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Peterhouse Boys

Newsletter FFW



Friday 10 November 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am delighted to be able to report that all goes well at Peterhouse.

Both Speech Day celebrations at Peterhouse Girls (PHG) and Peterhouse Boys (PHB) were very successful in spite of the somewhat inclement weather conditions and, in particular, our Heads of School (Nomkhosi Malaba PHG and Rodney Sachiti PHB) spoke extremely well. All of the Speech Day addresses are available on the school website.

The Megahey Centre, at last up and running, is proving to be a great hit with the boys (and senior girls) – it really is a wonderful new facility which will, I am sure, help to raise the profile of all things academic here at Peterhouse and, in addition, encourage our boys to show an interest in books and reading. Do please drop in to see the new facility if you haven’t already done so – you will be enormously impressed with it.

Next year’s School Prefects have been selected at PHG; here at PHB we are half way through the selection process. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, together with the relevant Housemaster, I interviewed the 20 candidates shortlisted for selection. On Sunday 19 November the candidates will be put through their paces at the Prefects’ Selection Day held in Calderwood Park, when they will be faced with various exercises (Practical Leadership Tasks, presentations, discussions etc.) all of which are designed to test their leadership potential. I will announce the appointment of next year’s School Prefects on Wednesday 22 November.

I would like to bid the 2017 6th Form pupils a fond farewell as they leave Peterhouse – this year’s School Prefects have been conspicuously successful, in no small measure due to the leadership of our Head and Deputy Head of School, Rodney Sachiti and Makomborero Pashapa. Good luck to them all.

You may be interested to read what I said on the subject of “lighting the fire” in a recent school assembly (at the foot of this newsletter).

Have a very pleasant fixture free weekend.

Yours faithfully,

Howard Blackett MA (Oxon)


Dear Parents and Guardians,

By now you will have received your child’s fee statement. If you have made a payment which is not reflecting, please contact Peggy Morgan ( or Juliette Kwesha ( as soon as possible, so that we can rectify our records.

If you have any queries regarding charges on your statement, please may you contact Peggy or Juliette asap so that they can assist you.

Fee Clearance Letters were emailed to Parents on Tuesday 7th November for pupils who have a fee statement balance of $400 or less for PHB & PHG Pupils, and $360 or less for SVH Pupils. Fee Clearance Letters will also be issued for those pupils who have a balance greater than the respective limits, but are in line with their Payment Plans with Peterhouse. Kindly contact the accounts department if you have not received a FCL.

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 (

Now that the market has settled we are able to accept payments via RTGS towards the first term’s fee of 2018. This however, will be subject to a top-up should there be a fee increase. Please note that the school fee for the first term of 2018 will shortly be discussed at FINCO AND EXCO for submission to parents later this month. Rest assured that the budget preparation for 2018 is taking into consideration the challenging economic environment that parents are facing. Thank-you for your patience and understanding.

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

Kind regards

Mark Whitaker


1.1 School Photos – Savannah Studios
Savannah Studios have completed the photographs for Peterhouse Boys for 2017 and they can be viewed at: Link: Password phb265
Below is an order form which can be printed out, filled in and returned by scan to Contact Savannah Studios on 0714278196.
Please get your order form in on time and remember to complete your sons details on the form along with the photo selections. The charges will be put on your account and the cut off for this is the 24th of November 2017.

1.2 Gosho Park – November 2017
We translocated a male giraffe into Gosho last week and he has settled well. Our fence is almost done which will improve the security of the park and animals. We have put in place ‘ecocash’ for park payments and also parents and staff may now put their payments on accounts – forms are at the security check point. Gosho membership tickets for visitors are available from Mrs Steynberg, Peterhouse Girls, – 6 months or a year entry for the holder of the ticket plus vehicle – single, family and pensioners. These would make a good Christmas present for someone who enjoys Gosho.


2.1 Duke of Edinburgh International Award
Rufaro Hoto has earned his Bronze Award.
Wandile and Sandile Ncube have both earned their Silver Awards.

Model United Nations Organisational Team 2018
Secretary General: Thabiso Molai
Deputy Secretary General: Tadiwa Govore
Under Secretary General: Rufaro Hoto
Rapporteurs: Nyasha Ndudzo and Michelle Mwenje

Leo Club 2018
President: Praise Jaravani
Treasurer: Mufaro Mungoni
Project Coordinator: Angus Fergusson

2.2 Results

Paulo Marruchi competed in an Interschools’ Archery event in October.
He came 5th with 276/300 points in the 3D target shooting - where they fire arrows into three dimension targets.
He came 1st with 288/300 points in the Bullseye event – shooting at targets which are 10m and 15m away from the shooting line.

vs Prince Edward Bs won 15 – 1
vs Peterhouse Girls Bs won 13 – 0
Combined Peterhouse Boys/Peterhouse Girls Cs v PE won 22 – 8

Half-Colours for Music were awarded to Chayce Ross, Kudzaishe Rufasha, Connor Eksteen, Tariro Manonga and Addmore Mawere.


3.1 Results

vs Goromonzi P7 W2 L5
St George’s U16 Tournament P5 W4 L1
vs St John’s P6 W4 L2

Full-Colours awarded to Kudzanai Makanza and Walter Mukotekwa.

vs Gateway P3 W2 D1
vs Hellenic
U15A and U16A P2 W2
U14 day/night Tournament Won final by 9 wickets

Mountain Biking
Full-Colours awarded to Brett Elliot.

Mutare Sprint Gala
Kenan Callaghan won 2 gold, 2 silver
Brandon Rouse won 1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze

Squash Interhouse Squash
Seniors: 1st Ellis
Middles: 1st Ellis
Juniors: 1st Snell

Marcel Paulser has been selected to represent Zimbabwe in the Youth Olympic games being held in Buenos Aires in October 2018.

vs Bernard Mizeki P3 W1 L2
vs Cherutombo P3 W1 L2

School Assembly Tuesday 7 November 2017

Lighting the fire

The President and CEO of Search Institute and one of the world’s leading authorities on positive human development, Peter Benson in a recent TED talk adapted a quotation from Plutarch, the Greek essayist: “youth is not a vessel to be filled,” he argued, “but a fire to be lit.”

And to get a fire started you need a spark.

By the way TED, which you’ve no doubt heard of, began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged. Today TED covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages and is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less.

Back to that quote: “Youth is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be lit.”

The education and educational philosophy of Peterhouse is about finding the spark that will light your fires. It’s why we keep our academic curriculum as broad as we can; it’s why we give you the opportunity to make choices at various points as you move from one year group to the next; it’s why we don’t try to force you into subject choices or to take the same number of subjects; it’s why our academic system is as flexible as possible. It’s why at Peterhouse we put on such a broad range of extra-curricular and sporting activities; it’s why we organise trips, and why you are given the opportunity to go to far flung corners of Zimbabwe and beyond; it’s why we encourage leadership and responsibility and service and philanthropy.

Peterhouse is about breadth of opportunity; the system is designed to ensure that each and every one of you is given every chance to find the spark which will light your own particular fire.

For some of you, your spark, your fire, will be in the classroom or the laboratory, for others it will be on the sports’ field, or in music ensembles, or on the stage; for others still it will be through helping each other, or working for others via Interact or Leo. You are all different in your interests and aptitudes but you’re all the same in the sense that somewhere inside each and every one of you there is a fire, a passion waiting to burst into flame.

The spark is the very beginning of purpose and Peter Benson’s research showed him that the core idea of thriving is the identification of that fire or purpose. When you have purpose, you thrive.

But a spark and the early embers of the fire need to be looked after; they have to be cared for, nurtured, and you have to stay involved, remain connected and indeed learn through failure. Sometimes, often even, of course, sparks can catch but then they fade. That happens, and that’s okay. What none of us should do is stop trying to find that passion which will burn for ever.

In his research Benson arranged for thousands of young people to be asked “What is it that gives you joy and energy?” and the answers that came back fell into three categories. The first was a skill or a talent such as music, writing, drawing, leading, playing sport; the second was a commitment such as of being part of the team or helping others or supporting a particular cause; and the third type of spark was a quality such as empathy or kindness. You all need to find a skill, a commitment or a quality which fires you up.

Our education system at its worst, at its most narrow, says the only thing that really matters, the only spark worth anything, is if you have a talent or a skill in an academic discipline and, of course, at this time of the year matters academic are the focus of our attention. But life is much more than academic qualification and education should be much broader than that.

It’s why I’m proud of Peterhouse and what it stands for; what it has always stood for and what we will continue to strive to achieve, which is to understand that a great education is about balance/breadth. A great education is about exposing you to all sorts of learning experiences so that you can discover more about yourself, the people around you and the world you live in. A great education will help you begin to shape the role that you are going to take in the world. A great education will also show you where perhaps your path may not lie.

Benson’s research led him to conclude that most of us discover our spark between the ages of 10 and 20. You know it when you feel it. You know it when you are doing something that makes you feel whole, when time stands still, when just doing it or being it is its own reward. Being great at it or impressing people with it is not the point. Just knowing it, affirming it and putting it into play is the point.

We all have sparks within us. We can each make a difference to ourselves, those around us and our world. But we have to work at it, we have to apply ourselves, we have to try, fail, learn and adapt.

As this year’s 6th form begin their last week at school (they have already had their final Sunday Chapel service and the Leavers’ service is today week) I do hope that they can reflect upon the fire that has been lit within them whilst they’ve been here at Peterhouse; as for the rest of you, there’s still time to find that spark to light the fire within.

Howard Blackett MA (Oxon)