Heads

The St John’s Educational Trust is headed by two Headmasters, 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.

College Head

Mr William J. Annandale (“BILL”)

Bill was born in 1956 in the small mining and farming centre of Bindura, Zimbabwe.

After spending his primary school years in a number of smaller centres around the country – such as Mberengwa (formerly Belingwe) – Bill attended Hamilton High School in 1969 and then went on to Guinea Fowl in 1970, starting in Form 2. He completed his senior schooling in 1974 with A levels in English, History and Latin. Bill was appointed Head Boy of Guinea Fowl in his final year, serving under the inimitable Norman Benkenstein. It was at Guinea Fowl that Bill met and remains friends with a wide variety of people, including Jean Henderson, Brendan Tiernan (Headmaster of St. George’s College) and Reg Querl, Headmaster of Falcon College.

In 1975, Bill enrolled, under a Ministry of Education grant, at the University of Zimbabwe. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and Graduate Certificate in Education. Thereafter, he was posted to Milton High School in Bulawayo where he taught for three years, again serving under Ken Gracie as well as Keith Swales, another mentor from Guinea Fowl.

In 1982, Bill joined the then Gallo Record Company and was appointed Managing Director of the re-branded group in 1988. In 1989 an opportunity arose to enter into a management buyout of the retail division, Spinalong. Bill owned and operated this organisation, in its day the biggest music retailer in Zimbabwe, until deciding to sell it in 2006.

In recent times, he has been teaching Business Studies and Geography at the College; he is involved in waterpolo and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Control. However, Bill takes a keen interest in all sports including athletics, rugby, cricket and hockey. The development of, and participation in, sport ranks highly in Bill’s list of priorities. Bill does not consider himself a talented runner but has managed to complete two marathons and the Loskop 50 km. He is also keen on angling and has taken part in several Kariba Invitational Tiger Tournaments.

He is really looking forward to the challenge of steering the College through the next five years, as well as addressing the needs and challenges of the demands of education in the 21st century. He is guided by the knowledge that the quality of education offered at the College is world class and set to keep pace with global trends.

 

Prep Head

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.