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Peterhouse Boys

Newsletter FFW



Friday 14 July 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

(You may like to read my address to the boys and staff in Chapel given last week – see below)

First things first – matters academic. In the recent mock exams:

i. At A level the results were generally satisfactory but there is much work to be done if this year’s 6th form pupils are to do themselves justice when they sit their A level exams next term.
ii. At AS level the results were excellent – the pass rate was 96% which is significantly better than the results we have ever achieved at this level. I expect this year’s 5th form pupils to achieve first class results at AS level next term and I also expect the A level results in 2018 to be conspicuously good.
iii. At IGCSE level the results were disappointing; there is a great deal to be done by this year’s A Block pupils over the next few months in the run up to the real IGCSE level exams.

For the recent Common Entrance (CHISZ Entrance Test) exams I am delighted to report that at both PHB and PHG we had a strong field of applicants and I anticipate a healthy crop of D Block pupils in 2018.

The renovation to the Malvern ablution block is now complete and the Malvern boys will move back into their accommodation straight after the FFW. I hope that Phase 2 of the renovation of Malvern (i.e. the rest of the House) will take place sometime next year, but that decision is yet to be formally taken.

This term has been as busy as ever, particularly on the sports’ fields; as usual our teams have performed with distinction and it is good to be able to report that our 1st X1 football team recently won the CHISZ football trophy for the third year in succession. There is always much talk about our rugby and, in particular, how our 1st XV fare – no doubt many of you witnessed the cliff hanger last Saturday against St John’s (which we won 27-26) – you may like to know that over the past 5 years, on each and every occasion, we have won more rugby fixtures against our opponents than we have lost (last week, for example, we played 10 matches against St John’s winning 8, drawing 1 and losing 1). It is not sensible to judge our rugby only on the basis of the 1st XV’s performance and it is even less sensible to judge Peterhouse as a whole, as many do, on that basis!

Have a very pleasant FFW.

Yours faithfully,

Howard Blackett MA (Oxon)


Dear Parents and Guardians,

You should have received your child’s fee statement within the last week. If you have any queries regarding charges on your statement, or made a payment which is not reflecting, please contact Peggy Morgan ( or Juliette Kwesha ( as soon as possible, so that they can assist you.

Fee Clearance Letters were emailed to parents with a fee statement balance of $200 or less. Fee Clearance Letters were issued for those pupils who have a balance greater than $200, but are in line with their Payment Plans with Peterhouse.

We will also be emailing parents, whose children have not been issued with a Fee Clearance Letter, with a breakdown of what needs to be settled before their Fee Clearance Letter can be issued. Please ensure that your child/ren do not return to school after the FFW without a Fee Clearance Letter.

We now have swipe machines in our Accounts Department that accept all local, and foreign, Visa and Mastercards.

We cannot emphasize enough, the importance of emailing through proof of payment to the Accounts Department, every time you make your payment, as we have many unclaimed deposits as a result of insufficient information supplied by the bank on our statements.

It is vital that we always have up to date contact information for each pupil, so please check that the contact information at the bottom of your child’s statement is correct, and if any changes are to be made to them, please advise Sue Heathcote (

I would like to wish you all a lovely fixture free weekend with your children.

Kind regards,

Mark Whitaker


1.1 Sister Act – A New Disco Musical
If you loved the 1990s Hollywood hit Sister Act, then this musical will make you say “Whoopi!”

It opens in a seedy disco and closes at a papal mass. In between, there's music, mayhem, and just maybe, a little divine intervention.

Sister Act will be a major highlight in the calendar of events as part of the celebrations for the 30th Anniversary of Peterhouse Girls. A cast and crew of 80 boys and girls have been working hard throughout the year to put together this high energy and fun musical.

Sister Act - A New Disco Musical will show at:
• The Fieldsend Hall, Peterhouse Boys from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 August.
• Reps Theatre, Harare from Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 August 2017.

Please read more about it at the end of the Newsletter.

1.2 B Block Chimanimani 2017
All B Block parents should have received the letter from the Rector about the Chimanimani Expedition. Contact if you have not. Please return your signed indemnity form after the Fixture Free Weekend. As we have to the pay the deposit for the trip now and the balance very early next term, the full charge of 270USD will be added to your end of term school fee statement.

1.3 Mindmill Careermap (A Block, V and VI Form)
We have had an excellent response from parents for this. We will try to get the access details to the pupils before the weekend so pupils can take the assessment at home, which is advisable. Otherwise, pupils will be able to use the IT Labs to complete the assessment at school in due course.


2.1 Infinity Program Activities

During Half Term, Peterhouse competed in the Huntin’Shootin’Fishin’ competition at Troutbeck. It is a great honour to be able to compete in this event, with 34 other teams, mainly comprising of very experienced adults. Only two schools enter this competition – Peterhouse and St Johns. We are called the Rock Solid Kings, derived from the name of the first horse we had in our first team event in 2013.

Olivia Wilding-Davies was our rider, Chayce Ross was our shottist, whose last challenge was to shoot several clays from the inside of a small rowing boat on the lake - including a raw egg that was thrown over his left shoulder by our team fisherman, Jock Moore-Gordon. The fish were definitely off the bite in the evening of Day One and he, together with many other fishermen, came in with empty bags late that cold evening. Douglas Cox, a Petrean in another team, was seen swimming in the middle of the lake in front of the Troutbeck Hotel at 1700hrs in bitter winds, trying to cast his fly-rod in order to catch some fish!

2.2 Service Clubs

Leo Club Dance
The LEO Club are planning on holding a LEO Dance on Saturday 22 July, 2017. It is a major fundraiser for the year. Pupils from A Block to 6th Form may attend. The funds raised will be donated to various institutions catering for the underprivileged people in our community, which hopefully will serve to make a difference in their lives. Those who participate will be charged $20 per person if they choose to come without a date and $15 per person if they do bring a date with them. This amount will be charged onto your school account, should your son or daughter decide to come.

Please respond by e-mail to , by the 20th of July, if you would not like your child to participate in this event.

Interact visit to Ida Wekwako - Report by: Tapuwa Makani
On Monday 3 July, the Interact Club visited the local old people’s home, Ida Wekwako. On arrival we received a warm welcome from Rev. Matulanga.

We engaged in conversation with a number of the senior citizens who seemed to be entertained by our stories. Club members had the opportunity to be shown around the home, taking note of the big and small things needing replacement or fixing as well as taking note of supplies required such as chemicals for the greenhouse and a gas stove. Towards the end we had the chance to sing songs and see our friends dust off their dancing shoes and polish up their voices. Unfortunately, the fun had to come to an end, but nevertheless we left the home with hearts full of love and the joy of having seen the smiles on their faces. We left with a clear reminder of what the Interact Club truly stands for: “Service above self”.

2.3 Results

Bridge vs Prince Edward
As and Cs won one match each while Bs won both their matches.
Overall vs Prince Edward won 31 – 12 with winning result from the Cs.
PHB B/C side vs PE 5th / 6th side
Overall vs PHG lost 19 – 22

Chess vs Tafara High school
Seniors lost 1-5

Debate vs Chisipite
Seniors: Peterhouse won: Peterhouse - 63%; Chisipite - 62%. Velile Malaba was the Best Speaker with 73%.
Juniors: Peterhouse won: Peterhouse - 78%; Chisipite - 75%. Charles Moscrop was the Best Speaker with 84%. Praise Jaravani was Second Best Speaker with 78%.
Adjudicators highlighted that Charles Moscrop deserves special mention for preparing so well and speaking almost flawlessly.

Interhouse Debate
Mrs Changa and Mr Chikwanda adjudicated the contests expertly.

Top 3 House Scores:
1st Malvern 65%
2nd Paget 64%
3rd Ellis 59%

The top 3 best speakers:
1st Thabiso Molai - 79%
2nd Praise Jaravani - 77%
3rd (Tie) Kudakwashe Mapesa and Rufaro Hoto - 73%


3.1 Results

Cycling Road Cycling Nationals
Youth (Men) 2nd place – Marcel Paulser

Golf Interschools Competition held at Marondera Country Club

Munashe Mashangu was 9th out of 10 players playing off a 12 handicap.

Mathew Banks was 1st /14
Anesu Muzondo was 5th /14
Mathew Bramford was 8th /14

Peterhouse came 1st in the B-Division

Hockey vs Hellenic P9 W9 1st Team Won 5 – 0
vs St George’s P9 W6 D1 L2 1st Team Won 1 – 0
vs Hillcrest P4 W4 1st Team Won 5 – 1
vs St John’s P3 W1 L2 1st Team Lost 1 – 5
vs Alan Wilson P1 W1 1st Team Won 9 – 0

Half Colours awarded to Tadiwanashe Dzuda, Sean Davis and Riaan Kotze.

Vasheel Solansky travelled to Maputo over half term and competed for Zimbabwe in the Africa Zone 6 Karate Tournament where he came 5th competing against boys from Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, and South Africa.

Fairfight Indoor Karate Championships at Nagle House
Boys 14 -15 Years Old (Kata): Vasheel Solanky came second
Senior Men: Vasheel Solanky came second
Boys 14 -15 Years Old (Kumite): Vasheel Solanky came third

Rowing National Indoor Rowing Championships held at Mt Pleasant Sports Club
• Keegan Smith came Second in the Men's U18 Single event over 2000m.
• Kenneth Raynor came First in the Men's U18 Single event over 2000m with the fastest time for a Junior

Boys selected to represent Zimbabwe in July:
• Brendan Eggersglusz was selected to represent the Rowing Association of Zimbabwe at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in Canada.
• Kenneth Raynor and Keegan Smith will represent Zimbabwe at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Trakai Lithuania between 2nd and 6th August 2017 in the boys double scull event.

Half Colours awarded to Brendan Eggersglusz.

vs St George’s P9 W5 L4 1st XV Lost 12 – 19
vs St John’s P9 W7 D1 L1 1st XV Won 27 – 26

Special mention
Prince Sithole played 3 games – for 2nd team soccer, U17A Rugby and 2nd XV Rugby (scored 2 tries)

1st team – Lameck Vheriwa for his hat-trick.

National Team Select

Craven Week
Ronald Mirimi, Tabonga Ngonyamo, Mazvitaishe Nyamarebvu, Marcus Nichole and
Lameck Vheriwa.

Academy Week
Kundai Mashingaidze, Allan Mawande and Keegan Schultz.

Soccer CHISZ Tournament P6 W5 D1

vs Falcon drew 0-0; Penalties won 4-2.
Addmore Mawere saved two penalties and scored his spot kick.
Peterhouse won the CHISZ Soccer Tournament.

Individual awards
Addmore Mawere Best Goalkeeper in the Tournament
Tinotenda Motsi Best Defender
Munashe Mandaza Top goal scorer with 6 goals

vs Cherutombo (friendly) P8 W4 L4
U15A: Tristan Chiutsi scored 4 goals
U14A: Arthur Muzira scored 4 goals

vs St George’s P2 W1 D1 1st XI Won 1 – 0
League Matches vs Watershed P2 W2 1st XI Won 5 – 1

Peterhouse 1st XI have been crowned Champions of the Northern league with a game to go.

vs St John’s P2 W1 L1 1st XI Lost 4 – 1
vs Wise Owl (friendly) P6 W6 1st XI Won 9 – 0

Half Colours awarded to Addmore Mawere, Tinotenda Motsi, Munashe Mandaza, Pfupajena Guni and Kudzo Chiwara.

CHISZ Select Squad to Tour South Africa from the 14th to 20th August
Addmore Mawere, Tinotenda Motsi, Munashe Mandaza, Pfupajena Guni and Kudzo Chiwara.

Coach C. R. Tswatswa

U17 National Squad Selection
Addmore Mawere and Tafadzwa Fantiso.

Squash vs Prince Edward P2 W2

U14 Zimbabwe Squash
Muzuva Gutu, Brian Bennett, David Bennett and Sean Rogers were selected to represent the U14 Zimbabwe Squash Team to play in the Inter-Provincial Tournament in Johannesburg.

Muzuva unfortunately injured himself prior to the tour, but still accompanied the team to Johannesburg. This resulted in Brian playing at no. 1, Dave no. 2 and Sean no.4. The boys played 9 matches over the course of the tournament. The competition was tough, but our boys did us proud! Sean won 4 of his games, whilst David and Sean won 3.

The boys had an enjoyable experience, all the while representing Peterhouse and Zimbabwe.

Who am I? (Rector’s Chapel Address Wednesday 5 July)

Thousands of thousands stand around
Thy throne, O God most high;
Ten thousand times ten thousand sound
Thy praise; but who am I?

Lines from the hymn we sang just now (just now, by the way, meaning a few moments ago as opposed to some indefinable time in the future). Hymn 320 is one of my favourites – its words, written by John Mason, are beautifully constructed and they are sung to a stirring tune composed by Kenneth Naylor. Okay, it’s not quite in the class as Guide Me Oh Thou Great Redeemer but nevertheless it’s a great hymn. I’d like to thank to Mr St John for teaching it to you in last week’s congregagapragga.

The question posed in those words from Hymn 320 - But who am I? – is provocative.
Some of you may have been to the cinema in the fairly recent past to see The Jungle Book – a well-known story featuring Mowgli as the hero, written by Rudyard Kipling and re-released by Disney in 2016. Kipling went to a boarding school in the 19th century, much like Peterhouse; the school was tough going but he developed firm friendships, and his experiences there, good and bad, provided much material for the writer he was to become later in life. Whilst you are probably very familiar with The Jungle Book, Kipling’s two great masterpieces are generally reckoned to be his famous poem If (“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs,” etc.) and a book entitled Kim. Kim is an adventure story of a young man’s travels though India in a quest to find his calling in life, to discover who he is. It is an energetic story of childhood as Kim learns, through his adventures, about his own character and the world in which he travels and lives; his experiences are wide and varied but at the end of the journey Kim still wonders,
I am Kim, I am Kim. And what is Kim?
Kim poses that same demanding question as is posed in today’s hymn – But who am I? Kim understands his origin and place, but he still questions who he is and what his purpose is. This mixture of confidence and self-doubt lies, I suspect, in all of us.

Understanding who we are and how well we know ourselves is questioned powerfully in the poem read by the Head of School at the start of today’s service. Who am I? written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whilst he endured life in a concentration camp (he was hanged, by the way, for his subversiveness by the Nazis in 1945). In the poem, Bonhoeffer asks whether our identity and our value is dependent upon what others think of us, or on what we think of ourselves? He gives us a precious glimpse into his own struggle:

Am I the hero they tell me I am or am I the terrified frailty that I know myself to be?

Of course at a superficial level we all know who we are. I am the age, sex, colour, nationality that I am and there’s nothing particularly complicated about that. If I want to delve deeper, to place myself, I can reference my family background – I know that on my father’s side of the family my ancestors were all based in the north of England where they had a “bath” as opposed to a “bath,” worked in coal mines and drank copious amounts of warm beer; on my mother’s side of the family my ancestors were all based in the south west of England where they looked after cows in green green fields and drank cider. But even these clues to my identity are somewhat superficial and don’t point to the real me.

But who am I? How I am seen from the outside looking in?

You will see me through one lens whilst others will see me from a very different perspective. To you perhaps I am a strange Englishman and the Rector; but I am also a husband, brother, father, cousin, friend, and my mother’s youngest child. Is what you think of me of any great importance when you know so little of me?
But do I know who I am – not the superficial me but the real me?

I may think I know but do I? How would I be if I faced the everyday challenges of poor rural Africans who live just a stone’s throw away beyond the main gates of Peterhouse? How would I be without the comfort and trappings I take for granted? How would I have reacted to the confines of a concentration camp, my life hanging by a thread; would I have had the courage to speak out like Bonhoffer or would I have hidden away and done anything necessary, as many did, to cling on to life?

In each of our lives, at one point or another, we struggle with these questions. Am I who I think I am? Am I what others think of me? Is there a depth to me and my relationships or is my life nothing more than a superficial interlude?
There’s no easy answer to these big questions but perhaps we can do as Bonhoffer did; in his triumphant and utterly vulnerable final line, unable to answer questions about himself for himself, and unable to rely upon what others thought of him, Bonhoffer, simply yet profoundly surrendered himself to God.

“Whoever I am, Thou Knowest, O God, I am thine.”

Our own frailties, our insecurities, our hesitations, our fears – Bonhoffer’s uncertainties – contrast utterly and starkly with Christ who understood with complete clarity what his purpose was and how others should see him.

From John’s Gospel:

Jesus answered: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my father as well.”

In Jesus there is certainty – that is the clear and enduring message of our Christian faith.

From Hymn 320 – words which speak of the Father

Thou art a sea without a shore,
A sun without a sphere;
Thy time is now and evermore,
Thy place is everywhere.


Howard Blackett MA (Oxon)

Sister Act - A New Disco Musical

Sister Act is the divine, feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music, this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The original film's locations of Reno and San Francisco have been changed to Philadelphia and the action now is set in the 1970s. This lets the show indulge in the sounds and images of seventies disco, funk, soul, and even rap. It's a change that inspires a lot of energy as well as plenty of laughs.

Chiwoneso Mvududu stars as disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, as she witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun named Sister Mary Clarence, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find themselves up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave you breathless.

A joyous and sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

Director David Bvumbe keeps the show moving with his diverse knowledge and experience of musical theatre, adding in some nice cartoon-y bits to accentuate the lightness of the proceedings, and he's greatly aided in this effort by a strong cast and some terrific choreography from Theresa Muteta Covini

Including a 16 piece band under the musical direction of Billy St John, be sure to be part of this entertaining disco musical journey!

Sister Act - A New Disco Musical will show at:
• The Fieldsend Hall, Peterhouse Boys from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 August.
Tickets: $8 for pupils and $10 adults
• Reps Theatre, Harare from Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 August 2017.
Tickets: $12 and $15
Thursday - Cheese and Wine Gala Evening - Tickets $16.

Tickets are available from The Spotlight cnr. Maasdorp Ave./2nd St. Extension, Belgravia Shopping Centre, Harare. Phone: (263) 4 308159, Cell: +263 771 357 20

For more information -

NB: Sponsorship
A production of this size comes at a high expense. We would like to appeal to all parents for support of the 30th Anniversary production of Sister Act. This is an excellent marketing tool for Peterhouse and for any individual or company. Support will be acknowledged in the Sister Act programme as text and/or picture advertisements. This programme will circulate the 3000 people audience expected to attend this event. Other marketing options are available upon request. Whilst we do realise the state of the economy at present, we do hope that you will be able to support Peterhouse Girls 30th anniversary to some extent. Please contact Mr Billy St John directly if you are interested in sponsoring this production.