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Peterhouse Girls

Newsletter FFW (Current)



Friday 9th March 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The term is swiftly drawing to a close, with only two and a half weeks left, and it has been a quietly successful start to the year. The girls continue to be involved in a myriad of activities and their commitment and energy is inspiring: House plays have entertained the girls over the last two nights, after weeks of practice; and both the athletics season and Eisteddfod are in full swing.

Well done to our rowers for all their hard work and successes at SA Rowing Champs and a huge thank you to Mr Scott Walraven and his team for working so hard with the girls in preparation for this. Peterhouse Boat Club won the Co-ed Trophy for the third year running and the girls brought home three medals: bronze for the U16 quad of Holly Bicknell, Emma Kuipers, Jade O'Donovan and Victoria Wood; Holly Bicknell also won bronze in U16 sculls; whilst Genevieve Shoesmith won a silver medal in U14 sculls.

With hockey practice now under way for the next term's season, may I remind you that all girls who play hockey MUST wear a gum guard and shin pads. It is vital that your daughter comes properly equipped for her own safety.

Thank you to all those who have completed the cellphone survey. Unsurprisingly, this is an emotive subject both for girls and their parents with a wide variety of opinions and concerns. The deadline is today so if you have not yet done so, I would urge you to use this platform to air your views on the matter.

I wish you all a restful fixture free weekend,

Kind regards,

Mrs Tracy Blignaut


Dear Parents and Guardians,

By now you will have received your child’s fee statement. If you have made a payment which is not reflecting, please contact Peggy Morgan or Juliette Kwesha as soon as possible, so that we can rectify our records.

If you have any queries regarding charges on your statement, please may you contact Peggy or Juliette ASAP so that they can assist you.

Fee Clearance Letters were emailed to Parents on Tuesday 6th March for pupils who have a fee statement balance of $200 or less. Fee Clearance Letters (FCL’s) were also issued for those pupils who have a balance greater than $200, but are in line with their Payment Plans with Peterhouse. Kindly contact accounts should you not have received a FCL.

Please ensure that your child/ren do not return to school after the FFW without a Fee Clearance Letter.

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 Sue Heathcote.

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

Kind regards,

Mark Whitaker
Business Director


1.1Careermaps - Psychometric Assessment (A Block, Vth and VIth Form)
We have had an excellent response from parents for Careermaps. Talent Consulting have sent the access details to the parents who booked early. If you have received these please encourage your son or daughter to take the assessment at home, which is preferable to waiting and trying to fit it in during the busy daily school routine. Alternatively, pupils will be able to use the IT Labs to complete the assessment at school in due course, but it will be up to them to make the time.

We have had some later bookings and we will take additional orders until Tuesday 13th March 1800. We will process these during week 10, so you should have your child’s access by week 11.

1.2 Vth Form Travel and Tourism Cultural Trip to Dubai
The Vth Form Travel and Tourism class have planned, and are managing, a cultural trip to Dubai in the August 2018 holidays as part of their AS Level Coursework Module. They would like to invite B Block pupils to join them on this exciting cultural tour. Those interested should contact either Keara Shumba and Matinatsashe Hove at Peterhouse Girls, or Ronny Nichole at Peterhouse Boys. Parents can contact Mrs Rutendo Mudiwa. 

1.3 Global Leadership Summit – Youth Leadership Programme.
The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) exists to transform Christian leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development, and inspiration. Every year over 400 000 leaders attend the summit in some 140 countries around the world.

Last year Peterhouse partnered with the GLS team in Zimbabwe and we ran two [mini] GLS programmes for senior pupils in schools (we describe these as GLS Youth Leadership Programmes).
On the 1st of March we ran this programme again for the V Form boys and girls. The reception from the pupils was very positive this year.

We use material from previous GLS presenters (Bill Hybels – the 5 intangibles of leadership, Craig Groschel – Expanding your leadership capacity, and John Maxwell – The one thing to get right (add value to people). All presentations are followed by a facilitator lead workshop, where pupils get a chance to unpack the presentations and reflect on how they can use the lessons in their new leadership positions.

We also spend a session working through the 5 Levels of Leadership (John Maxwell), as this is so important to young leaders understanding where respect is really earned, the principles of adding value to people, self-sacrifice and servant leadership.
As you know Zimbabwe is getting a lot of publicity about leadership right now. Our mission is working with the youth to help inspire an ethical and service oriented leadership philosophy in young Zimbabweans. We believe we have an amazing opportunity to pack a massive punch in the leadership transformation process through young people, and start a “Positive Leadership Development Movement” in Zimbabwe.

I would like to express my deep gratitude to Harold Chilowa and the Zimbabwe GLS team who have helped us create the Youth Leadership Programme and share our vision to build on this programme and eventually we hope to make this available to all schools in Zimbabwe.

Andrew Shoesmith - Leadership and Personal Development Director.


2.1 Cultural Results
v St John’s: v PHB:
As won 16 – 0 As won 22 – 2
Bs won 29 – 7 Bs lost 12 – 18
Cs won 20 – 0 Cs won 11 – 1

v PE: v PHB
As won 5 – 3 As drew 9 – 9
Bs won 15 – 4 Bs won 11 – 6
Cs lost 7 – 15 Cs lost 0 – 13

Tournament at St John’s Juniors came 5th out of 13 schools.

v St John’s: Seniors lost 232 – 235 with Shamiso Chigadza as the best speaker.
Juniors had a friendly debate
v Chisipite: Juniors won 290 – 288, the Senior match was cancelled.

Over the half term break, four students: Kudzaishe Rufasha, Sibusisiwe Maswaure, Chayce Ross and Julia Lagesse, and former pupil, Sarah-Ann Soltau, travelled to the Eastern Highlands to give performances at La Rochelle Country House and White Horse Inn. The five soloists performed pieces they are preparing for the upcoming National Eisteddfod and ABRSM Instrumental Examinations. Both performances had each venue packed to capacity for the occasion.

The weekend was enjoyable for both the students and accompanying staff, with trips to Tony’s and the Mutare Museum, among other exciting sites. We are very grateful to the Lagesse and Ross families for providing transport and assistance throughout the weekend.

At Gateway: Seniors came 15th out of 19 schools
Juniors came 17th out of 17 schools

Interact visit to Ida weKwakwo
On Monday the 26th of February, the Interact Club visited Ida weKwakwo, a retirement home in Marondera. On this visit, the conversations with the older citizens were deeper than ever. The old men and women of Ida weKwakwo reminded us of the right things to do as youngsters. The senior citizens told compelling stories from which we gathered valuable life lessons.

Some people may fear visiting the elderly, but visits like this one remind us of what we can learn from a person who has gone through the many stages of life. Where else, other than an old age home, will you get to meet a man who was born on the 7th of a month he cannot remember in 1918? Or a man who can still tell you where he was born and about his wife and three children at the age of 99.

This was definitely the most emotional visit we have had as a club so far. We asked, “Where is Sekuru Matches?” We were all saddened to find out that he was very sick. As a club we have developed very strong relationships with the old people and always look forward to the next visit.


3.1 Sports Results

Interhouse Athletics – Individual Events:
1st Eland 648 points
2nd Sable 617 points
3rd Impala 524 points
4th Kudu 503 points

Prince Edward Sprints Challenge:
1st Chisipite
2nd Arundel
3rd Sodbury
4th Gateway
5th PHG
6th Girls High School

Arundel Field Events at Arundel:
Postponed due to rain

Peterhouse Girls Invitation Relay Events:
1st PHG 570 points
2nd Chisipite 568 points
3rd Arundel 564 points
4th Gateway 356 points
5th Watershed 288 points
6th Convent 158 points

v Convent at Convent:
U14 won 10 – 2
U15 won 12 – 6
U16 won 12 – 6
2nd Team won 12 – 3
1st Team won 26 – 13

v Chisipite at PHG:
Postponed due to rain

Horse Riding
Ruwa Eventing:
Kylie Loubser 1st in the 80cm
Erin Elliott 3rd in the 80cm and 3rd in the 90cm
Hailey Hawkins 1st in the 1m Hunter Trials

Youth Olympic Games Hockey Trials:
The following girls were selected for the Zimbabwe Youth Olympic Squad to participate in the Youth Olympic Qualifying Games in Algiers in July:

Mazvita Mtausi-Gwaradzimba
Lilian Pope
Merce’des Beekes
Bekezela Mbofana
Ruvimbo Dobbie

Kayla Rouse received a bronze medal in her age group.

The Peterhouse Boat Club won the co-ed trophy for the third year in a row.

South African Championships:

Lindsay Edwards came 6th in the Open B final
Aqua Evans came 31st out of 41 in her heat
Holly Bicknell came 3rd in the U16 final (Bronze Medal)
Jade O’Donovan came 15th out 32 in her heat
Emma Kuipers came 17th out of 32 in her heat
Victoria Wood came 18th out of 32 in her heat
Doné Erasmus came 6th in the U15 final
Stacey Dunstan came 8th in the U15 semi-final
Deborah Davy came 36th out of 39 in her heat
Genevieve Shoesmith came 2nd in the U14 final (Silver Medal)
Kayla Kalweit came 7th in the U14 final

Lindsay Edwards and Aqua Evans came 3rd in the Open B final
Holly Bicknell and Victoria Wood came 4th in the U16 final
Jade O’Donovan and Emma Kuipers came 8th in the U16 final
Doné Erasmus and Stacey Dunstan came 5th in the U15 final
Genevieve Shoesmith and Kayla Kalweit came 8th in the U15 final

Holly Bicknell, Emma Kuipers, Jade O’Donovan, Victoria Wood & Deborah Davy (cox) came 3rd in the U16 final (Bronze Medal)
Doné Erasmus, Genevieve Shoesmith, Kayla Kalweit, Stacey Dunstan & Deborah Davy (cox) came 4th in the U15 final

v Arundel:
PHG won 2 – 0

v Chisipite:
PHG lost 1 – 4

IPT in Bulawayo:
Mashonaland Country Districts representatives – Amy Kluckow, Amy Doorman, Shalom Ranganai and Courtney Herring
Mashonaland representative – Courtney Brown
Manicaland representative – Aimee Barron

National Selection – Courtney Brown

Finals Gala at Les Brown:
1st Chisipite A 468 points
2nd Hellenic 363 points
3rd Girls College 340 points
4th Harare Convent 338 points
5th PHG 333 points
6th Chisipite B 194 points
7th Arundel 177 points
8th Petra 121 points

Table Tennis
v Queen Elizabeth:
Juniors won 3 – 1
Seniors won 4 – 0

v BMC:
Fixture cancelled by BMC

v PHB:
Lost 8 – 10 overall

v Arundel:
1st team won 7 – 5
2nd team lost 4 – 8
U16A won 8 – 4
U16B won 8 – 4
U15A drew 6 – 6
U15B won 9 – 0
U14A won 8 – 4
U14B won 11 – 0

A Teams v Lomagundi:
Cancelled by Lomagundi due to Athletics

B Teams v Gateway:
Cancelled by Gateway due to Athletics

Mashonaland East Provincial Selection:
U15 A
Eryn Montgomery
Tavonga Chirombe
Rutendo Mandivenga
Anashe Utsiwegota

U15 B
Tanaka Mudiwa
Thandiwe Dube
Idi Musimwa

U19 A
Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba
Bryony Dawson
Rumbidzai Mvududu

U19 B
Ella Parham
Audrey Chiponda
Katrina de Chassart
Rebecca Gau

Zimbabwe Tennis IPT
Selected as non-travelling reserves:
U15 Eryn Montgomery
U19 Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba

Bonaqua Troutbeck Africa and National Championships
Africa Cup Result National Result
Junior Women: U19 Jamie Soper 2nd 2nd
U17 Andie Kuipers 4th 2nd
Youth Girls: U15 Erin Elliott 1st 1st

Peterhouse Girls selected for Zimbabwe Triathlon to compete at the SA Championships:

Jamie Soper
Erin Elliott

ATS Tournament and National Selection at St. George’s

The following girls were selected for Zimbabwe U20 Volleyball tour to South Africa in July: Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba, Anesu Nzenza-Grant, Tannatswanashe Marimirofa and Ruvimbo Dobbie.

Warwick Smith Trophy
1st Chisipite 33 points
2nd Hellenic 19 points
3rd Girls College 13 points
4th PHG 4 points


4.1 Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards
Congratulations to the following girls who were awarded their Bronze Award Certificates: Caitlin Wilson,
Ruvarashe Nyika, Tannatswanashe Marimirofa, Kylie Loubser and Kimberley Gumbo.

4.2 RIFA Vth Form Biology / Geography
There are still a few places available for this trip – please contact Penny Raynor if interested.


5.1 Dates to Diarise
Term Ends Wednesday 28 March
(Easter: 30 March – 2 April)

5.2 Assemblies

Authenticity and Heart – Hazel Chitere and Georgina Lock

Good morning. Today Hazel and I will be speaking to you about two of the values of the 2018 prefect body: Authenticity and Heart.

Authenticity is not something we have or don't have. It is a conscious choice of how we want to live. Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to let our true selves be seen.

The prefect body chose this as one of our values, or building bricks of our house, because we believe in enhancing our strengths and improving our weaknesses, which comes from understanding who you truly are.

You need to know what your deep and personal values are. So challenge yourself, step out of your comfort zone and break through your barricades. In order to grow as a person, you need to embrace both your powerful and vulnerable moments.

Authenticity takes courage. Why? Because we are afraid that we won't seem good enough to those around us. However, by taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you have achieved, and perhaps learnt through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgement and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.

This does not mean you have to be up in everyone's face about who you are, or bring yourself down by saying what you aren't. Rather, accept your genuine self. In doing so, you will most likely find that it will give courage to those around you to do the same.

You have to love what you do to give your best. It is an exciting adventure to do what you love or what you are good at – but what about the things we are not so good at? The things that are not so easy for us? Is it possible to love those as well?

I believe people are more inclined to do their best not when they feel loved, but when they feel loved regardless; regardless of whether they are doing well or not. They do their best not to come first or second or third, as the Impala girls can relate. They do their best knowing despite the position they come for the Inter-house Athletics, they will still hear Mrs Pashapa’s loving voice say, “keep fanning the flame into a furnace.” Inasmuch as it is satisfying to be the best at what you do, at the end of the day what truly matters is that you have put your heart into the work that you have done.

Whether it is literature, art, music, sport, whatever you want, there’s nobody who can stop you if you decide to do your best.

Colossians 3 vs 23 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it heartedly as for the Lord and not as for men.”

Our goal as school prefects is that by the end of the year 2018, each and every girl present here will be able to say, “I have served from the heart.” This is the legacy we aspire to leave.

So in ending I challenge you to be yourself and live out your values in the best way: publicly, personally and privately.