A. Ashburner T. Tapera W. Zhai D. Stangroom

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Pipe Band

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D. Post, T. Munyanyi, G. Ellis, T. Mbizi, S. Ross, S. Post, T. Chikosi, R. Scott-Riddell, D. Whitaker, M. Murapa

SENIOR PIPE BAND

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P. Chiketsani, C. Blignaut (Drum Lance Corporal), N. Khaminwa (Drum Sergeant), Mr. E. Mabodo, T. Tapera (Drum Major), D. Stangroom (Drum Major), Mr. J. Kalonga, J. Whitaker (Pipe Sergeant), J. White (Pipe Corporal), J. Foulkes

PIPE BAND Douglas Stangroom Pipe Major 2012

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D. Pascoe, M. Brown, A. Blignaut, T. Munyanyi, T. Chitambo, T. Pieterse, L. Machiri, E. Rothwell, H. Duan, P. Warhurst

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D. Post, W. Annesley, Mr. E. Mabodo, T. Tapera (Drum Major), D. Stangroom (Pipe Major), Mr. J. Kalonga, S. Brown, M. Murapa

Front Row

S. Sheehan, D. Duncan, R. Tavaguta, N. Saweto

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012 has been one of the most successful years the Pipe Band has had since its creation, and this is not only in terms of achievement but in terms of knowledge and the growth of the band members and the tutors as well as visions and the reputation of the band in the community. The beginning of the year was a slow but progressive start, with not many performances for the band but intense practices for the upcoming tour to Johannesburg. As you may all know by now, two very distinguished Scottish musicians, Mr. Bob Worrall and Mr. Doug Stronach visited Zimbabwe for the first time to instruct and provide a chance for the band members to take the very prestigious RSPBA exams. This was a first in Africa and judging by the results it was a very successful event, with nearly all band members passing and achieving satisfactory grades in piping and drumming ability and theory. Well done to everyone! The band took part in the annual Eisteddfods, which is a strong point year after year, with


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Tsvangirai’s wedding. In all it was an extremely successful year with history being made more than once. I am privileged to be able to say I was Pipe Major and part of such a successful group of college men who achieved great things. Lastly, many thanks to all the Pipe Band members for a job well done this year and to Mr. A. Squire (outgoing Band Master), Mr. J. Kalonga (Pipe Tutor), Mr. E. Mabodo (Drum Tutor), Mr. T. Mukarati (H.O.D Music), T. Tapera (Drum Major) and to all parents in the Pipe Band Fundraising Committee for your enormous help and support in making the band what it is today.

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the combined Junior and Senior bands achieving 6 Honours in total. The next big event of the year was the much anticipated tour to Johannesburg. With the help of Mr. Worrall and Mr. Stronach, there was an increased expectation and belief within the band that we could bring home some prizes. This is exactly what we did, taking all the awards in our category. Several individual prizes were won as well and I’m sure this will only increase in the years to come. The rest of the year saw the band take part in the Annual Combined Schools Concert as well as a number of other performances, notably the Prime Minister Morgan

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CHOIR Junior Choir Report Fiona Brooke Head of Choirs SENIOR CHOIR

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B. Croukamp, T. Mazhude, L. Jellicoe, T. Chitambo, E. Nyambayo, N. Madziva, J. White, D. Shah, S. Raja, V. Chitambira, C. Chilowa

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T. Zireva, T. Mombemuriwo, L. van Zuydam, T. Mugova, D. Ettrick, W. Zhai (Senior Chorister), Mr. T. Mukarati, F. Brooke (Senior Chorister), T. Tapera, N. Khaminwa, B. Chihota

Front Row

R. Tavaguta, B. Rajput, T. Mawerera, P. Gumbo, M. Woodhouse, M. Mapeka, N. Chimbetete, A. Mahmed, A. Ashburner, C. Chigumbira

Absent T. Tande

JUNIOR CHOIR

Back Row

S. Li, N. Mkaronda, E. Magumise, K. Singano, T. Masenda, W. Chirambasukwa, N. Moyo, N. Vere, M. Mupisaunga, M. Masango, S. Tapera, T. Fundira, M. Wazara

Front Row

L. Mwamuka, G. Vlahakis, T. Chambati, W. Zhai, Mr. T. Mukarati, F. Brooke, M. Shonhiwa, R. Tsapayi, K. Mutasa, T. Vinyu

Absent A. Sithole

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012 has been a very successful year for the Junior Choir, from competing in the Eisteddfod to taking part in the school play. It has been a pleasure working with them, as they have shown diligence and excellence in all that they participated in. In the first term, the Junior Choir competed in the National Institute of Allied Arts Eisteddfod and sang “Seasons of love’’ for which they were awarded an Honours grade. Bringing their talent back to the school, they performed their song in the St John’s Eisteddfod Honours Concert, which was well received by the audience. In the second term, they contributed to the St John’s School Play, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and gave many hours of time to practices. The Junior Choir did really well in supporting the singers on stage and added energy to the overall performance Finally, in the third term, the Junior Choir performed in the Christmas Carol Concert, which was a great way to end a very busy year.


• For the second year running, Mandla Tutani, Nkosana Tutani and Tafadzwa Mugova achieved an Honours grade in the Advanced Marimba trio class, where they were the only candidates to achieve this grade. • The Intermediate Marimba Ensemble, consisting of Form Three’s also achieved an Honours grade in the Advanced Marimba Ensemble section, attaining the highest grade in that section. • The Senior Marimba Ensemble also attained Honours, which qualified them to enter into the Marimba Challenge where they won the cup and were crowned the Marimba Ensemble with the best performance and technical aptitude in 2012, a feat that St Johns College Marimba Ensembles have managed to repeat four times in the last six years. • Nicole Chimbetete achieved an Honours grade in her African contemporary vocal solo, being the only person in her class to achieve this grade. All the above not only shows the quality of Marimba playing at St John’s College but that Ethnomusicology is still a strong and vibrant aspect of the College’s cultural life. As the Head of Ethnomusicology, I would like to thank my fellow Senior Marimba Ensemble members, Mandla Tutani, Tafadzwa Mugova, Chilowa Chilowa, Batsirai Masekesa, Tanaka Zireva, Thobile Mawerera and Nicole Chimbetete for a great year and to say that through thick and thin we managed to achieve more than we expected and we represented the College with integrity and honour. I would like to give special mention to Tafadzwa Mugova and the Deputy Head of Ethnomusicology Nkosana Tutani and say that performing alongside you for the last few years has been a great honor and has given me some of the fondest memories I have of my College life. Tafadzwa, I have no doubt that Ethnomusicology will be in competent hands with your leadership. Finally, to Mr. Goneso, for all your encouragement and advice, I thank you and believe that the Ethnomusicology Section of St Johns College will reach greater heights through your tutelage.

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he Ethnomusicology section was under a lot of pressure this year after losing the Marimba Challenge Cup in 2011. With the prospect of a new teacher taking over the section, the bands did not know what to expect in the New Year but despite everything that had happened, it is safe to say that we have had a successful year. As one of the most highly regarded Marimba Institutions in the country, it was very important that we live up to that title and we most definitely proved that at this year’s National Institute of Allied Arts Eisteddfod. In total we achieved five honors grades, the most accumulated by any school participating in the Ethnomusicology section of the competition. The most notable performances were as follows:

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2012 Report Nkosana Tutani Head of Ethnomusicology

ETHNOMUSICOLOGY

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T. Gowera, T. Mawerera, J. Nyabadza, T. Mbizi, M. Moyo, T. Chitambo, T. Makamure, M. Nyabereka

Middle Row

C. Chilowa, B. Masekesa, T. Mugova, M. Tutani (Deputy Head of Ethnomusicology), Mr. R. Goneso, N. Tutani, N. Chimbetete, T. Zireva

Front Row

A. Chivayo, L. Mavhima, D. Ndoro, A Rwodzi, T. Nyabadza

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SOUND & LIGHT ENGINEERING CLUB Report Danai S. Mushiri Captain 2012

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ince its establishment into The College’s co-curriculum in 2004, the Sound and Light Engineering Club has been responsible for functions and events where the school PA (sound) or lighting boards are required. The newly appointed Teacher-in-Charge, Mr. R. Goneso, has proved to be a real asset to the club and has taught the crew a great deal during our practice sessions on Mondays. The club’s main goal is to offer the students the opportunity to learn the skills of sound and light engineering, along with the perks and bragging rights the job offers... The club has had a major overhaul. Recently, new stock was ordered to make the most of the club. By far, the biggest achievement of the club has to be this year’s major stage production: Jesus Christ Superstar. With Wiring for Africa, tons of hired lighting and sound equipment, weeks of preparation and rehearsing along with nerves of steel, we managed to hold the production together. With the aid of a hired sound technician, Mr. S. Ngwenya, and the rest of the crew, the show was a success. My time in the club has been memorable. A final thank you must go to Mr. R. Goneso for taking the reins of leadership of the club. Best of luck to the club and future Captain for 2013! Thank you!

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M. Al-Khalil, D. Mushiri (Captain) Mr. R. Goneso, S. Post

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012 for the St John’s College Quiz Teams was more successful than ever with a series of commendable wins achieved at various Inter-Schools’ competitions held throughout the year. The popularity of Quizzes has grown tremendously in recent years and there are now more than 20 schools in and around Harare which operate a thriving Quiz Club. There is so much interest in this extra-mural activity, in fact, that the competitions are fast becoming too large and unwieldy and it may be necessary to run competitions using a different format from that which is used now. There are still rules in place allowing only four members in a team and there are many who would like to be in a team and are probably good enough to justify a place, but there is no place for them. Competition to secure a place in the Senior or the Junior Team at the College has been fierce and, on occasion, there has had to be a ‘play-off’ to decide who should be in the team. The best competitors have a sound knowledge of a wide range of subjects and are familiar with what is going on in the world at the time of a Quiz. The St John’s teams, this year, have excelled in all areas, but their strengths have remained in the Mathematics, and Science and Technology Categories. The teams’ knowledge of Africa: her history, geography, peoples and politicians has improved and so they have been able to compete more effectively overall.

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QUIZ CLUB Report Mrs. R. Wilde

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S T J O H N ’ S C O L L E G E / B A L L A N T Y N E S PA R Q U I Z 2 0 1 2 R E S U LT S & OV E R A L L S C O R E S SCHO O L

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Arundel

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Prince Edward

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Convent

61.5

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Hellenic

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59

110

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Peterhouse

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108.5

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St Ignatius

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47.5

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St George’s

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106

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Eaglesvale

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102.5

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Oriel Boys

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Hatcliffe ZRP

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91.5

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Westridge

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47.5

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Peterhouse Girls

48.5

34.5

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Churchill

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Zengeza

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53.5

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Several schools have been prepared to host a competition and some of these have found sponsors, making the events even more competitive as prizes are to be won. It has not been possible to participate in every Quiz because of clashes in the Calendar, but during the course of 2012 the teams have participated in Quizzes at Peterhouse Girls’ School, Watershed (on two occasions), Hellenic Academy, St John’s Emerald Hill, Dominican Convent, Arundel, Prince Edward and St Ignatius. One or other of the teams won competitions at the St Ignatius 25th Anniversary event, at Hellenic and at Dominican Convent and at virtually all the other meetings the College Junior or Senior team came second or third. At home the College did particularly well. A highlight of the year was again a grand Quiz sponsored by Ballantyne Spar. This was held on a Saturday morning, to enable schools from afar to participate and travel back before dark. Mr. Mayr Rick once again agreed to sponsor this annual event and provided not only generous monetary prizes for winning schools and individual members of the teams, but he also ensured that all participants went away with a ‘goodie bag’ after having enjoyed a delicious tea, held on the Kolbe Room verandah. The Headmaster, Mr. Annandale, presented the prizes at the conclusion of the competition. For the first time since its inauguration,

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Quiz Club Report (continued)... ‘The greater our knowledge increases, the more our ignorance unfolds.’ John F. Kennedy

QUIZ CLUB

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S. Allen, Z. Mayeka, A. Patel, J. Whitaker, M. Mbudzi

Middle Row

C. Misiewicz, T. Mugova, Mrs. R. Wilde, W. Zhai (Captain), Mrs. J. van der Merwe, D. Ettrick

Front Row

R. Tsapayi, T. Magazi, C. Chirara, F. Zvinavashe, M. Karimshah

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Quiz Club St John’s won the Trophy for the Overall Winners and went on, a couple of weeks later, to win the first ‘Fun Quiz’ held with Chisipite and Hellenic Academy. This ‘Fun Quiz’ broke away from using the traditional categories used in all other Quizzes and instead used categories labeled: Blue; Time; Water; Boggle; Anagrams; Dingbats and others. Because only three schools participated in this, each school was able to enter a number of teams. There were no prizes for this but there was plenty of fun and again a splendid tea was shared by all. The Inter-Schools’ Quizzes generate much interest but the Inter-House Quiz is just as important and makes for a most entertaining morning. The Quizzes took place prior to the Africa Day weekend. After a very close fight a emerged the winners, followed by b, c and d. A great deal of preparation goes into the compilation of a Quiz and now, more than ever before, they are presented in a sophisticated Electronic format. This means that questions, answers, and accompanying relevant photographs can be projected on to screens and music can be played through loudspeakers. Mrs. Jessie van der Merwe, of the College, is an expert at finding suitable pictures and formatting all the material for presentation via the Computer and this has made the St John’s Quizzes most entertaining and efficient. All Quiz members are grateful to her for her professional and valuable input here and in other matters relating to the running of the Quiz Club. Mr. Terry Case and Mrs. Brenda Bell have also assisted in presentation of the Quizzes as have some of the 6th Form IT experts who have given of their time willingly. A number of loyal Upper 6th Quiz team members leave at the end of the year. This includes the Captain, Wentao Zhai, who has led by example, displaying his knowledge in a wide range of subject areas. Others who have made a valuable contribution over time and who are leaving are Casimir Misiewicz and Dayne Ettrick. We wish these men success in whatever they end up doing. There is little doubt that those eager to take their places in the team will accept the challenge and will make 2013 just as successful for St John’s.


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RAM COMMITTEE 2012 Report Nigel Huyton Chief Editor RAM COMMITTEE

Back Row J. Manyonga J. Whitaker D. de Jong L. Jellicoe

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I. Karimshah D. Shah (Sub-Editor) M. Mbudzi (Sub-Editor) N. Huyton (Chief Editor) T. Cochrane D. Smith

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he Ram magazine underwent a number of serious changes this past year. We changed it from the old 4 page newsletter into a full-colour 20-page small publication. Naturally this kind of transition came with its challenges. Unfortunately, due to Mrs. Jack’s absence throughout the year, we did not have a teacher in charge to oversee the running of the magazine. However, I am proud to say that the greater part of the committee, with the aid of Mr. Neal Hovelmeier and Ms. Claire Bewhay, ensured a relatively smooth and efficient year of journalism. The idea was to reach out to every aspect of College life and so The Ram consisted of a variety of articles, ranging from popular sports to little known clubs. It also included helpful advice for students to tackle examinations and live more ecologically. Our initial concern was to make the magazine more informative compared with previous years, but the popularity of the Humour page and Fed Files led to their being allocated six pages in total and these remained the highlights of each issue. The introduction of a new Facebook page made the access of information for the whole school easier. Reminders, highlights and events were all posted online for the community. Pictures from around the school and sporting fixtures were also uploaded. Special mention has to be made of the whole committee for their relentless efforts and time given to the magazine, in particular the other editors: Mufaro Mbudzi, Daanish Shah, Thomas Cochrane (sports) and Jonathan Whitaker (cultural). We know the magazine could have been better but I feel that given the circumstances, we did our best and paved the way for the future Ram Committee.

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FRENCH CLUB 2012 Report Mufaro Mbudzi

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he French Club was introduced a couple of years ago and has grown in stature ever since its inception. Many students with a passion for learning French have benefited from the fruits of joining the club. These students acknowledge and are grateful for the invaluable efforts of Madame Fodouop, who has cheerfully sacrificed her afternoon time for their benefit. The French Club aims to accentuate the understanding of contemporary French life and language. Skills are developed in preparation for final examinations. Much fun is had in the French Club through role play, quiz questions and games. Fluency in the language is also enhanced. French-speaking pupils in the club bond with French learners to create healthy friendships. Well done to all participants.

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J. Burger, Z. Mayeka, A. Patel, E. Snyman, P. Bera, M. Mbudzi, F. Lioga

In my last year of the Club I say:

“je n’oublierai jamais.” (I will never forget.)

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T. Gapare, M. Sylvester, B. Passaportis, Mrs. B. Fodouop, D. Agiotis, E. Nyambayo

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LIBRARY CLUB Report Mrs. A. Post Librarian

LIBRARY CLUB

Back Row D. Mushiri F. Wilkinson P. Patel

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ife at the St John’s library has been very interesting and dynamic this year. The annual World Book day in March was a great success. The library collected almost 700 books and donated them to different Harare City libraries and the Children’s Ward of the Parirenyatwa Hospital. Throughout the year we have purchased books to continue and complete the popular series such as “Left Behind” and “Gone”, much to the delight of the students. The book mark competition, held in the second term, was an interesting experience. Beautiful art work and interesting ideas were submitted. The students were judged on their artwork and creativity. Congratulations go to Munyaradzi Murapa in Form 2 and Jason Lamy in Upper 6, who were the winners. The school has been working towards the upgrading of the library. Furniture and walls have been repainted. There are more plans for refurbishing the library. Outdated books have been weeded out and the Collectables collection displayed, which includes such texts as a First Edition of “The World Crisis” by Winston Churchill. We also are starting to develop a bank of audio books, which may prove especially useful for dyslexic students, as well as a collection of ebooks. The library runs on a very efficient programme called “Oliver”. We upgrade it regularly and are now using the latest version available. This makes it very easy to chase up those books that have not been returned on time. Computers have been made available to the students to work on their assignments. They will be connected to the internet shortly to enable them to do research. A list of recommended websites for each subject has been put together and is at their disposal. The library hosted the IB exhibition in October for the last time. It was a huge success. In order to help students with their revision, we have also ensured that study guides are available to them in the library at a small cost. The library is in touch constantly with the latest in text books and meets regularly with representatives from organisations such as Oxford University Press. Book displays have been organised regularly to enable the teachers to choose current text books and stay informed. All of this would not have been possible without a very dedicated and dynamic team of Library prefects, expertly run by Leila van Zuydam (IB 2012).

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J. Vidovic Mrs. A. Post L. van Zuydam (Head Library Prefect) C. Cross

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MODEL UNITED NATIONS (MUN) CLUB Report Gideon Du Plessis President 2012

Kudzai Mukaratirwa Secretary General 2012

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he year has been wonderful for our Model United Nations (MUN) club. It has grown in leaps and bounds as we reached new frontiers and acquired new accomplishments. My cohort and partner Gideon Du Plessis and I have had an exciting but somewhat stressful year running the MUN club at St John’s under the watchful eyes of Mrs. Vidovic, Mr. Horsfield and Miss Martens. The first term saw us go on our second international conference in the delightful city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was unfortunate that the girls were not able to take part due to the laws of the UAE but thankfully this was not detrimental to the delegation. We took 9 delegates, Gideon Du Plessis, Nikhil Ranchod, Kai Franco, Tapiwa Mapani, Paul Lee, Shayar Solanki, Francis Wilkinson, Alex Roscoe and myself. DIAMUN 2012 (Dubai International Academy MUN) conference was the largest THIMUN (The Hague International MUN) affiliated conference in the Middle East and saw over 800 delegates attend, from 40 different schools and 8 different countries. We went with 3 experienced delegates and 6 delegates who were attending their first international conference and were given 2 delegations, Greece and Haiti. It was very nerve wracking. Our delegation took the conference by storm, charming our host and revelling in the experience of Arab culture for the first time. We made many lifelong friends and the experience itself was unforgettable. By the end of the conference the quality of our speaker shone out above the rest and as a result, our delegation won the following awards: • Best delegate in the General Assembly 3 – Gideon Du Plessis • Best delegate in the Environmental council – Francis Wilkinson • Best delegate in the Human Rights Commission – Kudzai Mukaratirwa • Best School Delegation – Kudzai Mukaratirwa, Kai Franco, Tapiwa Mapani, Nikhil Ranchod, Francis Wilkinson • Best delegate at DIAMUN 2012 – Kudzai Mukaratirwa

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T. Mawerera, S. Solanki, N. Gutu, P. Bera, P. Lee, P. Wamala, J. White, N. Ngorima, E. Nyambayo, K. Mungwariri, F. Kasukuwere, M. Mungoshi, S. Raja K. Franco, T. Mapani, F. Wilkinson, T. Mugova, M. Sylvester, M. Woodhouse, P. Patel, T. Tapera, N. Shukla, D. Patel, J. Mallon, A. Roscoe, N. Ranchod, S. Masenda D. Shah, A. Patel, J. Lamy, C. Misiewicz, G. Du Plessis, Mr. G. Horsfield, Mrs. B. Vidovic, K. Mukaratirwa, J. Vidovic, N. Huyton, N. Khaminwa, T. Mazhude, N. Mukorombindo, S. Post M. Mapeka, C. Chigumira, A. Dixon, L. Van Zuydam, G. Kabeya-Njiba, A. Mahmed, A. Ashburner, C. Robinson, R. Tsapayi, D. Vidovic, S. Li, A. Sithole, S. Tapera, S. Raja


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This was a great confidence booster to us as a delegation and to our MUN society and reaffirmed our ability not only as individuals, but as a group of globally aware students wanting to make a better future. Following our success in Dubai the 2nd term focused more on local development of MUN at our school and our interaction with other schools. We attended the second annual Chisipite MUN conference (CHIMUN) which went well. We also focused on development of MUN at a grass roots level and through the tireless efforts of an old boy from St John’s College, Kumaran Lane, we were able to launch MUN at Oriel boys high school. This shows that the SJCMUN does want to give back to the community and further the growth of MUN in Zimbabwe. St John’s College MUN was also at the forefront on another frontier, being the first school to participate in O-MUN (Online Model United Nations) in Zimbabwe. O-MUN is an ever expanding platform bringing youths together from over 40 countries and eliminating the expenses of travelling whilst being an authentic international MUN experience. I currently hold the position of Executive Administrative Officer for O-MUN Zimbabwe and hope to continue to promote MUN throughout this region of Africa. Finally the 3rd term saw many of us reach the end of High School but not before attending JOMUN X in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was our second time at JOMUN demonstrating our school’s commitment to always provide an opportunity to expose our delegates to Conference so that they can further their development in the MUN. St John’s MUN has come a long way in its 18 month history and I am sure that with the guidance of Mrs. Vidovic and her newly elected Leadership team of Nigel Huyton (Secretary General), Tafadzwa Mugova (Deputy Secretary General), Sunil and Sohil Raja (Head of Administration) and Daanish Shah (Administrator) it won’t be long before SJCMUN is in the spotlight again. With big plans for the SJCMUN conference next year it appears it will be even more beneficial than this year and taking SJCMUN to dizzier heights.

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CLAY TARGET SHOOTING CLUB Report Ashley King Gary Layard

Clay Target Shooting Club

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n January 2013 a proposal was put forward to Mr. Trinci to introduce Clay Target Shooting to the college. The idea was supported by the Headmaster, Mr. Annandale and the Director of Sport, Mr. Squire. Mr. Trinci volunteered to be the Master in Charge. So on 8 February 2013 the first shots were fired by the SJC Clay Target Shooting Club. We have been holding two sessions a week, on a Wednesday and Thursday, in order to accommodate the boys’ other sporting commitments and the turnout has far exceeded our expectations with more than 30 boys shooting on a regular basis. There are a number of different disciplines available to shoot and we have been focused on ATA (American Trap Association) which is the best place to start. A complete line consists of 25 moving targets (birds), at which each has one shot, scoring one for a hit and zero for a miss. Some of the more experienced boys have tried their hand at OT (Olympic Trap) which is similar in that the birds are all travelling away from the shooter, but with OT the speed and variation of direction is far greater.

C L AY TA R G ET SH O O T I NG C LU B

Back Row

D. Bunting-Galloway, I. Kloppers, S. Harrison, S. Garnett, C. Harrison, D. Vidovic, R. Spencer, G. Shepherd, D. Annandale, M. Eeson, W. Annesley

Middle Row

S. Hook, J. Waller, R. Easterbrook, D. Patel, Mr. C. Trinci, R. Hayter, A. Patel, G. Divaris, A. Ciampi

Front Row

J. Layard, H. Sirdar, D. Van Oudtshoorn, C. King, L. Lister, R. Hayter, E. Nel, R. Smith F IR ST TE RM HIGH GU N BES T S C O R ES 1st place : Cameron Harrison 2nd place : Willie Swan 3rd place : Jeremy Layard HA NDICAP S C O R ES

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1st place : James Waller 2nd place : Russell Easterbrook 3rd place : Shane Malleus TH IRD T ERM H IGH G UN BES T S C O R ES 1st place : James Waller 2nd place : Jeremy Layard 3rd place : Shane Malleus H A ND IC AP S C O R ES 1st place : Ross Hayter 2nd place : Rowan Hayter 3rd place : Cameron Harrison

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Throughout the year we have recorded scores and built up enough information to create handicaps for each boy. This allows us to level the playing field in a competition so that everyone has a chance of winning. We held two competitions during the year, in the first and third terms and on both occasions the format was a 50 bird ATA shoot. Certificates were awarded for high gun scores (best score) and handicap scores (actual score plus handicap). The results are on the left of the page. A number of boys have competed in MGC events which included some of the best shots in the country and they not only conducted themselves well but placed themselves high in the results. Beating their coaches always provides an unusual emotion!! Our intention is to build the club to the point where we can hold an Inter-House competition and hopefully other schools will do the same so that we can, one day, have an Inter-Schools competition. We are extremely grateful to the Mashonaland Gun Club and its members for allowing the use of their facilities and especially for subsidising the cost to the boys. MGC is very excited about the future of the club as it lies in the hands of these boys. We would like to make special mention of the support and commitment of Mr. Trinci, without whom the successful running of the club would not have been possible. He has given freely of his time and has remained encouraging and supportive at all times. Thank you to the parents for supporting your sons and we look forward to another great year in 2013.


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fter an absence of several years from participating in the regional bridge-building contest, the St John’s College Engineering Club came back to life with a bang! Within about two weeks of being invited by the sponsors; the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers, our students: Cameron Hume, Marc Blake and Niall Crowley gained enough confidence and practice to participate in the Mashonaland schools phase of the competition. Our boys came first easily and were awarded certificates. Two weeks later the boys did it again in the National Contest; coming first among six top schools in the country and bringing home a shield and US$300 in prize money. During the August holidays Mr. Muyedzwa, led the three boys to the Regional Bridgebuilding contest in Pretoria, South Africa to represent Zimbabwe. They did very well and came 6th out of 20 schools. This is indeed an amazing achievement considering the time that has elapsed since St John’s College last took part in this contest and the short notice that the boys had to prepare for the local and regional competitions. Having had such a successful year, there are plans to introduce Robotics and Electronic Game Design in the Engineering club in 2013. It is hoped that the club is going to grow from strength to strength in 2013.

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Engineering Club

ENGINEERING CLUB 2012 Report Mr. T. Tinofirei

E N G I N E E RI N G CLUB ME MBE R S Cameron Hume Niall Crowley Marc Blake Storm Allen Ryan Stableford Chris Brittlebank Jonathan Whitaker Daniel Pascoe

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M. Blake, C. Hume, Mr. K. Muyedzwa, N. Crowley, C. Brittlebank

Niall Crowley, Cameron Hume and Marc Blake at St Albans College, Pretoria, South Africa showing the model bridge that came 6th out of 20.

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ATHLETICS

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hroughout the year of 2012’s athletics season there have been many challenges faced and all the athletes within our athletics first team have achieved an overall sense of progress and development. At the start of the season and early in the 1st term our athletes were hard at work to gain fitness and improve their techniques, to be ready to achieve our goals of being placed in the top 3 at the Athletics Meets. The first meet was the Prince Edward Sprints Challenge in February with the Interhouse Athletics following in the days after. As it was so early in the season most of our athletes were not at their peak fitness but the boys gave of their best and we placed 5th out of 10 schools . I can honestly say this result was not pleasing and did not reflect what the Athletics team was truly capable of but this motivated us to work harder towards a better result at the following meetings. Straight after the Prince Edwards Sprints the Interhouse Athletics commenced which was a huge success as the weather was favourable and the track was in great condition for the runners. The boys competed with their fellow students and some very impressive performances were shown by our athletes. The competition ended with Chimanimani being victorious. The second meet was the St. George’s Invitational, our team displaying great competitive spirit in events but owing to some bad luck with disqualifications and injuries we once again did not quite achieve our goals of victory. We finished 4th, still not what the team was working so hard for but still it was an improvement. Our third and final meet of the season was at the Lomagundi Invitational. Our athletes gave their all and performed to the best of their ability with great determination and heart. We finished 3rd out of 9 schools, beaten narrowly by Peterhouse. Whilst this may not be a 1st place victory I do feel that throughout the season we demonstrated the true sense of progress and improvement by finishing the season on a much stronger note than we started, showing that our first team is a strong competitor and a force to be reckoned with. There is most certainly a lesson to be learnt from all of this which is when a team stands united as one and each member gives his best through hard work , commitment , determination and a fighting spirit , these factors come together to show a team’s true potential. I am proud of what the team achieved this year and have very high expectations of what the future holds for the Athletes of 2013 as our younger generations display great talent and potential. We thank our Head Coaches Mr. Milner and Mr. Chiduku for their hard work and tireless efforts.

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2012 Report

Athletics

Gideon Du Plessis Athletics Captain 2012

Back Row

P. Gumbo, N. Mbiba, B. Passaportis, Z. Mayeka, M. Stavrou, C. O’Riordan, Z. Ismail, B. Michell, C. Brittlebank, C. Sinclair, T. Chadwick, K. Hopper, A. Nyamuda

Middle Row

S. Coles, R. Gona, T. Kwaramba, S. Matunhira, E. Sikala, T. Chinyani, Mr. N. Milner, Mr. A. Odendaal, G. du Plessis (Captain), T. Tapera, M. Wright, A. Macleod, T. Bandason

Front Row

J. Nyabadza, J. Harrison, S. Bellini-Martin, M. Hulbert, D. Annandale, T. Beattie, T. Mahofa, K. Mubayiwa, M. Moyo, T. Makamure, M. Hlatshwayo, A. Rwodzi, M. Eeson

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“to be the best that I can be”

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he first team started the season with high expectations as they were the reigning league champions. As with any sport, it is not possible to win all the time as your opponents will study your strategy and devise a game plan that derails your plans. The team worked hard to understand that a good offence comes from a good defense. A lot of time was spent on defensive drills and this helped the team to achieve some victories against our opponents and narrow the gap when faced by stronger opponents. The team consisted of three senior players: Tinotenda Chinyani as Captain,Tarirai Bandason, as vice-Captain and Shingi Matunhira as Point Guard with the rest of the players coming in from the U16 and development squad. The youthful team lost to St Georges, Prince Edward, and Gateway in the home and away fixtures but won against Mufakose, Eaglesvale, and St Johns High School. Against Churchill they lost in the first term when they played away and won the reverse home fixture in the third term. The team also participated in tournaments at Harare International School where we came home victorious and at the Watershed Invitational tournament where we reached the quarterfinals. On the coaching front Mr. Eric Banda left to further his skills in America on a FIBA coaching course and the team should benefit from his increased knowledge on his return. We welcomed Mr. Taurai Chitsinde, a player in the local league as well as an experienced coach, during the third term. Basketball at the College continues to grow in terms of being a popular choice for players. Spectator numbers are increasing as can be witnessed during the Friday home games. As a result of the 25th Anniversary Tournament held in 2011, Boris Fodouop was scouted by the visiting American coach from Mass Bay Community College in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. For the 2011 – 2012 he won the Student Athlete Award. It is the team management’s hope that, in the near future, more players will be scouted and use the sport as an opportunity to further their studies overseas.

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1st TEAM BASKETBALL 2012 Report

1 S T TE AM B ASKETBALL

Back Row R. Gona T. Mutizwa P. Bera T. Chikoto T. Kwaramba

Front Row

S. Mapeka T. Bandason (Vice Captain) Mr. W. Mukotsanjera T. Chinyani (Captain) S. Matunhira T. Parirenyatwa

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1st TEAM BASKETBALL 2012 Results Mr. E. Banda Coach 1ST TEAM B A S KETB A LL SEA SON R ES ULTS SJC vs. Prince Edward SJC vs. Gateway SJC vs. Eaglesvale SJC vs. Mufakose SJC vs. St Georges SJC vs. St John’s High School SJC vs. Churchill

LL LL WW WL LL WW LW

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t has been an exciting season for a young, talented team comprised of only 3 awesome Seniors. The rest were Juniors i.e. Lower Six and Form Four who expressed pride, resilience and determination in every practice session and match played throughout this season. We recorded 43% victories in a regular season. The odds of having a more Junior team got the better of us as we lacked poise and composure particularly in the tougher rivalries against more senior teams in the school league. Next year is filled with potential and promise as we will retain the majority of the team, with some players having a wealth of experience and leadership after assuming key roles in the current team.

OFFE NS E

The boys are natural players. Their offensive basketball instincts are on point hence the ability to score over 50 points in every game played, even against renowned defensive teams. Free throw execution, however, needs work from the fundamental stage, as in every game lost this term, our penalties exceeded the number of points gained. DE FE NS E

The boys possess strong defensive strategies and know-how. One ingredient fell short, character! Defense is attitude. It wasn’t present collectively at the same time, was consistent in a few, was expressed by some in spurts but only a few times collectively. It is not the ability to outscore the opponents that is lacking but the ability to keep their score below 40. With this ability, no game can or will be dropped in the coming year. I NDI VI DUA L P E RFORMAN C E

Exceptional leadership came from the three seniors Chinyani, Bandason and Matunhira whose invaluable contributions proved useful to the juniors. Mapeka was phenomenal, with Moyo and Gona showing promise. Bera proved to be an asset to the team and should continue to be. Mutizwa and Patrick have to rise to the occasion this coming year as they will assume more senior roles. Parirenyatwa has heart and this will prove critical as a potential leader of the team in the coming year. Chikoto and Lioga, being among the youngest in the team, have shown good work ethic and a desire to learn the game. Kwaramba proved to be a force to be reckoned with, showing good basketball fundamentals, a great work ethic and the character of a champion! A DM I NI S T RAT I ON M A N AG E ME N T

Mr. Mukotsanjera has been splendid in ensuring the availability of all resources. His efforts are appreciated. RE COM M E NDAT I ONS

Adequate preparation will be required for the coming year to ensure players are fit and conditioned before commencement of the season. Implementation of a fundamental basketball skills programme from grassroots level all the way up will be required to allow that the more refined athletes are in the first team. SPORTS REPORTS

2nd TEAM BASKETBALL Report Batsirai Masekesa

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his has been yet another unbeaten year for the team. This year we have been very fortunate to play many games. Our squad proved to be too strong for all our opponents. This goes to show that the College will have a huge pool of players to choose from in 2013. It is hoped that the team will maintain this pleasing standard next year. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to join the squad as they will certainly enjoy practices and are guaranteed game time. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank our coach Mr. Muyedzwa. Finally, l would like to wish the team every success next year. Coach Members

Mr. K. Muyedzwa T. Mawerera, B. Rajput, N. Tarinda, T. Zireva, S. Allen, T. Mbizi, N. Madziva, S. Xu, M. Timba, C. Gumbo, C. Chilowa, B. Masekesa, R. Mberi, T. Kasukuwere


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he U16 Basketball team began slowly at the beginning of the year, but picked up towards the end of the season. We finished with two tournaments, namely the Falcon College and the Saints Festival respectively. At the Falcon tournament we played well, but were knocked out in the semi-finals by Watershed, losing by one basket. This result left us in third place out of 16 schools. At the St. George’s tournament we played with courage, but this was not enough to put us in first place. We came 5th, having lost in the quarter-finals. This was an acceptable result considering that we had had no practice that whole week due to examinations. The starting five – T. Mapurisa, M. Mushauri, T. Chitambo. T. Gowera and T. Makamure – played very attractive basketball with great baskets from the unmarkable M. Mushauri on the wing and untouchable base man T. Mapurisa.

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UNDER 16A BASKETBALL 2012 Report Eddie Byrom Captain

At home we played St. George’s, a strong team, soon to be beaten by us. We lost this match, but it was very close. Heartfelt thanks to Mr. Sakala and Mr. Rademeyer; it was a pleasure being coached by you.

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his year saw the fruits of hard work done by this group to grasp the basic skills of the sport as under 14’s. The A team has developed into a very good unit which is ably backed up by an equally successful B team.

The A team had only two narrow losses, both of which came in tournaments, one in Masvingo and one at our own U15 tournament. The A team, however, won the St. George’s U15 tournament in the first term with good wins over St George’s and Watershed. The grounding these young men have had should see them develop into a fine team for the future. With the size the team has in Mufaro Mpisaunga, Kevin Muleya and Josh Gurney and the speed and skill of Peter Davis and Mitch Enderby and the shooting prowess of Andile Sithole and Dilshaad Williams there will be few teams who can match them in 3 years’ time.

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UNDER 15A BASKETBALL 2012 Report Mr. A. Squire Coach

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t’s fair to say that this season of U14 Basketball has been a great one. We, as a team, had a rather slow start, losing our first game and having Mr. Sakala remind us whom we play for, but as it stands nothing can end badly but can only begin badly.

The scores might have been a little low, but for us to win for the College is an honour in itself. We learnt that Basketball isn’t all about trying to shoot a three pointer to get our mum’s boasting, but a team sport. We grew closer as brothers and never underestimated the power of persistence. It has been a tough and humorous time with Mr. Chikanda coaching us with “Susan” (his sticks) and his motivating half-time speeches, which helped us a great deal.

UNDER 14A BASKETBALL 2012 Report Austin Rwodzi Captain

Well done boys, E.P.I.C, every play is crucial.

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1st XI CRICKET 2012 Team 1st X I C R I CK E T

Back Row A. Mlambo S. Snater B. Evans J. Murray G. King M. Hulbert

Front Row: H. Crous M. Wicks D. Bell (Vice Captain) Mr. J. Oldrieve M. Lake (Captain) Mr. L. de Granhomme K. Geyle N. Bain A. Macleod

U PPE R 6 PL AYER S M.B. Lake (Captain) D.S.A. Bell (Vice-Captain) N.T. Bain H.D. Crous K.O. Geyle M.J. Hulbert (w/k) A.J. Macleod M.C. Wicks LOW ER 6 PL AYER S

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K. Burger J.S. Murray B. Vickery F ORM 4 PLAYER S G.R. King S.K. Snater E. Snyman F ORM 3 PLAYER S B. Evans K. Hopper R. Lock

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enerally speaking, the 1st XI cricket team of 2012 had a successful year. In the official domestic season, it lost only to Peterhouse. There were, however, some difficult contests along the way. In the first term, the side had to fight to secure a draw against a disciplined Falcon bowling attack. Macleod and Bell with the bat were particularly instrumental in making sure we did not lose. The Prince Edward result in the third term was marred by controversial umpiring on both sides, but Lake, with an injured hand and young Hopper, the last men standing, managed to secure a nail-biting victory. The other domestic matches were won convincingly. The team’s foreign record against the South African schools was respectable too. The highlight of the tours to South Africa, in the first term, were the victories over Kearsney and Clifton and the draw against our name sake in a two day match. When the South African schools toured Zimbabwe in August the 1st team won three of their four 50 over matches and again drew against St John’s Jhb in a two day match. The victories recorded were against St Benedict’s, Michaelhouse and St Andrew’s Bloemfontein. Malcolm Lake, again batting at 11, due to an injured hand, hit a six over fine leg, off the very last ball of the match to secure a memorable victory beating St Andrew’s Bloemfontein. The only loss, playing St Andrew’s Grahamstown, was very narrow. The result could have been different if Kieran Geyle, our 1st ST JOHN’S COLLEGE 1st TEAM CRICKET

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1st XI CRICKET 2012 Season Report Mr. J. Oldreive Coach CE N T U RI O N S

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Cricket

K.O. Geyle 140 vs St George’s (OD) M.C. Wicks 165 n.o. vs Churchill (OD) (off 75 balls)

M.C. Wicks 105 vs Lomagundi (T20) M.C. Wicks 109 vs St Georges’s (SJC/BM/HI T20 Semi-Final)

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R/ W

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232

32

46

729

3.1

15.8

M.B. Lake and K.O. Geyle

Geyle

667

31.8

Geyle

Wicks

643

32.2

Bell

255

27

44

909

3.6

20.7

Murray

484

22.0

Lake

144

11

22

546

3.8

24.8

Lake

393

30.2

King

88

6

16

378

4.3

23.6

Bain

372

19.6

Macleod

127

13

14

510

4.0

36.4

Macleod

299

29.9

Crous

89

14

10

330

3.7

33.0

King

287

15.1

Wicks

62

11

10

212

3.4

21.2

Bell

281

16.5

Vickery

43

4

6

142

3.3

23.7

Lock

149

37.3

T20 TOURNAMENT RESULTS

3rd Place: St George’s College/CABS T20 Tournament

1st Place/Winner: St John’s College/ Bon Marché/Health International T20 Cup

1ST XI ANNUAL TROPHY WINNERS Best Batsman 2012: K.O. Geyle Best Bowler 2012: K.O. Geyle

ST JOHN’S COLLEGE 1st TEAM CRICKET

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C A R E E R B AT T I N G S TAT I S T I C S

C A R E E R BOW L I N G S TAT I S T I C S

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Best Fielder 2012: A.J. Macleod

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2009-12

M.B. LAKE

1413

29.3

2009-12

D.S.A BELL

92

3.8

22.9

2010-12

M.C. WICKS

1195

29.1

2010-12

K.O.GEYLE

76

3.4

20.4

2010-12

K.O. GEYLE

957

26.6

2009-12

A.J. MACLEOD

60

4.0

24.0

2011-12

N.T. BAIN

870

25.6

2009-12

M.B. LAKE

53

4.2

24.1

Centurion Trophy 2012: M.C. Wicks

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Best All-Rounder 2012: K.O. Geyle

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team player who won all three annual cricketing trophies (Best Bowler, Best Batter and Best AllBy the close of Deven’s 1st team cricket Rounder) had played in this particular match. The major contributing factor to the career he had taken the most 1st XI side’s successes in 2012 was due to the fact that wickets on record: 92. The previous the majority of the side consisted of U6 players record-holder was M.S. Hougaard who, by the beginning of 2012, had much (2007-9) with 56 wickets. Two other U6 experience at 1st team level. They were also ably cricketers, A.J. Macleod and K.O. Geyle, led by Malcolm Lake as captain and Deven Bell also broke M.S. Hougaard’s record with as vice. The side’s bowling attack was well60 and 76 wickets respectively. The balanced too. Lake, Macleod, King and later in Jarvis Cup, however, went solely to the the year Evans formed a good seam unit. Geyle new highest record holder. Deven was and Bell were two mature spinners with much particularly impressive in the final third experience and guile, and proved a handful for term of 2012. He bowled, controlled most batsmen. Wicks and Hopper also proved and disciplined areas and lines. His to be useful back up spinners for the 1st XI. dedicated service and accomplishments This side in 2012 excelled particularly with the ball for the 1st XI over the in the T20 version of the game. They played ten years are appreciated. T20 matches, won 9 and lost 1. These results statistically were the best on record. And, if one takes into account the margins of victory in the 9 wins recorded, the 1st XI T20 side of 2012 would have to rank as the best the College has ever fielded. Every victory was comprehensive: a 30 run victory over St John’s Jhb, a twoovers-to-spare victory over Michaelhouse, a 70 run victory over St George’s in the SJC/BM/ HI T20 semi-final, a 40 run victory in the SJC/BM/HI T20 final.Another notable point: thisT20 unit was unique in that it went through the SJC T20 tournament unbeaten, winning all its play-offs, the semi and the final. The side, as with the 50 over side, batted deep and in Lake, Murray, Geyle, Wicks, Macleod and King had tremendous strike power, whilst also containing cool batting heads in Bain and Bell, who were capable of steadying any batting plans that went awry to ensure respectable totals were always set. A special mention of Hylton Crous too, who with an injured knee, maintained his effectiveness with his off-spin bowling in the SJC T20 and contributed to the side’s success by dismissing key opposition from Peterhouse and Michaelhouse. In the closing T20 comment, this group of U6 cricketers should be proud that they did not lose a T20 match against a South African school in either of the St George’s and St John’s T20 tournaments of 2011 and 2012. In other words, they were unbeaten in T20 matches against outside schools. Thanks go to Mr. L. de Grandhomme for his contributions to the cricket 1st team unit of 2012. His straight talk, expectations and insistence upon high standards in all disciplines, were instrumental in creating a more resolute and determined ethic within the group.

Malcolm Lake finished his 1st XI schoolboy cricketing career by being the highest 1st XI run scorer on record, a record previously held by P.J. Moor. He also, statistically, is the best performing allrounder to have represented the St John’s College 1st XI, taking 52 career wickets and scoring 1413 career runs. Malcolm, along with Kieran Geyle, pioneered by being the first cricketers to specialise in one sport at senior level, sacrificing their winter sports to focus on cricket and prepare more thoroughly for the World Cup in 2012. At the U19 World Cup, Malcolm set ESPN Cricinfoabuzz by scoring, for a minnow nation, a blazing 118 against one of the giant nations, India. The ESPN write up following the century reflected positively on Malcolm, as a person. In much of the interview he paid tribute, not to himself but to his parents, coaches, team mates and those involved in cricket back home. The lack of focus ‘on self’ in this interview was as much an accomplishment as his 118, as was the time, in Lower 6, when he walked on 97, to a leg-side catch that no umpire would have given out. In light of this, the school salutes him, not only for his service and accomplishments with the bat and ball for both school and nation, but also for the sound character evident in the interview and the integrity displayed when walking, especially when so close to a maiden 1st XI century. Junior cricketers take note of such conduct.


The first day we spent bonding as a team at Gold Reef City together with our coach Mr. Nel and manager Mr. Odendaal. Our first game was to be played at St. Albans in Pretoria. A full day’s match stood before us but the team was ready for any challenge. Batting first, we managed to set a target of 234 for 9. After a tremendous batting display, we did not follow the performance during the first 35 overs with the ball. The team never lost hope and we went on to be victorious by a margin of just 1 run. The team’s morale was at a high going into our next game which was a T20. We opted to field first which proved a wise decision as the bowlers restricted the opposing team to just 87 runs off their allotted 20 overs. With wickets falling continuously, we failed to chase down the total. The boys didn’t lose heart and put the loss behind them. Unfortunately our second T20 game was rained off. Our last and final game of the tour loomed. For the team it seemed a replica of the last game we had played. After a good bowling display by us, our opponents came out the better side. Despite the two losses the team didn’t lose courage as we had lost to better opponents. The tour was definitely a success for both the team and the school. Thanks to Mr. Nel and Mr. Odendaal for working tirelessly to organise the tour.

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UNDER 16A CRICKET 2012 Report Eddie Byrom Captain F IV E PL AYER S MAD E THE NAT ION AL U1 6 A TEAM Kyle Hopper Brad Evans Mark Hulbert Richard Lock Eddie Byrom

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t was a fairly successful year for the U16 A cricket team with only one game lost to St George’s in the first term, and a second place at the St John’s annual 20/20 tournament held in October. The boys played some very good and positive cricket throughout the year, with special mention of Brandon Palmer, who received the Junior Bowling Cup, Brad Evans receiving the Junior Fielding Cup and Kyle Hopper receiving the All-Rounder Trophy. The U16 A’s won all their games convincingly until a surprise upset came about in the final game of the first term, where the top order collapsed, but James Waller and Brandon Palmer, batting at 9 and 10, put on a steady partnership, with Brandon Palmer making 50 runs. Our total of 140 was chased down by St Georges in the second last over. Brandon Palmer also took 5 wickets, including a hat trick against Lomagundi. This was the only 5 wicket haul in the year. The under 16 side scored under 200 only once in the year and seldom let any team make over 150 runs in the whole season. With the ability to bat all the way down the order, the tail put together strong partnerships, even when the top order collapsed. The highest scores of the season were Eddie Byrom’s 84 versus P.E. and Kyle Hopper’s 80 versus Peterhouse. Other 5’s came from Richie Lock, Anthony Tanner, Mark Hulbert, Kyle Hopper, Michael Rossi and Eddie Byrom. Many thanks to Mr. Iain Butchart for his expertise and enabling us to have a great year of Under 16 cricket. He has definitely made cricket a great experience this year.

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he Under 15/A Cricket Team had a successful year. We lost 2 matches in the 1st term to Peterhouse and St. George’s respectively. We won our other matches convincingly. Our only loss of the 3rd term season was in the 1st week of term against Peterhouse. We did not look back from there and ended the season well. Our re-match with St. George’s was, unfortunately, rained off when we were looking in a strong position. The team’s ability grew throughout the year and moments of individual brilliance helped tremendously. Special mention must be made of Nick Welch who scored an incredible 198 against Churchill. We applied pressure as our bowlers controlled the games, resulting in little pressure on our top order batsmen. Many thanks to the parents for their support. C OAC H Mr. Odendaal

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he year started off well with a win against Churchill at home. We then lost to Prince Edward in a close game. We played Peterhouse and won. Our game vs St George’s was rained off. The boys had trained hard throughout the term, but with the rain delays and incomplete games, it became very difficult to make significant progress. In the third term we started off well again, with a win over Peterhouse, ( Harrison made 98 and McGaw made 50 runs in their innings) When we played two more games vs. Churchill and Prince Edward and won both of those games, with everyone one making a big effort. For the first time the U14 were included in the Junior T20 at St John’s, where Falcon and Churchill were in their group. They beat both teams and made it through to the finals, but lost to St George’s. It was a very good year of cricket for the boys; they grew in strength and skill and became a good and united team. Well done to the boys and all the best for next year.


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n 2012, the Zimbabwe Inter-Schools MTB League received a huge boost with a sponsorship grant from SPUR South Africa and inclusion into the SA Schools’ MTB League. A gruelling five part series was organised, including races in Nyanga, Chinhoyi, Harare and Marondera, all conducted in the second term. Of the three age groupings, SJC represented in two and duly won both, where Chad Scallan and Luke Collins shared the Junior Boys and Jake Greenway won the Sub-Junior boys. The series attracted SJC, Hellenic, Peterhouse, Lomagundi, Harare International School, Chisipite, St Georges, Sharon and Lilfordia. A Zimbabwe National Schools Team was selected to participate in the SA Schools’ Mountain Biking Champs held in Magaliesberg, Gauteng over the weekend of 21-22 September. Chad Scallan, Luke Collins and Jake Greenway were all chosen to represent Zimbabwe Schools in this event. The event was held over two days with day one being an Inter Schools event and on the second day, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho all raced in a provincial event against eight separate SA Provinces. All three SJC boys acquitted themselves admirably and were consistently in the top quarter of the three races they competed in – against strong opposition and huge fields of 80+ riders. By our attendance and the exemplary manners of our team, we have shown the South Africans that Zimbabwe deserves to be included at this level, and this has helped to secure our future involvement in the event, as SPUR has assured us of future sponsorship.

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Z I MB AB WE CYCLIN G ST J O H N ’ S RE P R E S E N TATI V E S Damon Martin Chad Scallan Luke Collins Ben Durrant Jake Greenway Tom Haddon Keegan Silk Ross Hayter

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n the 1st term Inter-School’s competition we fielded a second string side, composed of boys from Forms 3 and 4. We failed to win a trophy for the medal competition but did well to win the Stableford Points Cup. In the 2nd term we travelled to Bulawayo where we won both the medal and Stableford Cups. The 3rd term tournament was hosted by Peterhouse Boys School. We fielded 3 teams and all of them were victorious in their various divisions. We rested our top players in order for them to study for their public examinations. The individual medal was won by Kieran Vincent with a gross score of 75 playing off 5 handicap. A team travelled to RSA for the annual St John’s College Johannesburg International Schools Tournament in Sun City resort. The team comprised Jeff Chitando, Travis Smith, Shaahid Mahmed and Kieran Vincent. The competition and conditions were quite tough as we experienced some snow fall on the first day. It was a good experience for our players who above all managed to make friends with some of the other school boys. Senior golf remains very popular with our boys. We can proudly raise 4 teams of competent players; all handicapped below 15 on any day. Unfortunately our players do not face competition from other local schools hence the need to look at RSA for tournaments. Benjamin Follett-Smith and Travis Smith have been selected to represent Zimbabwe at the prestigious Orange Bowl and Doral tournaments in Florida USA in December. Travis is also representing the country at the Singh Thailand World golf championships in November. This is a wonderful achievement by both our boys and we wish them all the best in their quest for glory. I urge all boys to be involved in holiday Junior tournaments. Players accumulate points and earn a position on the National Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is used to select national players.

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his year 25 Form 1 and 2 boys have made the trip to Chapman Golf Club every Tuesday afternoon where we received coaching for an hour from Cath Riley and Roger Baylis and then played a few holes. Then, elated or exhausted, we headed back to school, promising ourselves to improve our short game or long irons the following week. During the year we played three Inter-schools Golf Tournaments. The first one was at Royal Harare in the first term, where three Form 2 boys were selected for the “B” team – T. Fundira, B. Pritchard and D. Williams. B. Pritchard scored 34 points to come 3rd in the B Division and helped the “B” team to come 1st in the team event. In the 2nd term T. Mackie, B. Pritchard and H. Silk travelled to Bulawayo Country Club as part of the St John’s College “B” and “C” teams. Bruce Pritchard came 3rd in the B Division on 32 points and Travis Mackie came 2nd with 39 points in the Stableford “C” competition. The third tournament was at Marondera Golf Club where St John’s won all the divisions. B. Molife, T. Fundira, T. Zimuto and J. Schadendorf represented the school from the Juniors. We finished the year with a Mexican Hat 9-hole game and I encouraged all the budding golfers to play in the Zimbabwe Junior Golf Tournaments in the holidays. Golf is fast gaining popularity among the boys and it is safe to say that the future of St Johns Golf looks very bright. We have the largest number of school boys playing the sport and I expect the school will produce many more shining starts like Brendon de Jonge in the near future!


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e had a very successful tour to Cape Town - Cape Vegas as we called it. Beforehand there was great anticipation and excitement about the land we were traveling to. Cape Town did manage to live up to all its expectations and more. When we arrived a bus driver, kindly arranged by the organizers of the tournament, met us very fondly. We were then escorted to the most magnificent hotel one could ask for, a four sided building called “The Strand Tower.” Every day we greeted the hotel staff and our driver, bright and early, on our way down to breakfast. Our bus driver took us from game to game and there was never a problem in this regard. Our transport concerns were never an issue, thanks to the organizers of the tournament. Playing good Hockey was definitely the main plan on our agenda, and we did, by losing two fairly close games against Paul Roos Gim HS and Pinelands HS, winning two against Hugenote HS, Parle Vallei HS and drawing one strongly-contested game at DF Malan. We did play some of the best Hockey we have ever played on some days, but on other days some of the men were a bit under the weather. We had a few nights of enjoyment, including one in particular where we attended a barnyard, and we enjoyed the festivities of music and drama. The evening was put together by the organizers of the Festival. The experience of being in Cape Town with all the boys and being in the same environment as teams from all over the world was an added bonus for all. We have memories to last a lifetime. 1 S T X I BOY S ’ HOC KEY CA P E T OWN T O U R RE S U LTS FINISHED 7th OUT OF 16 TEAMS VER S US

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he season began for our Hockey team earlier than we thought it would. Intensive training took place in order to prepare for the Hockey tour to Durban. Coming from not playing any Hockey the team gelled well together and became used to playing with new team mates. The tour to Durban took place during the first week of April where we came against South Africa’s finest Hockey teams. Despite being a young and inexperienced side the team did not let any game go by without a fight. The amount of heart and courage shown by the whole team led by Tyler James Long was to be applauded. Undoubtedly the team owes Mr. Nel and Mr. Milner a huge thank you for organizing such a tour. Shortly before the holidays ended, the team was regrouped for pre-season training. Coming off such a relaxing holiday it was about time our fitness and skills were tested. The Hockey season began with an away game against Peterhouse. Considering it was our first game of the season we played to a satisfactory draw. The rest of our season was uphill from then onwards. Training became more intense and everyone had the hunger to win and play well. The majority of our games were played at the Arundel turf, to which we adapted well. Game after game our coach helped us to reach our peak and every single player’s confidence kept rising higher and higher. This, my last hockey season, was the most memorable of all. Through the wins as well as the losses the team kept working harder and harder and never lost hope. To conclude I’d like to thank all my team mates and most importantly our coach Mr. Nel for making us better players.


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ur season started early in the April holidays with the first under 16 tour to Pretoria, South Africa. At the festival we met many different schools, playing against five of them, some being from St Stithians, St Albans and Jeppe, really great Hockey schools. Of the five games played, we drew three and lost two. Although these do not seem to be great results, Mr. Nel and Mr. Milner were very impressed with our attitude towards every game, our skill level, and our understanding of how to play on Astroturf after having about only ten hours training on Astroturf before the tour. The Under 16 A touring squad would like to thank Mr. Milner and Mr. Nel for a funfilled and enjoyable tour. S E ASO N

Throughout the season we managed to be one of only two teams in the college to have an unbeaten season. We were thrilled after beating Eaglesvale in a nail-biting finish, being victorious in that match 1-0, and this was a great win for us considering we lost to them 3-0 last year. A number of team members managed to make the Mashonaland U17 team, these being Richard Lock, Emmanuel Nyambayo, Tino Chitambo and Brad Evans. Brad Evans went on to make the national under 17 team. Well done to those players. On behalf of the team I would like to thank Mr. Bryn Mullen for a fruitful season. It was great having you as our coach. I would also like to wish my team all the best for their senior years of Hockey.

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e started off the season on a mediocre note as the boys didn’t play to their full potential.

After drawing with Peterhouse, the boys returned with renewed determination and began to apply what they had learnt in practice. In their subsequent matches, this boosted their confidence. We went on to play Falcon College away where we won convincingly 4-1. St George’s was our next game. This was a well contested match and the boys fought right to the end of the game, we won this match 2-1. During the second half of the season, things got a bit tough for the boys. They played some very attractive hockey but could not convert the final results into victories. We played a total of 8 games we won 3, drew 1 and lost 4 which is a good result.

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s a coach, it’s always a good challenge to have boys from different schools coming into Form one. There are different skill levels in Hockey, and it is challenging to teach them all to play as a team.

The boys this year were very talented and enthusiastic about Hockey. We started the season very well, beating Peterhouse, and keeping up high standards. We had a couple of good games after that, unfortunately in the middle part of the season we didn’t play as well, losing some players to injury and to Zimbabwe under 14 Cricket. In the absence of those boys, some U14B’s stood up and really showed that they had it in them. They performed for the A team extremely well, filling in the gaps adequately. We finished the season on a strong note which was a positive. I would like to wish all the boys a good season in 2013.


Participating in the Indoor Hockey League meant that we had matches almost every week against other schools, such as Arundel and Eaglesvale. Although we often faced stiff competition our spirits were never broken. Most notably, we came back from being down 5-1 at half time to beating Heritage 5-6. Unfortunately we were knocked out by a strong Arundel team in a game that was well fought and played in the rain. Our team represented the College at the annual Silver Girls’ Tournament at Arundel School. We came sixth out of twelve participating schools. Four of our players: Alex Hogg, Jess Byrom, Sharai Mpofu and I were selected to represent Mashonaland. I should like to thank all those who helped the team in any way this year. To our coach Mr. Jaure, thank you for believing in us even when we didn’t. To the boys who sacrificed their free time, thank you for your support. To the parents who came to all the games throughout the year, thank you for your unwavering encouragement. To Kelly Wood, my special friend, thank you for all your help. To the beautiful young ladies of the girls Hockey team 2012, thank you for the friendships and memories to last a lifetime.

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1st XV RUGBY 2012 Team Back Row S. Coles T. Chadwick B. Zwart N. Robertson N. Burnett B. Michell A. Coumbis C. Sinclair G. Rorke R. Lindsay-White J. Swan

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he build up to the season was one of the best I have ever seen. We were training hard at the end of the first term and were extremely committed over the holidays. We would wake up at six in the morning three times a week for tiresome fitness exercises that often led to vomiting through sheer exhaustion. And on alternate days, we would have ball skills practices. With this preparation, we felt ready to take on anyone and we had huge confidence in our captain Hylton Crous. Unfortunately, Hylton suffered a major injury at the Cottco Festival, which ended his last year of rugby quite abruptly. Ben Grainger took his position with a great sense of pride and led the team into the season. It was an unbelievable start when we beat Saint George’s at the Mashonaland trials. It went down in the history books as the first time this age group had beaten Saint George’s in their college careers. To our delight many players made Mashonaland and continued to represent Zimbabwe at the Craven Week Festival. This was obviously an amazing achievement, but losing our valuable players that made Zimbabwe didn’t help the Rams at all. We began to lose our structure and drive to win and small issues caused conflicts within the team. But we didn’t give up. We continued through the season as best we could and played with the pride and passion the college instilled in us. It was saddening to lose so many players to injury and other problems, but it also gave the younger players a lot of exposure and experience. As a whole, we share some great memories and have had spectacular moments, both on and off the field, that will remain with us forever. Yes, we did not go unbeaten, but we learnt a lot in the form of sportsmanship, respect and dignity. To us this is more important because these lessons we learned in times of difficulty will be very helpful as we venture further into the real world.

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SEVENS RUGBY 2012 Report Mark Wright Captain PET ER HO US E 7 ’S S C OR ES 24-0 against P.E. 28-5 against Saints 38-0 against Peterhouse 19-0 against Lomagundi and beating them again in the final.

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’s Rugby is still young at the college, starting only in 2011, where it was a great success, with 8 of our players making the provincial side and another 4 going on to make the national side. This year held such potential for a great 7’s season, and it did not disappoint. During the 2nd half of 1st term, the 7’s squad was filled with enthusiastic and talented players, and our season began with a few strenuous practices of opening and closing the gate, difficult sprints which 1;2 and 3 had to endure as well as the rush defence of A and B After just a few weeks with each other, we were faced with the Spar 7’s tournament; hoping to continue the legacy of Rams rugby, we approached it with confidence. We took the field in our green and white jerseys, and showed dominance once the whistle blew. This continued throughout the tournament, to a sweet victory in the final against Churchill. Games went by and time after time our opposition failed to score even 5 points against us. An unbeaten season looked very promising. Our forwards won the games, and the backs decided by what margin. The St Johns’ 7’s Festival boosted our confidence yet again, as we made it to the finals and showed the crowd why we deserved to be there. We won our 2nd tournament and were now ready for the 15’s season. We were such a successful team because we played not for ourselves, but for each other and the College as a whole. We trusted each other and trusted the system. We recognised that individual glory was the team glory. We learned that the only pain in rugby is regret. But most importantly we had fun playing next to each other. The 15’s season went by abruptly and Peterhouse 7’s were quickly upon us. Owing to injuries, sporting choices and Craven week we had a new 7’s team. After a week training the new players, practising the strategy of avoiding contact and passing when possible, off we went, not knowing that we were about to make history. Scoring over 100 points in the day and only conceding 5 against us, we did not only win the Rugby final but the entire Rugby tournament as we did with Soccer and Hockey. The 1st time the College has accomplished this. All 12 of the Rams players made the provincial squad and a further 8 made the national team. In total, 2012 ended with 1 defeat, 1 draw and over 20 victories.


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2nd XV RUGBY 2012 Report Mr. J. Oldreive Coach FRO N T ROW PLAYER S G. Rorke N. Mazhande

T. Cochrane D. Mushiri LOC K S

Henry Joscelyne

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BAC K ROW PL AYER S R. Wilson Hugh Joscelyne T. Mutizwa

A. Coumbis C. Mukasa F. Swan C. Sinclair (Captain)

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D. Hofmann C EN TR ES

T. Chadwick B. Vickery

S. Babiolakis F. Kasukuwere

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he season began with an expected win against Lomagundi, and the following week, a 14-0 victory over St George’s, the first win against them since 2009. Chadwick and Coumbis were particularly impressive in the match against St George’s and got well-deserved call-ups to the 1st XV. The next match, away to Kyle, was lost by a point. An under strength side, rising at 03h30, travelling 5 hours in a bus were factors that played a part in this unexpected loss. In the next fixture against Peterhouse, the 2nd XV made amends for the loss to Kyle, players such as B. Michell, G. Rorke, C. Mukasa and F. Swan being very physical with their ‘hit-ups’ off the base of rucks. We won convincingly. Following the Peterhouse match, the side faced the most demanding period of the season, two matches within the space of four days against historically strong opposition. For the second year in a row the senior teams travelled away to Falcon. The 2nd XV managed to dominate Falcon in the first 25 minutes, camped in Falcon’s half and earned a number of penalties. Unfortunately, none were converted. Falcon scored a try late in the first half and we could not overcome a resilient Falcon and ended losing 3-7: the first loss to Falcon in eight years. Within days we were facing St George’s. Our line-outs were poor on the day and without enough possession, we were unable to counter any form of formidable attack and lost 0-14. At this point in the season, the Bullets had lost three matches. Ken Moores was called upon to sharpen up the fitness levels and enhance the character of the side. His assistance was not in vain. A few weekends later we clashed with Prince Edward, the only 2nd team to have not lost a match in the 2012 season. We won by a ten point margin and some pride was restored. There was a large-scale shake up at 1st team level in the last two matches of the season. This meant that many of the regular 2nd team players were not available to represent the 2nd XV versus Churchill. The weakened team under the gutsy leadership of Hugh Joscelyne played with determination and ended losing narrowly by a point. In the final match of the season, the Bullets side had been strengthened by the presence of a number of regular U6 1st team players (Mavimba, Chinyani and Coumbis) and, as a result, overcame a tough and effective Heritage 1st XV to end the season on a high note. 2 n d X V RU G B Y C A P TA I N S & V I C E C A P TA I N S

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he season of 2012 began with high expectations after losing only one game the previous season. This season was to be much different. It was a real learning curve for everyone, building character and strength for years to come.

In every match though, won or lost, I believe we showed great courage and determination, fighting to the last minute and holding our heads high regardless of the result. We grew considerably as a unit and never blamed each other for anything. On behalf of the under 16 squad, I would like to thank sincerely our coaches Mr. Sylvester, Mr. Elliot and Mr. Martin for their endless time and commitment to the team, equipping us with the necessary skills and knowledge to grow and perform as proper rugby players.

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UNDER 15A RUGBY 2012 Report Matt Hart Captain

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his year the under 15 A rugby boys had a brilliant unbeaten season. Some of our results are as follows: we won at St George’s early on in the season and then drew at home in the return match, but our most difficult game of the season was against Peterhouse, which we managed to win 15-3. Special mention must be made out of Mick Welch, who scored four tries against Kyle College, and Mufaro Mpisaunga for also scoring four tries against Lomagundi College. The team played with Great Spirit and determination throughout the season. They worked hard during practices and always tried to improve their skills. Mr. Odendaal was a wonderful coach: he taught us how to play the game with pride, guts and a high level of skill. Thank you very much from all of the under 15 A boys for a great season.

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have in the past ten years of my coaching career been involved with a number of teams but this particular group of young men stands out as one of the best if not the best team that I have coached so far. As a team the boys looked forward to matches with enthusiasm and the will to work harder every time. The boys played rugby of a high standard and made me proud, whether we won or lost. This year saw 15 of our boys selected for the Harare Schools side which played in the Interprovincial tournament at the beginning of the second term. Eight of our boys were selected to represent Zimbabwe at the Coca Cola Craven week in South Africa. All the boys played well and represented the College and their country with credit. The highlight of the season was without doubt the return fixture against St George’s College. After having lost the first game by a very big margin, the boys came back and narrowly lost in a game that caused me to say to them that as a coach I had never been proud of a defeat but I was proud of the way they had played and that game will always be remembered as the best the boys played this season. The games against Peterhouse and Falcon were hard fought


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as was always the case. The boys stuck together as a team and managed to win both games. I have never seen a group of young men of that age work so hard together and believe so much. Special mention should be made of Desmond Annandale, the captain. Desmond carried the team and was the ‘go to’ man when the team needed something special. His ability to run with the ball and awareness of a game won us many a match this year. He defended with all he had and had the opposition running away from him all the time. He kept the team together and managed to calm the boys when things got out of hand. Without a doubt I believe that this young man will take up rugby as a career in the future and I will stand with pride and say that I am a part of that great player’s history. Martin Eeson is by far the most improved player and his boot saved us many a time this season. Ryan Smith, Chase Onorati, Scott Harrison, Oscar Van Oudtshoorn, Shingai Nindi and Austin Rwodzi played sound rugby and deserve special mention as well. It has been a great rugby journey with these fine young men and I wish them all the best in the future.

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VAINONA PROJECT Report Mr. A. Squire

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or the past few years St John’s College has been helping Vainona rugby with kit, transport and cost of coaches to attend IRB Level One coaching courses in Rugby. This year St John’s, in conjunction with the Headmaster of Vainona, has embarked on various projects to uplift the standard of sporting facilities at Vainona. Projects that have already been completed include: 1. Reviving a borehole that has been defunct for the past couple of years and redirecting this water into potable water for the school. 2. Repairing the mainline hydrant which had been leaking for 3 years. As a result of this leak the only working borehole has been working for 3 years non-stop. 3. Repairs to the very old tractor and mower are in progress. In the meantime St John’s has sent a tractor and mower to Vainona to cut the grass on the main field. 4. Inspecting the integrity of the entire school’s water system and making repairs as necessary to reduce water leakage to zero. 5. Paying for two rugby coaches to lift the level of rugby being played. St John’s have also paid for the rugby coaches at Vainona to do the IRB Level 1 coaching course. 6. Donating sports equipment which includes 30 rugby balls and 100 cones. St John’s also donated old hockey goals. 7. Repainting four sets of rugby poles. Projects that we hope to complete include: 1. Installing a main pipeline so that the main field can be watered. 2. Purchasing another tractor and mower as a spare for the old ones that are presently there. 3. Purchasing instant lawn and plant this on the whole main field. 4. Total refurbishment of the boys’ and girls’ change rooms and toilet/shower facilities. 5. Purchasing a small pick-up so that we can pay regular visits to the school for maintenance. Long term projects include: 1. Refurbishing eight tennis courts which are totally defunct. 2. Installing an Astro turf hockey pitch that could be funded by St John’s, another private school in the area and possibly a donor from the Vainona Old Boys. This facility could then be shared amongst the 3 schools. 3. Reviving the bottom field and putting in two new cricket turfs for Summer and two soccer fields in Winter, as well as installing irrigation. In separate meetings with the Headmaster and the Minister for Sport and Education, both parties have fully endorsed this St John’s/Vainona initiative. St John’s will administer any donations toward any of these projects. St John’s will also supply coaches from the Coaching Science course that is run at the College to help at Vainona so that these facilities could be used to lift the level of sport at Vainona efficiently and timeously.

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from left to right D. Sheehan K. Franklin Mr. J. Roscoe A. Roscoe (Captain) K. Mukaratirwa R. Tenkrooden

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his has been a tremendous year for Squash at the College, and it is difficult to know where to begin as so many exciting things have happened. One of the highlights was winning the 2012 schools First and Second league, and by a wide margin. A straight win over our arch rivals Peterhouse in both First and Second leagues, was a great feat and our teams must be congratulated for all their hard work. They also went on to beat St. Georges and Prince Edward in hard fought matches. Lower down the ranks our third and fourth league teams also did well with a number of excellent wins. This year also saw several of our players represent Zimbabwe in the Interprovincial tournaments in South Africa; these include Kevin Franklin (under 16), Bryn Turk (under 16), Ryan Tenkrooden (under 16), Dustin Sheehan (under 19), Alexander Roscoe (under 19) and Kudzai Mukaratirwa (under 19). In July two of our players were selected to play for Zimbabwe in the World Juniors (under 19) tournament in Qatar. Alexander Roscoe, who captained the side, played at position 2 while Kudzai Mukaratirwa was a non-travelling reserve. Earlier in the year three of our boys played in the All-Africa Junior Championships hosted by St John’s Squash Club. They were Alexander Roscoe, Kudzai Mukaratirwa and Bryn Turk. This was a hugely exciting event as it saw the likes of Egypt who are world junior champions and South Africa competing. Needless to say the Egyptians won the event with South Africa second and Zimbabwe third. The Egyptians arrived and left in a real fan fare waving their flag from the back of their embassy pickup, beeping their horn while everyone leaped aside and clapped – a truly spirited team! This same side won the World Junior Championships in Qatar a few weeks later. In October the club hosted a fun morning of handicap squash with junior players from other schools, including many St John’s boys, to raise awareness for squash on World Squash Day and to highlight the bid to have squash included in the 2020 Olympics. I can’t think of a more deserving sport. Earlier in the year three of our courts had new floors installed, giving us excellent surfaces of beech wood making it easier to move on and with truer bounce. Finally I would like to thank all those involved in squash at the college. Richard Fox for all his administrative input, Alexander Roscoe for his tireless role as captain, running around getting teams on and off buses, organizing lights and generators when Zesa is down, and Admire Magwaza for all his help in coaching.

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TENNIS 1st and 2nd Team Report Mr. N. Hovelmeier Manager, Senior Tennis 1s t TEAM TEN N I S

Back Row R. Hutchings A. Chikanda R. Lock B. du Preez S. du Preez D. Smith N. Naik

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J. Murray A. Breitenstein N. Robertson Mr. A. Fynn N. Bain Mr. N. Hovelmeier C. Sinclair

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012 proved a solid year for the senior tennis teams. Our squad comprised a healthy twenty-four players which gave us plenty of opportunity to try different combinations and to give as many players as possible match practice, particularly in the second team. Once again we were lucky to have the experience and wisdom of our long-standing coach, Mr. Ant Fynn, to guide the technical side of the teams. His quiet determination to ensure the players learnt a better degree of court craft and fitness for match conditions resulted in two teams which played some solid tennis in both the first and third terms. Our sincere thanks are extended to Mr. Fynn for giving of his valuable time for yet another year; it is greatly appreciated by the College and all involved with this fine sport. Our first team was captained by a veteran of RAMS tennis, Nat Robertson. Nat has played consistently in the first team for the past three years and his leadership of the team this year was exemplary in every regard. He has been a loyal and faithful servant of a much under-appreciated sport, yet he has shown his team-mates the importance of taking both practices and matches very seriously. He has been extremely efficient in organising the teams and helping me and Mr. Fynn construct the best possible teams and playing combinations for all our matches. For his outstanding service to tennis, Nat was awarded Full Colours at the end of the first term season: certainly much deserved recognition. Other senior members of the team included the exquisitely talented Nicholas Bain and our very own Head Boy, Alex Breitenstein. Nicholas is perhaps one of the most naturally gifted ball players the school has seen in many a year and can produce almost any array of shot at any given time in match circumstances. Natural ability of this degree will be sorely missed next year when he will no longer be at St John’s. Nicholas too was awarded Full Colours in term one. Alex was a dogged and determined player and personified the notion of a “brick wall” so solid was his play. He too will be missed and I thank both these gentlemen for their commitment to the sport over a number of years. The remainder of the first team comprised the regular players of Regan Hutchings, Jason Murray, Nikhil Naik and Stuart Du Preez, with several caps in the first team also by Chad Sinclair, David Smith and Brendon Du Preez. All of these boys will be valuable assets in the first team of 2013, and I congratulate Nikhil Naik on his appointment as Captain for the year ahead. In the third term Mr. Fynn and I took the decision to inject a blend of youth into the team by incorporating two junior players – Richard Lock and Alosha Chikanda – into the ranks of the first team. These two boys are extremely talented and acquitted themselves well at senior level. They will prove


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Tennis to be fine players indeed in the coming years. I would also like to mention Matthew Ribiero, who, although not a player, gave of his time all year round to work with the team from an administrative point of view. The first team won all its league matches with ease, except against our two old foes, St Georges, to whom we lost narrowly on both occasions, and Prince Edward, to whom we twice lost by a fair margin. Prince Edward must be commended for the level at which they are currently playing tennis: it is a step above the rest of us and their regimen of hard work and daily practice all year round is certainly paying off. The second team had a mixed year in the league, but it must also be remembered that our second team plays the first teams of other schools and so the level of tennis is often very high. Regular members of the second team included Jovanna Vidovic, Brendan Naude, Mandla Seremani, Ryan Tenkrooden, Michael Sylvester, Ryan Stableford and a few others, in addition to the players from the first team squad who were not on the starting list for the first team for that particular week. There are some players here with excellent potential and I look forward to working with them as they move up the ranks into the first team next year and beyond.

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This team was very variable, changing on a weekly basis. Whilst this gave many players a chance to be involved, it never allowed any partnerships to develop between the players. Despite this they enjoyed a fair measure of success in both terms 1 and 3. I found the lack of commitment a very frustrating characteristic of the team and was grateful to the few members who were reliable.

R. Lock S. Bellini-Martin N. Mahomed K. Vincent E. Byrom A. Nyamuda N. Bruk-Jackson F. Adam M. Ncube T. Hodgson W. Karim

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he team was very strong in the first term with Richard Lock being their anchor. In the third term Richard was promoted to the first team and the team floundered. There is much potential in the team but they need to approach their matches with more commitment and determination to win. Edward Byrom and Naeem Mahomed played an excellent singles final and both boys are to be congratulated on their superb effort and commendable court etiquette. Edward emerged the deserved singles champion. The doubles champions are Edward Byrom and Waseem Karim. This year’s team has been a pleasure to manage and I wish them every success in the open age group.

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UNDER 15 TENNIS Team Report Mrs. J. Henderson Mrs. M. Mukotsanjera

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his enthusiastic group has been characterized by fierce competitive spirit. The tennis ladder for the A and B Teams has seen some promising players make steady upward progress whilst others have become rising stars who have catapulted themselves into pinnacle positions! Special mention must be made of Tafadzwa Zimuto who has displayed a steely determination in his rise in the ranks. Djordje Vidovic began the year by being tentative at net and lacking aggression with his ground strokes, despite his strength and stature. By the third term, Djordje had grown into his frame and realized his potential, so that in the College Singles Championships, he upset fancied seeded players and narrowly missed playing in the finals. Curtis Robinson is another player to watch for the future as he possesses the same never-say-die determination. Michael Gunning displays a fine array of ground shots and shows grit and developing steadiness in his game. There were many exciting – and some grim – battles fought in the College Singles and Doubles Championships at Under 15 level. Worthy winners were Ryan Murray in the Singles with Runner-Up Lochlan Butler, and the same two, Murray and Butler, in the Doubles. This pair won an intriguing contest against the Runners-Up, the indomitable Djordje Vidovic (a giant-killer at net!) and his steady partner, Michael Gunning (equally daunting at net).

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There was more movement in the B team with players consistently wanting to challenge others in order to move up the ladder. This enthusiasm is very promising, especially for those players lower down in the ladder who try very hard to improve their game. The commitment shown by both teams means that the future of tennis at St John’s College is bright. B team highlights from the year include: TEN N I S UN D ER 1 4 ‘B ’ TEA M RE S U LTS : TE RM 1 AN D 3 U 14B T E RM 1

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ur early squad Volleyball team was terribly chaotic owing to losing various players from last year’s squad. We struggled throughout the season but made good use of our training in making sure the squad for 2013 would not disappoint the College. This has been a tough season, but the boys played with great passion and the season, despite results, was very successful. The results for the season were not impressive as such, but we managed to win against Peterhouse 2-0. We played Cornway but suffered a dismal defeat of 2-0. Cornway, however, are the current volleyball champions this year so perhaps we did not do too badly holding them to two goals. The boys then played St George’s College and lost but went on to win against them in their next encounter. The boys had learnt their lesson, challenged the St Georges boys and made our College proud. Thanks to the parents for their amazing support and to the Volleyball Captain, Munyaradzi Chifamba and Vice-Captain, Brian Nyandoro for carrying out their duties effectively. We expect improvements to continue.

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VOLLEYBALL 2012 Report Mr. A. Masiyiwa Coach

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E. Nyambayo, M. Sylvester, P. Chiketsani, D. Stangroom, K. Mungwariri

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M. Berry, B. Nyandoro (Vice Captain), Mr. A. Masiyiwa (Coach), M. Chifamba (Captain), T. Tande, D. Ndengu

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SWIMMING Team Report Thomas Hill Captain

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wimming at St John’s College excelled in 2012. We won 4 out of 6 galas this season which includes the inaugural Inter-Schools Cup as well as the Individual and Relay Trophies. The last time St John’s won this award was back in 2005. We broke that trophy drought this year due to the management of Mrs. Conradie and Mr. Case. We selected a large swimming squad and used a rotational policy which proved to be very successful especially at Inter-Schools. I would like to congratulate all the swimmers for this remarkable achievement and in particular the Burnett and the Onorati brothers who contributed greatly to the sport.

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The Inter-House Gala also proved to be very competitive and light-hearted with Nyanga winning the trophy after Vumba’s domination in this fixture for many years.

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I would also like to thank the Vice-captain James Agiotis who did a sterling job with the administration of the team.

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G. Divaris, J. Kloppers, P. Lee, T. Gapare, K. Franklin, J. Burger, R. Zwart, N. Burger, D. Williams, C. Burger

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T. Chadwick, J. Mallon, N. Burnett, T. Hill (Captain), Mr. T. Case (Coach), Mrs. S. Conradie, J. Agiotis, C. O’Riordan, B. Zwart

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L. Burnett, C. Onorati, R. Rusch, C. Stangroom, B. Perry, M. Eeson, D. Annandale, I. Kloppers

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Thank you to the swimmers and well done for your dedication and commitment and thank you for raising the profile of this sport in the College.


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he long-awaited introduction of Soccer within the College’s sporting curriculum came about as what I will refer to as a St John’s phenomenon. Gone are the days when “break time bhora” was the only chance for our young men to partake in this great sport. The overwhelming response for Soccer was a clear indication that break-time Soccer is not enough to quench the thirst for the game that our players have. The Soccer quickly gained support from companies such as AWS Global who kindly sponsored kit. Although our season consisted of only a few games, we managed to gain valuable experience of paramount importance with regards to the maturity of the game. We note with pride that thus far, we have had five young men represent the College in our national colours and I trust that this will be a motivating factor for the remaining Soccer players.

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Takudzwa Kasukuwere Captain

Soccer will continue to flourish within this school. 2013 will certainly lead us to greater heights. We are not perfect but with the world’s most beautiful game in mind, perfection is what we’re working towards.

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1st TEAM WATER POLO 2012 Report Thomas Chadwick Captain

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J. Swan, N. Crowley, B. Fox, T. Cochrane

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N. Taylor, C. O’Riordan, B. Zwart, T. Chadwick (Captain), G. Rorke, S. Crause

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his year has really flashed by. The Water Polo seasons have come and gone, and unfortunately not everything went the way we had planned. What we definitely did take from the short seasons is that we must expect the unexpected, but at the same time, set standards and aspirations with the certainty of attaining them. In turn this will undoubtedly develop us into the best that we can be as individuals and as a team. The first term season was probably the best Water Polo played, where we won the Grant Tilley Trophy, and went unbeaten to Saint Georges, our biggest rivals. I remember clearly one game against CBC where we were three goals down with 3 minutes left in the game. The talented young lads dug deeply, playing with conviction, pride and passion and we ended by winning the game. To me, this was an outstanding display of the men we develop at the College. The third term was quite rough. We came second in both the Invitational and Crusader Tournaments. Yes, second place is a commendable achievement, but we had planned on winning the Tournaments as we definitely had the potential. But these are lessons in life that must be learnt. We learnt to be humble in victory, but more importantly, to be respectful and understanding in defeat. Congratulations go to Brett Fox and Johan Kloppers for making U17 Zimbabwe, and to Glynne Rorke and Bart Zwart for making U19 Zimbabwe. I am positive that these gentlemen will represent their country and school in an honourable manner, developing their skills and coming back next year as true sportsmen. Thanks go to the U16’s, Nick Taylor, Shayne Crause and Corey O’Riordan for leading us and being a part of memories that will never be forgotten. To the rest of the team, I am looking forward to playing top class Water Polo with you next year and I hope you are all as hungry as I am to win all three major tournaments and stay unbeaten. It is definitely possible.


Sports Reports St John’s College

“to be the best that I can be”

Girls Water Polo

GIRLS’ WATER POLO 2012 Team

GI R LS WATER POL O

from left to right K. Stijkel J. Byrom T. Wallace A. Hogg A. Dixon K. Wood

Triathlon

TRIATHLON TEAM

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2012 Report Mr. W. Davidson National Coach

SPORTS REPORTS

f the twelve St John’s College boys involved in competitive Triathlon on a National level, five were selected for the Zimbabwe Team to compete in the SA National Triathlon Champs in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on 17th of March, and Brendan Michell was selected as Team Captain. This followed impressive results in the Zimbabwe National Triathlon Championships where Brendan Michell won the Under 19 Gold Medal and Drew Williams won the Bronze in Under 15. In the very competitive SA Champs races Drew Williams was 8th, Brendan 19th and Chad Scallan and Ross Hayter 21st and 22nd respectively. At the Triathlon National Awards, Brendan Michell won the Under 19 National Series and Drew Williams was 4th with Chad Scallan 7th. On the strength of his SA Champs results, Drew Williams was selected to represent Zimbabwe at the Africa Triathlon Champs in Mauritius on 31st March. Drew had an outstanding race that day and won the Gold Medal. He has subsequently been nominated for Junior National Sportsperson of the Year and is one of the five finalists for this prestigious honour. In the recent Troutbeck Africa Cup International Triathlon held in Nyanga, Reece Williams won the Under 13 Gold Medal, and Drew Williams again confirmed his ability as best placed Zimbabwean behind a trio of SA Under 19 athletes — Chad Scallan finished 7th and Luke Collins 8th in this same race. The revival of Triathlon at St John’s College is a welcome return for the school that was once the cornerstone of Junior Triathlon in Zimbabwe — and pleasing in a year when a former pupil, Chris Felgate, was the first Zimbabwean Triathlete to compete in two Olympic Games with his London Olympic Race. Triathlon has a long and proud history of cooperation with St John’s College and I am certain that the sport will continue to grow at the College as more and more parents and children become aware of the value of this multi-discipline sport.

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Leavers Dance

Leavers Dance


Leavers Dance

Leavers Dance


Zimbabwe National Reps 2012 Magazine

Zimbabwe National

ZIMBABWE NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

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Zimbabwe Nation


nal Representatives

St John’s College

Back Row

A. Burnett (Swimming) D. Williams (Triathlon) K. Hopper (Cricket) E. Byrom (Cricket) R. Lock (Cricket) C. Burger (Cricket) M. Hulbert (7’s Rugby & Cricket) B. Evans (Cricket) B. Palmer (Cricket)

Fourth Row

S. Crause (Fishing) R. Gona (7’s Rugby) T. Chadwick (Water Polo) L. Jellicoe (Dancesport) D. Sheehan (Squash) I. Karimshah (Badminton) T. Smith (Golf) B. Du Preez (Hockey) S. Coles (7’s Rugby) J. Swan (7’s Rugby) N. Burnett (Rugby & Swimming) B. Zwart (Rugby)

Third Row

R. Lindsay-White (7’s Rugby) D. Bell (Hockey) Z. Ismail (Hockey) M. Wicks (Hockey) N. Mavimba (Rugby) Mr. W. Annandale (Headmaster) M. Lake (Cricket) A. Macleod (Hockey) M. Wright (7’s Rugby) A. Roscoe (Squash) T. Chinyani (Rugby) N. Bain (Hockey)

“to be the best that I can be”

N ATIO N AL RE PR ESENTATI VES

Second Row

K. Franklin (Squash) F. Lioga (Rugby) G. King (Hockey & Cricket) R. Hutchings (Rugby) A. Hogg (Water Polo) T. Wallace (Water Polo) J. Vidovic (Tennis) N. Worsley (Dancesport) A. Breitenstein (Hockey) A. Perlman (Zim Referees) K. Mukaratirwa (Squash) M. Seremani (Tennis) R. Tenkrooden (Squash)

Front Row

S. Harrison (U14 Rugby) A. Onorati (Swimming) S. Nindi (U14 Rugby) C. Onorati (Swimming) D. Annandale (U14 Rugby) A. Blignaut (U14 Rugby) M. Eeson (U14 Rugby) G. Curtis (U14 Rugby) A. Frost (U14 Rugby) T. Harrison (U14 Cricket) D. White (U14 Cricket)

ZIMBABWE NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Representatives

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1st Team Captain & School Leaders

1st Team Captains & School Leaders

1st Team Captains & School Leaders

2012 Magazine

1 S T T E A M C A P TA I NS & SC HO O L L E A DE RS

Back Row

D. Stangroom (Pipe Major) M. Woodhouse (Drama) T. Mugova (Debate) B. Grainger (Rugby) P. Patel (IB Leader) T. Tapera (Drum Major & Music) N. Robertson (Tennis) G. du Plessis (Athletics) F. Brooke (IB Leader) K. Stijkel (IB Leader) T. Hill (Swimming)

Middle Row

N. Tutani (Ethnomusicology) W. Zhai (Choir & Quiz) Z. Ismail (Student Council) H. Crous (Rugby) A. Breitenstein (Headboy) Mr. W. Annandale T. Chinyani (Deputy Head Boy & Basketball) M. Lake (Cricket) A Macleod (Hockey) K. Mukaratirwa (MUN)

Front Row

1ST TEAM CAPTAINS & SCHOOL LEADERS

J. Chadwick (Water Polo) D. Mushiri (First Aid) N. Huyton (RAM Committee) L. van Zuydam (Drama) C. Mavhima (Girls Hockey) A. Roscoe (Squash) A. Hogg (Girls’ Water Polo) K. Wood (Interact) G. Kabeya (IB Leader) M. Wright (Rugby 7’s) N. Shukla (Bridge)

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Dean Butchart March 19, 1995 – September 20, 2012

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eano was an amazing person, and a true friend to us all. He provided us with endless humour, always seeing the lighter side of the situation. After 8am, he was the life of a conversation, he exuded happy energy which filtered through us, creating a cheerful atmosphere wherever he was. Although he took a lot of flak, Dean never got seriously offended, and could always laugh at himself as well. His humour was far from his only special trait, his kindness was incredible. He was always there if someone needed him, and could always be counted on. Although he was continuously joking, it was not in his nature to hurt anyone. He was a kind and gentle spirit, and I can honestly say I did not know of a single person who disliked him. This just shows what a special character he was. As we all know, Deano did have a distinctly naughty side but he was always honourable. He lived how he wanted to, and was not easily swayed. Dean will be remembered in countless ways, all of which are special. He was someone that everyone who knew him, was proud and honoured to call a friend. Deano will also be remembered for his kind, friendly character. Deano is considered a best friend by many people, and I am sure that he touched their hearts in more ways than one. All the way back in the junior school days, Ryan Wilson came to St. John’s and struggled the first two days until Dean came up to him and asked if Ryan wanted to be his friend. Their friendship only grew stronger from that day on. Another life changing action that Dean was in charge of was the invitation of the Joscelyne twins to their first party as St. John’s College boys. The two boys were warmly welcomed into our family of friends, and even though they brought most of Harare to its knees, I’m positive that no-one regrets meeting them. Thanks go to Dean. Deano had a huge circle of friends and he always managed to get on with everyone. He was blessed with a kind heart and he was an amazing gentle being. Dean’s true character overflowed with generosity, loyalty, trust and humour. He was a true friend to everyone. We could go to him with problems that he would be willing to solve or help out with and he would put the problems to be resolved ahead of his own. Dean was the definition of a true gentleman and a true friend. The impact he has made on all our lives is huge. His blood is still green, he is still our brother and he will never be forgotten. Throughout Dean’s battle with cancer, he displayed an inordinate amount of courage. No matter how tough or how sick he was, Dean managed to keep strong and more than that, keep his humour. Dean’s courage changed my life and taught me to look at life very differently and not take what we have for granted. Whilst we were on camp going through 3 days of what we’d call ‘hell’ he was going through nine months of it, but worse. On the other hand, when it came time for going to ask out a fine young lady whom he fancied, Dean wasn’t so courageous and he took hours sizing up his prey before he was ready to pounce. After a lot of encouragement and motivation from the boys when he did eventually go he was quite a smooth kid. Dean’s light soul will be dearly missed and will never be forgotten. I think to myself, “Why Lord? Why did you take this courageous man from us?” I can’t think of any good from Dean’s passing. But then I think to myself, “Dominus Pastor – The Lord is my Shepherd”– and he is Dean’s too. The things that we battle with and get angry about are minute compared to the plan our Lord has for us.” I believe Dean has gone up to Heaven to prepare a place for both you and me and I just thank the Lord that Dean has been relieved of his pain and he is watching down on us from a much better place. Fly high brother. Deany couldn’t have left behind better memories with us. A true friend that would be there for anyone, no matter what the situation was. Looking back on how much he meant to us, our personal and school lives will never be the same. I’d love to share every moment we spent together to just show you all who he really was. His character was so well rounded. The balance of humour, seriousness and emotion was one hell of a combination. Dean, I wish you could see how much you meant to us. To say we are missing you is an understatement.

Your last holiday with us was unforgettable and you played a big part in making the O’Level break as successful as it was. We all still had so much to say to you before you left. But I hope our actions spoke louder than our words and you realized how much you meant to us. Your presence made the atmosphere brighter and that’s what we’re going to miss most of all. I could speak forever on you brother but from what I’ve seen, you have shown everyone your greatness. Goodbye has to come for us all one day and yours was just a little sooner. You were a truly amazing friend and this is our goodbye. All of us, brothers at heart, will never forget you. I love you Dean. God Bless. Compiled on behalf of Lower Sixth form by: Justin Swan, Ryan Wilson, Tadiwa Parirenyatwa, Bart Zwart, Thomas Chadwick and Kurt Burger


2012 Magazine

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