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St Francis Xavier's Kutama College
Kutamafront.jpg
Kutama College
Esse Quam Videri
(To be, rather than to seem / Be what You Are!)
Address
Private Bag 909 Norton
Mashonaland West
Zimbabwe
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
Information
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
     Gold
Yearbook Echo Chronicle
Website
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".

History[edit]

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.

Houses[edit]

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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