Building & Estates Update - September 2012
There is a great deal of development taking place across the three schools which can be broadly categorised into the expansion phase at Peterhouse Girls and the upgrade of facilities across all three schools. A seven year loan has been secured at a very good interest rate, from PTA Bank based out of Kenya, for the funding of the expansion of Peterhouse Girls.
Repayment of the loan over the next seven years is not from school fees from historical numbers. It is from the extra 180 places that the expansion will eventually create once the first intake of 80 pupils reaches Form 6.
The major projects completed to date are:
• Three new boarding facilities each housing 80 D Block girls plus 5 Prefects.
• Classroom Block.
• The first phase of the ring road to the new sporting facilities.
• Relocation of the Springvale fields to their new site. This is again being extended to fit an athletics track on the site. This extension is being funded by a generous donation from a corporate sponsor.
• Ten new all weather tennis courts.
• Four hockey fields for Peterhouse Girls that will be ready to play on in 2013.
Work ongoing on at the moment is:
• The renovation of the D Block dormitory completed by January 2013.
• Construction of a new Practical Classroom Block.
• Upgrading of the drainage on the ring road.
• New classroom and sports field ablutions.
In the planning phase for construction next year are:
• A new kitchen and dining room facility to be located at the clay courts.
• Extension of the Chapel to seat 700.
• A pavilion at the SVH fields.
Replacement and upgrades are funded out of school fee income where the following major projects have either been completed or are currently underway:
• The ZESA dedicated line has been completed to Springvale House (SVH) and Peterhouse Girls (PHG). Work is currently underway on the Peterhouse Boys (PHB) leg of the project.
• A new Scania 65 seater bus has augmented the bus fleet.
• Two new 3 bedroom houses have been built near the new SVH fields.
• Two outfield mowers and a ride on cricket pitch roller have just arrived. This will greatly enhance the ability to manage the playing fields.
• An order has been placed for LED globes/tubes to replace all the security lights. Energy saving alone will pay off the cost of these lights within 12 months.
• Renovations at St Francis School.
• The bottom three rugby/cricket fields will be sown with kikuky seed and top dressed.
• An optic fibre cable network has been installed around the classrooms.
• Eleven projectors have been installed in classrooms.
• The Basketball, Tennis and Volleyball Courts have either been or are in the process of being resurfaced.
• The staff swimming pool which was in dire need of repairs has been restored.
• Twelve projectors have been installed in classrooms.
• Resurfacing of the Volleyball Courts.
• House safes in one of the new Boarding Houses.
• Shade ports at the new fields.
• Paving of the amphitheatre and pathways.
Donations have been received that has allowed:
• The construction of a Cricket Centre of Excellence at PHB. Thanks must go to Gary Steyn for organising this. Some funding is still required for the final stages so if you are able to help please contact him or make the payment via the school.
• Petreans in the UK have donated £40,000 for the upgrade of the Mwamuka and St Francis villages. This will facilitate the repainting of the two Chapels, redoing all the wiring and the construction of some external kitchens.
• A Petrean with business interests in Zimbabwe has donated $40,000 for the cleaning up and restocking of the Peterhouse Wildlife Conservation Area.
• Alistair Bruce kindly donated the solar geysers for the Bunkhouse at PHB.
• Springvale Field Expansion.
• The list of potential projects is endless so if you are able to, or know someone who can assist, please ask them to contact the Rector.
A major project for the future is water and electricity conservation. Please contact Mark Whitaker at
if you know of someone who is able to assist in this regard.
My thanks go to the Rector, Heads, Jason Driscoll the Projects Manager, and many others, for the amount of effort put in to make all this happen.