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Peterhouse Girls

Newsletter FFW (Current)



Thursday 6th December 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The term dates for 2019 are included under Points of Interest. Please take note that the Lent Term begins on Tuesday, 8th January. D Block should arrive on Tuesday before 1430, all other boarders should arrive by 1730 and day scholars should arrive on Wednesday before 0700.

May I draw your attention to the new cell phone policy which is attached to the end of the newsletter? The Rector wrote to all parents in August explaining the introduction of this policy which will be in effect from the beginning of the Lent Term, 2019. Your daughter's Housemistress for 2019 has spoken to her House to explain the cell phone policy to them. Please ensure your daughter returns in January with a cell phone which is in line with the policy for her block. In simple terms, D Block are not allowed cellphones at all, C and B Block are allowed bricks (AKA dumb phones) only and A Block and above are allowed to bring smartphones. In B and
C Block it is particularly important that your daughter's phone does not have Internet capability otherwise she will not be allowed access to it. If you are at all unsure or have any queries please liaise directly with your daughter's new Housemistress. The email addresses for Housemistresses 2019 are also included in the newsletter under Points of Interest.

The end of term is finally here and the girls are particularly excited to be heading home for the Christmas holidays. The last few weeks of term are always busy and at the end of the year even more so. The Christmas Carol Service and Marondera Schools Carol Concert were special end of year events and our thanks go to the music department as well as all the boys and girls who were involved. Danai Mandebvu and Keara Shumba’s solos were beautiful and my thanks too to Munesushe Mushosho who, along with Danai, read at the Carol Service. Last night’s Christmas dinner and Vth Form entertainment were a fun, relaxed way to end the term.
Many thanks to Miss Silcock, Mrs Fantiso, Mrs Barrie and all the C Block and Vth Form girls for their hard work in making last night a special occasion.

During the course of the term we have said farewell to a number of staff and begin to welcome new staff to our community for the year ahead. Our special thanks and blessings go to Chipo Mtakwa, our Senior Mistress, for the last three years. We have been truly blessed to have her with us and wish her all the very best as she welcomes her baby into the world in the next few days.

I would like to draw your attention to the “Girls R Us” campaign (Points of Interest 1.3). This is such a worthy cause which supports other girls in our country who are less fortunate than ourselves. Please do support it if you can.

The Rector wrote to all parents recently with regards the new floating policy for next year. My apologies for an error with regards the signing in/out for PHG – we will continue to only have signing in and out at the front of school, not at Elizabeth House as indicated. I will amend and publish the corrected policy in due course.

I wish you all a wonderful time with family and friends over the coming Christmas break and look forward to welcoming you all back in the New Year.

Warm regards,

Mrs Tracy Blignaut


Dear Parents and 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 2019. 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.

Please note the following with respect to payments:

• ZIPIT payments continue to present us with difficulties, as we receive no reference which enables us to identify who they are for. It is imperative that we receive a copy of your ZIPIT payment as soon as it has been made, in order for us to identify it.

• If you are using Cabs School Card to pay your fees, please send us a copy of your slip when you have paid us using your Cabs School Card, as we only receive the settlement advices from CABS after 24 hours, and this may delay you receiving your Fee Clearance Letter.

• If you are using Credfin to pay your fees, please send us a signed copy of the Agreement with Credfin with the page that reflects the amount Credfin will be paying Peterhouse. This will enable us to send your Fee Clearance Letter before we receive the settlement from Credfin.

• If you require a payment plan for your school fees, please contact either of the following:
o Cabs School Card – Olivia Ndebele Tel: 04-852351-55 ext 2013) or
o Credfin - Bev Wright  Tel: 442737 / 442902 / 481003)

• 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.

• Please note that with immediate effect a discount of a 67% is offered towards the balance on your fee statement where payment is made by Telegraphic Transfer and/or USD cash (this is in effect a 200% premium on the USD payment). The USD NOSTRO bank account details can be found on the statement that you have by now received.

• Parents may also fix the school fee for the term, or for 2019, by paying the following in USD per term.
o US$1,420 - SVH Day Scholar
o US$2,370 - SVH Boarder
o US$1,760 - PHG Day Scholar
o US$2,950 - PHG/PHB Boarder

The Accounts Department will be open this holiday from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, except from 1pm Friday 21st December to 8am Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
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 Thursday 3rd January 2019, 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 8th January 2019.

Kind regards,

Mark Whitaker


1.1 Dates to Diarise

1st Term
Begins Tuesday 8 January
D Block pupils arrive at 14.30
Boarders return by 17.30
Day scholars return Wednesday 07.00
Lessons begin Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 7.45am
1st Fixture Free Friday 25 - Monday 28 January
Half-Term Wednesday 20 - Tuesday 26 February
3rd Fixture Free Friday 15 – Monday 18 March
Ends Thursday 11 April
(Easter: 19 – 22 April)

2nd Term
Begins Monday 6 May
1st Fixture Free Friday 24 - Monday 27 May
Half-Term Thursday 20 - Tuesday 25 June
3rd Fixture Free Friday 12 - Monday 15 July
Ends Thursday 8 August

3rd Term
Begins Monday 9 September
1st Fixture Free Friday 27 - Monday 30 September
Half-Term Thursday 17 - Tuesday 22 October
3rd Fixture Free Friday 15 - Monday 18 November
Ends Thursday 5 December

1st Term 2020
Begins Tuesday 14 January 2020

1.2 Academic Matters
Although the 2019 Vth Formers will still be waiting for their IGCSE Cambridge results, they are expected to return to school at the beginning of term, Tuesday 8th January. Lessons will begin on Wednesday morning.

Cambridge examination results will be published on the following dates:

AS and A level 10th January at 10am
IGCSE 17th January at 10am

During the first week of school, we will be emailing access codes to all those whose accounts with the School have been cleared. This will enable you to access the results on the Cambridge website.

1.3 Academic Awards
Congratulations to the following girls who received Commendations for their Term Mark Order;
D Block – Makanaka Dzvurumi, Anna Freeth, Kyuri Kim, Danielle Machibaya, Rumbidzai Mapokotera, Rudado Matondo, Kimberly Maworise, Kunashe Mazike, Mafaro Musimwa, Thando Ntini, Ella Pope, Fadzai Zitsanza

C Block – Tawananyasha Banda, Ruvimbo Chauruka, Deborah Davy, Kayla Kalweit, Nandi Mbele, Vatida Nhemachena, Luanna Page

B Block – Alicia Chiremba, Erin Elliott, Laura Lagesse, Tinotenda Mapani, Jemimah Muusha

1.4 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.

1.5 From the Sanatorium – reminders for next term
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.

1.6 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 Ms Bernice Candy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2.1 Results

ATS Junior Debate Tournament C and D Block
Although they came last out of 16 teams, the girls must be congratulated for taking part in their first tournament. From this they learnt a lot and appreciate that there is still more to learn. They are grateful for the exposure and being given the opportunity to participate.

The eight 2019 Interact Board members completed the Shoebox Challenge of 2018. Enough stationery was donated by pupils in all three schools to fill 160 shoeboxes. These shoeboxes were given to pupils of St Francis, and other pupils in schools in Rusape and Harare. There were smiles of appreciation on the faces of the St Francis children as they received their boxes from pupils at Springvale, PHG and PHB this week.

The Interact Club thanks all pupils of the Peterhouse Group for their generous donations.

Kukura Neshungu 2018 Report
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate and to make a difference.

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. Kukura Neshungu club had a couple of fundraising functions earlier this year and raised in excess of $2,600. From these proceeds, the club donated $2,000 towards the much needed repair of the gutters at Kukura Neshungu home in Dombotombo Township in Marondera.

The club also successfully sourced 35 tracksuits for the staff as well as the pupils of Kukura Neshungu. The club members were inspired by the words of mother Theresa to help the physically and mentally challenged pupils of Kukura Neshungu when she wrote: Love is not patronising, and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same - with charity you give love, so don’t just give money and material things but reach out your hand instead.

Pecha Kucha
Pecha Kucha is Japanese for ‘chit chat’. It is a method designed by architects where ideas are presented using 20 images which auto rotate every 20 seconds. It is a very relevant and efficient way of getting your point across in exactly 6mins and 40 seconds and also develops pupils’ confidence in public speaking. Pupils volunteer to do a presentation. Danai Mandebvu and Amber Charles did excellent presentations for the last meeting
Danai Mandebvu talked about ‘Girls with Colour’
Amber Charles talked about ‘Coffee’

Shona Club
The girls were excited to see and experience the national heritage monument at Tsindi Ruins. A lot of time was spent rock-climbing, sight-seeing and enjoying the coolness of the caves on a very hot day. Interestingly, upon seeing the ruins, they were able to identify the dry masonry skill used which is very similar to Great Zimbabwe – in the middle of the bush just a stone’s throw away from Peterhouse.

St George’s Interschools Quiz
A Team came 1st out of 12 schools
B Team came 3rd out of 10 schools
Overall Peterhouse girls came 1st out of 12 schools


3.1 Results
PHG came 3rd out of 3 schools at NASP Archery held at Chisipite Junior School
Shirea Brits won a Bronze Medal – 3rd place in the Senior Girls age group

PHG sent 13 teams to the Arundel Aquathon and achieved the top 3 places:

1st place Debrah Nakhozwe, Maja Potzas and Jessica Burton
2nd place Brooklyn Tippett, Doné Erasmus and Rachel Palmer
3rd place Ella Pope, Kayla Kalweit and Jodie Kuipers

CBC Sprints Regatta at Mazowe
Doné Erasmus came 1st in the Woman’s A single 2000m
Sophie le Boulengé came 1st in the Woman’s B single 500m
Doné Erasmus and Stacey Dunstan came 1st in the Woman’s B double

National Sprints Gala – Mutare
Amy Doorman won 2 Gold medals
Siobhan Jones won 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals

Mashonaland Seeded Gala – Les Brown
Amy Kluckow won 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze medal in individual events, and 3 Bronze medals in relay events.

Amy Doorman won 3 Gold medals and 2 Bronze medals in individual events and 3 Bronze medals in relay events.

Siobhan Jones won 1 Bronze medal in an individual event and 3 Bronze medals in relay events

Courtney Brown won 2 Silver medals in individual events

Savannah Macmillan won 1 Bronze medal in an individual event and 1 Bronze in a relay event

Thandiswa Nunu, Krystal Barber, Pareena Niranjan-Bhana, Ayla-Skye Greeff achieved Bronze medals in relay events.

Manicaland Amateur Swimming Gala - Mutare
Aimee Barron came tie 1st place in the U15/16 girl’s age group and won 4 Gold and 3 Silver medals.

Congratulations to Courtney Brown who has been included in the Zimbabwe Swimming team attending the AUSC Region 5 U20 Youth Games which will take place between the 6th and the 16th of December in Gaborone, Botswana.

A League
v Convent U14A won 11-1
U15A won 11-1
U16A won 12-0

B League
v Hillcrest U14B won 5-3
U15B lost 2-6
U16B won 5-3

Triathlon at Mt Pleasant
Andie Kuipers came 1st and Erin Elliott came 2nd in the U16-17 Half distance event.


5.1 A Block Far and Wide Experience
While a great many of Zimbabwe’s post IGCSE pupils head out to party, the Peterhouse pupils embark on the Far and Wide experience in the Nyanga Mountains. For some the FOMO of not being on ‘O Break’ still batters their attitude! But, for the vast majority these days, the F&W experience has become a healthy part of tradition at Peterhouse, and is one they look forward to for many reasons: building relationships has come to be the cornerstone of the trip, but many pupils learn a lot about the strength of diversity in groups, particularly how the opposite sex’s strengths usually counter their own gender’s weaknesses! All pupils grow in self-awareness, develop resilience, responsibility and resourcefulness. Everyone leaves with a sense of pride in some aspect of their accomplishment. This year all the participants experienced the newly built skywalks: one 30m and another 90m across the Mtarazi Falls.

We had two options again this year:
Firstly, we had 32 trekkers on the Turaco Trail (56km). It is one of the most beautiful trails that Zimbabwe has to offer, encompassing two magnificent river systems – the Pungwe and the Gairezi with Mount Nyangani in the middle. For the first time ever we had fantastic sunny weather throughout the hike, so the trekkers got to walk through the most incredible indigenous forests and Nyanga bush in glorious sunlight. Evenings were completed with leadership tasks and reflections on these, as well as the day’s activities.

The other group did the traditional Leadership Camp at F&W. On arrival at the camp site they were welcomed by Bernie Cragg. The bus was unpacked and the children were immediately divided into teams. Friends were separated and most found themselves teamed up with new and unfamiliar peers. Activities required both mental and physical strength and groups had to work as teams in order to achieve. As they learnt to be patient and encourage one other, they overcame their fears and most tasks were completed. It was interesting to see the 6Cs come into play, and for the children to realise from experience how important these are. This group also had to complete the 3 day Gorge Walk (a tough section of the Turaco Trail).

We thank Far and Wide and especially the Cragg family who work tirelessly to make this programme a success for us. Thanks also go to the following staff for their support during the programme: Ms Rinashe, Ms Barrie, Dr Hildebrand, Ms Cordy, Miss Bryer, Miss Tawengwa, Mr Banda, Mr De Kock, Mr Mpofu and Mrs Shoesmith.

Andrew Shoesmith and Chipo Mtakwa.
ICs Outdoor Education.

5.2 Duke of Edinburgh International Award
Congratulations to all the girls who received awards this year, particularly to our four girls who achieved Gold Awards. The girls leave the school with all three of the awards possible in the program which is an amazing feat. It is pleasing to see girls challenging themselves in various aspects of service, skill and physical activity in this amazing youth program. 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  for any enquiries or to get further details on the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.


6.1 Assembly

The little things by Mrs Scott-Elliot

Do the little things really matter?

Because I am a Biology teacher I thought I would start off talking about teeth! We are all brought up being told that we need to brush our teeth every day, twice a day, but why? It seems such a small thing to do and how often are we tempted to just skip it when we are feeling tired or are in a rush. If we don’t do it though, after a period of time, we end up with tooth decay and we have to go to the dentist for fillings. The important thing to note is that we don’t immediately notice the effect of the small choice we have made but over time we live with our small choices and often they come with regret.

I know that we have heard this idea before but in my job I see the consequences far too often. Having spoken to all the C Block girls about their subject choices for next year there are a number of them that regret the small choices that they have made over the last two years. Choices that have culminated in an examination result that prevents them from moving forward with their dreams. The argument I am presented with when discussing this is that most think that they will suddenly get better grades next year because they will “work harder”. The question I ask then is – why didn’t you work harder this year? Why didn’t you make the small choices every day to achieve the goal you had? Then I ask a more important question because it is too late to fix the past – what does working harder actually look like?
Well I’ll tell you, it means doing the little things every day to the best of your ability and then the big things will take care of themselves.
As we know this doesn’t just apply to academics.

1. Little things shape your character.
Your character really isn’t formed by the big events of your life. Instead, who you are is ultimately determined by the smaller choices you make each day.
When you choose to do what’s right every chance you get, you’re more likely to stick to your principles when the pressure’s really on. On the flip side, if you let the small things slide, you’ll follow the path of least resistance—even if that means compromising your core values. Every small habit that you have, if it goes unchecked, it can spiral in to something that grows out of control. Apply this to academics – if you nurture your character of dedication to your studies you will be able to fall back on it when times get tough (external exam time!) but if you constantly put off the little things until tomorrow, when the pressure is on there will be no foundation.

2. Little things define your future.
World-class athletes live by that mantra every day. They know that putting the sweat in behind the scenes can lead to success on the big day. They know that you play, like you practise.
The same is true for all of us. The seemingly mundane choices we make each day determine our path, and that path determines our success or our failure.

With regard to failure it could be a little negligence, a little laziness, a little delay. But we can also succeed with what is little – a little time spent each day on the subject we are struggling with.
Susan Li, who we all know as the girl who managed to get 100% in her IGCSE maths exam, didn’t achieve that goal by just pitching up on the day. In addition to working throughout the two years, she did a Maths paper every day in the two weeks before she wrote her final exam as she was pushing to get the top grade. She never actually achieved it in the practice, always getting 68/70 but when it counted the most she achieved her goal.

There are many little things in life that are important and I’m sure you could think of a few right now but as we end this academic year and move in to the next one I want to challenge you to make the little choices every day about when and how to approach your work.
You need to manage your time wisely, be honest with yourself and prioritize.
When you’re busy, it’s easy for time to run away from you. Before you know it the day, week, month, year has passed. So often I hear the lament, if only I had started sooner or I wish I had done more. Determine which small actions are helping you to reach your big goals and which are wasting your time. This information will help you with making the hard decisions and doing what is really important. (Do some studying rather than having a third cup of tea with your friend!)

If you focus on the things you cannot do, or the things that you think should be meaningful rather than the ones that truly are, you’ll find yourself getting nothing done. So be honest as you identify and prioritize the small things that are important.

Also never let another person’s priorities become your own. It is easy to follow the crowd when they are having fun – and studying is so boring but only you can fulfil your goals and dreams.

So VIth Form….

I know you think you are out of my academic clutches and you are right!! But next year is the most important year you will have both from an academic point of view and a leadership one. Get the little things right and do them well.

B Block…….

Some of you have laid good foundations this year but some of you have regrets about the exam results that you received. You are in control next year, until you make me make the decisions for you! There are no surprises – we know the exams are in October, they are not suddenly going to pounce on you!

C Block …….

You get to start fresh. New teachers with new expectations. Lay a good foundation every day.

D Block…….

Next year your academics will determine your subject choices for IGCSE. It is important that you give the areas you want to continue with the attention they need – every day!

Real success in life is not the waiting for some special occasion (like external exams) so that we can exert ourselves, but doing the best that can be done in the little things of everyday life all year round. Identify the little academic things that you need to invest time in to reach your big goals and dreams and then do them with all your heart, soul and mind. I promise it will be worth it when you get that little piece of paper with your final grades on it.

6.2 Cell Phone Policy

The purpose of this policy is to govern pupils’ use of and security of cell phones (and other similar devices) at Peterhouse. It is made with the best intentions for the pupils’ wellbeing and to take account of their requirements for essential communications.

General conditions governing use of cell phones
At the beginning of every term all phones of any kind must be registered with the Housemistress for security purposes. Any new phones brought into school during the year must be added to the register.

No cell phone is allowed out of the house unless (with the permission of a Housemistress) it is needed when travelling home or on a long distance sporting fixture. If a cell phone is being used whilst travelling, it will be entirely at the coach’s discretion and pupils must maintain appropriate cell phone etiquette in public (e.g. pupils should not alight from a bus with earphones/talking on the phone etc.)

The use of cell phones is prohibited at any school fixture. Pupils can use their phone once the fixture is completed to contact parents.
Pupils are not automatically entitled to have access to a cell phone; i.e. if deemed appropriate (i.e. as part of a disciplinary sanction) access may be denied by the school.

The school regards the posting of inappropriate or indecent material on social media as a serious disciplinary offence which will lead to disciplinary action. No pupil may use their phone (or other device) to record (audio or visual) any other person without the prior consent of that person.

Use of cell phones:

Vth and VIth are:
i. allowed to use their phones in the house only subject to the following restriction:
a. Phones will be handed in after prep (21.00) Sunday to Thursday (phones will be returned to the pupils at roll call the following morning).

A block, B block and C block pupils are:
i. allowed to use their phones in the House only, subject to the following restrictions:
a. The type of phones allowed:
i. A block pupils are allowed smartphones
ii. B Block and C Block are allowed bricks only
iii. International pupils are allowed to have access to a smartphone for travel to/from school (on arrival at school the phone should be handed in to the pupil’s Housemaster/Housemistress)
b. Access to their phones (smart or brick phones):
i. Weekdays.
• Phones can be signed out by pupils at 13.30 on Tuesday and 15.30 on Thursday.
• Phones must be handed in by 19.00 (evening roll call) on the same day
ii. Weekends.
• Friday: Phones can be signed out by pupils going on a floating or an away sporting fixture. Pupils attending a sports’ fixture are required to hand in their phone on their return to PH on Friday evening.
• Saturday: Phones can be signed out by pupils at Saturday morning roll call and must be handed back on Sunday evening roll call.
iii. Phones must be handed in prior to any prep session.
iv. Phones are locked in the House office and safe facility at all other times.

D Block pupils are:
i. Not permitted any cell phone (brick or smart phone) whilst at school
iii. International pupils are allowed to have access to a smartphone for travel to/from school (on arrival at school the phone should be handed in to the pupil’s Housemistress).

Neither the School nor its employees are responsible for any valuables, including cell phones that are brought to school.

Pupils in breach of the guidelines above will be subject to the full range of disciplinary sanctions depending on the nature of the offence.

More specifically the following sanctions will apply:
i. If a cell phone is used outside of the house at school, it may be confiscated for a
period of 3 weeks. For a second offence, the cell phone may be confiscated for a period of 6 weeks;
ii. If the pupil is seen using a phone during an away sporting fixture, it will be confiscated until the end of the fixture; and
iii. Pupils using mobile devices for posting of inappropriate or indecent material risk losing the cell phone privilege altogether and being sanctioned according to other relevant school policies.

Pupils in possession of second or illegal devices will have the device confiscated, and lose above cell phone privileges for three months on a first offence and a year on the second offence.