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Peterhouse Boys

Newsletter

END OF TERM NEWSLETTER – LENT 2020


FROM: THE RECTOR

Thursday 26 March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We live in confusing and unusual times. The questions we all ask at the moment appear to have no answers and the landscape we are currently navigating continues to be uncharted. With this as a backdrop, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Peterhouse community for embracing and working with the school over the course of the last ten days – it is remarkable how so much can change in such a short space in time. Thank you for supporting our efforts to close the school prudently and for embracing our online academic programme.

Obviously, you will have received correspondence with respect to our endeavours to ensure that our academic programme remains intact. The staff have circulated work which would have been covered during the course of this term. Once again, can I appeal to you to ensure that this work is completed. For our examination classes, holiday work will be / has been set. With that in mind please note that Cambridge Assessment have advised us that the mid – year examination (May – June) have been cancelled. While they are talking of assessed grades we have no detail of what this might look like.

In response to the growing threat of CoVid in Zimbabwe, we are scaling down our operations over the Easter holiday period. What this means is that we will be, in many cases, operating remotely. This will apply to our accounting and administrative capacities over the holiday. The school will continue its operations but in so doing has also taken measures to protect all our staff. With respect to next term, we have put together the calendar anticipating a return to school on Tuesday 5 May. The hard copy version of the calendar will not be printed until such time as we are confident that school will start as scheduled. Nevertheless, we will publish the calendar on our website so as to give you an opportunity to see when fixtures and events are scheduled to take place. Should the start of term be delayed our academic programme will continue online.

With the sudden and rather hasty close to the Lent Quarter and the prospect of an extended Easter break we can only hope and pray that the return to some form of normality is not too far off. We can only look to wise and courageous decisions being made in terms of managing this crisis.

May you and your families remain healthy and safe.

Yours faithfully,

Jon Trafford
Rector




FROM: THE BUSINESS DIRECTOR

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You will soon be receiving your child’s fee statement, which reflects the balance outstanding as at the end of the Lent Term. 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.
Please note that the Administration and Accounts Departments will be closed from the 26th March to the 19th April inclusive. Sue Heathcote and Mark Whitaker will be working remotely so they will be able to respond to e-mails forwarded to the Accounts Department.

In the normal course of events parents are notified at the end of term with regards to school fees for the next term. We had advised at the end of the Michaelmas term that school fees were likely to increase each term until they reached previous levels in real terms. However, in the light of the current crisis as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic it has been resolved that further communication with regards to school fees for next term will be delayed in order to assess in what manner Peterhouse will be operating next term.

Parents are requested to settle their outstanding accounts so that the schools cash flow is not impacted in the coming month.

Stay safe in these very troubled times!

Kind regards,

Mark Whitaker



1. ACADEMIC MATTERS

1.1 CAT4 tests
This is a cognitive ability test for our C Block boys, and will take place early next term on Wednesday 14th May. It is a test that assists us to understand a pupil’s strengths and weaknesses, and also their preferred learning styles. Should you wish to have a copy of the report that is generated by the test, further information will be sent to you in mid-May.

1.2 V Form Parent Teacher meeting
There is an opportunity for you to meet with your son’s teachers and to discuss academic progress just before the first fixture free of next term, on Friday 22nd May. The meeting will be in the Megahey Centre, and will run from 09.45-11.30. A reminder will be sent out closer to the time.


2. OF INTEREST

2.1 Calendar Dates - 2020

Dates Subject to Confirmation

Trinity (2nd) Term
Begins Tuesday 5 May
Lessons begin Wednesday 6 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

2.2 Fifth Form Biology and Geography Trip to Rifa
Please email Penny Raynor if your son/daughter is interested in joining this trip. It covers practical aspects of the syllabus and takes place from 2nd August until 7th August – the last week of next term.


3. CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

3.1 Results

Chess vs Westridge
Juniors won 4-2
Victorious players were Jesse Jaya, Nathaniel Kabungaidze, Takudzwa Mawoyo and Emmanuel Nyamupingidza

Seniors won 5-1
The seniors were in a class of their own in dispatching their opponents. Well done to Achibold Boka, Kudzai Nyengerai, Nigel Mushayavanhu, Kuziva Mawoyo and Hritik Kala for a clinical display of attacking chess.

Bridge A Golden Cox Tie is awarded to Munotida Marimirofa for representing the School at several Bridge matches since D Block with commitment and distinction.


4. SPORTING ACTIVITIES

4.1 Results

Archery Paolo Marruchi took part in the latest tournament held at St Johns where he was outstanding and won Top Archer – scoring a staggering 290 points out of a possible 300 from both 10 and 15 meter distances. The Peterhouse A Team came 3rd out of 13 other school teams.

Rowing South African Rowing Champs 2020 - Roodeplaat Dam
Our young rowers went to the SA Champs which were held at Roodeplaat Dam in Pretoria, South Africa, on the 1st March, to compete in the Regatta held over the first weekend of March from the 6th to 8th 2020. It was a wonderful experience for our rowers. A great deal of hard work and effort went into getting our athletes ready to compete down South. The team of parents and support staff were phenomenal; from Nigel and Sophie Weller, who towed the boats down (a noble task), to Laura Evans- our extremely competent tour manager- Sarah Shoesmith, the come-along-mum had boundless energy and limitless enthusiasm; Sean Davy, Hannah Coetzee and Aiden Blignaut who have spent hours on the water refining the technique of our athletes. The pupils were fed copious quantities of food and they were well looked after.

All our athletes did well. They have come away richer from the experience and the high levels of competition, but of particular note were Kayla Kalweit and Genevieve Shoesmith. Kayla managed to achieve a Gold in the Under 16 Single Scull race, and Genevieve and Kayla achieved a Silver Medal in their Under 16 Double Scull.

Emmanuel Nyamupingidza and Reagan Evans also did well. They both narrowly missed a Bronze medal in the Under 16 double scull race; doing very well to come in fourth.

A huge thank you goes out to all our Rowing Parents who spend a great deal of their time and money supporting their children in this incredible sport.

Rugby Hellenic 7s P14 W11 L3
On Tuesday 7th of March we took part in the Hellenic invitation pre-season 7s tournament. Our boys played some entertaining rugby dominating most of the matches. Final results were as follows;

Swimming Ravi Sohal took part at the Malawi National Swimming Championships last week and did very well.

Ravi achieved personal best times in all his races and won two individual Bronze medals in 100 and 200 backstroke events. He teamed up with other boys and to win a Bronze and two Gold medals in the in the medley relays.

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