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Peterhouse Boys

Newsletter FFW



Friday 16 February 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The past few weeks have inevitably been an incredibly busy start to the academic year and much has been achieved – to quote from my address in School Assembly earlier this week:

“There is much that we have been able to celebrate in today’s assembly: some excellent sport has been played over the past few days – across a wide range of activities; we have achieved much and even our water polo players are at last enjoying some success; we’ve done equally well in the field of culture; I have been able to make a number of presentations which is always a great pleasure; and we are in the middle of another busy and I trust productive Mission week (many thanks to our new Chaplain and Andrew Ellis together with his team).

Furthermore, the term got off to a great start – in weeks 1 and 2 we were able to bask in the reflected glory of some record-breaking A level and IGCSE level results; pupil numbers are up (the Peterhouse Group now stands at 1,125 pupils; an increase of 75 that’s 7% over 2017); on behalf of the country, we hosted the first round of this year’s World Scholar’s Cup, thanks largely to the efforts of Mrs Masaire and Mrs Shoesmith and it was a conspicuously successful weekend; our new D Block pupils acquitted themselves very well indeed on Basecamp – their outdoor experience masterminded by Mr Shoesmith – and in general they can reflect upon a good first half of term; in the Interhouse Ring Road event and Cross Country you all looked the part and competed with one another with an impressive degree of sportsmanship; there’s been much going on in the music department under the baton of Mr St John in preparation for this year’s Eisteddfod competition; and so on. I’m sure you get my drift which is that in many ways we can reflect upon the first half of the term with a not insignificant amount of pride and satisfaction. Much has been done and much has been achieved – full marks for that.”

So in general, all is going very well at Peterhouse but sadly I also need to report that I have had to deal with a number of disciplinary incidents over the past couple of weeks, one of which led to the exclusion of a pupil in C Block.

Last weekend I visited Botswana, together with Catriona Borman the Peterhouse Group’s Marketing Manager, in pursuit of new pupils for 2019 and beyond and there was much interest in the school (we currently have 11 pupils from Botswana); additionally, I have also visited Bryden school and Lilfordia and there are visits yet to come to Springvale House, Ruzawi, Mutare, the Low Veld (Hippo Valley and Murray Mac.) and Zambia – numbers in the Peterhouse Group are very healthy but there is no room for complacency!

There is a great deal to look forward to in the second half of the term – do please support your children as much as you can.

I wish you all a very pleasant half term break.

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 13th February for pupils who had a fee statement balance of $200 or less. Fee Clearance Letters were also issued for those pupils who had a balance greater than $200, but were in line with their Payment Plans with Peterhouse. Please ensure that your child/ren do not return to school after the mid-term break if you have not received a Fee Clearance Letter/s.

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 (

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 /VI Matthew Mutsai           M/B Kenan Callaghan
M/VI Kundai Mashungupa     M/B Isaac Chengeta
P/VI Chayce Ross                M/B Paolo Marucchi Chierro
E/V Praise Jaravani              P/B Hritik Kala
F/V Keegan Shaw                S/B Brendan Hildebrand
P/V Angus Fergusson           S/B Makomborero Sachikonye
P/V Thabiso Molai                S/B Kyle Saywood
P/V Michael Zartmann          S/B James Weller
G /A Nigel Chiwara              G/C Takudzwa Dzingai
P/A Tapiwa Muranda            P/C Anotida Nhondova
E/B David Mortleman           E/D Hayden Grant
F/B Zvikomborero Charera    E/D Mufaro Mukonoweshuro
F/B Charles Moscrop            F/D Nyasha Chakumhara
F/B Anesu Mutandwa           P/D Liam Kirkman
G /B Mufwa Zimba               S/D Joseph Hildebrand


2.1 C Block Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
Once your son/daughter has turned 14 years of age, they are welcome to engage with the most fantastic youth development program run by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Every C block family has been sent an email which contains further information regarding this Award program and an enrolment form to sign and return after Half Term.

If there are any questions about this internationally renowned youth development program, please do not hesitate to get hold Sarah Shoesmith or Mazwi Phiri. 

2.2 Mindmill Careermap (A Block, V and VI Form)
For some time now we have been researching psychometric tests that can help pupils increase self-awareness and parents understand their children’s psychometric profile (and we do the CAT test in C block for all pupils). Last year we introduced the online Careermaps psychometric assessment (a product of Mindmill, provided by Talent Consulting on an opt-in basis for A Block and above. 112 pupils took the test. The feedback has been that this is a very worthwhile endeavour.

Careermaps is a cutting edge tool used to identify a student’s interests and motivations. The main outcome from the report is the Jobs and Occupations Inventory (JOIN), indicating preferable career options for the candidate. The report also highlights the candidates’ personality traits, biorhythms, and the candidate’s Capacity to Process Information (CPI) score. The CPI score is a “Trainability” score and is used to great effect to guide one to the most suitable career path.

All A Block, V and VI Form parents will again be able to opt-in for this and you will receive more information about this in an e-mail. The cost is maintained at USD75.00 and includes a consultation.

Andrew Shoesmith 

2.3 PHB Basecamp 2018
The D block took to Calderwood Park for the D block Basecamp Teambuilding Programme from 20 to 23 January. As you know the introductory outdoor education programme focuses on teambuilding activities; communication, building relationships and collaborating are the essential outcomes we concentrate on. We also focus on the 4 R’s (resourcefulness, resilience, responsibility and respect).
This programme sets a solid platform for developing these skills which are essential in a boy’s career at Peterhouse and thereafter. Challenging situations and activities take boys out of their comfort zones; positive discussions and reliance upon each other becomes essential to accomplishing all of the tasks.

The weather played its part, again – but unlike last year’s floods the pupils had very hot and dry conditions. The pupils all managed the 25km plus hike (which was particularly arduous in the draining heat), participated in raft building and other team building activities, learned and experienced basic canoeing skills, braved the abseil, and practiced target shooting while on Basecamp.

This year we added an additional night of camping before the activities which proved to be a hit with the boys. Many thanks to Outward Bound, the D block tutors, Transport, Estates and Introwise for all their help to make this programme possible.

2.4 Conservation

RIFA Vth Form Biology / Geography
All pupils have been given a letter about the camp which is at the end of next term. Please discuss with them and contact Penny Raynor if your child would like to go. Places limited to 30 so the first 30 replies will be on the trip.

Gosho MTB ride 25th February – a reminder to bring bikes back after Half Term and come and join us in Gosho. Pupils can join the sponsored Spur ride and children under 5 years of age are free. Adult riders and spectators will be charged $5.00.


3.1 World Scholars Cup
This fixture free weekend, Peterhouse hosted 6 schools, making a total of 147 pupils. Many of our participants from Peterhouse Boys School have got through to the Global Round. They can go to this round either in Barcelona or Melbourne later this year.

3.2 Service Club Activities

Leo Induction Lunch
On the 21st of January the Leo Club hosted its annual Induction Lunch which was a memorable event with incredible food and heartfelt speeches. The outgoing Leo members shared their words of wisdom to the keen, incoming members. The best of which was in David Bore's speech in which he told the incoming President "Happy Girls equals a Happy Life". The induction lunch was well catered by Introwise with the help of the Hospitality Club and a few select boys who loved nothing more than spending the afternoon with the girls, even if it meant waiting tables. All in all, it was a well-spent afternoon and the Leo Club would like to thank all those involved in setting up and most of all Mr Redfern for kindly lending the club his sound system.

Duke of Edinburgh International Award
There will be training to log onto the Online Record Book for current participants this week. Please look out for the date, time and place on the Hot Board, if you are already in the program and are going up onto a New Level.

The following boys have earned their Bronze Awards:
Hamish Rendell, Cecil Dondo, Tapiwa Muranda and Graeme Jackson.

C block will be introduced to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award this week and will be taking information home to share with their parents. They are encouraged to engage in this fantastic youth development program.

Interact Club’s visit to Musha Wevana
On Thursday 1st of February, we as the Interact Club, visited Musha Wevana, a children’s home in Marondera. We were welcomed by the boys and girls who were more than ready to have fun for the duration of time which each individual member of the club set aside for them. We were fortunate enough to be able to give each individual child his or her own packet of biscuits. Our experiences there reminded us of our childhood memories. We played games with the children, played on their swing sets and sang songs with them. Some members of our club noticed small things which could be replaced or which we could help the home with, such as vegetable seeds which they can plant in their garden and new balls for the children. Closer to the end of our visit, we took a lot of photos and added to the memories by singing more songs. Sadly, time ran out too soon and we had to say our good-byes to people we would not forget. We left after giving more than just some packets of biscuits, but our time as well, which we as a club feel is a true representation of “Service above Self”.

We are looking forward to our visit to Ida Wekwako, which is likely to be in the next four weeks.

3.3 Results

Bridge vs Convent
Won 28 – 10 (As won; Bs drew)

vs Peterhouse Girls
Won 16 -1 3 (As won; Bs lost)

vs Peterhouse Girls
As 15 – 10 Bs 1 – 23 Cs 5 – 0
Overall Peterhouse Girls won 16 – 33

vs Westridge
As 16 – 0 Bs 19 – 0 Cs 15 – 2
Overall Peterhouse Boys won 35 – 0

vs Arundel
As won both their matches.
Bs and C’s each won one and lost one.
Overall: lost to PHG 22 – 34; won v Arundel 44 – 11

Cocks Ties are awarded to Tatenda Nyakonda and Tadiwa Moyo for playing in the Bridge team since C block and are now one of the top pairs.

Chess Interhouse Chess
After 6 rounds of intense chess, Founders beat Malvern in the final to retain the trophy.

Finals results:
1. Founders 2. Malvern 3. Paget
4. Grinham 5. Snell 6. Ellis

Debate vs Westridge
Juniors: Peterhouse won: Peterhouse - 85%; Westridge - 83%.
Charles Moscrop was the Best Speaker with 87%.

Seniors drew; score: 61%.

ATS Debate
Host School: St. George's
Our team members were: Matthew Mutsai (Captain), Tadiwa Govore (Vice), Thabiso Molai, Praise Jaravani, Zivai Sinemani and Faizaan Bhadella. They won two and lost two matches.

Match 1: Peterhouse Boys - 69%; Hellenic - 68%.
Match 2: Peterhouse Boys- 72%; Gateway - 69%
Match 3: Peterhouse Boys - 68%; Arundel - 69%.
Match 4: Peterhouse Boys - 69%; Bulawayo Convent - 71%.

Quiz The Peterhouse Quiz team competed against the Hellenic Academy and other schools being hosted there recently. Both the Junior and Senior teams fought hard against some top schools and came 4th out of 16. Peterhouse came 5th overall.

Host school: St. John's at Emerald Hill
Peterhouse Junior team (Anotida Nhondova, Takudzwa Dzingai, Tinotenda Ziko) came tie 1st with St. Ignatius in a group of 16 schools.

The Peterhouse Senior team came 9th out of 18 teams.

A Service Tie was awarded to Tawanda Masaire for consistently serving the Quiz Club since D Block and participating in almost all fixtures to date.


4.1 Results

Basketball vs Watershed P6 W3 L3 1st Team Won 39 – 12
vs St John’s Emerald Hill P7 W3 L3
vs Gateway P7 W4 L3

Cricket vs St George’s P4 W2 L2 1st XI Won by 4 wickets
vs St John’s P5 W1 L2 1st XI Lost by 80 runs
vs Falcon P7 W4 L3

Cross Country Interhouse Cross Country
Founders 1156 1
Malvern 1181 2
Ellis 1235 3
Paget 1241 4
Snell 1358 5
Grinham 1413 6

Special Mention
U14 – 4.164km George Ascott Mufaro Mukonoweshuro
U15 – 4.164km Scott Price Keith Elliot N.R 18.25.03mins
U16 – 6.46km Matthew Palmer James Edwards N.R 23.06.22mins
U17 – 6.46km Dylan Mawire Shamus Ratcliffe
U18 – 8.04km Tumisa Guni Roberts Tinotenda Nyadundu
U20 – 8.04km Kenneth Raynor Douglas Cox

Arundel Invitational Cross Country
Prince Edward 143 1
Peterhouse Boys 334 2
St George’s 390 3
Lomagundi 483 4
Hellenic 520 5
Watershed 542 6
Midlands Christian 769 7
Gateway 776 8
Eaglesvale 1101 9

Golf vs St George’s
Peterhouse won 3½ to 2½.

Winning Players
Matthew Banks, Matthew Bramford and Munashe Mashangu.

Inter schools Results
Munashe Mashangu was 6th

B- Division
Matthew Bramford was runner-up
George Ascott came 5th

vs Hellenic Academy
Peterhouse 3. Hellenic 3

Cocks Ties awarded to Munashe Mashangu, Matthew Banks, Hamish Rendell and Liam Robinson.

The boys golf team departs for Sun City in South Africa on April 23 and returns on Aprils 28, 2018.

Hockey The boys hockey first team departs for the Netherlands on March 27 and return on April 8, 2018.

Rowing Three Feathers Regatta
Kenneth Raynor came first in the Men's A Scull

Kenneth Raynor and Brendan Eggersglusz came first in the Men's A Double Scull

Kenneth Raynor, Douglas Cox, Brendan Eggersglusz and David Rogers came first in the Men's A Quad

Zvikomborero Charera and James Weller came first in the Men's C Double Scull

Reagan Evans had the performance of the day coming second in the Men's Single Scull against boys in the age group above him.

National Rowing Championships at Mazowe Dam

Kenneth Raynor came first in the Men's A Scull

Kenneth Raynor and Brendan Eggersglusz came 1st in the Men's A Double Scull and set a new course record breaking the old record previously held by PHBC oarsmen Murray Faber and Michael Johnson set in 2012

Kenneth Raynor, Brendan Eggersglusz, Douglas Cox and David Rogers came 1st in the Men's A Quad

Zvikomborero Charera and James Weller came 1st in the Men's C Double Scull

Reagan Evans came 1st in the Men's C Single Scull

Cocks Tie awarded to David Rogers.

Swimming Cana Zone IV Invitational Championships
Kenan Callaghan and Paul Retzlaff have been selected to represent the Zimbabwe Development Team.

They will be travelling to Lilongwe, Malawi in March 2018 during the school holidays.

St George’s Relays Gala
1st place Peterhouse and Hellenic 343
3rd place St Johns 324
4th place St George’s 242
5th place Kutama 174

Relay teams which achieved 1st place are:
U 15 Medley relay
U 16 Butterfly, Backstroke, Freestyle, and Medley relay
U17 Breaststroke relay
Open Breaststroke relay.

Zimbabwe Senior National Swimming Championships
The following have qualified to represent Mashonaland Country Districts at the above Championships which are scheduled for the 16th to 20th February in Bulawayo

Brandon Rouse, Kennan Callaghan, Paul Retzlaff and Kyle Saywood.

Table Tennis vs Prince Edward P2 W1 D1
vs Gateway P2 W2
vs Bernard Mizeki P2 W2
vs Peterhouse Girls P2 W2

Cocks Ties awarded to Trevor Manhanga, Tavonga Muchena and Adnaan Bhadella.

Tennis vs St John’s P4 W2 L2
vs Hellenic P4 W2 D1

Triathlon Mount Pleasant Races

Category Age Group Names Position
F Quarter 14-15 Keith Elliott 1
F Quarter 14-15 Matthew Palmer 2
G Half 16-17 Marcel Paulser 2

Volleyball vs Bernard Mizeki P10 W7 L3 1st Team Lost 0 – 2
vs St John’s P5 W4 L1 1st Team Won 2 – 0

Waterpolo Bruce Kennedy Tournament P4 W3 L1
1st Team came 3rd out of 5 schools
St John’s Tournament P3 W2 L1
Falcon Tournament P4 L4
Christian Brothers College Tournament P4 L4
Collins Cup P5 W1 L4
Fred Wilson Cup Peterhouse 6th