Rest in peace my school mates at St Dominic`s-Lost the best in Zimbabwe

I recall vividly when I was at Chishawasha Primary school just adjacent to St Dominic`s, I admired all big girls from this secondary school for girls run by  Catholic Dominican sisters from Germany . In 1986 I started my form 1 at St Dominic`s and every day I spent at this school I became very empowered. One thing I recall vividly is that all girls at this school were of exceptional academic performance. The school had the cream and the biggest brains in the country as the screening was so thorough. Even as I was announced to have been one of the best at the school whilst in grade 7 I found my treasure.

Today on my website I post a story of loss. There is no time I thought my class mates would die this young. You know when you are girls who are just powerful,on the go,  brilliant and talented and  you end up feeling life in its totality. You hope to reach old age and to part the world when all you worked for is enjoyed and fulfilled.

I saw St Dominic`s Chishawasha  page on Facebook and I jumped in to join. I posted my message announcing the death of my close friend Rosemary Chanyowedza , a genius in totality . I thought she was the only we had lost .I have not stopped thinking about  Rosy as we passionately called her. Then all former school mates started announcing names of  our former classmates who died. Just today I was reflecting about the loss to families and the country as a whole .Just one of our girls is worth a lot because of intelligence, skills and just being top cream of the country.

The question I have is not WHY they died but if I were there HOW could I have helped my classmates. I would have done everything to help them in days of pain and illness. My story is sad as a girl who grew up at St Dominic`s. Many times there was no parent to visit me and one of the girls saw my tears and visited me and shared food. One girl saw me with no cotton wool for menstruation and she gave it to me.

I really wanted to have a way to remember all my former school mates and only way I can do that is to post all messages from Facebook on my website -at Santa we always did something and we always led in something. Tributes came in a natural way from all former school mates . This is the culture we had -brought up by the nuns to love and care. Thats the gift St Dominic`s girls have.

Rest in peace all girls from St Dominic`s and one day we will tell your stories. My heart tells me you are not gone . Sleep girls and remember when our lights in our rooms were switched off  we slept so peacefully . I miss you. Rest in peace.

Tribute to the girls via Group Facebook page and please note messages were posted by other girls from my old school and not edited

Hazviperi Betty Makoni

There are a quite a number of girls from St Dominics who died I feel pain remembering them always.I recall in our stream we had Rosemary Chanyowedza.She was brilliant.Some reckless driver who was drunk hit her car and she died on the spot.I recall Rosemary as a genius.Do you remember someone in your stream who died?Please send your tribute here

Carol Mangezi Yes Betty, am still deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Rosie – a great, astonishing and brilliant mind she had. Truly a greatly missed friend

Venah Mzuva Magamura I have fond memories of Mimi Mwadiwandicho (Sithole) who passed on soon after completing physiotherapy studies.Apparently she was anaemic. SHE WAS SUCH A SWEET GIRL.Form 4 1988.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni Carol so sad ufunge .Rose was a genius

Hazviperi Betty Makoni Ah Vena I know Mimi.She was our senior .what happened to her ….life is so short

Mavis Jaravani that was really sad of Rosemary such a sweet girl. There is also Christina Nyamukondiwa its really sad news.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni ah no what happened to Christina ..oh no no shame

Carol Mangezi Christine died from a very short illness ufunge. Shortly after that her little daughter passed away in less than a year. It was so so so sad. Her brother is married to my tete, so we were quite close and I used to see her often.

Carol Mangezi ?@Venah , how are you ? Long time…So sad about Mimi, I remember her very well.

Mavis Jaravani that is really sad.

Venah Mzuva Magamura ?@ Carol. Am fyn. Hw r u?Ummmh. Christina. That is very sad. And Grace Maponga. She was working ku the then Zimbank and wen I went there to do business I looked for her just intending to say hie then I was told she passed on . Such is lyf.

Barbara Ann Ndudzo-Mabutho Thanks sis Betty for this platform. It is sad to know that such brilliant and talented women have passed on. Form 4 ’91 lost Sekai Mangondoza [Mango] and Nothando Mazibeli, two women whose potential was yet to be realized.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni Grace Maponga I know her Oh its so sad Venah .I feel tears

Hazviperi Betty Makoni ?Barbara Ann Ndudzo-Mabutho very tragic .the girls were brilliant …oh by the way I just got invited to this page but am not the one who initiated it .Barabra are you sister to Cosmas Ndudzo

Barbara Ann Ndudzo-Mabutho ?@ sis Betty- Well done to the one[s] who started it! I am not a sister to Cosmas, I have heard his name but am not sure if we’re related. Stay blessed.

Lucia Washaya ?@Vena, I did not know abt Mimi, last met her in college. So sad. MHDSRIP

Betty Steamer ?@Barbara when did Nothando pass on? She was doing some course with my sister at UZ, quite recently.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni ?@Barbara am hoping there be a website just to track all of us and bring us together.Our school did very well with educating us and to lose all the girls who are so resourceful is tragic .I am so pained

Barbara Ann Ndudzo-Mabutho ?@Betty- not sure when. Heard kuti sometime last year. How are you my in law?

Barbara Ann Ndudzo-Mabutho ?@sis Betty- That would be great, at least we’d know where most of us are. St Dominic’s was not just our school. It was our family and we were all sisters.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni ?Barbara Ann Ndudzo-Mabutho am not so sure who coordinates what and at what level but maybe Everjoyce Zhuwaneti-King might know …honestly we have many who can help document the great work of our school and put all stories together.The school did a great job and the school head needs support as he did a great job ..something was done here but I was travelling by then

Dianah Vimbisayi Mahlamvana- Makawa ?@Barbara, went to Mango’s funeral, was very sad.Please remind me which one is Nothando, shame hey ,very sad?

Barbara Ann Ndudzo-Mabutho ?@lady Di- Nottie was the short cute one. @ all concerned I am very happy to say is very much alive. I managed to get in touch with her. @Nothando- I am overjoyed muzukuru wambuya! Mwari vakanaka!

Jeovitah Nematadzira Chimhamhiwa And Caroline Chidamba (Chimedza). I was working with her at ZB (former Zimbank). She passed on at the beginning of July this year.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni Maiwe zvangu Caroline was so gentle ..oh my God

Hazviperi Betty Makoni Thanks

Jeovitah Nematadzira Chimhamhiwa we should all try and stay together and try and help each other to stay strong especially in these marriages and relationships ..this is a very big loss if we come to put all these girls together .This is the cream of the country

Jeovitah Nematadzira Chimhamhiwa We need to keep on praying for our sisters who have left us. I also remember receiving a message form Loice Madziyire on the passing on of Sekai Dlamini as well. Christina Nyamukondiwawas not well she had a sinus operation and she did not recover from the operation.

Jessie Mudenge Ha when did Sekai Dlamini pass on nhai Jeovitah?she was my GM this one time ndiri pa attachment kuRTG?sad hey.

Carol Mangezi Also fond memories of Bertha Sanyika, she passed away in 2004/5 I think.Sad indeed.

Regina Gapa Form 4 West- 1990- Moline Maimba, Theresa Chidharara, Vongai Gangarabwe

Wendy Paraiwa Rocha Shoooo – just reading these messages – zvakaoma veduwe. I’d also heard the rumours about Nothando but glad to hear she’s alive!

Jealen Vimbayi Makwara Mudzingwa Form four west 1992 reliable source Vimbayi Getrude Gidi

Apple Lloh How they wer dying at a young age?

Jeovitah Nematadzira Chimhamhiwa She passed on last year if I am not mistaken.
Regards Jeovitah

Everjoyce Mahona-Seymour Lest we forget Mbuya Lucy, one of the first Santas, i cant remember much of her story except she was blind n we used to help her to and fro mass on sundays. MHSRIP

sai Chikwana This page is so touching, so many potential ladies passing on in their prime time, its sad really, may their souls rest in peace. Form 4 1986 we have lost Wadzanai Chiriwa, Carol Gundu, Carol Sithole, Babra Kasonde , Bertha Sanyika and so many more. Zvinorwadza, May Their Dear Souls Rest In Eternal Peace.

Fungisai Chikwana This page is so touching, so many potential ladies passing on in their prime time, its sad really, may their souls rest in peace. Form 4 1986 we have lost Wadzanai Chiriwa, Carol Gundu, Carol Sithole, Babra Kasonde , Bertha Sanyika and so many more. Zvinorwadza, May Their Dear Souls Rest In Eternal Peace.

Fungisai Chikwana This page is so touching, so many potential ladies passing on in their prime time, its sad really, may their souls rest in peace. Form 4 1986 we have lost Wadzanai Chiriwa, Carol Gundu, Carol Sithole, Babra Kasonde , Bertha Sanyika and so many more. Zvinorwadza, May Their Dear Souls Rest In Eternal Peace.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni ?Fungisai Chikwana ah this is very tragic …I will take this thread and post story on my website …I am so sad ….what happened to Bertha Sanyika …I am 1989 form 4 West Class .So sad

Fungisai Chikwana She fell ill and left her kids at a very tender age. If Im not mistaken its now more than 6 yrs back. So sad indeed.

Makoni This is very tragic .These ladies were an asset to Zimbabwe .Whoever caused their deaths is very cruel

5 thoughts on “Rest in peace my school mates at St Dominic`s-Lost the best in Zimbabwe”

  1. Iii zvakaoma. so sad, Sekai was so calm and collected, so was Barbra Kasonde. Only learnt of Carol Chidamba’s death today. I have a clever girl aged 8 who I equate to Carol Chidamba so her name is always said in my home joking that I hope my gal will not only be clever but intelligent like Carol. May all the souls of my sisters rest in peace. Cathy Mau

  2. Is this Rosy who studied for a degree in crop Science at UZ? I shall be shattered if she is the one. Wonderful girl with a great smile. When did Rosy pass away?

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