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Peterhouse Girls

Newsletter FFW (Current)



Thursday 5th December 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please take note that the Lent Term begins on Tuesday, 14th January. D Block should arrive on Tuesday before 1430, all other boarders should arrive by 1730 and day scholars (excluding D Block) should arrive on Wednesday before 0700.

I draw your attention to a few reminders for next term all placed under Points of Interest; in particular, please read the sections on hair regulations and a reminder from the San.

The term has been a busy and productive one. The A and AS results will be published the week before school starts and the IGCSE results will be released on Thursday 16th January 2020. I am looking forward to hearing how the senior girls have done in these public examinations and wish all the girls a happy and successful year ahead.

At the end of this term we say farewell to Ms Bronkhurst who is moving to Springvale, to Mrs Heuer who has been invaluable as a matron for D Block and counsellor to D and C Block, and to Miss Candy, our VIth Form Housemistress who will be moving to Ruzawi to lead The Indigo Room - their curriculum support provision. I would like to thank them for their years of service (3 years, 7 years and 18 years respectively) and wish them the very best for their new endeavours. We also give our love to Mrs Satumba and Mrs Chigavazira as they will be away on maternity leave next term; and we will let you know when we have news of the new additions to the Peterhouse family. Our thanks to Mrs Davy and Mr Kaome who will be covering for the term.

Next year will be an exciting time, with a number of new staff joining in January 2020. Ms Nyeke will be the new Deputy Head, Mrs Jo-Anne Schultz the new VIth Form Housemistress, Mrs Kamba will be joining the History Department and Miss Mafukidze the Science Department. We also welcome Mrs Vosloo as a school matron/counsellor. We will be welcoming them and their families to the Peterhouse community in the new year and wish them well for their future here. They join an amazing team of dedicated staff at Peterhouse Girls and I wish Claire Hough, and her team, all the best for the years ahead as she takes over the responsibility and privilege of leading Peterhouse Girls.

At the end of this week I will be handing all emails and my school phone number to Mrs Hough and I will be departing Zimbabwe a week later. It is almost surreal to think I will no longer be living in this beautiful country and there is certainly much that I will miss in the months and years ahead. I will be spending Christmas and New Year with family before departing to Saudi Arabia next month, where I will be Principal of a girls’ school in Jeddah. It will certainly be a very interesting and challenging new adventure for me!

I thank you all for entrusting us with your daughters this year and wish you all the very best for the Christmas holiday and the years to come.

Warmest regards

Mrs Tracy Blignaut


Dear Parents & Guardians

By now you will have received your child’s fee statement, which reflects the balance outstanding as at the end of the Michaelmas Term, as well as the Fee Note for the Lent Term 2020. If you have any queries regarding your statement, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can refer them to the relevant staff member or department. 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.

Payment plans are also available from the School, but must be requested via email to myself, however I urge parents not to leave it to the first day of school to contact me.
The Accounts Department will be open this holiday from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, except during the Christmas shutdown from 1pm Friday 20st December to 8am Thursday 2nd January 2020.

Please note that ZWL statements will be subject to a top-up if required, unless settled in full in USDs (by Telegraphic Transfer (TT)) which will be credited in ZWLs at the prevailing rate.
Please note that USD statements for non-residents:
• Can only be settled in USD i.e. cannot make a ZWL payment for a USD statement;
• This can be by TT or cash; and
• In the event of a top-up it will not apply.

We no longer send in a representative to Harare prior to the beginning of term. Parents are urged to send us a copy of their payments via email to a member of the Accounts Department, in order for us to identify their payment and respond with a Fee Clearance Letter

We will only begin to email out Fee Clearance Letters on Monday 6th January 2020, to those who have cleared their account in full.
We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and peaceful New Year with your children and look forward to having them back with us on Tuesday 14th January 2020.

Kind regards

Mark Whitaker


1.1 Academic Awards
Congratulations to the following girls who received Commendations for their Term Mark Order;

D Block – Mikayla Burl, Shumirai Chigadza, Aneni Chigwedere, Chloe Chiremba, Anna Davy, Nokutenda Dhobbie, Kayla Gillwald, Kimberly Gono, Tanatsirwa Jambwa, Anike Mparuri, Kupakwashe Msemburi, Thandiwe Mtwazi, Nadine Mudzimuirema, Ruvarashe Nhongonhema, Reina Parirenyatwa, Chloe Scott-Elliot, Gina Utsiwegota, Kaleigh Weeks, Jewantee Yakiti

C Block – Amy Chadwick, Tanatswa Chirenda, Makanaka Dzvurumi, Anna Freeth, Stacey Magorokosho, Rumbidzai Mapokotera, Kimberly Maworise, Zandile Mbofana, Mafaro Musimwa, Thando Ntini, Ella Pope, Priyali Rama, Chrissy Wenham, Fadzai Zitsanza

B Block – Tawananyasha Banda, Ruvimbo Chauruka, Temwani Chibiya, Deborah Davy, Kayla Kalweit, Tanatswa Matonda, Idi Musimwa

1.2 Junior Reading Competition
This was held on Saturday the 30th November. Competitors were from D and C Block. The best 2 readers from each year group were selected for the final where they had to read an unseen piece. This was a successful competition with all the reading being of superior quality. The competition was extremely close for the top 3 finalists but the winner was Brooklyn Tippett (C Block).

Final Score
Brooklyn Tippett 42
Aneni Chigwedere 41
Chloe Scott-Elliot 40


2.1 Hairstyle Regulations
Please note that the permissible length of the pupils’ braids has been clarified as follows:

D – A Block: Length – When loose, the length must not exceed the bra-strap.
Vth -VIth Form: Length – When loose, the length may reach but not exceed the navel.

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 From the Sanatorium – reminders for next term
Please await communication from the San in regard to collecting your daughter should she be ill, as the San Sisters are better able to determine whether her condition requires further convalescence at home.
Please be reminded that:
• Girls returning from medical absence must report to the Sanatorium first with a copy of documentation for the Sanatorium file.
• Girls returning to school with medicine of any sort need to take this to the Sanatorium.

2.3 Extra Options
Permission Slips will be required at the beginning of next term for girls taking up Acrylic Art, Archery, Dance, Gym, Karate and Zumba. These are Extra Options that carry an additional charge. These costs will be published on the D6, along with permission slips, before the start of next term. If you daughter wishes to take up an Extra Option, please ensure that you print and sign the Permission Slip, and your daughter returns to school with it.

2.4 Housemistresses’ Email Addresses

D Block Dr Louise Hildebrand This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
C Block Mrs Gladys Fantiso This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
B Block Mrs Nyarie Chinodyaruswa This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A Block Ms Harriet Rinashe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vth Form Mrs Karen Barrie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
VIth Form Mrs Jo-Anne Schultz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2.5 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


3.1 Results
St George’s Christmas Quiz
A Team came 9th out of 17 schools with 34 points
B Team came 14th out of 17 schools with 28 points

3.2 Service clubs
The Interact and Leo Clubs Board Members for 2020, both boys and girls, did a commendable job on Friday 29th November when they wrapped 201 Christmas Party presents. The two clubs were led by the 2020 PHB Head of School; Chrispen Mashingaidze, Interact President for 2020, Anesu Chiwara and Under Secretary General for Model United Nations 2020, Dhalika Goven.

3.3 Board Members for 2020

Leo Club
President David Mortleman
Vice President Tinovimbanashe Savado
Projects Coordinators Kyle Saywood and Caitlin Theron
Treasurer Abilio Antunes
Twinnings Officer Tweende Sinemani
Protocol Officers Jemimah Muusha and Mufwa Zimba
Secretary Tinotenda Mapani

President Anesu Chiwara
Vice President Primrose Rundogo
Treasurer Marlone Mpofu
Secretary Madeleine Norton
Projects Coordinator Tapiwa Muranda
Public Relations Officer Dylan Matsika
Protocol Officer James Blake
Board Member Crispen Mashingaidze

Music Recital
The music department has been very active this term. Both PHG and PHB put up a spectacular end of year recital on the 17th of November in the PHG Music centre. The purpose of this recital was to showcase what music students have achieved over the course of the year. Special mention goes to the A block 2019 IGCSE music pupils for presenting their coursework solo pieces.

Christmas Carols
This year’s Carol service was a great success. About 300 choristers took part, singing carols and choir renditions from the Senior mixed choir, Chapel choir, Junior mixed choir and Springvale House choir. And finally, the department finished the term with the Marondera School’s Carol Concert with the participation of 7 schools within Marondera.

Cultural Head and Captains 2020
Model United Nations: Dhalika Goven (Under Secretary General)
Interact: Primrose Rundogo (Vice President)
Quiz: Marylene Bandera
Music: Tiffany Nyamupingidza
Wind-band: Chidochashe Homodza
Strings: Natasha Chinorwadza
Orchestra: Anna Montgomery
Head Chorister: Primrose Rundogo
Deputy Head choristers: Tawana Mahari and Tsitsi Nyatsuro
Debate: Gashirai Muhwati
Drama: Sharonrose Mandudzi
Pasties: Tanyaradzwa Chideme
Hospitality: Rutendo Mupfumi
Bridge: Shamiso Chikuri
Magazine: Tanatswa Njanji
Environmental Club: Priscilla Muhita
Musha we Vana: Chidochashe Madera
Chess: Natercia Makwiranzou
Library: Tanatswa Ajento
Christian Forum: Abigail Davy


4.1 Results
NASP Archery Tournament held at Chisipite
Peterhouse combined won the Silver Medal at the Interschool’s Bulls-eye Competition.
Shirea Brits received the Senior Girls Bronze Medal with a score of 281.

Horse Riding
Show Jumping National Championships
Sienna Page 1st Place 80cm Show Jumping
Erin Elliott 2nd Place 90cm Show Jumping
Katie Loubser 2nd Place 1m Show Jumping
Emily Wood Best Turned Out Horse

PEC Christmas Show
Advanced Group
Utility/Showing Barrel Racing
1st Daniella Anderson 1st Daniella Anderson
2nd Courtney Wellock 2nd Mia Kennedy
3rd Savannah Seaman 3rd Courtney Wellock

Intermediate Group
1st Jenna Palframan 1st Jenna Palframan
2nd Kyra Peters 2nd Chiedza Nazare
3rd Rachel Stanton 3rd Amy Ferreira

Beginners Group
1st Kimberley Gono 1st Kimberley Gono
2nd Nokutenda Mangwiro 2nd Nokutenda Mangwiro
3rd Chloe Chiremba 3rd Chloe Chiremba

National Swiss Draw for Zimbabwe Junior Team
The following Junior girls qualified to participate in the National Trials (Swiss Draw) that was held on the 29th of November - Tanyaradzwa Midzi, Amy Chadwick, Tamupashe Muchena. Congratulations to Tanyaradzwa Midzi who was selected for the Zimbabwe Junior Tennis Team (2nd seed) to travel to Pretoria to play in the South African IPT 9 – 14 April.

Well done to Tamupashe Muchena and Amy Chadwick who were seeded 15th and 17th respectively at the
Junior Trials.

A League
Friendly vs Arundel U14A won 7 - 5
U15A lost 4 - 8
U16A won 12 – 0
B League
Friendly vs Arundel U14B won 7 - 1
U15B won 8 - 0
U16B won 5 – 3

CBC Sprints Regatta
Lara Weller 1st in the C Scull
Genevieve Shoesmith 1st in the B Scull
Stacey Dunstan 1st in the A Scull

Congratulations to Stacey Dunstan for winning the CBC Sprints Trophy.

vs Lomagundi Cancelled by host
vs Watershed Cancelled by host

U14 Volleyball Tournament Cancelled by host

Senior Mashonaland Swimming Championships
Well done to the following girls for achieving the following Medals:

Pareena Bhana Bronze Medal 50m Mixed Medley Relay
Courtney Brown Gold Medal 400m Freestyle
Gold Medal 200m Freestyle
Silver Medal 50m Breastroke
Silver Medal 100m Freestyle
Silver Medal 50m Mixed Medley Relay
Bronze Medal 100m Backstroke
Bronze Medal 100m Medley Relay

4.2 Sports Captains 2020

Captain Vice Captain
Archery Ria Pareekh
Athletics Tiffany Nyamupingidza Jade Carlisle
Basketball Sasha Mukucha Primrose Rundongo
Cross Country Andie Kuipers Victoria Wood
Gym Allyson Gillwald
Golf Bianca Zvikaramba
Horse Riding N/A
Hockey Jade Carlisle Victoria Wood
Rowing Holly Bicknell Victoria Wood
Squash Bronwyn Coleman
Swimming Courtney Brown Emma Kuipers
Table Tennis Tawonga Nyamhingura
Tennis Jessica Kriel Audrey Chiponda
Triathlon Andie Kuipers
Volleyball Ropafadzo Maringa
Water polo Courtney Brown Jade Carlisle


5.1 Duke of Edinburgh International Award
Congratulations to Daniella Anderson who received a Bronze award this week. It has been a fruitful year for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award as a total 17 girls received awards this year.

New Registrations
The minimum age to start the Duke of Edinburgh International Award is 14 years of age at Bronze Level, 15 years at Silver and 16 years of age at Gold. Girls can register roughly 2 months before their birthday at the respective levels. Please may all payments for registration be made at the Accounts office at Peterhouse Boys. The girls must NOT bring the money to school with them to hand in.
An email has been sent out to all D Block parents in preparation for their start next year. Please do not hesitate to email Mrs Mazwi Phiri on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any enquiries or to get further details on the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.


6.1 Assembly

It’s OK not to be OK by Miss Hall

So believe it or not, I am not a fan of public speaking – it makes me uncomfortable and very self-conscious. I become particularly aware of my eloquence, how I am standing and fearful of the dreaded ‘chope’. It’s the one time I am not OK. So drawing on my own personal experience of some form of anxiety, decided that I would talk to you today about not being ok… and that it is OK not to be OK.

As teenagers, and I will use the term “teenagers” collectively – as it wasn’t that long ago that I was one - the one thing that seems elusive (unattainable) is happiness. But here is the thing it isn’t healthy to be happy all the time. Now that may sound strange or contradictory to what you may believe to be our objective as human beings or our objective as a boarding school. The truth is: we want you to develop into positive, emotionally and mentally healthy members of society and that will not happen if life is some glorious walk in the park.

Sometimes the walk will be awful and sometimes it will be immeasurably awful! And I am not saying that standing up here is the ultimate low, but I am standing up here speaking to you because I came out on the other side of difficulties a better and stronger person – and after today I will have overcome a discomfort and will be better equipped next time for the same challenge.

The key to positivity and healthy happiness is actually feeling all that yucky stuff like anger, sadness, self-loathing, jealousy, disappointment – instead of labelling it bad and then trying to ignore it.
We are designed to feel – good, bad and neutral feelings at any given moment. But the world and the messages we receive from media is that we should be on this eternal quest to maximise pleasure and minimise pain – this can be called ‘negative happiness’. Firstly, this is impossible and secondly, albeit an annoying realisation – to live a full emotional life we need to experience a wide range of emotion – this is ‘positive happiness’. When out and about at Basecamp, Outback, Chims or Matopos and you have these annoying teachers (like mosquitoes) telling you about the character building aspects to the expedition – it is an actual life skill – going through the emotions from the beginning to the end of the trip are key to your development and progress as a positively happy person.

So having said all this, how do we cope with this wide range of emotions? How do we deal with not being OK? :

1. Pushing/ Shoving your feelings in a little box only makes it worse – and this does not mean I expect to see girls lying prostrate in the corridor because they are not coping with the mounting pressure of high school. Instead think of it like this – its Lent and you decide to give up chocolate – all of a sudden the thing you crave the most is chocolate. So denying your feelings, trying not feel the bad stuff only makes the feelings more intense and overwhelming. A Harvard Psychologist, Susan David (who has many Ted Talks you can refer to on the subject), made this interesting statement: ‘Discomfort is the price of admission for a meaningful life’. So essentially, acknowledging negative feelings is important to enjoying positive happiness.

2. Say what you actually mean – Label your feelings accurately. Don’t call it ‘disappointment’ if it is ‘anger’, or don’t call it ‘love’ if it is ‘like’
Doing this will allow your brain to discover the real reason behind your feelings, then either help you to work out how best to deal or solve the issue or you can seek help from an adult or trusted confidant. It gives you a starting point to attaining positive happiness.

3. Your emotions do not define you – We too often say things like: ‘I am angry’ or ‘I am depressed’. (and then some clown responds with “hello Angry, nice to meet you”). We are not our emotions. We should rather notice that we are ‘feeling angry’ or ‘feeling sad’ – that way we are in control of our emotions instead of them controlling us. Now I know that is easier said than done but if we start paying attention to how we are defining ourselves and change our vocabulary, we can change the habit of squashing negative feelings down – which as I said earlier makes it worse and brings us negative happiness.

4. Don’t try and make other people feel better – We always rush to stifle our negative emotions and do the same for our friends and family – I am guilty of this too. Telling people to look on the ‘bright side of life’ only makes them feel worse. I am sure you can all relate. Bad stuff happens to everyone and although we need to support our friends and family, we need to do this without trying to squash or ignore their feelings. When we acknowledge negative feelings, for example: “Amy, I am sorry that you feel sad. Disappointment can make us feel that way. It is totally normal.” – What we do, is allow the person to build resilience- we help them nurture positive happiness.

5. Real positivity – Thinking positively is not about being happy all the time. Real positivity is the ability to see the reality for what it is – as awful as it may be. Accepting the reality without judgement, as awful as it may be and then choosing the best way to view it, deal with it and move forward – AKA a POSITIVE ATTITUDE.

To emphasize, I will quote the same Harvard psychologist, Susan David: Research shows that the radical acceptance of ALL our emotions is the cornerstone to resilience, thriving and TRUE authentic happiness. .

In closing, I would like to leave you with a song – Happy by Pharrell. It may on the surface sound like a contradiction to what I have just said but if you listen carefully to the lyrics he is actually promoting positivity (at least my interpretation of it anyway) – ‘even if you feel like a room without a roof’ – feeling incomplete or that you don’t fit in. ‘Know what happiness is to you’ – you can decide to be happy, to be positive if you take control of your emotions. The video also testifies to this as he chooses to have people of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, challenges and walks of life clap along to positivity. And today… you can too