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Peterhouse Girls

From the Rector's Desk - 26th February 2021

Friday 26 February 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,


I do hope that the recent half term provided you all with a good break from the demands of online schooling. As the week has unfolded we have, increasingly, grown in expectation of an announcement about the re-opening of schools. This has been prompted by the school having to complete documentation on our preparedness to re-open the school for the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. I would certainly like to think that we have everything in place to get our pupils back. Equally, there have been media reports pointing to an “imminent” return to school. We wait in eager anticipation for an announcement from government. With this in mind, I think it fair to assume that any return to school will be associated with a change to the 2021 academic year term dates. It would be inappropriate to speculate on what this might look like, but based on last year’s experiences, there will be a desire to try and catch up on lost teaching time. For our part we will, pending any changes, take into consideration that we have already been online since 13 January.

At the beginning of February we welcomed John Wheeler to the school. John joins the Peterhouse Group as Projects and Maintenance Manager. He takes over the role vacated by Jason Driscoll last year. John returns to Zimbabwe having gained extensive experience working in the United Kingdom. We look forward to John making his mark on the school. Prior to half-term we sadly bid Duff and Lynn Rogers farewell as they make their move to Chipinge, and a position with Tanganda. Duff leaves a rich legacy with the school and we greatly value his contribution to both the Estates and Transport departments. Andy Schultz, who held the fort in maintenance following Jason Driscoll’s departure, now takes over as Transport Manager. Andrew Waller will pick up the Estates portfolio.

In the gym on Wednesday Danielle Kaschula rocked the rowing world with her third place finish in the finals of the U19 Women’s World Indoor Rowing Championship. Danielle represented both Zimbabwe and Africa in this competition, having completed a rigorous qualification process. Given Danielle’s age against that of her competitors, this was an amazing achievement. She has certainly done her school, indeed her country, proud. She was supported by a small, yet very vocal, audience, who egged her on to finish in an impressive 1:31:9.

Once again, I would like to encourage you to join the Kidzcan “Fun Run/Walk”. With the blessing of Kidzcan Peterhouse is facilitating a “Virtual Fun Run” as part of the Kidzcan campaign for raising both their profile and funds. Your support of this venture is very much encouraged. Please see the Peterhouse webpage for details on how to register and support Kidzcan. There are two options, the 5 kilometre or 10 kilometre run. This will be a fantastic opportunity to support Kidzcan. Please feel free to circulate the “Fun Run” invitation as widely as possible, given the more participants, the greater the support for the work of Kidzcan. Get running and support a fantastic cause!

The rain continues to fall and the school estate is looking magnificent, though many of the fields are now saturated. Dams are full, and in the two conservation areas we have been blessed with a good number of young animals. All that remains is for the pupils to return to school!

A short week, and a rather short letter following half term.

Remember HANDS (wash regularly); FACE (wear a mask) and SPACE (socially distance ~2m)

With warm regards,

Jon Trafford