St. Bernard's High School (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)
St. Bernard's High School, Bulawayo is a Catholic school located in Pumula, a high density suburb of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. One of its founding teachers and principals, Sister Ignatius Julie of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, died in 1993. She was the school principal at the time of her death. St. Bernard's High School started running A-Level courses in 2004. The school relies on its Christian foundation to balance the academic and religious growth of its students. Its motto is "Prayer and hard work lead to success."
A previous head of the school was P. Dube, a well-renowned AIDS activist. She was affiliated with the Matebeleland Aids Council (MAC) and died in June 2010.
The O-Level class of 1982 produced Sibusisiwe Dube, currently a professor at Pennsylvania State University.
The 2004 "O" level class graduated Tshakalisa Dube, attached to KPMG and Gift Dube, an attorney, speaker, singer and poet who in the Eastern Cape. Peacemore T Mhodi is an attorney. Bhekinkosi Limbo was a junior member of Parliament and his Deputy Dumisani Calvin Moyo is a banker with Tetrad Investment Bank.
Perceverence Khumalo and Nkosinesisa Mkandla are motivational speakers in South Africa.
Mthuli Ncube, Delma Lupepe, Busani Tshuma, Thamsanqa Ndabezwe, Nokuphila Mhlanga and Thabani Moyo are other notables.
Notable teachers include Mr Nyathi (History), Mrs Skhosana (Ndebele), Mr T. Bhebhe (Religious Studies), Mrs Maphosa (Science), Mrs J J Moyo (Commerce), the late Mrs P Dube (English), Mr S Dube (Maths), Mr Muchemwa (Maths), JT(Geography), Mrs FZ Baloyi (Accounts), Mr J Samwani (Science), Mr N Mabhuto (Literature), Mr M Sibanda (English) and Mr T Chagonda (A-level Mathematics).
Due to the downward economic spiral that ravaged the Zimbabwean Economy in the past 10 years and like most schools in Zimbabwe, St Bernard's lost professional staff to neighbouring countries. This has led to serious fall in educational standards.