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Adventurous Journey in the Nyanga National Park – March 2019

A Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award ‘Adventurous Journey’

Usually at this time of year we are grateful to have some sunshine to dry out soggy tents and let us at least cook one meal without having to crouch under a shelter of some sort. However, with this unusually dry weather spell, we had to deal with dehydration and sunburn instead.

Wow, it was hot! The Awarders had to be very careful about using up their water. They spent time carefully planning one water stop to the next on their maps, so that they did not run out. Even that was tricky, as they never knew if the river they planned to get to on the map had enough flowing water in it.

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Eisteddfod Programme 2019

Wednesday 20 March (Prince Edward)
Piano solo Classical G5 2.55pm
Violin solo G6 2.00pm
Cello solo G4 8.30am
Woodwind solo G5 10.25am
Woodwind solo G7 12.10pm
Brass solo G6 11.20am
Piano Duet 4-6 3.45pm

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Snake Club Boys Tea 2019

Members of the Peterhouse Snake Club who saved the Rector’s dog Ruby from a python attack last week were rewarded with tea (brownies and scones) at the Lodge!

In the picture from left to right: Brennan Watt; Cody Cooper; Joel Royston; Jack Worswick and David Bailey (holding Ruby) with Scott Walraven Master i/c the Snake Club standing.

Interact Musha weVana Visit February 2019

Recently the Interact club visited the local orphanage, Musha weVana. We were welcomed by ecstatic faces of the little ones; all geared and ready to have fun with the interact members. The afternoon was well spent.

This was the first visit to Musha weVana for new interact members which challenged them to socialize and interact with children of different ages.

Stories were shared, songs were sung and friendships were made. The fine afternoon was rounded off by the interact board members giving clothes and school shoes to the children; they were very grateful for this kind gesture. The Interact club thanks all who donated clothing as the children at Mushavevana really appreciated it.

By Tapiwa Muranda

Peterhouse Invitational Athletics Relays Meeting 2019

1st Prince Edward 258
2nd Peterhouse Boys 244
3rd St Georges 195
4th St Johns 181
4th Falcon 181
6th Churchill 90
7th BMC 77

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Rector Reads The Gruffalo to the Grade 2s 2019

The Rector, Mr Howard Blackett, took time out of his busy morning schedule to read ‘The Gruffalo’ to the Springvale House Grade 2s in the Megahey Centre.

The eager children gathered in the Junior Reading room and settled down, momentarily, to listen to the engaging story but it wasn’t long before they were on their feet eager to get closer and get a better view of The Gruffalo.

Rowers Win Five Medals at the RSA Champs 2019

Our Rowers competed in the South Africa Rowing Championships held at Roodeplaat Dam. Pretoria. 

We flew in, drove to the accommodation, rigged our boats and spent the next few days familiarizing ourselves with the course and practicing for the racing ahead. The races themselves took place over the following weekend, from 1st March to 3rd March. We then flew back on the 4th March.
All in all we returned with five medals.
Results are as follows:

Adventurous Journey to Imire Bush Camp 2019

Anyone afraid of bats? Or getting lost for a few hours?

Our second Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Exploration journey found us ten times wiser than the first had been. Strategies and rough route maps, which were influenced by the location of the irritable Black Rhino were all in place. It was all very exciting for the pupils who picked the Exploring over the Expedition. They felt it would be easier, which it is in some ways, but walking still needs to be done and the usual self-catering, self-sustaining has to happen all of which can be hard work.

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Rector’s Dog Escapes Python at Dombo Dam 2019

The Peterhouse Boys Snake Club were involved in the dramatic rescue of the Rector’s dog at the weekend.
The boys were in Calderwood Park looking for non-venomous snakes for the club’s snake pit when the drama took place.

Mr and Mrs Blackett were in the park together with their eldest daughter Alice, who was over from the UK, and their three year old cocker spaniel Ruby.
Ruby had just gone to the water’s edge at Dombo Dam in anticipation of a stick being thrown into the water when a giant 3.6 metre long python grabbed her rear leg and began to coil around her. Mr Blackett immediately grabbed the python by its tail and dragged the snake (and Ruby) out of the shallows. Alice, too, began to wrestle with the coiling snake while Mrs Blackett took charge of Ruby who was panicking.

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Sue van Heerden (Head of English)

Dear Governors, Committee Members, Parents, Guardians and Staff of Peterhouse,

I write, with great sadness, to inform you that Sue van Heerden (Head of English, Peterhouse Boys) died early this morning; Sue was diagnosed with cancer towards the end of last term.

Sue joined us at the beginning of 2018 and in the short time that she was with us made many good friends and did an outstanding job at the helm of the English Department. She will be greatly missed. On behalf of the Peterhouse community I send her parents, her brother Rory and her partner Andrew my sincere condolences.

It was Sue’s wish that she should be buried at Peterhouse. I will send out details concerning her funeral etc. as soon as I am able to do so.

Yours faithfully,

Howard Blackett

Paget Wins Interhouse Athletics Individual Event 2019

This was held on Saturday 2 March and results were as follows;
1st Paget 344 Points
2nd Ellis 336 Points
3rd Snell 333 Points
4th Malvern 309 Points
5th Founders 301 Points
6th Grinham 266 Points

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