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St Francis Xavier's Kutama College
Kutama College
Esse Quam Videri
(To be, rather than to seem / Be what You Are!)
Private Bag 909 Norton
Mashonaland West
Coordinates 17°48′24″S 30°23′10″E / 17.8067°S 30.3861°E / -17.8067; 30.3861Coordinates: 17°48′24″S 30°23′10″E / 17.8067°S 30.3861°E / -17.8067; 30.3861
Type Catholic Boarding high school
Established 1914
Principal Brother Jacob Mutingwende
Grades Form 1 - Upper Six
Age 12 to 18
Enrollment 1000 - 1200
Color(s)      Blue
Yearbook Echo Chronicle
Classrooms and Administration Block of Kutama College, 1995

Kutama College (officially St Francis Xavier College), is an all-boys high school located near Norton in the Zvimba area, 80 kilometres southwest of Harare. Kutama has a student population of about 700 pupils, and is considered one of Africa's top 100 high schools (#69 in 2013).[1]

The school moto "Esse Quam Videri" is Latin meaning "to be, rather than to seem".


Founded prior to the Second World War by Jesuit Priests, Kutama was one of the first institutions to offer high school education to students of African descent in colonial Rhodesia. Its Jesuit origins are reflected in its official name, St Francis Xavier College. The school is part of Kutama Mission, a Catholic mission originally run by Jesuits but now run by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic order devoted to educational work.

James A. Chinamasa, Kutama College Headmaster in the 1990s, with his wife.

The school's first headmaster was Father Jerome O'Hea, an Irish-born priest after whom the local mission hospital is named. Its most famous headmaster was James Anthony (affectionately known as "Jachi") Chinamasa, a Kutama College old boy and elder brother of Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa. The present headmaster is Br Jacob Mutingwende who took over from Br Bernard Chirombe, who served as deputy headmaster under Stephen Muchenje who retired at the end of 2008.


Like most high schools in Zimbabwe, which follow the traditional British school system, students at Kutama are divided into four houses each having its own colour:

  • Champagnat (Blue), named after Saint Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist movement.
  • Chichester (Red)
  • Michael (Green)
  • Patrick (Yellow)

Notable alumni[edit]

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Nehanda Radio

Nehanda Radio
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:07:30 -0700

I went on to do my O-Level studies at Nyanga High School before moving to Kutama College for A-Level, finishing in 2008,” narrated Tytan. “I have an older sister who is now married, and in our family I am the first to develop a passion for music.” It ...

The Herald

The Herald
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:07:53 -0700

Cde Mutsvangwa said he first met Cde Kanengoni at Kutama College where he excelled as a volleyball player. The two were later to meet again in the guerilla recruitment camps at Chimoio in Mozambique. “On his insistence, he was also joined by a sibling ...

The Zimbabwe Daily

The Zimbabwe Daily
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:32:17 -0700

Family spokesperson, Tinashe Kanengoni, who is son to the late, said his father collapsed and died at his home due to suspected heart failure in the morning. Cde Kanengoni trained as a teacher at Kutama College and taught briefly before going to join ...

The Herald

The Herald
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:58:18 -0700

PREPARATIONS for Kutama College's centenary celebrations in Zvimba are at an advanced stage, with school authorities expecting over 6 000 guests to attend the event this Sunday. Co-ordinator of the celebrations, Brother Aaron Mazhambe said Bishop ...

NewsCenter at Morehouse

NewsCenter at Morehouse
Wed, 09 Dec 2015 15:23:05 -0800

Abudu is a Resolution Project Fellow and a member of the Morehouse Model United Nations, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Kutama College Web Design Club. He is also a semi-finalist for the Anzisha Prize Opportunity. “We are so very ...

Nehanda Radio

Nehanda Radio
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:50:39 -0800

... shona and 30 girls wrote shona with 25 of them passing and 10 boys passing then the comparison become fair. Remember Kutama college was for sciences only and had to introduce arts subjects when it discovered that statistics where not favouring it.

Catholic Herald Online (blog)

Catholic Herald Online (blog)
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 04:07:53 -0800

He studied in Marist Brothers and Jesuit schools, including the exclusive Kutama College, headed by an Irish priest, Father Jerome O'Hea. As you would probably expect from a good Catholic, Mugabe has been uncompromising in his opposition to LGBT ...

The Herald

The Herald
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:42:22 -0800

Sydney went to boarding school at Kutama College and was educated by European priests. He learnt to swim wearing shorts and brought home pictures of himself, standing among many boys wearing only shorts. These were real pictures and not lies.

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