HARARE - Former Prince Edward School headmaster Clive Barnes is set for an emotional return to a place he helped build into one of the finest schools in Zimbabwe when he graces the PE Old Boys Trust dinner this evening.
The dinner, scheduled for 7:30pm at the school’s Beit Hall, seeks to bring together Prince Edward School alumni, with Barnes’ presence expected to be a major draw card.
PE Old Boys Trust chairman Willard Muchena hopes the function will go a long way in setting the foundation to raise the PE Old Boys’ Association to the lofty heights of yesteryear.
“The reunion dinner is a PE Old Boys’ function we celebrate once every year. It hasn’t happened in a long time though, so we saw it fit to revive it,” Muchena said yesterday.
“It’s a platform to rekindle our friendship, network for business for the school and chart a way forward on how and where we can render our services to the school.
“The dinner ticket is selling for $15 at the school bursars’ office and all former PE boys are welcome.”
The 1989 Prince Edward School Tigers captain acknowledged that the school’s old boys association must put hands on deck to ensure its revival.
“I would say it sort of collapsed during the hard times but we have been trying to revive it since 2009,” he said.
Barnes, who will be one of three key speakers during the function, will be making his first formal return to the 116-year-old school since retiring as headmaster in 2005.
His retirement came on the back of 21 years of service under whose leadership PE rose to prominence as one of the most all-round, multi-cultural high schools in the region.
With the ex-Zimbabwe Headmaster’s Association secretary general at the helm, PE hosted the Queen of England and Prince Philip in 1991 and then Prince Edward in 1995.
Barnes was also a key figure in the development of cricket in the country, going on to run Zimbabwe Schools’ Cricket between 1987 and 2006.