Visit to Zimbabwe
Mr Paul Warrilow (Head of RS), Daniel Beestermoller and Patrick Hoffmann visited Zimbabwe in February for 12 days, staying with Fr Paul Mayeresa SJ, Director of St Peter’s Kubatana on site at the school. A full week was spent visiting classes, talking to pupils about the distinctive nature of a Jesuit School and answering questions about England and our education system. They also met with the PTA at St Peter’s to discuss ideas about fundraising and raising the profile of their school.
To develop our partnership, they met with the Chirwirangwe group on four occasions, enjoying a debate on freedom of speech and agreeing deadlines for our next shared project on Development and Aid. There are exciting developments in the improvement of communication channels between Stonyhurst and St Peter’s: a Chirwirangwe Facebook Group, Skype Account and email address have now been established!
Apart from Kubatana, the group visited the famous Chinhoyi Caves, St Ignatius College, St Paul’s Musami and Sacred Heart Mission. They also visited the Jesuit Community at Mbare, and met Fr Ted Rogers SJ, founder of St Peter’s back in the 1960’s. “Perhaps the highlight of the trip was a visit to Mutemwa Leper Colony, home of Fr John Bradburne until his death” said Mr Warrilow, “ – an extraordinary experience”.
The strengthening of relationships and plans for improved communication between the two Jesuit schools has resulted in great optimism.