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Staff News


Patrick Fantiso
teaches Biology, is Head of Science and a tutor in Ellis.

Ian "Fergy" Ferguson (Staff 55-71) was on the staff of Peterhouse from the day it opened in February 1955 until he left as a result of ill-health in 1971. He is remembered with affection for his commitment in the Chemistry laboratories, as House Tutor first of Grinham and then of Paget, on the shooting range, working with the school labourorganisation, as Secretary of the Petrean Society, on the stage ( remember his production of Ruddigore? ) singing in the choir, and on many happy expeditions to Nyanga which he loved, and where he bought property. On leaving Peterhouse Fergy worked for a while at St Joseph's and old friends also met him when they visited the Cathedral, where he sang in the choir for many years. Fergy died in Harare on 21 July 1981.

Bruce Fieldsend (Staff 54-83) Rhodes Scholar, hockey enthusiast and brilliant maths teacher, joined the staff before the school opened and went on to be the founding Housemaster of Malvern and second Rector. It fell to Bruce to guide Peterhouse through the "lean years" of the Bush War when enrolments fell to 180 and school's survival owes much to his qualities of leadership and determination. After 15 years as Rector Bruce decided it was time to move on and he joined an insurance company in Harare, where he still lives. He was till his retirement in 2001 the most popular man in Africa as the Zimbabwe representative of the Beit Trust: everyone he met either asked him for someone else's money or got a cheque! Bruce and Liza moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 2003, where their daughters now live. Our one of our spies claimed that "It is the petrol shortage that finally made their minds up to leave, as Bruce simply could not stand the hours of queuing for fuel." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Fisher family (Staff 55-60). Charles, the first Senior Master and founding Housemaster of Paget, went on to have a highly successful career as a headmaster of four schools in Australia, the last four years at Geelong Grammar School. Sadly, he was killed in a car accident. [See Nostalgia ] Anne, who has now been in Australia for 40 years, lives in Adelaide. She has remarried Dr Basil Hetzel, the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia and Chancellor of the University of South Australia. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Allen French (Staff 84-05)who was a rugby international and taught at a teachers' college in Bulawayo before joining the Peterhouse staff, is fondly remembered by generations of Petreans for his cricket and rugby coaching, good humoured leadership of fantastic tours, Senior Master, teaching science and divinity and as the founding Housemaster of Tinokura. has joined the rest of his family in England. He helps out at Lord Wandsworth College (England rugby player Johnny Wilkinson's old school) in the science labs and is also the school's First XI cricket umpire. Sister Sandy French retired from the San in 2003, where she will be fondly remembered as a "caring ear" to many junior boys. She is nursing full time in the UK at a hospice.

Brian and AJ Foakes (Staff 00- 03) Brian joined the staff from Ruzawi, was Housemaster of Paget and involved in IT and music. AJ was head of Lower School Science, ran the Under 14 cricket with considerable style and was force to be reckoned with as a hockey coach. They are both at Shiplake College in Henley-onThames, UK and wrote in 2008: "Brian is now Acting Head of ICT and teaches Music Technology. He is also Choirmaster for the local church (Harpsden) and Thames Valley Llifesaving club. AJ is now Girls Housemistress, Head of Chemistry and Commissioned Officer (LT , Rifles) helping to run the Army section of the Combined Cadet Force at Shiplake. Also England Hockey Umpire (mens leagues, London, Regional and South).

John Foggin (Staff 70-72) died in August 1999 in Howick, KwaZulu Natal where he had retired with Judy, who died in Johannesburg in July 2000.

Sarah Fynn (Staff 10 - 11) a renowned artist taught for two years prior to her retirement. UPDATE 2018 Still lives and works in Harare. She is still painting and sometimes runs workshops.