Heads

The St John’s Educational Trust is headed by three Headmasters, one for the Prep Early Childhood Development Centre, one for St John’s Preparatory School for Boys and the other for St John’s College. These Headmasters are members of the Conference of Heads of Independent Schools of Zimbabwe.

Janine Davies

Janine Davies was born in Harare and attended Chisipite Junior and Senior School.
 
She studied in the UK for a Bachelor of Arts degree with Qualified Teachers Status and an Honors degree in Linguistics and Literature.
 
Janine taught for a few years in the UK which provided valued learning experiences across varied age groups.
 
She has experience in teaching children with Special Educational Needs as well as children learning English as an Additional Language.
 
When Janine returned to Zimbabwe, she taught at Heritage School for one year before having her own three children within four years
 
Janine was involved in the ECD from the beginning which was an ideal opportunity for her to link her experience gained in the UK to teaching styles in Zimbabwe and she has been able to combine the best of both worlds.
 
Janine believes in creating a safe, happy environment where children are encouraged to learn through hands on experiences, as well as through tailored questioning and child-centered activities that promote enquiry based learning.
 
Janine takes great pride in acknowledging the value of the excellent teaching staff the ECD boasts.

Mike McKenzie

Mike was born in Bulawayo and educated at Falcon College. He then attended the Teachers’ College in Bulawayo and graduated with a Certificate in Education.
 
His first teaching post was at Highlands Junior School in Harare in 1977, where he taught for two years before joining the staff of Ruzawi. After three years he moved back to Harare and was employed at St John’s Prep, initially as a teacher, then Deputy Head in 1985, and then accepting the post as Headmaster in 1988. Under his leadership the school has expanded considerably and is a leading independent day school in Zimbabwe.
 
Mike has also served on the CHISZ (Conference of Heads of Independent Schools in Zimbabwe) Standing Committee for a number of years. He was first elected in 1994, was Vice-Chairman in 1996/7 and elected as Chairman in 1997, the first Junior School Head to take this position and the youngest at that! He served as Chairman until 2000 and continues as a member of Stanco now.
 
Mike believes in recognising the uniqueness of each individual and seeks to promote a nurturing environment, where boys are taught how to access all of life’s lessons. He feels that the foundation of learning lies in ensuring that a child feels special and able to contribute to his community.
 
His ambition for the Prep School is to continue to attract and retain the best possible staff and to provide the necessary facilities and equipment for the highest standard of all round education.
 
Mike is married to Rose, who is the Head of the Remedial Department. They have three children; Jenny, who is married and lives in the UK, Craig, also working in the UK, and Shaun who is studying at the University of Pretoria.

Cavaliere Corrado Trinci

Corrado brings to his role as Headmaster of St John’s College, 30 years’ experience in the education sector in Zimbabwe gained at Peterhouse, St George’s College, Hellenic Schools and at St John’s since 2012. In addition to his expertise as an educationalist, he is an outdoor education specialist and respected classical musician and music instructor in Zimbabwe. Corrado holds a bachelor of Arts Honours (Teaching) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the USA. In his role as Deputy Headmaster, Forms 1 to 4 at the College (2012 – 2017), Corrado has made a significant contribution to the overall quality of the educational experience in addition to inspiring many of his History students and organizing and leading local and leading local and international tours.