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Peterhouse Boys

Newsletter FFW

END OF TERM NEWSLETTER – MICHAELMAS 2019

FROM: THE RECTOR

Thursday 5 December 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please take note that the Lent Term, 2020 begins on Tuesday, 14th January. D Block should arrive on Tuesday 14 January before 14.30 - all other boarders should arrive by 17.30.

Please note that Vth Form pupils are as usual expected to return on the first day of the Lent Term 2020, ahead of the publication of the IGCSE exam results.

My address in Final Assembly says it all:

This is my final assembly address. Final, not just here but anywhere; my days as a Headmaster are almost complete. I have worn my hood and gown for the last time. I am soon to be a has been – on Sunday I will fly out of Zimbabwe together with my wife Susie (by the way my dog Ruby will follow shortly afterwards) and I will join the ranks of ex-Headmasters. There is, I have been told, nothing so passé, so obsolete, so dispensable, as a past Headmaster; I hope that’s not true but it is a somewhat sobering thought.

I have of late, inevitably, been reflecting on the past 22 years in office. The numbers are interesting, at least to me if not to you. On Sunday I wrote my last Headmaster’s report – the last, that is, of the 27,000 Headmaster’s reports, adding up to over half a million words, which I reckon I’ve written; I have expelled or excluded 70 pupils throughout my time as a Headmaster, at an average rate of a little over one per term; I have appointed about 250 staff; I have led at least 600 school assemblies and been to over 2,000 week day or Sunday chapel services; I have delivered 22 Speech Day addresses; I have interviewed about 3,000 prospective pupils and their parents; and in addition to countless trips to local feeder schools, I have visited China, Hong Kong, Japan, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Kenya, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique, in the pursuit of pupils for the various schools I have led. And setting aside the figures, I have dealt with just about every disciplinary issue you can think of (staff as well as pupils); all sorts of personal crises; birth, death and marriage; horrible injuries and accidents; unwanted pregnancies; fire; alcohol; drugs; and even, in my last school, would you believe, murder. Life as the Headmaster of a boarding school is never dull – rarely a day goes by when something unexpected doesn’t hit you; indeed the unexpected becomes the expected in a place like this and I have reached a point where nothing would surprise me – whatever happens I’ve probably seen it all before.

And would I have had it any other way; would I have preferred to have been a lawyer or a doctor or an engineer or perhaps even a racing car driver? No, of course not. School mastering is a calling; it’s no ordinary job and the role of Headmaster is really an extension of that. It has been my great privilege to see large numbers of young people develop, to have touched their lives in their most formative years and what could be more important than that? And if it happens that you are at the helm of a boarding school you’re not just the Headmaster, you’re a local policeman; an estates, maintenance and projects manager; a financier; a religious instructor; a confidante; and, if you want to survive in the job, you also become something of a politician – sadly there is politics in everything, even in schools. It’s been a wonderful journey which I have absolutely loved and, finishing it off here in Africa has made it so much richer an experience than it would otherwise have been.

And what of this place? I have been asked often over the past few weeks how I feel about Peterhouse seven years on from my arrival. Well, I think it’s much more academically focused than was previously the case and the objective evidence i.e. our IGCSE and A level results and where we send our pupils to university supports that contention – by the way I have predicted that this year’s A Block will clear the 90% pass rate threshold at IGCSE level for the first time ever. The fact that we are more academically driven and that there is a better balance between academia, culture and sport is a good thing. When I turned up there was a sense that as long as we beat Falcon at rugby all was well – we have moved on somewhat from that rather simplistic stance. I also think that Peterhouse is a nicer, happier place than it was – relationships between boys at all levels are better, more cordial, more productive; there is a genuine sense that most of the time most of you enjoy being here and that is, surely, a good thing? And for that I commend our senior boys. Moving the school on from where it was to where it is, in this respect, has been painful for boys at the top end of the school but they have begun, at last, to understand that a leadership model based on service rather on entitlement is more worthy and ultimately more productive. The shiny veneer that once sat over Peterhouse may be a little tarnished but what’s underneath has more substance. And Peterhouse is also a much more professional organisation than was previously the case – there is more process, more procedure, more guidance, more accountability and though that has meant more bureaucracy for staff it does mean that we now do most things more thoroughly, more properly, and usually on time. And that too is, of course, a good thing. And we’ve improved in all sorts of other ways – our infrastructure is vastly better (Heads of Houses are now en suite); the Peterhouse Group is far more coherent; the breadth of the education you receive is even more extraordinary than it was – better in fact than ever before – and our waterpolo teams now win a few fixtures; there was a time when we could only beat Chisi!

So, as I reflect I do so with a strong sense of satisfaction – I would like to think that we have moved forward over the past seven years – but I also reflect on how things are with a sense of failure because Peterhouse remains far from the finished product and the job is not yet done. We are more academic but the gender gap between our performance and that of PHG is still there and too many of you still set your academic sights too low; we are more supportive of each other but there is still an tinge of unpleasantness – your possessions are unsafe, the code of silence festers along and suffering whilst at school is still regarded, by some of you, as part of the process; we are more professional but, if the opportunity is there, we instinctively revert to type and slide towards the amateur. There is, of course, no such thing as a perfect school, a perfect set of parents, a perfect set of pupils or a perfect set of staff – utopian schools don’t exist – but I can’t help thinking that things could be so much better. I hope that Jon Trafford will elevate Peterhouse to the next level; that you will achieve great things going forward under his leadership; and that above all else you will continue the process of making the place more civilised, more humane, more decent.

Yes, I do look back with a sense of achievement but I also look back in frustration.

But I’m not going to conclude, to finish, my final school assembly address on the downbeat – that would risk leaving a bitter taste and it would be disingenuous. When I announced that I would be moving from the UK to Peterhouse my friends back in the UK didn’t raise their eyebrows in disapproval, they congratulated me warmly and were quick to recognise Peterhouse as one of the great schools of Africa and, interestingly those are the sentiments which Jon Trafford is experiencing as he prepares to move here from South Africa. And I have not been disappointed. My point of reference, of course, is the UK and as I have said on far too many occasions in the past, if you lifted Peterhouse up and dropped it into the UK independent system it would still be a fine school – Peterhouse is one of the greats in the world of independent education and you should all (and by all I mean staff as well as pupils) celebrate the fact that you are here. Never take the opportunity for granted and never forget how fortunate you are. Peterhouse, for its many contradictions is a wonderful environment to live and work.

So I wish you all farewell and good fortune. I’m sure that in many cases our paths will cross often over the years ahead. I will follow progress from afar with great interest and I will be forever grateful that I was once a part of this wonderful place.

Yours faithfully,

Howard Blackett MA (Oxon)
Rector



FROM: THE BUSINESS DIRECTOR

Dear Parents and Guardians,

By now you will have received your child’s fee statement, which reflects the balance outstanding as at the end of the Michaelmas Term, as well as the Fee Note for the Lent Term 2020. If you have any queries regarding your statement, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can refer them to the relevant staff member or department. If you have made any payments which are not reflecting on your statement, please email us a copy of your proof of payment so that we can identify it in our Unclaimed Deposits and rectify our records accordingly.
Payment plans are also available from the School, but must be requested via email to myself, however I urge parents not to leave it to the first day of school to contact me.
The Accounts Department will be open this holiday from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, except during the Christmas shutdown from 1pm Friday 20st December to 8am Thursday 2nd January 2020.
Please note that ZWL statements will be subject to a top-up if required, unless settled in full in USDs (by Telegraphic Transfer (TT)) which will be credited in ZWLs at the prevailing rate.

Please note that USD statements for non-residents:
• Can only be settled in USD i.e. cannot make a ZWL payment for a USD statement;
• This can be by TT or cash; and
• In the event of a top-up it will not apply.

We no longer send in a representative to Harare prior to the beginning of term. Parents are urged to send us a copy of their payments via email to a member of the Accounts Department, in order for us to identify their payment and respond with a Fee Clearance Letter
We will only begin to email out Fee Clearance Letters on Monday 6th January 2020, to those who have cleared their account in full.
I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and peaceful New Year with your children and look forward to having them back with us on Tuesday 14th January 2020.

Kind regards,

Mark Whitaker



1. ACADEMIC MATTERS

1.1 Cambridge A and AS level examination results will be released on 9th January, 2020, and the Cambridge IGCSE results a week later on 16th January. You will receive access codes by e-mail, to be able to find your son’s results, a few days before the release dates.

Please note that Vth Form pupils are as usual expected to return on the first day of the Lent term 2020, ahead of the publication of the IGCSE exam results.

2. OF INTEREST

2.1 Calendar Dates - 2020

Lent (1st) Term
Begins Tuesday 14 January
Lessons begin Wednesday 15 January
1st Fixture Free Friday 31 January – Monday 3 February
Half-Term Thursday 20 – Tuesday 25 February
3rd Fixture Free Friday 13 – Monday 16 March
Ends Thursday 2 April
(Easter: 10 – 13 April)

Trinity (2nd) Term
Begins Tuesday 5 May
1st Fixture Free Friday 22 – Tuesday 26 May
Half-Term Thursday 18 – Tuesday 23 June
3rd Fixture Free Friday 10 – Monday 13 July
Ends Thursday 6 August

Michaelmas (3rd) Term
Begins Tuesday 8 September
1st Fixture Free Friday 25 – Monday 28 September
Half-Term Thursday 15 – Tuesday 20 October
3rd Fixture Free Friday 6 – Monday 9 November
Ends Thursday 3 December

Lent (1st) Term 2021
Begins Tuesday 12 January

2.2 A Block Post IGCSE trip to the Matopos – Camp Dwala
Upon investigation, I turned out that less than 15 people in A Block (PHB) had ever been to the Matopos area of Zimbabwe. So, we decided to take them (PHB and PHG) there for their A Block trip directly after their IGCSEs were over. This part of our beautiful country is a world heritage site and hosts a record concentration of rock art in the world.

We moved adventure kit, accommodation, kitchen equipment, 170 staff and pupils, with all their food, down to Camp Dwala for one week. Fortunately, we had the support of Outward Bound Zimbabwe, who came down to conduct our adventure activities and accompany the hikes.

It was nothing short of an epic trip. Epic in extreme proportions: extremely high daily temperatures; grand rock dwalas peppered with yellow and red lichen; balancing rocks and caves to meander through;
clusters of beautiful aloes of various shapes, sizes and forms to walk among thunderous storms with tremendous downpours and dramatic lightening: not forgetting the fact that there was very little drinking water readily available.

Outward Bound Zimbabwe set up the most amazing Strategics Game where each group had one day to collect ‘Outward Bonds’ from the ‘Outward Bound Bank’. The entire day was filled with challenges that involved thinking, planning, doing, climbing, building, communication, navigation, time management, problem solving and a set of accounting skills. It was amazing to see how competitive each of the groups became. Apart from that they hiked, swam, abseiled and generally got to know one another better, in preparation for 5th Form life in the same school (PHB) in January 2020.

It worked out well and we all came away feeling very grateful for the fresh, clean running water we have from our taps and the new found respect for the local people who live in this tough, hot but extremely beautiful environment.

We would like to thank Gavin Stevens, Des Stevens, Surrender, Simon, Cynthia and the rest of the team at Camp Dwala for hosting us so warmly - they made all 170 of us feel very welcome and comfortable.

We also would like to thank Outward Bound Zimbabwe, who put on the most exciting, challenging but fun activities for all the pupils to do and learn from each day. Their activities enabled pupils to develop their character, listening skills, application and appreciation of what is within them.

Finally, many thanks to the team of teachers who left the comfort of their classrooms, to educate and enrich our pupils in this very unusual, but memorable, way.

This trip was outdoor education as its very best.


3. CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

3.1 Board Members for 2020

Model United Nations
Secretary General Nigel Chiwara
Deputy Secretary General Mudiwa Manikai
Under Secretary General Dhalika Goven
Head of Admin Rutendo Mupfumi
Treasurer Kudzaishe Nyengerai
Head of Junior Division Dylan Mawire
Deputy Head of Junior Division Kudzaishe Wazara
Projects Coordinator Tapiwanashe Masaya
Board Member Tapiwa Muranda

Leo Club
President David Mortleman
Vice President Tinotenda Savado
Projects Coordinators Kyle Saywood and Caitlin Theron
Treasurer Abilio Antunes
Twinnings Officer Tweende Sinemani
Protocol Officers Jemimah Muusha and Mufwa Zimba
Secretary Tinotenda Mapani

Interact Club
President Anesu Chiwara
Vice President Primrose Rundogo
Treasurer Marlone Mpofu
Secretary Madeleine Norton
Projects Coordinator Tapiwa Muranda
Public Relations Officer Dylan Matsika
Protocol Officer James Blake
Board Member Crispen Mashingaidze

3.2 Debate
Eight boys from our Debating Team will be participating in a tournament to be held in Pretoria, South Africa from 6 to 11 December in preparation for their major overseas tournament in March, 2020. They will be competing against top schools from Southern Africa. Many thanks go to Mr T Nzanga who has spent prepared the boys for this special event.

3.3 Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
Congratulations to Dylan Grant for earning his Bronze Award.

3.4 World Scholars’ Cup Tournament of Champions Report
From the 8th to the 16th of November 2019, three boys – Takudzwa Dzingai, Nigel Mushayavanhu and Anesu Hofisi – travelled to New York and then to Yale University in the USA for the final round of the 2019 World Scholars Cup season – the ‘Tournament of Champions’.
The boys had the opportunity to visit various iconic sites in New York such as the Statue of Liberty, the UN HQ and Trump Tower.

The trip was not all fun and games, however, as over the course of the week, they wrote essays, participated in quizzes and took part in debates on topics centered around the 2019 World Scholars theme of ‘A World on the Margins’. These included unsolved mysteries in the special area section, neglected histories in the history section and emerging technologies in the science section. They achieved excellent results, with their team ranking within the top 10% of all other competing teams.
In attendance at the tournament were over 2,000 scholars from 68 countries – each adding a different ingredient to the multi-cultural mix that makes up the World Scholars’ Cup.

The World Scholars Cup is a highly worthwhile programme that pupils wishing to join should have no second thoughts about. It is open to pupils in C Block and above and next year, in the Lent Term, Peterhouse Boys will host the regional round of the World Scholars Cup where schools from all over southern Africa are welcome to come and compete. This is the first leg of the Cup, leading onto the Global Round and then the Tournament of Champions in America for those successful teams. The theme for 2020’s World Scholars Cup is ‘A World Renewed’ and looks very exciting indeed.

3.5 Results

Chess vs Hillcrest
Juniors won 3 ½ - 2 ½
Seniors won 4 - 2

Victorious players were Kudzaishe Nyengerai, Kuziva Mawoyo, Craig Shoko and Timothy Bowker. Timothy, making his debut in the Senior team, won a lot of admiration for his brilliant moves.

Impromptu Speeches
The Gavel Club hosted a successful evening of Impromptu Speeches this weekend. It is probably the most difficult thing to do in front of a big audience and our complements go to the boys who had the courage to take this challenge on.

The best impromptu speaker from each age group were as follows:
D Block – Tinashe Chavanduka
C Block – TJ Gwaziwa
B Block – Akudzweishe Munyonga
5th Form – Tapiwanashe Masaya

First Place - Founders

Quiz Interhouse Quiz
A slick, highly organized competition took place on Saturday night, with four representatives from each House competing in this competition. Many thanks goes to the Quiz Club and Mr S Mazani for arranging this very good event.

First Place: Snell

Interschools’ Quiz Results
Hosted by St George’s with 17 other schools competing.
The Peterhouse Junior A Team came 4th in a very tight finish, just 2 points behind the winners: Dominican Convent.


4. SPORTING ACTIVITIES

4.1 Results

Archery The final Bullseye for the year was contested in perfect weather conditions at Chisipite Junior School this weekend.

The Peterhouse A Team, comprising of Xuan Zehong, Paolo Marruchi, Shirea Brits and Ria Pareekh came second overall.

Xuan Zehong shot an incredible score of 294 out of a possible 300 points and was awarded the Top Archer in this competition.
Paolo Marucchi shot 285 out of a possible 300 points.

2019 Final Results from the NASP association
Scores for all several competitions over one year are taken in and averaged out and Peterhouse have two archers that have done exceedingly well this year:

Paolo Marrucchi – Silver Medal – second in Zimbabwe with an average of 290 out of a possible 300 points.
Xuan Zehong – Bronze Medal – third in Zimbabwe with an average score of 289 out of a possible 300 points.

Peterhouse A Team came second over-all in the Interschools Competitions held over this year.

Basketball Peterhouse U14 Invitational Tournament
A Team P3 W3
B Team P3 W1 L2
Final Cup Ranking
1st St John’s College
2nd Watershed
3rd Eaglesvale
4th Peterhouse

vs St John’s P7 W3 L4 1st Team Lost 34 – 52
vs Wise Owl P4 W2 L2 1st Team Lost 39 – 65

Cricket Lomagundi Eights Tournament
U/15s Lost in the final to Falcon College
1st Tendekai Mataranyika won bowler of the tournament

vs Hellenic P4 W4

Interhouse Cricket
Winners of the various age groups were as follows:
U14 Paget
U/15 Snell
U/16 Ellis
Open Founders

Overall
1st – Snell – to receive the ‘Ray Cartwright Trophy’

Fishing Congratulations to the following boys who have been chosen to represent the Zimbabwe National Junior Bass Federation in a test against South Africa at Albert Falls Dam in Pietermaritzburg from 3 - 10 December, 2019:
Kirk Barnes – Captain, Steven Saul, Dhillin Goven and Harry Orphanides.

Golf Matthew Bramford has been selected for the Zimbabwe Junior Golf Team. He has also been selected to play for Zimbabwe in the Tri-Nations vs Malawi and Zambia in Malawi next month.

Congratulations on a great achievement.

Rowing Sunday 24th November CBC Sprint Regatta- all races were over a 500 m distance.
Michael Royston 1st in D Scull
Noah Madziva 1st in C Scull
Michael Royston and Oliver Hough 1st in D Double Scull
Noah Madziva 1st in C Scull
Thomas Gray and Noah Madziva 1st in C Double Scull
Thomas Gray, Noah Madziva, Joel Royston, Joshua Eggerglusz, Michael Royston (cox) 1st in C Quad

Swimming Six of our boys took part in the Mashonaland Swimming Championships held in Harare over the weekend. They competed in various events.
Results as follows:
Emmanuel Magutakuona: made four finals and won a Bronze medal for relay
Tinaye Mangana: made four finals and won one Bronze medal for relay
Gianmarco Marruchi: made one final and won one Bronze medal for relay
Ravi Sohal: made finals and improved his times in most races
Bryan Ziki: made four finals won one Bronze medal for relay

Volleyball vs Bernard Mizeki P3 W1 L2

Triathlon Sunday 24 November
Open age group: George Ascott 1st

In the selection Mixed Format Race where the athletes competed run, bike, swim, bike and run disciplines:

Keith Elliot 1st
Mathew Palmer 5th

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