TRADITIONAL VALUES 21st century thinking

“Be the best that I can be”

St John’s Educational Trust governs two schools; St John’s Preparatory School for Boys and St John’s College. Both are independent day schools and members of the Association of Trust Schools of Zimbabwe. The Headmasters are members of the Conference of Heads of Independent Schools of Zimbabwe (CHISZ).

The Preparatory School admits boys from the age of 5 to 12 for Infants, Junior and Senior Primary schooling. Founded in 1986, St John’s College is a leading independent secondary school in Zimbabwe. The College admits boys from the age of 12 to 18. Most boys who elect to go on to the College are accepted. The continuity of ethos and St John’s spirit is recognised and fostered.

How the Trust is run

We pride ourselves in delivering the best education possible to our students.

St John’s Preparatory School and College are governed by the St John’s Educational Trust whose charter is to support, maintain, expand and develop and improve these schools. The Board of Governors ensures that the principles of good governance are adhered to in all aspects of School life and that adequate resources are available to provide our pupils with a world class education which prepares them for life.

St John’s Educational Trust comprises Governors who are nominated and, once elected, serve an initial three-year term, renewable for additional terms of office. A maximum of twenty Governors make up the main Board. Both Headmasters hold ex-officio positions on the Board, which meets at least three times a term. All matters of policy and finance are discussed at these meetings.

Preparatory and College Committees

The Board is supported by six standing committees tasked to deal with specific areas of governance. These are:

Bursaries Committee

This committee is responsible for reviewing applications and awarding bursaries to St John’s students where appropriate.

Campus Development Committee

The Campus Development Committee is tasked with implementing and overseeing all capital construction and development projects, as well as the continued maintenance of all school facilities and assets.

Finance Committee

This committee formulates policy and all matters concerning the budget and finance.

Governance Committee

This committee makes recommendations on new appointments to the Board and reviews policies and governance issues.

Pensions Committee

The Pensions Committee keeps track of the Pension Fund and its management for all academic and administrative staff.

Human Resources Committee

This committee is responsible for the recruitment of Headmasters; establishment of staff policies in liaison with the Headmasters and the overseeing of the well-being of all academic, administrative and support staff members.

The Trust Board of Governors

St John’s Preparatory School and College are governed by the St John’s Educational Trust whose charter is to support, maintain, expand, develop and improve these schools.

The Board of Governors ensures that the principles of good governance are adhered to in all aspects of School life and that adequate resources are available to provide students with a world class education which prepares them for life.

St John’s Educational Trust comprises Governors who are nominated and, once elected, serve an initial three-year term, renewable for additional terms of office. A maximum of twenty Governors make up the main Board. Both Headmasters hold ex-officio positions on the Board, which meets at least two times a term. All matters of policy and finance are discussed at these meetings.

Below are the current Governors of the Trust:

Board Chairman

Murray was appointed to the Board in October 2010 and has served as Chairman of the HR Committee, serves on the Campus Development Committee, and is currently Board Chairman.

He attended Peterhouse and holds a BSc Engineering (civil) degree from U.C.T. He is a member of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers and the Institute of Civil Engineers (UK). He is a director and self-employed at Elevate Construction.

Murray has two daughters at Chisipite Junior School and a son at the Prep.

Chairman of the Finance Committee

Stewart joined the Board in 2014. He is Chairman of the Finance Committee and serves on the Bursary Committee.

He is a Chartered Accountant, with a B Compt Honours degree from UNISA. He is the Chief Financial Officer at Zimplats and a director for Zimplats Holdings Ltd, William Bain & Co (Pvt) Ltd and Enviro Gas (Pvt) Ltd.

He has two daughters, Zuva and Rufadzo, at Chisipite Junior, and a son, Tawana at the Prep.

Chairman of the Campus Development Committee

Raj was appointed to the Board in October 2008, and is Chairman of the Campus Development Committee. He has a BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from UZ and is a partner at Brian Colquhoun, Hugh O’Donnell and Partners Consulting Engineers.

His son, Nikhil, was at the College, leaving in 2013.

Chairman Human Resources Committee & Chairman Bursaries Committee

Chairman Governance Committee

Robbie was appointed to the Board in June 2017. Robbie has a Bachelor Social Science Degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Cape Town. He attended St John’s College from 1990 – 1996 and has been involved in the Old Johannians Association and the Prep School PLC. His son Matthew is at St John’s and his daughter Bella attends Hellenic. Robbie has been the General Manager of St Elmo’s Restaurant since January 2000, and he is the Chairman Governance Committee.

Chairman Staff Pension Committee

Emerson was appointed to the Board in June 2006, is Chairman of the Pensions Committee and serves on the Finance Committee. Emerson is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA in Finance. He is the Chief Finance and Operations officer of NSSA. He has three sons, the eldest two have left the College, the youngest is at the College.

Board Member

Mark was appointed to the Board in 2014. He is the Board Representative on the Prep School PLC.

Mark was at St George’s College and has a BSc Agric (Animal Science) from the University of Natal. He also attended the International Livestock Management School in Canada and holds a SACA Diploma in Auctioneering. He is the Executive Director of CC Sales, Chairman Livestock Identification Trust, and Executive member (previous Vice President) Zimbabwe Herd Book.

He has three sons; Rowan left the College in 2012, Ross is at the College and Murray at the Prep.

Board Member

Married to Kleto Chiketsani with two sons, both boys went through the Prep school and College

  • Housing Finance Specialist with a sound Human Resources background
  • Currently heading the Mortgage Finance operations for CBZ Bank, career banker with over 20 years experience.

Holder of

  1. Masters in Business Administration (University of Zimbabwe)
  2. BSc Politics & Administration (University of Zimbabwe)
  3. Diploma in Public Relations (London Chamber of Industry & Commerce)
  4. Institute of Personnel Management (IPMZ)
  5. Currently studying Real Estate with Real Estate Institute of Zimbabwe
  • Member of Toastmasters International
  • Housing Policy Committee – Africa Union for Housing Finance
  • Harare Slums Upgrading Finance Facility – Board member
  • Passion and business interests in garment design & garment making
  • Great fun of schools sports

Board Member

Board Member

Derek was appointed to the Board in 2014. He serves on the Campus Development and Pensions Committees.

Derek has a BSc Quantity Surveying Honours from University of Cape Town and is a professionally registered Quantity Surveyor in Zimbabwe [ZIQS], South Africa [PQS] [ASAQS], UK, and Australia. He is a member of the Institute of Cost Engineering Council – Affiliate [ICostECA]. He is the Regional Director of Turner and Townsend [Turner & Townsend is a leading global programme management and construction consultancy that supports organisations that invest in, own and operate assets.

An accomplished hockey player and rower, Derek has also coached the Zimbabwe Ladies’ Hockey.

He has three sons: Marc, Scott and Ryan, at the College.

Board Member

Board Member

Brendan was appointed to the Board in August/September 2019. Brendan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from the University of Cape Town. He attended both St John’s Preparatory and College from 1983 through to 1995 and has been involved in the Old Johannians Association as well as the construction of the Astro Turf. He has three children; two girls at Chisipite and a son at the Prep School. Brendan is the part-owner and founder of the Industrial Exchange Group of companies which consists of Machinery Exchange, Spare Parts Exchange, Powerstar Trucks Zimbabwe and Mr Radiator Zimbabwe. He is the Old Johannians representative on the Board and sits on the Campus Development Committee.

Board Member

The Trust Patrons

The St John’s Educational Trust has appointed two Patrons, each of whom has provided long service to the St John’s community and whose ongoing interest and wisdom ensures the stability and continuity of the aims and ideals of the Trust and all stakeholders.

They are:-

M A MASUNDA (Much)

Much served on the St John’s Board for twelve years and was Deputy Chairman for some of that time. He retired from the Board in 2002.

Much was born in Bulawayo, attended Mzilikazi and Fletcher High Schools. He graduated from the University of Zimbabwe in 1973 with a Bachelor of Law (Honours). He had worked for the City of Bulawayo, the Mining Division of Anglo American, for twelve years as a practising attorney with Gill, Godlonton and Gerrans, and at Duly’s as Managing Director. He was the Founding Executive Director of the Commercial Arbitration Centre in Harare, then Chairman and spent almost three years at the Chief Executive of Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe, the publishers of the Daily News. He has also served as Mayor of Harare.

He is a Fellow and Accredited Tutor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). In addition he has served as Chairman and/or Director of a number of corporate, professional, educational, charitable and sporting organisations. He is a keen golfer and served two terms as Captain of the Royal Harare Golf Club.

Much and Fikile’s two sons were both educated at St John’s.

R J A PASSAPORTIS (Rick)

Rick was appointed to the Board in January 1997. He was elected as Chairman in October 2002, following the retirement of David Long. He retired as Chairman in December 2006 and was appointed as a Patron in February 2008.

Rick was educated at Prince Edward School and then enlisted in the military and served as an Officer in the regular Armed Forces, here and in the Sultanate of Oman until 1988. He retired as a Major. Rick now divides his time between farming and business consultancy.

Rick’s two sons, Johnathan and Michael, both attended St John’s.

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How fees are set

Fees are set by the Board after consultation with the Ministry of Education Sport and Culture and advised from time to time.

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