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Speech Day 2020 – Head of School – Jade Carlisle

Good Morning to our quest of honour Mr Paunganwa and his wife Mrs Paunganwa. To the Chairman of the board, Mr Hammond and his wife Mrs Hammond. The Rector Mr Trafford, and in her absence Mrs Trafford. The Headmistress Mrs Hough and her husband Mr Hough, Peterhouse Staff, invited guests and of course fellow Peterhouse pupils.

There are many causes of a minor heart attack and I can guarantee you, from experience, that one of them is being told to write a speech. Unfortunately for me it has been difficult to find things to write about this year. We experienced Lent term and had approximately 5 months of school. And with that being said, there isn’t much more I can say. Thank you.

Okay now that I’ve got your attention I actually do have things to talk about, even though I’m sure some of you would have loved if my speech was in fact only 20 seconds.

If you have sat through more than one speech day, you will know that every year, Peterhouse is successful. And despite facing a worldwide pandemic, Peterhouse still managed to have a good year. Now Do not get me wrong, we’re not perfect and there is always room for improvement. But I do think that 2020 has been a test for us all and no I am not talking about the one up the nose, but a test of character.

One of the schools aims is to build character within each pupil, the diversity throughout the school has allowed this to happen. Diversity is not just the race, religion, and age of someone but their qualities, features, and personality. The differences do not separate us from each other, but rather bring a collective strength between us. That strength is what makes us Peterhouse Queens.

By now every pupil here should be aware of the 6C’s. These are competencies that include Critical thinking, Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, Cross- Cultural Skills and of course Character. Although right now these competencies may not seem important to you, I can guarantee that you used them during quarantine. Communication was key when it came to google classroom and keeping in touch with friends and family. Making careful judgements on whether you should quickly peak at the answer in your notebook during a mock exam, was your critical thinking. These are only 2 of the 6C’s that I have mentioned. Whether you learn to use these skills or abandon them, that is a test of your character.

What I am trying to say is that Peterhouse has prepared us to cope with any situation. The 6C’s prepares each one of us to have a vision that will guide us in the future and lead us down the path of success.

On the sporting front Despite 2 whole seasons being cancelled this year, we still managed to enjoy success in various fields. Our cross – country team had an amazing season. The team was unbeatable, their seniors dominated and at almost every meet 8 seniors made the top ten. With Andie kuipers coming 1st at every meet. Sadly, Andie has left us, but she is achieving her goals as she is on a scholarship to Lenoir – Rhyme University in America for her Triathlon. Andie was also nominated as a finalist for the Zimbabwe Junior Sportswomen of the year.

Our school is filled with talented sportswomen, but there are a few that have stood out this year. Tamia Shultz finished her swimming season in 1st place, 40 points ahead. Winning the Victrix Ledorum for her age group. One of our star tennis players Tanyaradzwa Midzi is currently ranked 6th out of 227 players in the u14 African tennis circuit.

Kayla Kalweit achieved a gold medal at the South African rowing championships. Erin Elliot, Katie Loubser and Luanna Page are current Zimbabwe representatives for horse-riding.

The hockey season was cancelled but if you ask the 1st team players , if there had been a Golden Girls tournament , we were extremely prepared to win that trophy. However despite the cancelled school season 5 girls were selected for the u21 Zimbabwe Junior World Cup squad.

The cultural aspects of the school continued during lockdown. Although the 2020 Eistedfodd was cut short, Aneni Chigwedere attained an honours for her grade 6 solo piano performance. Our senior mixed choir was one of two Zimbabwean choirs to participate in the virtual World Choir Games , where they competed against 60 choirs. Our choir made it up to last round.

The Leo club completed some community service, such as walking SPCA dogs , picking up litter and giving food to the less fortunate , the club also kindly bought a printer for St Francis School. This year the Buckland Arts competition was held online where the junior girls at home
submitted their work. Whether it was a piece of artwork , a poem or even a dance video, the girls were still able to showcase their talents. Virtual meets were held for many cultural events such as debate , chess and quiz. Our gavel club met with a Canadian club , which was an interesting experience for us all.

It has come to that time in my speech when people have completely zoned out and are daydreaming. So it would be a good time to begin my thank yous. Because if I miss anyone out they probably wouldn’t notice.

I would like to say thank you to Mrs Hough and Mrs Nyeke for helping me grow in my position , even if was only for 5 months.

To Mrs Shultz: thank you for going out of your way to ensure us 6th formers are the best versions of ourselves that we can be. Your extremely calm and loving personality has made 6th form less stressful for us all. We could not of asked for anyone better to end our final year with.

I would like to say thank you to my fellow 6th formers. I have never met such a diverse, strong minded, slightly loud group of girls. I could not of asked for a better block to be in. Honestly I am surprised none of us were expelled throughout the years. Specifically those girls in D-Block who decided it would be a good idea to swim in an ankle deep pond, in the middle of the school. To those of you who have been here since day 1 , the quote “tough times never last, only tough people do” was defiantly made for us. I am going to miss you all and I wish you the best for your future.

I would like to say thank you to one 6th former in particular. Although she may not remember, she gave me my first boost of confidence in my position. On the day prefects were announced she came up to me and asked “Jade, what are you?”. Completely shocked I replied with “I’m head girl”. She looked me dead in the eye , completely expressionless and said “No. seriously , what are you?” Thank you to Nyasha Kamba.

While I am up here on behalf of 6th form, I would like to say thank you to Mrs Chinodwauswa. For from B-Block until this day still believing that the white powder spread around the dorms was only baby powder and nothing else. Let’s just say that if there had been a fire that year, the dorm would of burnt down.

To Michelle, I would firstly like to say thank you for being so easy to work with. We were always on the same page and even though our partnership was not of our own making, I would not have wanted anyone else to fill your position. But I must say I will not miss you constantly videoing me because your phone is always glued to your hand. Or you teasing me about why I prefer brown bread and I said because it is healthier and I want to live longer. Even though it was a joke, you took it literally and I have caught you a few times replacing your white bread with the brown.

And last but not least, I would like to thank my parents. Mum and Dad throughout my whole life you have taught be to try my best in every situation. You have encouraged, motivated, and helped me through everything. Without you I would not be where I am today. Thank you for always being so supportive and teaching me to go after my dreams. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have you.

As I come to the end of my speech I would like to remind you all to be your own person and to be unique. One day your life will flash before your eyes, so make sure it is worth watching.

I will leave you with a quote “Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without”.

On that note having come from the main school across the road to share in this historical, diverse speech day. I’d like to thank my deputy, Crispen ,for making us feel so welcome.

Thank You

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