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Peterhouse Boys

Eisteddfod Highlights Concert 2019

The Eisteddfod 2019 recorded some outstanding results for Peterhouse musicians. There was a lot of positive feedback and encouragement towards the performances from Mr. Paul Colman, a London based professional musician who adjudicated this year. Our Senior Mixed choir got Honours and a Cup for their outstanding performance, Keara Shumba got Honours for her vocal solo and went on to compete in the NIAA vocal challenge from which she got a commendation. The senior girls’ choir was asked to perform in the NIAA highlights concert – a great achievement as only the best are asked to perform. 

The Peterhouse Eisteddfod Highlights Concert was held last week and was enjoyed by all those present.

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Kavinga Field Trip 2019

Our Learner Guides recently spent five nights at Kavinga Safari Lodge situated in the Mana Pools National Park near the bank of the Ruckomechi river. Although it is early season, there is a great biodiversity in the area and we had amazing birding with particularly good sightings of raptors which pupils learned to identify – our bird list came to over 100.

We spent time catching specimens in the river bed and pans and had some interesting new discoveries – everyone with reference books out and identifying invertebrates.

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Kushinga Regatta 2019

Well done to our Rowers on their achievements this weekend. We had a great day down at Kushinga Dam with some lovely autumn weather.

Many thanks too, to our parents for their continued support in so many ways.

Our results were as follows:

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Triathlon Junior African Cup 2019

Over the weekend of 23rd March, Triathlon Zimbabwe sent a small team to Durban, to take part in the King Price S.A. Triathlon Championships and Junior African Cup, on Saturday March 23rd. Two girls and three boys in the team were representatives of Peterhouse.

The sea swim was extremely rough, with strong currents, which was a new and unwelcome experience for our athletes! However, not one of them gave up, although many from other parts of S.A. did in fact resign. After the race, some athletes were selected to attend a training camp over 4 days, which helped them to identify weaknesses and improve on strengths. Altogether it was a valuable learning experience for the participants.

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Extreme Reading 2019

Peterhouse Book Day 2019 was held on the 23rd of March. We decided to change it up this year by introducing an Extreme Reading Challenge, where members of staff would encourage their students to read in unorthodox places.

The day was a resounding success as a great number of students and teachers decided to take on the challenge to see who could be the most adventurous. The real winner on the day was the fact that we managed to reignite the spirit of reading amongst our learners.

A huge thank you to all those who took part and contributed to its success.

Mr Rich Hanly

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Peterhouse Wins 14 out of 14 at Sevens Tournament 2019

A fantastic victory for Peterhouse as boys won 14 out of 14 games across all age group at the Sevens Tournament this last weekend.

Played 14 Won 14
U14A vs BMC Won 27 – 5
U14A vs Hellenic Won 20 – 7
U14A vs St John’s Won 24 – 12
U15A vs BMC Won 24 – 7
U15A vs Hellenic Won 38 – 5

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Staff Profile - Francois De Kock 2019

Francois de Kock was appointed Deputy Head of Peterhouse Boys in January 2019.

Francois has been teaching science and biology and coaching rugby and cricket at Peterhouse Boys since January 2012; he was Housemaster of Snell from January 2016 to December 2018.

He is a Pretoria Teachers’ College Graduate (1989-1992) and has just achieved his Honours in Educational Law and Management from the University of Pretoria. Francois moved to Zimbabwe in 1995 on taking up a position as a Grade 5 teacher and Head of Sports at Kyle Preparatory School in Masvingo – he boosted the rugby of this small rural school significantly making Kyle a force to be reckoned with even by Springvale and Ruzawi standards! From 1998 – 2011 Francois was in family farming business which gave him the opportunity to indulge himself in his passion for cattle, fishing and the outdoor life in general.

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Nyanga Fly Fishing Weekend March 2019

Twelve pupils, girls and boys, had a great weekend in Nyanga fly fishing in the National Parks waters. We based our activities around Rhodes Dam and the rivers nearby and between the pupils eight fish were caught.

Saturday was blustery and deteriorated into a gusty drizzle – but we still visited the trout hatchers and fished Mare Dam successfully.

Boats were hired which makes casting much easier for beginners but still a fair number of flies were lost. Sunday was the most beautiful morning with clear skies and only a light wind – perfect weather to be outdoors fishing – pupils also had fun swimming in the Nyangombe Pools and tried their luck at fishing in the river.

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Blue Cross Equestrian Training Ride to Imire 2019

The Blue Cross team joined up with the Duke of Edinburgh team to go to Imire. We set off on Friday the 8th March at 7am with a very enthusiastic group of riders. It was a great day’s ride but the heat certainly got to all of us.

The route takes us through some beautiful Zimbabwean farm lands, across rivers and dams and brings us in through the back farm lands of Imire where we were greeted by beautiful fields of cosmos and flowing Rhodes grass ready for bailing.

We arrived at our camp site in high spirits. Watered the horses and put them out to graze. We then had to make our way to the bush camp to check in with the other DoE teams. The next morning we rose at 445am and set off for a training run to castle kopje. The children had their first orienteering and getting lost experience. We all ended up safely on the top – some later than others.

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Adventurous Journey in the Nyanga National Park – March 2019

A Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award ‘Adventurous Journey’

Usually at this time of year we are grateful to have some sunshine to dry out soggy tents and let us at least cook one meal without having to crouch under a shelter of some sort. However, with this unusually dry weather spell, we had to deal with dehydration and sunburn instead.

Wow, it was hot! The Awarders had to be very careful about using up their water. They spent time carefully planning one water stop to the next on their maps, so that they did not run out. Even that was tricky, as they never knew if the river they planned to get to on the map had enough flowing water in it.

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Eisteddfod Programme 2019

Wednesday 20 March (Prince Edward)
Piano solo Classical G5 2.55pm
Violin solo G6 2.00pm
Cello solo G4 8.30am
Woodwind solo G5 10.25am
Woodwind solo G7 12.10pm
Brass solo G6 11.20am
Piano Duet 4-6 3.45pm

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