Saint Ignatius College (Zimbabwe)

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St. Ignatius Chishawasha
St Ignatius College Crest, Harare.png
Chishawasha, Mashonaland
Coordinates 17°27′S 31°08′E / 17.45°S 31.13°E / -17.45; 31.13
Type Private, boarding
Motto Ignem Mittite In Terram
Set the .World on Fire
Religious affiliation(s) Jesuit, Roman Catholic
Established 1962; 56 years ago (1962)
Rector Fr. Lawrence Daka, SJ
Headmaster Lawrence Madyangove

All-male high school

Coed A-levels
Age 12 to 18
Pupils 400
Houses Kagwa
Aerial view Aerial view of St Ignatius

St. Ignatius College is a Jesuit, Catholic, boarding high school near Harare, Zimbabwe. It is all-male in forms one through four and coeducational for A-Level students. It is linked to St Ignatius' College in England in its founding (1962) and has continuing links to St Augustine, Edinburgh, and Boston College, Massachusetts.


St. Ignatius College was founded by the Jesuit Fathers after they had seen the need to educate marginalised black students. According to Sister Stephanie, IBVM, (a founding member of Mary Ward House) the black community faced a number of challenges due to the draconian policies of the colonial racist regime. The college was meant to cater for the educational needs of the marginalised black people.

The first building to be constructed was the administration block in 1961 which housed the Jesuits before the construction of the Community House later in 1967. The next buildings to be constructed were the ZJC Block and Junior House. In 1967 the St. Ignatius College Chapel was constructed.[1]

In 2013 St, Ignatius College placed sixth nationally in O-levels with a 95.95% pass rate.[2] There is a scramble to get into the 6th form at St,Ignatius, as many of the top students in the nation apply.[3] There are various exercises the boys participate in to exemplify the Jesuit goal of training men and women for others.[4][5]


Sister Stephanie helped establish Mary Ward in 1967 and remained teaching at St.Ignatius for over 40 years. At the start French and Latin were taught and clubs included drama, canoeing, and Boy Scouts.[1]

Long-standing teachers include Fr. Gregory Xavier Croft, S.J., who developed science education throughout Zimbabwe. He co-authored Science for Zimbabwe, one of the first science textbooks written after independence in 1980. He retired from Ignatius in 1991 but continued teaching physics at St. Alberts in Mount Darwin, Zimbabwe, and St. Boniface in Magunje. He died peacefully in Garnet House, Harare, in 2000.

Fr. Anthony Watsham, S.J., was a biology teacher and world authority in entomology. He spent much of his free time in the company of animals, dogs, birds, and a baboon named 'Bibiana'. A painter of great imagination, he decorated the Jesuit house at St. Ignatius with abstract art. One of his greatest academic achievements was the study and documentation of the parasitic wasps that live inside figs.[6] He was awarded an honorary life membership of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa[7] and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in London.[8]

Notable alumni include the late Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, Dr. Petina Gappah (an international law expert based in Switzerland and award-winning writer of An Elegy for Easterly),[9] and Jesuit Fr. Chiedza Chimhanda (rector of St George's College, Harare).[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c User, Super. "History & Background". Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  2. ^ "'O' Level top 100 schools". DailyNews Live. Retrieved 2018-02-24. 
  3. ^ "High pass rate at St Ignatius College". NewsDay Zimbabwe. 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  4. ^ Religion in Zimbabwe. Accessed 5 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Men for Others". Retrieved 2018-02-24. 
  6. ^ "Second Level Page: watsham_gallery". Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  7. ^ Rostrum. Accessed 5 July 2016.
  8. ^ Religion in Zimbabwe. Accessed 5 July 2016.
  9. ^ Gappah, Petina (2009), An elegy for Easterly : stories, Faber and Faber, ISBN 0-86547-906-2 

Coordinates: 17°45′S 31°13′E / 17.750°S 31.217°E / -17.750; 31.217