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Staff News


Ian Walker(Staff 69-78) who was instrumental in introducing Nuffield Physics to Peterhouse was last seen heading for a new life in New Zealand.

Scott Walraven (2016-Present): Scott joined the Peterhouse Group after completing a BA in History and Politics and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education in 2016 at Rhodes University. He is a Petrean after 6 years at Peterhouse Boys from 2006 to 2011. Currently In-House Tutor of Paget House as well as a History teacher and rowing coach. His wife Stephanie teaches at Springvale House, they have a young son named Alec who was born in 2018.

David Walsh(Staff)moved to Mafikeng and The International School of South Africa, but left in 1995 to teach in Syria. He returned to Zimbabwe and now teaches History at St George's.

Simon Walsh(Staff 97-98) arrived fresh from Rhodes University and will be remembered for his enthusiasm and involvement in many aspects of school life including rowing in the staff crew, coaching basketball at PGH with notable success, starting an astronomy club and getting his physics class to polish a mirror which is now mounted on an orbiting satellite. He is back teaching at his old school, St John's. The catering staff are still relieved he's gone, what an appetite! The rest of us would welcome him back.

Hywell Waters(Staff 00-01) was last sighted working as a freelance photographer in England.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phil "Pug" Ward(Staff 68 - 2015) The 2001 Lent Term was Pug's 100th term of teaching at Peterhouse. The event was celebrated by a dinner in the Hall. He joined the staff in 1968 and has been here ever since having taught mathematics, been Housemaster of Ellis, run the Squash and Soccer and more recently, has been Senior Master, a position he relinquished at the end of 2001, PEW, Retired from teaching at Peterhouse Boys in December 2015, he is currently residing at Borridaile Trust with his wife Gerry and trusty companion 'Shadow'. PEW UPDATED 2017This 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. 

John Wearmouth(Staff 89) was the Director of Music at a prep school in England when we last heard. Who can forget his choir's performance of CarminaWHITCOMB SHAMI 1 Small Burana at the girls' school, when he struck Debbie Strong with his baton, because she wasn't paying attention?

Shamiso Whitcomb(PHG03 and Staff 12 - present) teaches science, flute and oboe. She studied at Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg, and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Ant Webb-Martin(Staff 92) left the SVH staff to become Headmaster of Bishopslea in Harare. He now runs the IT department of a prep school in Surrey, UK. having left Bishopslea in September 2001.

Tony Wilde(Staff 89-04) left for Harare after 15 years running the Estates and Maintenance Departments.

It is with great sadness that we reported the death in July 2002 ofDr N A F "Bob" Williams, father ofMichael(M63) andChris(M68), Patron of the school and former Chairman of the Board of Governors, who was vitally involved in the foundation of the school, the"lean years" of the late '70s, the acquisition of the Springvale campus and all the marvellous developments that have followed from that. Visit hisReflections on 40 Years at Peterhouse. His wifeMarize Williams, died of of a heart attack in Florida over Christmas 1998, while on holiday with her family. She was a keen supporter of the school over many years and a renowned teacher in Harare.

FatherDerek Williams(Staff 91-93) of the white cassock and red beard first went to South Africa as a missionary of the Order of the Community of the Resurrection (Mirfield) and transferred to St Augustine's, Penhalonga. When the CRs returned to the UK, Father Derek elected to remain in Zimbabwe and return to parish ministry. He brought a depth and breadth of educational, cultural and spiritual experience to his duties in the physics labs, the Divinity and Shona Departments and as a Malvern House tutor. Always a somewhat controversial figure with both staff and students, Derek attempted to show us the way towards a balanced spirituality, seeing the power and presence of God in reason as well as sacrament. He left to enter semi-retirement at the Eastern Highlands Trust and to be Priest-in-Charge of the Anglican Church in Chimanimani and died in Mutare in 2001.

TheWoodfamily.Paul(P70) hitched to Istanbul from the UK on his way to Australia where hefarmed in Tasmania before enrolling at Ridley College, Melbourne University as a "mature age" theology student. He is married with three children and is the Vicar of Point Lonsdale in Victoria.Austinsadly died in 1984 when he was working at Grasslands Research Centre, andDavidis a teacher in Bath, UK and has five children. Their mother died in 1994 after a long battle with Altzheimer's and their father "Sam" went on to be the Bishop of Matabeleland, assistant Bishop of Hereford and Bishop of Ludlow before retiring in Tenby, Pembroke. He lives nearFelicityin Cardiff where he still preaches at Llandaff Cathedral.Felicityis married to the Secretary to the Trade Unions in Wales.Ceceliais married to a Frenchman and lives in St Germain-en-Laye just outside Paris.