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Chris Davison (Staff 01-02 and 2012 to present) who was a Zimbabwe men’s hockey player, and worked at Peterhouse in 2001 and as an in-House Tutor in Tinokura moved to Falcon on completing his two-year bonding. From 2004 - 2010 he took some time away from teaching, venturing into the dairy farming industry and rhino conservation with his wife Candy. He was Director of Sport at Petra before returning in 2012 as Housemaster of Snell, to teach Physical Education to A Level, Geography and coach Hockey and Water Polo. He is a National coach at Hockey, has been Housemaster of Snell since January 2012. During Chris’s stint in Matabeleland he coached various Zimbabwe Hockey Teams as well as being the assistant coach to the National Mens' Team in the Africa Olympic Qualifiers which was held at the Khumalo Hockey Stadium in Bulawayo in 2011. Chris has been on various hockey coaching clinics and tours around the world. Chris is the Acting Head of the Physical Education Department, teaches geography and coaches the 1st Team Waterpolo and 1st Team Hockey teams. Chris is also a keen adventurist and enjoys mountain biking. Chris and Candy have 3 children. Erin, aged 7 who is in Grade 2 at Springvale, Sean aged 5 who is in nursery school and Conner who has just turned 1 years old . Chris and Candy moved to Austin Texas in August 2019.

Sue { Tippett } Davidson was one of the first female members of the Peterhouse staff. She was married to Pat Normand, a founder of the school, and their son Anthony left Grinham in 1979. Sadly Pat died in 1967 and she subsequently married a Marondera farmer and had two more sons, Stuart (S88) and David (S90) Tippett. Sue had a spell at Watershed as Senior Mistress (Girls) before returning to Peterhouse. She was the PHG Director of Studies and taught maths before becoming the third Head of PHG in 2002. Sue is married to John "Shorty" Davidson and after moving across the road to teach maths at PHG retired in 2011.

John "Shorty" Davidson (Staff 58-02) joined Peterhouse in 1958 and was Housemaster of Grinham, Senior Master, Director of Studies, Head of History, Head of English, coach to the first XV rugby for 15 years, ran the library and helped in the tuckshop! He left for a short time in 1982 to try farming, but returned a year later and stayed on for six years before moving to Watershed. It was at Watershed that he married Sue Tippett - now Headmistress of Peterhouse Girls. While at Watershed he was Deputy Headmaster and acting Headmaster for one year. He returned to Peterhouse with Sue in 1998 and soon took over as Head of English and ran the library. He retired in 2003 and since then has undergone successful major heart surgery in South Africa involving an aortic valve replacement and a triple bypass. UPDATE 2018 Sadly John 'Shorty' Davidson passed away mid 2018, here in Marondera.

Paul 'Fossil' Davies (Staff 97-11) joined from St David's in Johannesburg, where he had been the Headmaster for six years. He went back to South Africa at the end of 1998, but did not merely return to Peterhouse, but also married Sue { Buckland } Davies in the the PHG Chapel on 9 December 2000. He taught English, Divinity and Commerce and even more importantly was a great contributor to the chapel and the Christian ethos of the school. He has retired to be the Warden at Borradaile Trust. In 2017 Paul together with Sue moved down to live in Cape Town.

Davies Paul and Sue (Buckland) retired to Fish Hoek in Capetown in December 2016, where we bought a house and are able to visit children and grandchildren regularly. Paul maintains his interest in sport, on TV mostly, but has joined the local golf club and plays regularly 2 or 3 times a week. Naturally he also has a new motorbike, a large Harley, on which we ride around the area at weekends. Sue still maintains a foot hold in education as a support teacher at one of the local junior school once a week, and makes costumes for the school’s plays. Not much has changed. We just do everything at a slower pace.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. updated 2020

Paul M "Hockey" Davies (Staff 97-00) who was Head of Biology and then of Science and ran hockey has returned to the UK. He was teaching in Rochester, but joined the staff of The Leys School in Cambridge in 2002. He was instrumental in the design of the new Science Block. He wrote in 2008: "I am still at The Leys in Cambridge but return to Peterhouse every year on holiday. When I return this year, I will be recently married to a South African lady called Francé and we will bring along our 5 month old son, Ethan. I would love to return one day to teach in the Science block I was involved with developing. and it continues to be a great pity that he is not around to get the benefit of so much hard work." Mr. P M Davies This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paul Davis left at the end of 2008 to become the headmaster of Ruzawi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rachel Davis a Canadian by birth and all-round sports star at Carleton University was sent to Zimbabwe in 1996 by FISA, the international rowing organization with the mission of spreading the sport. She ran Peterhpuse rowing to excellent effect but left at the end of 2007 to work at the Canadian Embassy in Harare. In 2012 she achieved international recogition (See press reports) as the coach of Micheen Thornycroft (PHG05) at the London Olympics. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Janeen de Kock (Staff 11 to present) came from Kyle College to teach junior Science and coach cricket and rugby.

Robin Dean, who was the school dentist in the 1970s, is the Organist at the N.G. Kerk in Velddrif, Western Cape in his retirement. He was responsible for founding the St Helena Sandveld Hospice. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rita Dereham (Staff 90-04) left SVH in 2004 after 15 fruitful years for overseas.UPDATE 2018 Rita is now retired and living in Marondera. She has never lived overseas although both her daughters do; she visits regularly and sometimes goes caring.

Dick de Courpalay (Staff 87-98) who was renowned for his ability to say "NO," retired after 11 years as the Finance Manager. He now lives in Stallion Court (sounds slightly rampant for a retirement complex!) on the main road near Borradaile Trust in Marondera. Dick is married to Sylvia Aird, whose husband Ian was the local vet until his untimely death from cancer many years ago now.

Ashley Denman (Staff 02- 03) left for the UK after notable success in the unenviable task of filling Reg Querl's big shoes as the Sports Administrator and also being Assistant Housemaster of Founders. In 2012 he was a marvellous host at Oakham School in Dorset, UK to the touring PHB First XV.

Martin Dixon (Staff 76-77) who came to Peterhouse straight from Oxford, left to teach at Stowe in the UK.

Phil Dongo (Staff 03 - 05) joined us from Watershed, where he had coached the First XV rugby for many years, to teach Design and Technology. He became Housemaster of Founders in 2004, but left at the end of 2005 for the International School in Lusaka. He is now at Simba Secondary in Ndola where his headmaster Roy Currie reports: "Phil does a great job at Simba doing most of the sport as well as running the hostel. "