A SYNOPTIC OF NORTHWOOD ADVENTIST PRIMARY SCHOOL HISTORY
This school started at Division headquarters in Highlands as the Seventh-day Adventist church school in 1972. Foreigners were predominantly white missionaries, working at the Division. It was a very small school especially for missionary children. It was known as Highlands Adventist School.
Mrs L. Thordason and Mrs Korff were the first teachers at the school. The school offered their doors to different churches so their children joined the school. Mrs Thordason and Mrs Korff left for the States. Mrs Liza Hartung and Mrs E. Masuku took over the school. When LezaHartung got married and left the school Mrs E. Masuku was in charge. She taught grades 4, 5, 6 and 7. Mrs Thornicroft taught grade 1 – 3. We had 20 children in the school.
Mrs Masuku negotiated with Mr Borowa the Education Officer and Mr Molife the Regional Director to move the school from the Division Headquarters to the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 101 Enterprise road.
The 3 Sabbath school classrooms were used and the church hall for classroom Mrs Fransch helped as a relief teacher. Mrs Musaringo joined the staff and taught Shona to the different Grade 1 – 7.
Mrs Masuku left to further her studies in Phillipines. After Mrs Masuku, Mr Muvhimi became the headmaster. Then Mr Zvidza. In 1998 a piece of land measuring 7 ½ hectares was located in Mt Pleasant and bought. By the end of 1999 two blocks with eight classrooms and ablution section had been built.
In the year 2000, the Highlands Adventist Primary school relocated to the new site , Northwood Mt Pleasant and adapted the new name of the area, that of Northwood Adventist Primary School. Expansion was also seen in the curriculum with introduction of new subjects as computers, Music and French.
List of Headmistresses/ Headmasters since 1972 to date
- Mrs Thodarson
- Liza Hartung
- Mrs Masuka (acting)
- Mr Muvhimi (acting)
- Mr Zvidza (substantive)
- Pastor F. Mbiriri(substantive)
- Mrs Motsi (actin)
- Mr Saurombe (acting)
- Mr Maenzanise (substantive)
- Mr S. Mazuru (Substantive) Current Head
True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come."--Education, p. 13.