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Peterhouse Boys

Newsletter FFW



Friday 28 September 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Cholera update

The medical advice that the school has received is that, at present, the cholera risk in Marondera is minimal. Notwithstanding that advice, going forward, the following precautions are being taken:

i. all pupils will be required to sanitise their hands on entering the dining halls;
ii. all staff and visitors walking on to the property will be required to sanitise their hands at the entry gate;
iii. all community outreach programs have been suspended;
iv. scheduled school visits will be cancelled should pupils and staff from the visiting school be perceived to be a risk to Peterhouse;
v. educational programs (i.e. to stress the importance of good personal sanitary practise) will be run via the relevant school sanatorium in our staff villages and St Francis School; and
vi. we will continue to do regular testing of our own drinking water.

Do please remind your son/daughter of the importance of personal hygiene in minimising the risk of contamination.

I am delighted to report that Michaelmas 2018 has got off to an excellent start and, as ever, Peterhouse is thriving.

Last night I attended this year’s Combined Schools’ concert at the Celebration Centre in Harare. This year it was our turn to host the event and I am very pleased to let you know that the concert was an outstanding success. The music, masterminded by Billy St John, our Director of Music, was both vibrant and varied and the logistics of the event, led by Sarah Shoesmith, our Director of Extracurricular Activities, were highly efficient. The event did the Peterhouse Group of Schools a great deal of good; congratulations and thanks to all concerned.

Last Monday we held our annual Grade 6 Open Day (i.e. for potential D Block entrants in January 2020) – it was a highly successful event attended by a large number of families; conspicuous amongst those present were pupils from SVH, Ruzawi, Lilfordia, Bryden and St John’s prep. Do please do all you can to encourage friends/family to send their children to Peterhouse – your support in the recruitment of pupils is of great importance.

At the end of Week 2 this year’s school play, It Runs in the Family, was staged in the Fieldsend Hall (postponed from the trinity term); it was a rip-roaring success and a great tribute to all those who took part either on stage or in support. I must make special mention of Jim Redfern who produced the play. Jim leaves us at the end of this term having put on numerous plays over more than 20 years of service to Peterhouse – he can reflect upon his last production with great satisfaction. Bravo to him!

Our sports’ teams have made a very successful start to the term; in particular our cricket teams have impressed – last weekend we won 10 of our 12 fixtures against Falcon College and in the first block fixture of the term we won 6 of our 7 fixtures against St John’s. Sean Davis has been in fine form with the bat – he has already sored two centuries. It is particularly pleasing to be able to report that our waterpolo teams have also met with much more success than has previously been the case!
The details below emphasise just how much is going on at Peterhouse and indeed just how much our pupils and staff did during the holiday break; we really do offer an outstanding all round education, which in unrivalled in Zimbabwe.
Of course the main thrust of the term is matters academic. If your son is approaching his public exams please do ensure that he does some sensible work over the FFW – there is plenty of time to rest in the post-exam period.

Have a please weekend.

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.

A reminder to parents on payment plans with the school that commitments due by the 28th must be met before the children return to school on Monday the 1st October.

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 B Block Parent/Teacher meeting – Thursday 18 October
The B Block Parent/Teacher takes place on Thursday 18th October, just prior to the half-term break. This information was regrettably left out of the School calendar.

1.2 Travel and Tourism Event Management Trip to Dubai
The tour to Dubai which was held over the August holiday was yet again a great success. A party of fifty one pupils experienced the many man-made and natural attractions; the highlight of which was a 7 course traditional Emirati meal on the Dubai Creek Dinner Cruise.

1.3 Fifth Form Geography and Biology Trip to Rifa
Eighteen pupils went to Rifa during the August holidays. Canoeing was introduced into the programme this year, which was very popular and we plan to do an extended trip next year. Thanks to our volunteer hunters, Mr de Kock and Mr Ker, and the Rifa staff who made the trip possible.


2.1 PHB Speech Day 2018 – Saturday 27 October 2018
Peterhouse Boys Speech Day will be held on Saturday 27 October at 10.00am. Please kindly diarise this date as it is an important event in the calendar.

2.2 Far and Wide (A Block 2018)
After the final IGCSE the A Block will depart to Nyanga for the A Block Far and Wide Leadership Development Programme (dates are 14 to 20 November – returning around 1700hrs). We have run this programme for A Block for three years now. It is a co-ed programme where the A Block boys and girls get to work together before they start co-education in the V Form. The second and final payment for this will be added to your Mid-Term Statement.

All parents have been emailed a soft copy of the indemnity form.

Please will you ensure that your child returns to school with a signed indemnity form that can be handed to their housemaster/mistress.

2.3 Hello Summer – Fun Family Walkathon – Sunday 7 October

2.4 Peterhouse/Rotary Club of Marondera Golf Day – Friday 9 November

2.5 Christmas School Box Challenge
After the success of last year’s programme, the Peterhouse Group has again joined with Miracle Missions, and other sponsors, in the National Christmas School Box Challenge for 2018. The Interact Board, staff of Springvale, PHB and PHG and recipients of all presents thank you sincerely for your support last year.

This annual countrywide project is aimed at helping as many vulnerable school-going children as possible to start the 2019 New Year with the necessary educational stationery, equipment and hygiene items needed for approximately one term’s worth of school work.

Peterhouse is very excited to be part of this project and to cultivate the “gift of giving” amongst our students. The project is being run through the Interact Club at the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools and by the staff at Springvale House.

Miracle Missions and other sponsors have donated the cases and our job is to fill them and distribute them to the students at a school of our choice. As a Group, we have again chosen to support St Francis School in Marondera with 100 boxes (for the most underprivileged pupils identified by the Headmistress) and 50 boxes will go to a school which will be identified by Miracle Missions.

Your sons and daughters have been asked to bring certain stationery items to school after the First Fixture Free Weekend, which will be used to pack the boxes. Please see the list below.

Your help in filling as many boxes as possible will be very much appreciated by ourselves and by the children who will receive them.

Yours sincerely

Graham Peebles/James Redfern/ Tonderai Nzanga


Grade 1 – x2 Pencils; x1 Glue stick D Block – Crayons & Rubbers
Grade 2 – x2 Pencils; x1 Glue stick C Block – Crayons & Rubbers
Grade 3 – x2 Pencils; x1 Sharpener B Block – x4 Exercise Books (square & lined)
Grade 4 – x2 Pencils; x1 Sharpener A Block – x2 Pencils; x2 Glue Sticks
Grade 5 – x2Pens; x1 Scissors Vth Form – x2 Pencils; x1 Sharpener
Grade 6 – x2Pens; x1 Scissors VIth Form – x2 Pens; x1 Scissors
Grade 7 – x4 Rulers

Of course children are encouraged to bring more than the above if you can afford to do so. In addition to the above, other items children can bring include: hygiene items: Vaseline, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, sanitary pads for girls – 10 years and above, deodorant, old balls, reading books, small gifts, sweets & suckers (in their wrapping) – no chocolates.

2.6 Festival of Music Food Wine 2018 – GOSHO PARK FUNDRAISER
The Kirstenbosch style Festival of Music Food Wine was held over the first weekend of term on the Springvale House field, and was hosted by the Peterhouse Group of Schools. The festival was well attended and a fabulous success with over 1600 tickets sold, 16 Food and Beverage Stalls, 5 University Stalls and 3 Conservation Stalls. Four amazing musicians performed – Masa, Tamy, Takura and Evicted, perfectly finished off with the fine tunes of DJ Reverb7. The music was ‘loud’, the food was scrumptious and the wine and beer was enjoyed by all the adults.

We would like to thank all who came out to support the event.
To our Sponsors: Nissan Clover Leaf and Cutting Edge for the sponsorship of the event.
To the stalls: La Distrabrut; Antonios; Duggies; The Coffee Academy; Peter Piper; Ndinobika; The Cake Stall; Ocean Basket; Bakers Chicken; Kefalos; The Skotch Kart; SVH PTA & Bar; It’s a Wrap; Artisan Craft; Gosho Park; Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching!
To the Universities and Colleges: Swiss Education Group; Guthrie Aviation; Task-Air Zimbabwe; Erasmus University College and Utrecht University.

Final thanks must go out to the organisers of the event:
Billy St John – Thank you for all that you did with the bands and the stage and planning of the event.
Leon Greeff (SVH and PHG Estates Teams) – For setup and grounds which looked fantastic.
Claire Hough and PHG Staff) – For running the entrance gate, this is very much appreciated.
Catriona Borman – our photographer.
Corralee Greeff – For co-ordinating the whole event.

It was a wonderful and very successful event by all accounts. Thank you to all those who came out to support Gosho Park.


3.1 Allied Arts
We would like to congratulate Charles Moscrop on winning the top National Award for his category for his essay in the Allied Arts Competition. He was awarded an Honours grade and a Prize from Allied Arts for his efforts.

3.2 Duke of Edinburgh International Award

Adventurous Journey to Mt Nyangani, Nyanga
Eighteen Awarders completed a gruelling but very beautiful 60km hike these holidays in Nyanga National Park. They walked through the Gairezi Gorge, over Mt Nyangani and finished down in the Honde Valley at the Pungwe River. This five day hike has been aptly called the ‘River 2 River’ Hike and was a perfect Qualifying Journey for those pupils taking their Gold and Silver Awards.

Adventurous Journey to Gairezi River, Nyanga
Nineteen Awarders, which include five girls from Chisipite Senior School, completed their Bronze Award by walking 30km, in total, along the beautiful Gairezi River.

Lewis Nhongonhema has earned his Bronze Award

3.3 Gavel Club Report
On Tuesday the 11th of September the Peterhouse Gavel club had the privilege of hosting the Heritage Gavel Club. The afternoon was under the theme, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step". The event in itself was indeed a first step for both clubs as it was the first time a Peterhouse Gavel Club had hosted Heritage. Anotidaishe Munyonga, Johnson Marufu started off the official proceedings; followed by Tadiwa Govore, who delivered a provocative speech on the subject of ‘Parents dictating their children's occupations’. David Bore also delivered a speech on "How to fail your A levels”.

3.4 Model United Nations
Hosted by St John’s College with eight other competing schools.

The General Assembly discussed “efforts toward the erasure of the black market system”. The Human Rights Council addressed “working towards better integration of disabled persons’ and the Security Council resolved the “methods to maintain optimum efficiency and accountability in peacekeeping missions”.

Our delegates were well prepared, and on their toes, considering the day’s event and topics were received at short notice.

Rufaro Hoto chaired the Security Council. Prince Sithole and Kudakwashe Mapesa were awarded honorable mentions in their rooms.

3.5 Music
Full colours awarded to Connor Eksteen, Tariro Manonga, Addmore Mawere, Chayce Ross and Kudzaishe Rufasha.

3.6 Service Clubs

First Aid
Service Ties are awarded to Sandile and Wandile Ncube for showing great maturity and dedication in serving First Aid at many sporting events for the past three years.

Interact Club Visit to Musha Wevana
The visit to Musha Wevana is the one which everyone looks forward to and we stopped at a store on the way to buy lollipops for the children. As the children streamed in from school, smiles appeared on the faces of club members because we have begun to recoognise faces and friends we have made since the last two visit we have made. They loved their treats and us spending time some with them. This visit showed us that even something as small as a visit and a treat is greatly appreciated. Interact would like us all to remember this: you might not be able to do a big thing to change the whole world, but you can always do something small to make one person’s day.

3.7 The Global Young Leader’s Conference (GLYC)
Rufaro Hoto, Thabiso Molai and Blessed Shumba participated in the GLYC held in Washington DC and New York. There were 380 participants from across the globe. Discussion focused on an array of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals and this was topped by a visit to the imposing UN headquarters in New York.

3.8 World Scholars Cup
Eleven pupils travelled to the World Scholars Cup in Melbourne.
A total of 1500 students from 27 countries participated in this prestigious academic competition. The team activities centered upon this year’s theme of ‘An Entangled World’ and included team debate, collaborative writing, scholars’ public speaking challenge and a massive general knowledge quiz.

Despite the fierce competition two teams did extremely well and qualified for the Tournament of Champions to be held later this year at Yale University in the USA. The two successful teams were made up of:

Junior Team: Annotida Nhondova, Nigel Mushayavanhu and Tapiwanashe Matara

Senior Team: Takudzwa Dzingai, Kavwanga Lintini and Tristan Fraser-Bell

3.9 Results

Bridge vs Convent
As won against both Convent and Peterhouse Girls, Bs and Cs both won one match, lost one.
Overall vs Convent won 15 - 5

Chess Interhouse Chess
Snell and Malvern played in this year's final. After a 3-3 draw, the respective house captains had to play the decider. Kudzai Nyengerai survived the loss of a major piece to cause an upset by beating Prince Sithole of Snell.

This means Malvern have retained the trophy for the 3rd consecutive year.

Top three Houses:
1. Malvern
2. Snell
3. Grinham

Public Speaking
Interhouse Impromtu Speeches
Speaking ‘off the cuff’ is extremely difficult and really nerve wracking to do. Congratulations to all those boys who had the courage to step forward to compete for their House in this event. It is one of the most challenging Interhouse events that we hold and it is also an essential skill that we all should master as we will use it so often in our adult life.

Top three Houses:
1. Ellis
2. Paget
3. Malvern

Quiz An Interschools Quiz was hosted by St Johns and 15 schools competed. Junior Team came 3rd, just 3 points behind the wining school: Hellenic. The Senior team were placed 10th.
Overall Peterhouse came 6th out of the 15 teams.


4.1 2018 High School Bass Tournament – Kentucky Lake, Tennessee
Kirk Barnes and Michael Benade took part in the 2018 High School Bass tournament held at Kentucky Lake in Tenessee USA. There were 347 teams taking part in the tournament and Kirk and Michael found the conditions difficult but managed to come 281st.

4.2 HILMAX 98km Race Harare to Bindura
Over the holidays Robert Musavaya a Grinham D block pupil completed the Hilmax 98 kilometre cycle from Harare to Bindura. The event is a charity event and all proceeds went to Nazareth house. Robert must be congratulated on completing the 98 kilometres.

4.3 Results

Archery Interhouse Archery Competition
Peterhouse hosted an Interschools Archery Tournament on Sunday. Six schools came out from Harare with their team and competed at 10m and 15m ranges.

The Peterhouse team, consisting of Kenneth Raynor, Douglas Cox, Brendan Eggersclusz, Paulo Marucchi and Zehong Xuan came second overall.

Basketball vs St George’s P8 W1 L7 1st Team Lost 39 – 17
Watershed U20 Tournament P4 W2 L2
vs Prince Edward P7 W1 L6
vs Watershed and St John’s Emerald Hill P9 W5 L4

Half-Colours awarded to Lameck Vheriwa and Mudiwa Gova.

Cricket vs St John’s P7 W6 L1 1st XI Won by 3 wickets
vs Wise Owl P2 W2
vs Lomagundi P4 W2 L2
vs Hellenic P4 W4 1st XI Won by 9 wickets
vs Falcon MMAS 2018 P12 W10 L2
St John’s Ram Slam T20 P4 L3 D1
Half-Colours awarded to Tabonga Ngonyamo, Adrian Burl, Vaughn Peall
and Farai Musimwa

Full-Colours awarded to Sean Davis, Struan Moore-Gordon, Hayden Brain, Daniel Aucamp and Dean Milne.

Golf Zimbabwe Interschools’ Golf held at Ruwa on Sunday 16 September:

B Division – Individual Stableford. George Ascott was second with 35 points.

Team Stableford. Peterhouse was second.

C Division – Team Stableford. Peterhouse was second.

Half-Colours awarded to Matthew Banks.

Hockey Half-Colours awarded to Bradley Bingley, Steven Roos, Tafara Chikwanha,
Vaughn Peall and Farai Musimwa.

Hockey Full-Colours awarded to Sean Davis, Hamish Rendell, Struan Moore-Gordon, Tariro Manonga and Tinotenda Kuipa.

Karate Half-Colours awarded to Vasheel Solanky.

Rowing 2018 African Youth Games Algeria 18 to 28 July
Kenneth Raynor was crowned champion in the Africa Youth Games rowing event which took place over the full Olympic distance of 2,000 metres. In the short course event over 500metres Kenneth came 4th just 1½ seconds behind the Egyptian sculler who won. In the final event, the mixed relay, team Zimbabwe, which included Kenneth, claimed the silver medal.

2018 World Rowing Championships Czech Republic 8 to 12 August
This is the pinnacle of world junior rowing; 58 countries participated racing over 5 days, with heats, repecharges, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. Kenneth took 2nd place in the E final placing him 26th in the world.

Mazowe Dam Regatta
Peterhouse attended a rowing regatta at Mazowe Dam on Sunday 16 September. Our new crop of novices participated admirably in what was officially their first race. We had some very good racing from all quarters with a variety of second and third places, but of particular note was the following:

Reagan Evans and Emmanuel Nyamupingidza came first in their Men's C-Division Double Scull (1000m).

Reagan Evans came first in his Men's C-Division scull race (1000m)
James Weller and Zvikomborero Charera came first in their Men's B-Division Double Scull (2000m).

Kenneth Raynor came first in the Men's A-division Scull Race (2000m), followed closely by David Rogers who came second - a good achievement from both oarsmen.
Congratulations to all who took part and we look forward to a successful rowing season in the months ahead.

St George’s Regatta at Mazowe
Our rowers enjoyed some tough racing in formidable conditions at Sunday’s St George’s Regatta at Mazowe.

Our beginners had to face strong winds and choppy conditions as they fought their way down the course, and they managed to successfully complete their races without capsizing.

David Bailey did particularly well, coming a comfortable second in his D-division Scull Race.

Farai Kachuta and Kunashe Mutabeni improved on last week’s performance in the D Division Double Scull coming in a close second, Emmanual Nyamupingidza and Reagan Evans who won their C-Division Double Scull.

Reagan Evans who won his C-Division Scull Race.
David Rogers performed admirably as well, finishing second in his A-Division Scull Race only a narrow margin behind the winner.

Rugby Half-Colours awarded to Tadiwanashe Ditima, Munashe Rushwaya, Takunda Makiwa, Billy Mapfumo, Anitodaishe Munyonga and Brendon Eggersglusz.

Full-Colours awarded to Allan Mawande, Tabonga Ngonyamo, Ethan Chimimba, Ronald Mirimi, David Bore, Lameck Vheriwa, Adam Molai, Daniel Aucamp, Rindai Machokoto and Simon Sharwood.

Soccer Half-Colours awarded to Mukundi Madziyire.

Full-Colours awarded to Dylan Munikwa, Addmore Mawere and Tafadzwa Fantiso.

Squash Silver Medals – these are for the A team who were runners up of the First League.
Trophy & gold medals - are for our B team who were top of the second league and goes with the medals.

vs Watershed P4 W3 L1

Swimming Peterhouse Inter-schools Friendly Gala
1st Peterhouse 200
2nd St Johns 193
3rd Hellenic 183
4th St Georges 93
5th Kutama 91
6th Eaglesvale 62

Table Tennis vs Heritage P2 W2

Tennis vs Falcon P9 W2 L7

Volleyball vs Bernard Mizeki P6 W3 L3 1st Team Lost 0 – 2
vs Tynwald P2 W2
vs St John’s P6 W4 L2 1st Team Won 2 – 0

Waterpolo At St John’s P10 W5 L5 1st Team Won 8 – 7
At Hellenic P5 W1 L3 D1
Grant Tilley Tournament P4 W1 L3
At St John’s P7 W1 L5 D1 1st Team Won 7 – 2

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