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Mr Austin Clarke Head Teacher Trident Group

Austin Clark (Headmaster Trident Group)


I grew up in South Africa, graduating with a Commerce degree from University of KZN in 1983 and a teaching diploma from WITS the following year.  Elsa, my wife and I had 4 children who grew up in Swaziland where I was involved in the establishment of two schools.


Trident is the 4th school in southern Africa in which I have been involved in a leadership capacity, the most recent being Uplands College in Mpumalanga, RSA.  I look forward to Trident becoming the boarding school of choice in Zambia and a firm option for parents and pupils throughout southern Africa.





Mrs Carol Wilson Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Carol Wilson joins Trident College as Deputy Head Pastoral and teacher of Chemistry.


Carol has a BSc in Chemistry and a PGCE from the University of York.  After a few years teaching at Wellingborough School in the UK, Carol has spent most of her career working at Hillcrest International School in Nairobi, Kenya.


She joins us with her three children; Oliver in Year 8, Lizzie in Year 7 and Katie in Year 6 at Trident Prep.




Mr Paul Page Deputy Head (Academic)

I have been a teacher since 1997 – teaching the UK National Curriculum, up to Key stage 5, as well as IGCSE (Cambridge) for a total of ten years. During this time I have achieved results which have never dipped below 100% pass rate for A-Level English Literature. How- ever, I have to say my greatest achievement was gaining a 100% pass rate at Thistley Hough high School in Stoke-on-Trent, UK with a group of 25 students who had been consistently gaining Grade ‘D’ or below for their previous four years.


After six years spent in Botswana, as a Head of English, as well the inaugural Headmaster of Gaborone International School, my family and I relocated back to the UK with a view to developing my teaching to UK standards and, hopefully taking on more responsibility out- side of the classroom. This I achieved on both fronts with my development in IT as well as becoming Senior Curriculum Development Manager for The Manchester College. During my time with The Manchester College, I undertook some research into the reduction of recidivism/reoffending through education, throughout the UK prison service and my findings “OPTS: The Offender Passport to Success” was published through the Ministry of Justice. Thereafter, my wife, children and I decided that, in some way, our destinies lay on African soil. Hence the fact that I applied for and gained the position of Deputy Headmaster Academics, at the International School of South Africa. This has been a position in which I have developed, made my own and grown the school with A-Level results reaching and remaining at 100%. However, upon seeing the opportunities to make an impact and to help grow the education system in Zambia, I applied for and was interviewed for the position of Deputy Headmaster: Academics, at Trident College.

Maths Department

Mr Mwenda Chumpuka Head of Mathematics

Name: Mwenda Chumpuka

Nationality: Zambian

Expertise: Mathematics (Head of Mathematics)


Mwenda is a highly qualified and experienced teacher with excellent subject knowledge. Mwenda joins Trident College from Sedgehill School in Lewisham, London, UK.


Mwenda is a teacher of Mathematics. Mwenda’s teaching experience includes nine years as Head of Mathematics in two different inner-London Comprehensive Schools in the UK. Whilst in the UK he has been involved in organising a lot of Saturday morning football coaching for children aged between 8 and 14 years.


Mwenda holds a Masters degree in Economics from Saint Petersburg University of Finance and Economics. He also holds a PGCE in secondary mathematics from the world renowned Institute of Education, University of London in the UK.


Mwenda is a father to two teenage children and his interests include travel, cooking, and reading broadly.

Mr Thomas Kumwenda Maths

Name: Thomas Kumwenda

Nationality: Zambian

Expertise: Mathematics

Thomas Kumwenda holds a Bachelor of Science with Education (BEd) degree from the University of

Zambia with a major in Mathematics.


He has been teaching Mathematics for fourteen (14) years, nine (9) years at Chengelo School in Mkushi,

Zambia and five (5) years at Lechwe School in Kitwe, Zambia. Both schools follow the British Curriculum

of IGCSE, AS and A level. Thomas is experienced in teaching all sets at IGCSE i.e Accelerated, Extended

and Core, and at AS/A level, Statistics, Mechanics and Pure Mathematics. At Chengelo Thomas was also

the American SAT examinations coordinator and a sixth form boys hostel parent.

On the sporting side Thomas enjoys playing squash, badminton, volleyball and chess. His other interests

include reading and outdoor activities.


Thomas is married to Njiba and has three children, Alinase, Watumbikike and Chileleko

Mr Johannes Makurumidze Maths

Name: Johannes Makurumidze

Nationality: Zimbabwe

Expertise: Mathematics and Biology


Johannes Makurumidze joins the Trident College Maths and Science departments from Falcon College in Zimbabwe. He holds a Bachelor of Science with Education Degree from Bindura University of Science Education in Zimbabwe where he majored in Mathematics and Biology. He has vast experience in teaching Mathematics and Biology at Checkpoint, IGCSE and AS/AL levels. Joe has 15 years’ experience of teaching, 13 of them spent teaching at Falcon College where he was a housemaster for 8 years before moving to Trident College. He is an experienced rugby and cricket coach and umpires both games at competitive level. While at Falcon, he was heavily involved with the organisation of rugby.

Joe is joined by his family in Zambia. He is married to Masline have 3 children; Michelle, Marshall and Leah. During his spare time, Joe likes outdoors, fishing and is an avid chess player.


English Department

Mr Haman Gobvu-Hammond Head of English

Haman Gobvu-Hammond (MA, B.Ed, Dip.Ed)

Nationality: British

Subject Specialism: English.


Mr Gobvu-Hammond is a well-traveled and experienced English Teacher and Head of Department. He moved to Trident College after many years of teaching in Essex, England, UK. Before then, he had taught, briefly, in Zimbabwe where he was born.  With a wealth of experience, he is a committed and dedicated professional whose proven ability to teach, motivate and support students to maximise their progress is unquestionable.


Mr Gobvu-Hammond, has been instrumental in the designing and delivering progressive English courses for students with a wide range of abilities. His classroom presence is infectious to all pupils, effortlessly, contributing to the positive ethos of the department and those of the school.


Mr Gobvu-Hammond is currently studying for PhD in Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching (ELT) with Essex University, UK.


Outside of School, Haman, is a huge football/soccer fan, a sport that he used to play during his high school days.  In the early days of his career in Harare, he became Director of sports at his first school after leaving University. At Trident College, he is into photography and film, another of his interests which he developed for over a decade in the UK.


Mrs Jenny Dunlop English

Name: Jenny Dunlop

Nationality: British/Swiss

Expertise: English


Mrs Dunlop is married and has 3 sons, aged 25, 23 and 21. She was born in Kenya, where she completed her primary school then moved to the UK for secondary and tertiary. She lived in Japan and taught EFL for a year.


After travelling through India and China, she married and moved to Zimbabwe for 4 years before moving to Botswana for 22 years where she worked in both government and private schools. She left teaching briefly in 2010, and was co-founder of the charitable trust; Mothers for All, which supports the carers of orphaned and vulnerable children in Botswana and South Africa.


She have co-authored 2 English text books specifically written for the Botswana Government schools and BGCSE.


Her passions are: my family, education in Africa, conservation, permaculture, recycling, human rights and HIV, art and craft, cycling, travel and interacting with people from all walks of life.


Mrs Fiona Bray English

I was born and educated in England, attending Farnborough Hill, Catholic Private and Public School for Girls, in Hampshire.  I gained an Honours degree in History and English, University of Lancaster, followed by a Post Grad 2 year Course in Hospital Administration and Management with the NHS. Other Courses include Teaching English as A Foreign Language Diploma, I have spent many years providing extra English lessons for a wide age range of students.


Teaching posts include Milton High School, Bulawayo and St. John’s College, Harare, Zimbabwe.


I am married with two grown up daughters.







Science Department

Mr Victor Nhdlovu Head of Science

Mr Ndhlovu has been teaching science for 27 years, in particular Physics. He has taught in both private and public schools in Zambia.


He holds a Diploma in Science Education, an Advanced Diploma in Physics and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. He is currently teaching Physics and acting Head of Science Department.


His teaching philosophy is that he has the power to make a difference in the lives of the students he teaches regardless of the obstacles that he may face.  His passion for teaching has grown as he has matured as a teacher.  It is drawn from the opportunity he has to inspire students to want to learn and how they view learning and themselves.


His hobbies are watching and playing football, game viewing and reading non-fiction science books.





Mrs Meg Wilcox Science

I was born and educated in England, graduating from Durham and Leeds universities. I have spent most of my teaching career in Independent Schools in England where I have taught mainly Biology and Mathematics before moving to Thailand. I have also spent some years lecturing at a University to QTS students following a Sports Science option and 10 years as Head of a successful Prep School in England.


I find the combination of classroom teaching and boarding house responsibilities to be immensely rewarding; an opportunity to see all aspects of the students and to help them on the often difficult task of growing up emotionally, academically and socially.


In my spare time, I enjoy travelling the world off the beaten track, camping overland or on volunteer programmes as well as reading, quizzes, going to the theatre and trying to keep up with the busy lives of my children.



Mr Nsondo Kaiza Science

Mr Mulambwa Saasa Science

I’ve been teaching Science and Chemistry at Junior Secondary through A’ Level since October 7th 1991. I first taught at Mpelembe Secondary School which was then owned by the mining conglomerate ZCCM. I then moved on to Lechwe Education Trust in August 1998 before moving on to Baobab College in August 2003. I taught at Baobab College for 11 years before I moved on to Trident College Solwezi.


I have taught for 24 years, which seems like yesterday. I have enjoyed my teaching career seeing and helping students graduated to the top universities in the UK, USA, China Australia, Russia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the Middle East. At Lechwe Trust School I had a chemistry student who was short listed top 100 for a HARVARD UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP in the USA. This student finally got a 100% scholarship to COLGATE UNIVERSITY in the USA. I love sport and have been involved in extra-curricular activities such as soccer, athletics, volleyball, and some cricket.


I have been Assistant Boarding Master for the Boys Hostel, Head of ‘House’ in charge of the three Houses in secondary and Co-ordinator of extra-curricular activities.


I have specialized in the teaching of Chemistry; Organic chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry and Applications of Chemistry.

I am married to Jane and we have four lovely children, Namakau, Mubita, Akabiwa and Stephen. We have two sweet grandchildren Coree-Saasa and Kallum.



Mr Francis M'hango Science

MFL Department

Mrs Valentina van Eeden Head of MFL

I grew up in Switzerland, in a French speaking region where I lived until I was 14. After that, I moved to Italy, studied languages at high school and then carried on to do my degree in French and English Language and Linguistics at the University of Surrey in London. After my degree, I continued with a post graduate in Education to become a MFL Teacher. I have taught in London for eleven years, in a successful inner city school and then moved to Zambia in August 2014, to teach French and Spanish at Trident College.


I am married to Tuan and have two daughters, Fiore and Isabelle. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling with my family, reading, mountain biking and eating out.


I believe that speaking a foreign language is essential, and my aim is to equip our young learners with a lifelong skill.



Mrs Katerina Chiponda MFL

I am a passionate and enthusiastic teacher who loves helping students discover new languages and cultures. I joined Trident from the high-performing West Bridgford School in Nottingham, UK and previously worked at Yardleys School, Birmingham.  I have taught both French and Spanish from primary to GCSE level and I am also very involved in many co-curricular activities and trips, helping to enthuse pupils even further.


I gained a BA (Hons) in Contemporary European Studies (French & Spanish) with Marketing from the University of Nottingham and later completed a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and finally a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Warwick.  I trained as a teacher through Teach First in the UK, a prestigious teacher training scheme aimed at reducing educational inequality.


I am married to Malvin and enjoy travelling, running and experimenting in the kitchen!


Mrs Reona DuPlessis Afrikaans

Humanities Department

Mr Johan Meyer Head of Humanities

I grew up in Nelspruit, South Africa. In 2008, I completed my BEd degree through NWU in Potchefstroom. I also completed my Honours degree with specialization in Environmental Education through UNISA in 2014.


I am married to Anél and we have a little girl, Amélie. Together Anél and I have taught in; South Korea, Oman, South Africa and now Zambia. Teaching children of different nationalities, backgrounds and ethnicities is definitely a passion of mine. I also love travelling and believe that travelling creates amazing learning opportunities.


I hope to contribute to the growth of Trident College during my time here and have a positive impact on Zambian and expatriate children’s lives.






Mr Donavan Van Vuuren Director of Sport

I grew up In South Africa and moved to the UK in 2002 where in 2006 I gained my Masters degree in Coaching Science at the University of Wales, Institute Cardiff. I am an ex-professional rugby player, having played for Western Province, Cardiff Blues, Doncaster Knights and the Barbarians.


My wife, Debra and I have 3 beautiful children: Caleb (11) our daughter Riley (9) and Eli (6).

I am very excited to be part of a pioneering team of educators at Trident College. My Christian faith is the most important aspect of my life and through this I aim to be a blessing to all around me.


As Housemaster and Director of Sport, I have a fantastic opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of the young people and this a responsibility I take very seriously.

Mrs Rhoda Kaiza History

I am energetic, self-motivated, and analytical at issues, of a sober character and a team player. I work with a focus oriented towards efficient goal attainment.


A qualified teacher (Geography and History) from the University of Zambia under which I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with education and a certificate in International computer driving Licence (ICDL).

I am a warm and caring teacher who wants all Children to be successful learners and works to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the needs of students. I strive to build student self-esteem and encourage understanding of cultural diversity, gender differences and physical limitations.


The role of Assistant Housemistress is an opportunity for me to help the students approach challenges that will enable them meet competencies, capabilities, Skills and education while gaining exposure and experience in different spheres of life.

My interest are reading, learning new things, researching and adventure.



Mr Jani Zabangwa Geography

Jani has many years of rich and varied teaching, training and managerial experience in grant – aided, government – funded, donor – funded and wholly privately – owned organisations and educational institutions inclusive of those offering secondary school education, micro – finance services, teacher training and other tertiary programmes.  Drawing from such wide experience, Jani has developed rare teaching and human resource management skills which were applied when in more than four instances he double – hatted in roles such as School Counselor /Recruitment & Training Manager; IGCSE Geography Teacher to A’ Level / Head of Staff Development / Manager, Human Resources and External Relations; Lecturer (Education) / Teacher Training College Principal.


In his not too distant past role, Jani taught IGCSE Geography up to A’ Levels at Chengelo School and coordinated all aspects of the running of the school alongside Head of Primary and Head of Secondary, serving as an ex – officio non – voting member of the Chengelo School Board of Governors and submitting a report to, and attending the termly Board Meetings.


Away from the formal classroom and office responsibilities, Jani expressed interest in Adventure Education and actively participated in several Outdoor Education Trips with students.

Mr Justin Oldreive Economics & Business

Mr Oldreive went to school in Zimbabwe and studied a Bachelor of Social Science at Rhodes University, majoring in Economics and Industrial Sociology.


Prior to teaching at Trident College, he taught Economics and Business Studies, at mostly AS and A-Level, for 11 years at St John’s College in Harare, Zimbabwe.  Whilst there he also coached and managed various cricket and rugby teams.


Whilst at Trident, he continues to teach Business Studies at IGCSE and Economics at A-level whilst also coaching both cricket and rugby.


In his spare time he reads, along with the Bible, classical literature books. His inspirations include his father, C.S. Lewis, Timothy Keller and John Piper.






Mr Ben Wright Head of DT/Art

Under Construction

Ms Diandree Perumal Art Teacher





Mr Frederick Ambali DT/IT

ICT Department

Ms Phoebe Nyaywa

Under Construction


Mr Alex Tukamone Music

Mr Tukamone (BaEd) has been teaching in international schools for the last 15 years. In all schools, he has established orchestras and bands, and has encouraged group and individual performances during functions.


He is the only Zambian who is accredited in Music by The University of Cambridge, to not only teach music to IGCSE and A-level but to also conduct examinations in accordance with CIE regulations.  He has experience in teaching both practical and theory of music with a 100% pass record in both CIE and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music ABRSM examinations.


He has himself set these exams up to the last graded level, Grade 8, in various disciplines including piano, voice, violin, cello and double bass. His teaching experience has enabled him to build up excellent rapports with students and accommodate their own taste in music.


With a belief that every child has a musical gift Mr Tukamone aims to unearth each child’s strength and capitalise on it.




Mrs Sandy Hauser Trident Schools Administrator

The School Administrator for Trident College is Sandy Hauser. She is 48 years old, and married with two children of 25 and 23 years old.  She has worked as a PA, Legal Secretary for the last 22 years, which has involved working for Consulting Engineers, a Merchant Bank, and Law Firms.  Her husband, Kevin Hauser is the Chain Supply Manager at Educore Services and they are currently residing at Trident College.  Sandy Hauser enjoys the challenge of working in administration, improving and creating systems to ensure a smoother working environment. She also enjoys running, swimming, reading, gardening and cooking.



Mrs Sylvia Kalenga Admissions Officer

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