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Peterhouse Girls



Thursday 26th March 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians

The writing of this final newsletter has arrived sooner than we had all anticipated. Within a matter of days our concerns with COVID-19 have become a reality. As always, the safety of our girls is at the top of our priority list, and I am grateful that though school closed suddenly, the process was completed in an orderly fashion.

Although the girls are at home, the first term is not yet over. Work has been set for all pupils on the Google Classroom platform. Whilst teachers will be working from their homes, they will be available to assist their pupils until 2nd April after which it will be official school holidays. I encourage the girls not to take their foot off the pedal and to make the most of the help that is available to them.

Peterhouse is set to open school as normal at the beginning of next term. However, circumstances are changing daily and in the event that this does not happen, our pupils and staff will pick up online teaching through Google Classroom. This will be a trying time for everyone, but we must all pull our weight to get the best result.

Cambridge has announced cancellation of the May/ June series of examinations globally and we are waiting for their recommendations on how we can best move forward. For this year’s examination candidates, this does not mean you should relax. Take this time at home to get ahead. I know it is hard, but the way you react in tough times will say a lot about your character. We are standing with you!

With respect to next term, we have put together the calendar anticipating a return to school on Tuesday 5thMay. The hard copy version of the calendar will not be printed until we are confident that school will start as scheduled. Nevertheless, we will publish the calendar on our website to give you an opportunity to see when fixtures and events are scheduled to take place. Should the start of term be delayed our academic programme will continue online

These are unprecedented times which call for resolve, patience and understanding. I do not want to ask much of you, but I will ask that you pray. Please pray for world leaders, that they will make wise decisions. Please pray for people who have lost their jobs, freedom and loved ones during this time. Pray for those who are sick, especially the elderly and the vulnerable. Pray for health workers and everyone working so hard to overcome COVID-19. Pray for Zimbabwe. And pray for the world, that it will be a better place when we come out on the other side of this pandemic.

Be kind to one another and stay safe and well.

Mrs Claire Hough


Dear Parents & Guardians

You will soon be receiving your child’s fee statement, which reflects the balance outstanding as at the end of the Lent Term. If you have made any payments which are not reflecting on your statement, please email us a copy of your proof of payment so that we can identify it in our Unclaimed Deposits and rectify our records accordingly.

Please note that the Administration and Accounts Departments will be closed from the 26th March to the 19th April inclusive. Sue Heathcote and Mark Whitaker will be working remotely so they will be able to respond to e-mails forwarded to the Accounts Department.

In the normal course of events parents are notified at the end of term with regards to school fees for the next term. We had advised at the end of the Michaelmas term that school fees were likely to increase each term until they reached previous levels in real terms. However, in the light of the current crisis as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic it has been resolved that further communication with regards to school fees for next term will be delayed in order to assess in what manner Peterhouse will be operating next term.

Parents are requested to settle their outstanding accounts so that the schools’ cash flow is not impacted in the coming month.

Stay safe in these very troubled times!

Kind regards

Mark Whitaker
Business Director


1.1 CAT4 Tests
The C Block pupils will be writing the Cognitive Ability Test 4 on 14thMay. More details will be e-mailed to C Block parents about these tests.

1.2 D Block Parent/ Teacher Meeting
The D Block Parent/Teacher Meeting will be held in the dining hall at PHG on 22ndMay. It will be preceded by a Parents Meeting at 9:20am.

1.3 Vth Form Parent/ Teacher Meeting
There is an opportunity for you to meet with your daughter’s teachers and to discuss academic progress just before the first fixture free of next term, on Friday 22nd May. The meeting will be in the Megahey Centre, and will run from 0945-1130. A reminder will be sent out closer to the time.


2.1 Sanitary Wear Drive
Girls R Us is an organisation that sources sanitary wear for young girls in the rural areas who often fail to attend school or participate in other regular activities during their menstrual period. Peterhouse girls are encouraged to bring an extra pack of sanitary wear at the beginning of term in support of this very noble cause.

2.2 Crochet Blankets
Please encourage your daughters to continue crocheting squares for the orphanage. As a reminder, the dimensions are 20cm x 20cm square which can be combined to create a blanket of 6 x 6 squares (min) or 6 x 10 squares (max).

2.3 Tatanga Camp Out 2020
The Tatanga Camping Weekend has been postponed to Michaelmas Term. The date is to be confirmed.

2.4 Calendar Dates - 2020
Dates Subject to Confirmation
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


3.1 Music
This term has been a busy one for the music department, with eight choirs and over 15 entries in instrumental and vocal solos/ensembles for the 2020 Eisteddfod. Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the remainder of this year’s festival had to be cancelled. However, before the cancellation, a few girls managed to perform in the first week of the Eisteddfod. Some outstanding results were recorded, to mention but a few:

Honours grade: Aneni Chigwedere (C block), Piano Solo grade 5
1st plus grade: Tiffany NyamupingidzaVIth form) Piano Solo grade 7
1st grade: Jemimah Muusha (Vth form) Vocal Solo
1st grade: Chimwemwe Msiska (VIthform) Vocal Solo


4.1 Rowing: SA Championships Results Breakdown
Age- Group Race Athletes Heat Semi-Final Final Medal
U14 1x Oanaya Dongo 19/42
1x Danielle Kaschula 24/42
1x Chloe Scott-Elliot 27/42
1x Taonaishe Kunaka 35/42
2x TaonaisheKunaka& DanielleKaschula 3/6
2x Oanaya Dongo & Chloe Scott-Elliot 4/6
4x Oanaya Dongo, Taonaishe Kunaka, Tsana Oosthuizen & Chloe Scott-Elliot 3/6 8/8

U15 1x Lara Weller 19/43
1x Kaleigh Weeks 21/43
1x Skye Shanahan 27/43
1x Tyler Rorbye 32/43
2x Kaleigh Weeks & Lara Weller 2/4 7/8
2x Daniella Phiri & Jewantee Yakiti 5/7
2x Skye Shanahan & Tyler Rorbye 6/7
4x+ Tsana Oosthuizen (cox), Daniella Phiri, Lara Weller & Jewantee Yakiti 5/6

U16 1x Kayla Kalweit 3/25 2/8 1/8 GOLD
1X Genevieve Shoesmith 5/25 5/8 5/8
2x Kayla Kalweit & Genevieve Shoesmith 1/4 2/7 SILVER

U19 1X Doné Erasmus 13/43 5/8
1x Stacey Dunstan 15/43 7/8
1x Holly Bicknell 17/43
1x Victoria Wood 28/43
1x Megan Dunstan 31/43
2x Stacey Dunstan & Doné Erasmus 3/6 8/8
2x Holly Bicknell & Victoria Wood 5/6
4x+ Holly Bicknell, Megan Dunstan (cox), Stacey Dunstan & Doné Erasmus 4/6

A huge thank you to the parents who spent a great deal of time and money supporting their children in this incredible sport.We would also like to thank the staff for preparing our girls so well and for looking after them for the duration of the tour.

4.2 Hockey
Please may all team players return with appropriate Winter Sports equipment when school re-opens. This includes gum guards for all hockey players.

D Block hockey trials were interrupted and so you may find a coloured and numbered ‘PETERHOUSE’ branded bib amongst your daughter’s laundry; please ensure that this returns to school with your daughter.

Fitness is an essential element of field hockey and to that end, please encourage your daughters to follow the training programme set by their Coach. If your daughter has not received a hockey specific training programme, please contact me via WhatsApp and I will forward a programme to you (+263 772 546 126). Whilst our technical sessions and coaching may have been cut short, please make sure your girls get out there and take control of their fitness!


5.1 Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards
Unfortunately, like many other activities in the school, the Adventurous Journey to Nyanga that was scheduled to leave on 20th March had to be cancelled. Arrangements will be made early next term for the awardees who require the journey in order to complete their Bronze Award. It has been encouraging receiving correspondence from the awarding body stating that the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is committed to supporting our global young citizens as they rise up to the exceptional challenge we are all facing today. We are trying to find different ways of interacting with the participants over the holidays so that they can continue to pursue their awards in the safest way possible. Notification will be given to participants of the possible online platform that will be set up to support the girls.

Mrs Mazwi Phiri will be on standby to answer any queries concerning the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. 

5.2 Outback (C Block 2020)
All C Block parents should have received the Outback Newsletter and indemnity forms: Dates are from the 10th – 13th May for PHG. Please note the equipment list on the letter and make sure your child returns to school with all the necessary kit at the beginning of the Trinity Term.

5.3 VthForm Biology and Geography Trip to Rifa
Please email Penny Raynor if your daughter is interested in joining this trip. It covers practical aspects of the syllabus and takes place from2-7 August, the last week of next term.


6.1 Assembly- Honour and Loyalty by Abigail Davy and Tawana Mahari

My honour is my loyalty--Heinrich Himmler

Good morning school, this morning we will be talking to you about honour and loyalty which are two essential bricks in our house as a prefect body.
The dictionary defines honour as: "honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions. Honour is high respect, great esteem and or knowing and doing what is morally right. God wants us to honour those who are in positions of authority, because they are representatives of God's ultimate authority over all. But honour goes beyond just people with authority over us. We are to honour all people by treating them with dignity and respect. "Honour everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the emperor" (1 Peter 2:17)

Honouring your word is more than simply doing what you say you’ll do because your actions actually say more than words ever will. Acting in an honourable manner is something that can help you make and keep friends. If you cannot honour your words don't use them.

Here are some of the things you can do to be honourable:
• Be authentic: In other words, don’t try to hide behind pride or a façade that you can’t live up to.
• Follow through: If you say you are going to do something, do it and do it well, even if it takes time to figure out the process.
• Be compassionate: When someone needs help, don’t kick them while they’re down. Show compassion and give them a hand if possible. If you can’t help them, introduce them to someone who can.
• Earn your way: This applies to working hard for whatever it is you hope to achieve and earning people’s respect. Don’t expect something for nothing.-- Sophocles once said " I would prefer even to fail with honour than win by cheating"
• Be honest but not mean: Tell the truth, but don’t say something hurtful if it isn’t necessary. There are times when it’s best to keep your mouth shut.
• Have a strong belief system: Stand up for what’s right and push away what’s wrong. -- An Icelandic proverb says “he who lives without discipline dies without honour.”
• Accept flaws: Everyone has them, with no exceptions. You should always work on improving your own shortcomings, but don’t constantly call other people out on theirs.
• Don’t humiliate others: If someone does something embarrassing, resist the urge to say something hurtful, no matter how clever it sounds. People may laugh because it’s funny at the moment, but after they think about it, they’ll think less of you.
• Be a good sport: You can’t win every game, award, or popularity contest. Accept that, congratulate the winner, and move on.

What is Loyalty? It is a strong feeling of faithful support or allegiance.
On a more personal level, loyalty stands for commitment and dedication to another, allowing respect and trust to flourish. It is a vital quality to possess in both our school and personal lives as it is the catalyst that brings a community closer together. Loyalty is something we talk about often but possibly don’t practice enough as it may seem unpopular in certain environments. One may not always correctly decide who to be loyal and some people may even disappoint us or deceive us when are loyal to them. Despite all this, loyalty always allows us to be true to ourselves and to our values. It may be hard to be loyal sometimes as who or what we are loyal to is not perfect. Arthur Miller once said, “A man is not an orange. You can’t eat the fruit and throw the peel away.” Therefore loyalty defines who we are and how well we sleep at night. It guarantees a clean conscience and a positive, transparent life.

JRR Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, once said, “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” Loyalty is tested and tried. It must be unconditional and well founded. By its own definition, it cannot be anything but consistent. Loyalty to a cause or a person shapes part of our identity. We invest in what we are loyal to and therefore we cannot be passive about our integrity and commitment. To be trustworthy and reliable our loyalty must be shown through both public and private actions and opinions. Sometimes one must be loyal to those who don’t deserve or appreciate it. This is difficult but as we’ve already said, loyalty is an act of integrity and reliability. It says a lot more about us.

Proverbs 3:3 says, “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you. Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.” Solomon wisely tells us to keep loyalty and kindness close to us, like a necklace bound around our necks, and have them written on our hearts as we behave accordingly. Loyalty can be seen as a discipline as we must exercise integrity through our everyday lives.

6.2 Letter from San

A lot of school time is spent getting girls to dentists and back. Please ensure that your daughter has a full dental check-up over the half-term break or during the school holiday so that she does not need to miss lessons for dentistry requirements. If dental work is ongoing, try to book appointments that do not clash with school days.

If your daughter has braces please book appointments appropriately to coincide with fixture free weekends and half-term dates. We will only deal with dental emergencies when they arise.

Post-Operative Care
Please keep your daughter at home for the stipulated number of days following any type of surgical intervention. This includes time at home following minor operations, for example excision of verrucas or removal of ingrown toenails. Home care is vital following these minor procedures as it allows healing within an environment that your child’s immune system is used to and can cope with. Bringing your daughter back to school following even minor surgery places her at risk for post-operative infection which is difficult to control at even the most basic levels. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.

Ointments for skin problems, inhalers for asthma or nasal preparations are allowed to be kept by girls in their houses. No tablets of any kind are allowed to be kept in the houses. All vitamins must be handed in to the San.

Please ensure that your daughter is lice free before returning to school.

Warts and Verrucas
Please can you ask your GP to deal with any warts or verrucas during the holidays. A lot of school time is spent dealing with these during the term.

Contagious Illness
Please take care to keep your daughter at home for the stipulated number of days prescribed by the Doctor. Bringing your daughter back to school too early delays her convalescence significantly as she heals.

Medical Aid
If you have recently changed your medical aid or any detail with regard to your medical aid, please inform the san.

NB**Emergency contact numbers
When we need to contact you quickly we require a reliable number to call, please provide your up to date number or a guardian’s number who can give consent for emergency needs.

Please contact the Sanatorium if you require any information concerning your daughter’s health needs at school.

Cell Phone: 0776261987
Extension: 371
E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind regards
Sister Rejoice Jim and Sister Caroline Bamba