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  • ST JOHN’SPreparatory School for Boys the Lord is our shepherd Domi nus Pastor 2009 Year Book
  • ST JOHN’S Preparatory School for BoysDomi the Lord is our shepherd nus Pastor20 09 Y E A R B O O K
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  • Table ofBoard of Governors contents 2 Tennis 41Parents Liaison Committee 2 Volley ball 43Staff of 2009 3Headmaster, Headboy & Senior Rugby 45Deputy Headboys 3 Colts Rugby 49Speech NightHeadmaster’s Speech 4 Grade 4 Rugby 52 Senior Hockey 54Commendation Certificates 9Special Certificates 9 Colts Hockey 57National Institute of Allied 9Arts Honours Awards 9 Senior Soccer 61Class Prizes 10 Colts Soccer 63Subject Prizes 10 Golf 68Special Prizes 11 First Aid 68Honours Ties 14 House Captains 69Grade 7 Leavers 2008 14 PE Sports Staff 69Chess 16 Music Report 70Public Speaking 18 Joseph Cast 70Cricket Tour 20 Grade 1 Literary Contributions 72Senior Cricket 23 Grade 2 Literary Contributions 75Colts Cricket 29 Domi Grade 3 Literary Contributions 80Grade 4 Cricket nus Pa4storContributions 33 Grade Literary 87Athletics 36 Grade 5 Literary Contributions 93Cross Country 37 Tree of Life Camp (Grade 6) 98Triathlon 38 Grade 6 Literary Contributions 107Swimming 39 Grade 7 Literary Contributions 112
  • Board Of Governors Chairman Board of Governors - Mr B. Ndebele Chairman Preparatory School Executive Committee - Mr B. Ndebele Treasurer - Mr B. Hofman Chairman Campus Development Committee - Mr D. Whatman Chairlady Staff Committee - Mrs B. A. Lake Chairlady Bursaries Committee - Mrs E Fundira Chairman Staff Pension Commission - Mr E. Mungwariri Members - Mr D. G. Bain Mr P. Filer Mr E. Jinda Mr S. E. Mangwengwende Dr M. S. Mushiri Mr R. Naik Mr V. W. Zireva Patrons - Mr G. S. R. Honey Mr M. A. Masunda Mr R. J. A. Passaportis Parents’ Liaison Committee Chairman - Mr M. Hayter Headmaster - Mr M. N. Mackenzie Board Representative - Mrs E. Fundira Gr 5 Fundraising Committee Chairman - Mr C. Beattie Domi Secretary Treasurer nus Pastor - - Mrs L. Freemantle Mrs L. Gomba Headboys Mother - Mrs P. Byrom Deputy Headboys’ Mothers - Mrs M. Gumbo Mrs A. Hulbert Members - Mr J. Bere Mrs C. Butler Mr G. Bushby Mr M. Nakhwa Mr A Patel Mr M Masengere2 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Staff of 2009 Back: L. Moor; T. Kwatengera; L. Mutsago; R. Whitaker; B. Chimhau; A. Williams; A. Mwayenga; D. Gillam; D. Derry; D. Mutendera; B. Chauhan; V. Shenje; F. Dhlamini Middle: C. Sandys-Thomas; M. De Bruijn; R. Chirau; W. Scott; E. Bredenkamp; R. Mackenzie; V. Parker; J. Elliott; S. M. Wentzel; A. Banks; D. Russell; C. Passaportis; A. Dickinson; M. Croukamp Seated: L. Cochrane; M. Tanner; P. Mangunda; G. Esslemont; M. Mbundire; M. Mackenzie; S. Ellis; H. Wallace; P. Mitchell; W. Ndimutseyi; R. Miller; L. ODonoghueHeadmaster, Headboy & Deputy Headboys Back: P. Gumbo; M. Hulbert Front: Mr Mackenzie; E. Byrom Year Book 2009 3
  • Speech Night Headmaster’s Speech and is on its way and we are now treasurer and Brenda Liepe was Our guests of Honour – able to order new imported text indefatigable! The 100 club under books to replace our aging and the leadership of Dave Bain and Mr & Mrs Nedziwe, Mr dwindling stocks. This wont be Spencer Murray has been a Godsend Whatman Board done over night but we have made a in supplying 27 new computers and Executive member, start. various hampers for the staff. Patrons and members of the Board, invited guests, A very exciting new adventure is Unquestionably we have made huge members of staff, Old being embarked upon and that is the strides in and around our school in a boys & gentlemen of St introduction of the Interactive single year and the addition of our Johns, it gives me great Smartboard to our school. This is a brand new 27 seater bus, provided pleasure to present to new and innovative approach to by the Board is further testament to you tonight my thoughts teaching the children in an this. However it has also been a year interactive way using computer during which I have spent a lot of software linked to a large screen. It time and energy trying to see the big has huge future implications and picture in all of that which has been I have to say that as I reflected upon whilst we will be starting from happening. this year I couldnt help shaking my scratch with one machine in a head in wonder and amazement – resource room we will be attempting Doubtlessly the country is so much not only at where the time has gone to familiarize ourselves with the better off than this time a year or so but at how fast our whole St Johns software and the seemingly endless ago but we are still in a fragile community has shifted gear and possibilities which lie in this product. predicament. By no means are we moved into new dimensions. For so I trust that this time next year we will out of the woods yet. We have to long we have been in survival mode – have some firsthand, positive remain focused on our core business doing an outstanding job of surviving experiences to report. We are very – that of educating our children. This too, I hasten to add, but this year proud of our fully is a most daunting positive things have really begun to up and running A very exciting new task. We can carry Web-site which is on as we have been happen. carefully updated adventure is being or we can open our The Board of Governors under the each week by embarked upon and that eyes to what is strong leadership of Themba Louise Cochrane. The P L C, well is the introduction of the going on aroundin I mean this now us. Ndebele has redefined and honed many internal policies and a great shepherded by Interactive Smartboard to the educational deal of effort has gone into forging Mark Hayter has our school. This is a new sense. I find it the way for St Johns to enter a new acted as a genuine difficult enough to conduit for the and innovative approach formulate a clear era. expression of your to teaching the children picture in my mind views and the of what is Around the school significant and committee worked in an interactive way happening let alone most welcome changes have taken place. To mention just a few are the hard throughout using computer software being able to put it palastrade fencing surrounding most the year on the linked to a large screen. down in writing – of the property, the repainting of much enjoyed but I do know that buildings, classrooms, shadecloth Family Fun Day the world is structures and most impressive of all and the various cocktail parties and changing rapidly and our biggest – the complete revamping of all our other functions. A great help to our challenge as educators is to question toilet blocks. They are stunning. That school were the extremely hard everything that we do every step of is not to suggest that the boys working Grade 5 fundraising the way. accuracy has improved all together committees of all three classes so but great progress has been made in ably led by Collin Beattie. Gloria You will have noticed that your kids this regard too! Jumbe headed up 5E, with Mark are light years quicker than you at Wilson 5N and Vicki Macray 5S. picking up new computer games. A reading scheme has been ordered Emma Frost worked tirelessly as They are thinking4 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • differently, picking up patterns gratification, self-control, empathy characteristics – reasonabledifferently and finding stimulus in and other important lessons cant be independence; trustworthiness; thedifferent activities from us – and yet in learned at electric speed. Human ability to take responsibility; the abilityschools we still test them using the development (she tells us) happens to work under rules and authority;same yardsticks that have been used in slow time and contempory tolerance of others; a sense offor years (I dont just mean St Johns children need the same time humour; friendliness andPrep, I mean the world over). A cry in consuming, old fashioned nurturing consideration towards others and aevery staffroom across the world – that small, highly intelligent primates strong sense of honesty and integrity.Im prepared to bet – and certainly in have needed through the ages.”newspaper articles in the U.K. and We need to fill our boys with a degreeAmerica is that children can no If you will recall our parents of self confidence which will enablelonger read and write as well as they encouraged us to be doctors, them to front up to lifes manyused to, that the standard of entries lawyers, accountants and to get challenges and indeed to reachinto Prose competitions has dropped MBAs but according to Daniel Pink beyond themselves. Michalangelo,off – and comments to this effect. in his latest New York Times and whose magnificent works my wife Business Week Bestseller, “A whole and I were privileged to see lastWhilst these are undeniable truths I New Mind,” the keys to the kingdom holidays wrote this, “The Greatestfeel strongly that the youth of today as it were are changing hands. Danger for most of us is not that ourare gaining incredible skills in areas Whilst up until now “Left Brainers” aim is too high and we miss it – butand activities in which we are not have ruled the world, the future that it is too low and we reach it!”testing them. Not only are we not belongs to a different kind of persontesting these skills but we are also with a different kind of mind – the To a person we need to raise ourassuming that the skills that they are “Right Brainers” – the creators and sights – be prepared to miss once orlearning are not going to help them in empathizers, pattern recognizers, twice but be brave enough to go fortheir careers in the coming years. I artists, inventors, designers, story it.feel sure that we are in a transitional tellers, caregivers, consolers. Bigperiod and that they are indeed picture thinkers – will, in Pinks words Giving thought then to how we mightgoing to be better equipped in the “reap societys richest rewards and be fairing in preparing our boys forfuture than we think. I have to say share its greatest joys.” In short we their lives beyond thethat these are very much my own seem to be moving from anthoughts but after all, considering economy and a society built on thethat they will retire at 65, with the logical, linear, computer - likerapidly changing world some of them capabilities of the Information Age towill ultimately be doing jobs which an economy and a society built onhavent been invented yet! Already the inventive, emphatic, big-picturethe first world is being shaken by the capabilities of what is rising in its We need to fill ouroutsourcing of jobs abroad and the place, the Conceptual Age. So, allcomputerization of everyones lives. those “right brainers” whose abilities boys with a degree were overlooked and undervalued inWhere does this leave us as the Information age – hang in there – of self confidenceeducators? Undeniably we need to your time is coming! which will enablebe constantly trying our hardest tokeep those essential skills, We need also to focus on the bigger them to front up toconceptual developments and valuesbeing learnt – picture of truly educating our children. We need to be constantly lifes manySue Palmer in her book entitled Toxic mindful of the real values that our challenges andChildhood, reminds us that whilst the kids will need in their future lives.world is changing around us We need to equip them with a indeed to reach“children still have to move along that balance. There will be many beyonddevelopmental continuum, acquiring opinions as to what this might meanthe habits of civilized behaviour. but my balanced person will have themselves.Focused attention, deferred the following qualities and Year Book 2009 5
  • Speech night (continued) respective leagues. The tri and du How thrilled we were to hear that two athletes were outstanding and whilst of our boys, Kai Detering and there is still one competition to go, Prep School I find that in our myriad Panashe Mwamuka have been which St Johns will be hosting, we of activities both in the classrooms accepted into the Drakensburg won the Series du-athlon Trophy held and on the playing fields we are well BoysChoir School in South Africa out at Ruwa and the Interschools placed. Our emphasis on manners is due to their singing talents. We have Triathlon Trophy. Grateful thanks to still the envy of the rest of the world. boys – as can be seen in our list of Mr Squires and Tyrone Mackie from We try to set our boys tasks and achievements in the programme – the College for giving of their time encourage them to work as who have been selected for and expertise to work so hard with independently as possible. We try to Zimbabwe in Hockey, B.M.X. and our boys. give them all a sense of achievement Dancesport, with the rugby, by fielding as many teams as swimming and cricket squads yet to Whilst we are very pleased and even possible in the various sports in the be finalized. In Regional sides we proud of these fine achievements by hopes that they can represent their have a great many boys. All 11 first the best teams – please hear me school and test their skills against team cricketers have been chosen in loud and clear when I say that I am others of similar talents and various Harare Schools teams along far more satisfied and confident that strengths. We try to teach tolerance with 10 rugby players in the we have done the best that we can of others, sportsmanship and team equivalent rugby sides. 7 of our with all of our other boys. We have spirit – all of which will equip them for Colts Cricketers have made the given them every opportunity to be a smoother journey through life. I Harare sides, 5 in the A and 2 in the coached at their levels and to play recall a situation in the Infants Gala B. The same would be said for our against boys of much higher teams when a Grade 6 boy was in the pool unbelievably strong soccer players, in other schools if at all possible. We helping a little grade one across the cross country runners, squash are grateful to every school that gives pool and it was a great sight. The players, tri and du athletes, us opposition and we afford them all little guy was supposed to be kicking swimmers and volleyballers if these the utmost respect. with his board but there was just no disciplines had Inter-provincial way that he was going to let go of his competitions. It was a great year in In our academic pursuits we had helper whom he was quietly so many ways in the sporting almost a record number of Allied Arts strangling with his left arm whilst endeavours and the vast majority of accolades with 5 Honours, 16 1sts, holding his board with the other. Not our boys represented our school in 13 2nds and 23 3rd Grade only was it great to see the support one way or another. Our cross- Certificates. that he was given but the exhilaration country runners need to be that the swimmer showed when he mentioned, as do our swimmers as Our grade 6 boys went on a great made it to the other side was a tear they cleaned up every meet and gala camp and were stretched in many jerker. He punched the air with both on offer whilst the rugby 1st team won areas and life-changing growth was hands. He had taken on a major fear the Hellenic Catsicus Cup Trophy, the achieved by several who overcame that day and overcome it. A great Super 8 Festival and were unbeaten fears of many sorts. many of our boys experience the joys in the Springvale Festival. The 1st of being part of our wonderful school Team Soccer won the Gateway It is in this type of environment that plays and musicals. Many sing in our Festival and the mighty Volley Ball leaders emerge and just as obvious choirs and play in the Marimba band. team which lost only one match all are those who are quite happy to go We have athletes and swimmers. We season then extracted revenge in the along with the pack. My grateful have those who excel in ball sports Festival held at the Harare thanks to Sue Ellis, Mandy Tanner and others who have the stamina to International School and won the and Rich Whitaker who give up a run for Kms in cross countries and trophy. Our athletes and Hockey week with their families to be in on who are great at duathlons, triathlons, players were brilliant and the 1st XI this exercise. The Tree of Life Camp Dancesport, B.M.X. at International Hockey boys were unbeaten and is providing a fine service, out at levels and those who gain enormous won the E. P S. A. Festival. The . Ruwa, to many a youngster quantities of self esteem from their tennis teams were also unbeaten throughout Zimbabwe. achievements in the classroom or in and the A & B teams won their the computer room, art room or in their chess matches.6 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • To those of you in the audience whoCommunity-wise we did a brilliant job are teachers and sports coaches –of rallying to the call to help provide we are in your debt. We have some Then we go back to the beginningpresents for hundreds of orphans in whose main role in the school is to really when we look to the Board ofan exercise headed up by Miracle teach and nurture the boys, others Governors. Well done and a hugeMissions. The amount that your boys have the jobs of coaching them not thank you to you all for the time andbrought in was most heartening and I only the skills involved in the various dedication that you have shown toam sure that they see this as being a sports but also etiquette, team spirit our school. Despite efforts to cuttangible way of helping those less and the management of the various down on meetings there have beenfortunate than themselves. We were different temperaments and a great many lead by the variousalso blessed to be able to donate 24 expectations of those in their care – Chair persons, Themba Ndebele ofMercer computers, monitors, and then we have those who do course at the top, Beatrice Lake whokeyboards and headphones to Mount both. Those who have to teach in carries out the vital role of StaffMellery Mission School in Nyanga. the mornings and run teams and Development and mattersAdded to that we have given away 8 practices in the afternoons and do Educational. Dave Whatman indot matrix printers and 8 ink jet extra training in the early mornings charge of the C.D.C which has beenprinters. The bad news is we have and every lunch time. This is a huge extremely active, Willard Zireva whonot yet replaced these! school and so much can go wrong is on four committees and Chairman so quickly and though I cant thank of the Nominations Committee,How has it all been possible? you all by name, you have all of our Brian Hofmann Chairman of theCertainly it begins with the boys. We thanks for the magnificent jobs that Finance Committee.have a fine school of young lads with you are doing.varying degrees of ability, interests Emma Fundira, who attends the P Land passions. Of course someone Structure in an organization of this C meetings in her capacity ofwill always let us down but generally sort is vital and we are indebted to Liaison Governor and is Chairlady ofspeaking they are polite, well our Directors and H.O.Ds for their the Bursary Committee and all thebehaved and well motivated and long invaluable input. Sue Ellis, Director other governors who work on themay it last. The rest of our success is of Academics and Helen Wallace, various committees. We aredown to you in the audience and Director of Infants have been fortunate to have his Worship Mrothers who could not be here tonight. outstanding and Mathew Mbundire Much Masunda, one of our PatronsWe are so grateful to you parents for who has the difficult job of Director of now as Mayor of Harare whilst ourthe invaluable and incalculable Sport and Discipline has worked other two Patrons Mr Scot Honeysupport in so many ways. To those tirelessly to stay on top of a myriad of and Mr Rick Passaportis attend allwho have been called upon to assist activities. Mr Dhlamini is doing well Board meetings and give of theirwith the baking of cakes and pouring in our Shona Department especially experience and expertise. Thankof teas, the offers of transport, the bearing in mind that things are subtly you to all of you.formation of committees such as the changing in this arena. Not to putGrade 5s of 2009 who have worked too finer point on this but whilst we, Then we have those in the engineso professionally on the production of as a school, are trying hard to room – in the finance departmentthe events like the Fireworks which become better at teaching Shona so dealing with all the serious “stuff”was truly of international standards, fewer and fewer boys are speaking it the money. Many thanks indeed tothe revamping of our sports kitchen socially or at home. Rose our Financial Manager Mr Geoff Dayby Brenda Davis, the support when Mackenzie, Head of the much envied who oversees the College and thewe hosted the Combined Schools remedial Department, Shelly Hood – Prep and Mrs Rena Miller and DiChoirs and the Inter-Schools Athletics Head of the ever changing I.T. Russell who ensure that the dailyMeet, the Family Fun Day and the Department, Marge Croukamp who running of it all goes smoothly. Ourparents cocktail party. Above all just runs our Music Department and two secretaries have been brilliant –for being there to help your boys with Debbie Derry who is Head of English not only doing a fine job with all thetheir homework and to comfort and have all done a great job. We will go office typing and administration butguide them through the rigours of life into 2010 with a new H.O.D. of Maths– well done and thank you. which will further streamline our academic department. Year Book 2009 7
  • Speech night (continued) or sons here – and they still have six fear of what may lie ahead – too more to go! many who are not getting up and getting on with their lives but are also trying to cope with the ever Miraculously we only have two semi-paralized still trying to recover increasing stream of people wanting teachers leaving us this year which from the past and waiting for some to come to our school. A huge thank speaks volumes for our stability and miraculous happening in the future. you to Aly Dickinson and Cheryl Mr Shenje can hardly be blamed for The U.S Dollar is still very hard to Passaportis. With all the repairs and feeling that he needs a rest after 26 come by and people who were maintenance and extra developments years here and 47 years in the struggling to pay fees and make around the school our Estate profession! I should like to return to ends meet are finding it no less Manager Ted Perepeczko and our Va Shenje later in the evening if I difficult now. I leave you with these procurement officer Kevin Whatman may! We say goodbye to Mrs words entitled, “I Am” along with our support staff have Mangunda with much thanks for all worked tirelessly and deserve our that she has done for our boys. I I was regretting the past and freely given thanks for a job well take this opportunity to introduce the Fearing the future done! new teachers to you for next year, Ms Suddenly my Lord was speaking Joanna Hulley in 4E and Ms Julie My name is I am We say goodbye to so many of you at Hacker in 7E. Mr Brian Chimhau will He paused; I waited; he continued this time but fortunately mainly leave grade 7 and take over Mr When you live in the past, through natural process! Our Grade Shenjes Shona. I have no doubt With its mistakes and regrets, 7 leavers and your parents come to that they will each do a great job. It is hard. I am not there: mind first. This should not be sad as My name is not I was. we have spent up to 7 years I should like to end now with When you live in the future, preparing you for this moment. We something that I believe that we With its problems and fears wish you all everything of the best as need to pay serious attention to. It is hard. I am not there: you launch in to the next phase of Whilst of course I want to be positive My name is not I will be. your lives. We trust that we have and upbeat I want also to be When you live in this moment equipped you as best we could to realistic. As I mentioned earlier I It is NOT hard. cope with the joys and rigours that lie dont think that our problems in this I am here: ahead. To the leaving parents we say country are necessarily over yet. I My name is I am. a huge thank you for all your support dont wish to go into the dangers that Live today over the years and here I need to may still lie in wait but I want to single out the Hook family, Ed and Thank you! remind us all to stay positive and Sharon who bid the Prep farewell focused. I sense that there are too after 21 consecutive years with a son many people who are still living in We say goodbye to so many of you at this time but fortunately mainly through natural process! Our Grade 7 leavers and your parents come to mind first. This should not be sad as we have spent up to 7 years preparing you for this moment. We wish you all everything of the best as you launch in to the next phase of your lives.8 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Commendation certificatesGRADE 3N Excellence in Mathematics Tyler Spagnuolo High Attainment in Reading & Spelling Zeeshaan Ramajan All Round Improvement Nyasha Chiketsani Excellent Progress in Comprehension & SpellingGRADE 3S Enthusiasm and Attainment Michael Booth Alistair Frost Attainment Rory Plunket Consistent Hard Work Brett Hounsell Consistent Effort & Progress in Reading & SpellingGRADE 3E High Standard of Work Patrick Plunket Hayden Silk Consistent Effort Joshua Bushby Progress Kurt Platen Consistent Effort & Progress in Reading & SpellingGRADE 4N Consistent Effort in all Subjects Daniel Aucamp Jordan Sudlow For Beautiful Handwriting Tadiwa Motsi Consistently Giving his Best Simba Ndoro Progress and Effort in Reading &GRADE 4S Consistent Effort in English Tinotenda Mutumi Spelling Perseverance Darrell Muzerengi James-Dean Harrison Enthusiasm and Attainment Ross Stewart Consistent Effort & Progress inGRADE 4E Consistent Effort Timothy Nyika Reading & Spelling High Standard of Work Tadiwa Chimuka Benjamin Alexander All Round Improvement Hadley James Persistence and Progress inGRADE 5N Consistent Effort Chase Onorati Reading & Spelling Enthusiasm for Work Anesu Mangudya Christopher Macquire Attainment and Presentation Ali Sam Al KhalilGRADE 5S Perseverance Callum Lindsay-White Consistent Effort Austin Rwodzi Excellence in Content Subjects Christian WrightGRADE 5E Consistent Effort Conor King All Round Improvement Makomborero Moyo Effort and Application Prakash BhagatGRADE 6N Consistent Achievement Alosha Chikanda High Standard of Work Aidan Onorati Perseverance Matthew Sandys-ThomasGRADE 6S For Being so Attentive Shao Li NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF For Consistency of Effort Ryan Hounsell For Having Such an Enthusiastic ALLIED ARTS Approach To School Andile Sithole Honours AwardGRADE 6E Consistent Effort and Achievement Lochlan Butler Literary Attainment Ross Hayter Ryan Murray, Thembani Magazi, Effort and Application Ryan Boshi Jake Snyman.GRADE 7N Most Improved Attitude Bradley Croukamp Tries the Hardest Nicholas Grainger Visual Arts Consistent Effort Chad Scallan Broc Meyer, Panashe Mwamuka, Douglas Dorward, Daniel Vlahakis,GRADE 7S Outstanding Effort Marvin Nyabereka Tinotenda Mutumi (National Progress in B Set Maths Ben Hlatshwayo Award) Consistent Effort Benjamin Mallon SpeechGRADE 7E Most Improved in Set A Maths Breandon Lilford Reece Williams All Round Improvement Peniel Mangunda Outstanding Progress in Set C Maths Kealan Mackenzie Year Book 2009 9
  • Class prizes GRADE 3N First in Class Ryan Sylvester High Achievement Cole Onorati Consistent Effort & High Achievement Mapalo Musaba GRADE 3S First in Class Nicholas Balfour Outstanding Work Calum English-Brown Consistent Effort Gareth Ncube GRADE 3E First in Class Attainment John Nyambayo Ian Munro Subject Prizes Consistent Effort Jordan Cowley SHONA L1 GRADE 4N First in Class Douglas Dorward Nyasha Tarinda Runner Up Mufaro Chareka Consistency of Effort Shahen Padayachee SHONA L2 Sander Post GRADE 4S Class prize Mduduzi Mhlanga Runner Up Nicholas Freemantle ENGLISH Consistent High Standard Liam Hounsell Nyasha Tarinda GRADE 4E First in Class Michael Muchopa MATHS Second in Class Cameron Butler Fayyaadh Adam Third in Class Simbarashe Wazara CONTENT SUBJECTS GRADE 5N First in Class Ammaar Adam Waseem-Ahmed Karim Runner Up Miles Garnett Attainment in Grade 5 Reon Spagnuolo COMPUTERS Batsirai Chirombo GRADE 5S Class Prize Aiden Blignaut Runner Up Kudzo Chiwara Consistent All Round Effort Dev Trivedy GRADE 5E First in Class Panashe Mwamuka Runner Up Matthew Davenport Outstanding Effort Kai Detering GRADE 6N First in Class Thembani Magazi Runner Up Rory Tsapayi Consistent All Round Effort Thomas Reid GRADE 6S First in Class Nigel Vere Progress Keegan Silk Consistency of Effort Munashe Masango GRADE 6E First in Class Ryan Murray Runner Up Travis Mackie Outstanding Effort Matthew Wazara GRADE 7N First in Class Farai Kasukuwere Domi nus Pastor Runner Up Tafara Makombe Third in Class Waseem-Ahmed Karim GRADE 7S First in Class Tinashe Makamure Runner Up Nyasha Tarinda Third in Class Batsirai Chirombo GRADE 7E First in Class Ross Scott-Riddell Runner Up Taashira Chikosi Third in Class Sander Post10 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Special prizesTHOMSON TROPHY Alistair Frost REG NIELD TROPHY Cameron Butler and(Contribution to Colts Cricket) (Junior Rugby Player Nicholas Freemantle of the Year) (Gr. 4)FIELDING CUP Miles Garnett REG NIELD TROPHY Jack Strong(Colts Cricket) (Senior Rugby Player of the Year)PATEL CUP Graham Curtis KIWI TROPHY Mark Hulbert(Colts Batting) (Grit and Determination in Rugby)BRUNDLE CUP Ammaar Adam IGOE RUGBY CUP Michael Rossi(Colts Bowling) (Flair)NORAH LEWIS TROPHY Martin Eeson WRIGHT RUGBY CUP Bradley Evans(Most promising colt) and Graham (Outstanding contribution to Rugby)Curtis TENNIS DOUBLES TROPHY Ryan Murray &JASON STEED SHIELD Ewan Price Alosha Chikanda(Most Improved Cricketer) KAMBARAMI CUP Alosha ChikandaHOUGH TROPHY Mark Hulbert (Tennis Singles)(Most Promising Pace Bowler) TENNIS SPORTSMANSHIP Tinashe MakamureWARWICK OLDS SHIELD Kyle Hopper(1st XI Best All Round Cricketer) SENIOR TROPHY FOR SOCCER Tafara GoweraBRUNDLE CUP Edward Byrom THE MWAMUKA CUP Takosheswa Nyabadza(Batting) (Colts Soccer Player of the Year)JARVIS CUP Michael Rossi THE GUMBO CUP Peniel Mangunda(Fielding) (Outstanding Commitment to Soccer)LAKE CRICKETER OF THE YEAR Edward Byrom WATERS TROPHY Chase OnoratiHICKMAN TROPHY Alistair Frost (Colts Sportsmanship)(Junior Squash) DESNA CAMPBELL VOLLEY BALLSENIOR SQUASH TROPHY Ryan Murray TROPHY Tafara MakombeYEATMAN CUP Ross Scott-Riddell CHESS JUNIOR TROPHY Abias Chivhayo(Squash Sportsmanship) CHESS SENIOR TROPHY Taashira ChikosiCAVANAGH TROPHY Bradley Evans(Outstanding Commitment to Hockey) DRAMA CUP Michael JellicoePRICE TROPHY Michael Rossi HOWARD ARRAND TROPHY Tinotenda Chitambo(Hockey Player of the Year) (Outstanding service to Music/Marimba)LEROY DUBELY CUP Graham Curtis(Contribution to Colts Rugby) MCGEORGE ART TROPHY Taashira ChikosiREG NIELD TROPHY Chase Onorati PUBLIC SPEAKING SENIOR CUP Ross Hayter(Colts Rugby Player of the Year) PUBLIC SPEAKING JUNIOR CUP Reece Williams Year Book 2009 11
  • Special Prizes (continued) ZORORO MAKAMBA James Harrison and GIBB TROPHY Edward Byrom (Helpfulness) Chad Scallan (Good Fellowship) BAWDEN CUP Batsirai Chirombo D W YOUNG TROPHY – Academic Farai Kasukuwere (Perseverance, Loyalty, Participation) HONOURS TIES Head & Deputies Edward Byrom (Headboy); Mark KAAGMAN CUP Tafara Gowera Hulbert and Tanaka (Vigorously Embracing Gumbo (Deputy School Life) Headboys) JOHN QUINCEY SHIELD Nicholas Grainger Zim Hockey Bradley Evans, (Courage and Perseverance) Tinotenda Chitambo, Michael Rossi BUTRESS SHIELD – Loyalty Tanaka Gumbo Zim BMX Nicholas Warren COLLEN CHIHAMBAKWE Jack Strong Zim Dance Sport Michael Jellicoe MEMORIAL SHIELD (Participation and Enjoyment in Sport) THE HEADMASTERS CUP Bradley Croukamp MILNE TROPHY Michael Rossi and (Outstanding Sportsmanship) Kyle Hopper BRENDAN GALLAGHER TROPHY Edward Byrom (Dux Award - Endeavour, SEKESAYI MABASHA MEMORIAL Courage, Kindness) TROPHY Mark Hulbert (Academic and Sporting) ROSE SHIELD Gregory (Champion House)12 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Senior coloursBack: M. Nyabereka; K. Mackenzie; D. Williams; R. Scott-Riddell; N. Warren; L. Butler; T. Makamure; T. Chitambo;T. Fundira; B. Chirombo; J. Harrison; P. Mangunda; S. Post; T. Lindsay-WhiteStanding: T. Gowera; C. Scallan; A. Nyamuda; E. Price; M. Madziva; F. Kasukuwere; J. Strong; T. Mahofa; J.Waller; R. Murray; C. Clayton-Howe; T. Makombe; L. ShaoSeated: M. Sibanda; R. Hayter; M. Rossi; K. Hopper; T. Gumbo; Mr M Mackenzie; E. Byrom; M. Hulbert; B. Evans;T. Chikosi; B. BichardFront: T. Chatikobo; N. Welch; S. Donaldson; A. Chikanda; A. Sithole Junior colours Back: D. Sikala; M. Chareka; M. Eeson; E. Chimimba; E. Van Rooyen; P. Mwamuka Middle: C. Butler; R. Plunkett; P. Plunkett; T. Warren; D. Ndoro; I. Kloppers; D. Trivedy; H. James Seated: K. Detering; R. Williams; G. Curtis; Mr M Mbundire; C. Onorati; D. Annandale; T. Mpofu Year Book 2009 13
  • Honours ties Back: N. Warren (BMX); B. Evans (Cricket & Hockey); T. Chitambo (Hockey): M. Rossi (Hockey). Sitting: T. Gumbo (Deputy Headboy); Mr. M. Mackenzie; E. Byron (Headboy & Cricket); M. Hulbert (Deputy Headboy & Cricket) Absent: M. Jellicoe (Dancesport) Grade 7N leavers Back: W. Kawodza; D. Williams; R. Vyas; T. Madziva; M. Midzi; P. Patel; S. Hook Middle: M. Al-Khalil; T. Makombe; C. Scallan; B. Croukamp; T. Mahofa; K. Hopper; F. Adam; F. Kasukuwere Front: R. Sibanda; T. Majero; J. Harrison; W. Scott; D. Whitaker; M. Hulbert; . N. Grainger14 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 7S leavers Back: T. Gumbo; M. Sibanda; J. Nyabadza; J. Matangi; K. Van Ruiten; S. Bellini-Martin; A. Nyamuda; P. Naik; T. Makamure Middle: D. Balneaves; B. Chirombo; N. Tarinda; M. Bwerinofa; I. Baig; M. Stoltzer; J. Waller; T. Chitambo; R. Marais; B. Hlatshwayo Front: T. Lindsay-White; B. Mallon; N. Warren; T. Way; Mr B Chimhau; M. Rossi; T. Gowera; M. Nyabereka Grade 7E leaversBack: T. Mangiza; M. Jellicoe; A. Atwell; T. Parewa; T. Chikosi; E. Byrom; K. Mackenzie; P. MangundaMiddle: T. Chigaru; B. Bichard; T. Mbizi; B. Evans; B. Lilford; D. Hanssen; C. Clayton-Howe; N. Wilson; E. PriceFront: R. Tavaguta; B. Nyahunzwi; R. Scott-Riddell; Mr L Mutsago; S. Post; . T. Swan; D. Goredema Year Book 2009 15
  • Chess The Chess Club did not have a successful season in both involved in other sporting activities. In most of the matches the A and B leagues. The A team played six games. They we had less than ten players in each team. lost five and drew one. Two matches were cancelled. The B team played five games. They lost four and won one. For the 2010 chess season, I am recommending that we Two matches – against Hellenic and Heritage were only compete in the B league so that we can select the best cancelled. ten boys to represent the school. In that way there will be competition among the chess club members for selection The majority of our chess players this year were Grade 4 into the team. and 5 pupils. There was only one Grade 6 pupil and four Grade 7 boys in the A team. Most of the good players were B Chimhau - Coach “ Most of the good players were involved in other sporting activities. In most of the matches we had less than ten players “ in each team.16 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Chess A teamStanding: N. Macray; D. Limpic; B. Chirombo; T. Chitambo; K. Anderson; D. WilliamsSeated: L. Davis; T. Chikosi; Mr B Chimhau; T. Makamure; D. Aucamp Chess B teamStanding: A. Ndhlovu; T. Chimbwanda; M. Murapa; N. Chamba; T Maphosa; M De SouzaSeated: K. Mashinya; A. Chivayo; Mr B Chimhau; C. Kwaramba; M. RoscoeFront: K Blythewood Year Book 2009 17
  • Public speaking The interhouse Public Speaking competition was held at Many thanks to all the staff who helped with the competitions the end of the first term and the following finalists were and to the parents for helping their children learn their selected. speeches. Also, many thanks to Mr Mackenzie and Mrs Ruth Rodger, a well known speech and drama teacher, for Juniors:- Martin Eeson, Hadley James, Sebastian adjudicating the finals. Sheehan, Dev Trivedy, Thomas Waugh and Reece Williams. The Inter-Schools Public Speaking Competition was run over two nights due to a large number of schools participating. It Seniors:- Edward Byrom, Ross Hayter, Lebohang is encouraging to see the numbers increasing. Mwamuka, Michael Rossi, Chad Scallan and Brendan Sylvester. The junior competition took place on 6 April at Gateway Junior school. Our juniors excelled and came third overall. The contestants did very well and should be commended The senior competition was held on the next night. for their bravery and polished performances. Unfortunately we were not placed in the top three but when the junior and senior scores were added together we came In the junior section, Reece Williams won the Eliezer Cup third overall. We were very proud of our gentlemen and look with Dev Trivedy runner-up and Sebastian Sheehan third. forward to next year. Unfortunately Martin Eeson was unavailable for the competition due to a swimming commitment in South To all our budding orators, follow the advice from Gary Africa. Player, a great South African golfer:- In the senior section, Ross Hayter won the Elliot Cup with “The more I practice, the luckier I get!” Chad Scallan runner-up and Brendan Sylvester third. S Ellis The scores were tallied and Ambrose came first winning the TIC Public Speaking Richard Heap trophy with Jerome second and Gregory third. Senior Public speaking Junior Public speaking Standing: M. Rossi; C. Scallan; E. Byrom; B. Sylvester Standing: H. James; M. Eeson; D. Trivedy; S. Sheehan Seated: L. Mwamuka; Mrs S Ellis; R. Hayter Sitting: R. Williams; Mrs S Ellis; T. Waugh18 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Marimba Back: T. Makamure; K. Muleya; J. Nyabadza; N. Tarinda; Front: T. Gowera; M. Sibanda; T. Chitambo; M. Bwerinofa; T. Gumbo ChoirBack: K. Chiwara; T. Gomba; Z. Whyte; N. Chamba; T. Masenda; A. Sithole; M. Nichole; L. Mwamuka; P. Tuci;D. Pike; M. Timba; M. Nyabareka2nd row: M. Brown; R. Hunda; M. Shonhiwa; C. Du Toit; A. Nyamuda; J. Nyabadza; B. Croukamp; T. Chitambo;M. Sibanda; B. Chirombo; A. Nyawayi; M. Bosha; K. Andersonseated: M. Mwamuka; W. Annesley; C. Kwaramba; E. Chimimba; T. Gumbo; Mrs M Croukamp; Ms M de Bruinjn;T. Nyabadza; T. Maposa; T. Mutumi; K. Detering; A. Chivayoground: M. Masava; B. Masekesa; T. Motsi; A. Ndhlovu; N. Deketeke Year Book 2009 19
  • Cricket tour 2009 28th OCTOBER Left Harare at 7.30am for Johannesburg. The boys were so excited and for some it was the first time on a plane. We then connected for Durban and arrived there at 12.30. Two kombis were hired for us. Thanks to Glen and Pippa Byrom and Leanne Hopper for having everything organized for the team. We headed for Virginia Lodge where we checked in and had lunch before departing for Umhlanga Beach where the boys had lots of fun before heading back to the Lodge for shower, supper and an early night. The boys were so excited they actually forgot they were on a cricket tour! 29TH OCTOBER – MATCH Practice the team had a light practice session at Northwood Primary School indoor nets. Good practice with the batsmen batting well and the bowlers bowling good line and length. We finished off with 30 mins of fielding. The weather in the morning was overcast and threatening Before practice and match we went through the game rain. It had rained the previous night for about 4 hours so against Northlands and discussed what we did wrong. the wicket at Northland was damp and soft but I emphasized on batsmen building their innings by nonetheless we were happy to play our first game of the playing the ball on merit and the ball on the ground tour. We left the Lodge at 12.30 and the game started at and also batting all the 30 overs and bowlers bowling 1.30. in pairs and avoiding a lot of extras. Since the wicket was wet and soft we were looking to bowl The practice went well with everybody practicing first. Unfortunately we lost a vital toss and we were put in to according to the game plan. We also worked on bat on a sticky wicket which was not easy to bat on. Our calling between the wickets since we had two top order boys did not do themselves any favours. We had a bad batsmen run out cheaply in the previous match. start with two of our top order batters running themselves out and some of them playing bad shots. In the 9th over we Virginia Prep School – the wicket here was nice and hard were struggling at 30 for 4, with the captain Edward Byrom and was good to bat on. We won our first toss and showing some resistance with the bat until he was bowled elected to bat first. The batsmen did not disappoint and for 17 runs. Thereafter our middle order collapsed with bad we posted a score of 197 in 30 overs and credit goes to short selection. Angus Curtis and Kyle Hopper were Edward Byrom who scored a brilliant 55 runs and who caught off bad balls which they could have easily hit for a was ably supported by Nick Welch (39) Kyle Hopper (37). boundary had they kept them down. We were finally bowled out cheaply for 59 runs with Mark Hulbert being the The batters played well and according to the game plan only batsman batting reasonably well. with only one batsman getting run out this time. The calling between the wickets in this game improved We did not bowl well either as we bowled short again on a greatly. The bowlers bowled well to defend our total. wet wicket which made it easy for the opposition, Angus Curtis and Ewan Price in particular bowled well Northlands, to get the required 59 runs. We managed to with Curtis capturing 4 wickets and Price finishing with get two wickets with Mark Hulbert and Bradley Evans good figures of 3 wkts for 20 runs. We won this match by bowling well. 50 runs. We lost this game by 8 wickets - not the start we were A good game of cricket not because we won but hoping for, but the boys learnt from the experience. because the boys played well and stuck to the game plan. The fielding was good but the only worrying thing 30th OCTOBER – MATCH V VIRGINIA PREP about this match was the amount of extras bowled by the bowlers and we had to work on that for our next match v The team had another practice in the morning at 9am. The Penzance. match against Virginia was in the afternoon.20 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Cricket tour31st OCTOBER/1st NOVEMBERFun was had by everyone on the weekend with theboys going to the Kookaburra Factory and buyingcricket kit at up to 60% discount. I must admit that Iwent into that factory – looked at all that equipment –and felt like coming out of retirement and playingagain!! Most of the boys used most of their pocketmoney at the factory. They could not resist buying oneor two items to add to their cricket equipment! Therest of Saturday was spent on the beach having lunchfollowed by shopping at Gateway Mall.Sunday morning we had fielding practice on thebeach for about an hour. The catching was good –maybe because we were on the beach! the throwingwas excellent too and the boys really enjoyed it.We then went into Ushaka Wet and Wild and SeaWorld where they had fun for the rest of Sunday beforeheading back to the Lodge for supper and a HansieCronje movie. full tosses and short deliveries. I was impressed by the St nd Johns boys fighting spirit. They played their hearts out and2 NOVEMBER - MATCH v PENZANCE almost won the match but luck was not on our side.After the morning practice at Virginia School the team After the game Penzance School hosted a braai dinner for theleft for Penzance School which is 20km from Virginia team and parents and it was good to see our boys andLodge. The match was a 30 over match and started at Penzance boys getting together and sharing ideas on how to1.30pm. play cricket. A lovely day was had by all and good cricket was played by both schools. We had great support from the StThe wicket at Penzance was not well prepared – it was Johns parents.bare, with patches of grass and it had not been rolledproperly so it was not easy to bat on. Some balls 3rd NOVEMBER – MATCH V CLIFTONstayed low and some took off head height at a goodlength. We lost the toss and we were put on to bat. We won the toss on a very good pitch to bat on but theWe managed to put on 137 all out in 29.4 overs with batsmen did not bat well and kept on giving away theirNick Welsh playing a gutsy innings of 25 runs on a wickets cheaply. We had a solid start with Mark Hulbert anddifficult wicket with other batters struggling to score off Nick Welch playing well and playing the ball according tobad bowlers which had been bowled to them. merit. They had a partnership of 22 runs before Nick Welch was bowled playing across the line to a straight delivery.137 was a decent score on a difficult wicket but I felt Mark Hulbert went on to make a decent score of 20 before thewe needed another 20 or more runs to win the match. rest of the batsmen perished cheaply due to bad short selection on a very good batting track and were finally bowledWe bowled half decently to capture 8 of the Penzance out for 125 in 33 overs. Not a good total to defend in a 35 overwickets with Ewan Price bowling well and ending up match and on a wicket playing well.with figures of 4wkts for 15 runs in his spell of 6 overs.A couple of overs of bad bowling from the spinners In the field we managed to contain them with the spinnersand the opening bowlers made it easy for Penzance to bowling tightly and not giving away runs. In particular Ewanget to our score but it was a great come back from St Price bowled very well to end up with figures of 3 – 18 in hisJohns and we almost snatched a win. It was a pity to allocated 7 overs. Even with Ewans brilliant effort, however,lose by a narrow margin of 2 wickets considering we we could not manage to win the game. Clifton managed towere playing against boys who were a year or two get to our score with only 3 overs to spare which was a greatolder than ours. effort from St Johns boys in the field considering we had made a low score of 125 runs. Kyle Hopper was voted manAll in all a good game of cricket which we could have of the match by the Clifton coach but my man of the matchwon if all the bowlers had bowled well and not bowled went to Ewan Price who pulled us back into the game. Year Book 2009 21
  • Cricket tour 4th NOVEMBER – MATCH V DURBAN PREP HIGH The boys did well to adapt to the playing conditions in SCHOOL – DAY/NITE South Africa. The cricket pitches in SA at this age group is normal – 22 yards and our boys were used to the What a great game of cricket. From the time we arrived in shorter cricket pitch hence the bowlers, especially pace Durban every school we had played before DPHS told us bowlers, struggled in our early games on tour. how brilliant DPHS was at cricket and most of them said it was the best junior schools cricket team in Durban but this The boys were well disciplined on and off the field and did not put off the St Johns cricket team and it actually they bonded well on tour. They were always there for made them perform better than ever on the day. The boys each other on and off the field as well. were composed and fired up for the match. They wanted to match their opponents man to man and that is exactly This tour was a success because of the sheer hard work what they did. from two ladies namely Leanne Hopper and Pippa Byrom. They organised the playing kit for the boys, the Before the match we wanted to bat first the reason being plane tickets, etc and they did all the running around in that batting under lights is challenging and we were not Durban to make sure that every boy was neatly dressed used to this. Luckily we won the toss and elected to bat and well fed for the matches. I want to take this and we had a good start with Mark Hulbert and Nick Welch opportunity to thank them so much for what they did for sharing opening partnership of 42 runs before Mark the team on tour. You were part of the team and you Hulbert was dismissed for 11. Nick went on to play one of looked after us very well. Thank you very much. the best innings I have seen from a junior school boy cricketer. He made 95 runs and batted for 39.4 sharing Well done to each and every boy who represented St partnership with Edward Byrom who scored a good Johns on this tour and I wish you all the best in your looking 18 before throwing away his wicket getting caught cricket careers. To all the parents who supported us on on the boundary trying to go for third boundary in the over. tour, a big thank you from myself and the team and also Kyle Hopper also batted well with Nick scoring 22 runs and thank you for organising the tour. The boys enjoyed it in the process giving most of the strike to Nick so that he and did their best. To Mike Mackenzie thank you for could try and get his 100. Unfortunately Nick was run out giving us the go ahead to go on this tour. going for a second run and also to remain on strike. What a great innings by Nick Welch. We ended up with a total of 199 for 6 in 40 overs. D MUTENDERA We started well with the new ball with James Waller and Mark Hulbert bowling well and Hulbert capturing the first wicket in his first over. We bowled well in some overs and badly in others and after 30 overs DPHS were in a commanding position of 150 needing only 50 runs to win in 10 overs. At that stage we looked dead and buried before Nick Welch bowled a superb spell of 5 overs to finish off with figures of 4 – 15 in 5 overs with his 96 with the bat making him man of the match. DPHS, needing 7 runs in the last over to win, only managed 6 and that was due to great work by Angus Curtis who bowled the last over under pressure. He did so well. The match was tied at 199 a piece. What a game of cricket. Nerve wracking but hats off to the St Johns boys for playing a superb game of cricket. All in all a great tour which saw the boys improve gradually as the tour progressed. Considering most of the matches we played the boys were one and two years older than our boys, did not stop our boys from playing beautiful cricket and enjoying it at the same time. I felt in other matches we did not bat well and we never had enough runs on the board to defend except for matches against Virginia Prep and DPHS but it was a good learning experience for the boys. 22 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Senior cricket first XIWow, what a great year of good cricket the First XI played. In the first term, the team was unbeaten in normal cricket,Before I even report on the matches we played in the winning matches convincingly against Ruzawi twice,calendar year, I just want to say that it was a pleasure to Hartmann House, Springvale, Lilfordia and Whitestone. Incoach a bunch of disciplined, teachable, enthusiastic, well the third term, the 1st XI played beautiful cricket and onlybehaved and well bonded boys. The team was well managed to lose two matches to Lilfordia and Ruzawi. Thecaptained by Edward Byrom who led from the front with third term also saw Edward Byrom scoring four consecutivethe bat averaging 70 in the year 2009. He was ably half centuries against Eaglesvale, Hartmann House,supported by Nicholas Welch, Ryan Murray, Bradley Gateway and Ruzawi. A superb achievement from aEvans, Mark Hulbert and Kyle Hopper. Kyle Hopper, Mark naturally talented left handed batsman.Hulbert and Ewan Price dominated the bowlingdepartment, with Kyle Hopper capturing the most wickets We participated in two cricket festivals this year, but we werein the year. unfortunate not to win any of them. We finished third at the Falcon College Cricket Festival and were runners up at theKyle Hopper bowled beautiful leg breaks, which included Lilfordia Day/Nite Cricket Festival, losing in the final by sixgoggles. Most junior batsmen of opposition schools runs to the hosts Lilfordia who were celebrating theirstruggled to read his bowling, hence Kyle was successful centenary.and ended up with a bag full of wickets. We were by far the strongest team in Zimbabwe at the U13All the bowlers bowled well, but the spinners were a lot level considering the amount of matches we won and the waymore successful as they managed, in most matches, to we played the game. We had depth in the batting. We hadkeep the run rate down and at the same time capturing boys who could bat well, batting at number 9 and 10 andwickets. Mark Hulbert was economical with the new ball every boy in the team, except the wicket keeper, could bowland also bowled well at the end of the innings and he was very well. A lovely team to coach which played beautifulwell supported by the other seamers in the form of James cricket most of the time and was a joy to watch.Waller, Angus Curtis, Peter Davis and Bradley Evans. The team also played with a great deal of enthusiasm,Michael Rossi, Peter Davis, Angus Curtis and Nicholas commitment and courage throughout the year. To the boysWelch were superb in the field. Their catching and ground who are leaving the Prep and going on to the College, all thefielding was a marvel to watch and they were supported best of luck and keep playing well and enjoy the game ofwell by the rest of the boys in the team. cricket. 1st XI Back: R. Hayter; N. Welch; J. Waller; T. Mackie; P. Davis; A. Curtis Sitting: M. Hulbert; E. Price; E. Byrom; Mr D Mutendera; K. Hopper; B. Evans; M. Rossi Front: R. Murray Year Book 2009 23
  • Congratulations go out to the following boys for being selected for the Harare Schools cricket. Results Harare A Harare B Harare C V Gateway won by 85 runs Edward Byrom Michael Rossi Ewan Price V Ruzawi won by 18 runs Bradley Evans Angus Curtis James Waller V Hartmann House won by 45 runs Nicholas Welch Peter Davis V Lilfordia won by 8 wickets Mark Hulbert Ryan Murray V Ruzawi won by 4 wickets Kyle Hopper V Whitestone won by 10 wickets V Springvale won by 6 wickets Well done, too, to Edward Byrom, Bradley Evans, Mark V Eaglesvale won by 93 runs Hulbert, Nicholas Welsh and Kyle Hopper for making the V Hartmann House won by 8 runs Zim U13 team. V Twin Rivers won by 9 wickets V Gateway won by 130 runs Lastly, to all the parents, I just want to thank you for your V Ruzawi won by 25 runs support during the year. To the mums for all the teas you V Lilfordia lost by 61 runs supplied during the year – they were fantastic. A huge V Whitstone won by 89 runs thank you, too, to all the scorers for a wonderful job of V Ruzawi lost by 6 wickets scoring and having the scorebook neatly written up – V Springvale won by 8 wickets thank you very much. D MUTENDERA COACH24 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Senior cricket second XIThis year was a great year for 2nd Team Cricket. The team vs Hellenic won by 9 wicketswas well balanced, winning most of our matches. vs Lilfordia won by 78 runs vs Ruzawi won by 10 runsOur bowlers bowled very well, restricting teams tomodest totals, which our batsmen were able to chase 2nd Termdown. The boys showed great team spirit and they allplayed some fantastic cricket. vs Barwick won by 6 wickets vs Hartmann House lost by 1 wicketI would like to thank Mrs Butler for sponsoring the caps. vs Twin Rivers won by 83 runsThe boys looked really smart in them. Also Mrs Way for vs Gateway won by 63 runsorganising teas for our home matches. Finally, to all the vs Ruzawi won by 7 wicketsparents for their support they gave me and the team, a vs Lilfordia won by 168 runsbig thank you. vs Ruzawi lost by 5 wicketsResults vs Sharon won by 5 wickets vs Twin Rivers won by 158 runs 1st Term Played 15 matches vs Gateway won by 10 wickets Won 13 matches vs Ruzawi won by 6 wickets Lost 2 matches vs Hartmann House won by 34 runs B Chauhan Coach 2nd XI Back: R. Hayter; B. Bichard; T. Mackie; A. Nyamuda; J. Greenway Middle: B. Mallon; L. Butler; Mr B Chauhan; A. Lake; M. Balfour Seated: J. Harrison Absent: T Way Year Book 2009 25
  • Cricket 3rd team The third eleven had a very good season. We played a fantastic season of good cricket and hope to see you total of 10 games. We won nine and lost 1. The team was progress in your cricket playing. I further thank parents for well captained by Brendan Sylvester and Mathew Sandys- your support and teas - even your support when we bowled Thomas. The pool of bowlers was massive, dismissing out teams for low scores such as 11 runs and getting it in opposition at ease. We played in the A division league one over and your son does not have a chance to bat! Once playing mostly first teams of Government schools and more thank you for your support. some second teams but out boys stood their ground. W Ndimutseyi I would like to congratulate the third team boys for a Coach Back: K. Mackenzie; C. Harrison; B. Lilford; S. Bellini-Martin; A. Attwell Seated: T. Gumbo; B. Sylvester; Mr W Ndimutseyi; M. Sandys-Thomas; R. Scott-Riddell Front: S. Donaldson26 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Cricket 4th teamBack: C. Scallan; D. McKinnon; R. Wilson; T. Curle; D. WilliamsSeated: A. Onorati; H. Silk; Mr W. Ndimutseyi; J. Strong; S. HookFront: H. Silk; R. BoshiCricket 5th team Back: T. Gowera; W. Karim; G. Shephard; I. Baig; F. Adam; P. Mangunda Front: D. Limpic; T. Reid; Mr M Mbundire; T. Lindsay-White; J. Thomas Year Book 2009 27
  • Cricket 6th team Back: M. Nyabereka; A. Phillips; I. Hakulandaba; B. Perry Middle: J. Sudlow; S. Mellor; J. Nyabadza; K. Van Ruiten; T. Chambati Front: M. Gunning; B. Durrant; Mr M Mbundire; M. Chatikobo; A. Chikanda28 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Colts A cricketThere is no doubt this team was simply heads and where we won all our matches, beating Whitestone by 36shoulders above their opponents. Each time they were runs, Springvale by 8 wickets and a thrashing 7 wicket victoryout on the pitch they would enjoy themselves and play to over Ruzawi, dismissing them for a mere 76 runs inside 25instructions. I would like to mention that this group, which overs thanks to Martin Eesons 3 for 9 in 5 overs.was well captained by Alistair Frost was a real pleasure tocoach during the 3rd term. At the Peterhouse 6-A Side we managed to win the tag rugby and soccer competitions, but unfortunately cricket could notAmmaar Adam was the pick of the bowlers claiming 19 take place due to bad weather conditions. The year saw 8 ofwickets in 10 matches. Wicket keeper Damien White led our boys being selected to play for Mashonaland Province.the batting together with Alistair Frost averaging 33.75and 27.63 respectively. Miles Garnett and Graham Curtis Special thanks must go to our kit sponsor Mrs Ahlijah, Mrswere outstanding on the field, saving lots of runs and Frost for her help and to all the parents for their contributions.taking brilliant catches. F MutareThe highlight of the season was at the Quadrangular Back: P. Mbanje; M. Eeson; A. Adam; J. Snyman; K. Robinson; J. Booth Middle: M. Garnett; A. Frost; D. White; G. Curtis; M. Davenport Seated: D. Trivedy Year Book 2009 29
  • Colts B cricket The Colts B team had a successful season winning most being moved up to the A team mid-season and continued to of their matches. The standard of cricket that the boys do well there. showed this year was much improved, compared with 2008 especially in the 3rd term where we managed back to Aiden “Blikkies” Blignaut and Tyrone Beattie proved to be back wins over our perennial rivals Ruzawi. useful all rounders too as they scored runs consistently throughout the year. The whole team worked hard as a unit Our strength this year was more on the batting in that we and played the game in good spirit. would post huge totals on several occasions. Our pace bowlers were not to tight in terms of line and length but the Special thanks must go to all the mums and dads for their spin bowling was particularly strong and we picked up a continued support. Thank you. lot of wickets through them. James Booth, Jake Snyman and Damien White F Mutare performed really well. The three were rewarded by Back : J. Layard; C. Young; R. Smith; T. Warren; M. Lindsay; M. Motsi Seated: T. Nyabadza; T. Beattie; A. Blignaut; C. Onorati; Z. White30 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Colts C cricketThis was a great year for the boys. We played 8 games, teams fielding and bowling improved greatly throughout thewinning 4 and losing 4. Luckily the weather was good and year. I wish all the boys good luck as they proceed with theirwe did not have to abandon any games! The boys played cricket.well and faced their competition with determination. The Mr Dikanipfuwa Coach Back : K. Anderson; D. Annandale; M. Moyo; I. Kloppers; N. Macray Middle: M. Brown; C. Wright; Mr D. Mabhodho; W. Hunda; T. Mpofu Front: R. Williams; S. Harrison; K. Stangroom Year Book 2009 31
  • Colts D cricket Back: B. Masekesa; L. Mavima; A. Al Khalil; I. Curle; R. Hunda; B. Mazivanhanga Middle: A. Mangudya; G. Vlahakis; Mr D. Mabhodho; C. Lindsay-White;B. Watson Front: K. Smith; T. Maphosa; F. Chinhamo32 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 4 A cricketThis years group was a real pleasure to coach. Plenty of fine cricket captain one day.talent, effort and of intelligent. The boys worked well as a team and were all willing to giveTheir results were outstanding. Once they understood their best.how cricket worked, there was no holding them back. Theteam was unbroken in the 3rd term and won the league. Thank you to the mums for teas and everybody else who came to support their sons.Several boys scored their maiden half centuries and therewere many five wicket hauls by bowlers. T Kwatengera CoachThe side was very well led by C Butler who will be a very Back: L. Hounsell; K. Tenkrooden; S. Gumbo; H. James; M. Chareka Middle: E. Van Rooyen; C. Butler; Mr T Kwatengera; R. Stewart; J. Bichard Seated: G. DollarGrade 4 B cricket – Muye ye ye ….. ChabungaI have heard it said that cricket is all about statistics. Well, Muye ye ye ….. Chablayahere are our statistics… Muye ye ye ….. TichawinaPlayed 10 – won 9 lost 1 Muye ye ye ….. St Johns HOY!!Talk about boring!!But what about these statistics…. But statistics cannot possibly tell the true story of this brilliantWe scored 1063 runs – our opponents only managed team or of their fantastic season! I have coached many578!!! good teams over the years but this lot will go down as theWe scored exactly 100 boundaries – we conceded only best ever! Why?41!!!We played Ruzawi four times and beat them three times!! It wasnt about winning!! In fact, they really couldnt care twoRuzawis Tawanda Muyeye scored 128 runs against us. hoots whether we won or lost. All they wanted to do wasThe rest of his team put together only scored 118 with the play hard and have fun. They, more than any team I havebat!! Tawanda Muyeye also took most of their wickets. ever coached, played sport for FUN – fun was the aim andIn fact, Tawanda Muyeye even became a part of our war cry fun was what we achieved. Now, this is such an incredibly Year Book 2009 33
  • Grade 4 B cricket cont’d unusual approach in todays world of win-at-all-costs, that Then Tawanda wreaked havoc. By tea time we were reeling – one has to ask the question, “Where does this attitude 21 runs for 5 wickets after just five overs. The smiles on the come from?” (I refuse to say From whence does this faces of the Ruzawi parents said it all. We were all but done attitude come? – stupid language!!) and dusted!! We couldnt possibly extricate ourselves!! But what they hadnt figured on was our spirit, a thing called The answer is “From their parents!” “heart” and the restorative powers of a scone with strawberry What a great bunch of parents! In fact, a perfect bunch! jam on it!! They also hadnt considered the fact that Tawanda They were there supporting their darlings (I can believe I had already bowled three of his four overs. just described them as darlings!!) They eventually learnt to actually watch the game, they eventually learnt not to run Zoom Zoom (our captain, Tadiwa Chimuka) and Thug out their sons by screaming ridiculously from the side-lines, (Nathan Bailey) were at the crease after tea. Bailey did his they eventually learnt to applaud politely when we passed lumberjack trick and bludgeoned a few boundaries sending the 50 or 100 mark and never once did they yell out “KILL the ball towards the Ruzawi dam. He soon fell and a funny HIM!!” or groan embarrassingly when Junior dropped a little fellow came to the crease. He was so small that his pads vital catch or missed a run-out! They were even caught protected his tummy and he ran like a pregnant duck. But, applauding good play from the opponents on numerous boy! Did he have heart!! Smacker Shara also started to occasions! No wonder their children had such a positive smack the ball “over the hill and far away” and Ruzawi started attitude towards sport!! to panic! They brought Tawanda back for his last over. And I certainly enjoyed myself this season. In fact, our That was when I witnessed one of the most surprising things I matches were the perfect fillip in these trying economic and have seen for a long time. Zoom Zoom was facing and the political times. (Ooops! Sorry! I forgot that Mrs McKinnon Black Express came roaring in. You could almost hear the might be reading this! A “Fillip” is defined by the Collins thunder as the ball was sent hurtling towards the batsman. In Concise Dictionary as something that adds stimulation or a split second, just when one expected to hear the rattle of enjoyment) Where was I? Yes, I stumps sent flying, there was a tiny certainly had fun. In fact, I only little “tink”!!!! Zoom Zoom had narrowly managed to avoid being played a shot we hadnt seen hugged TWICE. Evans even before. I think it is called a “forward asked for permission once! And defensive” or something!! He then several boys called me “Dad” by proceeded to block the next five mistake – always a clear sign that balls as well!! Incredible brain!! they are relaxed. Tawandas fourth over was finished, Ruzawis force was spent and we I loved the fact that they all had still had a chance of getting the their “moments” – those fine runs. catches, smacking that boundary, that spectacular run-out, the time Even the Ruzawi parents were the middle stump was sent cheering as we passed their total in tumbling end over end towards the 18th over. Now, that is how it Jameson, the time Mr Ntini was hit should be! That is sport!! The fact on the leg whilst he talked on his of the matter is that by the following cell phone and rolled down a hill at day the kids hardly remembered the same time, the time our wicky who had won. All 22 of them were managed a caught-and-bowled – every kid had their day!! remembering “their moment”. But my “moment-of-the-season” was a whole match. When I finally retire at 80 (and still with a mental age of about 21st September 2009 playing against Ruzawi at Ruzawi. 10) I will raise my beer mug to the sunset (the glass one with Tensions were high – we were 2-1 up and it was a series my name spelled wrong) and I will see those names decider. Ruzawi won the toss and elected to bat. We engraved on my precious mug…. Daniel Aucamp, Nathan agreed on an 18-over match and a limit of four overs per Bailey, Tadiwa Chimuka, Tristan Evans, Nicholas Freemantle, bowler. Inevitably Raynor and Muyeye opened the batting Robert Jameson, Steven McKinnon, Russell Mubaya, for Ruzawi. Eighteen overs later, Muyeye was still Not Out Anotida Ntini, Dustan Pike, Takunda Shara and Makanaka and Ruzawi were 93 for 4. As we were padding up for our Timba … and I wont remember a single one of those names! chance to bat, we discovered that Tawanda Muyeye was on But Ill remember every smile and every heart! And Ill 49 Not Out. So we elected to take off our pads, change the remember the year… The perfect season of 2009… and Ill rules to a 19-over game, go out again and give Tawanda a consider myself privileged to have had such a fine innings. chance to get his fifty. He did so and Ruzawi also got over the hundred mark. R. Whitaker34 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 4 B cricket Back: M. Timba; N. Bailey; D. Pike; A. Ntini; N. Freemantle Middle: R. Mubaya; T. Chimuka; Mr R. Whitaker; D. Aucamp; A. Shara Front: S. McKinnon; R. Jameson; T. Evans Year Book 2009 35
  • Athletics This years athletics team was a very good one. Ably lead (U12); T. Gumbo, M Hulbert, P Mangunda and T by Tanaka Gumbo (Capt) and Tafara Gowera (V/Capt), we Makamure (U13). came third in the boys section of the A division inter- schools athletics competition. We also managed to retain Ambrose were too strong for the other houses in the our status, that is staying in the top division for another inter-house competition. Gregory came second and year. What was encouraging was the performance of our Jerome third. The athletes who shone on the day were relay teams on the day, with every relay team getting a D Sikala – winner in U9 best aggregate. G Ncube and G place. Thanks to our relay team coaches, Mr Dhlamini, Mr Hamadziripi tied runners up. In the U10 category, H Ndimutseyi and Mr Mutendera for doing a very fine job with James winner and C Butler runner up. U11 T Mpofu the relay teams winner and M Eeson runner up. U12 A Curtis winner and A Chikanda runner up. We also hosted and won the inter-schools friendly meeting. In the U13 category T Gumbo winner and T Makamure Well done boys. runner up. In the Open category T Mahofa was the winner and A Attwell was the runner up. Athletes who stood out this year were G. Ncube and K Hamadziripi (U9); H James, C Butler and E Chimimba M Mbundire (U10); G Curtis and M Eeson (U11); A Sithole and A Curtis Coach Back: M. Chareka; A. Sithole; A. Chikanda; I. Hakulandaba; R. Hayter; N. Welch; K. Robinson; A. Onorati; M. Timba; K. Singano; E. Chimimba; P. Chiketsani 2nd Row: T. Mpofu; N. Nyika; N. Warren; D. Ndoro; M. Eeson; T. Way; J. Waller; R. Machingauta; E. Byrom; A. Curtis; T. Makamure; S. Tapera; T. Chimbwanda; N. Masenda Seated: M. Hulbert; A. Nyamuda; K. Hopper; T. Gowera; Mr Ndimutseyi; Mr Mbundire; T. Gumbo; M. Sibanda; M. Rossi; P. Mangunda Front: C. Butler; H. James; N. Balfour; G. Ncube; K. Hamadziripi; D. Cawood; D. Sikala; G. Curtis36 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Cross countryOur cross country team was a pleasure to watch and to be Junior Full Colours : R Plunket; C Butler; E Chimimba; E Vanassociated with. We have had two years in a row now Rooyen; M Chareka; T Warren; M Eeson; G Curtis; T Mpofu;winning all the cross country meetings. We opened with D Ndorothe Gateway cross country in which we were first out of 11schools. Senior Full Colours: R Hayter; T Curle (V-Capt); T Gowera (Capt) ; D McKinnon; L Butler; M Hulbert.We also came first in the prestigious Lilfordia “ThreeWoods” cross country out of 21 schools and won the trophy The Inter-house Cross Country results were - 3rd Jerome, 2ndfor the fourth consecutive year. We closed the chapter by Gregory and 1st Ambrose.winning the Ruzawi cross country and the “Flying Eagles ofSt Cyprians” have lost their flying ability as we beat them for Well done boys – lets see more fire in the Johns Crossthe second time. Country team next year and keep raising our flag!!These results show great effort and perseverance from the W Ndimutseyi (Coach)boys especially coming for the 7am practices. Manythanks go to Mrs Gowera and Mrs Curle, the captainsmothers, for their support and the organisation of a braai atthe end of the season.Congratulations to the following boys who had outstandingperformances C Butler; E Chimimba; E Van Rooyen; TGowera; T Curle; M Eeson and G Curtis.The following boys were awarded Junior half colours : D.Sikala and P Plunket Back: M. Chareka; E. Chimimba; D. Pike; D. Fryer; D. Ndoro; M. Eeson; T. Warren; E. Way; R. Tsipayi; D. Dorwood; B. Meyer; R. Plunket; D. Cawood; D. Aucamp; P. Plunket; B. Fowler Middle: Z. White; N. Welch; K. Mackenzie; T. Reid; M. Rossi; T. Way; L. Butler; K. Hopper; B. Thomas; D. McKinnon; K. Robinson; M.Balfour; A. Curtis; T. Mpofu Seated: K. Hamadziripi; D. Sikala; M. Frost; R. Hayter; M. Hulbert; T. Gowera; Mr Ndimutseyi; T. Curle; G. Curtis; M. Garnett; C. Bulter; E. Van Rooyen; N. Balfour Year Book 2009 37
  • Triathlon Back: N. Chamba; H. Silk; I. Kloppers; L. Collins; M. Balfour Middle: N. Macray; L. Butler; T. Mackie; D. Williams; B. Durrant; J. Harrison Sitting: K. Mackenzie; J. Thomas; Mr A Squires; C. Scallen; A. Lake Ground: C. Butler; A. Curtis38 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • SwimmingWell there we have it! Another swimming season has happened to be our “B” Team, by 100 points. I would like tocome and gone in what seems like the blink of an eye. take this opportunity to thank members of the Mashonaland Swimming Association for providing officials to do the torridVery well done to all the swimmers who contributed jobs such as referee and judging of stroke, touch and turn.towards making this yet another highly successful year for Thank you, too, to our parents for providing the mostSt Johns. As I have said before, coaching such a highly incredible teas.dedicated, competitive and motivated group of children isan absolute pleasure and my thanks go to both the boys The climax of the season is always the Inter Schools Galaand their parents for putting so much time and effort into held at the Les Brown Pool. Once again, our boys didthis activity. It is also so rewarding to note that our U9s exceptionally well claiming the Division 1 trophy for thewere particularly strong this year which gives us much fifteenth consecutive year. No records were broken, buthope for future success in this discipline. Who said that winning 14 out of the 17 events in which we participated isswimming was a dying sport?? certainly nothing to be sneezed at.As usual, our first meeting of the season was the Flippers The season ended with the Ruzawi Invitational Gala which isGala. This is an annual event, hosted by ourselves, and is slightly different for us as it is the only gala in which we swima friendly occasion where the emphasis is on enjoyment individual events. Consequently we took a really small, butand scores dont really matter. Having said this, however, hugely enthusiastic team with us and returned to Harareit does give coaches the opportunity to see how their tired, but victorious. A number of records were broken here -swimmers fare against those from other schools and is a Brett Hounsell in the U9 Breaststroke and Aiden Onorati inpretty important event for St. Johns as it is the only gala in the U12 Crawl. Our U12 boys also broke the Crawl Relaywhich we are able to enter our “B” Team swimmers. record.Having done well here, with our “A” Team winning and our“B” Team managing to secure 6th place, we began to focus Thanks to the parents for their amazing support and to theon the next event – the Pisces Gala. swimming captain, Drew Williams and vice captains, Eddie Byrom and Brad Evans for carrying out their dutiesThis is where we team up with Chisipite to swim against a effectively.Bishopslea/Ruzawi and Hartmann House/Conventcombination. It was our turn to host this event and all went Senior colours were awarded toremarkably smoothly. Our “A” Team did exceptionally well Drew Williams, Eddie Byrom, Brad Evans, Michael Rossi,managing to beat those in second place, which Travis Lindsay-White, Kyle Hopper Year Book 2009 39
  • Swimming 1st team Back: L. Davis; C. Butler; J. Booth; R. Plunkett; C. Onorati; J. Cowley; M Rossi; P. Plunkett; B. Meyer; G. Curtis; D. Dorward; F. Deacon Middle: Mrs M Tanner; M. Eeson; A. Onorati; D. Annandale; D. Bowl; T. Reid; K. Hopper; T. Lindsay- White; N. Welch; H. Hulbert; N. Freemantle; B. Hounsell; Mrs D Derry Seated: M. Musaba; M. Frost; M. Booth; E. Byrom; D. Williams; B. Evans; I. Kloppers; L. Annandale; C. Onorati Front: N.Balfour; K. Platen Absent: R. Hounsell Swimming 2nd team Back: D. Aucamp; Mrs. M. Tanner; A. Lake; C. Lindsay-White; K. Mackenzie; T. Fundira; R. Murray; T. Mackie; S. Post; B. Chirombo; Mrs. D. Derry; L. Hounsell Front: K. Smith; D. White; R. Smith; M. Balfour; T. Warren; C. Stangroom; J. Cawood; H. Silk40 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • TennisA TEAMThe A team had a very successful third term, winning all six good sportsmanship and reliability was more impressive.matches convincingly in the A League. The B team consisted of L. Butler, R. Hayter, A. Curtis, A. Frost, K. Hopper, W-A Karim, D. Whitaker, T. Makamure, F.The A team was represented by R. Murray, A. Chikanda, A. Adam and T. Fundira.Sithole, M. Chatikobo, E. Byrom and N. Welch.The Doubles Championship was won by R. Murray and A. Many thanks to all the mums for providing delicious eats forChikanda. They beat the partnership of N. Welch and A. our matches and well done to T. Makamure for beingCurtis. awarded the cup for Tennis Sportsmanship.In the Singles Championship A. Chikanda beat A. Sithole. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the boys and theyR. Murray was re-awarded colours and A. Chikanda, A. deserved to be proud of their achievements.Sithole, M. Chatikobo, E. Byrom and N. Welch wereawarded colours for the first time. The team played well We wish all the boys that are leaving success in their tennisand showed good sportsmanship in the league matches. in the years ahead. As many of the 2009 players will be in Grade Seven in 2010, we will be fielding two strong teamsB TEAM next year.During the third term, the B team won all their matches inthe B League. The team played well and some of the G ESSLEMONTplayers even served aces! However, their enthusiasm, S ELLIS Tennis A team Back: N. Welch; E. Byrom Front: M. Chatikobo; A. Chikanda; Mrs G. Esslemont; R. Murray; A. Sithole Year Book 2009 41
  • Tennis B team Back: A. Frost; W. Karrim; F. Adam; T. Makamure; T. Fundira; D. Whitaker Front: K. Hopper; R. Hayter; Mrs S Ellis; L. Butler; A. Curtis42 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • VolleyballThis has been another happy and successful year for both Tournament held at Harare International School.the A and B volleyball teams. The boys began the seasonwell and continued the momentum until the end. The All in all great fun was had by all.season saw us lose to Hartmann House in the league, butwe later beat them 2 – 0 in the final at the Volleyball F DHLAMINI COACH Volleyball A team Back: T. Makamure; T. Mahofa; T. Fundira Front: F. Kasukuwere; C. Clayton-Howe; Mr F Dhlamini; T. Makombe; A Sithole Year Book 2009 43
  • Volleyball B team Back: M. Murapa; G. Fryer; S. Tapera; L. Collins; M. Masango Seated: N. Moyo; M. Wazara; Mr L. Mutsago; T. Chitambo; D. Fryer44 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Rugby 1st teamWhat an enjoyable season we had in 2009! We had a great Eddie Byrom, Breandon Lilford and Willie Swan weresquad of youngsters who were all keen and enthusiastic to faithful reserves who added solidity to our reserve bench onget on and play rugby in a fine spirit of commitment and many occasions as did Tom Reid, Nyasha Tarinda and inenjoyment. the early stages, Ronald Sibanda.As we expected, no opposition was easy and no matches Highlights of our season were: winning the coveted Super 8were taken lightly. I was concerned at first that, although Festival, going unbeaten in the Springvale Festival, winningexceptionally talented, our small grade sixes in Graham an extremely hard Catsicas Cup Festival in front ofCurtis, Nick Welch, Tanyaradzwa Chambati, Peter Davis approximately 2 000 people, beating a monstrousand Cameron Harrison were going to be at risk of injury. Hartmann House side ! For the first time this year RuzawiAs it turned out, they were certainly up to the challenge and held at 7 – aside Festival but, due to huge clashes with thethis can only bode well for next year. Zim Schools Hockey Trials, we took a very different looking side. Much to our surprise, we won that as well andWe were very fortunate to have a dedicated group of grade congratulations must go to our new boys Akeem Atwell and7 lads leading the way, well captained by the jovial yet Ryan Murray who had great games.hugely penetrating Jack Strong up front – most ablysupported by Mark Hulbert at scrum half. We had a handy The following boys were selected to represent the Hararetrio of locks in James Waller (who was an outstanding Schools teams :-jumper), Tashinga Parewa and Nick Wilson who went fromstrength to strength and were spoilt with the diminutive Harare North : J. Strong, A. Nyamuda, B. Evans, M.Nick Welch hunting down everything that moved and Brad Rossi, K. Hopper, A. Curtis, M. Hulbert, R. MachingautaEvans and Alistair Nyamuda who had blinders on theirday! Harare South: N. Welch, P Davis, T. Gumbo .Michael Rossi at fly half had a gift for spotting a gap and After the “Owen Davis” Inter- Provincial Tournament, thetiming a pass and he set up his talented centers, Curtis following were selected for a National Squad but as yet noand Davis, with good ball which they used with flair. actual team has been selected :-Rodney Machingauta took most of the season to realize H. Hulbert, J. Strong, B. Evans, M. Rossi.how good he could be and was deadly when he did !Tanaka Gumbo and Tafara Gowera showed promise on It was a great pleasure coaching this fine group of playersthe wings. At full back Kyle Hopper was far and away the with the help of Mark Wilson whose company I thoroughlysafest under the high ball of any other player and he put his enjoyed.body on the line regularly. M N Mackenzie 1st XV Back: A. Curtis; W. Swan; C. Harrison; B. Evans; A. Nyamuda; P. Davis; T. Gowera Middle: T. Gumbo; T. Parewa; T. Chambati; R. Machingauta; N. Wilson; J. Waller; E. Byrom Front: N. Welch; M. Rossi; M. Hulbert (Vice captain); Mr M N Mackenzie (Coach); J. Strong (Captain); K. Hopper Year Book 2009 45
  • Rugby 2nd team This team enjoyed an unbeaten season. This was very Results pleasing as this included hard fought draws against V Heritage 49 –5 won Hermann House 2nd team and Selbourne Routledge 1st V Selbourne 1st 5–5 drew team. I must pay tribute to our hardworking forwards and to V Hartmann House 12 – 5 won our backs for fine ball handling skills. There was genuine V Hartmann House 15 – 15 drew flair combined with solid determination. The team was led V Gateway 22 – 0 won by E Byrom and R Murray who both led from the front. Well V Ruzawi 12 – 17 won done!! Played 6. Won 4. Drew 2. Lost 0 M Mbundire Coach 2nd XV Back: W. Swan; N. Tarinda; A. Baig; B. Lilford; T. Mbizi; G. Shephard; M. Sibanda; A. Onorati Middle: T. Chikosi; W. Kawodza; E. Byrom; Mr M. Mbundire; R. Murray; T. Reid; T. Gowera Seated: P. Mangunda; M. Balfour; A. Lake46 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Rugby 3rd teamDue to the depth of this years age group, most boys could Many thanks to the mums for eats and teas, as well as to thehave played in 1st and 2nd teams. A great display of rugby very vocal fathers for their support. Keep up the spirit.was shown by our boys. The team was well captained byTravis Mackie and Vice Captain Ryan Boshi. We played 8 W Ndimutseyigames, winning 7 and losing 1 to Eaglesvale 2nds by a Coachconversion. 3rd XV Back: A. Sithole; M. Wazara; C. Scallan; T. Lindsay-White; B. Mallon; A. Lake Middle: A. Chikanda; S. Sheehan; A. Atwell; T. Madziva; F. Kasukuwere; M. Mpisaunga; S. Bellini-Martin; R. Hounsell; B. Chirombo; T. Makamure Seated: H. Silk; T. Chikosi; T. Mackie; Mr W. Ndimutseyi; R. Boshi; T. Way; S. Garnett Front: J. Nyabadza; M. Masango Year Book 2009 47
  • Rugby 4th team 4th XV Back: T. Masenda; T. Mangiza; M. Shonhiwa; K. Van Ruiten; K. Muleya; M. Mpisaunga; J. Greenway; K. Singano Middle: B. Perry; E. Way; E. Price; Mr W. Ndimutseyi; J. Thomas; K. Mackenzie; L. Butler Seated: S. Post 5th XV Back: D. Limpic; J. Sudlow; M. Shonhiwa; O. Harvey; K. Muleya; L. Collins; A. Phillips; G. Fryer Middle: C. Du Toit; T. Makombe; S. Hook; Mr F. Dhlamini; D. Fryer; T. Gomba; K. Silk Seated: S. Brown48 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Colts A rugbyOh what a season!! This team started on a very low note, Statistics (League games)having lost most of their games in Grade 4. There wasgreat work to be done to fine-tune their minds and skill for Played 10the game. In the end the team played with great Won 8determination, managing to destroy the opposition with Lost 2ease. We played in four festivals in which we did extremelywell. Hands up to the mums and dads for your support. May the spirit of supporting your son keep on till they make it in life.The team was well captained by Chase Onorati, the lock, Boys, keep up your rugby.who managed to be supported by our best three quarter,Graham Curtis. This team played one of the best matches W Ndimutseyiagainst Ruzawi, who were unbeaten until we beat them 14- Coach12 and they lost their flying ability! Back: A. Rwodzi; K. Chiwara; T. Warren; A. Blignaut; M. Eeson; J. Booth Middle: P. Mbanje; C. Onorati; Mr W. Ndimutseyi; A. Frost; G. Curtis Seated: T. Nyabadza; D. White Year Book 2009 49
  • Colts B rugby The Colts B rugby team had an exceptional season, ably Ruzawi in which Tako Nyabadza was outstanding. captained by Matthew Davenport. The boys were willing to sacrifice everything to win matches. The success of the To coach all these boys was a great pleasure and a privilege side was built on the teams ability to perform well in the set and I hope and trust we will see more of them in the future pieces, thereby ensuring the back line had plenty of years of Zimbabwe sport. possession thus enabling the team to play offensive rugby as opposed to defensive rugby. My grateful thanks go to Mr D Annandale and his company for his generous donations to Colts rugby. A narrow one point loss to Hellenic was a disappointing one. Although we were missing two key players due to injuries, we still looked a better side as we played much F Mutare more positive rugby than them on the day. There is no Coach doubt that the highlight of the season was the 14-all draw to COLTS B Back: C. Stangroom; R. Smith; I. Kloppers; D. Annandale; K. Robinson; M. Nicole Middle: A. Mangudya; T. Nyabadza; Mr W. Ndimutseyi; M. Davenport; M. Garnett50 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys Seated: B. Mazivanhango; T. Motsi
  • Colts C rugby Back: T. Chimbwanda; F. Adam; J. Snyman; M. Moyo; S. Harrison; D. Ndoro; C. Wright Middle: A. Chivayo; K. Anderson; Mr W. Ndimutseyi; M. Nicole; J. Layard Colts D rugbyBack: Z. White; A. Adams; C. Macquite; T. Beattie; C. Lindsay-White; N. Macray; B. WatsonMiddle: C. Young; M. Brown; Mr W. Ndimutseyi; C. King; F. ChinamoSeated: R. Williams; K. Smith Year Book 2009 51
  • Grade 4 A rugby After playing their first ever rugby match against Gateway, Dorward will definitely post a challenge to whoever wants to which they lost, the boys confidence built up as they played play in their new positions. more matches. They managed to beat Highlands and Alex Park convincingly in their following games. When all looked In the Grade 4 rugby festival that we hosted, the team played encouraging and the team started working as a unit, we lost 4 games. We won against Hartmann House and Heritage two of our key and fine rugby players, E Van Rooyen (Capt and narrowly lost to Ruzawi and Gateway. and scrum half) and B Meyer (prop) as they had to leave for Australia to compete in the BMX World Championships. C Butler and E Van Rooyen captained the team with a lot of The replacements did a fine job to fill in the gaps, but had effort and commitment. Well done boys. had very little time to master the skills required at these cruicial positions. In all, the replacements C. Dollar and D. M Mbundire Coach Back: E. Chimimba; S. Gumbo; D. Pike; D. Dorward; M. Chareka Middle: T. Evans; G. Dollar; Mr M. Mbundire; C. Butler; T. Chimuka Front; M. Timba; D. Aucamp52 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 4 B rugbyIntroducing these boys to rugby was met with great interest general the boys learnt a lot from their experiences and willand excitement by both the players and me as a coach. surely play better rugby next year when they get anotherThe team played its first match against Gateway and won. chance to practice more and play more games.We also played against Highlands and won. Stifferchallenges were met when the boys played in the festival C Urayaiwhich we hosted. Unfortunately we lost all 4 games. In Coach Back: S. Wazara; C. Kasukuwere; P. Mwamuka; E. Hanssen; T. Nyika Middle: J. Annesley; R. Jameson; Mr M. Mbundire; J. Bichard; K. Blythewood Seated: J. Balneaves; R. Mubaya Year Book 2009 53
  • Hockey 1st team Grade 7: M. Rossi (captain); B. Evans (vice- captain); M. This season has been outstanding! The boys have shown Hulbert; T. Way; K. Hopper; E. Byrom; A. Nyamuda; T. great maturity in their game and have improved throughout Chitambo; S. Bellini- Martin. the season. As a result of hard work, dedication and perseverance the boy managed to obtain an unbeaten Grade 6: R. Murray; A. Curtis; T. Mackie; P Davis. . season! Results This great season would not have happened without the support and help from all the parents and I would like to take Vs Ruzawi- won 2-1 this opportunity to thank them. A special thanks must go to Twin Rivers- won 3-0 Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Evans for organizing everything behind Hartmann House- won 3-2 the scenes. Your efforts and time were greatly appreciated. Heritage- won 8-1 Gateway- won 4-0 To Mr. Whitaker, thank you for all the hard work and support Lilfordia- drew 4-4 you have given the team. Your passion and enthusiasm or Ruzawi- won 3-0 the game inspired the boys to do well. Twin Rivers- won 3-0 Hartmann House- won 4-1 To the boys. Well done on a brilliant season. You have all been outstanding this season and it has been a great E.P.S.A. Festival pleasure coaching you all. I would like to congratulate Michael Rossi, Bradley Evans and Tino Chitambo for being Vs Hellenic- drew 1-1 selected for the Zimbabwe U/13 Hockey Team. Also to Diggerfold- won 1-0 Tristan Way and Mark Hulbert for being selected for the Lusitania- won 1-0 Harare Schools Provincial Team. I would finally like to say Gateway- won 3-0 thank you all and good luck for the future. Hope you all Hartmann House- won 1-0 achieve much more. Played:-14 matches Yours in sport Won:- 13 matches Drew:- 2 matches B. Chauhan Lost:- 0 matches 1st XI hockey Coach 1st XI Back: A. Nyamuda; T. Mackie; R. Murray; J, Waller; S. Bellini-Martin; P. Davis; T. Way Middle: K. Hopper; B. Evans; Mr B Chauhan; M. Rossi; M. Hulbert54 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys Front: A. Curtis; T. Chitambo; E. Byrom
  • Hockey 2nd teamAt the start of the season we discussed what our job was as The game against Gateway was pivotal. We won it 7-1 but,the 2nd XI. We agreed that our primary aim was to support more importantly, we had started to play with a good shape.the 1st XI. Firstly, we needed to be strong enough to push We went on to beat Lilfordia 4-0 in a very hard-fought battle.them to greater heights – to be suitable sparring partners. We then lost to Ruzawi 1-0, beat Twin Rivers 3-0 and endedSecondly, we needed to be in a position to feed them with the season with a (lucky) 2-2 draw against Haartman House.replacement players as and when they were needed. I think Our excuse for this draw was that our lads were exhaustedthat they will agree that we achieved both of these aims from the rugby on the previous Saturday.admirably. However, results aside, the important thing was that we wereOur Game Plan was The Ps ….Possession, Passing, playing really good hockey by the end of the season, we hadPositioning, Pressure, Passion and, most importantly, made tremendous progress and we were having a greatPhun!! Hockey is sport and we wanted to play hard and deal of fun. If we had a fault it was that we created so manyenjoy ourselves. scoring opportunities but we didnt put enough of them away.The first match of the season was a hard-fought affairagainst Ruzawi and we drew that match 2-2. We then lost Part of the success of our season was due to the fact that weour next match to Twin Rivers. The damage was done by had a great bunch of parents supporting us throughout theone strong player and we were guilty of giving him far too term. Their enthusiasm was much appreciated. We alsomuch room. At this stage, it was blatantly obvious that we had a fantastic bunch of boys! They worked hard, gave oflacked the all-important “Shape” – we were basically their best and laughed a lot. Generally I do not likerunning about all over the place without any clear sense of mentioning individual names, but special mention must bedirection. At that stage “Shape” became the buzz-word in made of our captain, James Waller. He epitomised exactlyour training sessions as we tried to correct the situation. what I want in a hockey player. He set a great example in terms of work rate, harried their attackers, was reliable at allThe next game against Heritage did not help as we times, was as solid as a rock and he left the field at the end oftrounced them seventeen goals to nil! You could hardly call each game exhausted but with a smile on his face. Thankit good shape when your own goalkeeper could be seen you, James! And thank you to the team for making my firstlurking about on the half-way line and your backs were season back in hockey such an enjoyable one!scoring goals!! But then the season underwent a dramaticchange. R.Whitaker 2nd XI Back: P. Davis; S. Bellini-Martin; J. Waller; M. Bwerinofa; J. Thomas Middle: M. Balfour; E. Way; Mr R Whitaker; N. Welch; L. Butler Seated: S. Hook; H. Silk; C. Harrison Year Book 2009 55
  • Hockey 3rd team Back: T. Gowera; D. Whitaker; J. Nyabadza; Mr T. Kwatengera; B. Bichard; B. Sylvester; M. Sandys-Thomas Middle: A. Lake; W. Swan; Mr. B. Strang; S. Hook; J. Harrison Seated: E. Price Hockey 4th team Back: L. Mwamuka; T. Fundira; D. Williams; B. Durrant; K. Van Ruiten; C. Clayton-Howe; C. Scallan; M. Murapa Middle: T. Reid; N. Grainger; Mr. B. Strang; A. Onorati; M. Chatikobo Seated: B. Chirombo56 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Colts A hockeyThe Colts A side played some very exciting hockey. They Thanks to the mums for the teas and everyone else whoworked as a team and were all willing to give their best came to support the boys.effort. As a result of their hard work we played 11 games,won 8 and drew 1. Keep it up boys. I am quite sure you T Kwatengerawill produce very good results in the future if you carry on Coachfrom where you left off. Back: D. Trivedy; C. Wright; K. Robinson; A. Blignaut; M. Eeson Middle: A. Frost; Mr T. Kwatengera; G. Curtis; Mr B. Strang; M. Garnett Year Book 2009 57
  • Colts B hockey This was a good season for the boys. They played very wish them the best for the following years ahead. good hockey, scoring a total of 36 goals and only conceding 9. Great defence and overall a fine group of T Kwatengera young men who worked hard on team work and spirit. I Coach Back: J. Booth; R. Smith; J. Snyman; T. Beattie; B. Mazivanhanga Middle C. Onorati; Mr T. Kwatengera; R. Williams; Mr B. Strang; P. Mbanje58 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Colts C hockeyThe boys had a good season – they were dedicated and V Westridge A 0–2played well. We are proud of all of them as they put their V Ruzawi 0–2heart into every game. Well done boys. V Hartmann C 2–1 V Ruzawi 0–0We played 9 games of which we won 3, drew 2 and lost V Hartmann C 2–04. V ACE 4–4 Results Many thanks to all the parents for their support. V Highlands A 0–1 V Twin Rivers 1–4 Miss J Elliott and Miss V Parker V Lilfordia 1–0 Coaches Back: G. Bissett; D. Annandale; S. Harrison; M. Brown; Seated: C. Lindsay-White; Miss V Parker; P. Mwamuka; Miss J Elliott; T. Mpofu Absent: B Leipe Year Book 2009 59
  • Colts D hockey The boys worked very hard. They showed a lot of V Westridge B 1–3 enthusiasm throughout the term and every player V Ruzawi 0–1 improved. Well done boys. V Hartmann D 0–3 V Ruzawi 0–2 We played 10 games of which we won 2, drew 2 and lost V Hartmann D 0–0 6. V Hartmann E 2–0 V ACE 4–4 Results Many thanks to all the parents for their support. V Highlands B 1–2 V Twin Rivers 0–7 Miss J Elliott and Miss V Parker V Lilfordia 2–0 Coaches Back: T. Maphosa; R. Magwera; N. Macray; N. Chamba; R. Spagnuolo Front: K. Detering; Miss V Parker; J. Layard; Miss J Elliott; K Smith Absent: P Bhagat60 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Soccer 1st teamThe soccer first team had a good season, only losing two behind and ended up not playing to the best of their abilitiesmatches and winning the rest. The team was well led by hence losing only those two matches.Tafara Gowera who was the captain and he was assisted byRoss Scott Riddell. The team participated in the Gateway Well done to each and everyone of you and the best of luckCoaches Festival where they won all their matches they for the future.played. A good overall performance by the team. RESULTS GATEWAY FESTIVALT Mahofa and A Sithole played with total commitment anddrive and led the strikers by example. T Mahofa was v Alex Park Won 3 - 0rewarded for his hard work by being the top goal scorer and v North Park Won 2 – 0A Sithole also played brilliant soccer. v Eaglesvale won 2 – 0 v Harare Int School won 1 – 0The midfield department was well marshaled by P v Selbourne Routledge won 1 – 0Mangunda, M Sibanda and T Gowera. N Moyo, I v Highlands won 2 – 1Hakulandaba and M Nyabereka were very solid in defence. v Highlands lost 4 – 3L Collins was brilliant as a goal keeper. All in all a great v Highlands lost 1 – 0success was had and the team played with a great deal of v Lusitania won 1 – 0spirit and enthusiasm except for only two matches wherethe boys did not believe in themselves when they were D. Mutendera 1st XI Back: M. Nyabereka; M. Sibanda; N. Tarinda; F. Kasukuwere; T. Mahofa; T. Makamure; T. Fundira; I. Hakulandaba Middle: N. Moyo; P. Mangunda; T. Gowera; Mr D Mutendera; R. Scott-Riddell; A. Sithole; A. Attwell Front: L. Collins Year Book 2009 61
  • Soccer 2nd team St Johns once again fielded a powerful and talented 2nd XI. Ably led by M Bwerinofa, the 2nd team played 6 matches, RESULTS won 4 and lost 1. The only match they lost was to a very good Hartmann House team at the Gateway Festival. V Heritage won 2 – 0 V Hartmann House lost 2 – 0 The 2nd team this year managed to play only a few games V Eaglesvale drew 1 – 1 because of the problem of smaller schools only managing V Alex Park won 1 – 0 to field on team at each age group. This did not stop the V Highlands won 2 – 1 boys from playing with a great deal of commitment, V Selbourne Routledge drew 0 – 0 enthusiasm and spirit. All the best and good luck to all the boys who represented D MUTENDERA the 2nd soccer team. 2nd XI Back: T. Masenda; L. Mwamuka; I. Hakulandaba; A. Atwell, T. Fundira; K. Mtasa; M. Nyabareka; N. Moyo Middle: M. Wazara; M. Bwerinofa; Mr D Mutendera; J. Nyabadza; T. Gomba Front: B. Hlatshwayo62 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Colts A soccerBack: B. Masekesa; P. Mwamuka; A. Silo; M. Eeson; A. Adam; K. Chiwara; P. Mbanje; B. Mazivanhanga; T. MpofuSeated: A. Rwodzi; T. Nyabadza; Mr F Dhlamini; Mr A Williams; M. Lindsay; T. MotsiFront: K. Robinson Colts B soccer Back: T. Chimbwanda; M. Kambarami; R. Hunda; M. Nicholle; Z. White Middle: L. Mavima; P. Ndoro; Mr A. Williams; P. Chiyangwa; A. Chivayo Sitting: M. Msipa Year Book 2009 63
  • Grade 3 A and B soccer The Grade 3A and B soccer sides had a spectacular season. The teams were a delight to coach and the depth V Borrowdale won 3 – 1 lost 1 – 0 of talent was quite astonishing. The A team combined well V St Michaels drew 1 – 1 drew 0 – 0 as a team, enjoyed their soccer and finished with the V Borrowdale drew 1 – 1 drew 0 – 0 phenomenal results listed below. The B team also enjoyed V Lusitania won 2 – 0 won 1 – 0 a good season and their soccer improved immensely as V St Michaels won 2 – 0 drew 1 – 1 the reasons wore on. RESULTS A TEAMB TEAM V Lusitania lost 2 – 1 lost 2 – 1 F Dhlamini V Highlands won 3 – 0 drew 0 – 0 Coach Grade 3 A soccer Back: K. Marufu; M. Frost; B. Hounsell; S. Mtasa; G. Ncube; T. Shara; M. Chiota Middle: K. Hamadziripi; M.Booth; Mr F. Dhlamini; N. Masenda; T. Madzima Seated: D. Scholtz64 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 3 B soccer Back: C. Onorati; R. Plunket; P. Plunket; K. Edwards; D. Matsika Middle: D. Ralphs; N. Balfour; Mr F. Dhlamini; T. Vickery; M. Musaba Seated: T. Nyatsine Grade 3 C soccerBack: L. Annandale; U. Dudhia; D. Muswe; B. Fowler; D. Mufunde; K. Mitumbili; T. SpagnuoloMiddle: K. Kaukonde; C. Davis; Mr L Mutsago; J. Nyambayo; N. StollFront: J. Cawood Year Book 2009 65
  • Grade 3 D soccer Back: M. Mugudubi; P. Masavaya; M. Deketeke; J. Bushby; J. Cowley; M. Gangaidzo; N. Chiketsani; N, Mukuratirwa Middle: D. Watson; M. Gillam; Mr V. Shenje; T. Marowa; K. Platen seated: I Munro Grade 3 E soccer Back: L. Wetzlar; J. D. Harrison; B. Phillips; Z. Ramajan; S. Attwel; T. Makamure Seated: I. Tahwa; K. Kashangura; Mr B Chimhau; J. Ndhlovu; T. Midzi Front: J. Ellse66 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 3 F soccerBack: K. Gadzikwa; R. Sylvester; C. Chadwick; D. Leipe; W. Asgill-Tucker; T. MaswaureSeated: A. Ahlijah; D. Jordaan; Mr B Chimhau; M. Dube; T. MawireFront: T Swanepoel Year Book 2009 67
  • Golf Back: N. Warren; A. Nyamuda; K. Hopper; F. Adam; K. Mathieson Seated: T. Way; M. Bwerinofa; S. Bellini-Martin; T. Gowera; K. Van Ruiten First Aid club Back: M. Valera; B. Evans; J. Nyabadza; K. Muleya; T. Magazi; B. Chirombo Front: W. Swan; B. Bichard; Mr A. Williams; R. Scott-Riddell Sitting: A. Moss68 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • House captainsBack: T. Gowera; N. Wilson; M. RossiFront: J. Harrison; M. Sibanda; Mr Mbundire; Mr Mackenzie; K. Hopper; B. Evans PE Sports staff Back: B. Chauhan; A. Williams; T. Kwaterenga Sitting: D. Mutendera; M Mbundire; W. Ndimutseyi Year Book 2009 69
  • Music report We have had a very happy music year. In the third term we hosted a combined choir and music evening with Chisipite Junior School. This included singing, Our play “ Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dream marimbas, orchestra and solo works. Again, another great Coat” had 37 choir members in it. The boys had to juggle musical evening. choir practice to fit in all their sport and club activities. The play also included all the Grade 7 boys who were keen to Our marimba band goes from strength to strength with its participate in acting, lighting, props and backstage. Six lively rhythmic music. It was the highlight at the fireworks brave boys in 5E even offered to be “eastern ladies” for the evening. market scene! I am delighted to report that the play was a resounding success especially in view of the fact that 10 It was a pleasure to award ½ colours for choir to many of our days before the play St Johns hosted the Combined Grade 7 singers for their commitment and 2 special full Schools Choir Concert. This involved a great deal of work colour awards were given to the boys who are to join the as 8 schools were invited to participate. The choir had to Drakensberg Boys Choir in 2010. learn 12 songs as well as all their words for Joseph. That this, too, was successful owes much to many, but not least Well done to all our boys. Keep singing and if that is not to our dedicated choir members. possible, keep a song in your heart! M Croukamp Joseph cast Back: T. Magazi; M. Brown; B. Chirombo; D. Balneaves; T. Mangiza; T. Gowera; J. Nyabadza; M. Sibanda; N. Tarinda; A. Nyamuda; T. Chitambo; R. Vyas; C. Du Toit; D. Whitaker; T. Lindsay-White; D. Annandale; R. Hunda. K. Anderson 2nd Row: M. Jellicoe; J. Matangi; M. Bwerinofa; C. Clayton-Howe; N. Wilson; D. Hanssen; T. Mahofa; B. Croukamp. I. Baig; F. Adam; K. Van Ruiten; M. Al Khalil; T. Chigaru; A. Nyawayi; B. Mallon Seated: J. Waller; B. Evans; K. Hopper; M. Hulbert; T. Gumbo; Mrs M Croukamp; E. Byrom; W. Swan; J. Harrison; B. Bichard; A. Sithole; M. Nichole Kneeling: R. Jameson; E. Chimimba; R. Tavaguta; M. Nyabereka; N. Mazhande; L. Mwamuka; D. Gorodema; K. Chiwara; T. Gomba; Z. Whyte; P. Bhaggat; T. Nyabadza; T. Maphosa Front Row: B. Masekesa; C. Matande; S. Padayachee; A. Chivayo; P. Mwamuka, K. Detering; W. Annesley; T. Evans70 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
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  • Grade 1 Literary contributions MY MUM My mum likes to go to parties and my mum likes to go to tea My mum likes to shop and loves to make up and she loves to at someones house and she likes to sleep. bake cake and I like to eat cake and I love my mom and she Matthew Welch loves me too and she likes to play with me. Eddie Kambasha My moms favourite colour is blue and her hair is blonde. She likes to eat cucumber and she likes to bring me to putt MY HOUSE putt and on Sundays she likes to look at clothes. Sean Pickworth My house is a big one. It has a tennis court and its got a big big swimming pool and it has a lounge and it has a kitchen. My mom likes to water gardens and she likes to go to Also it has a bathroom and it has five tvs and I have a gazebo. shopping and she likes to go to a shoe shop and she likes Farai Rwodzi to go to her friends and she likes to lie in bed and she likes to cook. MY DAD Reagan Bond He likes to drink wine and my dad likes to do gym and he likes My mum likes to sleep and she likes to cook and she likes to to play golf and he likes to play food fights and he likes to eat eat and she likes to go for tea. She likes flowers and she chocolate. likes people at her house and she likes to cook food for Tanatswa Muzvidzwa people and she likes pink and she likes purple. Ryan Mackenzie Sean Pickworth72 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 1 Literary contributionsMY DAD MY MUMMy dad likes me to help him in the garden and he goes to My mum likes to go to the shops and likes to cook with myAutobrakes and he fixes brakes and clutches big sister. She loves to eat cake and she loves roses. SheDarren Broxham loves pizza and chocolate and ice-cream. My mum likes necklaces and dresses. She likes coffee and tea. My mumMY BEST TEACHER likes to do a lot of things with my dad. My mums hair is brown.Miss Parker teaches me swimming. She looks nice and she Tinevimbo Gwaunzateaches me how to walk in the swimming pool.Tanaka Madake My mum loves to run. She loves coffee. My mum loves to watch me ride my motorbike and she loves to play with myMy best teacher is Mr Kwatengera. He teaches us sports. motorbike. Me and my mum play pin-ball. She likes to goHe looks like a little bit of Mr Strang but he is a little bit small! onto the internet.Dean Gibbs Geoffrey McKinnonMiss Elliott is my best because she makes me learn andshe is fun and she makes me pass.John Matukutire Mandla Msipa Year Book 2009 73
  • Grade 1 Literary contributions MY MUM MY BEST TEACHER I love my mum so much and my mum makes pasta and my My best teacher is Mr Strang because he teaches me about mum plays soccer. dodge ball and breathing and the other day he taught us Ricardo Ribeiro about running. Takudzwa Zinyengere My mum is so funny running after my baby sister and when MY NEWS she is making sandwiches my baby sister steals all of them. Jared Smith My nephew came for a sleep over for four nights and we played with toys and we played outside. My mum has black hair and she has kittens. My mum eats Daliso Mwanza lots of porridge and she sleeps too much! Jason Davis MY BEST TEACHER My mothers hair is black and my mum is funny and my My best teacher is Mrs Wallace because she smacks mum is tall and she is pretty and I love my mum. naughty boys and she has black hair and she has brown Rebokile Mhlanga eyes and she is tall and she is peach! Joseph Mbanje My mums hair is peach and she is pretty and she likes to play with me and she likes to ride with me. Richard Hounsell My love my mum and she loves me and she helps me with my reading and she thinks I am special and she works at Agwo Associates. Mandla Msipa MY DAD I love my dad. My dad likes golf and his hair is black. His eyes are blue and he likes to watch rugby. He likes cricket. He likes karate. He likes to eat samoosas. He likes to play soccer. He likes to play basket ball and he likes to swim. Masimba Chigumira My dad swims every morning and he is a fast swimmer and he likes fish for his dinner. Alex Clinton My dad rides my motorbike and he likes to swim for fun and he has black hair and he does work. Jed Lues My dad likes to play golf with his friends and he likes to play touch rugby with me and my sister and he likes to swim in the morning and he likes to go for walks and he likes to play soccer with me and my sister and he likes to eat pizza and his eyes are black and he likes to tell us storys in my wendy house and he likes to eat apples. Tafara Gwata Eddie Kambasha74 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 2 Literary contributionsTHE CHRISTMAS STORYA long time ago there was a man called Joseph and awoman called Mary. One day an angel called Gabriel flewup to Joseph and said Mary is having a baby and you mustname him Jesus. Why I am not married? Calm down hesaid. The baby is from God and the baby is very special.You will marry the lady over there. He softly flew up to herand said you are having a baby and you must name himJesus. But I am not married. Its okay he said. The baby isfrom God. She said who am I going to marry? You aregoing to marry that man over there. Okay she said. Theygot married and went to pay their taxes at Bethlehem.Joseph got his donkey and Mary sat on the donkey andJoseph had to walk the whole way. They finally paid theirtaxes. They knocked on the first innkeeper and asked doyou have any more space? We dont have any space.Then they went on to the second innkeeper. They asked –do you have any space for us? We dont have any morespace okay. They went to the last innkeeper and said doyou have any space for us? My wife is having a baby. Wedont have any space. They turned around the inn keeperopened again and said you can stay in my stable. Josephwas exhausted and he had to rest.Before he was even born three wise men were studying thestars and they saw a great big star shining upon them.Then angel Gabriel came and said a new king has beenborn today. You must come and worship him. They wentto the palace and said to King Herod a new king has been Brandon Masonborn. He said lets make a deal you go and worship him.When you have finished come and tell me where he is then Iwill come and worship him and they went to worship him. Fireworks have many coloursNext was some shepherds counting sheep. A host of Fireworks go high in the skyangels came. The shepherds were afraid. They said do Fireworks are wonderful.not be afraid. They all calmed down and Gabriel said there Kyle Mandangureis a baby king been born today. You must come andworship him. They picked up their lambs and went to F oodworship him. I ce-crem R oundThe baby was about to come out. Joseph said quickly call E xcitingthe doctor he said in a loud voice. The doctor came. What W aitingis the matter. My wife is pregnant. Okay he said. He took O utsideall his equipment and came back. He took his knife and R edcut a line to take the baby out. He pulled it out. Mary was in K idspain and the baby came out. Mary and Joseph were S creaminghappy. The kings gave them frankincense, myrrh and gold Joel Spenceand the shepherds gave him a lamb. The three kings wereabout to tell Herod but then Gabriel came at once and said DEAR SANTAdo not tell the king he was tricking you when he finds him he Dear Santawants to kill him. It was too long so King Herod sent his My behaviour has been naughty but please may you bringsoldiers and Mary and Joseph went back. me a present!Carl Kawodza Thank you LoveFIREWORKSFireworks are loud NevilleFireworks are fun Neville Chirewa Year Book 2009 75
  • Grade 2 Literary contributions 2E Similes Mr Mackenzie is as strict as a soldier. Mr Strang is as strong as a lion. Lesley Manokore Jack Benning Mrs Wallace is as busy as a hummingbird. Mr Chauhan is as cool as a gangster. Aiden Moss Theo Detering Mrs Ellis is as nice as a robin. Mr Katz is as cool as James Bond. Darrin Adams Neville Chirewa Mr Mbundire is as strong as an ape. Mr Williams is as funny as a clown. Kudakwashe Magwera Inzwirashe Ngwende Mrs Banks is as sweet as honey. Miss Taylor is as kind as a fairy. Patrick Robson Archie Strong Miss Elliott as a pretty as a rockstar. Miss Rogers is as strict as a bear. Joel Spence Muziwenkosi Mguquka Mrs Wentzel is as loud as a trombone. Anna is as pretty as a princess. Carl Kawodza Kudzai Chasara Mrs Sandys-Thomas is as tall as a giraffe. Susan is as sweet as a flower. Mambo Pasipamire Aedan Martin THE WARRIOR Miss Parker is as cute as an angel. Tapiwanashe Chifamba One day there was a strong man. He was the strongest in the world. He went to a ninja warrior school. When he got Miss De Bruijn is as scary as a ghost. out of school he went on a mission. On the way there he saw Tanatswa Manyere a lion. He had to fight the lion. He kept on walking until he found a big tree. It was a magic tree. It said would you want Mrs Gillam is as thin as a ruler. a wish. Would you want a wish? He said who said that. I Christian Allanby said that. What are you. I am a magic tree. I grant wishes. What do you do. I fight lions and tigers. My mission is to go Mrs Mitchell is as cheeky as a tiger. and find the king of the jungle. I kept on walking. I saw a Conor Higgins gigantic mountain. Out of nowhere there was a big red ball. It said I was sent by a magic tree. The magic tree said you Miss Gray is as pretty as a peacock. only have two wishes. I wish for a bazooka gun so I can blast Muziwethu Moyo the mountain. You just wasted your first wish. At last I got there. I finally found you. Let us fight. Very well. Boom, Mrs Fourie is as kind as a butterfly. slap, punch, knock, kick. scratch. Kyle Mandangure I won. I faced you and I won. Now I am the worlds winner. Mrs Hood is as scary as a shark. Mambo Pasipamire Ruilin Huang RACE CARS Mrs Croukamp is as friendly as a goldfish. Rishi Patel My race car is red. Kyles race car is white. Mr Shenje is as kind as a whale. Joels race car is b lue. Zach Birkin We have different cars. With different colours. Mrs Field is as strict as a rhino. Many more cars are on the track. Petrus Erasmus Racing cars go very fast and on the track. Racing is fun to do. It is fun racing with friends. Kuda Magwera76 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 2 Literary contributions Year Book 2009 77
  • Grade 2 Literary contributions saw a sting ray. We saw some seahorse. And behind us we saw some dragonfish. We also saw some electric eels. We saw some octopus. We saw some blue whales. Murray Dorward WHEN I GROW UP When I grow up I would like to be a soccer player and play for Liverpool. I like a soccer player because I will be playing for an audience and running past and scoring. We will be passing and scoring and scoring in soccer is fun. Tamuda Kaseke When I grow up I would like to be a scientist to make potions and inventions. I will make everything planes and rockets and robots and security systems. Nkosi Mushauri UNDER THE SEA When I grow up I would like to be a policeman so I can have a We got to the sea. We put on our snorkels and goggles. We gun. A fisherman so I can catch a fish. A vet so I can help jumped into the sea. We saw some beautiful coral. Then dogs and cats and birds. A truck driver so I can see my dad. we saw an electric eel. And underneath us we saw a sting- A video game tester so I can play games. A croc farmer so I ray. Then we saw a crab. Then we also saw a octopus. It can catch them. was scared so it shot black ink. And we saw a seahorse Matthew Tanner around its tail it was seaweed. We saw a huge jellyfish. And we saw a great white shark. It was very big. Then we went to When I grow up I want to be a fireman and a Olympics look for some treasure. swimmer and an artist and a policemen and a soccer player. Ndaa Vudzijena My team is Brazil and my position is striker and my number is seven and I want to be a teacher. We got to the sea. We put on our scuba diving gear. This is Innocent Tahwa what we saw. We saw a crab hiding behind the rocks. And we saw a big smack of jellyfish and some sea anemome and When I grow up I would like to be an artist and a cricket player a squid and octopus. Behind us we saw a lot of fish. In front for Zimbabwe and going to war. I want to be an artist because of us we saw an electric eel and a manta ray. This was a I am very good at it. And I am also very good at cricket and I lovely day at the beach. am very good at wicky keeper. I am very good at shooting. Daniel Jackson Daniel Van Rooyen We got to the sea. We put on our snorkels and goggles. I MY FAVOURITE ANIMAL saw lots of jellyfish. We saw 5 blue bottles. A hammer head shark was coming to us. We saw some treasure then took it. My favourite animal is all of the snakes in the whole wide There was some black coral. There was lots of great white world. I like them because you get them in a lot of places. I sharks. We saw some rocks with octopus in them. We saw like them because they have smooth skin. Also they strike lots of shells at the bottom of the sea. We saw some sting very fast. My second favourite animal is a crocodile. I like rays. They stung me. Then we saw sea anemome and an them because they have lots of teeth. Also they have a little octopus that sprayed some ink. We saw dragonfish. There triangle. was a sea horse. There was star fish. Puffer fish and a crab Reece Wright in a hole. Then we went back to shore. Ben Harvey My favourite animals is a crocodile and a snake. My favourite snake is a python. It suffocates rats and people and then the We got to the sea. We put on our scuba diving gear. We python eats the pray and squeezes it tight. My crocodile is a saw some plankton. We also saw some blue bottles. salt-water crocodile. It swims with its tail pushing it. To go Behind us we saw some dolphins swimming. Underneath fast when its trying to catch a fish to eat, it can hold its breath us we saw some beautiful coral. We saw some great white for 10 minutes under water. sharks too. In front we saw a smack of jellyfish. And we also Reagan Arnold78 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 2 Literary contributionsMY DRAGONMy dragon is called Jake. My dragon has very strong red. My dragon is fierce because he eats human flesh but hewings. He eats fruit. He lives in a cave. He is very friendly. doesnt eat my familys flesh. The noise that he makes isHe has spikes from head to tail. He breathes fire. He has mrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! My dragon goes to school at St Johnsvery sharp teeth. He has very very sharp claws. I met him in but you cannot see him. My dragons best friend is dumbthe forest. He is red and blue. dumb. My dragon lives with me and my family.Tanaka Java Anesu Chiwara My dragon is called Dark Vader. He is peach and he hasMy dragon is called Bug Breath. He has big teeth and big green wings. He has a baby brother. His name isclaws and he eats people. He is orange and blue. He lives Dragonoid. He likes coal and his brother does too. He hasin a stormy cave. His wings are blue and yellow. He is very very very sharp claws and fierce teeth. He lives in a hugefierce and his eyes glow in the dark. He has a very big roar cave in my back yard. His roar is very very loud. He takesand he has very big spikes on his back. He breathes fire me to school. Everyone says wow. In the night his eyesand he goes to dragon school. He has two brothers and glow. My cat does not like my dragon because they alwaystwo sisters. My dog doesnt like my dragon. fight.Brendan Mason Cyrus NharaMy dragon is called King Sharp. He lives in a cave. My ALL ABOUT MEdragon eats fish. He has six friends. My dragon is friendly.He is yellow. He can breathe fire. My dragon has wings. My house is big. I have a mum, a dad, a brother and a sister.He goes to dragon school. He likes dragon school. He has My roof is red and my bedroom is white. I have a dog and hea dragon teacher. He helps people cross the road. He has is five. My garden has tall trees and lots of flowers. I have aa family. He has red wings. bike. The thing that makes me happy is when my dad takesTinashe Maswaure me fishing. I thing that makes me happy is when my mum makes cakes!My dragons name is Goldilocks because he is gold and Joel Reid Joel Reid Year Book 2009 79
  • Grade 3 Literary contributions THE TWO PUPPIES rocks and we made a fire. We used my dads knife. We ate tomato, chips and spicey fish. We put some fish on the One day there were two puppies. They went in a field. Their island. The crocodile came and we were hiding. We names were called Jack and Jill. watched the crocodile. The crocodile was happy. We had supper and then we went home. They saw a duck in a stream and a bridge. They wanted to Benjamin Alexander have lots of fun. They ran in the grass. They chased butterflies. They smelt the flowers. They ran together. …. Beautiful coloured birds sang in joy on the top of the trees. They chased each other. Then they wanted to chase the We wanted to stay but we had to go and set up the tent. We duck. They had to look for a bucket and throw water or to made a fire and started to cook our food. All of us had some splash the duck with water. They found a bucket so they put peanuts and dried fruit. It was a nice dinner. Then I started to the bucket in the water. The took it out and waited to pour write about what happened today. I got tired and went to the water on the duck. The duck was having a rest in the bed. I woke up and had breakfast. After breakfast I went to water under the bridge. look for a new animal. I chopped my way through the forest with a cane knife. I saw so many different plants. They were The duck now had finished its rest and opened its eyes. so beautiful they were rainbow coloured. We had to cross a Then the water which was in the bucket was splashed on river so we cut down a tree and drew a square around it and the duck. The duck was now very angry and cross with the then started to dig out the wood. We got in the boat and puppies. The duck chased the puppies and the puppies crossed the river. On the other side there were tarantulas on were very angry and cross so they chased the duck and the the floor and bugs flying around everywhere. I was trying to duck ran as fast as its legs could take them. The duck ran find a red, blue and green snake. We looked and looked until into the water and the puppies could not chase it any more we found it then we heard a rustle in the bushes. It was a so they chased butterflies. The puppies now wanted to jaguar. It jumped at us – we started to run. My friend loaded chase the duck again so they went to the stream and found the gun. We shot it twice. It fell to the ground dead. We the duck so they took the bucket and put it in the water and skinned it and ate some of the meat for lunch. After lunch we splashed the duck again! saw what I was looking for – a red, blue and green snake. We John Nyambayo caught it. It was one metre forty center meters long and quite strong. I kept it in a sack for the time I had it. We all looked at ADVENTURE it. Patrick Plunket …..beautiful coloured birds sang in flocks in big palm trees. We walked down the river bed. It got late so we pitched a tent and made a camp. We put two big sticks next to the A HUNTING ADVENTURE fire and stuck a fish on the stick. After a while we took the fish of to eat it. After we had eaten the fish we went to sleep. I was hunting in the forest. I had a shot gun. All I saw were The next morning three hyenas were right out the tent door. trees and trees and more trees. I saw a bear cub. It was We scared them away with pots and pans. They ran away walking towards me. It was small and cute. It was staring at into the kopje. We got out of bed and made some tea. We me and it was furee and brown. finished our tea and followed the river. After a while we came to some shallow water. We put on some gumboots Suddenly I saw the mother bear coming. I got a frite. It had and started to walk. After two minutes something made a sharp teeth. I ran away but it ran after me. I ran and ran. It hole in my boots. It was a snapping turtle. We came to a would not stop chasing me. grassy area. Buffalo, the alpha male, charged at us. We climbed a baobab. He started to ram the tree and peel the Then I climbed a tree but before the bear started to climb up bark off. An hour had past and he was grazing around the the thorn tree the branch cracked. The branch snapped and tree. We started to make a tree house. We slept there the I fell in the water. It was wet and cold. I saw the branch. I night. We woke up and checked if the buffalo was there. swam to it. It was hard swimming. So we started to climb down the tree. We came to a castle. Daniel Liepe We found two beds. We lay down for we had a long days hike. F RAN C E Ian Munro Families go to France for a holiday … beautiful coloured birds sang in the sunny beautiful sky Restaurants in France are very special to French people and we set off on our adventure. We went to the same river. Alps are mountains with snow on top in France We went fishing and hunting and swam. My dad is a Nice wine is made in France professional hunter. He shot a hippo. We cut it and we Champagne is a bubbly white wine in France made biltong. We ate it all then we went to bed. Then the Electric trains are very fast in France. next day we went fishing. We caught bream. We found Michael Frost80 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 3 Literary contributionsMY BEST FRIEND Getting home from school. Jordan CowleyMy best friend is William Tucker. He has blond curly hair,chocolate eyes and blond hairy eyebrows. Going to Chimanimani mountains. Patrick PlunketHe doesnt like any games. His favourite sports are waterpolo and basketball. Making friends. Simbarashe MtasaHe is my best friend because he is funny and fun. We playgames together on the field. Going to your best friends house and staying the night.Asante Ahlijah Bradley PhillipsZAM B IA Playing in mud puddles. Asante AhlijahZebras graze on green grassAfricans live in Zambia Playing marbles with my grandpa.Many men work on mines Ian MunroBaboons are very bad animalsI have been to Zambia Going skiingA lot of animals are there. Michael FrostTinashe Nyatsine RelaxingHAPPINESS IS Daniel Liepe…. Everyone loving the Lord.Getting candy and chocolate and sweets. Benjamin AlexanderDeven Jordaan MY FAVOURITE TEACHERGoing to Worlds View to climb a mountain.Tynan Swanepoel My favourite teacher is Mr T. He is good at looking. He taught me soccer in grade one and cricket in grade two. He was atSeeing a shooting star. the best coach I ever had. I think he is very good at Shona.Kurt Platen He showed us the cross country but it was hard. Mr T was very good with us. He would let us go to the toilet and even letPlaying with my grandmother. us have a sip of water. If anyone got hurt he would fix them. IfTinashe Nyatsine boys are naughty he will take them to Mr Boondery and they will get a lash with a cane and get expelled with a hat sayingLearning to ride horses. bad boy. I hope Mr T will never give up his job for I think he isUzair Dudhia the best teacher in the school. He doesnt mind anyone of us except naughty boys. I think he likes me and Patrick andMaking flap jacks with my dad. Michael the best of all. Normally he eats in the staff room.Joshua Bushby Kurt Platen Year Book 2009 81
  • Grade 3 Literary contributions The Deer Hunter down he always helps me up. My name is Darryl Matsika. I am a deer hunter and I live in He is Cole Onorati. Canada. One day I had a frightening experience. Tyler Spagnuolo I was tracking deer beside a lake. Suddenly I found a bear My Dog cub. I put my gun down to stroke the cub. My dog is a Rottweiller and his name is Wheezy. He is the Suddenly I saw a big mother bear. I got a huge fright. best guard dog in the world. His fur colour is black. He never listens to me. Sometimes when I am in the pool he I ran like the wind and climbed a high, tall tree and sat on the jumps all over me. branch which was hanging over the lake. My dog is an ugly dog. His face is full of fleas. He has long The branch suddenly snapped and I fell into the cold, skinny legs. I always play fetch with him. freezing lake. When I am asleep he licks my face and sometimes jumps all I was afraid and began shouting for help. In the lake it was over me. Wheezy is a dirty dog – a filthy dog. He likes to dig very cold. big big holes and goes in right to the bottom. I swam for a floating branch and clutched on to the branch. Sometimes Wheezy is a lazy dog and he just sleeps. I was shivering with cold. Wheezy loves sleeping on my bed and he never likes to get off. Wheezy bites my nose. He bites my feet. Wheezy can With surprise and relief I suddenly saw a canoe. I shouted run faster than the wind. He eats bones and meat. He is the and screamed “Help me! Help me!” best dog for me. Mapalo Musaba There were two men in the canoe. They paddled to come and rescue me. When I Grow Up They helped me into the canoe and took me home. Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief. When I grow up I want to be a soldier because I like to I had a hot shower and dressed up. I wrapped up in a shoot a gun and I like to march, crawl and throw a grenade blanket and had a hot chocolate after my adventure. I will and shoot the enemy. I would like to join the British army. I never, ever go to the woods again! would do gym every day. I would also risk my own life to save Darryl Matsika other peoples lives. When I go to war I hope I dont meet any suicide bombers on my way or stand on any landmines. It is My Best Friend sometimes very horrible in the army because you have to be organized and if you dont put your kit in a neat pile and dont My friend is chubby. He has black hair and is quite tall. He make your bed and clean your boots they will punish you. I has brown eyes, talks a lot and swims and runs fast. hope to become a Major General in the British Army. Cole Onorati His age is eight. He was born on 26th April. He hasnt had his party yet. My friend is about six months older than I. When I Grow Up My friend lives at 5 Folyjohn. Ive been to his house about Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, three times. thief!! I dont want to be any of these. When I grow up I want to be a Game Ranger. I will save the animals from poachers. He has two brothers. They are older than him. My friend Imagine if we woke up and we didnt hear the roar of the lion has a mom and dad. I wish I had a family like his. in the bush. That is why we must save our big five and other animals from death. I dont mind if I dont get any money. It My friend likes swimming, carting, rugby, cricket, soccer will be my job to save our animals from starvation and and play station. He hates all vegetables and reading. poachers and droughts. We must protect our animals. It would not be Africa without animals. If we do save them it will My friends hobbies are cricket, carting, rugby and soccer. be the Africa we want. I will dart animals and fix their injuries He is in B for soccer. from snares and poachers. I will catch a lot of poachers. I will put them all in jail. I hope I become the owner of the I like my friend because hes funny and smart. When I am range. Lance Annandale82 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 3 Literary contributionsWhen I Grow UpTinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar has got wrinkles and blue eyes and a big watch that saysman, thief. When I grow up I dont want to be any of these. “Dehli Daredevils”. She gives house points to Jerome,Instead I want to be a rock star because I sing so nicely. My Gregory and Ambrose. I am in Jerome. Mrs Mitchell getsfriend also sings well. I am going to travel all over the world. angry when someone phones her in lessons. Mrs Mitchell isFirst Ill go to Mauritius and Ill go lastly to Canada. I want to a nice teacher. She likes teaching maths. I like Mrs Mitchellgo to Mauritius first because my friend used to live in because she is fair.Mauritius. When I win a competition Ill win a lot of money. Zeeshan RamajanIll give half the money to my parents and save the rest tobuy a 4 X 4. My Favourite TeacherMatthew Gillam My favourite teacher is Mrs Mitchell. She is the best teacher.The Sad Story Of The Piggy Who Had None When we are good we get house points. Mrs Mitchell is strict sometimes but when we are good she will not shout at us.When I was a little boy my mum used to tell me the rhyme of On Friday she adds the house points.The Five Little Piggies but thats not all. Do you know whatelse she did? My mum always tickled my toes. If your house wins you get two sweets. If your house comes second you get one sweet. Mrs Mitchell is a bit old. SheNow the real story begins. As you know the first pig went to wears glasses. Sometimes she gives us a lot of homeworkmarket. The second pig must be home, he just walked in or a little. Sometimes we get a mental test. My favourite isthe door and stayed at home. The third pig was greedy – he English.had roast beef but how a pig can eat a cow is beyondbelief!! Skip to the fifth one who they said ran “Weeeeee” all Mrs Mitchell gets angry when we dont listen. She getsthe way home. The fourth who had none must have wailed happy when we get ten out of ten. I like Mrs Mitchell becauseand wailed for he had nothing. she is the best teacher. I dont like it when Mrs MitchellRyan Sylvester shouts at me. Mapalo MusabaMrs Mitchells Bad Accident My DogToday Mrs Mitchell came to school with a very bad eye. It allstarted at Ruzawi School. Mrs Mitchell was on the edge of My dog is a very stinky dog. He jumps around a lot. When Ithe field having a picnic. She was sitting under a huge tell him to sit or stay all he does is play.syringa tree. It was lunch time. When all of a sudden aLilfordia boy hit a ball high in the sky and it hit a loose branch My dogs name is Ausywas and his surname is the same aswhich fell straight into Mrs Mitchells eye. Her beautiful mine. His middle name is Bolt.white, sparkling, brand new trousers were now bright redfrom blood. There was blood everywhere. Her grand son He has quite a flat face with long white teeth, dark greenJonathan came to take off her watch. She went to hospital. eyes, a golden coat and a very short tail.She had two injections. Dr Farai stitched up her eye. OnTuesday shes having her stitches out. After her accident He is a very good guard dog. He can run the speed ofthe game finished and Ruzawi won. She came to school gravity. He can pounce the long-jump record in one flick oftoday with big glasses to hide her two black eyes. his long, thin legs, up and over the fence he goes!Cole Onorati Today he acted very silly. He thought I was a mouse so heMy Favourite Teacher pounced right up. I fell right down and landed in his drinking bowl. I love him and he loves me.My favourite teachers name is Mrs Mitchell. She is the bestI have ever had. I like it when Mrs Mitchell gives us maths He is a mongrel which is a mixture of two breeds – Boerbullhomework. If you interrupt Mrs Mitchell she will get very cross Staffy. Hes the dog I like and hes the dog for me.very angry. She will also shout at you. The thing that makesMrs Mitchell sad is when you dont get ten out of ten. Mrs I also have another dog that is a very fat dog indeed with aMitchell wears spectacles on her face. She has got soft golden coat. Her name is Shelly.brownish hair. She wears a dress, jersey and rings. She Ryan Sylvester Year Book 2009 83
  • Grade 3 Literary contributions IF I WERE …….. If I were a snail I would catch a whale. If I were Ed Kirk Edwards I would be red. Tadiwa Marowa If I were a pot I would get hot. If I were a troll Tendai Makamure I would always roll Calum English-Brown If I were a slug I would be under a rug. If I were a king Kelvin Marufu I would sing. Tinashe Madzima If I were a mouse I would live in a house. If I were a hen Kumbu Mitumbili I would write with a pen. Tanyaradzwa Muzvidzwa If I were a rubber I would like to have a brother. If I were a rubber Tagara Maisva I would churn some butter. Brett Hounsell If I was a desk I would be the best. If I were a chair Daniel Scholtz I would eat a pear. Rory Plunkett If I were a dog I would walk in the fog. If I were a bunny Danai Muskwe I would be so funny Michael Booth If I were a doll I will roll If I were a kettle Takunda Shara I would be made of metal Nicholas Balfour If I were a book I would be a cook. If I were a kite Kundai Kashangura I would have a light. Dominic Watson If I were a tail I would sail. If I were a light Gareth Ncube I could see in the night. Nyasha Masenda THE SEASONS If I were a train I would go on a crane Summer is red and pink. Kudakwashe Kaukonde Summer is as hot as a boiling fire. It is hot in Summer. If I were a sheep I would go to sleep. Autumn is orange and brown. Jamie Cawood Autumn is as cool as a cool drink. I like to ride my bike in Autumn. If I were a hand I would stand. Winter is blue and purple. Cameron Davis Winter is as cold as ice. I like to be warm in Winter. If I were a fish I would not want to be on a dish. Spring is yellow and green. C R de Wet Spring is as cool as a forest. I like to go for walks in Spring. Cameron Davis84 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 3 Literary contributionsTHE SEASONS THE NILESummer is red and pink. Not a lot of water in itSummer is as hot as a stove. It is very bigI swim at the beach in Summer. Lots of sand in the desert Egyptian people think a girls tears floods the riverAutumn is brown and orange. Riding on a camel is hardAutumn is as cool as a fridge. In the Nile are reedsI like to stay in my house in Autumn. Vegetables are growing by the oasis Every year the Nile risesWinter is white and blue. Rain never comes in Egypt.Winter is as cold as a fan. Calum English-BrownI like to play with my jersey on outside in Winter. RAINBOW POEMSpring is green.Spring is as warm as a fire. Red is a burning fire coming from the firewood.I like to sit outside in the sun in Spring. Orange is a juicy orange in a tree.Kundai Kashangura Yellow is the melted margarine in the microwave. Green is the spiky grass on the ground.THE SUN Blue is the dangerous lightening striking above. Indigo is the paint of life from an artist.The sun Violet is a field of tulips in Holland.Burns like the desert in summer, Tendai MakamureShines like a very bright mirror,Sparkles like a shooting star. RAINBOW POEMKumbu Mitumbili Red is a juicy apple in the shops.THE SUN Orange is orange juice you can make. Yellow is the hot sun in the sky.The sun Green is itchy grass outside.Burns like sunburn on the beach Blue is the deep sea with sharks.Shines like the moon in the dark Indigo is a flower in Holland.Sparkles like the Christmas tree in December. Violet is a mulberry on a big tree.Kudakwashe Kaukonde Tanyaradzwa MuzvidzwaTHE NILE NUMBER POEMNile ends in the Mediterranean Sea 1 wiggly worm eating leavesIn the desert they built pyramids 2 tame tigers lying down.Land is green on the side 3 thin thieves stole my moms car.Every year the snow melts 4 fat firemen took out a fire.Rocks are everywhere in the river 5 frozen freezits in a fridge.Is a goddess by the delta 6 sand snakes are camouflaged.Vegetables grow on the side 7 slippery snails are disgusting.Egypt is a hot place 8 enormous elephants have big tusks.Reeds grow in the water. 9 new number plates on the cars.Nicholas Balfour 10 tall teachers are naughty. Nyasha MasendaTHE NILE NUMBER POEMNile is the longest river in AfricaIt floods once a year 1 wriggly word in my book.Land is everywhere around 2 tiny toes walking down the street.End is called delta 3 thin thrushes in my garden.Rains zero times a year 4 fat figs on the ground.In it there are some water creatures 5 flying fires in the sky.Vegetables grow next to the river 6 scary stegosauruses in a tree.Egyptians think a goddess cries to make it flood 7 sour strawberries that are not ripe.Rushes everywhere. 8 English engines are the best.Tendai Makamure 9 naughty noses on a face. 10 tall tentacles in the sea. Daniel Scholtz Year Book 2009 85
  • Grade 3 Literary contributions ONE DAY AS A CHIPMUNK I am a chipmunk. My name is Chipy. I like to climb trees and to leap from tree to tree to play with my friends. I live in a hole in a tree. I jump on trees and look for food all day. One day there was a storm and I saw a nut hanging from a branch. I went to get the nut and I slipped and fell down. I had lots of scars on my body. I like being a chipmunk because I can climb any tree in the world. C R de Wet ONE DAY AS AN ELEPHANT I am an elephant. My name is Muddy because my mom likes it. I have a trunk. It is very long. I have four legs they are very big. I have a very very big body. I am hairy because I am a mammal. I have big floppy ears. I have a long tail. I live in Kariba in Zimbabwe. I go down to the water and sometimes there are boats and people taking a photo of me. I go down to the water to drink. I eat leaves and fruit. I sleep in the night and eat and drink and play in the day. I travel a lot sometimes in the day. I like this animal because I see a lot of them in Kariba and they are my favourite animal. Michael Booth Tanaka Java86 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 4 Literary contributionsHOW I FEEL ABOUT EXAMS walking around the tent. One ran away and the lion grabbed his neck. He died because he was strangled!When it was time for exams, I was very nervous incase I Fegus Deaconfailed. My mum would go nuts. I went stiff for a momentwith fear, fright and terror. I thought I was going to fail and allthat stuff that I learnt would go out my head like a little THE TITANICbreeze. Suddenly I went stiff like a big rock stuck in slimymud. I was feeling painful, frightened and thinking will I On a Sunday night on the fourteenth of April 1912 one ofpass? Titanics lookouts spotted a big white object floating on the surface of the water. The lookout at first didnt know what itExams came and I was frightened, I thought I was going to was, but then he realized it was an iceberg. He was shockedfail. I was mad and grumpy until it came to exams. My heart and he started to ring the bell and shout “iceberg”. Captainwas beating so hard I could hardly breathe and my veins Smith ordered the crew to turn hard left and put the enginewere in pain. I was so terrified I was playing a video through into reverse, but it was too late. Titanic was too close to themy head to stop the terror. iceberg and hit it. The iceberg ripped a huge hole in Titanics right side and Titanic began to take in water rapidly. The so-Exams passed and I was excited in a terrifying way when we called unsinkable ship was sinking! Not one of the crewgot our results. I was amazed to see I had not f ailed the members knew what was going on. Captain Smith askedhard ones. I was happy. I went home with something good how much time they had until Titanic was at the bottom of theto tell my parents. ocean. The crew had two hours to get everyone off the ship.Terl Allanby Everyone was scared and chaos was happening. PeopleZIMBABWE were jumping into the ice cold water of the ocean. The crew only allowed woman and children onto the life boats but thereThere are so many National Parks in Zimbabwe but my was a problem – there were not enough life boats on boardfavourite is Great Zimbabwe. It is my favourite because it is the Titanic. Soon the back of the ship was in the air andvery ancient and interesting. Great Zimbabwe has lots of people began to slide down into the ocean. The massiveanimals but they have a lot of monkeys especially. Great funnels soon came down and crushed hundreds of people.Zimbabwe is a Zimbabwe ruin with lots of animals and The life boats that had left could see Titanic sinking verticallyinteresting things. upward and going under the waves. Thousands of people froze to death. Out of two thousand two hundred peopleThere are a lot of National Parks in Zimbabwe but the one I seven hundred and fife survived.like most is Lion and Cheetah Park. I saw lots of animals. Cameron ButlerOne time a lion came and jumped at the fence and I just ranfor my life. Then after that we went to the river and we were CHIEF LIFE GUARD ON PATROLhaving a swimming contest and I won by 8 points. Thetalking parrots and coloured ones are beautiful and that My name is Ropa. I am the Chief Life Guard on patrol atwas the best day of my life ever! Miami Beach. It was a sunny and quiet day. I was high up onHadley James my chair with a drink in my hand. As I was watching, a woman came – “I have lost my son, help help!” she said.There are so many National Parks in Zimbabwe but theones I like most are Mana Pools and Chengeta. My I said “madam calm down,” but she wouldnt calm down. Sofavourite of all is Great Zimbabwe. There is so much to see I had to give her a sip of my drink. Then she finally calmedlike the ancient ruins and all the Kings that have sat on the down. I asked her for a full description of her child. She saidthrone like King Simba the First. At Great Zimbabwe they he is wearing a black costume and a red and blue hat. I toldbelieve if you have not been to Great Zimbabwe you have her we will search the whole beach.not been to Zimbabwe. There are lots of priceless artifactsthat have disappeared many years ago. Even as we are I started to call every life guard in the city. It took two hours tospeaking those artifacts are still there. act. I wanted to find that boy. I jumped on my bike to look forMudiwa the boy. Oh! I didnt get his name. She told me his name is Kevin Jetcarson. After six boring hours we couldnt find him. The next day I got to work early. I saw a boy on a blanket andMana Pools is my favourite National Park. It has a lot of his name was Kevin Jetcarson. I told his mum. She was soanimals. In Mana Pools there were two people in a tent. happy. That was a job well done.One was asleep and the one was awake. A lion was Ropafadzo Masengere Year Book 2009 87
  • Grade 4 Literary contributions WHAT I LIKE ABOUT SCHOOL The cars are going Smash, bash and crash. Ring ring the bell goes, Its now time for school The cars were going I like my teacher, Mrs P Mangunda. 100 miles an hour I saw it crash She is very kind and funny Another went smash She is the best teacher in the world. Two others went bash. Ring goes the bell If I could I would It is now time for sport But I shouldnt Oh how I love sport I want to be A fast car driver I love having fun with my teacher And crash, smash and bash. Mr Dikanpfuwa or Mr D for short Tristan Evans Ring ring goes the bell FAST CARS Well I guess thats it See you here next time Fast cars go vroom. For a journey indeed. And their engines go boom, Mudiwa Bosha When theres a crash It makes a big bash. FAST CARS When they smash, The cars are so fast It looks like a big mash, They zoom When they go past, Sometimes go boom. They look very fast. They are speeding When you need a lift, Through the crowd Ask in shifts, Goes blue When you go to a bar, Dont gamble your car. The crowd goes wild The cars go bash If its shattered, Others go smash. Youll feel battered. When your car goes bad, The stadium is full, Youll fell sad. For the crowd to chill, For watching the cars If its lame They are very fast. Itll be a shame. Michael Muchopa88 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 4 Literary contributionsLOST IN THE FOREST FAST CARSOne dreadful day I got left behind in the forest. I was scared This is the garage Sam built.because there were bears, monkeys and leopards. Idecided to make a shelter. I constructed one out of logs This is the fast carand leaves. That sat in the garage Sam built.I made a fire by rubbing stones together. It kept me warm. I This is the rat,made a bed out of leaves and used leaves as a blanket too. That lives in the fast car, That sat in the garage Sam built.I improvised a spear so that I could kill animals to eat. Imade a jacket out of bear skin, that I had killed. I was lost This is the cat,and I knew that I had to survive. That ate the rat, That lived in the fast car,My clothes were tatty and dirty. I still had a t-shirt and shorts. That sat in the garage Sam built.The jacket made of bear skin protected me from the coldduring the nights. I slept for two weeks and fed myself by This is the man,eating berries and I managed to dig up some roots. That scared the cat, That ate the rat,I hoped that someone would pick me up and take me home. That lived in the fast car, That sat in the garage Sam built.Early one morning I saw some hunters hunting for a beat Douglas Dorwardwith a 2.2 gun. I shouted “Hunters! Wait, ait, ait” it echoed inthe forest. Fortunately they saw me and they came running LOST IN THE FORESTtowards me. I begged them to take me home to my family.They took me home and my family members were so I was on my way to Australia in a 747, when suddenly the firstrelieved that I was alive and well. engine stopped. Then the second engine grunted to a halt.Ezra Van Rooyen We were bobbing up and down, left and right and I saw Madagascar from my porthole window. I ran up to theMY PET captain in the cockpit and said “Do you think you could try and land us on Madagascar?” He answered “I think weSophie is my pet. She is a boerbul dog and she has a big could, but it will be an extreme risk.” I ran back to my seatblack nose. She is blond and has huge ears. She is two and braced myself. There was a crash, bang and screamsyears old and very big and beautiful. from all around. Soon the screams died away.Sophie loves to play rugby with me and bounce on my lap. As soon as my heart stopped skipping beats, I got up andAt night she sleeps on top of my mum. She surely loves looked around the plane. I realized that the otherfood. She takes avocados from our tree and she eats all the passengers were all dead, but then I saw that the cockpittime. She used to wake my mum up at 5am for milk. She door was moving back and forth. I ran over to the cockpit,sleeps in the basket now because she is not a puppy any but I felt my body hurting. I looked down and saw that I wasmore. bruised and had blood all over me, so I walked but this even hurt. I looked around and saw an old man with a walkingShe is a lovely dog. She protects my family and is always stick in his hand. I took it and limped over to the door. I onlyplaying with her rugby ball. Sometimes she is sleeping and just managed to open the door. The engineer stepped outsometimes she is playing. She likes sleeping on my of the cockpit and said “We better get off the plane incase ittrampoline. explodes.” We got off the plane and took cover. We waited a few minutes then ! Boom!Sophies birthday is on the 28th April. She has other friendsand their names are Koco, Nayla and Blondie. I hope that We got out of our hiding places and walked over to eachshe sees me as her best friend. other. “Thanks for helping me get out,” the engineer saidDaniel Aucamp “Youre welcome. Now how do we get back home?” I asked “Im not sure, but Im sure well think of something after a good nights sleep.” I collected some firewood and made a fire, while the engineer made a clearing for us to sleep on. Year Book 2009 89
  • Grade 4 Literary contributions We then went to get roots and berries. After we had eaten We hungrily fried the meat and got our strength back after the the roots and berries, we went to bed. It was a long, rough meal. night and I thought that morning would never come, but it surely did. We then started our journey. It took an hour or so to get to the nearby farm and we were glad it hadnt taken longer. When I woke up I felt thirsty. I went scouting around for water. After a few minutes I started to hear a trickling sound We walked up to the door and knocked on it. We waited a bit and I kept on walking. It grew louder and louder. Soon a then the door swung open and a man with a friendly face small stream came into sight. I put the walking stick on a greeted us. We explained who we were and how we got to rock and sat down. Then took a sip of water. I took a few his door. He offered us a warm bath and a bed for the night, deep breaths, got my walking stick, stood up and turned which we gladly accepted. around. “Now which way is back?” I asked myself. All the trees in the forest looked the same. I closed my eyes and Next morning we phoned the police and the airport. They hobbled forward. I hit my head on a low branch and fainted said they would send a helicopter to collect us. … It wasnt long before the helicopter arrived. The engineer and When I woke up it was evening and I was back at the I hopped in, thanked the farmer for his help and hospitality clearing! The engineer was sitting by the fire, when I said and took off. “How did I get here?” “Ill tell you in the morning,” he said. I went back to sleep. When we arrived back at our destination the reporters from local and international media interviewed us and we were The next day he told me that when he woke up I wasnt there hailed as heroes who had survived an aeroplane accident in so he came looking for me. He called and called for me, a dense forest. They were especially impressed that we got but I didnt reply because I had fainted. Just as he was out of the forest without the help of the local army. about to give up he saw something out of the corner of his Douglas Dorward eye. He turned around and there I was, lying on the ground. Once he had explained that all to me I said “Im MY HERO hungry.” “I thought you would say that so I made each of us a spear, a knife and a bow and arrow.” I asked him how long My hero is a rat. I had been asleep for. I was surprised to hear that I had I know where he hides. slept for two days. We decided to hunt for food. Its right under the mat. He wriggles in from all the sides. We started to walk deep into the forest and walked up a few hills and then half way up a big hill. The engineer said that He fights all in his way, he had a hunch that there would be some deer on the other Even while chewing cheese. side of the hill. He suggested that we should look for a He fought two tigers today. nearby farm from the top of the hill. We were so excited that And he felt happy and pleased. we ran the rest of the way up. One day in the dark. When we got to the top we saw that there were hundreds of He had a chicken in hand. deer all around and there was a farm nearby. We felt that it I followed him to the park. was our lucky day. We started to walk down the hill and Until I heard a band. soon reached the bottom. We met a couple of bandits so feebly. We started to gather the deer in a circle and calmed them “Stick them up,” they said loudly. down. Slowly I went closer to them – closer, closer and “We are friends,” I said quickly. jumped and landed on one and stabbed it with my knife. Rat and I shook hands proudly. Mudiwa Chiromo90 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 4 Literary contributionsFAST CARS but secretly he loves me best! I would like Bacardi to be a dad so I could have more pets like him.Fast cars revved at the start,We had to play our part. I know that one day my special pet will get old and have to goI was in need to doggy heaven. I will be so sad but I wont think about thatTo reach a great speed now. Until then I will enjoy the happy days with Bacardi andTo be in the lead. love him every day. I am going to town tomorrow to buy Bacardi a new dog basket, a blanket and a big food bowl –Im hot on their trail, this will show him he is the best pet in the world.I hope I dont bail. Jake SnymanI went for the turn,I had to learn,To keep on the track, FIREWORKSAnd never look back. Fireworks, fireworks in the sky,I was in for a treat, There they blast, up very high.Safely strapped in my seat.I was still in the race, If youre having fireworks tonight,But had to pick up pace. Dont let the dogs get a fright.I was in fear I might die,My family would cry. Lock them up inside the house. Theyll be as quiet as a mouse.I was in the last leg,Overtaking I dread. Rainbow fireworks shoot up in the sky,We were coming die, Falling, twisting and finally die.Then I shot the line,I was fine. When the fireworks are over,Liam Hounsell You can let out Sam and Rover. Kenton BlythewoodMY PET Fireworks sparkle in the nightMy pet Bacardi is a pure bread Labrador that is five years Some people are amazed, some jump in fright.old. We bought him at Hippo Valley in Nyanga. He wasso cute as a puppy but is still lovable. I like it most when I They start from the ground, and soar up highgo swimming in my pool – he comes in for a dip once in Then explode in the sky.a while. He always likes to play with my other dogs. Hisfavourite food is sadza and gravy. Unfortunately he is These things go whizzing, shooting aroundalways fighting other dogs and he killed Shadow, on of Then explode with a loud sound.our other dogs. I was so sad when he died. Some are dazzling red,Bacardi does lots of tricks like rolling over, holding out his Some are sparkly greenpaw and he even plays dead. I take him for a walk People cheer at this amazing scene!around my garden twice a week to keep him fit andstrong. He is fast at running and enjoys eating lots of Fireworks are finished,food. Last year he ate so much he could hardly walk! He Everyone starts to gokept falling and stumbling over the steps on our And that is the end of our show!verandah. He likes to come hunting with me. He runs Mduduzi Mhlangaand jumps in the tall grass and chases rabbits and birds.We have great fun together. Fireworks make owls hoot with fright, As the rockets take flight.Bacardi is my best friend and is very good for me. One dayhe saved my life when he barked to warn me about a snake High in the air some twirl,in front of me. He is a big strong white dog and often jumps While some zig-zag and curl.on me to say hello and gives me a hug! I would like to havea pet cat but I know that Bacardi would chase it up and Big rockets speed towards the sky,down all day and all night! My brothers also play with him While others fizzle out and die. Year Book 2009 91
  • Grade 4 Literary contributions Animals get a fright It splattered the sky While we smile in delight. It was very high. It was a sparkling green Animals go running And that is the best fireworks Out of sight Ive ever seen! On this amazing night. Liam Hounsell Jake Snyman MY CAT Sitting in the night My cat is black Fireworks out of sight. He sleeps on my mack. Suddenly theres shouting, He sometimes hisses Cars start hooting, Always kisses. People cry in delight He sleeps in trees Some children got a fright. On piles of leaves. He played with dogs Flickering red And chases frogs. I was still in my bed. Catches butterflies Fireworks were hissing And is very wise. A couple started kissing. I love my cat More than my dads hat! Rockets spiraling down, Nicholas Freemantle Made by dad frown There were blasting sounds THE CHEETAH And scared hounds. The cheetah runs with speed Somebody had a squib, So he takes the lad. Baby dribbled on a bib. He catches his prey Everybody was amazed Without much delay. And I felt quite dazed. The lion growls When I went to bed And bounces on its prey. I thought the fireworks were dead. The leopard stalks And catches small hawks. Suddenly I saw something zoom, Theyre all African cats Followed by a huge boom. And were proud of that ! Matthew De Souza92 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 5 Literary contributionsPEOPLE Everyone has a different lookSome people say they are sick Unlike anyone else.When it is actually a trick. Some are rich and some are poorSome people like to swim But altogether they are a family.And others like gym. Some eat meat some eat saladSome people are as hard as tartar And some eat bothAnd others are smart. Some people are sporty and othersSome people are thugs Are the supporters.So they eat drugs. Desmond AnnandaleSome people like money PEOPLEAnd others think that is funny. People come in different shapesSome people drink beer And sizesSo they cant think clear. A lot of people wear disguisesKai Detering Thinking why do they despise us So plastic surgery is what they getPEOPLE Not knowing it is a great threat Because they try to be like Britt.People can be small Their minds get messed up a bit!But some just tall. Marcus NicholeSome people find it stunning PEOPLEWhen people are running. People roam the EarthPeople are different in Like bees in a hive.Complexions and reflections. People die like animalsSome people are vain Being hunted.With so much pain. People are, I am, I wasPeople come young and old. And I will.Makomborero Moyo People are as beautiful asPEOPLE Nature and as ugly as death.Some people are sad People are as kind as graceBecause they have ugly scars And as mean as hatred.So they spoil themselves Alistair FrostWith brand new cars. GARY McRYDERS SNAKE ADVENTUREAs people get olderAnd nearer to the end Yesterday I woke up just before dawn because I had a longTheir bones day ahead of me. My name is Gary McRyder. I am a snakeTend to bend! specialist. I have studied them for about 25 years. I amKeenan Smith going to Adderland to collect Adder or Viper venom to create anti-venom.PEOPLE When I reached Nkupi International Airport I caught a taxi to aSome people have eyes hotel, looking forward to a good nights rest! The nextAs big as pies. morning my bus ride took me into the middle of the Kwaghi desert where I stayed with the Masango tribe. On my firstThe world is filled morning in the bush I spotted a horned adder. I caught it andWith people that are many shapes and sizes. milked it. I continued with my journey and about an hour later I spotted a gaboon-viper – one of the most dangerous Year Book 2009 93
  • Grade 5 Literary contributions snakes in the world. On my first attempt to capture it, I grasshoppers and chop them into tiny pieces and mix missed – it struck, missing me. I took a deep breath in and together. Feed it to him slowly. released it. PHEW! That was supposed to be a fatal encounter. Finally I caught it and milked about 50g out of it. I love Gus because he is the best imaginary animal. That is a lot of venom enough to kill about fifteen full grown Kai Detering bull elephants. After fifteen or so more easier captures, I had all the venom I needed and I headed back to the MY FAVOURITE ANIMAL laboratory to hand in the collection of deadly venom!! My favourite animal is a tiger. It is so beautiful and majestic. When I arrived home I realized how lucky I was to be alive, In the tigers world he thinks only of his prey, prey and more after so many dangerous encounters. Adderland is prey. renowned by its name because adders are the only creatures you will find here, these and birds. I like the tiger because, unlike other cats, they like water and Murcus Nichole swimming. Their natural beauty I think comes out in green grass. It brings out its brilliant orange body and black MY IMAGINARY ANIMAL stripes. The way he attacks is so incredible. He ambushes from behind really makes me feel the beauty of the animal My imaginary animal is called a dingelhopper. I named him kingdom. Although people say tigers are gruesome killers, I Asparagus but for short I call him Gus. think they are beautiful animals that help our world. At one stage tigers roamed freely throughout Asia but they have Gus can swim, fly and run. He can also change colour. But been decreased over the years by mankind. when he gets shy or sad he will go invisible. He has feathers, scales and fur. He can beat my teacher in maths Hopefully the crisis is coming to a stop, thanks to presidents and he understands the theory of mc² = E. He is also the across the continent. This helps breeding not get out of last one of his kind because it is very hard to feed them. hand with deers. The population of tigers is ascending back They eat the very rare luminous beetles, the pink and purple up to what it used to be. But people still try to kill tigers for doozelflowers and loves dotted and striped worms. their skin and meat. I think people should kill themselves if they are going to kill tigers! If we do not stop this, then, like Gus loves sleeping in dry warm kennels. He likes drinking the dodos, they will be wiped out and our children will never warm salt water with a touch of lemon. When he gets happy see them. I really hope it stops. he expands. You can tell when he is sick for he tends to shrink and start to feel like ice. To cure him you will need to That is why the tiger comes into my mind when I hear my find eleven snozzberries, two grasshoppers and five lizards favourite animal. Please help to save the tigers or the world tails. First take the lizards tails and beat them together. will be a poorer place. Then add the snozzberries and whisk them together. Then Matthew Davenport add the snozzberries and whisk all together. Take the94 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 5 Literary contributionsTHIS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEIm not too fat and not too thinBut theres a dimple on my chinAnd two big scratches near my knee.This you need to know about me.I like to care for animalsAnd see the grass and trees and hillsAnd watch the dolphins in the sea.This you need to know about me.Im fond of castles in the skyAnd asking what? And where? And why?And doing maps in geography.This you need to know about me.Im sometimes shy, but often smile -Being rude is never my style,Being kind is better you see.This you need to know about me. LETTER TO PETER RABBITIm not called Jim or Jack or SamAnd neither am I Sue or Pam Green Acres FarmMy name is George spelt with a G. Cabbage Patch LaneThis you need to know about me! CountrysideGeorge Vlahakis 18 September 2009DO YOU, DON’T YOU? Dear Peter RabbitI like to go on cruising ships,And eat ice-cream and chocolate dips, You are very naughty for digging up my garden and eatingAnd kiss a girl with pretty lips, all the vegetables. Why did you not go with your sistersDo you? and eat blackberries and other food? I am ashamed of you.I hate it when I lose my hats,Or when I break my favourite bats, Water was spilt all over the place when you jumped in theAnd If I slip on silly mats. watering can. You have eaten lettuce, radishes, beansDont you? and parsley. My wife was very upset when she heard you knocked over her precious flowers.I like to think Im very cool,Especially by my mates at school! Do you know what happened to your father? My wife putAnd I believe that Chelsea rule! him in a rabbit pie because he tried to sneak into myDo you? garden and you will be next if you do this again! By the way, you might want to get your jacket and shoes back.I hate it when my loved ones fight,And when my shoes become too tight, Your angry neighbour.And if the wind wont fly my kite.Dont you? Mr McgregorMark Lindsay Jeremy Layard Year Book 2009 95
  • Grade 5 Literary contributions REASONS WHY I WANT TO BE LIKE MY DAD I love my dad very much and I think he can do anything he I am small and dangerous. wants to. He has helped me so much when I have been in I have sharp teeth and live in large groups in the water. trouble and he has a really kind heart. So I hope that people What am I? see me in the same way when I do the things he does. Cameron van Gend My dad loves to help people and does things in our church I am a hunter, but I dont use a gun. such as preaching the Bible. One day I would like to preach I am very fast over short distances and am difficult to spot in and help people. He has shown me it is good to listen to the bush. others and not always argue with people. So I am learning What am I? patience and the art of being a good listener. Tadiwa Shumba He earns a reasonable amount of money which means that I am very important to all living creatures. he is a good businessman. I want to be a good There are times when I am colourful and times when I am dull businessman and earn money to look after my family like my and plain. People lean and climb on me or sit under me. dad who takes good care of us. What am I? Callum Lindsay-White My dad rides his bicycle a lot and takes long rides to keep fit. I think that is good and I try to do exercise too. I do press OPPOSITE POEMS ups and ride my bike. Happy is Friendship………. Sad is a Nightmare I like it that my dad is strong and he reads plenty of books. I am not very good at this but he tells me that it will help me so Happy is when you sleep with your teddy I want to try and do better with my reading and become Happy is a relaxing day on the beach. clever like my dad. Happy is when you play with your pet. Happy is the feeling of friendship. So I want to be like my dad because he is the best role model a boy could want. He loves me and I love him and he Sad are terrible nightmares. is the best dad in the world. Sad is when you stub your toe. Keegan Anderson Sad is the sight of a homeless dog. Sad is when you are sick. WHAT AM I Happy is a hug from your parents. I have four legs but cannot run away or move. Happy is the taste of a chocolate ice-cream. I am found in many schools and am useful for storing books Happy is the celebration of the day of your birth. inside. Happy is a graduation day. What am I? Kieran Robinson But sad are a friends tears And sad is the end of a holiday. I am tall and have different coloured lights. Sad is when you act like a jerk I am found on the street. And make someone feel bad. People obey me. Christian Wright What am I? Kudzo Chiwara Hot is Embarrassment……..Cold is a Reptile I have teeth but no mouth. Hot is the sun burning my face. I am usually made out of plastic and come in a variety of Hot is the exhaust on my motor bike. colours. Hot is the chilli burning my tongue. I should be used at least once a day for general hygiene Hot is a spicy chicken. purposes. What am I? Cold is the jet stream from a plane. Batainashe Masekesa Cold are frozen hail stones. Cold is the ice cream cooling my throat. I have a face but no eyes. Cold are the dark winter mornings. I have two hands but they cannot hold anything. My hands are different sizes. Hot is the lava in the volcano. What am I? Hot are the coals on the braai. Christian Wright Hot is the simmering look of an angry teacher. Hot is the blush of embarrassment.96 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 5 Literary contributionsCold is the blood of a reptile. And my love for them too.Cold is a runny nose.Cold is liquid nitrogen burning my wart. Hollow is a sound echoing in the canyonCold are the high peaks of Mount Everest. And hollow is the feeling of loneliness.Damiain White Hollow is a canoe floating on a river And hollow is the laugh of a ghost.Strong is a Bulldozer…….Weak is a Twig Nicholas MacrayStrong is a bulldozer clearing the land SILENCE ……A sharks terrible jaws are strong.Strong is the sturdy baobab tree It was so silent that I heard a chameleon change colour,And strong is a bull elephant. Dev TrivedyWeak is a wounded zebra It was so peaceful, I could hear a spider spinning its web.And weak are loose teeth. Dakarai NdoroWeak is sick person in hospitalAnd weak is a broken arm. It was so quiet, I could hear my teeth rot. Tristan WarrenStrong is a tiger attacking its preyThe force of a magnet is strong. It was so serene, I heard the petals of the flowers unfold.Strong is the engine of a V8 car Batainashe MasekesaAs is the force of a rolling boulder. It was so still that I heard the sap from the trees sliding downWeak is thin, dry twig the trunks.As is a simple mind. Austin RwodziWeak are my legs after running cross countryAnd weak is a new-born baby. It was so silent that I heard the sunflowers turn their faces toMutapha Msipa the sun. Austin RwodziHollow is a Log………Solid is a Rock It was so peaceful that I heard a squirrel nibble his nut.Solid is the steel of the Golden Gate Bridge Callum Lindsay-WhiteAnd solid is the Great Wall of China.Solid is a granite counter top It was so silent that I heard the clouds float across the sky.And solid are the foundations of a house. Kudzo ChiwaraHollow is a flute in the great orchestra It was so peaceful that I heard the ants busily building theirAnd hollow are the bamboo plants. anthill.Hollow is the terrifying barrel of a gun Daan PostAnd hollow is a ping-pong ball. It was so still that I could hear the dew evaporate.As solid as the ice of the glaciers Shaheer AzadSolid is the dam wall holding back the river.Solid is the love of my parents It was so silent, I heard a feather fall to the ground. Aiden Blignaut Year Book 2009 97
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  • Grade 6 2009 Tree of life Camp TREE OF LIFE CAMP - GRADE 6 - 2009 it was super fun! Shane Brown In May 2009 seventy-four grade sizes and their three lucky teachers set off for The high ropes and the dinner because the high ropes were challenging and I The high ropes because of the amount camp at “Tree of Life Camp” in Ruwa. of encouragement, excitement and love food at night! Mitchell Enderby fun! The boys esteemed opinions were as Ellis Rothwell follows – Shower time because every day we would come back smelly or soaking The obstacle course because it was as THE BEST PART OF CAMP WAS – wet and we would attract flies to hover challenging as getting in a moving car! around our heads, then we would take Jordan Sudlow Canoeing because we had a mud fight! Munya Murapa a shower and be clean and warm! Djordje Vidovic The hot chocolate at night because it made me sleepy. The high ropes because they were The high ropes because I love to climb Mitchell Enderby long, high and tricky and there were lots of obstacles to go through and you had trees and try things I have never done before. Arriving because I knew it was the first to keep your balance. Kyle Mathieson day and there were still two days left. Nick Welch Darko Limpic The climbing wall because it was a Spiders Web because it made everybody work as a team and it was The food because it was wonderful and great challenge stepping on each quite challenging. I never got cholera!!! block and pulling yourself up to get to Munesu Chatikobo Michael Shonhiwa the top. Ryan Boshi THE PART I DIDN’T ENJOY WAS - The obstacle course because The zip line because I was scared, but I everyone in the team supported each The morning jog because it was cold faced my fear and the ride down was other and gave a hundred percent. and I was tired! fun! Ross Hayter Innocent Hakulandaba Robert Spencer The mini Olympics because lots of The climbing wall because it was Watching the movie because the people were playing different games exhausting and it felt as though I was inspirational speaker with no limbs and my team won! climbing The Great Wall of China! made us more determined to complete Matthew Wazara Lebohang Mwamuka the tasks. Dilshaad Williams The zip line because of its speed and Quiet time because I dont like being height! alone. The pamper pole because seeing my Nigel Jena Ross Hayter team encouraging everyone was great! Travis Mackie The high ropes because I went first and The swimming gala because I am not a great swimmer and it was challenging getting over the logs. Ryan Boshi Getting pasted!! Timothy Curle Walking over the logs on the rocks on the obstacle course because when I looked down there wasn’t anything to break my fall! Darko Limpic The early morning run because I was tired when I woke up! Dilshaad Williams100 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Tree of life Camp Grade 6 2009Not being able to stay up late and Mohammed Valera because no matter Graham Shepherd because I thoughtwaiting for your turn on an exciting what, he never gave up. he was not friendly but he is really a niceactivity! Travis Mackie boy!Nick Welch Shane Brown Kudzai Mtasa because he was afraid ofThe morning jog because you had to heights but he did all the scary things. Lebohang Mwamuka because hewake up at 6 oclock and stretch! Mitchell Enderby never gave up even when he thoughtLochlan Butler he couldnt do it. Innocent Hakulandaba because at the Matthew WazaraThe canoeing because it was hard to start he was terrified of heights but hecontrol the canoe and I got wet from my did all the activities and never gave up. Ryan Murray because he encouragedpartner and I kept bumping into things Lochlan Butler everyone.in the races. I am terrible at paddling! Michael ShonhiwaEllis Rothwell Kuda Timba because he climbed to the top of the wall and down again without Djordje Vidovic because he fell whileThe zip line because it had a dip in the crying. climbing the pamper pole but he pulledmiddle and I almost vomited! Ryan Boshi himself right back up.Kudzai Mtasa Kudzai Mtasa Thomas Reid because of his outstanding team work. THE PERSON WHO SURPRISEDWhen the instructors said “Lights out” ME WAS –at 9.30pm and “no eating in the Jordan Sudlowdormitories!” Angus Curtis because he was notMichael Shonhiwa Kudzai Mtasa because he did not give naughty – instead he helped people! up and kept going to reach the top of Ross HayterLeaving, but as the saying goes, every the Pamper Pole.good thing comes to an end! Ellis Rothwell Bradley Maswera by being happyRyan Murray about doing every activity at camp. Shao Li because when he did the Ellis RothwellTHE PERSON WHO IMPRESSED climbing wall, he never gave up andME WAS – then he went a second time! Kevin Muleya because I did not know Innocent HakulandabaSamuel Garnett because instead of he was so messy!wanting to go first he encouraged Timothy Curle Kuda Timba because whatever he dideveryone in his team. he gave it his best.Darko Limpic Samuel Tapera because he did the Nick Welch obstacle course so quickly.Kyle Mathieson because he is actually Matthew Wazara strong.Munya MurapaNigel Vere because he conquered his fear of heights.Munesu ChatikoboAidan Onorati because when I thought Icould not make it up Jacobs Ladder,Aidan helped me up the whole way!Djordje VidovicKuda Timba because he tried to do allthe activities.Hayden SilkTravis Mackie because he came upwith the best ideas.Nigel Jena Year Book 2009 101
  • Grade 6 2009 Tree of life Camp Kevin Muleya because he isnt that Kudzai Mtasa because he cried on the Excellent because nothing was over good at basketball! Jacobs Ladder but he did it! cooked and I ate everything! Munya Murapa Innocent Hakulandaba Matthew Wazara Brendan Sylvester because on some Nigel Vere because I never knew he Great because I could eat it all! of the activities he was not confident was petrified of heights! Ryan Boshi like he usually is. Michael Shonhiwa Kudzai Mtasa Scrumptious and it was a lot better than Kudzai Mtasa because he was able to I expected because other camps Robert Spencer because he didnt climb the wall with no problems. usually have worse food. want to do the Jacobs Ladder but Lebohang Mwamuka Darko Limpic when he climbed up he never stopped! Djordje Vidovic because he was afraid Delicious – imagine cooking for Lochlan Butler of heights. seventy boys three times a day. Wow!! Munesu Chatikobo Mitchell Enderby Cameron Harrison because I never thought he would be afraid of heights. Kuda Timba because in most things he Tasty, especially the shepherds pie Hayden Silk tried so hard. because it was made by great chefs. Kyle Mathieson Lochlan Butler Nigel Vere because he did not want to do the high ropes but when he Lebohang Mwamuka because he was Great, especially the mealie meal climbed up he was happy and afraid of heights but he still did the porridge in the morning. completed the course. pamper pole. Hayden Silk Ryan Murray Jordan Sudlow Amazing because each day it was Kudzai Mtasa because he was afraid THE FOOD WAS – different and I think it was very good of heights and he didnt want to do food! some activities but he managed to Marvelous because it tasted different! Robert Spencer finish them all! Ellis Rothwell Darko Limpic Brilliant because to cook for seventy Wonderful, because I never get to eat people is hard and I think they really put Mohammed Valera because he never that kind of food at home! effort into making it tasty! gave up in any of the activities. Timothy Curle Kudzai Mtasa Ryan Boshi Kudzai Mtasa because hes afraid of the dark. Shane Brown Robert Spencer because I thought he would fail some of the activities and when he did, he would get up and try again. Nick Welch Kuda Timba because on the obstacle course we had to cross over the sharp rock and he managed. Nigel Jena Cameron Harrison because I never thought he would come to camp! Mitchell Enderby102 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Tree of life Camp Grade 6 2009Great – it took my taste buds on an THE TEACHERS SHOULD – Be more involved because everyoneadventure when I ate it! should go for a morning jog, even theMunya Murapa Be more involved because they should teachers! get up early and go for a jog! Mitchell EnderbyFabulous because I like to try different Lochlan Butlerthings and sadza is a real treat at Be more involved in the challengeshome! Be more involved because it would be because it brings the whole campRoss Hayter fun to see them do more things with us. together to see a teacher jumping off Darko LimpicMY FAVOURITE INSTRUCTOR the pamper pole! It brings greatWAS – laughs seeing the fear in their eyes! Be more involved because we needed Travis Mackie their help!Terence because he was fun and he let Munya Murapa WERE YOUR FEARS JUSTIFIED?us push him in the pool if our time forthe obstacle course was under fifteen Take a rest because they were fine, No because we never saw any snakesminutes. cheering us all on. or spiders.Mitchell Enderby Ellis Rothwell Hayden SilkTK because he was kind and made all Be more involved because I would like Yes because I wasnt confidentthe activities fun. to see them doing the courses and enough to talk to the instructors.Nick Welch they were great encouraging us! Matthew Wazara Robert SpencerTaffy because when I was attempting Yes because I was afraid of heights,the climbing wall I was a breath away Show us how to do the activities and but I am not now!from giving up, but he climbed up with give us the confidence to do them! Ryan Boshime and helped me to the top. Kudzai MtasaLebohang Mwamuka Yes because I was afraid of heights Form a team and participate in the but I prayed to God and then I gainedSam because he cheered my team and obstacle course, mini Olympics and all confidence.me on every activity. the other activities. Munya MurapaHayden Silk Ross Hayter Yes, when I was on the climbing wall!Terence because he had a good sense Have fun, it was funny seeing Mr Ellis Rothwellof humour and he encouraged us a lot. Whitaker on the high ropes!Lochlan Butler Ryan MurrayMunya because he was extra kind tome because I think we might berelated.Munesu ChatikoboTaffy because when I was homesick hecomforted and prayed for me and eachcourse I went on he encouraged meand gave me a real boost.Kudzai MtasaTaffy because he cheered everyoneand did not laugh at anyone who wasbattling.Ryan MurrayPropser because I felt safe with himand it looked as though he knew whathe was doing!Ross Hayter Year Book 2009 103
  • Grade 6 2009 Tree of life Camp Yes all my fears were justified because I No, because everyone tried to be a Yes because it was the best experience was afraid of the high activities but Mrs better person! of my life. Ellis and the other teachers Ross Hayter Munya Murapa encouraged me. Kudzai Mtasa WOULD YOU GO AGAIN? Yes I would because I like the instructors, food and mainly the Yes I was afraid of heights but I am not Yes I would go back one thousand activities and I learnt about team work. now! times if I could because it was the best Kudzai Mtasa Timothy Curle ever. Mitchell Enderby Yes because it was great fun and is the WAS THERE ANYONE WHO YOU best part of school! DID NOT GET ON WITH? Yes so that I can learn about other Travis Mackie people. No, because we all respected each Innocent Hakulandaba Yes I would definitely go again because other. I think you cannot get a better camp Nick Welch Yes I would go again for the food, all the than that without driving for two days!! fun courses and to make more friends Ross Hayter No, because we were all kind to one and to play mini Olympics. I might also another. feel braver when I attempt some of the Yes I would love to go again because it Ryan Murray activities! was extremely good fun and I enjoyed Robert Spencer it. Thank you “Tree of Life” for having us. Ryan Murray104 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
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  • Grade 6 Literary contributionsRACINGProtective suit on the plane my forfeit was to dip a sausage from my breakfastFuel tank full in some yoghurt and eat it! Once we arrived in Durban weRacer ready put our bags into our tour bus and drove to Virginia LodgeNo engine!! where we stayed. We unpacked our luggage and went toMunya Murapa bed.WEDDING The next morning we went to indoor cricket nets, that was where we practiced. The very next day we played our firstBeautiful ring match against Northlands. It was a shocker of a pitch, andLadies crying unfortunately we lost that vital game. We drove back toFlowers at the ready Virginia Lodge for the night. The next day we played MrCake awaiting Prices team called Virginia. We won the toss and chose toNo bride! bat. We made a staggering score of two hundred and two,Ross Hayter we went in to field and we bowled line and length and keptSPORTS DAY the fielding tight. Our team won the game and went to go and grab tea.Finally the day had comeWe were waiting in the sun. The team had two days free during the weekend. On the firstAll the parents were sitting on the stand, day we went to the beach where we played touch rugby andListening to the sound of the pipe band. swum in the ocean. On the second day we all went to Ushaka Marine World, that was the most enjoyable thing weRed, blue and yellow, did – not including cricket!! On Monday we had anotherEveryone is a happy fellow. practice to get out minds thinking about cricket again. ThatEach boy sat in their houses, afternoon we played Penzance Primary School. It was aRibbons attached to their trousers. very close and tense match. Brad Evans and Michael Rossi unfortunately went out to a girl!! She played for the NatalThe teachers called us by our name, under thirteen girls side. She is also the Captain ofOne by one we went to our lane. Penzance School as an opening off spin bowler.Now it is time to start the fun,Listen out for the sound of the gun. The pitch was very tricky, but it was our bowling that let us down. Afterwards we all had a braai and we played cricketThe race was long, the race was hard, with a tennis ball, then Mr Mutendera made a speech. MrThe lucky few won a card. Mutenderas speech was based on the best batsman fromAll those who took part, Penzance and the best bowler. He gave the HeadmasterRan with all their heart! and all the boys a hat to remember us with. Afterwards we each ate a hamburger and we drank cokes, then we wentThe winning house was handed the cup, back to the Lodge.Proudly the house captain held it up.Parents and children left the course, The next afternoon we played Clifton and it was a very closeAnd went home a little hoarse. game but they had the edge on us. Our last game wasRyan Murray against DPHS. It was a day/night match. It was the closest to my century but I never quite got there. We were oneCRICKET TOUR TO DURBAN 2009 hundred and ninety nine in all forty overs. DPHS were one hundred and ninety four for eight, needing six to win off sixWhen I found out we were going on cricket tour, I was balls! Angus Curtis bowled the last over. The first ball was abeside myself with happiness. Once I got home I told my single, then he got hit for four, so they needed one to win offparents the great news. two balls and he bowled two dot balls and we drew the game! After that we went back to Virginia Lodge and wentAfter a few weeks, tour had finally come. I was packed and straight to bed.ready to go. I went to sleep reasonably early. Sadly I wokeup a bit late! I ate breakfast, changed and jumped in the The team and I packed up and we left a lunch time thecar. I arrived at the airport two minutes late so I had to do a following day. That, unfortunately, was the last game of ourforfeit and pay a fine of five rand. When the team boarded cricket tour. Nicholas Welch Year Book 2009 107
  • Grade 6 Literary contributions DURBAN CRICKET TOUR 2009 hundred and thirty seven. For the first time on tour I scored some runs. Our bowling was average but Ewan bowled As soon as I found out about the tour I was stunned. I was really well. They needed three runs with two wickets in hand. extremely excited. Kyle was bowling against the girl. The girl hit a tremendous shot for four and we lost by two wickets! As I entered the airport, I saw the whole team checking in their luggage with a huge smile on their faces. For Ewan Clifton was our match. We batted first on a blistering day. Price it was his first time on an aeroplane! We scored one hundred and twenty five. We were in trouble until Ewan came in to bowl. He got three wickets in quick Our flight was great to Joburg and the food was delicious. I succession. We put up a brave fight but unfortunately we lost sat next to Ross and Mr Mutendera. We were really early so by six wickets. we had time to shop at Cosmic Candy. The weather in Johannesburg was terrible. It was just about to pour with Our final match was against DPHS – the bet school in rain. Durban. It was our very first proper day/night match. We batted first again and scored one hundred and ninety nine. Luckily we landed in Duban safely. As we left the aeroplane Our top scorer, Nick Welch, who scored ninety five. It was an I could smell the salt from the sea. unbelievable innings. We were doing well. DPHS needed seven to win in one over. Angus Curtis was bowling. The first My dad came with us to Durban. There were plenty of two balls were dot and then two runs so they needed five runs parents who came with us. in three balls. The batter hit a cover drive for four. The needed one run from two balls. Angus then got a wicket. The weather was appalling. It was bucketing with rain. The They were nine wickets down. Angus was incredibly rain forced us to practice indoors. It was great fun nervous. The batsman missed the ball and they ran. I practicing indoors for the first time and it was a great caught the ball and hit the stumps and we tied!! experience. Our very first match on tour was against Northlands at half past one. I felt incredibly happy with the teams performance throughout these matches. The Northlands pitch was horrendous. Unfortunately we lost a vital toss. We batted first. I went in at number four. I Mr Mutendera was proud with our commitment and he was looking good but then I hit the ball straight to the fielder. looked after us very well. I called no three times but Eddy kept on coming. I had to run and I was run out on zero. We were all out for fifty nine. Mr Price was happy seeing us again. He came and helped We bowled alright and we lot by eight wickets. us practice. He gave us tickets to the Dolphins match. We then played Mr Prices team. We batted first on a The Kookaburra factory was amazing. I bought pads, blazing pitch. We posted two hundred and two. Eddy had gloves, grips and balls. a fantastic innings of fifty two and Nick scored thirty four and, yet again. I got another duck! We bowled very well and We went to Ushaka on Sunday. It was incredible fun. My I got a catch and two stumpings. most favourite ride was the Mamba because it was in the dark and we could not see anything. We then went back to the Lodge exhilarated from the match. At Gateway we went to the wavehouse. It was fantastic surfing. We also went shopping but I did not buy anything. We then played a great Penzance first team. The field was incredibly small. I was shocked to see a girl playing! I am extremely lucky to have represented St Johns on this Apparently she plays Kwa-Zulu Natal under thirteen cricket. tour. She opened the bowling with some accurate off-spin. She Ryan Murray got Brad Evans out with a fantastic delivery. We scored one108 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 6 Literary contributionsTHE MYSTERY OF THE TALKING BOOKThere was a section of the school library that was forbiddento everyone. I always wondered why they should restrictthe area unless it had some deep secret that they did notwant anyone else to know. Maybe a horrible occurrence ora terrible past event. These thoughts ran through my headas if it was an Olympic track.Suddenly I heard the school bell chime. Time for our dailyEnglish lesson. I walked through the passage which wasfilled with boys and girls all scrambling to their respectiveclassrooms. Mr Clark, our English teacher was in a foulmood. “Ericson, where is your homework?” he demanded“I forgot to do it sir.” I replied stupidly. Gair Fryer“Forgot to do it, eh?” he said sharply, “Youre in detentiontomorrow. This is the third time!”“Now on with the lesson.” He said as he scribbled on thechalkboard the day’s work. I am a Pergola, a spirit beast, who lives in the highest peaks ofFinally the bell for break time came. “Cheer up old boy!” mountains. The townspeople of Hartshire want me gone. IMark said to me. “Whats there to be cheerful about?” I am not bad at all though its just Pergolas emit an evil aurareplied. Mark Newton was my best friend and probably the that was brought upon us by Herlash the Conqueror, whoonly good person at that wretched school. I was still enslaved my kind. I couldnt live any longer with this cursethinking about the library. “Mark, have you ever wondered that caused people to hate me so I went to my homeland,what could be in that section of the library?” I asked. “No, Lanfotunia, to destroy Herlash and free the Pergolas from hisbut we can go there if you want.” He said, eyes twinkling curse. This is my story ….with mischief. So it was arranged that we would sneak outof the dorm under cover of night and investigate the library. I set off on my journey on the new moon. I glided through the sky in amongst the stars that cowered away from my evil“Peter, what exactly are we going to do here?” asked Mark. aura. Suddenly from below I saw a bright red flame shooting“I dont know, why do you ask?” I said as we fumbled about towards me. “Dragons!” I yelled as I dived and swooped inthe library. We had brought torches and were looking at the between the fire. I flew away as fast as I could and finally,strange titles of books like “The Slaying of a Vampire” and when I was close to the Dominii Moors, the firing stopped.“The Witches Handbook”. One book interested me themost. In fact I seemed mesmerised by it for I startedhearing voices in my mind. “Come to me,” it seemed to besaying in a hypnotic sort of voice. “Open me,” it said again.I took it from the shelf and opened it. Suddenly I felt myselfbeing sucked in. Good thing Mark was there or I wouldhave gone. “That thing tried to swallow me up!” I yelled aswe ran away from the library only to be met by the schooljanitor.We got a weeks detention and give lashes each as well as agood shouting at. I never dared go to the library again!Thembani MagaziTHE BATTLE OF LANFOTUNIAThere was fear written all over his face as he approachedme. He was like all the others, sword in hand, chainmailcovered and clanking with metal as he came closer. Hecould not see me, he could not hear me, he could not tell if Iwas anywhere near him, he just wanted me gone. David Bowl Year Book 2009 109
  • Grade 6 Literary contributions This was only the first of my troubles on my journey. I encountered Marroulin Ogres, The Jungle of Ster and finally the Great Wall of Lanfotunia. The highest, thickest and strongest kingdom. It was the only thing stopping me now. I curved and bent my body getting ready to fly up high into the sky and over the wall but then from behind me I heard the cold, harsh voice of Herlash. “How nice to see you,” he snarled, “but sadly no-one will see you again!” Then he shot a stream of crackling red and white straight at me. I dodged just in time and retaliated with an orange ball of Pergola energy. The fight went on for hours looking like a display of fireworks but then I delivered my final blow. Summoning all of my Pergola energy I created a massive, multicoloured orb that I released into the sky. The orb Scott Mellor shattered into millions of pieces that rained down on Lanfotunia and Herlash. Before me Herlash fell to the ground and the curse was lifted. The Great Wall of Lanfotunia sunk down in the ground and the previously trapped Pergolas flew out, free and happy. I wave you goodbye with a smile Game boys and ipods are more my style. So thanks to me, the Pergolas were saved! Rory Tsapayi You were cool when I was young But now a new era has begun IM TOO OLD FOR TOYS NOW I have now made a decision My new obsession is television. Little cars, teddy bears Miniature tables, miniature chairs Toys, toys and more toys Im afraid I cannot let you stay Toys for girls and toys for boys I want you to go away. Im afraid I cannot let you stay I want you to go away. Thembani Magazi Thembani Magazi Tom Reid Kurt Pollen110 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
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  • Grade 7 Literary contributions Word Cinquains A SPACE SHUTTLE TELEVISION Shuttle T.V. Jet engine Time wasting The count down Destroys the imagination Im nervous and shaking The worst invention ever Boom ! Evil! - Ross Scott-Riddell A STORM THE SUN Storm Sun High winds Extremely hot Breaking through houses Tans our skin Thunder and lightning flashing Such an amazing creation Terrible ! Awesome ! FOG A STORM - Peniel Mangunda You cant see in front Storm Using your fog lights to see Raging wind On the open road. Destroying the town Shivers down by back A STORM - Michael Jellicoe Terrifying! Storm A FIGHT Angry twisters Destroying the town Fight I cant bear it Chaotic violence Destruction. Blood curdling screams Shaking with enormous fear SUN Pain Sun AN EARTHQUAKE - Edward Byrom Rising slowly Warming the earth Earthquake Having so much fun Extremely frightening Existing Shaking the world Its natures cruel creation EXAMS - Colton Clayton-Howe Unstoppable. Hardwork is needed Cleverness will get you through GHOSTS Pleased with your results!! Ghosts Unseen creatures THE SPACE SHUTTLE Spooky and terrifying Be very, very afraid Shuttle Myths Roaring engines Excited, enthusiastic, nervous TELEVISION Im shaking with excitement Boom ! T.V. Brilliant creation THE SUN Producing amazing pictures Best invention on earth Sun Irreplaceable - Brandon Bichard Incredibly hot Explosions of fire Sonic booms of lava Madness !112 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 7 Literary contributionsI WISH MY FATHER WOULDNT TRY TO FIX THINGS My fathers listed everythingANYMORE Hes planning to repair, I hope he will not do itMy fathers listed everything For it would be quite a scareThat hes planning to fix He tried to fix the toiletIm already trying to kill myself But then he walked straight outAnd he hasnt even reached number six! Because the chamber had blown upHe tried to fix the large hole And my mother started to shout!Thats in the middle of the roof M Al-KalilAnd as I was watching my favourite showIt fell on me with a ka-poof!! My father is quiet useless at fixing many thingsHe tried to fix the fireplace But one thing that hes good at is burning chicken wingsWhich was missing just a brick He tried to fix my cellphoneJust one mistake and guess what happened But be failed miserablyHe crushed my poor dog, Rick! There was a great KABOOM and now my cellphone isFather tried to clean the library history!!Which, I admit, had a pretty bad look B CroukampHe made a mistake, and dropped the matchesAnd burnt everything, even my science book! My father listed everythingIve had enough, from here to there Hes planning to repairOf my fathers snout He even gone so far asIm packing up all my stuff, you hear me now To fix a wobbling chair.Cause I am moving out!!!T Majero It started with a loose tile in the swimming pool Then a wooden rickety stool He tried fixing the kitchen sink Now there is no water to drink!! F. Adam Year Book 2009 113
  • Grade 7 Literary contributions MY BEST FRIEND IF I WAS PRESIDENT FOR A DAY My best friend is Tafara If I was president for a day, I would stop all poverty, hunger Hes been to the Sahara and crime in the country. He is aged eleven And I think hes going. If I was president I would make the whole country environmentally friendly. I would have peace with all my He likes to sing neighbouring countries and the whole world and my country And he thinks hes a king would be an independent nation. The police force would not He has a favourite hymn have guns but tazers to stun the criminal and there would be And hes very very slim. no taxes. Everyone would be happy and friendly. The main produce of the country would be farming. There would be He likes to party good health care, hospitals and good insurance. I would But he is very hearty conserve all national monuments and stop deforestation and He likes maths hunting. And very big bats. It would be fun to be a president for a day because you can His allowance is like a bank help people, the environment and the world. Once he bought me a toy tank Ross Marais He is good at most sports But I dont know about the courts. A VISIT TO THE DENTIST His house is big One sunny day I woke up early in the morning because my His decoder is a gig tooth was sore. My mother called me for breakfast. I was so He likes vanilla cake hungry that I forgot that I had a sore tooth. Whilst I was But only when I dont bake! eating, my tooth started to shake and the pain was too much. I told my mum that I had a tooth ache and she gave me pills. He gives me nice treats And hides some in his sheets In the afternoon it got worse then my mum told me that I had He likes to go out to go to the dentist. When I arrived there I was so excited, but So hes taken me about. when it was my time to go in I was so scared that I thought of 7S going back home. I got into the dentists room and I saw him holding pliers. I was really struck by fear. The dentist asked THE PERSON I ADMIRE me where my problem was. I told him that my tooth was sore then he looked at it and he told me that my big tooth was There are many people in the world that I admire but the growing on top of my small tooth. The dentist gave me an person I admire the most is Michael Jackson. injection on my gums so that it wouldnt hurt when he took out the small tooth. The dentist took a tube which sucks out your Michael Jackson was a singer. He sang so many songs saliva and he put it in my mouth then he took the tooth out. and everyone liked his songs. Michael Jackson started singing when he was seven years old and he even I didnt feel any pain when he took my tooth out and from that started performing live shows. Michael Jackson was day I wasnt scared of going to the dentist. born as a black person but when he was much older he Nyasha Tarinda got plastic surgery to look like a white person. Many people didnt like him that much after he had the surgery, but some people still liked him. I admire Michael Jackson because of his music and the types of dance moves he did. The best dance move that everyone liked was the moon walk. The moon walk was the dance move that he used in most of his songs. Although Michael Jackson passed away, he is still the person I admire. Nyasha Tarinda114 Saint John’s Preparatory School for Boys
  • Grade 7 Literary contributionsTHE MOST FAMOUS PERSON I KNOWA famous person is a person who is well knownthroughout his city, country, continent or world. A famousperson can be an actor, author, inventor, producer,sportsman and even a teacher at a well-known university.The most famous person I know is Mike Lacanelli. Hisnickname is Iac. Mike lives in New Jersey in America. MikeIacanelli is a pro bass fisherman. He fishes in the BassMasters Elite Series in America. Mike Iacanelli becamefamous by winning the Bass Masters Elite SeriesChampionship in 2003.I have learned a lot from him on the different types of bassand learned to tie specific knots for different hooks and thetypes of rods and bait casters.Stefan Bellini-MartinCATS EYESCats eyes red at nightCats eyes big and smallCats eyes black and brownCats eyes as sharp as knives.Cats eyes are bright at nightCats eyes are furious for ratsCats eyes always look for foodCats eyes always in the fridge looking for milk.Ibrahim Baig MY FAVOURITE SPORT My favourite sport is BMX. I went to the World Championships last year and did very well. In BMX we do five race meetings a term and add the points at the end of the term and see who comes first, second, third and fourth. I am hoping to go to the Olympics in 2010. In BMX we also have five South African race meetings a year. I came second last term and will probably come first this term. The person who gives me the most competition is my good friend Kurt Pollen. We are very very fast and always help each other. When I dont come first he does and when I come first he comes second. We always comes first and second. I jump up to ten meters at most. So, what I am trying to say is that BMX is a fun sport and really good for you but do it at your own risk! Nicholas Warren Year Book 2009 115
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