St Dominic's Chishawasha

Coordinates: 17°47′34″S 31°13′43″E / 17.7929°S 31.2286°E / -17.7929; 31.2286
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St Dominic's Chishawasha

TypePrivate, boarding school
MottoVeritas (Latin: Truth)
Sister schoolSaint Ignatius College

St Dominic's Chishawasha is a Roman Catholic girls boarding school situated in Chishawasha valley, about 24 km from Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. It began as an elementary school in 1898; the secondary school was opened in 1967. In 2017 the enrollment consisted of 420 full-time boarding students.[1]


St Dominic's was founded by the Sisters of the Dominican Order in 1896, and is still run by them.[2] Besides traditional school subjects, sewing, cooking, technology, and business courses are taught. Since 2001 the school has offered A-levels.[1][3] In 2013, 89 girls from the school took O-levels and 93.26% of these passed, which ranked ninth in the country.[4]

The school was established as a sister school to St Ignatius College which is run by Jesuit priests. Together they produced a music album in 2017.[5] The school is in the Chishawasha Mission parish of St. Ignatius Loyola.[6]

The school motto is 'Veritas', which is a Latin term for truth, and is the motto of the Dominican Sisters. The school badge has a black and white crest which has the cross and the school motto Veritas on the top.


Student clubs include taekwondo, karate, chess, drummies, mbira, traditional dance, LEO, drama, art, cheerleaders, and rosary group. Sports include basketball, volleyball, athletics, and soccer.[7]

In 2016 the girls won first place among 17 schools in a choral competition.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Diverse Expressions of the Preaching Mission of the Missionary Dominicans of the Sacred Heart in Zimbabwe | Order of preachers". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  2. ^ "St Dominics Chishawasha". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  3. ^ "Zimbabwe School Examinations Council". 2014-08-02. Archived from the original on 2014-08-02. Retrieved 2018-02-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "'O' Level top 100 schools". DailyNews Live. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  5. ^ "St Ignatius College and St Dominics light it up in double album launch". Jesuits Zimbabwe - The Zimbabwe Province of the Society of Jesus. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  6. ^ "Our Parish". Chishawasha Mission and Primary School. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  7. ^ "St Dominics Chishawasha". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  8. ^ "St Dominic's Chishawasha scoops CASA choral competitions". Retrieved 2018-02-24.

17°47′34″S 31°13′43″E / 17.7929°S 31.2286°E / -17.7929; 31.2286