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Group Newsletter 33 - Lent 2021

Dear Parents and Friends of Peterhouse,

Please follow the link to our Peterhouse Group of Schools Group Newsletter - Lent Term 2021.


It contains snippets of information from events that took place last term and major events for this term.

Zimbabwe U19 Polocrosse Travel to Underberg, RSA

Congratulations to Keegan Mannix (PHB) and Adel Kotze (PHG) on their performances which representing the Zimbabwe U19 Scholars’ Development Polocrosse Team that travelled to South Africa in June.
The Zimbabwe boys lost all three games by a few goals to South Africa and the Zimbabwe girls won one out of the three games against South Africa. Learning to develop a big match temperament and, of course, riding different horses, is always a big challenge but was a great experience for the team. Our juniors flew the Zimbabwe flag high and really played their hearts out.

Read more: Zimbabwe U19 Polocrosse Travel to Underberg, RSA

Tanya Midzi Represents Zimbabwe Tennis in Lithuania

Congratulations to Tanya Midzi on her selection into the women’s national tennis team, Tanya Midzi travelled to Vilnius, Lithuania, where the Zimbabwe team participated in the World Cup of tennis, the Billy Jean King Cup by PNB Paribus, Group III Europe/Africa 2021 competitions from 15th to 21rd June.

Returning after a 12 year absence, the country’s young team narrowly missed an opportunity to move to Group II play offs by just one match. Zimbabwe overall placed 15th out of 21, which was commendable as it was first encounter at such a big stage for all the team players. A highlight was Tanya’s match against 20 year old Linda Benkaddour of Algeria, whom she defeated 6-3, 6-4.

Read more: Tanya Midzi Represents Zimbabwe Tennis in Lithuania

Tanya Midzi Clinches ITF U18 World Tour Medals

Tanya took part in two ITF J5 tournaments that were hosted in Bulawayo in June. She sailed through the first three rounds in both tournaments in singles in both tournaments, finishing in the top four for both. Her nemesis in each semi-final was Jo Leen Saw of Malaysia to whom she fell 1-6, 2-6 in the first encounter, but went on score a much improved 3-6, 7-5, 4-6 in the second encounter against the same Jo Leen Saw.

Doubles saw her reaching finals, in both tournaments, seeing her clinch her first ITF U18 World Tour medals! She and her partner faced off against Suzanie Pretorius of South Africa paired with Jo Leen Saw in both finals. Tanya’s ranking has jumped phenomenally, and just turned 15, she is now ranked 777 in the World, and still climbing till age 18. Congratulations to Tanya on this incredible achievement.

Read more: Tanya Midzi Clinches ITF U18 World Tour Medals

Rowing Association Zimbabwe Selection 2021

Congratulations to the following Peterhouse pupils who have been selected to row at the Under 19 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in August 2021. Congratulations must also go to those pupils selected for the Rowing Association (RAZ) Junior Development Training Squad.

To represent Zimbabwe: -
JW1X - Kayla KALWEIT Peterhouse Girls
JW2X - Done ERASMUS and Stacy DUNSTAN Peterhouse Girls

Read more: Rowing Association Zimbabwe Selection 2021

World Environment Day 2021

During the last week of term Peterhouse celebrated World Environment Day by dressing in green and learning about ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ – there are some good practical examples of this at Peterhouse in both Gosho and Calderwood Park such as:

Removal of exotics and planting of indigenous trees.

Planting Vetiver grass to repair erosion.

Read more: World Environment Day 2021

Director of Academic Advancement 2021

Congratulations to Mrs Michelle Scott Elliot on being appointed Director of Academic Advancement, effective September 2021. This role will serve to provide strategic direction in the pursuance of a strong and robust academic programme at the Peterhouse Group.

Given the significant shifts that have taken place in teaching spaces over the course of the last year there is, given the expansion of digital teaching, a need for the Group of Schools to re-evaluate our approach to Curriculum Development.

With this in mind, the post of Director of Academic Advancement has been created. This senior management post will offer the Group an opportunity to rigorously investigate best academic practice in an environment which is demanding greater levels of creativity and innovation.

Read more: Director of Academic Advancement 2021

Peterhouse Wins Trophies at NIAA 2021

Over the course of March and April the virtual National Institute of Allied Arts (NIAA) Vocal & Instrumental Eisteddfod took place.

Congratulations to the pupils as well as our Music Departments who have achieved outstanding results in this years’ NIAA. Well done to the following who received cups and trophies:

The Carol Baron Trophy
Best Piano Solo Romantic - Grade 5 & over
Aneni Chigwedere (B block – PHG)

Read more: Peterhouse Wins Trophies at NIAA 2021

Peterhouse Girls – Interhouse Combined Athletics 2021

1st - Eland 663 points
2nd - Impala 605 points
3rd - Sable 575 points
4th - Kudu 537 points

U 14 Girls Aggregate
Winner - Jodie Anderson - Impala - 36 points
Runner Up - Kara Exton - Sable - 27 points

Read more: Peterhouse Girls – Interhouse Combined Athletics 2021

Learner Guide Trip to Imire 2021

The Peterhouse Learner Guides spent the last weekend of term at Imire and it proved to be an action packed weekend.

We had a visiting lecturer Dr. Van Laeren (a specialist horse vet) who taught us so much about anatomy – bones and skulls. He brought specimens which pupils could handle and skulls to work out dental formula etc.

When walking in the bush we found bones so were able to get a much better understanding of where they fitted into the skeleton. We had a lecture on aging elephants using their teeth and measured specimens to put the theory into practice which makes the facts much easier to remember.

Read more: Learner Guide Trip to Imire 2021

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Lent 2021

Lent Practice and Qualifying Adventurous Journeys

This term, a total of 21 pupils did both their Duke of Edinburgh International Award Practice and Qualifying Adventurous journeys. This included the first C Block girls who recently started their awards. The girls are Shania Jin, Anotida Chibanda, Nyasha Bvute, Mukudzei Charumbira, Keana Zimbiti, Sanika Goven, Shae Hanhart, Tadiwa Ruzvidzo, Ayize Ikemefuna, Chelsea Nyatsambo and Gigi Nyambirai.

One of the greatest challenges for participants doing the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Adventurous Journeys globally, has been the inability to get out and do their activities because of COVID19.

Read more: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Lent 2021