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Peterhouse Girls

Newsletter FFW (Current)


Thursday 26th July 2018


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Once again the end of term has come all too soon, though in this case the sense that it has ended before we are ready for it is completely justified! I am grateful to all who have accepted the changes in term dates with good grace; including the cancellation of a fixture free, a Friday afternoon and Saturday morning of lessons, early start to next term and of course lessons until 12.30pm on this, our final day of term. We appreciate the unspoken support this gives us in our drive to ensure your daughters’ academics are a priority. I understand that sometimes family commitments and logistical challenges necessitate requests for early departure but I urge you to first of all keep these to a minimum and secondly if really necessary, make requests in good time. We always have a handful of last minute requests and these are difficult for Housemistresses to cope with when they are also trying to teach a full timetable.

Even in its shortened format, the term has been a successful one. We have had a healthy interest in the school for 2019 both in D Block and for other year groups, the Curriculum Support building is underway and the girls have worked hard in the classroom and in all their various activities. I hope the girls feel they have made the most of the opportunities that have come their way during the course of the term.

May I remind the girls to bring their own drinking bottles for next term as we strive to reduce single-use plastic at Peterhouse. May I also ask them all to bring a spare packet (or two) of sanitary pads as we would like to continue to support girls who are less fortunate than ourselves. Girls R Us have suggested that we buy “Farai” pads as they are the most affordable.

For the senior girls, the holidays are a time for recovery from this term and rest before the start of the Michaelmas Term; but it is also important that a fair amount of study is done in between and I trust the girls will use their time wisely. For the junior girls, enjoy the holidays – your time will come!

The Golden Girls hockey tournament goes ahead as calendarised (3rd – 5th August) and this year, our second team will also be competing in Silver Girls. We wish both our first and second teams all the best in what is always the grand finale of the hockey season.

Thank you once again for allowing us the honour of spending time with your daughters: teaching, guiding and nurturing them. The Chaplain closed our end of term service in prayer and as it encompasses all that I would hope for the holiday ahead, it seems fitting to close with it:
“We pray for Your protection for everyone this holiday, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We pray for happy and peaceful re-unions of family and friends and we pray for a restful holiday and for a safe return of all next term.

For those studying for their external exams, we pray a special blessing. Give them the desire, enthusiasm and perseverance to study with an eye on the future reward that always accompanies hard work.

And lastly, we pray for Your will to be done in the upcoming elections. We pray that the elections will be peaceful, free and fair and that our next president will be a man, or a woman, who has a reverent fear of You, who knows and loves You and will lead this country in accordance with Your will for the benefit of all Zimbabweans.”

Kind regards,

Mrs Tracy Blignaut


Dear Parents and Guardians,

By now you should have received your child’s fee statement, which reflects the balance as at the end of the Trinity Term, as well as the Fee Note for the Michaelmas Term. If you have any queries regarding the charges on your statement, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can refer them to the relevant staff member or department before school closes.
If you have made any payments which are not reflecting on your statement, please email us with a copy of your proof of payment so that we can identify it in our Unclaimed Deposits and rectify our records accordingly.

Unfortunately, many internal bank transfers and mobile banking payments are not reflecting references or information when they appear on our statements, so please always send us a copy of your payment as soon as it has been made, so as to avoid any inconvenience at the beginning of term.
Please note that:
• The Accounts Department will be closed from 1pm Friday 10th August to 8am Monday 20th August.
• We are no longer sending a representative to Cabs during the last week of the holidays, so please can you ensure that you email your proof of payments to the Accounts Department in good time, so that we can issue your Fee Clearance Letter.
• If you would like to pay fees in cash, please bring the cash to Peterhouse, either during the school holidays, or on the first day of next term, before you drop off your child.
• We will begin emailing out Fee Clearance Letters on Tuesday 28th August, to those who have cleared their account in full.

May we remind you to check that the contact information at the bottom of your fee statement is correct, and if not, please email us with any changes you need us to make.
We would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday with your children and look forward to having them back with us on Monday 3rd September.
Kind regards,

Mark Whitaker


1.1 GOSHO PARK FUNDRAISER – Festival of Music : Food : Wine
Once again, we will host a 'Kirstenbosch Style' Music Festival to raise funds for Gosho Park. The festival will host a variety of talented musicians, delicious food, wine and craft beer stalls! And so, we invite you to come out to our beautiful school with your family and friends, and enjoy a lazy Saturday afternoon into evening in front of the Springvale House Pavilion, listening to some great tunes and watching the sun go down over Gosho Park. We would like to encourage you to buy your picnic delights at the festival.

As this is the first closed weekend for PHG and PHB, all senior school pupils will attend the festival and $5.00 will be charged to their school fee account.

We do hope that you, too, will come and enjoy the afternoon with your children out in Marondera on the 8th September 2018.

Festival of Music : Food : Wine 2018 – UNIVERSITY STALLS
At this year’s festival we will be hosting five University Stalls from across the globe. Please come along to engage with these Universities and find out what you need to know about the prospective career path.

1.2 Peterhouse reduction of single use plastics
In an effort to reduce the use of single use plastics, bottled water will not be supplied in packed lunches and at sporting events next term. Girls must bring a multi-use water bottle at the beginning of next term and be responsible for filling their own bottles when going on the bus or at sports fixtures.


2.1 Academic Awards
Congratulations to the following girls who received Commendations for their Term Mark Order:

D Block – Cydney Buckler, Amy Chadwick, Makanaka Dzvurumi, Anna Freeth, Kyuri Kim, Tayla Lowden-Stoole, Danielle Machibaya, Rumbidzai Mapokotera, Ropafadzo Maumbe, Kimberly Maworise, Zandile Mbofana, Tavimba Mukozho, Makanaka Musadaidzwa, Mafaro Musimwa, Thando Ntini, Ella Pope, Priyali Rama, Brooklyn Tippett, Chrissy Wenham, Fadzai Zitsanza

C Block – Tawananyasha Banda, Ruvimbo Chauruka, Deborah Davy, Nandi Mbele, Vatida Nhemachena, Luanna Page

B Block – Erin Elliott, Laura Lagesse, Tinotenda Mapani, Jemimah Muusha, Tatenda Ndaudzwa

A Block – Tanatswa Njanji

Vth Form – Matinatsashe Hove, Shannen Wilson

VIth Form - Hailey Hawkins, Susan Li, Mazvita Mtausi-Gwaradzimba, Michelle Mwenje, Shumirai Njaravaza, Jessica Palmer, Deeyana Patel, Natasha Simpson

2.2 Public Examination Timetable
The Cambridge October/November examination timetable can be viewed on the Peterhouse Girls web page, under the “Academic” tab on the left of the home-page.

2.3 C Block Parent Teacher Meeting
The C Block Parent Teacher Meeting will be held on the Monday 3 September. Before this meeting, Mrs Scott Elliot will meet with parents to explain and discuss subject choices for IGCSE. A letter will be sent to all C Block parents in due course, to clarify the process.

2.4 Subject Choices
A Block girls need to submit their subject choices to Mr Griggs by the first day of next term. 

2.5 Peterhouse Leavers’ Ball Fundraising Golf Day - 25 August 2018


v PE: As lost 1 – 6
Bs lost 6 – 14
Cs lost 4 – 13

v PHB: As won 7 – 2
Bs lost 0 – 20
Cs won 18 – 3

v Hillcrest: As won 12 – 7
Bs lost 1 – 6

v PHB: As lost 11 – 18
Bs lost 1 – 6

v PHB: Seniors lost all matches
Juniors lost all matches

Night of debators at St Georges: On the 14th of July, the Senior Debate attended an evening of debators at St. Georges College. It was an evening of fruitful conversation with other debators and it had a positive public speaking energy. The guest speaker, Dr N Maraire, a successful neurologist, inspired us to strive to reach our goals.

Interhouse Debate
1st Sable, 2nd Kudu, 3rd Impala, 4th Eland. Best speaker for the juniors was Rutendo Magomo (Kudu) and the Best speaker for the seniors was Shamiso Chigadza (Sable).

This year there were 58 entries in total to the NIAA Speech and Drama Festival. The junior girls obtained 3 third grades, 14 second grades, 11 first grades. The D Block play “Doom” written and performed by the D Block girls received a well-deserved Honours grade.

The senior girls obtained 9 second grades, 17 first grades and Honours were awarded to Rugaro Songore for Improv and Bekezela Mbofana for her Prepared Speech. Special mention goes to Rufaro Songore for being named the top Peterhouse Girl performer of the festival.

The Interact Variety Show was definitely worth the amount of work we put in as a club. We had to meet deadlines which arrived earlier than expected, create documents we did not know about until the last minute and stay within the sensible restrictions which were set by the higher powers of the school, all while producing a show which we hoped people would feel was “value for their money.” However, we as a club were very satisfied with the outcome of our hard work and we thank everyone who participated and allowed the show to happen.

Leo Dance and Fun Day
This year, the Leo Club has done exceptionally well, despite the cold weather. We were able to raise $ 1 323.00 from the fun day and $ 3 633 from the dance. These were both held over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July. Both fundraisers were a success, and we have set high standards for the incoming Leos. The dance was by far the highlight of this year’s achievements – from planning, to carrying out the tasks required. And that serves to prove that collective efforts outweigh individual ones.

On the 14th of July, the Peterhouse Model United Nations Society took part in the annual ChiMUN conference hosted by Chisipite. The seminar this year was themed "Breaking Barriers". The conference was divided into 5 different rooms: the General Assembly, Security Council, ECOSOC, Human Rights Commission and the Environmental commission. Resolutions were made from each room to combat current global issues, including protecting the rights of Women in factory setups and child marriages.

Almost all of the resolutions were passed and the debate was fruitful. Courage Kusena, Bekezela Mbofana and Michelle Mwenje were all recognised for their efforts in this conference.


4.1 Sports Results

NASP Tournament at Chisipite Junior School – Peterhouse Girls came second overall out of 5 schools
Shirea Brits – Best Senior Girls
Ria Pareekh – Runner Up

Interhouse 1st Eland - 18 points
2nd Kudu - 14 points
3rd Impala - 12 points
4th Sable - 5 points

v Chisipite U14 lost 2-12
U15 lost 6-11
U16 won 13-1
2nd Team lost 8-11
1st Team lost 18-23

U20 Tournament at Watershed
The girls lost all their games in the pool stages and therefore did not qualify to play in the final stages of the tournament.

Interhouse 11-a-side 1st Eland - 34 points
2nd Kudu - 12 points
3rd Impala - 11 points
4th Sable - 10 points

A League
v Kyle U14A won 1-0
U15A won 3-0
U16A won 6-0
1st Team won 3-1

v Gateway A U14A won 2-0
U15A lost 0-2
U16A won 10-0
1st Team won 5-3

v Arundel U14A lost 1-2
U15A lost 0-1
U16A won 1-0
1st Team lost 2-4

B League
v Hellenic U14B drew 0-0
U15B won 4-0
U16B won 4-0
2nd Team won 2-1

v Petra U15B won 4-0
U16B won 2-0
2nd Team drew 2-2

v Heritage U14B won 5-2
U15B won 4-1
U16B lost 0-1
2nd Team won 7-1

v Watershed U14B drew 0-0
U15B won 2-1
U16B drew 1-1
2nd Team won 2-0

v Chisipite U14B drew 0-0
U15B won 2-0
U16B lost 3-0
2nd Team won 4-1

C League
v Gateway U14C won 6-0
U15C won 5-0
U16C won 9-0
3rd Team won 3-0

v Westridge U14C won 2-0
U15C won 2-0
U16C won 1-0
3rd Team lost 2-1


Pony Show
Achievement Award - Katie Loubser
Dressage – 2nd place Adele Kotze
Best Gymkhana combination Horse and Rider – Emily Wood
1st Place 60cms Accumulator Show Jumping – Luanna Page
3rd place 80cms Welcome Show Jumping/2nd Place Gymkhana Cans – Erin Mann
2nd Place 50cms Accumulator Show Jumping – Hannah Palmer
2nd Place Gymkhana Sack Race, 1st Place Gymkhana Poles Bending and 1st Place 1mts Accumulator Show Jumping – Katie Loubser
2nd Place 50cms Welcome Show Jumping – Courtney Wellock
2nd Place 80cms Welcome Show Jumping, 2nd Place 80cms Accumulator Show Jumping, Gymkhana 2nd place Poles Bending, 3rd place Sack and 1st Place Cans – Emily Wood
Team Eagles – 1st Place 70cms Event – Luanna Page and Trinity Buckler
Team Woodpeckers – 1st Place 80cms Event – Katie Loubser
Team Egret – 1st 90cm’s Event – Katie Loubser

v Arundel lost 1-3
v Hellenic drew 0-0
v Chisipite lost 1-2

v St John’s College lost 5-0


5.1 Music
Rutendo Machibaya passed her ABRSM Grade 5 Singing with merit.
Danielle Machibaya passed her ABRSM Grade 5 Singing.

5.2 Swimming
At the Dorados/MCD AGM Amy Doorman was re-awarded MCD Colours for Outstanding Performance, and a new award for Outstanding Performance was awarded to Courtney Herring who is also the 2018 MCD Swimming Captain.

Mashonaland Swimming Colours were re-awarded to Courtney Brown

5.3 Triathlon
Zimbabwe and French University Championships
Andie Kuipers has been selected by the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee to represent Zimbabwe at the African Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria.

Andie Kuipers also attended a training camp in the South of France for 10 days and went on to race in the French University Championships. Andie came 2nd in the U17-U19 age group and placed 6th in the overall championship.


6.1 Duke of Edinburgh International Award
Residential Project – Congratulations to the following girls who received their Bronze Level Awards: Sarah Burdett, Rebecca Gau and Annie Kirkman.

6.2 Far and Wide (A Block 2018)
After the final IGCSE, the A Block will depart to Nyanga for the A Block Far and Wide Leadership Development Programme (dates are 14th to the 20th November returning around 1700hrs). We have run this programme for A Block for three years now. It is a co-ed programme where the A Block boys and girls get to work together before they start co-education in the V Form. Although this programme is focused on Leadership we have found the relationship building opportunities to be huge between the boys and girls. This programme is compulsory – please can you plan your child’s holiday to commence after the 20th. The programme will cost approximately 300 USD – we are still waiting for the final costing from F&W. The first payment of 150USD has been charged to your accounts at the end of this term, and the balance of payment of the balance will be added to your beginning of Michaelmas Term Statement.

6.3 Chimanimani Outward Bound Programme 2018 (B Block)
As is tradition, the B Block will depart to Chimanimani for the Outward Bound Teambuilding and Personal Development Programme early next term (Dates: PHG - 21 to 27 September and PHB 28 September to 4 October (this is over the 1st FFW). This programme is compulsory. All B Block parents have been asked to write a letter to their children (you should have the details of this with the indemnity information). PLEASE make sure you send this letter back in a sealed envelope (attention your Housemaster or Housemistress) next term.


7.1 Dates to Diarise
Michaelmas (3rd) Term Dates
Begins Monday 4 September
1st Fixture Free Friday 28 September – Monday 1 October
Half-Term Thursday 18 - Tuesday 23 October
3rd Fixture Free Friday 9 - Monday 12 November
Ends Thursday 6 December

1st Term 2019
Begins Monday 7 January 2019

7.2 Assembly

Heart by Ruvimbo Dobbie
To "have a lot of heart" means to have a lot of these deep inner resources – and is not limited to compassion as some might assume.

This metaphoric use of "heart" has a long tradition in English. Great Hearted from the 14th century, is almost identical to "a lot of heart."The French word for "heart" is "cœur" whose root can be found in courage, encourage, and discourage.

And some might even break down the word:

H-ave E-nough A-ttitude R-esilience T-oughness

Being caring, compassionate, and wearing your emotions on your sleeve are just the start of what it means to have a big heart. Having a big heart is something that you are born with and is a result of the experiences you have been through in life. Some people think having a big heart is a blessing while others think it is a curse. It is as if those without a big heart wish they had one, and vice-versa.

It is hard to realise this, but sometimes people take advantage of you when you have a big heart. No matter how many times you are taken advantage of because of how compassionate you are, you are always willing to give back to others. Although some may think that living with a big heart is a weakness, I count it as a blessing. I do not mean to say that if you do not have a big heart you are a cold, selfish person, but things do not affect you as much. People like this just seem to let things go faster than others. Living life with a big heart is something that the prefect body naturally embraces. Having a big heart is different for everyone.

And this is what having heart means to me:

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog”

“Heart” is the word we use in sports and shouted out by the 1st team hockey girls and when we see athletes give it all they have, often resulting in sport performances way above what was ever expected. Athletes who play with heart are usually laser-focused, intrinsically motivated, excited about winning, and resilient toward setbacks and failure. In fact, it is an athlete’s heart and determination against the odds that makes for the best sport stories (and lots of Disney movies, too!).

Is having heart an inborn, genetic trait? Or is it something that can be learned? While people will have differing opinions on that question, one thing that we can all agree on is that we all have the ability to play hard and “go for it” when competing. What this means is that we can develop skills to help minimise anxiety and insecurities, thereby allowing us to fully focus on playing as hard as we can and displaying great heart while competing.

Heart makes up for talent! Often it is the athlete’s will-to-win that allows him to make up the difference when competing against other athletes who are better “on paper yeah.”
Playing with passion makes sports more fun. When athletes let go of their fears and anxieties and simply compete, only then will the greatest excitement be experienced while competing in sports.
It’s a great life skill to develop. Sports provide a primer for life in many ways, including developing the mindset of “going for it” and playing with heart. Often in school, career, and life we need to create the same mindset in order to reach our full potential.

In the book “A Fighter’s Heart” written by Sam Sheridan, he came to discover that regardless of the discipline, heart matters most. The love of the game matters much more than the hatred of your opponent or whatever will power might be at play. In the end, only love drives the heart, and only love conquers.

Heart transforms our lives, knowing that we are fighting for what we love. Heart is what gets us to compete with our true nature. When we see real sportsmanship and those competing at a level far beyond their athletic prowess, which is heart. When we see those who graciously lose and do so with every effort that is also heart. Heart is even failure and the willingness to accept it, grow from it, and try again. Even in defeat, no one can take true heart and love away from you.

You gotta have heart. All you really need is heart. When the odds are saying you’ll never win, that’s when the grin should start” - Damn Yankees.

Empathy by Jessica Broxham
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."
"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.
"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up...

"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.

Empathy is, “the ability to imagine yourself in someone else’s position and to intuit what that person is feeling—to stand in their shoes, to see with their eyes, to feel with their hearts—it is a stunning act of imaginative derring-do, the ultimate virtual reality, climbing into another’s mind to experience the world from that person’s perspective.”

Here in our Peterhouse community there are backstories, family or personal issues that majority of us are unaware of and when we interact with each other without empathising we may be doing more damage. So when someone is having a problem that may seem insignificant to us, it is important to put ourselves in their shoes and make an effort to understand how and why they may be feeling that way.

Empathy is important because it helps us to understand how others are feeling so we can respond appropriately to the situation.

A famous leader Simon Sinek quotes, “being a leader is not about being in charge it’s about taking care of the people in our charge,” and this cannot be done without empathy.