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Pete Ginn (Staff 62-89) had a hyperactive 29 years at Peterhouse. He was hired to teach Chemistry after a stint as a field geologist with De Beers in Bechuanaland (Botswana) prospecting for diamonds where he "actually discovered" the first evidence of the great diamond fields later opened up at Orapa. Pete was head of Geography, Housemaster of Founders, made an unbeatable mark in Natural History leading expeditions to Botswana every year from 1962 to 1981 and thereafter due to red tape to various places in Zimbabwe, built the Museum, ran the Jazz and Bee Clubs, started badminton, ran tennis, hockey and athletics and took a leading part in the Christian life of the school. He is a prolific author of books and articles on birds was the general editor of the magisterial The Complete  Book of Southern African Birds. Pete and Liz .have run a tourism business based in Marondera for a number of years. It started out as a specialist birding safari company, but has expanded to cover a variety of other special tours around Zimbabwe and Madagasacar. . Also see Nostalgia Page where there is a more full description of Pete's publishing and other achievements. They moved to in George in the southern Cape in January 2004 "where there are currently no resident bird guides and there seems to be a greate scope for bird ID courses." Liz has undergone surgery for breast cancer and will undergo a course of follow-up chemotherapy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. UPDATE 2018  Liz died and Peter has remarried. He is still publishing bird books and comes back to Zimbabwe from time to time.

Bob Gardiner (Staff 95-00) who was Director of Art and a house tutor in Ellis, left to sail around the world after a tour of Africa on an elderly motor bike, teaching briefly in Swakopmund on the way. In 2001 he reached South Africa, had a flat tyre at a small village in the arid north-west of South Africa, Namaqualand, where he met Malinda Boonzaaier, a local Afrikaans girl working in conservation. They married in 2003 and is now living in her hometown of Bitterfontein. Bob is full-time artist and has also built up 7 years of experience in natural building methods - he has recently started up a company, Ganeip Hand-Built and is set to start his first all-natural building job for a tender he just won. Bob can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on his mobile phone +27 798542015 .

Peter George (Staff 81-85) was MD of Coates Brothers, manufacturers of printing inks in Harare when we last heard but are rumoured to be Australia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

George Gibbons (Staff 92-96) joined the staff as Head of History on his retirement as deputy head of Eaglesvale School. Tennis flourished under his care. George was a fountain of knowledge on all sorts of topics, which he would expound on at great length in the staff pub. He did not suffer fools - let alone gladly - and sadly died in 2002 after retiring to Harare, where he did some teaching at St John's. UPDATED 2018 Sadly George passed away a few years ago. DECEASED

Colin Gibson (Staff 90-91) was born and educated in South Africa. Not able to support the apartheid regime, he taught in Sweden and England before returning to Africa in 1981. Colin was Head of History, ran swimming, helped with rugby and an enthusiastic Assistant Housemaster in Grinham. It came as a great shock when he was diagnosed with a terminal illness and died in September 1991. Colin was laid to rest in the Peterhouse Graveyard.

George (Staff 89-00) and Carol (Staff 89-02) Gibson. George, who taught at the Girls' School for twelve years, retired in 2000. He is much missed for his involvement as Director of Studies, maths teacher, drama producer, Toastmasters' director etc. He went off to spend a year in England as a kind of 'gap year' before deciding what to do next. This turned out to be working for an ophthalmogist friend from university days in London. He didn't seem to miss the classroom at all! See nostalgia for a more complete tribute to his time at PHG. Carol left to join him in England in 2002. She was an amazingly versatile member of the PHG staff, teaching agriculture, commerce and English; training girls for the Allied Arts Competition and as Chapel readers etc etc etc. They were both much loved and left a hard act to follow. UPDATE 2018 George died unexpectedly of a heart attack some years ago. Carol and all their children still live in England. DECEASED

Nicolaus Goromondo (Staff 04) joined us from Midlands Christian College as Head of IT and resident tutor in Malvern.

Barbara "Ma Bobes" Graham died in Harare in December 1997 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was the much loved wife of Martin "Bobes" Graham (Staff) who retired early as headmaster of Chisipite to care for her. Barbara was a much loved and respected member of the Peterhouse community over a long period and she will be fondly remembered, particularly by generations of Ellis boys. Barbara was a highly qualified teacher with a successful career in her own right. At a moving ceremony at Chisipite School on 16 July 1999 a sundial was dedicated to Barbara's memory. All 19 Grahams were present, as well as many old timers including the Fieldsends, James Milford and the Hammonds. DECEASED

Martin "Bobes" Graham (Staff 58-77) was Housemaster of Ellis for 14 years, head of English and established basketball at the school. He will be remembered by older Petreans for the incredible sets of the Shakespearean plays he staged in the amphitheatre like his1964 Macbeth masterpiece under construction in the photo. Martin left for a post in England but was soon back in Zimbabwe and retired as the headmaster of Chisipite in 1996. He married Pam Holland, the widow of Guy Holland (Staff 64-71) in 1998. Both had lost their spouses and we wish them a long and happy marriage. They are living in Harare. News of the rest of the family: Tim (G77), who has two daughters, was the MD of Tetra Pak in Harare, but he is now in business for himself with numerous interests. News of Martin's daughters: KK is married to Rob Marffy and has three children and was farming in Mvurwi until they were forced to abandon the farm. They went on a 'look and see' trip to Australia and New Zealand in February 2002. Francie, who is married to Mark Randell, has four children and is still farming near Bulawayo and Sally is married to Rawdon Ball (ex Plumtree), has four children and lives in This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. DECEASED

Scott Gray (P96 and Staff 10- present) became the Director of Sport and Housemaster of Ellis. Scott was a professional rugby player and 8 cap Scottish international. He gained a full-time training contract with the Brumbies academy in Canberra under Eddie Jones on leaving school and after a stint in Rugby League with Brisbane Broncos was snapped up by Bath in the English Premiership, before landing at the Borders in Scotland. Scott toured Australia with Scotland in 2004 and had his Test debut against the Wallabies. He played against a Springbok side in 2008 which included two other Petreans Tendai Mtawarira and Brian Mujati . Scott left Peterhouse at the end of 2013 to start a career at St Johns College as the Director of Rugby.

Angus Greenhalgh (Staff 71-76) who taught Chemistry, Biology and Junior Science and his wife Anne and two children moved to Perth, WA from Peterhouse, though his roots are definitely northern English. Ever the fitness fanatic, when he called into the school in 1999 he amazed everyone by his youthful looks. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Greenacre (pictured in 1964 and in 1998 at an interhouse swimming gala with Phil Ward and Patience Mansfield) was taught by Fred Snell at Michaelhouse and read Maths at Jesus College, Cambridge. Since the '60s he has been the Housemaster of both Paget and Grinham, Senior Master, Acting Rector, organiser of tennis and expeditions to Nyanga and Chimanimanis, driver of fast cars, founder of the school bank, chess guru, Honours Tie recipient (the staff equivalent of the VC), maths teacher extraordinaire .... the list goes on. He officially retired at the end of 2004 on turn 70 and then again at the end of 2005, but continues to the Petrean Society and we cannot see him staying out of the classroom!  John retired from teaching in December 2015, but still resides in his house at Peterhouse and tends to the Archives. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andy Griggs was a Housemaster at Plumtree before joining the Peterhouse staff. He is pictured while taking a short break from conducting in-depth research into beach scenery, eco-tourism and scuba diving in Queensland, where he also loved the rain forests, on leave in 1993. Andy stepped down as the Housemaster of Snell after 10 years at the end of 2003. After some years as Director of Studies and Director of Cultural Activities in 2009 he was appointed Senior Master - Academic. APG Contact Form.