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Introducing our 2021 Head of Tinokura - Martin Hakunavanhu

My name is Martin Hakunavanhu and I am in Ellis House. I am from Harare and went to Ruzawi School. I joined Peterhouse in D block, 2016 and am currently studying Business Studies, History and Geography. I wish to study international business or business management at university.

While I enjoy my lessons, what I really love is playing rugby; both at practice as well as touch rugby with my friends. I also enjoy the physical challenges of waterpolo and love testing myself against my opponents.

What I enjoy most about Peterhouse is that you are living with your mates and it really does help you create bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime. The gym is a special place for me and love working out. Peterhouse has presented me with many opportunities and a brotherhood that I am more than grateful for.

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ATS - Playing the Claim Game 2021

February 2021

Dear ATS Parent


I have referred elsewhere to a lovely piece (originally produced as a poem) which recorded that a university professor once bemoaned about his students that, “Such rawness is a shame; Lack of preparation in the school is to blame.” The Sixth Form teacher countered, “Good heavens, what crudity! The boy’s a fool. The fault, of course, is in the Lower school.” The Secondary school teacher blamed the Primary teacher who in turn derided the ECD. The ECD teacher declared, “Such lack of training never did I see! What kind of woman must his mother be?” The mother answered, “Poor helpless child; he’s not to blame. His father’s people were all the same.” Not to be outdone, however, “Said the father, keeping in line, ‘I doubt the rascal is even mine.’”

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From the Rector's Desk - 17th February 2021

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Below are two pieces of art recently completed by Sean Rogers (PHB) and Kayleigh Weeks (PHG); in the hurly burly of all that is digital schooling, it is reassuring to recognise that we continue to express our creativity in ways which are both bold and spectacular.

It was not my intention to write a mid-term letter, but on the back of recent announcements it seems appropriate to provide comment. The announcement of an extension to the lockdown has provided some clarity on the issue of schools not re-opening until, at best, the beginning of March. Obviously, from our perspective, this is disappointing, and we can only hope that the Covid situation in the country will improve to a point which will facilitate a re-opening of schools.

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Meet Dumiso Dube - English & History Teacher 2021

Dumiso Dube joined Peterhouse Boys in January 2020 as a Junior Master and was appointed as an English and History teacher in January 2021. Dumiso is a Peterhouse old-boy who was Head of Malvern in 2011.

He graduated from Rhodes University in 2016 with a BA in Law, Politics and History. After graduation, Dumiso worked for Partner Africa in Johannesburg before moving back to Zimbabwe, where he worked with Global Education doing legal research.

Dumiso will complete his PGCE this year, be a live-in tutor and will coach basketball and football with enthusiasm.

Introducing our 2021 Dept. Head & Senior Scholar – Charles Moscrop

My name is Charles Moscrop and I am in Founders House.

I live in Cape Town (but used to live in Harare) and went to Springvale House. I joined Peterhouse in my D block (Form 1) year. Currently, I am studying Mathematics, English Literature, History and Music and as it stands, I am hoping to study Music at a university in the United Kingdom.

When I am physically at school, I love playing first team tennis, debating, studying music and singing in the choir.

The best thing about Peterhouse is the friends that I've made as well as the unforgettable memories that I will take with me as I progress. I am probably most passionate about my music, both in studies and as an extra-curricular. This is largely due to the amazing friends I share and make this music with, ranging from the vocal ensemble ‘One Voice’, to my classmates, with whom I have been friends with for what seems like forever.

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The Kidzcan Virtual Charity Run Walk 2021

International Childhood Cancer Day (celebrated today, 15th February) is a global campaign to raise awareness about Childhood Cancer and to express support for children with cancer, the survivors and their families.

Kidzcan is the only organization in the country that supports childhood cancer. Without Kidzcan many children would lose their battle against cancer as almost all families cannot afford the treatment costs associated with cancer. Since 2009, when the organization was registered, Kidzcan has assisted over 6000 children. Currently they support 900 children per year.

Kidzcan is part of the WHO and St Jude Global Initiative to increase the survival rate of the six most common childhood cancers to 60% by the year 2030. With your help, they can achieve this.

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From the Rector's Desk - 12th February 2021

Friday 12 February 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Apologies for the delay in this week’s letter but we wanted to finalise some arrangements with KidzCan (see below).

As we approach half term, please note the slight adjustment to our timings for this break from Digi-schooling. Half-term will start after lessons (15h30) on Wednesday 17 February. School will return with the start of lessons (07h30) on Tuesday 23 February.

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Meet Helen Allott – English Teacher 2021

Helen Allott joined the Peterhouse Boys’ English Department in January 2021.  Helen was previously a House Matron of Ellis and Malvern House.  

As a girl, Helen went to Arundel School, after which she then attended Rhodes University and UNISA. She has an Australian Certificate in Community Services (working with youth and children at risk). Her formal teaching experience includes time at Arundel, The Heritage and the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy in Perth.

Helen is married to Simon Allott, Tinokura Housemaster and Physics teacher and they live at Peterhouse with their three children.

Introducing our 2021 Head of School – Kyle Saywood

My name is Kyle Saywood and I am in Snell House. I live in Chipinge out on a tea estate and went to Springvale House for junior school. I became a part of Peterhouse back in 2016 when I joined D block (Form 1) and I am currently studying Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry for A levels.

After school I plan to travel overseas, get involved in the stock exchange and complete a degree in civil engineering.

Peterhouse is not just a school to me anymore, it is a second home. I mostly enjoy spending time at the school with all the friends (family) that I have made throughout my journey. During my "free time" lately I have enjoyed spending time with my family as well as training for different sports and activities I plan to do in the future. The amount of academic, sporting and cultural activities available to me have been more than I could have ever imagined and is what has made me appreciate school the most. Peterhouse has changed me and I am certain it will change you too!

From the Rector's Desk - 5th February 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Conversations, and related rumours around a re-opening of schools, abound. Currently we have no indication of when schools will physically re-open. Nevertheless, there are a number of givens from a Peterhouse perspective. Firstly, the national lockdown has been extended beyond 5 February and will now continue for a further ten days to 15 February. Secondly, the school will respect the published term dates and there will be a half term (19 – 22 February). Lastly, we support a quick return to school, appreciating that any return of pupils must be done in a safe and responsible manner. In the interim we will continue teaching using our online platforms. In a note from the Business Director, a boarding credit for the next two weeks has been passed on your school accounts. It should be noted that ZWL statements have had an inflationary adjustment passed on outstanding balances.

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Debate Club Oxford Schools 2021 Workshop

On Wednesday the 20th of January the Peterhouse Mixed Junior and Senior Debate Teams participated in an international training workshop which was being run by the Oxford University Debating Union.

The event ran from 8:30pm to 10pm and it featured students from all over the world, with fellow students attending from countries such as Spain all the way to Togo. The experience was tremendously enriching for Peterhouse Debaters as they learned about the advanced rebuttal and argument construction formulas utilised by some of the best international teams in the world.

Peterhouse pupils and staff watched and listened attentively as the Oxford Union Debating Club representatives gave valuable insights into case construction and rebuttal. It was very pleasing to note that our team captains; Shaune Uriri and Mercy Magaya actively participated on this forum by posting responses to questions and by suggesting tactics that may be used in various scenarios. Peterhouse intends to implement these strategies in future matches.

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