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Peterhouse Girls

Newsletter FFW (Current)



Thursday 24th May 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The winter term is always an important one on the sporting front with two of our major sports dominating the weekend fixtures. Over 200 girls across the age groups play hockey and over 150 girls play basketball. That does not negate the wonderful commitment from the girls in a variety of sports including soccer, squash and table tennis but certainly gives a sense of how important these two sports are, both to the girls and to the school as a whole. The highlight of the term for the first teams is Golden Girls for hockey and Top Schools for basketball and we hope the season goes well for all the girls involved.

Well done to everyone who supported the Kidzcan walk/run a few weeks ago. There is a full report later in the newsletter but the achievement of raising over $20 000 across the Group of Schools is worth mentioning more than once. Thank you to everyone for your contribution.

Academics remain at the core of everything we do. Whilst the junior girls are getting on with working through the syllabus, the senior girls should all be focussing on the mock examinations which are only a few weeks away. If the girls prepare well for these, it will make a huge difference going forward and they should commit some of the FFW to revision.

Please may I thank you all and continue to remind you to support Girls R Us whenever you can. There is also more information later in the newsletter about the crochet drive this term – at least one square each will enable us to complete blankets and donate them before the Marondera winter really begins to bite.

Wishing you a restful weekend.

Kind regards,

Mrs Tracy Blignaut


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please be advised that the Fee Clearance Letter (FCL) system will not be in operation for this FFW.

The detail on bank statements more often than not does not allow the school to tie deposits back to fee accounts even when this is noted on the deposit slip. For this reason please always forward copies of your payments to Accounts.

Have an enjoyable weekend with your children.

Kind regards,

Mark Whitaker


1.1 Kidzcan Run/Walk Sunday 13 May 2018 – raising money for children suffering from Cancer
Even though only five days had passed since parents had dropped off their loved ones at boarding school to start a new term, they returned in huge numbers for Mother’s Day and to have a good walk/run in aid of Kidzcan on the first Sunday morning of term.

It was an absolutely beautiful day, with warm autumn sunshine and brilliant blue skies. After an opening prayer, the Chaplain led all of us through a minute’s silence, remembering all those in our special community who we have lost, or who we know are suffering from this disease. Our Music Department sang ‘Run for Life’ to end the formalities of this special occasion.

Roughly 1800 people, all dressed in orange, walked or ran through the most beautiful miombo woodland in our magnificent Calderwood Park. Some took it seriously, others ambled slowly with friends and family, pushing prams or with their dogs on leashes. It was very relaxed and felt so special being together doing something healthy and, at the same time, raising awareness and funds for children who would have given so much to be there with us.

If one walked around the school campus that Sunday afternoon, pockets of people were everywhere: picnicking, playing touch rugby, reminiscing – just having such a great time together. We managed to raise over US$20 000 for Kidzcan which will go a long way to help children in need.

We would like to thank everyone for making this event such a special family occasion for everyone in this Group of Schools and for donating what money they could to Kidzcan. Thank you for driving out to be at Peterhouse for the day and being there for Kidzcan. Keep that Orange T- shirt handy for next year!

1.2 Sanitary Drive
Thank you to all the girls who donated sanitary products in support of Girls R Us, an organisation that sources sanitary ware for young girls in the rural areas who often fail to attend school or participate in other regular activities during their menstrual period. Please see the photographs and letter below from them:

“We are so excited and grateful for your kind donation towards GRU team. Kindly extend our gratitude to all the girls who made this possible, let them know that they have managed to keep another girl child in rural areas able to attend her classes without any worry of lacking sanitary pads. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for having the school girls being taught to be a sister’s keeper.

We have attached pictures of our youngest member for GRU, Tinaishe Madavo, photos as she can be the voice to push for more with your guidance, not forgetting to thank all teachers who are allowing their girls to partake in the vision of GRU through your support. We also want to advise the girls to buy Farai pads which are more affordable as a bargain for us to get more for less.

Kind regards,
Girls R Us Team’

1.3 Blood Donations
Thank you to all members of staff, boys and girls who donated their precious blood, we had a total of 99 pints – 37 being from Peterhouse Girls.

1.4 Crochet
We have a campaign each Trinity Term to make blankets for the children of Musha weVana. Each girl is asked to crochet at least one granny square (using a 4.5 hook and double knit wool) measuring 20cm by 20cm, which should take her about an hour to complete. Each blanket needs 60 squares, so as a school we should be able to make at least 7 blankets. Please encourage your daughters to do their square (and maybe a few more if possible). If she does not know how to crochet, there are plenty of girls and staff who are willing to show her or indeed there are YouTube videos on the internet teaching step-by-step basics of crochet.

We have Crochet Day diarized for 10th June, 9.00am to 12.00pm. We are hoping as many moms, grannies and aunties as possible will join us to help join the squares together to complete the blankets. Dads, grandads and uncles are welcome too of course!

1.5 Confirmation Service
On Thursday 21st June, PHB and PHG will be having a Confirmation Service. The service will be held in the St Francis Chapel (PHG) and will start at 8.30am.
1.6 Leavers Ball 2018 Golf Day – 25 August 2018
Bookings are open for the Leaver’s Ball Fundraiser GOLF DAY on 25 August 2018. For interest in sponsorship or bookings, contact Clare Lock – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Cell: 0712 220 584.


2.1 A Block Art Day - Miss Silcock
On Saturday 12th of May, the PHG A block Art classes joined together to partake in a morning filled with creating and experimenting. The goal of the day was to learn and expand their ideas as they continue with their coursework. The girls were shown pieces from a variety of sources including that of previous years, and used this as a time to think of new ideas of how to move forward with their independent work. They had fun and experimented without the worry of their work being marked, and learnt new techniques and media. The Art Day was a relaxed and creative time, and was a great way to kick-start a term of new and diverse ideas.

2.2 CAT4 Tests
The C Block girls wrote the Cognitive Ability Test 4 on Tuesday 14th May. More details will be e-mailed to C Block parents about the results of these tests.

2.3 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards
Natalie Moores has been invited to an awards ceremony on Thursday 24th May at Meikles Hotel to celebrate the achievements of Cambridge Learners throughout Zimbabwe in the two examination series of 2017.
She will be receiving an award for High Achievement in her Physical Education examination and we congratulate her on her outstanding performance.

2.4 D Block Parent/Teacher Meeting
The D Block Parent/Teacher Meeting will be held on 21st June. It will be preceded by a Parents’ Meeting at 9:15am with a presentation on “The Common Language Continuum”.

2.5 2018 Peterhouse Maths Olympiad Round 1 Exam Results
The senior school Maths Olympiad Round 1 Results. Rindai Machokoto got 77 followed by Chayce Ross who got 67.

The highlighted pupils qualified for Round 2 which will take place on the 25th of July.

Machokoto Rindai 77
Ross Chayce 67
Jaravani Praise 59
Govore Tadiwa 56
Rogers David 55
Doorman Amy 54
Bore David 52
Ferguson Angus 52

Moores Natalie 37
Mungoni Mufaro 37
Zvidzai Tatenda 35
Mandebvu Danai 34
Timba Tinashe 29


v Convent: A’s won 25 – 12
B’s won 25 – 0
C’s won 12 – 9

v PHB: A’s won 14 – 7
B’s lost 5 – 16
C’s won 11 – 9

v PHB: A’s won 26 – 8
B’s won 25 – 15
C’s lost 8 – 32

Buckland Arts Competition
The Buckland Arts Competition will be taking place from the 28th May to the 2nd June. Please make sure all flowers, foodstuffs, art supplies or music comes back with the girls on Monday! The concert on Saturday 2 June is open for anyone who would like to attend and promises to be full of talented acts.

v Arundel: Seniors won 1 and lost 3, Juniors drew 1 and lost 3. Overall, Arundel won 6 – 1.

The culture department extends a large thank you to the Choga family who donated five chess boards to our chess club.

v Chisipite: Seniors won 213 – 195 with Shamiso Chigadza as the best speaker
Juniors lost 214 – 114 with Rutendo Mupfumi as the best speaker.
v Gateway: Seniors drew 218 – 218 with Alyssa Makina as the best speaker.
Juniors won

The drama girls had a busy start to the term with two workshops taking place over the closed weekend. The first workshop was facilitated by the talented “Handlebards”, who once again, graced Peterhouse with their performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on Saturday 12th May. They are a dynamic group of women who taught the girls how to adapt their characters in a more physical manner for performance. On Sunday 13th June another workshop was conducted by Mr Musa Saruro, from the National Institute of Allied Arts. It was an eye opening experience for the girls who participated and gave them the opportunity to hone their stage craft. This was a worthwhile and enjoyable experience for all who attended.

Interact Visit To Kukura Neshungu (Faith Tsuroh)
When we set off from school, most of us were worried that this would be an uncomfortable visit where our ability to socialise with the physically and mentally disadvantaged members of the Marondera community would be found wanting. The visit to Kukura Neshungu was a touching one; we were welcomed by the students who were very happy to see us. We learnt about the people at Kukura Neshungu and their different "disabilities" and what they are taught at their school. The experience was touching: shaking the hand of a girl who can't make out a greeting but smiles at you and pulls you in for a hug was a significant life experience; and having this same girl show you how to make yourself a rug is another. While we saw 26 out of the possible 30 students who learn here, this particular visit to Kukura Neshungu reminded us of the values we need to remember when interacting with other human beings: to be patient with each other, to show humility amongst other people and to appreciate that with which we have been blessed.


4.1 Past Holiday Tours

Two Oceans Marathon
Four girls travelled to Cape Town for the Two Oceans Marathon and competed in the 21.1km race which took place during Easter on the 31st of March. There were 9259 female racers in total and 110 racers in the 16 – 19 year olds category. The girls did exceptionally well and all of them managed to finish with a medal.

Results were as follows:
Jamie-Lee Soper
Time 2:05.03
Gender position 735
16-19 year olds 15

Tyla MacIntosh
Time 2:37.53
Gender position 3957
16-19 year olds 50

Amber Charles
Time 2:37.55
Gender position 3960
16-19 year olds 51

Matinatsashe Hove
Time 2:33:46
Gender position 3389
16-19 year olds 44

1st Team Squad – Hockey Tour to Bundu Bashers Festival, Pietermaritzburg
We travelled to South Africa with a relatively “young” squad of 16 (a few of the old guard from 2017 and several A Block girls now players as Seniors). Largely, a development side, most of whom had not played together in the previous season. The festival started on Wednesday 4th April and we played two matches. We won against Hoerskool Transvalia: 1-0. We lost narrowly to Jeppe High for Girls: 1-2, trying a number of combinations but really focusing on integrating the younger players with the more experienced girls. Our third match was another closely fought contest with us going down 2-3, but some outstanding hockey played. The girls lifted their spirits and had a wonderful win against Redhill High: 4-0. The girls fought hard against Fourways High, losing 3-4 and our final game ending in a nail biting draw against Hoereskool Noordheuwel.

On our final Saturday we were privileged to travel to Michaelhouse for a very good leadership talk by Tim Jarvis and Keith Fairweather. The girls were very excited to see where the movie ‘Spud’ had been set and filmed. It was a great opportunity to visit the place that Peterhouse is modelled on and to see some of our school’s history. We also stopped at the Nelson Mandela Capture Sight for a walk around and to view the spectacular sculpture of Mandela. The extraordinary sculpture by artist Marco Cianfanelli comprises 50 steel column constructions – each between 6.5 and 9.5 metres tall, all set into the landscape. After reading through the History of ANC and South Africa, and making the ‘Long Walk to Freedon’ to see the sculpture, we returned to the Liberty Mall for some more retail therapy. We gathered for our final meal as a team on Saturday night and returned to pack up.

A memorable experience for all of our girls, an invaluable learning curve and creation of a strong team dynamic that we have taken with us into the start of the 2018 Season.

4.2 Sports Results

NASP Archery at St. Georges - Shirea Brits achieved the Best Senior Girl score with a total of 287 points.

v Lomagundi U14 Lost 2 - 6
U15 Won 7 – 0
U16 Lost 1 – 10
2nd Team Won 10 – 6
1st Team Won 23 – 17

v Heritage U14 Lost 0 - 5
U15 Away
U16 Lost 8 - 14
2nd Team Won 5 - 2
1st Team Lost 21 – 27

MCD Trials
The following were selected for Mashonaland Country Districts:

Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba
Kundai Rugube
Merce’des Beekes
Lilian Pope
Ruvimbo Dobbie
Bryony Dawson

Laura Chinhundu
Jamie-Lee Soper
Rebecca Gau

Courtney Brown
Kimberley Joseph
Victoria Wood
Doné Erasmus
Rutendo Mandivenga
Jessica Kriel
Jade Carlisle
Rachel Palmer

Ropafadzo Madziwanyika
Stacey Dunstan
Tinashe Mutoko
Chaniel Yosa
Franchesca Chinhundu
Siobhan Jones
Rafilwe Molai (non-travelling reserve)

League Matches
PHG A v Lomagundi U14A Lost 0 – 1
U16A Won 1 – 0
1st Team Won 3 – 0

PHG A v Hillcrest U14A Drew 0 – 0
U15A Won 3 – 0
U16A Won 3 – 1
1st Team Won 6 – 0

PHG A v Harare Convent U14A Won 2 – 0
U15A Drew 1 – 1
U16A Won 3 – 2
1st Team Won 7 – 1

PHG B v MCC A U14B Won 2 – 0
U15B Won 1 – 0
U16B Won 3 – 0
2nd Team Drew 0 – 0

PHG C v Chisipite C U14C Won 2 – 0
U15C Drew 0 – 0
U16C Lost 2 – 0
3rd Team Won 4 – 1

Table Tennis
v Gateway Juniors Won 4 – 0
Seniors Won 4 – 0


5.1 Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards
Congratulations to Hailey Hawkins who completed her Residential Project for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award during the course of the holiday. The Residential project for the award took place at a wildlife rehabilitation centre, Free to be Wild, in Bulawayo from the 26th of April to the 3rd of May. Hailey will be completing her Gold award this year and she has also achieved a Silver and Bronze Award over the past few years. More details about her residential project can be found on the school website.

5.2 C Block Outback 15 - 18 May 2017
The sound of heavy rainfall at 5am on C Block’s first night out had us ‘mummies’ wide awake in bed wondering if this would be another foiled outdoor experience for this group. Last year, during Basecamp, they were washed out; this year the weather seemed determined to both wash them away and freeze them up.

Just hours before, as well as the days leading up to Outback, was typical ‘champagne weather’. The opposite seemed in store for this lot of girls, with AccuWeather predicting a thunderstorm on their second last day out. Amazingly, despite a wet and cold start to their expedition, the girls were in high spirits; some groups even singing loudly in anticipation of their ‘big trip’ out.

And off they went: 76 girls and their tutors – out for 4 days and 3 nights in the bush ‘Outbacking’ in Gosho Park, Kushinga Pikilela and Zambezi Holidays. They spent half the day hiking and the other half doing activities like target shooting, initiative activities, abseiling, canoeing, learning about first aid, fire making and extinguishing and water rescue. The activities were primarily led by Outward Bound Zimbabwe and Mr Dolf Sassen, to whom we are sincerely grateful.

The hikes were not easy; one group threatened mutiny and began to walk back to school (they were thankfully convinced otherwise by Miss Amm). Cooking in the rain was slightly disastrous with fires being washed out and raincoat shelters being constructed to get the fires going again – going to bed hungry after a long hike was certainly not an option. But they made it! C Block 2018 is definitely worthy of wearing their ‘resilience badges’ with pride, and has proved that they are not the ‘snowflakes’ perhaps others feared they would be!

The 6Cs, 7 Core values, and an effort to remain compassionate, empathetic and reasonable in trying situations – all the while remaining gritty was this C Block year group’s challenge. I hope, upon reflection, that they can become more self-aware; working on their weaknesses and taking pride in their strengths.


6.1 Dates to Diarise
Trinity (2nd) Term Dates
Half-Term Thursday 21 – Tuesday 26 June
3rd Fixture Free Friday 13 - Monday 16 July
Ends Thursday 9 August

6.2 Rector’s Address at School Assembly, Tuesday 15 May

Character/the snowflake generation

Ladies, the bad news is that, through no fault of your own, you are part of what is increasingly becoming referred to as the “Snowflake” generation. Even as Zimbabweans, tropical residents where snow rarely falls, you will be aware that snow usually melts very quickly and so you will have already guessed that being referred to as the “Snowflake” generation is far from complimentary – it would be better would it not for you to be part of a generation known for its resilience rather than its propensity to melt – say the Dombo generation.

Apparently today’s young adults and teenagers are more prone to taking offense when criticised and are less resilient than previous generations – of being emotionally too vulnerable; too fragile to cope with views that question their own; too feeble to face up to the challenges in life.

So where does the term “Snowflake” generation come from? From a geographical perspective it has its origins in the USA – it would do wouldn’t it – but it is equally widely used in the UK and other countries of similar ilk. The term “Snowflake” generation, by the way, does not allude only to the rapidity with which snowflakes melt and by implication how feeble your generation is, but also to the uniqueness of each and every individual snowflake. It is used to refer to today’s young adults and teenagers i.e. your generation, because they have been raised to have an inflated sense of their own individuality, distinctiveness, uniqueness; each is like a snowflake – exceptional, matchless and that’s led to them thinking too much of themselves. And that’s not the fault only of the parents of your generation; it is also the fault of educationalists in places like the UK who have, in their own ways, fuelled the fire, to mix my metaphors, in particular by ridiculing old fashioned so called factory methods of teaching and placing the individual pupil at the heart of the process. They talk about pupil centred learning and err away from the candid criticism that pupils of other generations routinely received from their teachers, and so your generation finds criticism hard to take and melts away when things get difficult. By contrast and to give you a couple of personal anecdotes, my Art teacher reported at the end of my 3rd form year (the equivalent of C Block) that I had no ability in his subject whatsoever – he was right – and I well remember an English essay I wrote at prep school having a red line from bottom left to top right on each page with the somewhat blunt comment “this is complete rubbish.” My English teacher was probably right too.

Other generations developed a tougher skin; they developed into sterner stuff than your generation; they could take the criticism which was thrown at them unlike today’s “snowflakes.”

So the bad news is that you are part of the “Snowflake” generation, whether you like it or not, but the good news is that you are not from the USA or the UK etc. – you are Zimbabweans and here there may be all sorts of economic and political difficulties but most parents are somewhat old fashioned in their views and in the way they think children should be raised and that has its advantages; true even in Zimbabwe there are some “snowplough” parents – they’re the ones who solve all their “snowflake” children’s problems before they occur – but in general most parents expect their children to show a bit of backbone and resilience and they are more prepared to allow their children to fail from time to time as part of the growing up process than are their English and American counterparts; you may be part of the “Snowflake” generation but that doesn’t mean to say that you’re all snowflakes.

And the even better news is that you are pupils at Peterhouse where the development of character is of central importance to your education. Character is arguably the most important of our 6 Cs (the others being critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and cross-cultural skills) because if you get the development of character right most of the other Cs will fall into place.

Schools like Peterhouse have always regarded themselves as being good at building the character of their pupils and so they have done, but, whereas in the past too much of that character building process was dependent upon junior pupils putting up with all sorts of unpleasantness from senior pupils, in the expectation that in so doing they would develop character, never mind the iniquity of it all and never mind those that fell by the wayside in some cases scarred by the experience, now the process is well-structured and teacher-led. You only have to think of the various outward bound experiences you have during your time here (Basecamp, Outback, the Chims trip, Far and Wide etc.) led by Mr and Mrs Shoesmith together with all the fantastic sporting opportunities you have to get the point.

So you’re at an advantage – your generation is apparently full of light weight, self-centred individuals who dissolve when they are under the slightest of pressure and you know that you’re better than that. What a stroke of luck it is for you to be both a Zimbabwean and a Peterhouse girl. Whilst the snowflakes of your generation succumb, you will have the character to thrive and in a world which has never been more uncertain that has arguably never been more important.

You are built on a rock – conditur in petra.