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Peterhouse Boys

Learner Guides Trip to Gonarezhou 2018

Our Learner Guides group have just spent six nights in Gonarezhou National Park which was an interesting experience. Peterhouse parents who work there gave us an insight into the work done by the Frankfurt Zoological Society together with National Parks.

Our professional guide was Andy Smith and under his licence we were able to walk in the park which is a special privilege. Pupils climbed up an elephant trail to the view point on the cliffs and met some elephants on the way.

There are good raptors in the area and it is a very different view when one is above the eagles, vultures and storks looking down on them from the top of the cliffs. The vegetation was very thick in some areas after the good rainy season and the rivers quite high which made for some interesting crossings.

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Interhouse Public Speaking 2018

The Gavel Club hosted their first Interhouse Public Speaking competition on Friday the 29th June.
Tadiwanashe Govore, the Gavel President, and his team organised a slick and very exciting event. It certainly raised the profile of public speaking in our school, which was their intention.

The speeches were generally of a very high quality, given that each speaker was carefully mentored by a Gavel Club mentor. Kudakwashe Manjonjo (Head of School, M11) and Scott Walraven (M11) were our esteemed judges and did a fine job of placing the boys in their relevant positions – given their deliverance, posture, pace, research and general vocabulary of each speech. We are very grateful to them for their time. It is always special having Petreans back at Peterhouse adding value to our school programs.

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Trout Stocking in Nyanga 2018

Four boys went up to Nyanga to assist National Parks rangers with the stocking of dams and rivers from their hatchery at Mare. While these fish are exotic, they have never bred very successfully in the waters, hence the need to restock.

Our morning started off pretty chilly with a frost on the lawn but the boys were up and ready to get busy. The fish going into the dams close by were moved in drums of water and then released while others had to be caught in nets and placed in bags with water and oxygen ready for transporting.

Releasing into the rivers takes a while as the water from the river needs to be slowly mixed into the water in the bag allowing the fish to acclimatise before they swim out. There is something special about watching them swim away – anticipating catching them again when they have grown a bit!

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Rugby Zimbabwe Sables U16 2018

Three Peterhouse Boys travel to Kimberley in South Africa this week as representatives of the Zimbabwe U16 Junior Sables team. They will be playing in the U16 Grant Khomo Week 1st July to 6th July

Sean Mushowe; Crispin Mashingaidzi and Brooklyn Chikaka (Non travelling Squad – Charl Kotze and Hunter Greeff)

Good Luck to our Peterhouse Boys.

Rugby vs SACHS 2018

Peterhouse Boys were privileged to host guests from South African College High School from Cape Town last week.

Our 1st XV Rugby Team played in a fierce competition against their rugby side but sadly lost the match. Peterhouse 21 – 48 SACHS

Many thanks go to SACHS for incorporating Peterhouse in their Zimbabwe Tour and we look forward to hopefully playing them again in the future.

Confirmation Service 2018

We were delighted to hold our annual Confirmation Service this morning.  

The Rt Rev Dr Chad Gandiya, the Bishop of Harare, confirmed 24 boys and 21 girls. The highlight for most of the boys and girls was the Confirmation Retreat last weekend, which was excellently hosted by Zambesi Holidays and combined plenty of fun with real spiritual value.  

Our school chaplains have often praised “Zam Hols” for their commitment to - and investment in - Peterhouse over many years, and encourage every boy and girl at Peterhouse to go on a Zambesi Holidays camp in any of the school holidays - find them on Facebook for more information.

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Archery Interschools 2018

At the latest Inter schools’ Archery Tournament held at St Georges, Paolo Marucchi came first and shot his personal best of 293 out of a possible 300 points.

At the recent All Africa Games in South Africa, Paulo won a Silver Medal in the Bulls Eye Tournament and another Silver Medal in the 3D Tournament. He has since been chosen as one the 8 Federation players who are now representing the whole of Southern Africa in Archery.

Peterhouse hosted an Inter schools archery tournament on Sunday 17 June. Paolo Marucchi was the top archer of the day, shooting 286 out of a possible 300 points.

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Rugby vs St John’s 2018

Well done to our Rugby boys who played very well against St John’s.

We Played 12, Won 9, Lost 2 and Drew 1

U14 C Won 28 ?5
U14 B Won 22 ?0
U14 A Won 37 ?17
Brennan Watt – brilliant play maker and Campbell Macmillan exceptional cover defence

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Interact Visit to Kukura Neshungu June 2018

When we set off from school, most of us were worried that this would be an uncomfortable visit where our ability to socialise with the physically and mentally disadvantaged members of the Marondera community would be found wanting.

The visit to Kukura Neshungu was a touching one; we were welcomed by the students who were very happy to see us. We learned about the individuals who learn at Kukura Neshungu and their different "disabilities" and what they are taught at their school. This was what touched most hearts I think. Shaking the hand of a girl who can't make out a greeting back but smiles at you and pulls you in for a hug was a significant life experience.

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World Environment Day 2018

Peterhouse Boys and Peterhouse Girls celebrated World Environment Day by wearing something green – there were some very imaginative costumes!

The whole school had a lesson on the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” in their classrooms with discussion to follow. Some good ideas on how to reduce our plastic pollution at the school have come up and we will be working on reducing the use of single use plastic in the school.

In the busy world we live in, we need to take time to consider how we can care for our environment.

Our Springvale pupils will be celebrating on Headmasters day with a day in Gosho Park and have a similar presentation during assembly.

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Interschool Spur Mountain Bike Event at Peterhouse 2018

A beautiful track was cut through the miombi woodland of Calderwood Park and early on Sunday morning, nearly 40 riders turned up at Dombo Dam to race each other on it. We had competitors from Falcon, St Johns, Lomagundi, Peterhouse Girls and Peterhouse Boys.
          The following boys won places in their age groups (certificates): 
          U15 boys – first: Keith Elliot, second : Garikai Madzamba
          U16 boys – first: Nicholas Dobdropolous, second: James Weller
          U19 boys – second: Cullen Shoesmith