Ruzawi School

R.O.P.A. Chairman's Report

Dear Old Girls, Old Boys, Staff and past and present parents of Ruzawi.

The events and achievements of R.O.P.A in 2017 pale into relative insignificance after the sudden and tragic passing of our former Chairman, colleague, friend and most loyal supporter of Ruzawi, Andrew ‘Grieves’ Gau (Fairbridge 1978–1983).

Grieves was our Chairman in 2016, served the committee for 10 years and was extremely passionate about anything ‘Ruzawi’. We shall miss his unwavering enthusiasm for Ruzawi, second only to the love for his family, Kath, Rebecca and James, and his presence on the boundaries of ‘Curtis’ and ‘A’ Field, the touch lines of ‘R’ Field, the rolling fairways of Royal Harare, and the meeting venues of R.O.P.A.

It is at times such as these where the love and support of the Ruzawi family abounds. The wonderful system and school we have had the privilege to be part of cannot be quantified by academic or sporting prowess, but by empathy, faith, camaraderie and love for our fellow man. “Go well Grieves, our Friend”

Our R.O.P.A. committee is vibrant and passionate about our school, and is still served by the wise old ‘dagga boys’ of Messrs Pickering, Philp, Rambo, Grant and Preston, whom I’d like to thank for their wise counsel and advise over the year. Mr Aiden Bruk–Jackson relinquished his place on the committee after 17 years of service. We thank him and Debbie for their lengthy and passionate service and welcome Dan Drake and Andrew Hill who joined us this year.

It was decided against holding a ‘Durban July’ this year and rather channel all our efforts into raising funds and conserving resources for the looming 90th year. Work is at an advanced stage for the new ‘Winchester’ Sports Pavilion, all building materials purchased, and are on site at Ruzawi. Construction will take place next year, and be complete by August 2018, in time for our 90th celebrations.

Our annual R.O.P.A. Golf Day was hosted by Borrowdale Brooke. A change in venue proved to be successful and a pleasant change. The Brooke did us proud, and once again from a fund raising initiative we had a great day, and plenty of fun was had by all.

The ‘Bruce Dorward Memorial’ Trophy was aptly won by Bruce’s old four–ball, of Messrs Butler, Samuels, Hutchings and Sanders.

We are extremely grateful to our faithful sponsors, without whom we wouldn’t be able to host ‘the Golf Day’ of the year! Most notably the Nyaradzo Group, Curverid Tobacco, Marillier Properties, and HRIB Insurance Brokers including a host of others whom we thanked on the day. We thank you all again very much.

To all old Girls and Boys, and old parents alike, you can be assured that Ruzawi continues to be the flag bearer of excellence for junior schooling in Zimbabwe. The ‘Ruzawi way‘ remains and we are very fortunate, as old Pupils and parents, to have such a committed and passionate team, so very well led by Mr Davis, who guide, mentor, coach, and teach our children. We as R.O.P.A. extend our thanks to Mr Davis, and his staff, we are immensely proud of what our school stands for and how it contributes to our children’s up- bringing.

To all on our R.O.P.A committee it remains for me to say a big thank you, this year has been one of consolidation, with a very big eye on the 90th year coming up in 2018. To the R.O.B.W.A you are all an integral part of R.O.P.A. and hopefully proud to be! We thank you once again for all your efforts this year, here’s looking forward to a very busy one in 2108.

Nearly 90 …… “We don’t only learn to Count but What Counts”

To all our 2017 Leavers, I welcome you into the Old Pupils fold. 2018 opens up a new chapter in your lives; embrace what lies ahead, but never forget where you came from and what lessons you have learnt at Ruzawi. As you get older you will appreciate how special Ruzawi is. Treasure the friendships developed here - they will stay with you for a lifetime - and always be proud to say that ‘ I went To Ruzawi!‘

Best wishes,

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Kelly Bennett

CHAIRMAN



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