A School in Africa by Alan Megahey

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66 That was something all subsequent Rectors insisted upon, though in fact legally the entity was indeed 'Peterhouse School'. When David Hatendi (G71) pointed out to EXCO in 2000 that 'the word "School" should be omitted from the frontispiece of the annual Accounts' he was being true to the Snell tradition; but Dick Turpin directed that 'the correct title of the school is Peterhouse School for the purpose of the annual report'. 67 A month after incorporation, the first prospectus was at the printers, and Snell had been authorised to build up a workforce on the site.

Yet another scheme was more of a pipe-dream in the mind of Ian 'Skinny' Hammond, a farmer and son of the legendary headmaster of Plumtree. Hammond did not want a Church school; he thought that sectarian divisions were the bane of the modern world. Yet early on (in mid-1952) he agreed to suspend his efforts and throw his weight (with reservations) behind what was by then known 19 A S C H O O L IN A F R I C A as Peterhouse. Finally, and most crucially for Snell, there was the great desire by Paget and the Ruzawi Board to see a senior Church school open as soon as possible.

49 There were some 2,500 whites in the area, about half living within the town - but the number was growing, and would double in the subsequent decade. Marandellas was a regional centre for the farming areas which stretched south to Wedza and east to Macheke. There were two primary schools, and of course two prime Anglican feeder schools - Ruzawi and Springvale were in the vicinity. Fred had to return home before the Marandellas options could be explored fully, but in early August Hodgkinson sent him a sketch map with three possible sites marked.

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