Eaglesvale High School

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Eaglesvale Senior School
147 Gleneagles Road, Willowvale

Coordinates17°52′24″S 30°57′56″E / 17.87333°S 30.96556°E / -17.87333; 30.96556Coordinates: 17°52′24″S 30°57′56″E / 17.87333°S 30.96556°E / -17.87333; 30.96556
TypeIndependent, boarding and day school
(Afrikaans: Service)
Religious affiliation(s)Christianity
Established30 January 1911 (1911-01-30)[1]
  • Rev. A.J. Botha
  • Rev. J.N. Geldenhuys
OversightRCZ Daisyfield Trust
HeadmasterDennis Anderson
Forms1-4, 5, Sixth Form
Enrollment466 (2016)[2]
Student to teacher ratio25:1 approx.
HousesGryphon, Phoenix, Wyvern
Colour(s)Green, Maroon (Academic/First team/Service honours)
PublicationThe Eyrie
  • US$1,600.00 (Forms 1–5, day)
  • US$3,400.00 (Forms 1–5, boarding)
  • US$1,800.00 (Sixth Form, day)
  • US$3,600.00 (Sixth Form, boarding)
Feeder schoolsEaglesvale Preparatory School
AlumniOld Valians
  1. ^ Termly fees, the year has 3 terms [2]

Eaglesvale Senior School is a Christian, co-educational independent, boarding and day school situated on an estate approximately 100 acres in Harare, Zimbabwe. It is 12 km south west of the Harare Central Business District. It shares the same estate with Eaglesvale Preparatory School which is the primary school.

There are over 500 pupils in the senior school. Students, alumni and staff of Eaglesvale call their school 'Vale'.

Eaglesvale Senior School and Preparatory School are members of the Association of Trust Schools (ATS) and the Headmasters are members of the Conference of Heads of Independent Schools in Zimbabwe (CHISZ).[3] The schools participate in the festivals held by the National Institute of Allied Arts.


Eaglesvale Green

Eaglesvale’s first home was in Bulawayo where it opened as the Bulawayo Orphanage on 30 January 1911, an establishment of the Dutch Reformed Church by Reverends A.J. Botha and J.N. Geldenhuys.[4] In 1914 the Dutch Reformed Church then moved the school (orphanage) to Daisyfield Farm in Somabhula near Gweru with the intention of establishing a farm to produce food for the orphans. The school was renamed Daisyfiled. In 1948, the Dutch Reformed Church as the responsible Authority moved the school to the present site. This was a farm 10 miles from Salisbury (now Harare).[5] The school was built close to the railway line for easy transport. The school was renamed Bothashof School in honour of H Botha, son of Rev. A.J. Botha, also a Reverend of the Dutch Reformed Church.[4][5] As the city expanded, most of the farm was sold giving in to industrial development in the early 1970s. In 1978 the school struggled to get students resulting in the Dutch Reformed Church, Central Africa, closing the school and selling the land to National Railways of Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia Railways).[5]

Eaglesvale View

In 1982, the school reopened with one black student and the rest white. Due to the new Zimbabwean Government’s policy of education for all, the school enrolment increased to 400 in the Junior School and eight hundred in the Senior School. The principal was Mr Stokes.[5]

In 1985, Bothashof School was renamed Eaglesvale. In 1988, the school celebrated 40 years in Willowvale. J Bousfield joined the school in 1989 as the new headmaster. In 2002 Kenneth McKean took over as headmaster. Due to economic and other hardships, the school enrolment dropped to below 600. New subjects such as Design and Technology, Thinking Skills etc. were introduced to the curriculum and the enrolment stabilised. McKean left at the end of August 2008 and Mr Tirivavi took over as headmaster of the school.[5]

On 11 June 2010, the Dutch Reformed Church, Central Africa, surrendered the Daisyfield Trust which inter alia had the responsibility of Eaglesvale School to the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe under the leadership of Rev Dr Chomutiri as moderator. The Daisyfield Trust was renamed the RCZ Daisyfield Trust. All legal formalities were completed. On 13 February 2014, the Dutch Reformed Church Central Africa represented by Rev G A Brytenbach publicly handed over Eaglesvale School to the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe represented by the Moderator Rev Dr Rangarirai Rutoro.[5] The event was attended by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, Education minister Lazarus Dokora and Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa.[6]

In 2015, Naison Tirivavi left the school with Mr. R. Ndawona, then deputy headmaster, assuming the role as acting headmaster of Eaglesvale Senior School. Mr. Dennis Anderson was appointed Headmaster of the Senior School from 1 May 2016.[7]

The school badge and motto[edit]

The school badge consists of a shield divided into two fields horizontally and the motto of the institution underneath. The shield has a bible on a green background in the top division and an ox wagon on a maroon background in the bottom division of the shield. The badge symbolised the history of the people that founded the school who tried to live according to the Word of God. Diens is the school motto which means "Service" in the Afrikaans language.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Photo gallery[edit]

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  1. ^ Hendrich, Gustav (2010). ""Help ons bou" - die Daisyfield-inrigting en die impak van sendingwerk en godsdienstige bearbeiding in 'n weeshuisomgewing in Rhodesië (1910 - 1948)" ["Help us build" - The Daisyfield institution and the impact of missionary work and religious ministering in an orphanage environment in Rhodesia (1910 - 1948)] (PDF) (Article) (in Afrikaans). School for Basic Sciences, Vaal Campus, North-West University. ISSN 0379-9867. Retrieved 4 May 2016 – via Institutional Repository of the North-West University.
  2. ^ a b "ATS CHISZ EAGLESVALE HIGH SCHOOL » » Schools Directory". ATS CHISZ. ATS CHISZ. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  3. ^ "ATS CHISZ Senior » » Schools Directory". ATS CHISZ. ATS CHISZ. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Pretorius, Shirley Frances (1992). "The history of the Daisyfield Orphanage, Bothashof Church School and Eaglesvale School between 1911 and 1991" (PDF) (Dissertation). University of South Africa, Pretoria. Retrieved 4 May 2016 – via Institutional Repository of the University of South Africa.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Eaglesvale School - Fingaz Supplement". Eaglesvale School. Eaglesvale School. 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  6. ^ Chateta, Gerald (11 October 2014). "Reformed Church of Zimbabwe Eaglesvale struggles to renovate run down school". Religion In Zimbabwe. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Eaglesvale - Executive Appointment, Senior School Head". The Sunday Mail (Press release) (Extra ed.). Zimpapers. 8 May 2016. p. 8. Mr Anderson brings a wealth of experience in teaching and leadership from St John's College. He also served Milton High School as a Science teacher. He has served in senior strategic positions in various industries including Agricura (Pvt) Ltd where he was the Managing Director for 4 years.

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