Kutama College

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Kutama College
Kutama College
Private Bag 909 Norton
Mashonaland West
Coordinates 17°48′24″S 30°23′10″E / 17.8067°S 30.3861°E / -17.8067; 30.3861Coordinates: 17°48′24″S 30°23′10″E / 17.8067°S 30.3861°E / -17.8067; 30.3861
Type Catholic Boarding high school
Motto Esse Quam Videri
(To be, rather than to seem / Be what You Are!)
Established 1914
Principal Mr. Mukoyi
Grades Form 1 - Upper Six
Age 12 to 18
Enrollment 1000 - 1200
Color(s)      Blue
Yearbook Echo Chronicle
Classrooms and Administration Block of Kutama College, 1995

Kutama College (officially St Francis Xavier College) is a Catholic, independent, boarding, high school located near Norton in the Zvimba area, 80 kilometres southwest of Harare. Kutama has a student population of about 900 pupils.

Kutama College was ranked 69th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based upon quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility.[1]

The school moto "Esse Quam Videri" is Latin meaning "to be, rather than to seem".


Founded prior to the Second World War by Jesuit Priests, Kutama was one of the first institutions to offer high school education to students of African descent in colonial Rhodesia. Its Jesuit origins are reflected in its official name, St Francis Xavier College. The school is part of Kutama Mission, a Catholic mission originally run by Jesuits but now run by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic order devoted to educational work.

James A. Chinamasa, Kutama College Headmaster in the 1990s, with his wife.

The school's first headmaster was Father Jerome O'Hea, an Irish-born priest after whom the local mission hospital is named. Its most famous headmaster was James Anthony (affectionately known as "Jachi") Chinamasa, a Kutama College old boy and elder brother of Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa. The present headmaster is Br Jacob Mutingwende who took over from Br Bernard Chirombe, who served as deputy headmaster under Stephen Muchenje who retired at the end of 2008.


Like most high schools in Zimbabwe, which follow the traditional British school system, students at Kutama are divided into four houses each having its own colour:

  • Champagnat (Blue), named after Saint Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist movement.
  • Chichester (Red)
  • Michael (Green)
  • Patrick (Yellow)

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "top20highschools". Africa Almanac. Africa Almanac. 1 October 2003. Archived from the original on 14 January 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2016. The research leading up to the publication of the 100 Best High Schools in Africa began with the launching of the website in December 2000.

External links

  • Kutama Post – news of Kutamarians
  • Kutama Old Boys Association website
  • Top 100 African Schools
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