Arriving in D Block in 2016, he quickly established himself as a young man of considerable talent and ability. In the classroom, he soon showed his potential, and recognition for his endeavours were to follow in abundance. He has received accolades and awards at every Speech Day during his six years at Peterhouse; these awards included a host of “Best in Subject” prizes.
Not content with this, he was also to receive the Robertson Award for Citizenship, and the Duncan Award for contribution to the cultural life of Peterhouse, which was reinforced in 2020 when he was awarded the Vega Trophy for the greatest contribution to the cultural life of the school.
His academic excellence was rewarded in 2020 on receipt of the Sessford Memorial award for the best Cambridge Examination Board IGCSE results in 2019. He was also awarded Peterhouse Academic Colours for this achievement. In these examinations he earned 7A* and 3 A grades. In 2021, he will be writing four A2 examinations.
In the Music School, he has supported a vibrant and rich programme of endeavour and, in departing the school, he will leave a wonderful musical legacy. He has been a regular participant of the National Institute of Allied Arts (NIAA) Eisteddfods. In 2021, participating virtually, he won the Greta Muir Trophy for the best lead singer and accompanist. He was also awarded the Sanders Floating Trophy for the most promising singer in his age group (17 – 19 years). His contribution to the musical life of the school is unparalleled. This is best illustrated through his establishment and support of “One Voice”, a choral group which has gone on to win many accolades.
His contribution to the cultural richness of Peterhouse goes further: he has participated at national and international level debating, which not only earned him school Colours, but national Colours for Zimbabwe. He was the top African debater in the 2021 Oxford University Debating Championship. He has also done exceptionally well in both the Cambridge and Harvard Universities Debating competitions. He is Secretary General for the Model United Nations, President of Peterhouse Interact, and Head of Choir and Music.
On the sports field, Charles captained 1st Team Tennis.
He has received Peterhouse Colours for Academics, Model United Nations, Debating, and Music. He was also awarded Half Colours for Tennis. If this were not enough, he is also a recipient of a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Beyond all these awards, Charles has shown incredible resilience and character. In 2020, and as a result of the international lockdowns due to Covid, he found himself stranded at OR Tambo airport while destined for his home in Cape Town. Not being allowed to proceed, he returned to Zimbabwe, where he was to remain for the rest of 2020. He was only able to reconnect with his parents in December, having spent a whole year away from home. His incredible fortitude, resilience, and strength was to be an example for others.
In 2021 he was appointed Deputy Head of School and Senior Scholar. In his leadership role he has shown high levels of integrity, empathy, perseverance, and courage.
This is but a small window into his achievements, and it therefore gives me great pleasure to award Peterhouse’s highest accolade, an Honours Tie, to: