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Peterhouse Boys

Newsletter FFW



Thursday 24 May 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Trinity term has got off to a flying start particularly on the sports’ fields; I’m very pleased to report that, to date, all of our top teams (i.e. rugby 1st XV, hockey 1st X1 and football 1st X1 are undefeated – many thanks for your ongoing support and I look forward to seeing a large number of you on the touchline for the home Falcon fixture in ten days’ time.

At the start of term our Malvern boys returned to their newly refurbished house and, by all accounts, they are delighted with their accommodation. The project, completed in two phases, cost just under US$500k and was money very well spent. The next projects of note, which I hope will be completed by the beginning of next term, are the refurbishment of the old library into a new gym and the creation of a new Curriculum Support centre (by the way all three schools in the Peterhouse Group will open a new Curriculum Support Centre at the start of next term and the provision of curriculum support will be significantly enhanced).

May I remind you that mock examinations for our A Block, 5th and 6th form pupils take place in weeks 6 & 7 i.e. just before the half term break? All pupils involved need to take their mock examinations seriously and should be doing some revision over the FFW.

I would also like to draw your attention to the Parents’ Forum meeting which will take place in Harare at CABS Northridge Park on Thursday 14 June beginning at 17.30 sharp – do please come if you can.
Finally, you may like to read my two most recent addresses delivered in School Assembly on the subjects of character and creativity (two of our 6 Cs).

Have a very pleasant FFW with your children.

Yours faithfully,

Howard Blackett MA (Oxon)


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please be advised that the Fee Clearance Letter (FCL) system will not be in operation for this FFW.

The detail on bank statements more often than not does not allow the school to tie deposits back to fee accounts even when this is noted on the deposit slip. For this reason please always forward copies of your payments to Accounts.

Have an enjoyable weekend with your children.

Kind regards

Mark Whitaker


1.1 With mock examinations beginning on Monday 11th June, please encourage your son to do some revision work over this weekend. The importance of mock examinations cannot be overemphasized.

1.2 2018 Peterhouse Maths Olympiad Round 1 Exam Results

In the senior school Maths Olympiad Round 1 results. Rindai Machokoto got 77 followed by Chayce Ross who got 67.

These pupils qualified for Round 2 which will take place on the 25th of July.

Machokoto Rindai 77
Ross Chayce 67
Jaravani Praise 59
Govore Tadiwa 56
Rogers David 55
Doorman Amy 54
Bore David 52
Ferguson Angus 52

Moores Natalie 37
Mungoni Mufaro 37
Zvidzai Tatenda 35
Mandebvu Danai 34
Timba Tinashe 29


2.1 Peterhouse Boys and Peterhouse Boys Confirmation Service
21 June 2018 (Thursday of Half term)
Time: 08.30
Venue: St Francis Chapel (PHG)

2.2 Leavers Ball 2018 Golf Day 25 August 2018
Bookings are open for the Leaver’s Ball Fundraiser GOLF DAY on 25 August 2018. For Interest in Sponsorship or Bookings, contact Clare Lock – – Cell: 0712 220 584.

2.3 From the Matrons
We are into the third week of term and lost property is out of control. Any items with names have been returned to your sons. 


3.1 Kidzcan Run/Walk Sunday 13 May 2018
Even though only five days had passed since parents had dropped off their loved ones at boarding school to start a new term, they returned in huge numbers to join them again for Mothers Day and to have a good walk/run in aid of Kidzcan on the first Sunday morning of term.

Roughly 1800 people, all dressed in orange walked or ran through the most beautiful miombo woodland in our magnificent Calderwood Park. Some took it seriously, others ambled slowly with friends and family, pushing prams or with their dogs on leashes. It was very relaxed, and special day and, at the same time, raising awareness, and money for children who would have given so much to be there with us.

We managed to raise over US$20 000 for Kidzcan which will go a long way to help children with cancer. We would like to thank everyone for making this event such a special family occasion, for everyone in this Group of Schools and for donating what money they could for Kidzcan. Thank-you for driving out to be at Peterhouse for the day and being there for Kidzcan. Keep that orange t- shirt ready for next year!

3.2 Blood Donations
We managed to collect a total of 99 pints from both schools. A good rise from 73 pints of last term.

Peterhouse Girls – 37
Peterhouse Boys – 62

Well done to all our donors; such a great service to the community. Thanks to our Interact Club members for motivating potential blood donors.

3.3 Danish Cultural Exchange Tour 2018

We had an amazing and very productive Cultural Exchange Tour to Denmark.

Our pupils started off with a team-building exercise in the Indoor Sports Centre and each of our pupils had been allocated a buddy on arrival. The buddies were from the group that had visited us earlier this year in February.
In History lessons they compared our constitution to the Danish constitution and eventually came up with their own constitutions for the kind of country that they would like to live in.

In Robotics lessons they built trucks in the form of robots that are self-driving, whose main purpose is to sort garbage.

In Geography lessons the pupils discussed renewable energy sources and even went on a field trip in order to see what they had been learning about.

During our stay at the school, pupils worked on a project which involved creating an imaginary island, supplying renewable energy sources, building infrastructure, supplying garbage trucks that had been made in Robotics lessons and publishing the New Constitutions made in History lessons.

Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

3.4 Interact Visit To Kukura Neshungu (Faith Tsuro)
When we set off from school, most of us were worried that this may be an uncomfortable visit. Our ability to socialise with the physically and mentally disadvantaged members of the Marondera community could 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 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. Having her caretaker explain to you what exactly it is that causes this speech defect, and then having this same girl show you how to make yourself a rug is another. While we only saw 26 out of the possible 30 students who learn here, this particular visit to Kukura Neshungu reminded us what we need to remember most when interacting with other human beings: to be patient with each other, to show humility amongst other people and to appreciate that which we have been blessed with.

3.5 Gavel Club Report- Tadiwanashe Govore (President)
On the 15th of May the Peterhouse Boys Gavel Club travelled to Chisipite Senior School where they were hosted by the ladies in green. The Kings Gavel members rose to the occasion and were able to present themselves with decorum and finesse. Anotida Munyonga had the task of doing a one minute impromptu speech on what it takes to be a good leader; he outlined why, as a result of his size, deep voice and his experience with the fairer sex why he classified himself as a great leader. It was a night filled with moderated caucus and debating.

To round up the evening, Johnson Marufu gave a humorous speech on the ‘sanity of social media users’ where he outlined his hatred of ghost followers and lip-singing, snapchatters. It was a delightful occasion and was enjoyed by all parties involved.

3.6 Results

Bridge vs Convent Lost 10 – 12
vs PHG Won 34 – 28

Chess vs Eaglesvale
Seniors won 4 – 2
The victorious players were Rindai Machokoto, Prince Sithole, Nigel Mushayavanhu and Munyaradzi Matowanyika.

Debate vs Chisipite
Juniors: Peterhouse lost: Peterhouse: 67%; Chisipite - 71%

Seniors: The Peterhouse Boys and Peterhouse Girls combined team won: Peterhouse - 71%; Chisipite - 65%.
Matthew Mutsai was 3rd best speaker out of 6.


4.1 Captains 2018

The following have been elected as Captains for 2018

Soccer Captain Addmore Mawere
Vice-Captain Dylan Munikwa
Hockey Captain Tariro Manonga
Vice-Captain Sean Davis
Rugby Captain Tabonga Ngonyamo

4.2 Peterhouse Rugby would like to thank Hamish Ross for kindly refurbishing the Rugby Scoreboard at no cost to the School. His generous efforts and donations are sincerely appreciated by the Peterhouse rugby section.

4.3 Peterhouse Rubgy would like to thank FUCHS Lubricants, for their sponsorship this year, we look forward to a great rugby season with them on board.

Brian Macdonald, Commercial Director , and Trevor Gripper, Sales and Marketing Manager came out to present this seasons’ Captain, Tabonga Ngonyamo, with his new rugby jersey.

4.4 Fundraising appeal for Mt Pleasant Pool
Please kindly take time to read the appeal in the link below for the Mt Pleasant Pool.
Project Aim: to keep this pool in good condition in conjunction with Triathlon Zimbabwe and Harare City Council.

4.5 Results

Golf Peterhouse Boys Golf Tour April 2018

Sun City Golf Championships

Final Team Standings B Division
Peterhouse Boys came 10th out of 12 schools

Final Individual Gross Results out of 60 boys
Matthew Bramford 26th
George Ascot 27th
Matthew Banks 37th
Tariro Tapfuma 55th
Leeroy Mudhikwa 58th

Final Nett Results out of 135 Boys
George Ascot 24th
Matthew Bramford 71st
Matthew Banks 86th
Tariro Tapfuma 128th
Leeroy Mudhikwa 132nd

Hockey Hockey tour to Holland P9 W4 D3 L2
St John’s Festival P5 W3 L2
vs St John’s P9 W6 D1 L2 1st XI Won 3 – 1
vs Hellenic P9 W7 D2 1st XI Won 2 – 0

Karate Tri Nations Kafukan Karate tournament held in Durban South Africa last week between Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Liam Kirkman came 5th in U15 Kata and Kumite
Vasheel Solanky came 3rd in the U18 Kumite

Rowing Kenneth Raynor took part in two regattas over the holidays as part of his training for Junior World Championships.

Kenneth competed at the South African Senior Champs where he came 1st in the Men’s U18 Single Scull and then 1st in the Open B division Single Scull.

He also took part in a regatta held in Munich, Germany where he achieved a final ranking of 15th overall.

Medals were awarded for his two first places in South Africa.

Rugby Rugby tour to Portugal P8 W7 D1
vs Churchill and Wise Owl P12 W11 L1 1st XV Won 57 – 6
vs Churchill
vs Lomagundi P14 W6 L8 1st XV Won 63 – 19

Congratulations to the following Peterhouse Boys who were selected to represent Mashonaland Country Districts Rugby at the National trials to be held from 24 May through to 16 June 2018 at Falcon College.

MCD U18 ‘A’
Tariro Mtetwa
Rindai Machokoto
David Bore
Tabonga Ngonyamo (Captain)
Allan Mawande
Anitodaishe Munyonga
Lameck Vheriwa
Ethan Chimimba

Reserves U18 ‘A’
Munashe Rushwaya
Douglas Cox
Takunda Makiwa
Daniel Aucamp
Adam Molai

MCD U17 ‘A’
Hunter Greeff
Charl Kotze (Captain)
Jock Moore-Gordon
Max Le Breton
Sean Mushowe
Callum Schultz
Brooklyn Chikaka
Crispen Mashingaidze

Soccer vs Lomagundi P6 W4 D1 L1 1st XV Won 3 – 0

Swimming Three boys competed in the CANA Zone IV Swimming Champs in Malawi at the end of March. Kenan Callaghan and Paul Retzlaff competed as members of the Zimbabwean Development Team. Brandon Rouse competed as a member of the Botswana Team.

Kenan Callaghan and Paul Retzlaff achieved:
- Gold medal in the 4x100 Freestyle relay
- Silver medal in the 4x50 Medley relay
- Silver medal in the 4x50 Freestyle relay

Kenan Callaghan placed:
- 6th out of 18 in the 50m Freestyle
- 5th out of 18 in the 100m Freestyle

Paul Retzlaff placed:
- 6th out of 18 in the 50m Butterfly
- 5th out of 18 in the 100m Butterfly

Brandon Rouse placed:
- 4th out of 18 in the 50m Breaststroke
- 4th out of 18 in the 100m Breaststroke
- 5th out of 18 in the 50m Freestyle
- 5th out of 18 in the 200m IM
- 7th out of 18 in the 100m Backstroke
- 7th out of 18 in the 200m Breaststroke
- 7th out of 18 in the 50m Backstroke
- 7th out of 18 in the 50m Butterfly
- 8th out of 18 in the 100m Freestyle

Table Tennis vs Gateway P2 W2

Rector’s address at School Assembly Tuesday 8 May

Character: The Snowflake Generation (6Cs)

Gentleman, the bad news is that, through no fault of your own, you are part of what is increasingly becoming referred to as the “Snowflake” generation. Even as Zimbabweans, tropical residents where snow rarely falls, you will be aware that snow usually melts very quickly and so you will have already guessed that being referred to as the “Snowflake” generation is far from complimentary – it would be better would it not for you to be part of a generation known for its resilience rather than its propensity to melt – say the granite generation or the iron age.

Apparently today’s young adults and teenagers are more prone to taking offense when criticised and are less resilient than previous generations – of being emotionally too vulnerable; too fragile to cope with views that question their own; too feeble to face up to the challenges in life.

So where does the term “Snowflake” generation come from? From a geographical perspective it has its origins in the USA – it would do wouldn’t it – but it is equally widely used in the UK and other countries of similar ilk. The term “Snowflake” generation, by the way, does not allude only to the rapidity with which snowflakes melt and by implication how feeble your generation is, but also to the uniqueness of each and every individual snowflake. It is used to refer to today’s young adults and teenagers i.e. your generation, because they have been raised to have an inflated sense of their own individuality, distinctiveness, uniqueness; each is like a snowflake – exceptional, matchless and that’s led to them thinking too much of themselves. And that’s not the fault only of the parents of your generation; it is also the fault of educationalists in places like the UK who have, in their own ways, fuelled the fire, to mix my metaphors, in particular by ridiculing old fashioned so called factory methods of teaching and placing the individual pupil at the heart of the process. They talk about pupil centred learning and err away from the candid criticism that pupils of other generations routinely received from their teachers, and so your generation finds criticism hard to take and melts away when things get difficult. By contrast and to give you a couple of personal anecdotes, my Art teacher reported at the end of my 3rd form year (the equivalent of C Block) that I had no ability in his subject whatsoever – he was right – and I well remember an English essay I wrote at prep school having a red line from bottom left to top right on each page with the somewhat blunt comment “this is complete rubbish.” My English teacher was probably right too.

Other generations developed a tougher skin; they developed into sterner stuff than your generation; they could take the criticism which was thrown at them unlike today’s “snowflakes.”
By the way and as an adjunct to all this those people born between 1946 and 1964 were the so-called baby boomers; from 1965 to 1976 generation X; from 1977 to 1995 millennials; and from 1996 to 2010 centennials or the iGen; and since then the “Snowflake” generation.

So the bad news is that you are part of the “Snowflake” generation, whether you like it or not, but the good news is that you are not from the USA or the UK etc. – you are Zimbabweans and here there may be all sorts of economic and political difficulties but most parents are somewhat old fashioned in their views and in the way they think children should be raised and that has its advantages; true even in Zimbabwe there are some “snowplough” parents – they’re the ones who solve all their “snowflake” children’s problems before they occur – but in general most parents expect their children to show a bit of backbone and resilience and they are more prepared to allow their children to fail from time to time as part of the growing up process than are their English and American counterparts; you may be part of the “Snowflake” generation but that doesn’t mean to say that you’re all snowflakes.

And the even better news is that you are pupils at Peterhouse where the development of character is of central importance to your education. Character is arguably the most important of our 6 Cs (the others being critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and cross-cultural skills) because if you get the development of character right most of the other Cs will fall into place.

Schools like Peterhouse have always regarded themselves as being good at building the character of their pupils and so they have done, but, whereas in the past too much of that character building process was dependent upon junior pupils putting up with all sorts of unpleasantness from senior pupils, in the expectation that in so doing they would develop character, never mind the iniquity of it all and never mind those that fell by the wayside in some cases scarred by the experience, now the process is well-structured and teacher-led. You only have to think of the various outward bound experiences you have during your time here (Basecamp, Outback, the Chims trip, Far and Wide etc.) led by Mr and Mrs Shoesmith together with all the fantastic sporting opportunities you have to get the point.

So you’re at an advantage – your generation is apparently full of light weight, self-centred individuals who dissolve when they are under the slightest of pressure and you know that you’re better than that. What a stroke of luck it is for you to be both a Zimbabwean and a Peterhouse boy. Whilst the snowflakes of your generation succumb, you will have the character to thrive and in a world which has never been more uncertain that has arguably never been more important.

You are built on a rock – conditur in petra.

Howard Blackett MA (Oxon)

Rector’s address at School Assembly Tuesday 22 May

Creativity (6Cs)

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think of if only you try”
Dr Seuss, the American author, political cartoonist, poet, animator and so on.
Here are a couple more of his quotes neither of which really have anything to do with what I’m about to say but they’re worth hearing anyway:

i. Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
ii. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

That last one should be at the top of our reading policy. But back to the first quote:
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think of if only you try”
Of course Dr Seuss is appealing to your imagination, your soul, your heart, your creativity. Creativity is possibly the most challenging of our 6 Cs, those core competencies we are trying to develop in you (the others being character, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and cross-cultural skills) but if any of our 6 Cs can lead you ultimately to a fulfilling life I have no doubt that creativity’s the one. If you can fire up you creativity and continue to stoke the flame over the years ahead you will die a happy chap.

The problem with creativity is that it’s difficult to grasp, to quantify, to measure; it’s elusive, it’s nebulous, it’s ill-defined and here in Zimbabwe it’s seriously undervalued, unless that it you show creativity on the sports fields and then it’s regarded as being truly wonderful.

Last time I spoke in School Assembly I focused on the development of character and I said that you were lucky to be Zimbabweans – here parents put much emphasis on that part of your growth and that is, of course, a good thing. But today I’m not talking about character, I’m talking about creativity and on this occasion I say to you that being a Zimbabwean puts you at a disadvantage. Where creativity goes, and I talk not just about art, drama, literature and music but your imagination, your true passion, parents far too often slight; they stifle their children’s dreams on the altar of productivity and employability – I do, of course understand why – but they push their children down roads they would rather avoid and which far too often leads to a blind alley.

And it’s not just parents of Zimbabwean pupils who are guilty; educationalists here must also take responsibility for the crushing of pupils’ creative talents with their damming words of discouragement and their didactic methods of teaching which, focusing on the acquisition of facts and figures together with tight disciplinary control, have blighted so many pupils’ most formative years. That’s unfair, I know – there is much creative teaching here, I tar all with the same brush and it’s not perfect elsewhere – but the fact is that Zimbabweans worry about anything they see as liberal, loose or woolly and creativity sits somewhere in that spectrum.
Pablo Picasso, the great surrealist painter said, “Every child is an artist; the problem for them is staying an artist when they grow up.”

He was, of course, suggesting firstly that we all have the ability to be creative – that’s the good news; but he was also pointing to the bad news which is that creativity is systematically stripped out of children as they suffer their way through school and by the time they are ready for life beyond, they are so dulled, so anaesthetised that they stumble into dismal, boring employment which leads to drudgery and misery.
The paradox of all this is that we live in a world of amazing innovation where new concepts, new ideas, new technologies are part of our everyday lives; having the creativity to help with this innovation, to create something that has never been created before is all based on where you allow your mind, your creativity, to take you. But creativity implies risk, it’s dangerous, it takes courage to quote Henri Matisse, the great French Expressionist. And that’s why most people never go there; tied down by their parents, their teachers, the fear of ridicule, they stay in their box where they are safe. The comfort zone is the great enemy of creativity; moving beyond it requires intuition, which in turn shapes new perspectives, conquers fears and leads to the change we all need.

There is also the down-to-earth practical problem that in today’s very busy world we are all so preoccupied that the time needed to think, to experiment, to contemplate is rarely found and to be parochial about it here at Peterhouse we are too conservative, too risk averse, too conventional, too old-school to try. Creativity is generically tough; here it’s near impossible and that’s why I said earlier that it’s arguably the most challenging of our 6 Cs.

But don’t be put off; you are all blessed with creativity in your own and unique way and even if the Peterhouse system is geared towards the conventional rather than the eccentric, the traditional rather than the contemporary, control rather than freedom, there is still the opportunity to develop you passions and to nurture the creative potential that you all have within you. All you have to do is try.
So I dare you all, pupils and teachers, to embrace the challenge of creativity, to cast off the shackles which inhibit your growth and to ignite your passions.

I leave you with the thought that creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvellous and it’s there somewhere in all of us.

Howard Blackett MA (Oxon)