Dominican Convent High School

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Dominican Convent High School

Coordinates17°49′21″S 31°03′07″E / 17.8224°S 31.0519°E / -17.8224; 31.0519Coordinates: 17°49′21″S 31°03′07″E / 17.8224°S 31.0519°E / -17.8224; 31.0519
TypeIndependent high school
(Latin: Truth)
Founded18 October 1892; 130 years ago (1892-10-18)
FounderMother Patrick Cosgrove
Sister schoolSt. George's College

Dominican Convent High School (commonly referred to as Convent) is a private Catholic day school for girls in Harare, Zimbabwe. One of the oldest established schools in Zimbabwe, Dominican Convent was founded in 1892 by Mother Patrick Cosgrave, an Irish nun, with 10 pupils.

The school was co-educational, but after ten years, a separate school, Hartmann House, was established for boys.

Mother Patrick founded the Dominican Convent in Harare in 1892. She also started the first hospital in what was then Southern Rhodesia. There is a museum commemorating her in the grounds of the Mukwati Building on Fourth Street in Harare, in what was the original hospital's mortuary.[1]


The Dominican Convent is an all-girls school. The Primary school is run by Sister Tsitsi and the High school by Sister Kudzai. There are three streams from Form 1 to Form 4. Form 1 to Form 2 follow the same curriculum consisting of English, Mathematics, Religious and Moral Education, Science, French, Shona, History, Geography, Art, Food & Nutrition, Fashion & Fabric, Computers, Education for Life and Physical Education. Form 3 and 4 have a variety of subject options. In Form 3, the girls write a national paper called ZIMSEC for Shona and history (both being optional) and English language, which is compulsory. Cambridge 'O' Level Examinations are written at Form 4 Level. The Sixth Form has three streams: Business Administration, which focuses on tourism and secretary courses, Arts and Sciences. Cambridge 'A' Level Examinations are written at the end of Upper Six, with students now able to write the Cambridge 'AS’ Level Examinations, at the end of their Lower Six year as of 2019.

The Primary school caters for pupils of ages 5 – 13. These are formally called grades which start from grade 1 to grade seven. At grade seven pupils write a national exam called ZIMSEC. If the pupil passes with a pass usually known as 5 points or fail with a maximum of 25 points they are awarded a certificate.

  • Cambridge International Examinations for both IGCSE, O Level, AS and A Level
  • ZIMSEC O Level
  • City and Guilds


Dominican Convent offers sporting activities including athletics, basketball, field hockey, indoor hockey, golf, karate, soccer, swimming, tennis, rugby, squash, netball, volleyball, table tennis, and aerobics.

Cultural activities[edit]

The school offers various extra curricular activities including chess (one of the best girls' teams in the country), Quiz, Debate, Public speaking clubs (Gavel club, Toastmasters and Orators), First Aid, Choir (English choir and Shona choir) Lifeline, International Current Affairs, Interact and Wildlife.

Notable alumni[edit]


Dominican Convent Harare was rated in the Top Ten High Schools in Zimbabwe.[citation needed] In 2010, the Lower Six Management of Business company, Lynx, came first in the national Junior Achievement competition.[clarification needed] Lynx came third in the regional JA competition.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ See entry for Cosgrave, Mary Anne (Patrick) in Dictionary of Irish Biography at;jsessionid=35441D39F066BB2681CC302C96E1075B?articleId=a2073 accessed 21 5 2019.
  2. ^ "Touching the light – hope for Zimbabwe's blind | Harare News". Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  3. ^ "In Zimbabwe, the Education Transition Fund is rewriting Zimbabwe's education system | Zimbabwe | UNICEF". Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  4. ^ Margolis, Jonathan (2017-02-21). "The internet is not a failed state — here's why". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  5. ^ Margolis, Jonathan (2018). Great British Brands. Country and Townhouse. p. 70.

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