|St Francis Xavier's Kutama College|
Esse Quam Videri
(To be, rather than to seem / Be what You Are!)
|Private Bag 909 Norton
|Type||Catholic Boarding high school|
|Principal||Brother Jacob Mutingwende|
|Grades||Form 1 - Upper Six|
|Age||12 to 18|
|Enrollment||1000 - 1200|
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).
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.
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 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 (azure/blue), named after Saint Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist movement.
- Chichester (Red)
- Michael (Green)
- Patrick (Yellow)
- Champagnat (Blue)
- Robert Mugabe – President of Zimbabwe
- Alexander Kanengoni – author
- Chenjerai Hove – author
- Tichaona Jokonya – Zimbabwean Government Minister and Permanent Representative to the United Nations
- James Chikerema – activist,
- Bernard Chidzero – Zimbabwe's first finance minister
- Ignatious Chombo – Minister in the Zimbabwean government
- David Anthony Chimhini – Mutasa North MP, founding Executive Director ZIMCET, former ZIMRIGHTS Executive Director, founding member of NCA and MDC and first MDC National Administrator