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Peterhouse Girls

Newsletter FFW (Current)



Thursday 11th July 2019

The cycle of school life never stops and this term, one focus is that of preparing for next year’s intake. Saturday morning saw over 100 grade 7 girls coming to Peterhouse to write the CEA and it is always a morning of mixed emotions, with excitement and anxiety in varying degrees. We are delighted that so many parents want to make Peterhouse their daughter’s home for the next six years.

Last night, as is tradition before the 3FFW, the Interact Show was enjoyed by all who participated and watched. Mrs Mtakwa and the Interact Committee have worked so hard to make this a success and I trust the applause and laughter made it all worthwhile. We also look forward to the school musical “Once on this island” which will be staged in two weeks’ time.

In assembly on Tuesday I spoke to the girls about blaming others (see the end of the newsletter) particularly with regards to sport and “bad umpires/refs”. I would urge us all not to encourage the girls to lay the blame elsewhere. It is much better for them if we encourage them to focus on what they have control over – their own fitness, skill and performance on the day.

Next weekend is big sporting weekend for both high schools with Falcon at Peterhouse Boys and Chisipite here at Peterhouse Girls. On Saturday morning we will have a full programme of hockey culminating in the first teams playing for the Pearl Trophy. I hope as many of you as possible will be able to come and enjoy a great day of sport with us.

Whilst the country faces many challenges, I do hope you are all able to spend some quality time with family and friends this 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, 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.

The Trinity Term top-up invoice has been approved by the parent body and is now reflecting on your fee statement, and is due in full, in order for a Fee Clearance Letter to be issued.

Fee Clearance Letters (FCL’s) were emailed to Parents on Tuesday 9th July, for pupils who had a fee statement balance:
• of $400 or less.
• greater than $400, but are in line with their payment plans with Peterhouse.

Please note that FCL’s were not issued where there are outstanding Cambridge exam fees.

Please ensure that your child/ren do not return to school after the fixture free, 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


1.1 Gosho Park Fundraiser – Cancelled

1.2 Request for Donations for Cyclone Idai Victims through Trinity Methodist Church in Zimbabwe
Our church, Trinity Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, is collecting, kitchen utensils, undergarments (in good condition) and sanitary wear in response to the appeal to assist Cyclone Idai Victims. I am formally appealing to the Peterhouse?Group?of?Schools on behalf of our Church to assist once again in this worthy cause.

All donations will be collected and sent to the Cyclone Idai Victims through Trinity Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. For those who would like to donate please contact Mrs Nyasha Mbofana on:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0719 609 838.

1.3 Careers
Peterhouse Boys will be host to the Koala Education Expo on Thursday 18 July from 09:55am to 12:30pm at the Megahey Center. Eighteen universities will be in attendance.


2.1 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.


v PE
As won 26 – 11
Bs lost 1– 21
Cs won 7– 4

As won 13 – 7
Bs lost 0 – 16
Cs lost 4 – 11

Interhouse Chess
House Points Position
Eland 6 2
Impala 5 3
Kudu 3 4
Sable 10 1

House Points Position
Eland 7 1
Impala 5 4
Kudu 6 2
Sable 6 2

House Points Position
Eland 13 2
Impala 10 3
Kudu 9 4
Sable 16 1

At Arundel
Juniors As came 4th out of 20
Bs came 12th out of 20

Seniors came 9th out of 20

Best Books Quiz at Dominican Convent
Juniors came 8th out of 20 schools
Seniors came 15th out of 20 schools

The National Institute of Allied Arts Speech and Drama Festival has come to an end and what a success it has been! Of Peterhouse Girls’ 38 entries, 8 were graded with Honours; 26 were 1st Grades and 4 were 2nd Grades. A very well done to the girls and boys for their stellar performances. These are the best set of grades the schools have scooped for some years. The boys and girls will present a variety of some of their works on the 16th of July at 1900 in the PHG Hall for their peers. Adults are welcome too.

The following girls achieved Honours grades:
Solo Poetry Kayla Rouse, Rufaro Songore, Teris Miti and Meagan De Kock
Monologue Tanatswa Matonda
Duologue Nyasha Dongo and Thandiwe Dube
Original work The Mummy’s Purse written and directed by Meagan De Kock
Solo Dramatic Improvisation Mufaro Mutangadura

The final quarter of the term will be focused on the school musical ‘Once On This Island’. Don’t forget to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Show dates run from the 24th to the 27th of July. School going children will be charged ZWL$10 and adults ZWL$15. A reminder that the musical is compulsory for Peterhouse pupils. The charge will appear on your end of term school statements. The charge per person for transport, should you wish to book a seat on the hired bus, is likely to be ZWL$100; possibly more. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for bookings.
Leo Dance
The Leo Club is a charity organisation that is run by senior students to provide service to the Marondera community by offering assistance to various beneficiaries within the area. Namely: Ida we Kwako – old age home, Musha weVana Orphanage, The General Hospital, Kukura ne Shungu and St. Francis Primary School.

This year, the Leo Club has done exceptionally well, despite the current economic situation. Under the theme “Dynasty”, the Leo Dance Committee was able to raise RTGS 9000.00. The fundraiser was a success, and has set high standards for the incoming Leos. The dance was the highlight of this year’s achievements, from planning, to carrying out the tasks required, which serves to prove that collective efforts outweigh individual ones.
The aim of the Club is to encourage Leo members to advance as leaders. To utilise the opportunities given, to help others and put to good use the experience, to improve one’s social skills and adjust one’s personality if need be. The words leadership, experience and opportunity are abbreviated within the Club’s name to show what one achieves after being in the Club.

Musician of the year
Junior winner Rutendo Magomo
Senior winner Tatenda Zvidzai


4.1 Sports Results

NASP Archery Tournament held at St. Georges
Peterhouse combined were Runner-up in 3D
Shirea Brits was Runner-up Best Senior Girl in 3D

v Watershed U14 won 22-4
U15 won 22-2
U16 won 18-5
2nd Team won 4-2
1st Team won 22-20

Watershed Invitational Basketball Tournament
PHG came 3rd out of 10 schools narrowly losing to Chisipite by one basket in the Semi-Final.

Monthly Medal (Chapman)
Kuzivakwashe Zibako placed 52nd out of 62 with a gross total of 113.

A League
v Arundel A U14A won 3-1
U15A won 2-1
U16A won 1-0
1st Team won 3-0

v Kyle A U14A won 2-1
U15A won 1-0
U16A won 4-1
1st Team won 2-0

B League
v Hellenic U14B won 1-0
U15B drew 0-0
U16B won 5-2
2nd Team won 2-1

C League
v Gateway B U15C won 1-0
3rd Team won 2-0
(Gateway did not have an U14C or U16C team)

v Milestone U16C won 2-1

v Tynwald U14C won 4-0
3rd Team lost 0-1
(Tynwald did not have U15C or U16C team)

Interhouse Hockey
1st Eland 21 points
2nd Sable 20 points
3rd Impala 14 points
4th Kudu 13 points

Interhouse Horse Riding
Best Turned out Horse and Rider:
50cm class Georgia Grubb (Impala) and Savannah Seaman (Impala) on Magnum
70cm class Anna Freeth (Kudu) on Hassie
90cm class Sienna Page (Sable) on Jenna

Most Improved Rider:
Ashley Dziva (Eland)

Overall House results:
1st Sable 42 points
2nd Eland 30 points
3rd Impala 19 points
4th Kudu 4 points

Congratulations to Katie Loubser and Erin Elliott who have been selected to represent Zimbabwe at the upcoming African Nations Shield Competitions being held at Duneside Equestrian Centre in Namibia in August. There are 5 countries competing at this event: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Swaziland.

At Nagel House
Peterhouse Group of Schools came 1st out of 6 clubs that competed
The following girls received medals: Vatida Nhemachena – Bronze
Natasha Kambani – Silver
Shannen Wilson – Silver
Kayla Rouse – Gold and Silver

v Arundel PHG won 1-0
v Chisipite PHG drew 1-1
v Gateway PHG won 3-1

Table Tennis
v Westridge Cancelled by Westridge
Congratulations to Tanyaradzwa Midzi who has been invited by the ITF to an ITF/HPTC Junior Training Camp in Casablanca, Morocco. Tanyaradzwa will also compete thereafter in two ITF U18 Tournaments in Harare.


5.1 Chimanimani Outward Bound Programme (B Block – 20 to 25 September 2019)
Please remember the following deadlines for the Chimanimani Expedition:

Monday, 15 July Indemnity forms
Tuesday, 10 September Solo letter

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Chinodyaruswa.  

5.2 Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
Twenty pupils from PHG, Chisipite Senior School and PHB completed a fantastic five night, six day sailing expedition on Lake Kariba as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Adventurous Journey. Each Catamaran had five sailors and a Skipper who were responsible for all their own navigating, sailing, cooking and cleaning.
The PHG girls were: Kate Mallon, Bronwin Coleman, Anna Montgomery, Genevieve Shoesmith, Kayla Kalweit, Amber Robinson and Deborah Davy.


6.1 Term Dates to Diarise
Trinity Term ends Thursday 8 August
Michaelmas Term begins Tuesday 10 September

6.2 Assembly by Mrs Blignaut

I was watching third team hockey at the weekend and at the end of the third quarter most, if not all, of the players came off the field frustrated and angry with repeated “bad calls” by one of the umpires.

I do not mean to make an example of the third team players, but rather use it as an illustration of something that happens all too often. Whether it is games we are playing or just watching, all too often we become focused on the umpire or ref rather than the game. The conversation is dominated by the “bad umpire” or the “bad decisions”.

I use “air quotes” because of course, bad calls are only ever the ones that work against us. Rarely are we so incensed if the bad calls work in our favour. Then we are much more likely to accept them, say that’s all part of the game, or perhaps indeed not even notice them.

So I ask you these questions:
Does getting angry with the umpire or ref change his/her behaviour?
Does it improve your performance or chances of winning?

If your emotional response does neither of these things, surely then it is wasted energy? And in any sport, wasted energy is wasted opportunity.

So why do we do it?

Firstly, it’s a great defense mechanism – shifting blame on to someone or something else is a great way to avoid having to reflect on our own behaviour. And even if we genuinely have not contributed to the negative situation, it is still so much easier to blame someone else than it is to take responsibility for our own performance, to give of our best, and realise on this day perhaps our best wasn’t good enough.

Let us take a moment to consider what is the difference between being responsible for something and blaming someone?

I like to see it as this – responsibility is something we choose to have or not to have; blame is something we choose to give or not give to someone else.

“I blame her for our team losing.”
“I blame the umpire, he was useless.”
“She blames me for hot water being finished.”

If we are blamed for something – that is being placed on us by others. I can blame you for something. I can even want you to take responsibility for something, but ultimately you choose whether you are going to take responsibility or not.

Blame is about placing fault. It is judgmental and often vindictive. It is not action based. I place blame. Full stop. Nothing else happens.

Responsibility is about accountability and change. If I take responsibility for something, that leads to analysing where things went wrong, which leads to change and improvement.

In any situation, we only ever have control over our own actions and reactions. That is why placing blame on others is futile.

And of course, all lessons in sport can be applied to other areas of our lives too. That is one of the reasons why playing sport is so important.

The common school equivalent may be “the teacher doesn’t like me”, “I didn’t; know we were having a test” or “I wasn’t taught that” and there are countless examples as you grow up where blaming others is the quick, easy default - and yet it is completely ineffective.

It has no effect on the other person’s actions, nor does it improve your performance in any way.

I am not saying that you won’t come across umpires and refs who make bad calls, or teachers who get it wrong sometimes, or a boss who does not see your talents or potential as much as you would prefer, but remember - you only have control over your own actions and reactions.

So I urge you girls, whether it is on the field or off it, if the odds seem stacked against you, if you feel that it isn’t a fair playing field (and it often isn’t) – don’t play the blame game, don’t play the victim.

Next time you are faced with what you see as an unfair situation, take a deep breath, see if there is a way to either work the situation to your advantage or find a way of minimising your disadvantage. Then put your head down, work hard, and fight for what you want. Whether that’s the win on the field or the test mark in the classroom.

And if you don’t win, if you don’t do as well in the assignment as you had hoped, take another deep breath, accept that you tried your best this day. And when you are ready, analyse your performance to see where you can improve for the future.

On the field, or in life, always focus on YOUR game and not on the bad umpire.