A School in Africa: Peterhouse and Education in Rhodesia and by Alan Megahey

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 used to be a boarding institution based at the British version, yet to ensure that it will 'adapt all that's most sensible within the Public tuition culture to African conditions'.For 50 years, in Rhodesia after which in Zimbabwe, its governors and employees have tried to do this, and feature obvious it develop from a boys' institution of 350 to a bunch of colleges teaching over one thousand boys and girls.But the tale of Peterhouse is not just approximately paintings and game, tune and drama, chapel, construction advancements and syllabus adjustments. it really is set within the context of academic improvement and political switch in a Southern African country.This heritage of the college indicates the way it turned a pioneering multi-racial establishment in 'white Rhodesia'; shared the sufferings of the rustic in the course of the 'bush war'; increased significantly within the new Zimbabwe, survived the contradictions of a black 'Marxist' executive, and has stored its enterprise dedication to being a 'Church School'.

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It was in its uncompleted wall that the foundation stone was laid, only to be moved later to the wall of the (inelegantly named) administration block, which from 1959 until the building of the Gibbs Centre in the 1990s was the main entrance to the school buildings. Throughout 1954 the building operations were spurred on by the Rector, whose particular delight 32 GETTING STARTED was to prospect and measure and plan. Bruce Berrington and his band of 230 African workers were responsible for the actual building.

Bishop Paget has a small but significant place in the history of ordination: just four years before Edward's, he had refused ordination to a young man who, he believed, was insufficiently orthodox as regards the doctrines of the Virgin Birth and the bodily resurrection of Jesus. The young man was 11 A S C H O O L IN A F R I C A William, son of the ex-Archbishop of Canterbury, Frederick Temple, who was finally ordained just a year before Edward, and with Bishop Paget's agreement, by Archbishop Davidson, his father's successor at Canterbury.

They moved to Southern Rhodesia and began tea-planting in the Honde Valley, in the Eastern Districts. With the arrival of children, they began to worry about the remoteness of their location, and Bryan approached Fred to ask for a job. He was appointed estate manager though, as Fred always averred, longed to be appointed to the academic staff - which happened in 1956. Bruce Fieldsend, the sole assistant master in 1954, had far stronger prior links with Snell. A Southern Rhodesian, he had been a boy at Ruzawi and at Michaelhouse during the Snell regime.

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