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Centenary School History and Location

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September 1994 witnessed the realisation of a visionary primary school, aptly named Centenary School, after the 100th anniversary of the city of Bulawayo commemorations.

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Such a momentous celebration of progress in the city was deemed a fitting name for a school that will soon make a positive mark on the community and region at large. Centenary opened its educational doors first as a nursery school on the 17th of January, 1995 and for the next two years operated from Vashee Hall Complex. Thereafter, the school moved to its current location, and has turned the 5.3 hectare expanse of land into a learning and development haven.

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Since then, the city has witnessed the establishment and progress of Centenary School, which runs under the Board of Governors answerable to a Board of Trustees who serve as administers to the school. The co-education school is situated in Killarney suburb, at the corner of Tayport and Adair Roads, next to the Zimbabwe School of Mines.

The school has top-of-the-range classroom blocks, which are divided into blocks ‘A’ and ‘B’. Block A has 8 classrooms, for grades ECD B up to grade 7; three administration offices and the ablution facilities. Block B consists of the specialist rooms, i.e. for music, media centre/library, computer laboratory, Ndebele, Art & Design, the staff room as well as ablution facilities.

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Centenary School today

‘’Progress through knowledge’’ is the motto at Centenary School, and is embedded in the school badge that is symbolised by an open book with an inscribed ‘100’ and a flaming torch symbolic of knowledge, and the initials, C.S for Centenary School. The quest for knowledge is at the helm of the school, hence emphasis is placed on quality education; with one class per grade and 28 pupils as the maximum number of children per class, the teacher-pupil ratio ensures that the teacher grooms each and every pupil to their full potential.

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Centenary School offers the ZIMSEC curriculum and is working towards introducing the Cambridge curriculum as a parallel curriculum. The quality of education and pupil grooming offered at the school has made the school a leading contender in private school education, and has produced quality students who are readily acceptable into high schools of their choice.

It is important to note that enrolment to Centenary School is open and not subject to screening, meaning that teachers and resource persons, together with the pupils and guardians work together to achieve such a splendid calibre of results.