Illustrious History of Eaglesvale School

ESTABLISHED in 1911 by Reverend Botha of the Dutch Reformed Church, Eaglesvale is a Christian co-educational boarding and day school situated on over 100 acres of well treed and developed estate in Harare’s Willowvale industrial area.

Eaglesvale’s first home was however in Bulawayo where it started as the Bulawayo Orphanage. In 1914 the Dutch Reformed Church then moved the school (orphanage) to Daisyfield Farm in Somabhula near Gweru. The main reason for relocation was to establish a farm to produce food for the orphans. The school was renamed Daisyfiled. In 1948, the Dutch Reformed Church as the responsible Authority moved the school to the present site. This was a farm 10 miles from Salisbury (now Harare). The school was built close to the railway line for easy transport. The school was renamed Bothashoff School in honour of Ds H Botha. As the city expanded, most of the farm was sold giving in to industrial development in the early 1970’s. In 1978 the school struggled to get students resulting in the Dutch Reformed Church, Central Africa, closing the school and selling the land to National Railways of Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia Railways).

In 1982, the school reopened with one black student and the rest white. Due to the new Zimbabwean Government’s policy of education for all, the school enrolment increased dramatically to 400 in the Junior School and eight hundred in the Senior School. The principal was Mr Stokes.

In 1985, Bothashoff School was renamed Eaglesvale. In 1988, the school celebrated 50 years in Willowvale. The headmaster was Mr J Bousfield who joined the school in 1989. In 2002 Kenneth McKean took over as headmaster. Due to economic and other hardships, the school enrolment dropped to below 600. New subjects such as Design and Technology Thinking Skills etc were introduced to the curriculum and the enrolment stabilised. McKean left at the end of August 2008 and Mr Tirivavi took over as headmaster of senior school and Mr Bvumbe took over as headmaster of Junior School in 2007.

On June 11 2010, the Dutch Reformed Church, Central Africa, surrendered the Daisyfield Trust which inter alia had the responsibility of Eaglesvale School to the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe under the leadership of Rev Dr Chomutiri as moderator. The Daisyfield Trust was renamed the RCZ Daisyfield Trust. All legal formalities were completed. On Thursday February 13 2014, the Dutch Reformed Church Central Africa represented by Rev G A Brytenbach publicly handed over Eaglesvale School to the Reformed Church represented by the Moderator Rev Dr Rangarirai Rutoro.

Eaglesvale excels in sports

EAGLESVALE Senior School offers a wide range of sporting disciplines which include athletics, basketball, cricket, hockey, golf, swimming, rugby, girls soccer, tennis, volleyball, squash, softball.
Sport is co-curricular to the school programme. As the old adage goes a healthy body has a healthy mind. Eaglesvale strives to develop all its students on the sports field by giving them an equal opportunity to learn and express themselves. The school employs specialist professional coaches with vast experience in coaching provincial and national teams in most disciplines. The coaches focus on sport introduction, talent identification and nurturing of talent.
Why should our students participate in sport? To stay fit and healthy. Sport instills the values of discipline and teamwork, leadership, strategic thinking is improved. Sport builds greater personal confidence, self-esteem, goal setting, social cohesion, self control, persistence and responsibility. Sport has evolved into a billion dollar industry the world over hence becoming an equal opportunity employer.
Our sports teams traverse the length and breadth of Zimbabwe to compete with other schools nationally on a weekly basis in fixtures and tournaments. The rugby, hockey and volleyball teams have toured and competed against South African schools annually for many years. Eaglesvale teams have always raised the nation’s flag high on these tours. Our rugby, hockey and cricket First teams are rated among the top ten schools in Zimbabwe. Our Rugby First Team of 2014 was voted Team of the Tournament at the Dairiboard Rugby Schools Festival. Over 100 schools participated in this edition. Newton Tanyanyiwa was voted the Best Forward of the tournament. The Boys Swimming Team has just been promoted into the Mashonaland Schools “A” League where they will compete with some of the best swimmers in the country.

 

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