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St Stephen's College
Balla Balla - Rhodesia

Old Boys' Association Worldwide Website
 
incorporating Abbey House, est. 1969

 

 
Foundation Stone laid 5 May 1956
College doors opened February 1959 and closed December 1975
 

original Blazer Badge
the Colours Badge
the official Old Saints Blazer Badge
original design of official school coat of arms


Introduction

Nestling in the foothills of the Matopas, approx 43 miles south-east of Bulawayo on the main road to Beit Bridge at the turn-off to Filabusi lies the quaint little railway village of Balla Balla. In 1980 it was renamed Mbalabala when Rhodesia was renamed Zimbabwe. Overshadowing the village is a towering koppie and well known landmark, affectionately known by all its inhabitants as "Baldy". Its official name is Balloon Kop. It is a twin-domed koppie lying North - South and has a surveyors mapping beacon placed upon the higher Northern most dome overlooking the now extinct 9 hole golf course, adjacent to the road that leads to Filabusi.

If only the beacon could recount but a few tales it surely must have witnessed. One of significance to me was when I was nicknamed "Speedy" halfway up the koppie. A group of us had set off together to climb Baldy and as usual I got left behind. The group next met up with me when they were halfway down and I was only halfway up. Was it Noel Smart who thought to aptly nickname me? Grrrr. Guys still call me Speedy and I'm still rather partial to it.

Balla Balla, comprises the Balla Balla Hotel, an african General Store, an eating house, (better known as a shebeen), a railway station, a Shell petrol station, a miniature Anglican church with four or five pews, a few railway houses, and is completely surrounded by cattle ranches and farms. To name but a few of them, there was Portbury Farm, owned by the Duckworths, Balla Balla Ranch, owned by the Sandersons, Irisvale Ranch, owned by the Poultneys and New Brighton Farm, owned by the Cummings. All the farmers had something more, other than farming, in common with Balla Balla, as they all had an active involvement, one way or another, with St Stephen's College.

Back in 1956, Father Maurice Lancaster, who had nurtured a lifelong dream to build a school realised his dream when he met with Mr Alastair A Sanderson, a business man and farmer who owned Balla Balla. Mr Sanderson and his family had decided to donate some 250 acres of his farm, in memory of his parents, to the establishment of the school that Father Lancaster had for so long dreamed of. After a Board of Governors had been established, and some plans drawn up, and some buildings erected some three years later a school was born.

Hence the birth of St Stephen's College when in February 1959 it opened its doors to the founding pupils . The first boy to arrive was Robert Webb but Lat Fuller, son of Pop and Jo Fuller, who were members of staff was already living on the College grounds and so their arrival is always recorded as having arrived simultaneously!

Sadly, the school went through hard times, but more about that in another section to be found under the "College History" button.

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This site established 30th June 2001 and launched 31st January 2002.
Website designed by Speedy Morris and assisted by Richard Gielink.
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