By Alan Megahey
While Peterhouse opened in 1955, the British Empire in Africa used to be nonetheless intact and the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland - with its excessive hopes and fears - had simply come into being. It was once a boarding tuition based at the British version, yet to ensure that it should 'adapt all that's top within the Public institution culture to African conditions'.For 50 years, in Rhodesia after which in Zimbabwe, its governors and employees have tried to do this, and feature visible it develop from a boys' tuition of 350 to a gaggle of colleges teaching over one thousand boys and girls.But the tale of Peterhouse isn't just approximately paintings and activity, song and drama, chapel, development advancements and syllabus alterations. it's set within the context of academic improvement and political switch in a Southern African country.This heritage of the varsity indicates the way it grew to become a pioneering multi-racial establishment in 'white Rhodesia'; shared the sufferings of the rustic through the 'bush war'; elevated tremendously within the new Zimbabwe, survived the contradictions of a black 'Marxist' govt, and has stored its enterprise dedication to being a 'Church School'.
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Already by the end of 1951 various schemes were being floated, and it seemed unlikely that funding - and suitable pupils - would be forthcoming for all of them. Four different projects were already at a planning stage. Frank Cary, the headmaster of Eagle School in the Vumba, was anxious to see a new senior school in operation as soon as possible; his experience running a preparatory school told him there was a parental demand. He would, as we shall see, become the first headmaster of Falcon College, which opened the year before Peterhouse.
47 In the Eastern Highlands, Penhalonga was no longer possible, and the Vumba was both too inaccessible and too close to Frank Cary at Eagle, for it was feared he might muscle in on the project. The prospect of a school at Balla Balla was still being pursued energetically by Maurice Lancaster, but Hodgkinson regarded him as a harmless crank with a 'Heaven sent mission from the Almighty', who had best be left to get on with it. There had been the offer of a site at Selukwe, in the Rhodesian midlands - 'not so much a one horse town as a one mare town', as Hodgkinson called it.
Fortuitously, a man came forward who was free to do much of the leg-work in scouring the country for a site. Hugh Hodgkinson was a distinguished naval officer, who had joined the service at the age of 13, in 1925. He had been ADC to the GovernorGeneral in South Africa, where he met and in 1938 married Wendy Ward-Jackson, from a wealthy Natal family. Hodgkinson twice won the DSC during the war, as a destroyer commander; he was eventually invalided out in 1948 with persistent sinus problems, though his last posting, at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, teaching new entry cadets, had given him the inspiration for a second career.
A School in Africa: Peterhouse and Education in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe by Alan Megahey