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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. Should this be case, I do believe we can anticipate a re-evaluation of the 2021 term dates. For our part we will continue to work with those published earlier in the year, but it may become necessary to revisit these once the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has formally announced a date for re-opening schools.
You should have received an invitation to join the Kidzcan “Fun Run” by e-mail. With the blessing of Kidzcan, Peterhouse will be facilitating a “Virtual Fun Run” as part of the Kidzcan campaign for raising both their profile and funds. Your support of this venture is very much encouraged. The invitation will have all the details regarding how to enter, participate, and contribute to Kidzcan. There are two options: the 5 kilometre or 10 kilometre run. This will be a fantastic opportunity to support Kidzcan. Please feel free to circulate the “Fun Run” invitation as widely as possible, given that more participants means greater support for the work of Kidzcan. Get running and support a fantastic cause!

During the first half of term there has been a lot of exciting activity in many areas of our extra-curricular programme. Nicole Allott and Paulo Marucchi Chierro are participating in the regional NASP virtual Archery tournament. Our Chess players are working with a French website which gives them access to chess clubs and chess enthusiasts worldwide. The debaters continue to build on their exposure through the workshops provided by Oxford University. Locally, both the Junior and Senior debating teams have been involved in competition with St Johns. Internationally, Charles Moscrop and Shaune Uriri took part in the Oxford African Schools regional competition; they both made it to the semi-final and will be representing Africa at the Oxford final at the end of March. This is an exceptional achievement. In a similar vein, the Model United Nations group have been involved in online workshops which have provided them with further insights into the mechanics of managing international issues.

Our Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) programme continues apace and congratulations go to Mafaro Musimwa and Kaleigh Weeks on receipt of their Bronze Awards. Deborah Davy and Kayla Kalweit have embarked on their Gold Award residential projects, which take place in Chirundu. In addition, a number of staff have completed their Level 2 training programme. Penny Raynor, Head of the Group conservation areas, has been very supportive of the DoE by making herself available to assist local DoE service projects on a weekly basis.

The Peterhouse Equestrian Centre has been particularly active and was recently involved in a virtual Dressage competition. Riders were required to complete the test whilst being videoed, and these were then assessed by the Zimbabwe Equestrian Federation; we await the results.

On the Music front, the National Institute of Allied Arts (NIAA) virtual Eisteddfod preparations continue. Currently we have 44 entries from PHB, 67 from PHG, and 16 from SVH. We certainly wish all our participants every success in their endeavours.

Hopefully this small snapshot of what is happening in the school gives a better insight into the broader reality of Digi-school. It is incredibly encouraging to see so many pupils committed and involved in a host of creative activities, and I do take this opportunity to congratulate them for capitalising on their online school experience.

Half term has arrived and I hope that it will offer you all a chance to step away from school routines. We wait, in anticipation, for a decision to re-open schools. We will communicate our plans for a re-opening once an official position has been reached.

Please be reminded that Digi-school will return with the start of lessons at 07h30 on Tuesday 23 February.

Remember HANDS (wash regularly); FACE (wear a mask) and SPACE (socially distance ~2m)

With warm regards,

Jon Trafford