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Peterhouse Girls

NIAA Literary Festival Results 2020

National Institute of Allied Arts

Congratulations to the following pupils on their results.

Honours Grade:
Sandlasenkosi Mushambavanhu (PHG): Form 6 Prose.
Anashe Utsiwegota (PHG): Form 6 Poetry.
Emmanuel Magutakuona (Paget): Form 3 Poetry.

Read more: NIAA Literary Festival Results 2020

B Block Chimanimani Expedition 2020

Tough, challenging, humbling, breath-taking, unpredictable, surprising, magnificent.

These are some of the words used by girls to describe their Chimanimani experience. The Chimanimani expedition is so entrenched in the Peterhouse outdoor education program and it seemed as if these mountains were prepared for the 22 excited B Block girls who had accepted the challenge to go on the five day expedition.

“It was an eye opening experience which showed me abilities I didn't know I had.”- Mafaro Musimwa

Read more: B Block Chimanimani Expedition 2020

From the Rector's Desk - 12th November 2020

Thursday 12 November 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Tuesday saw the return of all classes to Springvale – how good it is to have them back at school! The C Block volunteers are currently on Outback, having departed in their groups early on Wednesday morning. Our B Block girls returned last weekend, having enjoyed a wet, but successful, Chimanimani expedition. For B and D Block, Digi-school has continued this week, in preparation of their return, alongside C Block, on Monday 16 November. On Thursday morning a “Return to School” pack was distributed, via email, to all D, C, and B Block parents.

Read more: From the Rector's Desk - 12th November 2020

Learner Guide Course - 2021 Intake Now Open

Would you like to leave school with a Learner-Hunter/Guide Qualification ready to start an apprenticeship?

Peterhouse Group of Schools, Zimbabwe, offers the course as a two-year post-IGCSE subject covering the syllabus required for the National Parks Exams while studying two optional IGCSE/A-level subjects and being fully involved in the school curriculum.

We offer day trips, field trips, fishing, identification skills, tracking, shooting, hunting, photography and weekly practicals, etc.

External pupils are offered the opportunity to join Peterhouse for lessons and examination revision.

Read more: Learner Guide Course - 2021 Intake Now Open

Equestrian Pony Show November 2020

Well done to Taige Mannix and Sienna Page on their recent Pony Show results.

Taige Mannix:
Awarded ‘Best Overall Achievement in all Disciplines (Eventing, Dressage and Cross-Country)
Came 1st on Rum in the 1.10 class and 2nd overall in the 1.10 and 1.20 combined class.
Came 3rd on Song Sung Blue in the ‘Working Hunter’

Sienna Page
Runner Up Victrix Ludorum
Came 2nd in the 1m Show Jumping
Won the prize for ‘Show Jumping for Pony Riders’
Came 1st in Pair Ponies
Came 3rd in Dressage
Came 4th in Hunter Horse

Read more: Equestrian Pony Show November 2020

Speech Day 2020 – Head of School - Jade Carlisle

Good Morning to our quest of honour Mr Paunganwa and his wife Mrs Paunganwa. To the Chairman of the board, Mr Hammond and his wife Mrs Hammond. The Rector Mr Trafford, and in her absence Mrs Trafford. The Headmistress Mrs Hough and her husband Mr Hough, Peterhouse Staff, invited guests and of course fellow Peterhouse pupils.

There are many causes of a minor heart attack and I can guarantee you, from experience, that one of them is being told to write a speech. Unfortunately for me it has been difficult to find things to write about this year. We experienced Lent term and had approximately 5 months of school. And with that being said, there isn’t much more I can say. Thank you.

Okay now that I’ve got your attention I actually do have things to talk about, even though I’m sure some of you would have loved if my speech was in fact only 20 seconds.

Read more: Speech Day 2020 – Head of School - Jade Carlisle

Speech Day 2020 – Head of School – Crispen Mashingaidze

Chairman of EXCO – Mr Simon Hammond, Guest of Honour – Mr Vic Paungwena, The Rector – Mr Trafford, Headmistress of Peterhouse Girls – Mrs Hough, members of common room, invited guests and the kings and queens of Peterhouse.

Thank you, Mr Paungwena, for presenting our prizes and for your wise words of encouragement. Thank you, sir, for taking the time to be with us, it is always lovely to have you back at Peterhouse.

I am honoured to stand before you today as the 62nd and most special Head of School. Special in the sense that I was given the privilege to lead this great school in a year as unorthodox as 2020. Peterhouse has been our home away from home for the past 6 years. A group of 90 boys entered Tinokura, raring to begin their high school careers with no knowledge of what lay ahead of them. Tinokura prefect Kuda Manase wasted no time in letting us know of where we stood – at the bottom of the food chain. We came, we saw, and we finally made it to the top.

Read more: Speech Day 2020 – Head of School – Crispen Mashingaidze

Speech Day 2020 - Prize Winners

Congratulations to the following pupils on their awards:



ACCOUNTING - Abilio Bulha-Antunes / Tanatswa Njanji
ART - Kyra Zartmann / Kadin Eksteen
BIOLOGY - Cindy Mugandane / Simbarashe Govore
BUSINESS - Shaune Uriri / Glenn Mugozhi
CHEMISTRY - Zvikomborero Charera / Simbarashe Govore

Read more: Speech Day 2020 - Prize Winners

Speech Day 2020 – Guest of Honour – Mr Vic Paunganwa

The Chairman of the Executive Committee Mr. Simon Hammond, the Rector Mr. J Trafford, The Headmistress of Peterhouse Girls Mrs. C. Hough, Governors, my former colleagues - the esteemed staff of Peterhouse Boys and Girls, the young ladies and gentlemen of Peterhouse, invited guests. It is indeed a delight and a privilege to share this special occasion with you all. After all that has happened or should I say not taken place this year, I am glad that we have managed to recognize and reward the accomplishments of these high achievers. Congratulations to all the prize winners of 2020.

I was one of those lucky teachers who always seemed to end up on a tour. While I was here at Peterhouse I must have held the record for the most tours attended (maybe Mr. Banda may have done more because he also organized national team tours). Annual Triathlon and Hockey tours to South Africa; a rugby tour to England; I even got roped in to a B Block Chimanimani trip. I have fond memories of climbing up Kweza mountain with Mrs. Shoesmith and a bunch of B Block Boys, singing ‘Jayz on my feet’, just to take the mind off the pain. I thoroughly enjoyed these adventures and it was in these settings outside of the classroom that the true character of Peterhouse pupils was molded and truly revealed. Allow me to reminisce and share with you some of our experiences and what I came to understand about Peterhouse boys and girls.

Read more: Speech Day 2020 – Guest of Honour – Mr Vic Paunganwa

Speech Day 2020 – Rector’s Speech – Mr Jon Trafford

It is 1:30am in the morning, and the phone is ringing wildly. What could possibly be wrong – all the worst thoughts go through your mind. What has happened? Surely everything in the boarding house is fine? I was there 1 ½ hours ago, it was in darkness and all the boys were asleep. Ominously, the voice at the other end of the line belonged to the Deputy Head. He was adamant and demanded that I meet him urgently in his office. No, it would not wait until morning. Arriving sleepily, a table in the corner of the reception area caught my eye; it was littered with half empty quart bottles of beer and a selection of rather fine Cape wines. Seated along the opposite wall was a rather disheveled group of boys, including my Head of House and members of my prefect body. Thinking that the Head of House had been particularly proactive in his duties, I gave him a quick thumbs up before entering the Deputy Heads office. Why else would the Head of House be up at this time in the morning? All too quickly the bubble burst, for the boys, seated outside, had been caught red – handed by the school security having a wonderful celebratory party in the house loft – soon to be renamed “Tom’s Pub and Grill”.

Read more: Speech Day 2020 – Rector’s Speech – Mr Jon Trafford

From the Rector's Desk - 5th November 2020

Thursday 5 November 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,


With the B Block having enjoyed, or currently enjoying, the Chimanimani expedition, the C Block will be heading out on their Outback experience after the Digi-school Fixture Free Weekend. Preparations for the formal return of the D, C and B Blocks are now in full swing. Please note that correspondence detailing arrangements for the 16 November will be sent to you next week. Please read closely the school’s expectations in terms of this return. A medical declaration will also be attached to this correspondence.

Read more: From the Rector's Desk - 5th November 2020