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Peterhouse Girls

Newsletter FFW (Current)



Dear Parents and Guardians,

Wow, what a busy term it has been! The girls and staff are all exhausted and deserve a well-earned rest. For the senior girls, however, (A Block, Vth and VIth Form), the rest should be rather short lived. It is important that they then start their revision programme as the amount of work done now will make a huge difference in the coming months.

It has been an amazing term, with many highs and of course some lows. Both our Basketball and Hockey 1st Team girls have had a great season. Our Basketball 1st Team came first in the league with an unbeaten season and placed 3rd in the Top Schools Tournament. Our 1st Team Hockey Girls faired almost as well, only losing to Arundel in the first game of the season and had a phenomenal Golden Girls tournament, coming a close second to Arundel. Having survived sudden-death penalties in the semis to face them again in the final must have been both physically and emotionally draining but the girls did themselves proud.

This term we say farewell to a number of staff: Stew Saint and his family are moving to Zambia, Olive Chiwoko is going to the UK to further her studies, Leonie Flanagan is returning to Nigeria to be with her husband, and Sharne Mayers is heading to New Zealand where she has a contract to play and coach cricket. We wish them all the very best for the future and hope they will be happy in their new homes.

Having seen Sister Act at Fieldsend Hall on Saturday evening I can say that it is one of the best evenings of entertainment I have had. Please do go along to Reps to watch with your family and friends – you won’t be disappointed! Shows are on Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 starting at 1900 and tickets are available from: The Spotlight, cnr Maasdorp Ave/2nd Street Extension, Belgravia Shopping Centre, Harare. Phone: (263) 4 308159.

The D Block girls enjoyed a lovely few days in Great Zimbabwe on a history trip this last weekend and it was a lovely way for them to finish their second term together.

The holidays are now upon us and I trust you will all stay safe and enjoy quality time with family and friends before returning your daughters to us in September.

Yours faithfully,

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 Trinity Term, as well as the Fee Note for the Michaelmas Term. If you have any queries regarding the charges on your statement, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can refer them to the relevant staff member or department before school closes.

If you have made any payments which are not reflecting on your statement, please email us with a copy of your proof of payment so that we can identify it in our Unclaimed Deposits and rectify our records accordingly.

Unfortunately with the recent challenges being experiences in the banking sectors, many internal bank transfers and mobile banking payments are not reflecting references or information when they appear on our statements, so please always send us a copy of your payment as soon as it has been made, so as to avoid any inconvenience at the beginning of term.

The Accounts Department will be closed from 1pm Friday 11th August to 8am Monday 21st August. We are no longer sending a representative to Cabs during the last week of the holidays, so please can you ensure that you email your proof of payments to the Accounts Department in good time, so that we can issue your Fee Clearance Letter.

We will only begin to email out Fee Clearance Letters on Tuesday 5th September, to those who have cleared their account in full.

May we remind you to check that the contact information at the bottom of your fee statement is correct, and if not, please email us with any changes you need us to make.

We would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday with your children and look forward to having them.

Kind regards,

Mark Whitaker
Business Director


Michaelmas (3rd) Term Dates
Term Begins Monday 11 September
Festival of Music Food and Wine Saturday 16 September
1st FFW Friday 29 September

PHG Office Hours
Please note that the Peterhouse Girls office will close on Friday 11th August and reopen on Monday 4th September.

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.

The Peterhouse Group has joined with Miracle Missions, Spar, Hunyani Packaging, Rank Stationers and Vimba in the National Christmas School Box Challenge.

This annual countrywide project is aimed at helping as many vulnerable school going children as possible to start the 2018 New Year with the necessary educational stationery, equipment and hygiene items needed for approximately one term’s worth of school work.

Peterhouse is very excited to be part of this project and to cultivate the “gift of giving” amongst our students. The project is being run through the Interact Club at the Boys and Girls Schools and by the staff at Springvale House.

The above sponsors have donated the cases and our job is to fill them & distribute them to the students at a school of our choice. As a Group, we have chosen to support St Francis School in Marondera.

Your sons and daughters have been asked to bring certain stationery items to school next term, which will be used to pack the boxes. Please see the list below. The aim is for every St Francis pupil (adding up to approximately 350) to receive his or her own school case at the end of the Michaelmas Term. This will help set them up for their new academic year.

Your help in filling as many boxes as possible will be very much appreciated by ourselves and by the children who receive them.


Grade 1 – x2 Pencils; x1 Glue stick D Block – Crayons & Rubbers
Grade 2 – x2 Pencils; x1 Glue stick C Block – Crayons & Rubbers
Grade 3 – x2 Pencils; x1 Sharpener B Block – x4 Exercise Books (square & lined)
Grade 4 – x2 Pencils; x1 Sharpener A Block – Pencils & Glue Sticks
Grade 5 – x2Pens; x1 Scissors Vth Form – Sharpeners & Pencils
Grade 6 – x2Pens; x1 Scissors VIth Form – Scissors & Pens
Grade 7 – x4 Rulers

Of course children are encouraged to bring more than the above if you can afford to do so. In addition to the above, other items children can bring include: hygiene items, reading books, small gifts, sweets & suckers (in their wrapping).

Christmas in July Ball
The Peterhouse Girls 30th Anniversary Christmas in July Ball was held at the Stewart Room, Meikles Hotel on Friday 21st July 2017 from 6pm. 200 Guests attended this event.

The evening was attended by: Howard Blackett MA (OXON), Rector Peterhouse Group; Tracy Blignaut, Headmistress, Peterhouse Girls; Special Guest of Honor, Barrie Hammond and Invited Guests included original Peterhouse Girls Teachers: Sue Davies, Harriet Nel, Karen Barrie, Martha Querl and Jon Calderwood, Former Headmaster. Three original founding pupils also attended: Brenda Bell (nee Baxter); Louise Arnold (nee de Chassart) and Kim Martin (nee Taylor)

With thanks to our sponsors and donations: AFARAS, Buy Direct, Leah Mtausi-Gwaradzimba, Simon and Nicky Hammond, Jason and Nikki De Wet.

The ‘Best Dressed Couple’ Award was won by James and Alison Putterill (nee Burr).
The ‘Most Glamourous Lady’ Award was won by Pamela Ndoro from Buy Direct.

Grateful thanks were also given to Dave Curtis of Stables Winery who kindly donated 12 bottles of wine, made into three hampers for spot prizes. The lucky winners of the spot prizes were Donald Campbell, Jenny Carr (nee Barrat) and Vimbai Gwata.

Once all the formalities of the evening were over everyone enjoyed dancing the night away to the music of Paul Bowen.

PHG30 Champagne Brunch
The Champagne Brunch was held in a Marquee on the new Hockey fields at the top of the school, ahead of the Peterhouse Girls vs Chisipite 1st Team Hockey Match.

With a total of 76 Guests, 17 Petrean Ladies, the Peterhouse Girls 1st Team Hockey parents and the Chisipite 1st Team Hockey Parents, together with Jim and Lorraine Hill (Head of Chisipite) and Jacquie Roberston (ex Head Chisipite), the Rector of the Group of schools and other invited guests. We enjoyed a beautiful morning of networking and reminiscing.

The spread was luxurious and our caterers Introwise, led by Upenyu Magumise, who did a fantastic job. Thank you Introwise. The marquee looked beautiful with flowers from Tracey Kloppers and the setup by the Peterhouse Girls Hospitality Club under the direction of Harriet Rinashe – thank you ladies.

The fields, grounds and gardens at Peterhouse Girls are looking fantastic too, thanks to the Estates and Gardens teams.

The hockey played on the day was strong and competitive with the 1st Team drawing the game with two goals each in the inaugural match played for the ‘The Pearl Anniversary Cup’ which Chisipite kindly donated to Peterhouse Girls as a gift in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. Thank you to Chisipite Senior School and Mrs Hill for this very kind gesture!


Sister Act Cheese and Wine
The PHG30th Committee will be holding a Cheese and Wine evening on Thursday 10th August (the day school closes) Tickets are available for purchase from the Spotlight Booking Office at Reps at $16 per head.

Festival of Music Food and Wine – Saturday 16 September

PHG30 Festival of Music Food & Wine

As you know we have the PHG30 Festival of Music Food & Wine coming up on the 1st weekend of next term (Saturday 16th September).

If you would like to Pre-Book and pay for your tickets through your School Fee account, please reply to this email NOW and let me know how many tickets you would like.

BOOKING FORM – The ticket prices are on the flyer at the bottom of this email.
BOOK with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Name of School Fee Account:
• Number of Adults:
• Number of Senior School Children:
• Number of Junior School Children:
• TOTAL to be charged to my account: $
This offer ends on the 11th September 2017 (The first day of school next term)

The benefit of this offer is not having to outlay cash and there will be a separate lane for your cars to enter the event via the PRE-BOOKED TRAFFIC GATE at Peterhouse Girls. Hopefully making the flow of traffic into the festival that much faster for you!

COLLECTION of your entrance ‘’Event Wrist Band’’ and signing off on your account will be made at the entrance gate.

*********** Please note: As this is a closed weekend, ALL Peterhouse Boys and Girls will be at the event from 2pm onwards and so we encourage you to come out for the afternoon/evening and join them (If they are involved in sport, they will be brought to the event once their sport is over). The $5 for this event will be charged to their account ***********

We look forward to this exciting event next term and hope that you will come out with your guests, family and friends in support.

PHG30 High Tea Harare Flying Frog 28th September 2017
This tea is for Parents, Petreans, Friends of Peterhouse and prospective Parents too.
Please contact Sarah Cremer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for booking and further information.



Subject Choices
The C Block Parent Teacher Meeting will be held on the Friday of the first fixture free weekend next term. Before this meeting Mrs Scott Elliot will organise a meeting about subject choices for IGCSE. A letter about this will be sent to all C Block parents.

A Block girls need to submit their subject choices to Mr Griggs by the first day of next term. His email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Revision Website
There is a revision website for all examination candidates This contains past papers and other revision material that teachers feel may assist the girls in preparing for the upcoming examinations.
Study Leave
Study leave for next term is as follows:
VIth Form will stop lessons on the 13 October.
Vth Form will have study leave from the 16 October until the 27 October. They are required to stay at school during this time.
A Block will stop lessons at half term.

International Mathematics Competition in India
Sarah Burdett, Kayla Kalweit, Joanne Mudzimuirema, Amy Scott-Elliot recently attended the International Maths Competition in India accompanied by Mrs Chinodyaruswa.

Our girls competed with pupils from 28 countries including Singapore, Taiwan, Hong-Kong, South Korea and Thailand. The maths was challenging but the team had a lot of fun. The Zimbabwean team was awarded a prize for the promotion of culture.

D Block Visit to Great Zimbabwe
73 D Block girls and 4 members of the History Department visited Great Zimbabwe over the closed weekend. We were accommodated at the luxurious Lodge of the Ancient City. Our tour saw us venturing into the Great Enclosure, which gave the girls the opportunity to see and touch the monument. We climbed the hilltop to the royal residence and were entertained by the local traditional dancers. On our way home, we stopped at Lake Mutirikwi. It was a worthwhile, educational tour and thoroughly enjoyable. Our thanks go out to everyone who made this possible: the transport department, Mrs Scott-Elliot and Mrs Blignaut for allowing us to go.


Congratulations to the following girls who received academic colours for their Mock Examinations:

Half Colours:
Natalie Moores
Chiedza Njike
Kayla Rouse
Megan Hough
Tatenda Zvidzai
Amy Doorman

Full Colours:
Rumbidzai Chirombe
Jennifer Edwards
Tara Magner
Gamuchirai Shumba

Congratulations to the following girls who received Commendations for their Term Mark Order:

D Block C Block B Block
Tawananyasha Banda Sarah Burdett Tadiwa Mafirambudzi
Ruvimbo Chauruka Erin Elliott Michelle Murengami
Deborah Davy Doné Erasmus Tiffany Nyamupingidza
Anya Erasmus Anne Kirkman Tsitsi Nyatsuro
Kayla Kalweit Laura Lagesse
Nandi Mbele Bridget Lapham
Shantel Muyambo Jiaxian Liu
Luanna Page Tinotenda Mapani
Gamuchirai Mhere
Jemimah Muusha
Tatenda Ndaudzwa
Rachel Palmer

A Block Vth Form VIth Form
Amy Doorman Hazel Chitere Audrey Bore
Megan Hough Susan Li Julia Brightman
Danai Mandebvu Michelle Mwenje Rumbidzai Chirombe
Shauna Meikle Shumirai Njaravaza Celina Dhobbie
Natalie Moores Jessica Palmer Jennifer Edwards
Chiedza Njike Deeyana Patel Tara Magner
Kayla Rouse Primrose Matembo
Tatenda Zvidzai Irene Songore


Cock’s Tie:
Tinashe Heri and Tabitha Madziwa.

Leocardia Nyamayaro.

Full colours:
Rungano Sibanda

Vs Hillcrest we lost 24 – 26 and vs PHB we lost 14 – 20.

Vs Gateway. We lost 245 to 255 with Michelle Mwenje as the second best speaker.

Out of the 69 entries in the NIAA Speech and Drama competition, we were awarded 20 First Grades, 34 Second Grades and 15 Third Grades.

3.5 QUIZ
The Interhouse Quiz results are as follows:
Juniors: 4th Impala, 3rd Sable, 2nd Eland and 1st Kudu
Seniors: 4th Impala, 3rd Eland, 2nd Kudu and 1st Sable
Overall: 4th Impala, 3rd Eland, 2nd Sable and 1st Kudu


Cock’s Ties:
Anesu Nzenza-Grant, Courage Kusena, Yemurai Machacha, Ruvarashe Marufu, Shumirai Njaravaza.

Merce’des Beekes, Bryony Dawson, Rebecca Gau, Amy Kluckow, Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba, Lilian Pope, Kudzwaishe Chisveto, Tannastwanashe Marimirofa.
Horse Riding
Kylie Loubser, Louise Retzlaff.

Louise Van Der Westhuizen.

Full Colours;
Shyline Kambarami, Kafuma Nyumbu, Anotida Zhanda.

Mazvita Mtausi-Gwaradzimba, Amber Hinze, Ruvimbo Dobbie.

Horse Riding
Hailey Hawkins.

Half Colours;
Merce’des Beekes, Bryony Dawson, Lilian Pope, Tannatswanashe Marimirofa, Cate Bartlett, Tarisai Mudiwa.

Irene Songore, Anesu Nzenza-Grant.


Interhouse Basketball
1st Eland 21
2nd Kudu 20.5
3rd Sable 18.5
4th Impala 13

Interhouse 7-a-Side Hockey
1st Eland 9
2nd Kudu 6
3rd Impala 3
4th Sable 0

NASP Interschools Archery
Congratulations to Sallie Kloppers who was runner up senior girl at the competition. Final results were as follows:

1st Archers Access 1115
2nd Hellenic Academy 1110
3rd Peterhouse Girls 1075
4th Peterhouse 1063
5th Saint Georges 1058
6th Celebration Center 921
7th Arundel 909

Top Schools Basketball Tournament at Heritage
1st Bulwayo Convent
2nd Arundel
3rd Peterhouse Girls
4th Petra
5th St Johns High
6th Harare Convent
7th Heritage
8th Chisipite
9th Girls College
10th Kyle College

Interprovincial Hockey Trials
Congratulations to the following girls who were selected to represent Zimbabwe:

Mazvita Mtausi-Gwaradzimba
Ruvimbo Dobbie
Amber Hinze

Cate Bartlett
Tannatswanashe Marimirofa

Non Travelling reserves: Tarisai Mudiwa and Kundai Rugube

Lillian Pope
Victoria Wood
Sara Erasmus
Courtney Brown
Bryony Dawson
Merce’des Beekes

Makanatsa Mtausi-Gwaradzimba
Siobhan Jones
Bekezela Mbofana

Non Travelling reserves: Jordan Hulley and Rebecca Gau

Golden Girls Hockey Tournament
It was an exciting weekend of hockey where Peterhouse Girls met Arundel in the final. The intense match ended with a 1-1 draw, after extra time the two teams were still evenly matched and the winner was decided in penalty shoot outs. Final results were as follows:
1st Arundel
2nd Peterhouse Girls
3rd Chisipite
4th Watershed
5th Hellenic
6th Gateway
7th Girls College
8th Lomagundi College

PHG A Teams vs Chisipite A
1st Team Drew 2-2
U16A Drew 1-1
U15A Lost 0-3
U14A Lost 0-2

PHG A Teams vs Kyle A
1st Team Won 5-1
U16A Won 4-0
U15A Won 3-0
U14A Won 2-0

PHG B Teams vs Chisipite B
2nd Team Drew 1-1
U16B Won 2-0
U15B Lost 1-2
U14B Won 1-0

PHG B Teams vs Eaglesvale A
2nd Team Drew 1-1
U16B Drew 1-1
U15B Won 2-1
U14B Drew 1-1

PHG C Teams vs Arundel B
3rd Team Lost 0-2
U16C Lost 0-1
U15C Lost 0-4
U14C Lost 0-1

PHG C Teams vs Petra
3rd Team Lost 1-3
U15C Lost 0-1
U14C Lost 0-4

Squash vs St Johns
PHG won 4-1


As is tradition the B Block will depart to Chimanimani for the Outward Bound Teambuilding and Personal Development Programme early next term (Dates: PHG - 21 to 27 September and PHB 28 September to 4 October (this is over the 1st FFW)). This programme is compulsory. All B Block parents have been asked to write a letter to their children (you should have the details of this with the indemnity information). PLEASE make sure you send this letter back in a sealed envelope (attention your Housemaster or Housemistress) next term. This programme will cost 280USD, which has been added to your End of Term Statement.

After the final IGCSE the A Block will depart to Nyanga for the A Block Far and Wide Leadership Development Programme (dates are 13 to 19 November – returning around 1700hrs). We have run this programme for A Block for three years now. It is a co-ed programme where the A Block boys and girls get to work together before they start co-education in the V Form. Although this programme is focused on Leadership we have found the relationship building opportunities to be huge between the boys and girls. This programme is compulsory – please can you plan your child’s holiday to commence after 19th November. The programme will cost 270 USD. The first payment of 135USD was charged to your accounts earlier in the term, and the second payment of 135 USD has been added to your End of Term Statement.

Anybody who is due to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and needs to do their Adventurous Journey is welcome to sign up to any of the following trips that are planned for next term. Please note that these trips are filled up on a first come, first served basis and if the number of hours they have done with their sport, skill and service justify them doing it.

15th to 17th September: Bronze Award Journey to the Gairezi River
13th to 15th October: Silver and Bronze Award Journey to Nyanga National Park
1st to 7th December: Silver and Gold Journey to the Zambezi River, White Water Rafting

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential Project at Rifa in Chirundu
8th to the 13th of December: Boys and Girls doing their Gold Award have an amazing opportunity to go to Rifa to do some community work, which will contribute towards their Residential Projects. Penny Raynor will be conducting this activity.

If you have any questions regarding the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, please do not hesitate to let us know. Contact Andrew or Sarah Shoesmith on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Penny Raynor on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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