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1984 From the Magazine

1984 was a most interesting year and one well worth revisiting. Alan Megahey arrived as the new Rector full of ideas and enthusiasm; the Springvale site was acquired and work began in preparing the buildings to become the Peterhouse Lower School and Springvale House Prep, School (no PHG yet!); John Davidson, Guy Cary, Allen French and Jon Calderwood arrived or re-appeared, and at 420 the school was its largest ever. Snell House opened and the Fieldsend Hall was now fully operational. What a contrast to the "lean years."

Arguably the most interesting comments are in the Head Boy's Address on the changing dynamics of the school.


RECTOR: Revd Dr A J Megahey, MA. (Cantab)
SENIOR MASTER: J W Greenacre, M.A.DipEd (Cantab)
ASSISTANT MASTERS: Revd K Anderson, M.A. (Cantab) (Chaplain) GR Cary, BA. (London) J M Coates, M.A. (Oxon) DT Coughlan, BA. (Natal) PGCE (London) JMW Davidson, B.A.DipEd (Oxon) SF Elliott (Carpentry) DHF Etheridge, T.C. (Durham) AL French, B.Ed (Hons) [UZ) PD George, B.Sc(Hons)(UCT) PJ Ginn, B.Sc (Rhodes) RW Hale, Cert Ed (London) Mrs S E Hale, Cert Ed (London) Dip.Phys.Ed (Kent) AS Hall, B.A.(Hons) PGCE (UZ) AM Hammond, T.C.(IAPS) J C Hodgson, L.R.A.M., L.T.C.L. (Director of Music; RH Hudson, Cert Ed (Chester) T Jones, B.Sc., Dip Ed (Manc) A Kennedy, DA (Glasgow), TC (Scot) RR Marriott, B.A. (Hons) (Dublin) PGCE (Exeter) Revd G Martin, B.A. (Oxon) I A Menzies, L. (Geneva) E.F.L. DL Mupesa, TI(GTC/UZ) G H M Niven, MA., PGCE (Oxon) Mrs K Robertson, NTD (Pietermaritzburg) DF Shaw, B. Sc (London) PGCE (UZ) Revd T R Tandi, BA. (UZ) Grad.C.E. (UZ) (Assist. Chaplain) Mrs S Tippett, B.Sc (UNISA) Miss L Tyas, B.A. (Cantab) PE Ward, B.Sc., DipEd (Hull)
BURSAR: J W Roebuck
ACCOUNTANT: M J F Pollard, Mrs A Purvis
SAN Sister M Doyle (Sister i/c Sanatorium) Sister D Lowe (Assistant Sister) |
CATERING Mrs D Bekker, I.A.K., F.M.M. (Caterer)

Ellis: W R McClelland (Sec. Prefect)
Paget: S D Tshuma
Grinham: R A Pilson
Malvern: G P C Schreuder
Founders: W S van Rooyen (Head Boy)
Snell: D W Kerrigan

"The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.'' Peterhouse is bigger than ever before -- and so is the school magazine. We hope our readers who bind their past copies (leather, gold tooling?) will forgive us for so disrupting their series. We hope the new format will increasingly enable us to provide better space for photographs and art work.
"The old order changeth"- not the values underlying it, but certainly the outward appearances. The senior boys in 1984 had first grown up in a school of 190 or - fewer; the new boys in 1984 are destined to grow up in a school of some 500. We must not lose sight of those underlying values however. We must not lose sight of the individual in the crowd. But we face up happily and confidently to the fact that -- to quote Tennyson again -- we see "the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change''. Peterhouse is part of that world. And it is the duty of the school magazine to record for its readers what has been going on in this small part of the world.


LOOKING AHEAD : Peterhouse is approaching its 30th birthday! I this might be an opportunity to bring to date on what has been happening here especially since the Press (especially in the UK) seems to convey all the gloomy news about Zimbabwe. I want to make contact with you also I have just taken over - in January - from Bruce Fieldsend, whom many of you will know. And you will be pleased to hear that Fred Snell who lives in Marondera, is still fit, active enthusiastically supportive of the school.

RECENT TIMES: Peterhouse has gained marvellous new buildings recently. The Fieldsend Hall has been fully operational now for over a year and must be one of the finest theatres (seating 480) in any school anywhere. Snell House opened in January this year, allowing us to the numbers in the school to 420. The alarums and excursions of last December - when there was political noise and bluster about the "private schools"- have abated; indeed, I and members of the governing body have had a number of constructive and helpful meetings : the Minister of Education. And it should be noted that the role of Peterhouse as a leader in the multi-racial education is not forgotten.

THE COMING YEAR: One of the main events of the coming year is to be the acquisition by Peterhouse of the whole Springvale Estate and buildings. Many of you will remember Springvale Preparatory School, which folded during the war. The Governors of that school have offered the whole Estate and the buildings to Peterhouse to enable us to expand. We shall move D and C Blocks over there; the younger boys will be fully part of Peterhouse, but will live in accommodation geared to that age-group. This will make more room at Peterhouse and enable us to expand our Sixth Form. We may well start a Preparatory Department over at Springvale as well, and even possibly a Theological Seminary (a small one) to answer the need for some such institution which the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe lacks. We also hope to start a Nature Trail/Ecology Reserve over on the Springvale Estate which totals over 1 000 acres.
So the school will grow and the Sixth Form will grow. For this reason we are setting about renewing our laboratories, which did not have much spent on them during the war years. We have also ordered enough computers to enable us to equip a classroom and thus teach Computer Studies; and we shall soon be embarking on a programme to modernise the Houses and make them more suitable for a community where older boys live.

•    Many new staff (as well as a new Rector) joined Common Room in January 1984. Mr John Davidson, ex-Senior Master, returned to run the History Department; Mr Guy Cary, a Petrean, came to teach English; Mrs Shane Hale came to teach Mathematics and Physical Education (joining her husband on the staff); Mr Allen French came from lecturing at a Teacher Training College to teach Science; Mr Duncan Mupesa came from a government school, also to teach Science. Two staff joined the Common Room temporarily Miss Lynda Tyas (Biology) and Mr Josiah Kaseke (Shona) .
•    The school which assembled in January 1984 was the largest ever - over 420 boys; the biggest we had been before was 390 in 1976.
•    Rector's Send Ups were introduced -- boys with particularly good or particularly bad Mark Orders are sent by their housemasters to the Rector for congratulation -- or the reverse.
•    Ash Wednesday was marked by a Full School Litany in Chapel, accompanied by tremendous rolls of thunder. The Chaplain was congratulated on his sense of timing.
•    In April the Lent talks were given by the Bishop of Matabeleland, the Rt Revd Robert Mercer C R
•    Easter Term ended with Inter-House Athletics -- marked by the arrival by parachute of some soldiers.
•    The School play in the Easter term was "Hadrian VII", directed by Mr Richard Marriott.
•    Mr Wade Roebuck, from National Foods, replaced Mr Owtram as Bursar at Easter.
•    For the first time, the school had visits in the Trinity Term from MAST -- Management and Skills Training -- an organisation which is very active in the UK and other parts of the world, and which runs 'Study Skills' and Reading courses. The latter, taken by the B Block, was thought to have been particularly helpful.
•    'New Look' Parent Master meetings came in during the Trinity Term -- while the social and gastronomic aspects of such occasions remain, masters now sit at named desks, so that parent can more easily sit and talk - and queue up if necessary!
•    On Wednesday 1 August - the Feast of St Peter in Chains - our Patronal Festival was celebrated with a School Eucharist (presided over by the Chaplain and the Head Boy; preacher the Rector), followed by a very fine dinner. The occasion was honoured with the presence of Mr and Mrs Snell. After dinner the Founding Rector unveiled the portrait of his successor, and reminded us that Mr Fieldsend had been a squack at Michaelhouse when Mr Snell was Rector there!
•    A House Play Festival was held at the end of the Trinity Term, and was marked by high standards of performance, three adjudicators (one having come all the way from the UK) and a win for Grinham.
•    At the beginning of the Michaelmas Term, the inaugural Peterhouse Lecture took place.
•    In September, all the 5th form attended a 'Leadership Conference' arranged by Mr Niven. It was addressed by the Rector, by the Head Boy, and by Mr John Carter, Chairman of our Executive Committee and also Chairman of Delta and of Barclays Bank, Zimbabwe. Two videos were much enjoyed -- one featuring a comprehensive school, and the other a public school (both schools were in the UK).
•    At the beginning of the Michaelmas Term, the protracted negotiations regarding the transfer of Springvale to Peterhouse were finally concluded. Work then began on preparing the Springvale Buildings to become Peterhouse Lower School, and Springvale House (the Peterhouse Preparatory School for Boys and Girls).
•    At the beginning of the Michaelmas Term we welcomed the Revd Robert Tandi and his family. Mr Tandi had been chaplain at Bernard Mizeki College, and joined us as assistant chaplain, and to teach Divinity and Shona.
•    Confirmation -- by the Bishop of Mashonaland -- was held on Sunday 23 September.
•    Speech Day -- with as Guest of Honour H.E. The US Ambassador -- was held on Thursday 18 October.
•    A Headmaster was appointed for Springvale House - Mr Jonathan Calderwood, Headmaster of Hartmann House, the St. George's Preparatory School in Harare. He moved into the headmaster's house at the end of November.
•    The School Play in the Michaelmas Term was "Godspell"-- with a cast of 65.
•    At the end of term, for the first time the leavers were asked to return, and were given a proper send off on the evening of Friday 30 November, by means of a Leavers' Ball. The weather was excellent - and as all agreed; so was the music, the company, the food, and indeed the whole occasion.
•    At the beginning of term we had said goodbye to Mr Kaseke, and at the end of term Miss Tyas departed, returning to the UK before turning her attention to other parts of the world. We were also sad to say goodbye to Mr Tom Jones and his family. Mr Jones was a fine teacher of physics, and a mainstay both of the Night School and of the football field.

At the end of the Easter Term we were sorry to have to say goodbye to the Bursar. He had served Peterhouse for 14 years -- not only as bursar, but also as keeper of the Bookroom, sometime Estate Manager, Tight Holder of the Purse Strings, Cricket Fan. His dedication and skills were vital to the very survival of the school during the lean years, especially from 1977 to 1982. His wife Ann, and their family, will also be sorely missed. We wished them good fortune as they returned to the UK, where Mr Owtram was to use his skills in managing the family estate in Lancashire where the cold winds off the North Sea would make even a Marondera winter day seem like high summer! As a mark of the high esteem in which the Bursar was held by his colleagues, he was presented with an Honours Tie -- and never had such a tie been more deserved.

Body - mind - spirit. There are no easy answers to how we achieve this. It may surprise you to know that members of Common Room sometimes argue and disagree, and even get passionate about their own points of view; we call it 'creative dialogue'! Let me identify some areas of concern. Should we teach computing? Yes, we say, and so we are setting up a fully equipped classroom for this purpose at the Lower School, though as yet we do not envisage offering O and A levels in the subject. Should we underscore our commitment to music? Yes, we say, and so we shall soon be announcing the names of three or four boys who are to enter the school next year as music scholars or exhibitioners. Are we primarily an academic school? Yes, we say, though that does not mean neglecting creativity, or suggesting that every boy must be Murray MacDougall scholarship material. Should boys be able to choose what O levels to take? No, we say, because early specialisation is one of the flaws in the traditional English educational system; so from next year boys in the B Block will do a full range of O levels, commensurate with their ability, and the moment of choice will be postponed until they reach A level. These, and other decisions, with which of course not everyone will be happy, help to define what sort of school we are, and where we are going. So do other decisions taken recently. Should we get bigger? Yes, we say, for the acquisition of Springvale has enabled us to plan for a school of almost 100 boys per year. This will generate more income, attract more staff and make fullest use of the area across the road. But we will keep the houses here down to between 60 and 65, so that boys do not get lost in the crowd; and we shall endeavour to restructure the houses so that boys will have more privacy.

Other decisions have flowed from our acquisition of Springvale -- and may I say how grateful we are to the ex-Springvale Board of Governors for making it all possible; and I would also like to record our gratification that the two founders of Springvale -- Maurice Carver and Canon Grinham -- have expressed their pleasure at what we are doing. We are as you know further exploiting the estate there with our 700 acre Nature Reserve; we are enhancing our links with St Francis, the primary school there which we manage; we are developing our own preparatory department for boys and girls. We may even see the beginnings of a small seminary there for the training of priests for the Church in Zimbabwe. All these decisions are inter-related; they have stimulated us to think and plan and act-- in something of a hurry, for we must be ready to open in January 1985.
All this would have been impossible without the active support, vision and enthusiasm by members of our Governing Body and Executive Committee -- and particularly Mr John Carter, Mr Syd Hayes and Mr Dick Turpin. The Governors

Four weeks ago I gave a talk to the Fifth Form on leadership and that talk contained one idea which has provoked discussion in the school. It referred to the relationships between blacks and whites in the school. In the past the number of black students in each age group was very small and therefore in order for them to be happy they integrated themselves successfully among the large majority of white boys.

Today there are enough white and black students for them to form their own social circles and cultures. This in itself is fair enough, but the two must not start to create barriers which, in the end, will cause division and misunderstanding. Of course, what I am saying is that we must avoid racial clashes. Peterhouse has never been involved in such a crisis; it has a fine tradition of racial tolerance and the result is that the school has worked together as a whole body rather than several isolated parties.
What is a notable feature of our Fifth Form this year is that at least 20 of them, or perhaps more, have started their careers at Peterhouse half-way up the school, which means they have not been squacks or fags! In discussion with the masters here, who present a different point of view, it has been said that respect for the seniors from the juniors has resulted only in the instilling of fear. With the situation as it is among the Fifth Form presently at Peterhouse, not many of them have experienced this and it is in fact a blessing in disguise.
In the large school of the near future, respect for seniors will be something that will have to be earned rather than enforced. This presents a challenge to seniors and juniors alike. For it to succeed, all members of the school must be united by a common commitment to Peterhouse and a common wish to see it prosper as a happy, united and successful school.

Quite a change has occurred here during my time at Peterhouse, some of it pleasant and some of it not so pleasant. Schoolboys are naturally conservative and all change requires some time to get accustomed to. But what is interesting to me is that when I left Springvale to come to Peterhouse there were only 45 pupils at that school -- the smallest it had ever been. Now that I am leaving Peterhouse plans are in hand to make it the largest it has ever been. There are boundless opportunities being offered to Peterhouse and its boys; we only have to look as far as Springvale to see this.
The pupils of the past, and indeed ourselves, have thoroughly enjoyed what we did and had, but you can now make the utmost of what is coming to you by learning to accept with open hands and minds the changes which are taking place.

1984 began with various changes in the Chapel routine. The aim was to create a greater variety of services and redress the balance between compulsory and voluntary in order to allow people to exercise choice.
On most Sundays we have a voluntary communion service in the mornings with a Full School Evensong in the evenings. On the first Sunday ill the month we have introduced a choice of services, one of which has to be attended by each boy. Matins at 0730, Holy Communion at 1800 and Compline at 2030. During weekdays there is a service for the Junior (now the Middle) School on Mondays and Thursdays which is compulsory. On Tuesdays there is a voluntary
Senior Service. On Wednesday the whole school has a traditional morning service using the Peterhouse Service Book. On Friday evenings there is an informal voluntary communion service at 20.30.

CHOIR : Highlights this year were the Carol Service, our contribution at the Annual Marondera Schools Concert, the singing at a wedding in the Harare Anglican Cathedral on Saturday, 6th of October, followed by a High Mass on Sunday, 7th: there seemed so much to learn in so short a time - Prayer Book versus Liturgy '75 -new settings, new ritual, new acoustics - but all went well, and many in the congregation remarked that they would have liked to have heard more from the Choir. Praise indeed!
MUSIC SOCIETY: Highlights were the concert given by Grant Sinclair (Senior Chorister) and Nick Hammond (Secretary of the Music Society in 1981); Mark Henstrige's playing of Concerto movements by Mozart and Richard Strauss for French Horn; the film on the conductor, Claudio Abaddo; some Edwardian Monologues and the song recital by Peter Bosley. Concerts by Members always give variety, and some of the younger pianists show promise.
CLASS MUSIC : The D Block have learnt some 120 songs this year of all shapes and sizes, from traditional and folk songs to operatic choruses and songs sung in Yiddish, German, and French. Whether quantity can count as a highlight, I don't know, but as this is a record number of songs learnt in the year, maybe it can!

The School cottage, Peterhaven, 7 000 feet up in the Nyanga mountains has been increasingly used both by staff families during school holidays and by Petreans during their University vacations. Use by parties of boys has been a little less frequent since the Art Club has not used it this year, though the Climbing Club used it as a base each term. Since the last series of renovations there is some work to be done on the fabric and furnishings, but even so it provides a very welcome retreat for those who enjoy the quiet of Nyanga. The rains in December made the little dam overflow.
As always the school is grateful to Fred Snell for keeping a fatherly eye on the property. It is hoped that with the introduction of 'C Block' Nyanga expeditions the cottage will be used more by parties of boys in 1985.

Both expeditions were very successful this year. B1 and B2 Mathematics sets, with three members of staff and three Sixth Formers, went up in May. They set out to explore new areas on the Zimbabwe side of the border as we are still restricted to this zone. A couple of groups climbed Dewar's Saddle and were rewarded with some magnificent views and found some interesting caves though they did not find one particularly large cave which is known to exist in the area. Most of the groups went to Dragon's Tooth and generally improved our knowledge of that area, finding safer and easier routes through the Zimbabwean side of the mountains. A couple of groups tried to return from Dragon's Tooth via the Haroni river but ended up spending the night at Tilbury Estate, where they were well looked after.

B3 and B4 Mathematics sets were accompanied by three members of staff in September. This tended to be a rather strenuous expedition with all the groups walking to Dragon's Tooth and climbing the major peaks, Binga and Turret Towers. Apart from one very misty day the boys enjoyed good weather and were fortunate in seeing several small buck and two herds of Eland. One group made the mistake of accidentally walking through the centre of a troop of baboons, which surrounded them and kept them worried for a few hours.

We are very grateful for the assistance given to us by the National Parks and to Mr Paterson who lent us a 7-tonne truck and a Land-Rover for the September expedition which helped reduce the cost of the expedition considerably. Next year we plan to make the expeditions less physically strenuous and more educational. Boys will spend more time examining and writing reports on the flora, fauna, geology and weather conditions in the mountains.

Pete Ginn led a most successful Kalahari Expedition.

During the Easter Holiday a group of 15 boys accompanied by DHFE embarked on the first non-sporting tour of Europe to be undertaken by the school. On a cold but bright morning we flew into Charles de Gaulle Airport and gave our O Level French a three day workout in Paris while savouring the sights and flavours of that fair city. C Block History- was dimly remembered at Versailles and gratefully forgotten in the spectacle of the Follies Bergere. All too soon we were off to London.
Staying in Earls Court and armed with free passes on the Underground we were able to explore to our hearts' content. We took trips outside the Capital to visit HMS Victory at Portsmouth and the Montague Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Visits to the Theatre and to Greenwich were laid on for us, but for the most part the boys were free to follow their own inclinations. The weather was kind to us but even so many of the boys took to wearing little orange ear-muffs which kept them warm and happy - and strangely silent. From London we new to Lisbon for a brief stopover during which we travelled to Cascais for the day as guests of TAP who had organised our trip.
The tour was a success and was enjoyed by all. Even before landing at Harare, suggestions were being made as to where we should go next time strangely, no one suggested Luanda.

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