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Peterhouse Girls

Newsletter FFW (Current)



Friday 15th March 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The term continues to be a successful one for many of our girls in a variety of sports and activities. Particular mention to our rowers who returned from SA Rowing Champs with three bronze medals. Well done to the medal winners and to all the boys and girls who put in hours of training and preparation. Special thanks to Sean Davy, Laura Evans and all the staff and parents who made the trip possible.

The Inter-House plays were of an exceptional standard this year. We have a large group of Senior Drama girls who will be leaving us at the end of the year and I hope events such as this encourage more of our junior girls to take up the performing arts. On this note, may I draw your attention to details of the Peterhouse Group Musical this year –‘Once On This Island’ which is under Points of Interest.

The last weekend of term is particularly busy with the main events being the Eisteddfod Highlights Concert on Friday, PHG Invitation Relays and the Tatanga Camping weekend both on the Saturday and the Petrean Sports Day on the Sunday. We are also hoping the girls will at least have finished crocheting their squares so they can finish the blankets on the closed weekend of next term, ready to donate them at the beginning of winter. Please feel free to crochet or knit additional squares as extra blankets are always welcome.

With the hockey season approaching, may I once again urge you to ensure your daughter has a correctly fitted gum guard for hockey. Practice has already started for next term and it is essential the girls are properly protected.

For those of you in the anticipated path of Cyclone Idai, I trust you have a safe weekend.

Wishing you all a lovely time with family and friends,

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, or have any queries regarding charges on your statement, please contact Peggy Morgan or Juliette Kwesha as soon as possible, so that we can rectify our records.

Fee Clearance Letters have been emailed to Parents for pupils who have a fee statement balance of $200 or less. Fee Clearance Letters will also be issued for those pupils who have a balance greater than $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, without a Fee Clearance Letter.

Parents are asked to only use the following two Nostro accounts for US Dollar payments (as shown on the fee statement):

Stanbic                                                    Barclays
Acc. Name: Peterhouse School                   Acc. Name: Peterhouse
Acc. No: 9140000908826                          Acc. Number: 1071215
Branch Name: Msasa                                Branch Name: FCA Centre
Branch Code: 3108                                   Branch Code: 057
Swift Code: SBICZWHX                             Swift Code: BARCZWHX

With the announcement of the Monetary Policy on 26th February, any payments made towards fees in US$’s from 1st March onwards, will be reflecting on your statement in RTGS$’s incorporating the premium on the US$ payment.

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 half term weekend with your children.

Kind regards,

Mark Whitaker


1.1 Peterhouse Group Musical 2019 –‘Once On This Island’
Once On This Island is a captivating and enchanting musical fable that tells the story of the forbidden romance between a peasant girl and a rich city boy whom she saves from death. This calypso-flavoured re-telling of the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy - originally inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid - opens on a Caribbean island where social prejudice divides the island. With the gods looking over them, villagers comfort a little girl with the story of the orphan Ti Moune who is destined to love too much for the human heart to bear. Once on This Island uses the tradition of storytelling to pass down history, values and insight from one generation to the next. Staged with minimal props, sets and costumes, this musical delivers melody, love and joy in tropical abundance.

Director: David Bvumbe
Music - Choir and Orchestra: Theresa Covini, Tinashe Jera, Milupi Imbula
Producer: Chipo Mtakwa

Should your daughter be interested, please encourage them whilst being aware of the commitment involved.
The musical has been advertised and auditions will be on the 31st of March, in the Fieldsend Hall at 0930.

1.2 Fly Fishing
There is a fly fishing weekend in Nyanga on 22, 23 and 24th March for keen boys and girls. Details from Mrs Raynor – deadline Monday 15th at 1.00pm.

1.3 World Book Day
The Library will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 22nd March. As usual, we are asking girls and staff to dress up as their favourite literary characters. There will be prizes for the most original costumes in each block. In addition, we are asking that each girl brings back a book she has enjoyed, but no longer reads, for our book swop which will take place on the same day. This is always an enjoyable and fun day in which we celebrate the love of books and reading. Girls attending lessons at PHB will not be participating.

1.4 Tatanga Camping Weekend for D Block Families
There are just three short weeks till our Tatanga Camping weekend: an exciting and fun-filled weekend on the fast approaching last weekend of term. Over the closed weekend we are inviting D Block parents, guardians and their families to come and spend an afternoon and night camping with their daughters in Gosho Park, on Saturday 6th April, 2019.

This coincides with the entertaining Inter-schools Athletics Invitational Relays being held at Peterhouse Girls on Saturday morning (April 6th) and the fun Petrean Sports Day taking part across the road at Peterhouse Boys after Chapel on the morning and afternoon of Sunday 7th April. We very much hope that our Tatanga parents will try hard to join us. Our Tatanga camp out is a super opportunity to enjoy our beautiful school, to meet and get to know other parents and guardians and to foster strong relationships for the future.
Please note that all Peterhouse siblings are welcome to camp with their families. Campers are required to bring ALL their own camping equipment, food and drinks. Peterhouse Girls will provide the venue (with its basic ablution facilities) and the ambience. Any Tatanga girl whose parents cannot make it, will be provided with supper and will sleep at school. We look forward to seeing you!


2.1 Prep
Please note that when the girls stay at school on the weekends they have 5 hours of organised prep sessions. Staff are finding that with the new floating policy a number of girls are unprepared for tests that fall on a Monday morning. If your daughter is in B Block to VIth Form she should always have work to do over the weekend; this includes fixture free weekends. Even if she has finished her set prep she must spend time doing some studying. For C and D Block the same applies for normal weekends but we do not expect them to work over the fixture frees. Please may I ask that you help your daughter to keep her academic focus even when she is at home.


3.1 Cultural Results
v PHB:
As lost 10 – 23
Bs won 12 – 0
Cs won 11 – 6

v Convent:
As won 40 – 16
Bs won 24 – 2
Cs won 13 – 0

v Dominican Convent
Juniors lost 0 – 6
Seniors lost 0 – 6

Pastis had a meeting with Marondera High School. The meeting was informative and encouraged the pupils to participate and improve their public speaking abilities.

Interhouse Plays
On Saturday 2nd March the Drama Club, along with many novices and budding thespians, put on four different plays produced by their respective houses; Eland, Impala, Kudu and Sable. The plays were directed and produced by Bekezela Mbofana, Faith Kunaka, Rufaro Songore, Matinatsashe Hove and Stephanie Lawrence. This was a successful evening of theatre that was enjoyed by all present.

The awards were as follows:
Laing Cup for Best Technical Production Winner: Impala
Runner-Up: Sable

Chiedza Rwodzi Cup for Best Novice Actress Winner: Ruvimbo Mutyatyu (Impala)
Runner Up: Tatenda Zvidzai (Sable)

Carol Gibson Cup for Best Cameo Performance Winner: Alyssa Makina (Kudu)
Runner Up: Snit Daniel (Impala)
Moore Trophy for Best Supporting Performance Winner: Rufaro Songore (Eland)
Runner Up: Nyasha Dongo (Impala)
Gibson Trophy for Best Actress Winner: Mufaro Mutangadura (Impala)
Runner up: Matinatsashe Hove (Eland)

Baxter Trophy for Best Play Overall Winner: Eland
Runner up: Sable 3rd: Impala
4th: Kudu

Interschools Quiz Competition hosted by Heritage
Juniors came 10th out of 27 schools
Seniors came 12th out of 27 schools

3.2 Service Clubs
Interact visit to Musha weVana
On Thursday 28th February the Interact club visited the local orphanage, Musha weVana. We were welcomed by the ecstatic faces of the little ones; all geared and ready to have fun with the Interact members. The afternoon was well spent. This was the first visit to Musha weVana for new Interact members which challenged them to socialize and interact with children of different ages. Stories were shared, songs were sung and friendships were made. The fine afternoon was rounded off by the Interact board members giving clothes and school shoes to the children; they were very grateful for this kind gesture. The Interact Club thanks all who donated clothing as the children at Musha weVana really appreciated it.

Leo Visit to St Francis
On Monday 4th March, the Peterhouse Leo Club had the opportunity to visit St Francis School. As a club we were able to supply the school with items of stationery. We all took part in various games and activities with the children and had an amazing time interacting with all of them.

Unfortunately, we did not spend much time at St Francis, and it is definitely in our future plans to spend another eventful afternoon with them where we would provide drinks and food for all the children and get to know, as well as build relationships with them all.

As a club we are truly grateful to everyone who made this visit possible, we believe that as a team, if we all work together we truly will fulfil our motto - “We Serve”.

3.3 Eisteddfod Programme

Thursday 14 March
African Gospel Choir 11.05am (Gateway High School)
Western Ensembles 2.00pm (Prince Edward)
Vocal Duets 2.30pm
Friday 15 March (Prince Edward)
Marimba Ensembles Form 1-3 8.30am
Vocal solos 8.30am
Mbira solo 9.10am
Vocal solos 9.30am
Senior girls marimba 10.35am
Vocal Ensembles 2.00pm

Wednesday 20 March (Prince Edward)
Piano solo Classical G5 2.55pm
Violin solo G6 2.00pm
Cello solo G4 8.30am
Woodwind solos 10.25am
Woodwind solo G7 12.10pm
Piano Duet 4-6 3.45pm
Drum solos 1.50pm

Monday 25 March (Prince Edward)
Woodwind solos 8.30am
Violin solos 8.30am
Vocal solos 9.20am
Piano solos 10.00am
Vocal solos 10.10am
Violin solo 11.40am
Vocal solos 12.25pm
Piano solos 3.50pm

Tuesday 26 March (Harare International School)
PHG Form 1&2 choir 9.00am

Thursday 28 March (Harare International School)
PHG Senior choir 9.00am
B Block Girls’ Choir 9.00am
Senior Mixed choir 11.35am
Senior Mixed choir 3.40pm

Friday 29 March (Prince Edward)
Wind band and Orchestra 9.00am


4.1 Sports Results

NASP Archery at St John’s
The following girls received a certificate of achievement for the runner up senior team: Ria Pareekh, Sarah Wellock, Sallie Kloppers and Shirea Brits

Prince Edward Sprint Challenge
Chisipite 172 points
Arundel 143 points
Peterhouse Girls 133 points
Girls High School 117 points
Watershed 96 points
Lomagundi 90 points
Gateway 65 points
Eaglesvale 0 points (did not compete in all events)

Inter District Athletics
Danielle Murrell 1st Place U15 Javelin
Doné Erasmus 3rd place U17 100m Hurdles
Leesa Mutandwa 3rd place U17 long jump
5th place U17 200m
Chaniel Yosa 5th place U17 100m
5th place U17 200m

Congratulations to Danielle Murrell for being selected for the Mashonaland East Athletics Team.

Interhouse Individual Athletics
1st Eland, 2nd Kudu, 3rd Impala and 4th Sable

Interhouse Relays Athletics
1st Eland, 2nd Sable, 3rd Kudu and 4th Impala

v St John’s U14A lost 2-5
U15A won 11-0
U16A won 7-5
2nd Team won 6-4
1st Team lost 24-27

v Heritage U14 won 8-4
U15 won 14-0
U16 won 12-2
1st Team lost 20-26

National Selection
Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected to represent the Zimbabwe Team in the Arlington Show in April in the following events:
Erin Elliott selected for the 80cm Team
Katie Loubser selected for the 80cm Team
Kylie Loubser selected for the 1m Eventing Team

South African Rowing Championships

Holly Bicknell came 8th in the Open Semi-Final
Victoria Wood came 27th out of 50 in her heat
Stacey Dunstan came 3rd in the U16 final
Doné Erasmus came 7th in the U16 Semi-Final
Sophie Le Boulengé came 17th out of in her heat
Krystal Barber came 36th out of 38 in her heat
Genevieve Shoesmith came 8th in the U15 final
Kayla Kalweit came 10th out of 26 in her heat
Lara Weller came 12th out of 32 in her heat
Shavaunne Stockenström came 16th out of 32 in her heat
Samantha Davis came 25th out of 32 in her heat

Holly Bicknell and Victoria Wood came 1st in the Open B final
Stacey Dunstan and Doné Erasmus came 3rd in the U16 final (Bronze)
Sophie Le Boulengé and Krystal Barber came 5th in their heat
Genevieve Shoesmith came 3rd in the U15 final (Bronze)
Lara Weller and Samantha Davis came 3rd in their heat for U15
Lara Weller and Shavaunne Stockenström came 6th in the U14 Final

Sophie Le Boulengé, Doné Erasmus, Stacey Dunstan, Krystal Barber and Shavaunne Stockenström (Cox) came 8th in their U16 Final

Individual Finals Gala
Peterhouse Girls finished 3rd out of 8 schools.

CANA Zone IV Championships
Courtney Brown and Amy Doorman represented Zimbabwe at CANA in Namibia (February). Courtney Brown achieved a Bronze Medal in a relay event and Amy Doorman achieved 2 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal and was the team’s Co-Captain.

Amy Doorman completed the 3km Open Water Swim.

Temwani Chibiya represented the Zambian Swimming Team at CANA.

Zimbabwe Schools Squash
Laura Lagesse received a Bronze medal in the U16 age group at the Zimbabwe Schools Squash Tournament held over Half Term.

U15 and U19 National Swiss Draw
Congratulations to Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba who has been selected to represent Zimbabwe in the South African Inter Provincials in March 2019 (Pretoria).

National Selection
Erin Elliott has been invited to represent Zimbabwe Triathlon at a Development Camp in Durban (March).

Warwick Smith Tournament
v Petra PHG U14 v U14 lost 6 – 7
v Falcon PHG U14 v U14 won 9 – 4
PHG 1st v 1st won 8 – 2
v Chisipite PHG U14 v U14A lost 11 – 2
PHG U15 v U15A lost 0 – 13
PHG 1st v 1st lost 0 – 13
v Hellenic PHG U14 v U14A lost 2 – 11
PHG U15 v U15A lost 0 – 12
PHG 1st v 1st lost 0 – 12
v Girls College PHG U15 v U15 lost 5 – 7


5.1 Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards
Congratulations to Deborah Davy and Genevieve Shoesmith for attaining their Bronze Awards. They are both the first B Block girls to receive their awards and Genevieve Shoesmith is the first girl to receive her award through the Online Record Book.

Adventurous Journeys
Exploration and Expedition journeys took place from 8 to 10 March in Imire and Nyanga respectively. A total of 12 girls went to Imire – 3 of them on Horseback whilst 13 girls went on the Expedition to Nyanga. The Exploration (Bronze and Silver) journey was assessed by Kallah Trewartha and supervised by Mazwi Phiri and the Expedition (Bronze) was assessed by Andrew Shoesmith and supervised by Sarah Shoesmith. Training, which is a pre –requisite for the journey was done by Sarah Shoesmith at Peterhouse Boys’ and Mazwi Phiri for Peterhouse Girls’ participants. A practice journey was also done on 2 March with all the pupils where they spent a night at Hikers Hut in Gosho Park. Chisipite School joined Peterhouse for both the practice and final journeys in Imire and Nyanga. A final presentation from the pupils on their journeys will be done on 25 March at the Megahay Centre. More details can be found on the school website.

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.

5.2 RIFA Vth Form Biology / Geography 5 – 9 August
All pupils who do Biology and/or Geography at Vth Form level are eligible for this trip and have been given letters to bring home for the weekend. Please email Penny Raynor if you are interested, as there are limited places.

5.3 C Block Outback: 12 May – 15 May 2019
Every pupil in C Block will engage in an exciting and challenging outdoor program early next term. It is called the ‘Outback Program’ and runs over three nights and three days. An Indemnity Form has been sent out with your child for you to sign and return and a letter has gone out to all parents with children in C Block, giving them more detail on what this adventure entails. If anyone has any questions relating to this program, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Gladys Fantiso, Kathleen Housemistress  

5.4 Gosho Park
The zebra in Gosho have bred well and we now have too many – does anyone know of a market for zebra? Please contact Penny Raynor if you know of a small game park looking for zebra.


6.1 Assemblies

Humility, Empathy and Relationships by Faith Kunaka and Megan Hough
Good Morning School, this morning Megan and I will be speaking to you on humility and empathy - two of our values as school prefects - as well as relationships.

Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourself with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12

Humility is the quality of being humble, it is a freedom from pride or arrogance because you are aware of your own bad qualities. It is said pride excuses actions by saying, “that’s just the way I am,” whilst humility asks the question, “but is that the way you should be?”

We all face different challenges in our day to day lives; having humility is about acknowledging each other’s struggles and successes and supporting each other through them.

Our goal as school prefects is to extract your individual excellence, each and every person’s, for the excellence of the school and to simultaneously remind you that each person’s excellence is as important as the next. This means that while we celebrate each individual success we are reminded that no one person is more important than another, we all have different strengths and talents that, when combined, form something that can be truly excellent.

We have so much talent in our school, from Debrah Nakhozwe on the athletics field, to Amy Scott Elliot on the stage, to Sarah Burdett in the Food and Nutrition room, to all the D Block girls who worked so hard and achieved Commendations.

Being humble and acknowledging each other’s achievements, rather than focusing on oneself, we are able unable to build relationships. A relationship is the way in which two or more people are connected.
Peterhouse is not just a school, but a community and family. I know it doesn't always feel like it, but without forming relationships, your time at Peterhouse will be miserable.

Humans are social animals. We exist in communication with each other and there are very few activities that don’t involve human interaction in one form or another. We were made to build relationships. Genesis 2:18 says, “It is not good for man to be alone”

As our relationships develop and we get to know each other on a deeper level we will begin to understand each other better, and understand how we can support each other.
This is why it is extremely important to be empathetic. It allows you to perceive others motives, treat them the way they want to be treated and mind their needs.

Empathy - the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.

Here are 3 other reasons one should be empathetic

1. Empathy leads to helping behaviour, which benefits social relationships. When people experience empathy, they are more likely to engage in pro social behaviours that benefit other people. In other words it has a domino effect.

2. It lets you better understand the non-verbal components of communication which is so much more than what words express. People who are weak at empathy have a very hard time reading between the lines of their conversations and understanding what the other person really means and what they are communicating. We often hear the saying “you never know what someone is going through” which is very true. And if you learn to be empathetic the next time your friend who is struggling says, “I’m okay” you’ll know that there is so much more being communicated than the words, “I’m okay”

3. It makes you a better leader, a better work mate and a better friend. When you are able to see the world from another’s point of view, see their motives, feelings and preconceptions, people generally find it easier to talk to and confide in you. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Ephesians 4:32. It also makes it easier to understand why a person behaves a certain way. Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is a trademark of the truly alive and compassionate” - I do not ask the wounded person how it feels, I myself become the wounded person. - Walt Whitman.

In closing, Faith and I would like to leave you with 2 main ideas.
Firstly - Humility is based on the understanding of how small we are in the universe and how small we are in comparison to God.

And Finally - the reason that we promote Humility and Empathy is because it brings more joy, more fulfillment and more happiness for ourselves.

Determination by Makanatsa Mtausi - Gwaradzimba and Merce’des Beekes

Everyone has the desire to excel in their interests. Serena Williams has 23 grand slam titles to her name, making her the greatest female tennis player in the world to date. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the highest paid soccer players and has won 25 championship trophies in his career. Michael Phelps is the most successful swimmer in the world, having earned over 28 medals - 23 of which are gold. All of these people got to where they are through their determination and dedication.

Determination means the firmness of purpose or intention. It is the strength of your will and focus to remain steadfast in your effort. It means having the ability to stay on course, to remain focused on your goals, to stand up to any problems and obstacles with conviction and apply the power of your will to your dreams and desires with grit, faith and courage. Dedication is the quality of being committed to a purpose. In simple terms, determination is the why you are doing it and dedication is the how you will do it. While these two words seem very similar, it’s difficult having one without the other.

Dedication is a habit that you can create by being determined to achieve your goals. Without determination, dedication would be impossible. It would be pretty hard to excel at something you only feel half-hearted about. To become a dedicated person, first of all you will have to learn how to discipline yourself. Then set
your mind on one goal and mark the way to achieve it. After taking these two steps, ensure that all of your actions are aimed towards the same goal. It’s important to know what gives you the determination to keep going and remember that answer when you are faced with adversity or a challenging situation.

As many of the first team hockey girls can tell you, or any other first team for that matter, being in first team is definitely not a walk in the park. For example, in 2017 a team of 18 girls set out to conquer the world. And by “The world” we mean the Golden Girls’ Hockey Tournament. After losing all but one of our matches on hockey tour, we returned more determined than ever to dominate in the league and, of course, win Golden Girls. Keeping in mind that Peterhouse had not managed to place higher than fourth for the past 2 years, we knew that our commitment and our training programme would have to be intensified both physically and mentally. In short, we had to level up. We went from 3 training sessions, 1 fitness session and 1 indoor session a week to 5 training sessions, 2 fitness sessions and 2 indoor sessions a week. Although we were not able to win Golden Girls, we placed an impressive second and placed 1st in the league. Because we were so determined and dedicated we excelled individually which not only led to our excellence as a team, but our excellence as a school. None of this would have been possible had we not motivated each other to reach the goals we had set for our team. When working as a team it’s important that we recognise that we each have different strengths and weaknesses, and by acknowledging our strengths and working through our weaknesses together we can go above and beyond to achieve our goals. Motivation is the fuel for determination.

So if you start to lose sight of your “why” the motivation of your teammates brings you back to it. Maybe you’ve been beaten in a race or didn’t get the position you wanted. When these things happen, it is all too easy to give up and adopt a sour attitude. So, how do you get where you want to be? You’ve guessed it - determination and dedication. If we have these two things for one defined goal in life then nothing can stop us from excelling. Also, one should always remember that the journey of life is not always smooth, failures are part of it and we should learn from the failures rather than moaning about them. Once you are determined and have disciplined your mind you will see a great transformation in yourself.

In conclusion we must learn to treat determination and dedication like muscles, by working on and developing them we become stronger mentally, physically and spiritually. We must consider failures as the hurdles but not the finish line on the journey to excellence. If you keep moving in the right direction armed with a positive mind-set, dedication and determination, you will come out as a winner.

Thank you.