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2004 Rector's Arrest

And stay in Marondera Prison

Dear friends,

It seems sad that after 20 years of Headmastering I should have to sit down and explain the circumstances of my incarceration in the Marondera holding cells on Wednesday night and Thursday. It is usually at this stage in a Headmaster`s career that he expresses his ideas on matters such as; corporal punishment, smoking at school, drinking, drugs, positive re-enforcement etc etc. Well I live in Zimbabwe and sadly, for some time now `other issues` have taken up the time of Headmasters more than normal schoolmastering-if such a thing still exists.

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2003 Peterhouse Girls Speech Day

Our Guests of Honour, Dr. Alan Megahey, the Rector and Mrs. Calderwood, Governors, invited guests, parents and girls of Peterhouse, I welcome you to our annual Speech Day and Prize Giving.

I have spent quite some time trying to find a quotation to sum up the year 2003 and I found this one by Garfield : "It's amazing what one can do when one doesn't know what one can't do". I think that is what we've done, I hope you'll agree.

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2003 Peterhouse Boys Speech Day

Mr Chairman and Mrs Turpin, our distinguished guests, Rev. Dr Alan Megahey and his wife Elizabeth, Governors, Parents and boys - welcome to Speech Day 2003.

Nineteen years ago, in this Chapel, "the then Rector" of Peterhouse welcomed Jenny and I into the Peterhouse family - I was the Headmaster Designate of Springvale House. Today it gives me great pleasure to welcome "the then Rector" of Peterhouse , Dr Alan Megahey, as our Guest of Honour at Speech Day. Although Alan left Peterhouse ten years ago, he still has an active interest in all that goes on here. He is writing the "History of Peterhouse", and it will be published it in time for our Jubilee Year in 2005.

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John Carter (1926-2003)

JOHN CARTER (1926 - 2003)

John Drake Carter, who died on 13 May 2003, was a potent influence on the development of Peterhouse over three decades - so it is important that we remember him today.
John was born in 1926 in England, and went to one of the country's most famous public schools, Marlborough. He went on to Sandhurst Military Academy where he won the sword of honour - that means he was the top cadet in his group, and his award was presented to him, in 1945, by the then Princess Elizabeth, Now Queen Elizabeth II. After army service in the Middle East he decided - fortunately for us - to pursue a business career in Africa.

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2002 Examinations, Uniforms & Security

The second term was dominated by the decision by the Education, Sports and Culture Minister Aeneas Chigwedere to ban with immediate effect the taking of "foreign" examinations and require all students to sit for ZIMSEC exams. All this without any transitional arrangements for those part way through preparation for Cambridge Board exams. This was followed immediately by the Minister's proposal that all students should wear identically the same uniforms.

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