Falcon College (or simply Falcon) is an independent boarding school for boys and girls aged 12–18 in the southern Matabeleland region of Zimbabwe. It was founded in 1954 near Essexvale, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (now Esigodini, Zimbabwe),[2] 55 km southeast of Bulawayo on the remains of the Bushtick Mine. The college's graduates include a British member of parliament, surgeons and doctors, leaders of industry and commerce, soldiers and educators.

Falcon College
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Falcon College Badge
Coordinates20°12′24″S 28°58′01″E / 20.206550°S 28.966998°E / -20.206550; 28.966998
TypeIndependent, boarding school
MottoSic itur ad astra
(Latin: Reach for the stars)
Established3 February 1954 (1954-02-03)
Opened10 April 1954 (1954-04-10)
Age12 to 18
Number of pupils384 (2016)[1]
Campus typeRural
PublicationThe Falcon
AlumniFalcon Old Boys
  1. ^ Termly fees, the year has 3 terms.[1]

The college has 40 km² of Matabeleland bush, 10 km² approximately is game fenced and houses Quiet Waters game park. The park contains examples of most of Zimbabwe’s plains game species, including zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala, tsessebe, bushbuck and warthog. The campus is surrounded by an electric fence (a reminder of the bush war of pre-1980). An air strip is nearby.

The school's motto is Sic itur ad astra and the school badge is a representation of a Lanner Falcon designed by the wife of a former Headmaster.

Falcon College was ranked as one of the Top 10 High Schools in Zimbabwe in 2014.[3]

Falcon College is a member of the Association of Trust Schools (ATS) and the Headmaster is a member of the Conference of Heads of Independent Schools in Zimbabwe (CHISZ).[4]

In December 2015 Falcon became a coeducational school accepting girls in January 2016.

Historical backgroundEdit

Originally Bushtick Mine, and with 36 boys and a handful of staff, the college was founded on Wednesday 3 February 1954. It was opened by the Governor General of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Lord Llewellin, on Saturday 10 April 1954. Much has changed since then but the college has some remains of its founding days.

The original motto was Arduus ad Solem. The newer Motto is: Sic Itur Ad Astra The school motto comes from the words of Publius Vergilius Marote (70-19BC) a classical Roman poet who wrote: “nova virtute, puer; sic itur ad astra” which translates: Look to your new-found courage, young man, for that is the way to the stars.

In the beginning the boys were divided into three colour groups for sport, Whites, Blues and Khakis. Later, the houses were named A,B,C and D and in April 1956, Sir Robert Clarkson Tredgold, Chairman of the Board of Governors, announced that the houses were to be renamed Hervey, Oates, Tredgold and Founders. Founders was so named to commemorate the Founders of the School; Tredgold after Sir Robert Clarkson Tredgold, who was also Chief Justice of Southern Rhodesia; Oates after Frank Oates, explorer and naturalist who travelled extensively in southern central Africa in the 19th century; and Hervey after Hubert Hervey, adventurer, gentleman and soldier, who was killed in the 2nd Matabele war, and who was buried in the Matopos.[5]

Student bodyEdit

The college admittance is based on strength of prior education and character of the applicant. Although the vast majority of students are Zimbabwean, others attend from neighbouring countries (Zambia, Botswana). Some scholarships are available to deserving students whose particular financial circumstances do not allow for the payment of school fees.

The house systemEdit

The school is based on a house system that is divided into six Houses; Founders, Hervey, Oates, Tredgold, George Grey and Chubb, each comprising the full range of year groups. Each house has a housemaster in charge who lives nearby. Each housemaster has a house Tutor and two assistant tutors, as well as other members of staff, who assist in duties. [6][7]

Boys can either go home, or (with parental permission) to friends or relatives on two Fixture Frees which last from break time on a Friday to dinner time on the following Monday. There is a Mid term Exeat which is a day longer. In addition, there are three floating exeats but these must be spent with parents.

Quiet Waters Conservation SchemeEdit

The project began in 1986 and was officially opened in 1988. It consists of a Nature Reserve and Wilderness Area which cover 8.1 km². Quiet Waters conserves indigenous fauna and flora, furthers the educational pursuits of the college and serves as a base for conservation education in other schools. It is also used for scientific research and provides recreational facilities for the College community and visitors.

Picnic sites are available for the use of day visitors within the Nature Reserve area, with four chalets which can be rented for overnight stays in the Wilderness area.

Animals which can be seen are kudu, zebra, giraffe, reedbuck, bushbuck, steenbok, tsessebe, impala, klipspringer, bushpig and warthog and the two species of jackal, while there are many smaller mammals which are not so easily seen, such as four species of mongoose.

List of Headmasters at FalconEdit

  • Frank Cary (1954–1955)
  • Ashley Gordon Brooker (1955–1959)
  • Hugh Cole (1959–1960)
  • Dougal Turner (1960–1984)
  • Neil Todd (1984–2000)
  • Gordon Macdonald (2000–2001)
  • Reginald W Querl (2001-2019)
  • Dave van Wyk (2020 - to date)

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ D. Berens, ed. (1988), A Concise Encyclopedia of Zimbabwe, Gweru: Mambo Press, p. 157.
  3. ^ DarrylYV8 (9 October 2014). "Top 10 High Schools in Zimbabwe". Youth Village Zimbabwe. Youth Village Zimbabwe. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  4. ^ "ATS CHISZ Senior » » Schools Directory". ATS CHISZ. ATS CHISZ. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  5. ^ I.P. Maclaren, ed. (1981), Some Renowned Rhodesian Senior Schools 1892 - 1979, Bulawayo: Books of Zimbabwe, pp. 120–123.
  6. ^ "Falcon Old Boys". Falcon Old Boys. Falcon College Old Boys. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Falcon College". Falcon College. Falcon College. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  8. ^ a b The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 1998, pp. 33–35, 47.
  9. ^ Michael Holman, "David Beresford obituary", The Guardian, 27 April 2016
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 1996, pp. 60–61, 148.
  11. ^ The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 7, 1982, pp. 39–40.
  12. ^ The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 8, 1988, pp. 24–28.
  13. ^ a b The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 2000, p. 37
  14. ^ The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 3, 1968, pp. 12, 14
  15. ^ Fox, Keith A. A. (Jan 2014). "A profile of Keith AA Fox, cardiologist and researcher". Future Cardiology. 10 (1). doi:10.2217/fca.13.92.
  16. ^ Jonty Winch (1983), Cricket's Rich Heritage: a History of Rhodesian and Zimbabwean Cricket 1890-1982, Bulawayo: Books of Zimbabwe, p. 200
  17. ^ The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 9, 1992, pp. 20, 23.
  18. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1549343/
  19. ^ Lacey, Hester. "The Inventory: Anthony Grayling", The Financial Times, June 10, 2011.
  20. ^ a b The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 8, 1990, pp. 80–81.
  21. ^ Robert Waller, & Byron Criddle, ed. (1999), The Almanac of British Politics (6th ed.), London: Routledge, p. 726.
  22. ^ The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 2, 1964, pp. 10–11
  23. ^ Jamieson, Stuart (2019). Close to the Sun : the Journey of a Pioneer Heart Surgeon. RosettaBooks. ISBN 1948122324.
  24. ^ The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 6, 1981, p. 3.
  25. ^ The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 7, 1981, p. 3.
  26. ^ Graham Lord (1991), Ghosts of King Solomon's Mines, London: Sinclair-Stevenson.
  27. ^ The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 2001, pp. 45–47.
  28. ^ The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 5, 1974, p. 84
  29. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0670424/bio
  30. ^ Isdore Guvamombe, "I am walking on borrowed legs", The Herald:Features, Opinion and Analysis, 1 June 2013
  31. ^ The Falcon - The Magazine of Falcon College, Zimbabwe, 2003, pp. 34–36

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