FROM: THE HEADMISTRESS
Friday 22nd September 2023
Dear Parents and Guardians
As always this is our busiest term and the days roll by in a blink. It is very pleasing to note how the girls have switched to exam mode and are very focused on the goal.
At the onset of the term, our B Block girls had the opportunity to test their limits whilst hiking and camping in the Chimanimani mountains. On their return they were exhausted but exhilarated and proud of all they had achieved. Well done to the girls and their teachers who accompanied them.
We have just held the Musician of the Year competition where we celebrated another successful musical year. I am very proud of our staff in the Music Department who are dedicated and passionate about all they do. We have also held our Sportswoman of the Year dinner and it has been an exceptional year. My congratulations to the Sports Department and to the winners of awards on both evenings.
Open Day for Grade 6 pupils was held earlier this week and it is extremely encouraging to see the increasing demand for places at our school. It remains our desire to be a school on a path of continual improvement. Ms Nyeke and Mrs Steynberg are the driving forces behind Open Day and my thanks go to them for an outstanding job. Thanks too to all the staff who work so hard each day and who go to extra lengths to showcase our school for the visitors. Our pupils must also be acknowledged for their important roles in presenting a snapshot of all that we offer. The Vth Form girls, as our future leaders, did a tremendous job as tour guides and ambassadors for Peterhouse and I am grateful for their hard work.
I have been asked by the current representatives of the Parents Association to remind parents that they will be holding their AGM in Harare on 9 November, at a venue to be advised; they welcome nominations of new representatives for the association.
While it is an exciting term it is also a stressful one with the weight of exams looming. It is a time, once again, to encourage staff, parents, and pupils to negotiate the challenges together. It remains for me to wish you a restful Fixture Free Weekend with your daughters and hope that this is a chance for the girls to recharge their batteries and return ready for the journey ahead. I am always encouraged by Psalm 121 when things become a little frantic:
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
Mrs Claire Hough