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Jon Calderwood (Staff 85-12) studied Physical Education at Rhodes University before teaching at Hartmann House, the St George's Junior School in Harare. He was the founding Headmaster of Springvale House in 1985 and succeeded Mike Hammond as the second headmaster of Peterhouse Girls in 1993 before being appointed the Rector of the Group of Schools in 2002. Jon retired from Peterhouse in December 2012 before later agreeing to take on the Headship of Hardmann House in September 2013. 

Iain Campbell (Staff 58-61) who played cricket for the MCC, was a quite remarkable sportsman, sufficiently so for the boys to believe that he was asked to play cricket and hockey for England on the same day! He retired after 14 years as Headmaster of King's College, Auckland, New Zealand where he made a very considerable impact. Iain was Headmaster of St Stephen's, Mbalabala from 1968 to 1973.

John Carter sadly died on 13 May 2003 in Pietermaritzburg. John was a fine man, who chaired EXCO over many years and the new Science Block is named the John Carter Science Block in his honour. He had three sons at the school and was a businessman of note, being Chairman of Delta Corporation (Breweries, Sun Hotels etc) and Barclays Bank, Zimbabwe. His contribution to Peterhouse over many years was as outstanding as it was selfless.

A Petrean, the hyperactive Guy Cary (G66 and Staff 84-01) served, led and taught with distinction at the school for 17 years where he ran Interact, Toastmasters, Kukuru Neshungu, the Chapel Choir, played the organ and enthusiatically led many expeditions to Chimanimani and Nyanga. All this was as well as being Director of Drama, a mould breaking Housemaster of Tinokura, and an extremely amusing, selfless and inspirational driving force behind the cultural, dramatic and musical activities of the school.  Guy was rumourd to be running the Pine Tree Inn in Nyanga in 2013. UPDATED 2018 Guy No longer running Pine Tree Inn but still lives in Nyanga and visits occasionally.

Prince Chavunduka is Assistant Housemaster in Malvern and teaches Business Studies

Susan Chavunduka sadly passed away in 2007 after a short illness. Mrs Chavunduka taught Shona to Springvale House pupils from the school's re-openning. Susan`s husband - Patrick - has been the Headmaster of St Francis school since just after Independence. The Chavundukas own Empoyeni Farm, between the Mutare Rd - opposite ZAMA ZAMA - and Arizona Farm. Their entrance is on the Peterhouse Road.

Tony Cheetham (Staff 56-59) the founding Housemaster of Ellis, who went on to be headmaster of Whitestones and then St. Anne's, died some years ago.

Linda Chida (Staff 96-98) is in the UK.

Godfrey Chinyama (Staff 88-96) did his A levels in Ghana under a UN scholarship and studied economics at the University of Cape Coast until a military coup d'etat by led to him transferring to UZ. Armed with a BSc, Godfrey worked for the Ministry of Finance as a Senior Statistician before moving to RAL Merchant Bank (now FMB) as their Economist. From 1988 until his death after a short illness in March 1996, Godfrey was Head of the Business Management Department and was in charge of table tennis and tutored in Snell. Godfrey was an author of note writing a best seller An Examination Passbook for A Level Economics, his Economics without Tears was in manuscript form at his death and he had been chosen by the Longman Group to write an economics textbook for the SADC region.

Gordon Clinch (Staff 58-61) who is remembered for the scout troop he started at the school, lived in the UK and died in July 2003 aged 90. The Magazine recorded that "Mr Clinch returned to England after three years of selfless service, during which his car must have carried more boys than it travelled miles".

John and Bridget Coates (Staff 62-92) initially retired to Borradaile Trust in Marondera. John was a swimming blue at Oxford and came to Peterhouse after working for the British Colonial Service in Nyasaland (Malawi.) Older Petreans will sympathise with his initial impressions of the school on being appointed to run swimming, but he still stayed for 30 years: "The pool was untiled, there were no lanes marked on the bottom and the concrete was covered in green slime. There was a huge msasa overhanging the shallow end and periodically it shed its leaves into the water. There were diving boards at the deep end, one, two and three yards - not metres- high, and the water was far too shallow for the top board." He was head of the Classics Department, Housemaster of Founders and edited the magazine for 20 years. John had a triple heart bypass operation in South Africa in 2000 after a couple of heart attacks and has made a good recovery. He died peacefully on 27 October 2007 in England of an inoperable brain tumour that had attacked his word recognition and speech centre. He found this extremely frustrating, but characteristically kept on trying to complete crosswords right up to the end.  Bridget Coates passed away in early July 2013. 

Dr Bevil Conway (Staff96) finished his PhD in 2001 and is a post-doctoral fellow at the Havard University Department of Neurobiology working on the neural mechanisms for colour perception. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David and Liz Coughlan (Housemaster of Grinham in the '80s) who moved to The International School of South Africa in Mafikeng and taught for a while at Shiplake College in the UK, before settling in Malaysia where Dave was Headmaster of an Independent school outside Kuala Lumpur. They must be the most widely travelled ex-members of staff, having lived in Argentina, England, El Salvador, South Africa and Spain. They now live in Istanbul. email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Robin Cox (Staff 77-83) was Headmaster of St Joseph's College, Rondebosch, Cape, but he and his family emigrated to New Zealand in 1999. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Roy and Jenny Currie (Staff 93-02) who taught mainly Maths, was Housemaster of Grinham for over seven years, in charge of Gosho Park and involved in coaching sport, mainly Rugby. Jenny is a very fine physiotherapist and was much missed. They moved to Durham School in the UK, where John Bell was a colleague, then Pembroke House in the Rift Valley . After a trip to New Zealand, they moved to Ndola in 2007 where Roy was the Head of Simba Secondary. He is back in Zimbabwe as the Deputy Head of Lomagundi College. Angus (M95) who qualified as a vet at Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria, moved to Western Australia in 2009. After a spell as a farm vet, he works for the Australian government and monitoring and controlling of live animal exports and imports. Rob (M97) is no longer farming and is in partnership with David Kay (E97) in a procurement business in Harare. He was married in 2009. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. UPDATED 2018 Roy sadly passed away from cancer a couple of years ago.

Bryan Curtis (Staff 54-61) a founding member of staff and the first Housemaster of Grinham died suddenly in May 1989. On leaving Peterhouse he was the Headmaster of Ruzawi for 22 years and much loved at Springvale House in its early years when he used to come over in his blue VW to coach cricket.