Ruzawi was established in 1928 by joint founders, Canon Robert Grinham and Mr Maurice Carver, as a preparatory boarding school for boys. It became co-educational from January 2003 and accepts boys and girls aged from 6 to 12 years. It is an Anglican Diocesan school (but welcomes children from all faiths) with a pupil population ranging from 205 to 220 depending on the balance of boys and girls and the number of pupils in each age group. In the Infants' Department there is one class each for Grade One and Grade Two. An additional entry point at Grade Three enables there to be two classes from that level up to Grade 7. Classes are loosely streamed into ability groups (with some overlapping) from the beginning of Grade 5.
The School is situated some five kilometres south of Marondera at an elevation of some 1830m above sea level. It stands in extensive grounds surrounded by many hectares of indigenous miombo woodland and exotic eucalyptus plantations giving the School an ideal rural environment. The climate is bracing, healthy and malaria free.
The holiday period was a welcome break for children and staff, but as always there was much happening at Ruzawi as well as many staff involved in staff development and coaching courses. Besides the usual repairs and maintenance (R & M) of every holiday the Robert Grinham hall was equipped with new curtains, extensive work was done on the fields, gardens, Seager tennis courts and new cricket nets. Staff attended remedial courses, this weekend three teachers will be going to an Integrated Learning Therapy (ILT) seminar and on the sporting front staff enjoyed two day intensive swimming and rugby courses.
This term we aim to increase the amount of reading time for all children and they will be excited by the large variety of new books which have been added to the school library. We also look forward to more music being covered outside the usual curriculum, and this first closed weekend has the theme of the Sound of Music; where all the children will be involved in a session of music (in their Grades) with Mr Chimuka, both on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Thank you to the parents who were involved in the IQAA discussion groups during the holidays and I look forward to receiving feedback and to work together with you to try make Ruzawi as good as it can be.
It is obviously the final term of the year and besides all the usual activities, it is a very important term for our Grade 7's, who not only have their Zimsec exams, but have the opportunity to write the Cambridge checkpoint exams for the first time at Ruzawi.
We will continue to update and remind you about activities throughout the term, but in particular would like to mention the Kipper and Inter-house swimming galas and Leavers' Dinner on Friday 22nd November. Please also note that there is the Senior Carol Service and Prize Giving on Thursday 5th December that we hope you will be able to support and attend.
The Ginham Carver Trust was founded in 1978 by the Ruzawi Old Boys Association on the occasion of its 25th anniversary and in honour of the School's founders - Robert Grinham and Maurice Carver.
The basic objectives of the Trust are to secure funds for use by the School in capital projects; however, the funds would be loaned to the School on a commercial basis as a revolving fund. In addition the funds could be used either on a commercial basis, or by way of grant, to assist former old boys principally in the education of their children at Ruzawi, but also for further education purposes. Trustees being members of the Ruzawi Old Boys Association will control the fund.
It is hoped that by holding large funds in this, the Trust will be able to assist the School whenever capital projects are required, thus enabling the School to get on with what it does best teaching our children.
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