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Peterhouse Boys

Tinokura (D Block - Form 1)

HOUSEMASTER  -  MR SIMON ALLOTT
Assistant Housemaster  -  tba 
Head of House  -  Mufaro Mungoni (M)
Tinokura Prefects - Adrian Burl (G), Angus Fergusson (P), Cullen Shoesmith (E)


Tinokura, Shona for ‘we are growing up’, was first established with the idea of giving first year pupils, D Block, a somewhat relaxed yet comprehensive outlook to secondary school.

It was opened in 1988 with Mr Allen French as Housemaster.  
It enables the D Block boys to integrate into the "Peterhouse System" whilst among their year group.  Tinokura, in its simplest form, provides an environment in which boys can grow in structure and form the bonds of friendship that will last them throughout secondary school and beyond.

In Tinokura, the boys are put into the six different Houses that they will precede to in the following year.  The Houses are headed by six Vth Form Monitors whose main role is to provide assistance and a helping hand to the boys.  They ensure that a high level of behaviour and tidiness is kept amongst the boys.  These Monitors change every half term and are replaced by different Vth Formers.  The Monitors report to the selected Vth Form Head of Tinokura who remains in the House throughout the year.

The Head of the House oversees the general day to day running of the House so that it is consistent and coordinated.  The senior boys are led by a Housemaster and an Assistant Housemaster of the House.

HOUSEMASTER

Simon joined Peterhouse Boys as Housemaster of Tinokura in September 2019.

Simon originally studied for a Chemical Engineering degree at UCT, then worked a number of years in industry. He and his family then joined the diaspora for eight years, between 2007 and 2015, during which time he completed a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at the University of Western Australia in Perth. During the subsequent six years in Perth, Simon taught sciences and mathematics in high school before taking on a Headship in a Christian primary school (both in Perth).

Simon returned to Zimbabwe in November 2015 to take on a role heading the high school at The Heritage School in Harare

Besides the housemaster position, Simon will be teaching primarily sciences and looking forward to getting involved with squash and other sport and extra-curricular activities outside the classroom.

Simon is joined by his wife Helen, who is the Matron in Malvern and Ellis Houses. They have three children (Nicole, Melissa and Isaac), three dogs, two cats and two hamsters! So it's a busy household!

Simon went to Falcon College, while Helen was an Arundel boarder, so they both have a good idea about how Zimbabwe boarding schools work ... "We are really looking forward to working with the students and staff at Peterhouse and excited about what lies ahead!"

The Allotts enjoy reading (so the Megahey Centre is very much visited!), walking their dogs, watching the odd movie and the occasional (rather competitive!) board or card game, and playing sports. They are a Christian family who have always played an active role in the churches they have had the privilege of being part of through the years.



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