Headmaster's Welcome

Our Motto
Sic Itur Ad Astra - Reach for the Stars
Our Vision
Falcon College aims to be a leading Southern
African centre of academic, cultural and sporting
excellence for young people

Our Values
Vital, disciplined and persevering in body
Curious, enthusiastic and fair in thinking
Sensitive, helpful and respectful in relationships
Humble, honest and wise in leadership
Cheerful, confident and generous in spirit

Ethos
Enduring Christian values and morals, tempered
by relevant 21st century education
Personal growth through motivation and goal
setting
A balance of western individual competitiveness
and the African Ubuntu spirit of co-operation and
teamwork
A positive, enabling environment in which
students can grow into effective, respectable
young people, capable of realising their full
potential in life

The 2000 hectare wilderness campus and self-sustaining Falcon community provides a positive, enabling environment in which students grow into effective, respectable young men and woman capable of realising their potential in life. Falcon is a dynamic, forward-thinking school, which enjoys a good reputation amongst private schools in Southern Africa. It has maintained the traditional approach to educating young people, while being fully connected to the 21st century.

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Academics

Falcon College offers an all-round education for students from Form 1 to 6. Supported by a team of dedicated staff, the College provides teaching of a wide range of subjects at IGCSE and A Level.
In Form 1 and 2, the students follow the Cambridge International (Secondary 1 ) Checkpoint curriculum, in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. In Form 3 and 4, students follow the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum (Secondary 2).
In their final two years at the College, students aim towards the Cambridge International AS and A level qualifications (Advanced Level). We offer a wide range of Cambridge qualifications. While educational instruction is aimed at promoting academic excellence, the basic mandate of teaching at the College is to impart sufficient knowledge to each student to allow them to make their mark in life. Teaching is balanced to allow for the acquisition of a sound understanding of each subject and the development of specialist technical skills while, at the same, encouraging students to use their
imagination, to be creative, to develop their perceptive abilities, and to learn self-expression.

In short, our students learn to learn. Teaching methods employ a combination of group work and individual exercises. Theory is married to practice, as students learn in the classroom what they often have an opportunity to try out in the field. Good foundations are set in each of the student's chosen subjects, no matter what their academic capabilities. Those who are particularly gifted, have the opportunity to take part in interschool competitions and attend specialist events.

SUBJECTS AVAILABLE
ACCOUNTING; ART & DESIGN; BIOLOGY; BUSINESS STUDIES; CHEMISTRY; COMMERCE; TRAVEL & TOURISM; ENGLISH LANGUAGE; ENGLISH LITERATURE; PHYSICS; GEOGRAPHY; HISTORY; COMPUTER SCIENCE; MATHEMATICS; MUSIC; NDEBELE; PHYSICAL EDUCATION; FRENCH

Sports

Falcon College prides itself on having produced some of the finest sportsmen in Zimbabwe and now we will hopefully produce some incredible sportswomen in the not too distant future. We are lucky
with the facilities we have at Falcon which allow the students to play a
variety of sports throughout the year.

Watching pupils develop throughout their time at Falcon is something that all our coaches enjoy and take pride in. Whether you coach the Under 14 B team or the 1st team, you have played a part in moulding a young sportsman's mind as well as teaching them invaluable life
lessons and skills. Sport is a big part of Falcon College life and will continue to be for many years to come.
- Mr G Ewing

Director Of Sports.

GIRLS' SPORTS:
Athletics, Basketball, Cross Country, Cricket, Hockey, Karate, MTB, Squash, Swimming Tennis, Water Polo

Falcon is home to nearly 15 international representatives at any one time and had more National rugby representatives in 2014 and 2015 than any other school. We are very proud of our record as a prominent school for sport.

Our Fantastic facilities, along with our unique blend of coaching, enable us to offer an environment increasingly recognised the world over.

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Boys' Sports

Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Athletics, Water polo, Squash, Basket ball, Soccer, Tennis, Mountain Biking, Karate, Swimming, Cross country and Golf.

House System

The House System is designed to foster teamwork while developing
individual responsibility and initiative.

The new student is placed in one of seven Houses to encourage self discipline rather than enforce discipline. Students from Form 1 to Upper 6 live together in their Houses and develop a fierce loyalty to their House and to one another. A healthy rivalry exists between Houses as they compete in a broad range of activities, from academic performance and a wide variety of sports, to adventure courses, music, drama, as well as public speaking and quiz challenges.

Responsibility for every aspect of a student's life, whilst at school,
ultimately lies with his Housemaster who is assisted by several house
tutors and carefully selected prefects. As part of the Astra 'balanced score card' programme, every student at Falcon is expected to spend some 25 hours per annum involved in community or other charitable work, cheerfully and effectively.

The House system encourages delegation of authority to instil leadership, responsibility and personal accountability in the students.
The girls have brought a competitive element into the classroom, which is beneficial to everyone. I think that we are richly blessed with this intake of girls with a good cross-section of abilities. Their work ethic and their attention to detail have really given the boys a new perspective on school life.

The girls have really embraced the system and have been involved in all the things that Falcon boys get involved in, from war cry practices, to various clubs and societies.

The Houses

Founders

House Colour: Navy / dark blue

Named after the Founders of the School


Tredgold

House Colour: Green

Named after Sir Robert Clarkson Tredgold CMG; born 2nd June 1899 | died 8 April 1977

Robert Clarkson Tredgold was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1943 New Year Honours. He was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 1951 New Year’s Honours.


Oates

House Colour: Maroon

An illustrated portrait of Frank Oates, after whom Oates House at Falcon College is named

Named after Frank Oates, explorer and naturalist who traveled extensively in southern central Africa in the 19th century

Hervey

House Colour: Light Blue

Named after Hubert John Anthony Hervey (1859 – 1896), adventurer, gentleman and soldier, who was killed in the 2nd Matabele war, and who was buried in the Matopos.

Hubert Hervey

George Grey

George Grey was One of the original houses. Its creation was announced by Sir Robert Tredgold in the prize-giving speech of 1960. He introduced the choice of name as follows (slightly edited):


Chubb

House Colour: Brown

Named after Geoffrey Chubb, who died the same year in which Chubb House was built.

Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies at Falcon

With more than twenty different clubs and societies, every student at Falcon has the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural and extra mural activities in order to develop specialist interests and skills. There is something for everyone: outdoor enthusiasts, natural history buffs, adventure seekers, the socially conscious, politicians and economists in the making, performing artists, future pop stars, the musically minded, photographers, martial artists and animal lovers.

Falcon is home to the annual Cultural Festival, the main cultural event for schools from around the country with activities including dance, art, singing, music, writing and drama. Considerable effort has been expended in revitalising our music and drama departments culminating in  well- acclaimed productions in the years since then.

Clubs and Societies

Accounting Club
Angling
Aquatic
Art Club
Chess

Choir

Computer Club
Cooking Club
Discipleship Club
Drama Club


Duke of Edinburgh
Etiquette (U6)
Falconry

First Aid
French Club
Geography Club
Golf

Hunters and Guides
Interact
Investment Club
Junior Debate
Media Club

Mylne Society
Natural History
Novices
Peregrine
Public Speaking
Quest Society
Raptors Dance Club
Senior Debate
Service and Development
Shooting Club

Sports Officiating Club

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Technology Club
Toastmasters
Visual Basic Programming
Vocal Groups
Volleyball
Yoga Club

Q & A

What transport is there to and from the College during Fixture free’s and Half term.

We send our buses to Harare, Victoria Falls, Botswana border and Zambian border for our students.  Transport can be booked with Falcon College.

What is the school day like?

In one word, structured. Our students are busy from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm at night. From breakfast and house jobs, to classes, tutorial, athletics, and study hall, our students are always doing something.  The more your child can sign up, the better.  This keeps your child busy and less chance of homesickness and he / she will find a lot of friends to be made both in his / her dorm, and around the Campus.

 

How often do we see our child?

There are breaks roughly every three weeks during the school term.  You will also see your child on weekends there is sports.  Quiet Waters Conservation area is right behind us, and you can take your child to Pumula Camp in Quiet Waters for the evening or the day.

Is playing a sport required

All students are required to play at least 2 sports after classes; sports provide a physical outlet to the rigors of the academic day.

What do students do on the weekend?

Weekends here are busy! All students have sports on the weekend, On Sunday’s, and after a little downtime in the dorms student relax on campus and gear up for the upcoming week by attending study hall Sunday

 

Is there bullying at Falcon?

Students have the right to be safe and free from threatening situations. Bullying interferes with students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to educate. It is our intent to prevent bullying from occurring, and to investigate and respond to any instance of bully that has not been prevented.

Bullying behavior is not acceptable. If your child is subjected to bullying or see it happening then he / she must report the incident to a staff member right away and we have a no tolerance policy on this matter.

Is Falcon a sporting academy

Our academics are of the utmost importance to us.  We appreciate sport, and we know that sport is important for many reasons, but if a child’s average in class is not where it should be, then he / she will not be permitted to play any sport until such time as their marks have picked up to a satisfactory level.  We want our students to be well round, confident and prepared for the world.

Quiet Waters Conservation Area

Quiet Waters

You may book your child out on a weekend or Sunday, and spend the evening or day in this gorgeous serene conservation area.  These outings do not count as a floating.  You may ask your Housemaster / Housemistress more information on this.

Quiet Waters Conservation Scheme

A picture from Quiet Waters

Logo for Quiet Waters

The founding committee of Quiet Waters met for the first time on the 24th October 1985. It was at this meeting that the initial ideas of the development of Quiet Waters were born.

The project began in 1986, and it was officially opened in 1988. It consists of a Nature Reserve and Wilderness Area which covered an area of 8.1 km² in all. Quiet Waters aims to conserve indigenous fauna and flora and to further the educational pursuits of the College and to serve as a base for conservation education in other schools. It is also used for scientific research and provides recreational facilities for the College community and visitors.

Some useful and interesting facts about Quiet Waters Conservation Scheme

  • A picture from Quiet WatersThe scheme was started over 20 years ago. Its 20th Anniversary was celebrated in October 2005.
  • The conservancy, which lies in the attractive hilly country to the north of the College, consists of two parts:
  • The western game-fenced Nature Reserve of approximately 320 hectares;
  • The wilderness area of 490 hectares in the east.
  • It has a very diverse range of fauna and flora. There are 12 recorded mammal species ranging from the giraffe to the minute Spiny Mouse! Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Banded Mongoose, Hyrax, Warthog, Klipspringer, Duiker, Impala, Kudu, Reedbuck, Bushbuck, Eland, Tsessebe, Zebra and Giraffe are often seen. The last four named have been introduced.
  • Over 300 bird species have been identified.
  • A picture from Quiet WatersThere are also over 100 different species of trees and to date 50 grass species have been recorded.
  • Other recorded fauna are: 25 different snakes and 30 butterfly species.
  • Research continues on other forms of animal and plant life.
  • The game-fenced nature reserve has an impressive list of facilities, which are available to the Falcon community, which includes parents, and friends of the College and other educational institutions.
  • These include: nature trails; picnic sites; a campsite with 4 well-equipped A-framed chalets; viewing points and hides and artificial game pans
  • The new Mbonisa weir, which was recently officially opened, by Jimmy and Jenny Goddard has been stocked with bream and bass.
  • Biology, geography and environmental management O and A level classes for fieldwork exercises extensively use the area.
  • Junior and Senior Natural History Societies; the Angling Club and Junior Forms’ Adventure Courses also make regular use of the facilities.
  • In the past schools such as Girls’ College, Carmel and Whitestone from Bulawayo, and Murray McDougal from Chiredzi, have utilised Quiet Waters for educational purposes. In the case of Carmel and Whitestone, ecology courses have been designed and run by Falcon staff, assisted by schoolboys.
  • Extensive development plans for specific areas are in the pipeline.

A picture from Quiet Waters

There are 6 picnic sites, set in beautiful surroundings, which are available to parents who visit Quiet Waters. They all have a thatched shelter, toilet facilities, and braai sites with wood provided. (These are regularly used by the boys who camp there overnight at weekends – very popular with them)

The campsite has Chelicuti chalet, which has beds for four, and en suite shower, basin and toilet. There is also a braai site and a boiler to ensure hot water for showers and washing up.

There are also three other 4-bed chalets, each of which has its own ablution block and boiler. Each chalet has its own braai. Every chalet is equipped with beds and mattresses, chairs, bedside carpets, hurricane lamps and a trunk containing cutlery, plastic crockery, pots and pans and cooking utensils. All you have to bring is your bedding and food and drink and perhaps extra lighting!

Mrs Joan Bancroft is on hand to accept your campsite bookings during normal office hours at the College. Prices will be adjusted according to the exchange rate on the $US at the time of booking.

Mbondo chalet is yet to be complete it will be smarter and more intimate than Chelicuti. This camp site is within the Quiet Waters area not in the Wilderness area.

Quiet Waters newest chalet “Mnondo”

A picture from Quiet Waters

The chalet was built with funds very generously donated by FOB Mike Ross. It is an “A” frame with en suite facilities. For those of you that have stayed in Chelikuti, Mnondo offers more space. The furniture for Mnondo was very generously donated by Mark & Shirley Swannack.

There are a further four chalets which can be rented for overnight stays in the Wilderness area, each of which has its own ablution block and boiler, and its own braai area.

These facilities are all popular with staff, boys, parents and friends of the College, all you have to bring is your bedding and food and drink and perhaps extra lighting!

A picture from Quiet Waters

There is an interesting range of game, some notable sightings have been made, a leopard was resident in the picnic site areas at the base of Usandisa for several weeks, however it appears to have moved from here into the southern paddocks. Animals which can be seen regularly include: kudu, zebra, giraffe, reedbuck, bushbuck, steenbok, tsessebe, impala, klipspringer, bushpig and warthog and the two species of jackal, while there are many smaller mammals which are not so easily seen, such as four species of mongoose. The rich variety of fauna and flora regularly attract enthusiasts from many societies interested in the natural history of the area.

The educational value of Quiet Waters is enormous, since it is regularly used for practical work in the subjects of geography, environmental science, and biology. Project work is undertaken by members of the Natural History Society and assorted budding naturalists, while the area is used frequently by other educational institutions both for fieldwork and outings.

The New Mbonisa Weir

A picture from Quiet Waters

The Mbonisa Weir officially opened on the 12th May 2006 by the College’s honoured guests, Jimmy and Jenny Goddard – Jimmy Goddard is a FOB.

Some of the funds are being spent on re-aligning the Quiet Waters fence which will increase the size of the Conservation area by approximately 150 hectares. This will include a seasonal wetland area which is very rich in browse and grazing. This exercise was started a month ago and should be complete by the end of September. Visitors to the area will already notice significant changes.
Offer of the use of a Landrover by an overseas FOB

Ian Broderick (Oates 1977) who lives and works in England and who spends some of his leisure time in the wilds of Zimbabwe, has generously offered his hard-top Landrover for use on Quiet Waters when he and his wife are not using the vehicle. This gesture will go a long way to alleviating our transport difficulties and we are most grateful to him

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