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Peterhouse Girls

Newsletter FFW (Current)



Friday 15th November 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Examinations, both public and internal, are now at an end and I am sure the girls are all breathing a sigh of relief. The A Block will be off to Matopos this weekend and we wish them and the staff who are accompanying them, safe and happy hiking. The VIth Form are done with formal farewells with only the Leavers Ball left as their final school function and we wish them well as they embark upon the next stage of their lives.

I would like to thank Danai Mandebvu (Head Girl), Megan Hough (Deputy Head Girl) and the Prefect Body of 2019 for serving their school this year. If you were not at Speech Day please take time to read Danai’s speech; this, along with the speeches from myself and the Guest of Honour, Ms Sarah Savory, are included at the end of the newsletter.

Over the last few weeks we have had many special occasions, none moreso than the farewell for the VIth Form of 2019, with a memorable Leaver’s Service and Lunch. They were each presented with a pendant, presented to them from the Petrean Society as they move from being Peterhouse pupils to alumni; the pendants are a new addition and I hope the girls will wear them proudly in years to come, just as many “old” boys wear their Petrean ties.

We have also completed a rigorous process of appointing prefects for 2020 which included a treasure hunt in Gosho Park, various team building exercises, interviews and presentations. This is never an easy process and I am proud of all the girls. The Office Bearers for 2020 have now been announced and I know they, along with their entire year group will do themselves proud in the year ahead.

I was asked the other day what is the one thing I will miss about Zimbabwe when I leave and my honest answer was that I could not narrow it down to only one thing. I will miss the wildlife and wilderness, the warmth of its people and I will miss a style and standard of schooling second to none. In fact the only thing I won’t miss is the economy! I do not need to have left Zimbabwe to know that there are many blessings to be had from living here and as our VIth Form leave Peterhouse I hope they are able to look back on their time here with fondness and many cherished memories.

Kindest regards,

Mrs Tracy Blignaut


Dear Parents & Guardians

We have had a change in the Accounts Department this term:
• Stacey Bailey has moved into the position of Assistant Accountant. 
• Lynn Khan has replaced Stacey in Debtors.  

By now you will have received your child’s fee statement:
• If you have made a payment which is not reflecting, please contact Lynn for payments into CABS, or Juliet for payments into Barclays or Stanbic.
• If you have any queries regarding charges on your statement, please may you contact Lynn or Juliette ASAP so that they can assist you.
• A school magazine charge per family has been put onto statements, as we have had to pay for the printing of the magazine this term, however it will only be received by your children, early next term.
• The A Block Matopos trip charge is now reflecting on the statements. Parents are requested to settle this charge as soon as possible, as we are committed to paying Outward Bound next week.
• A reminder that you may elect to receive a USD statement if you have an address outside Zimbabwe, by sending your request to Stacey detailing the physical address.

Fee Clearance Letters were emailed to parents on Tuesday 12th November, for pupils who had a school fee statement balance of ZWL3,000 or US$200, depending on the currency in which you have elected to receive your statement. Fee Clearance Letters were also be issued for those pupils who have a balance greater than ZWL3,000/ US$200, but are in line with their Payment Plans with Peterhouse. Please ensure that your child/ren do not return to school after the Fixture Free weekend without a Fee Clearance Letter.

Please note that while the school may:
• No longer receive USD cash for ZWL statements, payment can be made by telegraphic transfer to the one of the school’s Nostro accounts. The value for ZWL statements will be at the RBZ average USD rate on the day that the funds reflect. In the event of a top-up it will not apply to school fees settled in full in USDs.
• Receipt USD cash for external commitments such as foreign tours, Cambridge Exams, Duke of Edinburgh fees, etc., as well as for USD Statements.

It is vital that we always have up to date contact information for each pupil, so please check that the contact information at the bottom of your child’s statement is correct, and if any changes are to be made to them, please advise Stacey.

We would like to wish you all a lovely weekend with your children.

Kind regards

Mark Whitaker
Business Director


1.1 Cambridge A and AS level examination results will be released on 9th January 2020, and the Cambridge IGCSE results a week later on 16th January. You will receive access codes by e-mail a few days before the release dates, for you to see your daughter’s results.

1.2 Please note that Vth Form pupils are, as usual, expected to return on the first day of the Lent term 2020, ahead of the publication of the examination results.


2.1 Christmas Dinner Dress Code
Please ensure that your daughter returns to school, after the weekend, with her dress for the Christmas dinner.

2.2 Calendar Dates – 2020

Lent (1st) Term
Begins Tuesday 14 January
Lessons begin Wednesday 15 January
1st Fixture Free Friday 31 January – Monday 3 February
Half-Term Thursday 20 – Tuesday 25 February
3rd Fixture Free Friday 13 – Monday 16 March
Ends Thursday 2 April
(Easter: 10 – 13 April)

Trinity (2nd) Term
Begins Tuesday 5 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

Michaelmas (3rd) Term
Begins Tuesday 8 September
1st Fixture Free Friday 25 – Monday 28 September
Half-Term Thursday 15 – Tuesday 20 October
3rd Fixture Free Friday 6 – Monday 9 November
Ends Thursday 3 December

Lent (1st) Term 2021
Begins Tuesday 12 January 2021


3.1 Awards

Gold Cock’s Tie Michelle Murengami, Rufaro Makoni, Nokutenda Gundo, Sandlasenkosi Mushambavanhu, Tinotenda Mapani
Half Colours Shamiso Chikuri, Tanatswa Njanji

Gold Cock’s Tie Alicia Chiremba, Tinotenda Mapani, Tinotenda Ndaudzwa
Natercia Makwiranzou

Half Colours Sharonrose Mandudzi

Kukura neShungu
Silver Service Tie Ropafadzo Mariga, Rutendo Mukucha, Kuzivakwashe Gore, Tatenda Ndaudzwa, Tanyaradzwa Kurenzvi, Paidamoyo Maravi

Silver Service Tie Abigail Mahofa, Tatenda Ndaudzwa, Tinotenda Mapani, Sandlasenkosi Mushambavanhu

Musha Wevana
Silver Service Tie Adeline Boka

Half Colours Shirea Brits, Anna Montgomery.

Music (Piano)
Half Colours Tiffany Nyamupingidza

Half Colours Tawana Mahari

Credits Lewhat Daniel, Anesu Nzenza-Grant, Mitchelle Mafusire, Cheryl Wekare

Distinction Marylene Bandera, Rutendo Magomo, Rutendo Mukucha, Paidamoyo Maravi, Chimwemwe Msiska, Kuzivakwashe Gore


4.1 Results

NASP Archery Tournament at PHB, PHG finished 3rd out of 6 schools

Horse Riding
PEC Dressage Show
Dressage – Elementary Class 3rd Nokutenda Mangwiro, 2nd Kyra Zartmann,
1st Ashley Dziva
Dressage – Intermediate Class 3rd Kayla Gillwald, 2nd Hannah Palmer, 1st Courtney Wellock
Best Turned Out Rider Rachel Stanton

Arena Event at Borrowdale
Junior 90cm Show Jumping 1st Erin Elliott
Junior 90cm Show Jumping 2nd and 3rd Katie Loubser

PEC Annual Show Results
Dressage – Preliminary Class 4th Erin Elliott, 3rd Adel Kotze, 2nd Sienna Page, 1st Erin Elliott
Dressage – Intermediate Class 4th Melissa Allott, 3rd Rachel Stanton, 2nd Savannah Seaman,
1st Jenna Palframan
40/50cm Jumping 3rd Rachel Stanton, 2nd Chiedza Nazare, 1st Amy Ferreira
60/70cm Jumping 3rd Anna Freeth, 2nd Courtney Wellock, 1st Daniella Anderson
80/90cm Jumping 3rd Kylie Loubser, 2nd Erin Elliott, 1st Luanna Page

Best Turned Out Rider Mazvita Mwedziwendira
The Davis Cup For The Joy Of Riding Nokutenda Mangwiro
Green Shield The Most Improved Junior Amy Ferreira
Celeste Trophy for Most Improved Rider Courtney Wellock
Allen Trophy Most Promising Rider Melissa Allott
Spur Trophy for Horsemanship Rachel Stanton
Newmarch Memorial Trophy for Most Points Katie Loubser
Malwatte Cup for Attitude, Ability, Commitment Daniella Anderson

Junior Progress Shield for Rowing Genevieve Shoesmith

Senior Champion Lilian Pope
Runner up Bridget Lapham
Junior Champion Elizabeth Moore-Gordon
Runner up Ashleigh Dhobbie
Most Improved Senior player Bridget Lapham
National Representatives Elizabeth Moore-Gordon (U14), Laura Lagesse (U16)

National Sprints Gala (held in Mutare)
Shalom Ranganai received a Bronze Medal for her 100m Breaststroke Final.

National Swimming Ladder TOP 5 swimmers in the country (50m events) for the month of October 2019:
Courtney Brown Girls 17 years, 2nd 50m Freestyle, 4th 50m Butterfly
Chrissy Wenham Girls 14 years, 4th 50m Freestyle
Shalom Ranganai Girls 15 years, 5th 50m Butterfly

Table Tennis
vs BMC Cancelled
vs Peterhouse Boys Played 8, lost 8

3rd Term League Results
A League: Overall Peterhouse Girls came 2nd

B League: Overall Peterhouse Girls came 1st

PHG Tennis Championships
Junior Doubles Winners Chido Munyonga and Nadine Mudzimuirema
Runners-up Mikayla Burl and Heila Chapeyama

Senior Doubles Winners Katrina de Chassart and Bryony Dawson
Runners-up Nakai Mujaranji and Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba

Junior Singles Winner Amy Chadwick
Runner up Tanyaradzwa Midzi (walk over)

Senior Singles Winner Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba
Runner up Nakai Mujaranji

Most Improved Junior Player Tamupashe Muchena
Most Improved Middles Player Nakai Mujaranji
Most Improved Senior Player Rebecca Gau

National Representation (Zimbabwe U19A 5th Seed)
Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba

Friendly Matches since Half Term
A League:
vs Watershed U14A won 12-0
U15A won 8-3
U16A won 12-0

B League:
vs Eaglesvale U14B won 8-2
U15B won 8-0
U16B won 8-4

vs Heritage U14B won 7-1
U15B won 8-0
U16B drew 4-4

SA Championships U17 Andie Kuipers 4th
U17 Erin Elliott 7th
ATU Triathlon Junior African Cup Women Andie Kuipers 4th
Erin Elliott 5th
Zimbabwe National Triathlon Series U17 Andie Kuipers 1st
Erin Elliott 3rd
Discovery Triathlon World Cup U19 Andie Kuipers 2nd (Silver)
Africa Games (Triathlon) Women Andie Kuipers 3rd (Bronze)
World Triathlon Championships Women Andie Kuipers 58th/70
National Triathlon Colours Andie Kuipers (re-awarded)

Most Improved Senior Player Maja Potzas

4.2 Sports Awards
Congratulations to Makantasta Mtausi-Gwaradzimba who was nominated the 2019 Sportswoman of the Year; and to Rebecca Gau for receiving the Tate Trophy for Sportsmanship.

Half Colours Ria Pareekh and Shirea Brits

Horse Riding
1st Team Tracksuit Erin Elliott

Cock’s Ties Holly Bicknell and Victoria Wood
Half Colours Holly Bicknell

Cock’s Ties Amy Kluckow and Amy Doorman

Distinction Tanyaradzwa Midzi
1st Team Tracksuit Audrey Chiponda and Eryn Montgomery
Full Colours Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba

1st Team Tracksuit Ropafadzo Mariga
Cock’s Ties Chaneil Yosa, Sasha Mukucha, Precious Chemhere, Mitchelle Mafurise
and Omega Nyamushanya
Half Colours Precious Chemhere

Water Polo
1st Team Tracksuit Wadzanai Chiweshe
Cock’s Tie Wadzanai Chiweshe


5.1 D Block Great Zimbabwe Trip
Please ensure that D Block pupils going to Great Zimbabwe return to school with the following items:

1 Small Bag
4 Pairs Shorts/Trousers
4 Shirts
Trainers/Good Walking Shoes and socks
Swimming Costume & Towel
Insect Repellent/Sunscreen
IPod/Camera (No Phones)
Notepad & Pen
Pocket money (Optional)

5.2 Duke of Edinburgh International Award
Congratulations to the following girls who received their Awards:
Bronze Awards: Tavonga Chirombe, Bridget Lapham, Nikita Beadon, Ayla Skye Greef and Tiffany Nyamupingidza.

It is pleasing to see girls challenging themselves in various aspects of service, skill and physical activity in this amazing youth program. Please do not hesitate to email Mrs Mazwi Phiri for any enquiries or to get further details on the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.