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Peterhouse Boys

Newsletter FFW



Thursday 17 October 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I need to draw your attention to two important issues:

Speech Day – takes place on Sunday 27 October; the formal ceremony, which takes place in the school chapel and to which you are all warmly invited, begins at 10.00am sharp. All boys are required to be present for Speech Day which means that no floatings will be granted over the weekend of 26/27 October.

Jaap Kuiper Quality Assurance/Marketing exercise – the next step in the process of Jaap’s QA/Marketing exercise is the parents’ questionnaire survey. I have written to you separately on the matter but may I encourage you here to participate in the survey? In 2012, when Jaap conducted a similar exercise, we had a response rate from parents of over 85% - it would be good to think that we could do as well this time around.


Our A Block, Vth and VIth form pupils have now begun their public examinations in earnest and over the next few weeks the absolute focus of our attention will be those final preparations, which are so important, for the exams. Do please encourage/support/cajole your son, if he is an examinee, to get his priorities right and focus on the task in hand – boys can be remarkably laid back about their exams so a few firm words would be very welcome!

I wish you and your sons a very pleasant half term exeat.

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 Stacey Bailey 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 Stacey or Juliette asap so that they can assist you.

Please note that extra option and music disbursements have only been loaded for half the term. The second half will reflect on your statement for the third FFW. Should you wish to opt out of any extra options or music lessons it is imperative that you notify the relevant member of staff by half-term.

Fee Clearance Letters were emailed to parents who had a school fee statement balance of less than ZWL3,000 or US$200, depending on the currency in which you have elected to receive your statement. Fee Clearance Letters have also been issued for those pupils who have a balance greater than ZWL3,000/US$200, but are in line with their Payment Plans with Peterhouse. Please ensure that your child/ren do not return to school after the mid-term break without a Fee Clearance Letter.

A reminder that you may elect to receive a USD statement if you have an address outside Zimbabwe, by sending your request to Stacey detailing the physical address.

Please note that while the school may no longer receive USD cash for school fees, payment can be made to the bank and value for ZWL statements will be at the RBZ average USD rate on the day that the funds reflect. In the event of a top-up it will not apply to school fees settled in full in USDs.

The school may receipt USD cash for external commitments such as foreign tours, Cambridge Exams, Duke of Edinburgh fees, etc. .

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 Stace.

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

Kind regards

Mark Whitaker


1.1 Congratulations to the following boys who qualified for Commendations in the Mid Term Mark Order:

G/B Takudzwa Dzingai 
F/C TJ Gwaziwa 
F/C Dyllan Koke  
F/C Tanaka Mutandwa 
S/C Akanaka Sachikonye 
E/D James Nyanhongo 
G /D Nicholas Anderson 
G/D Dhaneel Goven
G/D Campbell Hammond
G/D Will Kunatsa
M/D Tinashe Makuchete
M/D Sebastian Peters
P/D Munashe Gara
S/D Kundai Gurajena
S/D Tinaye Mangana


2.1 Speech Day 2019 – Sunday 27th October 2019
Peterhouse Boys Speech Day will be held on Sunday 27th October at 10.00am sharp. Please diarise this date as it is an important event in the calendar.

2.2 A Block post IGCSE Matopos Trip
Many thanks to all parents for returning the Indemnity Forms that were sent out earlier this term. They are almost all in. This special trip is part of our unique Infinity Program Curriculum and the dates set are from the 15th to the 20th of November 2019. Please plan your child’s holiday for AFTER the 20th of November 2019. We shall finalise transport and payment plans by 8th of November 2019. A kit list has been sent to you via your email. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please contact Harriet Rinashe or Sarah Shoesmith.

2.3 Drama
Auditions for the Peterhouse Boys’ Junior Play will take place after half term. If your son is a budding thespian, please encourage him to get involved!

2.4 Conservation
The dates of the Learner Hunters Guide/Conservation trip to Chewore South have changed – we will now be leaving on Tuesday 19th November after the third FFW. All exams are done and the trip is open to interested boys from D, C, B and Vth form. It will be a unique experience in a wildlife area with a full program of bush activities planned. We will also visit the dinosaur footprints and we hope to take in a couple of days on the Zambezi as well. If your son is interested please email Mrs Penny Raynor after the FFW for more details. Numbers are limited so please don’t delay.

2.5 Calendar Dates - 2020

Lent (1st) Term
Begins Tuesday 14 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 2021


3.1 A Block Choir Ties
The following boys have earned a choir tie for four years of dedicated service and value to our choirs:
Darevy Matsika, Marlone Mpofu, Tabonga Chigogwana, Ashley Mutongwiza, Tristan Chiutsi Makomborero Sachikonye, Tanaka Kunaka, Tadiwa Vera , Brian Mamelodi, Hritik Kala, Tristan Fraser-Bell, Tendekai Mutamuko, Mahlon Muzhiki, Charles Moscrop, Munopa Zinyama, Leeroy Mudhikwa, Ivan Rwodzi, Tweende Sinemani, Munotida Marimirofa, Brandon Dhaka and Shaune Uriri.

3.2 Duke of Edinburgh International Award
Congratulations to Makanakashe Hove for achieving his Bronze Award.

3.3 Infinity Program Activities

Blue Cross Report (Shaune Uriri)
Just before the holidays begun, nine members of the Peterhouse Equestrian Centre partook in a charity event known as the Blue-cross. This was a trek on horseback that took the riders from the lowest point in Zimbabwe to the highest point. The trip was 500kms long and took two weeks to complete and despite the daunting distance the experience was actually really amazing. The Trip took the riders through the most remote parts of the country, from isolated villages to majestic and awesome mountain ranges and game parks - the riders also got to help out local communities by donating bags of maize and other vegetable seeds as well as conversing with everyone en route. The trip was a fantastic experience and would be recommended to anyone seeking adventure and wanting to test their endurance!

Harare Athletics Club (HAC) Run
For several years now we have hosted a trail run for the Harare Athletics Club (HAC) which takes competitors through our beautiful Calderwood Park on a 15km or 7Km course.

Many thanks go to the boys, the Estates and Sports Department who worked hard to prepare these two courses and who were marshals and water point providers on the day. The HAC committee commended Peterhouse for their challenging but beautiful trails as well the impeccable behaviour of the boys working at the water points or as marshals along the way.

3.4 Kukura Neshungu
Tadiwanashe Ndiraya, Treasure Midzi, Tavonga Nyoka and Ivan Rwodzi are awarded Service Ties for their dedication and commitment to the Kukura Neshungu Club for several years. Every week they have planned fun activities to do with the pupils from Kukura Neshungu and they took an active part in the fund raising activities during the Lent Term.

3.5 National Allied Arts Literary Festival Awards
Honours for Poetry Takudzwa Dzingai
Honours for Prose Joseph Hildebrand
First Grade Plus Poetry Hayden Grant
First Grade for Poetry Akanaka Sachikonye, Liam Kirkman, TJ Gwaziwa, Mtandazo Nyashanu, Sebastian Bicknell and Scott Price
First Grade for Prose Malvern Donga, Tinaye Mangana

3.6 Robotics
We do not hear about our Robotics Club very often. This is mainly because the nature of the Club requires a heavy financial input to buy the necessary robotic kits and the high costs associated with the programming competitions that are hosted by other schools within Zimbabwe. There are two or three major Interschool tournaments throughout the year, which we attend and do very well in.

Peterhouse actually has a small, but thriving, club of programming enthusiasts who have been meeting every week since the club began in early 2016. With the bare essentials, members of the club have put together various robots and created, practiced and competed in every competition that they can since then. In spite of having minimum kit, either donated or bought by the school, we have come in the top three schools in every competition. This is thanks to the dedication and perseverance of the six boys who started in the club in 2016.

Even though their actions and results may have gone largely unnoticed they deserve credit for their dedication, perseverance, ingenuity and their enthusiasm.

Golden Cox Ties are awarded to:
Kenan Callaghan, Tristan Fraser Bell, Tavonga Nyoka, Karl Makuvaro, Mukudeishe Nyarufuro and Ashley Mlambo.

3.7 Results

Bridge vs Hellenic
As won 18-8
Bs won 31 nil

vs Peterhouse Girls
As won 21-7
Bs lost 3-11

vs St John’s we played in mixed teams with Peterhouse Girls
As lost 16-23 (all boys)
Bs won 39-2 (one girl pair, one boy pair)
Cs lost 11-27 (all girls)

Chess vs Bernard Muzeki College
Juniors lost 2.5 – 3.5
Seniors drew 3 – 3

Interhouse Chess Results
Malvern retained the trophy for the 4th year in a row beating Grinham, who was second and Founders, third.

vs Peterhouse Girls
The boys played nearly flawless chess in dismissing their counterparts from across the road.

Juniors won 6 – 0
Seniors won 5 – 1

Quiz Many congratulations to our Quiz Team. They came 1st out of 23 other school teams at the latest Interschools competition at St John’s.


4.1 Results

Basketball vs St John’s P8 W2 L6 1st Team Lost 9 – 35
vs Hillcrest P4 W3 L1 1st Team Won 26 – 22
St John’s U15 CHISZ Tournament P7 W5 L2

Cricket vs St George’s P8 W5 L2 1st XI Won by 5 wickets
vs Prince Edward P4 W1 L3 1st XI
vs Falcon P23 W15 L8

Hockey Full-Colours awarded to Corne Kotze, Oliver Philp and Farai Musimwa.

Rugby Full-Colours awarded to Marvellous Benza and Lionel Mhuriro.

Swimming Interschools Gala hosted by Peterhouse
7th Eaglesvale 45 pts
6th Peterhouse 222 pts
5th St George’s 259 pts
4th Hellenic 300 pts
3rd St John’s 321 pts
2nd Falcon 322 pts
1st CBC 375 pts

Table Tennis vs St George’s P2 W2
vs Gateway P2 W2

Tennis vs St John’s P2 W1 L1
vs St George’s P4 W2 D1 L1 1st Team Won 9 – 3

Triathlon U19 Boys Sprint: Marcel Paulser 3rd
U17 Boys Sprint: Keith Elliot 1st Mathew Palmer 2nd
U15 Boys Super Sprint: George Ascott 1st

Volleyball Peterhouse U17 Tournament P6 W5 L1
Final Ranking
1st St George’s
2nd Bernard Mizeki
3rd Peterhouse
4th St John’s
5th Midlands Christian College
6th Christian Brother’s College
7th Tynwald
8th Wise Owl

Peterhouse awarded a shield for coming 3rd.
Individual awards – Best receiver – Munotida Marimirofa
Best Blocker – Ashleigh Mtongwiza

Interhouse Volleyball
Seniors – Malvern came 1st
Middles – Ellis came 1st
Juniors – Malvern came 1st

Malvern are the 2019 overall winners

vs Bernard Mizeki P5 W1 L4

Waterpolo Crusader First Team Shield tournament P5 L5

Todd/Kesson Tournament
U14 P4 W2 L2
U15 P5 W3 L2
Congratulations to the boys on some very gutsy performances, some very exciting and tightly contested games proved that water polo at Peterhouse is in a good place.
Congratulations to the following boys who were selected for their respective Zimbabwe sides.

U/14: Simon Palmer Bryce Van Der Westhuizen
U/15: James Peall Cody Cooper

Nine Peterhouse boys will have represented Zimbabwe in different Waterpolo age groups this year.

Congratulations to Max Le Breton for his selection to the Zimbabwe U/18 team.