23 Oct 2015

Academic Prizes

Form One

Alvero Gray Physical Education
Ariel Motsi Shona L1
Daniel van Rooyen Art
Kudakwashe Magwera English
Murray Dorward Geography, Shona L2 and mathematics
Panashe Tarinda Computers
Paul Mayanja Science
Ruilin Huang History
Seth Lambourn Music
Takudzwa Nhekairo French
Vheneka Magazi Mandarin


Form Two

Anesu Taruwona Shona L1
Cole Onorati Chemistry, French and Shona L2
Kgomotso Hamadzaripi Physical Education
Kuda Kumwenda Biology
Kudana Gwatidzo Computers, English, Mathematics and Physics
Mapalo Musaba History
Muhammad Hassim Geography
Samuel Harvey Art
William Asgill-Tucker Mandarin


Form Three

Benjamin Fircks Business Studies
Byron Rusch Biology, English literature and geography
Cameron Butler Chemistry and history
Christian Kasukuwere Enterprise
Errol Hanssen Physics and Physical Education
Max Landry Physical Education
Mudiwa Bosha Music
Pierre Odendaal Art
Shane Hill Design & Technology
Simbarashe Ndoro English Language and mathematics
Tadiwanashe Makande Accounts
Takanayi Mureyi French and English Language


Form Four

Ammaar Adam Biology, chemistry, history, physics, statistics and French
Batainashe Masekesa Accounts
Chase Onorati Design & Technology
Daan Post French
Damian White Physical Education
George Vlahakis Art
Harrison Moon English Literature
Matthew Davenport Geography
Miles Garnett Enterprise
Rogan Hodgson Economics, English Language and Mathematics
Tanatswanashe Chapata Computers


Lower Six

Curtis Robinson Geography
Daniel Pascoe Biology and physics
Francis Zvinavashe Chemistry
He Duan Economics, French and Mathematics
Mahomed Karimshah Accounts
Matthew Wazara Travel & Tourism
Rory Tsapayi English Literature and Enrichment
Ryan Boshi OCR Sport
Sarfraaz Joosab Business Studies
Shepherd Bosha OCR IT
Takudzwa Makamure Art


Upper Six

Anesu Mujenge History
Benjamin Mallon Geography
Brandon Bichard Art
Colin Horlsey Travel & Tourism and OCR IT
Colton Clayton-Howe OCR Sport
Imraan Bhagoo Biology
Keyurkumar Patel Accounts, Mathematics and Physics
Mandlakhe Hlatshwayo English Literature
Mayan Lad Chemistry
Takudzwa Munyanyi Economics
Yannick Stavrou Business Studies


Academic Trophy Winners


NICOZ Diamond Trophy For the best L6 business student


Sarafraaz Joosab
Economous Trophy For the Best U6 A level business studies student


Yannick Stavrou
CBZ Bank Cup For the Best U6 A level accounts student


Keyurkumar Patel
Techfin Research Cup For the Best U6 A level economics trophy


Takudzwa Munyanyi



  Best L6 biology  and Physics student


Daniel Pascoe
  Best L6 chemistry student


Francis Zvinavashe
Mikhail Suleman Cup Best Form 2 Mathematics student


Kudana Gwatidzo
  Best Form 4 Mathematics student


Ammaar Adam


Best Lower 6 A level

Mathematics student


He Duan
  Best A Level mathematics student.


Keyurkumar Patel



Music, Drama and Literature

Most Outstanding Vocalist  



Emmanuel Magumise
Warren Watkins Trophy Best Soloist Mufaro Mpisaunga
Overall Performance Shield in music




Sander Post
Adam Neil Shield Excellence in in Theatre Arts


Michael Gunning
  Effort and application in English Literature Studies Jay Mehta
  Achievement in English Literature Studies Anesu Mujenge



Harrison Award Best Artist


Ross Marais
CBZ Trophy Most overall progress and commitment by an art student Tafara Gowera




Presentation of Special Awards

Davis Cup Best IGCSE O’Level Results of 2014


Achieving 7A* and 1 B grade

Sibusiso Malunga
Walsh Award L6 A Level Excellence

And Highest Overall GPA


He Duan


Salver for Service to the College

For their long-standing service to the College in their respective capacities as Pipe Major and College Prefect-in-charge of administrative duties, and for undertaking their definitive roles with humility, good grace and consistent efficiency, the salver for service is awarded jointly to David Whitaker and Michael Jellicoe.

Students’ Student Award

Introduced by the Interact Society and Leavers of 2007, this award is voted on by the U6 students and therefore determined by his own peers. The “Student’s Student” for 2015 is Panashe Chikwanha

Ryan Vickery Trophy

The “Golden Ram” award is made to the Best All Round Student in the fields of Academics, Sport and Culture. This year’s winner is an academic achiever who has consistently ranked in the top five of the GPA system throughout the year; a senior ranking member of the Model United Nations Society, a leading musician in our Pipe and Jazz bands, as well as being a regular in the starting line-up for the first team water polo. Befittingly, this year’s Golden Ram award for the Best All Round student is made to Sander Post.

The Tapiwanashe Ben Siyakwazi Award

… is presented in memory of a former Old Boy of the College and is awarded to the student in the U6 who displays the greatest level of commitment and endeavour to their school life. The award this year goes to two students who have personified these qualities of endeavour and commitment in the classroom especially, where their overall academic average for their A level mock examinations stands at a staggering 92.7% and 95.3% respectively, significantly separating them from their peers. The award for commitment and endeavour goes jointly to Tinashe Makamure and Keyurkumar Patel.

The Craig Ralph Memorial Trophy

Is awarded to the boy in the U6 year who has played games with the most whole-hearted enthusiasm, enjoyment, determination and the greatest sense of sportsmanship.” The trophy this year is presented jointly to two fine young sportsman who have excelled with their athletic prowess, their gracious sportsmanship and in so doing, both as College Deputy Head Boys, have served as fine role-models to younger aspiring sportsmen. The Craig Ralph Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship is awarded to Michael Rossi and Tafara Gowera.                                         

The Gars Charger Trophy

Awarded annually for the boy in the Upper 6 at the College who has shown outstanding qualities of honour, chivalry and valour; in other words the boy whose gentlemanly conduct, in the true sense of the word, has distinguished him above his peers. Our worthy recipient this year has most certainly personified the qualities of a St John’s gentleman and tonight we are honoured to present this most distinguished accolade to Waseem Ahmed Karim.

Sportsman of the Year

Our St John’s College Sportsman of the Year for 2015 is a highly skilled competitor who has harvested his natural athletic ability over the years to produce committed and passionate performances in the service of the provincial and national teams he has represented, as well as his school at large.

Throughout his junior years, he racked up an impressive number of Mashonaland and Zimbabwe caps in his areas of speciality; water polo, swimming and rugby. This year, as a senior, he represented Zimbabwe in U18 water polo, swam at Level 3 championships, was a member of the U18 national Craven Week side and participated in the U19 Zimbabwe rugby World Cup qualifying campaign. At U20 level, he has in the past swam in the Region 5 Games.

One of only three students currently entitled to wear the prestigious “Three Colours Tie,” our award winner holds full colours in swimming, water polo and rugby.

Therefore, in recognition of his talents, achievements and service to sport at St John’s, our Sportsman of the Year for 2015 is Aiden Burnett

Athene Cup for Cultural Person of the Year

The recipients of this year’s Athene Cup for Cultural Persons of the Year are two diverse but equally worthy ambassadors of culture at the College.

Our first award winner boasts a profile which is indicative of his wide-ranging cultural interests. He has been an avid member of the chess team since form one, is a bridge player, has performed with the junior choir and has been active in Interact. It is with his oratory skills, however, that he has risen to prominence. An accomplished and eloquent public speaker, he has been a finalist in the Public Speaking Championships for the past six consecutive years and attained two first grades at the NIAA Speech and Drama Festival. He has been a member of the Debating Society, also since form one, and has attained Best Speaker accolades in multiple fixtures and tournaments. In 2015 he ably served as the Society’s President. In addition to being a College Prefect, he is current Secretary General of the school’s Model United Nations Society and has been voted Best Delegate in multiple conferences: CHIMUN 2015 and 2013, ZIMUN 2012, DIAMUN and HIAMUN 2014. He scripted the Best Position paper at the 2014 edition of the Dubai International Academy Model United Nations Conference. In addition to his speaking and debating skills, he has also acted in three school productions, including the demanding roles of Bassanio in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and as Italian immigrant Marco in this year’s acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. He has also received Honours grades for dramatic renditions and recitals at the Allied Arts Speech and Drama Festival over the years. Last year he served as editor for the school paper The Ram and has twice been awarded full academic Colours, which, in addition to holding Colours in drama and MUN, makes him one of only three students currently wearing the ‘Three Colours Tie.’

Our second recipient and joint winner of the Athene Cup also wears the prestigious ‘Three Colours Tie’, for his achievements as an academic, a musician and a delegate in our Model United Nations society. He has also been a member of the Interact Society for the past two years, and likewise performed in The Merchant of Venice. He was the MUN Deputy Secretary General this year and has notched up several Best Delegate awards at national level, as well as being a member of the 2014 delegation which placed overall 1st out of over fifty participating schools at the International Conference in Dubai. However, it is as a musician that he has truly distinguished himself, a discipline in which he plays no fewer than six different instruments, as diverse as the saxophone and the mbira. For 2015 he was appointed as overall Head of Music and in addition served as one of the Pipe Band’s two Drum Majors. As a drummer he has won several honours grades at the annual Allied Arts Eisteddfods and has performed impressively on the regional and international stage as well, placing second in the solo march category at the Celtic Fest in 2012 and 3rd overall in snare drumming. He was part of the Pipe Band’s historic visit to Glasgow, Scotland, in 2013 to take part in the Pipe Band World Championships. Away from drumming, he has been the saxophonist for the College’s jazz band and was part of the highly successful group of College musicians who have recently toured Australia. He has sung in the choirs since form one, including the senior choir which achieved three honours at this year’s Eisteddfod in addition to taking home three coveted trophies. On top of all this, he has been Head of Sound Engineering since form three, and all of this in a year where he served as Head Boy of the College.

Therefore, in recognition for their contribution to the cultural life of St John’s over the past six years, the joint recipients of the Athene Cup for Cultural Persons of the Year, 2015, are Mutsa Mungoshi and Sander Post.

GPA College Valedictorian

… is awarded to the top Overall Upper 6 student and the one who completes the year with highest overall GPA rating. Tonight’s recipient is currently sitting with an overall rating of 5.1 on the GPA scale. He has consistently been ranked number one in U6 for the whole year, and was ranked top L6 student for most of 2014 as well. He is a dedicated member of our schools’ choirs and a first rate actor, this year taking the joint role of Alfieri in our College production of A View from the Bridge. He has performed regularly at the NIAA Speech and Drama Festival and holds full colours for Drama and Academics. Currently studying mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, holds an academic average of over 80% and his ambition is to study medicine after school. His service as a College Prefect has been simply phenomenal. For personifying the true model of an exemplary student, we are proud to announce that this year’s St John’s College Valedictorian is Michael Jellicoe.

St John’s Cross Award

The St John’s Cross Award is the highest recognition the College can bestow on one of its sportsmen and is specifically reserved for those students who, while still schoolboys in the main and competing largely in schoolboy sport, also achieve sporting feats which rank on a level with those who are classed as professionals in their fields. Tonight, in a fine year of achievements in the sporting arena, we are proud to honour no fewer than three such sportsman who have each clearly reached this distinction in their respective sporting disciplines.

Our first recipient has honed his skill for rowing and over the past four years notched up a staggering array of victories in local regattas, but it is against a field of international competitors where he has truly excelled beyond the levels of schoolboy rowing. He has competed repeatedly in the South African Schools Championships, travelled to Piediluco Italy for the Paolo D’Aloja Memorial Regatta, he has participated in rowing events in Munich and won a sprint race in Tunis. He qualified for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing China in 2014 where he placed, amongst other notable performances, second in the 1000m Junior Men’s D final. He is the current South African National Champion in the 2000m Junior Men’s U18 event and most recently he participated in the Junior World Rowing Championships in Rio, Brazil,  in August this year where, against a world class field, emerged victorious in the Junior Men’s D Final with a time of 7 minutes, 52.96 seconds.

Not surprisingly, he was voted Zimbabwe Junior National Sportsman of the Year in 2014.

Deserving, as I am sure you will agree, of a St John’s Cross Award, we are pleased to bestow this honour on Kyle Hinde.

Our second recipient has followed closely in his older brother’s footsteps to become a formidable presence on the fairways and greens of the golfing world. He has represented our 1st team for the past five years and is its current captain. He has toured extensively in South Africa over the years on behalf of the College. He currently plays of a minus 2 handicap and as an amateur has accumulated an impressive 15 tournament titles locally including, at the age of 15, winning the Zimbabwe Junior Match Play competition and further tournaments at U23 level. He has been ranked the number one junior golfer in the country.

On the international stage he has competed in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and this year finished Tie 11th at the Toyota World Junior Teams Championship in Japan. His most phenomenal performance, however, came competing in the highly prestigious 2014 Junior Orange Bowl Tournament in Miami, Florida, where he finished Tie 7th out of a field of 60 of the top junior golfers in the world.

Beyond junior level, this young golfer has shown that he can compete successfully with the seniors, representing the National Men’s Amateur golf side where he helped the Zimbabwean team to a 3rd place finish. He has won two individual men’s titles, the Zimbabwe Men’s Matchplay and the Chapman Men’s Grand Slam. He is ranked second on the Zimbabwe Men’s Amateur Order of Merit.

For his outstanding achievements in golf at a level beyond that of a schoolboy, the St John’s Cross is awarded to Kieran Vincent.

Our third and final recipient is a triathlete who at a young age has built a formidable list of impressive achievements. Locally he has won numerous triathlons and has twice been the recipient for the “Most Outstanding Athlete for the Season” trophy as well as being declared the U19 Gold Medal National Championship winner. He has been awarded his full national colours no fewer than three times.

As far back as 2012, he won a gold medal at the U15 African championships in Mauritius and was a Junior Sportsman of the Year nominee. He competed in Morocco in 2013 and in March of 2014. In 2014 he travelled to Nanjing China to participate in the Youth Olympic Games where he placed a very respectable 29th and was only one of three triathletes selected from the entire continent. This year he has raced in Penhalonga where he placed first, he was a silver medallist at the South African Championships in East London and attained a very commendable 4th place at the ATU African Continental and Pan Arab Championships held in Egypt as well as attaining silver place competing against seniors in the Mandela Day Triathlon in Midmar, Howick, South Africa. As recently as September he travelled to the United States to participate in the International Triathlon Union’s World Championships in Chicago. He has recently also been a Silver Medal Winner at the Sports & Recreation Commission’s Zimbabwe Junior Sportsman of the Year.

For his outstanding achievements at an international level in the sport of triathlon, our final recipient of the St John’s Cross award is a very deserving Drew Williams.

Dux of the College, 2014

The Dux of College, this year again presented in absentia, it presented to the student of the class of 2014 who attained the highest A level results in the November examinations. Achieving a no fewer than three A* distinctions in mathematics, physics and chemistry, our award winner is now studying economics and actuarial science at the prestigious London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.  Here to collect his award in his honour tonight is his mother, Soni. The Dux of the College for 2014 is Panashe Bera.

Foundation Cup

Our final award today is the Foundation Cup for Interhouse Competition. The trophy takes into account competition in athletics, basketball, bridge, chess, golf, hockey, music, quiz, rugby, soccer, squash swimming, tennis and volleyball.

Foundation Cup  


Tie 3rd place: Matopos and Nyanga on 68 points.

2nd place: Vumba 75

1st place: Chimanimani 87